Robert Oceltine was one of the founding members of Havenford. He was originally a trader, buying goods in Serin and traveling to the outlying villages along the coast selling and bartering for other things. He made a decent living doing so, as his father had done before him. The constant traveling was hard, and occasional bandits made him long for a stationary life.
When some of his friendlier customers were talking to him about ordering a lot of mundane supplies, he couldn't help but inquire why they were deviating from their normals sorts of orders for lumber and stone. The idea for Havenford sparked a lot of interest, and with little convincing he decided to join them. He had always wanted to settle, so he decided to transfer his capital into stock for a dry goods business to set up in this new town. He had a brother, Simon, who was a farrier of little note that decided to join him. Robert convinced him that a simple forge in a new town would do far better than his constant shoeing in Serin. The thought of getting out of the busy, choking city of Serin into the open air of the countryside sold Simon and his wife.
A few months later Robert had tapped most of his business contacts to load up all the wagons he owned (which was a considerable amount) and he and his brother's family joined the train north. Together they set up a store with a small forge behind it in the center of what would become Havenford proper. The store went up in short order, and Robert spent most of his time accommodating the new villagers with the odds and ends they had not thought to bring. He also spent time turning timber into boards to help late arrivals and families that had difficulty with the task. His brother was likewise kept busy making simple tools and nails to aid all in construction. Fine, detailed work was beyond his skill, but he had a sure hand and he didn't mind making the same things over and over again.
They built a joint household in later years outside of town, so they could claim some farmland. Never enough to sell, but enough to feed them when business was slow. Robert and his family lived above the store mostly, but there was much back and forth between the families, as the brothers had always been very close.