John Wesley Prichard

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John Wesley Prichard

Postby dbennett » Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:38 pm

Clearly this is not new as I remember reading in Appalachian Dulcimer Traditions by Ralph Lee Smith on pages 79-80 the same info but with more detail. Still as RLS said, it's interesting to know about another dulcimore luthier in 1880 and to cogitate on it.

Below is the 1880 census info on John Wesley Prichard brother of Charles N Prichard who also made dulcimores.

FEDERAL CENSUS 1880 LAWRENCE COUNTY, KENTUCKY
NAME AGE OCCUPATION
PRICHARD, John W 43 Dulcimer Maker (or possibly "Dulcimore Maker" according to RLS)

http://files.usgwarchives.net/ky/lawrence/census/1880/1880a.txt
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Re: John Wesley Prichard

Postby Banjimer » Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:56 pm

Here's a link to the original 1880 Lawrence County, Kentucky Federal Census page listing for John W. Prichard and his family. You can judge for yourself how the census taker spelled dulcimer maker.

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1 ... cc=1417683

It looks like either "dulemore maker" or "dulcmore maker" to my eyes.

His better-known brother, Charles Napoleon Prichard, is listed in the 1880 Federal Census for Cabell County, West Virginia. His occupation is "Manufacturer of Musical Instruments".

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1 ... cc=1417683
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Re: John Wesley Prichard

Postby kwl » Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:48 am

One of the questions those of us who make reproductions of the Prichard dulcimer is whether C.N. made them himself or farmed out the work to other people like his brother. We may never know the answer. The terminology of the census leaves room for speculation.

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Re: John Wesley Prichard

Postby danc9 » Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:11 pm

Ken, I don't know that "farmed out" is a good description. It was a family business, and we are sure from sample pieces there were probably more than one maker by the tooling marks on them. But then, it's possible, yet one of the many things we just don't know!

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Re: John Wesley Prichard

Postby Frimp » Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:15 pm

This-here dulcimer stuff is more mystery than fer-sure facts, seems like...
Lots o' lore and traditions, family tales, museum exhibits with wrong info...
But if we knew it all for real, much of the fun would disappear.
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Re: John Wesley Prichard

Postby kwl » Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:35 pm

danc9 wrote:Ken, I don't know that "farmed out" is a good description.

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Maybe not, but I chose that one over delegated, hired, and a few others. If some of the folks who made dulcimers for C.N. were farmers as well as instrument builders, that seemed appropriate. We do not know for certain whether he ever built a dulcimer. Just more of the mystery of dulcimer history.

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