Don't you wish you inherited this ancestor's artistic way with tools? The maker was Robert Crossman of Taunton, Bristol Co, MA - not a Mayflower descendant but that's ok. He lived and worked there throughout most of the 1700s. How did I find this out? By visiting the very cool Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire (where I am doing some genealogical research for someone.) Knowing what your ancestor did for a living can be invaluable in your own hunt and sometimes you just get lucky and run across something he or she made in a regional or specialty museum that collects items or records from that period. If you are lucky, the museum has some provenance (documentation to prove original maker and chain of ownership) and will share those with you on request.
Dr. Maura Mackowski is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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