http://www.marbleheadmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/The-Great-Gale-of-1846.pdfArchival Documents from the Marblehead Museum
These documents from the Museum Archives are available as PDF downloads. All are under 10 megabytes. (requires Adobe Reader)
“Marblehead in the Year 1700” and “Old Marblehead Sea Captains and the Ships in Which They Sailed” contain information of value to the genealogist and historian. Several documents on this page are searchable. Click here for more info on searchable .pdf documents.
Special thanks to Standley Goodwin for scanning and converting these documents.
SHORT HISTORY OF MARBLEHEAD – by Jonathan H. Orne
An excerpt from The Standard History of Essex County, compiled by the Essex Institute, 1878.
JOHN ORNE – SHOE MANUFACTURER – Presentation by Standley Goodwin
PRELUDE TO THE WAR OF 1812 – Presentation by Standley Goodwin
ADDRESS OF GOV. CALEB STRONG TO THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE – JUNE 25, 1812
Governor Caleb Strong announces to the Massachusetts House of Representatives Declaration of War by the United States. In the address he refutes the reasons for declaring War and indicates his strong objections. However he encourages the populace to do their duty under the Constitution and he suggests they participate only in the defense of the United States.
OLD MARBLEHEAD SEA CAPTAINS AND THE SHIPS IN WHICH THEY SAILED
Nearly a hundred years ago, Benjamin Lindsey collected much of the information available on Marblehead’s rich shipping history from Colonial times until the late 1800’s. He presented it in summary form in this book. The version presented is text only in searchable .pdf. Adobe Reader will locate words or numbers in the book using the Advanced Search or Find function.
MARBLEHEAD’S MARITIME HISTORY – THE SHIP’S PASS –Presentation by Standley Goodwin
The Marblehead Museum is privileged to have eighteen early rare Ship’s Passes. Vessels engaged in foreign trade were required to obtain a certificate of registration. They were registered through their District Customs Collector. As a result of registration the vessel received a Ships Pass signed by the President and the Secretary of State.
Presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Jackson signed the displayed Passes. In addition Secretaries of State Robert Smith, Henry Clay, and John Forsyth signed below their President. The name of the master of the vessel was recorded on the Pass. If the master changed, an endorsement was added to the back of the pass. In cases where this occurred the second page is displayed. A colonial era Ships Pass from Great Britain is also displayed. It is signed by Charles Townshend and the 2nd Viscount Palmerston.
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- 1768 Brigantine Adventure
- 1807 Schooner John
- 1810 Schooner Ceasar
- 1817 Ship Ganges
- 1818 Ship Java
- 1824 Schooner Borneo
- 1826 Brig Mary
- 1835 Brig Thoosa
A DISCOURSE on the Disasters at Sea, September 19,1846
Delivered by Rev. Edward Lawrence, Pastor of The First Church in Marblehead, December, 1846.
THE BLOODIEST WAR; UNDERSTANDING THE CIVIL WAR – Presentation by Standley Goodwin
MARBLEHEAD IN THE 1600’S – Presentation by Standley Goodwin
MARBLEHEAD MAP – 1850
The earliest known map of Marblehead, published by Henry McIntyre.
MARBLEHEAD IN THE YEAR 1700
One hundred years ago, Sidney Perley undertook the monumental task of describing Marblehead in 1700. He searched public records, including deeds, wills, town, probate, court & legislative records.
The version presented is in searchable .pdf. Adobe Reader will locate words or numbers in the book using the Advanced Search or Find Function.
MARBLEHEAD IN THE YEAR 1700 – MAPS
THE ART OF THE TOMBSTONE – Presentation by Standley Goodwin
THE UNLIKELY BIRTH OF THE US: BATTLE OF YORKTOWN– Presentation by Standley Goodwin
THE GREAT GALE OF 1846–Presentation by Standley Goodwin