David Studley of Hingham and Hanover, Massachusetts.

David Studley was born in Hanover, Massachusetts on March 31, 1783 and died in West Hanover on October 30, 1873 at the age of 90. At his death, he was reported to be the oldest man in Hanover. David had two sons that were involved in clockmaking. Benjamin F. was born in 1823 and died by his own hand in on Oct. 15, 1874 in Plymouth, MA. David E. was born in 1812. He was a Watchmaker and a Jeweler and in 1834 moved to North Bridgewater (now Brockton.) He died in on April 24, 1873. David Sr., served his apprenticeship under John Bailey Jr., the Quaker Clockmaker from the same town. Other apprentices that may have served with Bailey include his three sons John, Calvin and Lebbeus as well as Ruben Tower. In 1806, David described himself as a Hingham Clockmaker in a civil lawsuit that he brought against Hingham Clockmaker Joseph Bailey over an unpaid debt for whom he apparently made some clocks. During the period 1806 through 1809, Studley worked as a journey man for the Hanover Clockmaker Calvin Bailey son of John Jr. By 1850, Studley retired from clockmaking and is listed as a farmer in the 1850 Federal Census. He bequeathed all his clockmaking tools to his son Benjamin. To date, both Massachusetts shelf clocks and dwarf clocks have been found.

David Studley. A clockmaker working in Hanover, Massachusetts. His last clock.

This fine mahogany case Shelf Clock was made by David Studley of Hanover, Massachusetts. This clock is the last clock that… read more