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I got a hit, in a book listing patents issued in 1835! He and his oldest son (named for him) seem to have been the only smiths with their name in the town at the time, so the likelihood is that one of them was the "jobbing smith" who got the patent. Sadly, Google's scan of the page is defective, and cuts off before it says what the patent was for. (Auuugh.)
Anyone know how to get a list of patents issued during one month in 1835??
They do indeed have a website, and a very interesting one. I've downloaded a couple of old wills (on a pay per basis) and been delighted with the service. But finding things on the site is a bear. If they have such patent info, I'll need some advice from a British researcher to locate it. :-)
I tried the patent office, but they wanted to let me search for patents (by patent number) issued since Y2K. Not much help. I also sent feedback to Google, asking them to please fix the scan. But they probably returned the book to the library long since, so I won't hold my breath. I do wish they had better quality control on the scans.
Just had an e-mail from the NYPL giving me the missing text. (They also said that they'll notify Google of the problem.) The patent was for "a safety drag or lever slide for carriages." I think the patentee must have been my 3x-GGF, as his oldest son was 19 at the time. I hope he made some money from it!