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Spinney Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SpC MS 1056-sc

Scope and Contents Note

A small collection of papers of a prominent family in Kittery, Maine. Included are two handwritten copies of the will of Nicholas Spinney dated April 18, 1797; a printed form used to record the value of household furniture and of gold and silver watches in 1815 in the eighth district of the State of Massachusetts; an account of money Caleb Spinney owed to Charles Greene covering the years 1816 to 1819; three bills for expenses incurred by Nicholas Spinney in the administration of the estate of Capt. Caleb Spinney in the years 1837 and 1838; an inventory of one half the articles in a store owned by Nicholas Spinney and given to his son Caleb S. Spinney in March 1840; a legal document signed by Nicholas Spinney on April 24, 1841, naming Nicholas Spinney Jr. as his true and lawful attorney; an agreement dated Dec. 6, 1854 between Ephraim C. Spinney and James Jones for Jones to dig and stone a well; and an incomplete undated receipt stating that Caleb Spinney had received money from his son Nicholas Spinney Jun. for a piece of land in Kittery.

Dates

  • 1797-1854

Creator

Access Restrictions

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Biographical Note : Nicholas Spinney (b. 1719)

The Spinney family were prominent landowners in Kittery, Maine. Nicholas Spinney, son of James and Mary (Couch) Spinney, was born Oct. 5, 1719. He married Alice Goodsoe and they had 7 children. His will (18 April 1797-18 Dec. 1797) named his children Mary James, Eunice Rice, Caleb, and John.

Biographical Note : Caleb Spinney (b. 1755)

Capt. Caleb Spinney, eldest son of Nicholas and Mary Spinney was born in 1755 in Kittery. He was a Revolutionary soldier, farmer and storekeeper. Abigail Spinney was Caleb's third wife and together they had 3 children: Nicholas, Josiah, and Mary. Caleb was a Captain in the State militia and held many offices of trust in Kittery.

Biographical Note : Nicholas Spinney (1719-1866)

Nicholas Spinney, son of Caleb and Abigail Spinney, was born in 1789 and died in 1866. He learned the butcher's trade when quite young and for some years conducted a successful business in Portsmouth, N.H. He subsequently removed his business to Kittery. He and his wife Patience (Cole) Spinney had seven children: Caleb S., Emily, Abigail, Ephraim C., George, Rowena, and Alice. He was the administrator of the estate of Capt. Caleb Spinney.

Biographical Note : Caleb Spinney (1815-1879)

Caleb S. Spinney, son of Nicholas and Patience Spinney and brother of Ephraim C. Spinney, was born in 1815 and died in 1879. He married Lucy Haley in 1845 and they had 7 children: Marilla, Abigail, Lucy, Granville B., Melville, Etta and Belle.

Biographical Note : Ephraim C. Spinney

Ephraim C. Spinney, a large landowner and prominent man of affairs at Kittery Depot, Maine was born in 1821 and died in 1898. He was the son of Nicholas and Patience (Cole) Spinney and brother of Caleb S. Spinney.

Extent

1 folder (11 items)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

A small collection of papers of a prominent family in Kittery, Maine. Included are two handwritten copies of the will of Nicholas Spinney dated April 18, 1797; a printed form used to record the value of household furniture and of gold and silver watches in 1815 in the eighth district of the State of Massachusetts; an account of money Caleb Spinney owed to Charles Greene covering the years 1816 to 1819; three bills for expenses incurred by Nicholas Spinney in the administration of the estate of Capt. Caleb Spinney in the years 1837 and 1838; an inventory of one half the articles in a store owned by Nicholas Spinney and given to his son Caleb S. Spinney in March 1840; a legal document signed by Nicholas Spinney on April 24, 1841, naming Nicholas Spinney Jr. as his true and lawful attorney; an agreement dated Dec. 6, 1854 between Ephraim C. Spinney and James Jones for Jones to dig and stone a well; and an incomplete undated receipt stating that Caleb Spinney had received money from his son Nicholas Spinney Jun. for a piece of land in Kittery.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

From Roberta Batt, South Portland, Maine in January 2004.

General

No finding aid - see Special Collections librarian for assistance.

Title
Guide to the Spinney Family Papers
Status
No Additional Box Or Folder List For This Small Collection
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

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