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|ADAMS||S.A.||Blacksmith||1850||S. A. Adams, blacksmith. I have an old photograph which show a business sign saying “S A Adams ,Blacksmith”. It looks to be about 1860 and I am trying to identify the name of town he worked in during the 1850-60's ... possibly West USA, maybe Colorado, Montana or Nevada.|
|BENCH||William||Blacksmith||1815||William Bench, blacksmith. Born 3rd March 1815 in Rockbourne, Hampshire, UK. Died: 27 November 1875 in Manti, Sanpete, Utah, USA. Wife: Ann Longman, married 14 October 1835. He was a blacksmith according to the 1860 US census. From his biography we learn that he supported his family as they emigrated across the United States by blacksmithing. Although he was born in Hampshire, his father, Thomas J. Bench and ancestors were born in Tollard Royal, Wiltshire. Thomas J. Bench christened 20 Oct 1745, son of William Bench christened 27 Apr 1710, son of Thomas Bench about 1674. Listed also in the Blacksmiths of Hampshire Index.|
|BENNETT||Benjamin Harrison||Blacksmith||Benjamin Harrison Bennett was a blacksmith in Kansas, Ok, & possibly Texas. He probably learned the trade from his dad, Beverly Allen Bennett, who was also a blacksmith. Ben worked as a blacksmith at an oil field until some of the equipment fell on his leg, almost causing him to loose it. He walked with a limp the rest of his life. That was the end of his career as a blacksmith.|
|BENNETT||Beverley Allen||Blacksmith||1900||Beverly Allen Bennett. According to the 1901 census Beverly A.Bennett was a blacksmith in Dallas County, Mo.|
|BENNETT||Claud||Blacksmith||Claud Bennett was a blacksmith in Long Lane, Dallas Co., Mo. as was his father, Beverly Allen Bennett & one of his brothers, Ben H. Bennett.|
|BIGELOW / BIGLO||John||Blacksmith||1617||John Biglo / Bigelow,blacksmith. Born 1617 and died 1703. All other information at the URL and contact contributor via the details at bottom of the home page.||Visit site|
|BREEN||Gregory||Blacksmith||1837||Gregory Breen, blacksmith. Born Dec 1837 in St. John's, Newfoundland to Patrick Breen of Wexford Ireland and Mary Power of Newfoundland. He immigrated to Boston before 1865 and worked as a blacksmith from 1865 to 1904. On 19 May 1872, he married Margaret Neville of St. John's. They had six children (four of whom died of tuberculosis in childhood). Gregory's son John Patrick Breen born 1873 died 1970 was a postal worker who was diagnosed with TB, but "cured" by vacation to farm in Newfoundland. Mary Frances born 1876 died1910 of tuberculosis at the Rutland Sanitarium. Annies born 1879 and died 1890 of tuberculosis. Thomas born 1880 worked as a clerk until he died at age 20 of tuberculosis. Joseph Frederick was born 1884 and died at age 6 of tuberculosis. Agnes was born 1886 and worked as a telephone operator at the sanitarium where her sister Mary was being treated. In 1900 Gregory rented rooms to blacksmith Patrick Breen (unknown relationship) and his wife Elizabeth Breen, both of Newfoundland. Listed in Blacksmiths of Ireland and USA. Contact Deborah by|
|BREEN||Philip||Blacksmth||1831||Philip Breen, blacksmith. Born 27 May 1831 in St. John's, Newfoundland to Patrick Breen of Wexford, Ireland and Mary Power of Newfoundland. His brothers Patrick and Gregory were all blacksmiths. Philip immigrated to Boston at an unknown date, but was working as a blacksmith in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1870. He resided at 14 Oenida Street in Boston in 1876, just blocks from brothers Patrick and Gregory. I could find no records of him after 1876. Listed in Blacksmith of Ireland and USA.|
|BUTLER||Curry (Kurry)||Blacksmith||1826||Curry Butler, blacksmith. In my BUTLER research, I ran across a "Curry Buttler" a blacksmith, but I don't know if he was connected to my family. He was listed as a blacksmith apprentice in the 1826 Bertie County NC records. Bertie Co is not too far from Duplin County. I find a "K" (Kurry??) BUTLER in the 1860 Bertie census listed as "Mechanic" which was a term used for someone who was basically a blacksmith. I haven't been able to find him in later records.|
