Mason R. Packer Papers(Coll. 235)


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Overview of the Collection

Biography of Mason R. Packer

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Indexes

Detailed Description of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Packer, Mason R., 1800-1888
Title: Mason R. Packer Papers
Dates: ca. 1832-1856
Extent: 323 items
Abstract: The Mason R. Packer Papers is primarily a scattered collection of financial papers and correspondence. This collection includes receipts, bills and accounts, contained in one document box. Most of the 320 pieces and three small volumes are in good condition. During this time, Mason R. Packer was involved in various shipping and salvaging operations in Connecticut and Florida. These papers provide a glimpse into the activities of Packer and other Mystic businessmen in the mid-nineteenth century.
Identification: Coll. 235

Biography of Mason R. Packer

Mason R. Packer (1800-1888) lived most of his life in Mystic, CT and was involved in a variety of maritime and business activities. As a young man he fished for southern markets and kept store in Key West, Florida. He later returned to Mystic, and was involved in sealing, whaling, coastal trade and other local businesses.

He was evidently a player in Mystic's major business activies of the period. The revival of sealing and whaling was a boost to the local economy and Mystic men were also in the salvage and store-keeping operations that centered around Key West. Packer's papers make several references to the sale of elephant oil and he was part owner in four of Mystic's whaling vessels (GLOBE, LEANDER, TAMPICO, and VERMONT).

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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:

Batty, Oliver, 1813-1854
Cottrell, Joseph
Dudley, Lyman, 1803-1868
Fish, Asa, 1790-1861
Mallory, Charles, 1796-1882

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

B.F. Hoxie & Co. (Mystic, Conn.)
George Greenman & Company
Mallory & Grant (Mystic, Conn.)

Subjects:

Business enterprises--Connecticut--Mystic
Business enterprises--Florida--Key West
Coastwise shipping--Atlantic Coast (U.S.)
Salvage
Sealing
Shipping
Whale oil
Whaling--Connecticut--Mystic
Whaling ships

Occupations:

Businessmen--Connecticut--Mystic
Businessmen--Florida--Key West
Shipowners--Connecticut--Mystic

