While sifting through old documents, I came upon this little bit of history that I wrote up a few years ago concerning the famous British Planemaker, John Green and the connections to one Phillipson and Thomas Granford. Herewith in full is...
I was curious about the relationships between Grandpa Furdeus (at one time thought to be Thomas Grandford) and Thomas Phillipson after comparing the similarities between the planes. After a bit of investigation, herewith are my discoveries...
Yeah and did Thomas Granford take unto his trade Robert Wooding in 1699. Wooding did marry Elizabeth in 1708. Fortune refused to shine upon his house and poore Elizabeth died in 1710. Wooding, ever the bon vivant, did take unto his marriage bed Ann Gibbons, now Ann Wooding, in the year 1713 (this being the year in which he did take Thomas Granford's business of the Shoppe of the Three Planes, locke stocke and barrele). Robert ate a bad sausage (sic) and passed away in 1728. In that year, 1728 did Ann Wooding take unto her self an apprentice, Thomas Phillipson. Following this did she take James Clark and Robert Fitkin as apprentices too. Yeah and Ann Wooding was a lusty mistress!
Thomas Phillipson took unto himself nine apprentices between 1740 and 1759. Verily only four are known to have been planemakers. Thomas must have been a difficult and demanding master! So did he put forth unto the Planemaking World Edward Hill (1754), John Green (1756), John Day (1759) and J. A. Wealthdale (1744). As did his wife, Susannah. Oh! Susannah! did take five apprentices of her own of which naught is known. Verily did the mistresses of planedom go through many an apprentice.
John Green, once attaining his fullness, made planes under many Naymes and of many Playces... John Green of London and John Green of London, John Green of York, John Green again of York. Then did John Green, no not that John Green, the other John Green, did take as to an apprentice Richard Bywater (1799), John Burton (1794) and Joseph Watson (who knows whence he came).
Upon the Death of John Green (no not that John Green, The John Green), did William Ferrand, known as John Green the former's Cousin and Robert Wilkinson, who had worked for John Green the later did purchase at a reasonable price the holdings of John Green. It doesn't matter which John Green. Just be assured that it was one of the John Greens. In the true fashion of Honesty in Business did Ferrand and Wilkinson make and issue planes bearing the stamp of John Green, tho he be long mouldering in his grave.
Of note is Thomas Phillipsons introduction of the Phillipson Pattern chamfer termination, so unlike that of his predecessors. His chamfers did stop abrubtly without the grace of the single or double gouge reliefe of those who came before him. Howsoever this labour saving fashion did catch on with his apprentices and Yeah even with compatriots, many of whom adopted said termination in their vain efforts to earn gold from the shirt tails of he who traced his lineage to Granfurdeus.
Thus ends the Begats of Granfurdeus.
Till next, Gary