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Offline andrewalston

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Unusual occupations
« on: Sunday 18 December 16 17:37 GMT (UK) »
I've been digging up the family of a friend of mine. One of his ggg aunts went into domestic service. In 1851 she is the housemaid of a surgeon in Stourbridge, but 10 years later she has gone up in the world.

She is at Wrottesley Hall, near Wolverhampton and described as a Visitor's Maid. Well there is one visitor, Baron Wrottesley's sister-in-law, so Ellen is probably visiting too.

But there is a total of 22 servants for a household of 4 people. Posh! The final entry on the page has a job title which got me looking up the head of the household.

ASSISTANT ASTRONOMER !

It turns out that the noble lord was president of the Royal Astronomical Society, and had his own observatory at the hall.

The servant, Joseph Hough, went on to Cambridge after the baron's death, and was elected a Fellow of the RAS in 1873.

Anyone else found people with unusual (maybe unique) occupations?
Looking at ALSTON in south Ribble area, ALSTEAD and DONBAVAND/DUNBABIN etc. everywhere, HOWCROFT and MARSH in Bolton and Westhoughton, PICKERING in the Whitehaven area.

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Re: Unusual occupations
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 18 December 16 17:48 GMT (UK) »
I have one relative who was a Fossil Digger, and another who was a "Billiard Ball Marker".
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Re: Unusual occupations
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 18 December 16 18:00 GMT (UK) »
Some of my Suffolk connections were Lath Rivers in the mid-19th century.  I am always amused by how closely defined some people's mundane jobs appeared to be.  Can't imagine spending months or years riving laths ....
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Re: Unusual occupations
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 18 December 16 18:03 GMT (UK) »
I have a lath splitter in my tree, one of them was transported to Australia.
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LONDON, Coombs, Roberts, Auber, Helsdon, Fradine, Morin, Goodacre
DORSET Coombs, Munday
NORFOLK Helsdon, Riches, Harbord, Budery
KENT Roberts, Goodacre
SUSSEX Walder, Boniface, Dinnage, