Captain Samuel Patterson Papers, 1794-1837
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Brief Description:

The contents of the Capt. Samuel Patterson Papers consist almost exclusively of soft-bound account books, some of which contain sections of log-books for various voyages, and log-books.  Unfortunately Patterson seems to have used whichever one was closest to hand, without regard to what was already in the book and without regard to where material on the same subject may already have been written in any given volume.  Thus each book is a random collection of accounts about several vessels, the farm and household, the mill, and miscellaneous memoranda.  Even within a book all the material on the same vessel or topic will be scattered from page to page.  It is not an easy collection from which to glean all the material possible, and as a result the processor has tried to indicate in the Container List the names of most of the vessels and topics in each folder.  Researchers are urged to be both diligent and thorough in their search.

            The order used to arrange the books follows the chronological order of the vessels which Patterson commanded, and generally the first vessel listed in the book determines the name  given to the folder.

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Created by: Patterson, Samuel, Captain (1767-1849)
Volume: 1.5 Boxes
Biographical Note for Patterson, Samuel, Captain (1767-1849) :

Samuel Patterson was born in Pownalborough, ME (now Dresden), on February 5,

1767.  He was the son of Capt. James and Margaret (Howard) Patterson of Cushnoc (near Augusta) and the grandson of Dea. David Patterson, who settled in Augusta with Col. John North in 1735.  Samuel was at sea by at least the 1790's and in command of local coasting vessels.  About 1797 or 1798 he seems to have switched to making longer transatlantic voyages, although he did make additional coasting voyages into the early nineteenth century.  Many of the vessels he commanded were owned by Wiscasset business men.  (A list of the vessels he commanded precedes the Container List.)  He apparently did not own vessels himself.  Patterson lived in Wiscasset until about 1823, when he moved to Augusta this appears to have coincided with the end of his active sailing career.  He died in Augusta in January, 1849.

            On September 4, 1808, he married Mary Tinkham (?-1870), daughter of Maj. Seth Tinkham of Wiscasset.  They had eleven children:

                        Joseph Wood (1809-?) m. 1834 Mary J. Sawyer 6 children

                        Mary (1811-1814)

                        Samuel (1814-?) m. 1838 Sophronia Gorden 1 child

                        Mary Elizabeth (1816-1873) m. 1835 Joseph E. Gannett 14 children

                        James Howard (1818-?) m. 1862 Hannah Neal he later dropped Patterson

                                    from his name and was the preserver of these papers

                        Catherine Woodman (1820-?) m. 1839 Samuel B. Morse 6 children

                        Margaret (1822-?) m. 1842 George F. Cooke 5 children

                        Sarah Bowman (1824-1841)

                        Octavia Bowman (1826-?)

                        Harriet Newell (1828-?) m. 1861 Otis Taylor 6 children

                        William Henry (1832-?) m. 1858 Anna Castle.

After their marriage the Pattersons boarded with her father and others until 1811, when they set up their own household.  Later, when he was not at sea, Patterson was involved with farming and mills, although his exact relationship with the Birch Point Mills in Wiscasset remains unclear from the papers themselves.  He frequently had boarders living with the family, and bought lottery tickets for canals.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on the use of the Capt. Samuel Patterson Papers.
Subject Index
Account books
Action (ship)
Asia (ship)
Betsy & Polly (schooner)
Birch Point Grist Mill (ME)
Courier (sloop)
Crew lists
Crosby, Ebenezer
Crosby, Thomas, Captain
Diana (ship)
Elwell, Robert
Freight and freightage
Friendship (brig)
Ganges (ship)
Great Britain
Jane (brig)
Jefferson (schooner)
Letters of instruction to captains
Mary (Ship)
Merchant seamen
Mills and mill-work
Mount Vernon (ship)
Nancy (ship)
Nancy (sloop)
Nickels, Thomas
Noble, Francis, Captain
Patterson, James H.
Patterson, Samuel, Captain
Patterson family
Rice, Warren
Salt industry and trade
Ship captains
Syren (schooner)
Tinkham, Seth, Major
Tinkham, Spencer W.
Tinkham family
Ulysses (ship)
United States--History--War of 1812
West Indies trade
Williams, Charles
Wiscasset (ME)
Wood, Abiel
Wood, Joseph T.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: The material described herein is the physical property of the Maine Maritime Museum Library. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors of the various items, or to their legal representatives, or to Maine Maritime Museum. For further information, consult the library staff.
Acquisition Notes: Gift of Kennebec Historical Society, 1990. G90.30.  The Capt. Samuel Patterson Papers were preserved by his third son, James Howard Patterson, who changed his name to James Howard. After his death his widow, Hannah (Neal) Howard gave the papers to the Kennebec Historical Society on October 16, 1899.  Nearly ninety years later when the KHS was disbanding, these papers were given to Maine Maritime Museum.  Many of the volumes in the collection actually have labels pasted in stating their provenance.
PreferredCitation: Captain Samuel Patterson Papers, MS-70, Research Library, Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, Maine