|BUTLER||Elijah||Blacksmith||1804||Elijah Butler, blacksmith. Born about 1804 in Duplin or New Hanover Co. NC. Died after 1870, probably in Cumberland Co NC. His blacksmith shop was in the Cypress Creek area of se Duplin Co at what was then the New Hanover (now Pender Co) line. Elijah's son Benegar/Benjaga listed as a blacksmith in the 1860 Duplin Co census, age 18. He died in 1862 in Maryland, a Confederate soldier in the Civil War.|
|CHANDLER||Edmund||Blacksmith||1588||Edmund Chandler, blacksmith. A line of Chandler Blacksmiths in New England was founded by Edmund Chandler born in England about 1588. Edmund joined a congregation of English religious dissenters who objected to the ceremonies and hierarchy of the established church. The dissenters were persecuted and harried out of England by King James. They fled to Holland, where they stayed for a few years in Leiden and then chartered the Mayflower to take them to America. Edmund travelled on a later ship and played a prominent role in the establishment of the Plymouth Colony.|
|CLOUDT||Richard||Blacksmith||1874||Richard Cloudt, blacksmith. I found his death certificate listing his occupation as blacksmith. He was born 1874 in Blanco county, Texas and died there in 1951. The original Cloudt's came from Germany.||Visit site|
|COLE||Ephraim||Blacksmith||1659||Ephraim Cole, blacksmith. Born 1659 in Plymouth, Massachusetts USA; and in 1685 built what may be one of the first blacksmith shops in America. It was located at the corner of Leyden and Maine streets in Plymouth and it remained in the family until 1872. The shop was still standing in 1903. A postcard with a photograph of the blacksmith shop was published in 1903. Anyone interested in a scanned copy of that postcard may contact the contributor of this note. See Blacksmiths of Middlesex,England for his grandfather James Cole (blacksmith born 1600). See "Interesting Stories" on Home Page for photo.|
|COUMING/COOMEY||Patrick||Blacksmith||1839||Patrick Couming or Coomey, blacksmith. Born about 1839, near Stradbally Co, Waterford, Ireland. Son of a Blacksmith James Couming. Patrick emigrated to America following the death of his wife from TB. He died one year after arriving in Massachusetts leaving his children there. His son also Patrick made a good life for himself and his family in Worcester Mass in spite of the terrible loss of both parents. Listed in U.S.A. and Ireland Blacksmiths Indexes.|
|CURETON||Cye||Blacksmith||Cye Cureton , blacksmith. Cye owned a blacksmith shop on East Black Street, Rockhill, South Carolina, USA.|
|DAURAY||Jacques||Blacksmith||1860||Jacques Dauray, blacksmith. Born in Marieville, Quebec, 7 December 1860. Immigrated from Canada to US about 1870. Can be found in 1900 USA census. See entry in "Interesting Stories" link on the Home Page.|
|DEFORD||Henry Stephen||Blacksmith & Wheelwright||1846||Henry Stephen Deford, blacksmith & wheelwright. Born in 1846. Parents: James Deford and Elizabeth Rollison. He learned his trade from George E. Lambert, who operated a carriage shop in Chestertown, Kent Co., MD. In 1893, Henry was operating a wheelwright shop out of the Lambert carriage shop, with Ned Ringgold (also in the Blacksmith Index) operating the blacksmith shop. Henry is listed as a blacksmith/wheelwright in the 1870 and 1873 Kent County Directories and the 1903 Maryland Directory. Henry never married and lived for many years with his unmarried sister Kate. His household at times also inlcuded a widowed aunt and a motherless cousin. In the Kent News of 28 April 1934: "Henry Deford, one of Chestertown's oldest citizens, has been quite ill at his home in Chestertown". Henry died in May 1935. He is my great grand uncle and his parents are my great great grandparents. His sister, Mary Elizabeth Deford, married my great grandfather, William Samuel Elburn. Listed in both the Blacksmiths of USA & Canada and the Wheelwrights Indexes.|
