Mss118_CrapoClifford


Inventory of the Crapo, Clifford & Clifford Records
In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
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New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library Old Dartmouth Historical Society
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Crapo, Clifford & Clifford Records1710-1927 (Bulk dates: 1850-1890)
Mss 118 4.5 linear feet Crapo, Cliffiord & Clifford, Counselors at Law
Collection of papers and documents from the law offices of Crapo, Clifford & Clifford, located in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The partners practiced admiralty law and were consequently involved in several notable cases concerning whaling vessels from New Bedford.


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New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library Mss 118, [sub-group, series, sub-series, folder/volume as appropriate], [item]

Provenance

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jalien Hollister, 2011

Encoded by: Mark Procknik, 27 December 2013

Related Manuscript Collections Mss 120: George C. Perkins Collection




Biographical Notes

William Wallace Crapo was born 1830 and died 1926. Mr. Crapo was the son of Henry Howland Crapo. He was the head of the law firm Crapo, Clifford & Clifford and later, Crapo Clifford Prescott and Bullard. He was engaged in the prosecution on behalf of the New Bedford whalemen in the “Alabama Claims” whereby the British Government paid $15,000,000 to the U.S. Government for losses suffered due to the collusion of the British with the Confederate privateers. Mr. Crapo was president of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society from 1903 to 1908.

Henry Howland Crapo was the eldest son of William Wallace Crapo. He was born in 1862 and in 1887 become a member of Crapo, Clifford & Clifford. Mr. Crapo was president of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society from 1938 to 1940.

Charles Warren Clifford, eldest son of Gov. John Henry Clifford was born in 1844. In 1869 he became a member of Marston & Crapo until its dissolution in 1878. He then became a partner in the firm of Crapo, Clifford & Clifford where he remained for 45 years. He was counsel for the owners of the Cape Horn Pigeon (Bark) and took part in the arbitration between the U.S. and Russia at the Hague. He died in 1923.

Walter Clifford was the second son of Gov. John Henry Clifford. He was born in 1849. He became the managing clerk for the law office of Marston & Crapo and from 1878 until his death 34 years later, was a partner in the firm of Crapo, Clifford & Clifford, later Crapo, Clifford & Prescott, then Crapo, Clifford Prescott & Bullard. He died in 1912.

Oliver Prescott (second) was the grandson of Judge Oliver Prescott. Oliver Prescott was a member of Crapo, Clifford, Prescott and Bullard. He died in 1938.

John H. Clifford, grandson of Gov. John Henry Clifford and son of Walter Clifford, was a member of the firm Crapo, Clifford, Prescott & Bullard.

George Marston was born in 1821. He became an associate of W. W. Crapo in 1869 and established Marston & Crapo. That firm continued for nine years and upon the dissolution of the partnership it then became Marston & Cobb. He died in 1883.

The law firm of Crapo, Clifford, Prescott and Bullard is a descendant of the firm of Coffin (Timothy G.) and Clifford (John H.), 1830-1834. In succession came the partnerships of Colby and Clifford, Clifford and Brigham, Brigham and Stone, Stone and Crapo, Marston and Crapo, and Crapo, Clifford and Clifford, the latter formed in 1878. Mr. CrapoÂ’s partners and associates were Joshua C. Stone, George Marston, Wendell H. Cobb, Charles W. Clifford, Walter Clifford, Frederick S.C. Bartlett, Henry H. Crapo (second), Oliver Prescott (second), John H. Clifford (second), John M. Bullard, Oliver Prescott (third) and Bryant Prescott.



Scope and Content Note

This collection of papers and records represents the law offices of Crapo, Clifford & Clifford and its antecedents. The partners practiced admiralty law and were consequently involved in several notable cases concerning whaling ships from New Bedford. Other types of documents held in this collection reflect the broader scope of the law practice and include financial papers, insurance papers, personal papers, patent papers, estate records, and records pertaining to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society’s founding in 1903 in addition to non-maritime issues, including papers related to “Alabama Claims Court.” Researchers should note that the documents held within this collection represent only a portion of the firm’s work and history. Other papers are believed to be held privately at the present time.

