Fish Family Papers (Coll. 211)


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Overview of the Collection

Biography of the Fish Family

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Indexes

Detailed Description of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Fish Family
Title: Fish Family Papers
Dates: 1830-1933, (bulk 1840-1899)
Extent: 2 boxes
Abstract: The collection contains files of correspondence and other papers. In addition there are three volumes, which are diary/account books kept by James D. Fish and Herman E. Street. The collection is largely comprised of domestic correspondence between James Deane Fish, his brother and sister, his children, and other relatives and friends.
Identification: Coll. 211

Biography of the Fish Family

James Dean Fish was born in Mystic, August 7, 1819, and died in Brooklyn, New York, March 31, 1912. He was the eldest son of Asa and Prudence (Dean) Fish. The Fish family were early settlers of the Mystic area, and were related to many of the old area families such as Denison, Gallup, Noyes, Holmes, Miner, and others. The family was prominent in shipping in Mystic and New York City. James D. Fish lived in Brooklyn and was a New York merchant, shipping agent and banker.

James had four brothers (a fifth died young) and three sisters. All but one of these siblings married and had children. He himself married three times. His first wife was Mary Ester Blodget whom he married on June 4, 1843. They had seven children. Mary Ester died on Jul 17, 1868. His second wife was Isabelle Rogers whom he married on March 18, 1872. They had one son named Paul Rogers, born in 1873. Isabelle died on Dec 20, 1879. His third wife was Sally Reber Laing whom he married on May 20, 1884. They had one daughter born February 24, 1885 named Alice Reber Fish. Sally died on March 10, 1885.

Many of the letters are to and from James' eldest daughter, Hannah, who married a Canadian, Herman Street. Her children and those of her brothers took trips to Europe and to various family homes in Vermont, Illinois, New York, and Canada.

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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:

Fish family
Fish, James Dean, 1819-1912
Street, Hannah Fish
Street, Herman Edward

Places:

Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
Canada--Description and travel
Europe--Description and travel
Illinois--Description and travel
New York (State)--Description and travel
Vermont--Description and travel

Subjects:

Farms--Connecticut--Mystic
Shipping--New York (State)-- New York

Document Types:

Family papers
Diaries

Occupations:

Bankers--New York (State)--New York
Commercial agents--New York (State)--New York
Merchants--New York (State)--New Yor

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 211, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Indexes

