Manufacturer Notes: Troy Factory

Troy Pottery and Sewer Pipe Company, Carpenter & Ball, stone-ware manufacturers and wholesale dealers in Rockingham, white, and yellow wares, sewer pipe, drain tile, chimney tops, terra cotta and ornamental tiles, No. 102 Ferry Street. The company was formed by Ira H. Carpenter and C. H. Ball, September 1, 1885. On the site of the establishment, John Gifford began manufacturing stone and earthen ware about 1804. Subsequently he and Josiah Chapman, two prominent Friends, became associated in business. They resided in the house adjoining the pottery, and in his building, previous to the use of the meeting-house, on the southwest corner of Fourth and States streets, in 1806, the Friends sometimes held their meetings. On the dissolution of the partnership, Josiah Chapman continued in the business until he was succeeded by Israel Seymour. His successors were Walter J. Seymour, 1852; Thompson & Tyler, (William Thompson and Isaac Tyler,) 1858; Tyler & Co., (Isaac Tyler and Frederick Wetmore), 1859; William J. Seymour, 1861; Carpenter & Ball, 1885.

Weise, Arthur James; The City of Troy and Its Vicinity (Troy, Edward Green, 1886)

Troy Pottery, advertised on colored page 88, was established in 1809. Under the present proprietor, Walter J. Seymour, it is turning out Glazed Stone and Earthen Ware of all kinds, as well as Drain Tile, Water Pipe &c. Those interested will find all needed information, by referring to the price list contained in the advertisement. Office 102 Ferry St., corner William.

Child, Hamilton; Gazetteer and Business Directory of Rensselaer County, N. Y. For 1870-71 (Syracuse, Journal Office, 1870)

About 1815 Gifford retired, and Chapman continued the business until he sold out to Israel Seymour in 1819.

Ketcham, William C.; Early Potters and Potteries of New York State (New York, Funk & Wagnalls, 1970)

287 455 Israel Seymour       65 M Potter 20000 Conn
                 Lucinda P   "         54 F                          Vt
                 Walter J.     "          27 M Potter             N. Y.
                 Henry J.       "         26 M Potter             N. Y.
                 William P.   "          25 M Potter             N. Y.
                 George R.   "         21 M Potter             N. Y.
              J Seymour Scott      11 M                         Ohio
              Catherine Ward       25 F                          Ireland
              Elija Cornoeny         20 F                             do

1850 New York Rensselaer Troy Ward 1 Census

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