[APG Public List] mechanic

Betty Darnell bettyd0150 at att.net
Mon Jun 7 12:08:11 MDT 2010

Dictionary defines mechanic as a worker skilled in using tools, or in making, operating, and repairing machines. A millwright (not Mill Right) is defined as a person who designs or builds mills or installs their machinery.

Black's Law Dictionary (4th Edition) adds an additional definition of mechanic: A workman employed in shaping and uniting materials, such as wood, metal, etc., into some kind of structure, machine, or other object, requiring the use of tools.

Betty Darnell


Date: Fri, 04 Jun 2010 17:16:02 -0400
From: "CL Swope (alfonsa)" <alfonsa at cynthiaswope.com>
Subject: [APG Public List] Mechanic-1850 census Georgia river town
To: APG LIST as of Summer 2009 <apgpubliclist at apgen.org>
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I've a forebear listed as a Mechanic in 1850 Perry, Houston County, 
Perry.  It's on Big Indian Creek. Agriculturally, it produced foremost 
cotton....but other crops too. Perry's first industries were gristmills, 
sawmills, and cotton gin.

I've another , his father, who was a Mechanic in Houston County, at 
Hayneville . This is also a river town, and primarily a planter culture 
from what I can find.

Can anyone help me verify what these guys did beyond my modern 
understanding of men talking doo dads , whatchya ma call its, and thing 
a ma jigs at really expensive prices in a car garage?

I read in a post on searching this the term represents
'a Mill Right or Mechanic that repairs Grist Mills'.
Is this accurate? Could it alternately have something to do with boats?


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