Barry and Hayes families

Barry-Hayes papers, 1723–1875.
23 boxes, 7 volumes, plus 1 oversize folder (8 linear feet).

The Barry – Hayes papers are the business, political and personal papers of John Barry, Captain of the United States Navy, and of his family, especially his nephew Patrick Hayes and grand-nephew, Patrick Barry Hayes. The collection includes correspondence, letterbooks, diaries, logbooks, legal and financial papers related to Barry’s career in the Navy, the business ventures of the Hayes, Keen and Somers families, and their personal lives.

About the collection

This collection contains the business, political, and personal papers of John Barry, Patrick Hayes, Patrick Barry Hayes, and other members of the Barry, Hayes, Keen, and Somers families. Patrick Barry Hayes. Series of particular significance in the collection are:
Series 1. John Barry
The papers of John Barry mainly focus on his career in the service of the Continental Navy. This series includes a narrative by Barry explaining the loss of the ship Raleigh after an engagement with the Royal Navy (1778), journals from his command of the Alliance (1781, 1783), and petitions to Congress for wages owed for service during the War of the Revolution (1790’s). Also present are a logbook written while in command of the merchant ship Black Prince (1775), letters from relatives in Ireland and elsewhere, accounts and receipts, and a manuscript copy of his last will and testament (1803).
Series 2. Sarah Barry
In this series are a few items of correspondence, bills and receipts of Sarah Barry, wife of John Barry, and several receipts pertaining to the disposition of her estate.
Series 5. Patrick Hayes
This series includes Patrick Hayes’ diary of his voyage, with John Barry, to Macao aboard the ship Asia (1787), correspondence and business papers related to his career as a shipmaster and merchant involved with the China and West Indies trades, and personal accounts, bills and receipts. Frequent correspondents include M. D. Dougherty, T. Reilly, William Bainbridge, George L. Harris, Fitch Brothers, Baring Brothers & Co., Francis Moran, and Hayes’ sons Isaac and Thomas, and their letters offer details about sailing conditions, amounts and sales of cargo, insurance, and other business matters.
Series 11. Patrick Barry Hayes
Series 11 contains correspondence and business papers detailing Barry Hayes’ business ventures and career as a commission merchant in Brazil, and includes a “scrap and letterbook” with entries describing his first year in that country. Letters he received from family in Philadelphia and friends such as William Bainbridge, Jr., James Grogan, Joseph Inslee (signed Oje Eelsni), Charles Evans and Robert Lynch, contain news about social events and gossip about mutual acquaintances. Also present are financial papers such as bills, receipts and checks.
Series 12. Hayes, Engerer & Co.
Correspondence and accounts of the firm Hayes, Engerer & Co., established by Isaac Austin Hayes and Lewis Frederick Engerer in Rio Grande, Brazil are found in this series. Both Isaac Austin Hayes and Patrick Barry Hayes worked for this company.
Series 13 – 57.
In these series are papers of other family members, especially those of the Austin, Keen and Somers families, or business associates, and include correspondence, legal, financial and estate papers, land surveys, indentures and memoranda.
Series 58. Ships’ Papers
This series contains accounts, receipts, invoices, bills of lading, crew lists, insurance policies, and memoranda pertaining to ships in which members of the Barry, Hayes, Somers and/or Keen families and their associates had interests. Ships Dorothea, GeorgeShips Dorothea, George Washington, Margaret, Emma, Superior and Tontine are particularly well represented. Of note is a “Memorandum relating to the Trade at Canton” in an unidentified hand, which describes business practices foreign traders face upon arrival in China (oversize volume).
For a complete list of series in the Barry-Hayes papers, see the collection’s finding aid. [add link from catablog post to pdf of finding aid]

Types of material
  • Correspondence
  • Journals
  • Ships’ logs
  • Receipts
  • Financial records
  • Business records
Reference files
  • Alliance [check that this is the same topic]
  • China-Commerce-USA
  • China Trade
This entry was posted in China Trade, Logbooks and Journals, Seafaring Accounts, Shipping Trade. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply