John Case of the Fourth Generation in Simsbury #2

Volume 20 Issue 2, Summer 2013

Part 2: With Shoemaking Underway, His Tannery Opens

The first installment of this article dealt with John Case’s shoemaking business, as reflected by entries in his first account book. He began his book in 1739 at the age of twenty and continued using it into the 1760s. His entries disclose his multiple business and side ventures. Like all his contemporaries, professionals and ministers included, he farmed. After farming and shoemaking, he gave much of the rest of his time and energy to the tanning of animal hides and skins.

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