Glossary of Terms

Historical Record – writing that has historical value; events that are remembered and preserved in some authentic form for future study.

Idiomatic – peculiar to or characteristic of the style or manner of a particular group or people.

Joinery – the art or trade of constructing articles or items by joining pieces of wood.

Marse – idiomatic term for "master."

Nogging – rough brick masonry used to fill in the open spaces of a wooden frame structure.

Primary Source – a piece of information about a historical event or period in which the creator of the source was an actual participant in or a contemporary of a historical moment.

Sharecropping – the agricultural system in which landless farmers rent land and purchase goods on credit and pay the landlord or merchant with a share of the crop they produce.

Summer Gentry – the upper or ruling class of a society, usually those of great wealth or aristocratic birth who spend the summers vacationing in mild climates.