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 235, 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 Walter Abbott in Box 1, Folder 21 of the collection.
Abbott, Walter 1/21
Addams, John 1/11
Akins, ? (Capt.) 1/20
Allyn, Jacob 1/8
Ashbey, Alfred 1/4
Ashby, Alfred 1/8
Ashby, G.W. 1/15
Ashby, R. 1/19
Ashby, Ramsford 1/5
Avery, ? 1/6
Avery, Joseph F. 1/18
Batty, O. 1/8
Batty, Oliver 1/7, 1/8, 1/9
Beckwith, William E. 1/19
Beettleman, ? 1/21
Brown, John 1/7, 1/8
Bryce, ? 1/16
Bullion, John 1/21
Burrows, Guy E. 1/4
Burrows, John 1/1, 1/5
Butterfield, William B. 1/8
Cabot, Bruno 1/5
Carara, Jose 1/18
Champlin, James 1/5
Cheseboro, Amos 1/8
Chester, Alfred 1/6
Clift, Amos 1/5
Clift, Hiram (Capt.) 1/10
Clift, Waterman 1/12
Clift, Waterman (Capt.) 1/10
Cobb, ? (Capt.) 1/6
Comray, Thomas 1/16
Comstock, A.G. 1/6
Congdon, Harriet D. 1/8
Congdon, Jeremiah 1/8
Conner, Hickford 1/17
Copeland, Charles 1/6
Cottrell, Joseph 1/4, 1/5, 1/7, 1/11, 1/12, 1/13, 1/14, 1/15
Cuzzins, ? 1/12
Daboll, Nathan 1/4
Denison, Ann E. (Mrs.) 1/8
Denison, Diannah (Mrs.) 1/8
Denison, Henry 1/8
Denison, Isaac W. 1/9
Denison, Peleg 1/4, 1/5
Denison, R. (Jr.) 1/4
Dudley, Lyman 1/7, 1/8, 1/9, 1/18
Dudley, W.H. 1/15
Edgcomb, Eli 1/17
Edgecomb, Daniel 1/10
Edgecomb, Daniel D. 1/5, 1/8
Edgecomb, David D. 1/7
Edwards, ? (Capt.) 1/20
Eldredge, Abel 1/2
Eldredge, C. Elane 1/16
Eldredge, E. 1/16
Eldredge, Elam 1/19, 1/21
Eldredge, George 1/11, 1/12
Eldredge, George (Capt.) 1/5, 1/18
Eldredge, Lucy 1/8
Eldredge, William H. 1/8
Ellison, B. (Capt.) 1/10
Ellison, Benjamin 1/6
Fellows, ? 1/16
Fellows, ? 1/6
Fellows, ? (Capt.) 1/18
Fellows, Pierce P. 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6
Fetters, William 1/16, 1/21
Finlay, ? (Capt.) 1/6
Fish, ? 1/11
Fish, A. 1/16
Fish, Asa 1/3, 1/4, 1/7, 1/9, 1/11, 1/13, 1/15
Fish, Charles (Mrs.) 1/15
Fish, James D. 1/4
Fish, Latham 1/4
Fish, S. 1/1, 1/19
Fish, Simeon 1/2, 1/5, 1/7
Fish, Waty 1/19
Fisher, ? (Capt.) 1/20
Fitch, Deborah 1/5
Fitch, Edward 1/4
Fitch, Joseph B. 1/21
Fitch, Latham 1/2, 1/5
Fontane, B.J. 1/5
Fontane, P.J. 1/1, 1/6
Fontane, Philip J. 1/6
Forsyth, Peter (Capt.) 1/13
Fuller, ? 1/21
Gallup, Christopher 1/9
Gates, Gurdon (Capt.) 1/13
Glover, ? 1/13
Goldsmith, Daniel 1/5
Gordon, A. 1/6
Green, Isaiah 1/7
Greene, P.C. 1/5
Haley, Elisha (Esq.) 1/4
Haley, Giles 1/4
Haley, Nelson 1/1
Haley, Simeon 1/8
Hallam, ? 1/12
Hammond, ? (Capt.) 1/21
Harrison, Aldin 1/4
Hempsted, Eliza A. 1/8
Hempsted, William D. 1/8
Holdridge, Eleanor 1/18
Holmes, ? (Capt.) 1/9
Holmes, Jeremiah 1/18
Hoxie, B.F. 1/12, 1/19
Hoxie, B.F. (Esq.) 1/6
Hoxie, Benjamin 1/6
Hoxie, Benjamin F. 1/7
Hyde, J. 1/19
Hyde, Samuel 1/4
Jananjen, ? (Capt.) 1/20
Judd, ? (Dr.) 1/21
Keeney, Sylvester 1/8
Kelly, Franklin 1/19
Kemp, ? (Capt.) 1/7
Kemps, William 1/8
Kendall, H.L. 1/17
King, Benjamin 1/4, 1/6
Klotz, John 1/7
Latham, C. 1/9
Latham, Henry 1/4, 1/6
Latham, W. 1/9
Lewis, ? (Mrs.) 1/15
Lincoln, Joseph 1/8
Littlefield, ? (Capt.) 1/13
Main, Denison 1/19
Maker, William 1/6
Mallory, Charles 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/7
Mallory, Charles W. 1/7
Mason, Nehemiah 1/7, 1/8
Maxson, Charles 1/13
McCarthy, John 1/16
Mead, W.A. 1/8
Melsges, William (Capt.) 1/16
Mills, Thomas 1/6
Mills, Thomas H. 1/4
Miner, Asa 1/8
Miner, Isaac D. 1/4
Miner, J.D. 1/8
Moon, George 1/19
Nephews, Castille 1/6
Niles, William 1/9
Noyes, C. 1/14
Noyes, Cyrus 1/7
Noyes, G.W. 1/13
Ogden, John 1/7
Packer, Amy 1/19
Packer, Charles C. 1/21
Packer, Emma 1/10
Packer, George 1/19
Packer, George P. 1/2
Packer, Hannah M. 1/19
Packer, James 1/1
Packer, John 1/19
Packer, R.I.F. 1/15
Palmer, B.F. 1/5
Palmer, Benjamin F. 1/9
Parker, Amy 1/2
Parker, Lodowick 1/19
Parks, Franklin 1/19
Parks, Nathaniel 1/19
Perkins, H.A. 1/13
Phillip, Franklin D. 1/7
Ramdell, ? 1/10
Randall, ? 1/11
Randall, ? 1/4
Randall, ? (Capt.) 1/5
Rathbun, ? (Capt.) 1/2
Rathbun, E. 1/5, 1/8, 1/9
Rathbun, E. (Capt.) 1/19
Rathbun, Elisha 1/1
Rawlins, H.J. 1/16
Rawlins, W.J. 1/16
Richardson, L.H. 1/16
Roberson, R.H. 1/21
Robinson, ? 1/16
Rogers, Francis H. 1/9
Rorolund, ? (Capt.) 1/12
Rowland, ? (Mrs.) 1/19
Rowland, Abby 1/4
Rowland, Peter 1/4
Rowland, Peter E. 1/5
Rumwell, William N. 1/16
Ryan, Mary D. 1/8
Sabins, John 1/4
Sawyer, B. (Capt.) 1/12
Sawyer, Benjamin 1/6
Sawyer, Benjamin (Capt.) 1/18
Sawyer, John H. (Capt.) 1/5
Sawyer, Philip 1/5
Seaman, J.W. 1/7
Shaw, William H. 1/1
Smith, Charles 1/21
Smith, E.A. 1/1
Smith, Elliot (Capt.) 1/6
Smith, Samuel 1/3
Stam, William H. 1/5, 1/18
Stanton, ? (Mrs.) 1/15
Stark, A.G. 1/8
Stephens, Samuel 1/1
Sternswater, J. Robinson 1/16
Stoddard, B.Y. 1/15
Stout, Peter 1/6
Taylor, F.M. 1/11, 1/12
Thomas, Isaac 1/12
Trowbridge, James R. 1/16
Waterous, Amos 1/19
Watson, R.H. 1/6
Wheeler, H.L. 1/2
Wheeler, John 1/9
Wheeler, John G.J. 1/8
Wheeler, Jonathan 1/6, 1/8, 1/9
Whiting, Nathan B. 1/7
Wilbur, Jeremiah 1/19
Willey, H. 1/19
Williams, C.M. 1/18
Williams, Charles S. 1/5, 1/6
Williams, Daniel R. 1/7
Williams, Thomas 1/7, 1/8, 1/9
Willis, Caleb 1/6
Wilson, Scott 1/2
Wingman, J. 1/16
Wolf, A.G. 1/4
Wolf, Albert G. 1/5
Wolf, Charles 1/12
Wolf, John A. 1/12, 1/19
Wolfe, Charles (Capt.) 1/7
Wolfe, George 1/8
Woodward, George (Capt.) 1/3
Woolf, Charles (Capt.) 1/7

