August Hawkins and his sister Prudence around 1900


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Jeptha Avery Wilkinson, Inventor.

This biographical sketch appeared in 1869 Memoirs of the Wilkinson Family in America ... by the Rev Israel Wilkinson.  At the time that it was written, Jeptha was still living.  Extensive excerpts from this work may be found at Rootsweb-freepages.  The complete text is available at (a paid service).

In this biographical sketch, Rev. Wilkinson credits Jeptha Wilkinson with the invention of the revolver, the reed machine (important to weaving), and the first cylindrical printing press.  (20 pages)