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Asa Pingree Papers, 1794-1853

Identifier: MSS 900

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the papers of Asa Pingree and his wife, Annar Perkins Pingree. There are two volumes of ledgers documenting Pingree’s shoemaking business and other accounts related to running his farm and personal expenses. The collection also consists of loose receipts, legal documents, letters from his son David, a diary, and the inventory of his estate. There is a "family record" in which births and marriages were recorded by both Asa Pingree (1732-1811) and Asa Pingree Jr. (1770-1834), which may have been copied from a family Bible. The receipts for the living expenses of Annar Pingree, after the death of her husband, and a draft of her will are also included in this collection.


  • Creation: 1794-1853


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Biographical Sketch

Asa Pingree was born to Asa Pingree (1732-1811) and Elisabeth Kneeland (1736-1803) on June 25, 1770. He married Annar Perkins (1771-1853) in 1795. Pingree was a farmer and shoemaker in New Rowley, (now Georgetown) Massachusetts until he moved to Bridgton, Maine, where he built a saw and grist mill. In 1813 he and his family returned to Massachusetts. He and Annar had five children: David (1795-1863); Annar (1797-1875); Mary (1801-1880); Thomas Perkins (1803-1864); and Asa (1807-1869). Pingree died April 24, 1834 in New Rowley.

Annar Perkins was born to Moses Perkins (1732-1807) and Annar Cummings (1734-1825) on May 31, 1771 in Topsfield, Massachusetts. She died on June 10, 1853. Her brother, Thomas Perkins (1758-1830), never married and left the bulk of his estate to his nephew David, the oldest child of Annar and Asa Pingree.


0.5 linear feet (1 box; 1 oversized folder)

Language of Materials



This collection contains the papers of Asa Pingree and his wife, Annar Perkins Pingree.

Physical Location

Phillips Library Stacks


This material was donated by Pingree family heirs.

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.

Asa Pingree (1807-1869) Papers, 1820-1931, MSS 902

David Pingree (1795-1863) Papers, MSS 901

Processing Information

Collection processed and cataloged by Jennifer Hornsby, November 2013.

Inventory prepared by Jennifer Hornsby
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Repository Details

Part of the Phillips Library Repository

Peabody Essex Museum
306 Newburyport Turnpike
Rowley MA 01969 USA