Arrangement of Collection Series I: Ship’s Papers, 1836-1911
Series II: Whaling and Sealing, 1847-1891, 1902
Series III: Maritime Cases, 1830-1957
Series IV: Non-maritime Issues, 1797, 1830-1886, 1898, 1908
Series V: Insurance Company Cases, 1830-1832, 1862-1878, 1891
Series VI: Property Plans, Deeds, and Estates, 1710-1720, 1772-1892
Series VII: Financial Papers, 1833-1921
Series VIII: Personal Papers, 1838, 1849, 1850, 1876, 1904, 1927
Series IX: Old Dartmouth Historical Society, 1903
Series X: Patent Papers, 1890, 1892
Series XI: Publications, 1886-1896
Series XII: Additional Miscellaneous Materials, 1870-1903



Added Entries
Anchor
Alabama claims
Bills of sale
Hoxie
Insurance
Schooners
Sealing
Ships
Shipwrecks
Sperm oil
Whales
Whaling
Whalebone
Whale oil
Yachts
Law firms–New Bedford, Mass.
Acushnet River (Mass.)
Arctic Ocean
Chile
Edgartown (Mass.)
Faial Island (Azores)
Guaymas (Sonora, Mexico)
Honolulu (Hawaii)
Martha’s Vineyard (Mass.)
Nantucket (Mass.)
Naushon Island (Mass.)
New Bedford (Mass.)
Okhotsk, Sea of
Palmer’s Island (New Bedford, Mass.)
Pope’s Island (New Bedford, Mass.)
Russell’s Mills (Dartmouth, Mass.)
Russia
Sag Harbor (N.Y.)
Talcahuano (Chile)
Tarkiln Hill (New Bedford, Mass.)
United States–Politics and government
Woods Hole (Mass.) Adams, Nathaniel Akin, Francis Akin, Mrs. W. H. Allen, Ansel Allen, W. H. Anthony, Senator H.B. Baker, Emma Baker, William H. Baker, Col. William S. Barstow, E. W. Borden, Simeon Bourne, Jonathan Jr., 1811-1889 Bull, Jonathan Chase, Theophilus Clifford, Charles Warren Clifford, John H. Clifford, Sarah Clifford, Walter C. Coffin, F.R. Cook, James, 1728-1779 Cook, Jonathan Coughlin, J. Crapo, Henry Howland, 1804-1869 Crapo, William Wallace, 1830-1926 Cromwell, B.C. Crosby, Owen W. Crowell, Peleg Cummings, Benjamin Dana, Edmond T. Delano, Albert O. Delano, Abraham Delano, George Delano, M.H. Delano, W. Durfee, J. Edwards, Pardon C. Ellis, R.L. Faxon, Micah Flanders, Richard Forbes, J.M. Foster, Daniel Gammon, Edgar H. Glidden, William T. Gordon, William A. Green, Dana Green, David Green, Edward H.R. (Edward Howland Robinson), 1869-1936 Green, Hetty Howland Robinson, 1835-1916 Greene, David Russell Grinnell, Edward Haskell, Levi Hathaway, Thomas B. Hazard, James S. Heustis, C.P. Hickmott, S. Homan, B.F. Howland, Edward W. Person Name Howland, Frederick S. Howland, George Howland, Isaac Howland, Sylvia Howland, Weston Hubbard, C. Huxford, G. Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845 Jenkins, B.S. Kempton, Obed Kempton, William Kimilu, Annie Kinsella, C.W. Knowles, J.P. Lee, Ferdinand Lejoias, Joseph Luce, Ichabod Luce, Thomas Luce, William T. Macomber, Daniel Manchester, Noah Maneau, J.D. Mandell, E.D. Manning, Jerome F. Marston, George Mashow, John McCullough, Mary E. McFarlane, J.D. Merrill, E. Middleton, John Morris, G. Nall, S.T. Osbourne, Samuel Jr. Osbourne, A. Otis, Joseph Patterson, D.G. Pease, Henry Potter, Thomas Rezendes, Antone Richards, Jesse Richardson, E.M. Robinson, Thomas Rogers, Henry Huttleston, 1840-1909 Rodman, Benjamin, 1794-1876 Rodman, Edmound Rotch, William T. Russell, J.L.C. Russell, J.M. Scullun, T. Smith, Jonathan Smith, Lucy Smith, R. Smith, T. Spicer, Orrin Spooner, N.S. Spooner, Seth Swan, F.C. Swift, Jireh, 1809-1905 Swift, Paul Taber, Edward T. Taber, Jonathan Tappan, George Vand, Jonathan Weeks, Francis West, William Wing, Charles F. Whelden, Clara C. Whitney, Daniel Winslow, Benjamin Wood, R.D. Wooley, Charles Wright, William A. Wrightington, Charles United States. Court of Commissioners of Alabama Claims
Beaman & Crapo (New Bedford, Mass.)
Bedford Commercial Bank (New Bedford, Mass.)
Brigham & Stone
Cape Cod B. R. Road Co.
Clark’s Cove Guano Works
Clifford, Clifford & Brigham (New Bedford, Mass.)
Coastwise Transportation Co.
Coffin & Clifford (New Bedford, Mass.)
Colby & Clifford (New Bedford, Mass.)
Confederate Navy
Commercial Insurance Co. (New Bedford, Mass.)
Crapo, Clifford & Clifford (New Bedford, Mass.)
Crapo, Clifford, Prescott and Bullard (New Bedford, Mass.)
Davis Coast Wrecking Corp. (New Bedford, Mass.)
Dennison Bros. Coal Co. (New Bedford, Mass.)
DePonte v. Monroe et al.
E. Anthony & Sons
Fall River Rail Road Co.
Liverpool and London Fire and Life Insurance Company
Manning v. Bourne
Marston & Crapo
Massey & Murray
Merril’s Wharf (New Bedford, Mass.)
Middelboro Railroad Corp. (Middleboro, Mass.)
Charles W. Morgan (Ship)
Munroe & Morris
Muskegat Channel (Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.)
Nantucket Steamboat Company
New Bedford, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket Steamboat Company
National Bank of New Bedford (New Bedford, Mass.)
Neil vs. La Grange (Bark)
New Bedford and Boston Railroad
New Bedford Gas and Edison Light Company (New Bedford, Mass.)
New Bedford and Ohio Candle Company
New Bedford & New York Steamship Company
New Bedford Steam Coasting Corp. (New Bedford, Mass.)
Northern New York Telephone Corp.
Norwich & New York Transportation Co.
Oil and Candle House (New Bedford, Mass.)
Pacific Bank (Nantucket, Mass.)
Pacific Mutual Insurance Company
Revere Copper and Brass Incorporated
Rexford & Ashley
Richmond & Tiffany
Rotch Wharf Company (New Bedford, Mass.)
Ruggles v. Davenport
Samuel Osbourne Jr. v. William S. Munroe
Seabury, O. & E.W.
Stone & Brigham
Stone & Crapo
Sun Mutual Insurance Company
Tanner, Smith & Co.
Thayer & Judd Paraffine Corp.
Union Wharf Company (Fairhaven, Mass.)
Winnegabec Trading & Mining Co.
Whaling Insurance Co. (New Bedford, Mass.)
Zerrano & Co.


