In the US, it was not unusual for a young boy to leave his family to learn a
My gg-grandfather Russell in Tennessee was a Master Potter. He was
apprenticed to a potter/pottery at age 7, leaving his own family behind in
Virginia. This was in 1811. His own son left at age 9 in 1846 to apprentice
with a glassmaker in North Carolina. Neither ever saw their families again. A
little akin to going off to college and never returning, but at a later age.
His pottery mark can be found at several Museums and University colections of
Red clay pottery.
It was also probably why he and his son died fairly young. Both the pottery
and the glass was made with lead. Think of the horror now of all that might
have died >from lead poisoning >from what they unknowingly made.
Ley K O'Connor, ND, GA
Ley K O'Connor