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David Pulsifer (1796-1867) Papers

David Pulsifer (1796-1867) Papers

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DAVID PULSIFER (1796-1867) PAPERS, 1820-1833, 1864





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Pulsifer, David, 1796-1867
Title:David Pulsifer (1796-1867) Papers
Dates:1820/1864
Quantity:2 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:The David Pulsifer Papers contain: correspondence with Mary (Fletcher) Pulsifer, written during their engagement from 1822 until 1825; correspondence between David and other Fletcher family members; correspondence between Mary (Fletcher) Pulsifer and her family; military papers documenting David Pulsifer's service in the Massachusetts Militia from 1820 to 1828; and a diary, or commonplace book, that is filled with poems and excerpts of poems chosen by David Pulsifer. It includes some papers of William Henry Pulsifer, David's son, which pertain to his service in the Navy during the Civil War.
Collection Number:MSS 33

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Scope and Content Note

The David Pulsifer Papers contain: correspondence with Mary (Fletcher) Pulsifer, written during their engagement from 1822 until 1825; correspondence between David and other Fletcher family members; correspondence between Mary (Fletcher) Pulsifer and her family.; military papers documenting David Pulsifer's service in the Massachusetts Militia from 1820 to 1828; and a diary, or commonplace book, that is filled with poems and excerpts of poems chosen by David Pulsifer. The papers of William Henry Pulsifer, David's son, pertain to his service in the Navy during the Civil War.


Biographical Sketch

David Pulsifer was born on December 21, 1796, in Ipswich, Massachusetts, to David and Elizabeth Pulsifer. He worked as a painter. On June 7, 1825, he married Mary Chamberlain Fletcher (born 1805) of Chelmsford, the daughter of Josiah and Zilpah (Proctor) Fletcher. According to David's diary, he and Mary had become acquainted with each other in Salem in February 1822. They had one child together, Mary Fletcher Pulsifer, who was born in Salem on March 26, 1826; she died six months later. His wife Mary died on April 9, 1826.


David married his second wife, Elizabeth Savage Brown, of Salem, on July 10, 1832. He and Elizabeth had four children: Edward, Lizzie, Ellen, and William Henry Pulsifer. David died on December 3, 1867.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Pulsifer family
Pulsifer, David, 1796-1867
Pulsifer, Mary Fletcher, 1805-1826
Pulsifer, William Henry
Courtship
Diaries
Phrenology - Charts, diagrams, etc.
Chelmsford (Mass.)
Salem (Mass.)
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

David Pulsifer (1796-1867) Papers, MSS 33, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

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Processing Information

Collection processed by Hilary Streifer, September 2014. Updated by Lee Jacoby, December 2017.


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