Index to Personal Names

NOTE: The fraction(s) indicate the Box and Folder numbers where that particular reference can be found. For example, the researcher will find information about Mary Abby in Box 1, Folder 2 of the collection.
Abby, Mary 1/2
Alden, David 2/12
Anthony, Julia 1/6
Ashbey, Ransord 1/1
Ashby, Fanny 1/1
Baker, Frances 1/3
Baker, Sam 1/4
Beebe, W.J. 1/4
Bell, Lizzie 1/6
Bennet, Thomas 1/9
Blanchard, Clara 1/6
Blodget, Mary Ester 1/1, 1/2, 1/3, 2/10
Blodgett, Charles 2/2
Blodgett, Erastus 2/2
Blodgett, Jerry 2/2
Borodell, John 2/12
Boulton, George 2/1
Boulton, Hilda 1/12
Breaker, Will 1/8
Bromfield, Eddie 1/13
Brose, W.C. 1/5
Burnett, Robert E. 2/12
Burrows, Henry 1/4
Burrows, John 1/2, 1/3
Burton, George 1/12
Campbell, Kenneth (Capt.) 1/14
Campbell, Lane (Mrs.) 1/13
Campbell, Lucy G. 1/4
Cartwright, Ralph 1/12
Cayley, Madeline 1/12
Chesbro, Jerusha 2/12
Chesbrough, Elihu 2/2
Chesbrough, Lydia 2/2
Chesebro, Nathaniel 2/12
Chesebro, Priscilla Alden 2/12
Chesebro, Samuel 2/12
Chesebrough, Rebecca Palmer 2/2
Cheyne, Connie 1/10
Church, Benjamin 2/12
Clarke, Eunice 2/1
Clench, Nora 1/9
Clifford, Henry B. 1/6
Clift, Eunice 1/1
Clift, Horace (Mrs.) 1/3
Clift, Ira H. 1/2
Clift, Martha Ann 1/4
Clift, Mary A. 1/4
Clift, William (Capt.) 1/4
Coffin, W.H. 1/6
Collins, B.B. 1/3
Cooper, George 2/3
Corning, Ellwood 1/13
Cottrell, Mary A. 1/2, 1/3
Crooks, Nellie Mallory 1/14
Crosby, Arthur 1/5
Crowell, S. 1/1
D'Espard, Adele 2/1
Dean, Frances 1/1
Dean, James 2/12
Dean, Jesse 1/4
Dean, Prudence 2/12
Deane, Helen 1/2
DeMott, Juddy 1/10
Denison, Ann Borodell 2/12
Denison, Bridget Thompson 2/12
Denison, Daniel 2/12
Denison, Edward 2/12
Denison, Frances 1/1
Denison, Frederick 2/2, 2/12
Denison, George 2/12
Denison, Hannah Fish 2/2
Denison, Isaac 1/2
Denison, J.W. 1/1
Denison, John S. 1/4
Denison, Levina 2/2
Denison, Morgan 2/12
Denison, William 2/12
Dimock, Ernest 1/8
Dimock, Joe 1/8
Dimock, Marjorie 1/11, 1/12
Dixon, Mary 1/8, 1/12
Dorrance, Elizabeth 1/3
Dudley, Fanny 1/6, 1/8
Dudley, Prudence Fish 1/3, 1/4, 1/6, 1/8
Dudley, Uriah 1/3, 1/4, 1/6, 1/10, 2/1
Duffy, Joseph W. 2/1
Duncan, Katie 1/9
Egan, Eleanor Franklin 2/3
Egan, Martin 2/3
Eliot, John 2/12
Everdell, Jennie 1/6
Falcon Bridge, Evelyn 1/12
Fish, Agnes 1/11
Fish, Alden 1/3
Fish, Alice Reber 1/8, 1/10, 1/11, 1/13, 2/1, 2/2, 2/3
Fish, Anne 2/2, 2/3
Fish, Annie 1/1, 1/5, 1/6, 1/7, 1/9, 1/10, 1/11, 1/14, 2/1, 2/2, 2/3, 2/10, 2/12
Fish, Asa 1/1, 1/2, 1/3, 1/7, 2/12
Fish, Asa (II) 1/5, 2/2
Fish, Asa (III) 1/2, 1/4
Fish, Benjamin 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/9, 1/11, 2/1, 2/2, 2/12
Fish, Carrie 1/5
Fish, Charles 1/4, 1/5, 1/6
Fish, Dean 1/5, 1/7, 1/8
Fish, Edith Blodget 1/8
Fish, Elizabeth Mildred 1/8, 1/11, 2/2, 2/3
Fish, Emeline 1/3, 1/4, 1/10
Fish, Fanny 1/2, 1/3, 1/4
Fish, Hannah 1/1, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6
Fish, Henry D. 1/10, 1/12, 1/13
Fish, Irving 1/5, 1/6, 1/7, 1/8
Fish, Jedediah 1/2
Fish, John Dean 1/4, 1/8, 1/11
Fish, Julia 1/3, 1/8
Fish, Mary 1/4
Fish, Mary (Dorrance) 1/4, 2/12
Fish, Mary Esther Blodget 1/2, 1/3, 1/4
Fish, Merrick 1/2
Fish, Nathan Gallup 1/3, 1/4, 2/2
Fish, Paul Rogers 1/5, 1/6, 1/7, 1/8, 1/10, 1/11, 1/12
Fish, Prudence B. 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 2/10
Fish, Roswell 1/4
Fish, Sands 1/1, 1/3, 1/14, 2/12
