Robert Wheaton Part three
In my continuing quest to construct a real identity for Robert I went looking for the reference to his occupation and I thought I would post here. It comes from a genealogy full of inaccuracies: “Lincoln, Pearce, Porter & Related Families” by William Ensign Lincoln 1930 Pittsburg, PA.
He was a tanner and appearances of the tannery were still visible (date?) by Clayey Brook, so-called not far from Mr. Watson’s house.”
The Watson property was indeed adjacent the Wheaton Farm and ‘Clayey Brook’ is a ‘bound’ mentioned in early property transactions later referred to as ‘Cleary Brook.’
This would account for the farm being a distance from the main Rehoboth Village and other more intensive developments as tanning is a particular smelly occupation. It also was dependent on sources of wood or bark and water to properly tan the hides. The description of 17th century tanning here may be of interest.