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Ebenezer B. Crocker (1811-1871) Papers

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EBENEZER B. CROCKER (1811-1871) PAPERS, 1824-1841

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:Crocker, Ebenezer B., 1811-1871
Title:Ebenezer B. Crocker (1811-1871) Papers
Quantity:2.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Abstract: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.
Collection Number:MH 66

Series List

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 ship.

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.

Biographical Sketch

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 168).

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.

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.

Bacon, Edward
Coffin, Abel
Ireland, John H.
Riddle, Thomas
Eugene (Ship)
Gentoo (Ship)
Hamilton (Ship)
Hoogley (Ship)
Massasoit (Ship)
North America (Ship)
Ruthelia (Ship)
Cargo handling
Freight and freightage
Salem (Mass.)


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Administrative Information


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

Ebenezer B. Crocker (1811-1871) Papers, MH 66, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.


This material was donated by Mrs. David Crocker in 1923.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Hilary Streifer, March 2015.

Related Material

Find a Grave. "Eben B. Crocker." Accessed March 17, 2015.

Freeman, Frederick. The History of Cape Cod: the Annals of Barnstable County, Including the District of Mashpee. vol. 1. Boston: George C. Rand and Avery, 1858.

Knoblock, Glenn A. The American Clipper Ship 1845-1920: a Comprehensive History with a List of Builders and Their Ships. NC: McFarland and Company, Inc. Publishers, 2014.

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