Nathaniel Mathews Collection (Coll. 79)


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Overview of the Collection

Biography of Nathaniel Mathews

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Mathews, Nathaniel, shipmaster
Title: Nathaniel Mathews Collection
Dates: 1820-1900
Extent: 1109 items
Abstract: Papers relating to Mathews's maritime career and the vessels he commanded, including accounts and account books for the ship ALARM, ship ERICSSON, ship JOHN TUCKER, ship RADIANT, ship ROBIN HOOD, and ship WINGED ARROW, and the missionary brig MORNING STAR; journals covering voyages by ERICSSON, JOHN TUCKER, MORNING STAR, RADIANT, and WINGED ARROW; and a freight list and sailing instructions (1871-1872) for the missionary brig MORNING STAR. Mathews family material includes household bills and personal expenses, insurance, medical bills, taxes, deeds, and wills. Also includes papers (1871-1879) for the estate of Solomon Taylor and letters to Taylor as master of the ship OXENBRIDGE, 1850-1854, relating to gold shipments and insurance. Other OXENBRIDGE items include labor and clothing receipts, bills of lading, accounts for ship's repair and ship's stores, a freight list, and a protest. Topics include trade with the Pacific Islands.
Identification: Coll. 79

Biography of Nathaniel Mathews

Nathaniel Mathews was a shipmaster of Yarmouth, Massachusetts in the 19th century.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division

Restrictions on Use

Various copying restriction apply. Guidelines are available from the Manuscripts Division. See also: Mystic Seaport's copyright notice.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the G. W. Blunt White Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Persons:

Matthews family
Taylor, Solomon

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

Alarm (Ship)
Ericsson (Ship)
John Tucker (Ship)
Morning Star (Brig : 1856-1866)
Oxenbridge (Ship)
Radiant (Ship)
Robin Hood (Ship)
Winged Arrow (Ship)

Places:

Islands of the Pacific--Commerce--United States
United States--Commerce--Islands of the Pacific
Yarmouth (Mass.)

Subjects:

Decedents' estates--United States
Gold
Shipping--United States
Voyages and travels

Document Types:

Account books
Accounts
Bills of lading
Deeds
Estate records
Family papers
Insurance records
Journals (accounts)
Receipts
Ship's papers
Tax records
Wills

Occupations:

