Treenware plates, trenchers, noggins, and such were very important items for folks on the frontier. This is from William Clinkenbeard of Strodes Station, about 10 miles from Fort Boonesborough.
“My wife and I had neither spoon, dish, knife or anything to do with, when we began life. Only I had a butcher knife”, he recalled, explaining that their first dishes came from a local turner in exchange for meat and tallow.
Sixty years later Clinkenbeard still recalled his pride in these new domestic possessions. “A parcel of those dishes -- new and shining, and set on some clapboards in the corner of the cabin, I felt prouder in those times, than I could be of any dishes to be had now.”