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  • Capt. Jacob Allen (1653 - 1712)
    The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 66 The Society, 1912 - New England July 1912 282-3 Allen In the Register for Jaunary 1893 there appeared a short article upon Hope All...
  • James Cole, of Hartford (c.1590 - 1652)
    James Cole (or Cowles) was born ABT 1590 in England, and died 1652 in Hartford, Connecticut. He married unknown woman (seen as Mary Richards) unknown woman (seen as Damaris Seabrook) Anne Mun...
  • George Burrill, Jr. (bef.1621 - 1698)
    George Burrill Jr. was Cooper.1 He was baptized on 15 July 1621 at Boston, Lincolnshire, England.2 family He was the son of George Burrill and Mary Cooper.3 George Burrill Jr. was born circa 1629 a...
  • Moses B. Caton (1839 - 1885)
    Moses B. Caton Moses B. Caton Birth: May 8, 1839 Death: May 8, 1885 Burial: Caton Cemetery, Webster, Kentucky, USA 1885: Mose Caton, beastly husband On this date in 1885, a vast concour...
  • John Cole, Sr. (1644 - 1703)
    (II) John Cole, son of Thomas Cole (1), was born in 164—. He was a cooper by trade, and lived in Salem until about 1675. He was one of the inhabitants of Salem who protested against the imposts in 1668...

Cooper - n. - a person whose work is making or repairing barrels and casks (Webster's New World Dictionary)

From Barrel Making:

We often think in terms of wine or whiskey when we think of the things likely to be contained in a barrel. But, all sorts of foods were stored in barrels. Sauerkraut was fermented and stored in them. Fish, meats and some vegetables were dried and salted then stored and transported in them. Most any item that could be stored for a length of time would be stored in a barrel to keep out vermin. Fragile items such as eggs would be packed in them among layers of straw to keep them cooler as well as to keep them from breaking.

Barrels were great -- they could be rolled down ship gangplanks; have wheels and handles attached to them so a man could cart them about; be strapped onto a pack animal; be strapped together to float behind a raft down a river. One could bury them in a stream or cool earth as refrigerating units. They have been cut in half  to feed or water stock, make a cradle for a child, or act as a large mixing bowl for any number of reasons. They were made of any tree that could be worked. Oak was the preferred wood for wine and whiskey casks as the grain is fine and the containers could more easily be made waterproof. Modified, they become butter churns, buckets and wash tubs.

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