Ship captains--United States

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 79, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Papers; 1848-1868
Box Folder
1 1 Papers of Lucy Hallet Mathews including estate inventory, probate papers, and accounts; 1848-1868
2 Papers of John Hinckley including mostly bills and accounts of woodworking and carpentry; 1855
3 Bills pertaining the Weir Meeting House, town of Yarmouth, Mass. Including pledges, material receipts, labor receipts, and moving expenses; 1864
Papers in relation to Solomon Taylor; 1867-1878
Box Folder
1 4 Letters to Solomon Taylor, master of the ship OXENBRIDGE, pertaining to shipments of gold and insurance claims; 185
5 Bills of the Solomon Taylor family, including household, personal, clothing, school boarding, and taxes; 1867-1879
6 Bills pertaining to the estate of Solomon Taylor, including household, personal, clothing, school board, and taxes; 1871-1873
7 Bills pertaining to the estate of Solomon Taylor, including household, personal, clothing, school board, and taxes; 1874
8 Bills pertaining to the estate of Solomon Taylor, including household, personal, clothing, and taxes; 1875
9 Bills pertaining to the estate of Solomon Taylor, including household, personal, clothing, and taxes; 1876
10 Bills pertaining to the estate of Solomon Taylor, including household, personal, clothing, school board, and taxes; 1877
11 Bills pertaining to the estate of Solomon Taylor, including household, personal, clothing, and school board; 1878
Papers in relation to Nathaniel Mathews; 1868-1900
Box Folder
1 12 Bills pertaining to Nathaniel Mathews, including insurance, personal and household; 1868-1872
13 Papers of Nathaniel Mathews, including letters, sailing directions and instructions for the missionary brig MORNING STAR, inventory of trade goods, passenger list, general accounts, and probate; 1871-1876
14 Bills pertaining to Nathaniel Mathews, including insurance, personal, household, and taxes; 1873
15 Bills pertaining to Nathaniel Mathews, including household, personal, medical and taxes; 1874
16 Bills pertaining to Nathaniel Mathews, including insurance, household, personal, clothing, medical, and taxes; 1875
17 Bills pertaining to Nathaniel Mathews, including including household, personal, clothing, insurance, probate, and taxes; 1876
18 Bills pertaining to Nathaniel Mathews, including personal, household, clothing, medical, insurance and taxes; 1877
19 Bills pertaining to Nathaniel Mathews, including household, personal, clothing, insurance, medical, and taxes; 1878
20 Bills pertaining to Nathaniel Mathews, including household, personal, clothing, insurance and taxes; 1879
21 Bills pertaining to Nathaniel Mathews, including household, personal, clothing, and insurance; 1880
Box Folder
2 1 Bills pertaining to Nathaniel Mathews, including household, personal, insurance, and taxes; 1881
2 Bills pertaining to Nathaniel Mathews, including household, personal, clothing, and insurance; 1882
3 Bills pertaining to Nathaniel Mathews, including household, personal and insurance; 1883
4 Papers of Nathaniel Mathews, including insurance receipt, household accounts, and last will and testament; 1884-1885
5 Bills pertaining to Nathaniel Mathews, including household and personal; 1886-1900
6 Deeds pertaining to Mathew's family, including property in Yarmouth, Mass., and the transfer or assignment thereof; 1820-1849
Papers in relation to ship OXENBRIDGE, brig MORNING STAR, or ship ERICSSON; 1850-1873
Box Folder
2 7 Protest by Solomon Taylor, master of the ship OXENBRIDGE, which was driven ashore in St. George's Harbor, Bermuda as a result of a gale winds and heavy seas; 1854 Feb 3
8 Papers pertaining to the ship OXENBRIDGE, Solomon Taylor, master, including receipts for labor, clothing receipts, ship stores accounts, ship's repairs accounts, bills of lading, and freight list; 1850-1854
9 Freight list for cargo shipped on board the missionary brig MORNING STAR, Nathaniel Mathews, master, for a passage from Boston, Mass to Honolulu, Hawaii; 1871
10 Papers pertaining to the missionary brig MORING STAR, Nathaniel Mathews, master, including bills of ship's stores, repairs, outfitting supplies, labor, calibration of instruments, and wharfage charges, letters and clearance papers; 1871-1873
11 Account of the ship ERICSSON and owners with Nathaniel Mathews for expenses while laying in the port of San Francisco, California; 1868 Jul 8-Oct 16
Volumes
Volume
1 Account book of the legacy of Elishu Doane to the First Congregational Church, Yarmouth, Mass., including mostly expenditures for the ministry; 1860-1879
2 Journal kept on board the ship ERICSSON and the brig MORNING STAR, by Nathaniel Mathews, also contains accounts of the First Congregational Church of Yarmouth, Mass., and records of temperature, wind and weather; 1868-1872, 1876-1877, 1884-1885
3 Account book for the ship ERICSSON and the brig MORNING STAR; 1868-1872
4 Account book kept by Nathaniel Mathews, including accounts of trade for the brig MORNING STAR and numerous estate accounts for which Mathews was the executor; 1871-1884
5 Account book with the First National Bank of Yarmouth, Mass., kept by Nathaniel Mathews for the estate of Solomon Taylor; 1873-1876
6 Account book of Nathaniel Mathews, with the First National Bank of Yarmouth, Massachusetts; 1875-1879
7 Account book kept by Nathaniel Mathews, master for the ship ALARM (1856 Aug 16-1959 Feb 9), the ship WINGED ARROW (1859 Aug 20-1860 May 15), the ship RADIANT (1861 Mar 13-1863 Mar 31), the ship ROBIN HOOD (1864 May 31-1965 Dec 13), the ship JOHN TUCKER (1867 Dec 28-1868 Feb 6), and the ship ERICSON (1868 Jul 8-1869 Mar 4); 1856-1869
8 Journal kept by Nathaniel Mathews, master, with a single entry for the ship WINGED ARROW (1859 Sep 22) bound from Boston to Manila; and the ship RADIANT (1860 Dec 14-1861 Oct 18), for the voyage from Boston to San Francisco, Queenstown, Cork, Liverpool, and return to Boston, which ends when Cape Sable is sighted; 1859-1861
9 Journal kept by Nathaniel Mathews, master of the ship JOHN TUCKER for a coastwise voyage from New York to San Francisco and return; 1867 Jun 28-1868 Jun 13

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