Who is Henry Wilson?
Henry Wilson (February 16, 1812–November 22, 1875) was a Senator from Massachusetts and the eighteenth Vice President of the United States under Ulysses S. Grant. Wilson was born Jeremiah Jones Colbath in Farmington, New Hampshire.
In 1833 he had his name legally changed by the legislature to Henry Wilson. He was adopted by a man with the last name Wilson when the Colbath family of twelve could not support itself. Henry Wilson moved to Natick, Massachusetts in 1833 and became a shoemaker.
And what about the shed? It was The Henry Wilson Shoe Shop, located on the corner of West Central and Mill Streets.
The structure is an example of what is called a “ten-footer.” Many homes had these small shops or ells where piecework on shoes was done.