Catherine Jones Cooke, wife of Wm. Cooke, mother of W.A. and J.B. CookeWilliam A. Cooke of NorfolkJoseph H. Watson of WarrentonBenjamin Barton II of AlexandriaMary Ann Clarico Freeman (Mrs. J.M.)Joseph Mosley Freeman of Norfolk
Virginia Gazette & Winchester Advertiser, 1782 Pennsylvania Chronicle  (Philadelphia), 1768Federal Gazette (Norfolk), 1793Wytheville Dispatch, 1866Washingtonian (Leesburg), 1865Alexandria Gazette, 1823Leesburg Chronicle, 1851Petersburg Republican, 1847
Some Virginia Silversmiths and Family Members
--published as black and white photos.              (click to begin slide show of large images)
Some Advertisements by Virginia Silversmiths, Jewelers, Watch- & Clockmakers           (click to begin slide show of large images)
First row: Catherine Jones Cooke; Wm.A. Cooke; Joseph H. Watson;
Second row: Benjamin Barton, Mary Ann Clarico Freeman; Joseph M. Freeman

Virginia Silversmiths~Lives and Marks
                                                                  Click on the pdf to open pages for
                                                  John Adam   or     Samuel Brooks   or     Index of Marks
  • American history through the context of the silversmith's world.
  • Business history through ads, credit reports, mortgages, and inventories.
  • Migration patterns into, within, and away from Virginia.
  • Diversity of trades revealed through receipts, ledgers, diaries, and legal documents.
  • Genealogical and kinship relationships.
  • Confused identifications and attributions untangled.
  • Exploration of the difference between maker and retailer marks.