Who ARE you, Isaac L Dunton?
My great-great-great grandfather, Isaac L Dunton, was one of a large family of Duntons born in Liberty, Maine. He worked as an axe maker. When I began genealogical research, I didn’t realize the importance of documentation. Since Isaac was one of the first ancestors I knew anything about, I found and hand-copied some information that he was “a noted edge tool manufacturer”. I wish I knew where I got that information.
In doing some research on “edge tools”, I found that toolmaking was a large industry in Maine alongside the shipbuilding industry. My g-g-g-grandfather may have been associated with Dunton, Copp & Company of Liberty, Maine. One reference states that this was the only toolmaker working in the area of Liberty and Montville (Maine) prior to the Civil War. (The Davistown Museum at http://www.davistownmuseum.org/publications/volume2.html information retrieved February 1, 2014).
In 1868, Isaac died of consumption. He was 46, and left behind a wife Eliza (Burkmar/Buckmore) Dunton and several children, the oldest of which was 20. He is buried in Grove Cemetery in Belfast, Maine. When he died, his oldest son (my g-g-grandfather, about age 16) took over the family business, at least for a while. He later became a barber, as did his son (Byron Dunton – Post #3) and his grandson (my grandfather). From edge tools (axes) to barber tools (razors). Interesting….