Joseph Williams Collection (Coll. 37)

An Inventory of The Collection at the G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport

Collection register prepared by the Manuscripts Division

Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc
Mystic, Connecticut

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Williams, Joseph, 1753-1800
Title: Joseph Williams Collection
Dates: 1779-1899
Abstract: This collection includes accounts, agreements, bills of sale, bills of lading, manifests, sailing directions, registrations, clearance papers, letters, and government documents concerning coastwise, West Indies, and South American trade. Also included are letters and documents relative to the French Spoliation Claims. The bulk of the collection is concentrated between 1779 and 1798. The material is arranged chronologically and by vessel name. Over 20 sloops, schooners, and brigs are represented.
Quantity: 477 items
Identification: Coll. 37

Biography of Joseph Williams

A Norwich, Connecticut native and merchant Joseph Williams began his career by selling necessities to Revolutionary War soldiers. In 1778 he married Abigail Coit and switched to privateering and the West Indies trade as well as other maritime enterprises.

Williams soon owned two warehouses, a shipyard and a fleet of over twenty vessels. He subsequently became actively involved in the government affairs. In 1783 he was appointed a lieutenant in the Home Guards. In 1796 he became brigadier general. Meanwhile his vessels began to feel the ill effects of the French Revolution. Many were either lost at sea or seized by the French. Williams' wealth declined until his death in 1800.


Index Terms

Corporate Entities:
Arguile (Brig)
Betsy (Brig)
Hope (Brig)
Little Joe (Sloop)
Nabby (Sloop)
Nancy (Brig)
Nimrod (Sloop)
Pilgrim (Brig)
Polly (Sloop)
Prosperity (Ship)
Surprise (Sloop)
Swallow (Sloop)
Victory (Sloop)
Places:
South America--Commerce--United States
United States--Commerce--South America
United States--Commerce--West Indies
West Indies--Commerce--United States
Subjects:
Coastwise shipping--Atlantic Coast (U.S.)
French Spoliation claims
International trade
Privateering
Shipping
Document Types:
Bills of lading
Bills of sale
Manifests
Occupations:
Merchants--Connecticut--Norwich
Shipowners--Connecticut--Norwich

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Papers for specific vessels; 1779-1792
Box Folder
1 1 Accounts, NANCY (Brig); 1779 Jul - Aug
2 Papers, NANCY (Brig), including accounts and sailing instructions; 1779 Sep
3 Accounts, NANCY (Brig); 1779 Oct, and undated
4 Papers, ARGUILE (Brig), including bill of sale, agreements, and accounts; 1779-1780, and undated
5 Papers, SURPRISE (Sloop), including outfitting accounts and a prize receipt; 1780 Jun - Sep
6 Journal, SURPRISE (Sloop); 1780 Jul 31 - Sep 6
7 Accounts, NIMROD (Sloop); 1781 Sep - Dec. and undated
8 Accounts, POLLY (Sloop), BETSY (Brig), PEGGY (Brig), PILGRIM (Brig); 1781-1782 and undated
9 Papers, LITTLE JOE (Sloop), including accounts, agreements, a bond and sailing instructions; 1781 Jan - 1782 Jun
10 Papers, LITTLE JOE (Sloop), including accounts and sailing instructions; 1782 Aug - 1787 Mar and undated
12 Accounts, VICTORY (Sloop); 1786-1792 and undated
13 Papers, POLLY (Brig), including registration, bill of sale, sailing instructions, accounts, and agreements; 1787-1790 and undated
14 Papers, SWALLOW (Sloop), including registration, sailing instructions, clearance papers, accounts, and agreements; 1788 May - Aug and undated
Box Folder
2 1 Papers, NABBY (Sloop), including bills of lading, accounts, agreements, and sailing instructions; 1783 Oct - 1785 Jul
2 Papers, NABBY (Sloop), including bills of lading, accounts, agreements, and appointment to command; 1785 Aug - Dec
3 Papers, NABBY (Sloop), including bills of lading, accounts, and an agreement; 1786 Feb - Jun
4 Papers, NABBY (Sloop), including bills of lading, accounts, sailing instructions, and a clearance paper; 1786 Jul
5 Papers, NABBY (Sloop), including bills of lading, and accounts; 1786 Sep - Nov
6 Papers, NABBY (Sloop), including bills of lading, accounts, agreements, and sailing instructions; 1787 Jan - Apr
7 Papers, NABBY (Sloop), including bills of lading, and accounts; 1787 May - Jun
8 Papers, NABBY (Sloop), including bills of lading, accounts, agreements, and sailing instructions; 1787 Jul - Oct
9 Papers, NABBY (Sloop), including bills of lading, and accounts; 1787 Nov
10 Papers, NABBY (Sloop), including bills of lading, and accounts; 1787 Dec
11 Papers, NABBY (Sloop), including bills of lading, and accounts; 1788 Feb - May
12 Papers, NABBY (Sloop), regarding master and the molasses trade in Port-au-Prince; 1788 Mar
13 Papers, NABBY (Sloop), including bills of lading, accounts, and sailing instructions; 1788 Jun
14 Papers, NABBY (Sloop), including bills of lading, and accounts; 1788 Jul - Nov
15 Papers, NABBY (Sloop), including bills of lading, and accounts; undated
Papers, Joseph Williams; 1782
Box Folder
1 11 Miscellaneous papers; 1782 Apr - Sep and undated
Papers, re French Spoliation Claims; 1797-1899
Box Folder
2 16 Papers, HOPE (Brig), and PROSPERITY (Ship) regarding French Spoliation Claims; 1797-1798
17 Papers, regarding French Spoliation Claims legislation, including letters and circulars; 1833-1850
18 Papers, regarding French Spoliation Claims, including letters pertaining to re-submission; 1885 Jan - Aug
19 Papers, HOPE (Brig), regarding French Spoliation Claims settlement; 1886-1899

