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Andrew B. Vennard (1808-1857) Papers, 1835-1856

Identifier: MH 225

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the personal and business papers of Andrew B. Vennard, a New Hampshire ship owner. The collection is divided into four series. Series I. Ships' Papers is divided into four subseries: Emma (Brig), Eagle (Schooner), Marine (Bark), and other ships' records. Each subseries is arranged by ship name and then chronologically. Document types include bills, receipts, invoices, contracts, and crew lists. Many receipts refer to cargo, which includes potatoes, rice, coffee, flour, and beef.

Series II. Correspondence consists of correspondence and is arranged alphabetically by correspondent, then chronologically. Letters included are from ship captains, lawyers, and relatives, though all correspondence relates to the shipping industry.

Series III. Insurance Policies consists of insurance policies for cargo and fire damage, and is arranged chronologically.

Series IV. Account Books contains account books for Vennard's various business endeavors.


  • Creation: 1835-1856


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Biographical Sketch

Andrew B. Vennard was born in 1808 to Captain George Vennard and Dorothy Clifford Bell in New Castle, New Hampshire. He was Treasurer of the Portsmouth and Concord Railroad. He was also the owner of many ships, including Arlitta, Armida, Emma, Eagle, Garden Key, Gent Brooks, Marine, Minerva, Oscar, Rinaldo, Telegraph, and Viola, that sailed to Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, and Brazil. His brothers, H. T. Vennard and Matthew B. Vennard, were captains of a few of the ships.

Vennard moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and married Ariadne Shapleigh Locke in 1835. They had seven children, Francis Allen, Andrew Bell, Abbie Underwood, William Lawrence, Emma Greenleaf, Helen Bell, and Franklin V.


3.5 linear feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Andrew B. Vennard Papers includes the ships' papers, correspondence, insurance policies and account books created by Andrew Vennard.

Series List

SERIES I. Ships' Papers

  • A. Emma (Brig)
  • B. Eagle (Schooner)
  • C. Marine (Bark)
  • D. Various Ships
SERIES II. Correspondence

SERIES III. Insurance Policies

SERIES IV. Account Books

Physical Location

Phillips Library Stacks


The collection was purchased (acc 16,836).

Processing Information

Collection processed and cataloged by Marissa Szumowaki, October 2011.

ANDREW B. VENNARD (1808-1857) PAPERS, 1835-1856
Inventory prepared by Marissa Szumowski
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Processing of this collection was funded by a grant from the NHPRC (National Historical Publications and Records Commission).

Repository Details

Part of the Phillips Library Repository

Peabody Essex Museum
306 Newburyport Turnpike
Rowley MA 01969 USA