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  • John Hutchins of Haverhill and Newbury (c.1608 - 1685)
    emigrated to USA aboard the ship 'Friendship' in 1636 from John Hutchins was born in 1604/1608 in Hampshire, England. There are at least three theories as to how he arrived from England: 1) On ...
  • John 'the Carpenter' Reed (1646 - c.1727)
    John Reed was a house carpenter, and appears to have been man of considerable property, and an extensive dealer in land. He changed his residence from Weymouth, MA to Taunton, MA (South Purchase) about...
  • Dea. Ralph Mousall (c.1603 - 1657)
    Probably from London. Recorded as freeman 18 May 1631 as ‘Ralfe Mushell’.38, Vol. 1, pgs. 80, 366 Deposed 1663, aged 67 (b. 1596). Died 27 March 1665. Ralph Mousall, a carpenter, was bo...
  • Mathew Underdown Farley (1804 - c.1845)
    'Following History written by Christopher Leonard Patterson, where possible sources have been noted for any further information contact the writer. ' The family tradition about MATTHEW as having come...
  • Patrick Hassett (1806 - 1866)
    In 1836, Patrick was convicted of the manslaughter of Michael Carey and sentenced to transportation for life. . He was detained onboard the prison Hulk awaiting the ship that would bring him to a new l...

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From Glimpses of 17th and 18th Century colonial American life

There were men who earned a living at carpentry.  If they lived in a port town, they might have been doing it part time as early as the 1640s.  All of them learned the same way, as apprentices.  (Many was the colonial boy who grew up with a small wooden tool kit made by a father who guided his son’s career.)  About age fourteen, boys took up learning the craft from their father, an uncle, or someone with a carpenter shop who was agreeable.  They stayed with their master until about age eighteen, at which time they could call themselves journeymen and look for work.

From the front this is a two story house.  At the back, though, note the sloping roof.  It is as though the back of the house had been attached and the roof extended down to cover it.  (It is supposed to look like a [17th Century salt box]).

It is alleged this was the first house design used by settlers in New England.  (It is a European form from the middle ages.)  They are not simple constructions that a group of untrained men could throw together in a few days.  Carpenters were needed.

UBC - United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America

The UBC is North America’s largest building-trades union, with more than a half-million members in the construction and wood-products industries. It was founded in 1881 by Peter J. McGuire. His tireless work in the early years of the union led to the eight-hour workday, the founding of the American Federation of Labor, and wages that more than doubled. P. J. McGuire built union membership to more than 167,000 by 1903. He also crafted a lasting and historical memorial to all workers — the Labor Day holiday.

Here is what the UBC emblem means to the organization, according to their website : In 1884, delegates to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters’ Fourth General Convention adopted this emblem to serve as a symbol of the union’s ideals. After a century and a quarter, some of the items are no longer common on jobsites, but the values they represent remain a vital part of the Brotherhood.

  • The motto, “Labor Omnia Vincit,” means “Labor Conquers All Things.”
  • The ruler signifies the Golden Rule.
  • The compass reminds members to stay on track in their lives and work.
  • The jack plane is a simple symbol of the trade.
  • The colors were carefully chosen: pale blue for the purity of labor; dark red for the dignified labor that flows like blood through those who toil.
  • The shield embodies the concept that all members are morally bound to protect the interests of the organization and its members.