Guide to the Joseph Haven Letters, 1816-1818
Collection number: MS 243
About Joseph Haven (1757-1829)
Joseph Haven was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1757 to Samuel Haven, Jr. and
Abigail Marshall. His early relatives settled in Lynn, Massachusetts before 1644 and
remained there until Joseph's grandfather, the Rev. Samuel Haven, moved the family
to New Hampshire around 1750.
Joseph Haven married Elizabeth Wentworth on October 10, 1784. After her death,
Joseph married Sarah Greenleaf. Elizabeth's sister, Ann Neveson Wentworth, married
Captain John Wardrobe. Haven died in 1829.
About the Joseph Haven Letters (1816-1818):
The six manuscript letters, written to niece Elizabeth H. Wardrobe (1798-1879), often contain
advice, in particular on her health and her faith in God. The recipient of the
collection's correspondence is Ann's daughter and Joseph's niece, Elizabeth Haven
Wardrobe. Elizabeth and Joseph shared a close relationship evinced by the fact that
Elizabeth named her first born son, Joseph Haven Thatcher. One of the letters was
written not by Joseph, but by Sarah Greenleaf Haven, his second wife. They also
include information about mutual friends and relatives, arrangements for the
delivery of mail by private individuals traveling from Portsmouth to Concord where
Elizabeth lived, and arrangements for Elizabeth to come visit the Havens. The mail
is always sent "care of" a Samuel Green, Esquire, but why that was so is not
explained in the letters.
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[Identification of item], [Folder Number], Joseph Haven Letters, 1816-1818, MS
243, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire
Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Acquisition information unknown.
Adams, J. "The genealogy of the descendants of Richard Haven", 1843: p. 18, etc. (Joseph Haven; merchant, of Portsmouth, N.H.; b. 11 Dec. 1757, son of Rev. Samuel Haven of Portsmouth and Mehitabel Appleton; d. 14 July 1829)
Arrangement is chronological.