1.   Historical note

2.   Scope and content

3.   Provenance

4.   Processing note

5.   Inventory

6.   Subjects

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 Heath Family Collection

 Barrington, R.I.

 Collected papers, 1729-1865

 Size: .5 linear feet

 Catalog number: MSS 484

 Processed by: Rick Stattler, March 1996

 USE MICROFILM    HF5686 P25 A17 NEG (Nathaniel Heath's papers only)

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            Peleg Heath (1708-1748) was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts and was ordained as a minister in Barrington, R.I. in 1728. His son Nathaniel (1745-1829) was a carpenter and furniture maker in Barrington. He married Rebecca Brown (1746-1816), and they had 10 children. The youngest, Wilmarth Heath (1787-1862), was a shoemaker in Barrington.

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Scope and content:

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            The two sermon books were donated by Thomas W. Bicknell circa 1909, as part of a collection of Barrington papers. Two items were purchased from an unknown source in 1953. The remainder seem to have arrived together during the 1960s, but no accession information has been found.

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Processing note:

            These items were originally housed and cataloged individually, and were brought together in 1995.

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Box 1, folder 1. Rev. Peleg Heath.

Diary and memorandum book, 1728-1746. Contains genealogical information and mentions earthquakes of 1737 and 1744.

Box 1, folder 2. Rev. Peleg Heath.

            Two small notebooks of sermons preached, 1730-1736.

Box 2, folder 1. Nathaniel and Wilmarth Heath.

Memorandum book kept by Nathaniel from 1814 through 1829, and continued by his son through 1865. Includes mostly genealogical information and some accounts. Available on microfilm.

Box 2, folder 2. Nathaniel Heath.

            Will, Dec. 31, 1814. Several pages, bound.

Box 2, folder 3. Nathaniel Heath.

Account book, 1767-1791. Carpentering, furniture making and general accounts. Available on microfilm.

Box 2, folder 4. Wilmarth Heath.

            Poem of four quatrains, 1823/4

            Poem, May 20, 1823

            Subscription for singing school started by Heath, Jan. 1, 1817

Box 2, folder 5. Wilmarth Heath.

            Account book, 1808-1815.

Box 2, folder 6. Wilmarth Heath.

            Account book, 1825-1855.

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Account books - 1728-1746

Account books - 1767-1791

Account books - 1809-1855

Barrington, R.I. - History

Diaries - 1728-1746

Earthquakes - Rhode Island - Barrington

Furniture industry and trade - Rhode Island - Barrington

Heath, Nathaniel (1745-1829)

Heath, Peleg (1708-1748)

Heath, Wilmarth (1787-1865)

Sermons - Rhode Island - Barrington

Shoemakers - Rhode Island - Barrington

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