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Mugford Family Papers
1.5 Linear feet (2 boxes)
This collection contains papers
of three members of the Mugford family of Salem, Massachusetts, namely, William
Mugford, his brother-in-law Benjamin Dimond, and his son Charles D.
SERIES I. William Mugford SERIES II. Benjamin Dimond SERIES III. Charles D. Mugford
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains papers of three members of the Mugford family of Salem,
Massachusetts, namely, William Mugford, his brother-in-law Benjamin Dimond, and his
son Charles D. Mugford. It includes shipping papers from sixteen vessels. Also
present is correspondence with the American Philosophical Society concerning a medal
awarded to William Mugford. The collection has been organized into three series.
Series I. William Mugford contains shipping papers
from ten vessels captained by William Mugford, including the brigs Columbia, Elvira, Eliza, Herald, and Minerva, ships Betsy, Eliza, Ulysses, and William, and schooner Active. The papers include instructions to Captain Mugford, cargo
manifests, invoices, disbursements, receipts, bills of lading, bonds, letters of
credit, legal documents, and other papers. The bulk of the papers pertain to the
ship Ulysses, captained by William Mugford from 1799 to
1805. Also present is correspondence from the American Philosophical Society
concerning the medal awarded to William Mugford for the design of his novel
Series II. Benjamin Dimond contains shipping papers
from two vessels captained by Benjamin Dimond, the brig Nancy and schooner Lively. Included are
invoices, disbursements, an insurance policy, letters of protest, and other legal
papers. There is also a list of officers from the brig Cossack; the list includes Benjamin Dimond, Clerk, presumably Captain
Benjamin Dimond's son.
Series III. Charles D. Mugford contains shipping
papers from three ships, Black Warrior, Grotius and Areatus, captained by Charles
Mugford. The bulk of the papers pertain to Black Warrior, and these include accounts of sales, invoices,
receipts, instructions from the owners, cargo lists, disbursements, customs forms,
and other papers. Series III contains smaller collections of papers from the ships
Grotius and Areatus.
Of interest among the Areatus papers are letters from
Charles Mugford to the owners describing his experiences trading in the Phillipines
William Mugford was born in 1773 in Marblehead,
Massachusetts, the son of James and Lydia (Nicholson) Mugford. He captained several
vessels sailing out of Marblehead or Salem, Massachusetts, including the brigs Eliza, Herald, Juno, and Minerva, and the
ships Betsy, William, and
Ulysses. When Ulysses
had her rudder damaged in a storm, Mugford rigged a temporary rudder that enabled
the ship to be brought safely to Marseilles. He received a medal from the American
Philosophical Society and his device was widely admired at the time. William Mugford
married the widowed Ruth Dimond in 1804, and they had five children.
Benjamin Dimond was born on December 31, 1769, the
son of Benjamin and Jane (Mugford) Diman (later spelled as Dimond), a family of
mariners from Salem. He married Ruth Smith in 1792, and they had two children.
Following Benjamin Dimond's death in 1803, Ruth Dimond married William Mugford.
Charles D. Mugford was born on September 16, 1809, in
Salem, Massachusetts, the son of William and Ruth Dimond Mugford. He too went to sea
and was master of several vessels including the ships Areatus,
Black Warrior, George, and Grotius and the brigs Czarina,
Plymouth Rock, and Susan. Later in life he
was a merchant in Salem. He was a member of the East India Marine Society in Salem.
He married Betsey Bott in 1839. Charles Mugford died on July 5, 1868, in Salem.
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.
Dimond, Benjamin, 1769-1803
Mugford, Charles D., 1809-1868
Mugford, William, bpt. 1773-
American Philosophical Society
Black Warrior (Ship)
Freight and freightage--sugar
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