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John Winn Papers, 1818, 1845-1881, undated

Identifier: MSS 925

Scope and Content Note

The John Winn papers contain materials from Winn’s business dealings in the lumber trade. This collection has been divided into two series.

Series I. Business Papers contains materials from Winn’s lumber business, including account books, township accounts, and accounts with specific individuals or corporations, receipts and vouchers. Persons with sensitivity to mold should use caution when viewing the cash book, 1845-1856 (box 1, folder 1).

Series II. Winn and Paulk Papers contain papers from John Winn’s business dealings, both as a partner and as a legal opponent, with Ephraim Paulk, and E. Paulk and Paulk Company. This series includes legal and financial papers, deeds, and an account book belonging to E. Paulk and Paulk Company detailing mortgage payments, lumber, and other items; loose materials found within the account book have been left interleaved in the book. There are also summaries of Supreme Court proceedings between the two parties and testimonies, and some miscellaneous papers.


  • Creation: 1818, 1845-1881, undated


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


John Winn was involved in the lumber trade in Bangor, Maine, and acted as an agent for David Pingree (1795-1863) of Salem, Massachusetts. In 1847, Pingree sold an undivided share of land in Maine, part of T7 R12, to Winn. Pingree, E. S. Coe, and Winn separated out a 500-acre tract of T7 R12 for the Chamberlain Farm. Winn was the treasurer of Old Town Bridge Corporation.


3.5 linear feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials



The John Winn papers contain materials from Winn’s business dealings in the lumber trade.

Series List

SERIES I. Business Papers

SERIES II. Winn and Paulk Papers

Physical Location

Phillips Library Stacks


This material was donated by Pingree family heirs.

Bibliography and Related Material

Bennett, Dean B. The Wilderness from Chamberlain Farm: A Story of Hope for the American Wild. Washington D. C.: Island Press/Shearwater Books, 2001.

David Pingree Papers, 1810-1939, MSS 901.

Samuel Smith Papers, 1844-1850, 1865. MSS 926.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Hilary Streifer, August 2015.

JOHN WINN PAPERS, 1818, 1845-1881, undated
Processed by: Hilary Streifer; machine-readable finding aid created by: Hilary Streifer.
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The processing of this collection was funded by a gift from the Pingree heirs.

Repository Details

Part of the Phillips Library Repository

Peabody Essex Museum
306 Newburyport Turnpike
Rowley MA 01969 USA