Mss130_Rotch


Inventory of the Rotch Family Papers
In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Processed by: Mark Procknik; machine-readable finding aid created by: Mark Procknik
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Machine-readable finding aid derived from typescript by means of re-keying Date of Source: 4 April 2014Processed by Mark Procknik; Finding aid encoded by Mark Procknik 4 April 2014
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Rotch Family Papers1811-1850
Mss 130 6 linear inches Rotch family
Property records consisting of deeds, leases, and land auction documents relating to William Rotch Jr. and receipts pertaining to William J. Rotch’s enrolment in Harvard College. Collection spans the years 1811–1850.


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Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library Mss 130, [sub-group, series, sub-series, folder/volume as appropriate], [item]

Provenance

Materials in this collection were donated to the New Bedford Whaling Museum on August 13, 2012 by Mrs. William Rotch (Jane Whitehill Rotch), Accession #2012.11.

Processing Information

Processed by: Mark Procknik, 2014

Encoded by: Mark Procknik, 4 April 2014

Related Manuscript Collections

Mss 2: Rotch Family Papers




Historical Note

Between the years 1760 and 1900, members of the Rotch family of Nantucket and New Bedford, Massachusetts, played a vital role in the development of their communities as centers of the whaling industry. The family’s close association with New Bedford began in 1787 with the emigration of William Rotch Jr. (1759-1850) from Nantucket, where he had been trained in the counting house of William Rotch Sr. & Sons. William Rotch Jr. eventually established his own business that launched the careers of three of his sons: William Rodman (1788-1860), Joseph (1790-1839), and Thomas (1791-1840), who all served as merchants involved in different aspects of the whaling industry.

William James Rotch (1819-1893), son of Joseph Rotch, graduated Harvard College with honors in 1838, and, together with his brother, Benjamin (1817-1882), founded the New Bedford Cordage Company. The brothers were also among the first to recognize the value and aided in the development of the McKay sewing machine that won worldwide acclaim. In 1852 at the age of 33, he was elected Mayor of New Bedford, being the second person to hold that office after the CityÂ’s incorporation. William J. Rotch married Emily Morgan, the daughter of Charles W. Morgan (1796-1861), in 1842 and had seven children. After her death in 1861, Rotch married EmilyÂ’s younger sister Clara in 1866, and by her had one child. Additional published works to consult for further information on William Rotch Jr. and William J. Rotch include The Rotches, by John M. Bullard (1947) and Joseph L. McDevit Jr.’s The House of Rotch (1978).



Scope and Content Note

Materials in this collection primarily consist of records documenting the property transactions of William Rotch Jr. during the years 1811 – 1850, with the majority of records consisting of deeds and indentures/leases of land. These records include two deeds documenting land sold by William Rotch Jr. to Elijah Winslow in 1822 and Allen Kelley in 1843. This collection also contains nine deeds for land purchased by William Rotch Jr. during the years 1811 – 1845 from the following land owners: • Brownell, Shadrach (1811): Sub-group 1, Series A, Sub-series 1, Folder 1
• Chase, Ichabod (1834): Sub-group 1, Series A, Sub-series 1, Folder 3
• Clap, Ichabod (1845): Sub-group 1, Series A, Sub-series 1, Folder 3
• Kelley, Allen (1843): Sub-group 1, Series A, Sub-series 1, Folder 3
• Miller, Jerimiah (1818): Sub-group 1, Series A, Sub-series 1, Folder 1
• Rodman, Samuel, Sr. (1820): Sub-group 1, Series A, Sub-series 1, Folder 2
• Rotch, William, Sr. (1820): Sub-group 1, Series A, Sub-series 1, Folder 2
• Scott, Ruth (1842): Sub-group 1, Series A, Sub-series 1, Folder 3
• Tobey, Elizabeth (1822): Sub-group 1, Series A, Sub-series 1, Folder 2

