Mollie Lavenia White and brother, Thomas Robert Kenly, Baltimore, MD
Today I will tell you about the last sailmaker in my Joynes family, Oliver Joynes, son of Daniel and grandson of Leonard Joines.
Oliver Norris Joynes was born in Baltimore in January, 1834, according to his military records. “Ollie,” as he was known, was the oldest son of Daniel and Sarah Foos Joynes.
My Fountain family descends from Francois Fountain, who came to the U.S. from France, sometime between 1814-1829 (depending on which version of the story is correct) and settled in the Biloxi, Mississippi area.
Daniel Joynes was born in Baltimore, Maryland in September 1810. He, too, was a sailmaker like his father, and raised his family in East Baltimore on N. Eden Street, most likely in one of those long, skinny row houses.
You can just imagine the hustle and bustle of Baltimore back then…tall clipper ships carrying cargo and foreign passengers, the markets, the A-rabbers (hucksters) each with his own unique holler, the clip-clop of the horses hooves on the cobblestone streets.