found several references to a "Mogador" weave made
up of 50 percent wool and 50 percent rayon.
As rayon was not a known fabric at this time, the Mogadore
Wool referred to in the letter was possibly of a
very fine weave, which could be easily woven with
cotton or another material to make a quality cloth. There is
also a port town in Morocco formerly
known as Mogador (now
Essaouira), which was
noted for fine quality wool. Thus,
Mogador might have evolved as a reference to any very fine wool.
Thomas Robinson Hazard was born in South Kingstown,
Rhode Island in 1797. He was the second son of
Rowland and Mary Peace Hazard. He was educated at, the
Friends' school in Westtown,
Chester County, Pennsylvania and then worked in
his father's mill in South Kingstown while also farming and
raising sheep. (He was known
as "Shepherd Tom.")
In 1821, he went into business on his own and established a
woolen mill at Peacedale, RI.
1836, Thomas purchased an estate in Portsmouth,
RI, which he named Vaucluse. He
married Francis Minturn in 1838 and
retired from manufacturing in 1840.
After his retirement he took up writing. His subjects included
such diverse topics as capital punishment, African colonization,
political essays, religious persecution, medical instruction,
and sheep farming. One of his better known works was a
collection of South Kingstown Folklore called The
Johnny-Cake Papers of Shepherd Tom originally
published in 1888 and reprinted in 1915.
Hazard was heavily involved in the spiritualist movement
and after the death of his wife he wrote many articles on the
topic and hosted frequent sťances at his home in Portsmouth.
Thomas Robinson Hazard died in New York City
in 1886. Francis Minturn Hazard died
in 1854. Thomas and Francis had 5 daughters and 1
J. Davis I could find in genealogy records that
fits the time period and area was a John Davis
born in North Kingstown,
Rhode Island in 1791.
NOTE: I have
acquired the 1915
reprint of the 1888
book "The Jonny Cake Papers"
written by Thomas Hazard, with an introduction and bio by
his grand nephew Roland G. Hazard, the grand son of
Thomas' brother Roland. I have added Roland's
Bio of Thomas R. Hazard
on separate pages.