Joseph Jenckes was born in St. Ann Blackfriars, London, England back in 1599 to John and Sarah. His father was a sword and cutlery maker. He followed in his father’s footsteps. He married Joan Hearne in 1627. They had two children both dying at a very young age, Joan died in 1635. After her death in 1642, he immigrated to New England arriving in New Hampshire in 1643. Two years later he was working at the Saugus Iron Works in Lynn, Massachusetts Bay. In 1655, he received a 14-year patent for a new kind of water-driven machine to make sawmill saw blades and other edged tools. That same year he was granted a 7-year patent for an improved scythe, his scythe remains virtually unchanged to this day. it is reported he cut the first dies for the first coins minted in America. He died in 1683, he was 83.
What you may not know about Joseph is that he was granted the first machine patent in America.
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