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Caleb Cushing Adams
  • Born: 23 Mar 1833, Newbury MA
  • Died: 13 Dec 1893, New York City NY

  General notes:

Silversmith and Jeweler

  Events in his life were:

  • He appeared on the 1850 census taken at Newburyport MA, listed as a clerk.
  • He worked in 1850-1853 as a journeyman and salesman in New York City NY for the firm of BALL, BLACK & Co. 12
  • He worked in 1853-1858 as a jeweler in GA 12
  • He worked in 1859-1860 as a merchant in New York City NY
    Listed in the 1859 city directory as a silverplate goods dealer at 17 Maiden Street.
  • He worked in 1861-1876 as a jeweler and store manager in New York City NY for the GORHAM Company.
    At a meeting of the Board [of Directors of Gorham] held at the Office of the company Friday October 15, 1875 the following Preamble and Resolution was unanimously passed:
    "Whereas A difference of opinion has for a long time existed between the Agent of the Company [Adams] and the Board of Directors in reference to the management of the Company's interests in New York rendering it impossible to continue the connection it is hereby Resolved That the Agent be requested to resign his Office and that the Treasurer be a committee to make known to him the wishes of the Board and if his resignation be tendered, to accept the same and settle with him all matters pertaining to the Company's interest.
    Attest. J. F. P. Lawton Secty 12
  • He appeared on the 1870 census taken at Brooklyn NY, listed as a silverware manufacturer.

  • He was a partner in 1876-1880 with Thomas Shaw in New York City NY as ADAMS & SHAW. The firm, originally started some years before by Shaw, was a principle supplier of sterling and plated goods to Tiffany & Company. 12
  • He worked as a jeweler in 1880-1886 for a variety of firms including FAIRFIELD & Co. in New York City, NEWELL MATSON & Co in Chicago, and JACCARD JEWELRY Co. in St. Louis. 12
  • He appeared on the 1880 census taken at Providence RI, listed as a traveling merchant.
  • He worked in 1886-1893 as a jeweler in New York City NY as C. C. ADAMS & Co. 12

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