American Silversmiths

John Russell
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John Russell


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1. Electra Edwards

John Russell
  • Born: 30 Jul 1767, Deerfield MA
  • Marriage (1): Electra Edwards on 8 Jul 1796 in Northampton MA
  • Died: 30 Oct 1839, Deerfield MA

  General notes:


  Events in his life were:

  • Apprenticed to Isaac Parker, Abt 1780. To learn "the art and mystery" of the goldsmith and watchmaker. 1
  • Flynt & Fales:, . 3 Probably worked in his home until 1794 when his mother sold the homestead and he removed to Northampton MA. Thompson's History of Greenfield refers to him as "John Russell the Silversmith." "He made silverware, wedding rings, and the gold beads that the well-to-do farmers' wives and daughters of that day loved to wear round their necks." His shop was in Pierce's Block.

  • Goldsmith's scales, c 1760
    Historic Deerfield 3
    Imported from England and labled by Joseph Richardson for re-sale.
  • He was a partner after 23 May 1792 with David Ripley in Greenfield MA 3
  • Advertised in the Greenfield Gazette, 11 Apr 1803, seeking an apprentice to the gold- and silversmith business. 3
  • Master to John Russell Abt 1810 in Greenfield MA. 3

John married Electra Edwards on 8 Jul 1796 in Northampton MA. (Electra Edwards was born on 29 Oct 1774 in Northampton MA.)

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