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Clifford Crowninshield (1762-1809) Papers

Clifford Crowninshield (1762-1809) Papers

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CLIFFORD CROWNINSHIELD (1762-1809) PAPERS, 1750-1811

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Processing and conservation of this collection was funded in part by grants from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities.





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:Crowninshield, Clifford, 1762-1809
Title:Clifford Crowninshield (1762-1809) Papers
Dates:1750/1811
Quantity:1.25 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 volume)
Abstract:The Clifford Crowninshield (1762-1809) papers are comprised of the business and personal papers of Salem merchant and ship master, Clifford Crowninshield, and his family from 1692-1861.
Collection Number:MSS 97

Series List

SERIES I. Family Papers
SERIES II. Clifford Crowninshield Papers

Scope and Content Note

The Clifford Crowninshield (1762-1809) papers are comprised of the business and personal papers of Clifford Crowninshield and his family from 1692-1861. The bulk of the material concerns the shipping activities of Clifford Crowninshield from 1795-1800. The collection is divided into two series.


SERIES I. Family Papers are almost entirely comprised of papers from the estates of Clifford's father and grandparents.


SERIES II. Clifford Crowninshield Papers are comprised of ships papers, correspondence, letterbooks, account books, estate papers, and legal papers associated with this successful Salem merchant and ship master. A day book (1784-1789) mostly concerns personal matters but also holds some accounts for Clifford Crowninshield's (1699-1776) estates.


Clifford Crowninshield's (1762-1809) estate papers include correspondence with executors James Devereux and John Moriarty and deeds that also concern the estates of Crowninshield's forebears. Ships papers dated after 1809 (see Appendix I) relate to spoliation claims settled posthumously and therefore should be consulted in relation to Crowninshield's estate.


Biographical Sketch

Clifford Crowninshield (1762-1809) was the son of John and Mary (Ives) Crowninshield, grandson of Clifford Crowninshield (1699-1776), and great-grandson of John Casper Richter von Kronensheldt (1644-1711). Crowninshield was a successful Salem merchant and ship master who built the house later occupied first by Captain James Devereux and then William D. Waters. Crowninshield married Eliza Fisher, the daughter of Reverend Nathaniel Fisher of the Episcopal Church. He died in June of 1809, leaving no children.


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.

Crowninshield, Christian Bray Cash
Crowninshield, Clifford, 1699-1776
Crowninshield, Clifford, 1762-1809
Crowninshield, John, 1728-1777
Derby, Richard, 1712-1783
Bainbridge, Ansley, and Company
Benjamin (Ship)
Ceres (Ship)
Eagle (Schooner)
Four Brothers (Schooner)
Galen (Bark)
George (Ship)
Henry (Ship)
Hope (Schooner)
Mary (Vessel)
Molly (Schooner)
Porga (Schooner)
St. John (Schooner)
West Chapelle (Ship)
Account books
Capture at sea
Deeds
Estates, administration of
Merchants--Salem (Mass.)
Shipping
Salem (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

Clifford Crowninshield (1762-1809) Papers, MSS 97, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This collection is an integration and reorganization of six account books, one box, and miscellaneous folders of manuscripts. The letterbook, ledgers, and 1784-1789 and 1802-1809 day books were a 1917 gift of William C. Waters. One box of manuscripts removed from the Waters Family Papers I was probably a gift from William C. Waters.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Prudence K. Backman, March 1983. Updated by Catherine Robertson, June 2014.


Related Material

Clifford Crowninshield Papers, 1692-1861, MH 17


Crowninshield Family Papers, 1697-1909, MSS 4, MH 15

Appendix I


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