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  • Truman Barker (1775 - 1869)
    Truman, born February 12, 1775, died March 10, 1869, Oswego,, New York. His wife was Polly Reed. He came to Russia before his brother James and lived there for a time. He was employed as shoemaker by E...
  • Jonas Miller (1788 - 1854)
    12 children Moses (1811)(second Amish and third white child born in Walnut Creek Twnshp Holmes Co Ohio-his sone Jonas M suffered from rheumatism at 17 yrs of age. For 56 years and 7 mo was unable to ...
  • Deacon Stephen Bartlett (1691 - 1773)
    Conflict data from merge of 9 September 2010: alternate death date, 1795 Stephen Bartlett and Hannah Webster are the parents of Dr. Josiah Bartlett. Josiah's wife, Mary, is the daughter of Stephen's ...
  • Thomas Thayer (1596 - 1665)
    Birth: Aug. 16, 1596 Thornbury Tewkesbury Borough Gloucestershire, England Death: Jun. 2, 1665 Braintree Norfolk County Massachusetts, USA He was baptized on Aug 15,1596 at Thornbury, Gloucesters...
  • Robert F. Wolfe (deceased)


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 Traditional handicraft shoemaking has now been largely superseded in volume of shoes produced by industrial mass production of footwear, but not necessarily in quality, attention to detail, or craftsmanship.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