Manuscripts Division William L. Clements Library University of Michigan
Finding aid for Burd-Shippen Papers, 1738-1847
Finding aid created by Philip Heslip, September 2009
Title: Burd-Shippen papers Creator: Burd, James, 1726-1793 and Shippen, Edward, 1729-1806 Inclusive dates: 1738-1847 Extent: 0.5 linear feet Abstract:
The Burd-Shippen papers contain personal and business documents concerning Edward Shippen, Edward Burd, and their families and Philadelphian colleagues. Many of Major Edward Burd's items concern the 1st Battalion of the Pennsylvania Regiment of Foot in the early years of the Revolutionary War.
Language: The material is in English Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave. The University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190 Phone: 734-764-2347 Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu
Access and Use
The collection is open for research.
Copyright status is unknown
Cataloging funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the "We the People" project.
Burd-Shippen Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
This collection is organized by person and further divided into various subseries:
Series I: James Burd
Series II: Edward Burd
Series III: Edward Shippen
Series IV: Edward S. Burd
Series V: William Tilghman
Series VI: Miscellaneous
Each series is organized into the following subseries: Correspondence, Accounts (personal and business), Documents, Maps, and Receipts. Each subseries is organized chronologically. Edward S. Burd's legal notebook is filed at the end of the collection.
The prominent Philadelphian Edward Shippen was born on February 16, 1729, to Edward Shippen and Sarah Plumley Shippen. A moderate loyalist during the Revolution, Edward Shippen served as judge in Philadelphia until 1791, when he became associate justice for the state supreme court. From 1799 until his death in 1804, he served as Chief Justice for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. One of his daughters, Margaret, married Benedict Arnold; another, Elizabeth, married Shippen's friend and business associate, Edward Burd.
James Burd was born in Scotland in 1726, moved to Pennsylvania, married Sarah Shippen (1731-1784) in 1748, and died in 1793. His son Edward Burd (1750-1833) rose to the rank of major in Haller's Pennsylvania Battalion of the Flying Camp in 1776, and was taken prisoner at Long Island that same year. After Edward's release, ill health prevented his reentering the service, and he returned to his legal practice. He served with great distinction as prothonotary of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (1778-1806). Edward married Elizabeth Shippen (b. 1754), daughter of Edward Shippen, in 1778. Their son, Edward Shippen Burd (1779-1856), became a specialist in property law.
William Tilghman (1756 -- 1827) was a Maryland born lawyer and Politian who succeeded Edward Shippen as Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 1804.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The Burd-Shippen papers (184 items) contain personal and business documents concerning Edward Shippen, Edward Burd, and their families and Philadelphian colleagues. Many of Major Edward Burd's items concern the 1st Battalion of the Pennsylvania Regiment of Foot in the early years of the Revolutionary War.
The bulk of the collection is comprised of approximately 75 letters addressed to Edward Burd and his son Edward Shippen Burd, with a small group of correspondence from Edward Shippen. The collection also contains ten items concerning Edward S. Burd and his legal colleague William Tilghman. The remainder of the collection is composed of receipts and various legal documents, most relating to Edward Shippen, including a receipt for a slave and a woman's petition against her husband for abandonment of their child.
Edward S. Burd's legal notebook (95 pages) covers from 1817 to 1846, and contains real estate transactions, illustrated plans of lots, title briefs, and cost lists.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Burd, Edward, 1750-1833.
Burd, Edward S., 1779-1856.
Burd, James, 1726-1793.
Shippen, Edward, 1729-1806.
Tilghman, Willliam 1756 - 1827.
Container / Location
Burd, James [series]
Military Documents and Receipts, 1760-1776
Burd, Edward [series]
Shippen, Edward [series]
Personal Accounts, 1738-1755
Personal Accounts, 1755-1756
Personal Accounts, 1763-1769
Personal Accounts, 1769-1770
Personal Accounts, 1770-1789
Business Accounts, 1763-1803
[Note: two items are located in Oversize Manuscripts]
Burd, Edward S. [series]
[Note: the notebooks are located at the back of Box 1]
Tilghman, William [series]
Miscellaneous Materials [series]
Photographs and Miscellaneous Notes and Fragments
Additional Descriptive Data
The Clements Library has more Burd-Shippen related material in the following collections. See the Clements Library card catalog for details:
The Chaloner papers
The Miscellaneous collection
The Native American History collection
The Anthony Wayne papers
The Clements Library Map Division has two related maps: