Smith family. Papers, 1774-1907: Finding Aid.
Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard Law School
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Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS4909916
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Smith family
Title: Smith family papers
Quantity: 4.5 linear feet (11 document boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Contains legal papers of Manasseh Smith, Sr., Joseph Emerson Smith, Samuel Emerson
Smith and other members of the Smith family who practiced law in midcoast Maine, Boston
and Chicago from the late 18th century to the early late 19th century. Also contains
papers relating to the real estate and paper mill business of Dudley W. Moor and Edward
Acquired in May 1994. Addenda acquired in September 1998, September 2004 and January
This collection was formally known as the Joseph Emerson Smith Papers. The addenda,
consisting of all of Series II, was processed by Rebecca Fenning, March 2006.
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School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard
Depository and requires 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special
Collections staff for further information.
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Manasseh Smith (1748-1823) was a 1775 graduate of Harvard College, a chaplain during the Revolution as well as a lawyer in Wiscasset, Maine. And, importantly, he was also the "progenitor of a race of lawyers": his four sons
all practiced law in midcoast Maine and elsewhere, as did many of his grandsons.
His son Joseph Emerson Smith (1782-1837; Harvard 1804) was perhaps the most well-known and primarily handled mercantile
cases in Boston, spending a great deal of time collecting unpaid bills. He appeared
many times in front of the Massachusetts Superior Court, and in 1817, a case he defended, Walter v. Otis, made it all the way to the US Supreme Court where it was defended by Daniel Webster. He was also a major in the Massachusetts Militia, and many items of correspondence allude to his service.
Another son, Samuel Emerson Smith (1788-1860; Bowdoin College 1808), was a lawyer in Wiscasset, Maine and later became a circuit judge, as well
as serving in the Maine legislature in the 1820s and as Governor of Maine from 1831-1834.
The other two sons, Manasseh Smith, Jr. (1779-1822; Harvard 1800) and Edwin Smith (b. 1790; Harvard 1811) also practiced law in Wiscasset. Manasseh Sr. and his wife
Hannah Emerson also had four daughters, Lydia R. Smith (1777-1858) and Lucy Smith (1783-1842), who did not marry, Hannah who married Samuel Sevey, and Mary (b. 1776) who married Ivory Hovey.
This collection also contains business papers and correspondence from Samuel Emerson
Smith's sons, S. Emerson Smith, Jr. (b. 1834), Joseph Emerson Smith II (1835-1881) and Benjamin F. Smith (b. 1842). All were lawyers, S. Emerson practicing in Wiscasset, and Joseph Emerson
and Benjamin practicing in Chicago.
For more information on the genealogy of the Smith family, please see the incomplete
family tree in the front of box 4.
This collection also contains the business papers of Dudley Watson Moor (1836-1900) and Edward W. Heath, whose connection to the Smith family is unclear. Moor and Heath apparently dealt
in real estate in Maine in the late 19th and early 20th century. They also appear
to have been involved in the corporate business of the Somerset and Kennebec Company, which seems to have been a cardboard and box-making factory. There are also papers
related to the operation of the Kennebec Fibre Company, a paper mill on the Kennebec River. The collection also includes family papers of the Heath family, dealing with the
estate of Edward's father, Wyman Heath, and with Francis E. Heath, Edward's brother and a commanding officer of the 19th Maine Infantry during the Civil War.
- Series I: Manasseh Smith FamilyPapers, 1803-18741803-1874
- Series II:Addenda, 803-1874
- ___Subseries A: Manasseh Smith Family Papers, 1782-1875 1782-1875
- ___Subseries B: Edward W. Heath and Dudley W. Moor papers, 1831-1907 1831-1907
Within each series and/or subseries individual items or folders are identified by
box and folder number. For example, the number 5-12 corresponds to box 5, folder 12.
Contains legal papers of Joseph Emerson Smith, his father Manasseh Smith, Sr., his brother Samuel Emerson Smith and his nephews Joseph Emerson Smith II,S. Emerson Smith, Jr., and Benjamin F. Smith, attorneys who practiced in midcoast Maine,Boston and Chicago in the late 18th century to the late 19th century. The collection includes correspondence
with clients, legal briefs, notes, memoranda, evidentiary materials, motions, and
financial documents as well as extensive intrafamily correspondence. This collection
also contains papers relating to the business of Edward W. Heath and Dudley W. Moor, individuals unrelated to the Smiths, who were involved in the real estate and paper
mill business in Maine in the late 19th century and early 20th century.
The papers of Samuel Emerson Smith, 1786-1880, are located in the Special Collections
and Archives of Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine.
- Series: Joseph Emerson Smith family papers, 1803-1874.
- 1-1 to 2-2. Joseph Emerson Smith papers, 1825-1847.
- 1-1. Correspondence, notes, 1816, 1830, 1831.
