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Berry, John (1798-1870)

John Berry (August 18, 1798-January 11, 1870) was a Hillsborough brickmason who became one of the most respected builders in the antebellum Piedmont. Berry was one of the first native North Carolina artisans to establish a large, long-lasting, and supra-local practice. Although his work concentrated in his native Orange County, he began early in...

Faucett, John A. (1793-1847)

John Abisha Faucett (Fawcett, Fossett) (1793-August 25, 1847), was a Hillsborough house carpenter and the informal partner in the 1820s of brickmasons John Berry and Samuel Hancock. A son of Henry Faucett, Sr., John A. Faucett was part of a large extended family in the Eno River valley that included many craftsmen, chiefly woodworkers...

Hancock, Samuel (1784-1848)

Samuel Hancock (1784-April 11, 1848), a brickmason and brickmaker in Hillsborough during the early 19th century, served as mentor to Hillsborough's distinguished brick builder John Berry and worked with Berry for several years. The Hancock name first appears in Orange County records in the 1780s. Samuel Hancock, whose father may have been Henry Hancock, could...

Nichols, Joseph (ca. 1822-after 1880)

Joseph (Joe) Nichols (ca. 1822-after 1880) was a mulatto house carpenter in Hillsborough, who spent his early years as the highly valued slave of the noted local builder John Berry, then worked as a free man for Berry and for himself after emancipation. Like Berry, he worked mainly in Hillsborough and Orange County, but...

Palmer, Martin (ca. 1742-1832)

Martin Palmer (ca. 1742-Oct. 31, 1832), a prominent Orange County house carpenter and joiner, is one of the few 18th century builders whose name is linked with specific projects in and around the Piedmont town of Hillsborough. From the 1770s onward Palmer lived in a Quaker farming community north of Hillsborough. According to research...

Richards, Henry, Sr. (1813-1890)

Henry Richards, Sr. (1813-1890), was a native Hillsborough brickmason who worked with Hillsborough builder John Berry as his associate and masonry overseer. Succeeding Berry's mentor Samuel Hancock in that role, Richards probably oversaw many important projects built by Berry's shop throughout the Piedmont. The Richards family had resided in Hillsborough since 1769, when Charles and...

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