Founded by John and Peter Smith and John Dove, all from Brechin, Scotland, Smith & Dove Mfg. Co. dealt primarily in flax yarn. John Smith first came to America when he was fourteen in 1816. Years later, he asked his younger brother Peter to join him. Peter brought along a friend, John Dove. Both John Dove and Peter had worked in the flax mill of Dove’s father back in Scotland so they brought with them knowledge about, and zeal for, flax products. Although initially people were reluctant to buy a newer product from such a new company, the integrity, fine product, and pleasant dispositions of the three founders won the public over. The business began in Frye Village in Andover, but was then moved to Abbot Village in the same town.