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Born: c. 1690, Died: 1751

Tobias Griscom was a master builder and an early member of The Carpenters' Company, although no Company records prior to the 1760s survive to provide an exact date. In 1736 he became a shareholder of the Library Company and transferred the share to Benjamin Loxley in 1749. That same year the Philadelphia Monthly Meeting recorded that "Whereas Tobias Griscom, late of this city Carpenter, was educated and made profession among us the people called Quakers, but hath for some Time past accustomed himself to keep loose and Idle company to the neglecting of his business & by that to repeated breaches of his promises, for which he hath been often treated with and advised to reform his conduct notwithstanding which he hath since absconded privately from his Family to the prejudice of his creditors, therefore this meeting doth testify against him and disown him to be a member of our religious society. . . And the clerk is desired to send a copy to some Friend at Duck Creek meeting, where it is said he now is . . ." Griscom appears to have moved to Kent County, Delaware, to the Duck Creek area (now Smyrna) where he died in 1751.

Written by Roger W. Moss, and Sandra L. Tatman.

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  • Carpenters' Company of Philadelphia


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