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A share in a Shoddy Mill in 1879.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I have a curious item listed in the Massachusetts Probate of an ancestor in 1879.  I am not sure what a 1/2 share in a Shoddy Mill would be.  Can you tell me what that would be as he was a farmer.

 

Answer:  A Shoddy Mill in the 19th and early 20th century produced fabric from the left over wool-processing byproduct.  The leftover product of wool would often be used for military uniforms, or blankets.


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