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BuilderID 1112

Builder Identification

Hartford, Connecticut by 1799–1814; in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1816–1852.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, revised edition, by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1997). —

    George Catlin was born c.1778 in Wethersfield, Connecticut. He was an instrument maker in Hartford, Connecticut by 1799; a partner with Allyn Bacon of Hartford, Connecticut, 1812-1814. He was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1816 to at least 1852, working as a music dealer, and organbuilder. George Catlin died May 1, 1852.


    • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), 79.
    • Barbara Owen, The Organ in New England (Raleigh: Sunbury Press, 1979), 399.
    • Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society 8:16.
    • Ibid. 9:21;
    • Tracker (Organ Historical Society, Richmond, VA), 38:1, 23.

  • From the OHS PC Database Builders Editor, Mar 8, 2016 —

    George Catlin was born circa 1778 in Wethersfield, Connecticut. He was active as an instrument maker in Hartford, Connecticut by 1799. He was partner with Allyn Bacon of Hartford, Connecticut, 1812-1814; he was active in Philadelphia, PA, from 1816 until his death in 1852, as a music dealer, organbuilder, and servicing various types of instruments. One history of Philadelphia describes him:

    "He seemed to be a man of work, and was skillful with any kind of musical instrument. He professed himself able to make or mend organs, piano-fortes, harps, double-bass violins [sic], violoncellos, violins, guitars, lutes, clarionets, and flutes. Caitlin then had twenty years experience, and added to his advertisement, 'We tune all kinds of instruments.' " 2


    1. David H. Fox A Guide to North American Organbuilders, revised edition, (Organ Historical Society, 1997), 93.
    2. John Thomas Scharf and Thompson Westcott, History of Philadelphia, 1609-1884, Volume 3 (L. H. Everts & Company, 1884 - Philadelphia) 2291.

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