Newman’s brief biography of Buell (1742-1822) mentions his training’s an apprentice to a goldsmith in East Guilford, Connecticut. As a young man, Buell forged some currency, for which he was briefly imprisoned. Upon his release he established a type foundry in New Haven. In 1770 he engraved a map of Saybrook Harbor, the first significant engraving in the Connecticut Colony. His most ambitious work was a map of the United States published in 1784 in New Haven. He apparently was a mechanic with many interests for he later invented agricultural implements, was part owner of some sloops, and also worked as a coach and sign painter.