Inventory of the Taber Family Business Records In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research LibraryProcessed by: Judith Downey; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kermit DeweyFunds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.Inventory of the Taber Family Business Records In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

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Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Information for Researchers

Related Materials

Administrative Information

Description

Added Entries

Inventory of the Taber Family Business Records

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Taber Family Business Records
Date Span:
1839-1887
Creator:
Taber family
Mss Number:
Mss 15
Extent:
2 linear feet
Abstract:
Financial records and ship's papers of two branches of a New Bedford, Massachusetts, family active as whaling agents, merchants, and coal dealers, 1839-1887.
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

Historical Note

Members of several branches of the Taber family were active as merchants and businessmen at New Bedford, Mass., between 1839-1887. Henry Taber (1795-1892) went to sea in 1809 and later became a master and part owner of several vessels. In 1832, he went into business as a ship chandler and a grocer, first with David Sherman as a partner, then with his son, William Gordon Taber (1821-1896) and son-in-law, John Hunt (d. ca. 1866). Henry Taber & Company established a packet ship line between New Bedford and New York and owned vessels which took part in whaling and freighting ventures. In addition, the firm acted as whaling agents. When Henry Taber retired in 1866, William G. Taber and William Gordon Jr. (1825-1902) continued the business as commission merchants and whaling agents under the name of Taber, Gordon & Company.

Two of Henry Taber's cousins, Francis Taber (1803-1887) and George Russell Taber (1821-1913), and Francis' son, Robert Holloway Taber (1834-1914), were coal dealers, merchants, and also served as agents to several whaling vessels at New Bedford in the 1850s and 1860s.

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Scope and Content Note

Records in this collection reflect the business activities of Henry Taber & Company; Taber, Gordon & Company; and Francis Taber, George Russell Taber, and Robert Holloway Taber between 1839-1887. Henry Taber & Company records include financial records consisting of a journal, 1857-1860, which contains accounts for Henry Taber's new house, payments to New Bedford Port Society subscriptions, and for such vessels as Ocean Wave (Bark), William and Eliza (Ship), and Henry Taber (Bark) as well as those vessels represented in the ship's papers series. Ship's papers, 1839-1861, contain agent/owner accounts, crew accounts, and Sea Letters for such ships as Good Return, Hillman, James Arnold, and Milton. Taber, Gordon & Company records consist of ship's papers, 1868-1887, containing agent/owner accounts, crew accounts, and outfitting books for such vessels as Callao (Bark), Eliza Adams (Ship), Horatio (Ship), James Arnold (Ship), and Niger (Ship). There are also protests and accounts of a court case for damages due to the collision of the ships Eliza Adams and Glenochil.

Francis and George Russell Taber records include financial records and ship's papers. The financial records, 1852-1862, consist of a ledger and a journal which contain accounts for their coal business and for their whalers Afton (Bark), Betsy Williams (Ship), Laetitia (Bark), and Rambler (Ship). The ship's papers consist of a Sea Letter for the Laetitia (Bark). Records for George Russell and Robert Holloway Taber contain financial records, 1856-1862, consisting of a ledger, journals, and a cash book for their coal and mercantile affairs.

Arrangement of Collection

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Information for Researchers

Access to the Collection

Unrestricted. Consult librarian for an appointment.

Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library Mss 15 [sub-group, series, sub-series, folder/volume as appropriate], [item]

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Related Materials

Related Manuscript Collections

Mss 36: Taber Family Papers
Mss 127: Deborah Smith Taber Family Papers

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Administrative Information

Provenance

A portion of this collection was donated to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by the estate of Andrew Snow Jr., in 1919 and by Shirley Stanley on 15 February 1965. Existing records reveal neither the source nor the accession date for the rest of the collection.

Processing Information

Processed by: Judith Downey, ca. 1982

Encoded by: Kermit Dewey, 23 June 2011; box list appended by Mark Procknik, 7 February 2012

