59 School Street, Box 1310, Edgartown MA 02539 - 508.627.4441
Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum

A Finding Aid to the Reverend Jesse Pease Papers, 1813-1858, 1992

Descriptive Summary

RepositoryMartha's Vineyard MuseumGale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
Call NumberRU 484
Creator Pease, Jesse, 1787-1857
TitleReverend Jesse Pease papers
Date [inclusive]1813-1858, 1992
Extent9 folders (0.122 cubic feet)
LanguageThe materials are in English.
AbstractThe collection contains material produced by Reverend Jesse Pease during his time as a Baptist minister in Edgartown, Massachusetts.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions to access.

Use and Reproduction Restrictions

Requests to reproduce material from this collection should be directed to museum staff. Reproduction fees may apply.

Preferred Citation

Martha's Vineyard Museum, RU 484, Reverend Jesse Pease Papers.

Acquisition Information

One document gift of Mrs. Ralph M. Packer in 1972 (Accession no. 1972.030). The immediate source of acquisition and date of accession for the rest of the material is unknown.

Custodial History

The material in this collection was found in the Porter Smith House on Farm Neck in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts.

Publication Information

Martha's Vineyard Museum

Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Lara J. Ullman in July 2014. Finding aid machine-encoded by Nathaniel Janick, July 2014.

 Creation of this finding aid was sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Controlled Access Headings


  • Marriage registers
  • Notes

Geographic Name(s)

  • Edgartown (Mass.)
  • Martha's Vineyard (Mass.)
  • Tisbury (Mass. : Town)


  • Birth records
  • Death records
  • Marriage

Biography/Historical Note

Jesse Pease was born on July 8, 1787 to Zachariah Pease (1750-1845) and Lydia (Crowell) Pease (1748-1830). He was a Baptist Minister in Edgartown, Massachusetts. On March 27, 1815, Reverend Pease married Margaret "Peggy" Athearn (1785-). The couple had six children: Waitstill M. (1816-1889), Bartlett (1818-1819), William Watson (1820-1895), Love (1824-1891), Samuel Nelson (1826-1903), and Margaret (1828-1857). Reverend Jesse Pease died on June 20, 1857 in Tisbury, Massachusetts. He is buried in the West Tisbury Village Cemetery.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains books with handwritten lists of marriages performed by Reverend Jesse Pease; marriage intentions; notes and notices of births, baptisms, marriages, and deaths; and receipts. Also included is a typed transcription done in 1992 of some of the documents in the collection.


The collection is arranged loosely alphabetically by folder title and therein chronologically. The material is housed in a box with other small collections.

Collection Inventory


Book of Marriages, 1825-1837 


Book of Marriages Solemnized by Jesse Pease, 1837-1844 


Book of Marriages Beginning December 25th year 1844, 1844-1856 


List of Marriages Performed by Jesse Pease, 1830 


Marriage Intentions, 1824-1844 


Notes and Notices of Deaths, 1813-1858 


Notes on Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1840-1855, undated 


Receipts, 1817-1848 


Transcriptions of Assorted Material, 1992