Indexes


Index to Personal and Corporate Names

NOTE: The fraction(s) indicate the Box and Folder numbers where that particular reference can be found. For example, the researcher will find information about Isaac Abel in Box 1, Folder 1 of the collection.
Abel, Isaac 1/1
Allen, Thomas 2/10
Andras, William 2/3, 2/4, 2/5, 2/15
Babcock, Adam 1/11
Backus, Ebeneser 1/2
Bailey, Nathan (Jr.) 1/5, 1/10
Barrett & Swaddle 1/12, 2/6, 2/9
Billings, Alpheus 1/13
Braddick, John 1/12, 1/13
Breed, Simeon 1/12, 1/13
Brooks, Guy 1/4, 1/10, 1/11, 1/13, 2/13, 2/14
Bushnell, Jabez 2/8
Byrne, John 1/9
Carew, Elijah 1/13, 2/10
Carew, Joseph 2/4
Caustin, James H. 2/17
Chandler, T.C. 2/19
Chapel, ? 2/15
Chapman, John 2/2
Chapman, Phinehas 1/13
Church, H. 2/16
Clark, John 1/4
Clement, Joseph 1/13
Coit, Benjamin 1/13
Coit, Elisha 2/4, 2/5, 2/6, 2/7, 2/8, 2/9, 2/10, 2/11, 2/12, 2/13, 2/14, 2/15
Coit, William 2/1, 2/2, 2/6, 2/8, 2/9, 2/10, 2/13
Culver, Stephen 1/9
Davison, Alpheus 1/1, 1/2, 1/3
Davison, William 1/13
Day, John 2/1
Delano, ? 2/14
Denison, Thomas 1/12
Denison, William 2/9
Dennis, George 1/8
Dennis, Russell 2/10
Deshon & Colfax 2/10, 2/13, 2/15
Earle, William E. 2/18, 2/19
Elderkin, Frederick 2/6
Elderkin, John 1/13, 2/8, 2/11
Ewen, Edward 2/3
Ewen, John 2/9, 2/10
Felemory, Timothy 1/12
Fitch, A. 2/15
Fitch, Ebeneser 2/2
Freeman, Hezekiah 2/2, 2/3
Fuller, H.A. 2/19
Gale, Joseph 1/2
Geer, Squire 1/2, 2/2, 2/9, 2/11
George Phillips & Co. 1/13
Girand & Co. 1/10
Green, Timothy 1/8, 1/9
Greene, Benjamin 1/7
Griffith, Joshua 1/5
Grover, John 2/10
Guy Richards & Son 1/8
Hall, Daniel 2/4
Hallam, Edward 1/1, 1/5, 1/8, 1/9, 1/11, 2/4
Hamilton, Jonas 1/1, 1/2, 1/7, 1/10, 1/12, 2/3, 2/7, 2/9, 2/13
Hamilton, Solomon 1/5, 1/10, 1/11
Hancock, Thomas 1/9, 1/11
Haughton, James 1/13, 2/10
Hero & Bradford 1/10
Herrick, Elijah 1/12, 1/13, 1/14, 2/10, 2/11
Hewitt, Solomon 1/5
Hommedieu, Giles L. 1/12
Hommedieu, Grover L. 1/13, 2/7, 2/11
Hommedieu, Samuel 2/2
Hosmer, Stephen 1/5
Howard, John 1/9
Howland & Coit 1/1, 1/4, 1/5
Hunter, William 2/18
Huntington, I. 2/17
Huntington, John (Jr.) 2/4
Huntington, Levi 2/15
Huntington, Samuel 1/11, 1/13
Ingraham, Allen 1/7, 1/11, 2/1
Jackson, William 2/4, 2/14
Jeffers, Peter 2/7, 2/8
Jenkins, Samuel 1/8
John Swaddle & Co. 2/2
Johnston, Samuel 1/13
Joseph Gilbert & Co. 1/13
Joy, William 1/12, 1/13, 2/4, 2/6, 2/8, 2/10, 2/11
Kelly, Daniel 1/5, 1/11
Kelly, John 2/6
Kimble & Thomas 1/7
Laffingwell, Benajah 1/9, 2/11
Laffingwell, Christopher 1/13
Latham, Edward 1/14
Lathrop & Luke 1/14
Lathrop, Elisha 1/8, 1/9, 1/10, 1/13, 2/1, 2/3, 2/5
Lester, Jesse 2/10
Lindsey, Benjamin 1/8
Lord, Elias 2/6, 2/8
Loring, William 2/1, 2/2
Manwaring, David 2/13
Merrell, Alexander 1/2
Miner, Ephraim 2/1, 2/4
Mitchel, Francios 2/5
Murray, James 1/3
Murray, Seymour 2/1
Newels, David 1/13
Norman, Joshua 1/5, 1/9, 1/10, 1/12, 2/5, 2/11
Parkinson, William 1/13
Parkman, Samuel 1/7
Perkins, Samuel 1/7
Phillips, Thompson 1/13
Plumb, Samuel 1/13, 2/13
Porter, Joseph 2/18
Price, Micheal 2/8
Prince, William 1/9
Rose, Ransford 1/10, 1/11
Samuel Latimer & co. 1/5
Sebore, Joseph 1/13
Shaler & Sebore 2/9
Smith, Ephraim 1/9, 1/10, 1/11
Smith, Jonathan 1/8
Smith, Joseph 1/13
Smith, Josephus 1/13
Starr, Joshua 1/2, 2/2, 2/10, 2/13
Story, L. 1/11
Thomas, James 1/1
Tilly, James 1/2, 2/6, 2/10, 2/13
Troop, George 1/11
Tucker, George F. 2/19
Vail & Hamilton 2/15
Vandoorn, William 1/13
Wade, James 2/13
Wall, William 1/4
Ward, John 1/3
Waterman, G. 1/4
Waters, Edward Emerson 2/19
Way, John 2/10
Willet, John 1/7, 1/11, 1/12, 2/4, 2/6, 2/10, 2/14
William Foster & Co. 2/5
Williams, Christopher 1/1, 1/13
Williams, Isaac 1/13, 1/14
Williams, John 1/1
Williams, Joseph 1/1, 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/7, 1/8, 1/9, 1/10, 1/11, 1/12, 1/13, 1/14, 2/1, 2/2, 2/3, 2/4, 2/5, 2/6, 2/7, 2/8, 2/9, 2/10, 2/11, 2/12, 2/13, 2/14, 2/15, 2/16
Williams, Rebbeca C. 2/18
Williams, Timothy D. 2/16, 2/18, 2/19
Winthrop, William 1/13, 2/6, 2/7, 2/10, 2/13
Wood, Jasper 1/12
Woodworth, D. 2/4
Wright, D. 1/13
Young, John (Jr.) 2/3

