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George Roulstone, printer - MA to NC to TN
Posted by: Vickie Elam White (ID *****3184) Date: December 13, 2006 at 08:32:17
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A book called __ Tennessee Printers 1791-1945 __ says about George Roulstone "... 1786 he was bringing out the Salem Chronicle and Essex Advertiser in Salem, which appeared from March to August and then disappeared. After this experience he seems to have deserted Massachusetts and journeyed to North Carolina, for towards the close of this same year he was at work bringing out the North Carolina Gazette in Hillsborough. In 1789 he was employed by Berkeloe and Mears in Fayetteville bringing out the Fayetteville Gazette. That sheet, like the others, seems to have had a short and not too merry a life, for the next year he was printing the North Carolina Chronicle for John Sibley & Company. This venture, beginning in 1790 went out of existence in 1791 ..."

Does anyone here know more about where and with whom he may have apprenticed and why he went to NC? John Sibley was also a Massachusetts native, and I'm wondering if there was a network of New England printers and publishers who went down South to work.

I appreciate any help.


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