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  • William Paine, of New Haven (c.1615 - 1684)
    Not the husband of Alice Paine or the son of William Paine, of Ipswich & Anna Paine William Paine also known as William Payne Birth: about 1615 in England Death: Jan 11 1684 - New Haven, New...
  • Thomas Allen (c.1642 - 1683)
    Thomas Allen Birth: 1642 - Salisbury, Massachusetts Bay Death: 1683 - Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Wife: Mary Boughton Daughter: Mary Hayes Thomas Allen's origins remain a mystery. ...
  • Joseph Andreas Dalsin (1838 - 1922)
    Joseph Dalsin was a very humble man, according to Russel Dalsin, on tape who knew Joseph. Joseph was a cobbler, but also worked for Burlington Northern Railroad, picking rocks off the railway tracks. A...
  • Silas Undergrave, Sr. (c.1835 - 1900)
  • Robert Seymour, of Sawbridgeworth (bef.1573 - 1637)
    In Robert's will, 1637, "Robert Seamer of Sabrudsworth County of Hertford. Shoemaker. Willed all his moveable goods to his loving wife Elizabeth" but according to records her death had preceded his. ...


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What is a cobbler?

From wise geek

A shoe cobbler is a craftsman or woman who specializes in repairing shoes ... cobbling is one of the oldest professions in the world. Historically, people purchased shoes from this person, and used his or her services to continually repair the shoes as needed. A single pair of shoes could last for a decade or more with judicious resoling, refinishing, and minor repair work, giving the wearer a great deal of mileage.

It takes around four years to train to become a cobbler. This training includes learning the use of all of the equipment used in the field, and working with a wide variety of shoes to learn about various approaches to repairing them. Most cobblers train by apprenticeship, often with a family member, and they can work alone or in groups.