Mrs. LaphamMr. Lapham’s daughter-in-law. She manages the household with care and efficiency. She is unpretentious and does not bother with genteel manners. Although she and Johnny have disagreements throughout the novel, he eventually realizes that she is a dedicated mother who does the best she canfor her family.DoveOne of Lapham’s apprentices, Dove is sixteen at the start of the novel. No one remembers his first name. He is lazy and jealous of Johnny's skills as a silversmith. He is eventually fired and goes to work as a stable boy for Colonel Smith.Dusty MillerMr. Lapham's youngest apprentice. He is eleven years old at the start of the novel and looks up to Johnny.Johnny TremainA fourteen-year-old apprentice to Mr. Lapham, a silversmith. He is skinny andhas light hair. Johnny is good-natured, hard-working, and well-liked, but he is also haughty and rude at times. After his hand is burned by some melted silver, Johnny must make a new life for himself as the American Revolution brews in Boston.Cilla LaphamCilla is the pretty, intelligent daughter of Mrs. Lapham. As part of Johnny's apprenticeship, it is agreed that he will marry her when she comes of age. However, this arrangement is cancelled when he burns his hand and is unable to continue with his career. She is fiercely attached to her younger sister, Isannah. As she grows older, Cilla becomes a charming young woman with a talent for drawing.Isannah LaphamThe youngest daughter of Mrs. Lapham. Isannah is eight years old at the beginning of the novel. She has an angelic appearance that often draws comments from passers-by, a fact that eventually goes to her head. Adults love her, but Isannah has no scruples about lying and doesn't think very well for herself. She is often taken care of by her older sister, Cilla.Madge LaphamThe eldest Lapham daughter. She is eighteen years old, friendly, and “handsome in a coarse-grained, red-faced, thick-waisted way” (6). She eventually marries a British officer.Dorcas LaphamThe sixteen-year-old daughter of Mrs. Lapham. She is snooty and tries very hard to be 'elegant,' adopting the clothes and airs of women of higher social
class. She elopes with Frizel, Junior, which results in Cilla being briefly betrothed to Mr. Tweedie.Mr. LaphamMrs. Lapham's father-in-law and the owner of the silversmith business. He is sometimes referred to as "Grandpa Lapham." He is extremely pious and serves as the deacon at Cockerel Church. As he has gotten older, he has become withdrawn and less interested in the business, which means Johnny often has to make decisions.John HancockA wealthy merchant and one of the most important men in Boston. He becomes a rebel leader and occasionally interacts with Johnny.JehuJohn Hancock's young African slave.