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Deborah Thaxter wedding shoes, 1772

Contributed by Maine Historical Society

When Deborah Thaxter (1752-1832) of Hingham, Massachusetts, married Capt. James Todd (1751-1831), also of Hingham, on September 10, 1772, she wore these brocade shoes, made from the fabric of her mother's wedding dress.

Todd, a shipmaster, was captured by the British while en route from Havana to Boston in 1773. He was held prisoner for nearly nine years. Released in June 1784, he remained a sea captain until 1804.

The couple's youngest son, James, apprenticed as a gilder and looking-glass maker in Boston, then moved to Portland in 1820, where he operated the Portland Looking Glass Manufactory, served as president of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, and was active in politics.

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  • Title: Deborah Thaxter wedding shoes, 1772
  • Creation Date: 1772
  • Subject Date: 1772
  • Media: Leather
  • Local Code: CA2
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822

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