Ok Afrigeneas Angels. You know when a idea is planted in your brain, in your sleep and it keeps floating around, it is time to ask for help. In Johnston SC I had 3 ancestors that were Blacksmiths between 1870-1910. Henry Pinckston/Pinckney worked for a Hossey r Tossey. On 2 different documents I found the names were spelled this way, so I am assuming the writer did not spell it correctly. Henry was married to my ggAunt Harriet Vance. They had a daughter Ella Pinckney bn 1897 SC who married Moses Jones bn 1890 Ga and he worked with Henry as a blacksmith. Moses' brother Washington Jones was found also working as a blacksmith with Moses'. By then Henry had probably become unable to do the heavy work.
I started thinking in the beginning, the work was mainly for horses, wagons anything that was needed for endurance. Metal is long lasting and can be very decorative. In Edgefield they prize and from what I have read, talk about the black man who was a clay Potter and all of his peices are rare signed by his mark. This was unusal for a black man.
The same thing could have be for my ancestors and just may be there is some written information, pictures are metal work still in existance in Edgefield and Johnston. I am wondering is there anyone who can direct me to a NAMED newspaper item or book that I can order from the Tompkins Library or can help me get information about the blacksmiths. I have emailed Tonya the librarian, and she wears many HATS of jobs. I am not sure if she has seen my emails and she depends heavily on her volunteers. So I am hoping someone else may see this and get curious enough to follow up on it.