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American Silversmiths

Moses Sanford
(1725-1781)
Mary Robinson
(1724-)
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Isaac Sanford
(1763-1842)

 

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Dorcas Thomas

Isaac Sanford

  • Born: 22 Mar 1763, New Haven CT
  • Marriage: Dorcas Thomas on 23 May 1788 in Hartford CT
  • Died: 24 Aug 1842, Philadelphia PA

  General notes:

Silversmith

  Events in his life were:


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  • He was a partner from 1785 to 1788 with Miles Beach in Goshen CT as BEACH & SANFORD. The firm later moved to Hartford c 1786. 3

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  • Compass by BEACH & SANFORD, c 1785-1788
    Old Sturbridge Village
    l: 13"
    d: 6 1/2"
  • Advertised in the Connecticut Courant (Hartford CT), 27 Jun 1785, the new shop of BEACH & SANFORD, about 10 rods south of the bridge on Main Street, carrying on silversmith business, clock- and watchmaking, and engraving. 3
  • Litchfield Historical Society has a letter written by Miles Beach to Major Moses Seymour of Litchfield, dated Hartford, "Ye 4th day of July, 1786," giving reasons for delays in making sugar bowl and creamer; "We had not tools to make them ... I could not get silver . . . when I got home I found Sanford was poisoned and it fell into his eyes ... he has not been able to work. . . .I would have made them but it was work I was not acquainted with. He now says he will do them but as it was not very profitable he was loath to turn by better. . . ." 3
  • Advertised in the American Mercury (Hartford CT), 28 Jun 1788, announcing the dissolution of the BEACH & SANFORD partnership.
  • He was a partner from 2 Nov 1789 to 10 May 1790 with ? Walsh in Hartford CT as SANFORD & WALSH. 3
  • He was a partner from 2 Nov 1789 to 10 May 1790 with William Johonnot in Hartford CT as SANFORD & JOHONNOT, this partnership concurrent with that of SANFORD & WALSH. 3
  • Advertised in the American Mercury (Hartford CT), 2 Nov 1789, announcing partnership of SANFORD & WALSH, two doors south of "North Meeting House, for Portrait, Miniature, and Heraldry Painting in all their various branches. . . ." In same ad, inconspicuously printed, appears the firm name of SANFORD & JOHONNOT, "N.B. The Silversmith's business is carried on at the same shop by Sanford and Johonnot who make and have for sale all kinds of silver and Plated Shoe and Knee Buckles, spoons, pepper casters, cream-pots." 3
  • Advertised in the Connecticut Courant (Hartford CT), 1792-1795, the usual silversmith's ads. 3
  • Advertised in the American Mercury (Hartford CT), 10 May 1799, a notice of dissolution of both partnerships. The latter signed by Sanford and William Johonnot. 3
  • In London in 1799, pursuing his inventions for shearing wool and making hats, apparently without much success. Continued activities in Hartford, probably until 1823. Later removed to Philadelphia. Manuscripts relating to his inventions, his trade card, and a miniature portrait are at the Conn. Historical Society. 3

Isaac married Dorcas Thomas on 23 May 1788 in Hartford CT. (Dorcas Thomas was born on 10 Aug 1768 in Hartford CT.)




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