Funds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Description

Sub-group 1: Henry Taber & Company Records, 1839,1851-1861 [6 inches]
Sub-group 1 contains financial records and ship's papers of the firm Henry Taber & Company.
Series A: Financial Records, 1857-1860
Box 1
Volume 1
Journal, 1857-1860
Series B: Ship's Papers, 1839-1861
Sub-series 1: Good Return (Ship) Records, 1858
Folder 1
Sea Letter, 1858
Sub-series 2: Hillman (Ship) Records, 1857-1861
Volume 1
Crew accounts, 1857-1861
Includes agent/owner accounts
Sub-series 3: James Arnold (Ship) Records, 1857-1861
Volume 1
Crew accounts, 1857-1861
Includes agent/owner accounts
Folder 1
Sketch of vessel, ca. 1857
Sub-series 4: Milton (Ship) Records, 1839, 1851-1856
Volume 1
Agent/Owner Accounts, 1851-1856
Folder 1
Sea Letter, 1839
Sub-group 2: Taber, Gordon & Company Records, 1868-1887 [6 inches]
Sub-group 2 consists of financial records as well as ship's papers of the firm Taber, Gordon & Company.
Series A: Ship's Papers, 1868-1887
Sub-series 1: Callao (Bark) Records, 1875
Box 2
Volume 1
Outfitting Book, 1875
Sub-series 2: Eliza Adams (Ship) Records, 1868-1887
Volume 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1879
Volume 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1880-1883
Volume 3
Agent/Owner accounts, 1884-1886
Volume 4
Crew accounts, 1883-1887
Folder 1
Protest regarding collision with Glenochil, 1885
Volume 5
Case including survey and disbursements for collision, 1884-1885
Folder 2
Libel and answer regarding collision, 1885
Volume 6
Records of court case for vessel vs. Glenochil (Steamer) for damages from collision, 1885
Volume 7
Memorandum: accounts of bone and oil shipped, landed, and sold, 1868-1878
Sub-series 3: Horatio (Brig) Records, 1877
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1877
Sub-series 4: James Arnold (Ship) Records, 1882
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1882
Sub-series 5: Niger (Ship) Records, 1882
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1882
Sub-group 3: F. & G. R. Taber (Francis and George Russell Taber) Records, 1852-1862 [5 inches]
Sub-group 3 contains financial records and ship's papers pertaining to the firm F. & G.R. Taber (Francis and George Russell Taber).
Series A: Financial Records, 1852-1862
Box 3
Volume 1
Ledger, 1852-1862
Volume 2
Index to Volume 1
Volume 3
Journal, 1855-1862
Series B: Ship's Papers, 1860
Sub-series 1: Laetitia (Bark) Records, 1860
Folder 1
Sea Letter, 1860
Sub-group 4: G. & R. H. Taber (George Russell and Robert Holloway Taber) Records, 1856-1862 [7 inches]
Sub-group 4 consists of the financial records of the firm G. & R.H. Taber (George Russell and Robert Holloway Taber).
Series A: Financial Records, 1856-1862
Box 4
Volume 1
Ledger, 1856-1862
Volume 2
Index to Volume 1
Volume 3
Journal, 1856-1859
Box 5
Volume 4
Journal, 1859-1862
Volume 5
Cash Book, 1860-1861

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Added Entries

Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1828-1887
Business records--Mass.--New Bedford
Businessmen--Mass.--New Bedford
Coal trade--Mass.--New Bedford
Collisions at sea
Commercial agents--Mass.--New Bedford
Commission merchants--Mass.--New Bedford
Dwellings--Mass.--New Bedford
F. & G. R. Taber (Francis and George Russell Taber), New Bedford, Mass.
G. & R. H. Taber (George Russell and Robert Holloway Taber), New Bedford, Mass.
Gordon, William Jr., 1825-1902
Grocery trade--Mass.--New Bedford
Henry Taber & Company, New Bedford, Mass.
House construction
Hunt, John, d. ca.1866
Merchant seamen--Mass.--New Bedford--Salaries, pensions, etc.
Merchant seamen--Missions and charities--Mass.--New Bedford
Merchants--Mass.--New Bedford
New Bedford Port Society, New Bedford, Mass.
New Bedford, Mass.--Commerce
New Bedford, Mass.--Dwellings
Packets
Ship chandlers--Mass.--New Bedford
Shipmasters--Mass.--New Bedford
Ships--Equipment and supplies
Shipwrecks--Mass.--New Bedford
Ship’s papers
Taber, Francis, 1803-1887
Taber, George Russell, 1821-1913
Taber, Gordon & Company, New Bedford, Mass.
Taber, Henry, 1795-1892
Taber, Robert Holloway, 1834-1914
Taber, William Gordon, 1821-1896
Whale-oil
Whalers
Whaling--Mass.--New Bedford
Whaling--Mass.--New Bedford--Agents

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Vessel Names

Afton (Bark)
Betsy Williams (Ship)
Callao (Bark)
Eliza Adams (Ship)
Glenochil (Ship)
Good Return (Ship)
Henry Taber (Bark)
Hillman (Ship)
Horatio (Ship)
James Arnold (Ship)
Laetitia (Bark)
Milton (Ship)
Niger (Ship)
Ocean Wave (Bark)
Rambler (Ship)
William and Eliza (Ship)

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