Vessel Names
Abram Barker (Schooner)
A.H. Whitmore (Schooner)
A.L. Butler (Schooner)
A.L. Tucker (Bark)
Agenora (Brig)
Almira (Ship)
Arnolda (Ship)
Asa F. Stowell (Schooner)
Arctic (Ship)
Bartholomew Gosnold (Ship)
Bertha (Bark)
Bowhead (Bark)
Cambria (Ship)
Canada (Ship)
Cape Horn Pigeon (Bark)
Catalpa (Bark)
Cecile (Brig)
Cicero (Sloop)
Citizen (Ship)
Clara A. Phinney (Schooner)
Clara Bell (Bark)
Cleome (Bark)
Colombo (Ship)
Contest (Ship)
Coral (Ship)
Daniel Wood (Ship)
Delaware (Schooner)
Domingo (Bark)
Draco (Bark)
Eaton & Ferris (Steamship)
E. C. Cowdin (Bark)
Elizabeth (Bark)
Elizabeth Swift (Bark)
Ellen (Bark)
Emily Bourne (Schooner)
Era (Schooner)
Eugenia (Bark)
Euphrates (Ship)
Falcon (Schooner)
Florida (Ship)
Foster (Ship)
Francis Allyn (Schooner)
General Pike (Ship)
Golconda (Ship)
Graditude (Ship)
Harriet (Bark)
Helen Mar (Bark)
Hibernia (Ship)
Hillman (Ship)
Hope (Bark)
Hydaspe (Bark)
Hope (Bark)
Ionia (Bark)
Isaac Howland (Ship)
Jacob A. Howland (Bark)
James Allen (Ship)
Jireh Perry (Ship)
Jireh Swift (Bark)
John Bright (Ship)
Joseph Maxwell (Bark)
King Phillip (Ship)
Kittie (Yacht)
La Grange (Bark)
Lapwing (Ship)
L. O. Foster (Schooner)
Lookout (Ship)
Loring Meigs (Ship)
Louisa (Bark)
Magnolia (Ship)
Manson (Brig)
Manuel Ortiz (Bark)
Mary (Ship)
Mary & Helen (Bark)
Mary R. Somers (Schooner)
Massasoit (Bark)
Metacom (Ship)
Midas (Ship)
Milton (Ship)
Montana (Ship)
Mount Hope (Schooner)
Nassau (Ship)
Navy (Ship)
Neil vs. La Grange (Bark)
Nellie M. Slade (Bark)
Niger (Ship)
Nimrod (Bark)
Nimrod (Ship)
Northern Light (Bark)
Obed Mitchell (Ship)
Ocean Rover (Bark)
Ocmulgee (Ship)
Oliver Crocker (Ship)
Ontario (Ship)
Onward (Ship)
Paragon (Bark)
Perry (Bark)
Peru (Bark)
Phillipe de la Noye (Ship)
Phoenix (Ship)
Pindus (Bark)
Poineer (Bark)
Progress (Bark)
Rainbow (Bark)
Richmond (Bark)
Richmond (Schooner)
St. Peter (Ship)
Samuel & Thomas (Bark)
Sappho (Bark)
Sarah (Bark)
South Boston (Ship)
Stanton (Ship)
Statesman (Bark)
Superior (Bark)
Susan (Brig)
Susan (Ship)
Templar (Ship)
Thomas Pope (Bark)
Three Brothers (Bark)
W. A. Farnsworth (Bark)
Vesta (Brig)
Yankee (Schooner)
Zephyr (Ship)
Zone (Ship)


