Moses Safford Papers – MS069

Moses Safford Papers – MS069

Provenance: Gift of Joseph W. P. Frost in 1995

Citation: Moses Safford Papers (MS069), Manuscript Collections, Portsmouth Athenaeum

Size: 1.5 Hollinger Box

Access: No restrictions

Processed by: Reprocessed by Susan Stowe Kindstedt in 2010

Scope and Content

The Moses Safford consists primarily of materials related to the legal career of Moses Atwood Safford. Several pocket diaries also detail his personal life, weather, etc. There is one diary that belonged to his wife, Catherine C. (Bellamy) Safford.

Historical Note

Moses Atwood Safford was born September 28, 1833 in Kittery, Maine, the son of Edward D. and Mary R. (Lewis) Safford. He was educated in the Kittery schools and later studied law in New Hampshire. He married Catherine Cecilia in 1866 and died in 1914. Safford was a respected lawyer and served as register of probate for York County from 1877 to 1885. During the Civil War he served on the USS Constellation from 1861 to 1865. He had three children, Mary Safford who married M. A. F. Wildes, Moses Victor Safford who worked as a doctor with immigration at Ellis Island and Edward Safford who was a lawyer in Boston.

Folder List

I. Catherine C. (Bellamy) Safford

Box 1

Folder 1 Catherine C. (Bellamy) Safford Diaries, 1882 and 1883

II. Moses A. Safford

Box 1

Folder 2 House Account Notebooks, 1877-1885 and 1885-1891

Folder 3 House Account Notebook, 1891-1894 and 1895-1897

Folder 4 Probate Office Notebook, 1877-1881 and Cash Notebook, 1869-1870

Folder 5 Memo Notebook, 1862-1871 and Inventories Notebook, 1894-1901

Folder 6 Pocket Diaries, 1878-1880 [3 diaries]

Folder 7 Pocket Diaries, 1883-1886 [3 diaries]

Folder 8 Pocket Diaries, 1887-1891 [3 diaries]

Folder 9 Pocket Diaries, 1892-1893 [2 diaries]

Folder 10 Materials related to Sparhawk Hall in Kittery including inventory of contents (1900), deeds, description of interior and interior architectural details removed, insurance policies (including following the fire), correspondence and newspaper clippings

Box 2

Folder 1 Correspondence, 1880-1889

Folder 2 Correspondence, 1890-1899

Folder 3 Correspondence, 1900-1926 and undated

Folder 4 Correspondence related to the Pepperrell Tomb