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Asa Pingree Papers, 1820-1931

Identifier: MSS 902

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the papers of Asa Pingree created during his life, as well as the papers relating to the administration of his estate.

Series I. Personal Papers is divided into two subseries. Subseries A. Financial and Legal Records include documents created during Pingree's life that relate to running the farm he inherited from his uncle, Thomas Perkins, and deeds documenting purchases of surrounding pastures to expand the farm. There are also booklets outlining the Rules and Orders to be Observed in The Senate of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in which Asa's name appears on page 41 under the list of members of the Senate of 1843. Subseries B. Correspondence is comprised of a dozen letters, calling cards, and invitations.

Series II. Estate of Asa Pingree includes copies of the wills of Thomas Perkins and Asa Pingree; inventories of the estate; notes receivable; and receipts and correspondence of the trustees. Of particular interest in the estate papers is a statement by David Pingree, stating what transpired between him and his Aunt Mary just after his uncle's death, and the subsequent papers relating to Mary Kilborn Pingree's actions to contest of Asa Pingree's last will and testament.

Series III. Topsfield Farm is comprised of documents that relate to the family land in Topsfield, Massachusetts. This series includes ledgers relating to the running of the farm and of grass sold at auction after Asa's death; deeds for land bought and sold by heirs; and David Pingree's (1841-1932) research on the land owned by the family.


  • Creation: 1820-1931


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Biographical Sketch

Asa Pingree was born to Asa Pingree (1770-1834) and Annar Perkins (1771-1853) on February 25, 1807 in Bridgton, Maine. He married Mary Catherine Kilborn (1817-1880) also of Bridgton, in 1841. They had no children. Pingree lived on Thomas Perkins' (his uncle) family farm in Topsfield, Massachusetts, which was bequeathed to him upon his uncle's death. He bought surrounding land, expanding the farm to include approximately 150 acres. He was an active member of the Essex Agricultural Society and a founding member of the Danvers & Georgetown Railroad, which opened in 1854. Pingree died on June 28, 1869 at the farm in Topsfield. His estate was divided between his wife, two sisters, and the children of his brothers David Pingree and Thomas Perkins Pingree. Two of his nephews, children of his brother David, David and Thomas Perkins, were named the executors of his estate; they controlled the bulk of the estate, including the Topsfield farm.


3 linear feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection contains the papers of Asa Pingree created during his life, as well as the papers relating to the administration of his estate.

Series List

SERIES I. Personal Papers

  • A. Financial and Legal Records
  • B. Correspondence
SERIES II. Estate of Asa Pingree

SERIES III. Topsfield Farm

Physical Location

Phillips Library Stacks


This material was donated by Pingree family heirs. David P. Wheatland donated account books as part of Acc. 87015.

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 (1770-1834) Papers, 1794-1853, MSS 900

David Pingree (1795-1863) Papers, MSS 901

David Pingree (1841-1932) Papers, MSS 904

Thomas Perkins Pingree (1803-1864) Papers, MSS 903

Processing Information

Collection processed and cataloged by Jennifer Hornsby, November 2013.

ASA PINGREE (1807-1869) PAPERS, 1820-1931
Inventory prepared by: Jennifer Hornsby; machine-readable finding aid created by: Jennifer Hornsby.
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Processing of this collection was funded by gifts from the Pingree family heirs.

Repository Details

Part of the Phillips Library Repository

Peabody Essex Museum
306 Newburyport Turnpike
Rowley MA 01969 USA