Description

Please Consult Research Library for Detailed Description of Collection



Series I: Ship’s Papers, 1836-1911 [25 inches]

Ship’s papers consist of documents related to legal issues associated with specific vessels





Series II: Whaling and Sealing, 1847-1891, 1902 [1 inch]

Series II contains papers and documents related to issues involving whaling and sealing





Series III: Maritime Cases, 1830-1957 [1 inch]

Series III consists of papers and documents related to more general maritime issues





Series IV: Non-maritime Issues, 1797, 1830-1886, 1898, 1908 [5 inches]

Series IV contains legal papers and documents related to non-maritime issues, including the “Alabama Claims” court





Series V: Insurance Company Cases, 1830-1832, 1862-1878, 1891 [1 inch]

Insurance company cases consist of legal papers related to specific cases involving insurance companies





Series VI: Property Plans, Deeds, and Estates, 1710-1720, 1772-1892 [3 inches]

Series VI contains a variety of papers related to property plans, deeds, and estates





Series VII: Financial Papers, 1833-1921 [2 inches]

Financial papers consist of documents associated with the law office and other clients





Series VIII: Personal Papers, 1838, 1849, 1850, 1876, 1904, 1927 [1 inch]

Personal papers contains a few items that are connected to individual law partners





Series IX: Old Dartmouth Historical Society, 1903 [21 items]

Series IX consists documents related to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society and its founding





Series X: Patent Papers, 1890, 1892 [3 items]

Patent papers contains three patent letters





Series XI: Publications, 1886-1896 [1 inch]

Series XI consists various publications and printed materials





Series XII: Additional Miscellaneous Materials, 1870-1903 [1 inch]

Series XII contains unrelated interoffice memos, fragments of notes and memos, and empty envelopes





Last modified: January 2, 2014