Lee family

Lee family papers, 1803–1896.
1 box (0.2 linear feet).
Abstract

Collection consists of three series related to different members of the Lee family of Cumberland County, New Jersey. The papers of James and Thomas Lee (c.1803-1835) consist of receipts, correspondence, bills of sale, and contracts regarding a number of ships owned by the Lee family. The collection includes papers pertaining to the schooners Two Brothers, Cincinnati, Eliza Young, Transport, Deborah, and Industry and the sloops Lorana & Jane, Ploughboy, Betsey, and James of Philadelphia, as well as the brig Ocean. Papers from some unidentified ships are also in this collection. Francis B. Lee’s letters (1896) regard the rescue of the crews of two ships, the American bark S.R. Bearce and the schooner Carrie A Buckman by Capt. Harry Chester of the tug Gladisfen off the coast of Bermuda. The final series of the collection consists of clippings from New York newspapers, related to a variety of Navy, merchant and pleasure ships. Of special interest are a number of clippings about the Columbia’s speed trial.

About the Lee family

Thomas Lee was a lawyer and ship-owner from Port Elizabeth, Cumberland County, New Jersey. Between 1803 and 1835, he and James Lee owned a number of sloops and schooners that operated along the east coast of North America. Francis B. Lee was an attorney in Trenton, New Jersey in 1896.

About the collection

This collection consists of three distinct sub-groups: the business papers of James and Thomas Lee (c.1803 – 1835), letters received and sent by Francis B. Lee (1896), and ship-related newspaper clippings (c.1893).
The business papers of James and Thomas Lee consist of receipts, business correspondence, bills of sale, and contracts regarding a number of ships owned by the Lee family. The collection includes papers pertaining to the schooners Two Brothers, Cincinnatti, Eliza Young, Transport, Deborah, and Industry and the sloops Lorana & Jane, Ploughboy, Betsey, and James of Philadelphia, as well as the brig Ocean. Papers from some unidentified ships are also in this collection.
The letters of Francis B. Lee are in regards to the rescue of the crews of two ships, the American bark S.R. Bearce and the schooner Carrie A Buckman by Capt. Harry Chester of the tug Gladisfen off the coast of Bermuda. Lee, after reading a news article about the heroic rescue, brought the act to the attention of William McAdoo, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, in the hopes of securing a Life-Saving Medal for the captain. This collection consists of correspondence between Lee and McAdoo, the Treasury Department, the State Department, Capt. Chester, and Edward N. Willets, a commercial agent. The collection also includes several newspaper clippings regarding the rescue.
The final sub-group of this collection consists of newspaper clippings from New York newspapers. Articles related to a variety of Navy ships, merchant ships, and pleasure boats are included. Of special interest are a number of clippings about the Columbia’s speed trial.

Subjects
  • Chester, Harry
  • Gladisfen (Tugboat)
  • S.R. Bearce (Bark)
  • Carrie A. Buckman (Schooner)
  • Two Brothers (Schooner)
  • Transport (Schooner)
  • Columbia
Types of material
  • Business records
  • Correspondence
  • Clippings
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