Wakeman Family Papers

Manuscripts Collection 156

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Wakeman family
Title: Wakeman Family Papers
Dates: 1799-1892 (bulk 1830-1852)
Extent: ca. 750 pieces
Abstract: Papers relating to the New York shipping interests and western land speculation of the Wakeman family, including Jesup Wakeman and his sons Maurice and Zalmon. Chiefly papers relating to the economics of 30 voyages between New York, Savannah, Ga., and Galveston, Tex., by Zalmon’s bark TEXAS, 1848-1852, including Zalmon’s daybook for every voyage; freight lists, bills of lading, and disbursements for nearly every voyage; and a representative sample of articles of agreement, marine insurance policies, accounts, and other miscellaneous receipts, bills, etc., as well as smaller amount of similar material for Zalmon’s brig EMPIRE, 1847-1852. Also includes land deeds and transfers (ca. 1810) for property in Ohio and Illinois involving Jesup, Maurice, and Zalmon.
Identification: Coll. 156

Biography of Wakeman family

Jesup Wakeman, a resident of Fairfield County, Connecticut, was involved in western land speculation. Between 1800 and 1840 he bought and sold land in such places as Jesup, and Wakeman, Ohio (in Huron County), and in Cook County, Illinois. Three sons, Maurice, William, and Zalmon were also involved in the land deals, but did not seem to be as successful as their father. The sons also owned shares in the Schooner CAMBRIDGE of Southport in 1833.

Zalmon B. Wakeman became a shipmaster by 1838, and later was employed by the shipping firm of Dunham and Dimon in New York. Evidence indicates that between 1853-1864 “Wakeman-Dimon & Co.” operated vessels in the south and Gulf coast coastal trade. This became “Wakeman, Gookin, and Dickinson” during 1864-1867. Together these firms operated 82 vessels, among them the Bark TEXAS and Brig EMPIRE, which traded between New York, Savannah, and Galveston. By the mid 1860’s Zalmon and Sarah Wakeman had moved from New York back to Southport, CT.

The last Wakeman mentioned in this collection is Miss Francis Wakeman in 1882.

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Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division

Restrictions on Use

Various copying restriction apply. Guidelines are available from the Manuscripts Division.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the G. W. Blunt White Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.


Wakeman family

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

Empire (Brig)
Texas (Bark)


Coastwise shipping–Georgia–Savannah
Coastwise shipping–New York (State)–New York
Coastwise shipping–Texas–Galveston
Insurance, Marine–Policies
Land speculation–Illinois
Land speculation–Ohio
Land titles–Registration and transfer–Illinois
Land titles–Registration and transfer–Ohio
Real property–Illinois
Real property–Ohio

Document Types:

Bills of lading
Family papers–Connecticut–Southport
Family papers–New York (State)–New York
Insurance policies
Ship’s papers

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 156, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Wakeman family papers; 1799-1892.

Box Folder
1 1 Papers; 1799-1819.
2 Papers; 1820-1840.
3 Papers; 1841-1860.
4 Papers; 1861-1892.
5 Diagrams of Wakeman property, and lots in Florence, Ohio; ca. 1830.
6 Marine insurance policies; Ships HARTFORD & STAR REPUBLIC, and Brig AMERICAN. Images
7 A list of vessels owned by “Wakeman, Dimon & Co.; and Wakeman, Gookin & Dickinson. Images
8 Items; undated.

Bark TEXAS; freights lists, bills of lading, disbursements & port charges, and accounts for 30 coastal trading voyages; 1848-1852.

Box Folder
2 1 Bark TEXAS; voyage 1. Images
2 Bark TEXAS; voyage 2. Images
3 Bark TEXAS; voyage 3. Images
4 Bark TEXAS; voyage 4. Images
5 Bark TEXAS; voyage 5. Images
6 Bark TEXAS; voyage 6. Images
7 Bark TEXAS; voyage 7. Images
8 Bark TEXAS; voyage 8. Images
9 Bark TEXAS; voyage 9. Images
10 Bark TEXAS; voyage 10. Images
11 Bark TEXAS; voyage 11. Images
12 Bark TEXAS; voyage 12. Images
13 Bark TEXAS; voyage 13. Images
14 Bark TEXAS; voyage 14. Images
15 Bark TEXAS; voyage 15. Images
16 Bark TEXAS; voyage 16. Images
17 Bark TEXAS; voyage 17. Images
18 Bark TEXAS; voyage 18. Images
19 Bark TEXAS; voyage 19. Images
20 Bark TEXAS; voyage 20. Images
21 Bark TEXAS; voyage 21. Images
22 Bark TEXAS; voyage 22. Images
23 Bark TEXAS; voyage 23. Images
24 Bark TEXAS; voyage 24. Images
25 Bark TEXAS; voyage 25. Images
26 Bark TEXAS; voyage 26. Images
27 Bark TEXAS; voyage 28 (#27 missing). Images
28 Bark TEXAS; voyage 29. Images
29 Bark TEXAS; voyage 30. Images

Bark TEXAS; general papers and documents relative to the 30 voyages; 1848-1852.

Box Folder
3 1 Bark TEXAS; papers. Images
2 Bark TEXAS; papers. Images
3 Bark TEXAS; papers. Images
4 Bark TEXAS; papers. Images
5 Bark TEXAS; papers. Images
6 Bark TEXAS; papers. Images
7 Bark TEXAS; papers. Images
8 Bark TEXAS; papers. Images
9 Bark TEXAS; papers. Images
10 Bark TEXAS; papers. Images
11 Bark TEXAS; papers. Images
12 Bark TEXAS; misc. bills, receipts, crew lists, etc.. Images

Bark TEXAS; Articles and Daybook; 1848-1852.

Box Folder
4 1 Bark TEXAS; Articles of Agreement. Images
2 Bark TEXAS, “Daybook”. Images

Brig EMPIRE; shipping papers and documents; 1847-1852.

Box Folder
5 1 Brig EMPIRE; Marine Insurance Policy. Images
2 Brig EMPIRE; Disbursements & port charges. Images
3 Brig EMPIRE; Articles of Agreement. Images
4 Brig EMPIRE; Freight Lists. Images
5 Brig EMPIRE; Bills of lading. Images
6 Brig EMPIRE; misc. bills, accounts, receipts, etc.. Images

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