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  • James Cole (1600 - 1678)
    Listed as a passenger with the Winthrop Fleet. James and Mary Cole came to Saco, Maine, in 1632, and the following year, 1633, locate in Plymouth, MA, where he was admitted as freeman the same year. He...
  • Samuel Hall (deceased)
    Samuel was a shoe maker in Bladensburg, Ohio.
  • Dennis Hayes (c.1838 - 1885)
  • Jeremiah Hayes (c.1862 - 1901)
    Censuses: 1871 1881 1891 Death registration
  • John Michael Mehigan (c.1841 - 1915)
    John Michael Mehigan worked for his father as a boot closer (stitching together shoes) before striking out on his own after his father's death. He joined the Royal Engineers and we know from his daug...

Shoemakers

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What is a shoemaker?

From Wikipedia

Shoemaking is the process of making footwear. Originally, shoes were made one at a time by hand. Traditional handicraft shoemaking has now been largely superseded in volume of shoes produced by industrial mass production of footwear, but not necessarily in quality, attention to detail, or craftsmanship.

Shoemakers may produce a range of footwear items, including shoes, boots, sandals, clogs and moccasins. Such items are generally made of leather, wood, rubber, plastic, jute or other plant material, and often consist of multiple parts for better durability of the sole, stitched to a leather upper.

Trades that engage in shoemaking have included the cordwainer's and cobbler's trades. Today shoes are often made on a factory basis rather than a craft basis.

The patron saint of shoemakers is Saint Crispin.

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