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William D. Sohier Papers

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WILLIAM D. SOHIER PAPERS, 1797-1887

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Processing of this collection was funded by a grant from the NHPRC (National Historical Publications and Records Commission).





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:Sohier, William Davies, 1787-1868
Title:William D. Sohier Papers
Dates:1797/1887; bulk 1815/1866
Quantity:4.5 linear feet (6 boxes)
Abstract:This collection consists of documents relating to admiralty (marine law) cases for more than 132 different ships, several wharves in the Boston area, as well as general correspondence and papers for non-marine legal cases.
Identification:MH 209

Series List

SERIES I. Ship Cases
SERIES II. Wharf Cases
SERIES III. Correspondence and Other Cases

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of documents relating to admiralty (marine law) cases for more than 132 different ships, several wharves in the Boston area, as well as general correspondence and papers for non-marine legal cases. It has been organized into three series. Series I. Ship Cases has been arranged alphabetically by ship name. Records include accounts, agreements, bills, bills of lading, case notes, crew lists, contracts, depositions, freight bills, insurance policies, interrogatories, invoices, letters, powers of attorney, protests, trial notes, towing accounts, vessel deeds, and writs. Series II. Wharf Cases has been arranged alphabetically by wharf name and contains accounts, bills of complaint, and letters. Series III. Correspondence and Other Cases contains correspondence with Sohier and agreements, bills, bills of lading, bills of sale, depositions, letters, indentures, insurance policies, invoices, notes, petitions, powers of attorney, testimonies, and writs for cases involving unnamed ships or non-marine cases.


Biographical Sketch

William Davies Sohier was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Edward and Mary (Davies) Sohier on March 13, 1787. He received his early education under Master Pemberton at Billerica, Massachusetts. He attended Harvard University; he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and graduated with his B.A. in 1805. In 1808, he graduated from Yale University with a master's degree. He read law with Christopher Gore and was admitted to the bar of the Massachusetts Court of Common Pleas in July 1808 and to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in March 1810.


In 1809 he married Elizabeth Amory Dexter (b. 1789). They had six children, Edward Dexter (1810-1888), Joseph Foster (1811-1817), Mary Davies (born 1817), William (born 1822), Elizabeth Brimmer (1823-1916), and George Brimmer (1832-1877). Sohier died in Cohasset, Massachusetts on June 11, 1868; his business affairs were resumed by his sons William and Edward D. Sohier.


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.

Sohier, William D., 1787-1868
Boston Wharf Company
Foster's Wharf (Boston, Mass.)
Long Wharf (Boston, Mass.)
T Wharf (Boston, Mass.)
Admiralty--Law and legislation
Insurance, marine
Letters
Shipping
Ships' papers
Boston (Mass.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Request 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

William D. Sohier Papers, MH 209, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was purchased in June 1933.

Processing Information

Collection processed and cataloged by Tamara Gaydos July 2012.


Related Material

Winship, J. P. C. Historical Brighton: An Illustrated History of Brighton and Its Citizens. Vol. 2. Boston, MA: George A. Warren, 1902.


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