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Index to Corporate 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 A.T. Hicks & Co. in Box 1, Folder 7 of the collection.
A.T. Hicks & Co. 1/7
Allen & Parson 1/12
Ashby & Fish 1/15
Ashby Pool & Co. 1/12
B.F. Hoxie & Co. 1/8, 1/9, 1/14, 1/18
Benjamin & King 1/18
Benjamin Ellison & Co. 1/5
C.P. Williams & Co. 1/13
Carpenter & Co. 1/9
Cottrell & Hoxie 1/5, 1/8, 1/9, 1/12, 1/13, 1/18
Cottrell & Mallory 1/10
Cottrell, Gallup & Co. 1/17
Denison and Packer 1/17
Fellows & Comstock 1/9
Foster & Gillman 1/12
G. Dart & Co. 1/9
George Greenman & Co. 1/5, 1/7, 1/9
Heeney & Brown 1/12
J. Wheeler Jr. & Co. 1/5
J.T. Gilbert 1/4
John Burrows & Co. 1/4, 1/5, 1/19
Joseph Cottrell & Co. 1/9
Lester & Ramsdale 1/9
Lester & Ramsdell 1/8, 1/10
Mallory & Grant 1/7, 1/8, 1/9, 1/18
Messrs. Roberson & Hughes 1/21
Messrs. vonKolt & Huick 1/21
Mills & Denison 1/2
Mystic River National Bank 1/17
Noyes & Ashbey 1/1, 1/2, 1/3
O.J. Braman & Co. 1/19
O.T. Braman & Co. 1/8
P. Denison & Co. 1/5
P.J. Fontaine & Co. 1/4
Packer 1/19
Packer & Ashbey 1/8
Packer & Ashby 1/9
Packer & Ashby Co. 1/19
Packer & Clark 1/15
Palmer & Latham 1/9
Pratt & Bros. 1/4
R. Coady & Co. 1/21
Randall & Co. 1/2
Rothchild's 1/12
Sawyer & Brightman 1/15
Schermerhorn, Banker & Co. 1/7
Smith Cady & Co. 1/10
T.H. Mills & Son 1/9
vanHolt & Herric 1/21
Velasquez & Lyons 1/16
W.A. Meade & Co. 1/12
W.F. Carpenter & Co. 1/8
William A. Meade & Co. 1/9
William H. Stam & Co. 1/9

