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Title Correspondence and Legal Papers
Reference MSS 156, box 2, folder 3
Library Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum
Collection Joseph Bowditch (1700-1780) Papers
Date 1728-1781
Description Mostly contracts and correspondence with ship's masters. Interesting material relating to a sunken ship and efforts to get her up.
Document Type Correspondence, Manuscript, Business Records, Shipping Papers
Theme(s) Trade and Commerce; Transport and Communication; Social Life
Keywords ship, vessel, captain, officer, sea, ocean, seafaring, law, legal, will, merchant, merchandise, shipping, debt, money, finance, contract, document, bequest, inheritance, family, children
Countries USA; Barbados
Places Caribbean
Ports Boston, USA; Salem, USA
Ships Hampton
Additional Information

Joseph Bowditch was born in 1700, one of 11 children of Captain William Bowditch and his wife Mary Gardner Bowditch. Joseph became a shipping merchant in Salem, as well as sheriff, court clerk and justice of the peace. He married Elizabeth Hunt and had three children, Joseph Jr, Mary and Elizabeth. He died in 1780.

Please note that some of the metadata for this document has been drawn from the Peabody Essex Museum catalogue.

Copyright Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum