A Guide to the Betty Harrington MacDonald, Alexandria Ship Records, 1732-1861 [bulk, 1783-1825], 1973-1989 MacDonald, Betty Harrington, Alexandria Ship Records 218-219

A Guide to the Betty Harrington MacDonald, Alexandria Ship Records, 1732-1861 [bulk, 1783-1825], 1973-1989

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Alexandria Library
Local History/Special Collections
Accession Number 218-219


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Processed by: Rochelle Boslego, 1992.

Repository
Alexandria Library, Local History/Special Collections
Accession Number
218-219
Title
Betty Harrington MacDonald, Alexandria Ship Records 1732-1861 [bulk, 1783-1825], 1973-1989
Physical Characteristics
4 boxes (1.25 linear feet)
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Betty Harrington MacDonald, Alexandria Ship Records, Accession #218-219, Alexandria Library, Local History/Special Collections, Alexandria, Va.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Betty Harrington MacDonald, 1985-1989.

Processing Information

Note on dates: Most folders have two dates. One (seventeenth and eighteenth century) represents the date of the original records. The other (twentieth century) signifies the date that MacDonald gathered the information - this date is not always included because it was not always apparent. When the original date on the folders was incorrect, the correct date is indicated by brackets.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of data that Betty Harrington MacDonald gathered concerning ships that entered and exited Alexandria, Virginia during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Among the information are names, weights, and home ports of the ships. Two folders (Box 218, folders 13 and 14) contain information about Alexandria-born slaves, and two folders (Box 219B, folders 1 and 2) contain information about Alexandria-born sailors. Box 218, folders 17 and 18 contains a paper, "Alexandria, Virginia, May 1774 - December 1783," which chronicles key occurrences in the city. Box 219A includes an alphabetical card index of Alexandria seamen from the 1820s-1860s. The first half of the collection is from two notebooks titled "Inward Manifests, Port Alexandria." They primarily contain information about cargo.

Arrangement

Subject, as imposed by donor. Folder titles were also imposed by donor. An exception is Box 219B which required a restoration to subject order.

Index Terms

  • Sailors - Virginia - Alexandria
  • Ship registers - Virginia - Alexandria
  • Shipping - Virginia - Alexandria
  • Ships - Cargo - Virginia - Alexandria

Adjunct Descriptive Data

Bibliography

Miller, T. Michael, Artisans and Merchants of Alexandria, Virginia, 1780-1820. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1991; Vol. 2, p. 333.
MacDonald, Betty Harrington,"Port of Alexandria" in A Composite History of Alexandria.Alexandria, VA: Alexandria Bicentennial Commission, 1975.

Locations of Originals

Most of the information was copied from original documents housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., or the Public Records Office in London, England. The contents of Box 219B were taken from crew lists, Port of Philadelphia at the National Archives.

Bibliography

Miller, T. Michael, Artisans and Merchants of Alexandria, Virginia, 1780-1820. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1991; Vol. 2, p. 333.
MacDonald, Betty Harrington,"Port of Alexandria" in A Composite History of Alexandria.Alexandria, VA: Alexandria Bicentennial Commission, 1975.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • MacDonald, Betty Harrington,
  • Miller, T. Michael,

Contents List

Notes from Public Records Office - London, 1732-1815; 1974.. 218:1, Box-folder
Notes from Public Records Office - London, 1768-1773; 1974.. 218:2, Box-folder
Notes from Public Records Office - London, 1768-1773; 1974.. 218:3, Box-folder
Notes from National Archives Ship Documents - Alexandria Documented Vessels, 1812-1820; 1973.. 218:4, Box-folder
Notes from National Archives Ship Documents - Alexandria Documented Vessels, 1815-1820; 1973.. 218:5, Box-folder
Notes from National Archives Ship Documents - Alexandria Documented Vessels, 1818-1824; 1973.. 218:6, Box-folder
Notes from National Archives Ship Documents - Alexandria Documented Vessels, 1821-1825; 1973.. 218:7, Box-folder

Not in box, 6/22/2007.

Notes from National Archives Ship Documents - Alexandria Documented Vessels, 1823-1825; 1973.. 218:8, Box-folder

Not in box, 7/14/2008.

