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Dewey, John (ca. 1767-1830)

John Dewey (ca. 1767-1830) was a New Bern builder, house carpenter, and joiner during the city's era of fine building in the Federal style. In his account of early 19th century New Bern, memoirist Stephen Miller mentioned only two master builders in the city: John Dewey and Martin Stevenson. According to Miller, "Mr. John...

Flanner, Bennett G. (1794-1868)

Bennett G. Flanner (1794-1868) was a brickmason active in New Bern during the city's Federal period heyday and known for his daring work at great heights. His parentage and early training are not yet documented. Like other men in the "trowel trades," Flanner sometimes undertook plastering as well as brickwork: John Donnell's account for...

Good, Benjamin Cofield (1780-ca. 1827)

Benjamin Cofield Good (July 19, 1780-ca. 1827) was a New Bern house carpenter and joiner notable chiefly for forming a link in training between generations of leading local artisans. He and his master, John Dewey, and his apprentice, Uriah Sandy, participated in New Bern's efflorescence of fine Federal architecture from the 1790s to the...

Gooding, Thomas Stephenson (1786-1852)

Thomas Stephenson Gooding (1786-1852) was a New Bern builder and house joiner, best known for his work on Christ Episcopal Church (1821-1824). He married Elizabeth Shute on June 8, 1808, and their children included Thomas, Jr., and James. The cornerstone laying of Christ Church, reported in the Carolina Centinel on July 14, 1821, included a...

Jones, William H. (1827-1873)

William H. Jones (September 22, 1827-November 7, 1873) was a brickmason active in New Bern from the 1840s until the 1870s. His only documented works are two prominent commercial buildings of 1871, both lost; it is likely that other work by Jones, as yet unidentified, still stands in New Bern. He is probably the William...

King, Asa (ca. 1782-1843)

Asa King (ca. 1782-1843) was a highly skilled house carpenter who executed unusually fine Federal period woodwork in some of New Bern's most outstanding buildings. New Bern, the state's largest and most elegant city in this period, presents the state's premier assemblage of urban Federal style architecture, much of which shares similar forms, workmanship...

Lane, Hardy B., Sr. (1793-1856)

Hardy B. Lane, Sr. (1793-1856), New Bern's leading house carpenter during the late antebellum period, worked on most of the city's premier buildings of the period and is associated by tradition with others. He also trained three of his sons in his trade, who continued as prominent builders in the city, including Frederick Lane...

Lane, John B. (1834-1910)

John B. Lane (1834-1910), a leading builder in post-Civil War New Bern, was one of three sons of New Bern's best-known antebellum builder, Hardy B. Lane, Sr. (1793-1856). The other sons were Frederick Lane (ca. 1824-1868) and Hardy B. Lane, Jr. (b. ca. 1829). Doubtless trained by their father, the Lane sons entered building...

Mitchell, Joshua (ca. 1770-1834)

Joshua Mitchell (ca. 1770-1834) was a master brickmason during New Bern's celebrated Federal period boom, and probably executed much of the city's fine brickwork of that era. He was already established in his trade by 1802, when leading New Bern citizen Richard Dobbs Spaight referred to "Mr. Mitchel" as "one of the best bricklayers...

Oliver, John M. (ca. 1769-1840)

John M. Oliver (ca. 1769-1840), was a carpenter and house joiner active in New Bern during the city's Federal period construction boom, from the 1790s into the 1820s. According to his obituary, he was a native of New Jersey who lived for many years in New Bern and then moved to South Carolina, where...

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