This collection also includes indentures signed by William Rotch Jr. leasing designated amounts of land to several recipients. These documents span the years 1830 – 1850 and include a list of leases signed by William Rotch Jr. during the years 1830–1850 in addition to 26 indentures signed by the following organizations and individuals: • Almy, James (1835): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 2
• Almy, James (1835): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 2
• Barney, Albert C. (1831): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 1
• Bryant, Frederick (1832): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 1
• Durfee, James, Jr. (1836): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 2
• Fryes, Ebenezer (1843): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 3
• Fryes, Ebenezer (1843): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 3
• Gifford, Anthony (1840): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 3
• Hart, George (1836): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 2
• Howland, Edward D.; White, Phineus, Jr. (1845): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 4
• Howland, Frederick (1830): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 1
• Howland, Rufus, Jr. (1830): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 1
• Jenkins, Robert Oliver (1843): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 3
• Macomber, Stephen (1843): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 3
• Mechanics Insurance Company (1838) (canceled): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 2
• Mutual Marine Insurance Company (1846): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 4
• Nye, Tristram (1841): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 3
• Pacific Insurance Company (1842): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 3
• Pope, Thomas, Jr. (1848): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 4
• Smith, John N. (1831): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 1
• Swain, Oliver (1835): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 2
• Taylor, John (1836): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 2
• Thompson, Asa (1832): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 1
• Tompkins, Andrew T. (1837): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 2
• Ward, Ezekiel G. (1845): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 4
• Washburn, John M. (1832): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 1
• White, Phineus, Jr.; Howland, Edward D. (1845): Sub-group 1, Series B, Folder 4

In addition to the deeds and indentures, papers related to William Rotch Jr. include handwritten notes documenting various plots of land sold at auction during the years 1829–1831 as well as accounts kept by William Rotch Jr.’s estate, including estate records kept with Thomas Rotch for the years 1825 to 1836 and William Rotch Sr. for the years 1828 to 1836. Papers for William Rotch Jr. also include one handwritten copy of an indenture dated 1812 conveying a plot of land in the town of Halfmoon, New York, from Elizabeth Allen, John C. Young, and Ebenezer Allen to Jeremiah Miller of Fairhaven.

The remaining materials in this collection relate to William Rotch Jr.’s grandson, William J. Rotch, and consist of various receipts documenting his attendance at Harvard College during the years 1834 – 1838. These papers consist of tuition bills and receipts, in addition to receipts for boarding, boot cleaning, laundry, postage, tailoring services, medical services, transportation, rent, daily expenses, and a subscription to the Harvard publication Harvardiana. In addition to the Harvard related materials, William J. Rotch’s papers also include an 1846 receipt for the purchase of a land plot at the Oak Grove Cemetery.

The contents of the collection have been organized into two sub-groups, with Sub-group 1 containing materials relating to William Rotch Jr. and Sub-group 2 containing all materials pertaining to William J. Rotch. Materials in each sub-group are arranged by series according to a documentÂ’s subject material. Within each series volumes and folders are arranged chronologically from earliest to most recent.

Arrangement of Collection Sub-group 1: William Rotch Jr. Papers, 1811-1850
Sub-group 2: William J. Rotch Papers, 1834-1838, 1846



