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Are these two jobs similar?
« on: Sunday 03 April 16 10:51 BST (UK) »
I'm helping a friend with her family and we are trying to decide if a man who was a Weight Taker in 3 court appearances in the 1880s is the same man who is described by his children as a freight clerk on their marriages in the 1880s and 1890s. We think it is the same person but someone else wants more proof.

Is a Weight Taker similar to a Freight Clerk? The man in the court was accused of forging a request for the delivery of goods with intent to defraud. In court he is described as a Weight Taker?

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Re: Are these two jobs similar?
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 03 April 16 11:16 BST (UK) »
My first thought was there a spelling error and should have said Freight taker in the court?

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Re: Are these two jobs similar?
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 03 April 16 11:26 BST (UK) »
Some cargo would be measured by weight.  Coal, flour, cotton  the list is endless.
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Re: Are these two jobs similar?
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 03 April 16 11:30 BST (UK) »
Have you found him on census?

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Re: Are these two jobs similar?
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 03 April 16 11:30 BST (UK) »
I would think they are are one and the same.

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Re: Are these two jobs similar?
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 03 April 16 11:30 BST (UK) »
I think it's probably the same, see this thread for more info of weight takers (reply 11)
http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=735575.9
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Re: Are these two jobs similar?
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 03 April 16 11:36 BST (UK) »
I think they are both the same, just a different job description  :)

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Re: Are these two jobs similar?
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 03 April 16 11:44 BST (UK) »
I think so too - same job different name!
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Re: Are these two jobs similar?
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 03 April 16 12:20 BST (UK) »
If he worked on the railways then a Freight Clerk, aka goods clerk; receives cosignment notes in respect of goods for despatch; collects cash in certain instances; invoices goods to receiving station; prepares delivery sheets for carmen; keeps and prepares certain returns and undertakes some correspondence; at the larger stations, the work is sectionalised and particular duties are allocated to each clerk; e.g. parcels clerk. "A dictionary of Occupational Terms"

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