Rankin Family History Project
Caske and Cooper
It is Ordered, &c. That all Cask, whether Pipes Hogsheads, Barrels, quarter Cask, or other sorts used in Trade, whether for any Liquor, Fish, Pork, Beef or other Commodity put to sale, shall be of London Assize.
And that in each Plantation within this Jurisdiction, where Cask is made or used for Trade, the Plantation Court, or the Constable, with the present or last Deputies for the Generall Court, where there is no Plantation Court, shall from time to time appoint some fit person, or persons, to view and gage all such Vessel or Cask: and such as shall be found of due Assize and made of sound, and well seasoned stuffe, (and none but such shall be marked with the Gagers mark) who shall have for his paines eight pence for every Tun, and proportionably for what he so marketh.
And every Cooper shall have, and set a distinct brand-mark of his own, upon each Cask, upon paine of forfeiting after the rate of twenty shillings a Tun, for what he sells, either without the Gagers mark, or not marked with his own constant brand mark.
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The Rankin Family History Project began in 1997 with a simple 3 generation family chart. When our grandmother found out we were researching our family tree, she loaned us her copy of Maryland Catholics on the Frontier by Timothy J. O'Rourke which helped us discover our St. Louis & Perry County roots. We are also doing research in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
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