|DYKE||William.M.||Blacksmith||1850||William. M. Dyke, blacksmith. William had shop in two locations; Mill Springs Wayne County, KY 1850-1861, and Brooklyn, Morgan County, IN, 1862-1889.|
|EMRICK/EMERICK||Jonathan.S.||Blacksmith||1860||Jonathan Emrick/Emerick. See the U.S. Federal Census's: West Finley, Washington, PA (Pennsylvania) for 1860, 1870, 1880.|
|EVAN||James Henry||Blacksmith||1870||James Evan, blacksmith, farrier. Born about ?. James owned a Blacksmith/Farrier shop at 135 Reed St., Reading, PA 1870-1900.|
|FITZGERALD||Garrett.H.||Blacksmith||1805||Garrett. H. Fitzgerald, blacksmith. Born 1805 in South Carolina, USA. Garrett lived and married in Mississippi. Showed up in Louisiana, Ouchita territory 1840. Ouchita territory became Union Parrish where he purchased 20 acres to live on and a blacksmith shop in another location in that same area that he paid $1,000.00 a yr for 3 yrs to own all.|
|FORD||Manalcus.C.||Blacksmith,Bapt.Minister||1826||Manalcus C. Ford, blacksmith and Baptist Minister and Calvary Captain. Born July 10, 1826, in Princeton, Caldwell County, KY. He the son of William Ford Jr. and Sarah Chapman married Maria Sawyer July 9, 1849. Manalcus was a Blacksmith and Baptist Minister. Also served in Kentucky Calvary as Captain CSA. He was the Superintendent of the Centertown Sabbath School in Centertown, Ohio County, KY in 1894. "Mack" died March 12, 1896 at Centertown. Listed in Blacksmiths for Military and for USA.|
|GUERIN||Jonas||Blacksmith||1812||Jonas Guer, blacksmith. Jonas learned his trade as a blacksmith and wagonmaker from his father, uncles and grandfather, in Morris Co. NJ. The family had a blacksmith shop and wagonmaking shop in "Jockey Hollow" near Morristown. In 1812, Jonas Guerin left Morris Co. New Jersey and went to Varick Twp, Seneca Co. New York. There he was a blacksmith and wagonmaker. His sons carried on the trade after him in Ovid, NY. His son, Joseph Guerin went to Erie Co. PA and was a blacksmith there and a farmer. Also listed in the Cartwrights Index.|
|GUERIN||Jonas||Blacksmith||1781||Jonas Guerin,blacksmith. Born 1781, in Morris Co. NJ, USA. Died: 1864 in Seneca Co. NY, USA. A Blacksmith and wagon maker with sons.|
|GUERIN||Joseph||Blacksmith & Wagonmaker||1748||Joseph Guerin, blacksmith & wagonmaker. Born 1748. Died: 1828 . Joseph was a member of a family that carried on in the iron trades for several generations. During the Revolutionary War he was a wagoneer. His son, Jonas, continued the trade of blacksmith as will as did other members of the Guerin family. See Blacksmiths of America for Jospeh's father, Thomas (born abt.1713) and Grandfather Thomas (born abt.1660) and other Guerins.|
|GUERIN||Joseph||Blacksmith||1802||Joseph Guerin, blacksmith. Born 1802 Morris Co. NJ, USA. he lived in Seneca Co. NY. Died: 1888 in Erie Co. PA, USA. A blacksmith and farmer.|
|GUERIN||Thomas (Jnr)||Blacksmiths & Wagoneer||1713||Thomas Guerin (Jr), blacksmith & wagonmaker. Born 1713, South Carolina USA. In 1790 he was with Morris Co. NJ, USA as a blacksmith and wagon maker with sons. Wagoneer in the American Rev. War.|
|GUERIN||Thomas (Snr)||Blacksmith||1660||Thomas Guerin,blacksmith. Born about 1660, in France. Iron worker and blacksmith, Charleston South Carolina USA area and after 1713 at Morris Co. NJ in USA Died: 1726.|
|HICKEY||Patrick||Blacksmith||1892||Patrick Hickey, blacksmith. Patrick worked from 1892-1930 in Monroe County, New York USA.|