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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 ship AERONAUT in Box 1, Folder 10 of the collection.
AERONAUT (Ship) 1/10
ALERT (Sloop) 1/4
ALERT (Smack) 1/8
ALMEDA (Brig) 1/12
AMAZON (Schooner) 1/5, 1/6
ANCOX (Schooner) 1/5
ANN B. HOLMES (Sloop) 1/12
ANN ELIZA (Brig) 1/12
ATLAS (Ship) 1/5
BOLINA (Schooner) 1/8
BRILLIANT (Sloop) 1/1, 1/2, 1/5
CAMBRIDGE (Brig) 1/1
CHARLESTON (Smack) 1/12
CHARMING (Bark) 1/15
CIGNET (Brig) 1/1
COASTING TRADER 1/8, 1/18
COASTING TRADER (Schooner) 1/6, 1/9
COASTING TRADER (Smack) 1/7
COL. J. SHEPARD (Schooner) 1/12
COUNTRY TRADING (Schooner) 1/10
DANIEL WEBSTER (Sloop) 1/13
DOLPHIN (Schooner) 1/5, 1/7, 1/8, 1/10
EAGLE (Schooner) 1/6
ELEANOR (Bark) 1/4
EMELINE (Bark) 1/11
EMELINE (Brig) 1/12
EMPIRE (Schooner) 1/13
EXCEL (Schooner) 1/16, 1/18
EXCELL (Schooner) 1/16
FLORIDA (Steamer) 1/12
FOAM (Schooner) 1/12
GEORGE ELDREDGE 1/18
GEORGE ELDREDGE (Sloop) 1/11
GEORGE WILSON (Brig) 1/12
HANCOCK (Schooner) 1/4
HANCOX (Schooner) 1/4, 1/5
HANDCOCK (Schooner) 1/4, 1/5
HECTOR (Ship) 1/1
HIRCAROU (Schooner) 1/1
J. D. NOYES (Brig) 1/19
JESSE D. NOYES (Brig) 1/8
L. D. NOYES (Brig) 1/12
LAWSON (Brig) 1/12
LORETO (Smack) 1/7
LUCY ANN 1/13
LUCY ANN (Ship) 1/12
MANHATTAN (Brig) 1/12
MARINER (Smack) 1/12
MARTHA (Schooner) 1/1
MARY ANN (Schooner) 1/6
MARY JANE (Smack) 1/11
METEOR (Schooner) 1/7
MORNING STAR (Smack) 1/8
NANCY (Schooner) 1/4
P. GRONIG (Brig) 1/12
PACIFIC (Ship) 1/5
PARAGON (Brig) 1/1
PEIRCE (Schooner) 1/12
PILGRIM (Brig) 1/11
PILGRIM (Schooner) 1/3
PLUME (Sloop) 1/4
PRUDENCE ANN 1/8
PRUDENCE ANN (Smack) 1/7, 1/9, 1/10
R. WATSON (Smack) 1/12
RELIEF (Sloop smack) 1/3
SUPERIOR (Smack) 1/9
TAMPICO (Brig) 1/1, 1/2
TRUMBULL (Steamer) 1/12
WHALE (Schooner) 1/4
WILBEFORCE (Brig) 1/1

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Detailed Description of the Collection

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

Business papers and correspondence; 1832-1872
Box Folder
1 1 Papers;
2 Papers; 1834
3 Papers; 1835
4 Papers; 1836
5 Papers; 1837
6 Papers; 1838
7 Papers; 1839
8 Papers; 1840
9 Papers; 1841
10 Papers; 1842
11 Papers; 1843
12 Papers; 1844
13 Papers; 1845
14 Papers; 1846
15 Papers; 1847
16 Papers; ca. 1850-1857
17 Papers; ca. 1868-1872
18 Papers, miscellaneous items; undated
Volumes; ca. 1835-1865
Volume
1 Account book, Mason R. Packer; ca. 1835-1865
2 Vessel Account Book; ca. 1853
3 Account book, Mason R. Packer, Honolulu; ca. 1855-1856

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