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American Silversmiths

Nehemiah Towne
(1748-1820)
Lucy Towne
(1752-1841)
Josiah Towne
(1778-1826)
Mary French
(1780-)
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Ira Strong Towne
(1810-1902)

 

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Frances Miretta Witherell

Ira Strong Towne

  • Born: 3 Mar 1810, Montpelier VT
  • Marriage: Frances Miretta Witherell on 4 Jun 1834 in Montpelier VT
  • Died: 19 Sep 1902, New York City NY

  General notes:

Silversmith, jeweler, and watchmaker

  Events in his life were:


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  • He was a partner from 1831 to 1832 with Josiah Towne in Montpelier VT as I. S. & J. TOWN. Advertised ". . . silver work of every description manufactured to order on short notice." 3

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  • Watch paper for I. S. & J. TOWN, c 1831
    American Antiquarian Society
  • Master to Elijah Witherell abt 1832 in Montpelier VT. 1
  • He worked from 1832 to 1838 as a silversmith, jeweler, and watchmaker in Montpelier VT retaining the old firm name of I. S. & J. TOWN. 8

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  • He was a partner from 1838 to 1845 with Elijah Bailey Witherell in Montpelier VT as TOWN & WITHERELL. Advertised ". . . made all the silverware bought at their shop and it was warrented to be the best quality." 3

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  • He was a partner from 1848 to 1851 with Jonas Galutia Hall in Montpelier VT as TOWN & HALL, the business carried on as a "silver spoon manufactory at the old stand on State Street." 3
  • He worked from 1851 to 1852 as a silversmith, jeweler, and watchmaker in Montpelier VT eventually selling out to the firm of PHINNEY & MEAD. 8
  • He worked from 1868 to 1885 as a silversmith, jeweler, and watchmaker in Montpelier VT returning, after a 16 year retirement, to his old trade. His shop was located at 158 State Street until 1875, when it was burned in a massive fire that also destroyed the shops of A. A. Mead and Charles Keene. By 1879 he was working at 16 State Street. 8
  • He appeared on the 1870 census taken at Montpelier VT, listed as a jeweler.
  • Master to Frank Willson Rogers 1871-1874 in Montpelier VT.
  • He appeared on the 1880 census taken at Montpelier VT, listed as a jeweler.

Ira married Frances Miretta Witherell, daughter of Elijah Witherell and Lucretia Bailey, on 4 Jun 1834 in Montpelier VT. (Frances Miretta Witherell was born in 1811 in Montpelier VT.)




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