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Crocker, Ebenezer B., 1811-1871
Ebenezer B. Crocker (1811-1871)
2.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
The Ebenezer B. Crocker papers
are made up of shipping papers from Crocker's time as a supercargo; they contain
material from vessels that Crocker worked on and account books that belonged to
SERIES I. Ships' Papers SERIES II. Account Books
A. Ships' Account Books
B. General Account Books
Scope and Content Note
The Ebenezer B. Crocker papers are made up of shipping papers from Crocker's time as
a supercargo; they contain material from vessels that Crocker worked on and account
books that belonged to Crocker. This collection is divided into two series.
Series I. Ships' Papers contains the papers from
individual ships and includes bills, invoices, letters of instruction from the ship
owners, memoranda, correspondence, and customs duties. It is unclear how the letter
of instructions for the ship North America came to be
in this collection, as Crocker was neither the owner nor the supercargo of the
Series II. Account books contains fourteen account
books focused on individual ships, and on more general accounts. The number assigned
to the account books in 1923 has been included in the content list. This series has
been divided into two subseries. Subseries A. Ships' Account
Books contains account books specific to individual ships. The account
book for the ship Massasoit, which contains receipts
for cargo brought on board in 1841, has Henry H. Crocker's name on it, but was used
by Ebenezer B. Crocker. Subseries B. General Account
Books contains account books not specific to one ship.
Ebenezer Bacon Crocker was born on November 1, 1811 to
David and Rachel (Bacon) Crocker in Barnstable, Massachusetts. He moved to New York
City and became the first president of the C. C. Association of New York (Freeman
646). He also became a senior partner in the shipping merchant firm Crocker and
Warren, with George Warren. Crocker and Warren was a successful business, trading
all around the world. Crocker had real estate holdings worth $15,000 in 1850, and in
1860 had combined real estate and personal holdings worth $75,000 (Knoblock
Before entering into a profitable partnership with George Warren, he worked as a
supercargo on board many vessels owned by Daniel C. Bacon. He also appears to have
worked for the Boston firm of Crocker and Sturgis, which was headed by Henry H.
Crocker, his brother, and James Sturgis.
He married Alicia D. Cobb. Crocker died on March 3, 1871.
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.
Ireland, John H.
North America (Ship)
Freight and freightage
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