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Moseley, Joseph, 1760-1799
Joseph Moseley (1760-1799)
2.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
The Joseph Moseley papers
mostly contain ships papers for the vessels on which Captain Moseley
SERIES I. Ships' Papers SERIES II. Personal Papers
Scope and Content Note
The Joseph Moseley papers mostly contain ships papers for the vessels on which
Captain Moseley sailed. The collection has been divided into two series.
Series I. Ships Papers consists of passports, letters of
credit, invoices, customs documents, passports, permits, certificates of
measurement, protests, receipts, insurance policies and more. The bulk of the ships
papers are from the brigantine Volant. Some household
receipts may be mixed in with shipping receipts in folder 10 of box 1. Series II. Personal Papers contains one letter from his
brother, Emperor Moseley, household receipts, and a poem by Polly Moseley.
Joseph Moseley was born in approximately 1760 in Nixonton,
North Carolina, to Emperor (born 1715/1720) and Elizabeth (b. about 1730) Moseley.
He went to Salem, Massachusetts, on one of the Yankee vessels that traded with
Albemarle, Virginia, in or about the year 1780. He became a master mariner living in
Salem. He was, for several years, commander of the brig Volant, which belonged to William Gray, Jr. Her voyages were mostly to
European ports. In 1792 he went on a voyage to Calcutta, in the ship Grand Turk, as mate, with Captain Benjamin Hodges, and in
1793 to St. Petersburg, as captain of the same ship. In 1795 he commanded the
schooner Active belonging to Ichabod Nichols and
Benjamin Hodges on a voyage to St. Petersburg, and in 1797 the ship Francis, belonging to Mr. Gray on a voyage to Havre De
Grace and St. Petersburg.
On October 20, 1782, Moseley married Elizabeth Crowninshield (1757-1833),
daughter of John and Mary (Ives) Crowninshield and sister of Clifford Crowninshield.
They had eight children together: Elizabeth (born 1783); Mary (born 1784); Abigail
(born 1786); Joseph (born 1787); Emperor (born 1789); Nancy (born 1794); Clifford
Crowninshield (born 1797) and Martha (born 1797).
His last voyage was in the ship Enterprise in
1799. On the 16th of July, in the North Sea, he was hailed by a privateer which
showed Dutch colors. While standing upon the deck, a shot from the privateer struck
him in the head and he died in the arms of his men. He was buried in Norway.
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.
Derby, Elias Hasket, 1739-1799
Grand Turk (Ship)
Maritime law--United States
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