Manufacturer Notes: Burtis P. Soper

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...The 1850 census listed him as employing five potter: Daniel, George, Samuel, and William Morse, and Russell Elisworth, the Troy stoneware maker. In addition, a laborer is listed, Burtis Soper, who later was employed as a potter at Fort Edward and West Troy....
...Farrars were members of the great potting family of Vermont, New York, and Canada. For a brief time one of them, in association with Burtis Soper, ran the Galesville kiln, evidenced by ware stamped FARRAR & SOPER / GALESVILLE....
.../ & Co / FORT EDWARD / NEW YORK, and a miniature churn, only seven inches high, which bears an incised flower and the inscription Julia F. Soper, Fort Edward, N. Y. Julia was the daughter of the potter Burtis Soper, who worked at Fort Edward after learning the trade at Galesville. She lived to the age of seventy-eight and was buried at Greenwich in 1936, six years before Fort Edward's last pottery closed its doors.

Ketchum William C., Jr.; Potters and Potteries of New York 1650-1900 (Syracuse, Syracuse University Press, 1987)
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... younger brother of Moses Farrar who was partner in firm of "Farrar and Soper" in Galesville 1852-54; worked in Galesville....

...of "Farrer and Soper" in Galesville (with Moses C. Farrar) between 1852 and 1854; listed in West Troy between 1869 and 1874

... and Soper in 1854-55. Some judgments against Lewis recorded in Washington county court dockets from this period and show Saratoga County residents as his creditors. The location of his Mechanicsville shop cannot...

...Lewis may have been somehow involved in the selection of the Galesville pottery site and the construction and opening of the pottery there, but the first proprietors appear to have been Moses Farrar and Kingsley Soper. 
Moses C. Farrar was a young member of

  this firm is unclear, for only two stoneware vessels have been located bearing the mark FARRAR & SOPER / GALESVILLE. The firm failed in business, for on January 6, 1854 Frederick A Gale obtained a judgment of $1,464.88 against them Supreme Court

Broderick. Warren F.; Bouck. William; Pottery Works: Potteries of New York State's capital District and Upper Hudson Region (Rutherford, Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 1995)
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366 374 Burtis Soper      29 M W Laborer       New York
                Eliza J    "           27 f                                   "
                Frederick S "      4 M                                  "
                Edgar B.             2 M                                   "

1850 New York Washington Easton Census
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371 386 Washington Farrar   23 M   Potter        100         N. Y.
               Caroline                     20 f     Housewife                 N. Y.
               Hattie                            2 f                                        N. Y.
 
1860 New York Washington Fort Edward Census
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1538 1538 Burtis Sloper       36 M Farming 155 New York
                    Eliza        "            35 f                                 "
                    Frederic  "           14 M                               "
                    Edgar      "           13 M                               "
                    Mary        "             6 f                                  "

1860 New York Washington Easton Census
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514 549 Soper Burtis 48 M W Farmer       1500 New York
                -- Eliza          46 F W Housewife                do
                -- Mary F      16 F W at Home                    do

1870 New York Washington Easton Census
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409 493 Beaushau Peter 43 M W Shoe Maker      Canada
                 -- Sophia            32 F W Keeping House       "
  -- --      Soper Julia           12 F W at School               N. Y.

1870 New York Albany West Troy Census
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Soper, Burtis, (Hart's Falls,) farmer leases of Amos Briggs, 230.

Child, Hamilton; Gazetteer and Business Directory of Rensselaer County, N. Y. for 1870-71 (Syracuse, Hamilton Child, 1870)
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524 626 Haviland Willis     W M 28                 Farmer
                   "        Isabla       W F 27 Wife         Keep House
                   "       Jos. B       W M  3 Son 
              Soper Ann             W F 39 Servant   Servant
                  "      Burtis         W M 59 Servant   Works on farm

1880 New York Warren Queensbury District 122 Census
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Burtis Soper mechanic 85 Wall

Lamey, Alonzo P.; LAMEY'S 1891 AUBURN, NY DIRECTORY (Auburn, Alonzo P. Lamey, 1891) 
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Burtis Soper mechanic 85 Wall

Lamey, Alonzo P.; LAMEY'S 1892 AUBURN, NY DIRECTORY (Auburn, Alonzo P. Lamey, 1892) 
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Soper Burtis, machinist, h 85 Wall

Lamey, Alonzo P.; LAMEY'S 1900 AUBURN, NY DIRECTORY (Auburn, Alonzo P. Lamey, 1900)
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Wall Street

85 8 15 Miles Clarissa      Head      W F Oct 1822  77 W         1 1 New York
         16 Soper Burtis         Head      W M Oct 1821 78 M 27           New York
                   "     Ann E         Wife        W F Apr 1843 57 M 27     0 0      " 

1900 New York Cayuga Auburn Ward 7 District 14 Census
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