|HILL||William||Blacksmith||1788||William Hill, blacksmith. Born 4th March 1788. One branch of the Hill family is traced to William Hill, a blacksmith, who was born March 4, 1788, and died in Grafton, this state, January 3, 1867. He was married November 12, 1812, to Rebecca Hoskins, who was born March 28, 1791, and died, October 17, 1863. Brief mention of their children follows: William H. was a blacksmith and resided long in Manchester, where his life ended. See Genealogical and family history of the state of New Hampshire: a record of the achievements of her people in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation; by Ezra S Stearns; William F Whitcher; Edward E Parker; Lewis Publishing Company. Type: Book; English Publisher: New York, Chicago, Lewis Pub. Co., 1908. Editions: 2 Editions OCLC: 2689026.|
|HITCHCOCK||John||Blacksmith||John Hitchcock, blacksmith. John lived in Southgate with his wife Elizabeth Ellingham and their 13 children, if you have any information about my greatgrandfather, I would appreciate it very much. John was a Blacksmith and lived at 117 Chase Side Close, Southgate UK.|
|HODSDON||Frank||Blacksmith||1877||Frank Hodsdon, blacksmith. Born in Turner Maine 19 May 1877 and married Nellie A. Young in 1895. Frank worked in Sabbatus Maine from 1912-1918. He also worked at the Bath, Maine Iron works.|
|HUDSON||Charles (Christopher) William||Blacksmith||1829||Charles (Christopher) William Hudson, blacksmith, farrier. Born 6th Jan 1829 in Thornton Le More, Lincolnshire, England to William & Frances Patchet Hudson. The 1851 UK Census lists Charle as 21yrs , apprenticed as a Journeyman Blacksmith to his brother-In-Law, William Torn, master blacksmith & farmer of 37 acres of Towser Inn, Hatton, Lincolnshire. In 1855, Charles departed Liverpool on Ship Ponoma, arrived in the Port of New York. 1855: Purchased land in Webster County, Iowa, USA. 1860 US Census - not located - family history has him traveling/sight-seeing in the uncharted western United States for about one year. On 20th April 1864Charles married Julia Etta Cheney, Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa. 1870 US Census shows him as married, father of 3 children. A farmer and stock raiser of considerable acreage in Webster County, Iowa, USA. 1879 s of Agriculture - owner of 355 acres. Charles died 16th Dec 1909. Buried alongside his wife in Otho Cemetery, Otho Township, Webster County, Iowa, USA. See Blacksmiths of USA & Lincolnshire.|
|HURLEY||William Blacksmith||Blacksmith||1860||William Hurley, blacksmith, carriage maker, came to the United States from Coleraine Ireland with his wife, Jane Shields Hurley. They first settled in Watervilet, New York, where several of their children were born and then moved to New Haven, Ct. William served in the Civil War along with his sons, Simon and Lewis P. I would be very interested to know more about other blacksmiths in New Haven and Watervliet, New York around 1860. See Cartwrights Index. Contributor does not wish to be contacted.|
|McALISTER||James Henry||Blacksmith||1834||James Henry McALister, blacksmith. Born 25 August 1834 died 15 February 1913. Region: Marion Centre, Marion, Kansas. James was a blacksmith from about 1867 to 1898. This is when he got a serious hip injury and couldnt work. In 1944 a story was written about him and his wife whom they called Jim Mack and Mrs Mack. They both did a lot for the community. The story is called: Narratives Incident to Life As It Was and People as they were on Our Frontier, written by a citizen of that town named Mrs T B Matlock. According to the story, my 3rd great grandfather, many of the people in the town thought Longfellows poem about the Village Blacksmith, that he was that blacksmith in the poem. If you would like it, I can possibly scan and send a copy of the story.|
|McCOY||James Henry||Blacksmith||1828||James McCoy, blacksmith. James was born of Irish parents in St John, New Brunswick, USA . They moved to Boston, Mass. where James did his blacksmithing apprenticeship. He went to sea for 7-8 years. He arrived in NSW in 1853. He was plying his trade in Shellharbour NSW in 1859. He was a Methodist Lay Preacher and established a Temperance Society Lodge. He helped build the Temperance Hall, which became the Empire Theatre. James died in 1916 he and members of his family are buried in the local cemetery. He was well respected in the Region. Listed in Blacksmiths of Australia and USA. Contributor does not wish to be contacted.|
