Manuscript 106, Guide to the Goble Shoe Manufacturers, Newark, NJ Records 1816-1828


Descriptive Summary
Biographical Note
Scope and Content Note
Access Points
Administrative Information

Container List

Account Book

Guide to the Goble Shoe Manufacturers, Newark, NJ Records
MG 106


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Inventory prepared by Kim Charlton as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Goble, Luther, 1777-1833.
Title: Goble Shoe Manufacturers, Newark, NJ


Dates: 1816-1828
Abstract: Account book kept and indexed by Luther Goble (1777-1833) and Frederick S. Thomas, shoe manufacturers from Newark, New Jersey.
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet
Collection Number: MG 106

Biographical Note

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
John L. Goble (ca.1807-1844) = Phebe Ann Rankin
Sarah Ann Goble = James M. Carrington
Mary Goble = Frederick S. Thomas
Emma S. Goble = Caleb Halsted Andruss

          Luther Goble (1777-1833) = 2) Phebe Roberts Halsted (Canfield) (b.1781)

Abby Halsted Goble = Richard Anderson

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Scope and Content Note

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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Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

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Use Restrictions

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Goble, Luther, 1777-1833.
Subject Organizations:
Goble Thomas & Co. (Newark, N.J.)
Subject Topics:
Shoemakers–New Jersey–Newark.
Shoemaking–New Jersey–Newark.
Subject Places:
Newark (N.J.)
Document Types:
Account Books.
Financial records.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 106, Goble Shoe Manufacturers, Newark, NJ

Records, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Louis Bamberger, 1932.

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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.

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Container List

Account Book

Box Title Date
1 Goble account book 1816-1828

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