Potter

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Stoneware jar by potter Abraham Mead, 1791 (Brooklyn Museum)

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Abraham Mead pot (Connecticut Historical Society)

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Abraham Mead gravestone, New Burial Grounds Association Cemetery, Greenwich CT

A well-known stoneware potter, Abraham Mead (1742-1827) of Greenwich, CT, was the brother of my fifth great grandfather Solomon Mead.   When he was 14, Abraham apprenticed to the Dutch potter Adam Statts, who is known as Connecticut’s first stoneware potter. They dug clay from the ground in Greenwich to make the pots.  After learning the trade,  Abraham opened his own pottery studio on Horseneck in Greenwich, and taught and apprenticed other potters.  He had his own barge to transport the pottery to be sold up and down the coast. Mead served as a captain during the Revolutionary War and became a deacon at the Second Congregational Church in Greenwich. He sold a “boatload” of pottery to help pay the church mortgage and his nickname was the “Potter Deacon.”  Abraham and his wife Kezia had three children, Deborah, Zophar, and Isaac, and lived in a large farmhouse (still standing) on Field Point Road, Greenwich.  The farmhouse is now the Homestead Inn, a hotel and restaurant. You can learn more about Abraham Mead in this video. 

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Abraham Mead farmhouse, Greenwich CT, built in 1799

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