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Girdler Family Records

Identifier: SC MS 0247
Abstract An extensive collection of correspondence, information and genealogical searches made by current family members to trace ancestors into the Seventeenth Century when it is believed the first of the Girdlers came to the American colonies. The early ancestors settled in Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts and were involved in the mariner trade as sailors, masters and captains of merchant ships. Perhaps the most famous was Lewis Girdler, master of the “Betsy” who was a licensed privateer...
Dates: 1783 to 1995; Majority of material found within 1802 to 1915

Lewis Girdler Ships Letter Schooner "Betsy" 1807

Identifier: SC MS 0191
Abstract This manuscript is a passport document for a schooner rigged ship named “Betsy” associated with the port of Marblehead, Massachusetts. This “ships letter” was issued in four languages under the authorization of President Thomas Jefferson with his original signature. It is a bill of lading of cargo the “Betsy” had in its hold passing through the customhouse in Marblehead with a cargo bound for Martinique in the year 1807. Lewis Girdler is listed as master or commander of the “Betsy” on this...
Dates: 1807