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  • Capt. Robert Evans, Jr. (1665 - aft.1753)
    Biography From Robert Evans birth 30 Sep 1665, son of Robert Evans by Elizabeth his wife, as recorded in Records of New Hampshire Families. [1] He was a carpenter, brick layer, mason and surveyor...
  • Col.(USA), William B. Williams (1832 - 1890)
    William entered service as a 2nd Lt and 1st Lt from the time he entered on 1 September 1861 in Co F, 18th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, until 8 February 1863. On 29 August 1863, Govenor Todd gaave...
  • William Holmes (1773 - 1830)
    William Holmes was the son of John Holmes (the Immigrant) and Mary Atchley. William Holmes was a Farmer & a Carpenter. He also served in the War of 1812. William Holmes married first: Mary "Polly" ...
  • Pinkney William Knotts (1882 - 1960)
    Photo by D. G. Keener Pinkney William Knotts BIRTH 3 Apr 1882 West Virginia, USA DEATH 5 May 1960 (aged 78) Grafton, Taylor County, West Virginia, USA BURIAL Bluemont Cemetery Grafton, Taylor County...
  • Rev Samuel Kinsey (1832 - 1883)
    Samuel Kinsey (25 May 1832 – 8 June 1883) was a Christian minister and leader of the reactionary wing of the German Baptist Brethren that became the Old German Baptist Brethren. Early life Samuel K...

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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.


  • Charpentier de barriques: aka tonnelier
  • Charpentier de grosses œuvres ou Charpentier de haute futaie: Compagnon capable d'édifier des charpentes de grands bâtiments tels que églises, châteaux, ponts couverts ....
  • Charpentier de navires: Charpentier et fabricant de navires, barques, bateaux, etc...
  • Charpentier de nés: Charpentier de nefs (aka Charpentier de navires)

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