Guide to the Goble Shoe Manufacturers, Newark, NJ Records 1816-1828 MG 106
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The New Jersey Historical Society
Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. December 2005. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.
Luther Goble was born on May 22, 1777 in Morris County, New Jersey. At the age of 13 he left home for Newark, New Jersey where he became a shoemaker’s apprentice. By 1791 he had started his own shoemaking business, and with a well-made and reliable product, he was soon hiring extra workers to the meet the increasing demand. He also took advantage of growing shipping opportunities, eventually transporting his manufactures to New York, Philadelphia, and Savannah, Georgia. His business became very successful and near the time of his death from an accidental fall on July 6, 1833, he was one of the richest men in Newark.
Luther Goble married first, Sarah Gwinnup (ca. 1775-1817) with whom he had two sons, Jabez Gwinnup and John L., and three daughters, Sarah Ann, Mary, and Emma S. After the death of his first wife, Luther Goble married Phebe Roberts Halsted (b. 1781), the widow of David Canfield, on March 17, 1819. Phebe and Luther Goble had a daughter, Abby Halsted.
Luther and Sarah Goble’s daughter, Mary, married Frederick S. Thomas. Thomas probably went into business with his father-in-law, creating the firm Goble & Thomas. Goble & Thomas seems to have specialized in the manufacture and selling of shoes and boots, but also sold such things as butter, molasses, muslin, and calico.
Luther Goble (1777-1833) = 1) Sarah Gwinnup (ca.1775-1817)
Jabez Gwinnup Goble (1799-1859) = Emily Seymour Hinsdale, 2)Adeline Andruss
Luther Goble (1777-1833) = 2) Phebe Roberts Halsted (Canfield) (b.1781)
Abby Halsted Goble = Richard Anderson
The records consist of an account book dating from 1816-1828 that was probably kept by Luther Goble and Frederick S. Thomas. The volume tracks the sale of shoes and general goods such as butter, molasses, calico, and buckwheat, and records date, item sold, and price for each transaction. The accounts are indexed. The volume also contains a list of (promissory) notes and remittances from various individuals and businesses and a small number of loose receipts.
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This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 106, Goble Shoe Manufacturers, Newark, NJ
Records, The New Jersey Historical Society.
Gift of Louis Bamberger, 1932.
Goble Family File, The New Jersey Historical Society Library.
Shaw, William H. History of Essex and Hudson Counties, New Jersey (Everts & Peck: Philadelphia, 1884), pgs. 572-574.