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James Cocks (Cox) (circa 1760-circa 1804) Papers

James Cocks (Cox) (circa 1760-circa 1804) Papers

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JAMES COCKS (COX) (circa 1760-circa 1804) PAPERS, 1770, 1799, undated





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Cocks, James, ca. 1760-ca. 1804
Title:James Cocks (Cox) (circa 1760-circa 1804) Papers
Dates:1770, 1799, undated
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 boxes)
Abstract:The James Cocks (Cox) Papers contain papers from the schooner Catherine and two family papers.
Collection Number:MH 64

Series List

SERIES I. Schooner Catherine Papers
SERIES II. Miscellaneous Family Papers

Scope and Content Note

The James Cocks (Cox) Papers contain papers from the schooner Catherine and two family papers. They are divided into two series.


Series I. Schooner Catherine Papers contain a cargo invoice, health certificate, and papers related to the capture of the Catherine, dated 1799.


Series II. Miscellaneous Family Papers include a probate document appointing Captain Cocks (Cox) administrator of his father's estate (undated) and a 1770 deed for property in Marblehead, Mass.


Biographical Sketch

Captain James Cocks (Cox) was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts, about 1760 and died about 1804. He was the son of Samuel(l) and Hannah Stacey Cocks. He married Margaret Standl(e)y on 25 September 1783; they had at least five children. Cocks was master of the 69-ton schooner Catharine of Marblehead, owned by Henry Gallison, which left for Bilboa, Spain, in January 1799 with a cargo of fish and fish oil. The Catharine was captured by a French letter of marque and brought to Santander, Spain. Captain Cocks negotiated an agreement with the captain of the capturing vessel to retain the Catherine and the net residue of the cargo after paying $4000. The United States vice consul as well as several American captains in the port at the time approved this agreement. The Catherine returned to Marblehead and Captain Cocks served aboard her for one more voyage.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Cocks, Samuel
Catherine (Schooner)
Capture at sea
Deeds
Executors and administrators
Privateering
Ship captains
Shipping--Massachusetts--Marblehead
Ship's papers
Marblehead (Mass.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

James Cocks (Cox) Papers, MH 64, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

The provenance of this collection is unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Robert F. Craig, June 2000.


Related Material

Lindsey, Benjamin J., comp. Old Marblehead Sea Captains and the Ships in which They Sailed. Marblehead, Mass.: For the Marblehead Historical Society, 1915, p. 37.


Marblehead Register. N.p.: n.p., n.d.


Vital Records of Marblehead, Massachusetts. Salem, Mass.: Essex Institute, 1903, 1904.


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