Latham Family Collection

Manuscripts Collection 281

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Latham family
Title: Latham family collection
Dates: 1860-1956
Extent: ca. 120 items
Abstract: Family correspondence, ships’ papers, and printed documents of the Latham family of Phoenixville Connecticut. Correspondence primarily between Captain Lorenzo (Jack) Latham,and his wife and children while he commanded the POINSETT (Brig), COMET (Steamship), FRANK PALMER (Schooner) and the ALBERT SHULTZ (Bark). Documents include his marriage certificate and several papers concerning the purchase, trade and sale of the ALBERT SHULTZ. The collection also includes correspondence between extended members and later generations of the family.
Identification: Coll. 281

Biography of the Latham Family

The Latham family consisted of Captain Lorenzo (Jack) Latham; his wife Mary Ann Squire; and his children, Cora, Roy and Caro who lived in Phoenixville, Connecticut; as well as Captain Latham’s brothers, parents and descendants. Lorenzo Latham commanded several vessels including the POINSETT (Brig), COMET (Steamship), FRANK PALMER (Schooner) and the ALBERT SHULTZ (Barkentine). Captain Latham spent the final years of his life as a gatekeeper at Sailors’ Snug Harbor in New York.

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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.


Latham, Lorenzo L.B. (d. 1902)
Latham, Mary Ann Squire (d. 1885)

Corporate Entities (Including Vessels):

Albert Shultz (Barkentine : 1875)
Comet (Steamship)
Frank Palmer (Schooner)
Poinsett (Brig)
Sailors’ Snug Harbor


Phoenixville (Conn.)


Shipmasters spouses–Connecticut

Document Types:

Ships’ papers

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 281, 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.

Correspondence, Captain Latham to Mary Ann Squire; 1861-1882
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence; 1861-1864
2 Correspondence; 1865-1868
3 Correspondence; 1869
4 Correspondence; 1870-1891
Latham family correspondence; 1864-1956
Box Folder
1 5 Latham family correspondence; 1864-1889
6 Latham family correspondence; 1890-1898
7 Latham family correspondence; 1900-1909
8 Latham family correspondence; 1910-1917
9 Latham family correspondence; 1956
10 Latham family correspondence; undated
Ship’s papers, Albert Shultz (Bark); 1875-1880
Box Folder
1 11 Ship papers; 1875-1878
12 Ship papers; 1879-1880
Miscellaneous papers; 1860-1910
Box Folder
1 13 Printed documents; 1860-1910
14 Business, visiting and death announcement cards; ca. 1890
15 Photographs (copies); undated
Volumes; 1865-1902
1 Account book; Lorenzo L.B. Latham 1865-1869
2 Account book; Lorenzo L. B. Latham, includes expenses for Cora (Schooner); 1873
3 Account book; Lorenzo L.B. Latham, includes expenses for Albert Shultz (Barkentine); 1873-1878
4 Balance sheets; Lorenzo L.B.Latham, Albert Shultz (Barkentine) (Also includes expenses of Caro P. Latham, 1899); 1875-1878, 1899
5 Account book; Lorenzo L.B. Latham; 1880-1881
5 Account book; Lorenzo L.B. Latham, includes expenses for Chattanooga (Bark); 1881-1885
7 Accounts, addresses, and memos; Lorenzo L.B. Latham; 1868-1879
8 Household accounts; Lorenzo L.B. Latham; 1868-1879
9 Diary; A.B. Clark; 1889

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