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Surname Given Name Trade Year NoteseMail website
BROTHERS Luke Blacksmith 1814 Luke Brothers, blacksmith. Born circa 1814 in Glanealy Wicklow, Ireland. Arrived in Quebec (a province of Canada) by 1843. Luke died 1855 in Quebec. Listed in Blacksmiths of Canada and Ireland.  
CARROLL William Blacksmith 1835 William Henry Carroll, blacksmith. Born about 1835 in Doaktown, Canada. William was a blacksmith from about 1860 to the end of his life after 1916. The 1875 birth certificate of son David Everett records Blacksmith as occupation as do the 1871 Blissfield New Brunswick Canada and 1911 Bristol New Brunswick Canada Census. In addition there is a 1906 Fort Fairfield Maine newspaper article in the Fort Fairfield Review which records his occupation as Blacksmith.  
DAWSON Benjamin.G. Blacksmith 1787 Benjamin.G. Dawson, blacksmith. Born 1787 Heughead, Strathdon, Scotland. Emmigrated to Canada. 1852 Niagara Census, lists Benjamin as a blacksmith, died 25 Nov 1869. Have wife and children info, pic of stone, pic of Heughead blacksmith shop. Listed in Blacksmiths of Scotland and Canada.  
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 America & Canada and the Wheelwrights Indexes.  
GARVEY Cecil Blacksmith 1901 Cecil Garvey, blacksmith. Along with brothers John & William Garvey, born in Durham, Sunderland, Uk . See 1901 census for father Edward born 1852 ( listed in Blacksmith of Durham & Yorkshire), mother Jane Ann Eleanor & list of several siblings. The three Garvey boys: John Andrew, Cecil Joseph Gt. Garvey & William Joseph Garvey, moved to Canada, some working as blacksmiths there. John Andrew joined the Canadian Overseas Force and is killed in the First World.  
GARVEY John Blacksmith 1901 John Garvey, blacksmith. Along with brothers Cecil & William Garvey, born in Durham, Sunderland, Uk . See 1901 census for father Edward born 1852 ( listed in Blacksmith of Durham & Yorkshire), mother Jane Ann Eleanor & list of several siblings. The three Garvey boys: John Andrew, Cecil Joseph Gt. Garvey & William Joseph Garvey, moved to Canada, some working as blacksmiths there. John Andrew joined the Canadian Overseas Force and is killed in the First World.  
GARVEY William Blacksmith 1901 William Garvey, blacksmith. Along with brothers Cecil & John Garvey, born in Durham, Sunderland, Uk . See 1901 census for father Edward born 1852 ( listed in Blacksmith of Durham & Yorkshire), mother Jane Ann Eleanor & list of several siblings. The three Garvey boys: John Andrew, Cecil Joseph Gt. Garvey & William Joseph Garvey, moved to Canada, some working as blacksmiths there. John Andrew joined the Canadian Overseas Force and is killed in the First World.  
GLADSTON William Blacksmith 1806 William Gladston, blacksmith. Born.23rd December 1806, Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, England . William was brother of Robert (blacksmith in Berwick upon Tweed). William married Eleanor Shanks 1830 and emigrated 1832. Worked for Hudson Bay Co. d.8/6/1855 Boston, Mass. USA visiting son Robert. Another son, William Shanks Gladstone became a carpenter on Mountain Hill, Alberta m 1855 Harriet Leblanc a French RC Blackfoot Indian. Mount Gladstone named after him. His descendants were Blackfoots. See Blacksmiths of Canada and Northumberland.  
MONTAGUE William Blacksmith 1728 William Montague, blacksmith. Born 1728 and Christened 13 December 1728 in Tisbury, Wiltshire, England. Son of John Montague, mother not named. See familysearch.org for BMDs. William died, probably in Canada, in 1804. William is listed as #17420 in list of Canadian Immigrants; William Montagaue, blacksmith, with wife and 1 child, probably William (Jr). Listed in Blacksmiths of Canada and Wiltshire. More information needed.  
