James T. Wakeman was my mother's paternal grandfather. In about 1876, at the age of 9he migrated with his parents from England to the US, where the family settled in Allegheny City PA (now Pittsburgh). His parents, however, didn't survive 10 years in their new country (mother died 1884, father died 1886). At the time of their deaths, James was apprenticed, but to what trade I'm not sure - it seems that someone at his workplace became his legal guardian - and married in 1887. The couple had six children (three girls, three boys), but my mother's father was the only son to survive childhood. The wife of James Thomas Wakeman died in 1903. By 1910 James T. had left the Pittsburgh area, and whatever trade he had, relocating to Camden NJ where here-married. For whatever reasons, he seems to have created a new life, which seems not to have included his children in any meaningful way.
I'd like very much to hear more of the stiory and to see these tools sometime, if we can manage to arrange it somehow (there are difficulties!).:-)