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Moses Stockman (1807-1880) Business Records

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MOSES STOCKMAN (1807-1880) BUSINESS RECORDS, 1830-1892





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:Stockman, Moses, 1807-1880
Title:Moses Stockman (1807-1880) Business Records
Dates:1830/1892
Quantity:1 linear foot (1 box)
Abstract:The Moses Stockman Business Records collection is comprised of business records from 1830-1892, detailing business transactions of a merchant in nineteenth-century Newburyport, Massachusetts.
Collection Number:MSS 419

Series List

SERIES I. Account Books
SERIES II. Financial Records
A. Business and Household Records
B. Religious Organizations
SERIES III. Legal Documents and Insurance Policies
SERIES IV. Charles C. Stockman Materials

Scope and Content Note

The Moses Stockman Business Records collection is comprised of one box of business records from 1830-1892, detailing business transactions of a merchant in nineteenth-century Newburyport, Massachusetts. This collection is divided into four series.


Series I. Account Books contains six account books. The first book (1830-1854) contains records of the purchase of tools, general goods, freight costs, animals, rents, foodstuffs, cash accounts, and stable expenses. The second book (1833, 1848-1851), dated 1833 on the cover with entries beginning in 1848 and running until 1851, contains records for the purchase of foodstuffs and deadeyes for a ship. The third book (1849-1852) is in fragile condition and contains records of cash payments and accounts. The fourth booklet (1858-1875) contains cash, dividends, records of bedstead sales, purchases of shares of schooners, and schooner expenses. The fifth book (1865-1874) is very fragile, has a marbled cover, and contains account expenses, primarily foodstuffs. The sixth book (1871-1874) contains records of loans, payments, bedsteads, and other furniture.


Series II. Financial Records is divided into two subseries. Subseries A. Business and Household Records contains receipts, bills, invoices, dues, and checks pertaining to newspapers (Daily Herald, New York Observer, Daily Evening Union), taxes (city, state, and national), rent, stationery goods, a fire insurance company, an institution for savings, a fraternal lodge (the Quascacunquen Lodge), and shipping and transportation. It also includes an 1861 certificate electing Moses Stockman as a Weigher of Coal.


Subseries B. Religious Organizations contains receipts, payment records, and a "deed of pew" pertaining to churches (North Church, Episcopal Church) and religious societies (the North Congregational Society and the Fourth Religious Society).


Series III. Legal Documents and Insurance Policies contains legal and insurance records, including mortgage and bankruptcy papers.


Series IV. Charles C. Stockman Materials contains legal documents, insurance policies, financial records, an auction poster (broadside), a letter from his brother Moses Stockman, Jr., and a business diary including entries about the weather covering the year 1875.


Biographical Sketch

Moses Stockman was a furniture dealer in Newburyport, Massachusetts. He was born in Newburyport in 1807. He married his first wife, Joanna Currier, in 1831. They had three children: Charles, Ellen, and Moses, Jr. Following the death of Joanna due to complications from childbirth, he married Hannah Currier in 1843. Stockman was active in local churches and religious societies in Newburyport, including the Episcopal Church, the North Church, the North Congregational Society, and the Fourth Religious Society. He was also a member of the Quascacunquen Lodge, part of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His sons, Charles C. Stockman and Moses Stockman, Jr., also worked in the family business. Charles worked as a real estate agent, appraiser, and auctioneer, as well as a furniture dealer. Moses Stockman died of spinal fever in 1880 at the age of 72.


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.

Stockman, Charles C.
Stockman, Moses, 1807-1880
Stockman, Moses, Jr.
Fourth Religious Society
North Congregational Society
Account books
Fraternal organizations
Furniture
Insurance policies
Legal documents
Massachusetts--Newburyport

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

Moses Stockman (1807-1880) Business Records, MSS 419, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was purchased in 1997 (acc # 1997.011).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Phyllis Catsikis, October 2009.


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