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In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Members of the Taber family of Dartmouth and Fairhaven, Massachusetts, were chiefly involved in local government and mercantile activities between the years 1712 and 1901. Most notable among these individuals were Bartholomew Taber (1717-1813), his brother, John Taber (1726-1761), Bartholomew's son, John Taber (1773-1847), and grandson, George Hathaway Taber (1808-1901). Bartholomew Taber lived in Dartmouth, Mass. and served as a town clerk and surveyor. He also had various interests in the shipping and mercantile trade. His brother was a ship master who captained the Neptune (Sloop) when it was captured by a French privateer, Wellbeloved, off Martinique and held for ransom in 1760-1761. Bartholomew's son, John Taber, lived in Fairhaven, Mass., and served as assessor and surveyor for the town. George Hathaway Taber, also a resident of Fairhaven, served in various capacities in town government for about twenty years. Prior to his involvement in town government, George had been a ship captain involved in the mercantile trade.
Papers for these four most prominent members of the Taber family constitute the bulk of the documents in this collection. Bartholomew Taber's papers consist of correspondence, 1750-1788; town clerk records, circa 1744-1751; surveyor's records, 1753-1783; legal documents, 1724-1804, including estate records of a relative, William Peckham, 1724-1772; ship's papers, 1761-1762; and bills and receipts, 1761-1784. Among his correspondence, ship's papers, bills, and receipts are materials concerning the capture and imprisonment of his brother, John, during the French and Indian War. These materials are complemented by the correspondence, 1758-1761, ship's papers, 1761, a treaty and ransom agreement, bills, and receipts of John Taber himself. Papers of Bartholomew's son, John Taber, consist of legal documents, 1832-1834; town official's records, 1822-1832, for the town of Fairhaven where he served as assessor, surveyor and board of overseers; and bills and receipts, 1798- 1833. George Hathaway Taber's papers consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1822-1901; legal documents, 1840-1899; bills and receipts, 1833-1894; certificates, 1850-1899; and a penmanship notebook, political handbill, and memoranda that spans the years 1839 to approximately 1880.
Included among his incoming correspondence is a letter from Franklin Bowditch Dexter, historian and author, regarding local history as well as a letter from Charles Bryant regarding the fur trade and other activities at Sitka, Alaska in 1869.
Also represented in this collection are other Taber family members, including relatives by marriage. Papers of Jonathan Taber (1702-1773) consist of account books, 1724-1772. These account books reflect his activities as: a tanner, the owner and manager of a cider mill, a manufacturer of lime, a farmer who raised and sold extensive quantities of corn and rye, and a merchant who dealt in tea, rum, fish, whale bone, lumber, and other merchandise. Jonathan’s account books also document his time as a promoter of spinning, weaving, and clothmaking at Rochester, Mass., in the 1740s. Bartholomew Taber's (1779-1860) papers include correspondence, 1831; town official's records, 1829-1830, for Fairhaven, where he served as town clerk, treasurer and tax collector; and bills and receipts, 1793. Papers for other Taber family members date from 1734-1901 and principally consist of correspondence, deeds, ship's papers, and legal documents.
Materials in this collection have been organized into Sub-groups representing individual members of the Taber family and other relatives by marriage. These sub-groups have been listed in chronological order by each person's birthdate. Papers have been organized into series by type of document and are arranged in chronological order. A final sub-group of this collection contains correspondence, deeds, ship's papers, bills, receipts, and a military record, 1748-circa 1900, believed to have belonged to Taber family members. A published work which may serve as a guide to the persons represented in this collection is The Taber Genealogy . . ., compiled by George L. Randall (1924).
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Related Manuscript Collections
Mss 15: Taber Family Business Records
Mss 127: Deborah Smith Taber Family Papers
Removed to Photographs Collection
- Unidentified photograph, possibly of Whittier, undated
Removed to Objects Collection
- Reward of merit card, undated
- Code card, undated
Removed to Broadside Collection
- Political handbill - slate of offcials for Fairhaven, Massachusetts, circa 1875
- Quarentine regulations, Fairhaven, Massachusetts, 1831
- Holman's Ink for London Powder Records, undated
Removed to Printed Collection
- Book of Lamentations - pp. 3-30
- Burial Service of Free and Accepted Masons, New Bedford, Massachusetts, (New Bedford, Mass, 1879)
- Chase, George Wingare. Burial Service for the Ancient and Honorable..., (Boston, Mass, 1865
- Coleridge, S. T. Biographia Literaria; or Biographical..., Vo1. 2, (New York, New York, 1817).
- Constitution and playing Rules of the International Base Ball Assocition.(Jamaica Plain, Mass., 1805).
- Gazette - 19 Agust 1805, (Boston, Mass., 1805)
- H. M. S. Pinafore - program book (Boston, Mass., 1878).
- The New World - December 1842 (New York, New York, 1842).
- A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, pp. 340-342
The bulk of the materials in this collection were donated to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by George H. Taber on 25 September 1981. Several documents were also given to the Society by Alice Weeks in March 1932
Processed by: Judith Downey, ca. 1982
Encoded by: Alfredo L. Parrilla, 20 March 2013
Funds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Account book--Dartmouth, Mass.--1723-1772
Alaska--Description and travel--1867-1896
Authors, American--Conn.-- New Haven
Authors--Correspondence, reminiscences, etc.
Capture at sea
Fairhaven, Mass.--Officials and employees
Historians--Conn.--New Haven--Correspondence, reminiscences, etc.
Huttleston, George Kelley, 1847-1868
Huttleston, Sarah Russell Taber, 1806-1905
Huttleston, Sarah Taber, b. 1839
Justices of the peace--Mass.--Bristol Co.
Peckham William, 1688-1771
Roads--Mass.--Fairhaven--Maintenance and repair
Russian American Company, Sitka, Alaska
Russians in alaska
Taber, Bartholomew, 1717-1813
Taber, Bartholomew, 1779-1860
Taber, Edward, b. 1754
Taber, George Hathaway, 1808-1901
Taber, George Hathaway, Jr., 1859-1940
Taber, Jabez, 1774-1870
Taber, Jacob, 1683-1773
Taber, Jacob, 1723-1806
Taber, John, 1726-1761
Taber, John, 1773-1847
Taber, Jonathan, 1702-1773
Taber, Thomas, Jr., 1681-ca. 1723
Taber, Tucker, 1717 1749
Taxation of personal property--Mass.--Dartmouth
Taxation of personal property--Mass.--Farihaven
U.S.--History--French and Indian War, 1755-1763--Consfiscations
U.S.--History--French and Indian War, 1755-1763--Fianace, commerce, confiscation, etc.
U.S.--History--French and Indian War, 1755-1763--Naval operations
U.S.--History--French and Indian War, 1755-1763--Prizes, etc.
Whitwell, Furman Reade, 1793-1861
William Henry (Ship)