The Barry-Hayes Papers are the business, political and personal papers of John Barry, Captain of the United States Navy, and of his family, especially his nephew Patrick Hayes and grand-nephew, Patrick Barry Hayes. The collection includes correspondence, letterbooks, diaries, logbooks, legal and financial papers related to Barry's career in the Navy, the business ventures of the Hayes, Keen and Somers families, and their personal lives.

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The papers of John Barry mainly focus on his career in the service of the Continental Navy. This series includes a narrative by Barry explaining the loss of the ship Raleigh after engagement with the Royal Navy (1778), journals from his command of the Alliance (1781, 1783), and petitions to Congress for wages owed for service during the War of the Revolution (1790s). Also present are a logbook written while in command of the merchant ship Black Prince (1775), letters from relatives in Ireland and elsewhere, accounts and receipts, and a manuscript copy of his last will and testament (1803).
In this series are a few items of correspondence, bills and receipts of Sarah Barry, wife of John Barry, and several receipts pertaining to the disposition of her estate.
This small collection contains letters received by Eleanor Hayes Kavanaugh. She was Patrick and Michael Hayes' sister who married and stayed in County Wexford, Ireland. Her letters carried information about her family and circumstances to her American relatives.
This small collection contains bills and receipts, and letters received by Michael Hayes. Michael Hayes was Patrick Hayes' brother who immigrated to Philadelphia with Patrick. He was apprenticed to Captain John Rossiter of Philadelphia, sailing to China between 1793 and 1800 (China Trade Catalogue, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1984). Michael Hayes died without issue in 1801.
This series includes Patrick Hayes' diary of his voyage, with John Barry, to Macao aboard the ship Asia (1787), correspondence and business papers related to his career as a shipmaster and merchant involved with the China and West Indies trades, and personal accounts, bills and receipts. Frequent correspondents include M.D. Dougherty, T. Reilly, William Bainbridge, George L. Harris, Fitch Brothers, Baring Brothers & Co., Francis Moran, and Hayes' sons Isaac and Thomas, and their letters offer details about sailing conditions, amounts and sales of cargo, insurance, and other business matters.
The Elizabeth Keen Hayes (Betsey) series is composed of approximately 88 letters dated, and two bound volumes, a daybook, "Elezabeth Hayes Her Day Book," May 9, 1795, and the "Eliza. Keen Book" (1795-1798). Her daybook which lists her daily household expenses as a bride, provides an interesting view of the running of an urban household. Her business transactions expand when her husband (Patrick Hayes) was in port, and decrease when he was at sea. Health, homesickness, the finding of the right mate for her sons, and family news are primary themes within the letters. She was born August 14, 1764, the daughter of William and Dorothy (Gaylor) Keen and cousin of Sarah Austin Barry; throughout the Barry-Hayes papers she is referred to as Betsey.
The Sarah Barry Hayes series contains 68 letters dating between 1814 and 1820. The letters to Sarah Barry Hayes from her friends and family are personal. The family correspondence was written during Sarah's trips to New York, Alexandria and Havana. The letters document Sarah Barry's trip to Havana in 1817, and her 1819 trip to Alexandria to visit Harriet Cottringer, a friend. At least one fourth of the letters within the non-family correspondence stem from the Moran family and these are written in Spanish. Another grouping with the series are the letters written by Harriet Cottringer to her best friend Sarah from Alexandria, Virginia where Miss Cottringer's family operated a boarding school. The Cottringer letters are strong on descriptions of the city of Alexandria and its social life.
See our page Barry-Hayes Family Trees for more information on the familial relationships in this series.
The Thomas Hayes Papers range in date from 1814 to 1855. There are 37 items in this series which are categorized as Family Correspondence Received (20 items), Non-Family Correspondence (13 items), and Bills/Receipts (4 items). The family letters range in date from 1814 to 1838. The first letters which date to 1814 and 1815 were letters written to Thomas at Boston by all members of the family when he was a midshipman at the Boston Navy yard. Later letters would contain news of his courtship and marriage to Susan Bainbridge. The Non-Family Correspondence Received includes business letters stemming from his maritime career and his appointment to Naval Agent for the government. Thomas Hayes captained the family vessels such as the Tontine and the Emma, also working for the family along with Isaac Austin Hayes and Patrick Barry Hayes. Between 1841 and 1849, financial problems over salary due culminated in a lawsuit, United States vs. Thomas Hayes, Naval Agent. This matter is discussed in papers that date to the 1840s and another in 1855. Notably, the papers contain no letters from Susan Bainbridge to her husband.
Susan P. Bainbridge was born on August 18th 1803, and married Thomas Hayes March 24th, 1825. She was the daughter of the prominent William Bainbridge of Boston. Susan and Thomas dined with John Quincy Adams in 1826 during one of Thomas' stops in Washington. They had 8 children; 4 of whom died either as infants or young children. This collection contains 2 letters.
These papers of Isaac Austin Hayes are not extensive, containing approximately 47 items, ranging in date from 1824 to 1839. Family correspondence (11 items) and non-family correspondence (33 items) are includes in the series. The business correspondence is a blend of mercantile and political concerns. Letters from commission houses in Havre are written in French (1824), papers related to the American consulate of Rio Grande, Brazil in Portuguese. A third grouping of letters written by Isaac Austin Hayes is also included. They are 3 in number and date to 1824 and 1831.
The Patrick Barry Hayes' Papers constitute the 2nd largest series within the Barry-Hayes collection, containing over 500 letters and bills/receipts for personal items. As a group, the papers were written between 1820 and 1861 and they cover Patrick Barry Hayes' adolescence and young adulthood in Philadelphia (1822-1830), his career as a commission merchant within the exporting house of Hayes, Engerer in Porto Alegre (1830-39), Brazil; his brief term as Acting United States Consul for the port of Rio Grande (1838); his subsequent career as a United States Appraiser at the Custom House in Philadelphia (1850s); and as Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. (1860).
This collection contains correspondence and accounts of the firm Hayes, Engerer & Co., established by Isaac Austin Hayes and Lewis Frederick Engerer in Rio Grande, Brazil. Both Isaac Austin Hayes and Patrick Barry Hayes worked for this company.
This small collection includes four documents related to Isaac Austin.
This collection contains the last will and testament of Samuel Austin, an indenture document, and a received letter.
This small collection contains a power of attorney for Samuel Austin, fl. 1830 and a receipt.
This short series contains 3 letters received by Andre Carcier. 
This brief series contains a single property indenture.
This series contains a single letter sent by Fanny Crathorne in 1805.