Index to Vessel Names

NOTE: The fraction(s) indicate the Box and Folder numbers where that particular reference can be found. For example, the researcher will find information about the schooner ABIGAIL in Box 2, Folder 10 of the collection.
ABIGAIL (schooner) 2/10
ARGUILE (brig) 1/4
BETSY & POLLY (brig) 1/8
BETSY (sloop) 1/8
BLACKSNAKE (whaleboat) 1/5
CHATHAM (whaleboat) 1/5
GENERAL STARK (sloop) 1/1
HOPE (brig) 2/16
INTREPID (brig) 2/5
JOSEPHUS (ship) 2/3
LITTLE JOE (sloop) 1/9, 1/10
NABBY (sloop) 2/1, 2/2, 2/3, 2/4, 2/5, 2/6, 2/7, 2/8, 2/9, 2/10, 2/11, 2/12, 2/13, 2/14, 2/15
NANCY (brig) 1/1, 1/2, 1/3
NIMROD (sloop) 1/7
PEGGY (brig) 1/8
PILGRAM (brig) 1/8
POLLY (sloop) 1/8, 1/13
SALLY (sloop) 2/7
SURPRISE (sloop) 1/5, 1/6
SWALLOW (sloop) 1/14
VICTORY (sloop) 1/12
VIRGER (schooner) 2/5