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Died: c. 1779

Isaac Lefever was a master builder elected to The Carpenters' Company prior to 1767. Isaac Lefever begins with an easily traceable history that quickly becomes obscure during the American Revolution. After the Company directed Evan Peters to make a state-of-the-art pump and place it near the Hall, the surrounding neighborhood began to frequently utilize the Company’s water source. In 1774, the Company decided to charge the neighborhood for use of the Company’s pump, according to the Wardens’ minutes, “think it advisable that every family who are able, shall pay at the rate of 6 shillings per year and we further direct Isaac Lefever to collect the same for the benefit of the Company.” Isaac Lefever likely lived near the Hall at this time if he was instructed to collect this small sum from the neighborhood. Later in 1776, the Company decides to “pay a Mrs. Lefever - already working on (at) State Hall - a stipend of 10 pounds per year for teaching at this building.” Although it cannot be proved, this probably was Isaac’s wife. Also, Isaac or a namesake was one of those employed as Door-Keepers and messengers to the First Continental Congress in Carpenters’ Hall in 1774. Isaac was marked dead on the Warden’s list in 1779 which aligns him with an Isaac Lefever of Hereford, Berks County, whose will was proved the same year.

Written by Tom Stokes.

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