We have a family story from about 1841 that a 7 year-old boy was sent to the cobbler shop to pick up a pair of repaired boots.
Are cobblers typically located in a larger town, as opposed to out in the farmlands?
How far could a child be expected to walk in the old days? A couple of miles? So far I have narrowed down possible locations to near Castlerea, near Boyle, or across the county border from Carrick-on-Shannon.
The rest of the story is that the boy could not read a sign on the door saying there had been typhoid fever in the cobbler's family. So the boy came home infected, and the fever later killed both his parents.
Does this story sound like it could be true? Or, does it sound like an embellishment?