|McQUAGGE||Norman Daniel||Blacksmith & Gunmaker||1853||Norman Daniel McQuagge, blacksmith & gunmaker. Born 1853 in Northwest Florida. He was a batchelor who liked to tell the "King's Deer" story as told to him by his father. See Stories from the Past Link on the Homepage.|
|MEANEY||John||Blacksmith||1882||John Meaney, blacksmith. Born 2nd June 1882, County Clare, Ireland. John (my grandfather) was a blacksmith in the parish of Ballyea; he had a forge in Darragh, County Clare. I only have second hand information about him and his trade. Most of his Family emigrated to the USA. His Daughter Molly (dad’s sister) went to the US with them. My Father never met his sister and only spoke to her twice; first when his father John died and again when his mother died. Listed in both Blacksmiths of Ireland and the USA.||Visit site|
|MORECROFT||Roy Jasper||Blacksmith||1881||Roy Jasper Morecraft, blacksmith. Roy lived 1881-1950 had his shop at his home in Marshall, IL.|
|MORRIS||Jonathan.S.||Blacksmith||1805||Jonathan.S.Morris, blacksmith. Born circa 1805 in PA. He married #1 and had 7 children born in KY. Married #2 Harriett WINE and had 2 more children. In 1860 census of Pendleton Co. KY he is living with his #1 daughter, Eliza J. Conley, and her family. He is listed as a blacksmith at 54 years of age. Jonathan is not found after this date.|
|O'SCALLEIGH||Jaysun||Blacksmith||2008||Jaysun O'Scalleigh, blacksmith, Jaysun is currently a blacksmith working on Salt Spring Island, North Vancouver Island, British Columbia.|
|PAGE||Thomas||Blacksmith||1843||Thomas Page, blacksmith. Born 1843 and died 1923, in Hampshire, England. Married (1) Jane Myers. Thomas and Jane had 10 children. Jane died. Thomas then married (2) Elizabeth Ann Childs and had 14 more children. My grandfather, Thomas Page, emigrated to Hennepin County, Minneapolis and worked as a blacksmith in the 1880's. Didn't work out, so he returned to England, took up farming at Closewood Farm, Denmead, Hampshire. See Google Books, History of Hennepin County http://bit.ly/PU8Ecn Map at http://bit.ly/SvkUGr "Thos. Page" at right edge, above Diamond Lake. Thomas is isted in both Blacksmiths of Hampshire and Blacksmiths USA.|
|RAMPTON||Henry||Blacksmith||1829||Henry Rampton,blacksmith. Bas born on the 8th September 1829. He led an interesting life and left a diary written between 1853 to 1881. Henry worked as Blacksmith with his father in Old Alresford, Hampshire and sometimes others in different places until he was 20 years old. He then set up business for himself in Botley, Hampshire. He and his family left home to emmigrate to Utah in 1854. He and his family eventually locating in Bountiful, USA in 1856, which was then called Session's Settlement. His shop was located in the center of town and was known as the Village Blacksmith. He left Bountiful in 1879 on a mission to England and whilst on this mission visited his people in Old Alresford, Hampshire. He returned to Bountiful in July 1880. He died on November 24th 1903 in Bountiful. More info available but his diary is available on the internet by entering Henry Rampton's Diary. Listed in Blacksmiths of America & Blacksmiths of Hampshire.|