Date: 1816, 1830, 1831. Correspondence, notes, 1816, 1830, 1831
- 1-9 to 1-51. Legal Documents, 1825-1829.
Date: 1825-1829. Legal Documents, 1825-1829
re: Birch Point Lumber Mill.
Conservation treatment in 2015 expanded folder 1-9 to folders 1-9 to 1-51.
- 2-3 to 3-4. Smith Family Papers, 1805-1874.
- 3-5 to 4-2. Samuel Emerson Smith, 1803-1874.
- 3-8. Legal Documents, 1829.
Date: 1829. Legal Documents, 1829
re: Adams v. Williams. (at the Supreme Judicial Court).
- 3-10. Legal Documents, 1831.
Date: 1831. Legal Documents, 1831
re: Clark v. Paine. (at the Supreme Judicial Court).
- Series: Addenda, 1782-1907.
- Smith Family Papers, 1782-1875.
- 4-3 to 6-18. Joseph Emerson Smith, Correspondence, 1790-1837.
- 4-3 to 5-11. Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1806-1837, undated.
Date: 1806-1837, undated.
- 4-4. 1810.
Date: 1810. 1810
- 4-5. 1811.
Date: 1811. 1811
- 4-6. 1812.
Date: 1812. 1812
- 4-7. 1813.
Date: 1813. 1813
- 4-8. 1814.
Date: 1814. 1814
- 4-9. 1815.
Date: 1815. 1815
- 4-10. 1816.
Date: 1816. 1816
- 4-11. 1817.
Date: 1817. 1817
- 4-12. 1818.
Date: 1818. 1818
- 4-13. 1819.
Date: 1819. 1819
- 5-1. 1820.
Date: 1820. 1820
- 5-2. 1821.
Date: 1821. 1821
- 5-3. 1822.
Date: 1822. 1822
- 5-4. 1823.
Date: 1823. 1823
- 5-11. undated.
Date: undated. undated
- 6-19 to 7-9. Samuel Emerson Smith, Correspondence, 1808-1860.
- 6-19 to 7-5. Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1808-1860.
- 6-20. 1819.
Date: 1819. 1819
- 7-5. undated.
Date: undated. undated
- 7-10 to 8-13. Smith Intrafamily Correspondence, 1799-1868.
- 8-14. Correspondence to and from John Smith,1809.
Date: 1809. Correspondence to and from John Smith,1809
The identity of this John Smith is not clear, as to our knowledge there is no one
by this name among the children and grandchildren of Manasseh Smith, Sr.
- 8-16 to 9-1. Benjamin F. Smith, business documents, accounts and miscellany, 1863-1875.
- 9-2 to 9-9. Joseph E. Smith, legal documents, receipts, and miscellany, 1808-1833.
- 9-4 to 9-7. Legal cases, 1808-1825, undated.
Date: 1808-1825, undated.
- 9-10 to 9-13. Manasseh Smith, Sr., legal documents and miscellany, 1782-1820.
- 9-14 to 9-16. Samuel E. Smith, legal documents and miscellany, 1806-1858.
- 9-15 and 9-16. Legal cases and clients, 1806-1831, undated.
Date: 1806-1831, undated.
- Edward W. Heath and Dudley W. Moor papers, 1831-1907.
Bills of exchange --Massachusetts.
Justices of the peace --Massachusetts.
Massachusetts. Supreme Judicial
Practice of law --Massachusetts.
State rights --Massachusetts.
Appleton, John, 1804-1891.
Blake, George, 1802-1871
Engley, Isaac G.
French, E. B.
Fuller, Fred A.
Gentlemen, Charles Marcy.
Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853.
Hayden, E. D.
Heath, Edward W.
Jackson, Frank H.
Jarvis, Russell, 1791-1853.
Mellen, Prentiss, 1764-1840.
Merrill, Thomas J.
Moor, Dudley Watson.
Morton, Oren Frederic, 1857-1926.
Prentiss, Henry M.
Sawyer, Frank O.
Seavey, James O.
Shepherd, John Hannibal.
Smith, Benjamin F.
Smith, Joseph Emerson, 1782-1837.
Smith, Lucy, 1783-1842.
Smith, S. Emerson,
Smith, Samuel Emerson,
Snow, T. T.
Spaulding, Joseph Whitman.
Tinkham, C. J.
Vose, Thomas W.
Ward, Edward H.
Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852.
Wood, Edward H.
Yates, George Washington, 1872-
Bradbury and Bradbury (Firm)
First National Bank of
Fuller and Smith (Firm)
Gould and Moore (Firm)
Harvard College (1780- )
Harvard Law School.
Jordan and Blake (Firm)
Kennebec Fibre Company.
Maine. Sagadahoc Registry
Mattocks and Fox (Firm)
Somerset and Kennebec