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Kelly, Isaac B. (1791-1883)

Isaac B. Kelly (1791-1883), merchant and builder, is reported by local tradition to have constructed at least four Greek Revival plantation houses in southern Sampson County (then New Hanover County) during the 1840s. He is also believed to have built his own residence in Kenansville, Duplin County. Tradition recalls that he had a pattern...

Kramer, Daniel S. (1834-1899)

Daniel Steigerwalt Kramer (June 18, 1834-April 23, 1899), was a carpenter, builder, and manufacturer active in Elizabeth City in the late 19th century, and the father of Joseph Perry Kramer, a prolific builder and architect in Elizabeth City. Daniel S. Kramer, who began his career as a carpenter in Pennsylvania, is described as having worked...

Kramer, Joseph Perry (1867-1924)

Joseph Perry Kramer (1867-1924), a carpenter, builder, and architect, planned and constructed many of Elizabeth City's buildings during the early 20th century. He was a representative example of the many builders who worked in a locale for many years, producing a wide range of building types that shaped the architectural character of their communities Born...

Martin, John William (1861-1941)

John William Martin (1861-1941) was a building contractor active in Elizabeth City in the early 20th century. He was born in Martin County, the son of John Thomas and Sarah Martin. According to his obituary, he also worked in Martin and Tyrrell counties, but thus far no buildings have been attributed to him there In...

Muth, Frank Fred (1860-1936)

Frank Fred (Frederick) Muth (1860-1936) was a German-born contractor and builder who became the most prolific builder in Edenton, North Carolina, from his arrival there until his death. Muth arrived in Edenton in 1905 from Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he had built some large resort hotels. Working with his son, Frank Otto Muth...

Perry, Lord Byron (1870-1948)

Lord Byron Perry (August 2, 1870-January 3, 1948) was a local contractor who worked in the Albemarle region in the early 20th century, encompassing many different types of buildings in Perquimans, Pasquotank, and Chowan counties. Perry was born in the Durant's Neck section of rural Perquimans County, the son of Alexious (Alexis) and Carolina...

Ralph, Theo (1857-1903)

Theo (Theodore, Theo.) Ralph (October 30, 1857-October 21, 1903) was a carpenter born in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, who moved to Edenton in the mid-1880s and became the town's leading builder for several years before his death. His work encompassed many types of buildings including residences, commercial buildings, a factory, and an ice house...

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