Fish, Silas 1/3, 1/4, 1/6, 2/2, 2/12
Fish, Warren 1/4
Fisher, Lola 2/3
Fling, Mary M. 1/3, 1/4
Foote, Julia Gallup 2/2
Foote, Mary H. 1/4
Fork, Judy Gallup 2/3
Gallup, Bridget 2/12
Gallup, Lorinica 1/1
Garvin, Mattie 1/11
Gleason, Lizzy 1/4
Glup, Benadam (Deacon) 2/12
Grace, W.G. 1/9
Grimwood, Mildred 1/12
Grinnell, C. 1/1
Griswold, ? (Judge) 1/2
Hale, Gertrude E. 1/9, 1/10
Haley, George (Capt.) 2/2
Haley, Jabez D. 1/1
Haley, Lucy 1/3
Halsey, Lidie 1/8
Hamilton, Ethel 1/14
Harmon, Elsie Boulton 2/1
Hawkins, Millie 1/10
Hedden, Orlanden (Mrs.) 1/4
Holdridge, Jane J. 1/1
Holmes, Anna 1/4
Holmes, Benhamin 1/4
Holmes, Franklin 1/1
Holmes, George 1/2
Holmes, Henry 1/4
Holmes, Hiram C. 1/2
Holmes, Isaac 1/1
Holmes, Mary 1/3
Holmes, Mary Oliver 2/10
Holmes, Warren 1/4
Howell, Genevieve 2/2
Hoxie, Hannah 1/2
Hoxie, John 1/3
Huberty, Peter P. 2/1
Johnson, Alice 1/14
Johnson, George 1/14
King, Annie 2/2
King, Grover 1/5
Langton, William 1/12
Latham, B.R. 1/1
Latham, Justin 1/1
Lea, Alice 1/10
Lea, Marion 1/11, 1/13
Leonard, William A. (Rev.) 1/5
Mac Kae, Mary 1/11
Mallory, C.H. (Capt.) 1/2
Mallory, Eunice 1/3
Marshall, Alice 1/12
Maury, Lila 1/10, 1/11
McLeod, Lila 1/11
McMurtey, Angus 1/12
Miller, Lucy 1/4
Morey, Lila 1/12
Morey, Lucy 1/4
Morley, May 1/6
Moss, Charlie 1/12
Nevins, Harold 2/1
Noyes, E.E. 1/2, 1/3
Noyes, N.P. 1/1
Palmer, Bridget 2/12
Palmer, Jerusha 2/12
Palmer, Nehemiah 2/12
Palmer, Noyes 1/2
Palmer, Thomas 2/12
Parker, Florence 1/11
Parker, Helen 1/6
Parker, Nellie 1/8
Peckham, Carrie 1/4
Perkins, Luke 2/2
Pomeroy, Mary 1/2
Randall, Elias P. 1/2, 1/3, 1/4
Randall, Hannah Fish 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6
Randall, John 1/3
Randall, Sands 1/3
Rathbun, Margaret 1/2
Reber, Clara 1/6
Reed, Mary J. 1/2, 1/3
Reed, Stephen 1/2
Reid, Elizabeth Dorrance Fish 2/12
Rogers, Hiram (Mrs.) 1/6
Root, Henry (Mrs.) 1/6
Saxton, Joseph 2/12
Shallon, Edith 1/9
Sherman, Jean 2/3
Smith, Chester W.F. 1/1
Smith, High 1/13
Southworth, Alice 2/12
Southworth, Mary 2/12
Spicer, E. (Jr.)(Capt.) 1/3
Sprout, Eleanore 1/12
Stanton, Thomas 2/12
Stark, Mary 1/12
Stark, Sarah 1/1
Stewart, Lizzie 1/6
Still, Elsie 1/5
Street, Amy 1/9, 1/14
Street, Ann Fish 1/6, 1/8, 1/9, 2/1
Street, Anne 2/1
Street, Constance Leonard 1/7, 1/8, 1/11, 1/12, 2/1, 2/3, 2/10
Street, Edmund 1/9
Street, Eleanor 1/9, 1/12
Street, Ethel 1/9, 1/11, 1/12, 1/14
Street, Evelyn 1/9, 1/14
Street, Florence Haibee 1/8, 1/9, 1/12
Street, Florence Helen 1/6, 1/7, 1/9, 1/10, 1/11, 1/12, 1/13, 1/14, 2/10
Street, Hannah Fish 1/2, 1/6, 1/7, 1/9, 1/12, 1/13, 1/14, 2/1, 2/2, 2/3, 2/10, 2/12
Street, Herman 1/5, 1/6, 1/12, 1/13, 1/14, 2/1, 2/2
Street, James Dean 1/7, 1/8, 1/9, 1/11, 1/12, 1/13, 2/1, 2/10
Street, Jane 2/1
Street, Mary Ann 1/7
Street, Mary Frances 1/1, 1/6, 1/7, 1/8, 1/9, 1/10, 1/11, 1/13, 2/1, 2/3, 2/10
Street, Nannie 1/12, 1/13, 2/3
Street, William 1/9, 1/12
Sullivan, Adelaide 1/14
Sullivan, Jim 1/13
Sullivan, Veda 1/13
Trumbull, Joseph 1/2
Van Schlaek, Helen Boulton 2/1
Van Vleck, Alice 1/8, 1/9, 1/10, 1/11, 1/12
Van Vleck, Frederick 1/8
Van Vleck, George 1/8
Wade, Gerald 1/11
Walsh, Lizzie 1/13
Westervelt, Raymond 2/3
Whittemore, Auston 1/10
Wilbur, J. 1/1
Wilson, Frank 2/1
Wilson, Frank B. 1/4, 2/2
Wilson, H.M. 1/4
Wilson, John 2/2
Wolf, Tom (Capt.) 1/4
Woodhull, Caleb 1/4, 1/5
Woodhull, Fanny 1/4
Wrightsman, Zerriah 1/2

