I came across another family treasure, the Salmagundi Birthday Book. This was given to Sarah A. Chadwick by her brother John W. Chadwick for Christmas in 1882. This book has a lovely red floral cover with pages with red borders that set off each page and a gilt edge. I was curious what Salmagundi was and found a description of this book in a Publisher Weekly paper. It was classified as “one of the best and most distinctly commemorative set of the growing collection of ‘Birthday books’.” Salmagundi was an English dish of chopped meats, anchovies, eggs with a garnish of onions, lemon juice, oil and condiments. The modern definition is a general mixture or miscellaneous collection. That is just what this book is, a collection of poets and prose writers from all times. Each page has 2 selections on each day of the month from famous writers and the beginning of each month has an etching done by various artists. It was advertised as an attractive ornament for the drawing room table and not too bulky for use and handling. It was sold in a lovely box for a price of $4.00. How lucky Sarah Chadwick was to receive this gift. She entered several family members’ birthdays in her book, giving us a glimpse of her family.
Sarah A. Chadwick is my first cousin 3 times removed. She was born in Marblehead on May 17, 1837, the daughter of John White Chadwick and Jane Standley As like last week’s blog we are introduced to the Standley/Stanley family again, with either the “d” or the missing “d”. In this book I found that even members of the same family household spelled it differently. Sarah never married and was the caretaker for her father for 22 years after the passing of her mother. Her obituary was published in the Marblehead Messenger on April 22, 1904:
Sudden Death of Miss Chadwick
Miss Sarah A. Chadwick of 2 Bowden Street died very suddenly on Tuesday evening, the 19th instant. Though her health has been impaired there was no special premonition of serious illness. She attended church on Sunday, the Unitarian, to which she was devotedly attached, and on Tuesday afternoon she took tea with her cousin, Mrs. George Pope. On her way home, accompanied by her cousin and housemate, Miss Jennie Stanley, her breathing became painful and it was with great difficulty that she reached the residence of her aunt, Mrs. Joanna Herrick, where, being laid upon the bed, she soon ceased to breathe. Members of her family, including her father and grandmother, had lived in the house where she died through a continuous period of seventy years duration, so that if she did not “die in her nest,” the event was not without some gracious element. She leaves a brother, Rev. John W. Chadwick, and a circle of friends to whom she was warmly attached, and whose affection she could not prize beyond its worth. The funeral service will be conducted by the Rev. Albert Walkly, at her late residence, at 2 o’clock on Friday afternoon.
Sarah’s father, John White Chadwick had an interesting life. He was born in Marblehead, MA on November 18, 1809, as shown in Sarah’s birthday book. He married Jane Standley on January 19, 1934 in Marblehead. Jane was born, according to the Marblehead birth records on April 12, 1812, however her birthday is written in on the date of April 28 in the birthday book. John and Jane had 3 children:
- Jane Elizabeth born on November 23, 1834; she remained single and died August 20, 1869.
- Sarah A born May 17, 1837 and died April 19, 1904
- John White Chadwick, Jr. born October 19. 1840 and died December 11, 1904. He became a minister. (the subject of a future blog)
John White Chadwick Sr. was born in Marblehead on November 18. 1809 in the house which sits back from the street opposite the Unitarian Meeting House. He began his seafaring life when he was 13 years old, sailing with an Uncle and continued this way of life until 1860. His father Charles Chadwick was lost at sea in 1815 when John was 6 years old. John made his first voyage to the Grand Bans in March of 1824. For the next 6 years (1825-30) he sailed with another Uncle, Skipper John White in Edmund Kimhalls’ “Hope” for two fares each year.
The first vessel he sailed on as “Skipper Chadwick” was the Ploughboy in 1832, owned by Josiah P. Cressy. In 1834 he was a master of the vessel “The Statesman” of which he was 1/3 owner and he was now Cap’n Chadwick. During the winter when he was fishing he was a shoemaker. The following year he sold his 1/3 of “The Statesman” and bought 1/3 of the “Hero” paying $333.33. He fished this boat through the Great Gale of 1846, in which many Marbleheader’s perished, including some of his relative; his brother Charles and his cousin John White. He thought of quitting the fishing trade after this but continued working until 1859. The “Hero” was sold in January 1847, when he then began fishing for mackerel in the Bay of off Mount Desert, Maine where he meet more of the Stanley family, as they were the founders of the Cranberry Islands in Maine.
John met his wife, Jane Standley in 1830, his first sight of her was when she was sitting in the chimney-corner crying with a toothache. She had just returned from Oxford, MA where her father had taken the whole family to work in the Slater Mill. Her brothers were teasing her and John’s sympathy was the beginning of a happy ending. They were engaged in the spring of 1831 and married by Parson Bartlett on January 19, 1834. Parson Bartlett tried for several years to join the church but Jane thought she “was not good enough.” When John returned home from sea on November 25 he found a two day old daughter waiting for him. They called her Jennie.
John died on March 21, 1896 and his obituary appeared in the March 27, 1896 edition of the Marblehead Messenger:
“John White Chadwick died at his home on Bowden Street, last Saturday at the age of 86 years, 4 months and 3 days. Until his last days his memory of the Great Gale of 1846 was perfectly clear and so was his memory of his life and general. The days on which he had sailed and came home again, the amount of salt he carried, how the wind veered on such and such a day and all the other various incidents of danger, storms and wrecks. He was always respected and valued by his townsmen, in his old age he was the object of a wide affection and no man was every prouder of his friends or more appreciative of their beautiful fidelity. Remarkable for his physical strength and endurance, his health was broken in his 80th year by an attack of pneumonia. He rallied slowly but during the last years he suffered greatly. A persistent reader of good books, he at length overtaxed his eyes and the consequent deprivation was a grievous one to bear. His last sickness was only a week long” His funeral was held at the Unitarian Church was most appropriate because he was the last survivor of those who contributed to the original building of that house of worship.”
His son John White Chadwick Jr. wrote and book entitled; John White Chadwick – A Sketch of his Life by his son John White Chadwick. It was printed but never published by George H. Ellis, Printer in Boston, MA in 1896. I am lucky enough to have a copy.