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A Finding Aid to the Seth Daggett Papers, 1800-circa 1838, undated

Descriptive Summary

RepositoryMartha's Vineyard MuseumGale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
Call NumberRU 488
Creator Daggett, Seth, 1780-1867
TitleSeth Daggett papers
Date1800-circa 1838, undated
Extent1 box (0.252 cubic feet)
LanguageThe materials are in English.
AbstractThe collection contains account books kept by Seth Daggett (1780-1867) for multiple vessels and voyages; receipts; correspondence; and a poem. Seth Daggett was a pilot who lived in Homes Hole, Massachusetts, with his wife, Mary "Polly" Dunham (1781-1850), and their 12 children.

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 488, Seth Daggett Papers.

Acquisition Information

Bill of Lading gift of Mr. Howes Norris in 1941. (Accession no. 1941.056). The immediate source of acquisition and date of accession for the rest of the material is unknown.

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 August 2014. Finding aid machine-encoded by Nathaniel Janick, August 2014.

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

Related Materials

Related Material

See also, account book "Seth Daggett Auction Book", accession no. 2012.001.052 (Account book no. 40).

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Dove (Pilot Boat)
  • Fox (Brig)
  • Hero (Schooner)
  • Sally & Betsy (Schooner)
  • Sylvia (Schooner)


  • Accounts
  • Correspondence
  • Poetry
  • Receipts
  • Ships' logs

Geographic Name(s)

  • Homes Hole (Mass.)
  • Vineyard Haven (Mass.)


  • Atlantic herring
  • Pilots and pilotage
  • Signals and signaling

Biography/Historical Note

Seth Daggett was born on March 7, 1780 to William Daggett (1747-1834) and Mary (Stewart) Daggett (1748-1835). On February 28, 1799, he married Mary "Polly" Dunham (1781-1850). The couple lived in Homes Hole, Massachusetts (what is now considered Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts) and had 12 children: Leander (1800-), Edwin (1802-1825), Alphonzo Seth (1804-), Alphonzo Seth (1806-), Mary (1808-), Alonzo (1810-), Augustus Chandler Ludlow (1813-), Augustus Frederic (1814-), Oscar (1816-1856), Caroline West (1818-), Edwin (1821-), Georgiana (1827-1906). Seth Daggett was a pilot and wrote about pilot signals, pilotage, and navigation. He also wrote poetry. Seth kept the account book of the schooner Sylvia; master of the schooner Nancy; commander of the brig Fox and keeper of the account book; keeper of the account book of the schooner Sally & Betsy; master of the schooner Hero and keeper of the account book; and captain of the pilot boat Dove and keeper of the account book. Seth Daggett died on October 7, 1867.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains account books kept by Seth Daggett for multiple vessels and voyages, receipts, correspondence, and a poem.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Collection Inventory


Accounts of Schooner Sylvia, Letters, etc., 1800-1820 


Receipts, 1805 February 15, 1817 March 5 


Accounts, Logs, Shorthand Entries for Brig Fox, Schooner Sally & Betsy, and Schooner Hero, 1808-1821 


Account of Pilot Boat Dove, 1821-1825 


Copies of Letters regarding Pilot Signals and Pilotage, circa 1838 


Poem about Herring at Chappaquansett, undated