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Index to Vessel Names

NOTE: The fraction(S) indicate the Box and Folder numbers where that particular reference can be found. For example, the researcher will find information about the steamer ARTISAN in Box 1, Folder 4 of the collection.
ARTISAN (Steamer) 1/4
CHINA (Steamer) 1/4
COLORADO (Steamer) 1/4
ELEANOR (Ship) 1/2
EMILY (Sloop) 1/2, 1/4
FRANCIS SKIDDY (Steamer) 1/3
GLOBE (Ship) 1/2
HARDING (Steamer) 1/5
LIBERIA 1/5
LOYALIST (Steamer) 1/4
MORNING STAR (Packet) 1/3
ROSINA (Steamer) 1/4
SAMUEL WILLETS (Ship) 1/3
SARATOGA (Steamer) 1/6
ST. MARK (Ship) 1/4
SUNBEAM (Schooner) 1/5
UTOPIA 1/6
VERMONT (Ship) 1/2
WESER (Steamer) 1/5

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Detailed Description of the Collection

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

Letters; 1838-1933
Box Folder
1 1 Letters; 1830's
2 Letters; 1840-1849
3 Letters; 1850-1859
4 Letters; 1860-1869
5 Letters; 1870-1879
6 Letters; 1880-1889
7 Letters; 1890-1891
8 Letters; 1892
9 Letters; 1893
10 Letters; 18894
11 Letters; 1895
12 Letters; 1896
13 Letters; 1897-1898
14 Letters; 1899
Box Folder
2 1 Letters; 1900-1909
2 Letters; 1910-1919
3 Letters; 1920-1933
Papers; 1722-1900
Box Folder
2 4 Will, John Haley, Stonington, Ct.; 1786 Jun 22
5 Will (Mss. Copy), James Dean Fish, Plainfield, Ct. (copied 1895); 1722 Oct 23
6 Notebook of romantic and religious poetry; ca. 1829-1841
7 Marriage Certificate, Herman E. Street & Hannah Fish; 1876 Jun 24
8 Receipt notebook, Mary Blodget Fish; ca. 1870
9 Deed, Elm Grove Cemetary Assoc. & Benjamin Fish; 1900
10 Letters and Papers; undated
11 Envelopes, stamped and addressed
12 Fish family genealogical information
13 Miscellaneous; 1869 - 1902
Volumes; 1843-1916
Box Volume
2 1 Diary & Domestic Account book, James D. Fish; 1843-1849
2 Diary & Domestic Account book, James D. Fish; 1849-1852
3 Diary/Journal by Herman E. Street; 1873-1889
Box Volume
3 4 Cash Account Book, Hannah Fish; 1874-1878
5 Diary/scrapbook, "St. Felix Magazine," by James D. Fish, Annie Fish (2nd), Alice R. Fish (Jr.); 1908 Dec 25-1910 Mar 31
6 Diary/scrapbook, "St. Felix Magazine," by James D. Fish, Annie Fish (2nd), Alice R. Fish (Jr.); 1910 Apr 1-1911 Jun 30
7 Diary/scrapbook, "St. Felix Magazine," by James D. Fish, Annie Fish (2nd), Alice R. Fish (Jr.); 1911 Jul 1-1913 May 28
8 Diary/scrapbook; 1913 May 30-1916 Sep 30
9 Autograph book, Hannah Fish; 1868 Jan 29

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