|RINGGOLD||William Edward (Ned)||Blacksmith||1862||William Edward "Ned" Ringgold, blacksmith. Born 29th March 1862 on Kent Island, Queen Anne's County, md. In the 1880 census, he is listed as an apprentice wheelwright with Henry P. Jones on Kent Island. In 1893, Ned and his wife, Susanna "Annie" Arters, moved to Chestertown, Kent County, Maryland. Ned worked with Henry S. Deford at the G.E. Lambert Carriage Building on Cannon Street in Chestertown. Ned eventually owned and operated his own blacksmith/wheelwright shop on Court Street in Chestertown. A newspaper clipping from 26 February 1938 Entitled "57 years spent as a blacksmith" notes that Ned predicted he had shod 114,000 horses. He announced his retirement and said that Marion Parsons would take over his blacksmithing duties. Ned died 4th December 1938 and another newspaper clipping entitled "late W. E. Ringgold's Will devides (sic) estate" lists his two daughters as Heiresses; my grand aunt, Ethel Baum Ringgold Miller and my grandmother, Molly Rebecca Ringgold Elburn. Listed in both the Blacksmiths of America and the Wheelwrights Index. Any info appreciated.|
|SMITH||William Clark||Blacksmith,Wheelwright||1824||William Clark Smith, wheelwright,blacksmith. Born 17 Nov 1824 in Sufflolk County, New York, a.k.a. Long Island, USA. He married about 1849 Hannah who I think was from England. He is listed in the 1850 Census living in Brooklyn Ward 7, Kings County New York, his occupation is Wheelwright with his first born son Silas, who is listed as 4 months old. In 1860 US Census he is living in Blooming Grove, Orange County, NY with his 2nd wife, Mary Jane Rose, occupation listed is wheelwright. 1870 US Census, still living in Blooming Grove, Occupation Carriage Maker, 1880 US Census, still living Blooming Grove, Occupation, Wagon Maker, 1900 US Census, Occupation, Wheelwright, 1910 US Census, Blooming Grove, Occupation Wagon Maker. William dies in 1912 at the age of 88, his obituary in the Warwick Advertiser of Dec 5, 1912, also states that he lived 53 yeas in Craigville, and has been a carriage maker.|
|TURNER||Francis||Blacksmith||1769||Francis Turner, blacksmith. Born 1769, Halland, East Sussex, England. The Turner family ran the Halland, East Sussex, blacksmith shop. They were also the blacksmiths for the town of East Hoathly nearby. There is a painted picture of the Blacksmith shop in the motel at the Halland crossroads but I was unable to remove it from the glass to photograph it. The first parish record found is of Francis Turner born 1769 listed as blacksmith in the 1821 census. Then his son William Turner born 1791 was a blacksmith from 1821-1851 (married Sarah Ferry) along with his brother John Turner born 1799 blacksmith from 1829-1851 (married to Martha Rich). In 1851 William's brother, Richard (born 1811) took over at the forge with his nephew? Frederic. Later John Turner, married to Emma Stokes in 1887, and possibly the son of Frederic, continued in the profession. Late 1880s-1890s my GGGGrandfather brought his smithy skills to Virginia, and then Pennsylvania in the USA.|
|WHITTINGTON||Elisha||Blacksmith & General Store Owner||1875||Elisha Whittington (circa 1875) ran a blacksmith shop and general store in Bayou Chicot and there is some evidence he also ran a grist mill for there are entries in his books of customers buying corn meal for $1.00 a bushel. Family oral history says Elisha made the famous Bowie knife for Jim Bowie who died at the Alamo. An inscription at the Alamo says the knife was made by "a Louisiana blacksmith" and Jim and Rezin Bowie lived near Elisha, near Lamourie, in Rapides Parish and their travels would have taken them past his blacksmith shop, but other evidence proves that Jesse Clift, another Louisiana blacksmith, made the Bowie knife for the Bowie brothers.||Visit site|
|WILKINSON||Green (Grun)||Blacksmith||1826||Green (Grun) Wilkinson, blacksmith. Born about 1826 in KY, U.S.A. The 1880 US census lists him as 55yrs, at ?street in the City of Troy, Kansas; with wife Peggy 58yrs and step son Azaiah 21yrs. Green (Grun) was a blacksmith in Troy, Doniphan County, Kansas between 1868 and 1900. His great-great-great grandson Ron needs help in finding out if there ever was a national register for blacksmiths. If so, where would it be found?|
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