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  • Robert Seymour, of Sawbridgeworth (bef.1573 - 1637)
    Robert Seymour M, #83821, b. 30 November 1573 Father John Seymour b. c 1540, d. 22 Oct 1605 Mother Dyzory Porter b. c 1542 Robert Seymour was christened on 30 November 1573 at Sawbridgeworth, H...
  • Howard W. Hill (1815 - d.)
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  • Thomas Thayer (1596 - 1665)
    His baptismal record shows that he was the son of Ursula Alice Thayer as well as Richard Thayer Birth: Aug. 16, 1596 Thornbury Tewkesbury Borough Gloucestershire, England Death: Jun. 2, 1665 Brai...
  • Andrew Jackson Wolfe (1833 - 1919)


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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.