Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

More Eighteenth-Century American Plane Makers

Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

More Eighteenth-Century American Plane Makers

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Recently the writer acquired an early plane with the mark "F* NICHOLSON" "WRENTHAM" (Figure I). Consulting the Wrentham Vital Records to 1850, it was found that there was only one person of that name and initial to whom this mark could be attributed. Deacon Francis N Nicholson is recorded as deceased on December 7, 1753, in his seventieth year (i.e., his birth date would be about 1683). Also recorded are his marriage to Sarah Ware, June 6, 1722; the birth of a son, Francis, May 27, 1729, and the death of son Francis on August 20 of the same year. There are no other F. Nicholsons in the records. In view of this, we may attribute the "F * NICHOLSON" planes to Deacon Francis; his dates would indicate that they can be assigned to the first half of the eighteenth century. Our fellow-member Dr. Barnet Delson is the owner of a plane with these marks, with the words "LIVING IN" before the "WRENTHAM. …

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