Manuscript Group 106, Goble shoe manufacturers, Newark, NJ Records, 1816-1828
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Manuscript Group 106,
Goble shoe manufacturers, Newark, NJ
Records, 1816-1828, 0.25
linear feet / 1 volume
Call Number: MG 106
Account book kept and indexed
by Luther Goble (1777-1833) and Frederick S. Thomas, shoe manufacturers from
Newark, New Jersey.
Gift of Louis Bamberger,
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 shoemakers 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
Luther and Sarah Gobles 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.
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.
The account book was donated by Louis
Bamberger in 1932.
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.
Goble (1777-1833) = 1) Sarah Gwinnup (ca.1775-1817)
Gwinnup Goble (1799-1859) = Emily Seymour Hinsdale, 2)Adeline Andruss
L. Goble (ca.1807-1844) = Phebe Ann Rankin
Ann Goble = James M. Carrington
Goble = Frederick S. Thomas
S. Goble = Caleb Halsted Andruss
Goble (1777-1833) = 2) Phebe Roberts Halsted (Canfield) (b.1781)
Halsted Goble = Richard Anderson
Processed by Kim Charlton, May 2000 as part of the “Farm to City”
project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records