Jesse Emory was born on July 17, 1759 in Weare, New Hampshire. He was the son of Caleb Emory of Amesbury and Susannah (Worthley). Jesse is reported to be the first male born in that town and one of the first New Hampshire born Clockmakers. At the age of twenty, Jesse enlisted in Captain Lovejoy’s company for the defense of Portsmouth. Jesse married twice. His first marriage was to Hannah Corliss in November of 1783. She bore him one daughter, Ruth. His second marriage was to Betsy Wyman of Hillsborough, New Hampshire in February of 1786. Jesse purchased 27 acres of land from Jeremiah Corliss, his first father-in-law. This land and building was located on Mt. Dearborn Road in Weare near the Henniker town line. He operated a business here until 1806 when he moved to Deering. He sold his land to his daughter. The Town Histories of Henniker and weare and the deeds recorded for the land transactions made list him as a mechanic, farmer and a yeoman. He is reported to have made spinning and flax wheels, measures, harnesses and clocks. He was a skilled cabinet and clockmaker making the entire clockworks and cases out of wood. The vast majority of clock found are fitted with thirty-hour pull-up movements. (One eight-day key wind example has been identified.) The movements are constructed entirely of maple with a five posted frame. He used heavy plates and heavily constructed wheels. He also incorporated four gravity clicks on each of the winding arbors rather than the typical spring, click and ratchet mechanism. His movements attach to the seatboard with a wooden screw which threads into the middle pillar post of the movement. The dials are skillfully painted on maple and are signed “Jesse Emory / WEARE” or “Jesse Emory / of / WEARE” are known. The decoration and details have been incised to prevent paint bleeding. Emory also constructed his own cases, which were typically made of birch or maple woods. A fair number of these have been found that have been grain painted. A number of his cases incorporate a unique door latch. Very few clocks have been found by this ingenious Maker. Approximately 12 clocks are recorded. Jesse died on July 10th, 1838. He was 79 years old.
This fine example is formatted in the traditional woods and proportions that one would expected from the Concord, New Hampshire region… read more