Inventory of the Gifford Family Papers In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research LibraryProcessed by: Barbara B. Austen; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kermit DeweyFunds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.Inventory of the Gifford Family Papers 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

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Inventory of the Gifford Family Papers

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Gifford Family Papers
Date Span:
1802-1857
Creator:
Gifford family
Mss Number:
Mss 43
Extent:
5 inches
Abstract:
Business records and personal papers of a Westport, Massachusetts, family, 1802-1857.
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

Historical Note

Members of the Gifford family of Westport, Massachusetts, were active in town politics and in mercantile activities from about 1802-1857. Adam Gifford, the oldest son of William Gifford, was born in 1782. He owned and operated a general store, sold goods at public auction, and also served as a selectman for the town from about 1815-1821. His brother, Abner B. Gifford, born in 1784, served as a justice of the peace for Bristol County and as a trial justice, transacted much of the local probate business, and was a member of the "Prudential Committee" for School District No. 19 in Westport, as well as owning partial interest in several whaling vessels. Abner died in 1847. Jonathan Peckham Gifford, Abner's son, was born in 1807. He owned partial interest in at least one merchant vessel and by 1843 had purchased his uncle's store. Jonathan died in 1882.

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Scope and Content Note

Materials in this collection reflect the political and mercantile activities of three members of the Gifford family of Westport, Mass., between 1802-1857. Adam Gifford's papers consist of incoming business and personal correspondence, 1821- 1854; selectmen's records, 1816-1821, encompassing a receipt for muskets, application for ammunition, and correspondence; legal documents, 1802-1838, including a deed from Paul Cuffe's heirs and the wills of Benjamin Devol and Susannah Russell, relatives by marriage; and financial records, 1815-1843. The papers of Abner B. Gifford encompass incoming business correspondence, 1809-1822; justice of the peace records, 1818-1833, including a volume of court case records and depositions relating to an assault on William R. Rotch; school district records consisting of an application and warrant for a school district meeting, a list of students in School District No. 5, and a list of "Prudential Committee" members and teachers by district, 1838-1839; legal documents, 1824-1845; and financial records, 1817-1840. Jonathan Peckham Gifford's papers consist of a bill of sale, 1849, and financial records, 1843-1857.

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 43 [sub-group, series, sub-series, folder/volume as appropriate], [item]

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Related Materials

Related Manuscript Collections

Mss 98: Gifford Family Papers

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Existing records reveal neither the source nor the accession date of this collection.

Processing Information

Processed by: Barbara B. Austen, ca. 1982

Encoded by: Kermit Dewey, 28 November 2011; box list appended by Mark Procknik, 27 December 2011

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

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Description

Sub-group 1: Adam Gifford Papers, 1802, 1815-1845 [24 items]
Sub-group 1 consists of incoming business and personal correspondence, selectmen's records, legal documents, and financial records.
Series A: Correspondence, 1821-1845
Box 1
Folder 1
1821-1845
Series B: Selectmen's Records, 1816-1821
Folder 1
Receipt for muskets, 1815
Letter relating to school bills, 1816
Application for ammunition, 1821
Series C: Legal Documents, 1802-1838
Folder 1
Deed from Paul Cuffe's heirs, 1820
Indentures, 1832, 1838
Folder 2
Wills of Benjamin Devol, 1802
Wills of Susannah Russell, 1816
Series D: Financial Records, 1815-1843
Folder 1
Accounts, 1824, 1829
Order for payment, 1839
Folder 2
Bills and receipts, 1815-1843
Sub-group 2: Abner B. Gifford Papers, 1809-1845 [28 items]
Sub-group 2 contains incoming business correspondence, justice of the peace records, school district records, legal documents, and financial records.
Series A: Correspondence, 1809, 1816, 1822
Folder 1
1809, 1816, 1822
Series B: Justice of the Peace Records, 1813-1832, 1858
Volume 1
1813-1832
Folder 1
Expense account, 1820
Depositions relating to assault on William Rotch, 1822
Deposition by Samuel Wilcox, ca. 1825
List of forfeitures, 1827
Commission as justice of the peace, 1858
Series C: School District Records, 1838-1839
Folder 1
1838-1839
Series D: Legal Documents, 1824-1834, 1838, 1845
Folder 1
Commissions for Special County Commissioner, 1828, 1834
Folder 2
Bills of sale, 1824, 1831
Lease, 1838
License, 1845
Series E: Financial Records, 1817-1840
Folder 1
Accounts current, 1833, 1835
Folder 2
Insurance policies, 1832, 1836-1838
Folder 3
Bills and receipts, 1817, 1818, 1840
Sub-group 3: Jonathan Peckham Gifford Papers, 1843, 1849, 1853, 1857 [4 items]
Sub-group 3 contains a bill of sale and financial records.
Series A: Bill of Sale, 1849
Folder 1
1849
Series B: Financial Records, 1843, 1853, 1857
Folder 1
Insurance policy, 1853
Receipts, 1853, 1857

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Added Entries

Auctioneers--Mass.--Westport
Auctions--Mass.--Westport
Business records--Mass.--Westport
County courts--Mass.--Bristol County
Court records--Mass. --Bristol County
Cuffe, Paul, 1759-1817
Gifford, Abner B., 1784-1847
Gifford, Adam, b. 1782
Gifford, Jonathan Peckham, 1807-1882
Justices of the peace--Mass.--Bristol County
Law--Mass.--Bristol County
Massachusetts. County Court. (Bristol County)
Merchants--Mass.--Westport
School districts--Mass.--Westport
Selectmen--Mass.--Westport
Westport, Mass.--Commerce
Westport, Mass.--Schools
Wills--Mass.--Westport

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