Added Entries
Accounts current–Estates–Massachusetts–Fairhaven
Accounts current–Estates–Massachusetts–New Bedford
Acquisition of property–Massachusetts–Fairhaven–19th century
Acquisition of property–Massachusetts–New Bedford–19th century
Business records–Massachusetts–Fairhaven
Business records–Massachusetts–New Bedford
Deeds–Massachusetts–Fairhaven
Deeds–Massachusetts–New Bedford
Estates–Massachusetts–Fairhaven–19th century
Estates–Massachusetts–New Bedford–19th century
Land titles–Massachusetts–Fairhaven
Land titles–Massachusetts–New Bedford
Leases–Massachusetts–Fairhaven
Leases–Massachusetts–New Bedford
Leases–New York–Halfmoon
Quakers–New Bedford–19th century
Receipts (Acknowledgements)–Tuition–Harvard University–19th century
Tuition–Harvard University–19th century
Fairhaven–Acquisition of property–19th century
New Bedford–Acquisition of property–19th century Allen, Ebenezer Allen, Elizabeth Almy, James Barney, Albert C. Brownell, Shadrach Bryant, Frederick Chase, Ichabod Clap, Ichabod Durfee, James, Jr. Fryes, Ebenezer Gifford, Anthony Hart, George Howland, Edward D. Howland, Frederick Howland, Rufus, Jr. Jenkins, Robert Oliver Kelley, Allen Macomber, Stephen Miller, Jerimiah Nye, Tristram Rodman, Samuel, Sr., 1753-1835 Pope, Thomas, Jr. Rotch, William, Jr., 1759-1850 Rotch, William James, 1819-1893 Rotch, William, Sr., 1734-1828 Scott, Ruth Smith, John N. Swain, Oliver Taylor, John Thompson, Asa Tobey, Elizabeth Tompkins, Andrew T. Ward, Ezekiel G. Washburn, John M. White, Phineus, Jr. Young, John C. Rotch family
Harvard University–19th century
Mechanics Insurance Company (New Bedford, Mass.)
Mutual Marine Insurance Company (New Bedford, Mass.)
Oak Grove Cemetery (New Bedford, Mass.)
Pacific Insurance Company (New Bedford, Mass.)


Description


Sub-group 1: William Rotch Jr. Papers, 1811-1850 [4 linear inches]

Sub-group 1 contains deeds, indentures/leases, records of land sold at auction, and personal accounts related to William Rotch Jr.




Series A: Deeds, 1811-1845



Sub-series 1: Deeds for Land Sold by William Rotch Jr., 1822, 1843



Box 1
Folder 1
Deed for land sold to Elijah Winslow, 1822




Folder 2
Deed for land sold to Allen Kelley, 1843





Sub-series 2: Deeds for Land Purchased by William Rotch Jr., 1811-1845



Folder 1
Deeds, 1811, 1818




Folder 2
Deeds, 1820-1822




Folder 3
Deeds, 1834, 1842-1845






Series B: Indentures / Leases, 1830-1850



Folder 1
Indentures / Leases, 1830-1832




Folder 2
Indentures / Leases, 1838-1838




Folder 3
Indentures / Leases, 1840-1843




Folder 4
Indentures / Leases, 1845-1846, 1848




Folder 5
List of leases signed by William Rotch Jr., 1830-1850





Series C: Records of Land Sold at Auction, 1829-1831



Folder 1
Documentation of land sold at auction, 1829-1831





Series D: Personal Accounts, 1829-1836



Folder 1
Account of lots sold in Fairhaven, 1830-1835




Folder 2
Produce sales by William Rotch Jr.’s estate, 1828-1832




Folder 3
Account of Benjamin Rotch with the estate of William Rotch Jr., 1829-1836




Folder 4
Records of estates in account with William Rotch Jr., 1825-1836





Series E: Indentures / Leases Unrelated to William Rotch Jr., 1812



Folder 1
Handwritten copy of indenture conveying and from Elizabeth Allen to Jeremiah Miller, 1812






Sub-group 2: William J. Rotch Papers, 1834-1838, 1846 [2 linear inches]

Sub-group 2 consists of bills and receipts documenting William J. Rotch’s enrolment at Harvard College.




Series A: Bills and Receipts, 1834-1838, 1846



Folder 1
Harvard College tuition bills and receipts, 1834-1838




Folder 2
Boarding receipts, 1834-1838




Folder 3
Boot cleaning receipts, 1834-1836




Folder 4
Boot cleaning receipts, 1834-1838




Folder 5
Laundry receipts, 1834-1837




Folder 6
Postage receipts, 1834-1835




Folder 7
Tailor service receipts, 1835-1836




Folder 8
Medical receipts, 1836-1838




Folder 9
Transportation receipts, 1836-1838




Folder 10
Rent payment receipts, 1836-1837




Folder 11
Receipt for year’s subscription of the Harvard periodical Harvardiana, 1837




Folder 12
Receipts for daily expenses, 1837-1838




Folder 13
Receipt for the purchase of an Oak Grove Cemetery land plot, 1846






Last modified: April 5, 2014