Guide to the Eben W. Allen Deed, 1857

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Collection Details

Collection Number:
Eben W. Allen Deed
Allen, Eben W.
Nantucket Historical Association
Material is in English.

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Preferred Citation: [identification of item], in the Eben W. Allen Deed, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Gift of Bill Moynihan of Mandeville, La., in October, 2017 (Acc. RL2017.12).

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Subject Headings

  • Personal Name
    • Allen, Eben W.
    • Sanford, Frederick C.
    • Swain, Obed.
  • Corporate Name
    • Ocean House (Nantucket, Mass.)
  • Topical Term
    • Real property—Massachusetts—History—19th century.
  • Geographic Name
    • Nantucket (Mass.)—History—19th century.

Biographical Information

Eben W. Allen (1815-1876) owned the Washington Hall Cloth and Clothing Warehouse under Washington Hall on Main Street in Nantucket, Mass., in the 1840s. In the 1850s, he served as Superintendent of Lights, with oversight of Nantucket lightships and lighthouses.  In 1858, Eben W. Allen was appointed by U.S. President James Buchanan to be Collector of Customs for the District of Nantucket, State of Massachusetts. He was the owner of the Ocean House Hotel (now known as the Jared Coffin House) from 1857 to 1872. He married Clara G. Wilson, and they had no children that lived to adulthood.

Scope and Content

The Eben W. Allen deed, dated October 8, 1857, is from Eben W. Allen to Obed Swain and Frederick C. Sanford for the “Swain House” on Broad Street. The deed conveys the “tract of land … with the dwelling house and other buildings standing thereon, called the ‘Ocean House’ …” for the consideration of $2,500.


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Processed by Alison Barr, July 2018. Finding aid written Alison Barr, July 2018.

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