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Ann Maria Kimball Pingree Family Papers, 1823-1900

Identifier: MSS 903

Scope and Content Note

The Ann Maria (Kimball) Pingree Papers include correspondence and papers of family members.

Series I. Personal Papers includes Subseries A. Correspondence comprised of letters from family members and some friends. There are thank you notes from relatives for Christmas gifts, correspondence with her daughters while in the United States and abroad in Europe, letters of condolences after the passing of her husband David in 1863, and correspondence between her children. Correspondence is organized chronologically. Subseries B. Financial Records is a very small subseries containing two personal receipts. Subseries C. Personal Papers and Ephemera include calling cards, copies of poems and bible verses, carte de visite and cabinet card photographs of family members, one daguerreotype, one ambrotype, two tintypes and cabinet cards of Cape Cod and Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Series II. Family Papers has been separated into two subseries. Subseries A. Augustus S. Brown Diaries and Estate includes twenty-eight diaries of Pingree’s nephew dating from 1863 to 1889 and the settlement of his estate. It also includes the settlement of Ann Maria Pingree’s distributive share of her nephew, Augustus S. Brown’s estate. The money was donated to create a trust for the Brown Library Association in Seabrook, New Hampshire. A new library has since been built and the Brown Library now houses the Historical Society of Seabrook. Subseries B. Other Family Papers holds papers relating to the estate of her brother-in-law Sewall Brown (1798-1850) and his notebook containing medical lecture notes; legal documents and papers relating to the estate of her brother Edward Dearborn Kimball; legal documents related to the settlement of the estate of family friend Edward Dearborn (1776-1851); and letters, bills and ephemera of her niece, Belinda Brown.


  • Creation: 1823-1900


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Biographical Sketch

Ann Maria Kimball was born to Nathaniel Kimball (1777-1821) and Sarah Knight (1780-1849) on April 9, 1804 in Plaistow, New Hampshire. She married David Pingree (1795-1863) in 1824. They had seven children: Thomas Perkins (1830-1876); Asa (1833-1846); David (1835-1836); Annar (1839-1911); David (1841-1932); Ann Maria (1843-1844); Ann Maria (1846-1927). She died on March 20, 1893 in Salem, Massachusetts.

Her daughter Annar Perkins (1839-1911), known as Anna, married Joseph Peabody in 1866. They had no children.

Her younger daughter Ann Maria (1846-1927), known as Maria, married Stephen G. Wheatland in 1869. They had three children.

Her sister, Abigail Knight Kimball (1806-1847) married Dr. Sewall Brown (1798-1850) in 1828. Brown (also spelled Browne) was a graduate of Dartmouth College, and a prominent physician and resident of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. He hanged himself on March 3, 1850. Together they had five children: Ann Maria (1829-1850), Warren (d. 1850), Augustus Sewall (1834-1892), Belinda (1835-1884), and Elbridge Kimball (1840-1869).

Her nephew mentioned above, Augustus Sewall Brown (1834-1892), married Florence V. Rogers in 1870. She remarried in 1884, but a record of their divorce could not be found. His aunt was named a beneficiary of his will upon his death in 1892. His estate was not settled until 1895, two years after his aunt’s decease. David Pingree (1841-1932) received the distributive share of $1570.31 on behalf of his mother. In a letter dated January 9, 1896 David wrote “It is the desire of her children and heirs, namely Mrs. Anna P. Peabody, Mrs. Ann Maria Wheatland and myself to give the above sum to the Brown Library Association of Seabrook, New Hampshire, to be held as a permanent fund, the income only to be used for the purposes of the Association.”

Her brother, Edward Dearborn Kimball (1810-1867), married their cousin, Susan Sawyer Kimball (1818-1902) in 1839. They had one child that survived to adulthood, Frank Reed Kimball (1853-1924).


1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Ann Maria (Kimball) Pingree Papers include correspondence, photographs, and papers of family members.

Series List

SERIES I. Personal Papers

  • A. Correspondence
  • B. Financial Records
  • C. Personal Papers and Ephemera
SERIES II. Family Papers

  • A. Augustus S. Brown Diaries and Estate
  • B. Other Family Papers

Physical Location

Phillips Library Stacks


This material was donated by Pingree family heirs. The provenance of the Sewall Brown notebook is unknown.

Bibliography and Related Material

Pingry, William M. Genealogical record of the descendants of Moses Pengry, of Ipswich, Mass.: so far as ascertained/collected and arranged by William M. Pingry. Ludlow, Vt.: Warner & Hyde, printers, 1881.

David Pingree (1795-1863) Papers, MSS 901

David Pingree (1841-1932) Papers, MSS 905

Thomas Perkins Pingree (1830-1876) Papers, MSS 904

Kimball Family Papers, 1821-1917MSS 84

Frank Reed Kimball (1830-1876) Papers, 1819-1928, MSS 307

Daybook of Sewall Brown, (1799-1850), 1833-1837, MSS 1050

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jennifer Hornsby, March 2015.

Ann Maria Kimball Pingree (1804-1893) Family Papers, 1823-1900
Inventory prepared by Jennifer Hornsby
Language of description
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Processing of this collection was funded by the Pingree heirs.

Repository Details

Part of the Phillips Library Repository

Peabody Essex Museum
306 Newburyport Turnpike
Rowley MA 01969 USA