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Annable Family Papers, 1800-1976

Identifier: MSS 334

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of genealogical information collected by Irving Annable about his paternal and maternal ancestors. The information is detailed and well documented. [This family is to be distinguished from the Annable family in Barnstable, Massachusetts, descended from Anthony Annable, who came to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1623.]

Folder 1 consists of a 125-page Annable family genealogy compiled by Irving Annable. Starting with the family crest and origin of the family name, the genealogy traces each generation of the family descended from John Annable, a tailor who settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 1637. The notes are detailed and well-referenced and represent the culmination of years of research on Irving Annable's part. This folder should be of particular interest to those researching the Annable family.

Folder 2 consists of assorted notes and worksheets on the Annable family collected by Irving Annable as well as by others. Of particular interest is a small notebook updated through the 1950's by Irving Annable's daughter, Dorothy. Included in this notebook are several obituaries and wedding announcements.

Folder 3 contains official papers pertaining to the Annable family from 1800 to 1890. Included are a statement of citizenship for seaman Ephraim Annable (1800), Civil War orders and discharge papers for Charles Annable, who served in the 23rd Massachusetts regiment from 1861 to 1864, and pension papers for his widow, Rebecca.

Folder 4 contains 26 letters to Irving Annable (1889 to 1940) concerning Annable family genealogy, one letter to Mabel Annable (1934) describing the capture, imprisonment and death of her uncle James Walsh at Andersonville, Georgia, in 1864, and four letters to Dorothy Annable (1935-1973), two of which describe the Annable family in Tioga County, New York, and refer to the possible donation of family papers to the Tioga County Historical Museum.

Folder 5 contains information about Irving Annable's wife's family, in particular the Wendells, back to the seventeenth century. Records include obituaries, pedigree charts, family bible records, and other notes.

Folder 6 contains official documents pertaining to the Wendell family. Included are Daniel Wendell's and Margaret Walsh's marriage certificate (1860), Civil War appointment and discharge papers for Daniel Wendell, who served briefly in the 2nd New Hampshire Regiment in 1861, Civil War pension papers for his widow (1910), and cemetery records.

Folder 7 includes several published pieces of information about the Annable family including articles from The Essex Antiquarian (1899, 1901) and also other general articles concerning genealogy.

Folder 8 contains two volumes pertaining to Annable family history, namely, the Report of the Committee Appointed to Revise the Soldiers' Record, Danvers, 1895, and The Magazine of American Genealogy--Andr to Arms, No. 7, February 1930, published by The Institute of American Genealogy.

Folder 9 contains newspaper clippings and other historical information about Boston and Salem, Massachusetts, most of which was transcribed from published references.

Folder 10 contains miscellaneous Annable family papers unrelated to genealogy. These include a list of teacher candidates for Salem, Massachusetts (1882), a list of Irving Annable's Bowditch School (Salem, Massachusetts) classmates (1883) (see also MSS 0.540), and an income tax return for Dorothy Annable (1976).


  • Creation: 1800-1976


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Biographical Sketch

Irving Kinsman Annable was born on July 22, 1867 in Danvers, Massachusetts. He married Mabel Wendell of Plymouth, New Hampshire, on February 15, 1892, with whom he had a son, Walter, and a daughter, Dorothy. Annable founded the Berkeley Press of Boston, which he operated for 54 years. He resided in Salem, Massachusetts, and was a member of many local societies including the Essex Institute and House of Seven Gables. He was a member of the Crombie Street Congregational Church in Salem and contributed an article on the history of the church to the Essex Institute Historical Collections (77: 203-217, 1941). Annable died in Salem on April 29, 1945.


.5 Linear feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



This collection consists primarily of genealogical information collected by Irving Annable about his paternal and maternal ancestors.

Physical Location

Phillips Library Stacks


This material was donated by Gary Peterson in 1986 (acc #86018).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lee Jacoby, April 2003.

Processed by: Lee Jacoby; machine-readable finding aid created by: Rajkumar Natarajan.
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Repository Details

Part of the Phillips Library Repository

Peabody Essex Museum
306 Newburyport Turnpike
Rowley MA 01969 USA