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  • Isaac W Liggett, Civil War soldier (U.S.A.) (1840 - 1922)
    Union Army soldier in the Civil War- enrolled April 24, 1861 at Cadiz, Harrison County, Ohio, in Company G of the 13th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry and also served in Company G of the 74th R...
  • Calvin Thayer (1818 - 1895)
    Biography 674 Louisa Crane (Capen) (Elisha, Elisha, Samuel, Jonathan, Samuel 3, John 2, Bernard1) born in Stoughton, 2 Dec., 1824-5; died 16 May, 1918. She married, 23 April, 1854, Calvin Thayer of B...
  • Nathan A. Keith (1814 - 1899)
    Biography Recorded as written: VI. Nathan Keith, son of Pardon and late of Brockton, was a citizen who did much for the improvement of the place, from a material standpoint, building up and develop...
  • Howard Pardon Keith (1831 - 1915)
    Biography Recorded as written: VI. Howard Pardon Keith, son of Pardon, was born June 13, 1831, in West Bridgewater, Mass., and in the district schools of his native town acquired his early schoolin...
  • Simeon Cary Keith (1822 - 1876)


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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 Traditional handicraft shoemaking has now been largely superseded in volume of shoes produced by industrial mass production of footwear, but not necessarily in quality, attention to detail, or craftsmanship.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.