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Cocks, James, ca. 1760-ca. 1804
James Cocks (Cox) (circa 1760-circa 1804)
1770, 1799, undated
0.25 linear feet (1 boxes)
The James Cocks (Cox) Papers contain
papers from the schooner Catherine and two family papers.
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.
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.
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.
Capture at sea
Executors and administrators
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
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.