Goodwin papers (MS 24)

Abstract: Business, personal and legal documents generated by various members of the Goodwin family. Particularly good at showing life around the Saco River wharves and the sea/shipping industry in the beginning of the 19th century.

History: The Goodwin family was one of the very early families of Biddeford, and included ships captains, tax collectors, justices of the peace, and notaries public. The Goodwins, in addition to Biddeford, were found in Kittery, Pepperellboro (Saco), Berwick and Boston. The collection as recorded in the 1980’s was significantly larger and included correspondence, personal papers and business and legal documents produced mainly by Capt. Thomas Goodwin, Capt. Nathaniel Goodwin, and Thomas Jefferson Goodwin. Prior to 2007, a large portion of this collection was dispersed, gifted or sold — no documentation exists as to the nature of disposition. What remains, however small, is still an incredibly rich snapshot of pre-textile industry Biddeford and Saco.


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