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Stockman, Moses, 1807-1880
Moses Stockman (1807-1880) Business
1 linear foot (1 box)
The Moses Stockman Business
Records collection is comprised of business records from 1830-1892,
detailing business transactions of a merchant in nineteenth-century Newburyport,
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.
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.
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
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