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Title: Occupation - housekeeper
Post by: vinpip on Friday 17 February 17 13:43 GMT (UK)
Good afternoon  :)

I've just received a death certificate from 1882 with occupation stated as "Housekeeper of Cheadle" The woman died in a work house seemingly from a 3 month, possibly longer, illness.

My question is -  does housekeeper refer to her being a housewife or that she held a position in another household?

Thanks for any help,advice you can give me :)
Title: Re: Occupation - housekeeper
Post by: Marmalady on Friday 17 February 17 13:49 GMT (UK)
Her previous occupation was that of Housekeeper in another household
Title: Re: Occupation - housekeeper
Post by: vinpip on Friday 17 February 17 13:52 GMT (UK)
:) Thanks Marmalady :)

Sometimes I just need a bit of clarification in case I've got the wrong end of the stick :)
Title: Re: Occupation - housekeeper
Post by: ThrelfallYorky on Friday 17 February 17 14:50 GMT (UK)
Having said that, I've "got 'em" where the wife has been described as "Housekeeper" as well as "Keeping House", "Domestic duties" and where a real "Housekeeper" has been described as exactly the same..... and one where the person described in one entry as wife, has been "demoted" to servant the next census, and in both is described as housekeeper! I wondered for a while if she was employed to keep house for the father-in-law, who lived nearby.......
-do you think that our ancestors did it all to confuse us?
Title: Re: Occupation - housekeeper
Post by: vinpip on Friday 17 February 17 14:57 GMT (UK)
lol ThrelfallallYorky sometime it really seems they do!!! So as usual I can't really be sure can I ?!
Title: Re: Occupation - housekeeper
Post by: ThrelfallYorky on Friday 17 February 17 15:35 GMT (UK)
That's my finding with most of my mob! Certainly, they manage usually to lead us up one or two blind alleys at some point. Good luck, keep searching..... is the "Cheadle" bit worth following up, do you think?