Notes - Alexandria Documented Vessels, 1789-1810, 1812-1915.. 218:8A, Box-folder
Notes - Alexandria Documented Vessels, 1891-1907.. 218:8B, Box-folder
Notes from Library of Congress - Philadelphia Complete Counting House Companion,1785-1787; 1978.. 218:9, Box-folder
Notes from Alexandria Gazette, 1785-1812.. 218:10, Box-folder
Notes from Alexandria Gazette, 1784-1813.. 218:11, Box-folder
Notes on vessels from Index of U.S. Merchant Vessels, National Archives, 1810-1907; 1978-1979.. 218:12, Box-folder
Notes on Alexandria-born slaves (1 of 2), 1791-1812; 1975-1979.. 218:13, Box-folder
Notes on Alexandria-born slaves (2 of 2), 1791-1812; 1978-1979.. 218:14, Box-folder
Notes on ship Hunter,1789-1815.. 218:15, Box-folder
Notes on John McKnight, 1802-1809; 1975.. 218:16, Box-folder
Alexandria, Virginia, May 1774 - December 1783 (by Alexandria Bicentennial Commission), 1971.. 218:17, Box-folder
Alexandria, Virginia, May 1774 - December 1783 (by Alexandria Bicentennial Commission), 1971.. 218:18, Box-folder
Notebook from Stabler-Leadbeater store, 1847-1848; 1983.. 218:19, Box-folder
Notebook - Inward Manifests, Port Alexandria, 1803-1806; 1974-1975.. 218:20, Box-folder
Notebook - Inward Manifests, Port Alexandria, 1803-1806 [1801-1802].. 218:21, Box-folder
Notebook - Inward Manifests, Port Alexandria, 1803-1806 [1803].. 219:1, Box-folder
Notebook - Inward Manifests, Port Alexandria, 1803-1806 [1804]; 1975.. 219:2, Box-folder
Notebook - Inward Manifests, Port Alexandria, 1803-1806 [1805]; 1975.. 219:3, Box-folder
Notebook - Inward Manifests, Port Alexandria, 1803-1806 [1806]; 1975.. 219:4, Box-folder
Notebook - Inward Manifests, Port Alexandria, 1807-1815 [1807]; 1975.. 219:5, Box-folder
Notebook - Inward Manifests, Port Alexandria, 1807-1815 [1807]; 1973.. 219:6, Box-folder
Notebook - Inward Manifests, Port Alexandria, 1807-1815 [1808]; 1973.. 219:7, Box-folder
Notebook - Inward Manifests, Port Alexandria, 1807-1815 [1809]; 1973.. 219:8, Box-folder
Notebook - Inward Manifests, Port Alexandria, 1807-1815 [1810]; 1975.. 219:9, Box-folder
Notebook - Inward Manifests, Port Alexandria, 1807-1815 [1811]; 1975.. 219:10, Box-folder
Notebook - Inward Manifests, Port Alexandria, 1807-1815 [1812]; 1975.. 219:11, Box-folder
Notebook - Inward Manifests, Port Alexandria, 1807-1815 [1813]; 1975.. 219:12, Box-folder
Notebook - Inward Manifests, Port Alexandria, 1807-1815 [1815]; 1975.. 219:13, Box-folder
Notebook - Inward Manifests, Port Alexandria, 1807-1815 [1815]; 1975.. 219:14, Box-folder
Alphabetical card index of Alexandria seamen, 1820s-1860s.. 219A, Box
Alexandria Born Seamen, 1789-1819.. 219B:1, Box-folder
Alexandria Born Seamen, 1821-1861.. 219B:2, Box-folder
Alexandria Documented Vessels - Alexandria,1804.. 219B:3, Box-folder
Alexandria Documented Vessels - Bethsey (Betsey),1801.. 219B:4, Box-folder
Alexandria Documented Vessels - Betsy,1793.. 219B:5, Box-folder
Alexandria Documented Vessels - Diana,1805.. 219B:6, Box-folder
Alexandria Documented Vessels - Fabius,1802.. 219B:7, Box-folder
Alexandria Documented Vessels - Fair American,1806.. 219B:8, Box-folder
Alexandria Documented Vessels - Federalist,1806.. 219B:9, Box-folder
Alexandria Documented Vessels - Henrietta,1805.. 219B:10, Box-folder
Alexandria Documented Vessels - Hope,1801.. 219B:11, Box-folder
Alexandria Documented Vessels - Hunter,1802-1917.. 219B:12, Box-folder
Alexandria Documented Vessels - Jacob,1805.. 219B:13, Box-folder
Alexandria Documented Vessels - Julia,1804.. 219B:14, Box-folder
Alexandria Documented Vessels - Mary Ann,1810.. 219B:15, Box-folder
Alexandria Documented Vessels - Paulina,1800-1803.. 219B:16, Box-folder
Alexandria Documented Vessels - Snow Rachel,1802.. 219B:17, Box-folder
Alexandria Documented Vessels - Rebecca,1806.. 219B:18, Box-folder
Alexandria Documented Vessels - Romeo,1803.. 219B:19, Box-folder
Alexandria Documented Vessels - Two Brothers,1809.. 219B:20, Box-folder
Alexandria Documented Vessels - Union,1800.. 219B:21, Box-folder
Alexandria Documented Vessels - Union,1809.. 219B:22, Box-folder
Alexandria Documented Vessels - Virginia,1793.. 219B:23, Box-folder
Alexandria Documented Vessels - William and John,1810.. 219B:24, Box-folder
Port of Alexandria, cargo lists.. 219B:25, Box-folder
Port of Alexandria, list of seamen.. 219B:26, Box-folder