PHIPPEN Francis Blacksmith 1840 Francis Phippen, blacksmith. Born about 1840, Twerton, Somerset, England. The 1841 UK census lists Francis as 1yr old living in Twerton with parents. See Blacksmiths of Somerset for parents, blacksmith Henry and Charlotte Phippen plus his sister Ann. In 1851 Francis is 12yrs, with his family at High Street Twerton. 1871 finds Francis 31yrs, in London, Kensington, St Peter Hammersmth. Wife Flora Maria 29yrs (born Bridgenorth Shropshire). Children: Henry William 5yrs; Francis Godfrey 3yrs 1881: Francis 41yrs, living at Fulham, 21 Hilmer st, London; Flora 39yrs. Children: Henry 15yrs; Francis.G. 13yrs; Louisa 10yrs; Alfred 8yrs; Frederick.G. 3yrs; Edward.V. 1yr infant. Francis, Flora migrated to Canada 1884. Listed in Blacksmiths of Somerset and Canada.  
PHIPPEN Henry Blacksmith 1811 Henry Phippen, blacksmith. Born about 1811, Somerset, England. Died: March quarter 1894, Somerset. The 1841 UK census lists Henry as 30yrs, living in Twerton, Somerset with wife Charlotte 30yrs (born Somerset). Children: Ann 8yrs; Francis 1yr. In 1851 Henry is 46yrs, in High Street Twerton; Charlotte 46yrs; Ann 17yrs; Francis 12yrs (became a blacksmith) and Martha 7yrs. 1871: Henry is 65yrs, now a labourer, living at Farmers Close, Twerton; Charlotte 64yrs and daughter Martha 26yrs, unmarried.  
St JOHN Michael Blacksmith 1819 Michael St John (Sinjohn), blacksmith. My 4th great grandfather Michael St-John, (born in Ireland, died 1859 St Romauld, Quebec) and wife Mary Power were living in Quebec City, Canada by 09 Oct 1819 for the birth of son Thomas. The family was in Frampton Township, Quebec by Feb 1822 for the baptism of son John., before moving back to Quebec City by 1851 and then to St-Romauld, Quebec. His occupation as blacksmith was recorded on his death registration. Sons Thomas and James were also recorded on censuses and bmd registrations as blacksmiths. There is a possibility that Michael first settled in Newfoundland after leaving Ireland. His daughter Ellen/Helen recorded on the 1851 and 1891 censuses that she was born in Newfoundland. It is worth noting that nearly all Irish immigrants to Newfoundland in that time were from within 40 miles of Waterford City, Co. Waterford, Ireland. I have indeed found a baptismal registration for a Michael St John, baptized 8 Jan 1773, St-Patrickís, Waterford City, son of James St John and Catherine Hearn. While I cannot yet prove this is my Michaelís bapt registration, it does seem to fit: (1) location; (2) timing, (3) names of Michaelís sons are the same as the names of Michaelís father and brothers (Irish Naming Tradition). Michael St John and Mary Power had the following children: (1) James, ca 1815-1874, m Margaret Powell, (2) Ellen/Helen, ca 1819-1891, m Nicholas Fortune; (3) Thomas, 1819-1876, m Mary Crosby; (4) John, 1822-1907, m Sarah Jane Whitty; (5) Margaret, 1824-1913 m Alexander Balfour/Belford; (6) Bridget, 1829-1903, m George Hennessey; (7) Michael, 1833-1839; (8) Mary, 1833-aft 1900, m James Smith. Listed in Blacksmiths of Canada and Ireland.  
WHITTAKER Arthur Blacksmith 1873 Arthur Whittaker (Snr), blacksmith. Born 1873 at Winterton, Lincolnshire, England. F ather Charles Whittaker, Miller, Winterton. Son Arthur Whittaker Jnr., born 1909, Sheffield. Early Census shows him as a boilermaker, came to Sheffield C. 1896. I have been told that he owned three blacksmith shops in Sheffield; West Don Forge, Edith St., and the weir at Hillfoot. Also ran a coal, fruit and potato business and had his own railway car stored at Bridgehouse station on the L.N.E.R line. owned property Harvest lane, Neepsend Lane, Birch st. and Edith St. Lived at #10 Favel Rd. in the 30's. Went to Saskatchewan, Canada on a Harvest Special on Aug. 9, 1923 and did blacksmith work on a large wheat farm till the end of the season. Died Feb. 26,1935. Listed in Blacksmiths of Canada and Yorkshire.  
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