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- Collection Number:
- Journal of Samuel Swain
- 1813-1837, 1876-1888
- Swain, Samuel, 1808-1892
- Nantucket Historical Association
- Material is in English.
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Preferred Citation: Journal of Samuel Swain, Nantucket Historical Association.
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- MS116 Swain Family Papers, Nantucket Historical Association
- Swain, Samuel, 1808-1892.
- Business—Massachusetts—Nantucket—19th century.
- Weather—Observations—Massachusetts—Nantucket—19th century.
- Whale oil.
Samuel Swain (1808-1892) was born in Nantucket, Mass., to George Swain (1776-1848) and Hannah Coffin Swain (1778-1761). Circa 1835, he married Lydia L. Pitman (1815-1852), with whom he had two children. Following her death, he married Elisabeth A. Van Valkenburg (1809-1880) in 1854. Swain served as the Register of Probate and Insolvency as well as County Treasurer of Nantucket.
Scope and Content
The Journal of Samuel Swain recounts the sale of candles and whale oil in Nantucket, Mass. The journal also mentions weather conditions on the island. In addition, the journal contains interleaved materials such as an undated republican ticket, news clippings of legal notices, and a letter from Harriet C. Dessung dated July 17, 1869.
- Folder 1 Journal of Samuel Swain, 1813-1837, 1876-1888
Processed by NHA staff. Finding aid by Abbie Minard and Amelia Holmes, June 2018 with additional descriptive content added by Sarah Lerner, September 2018.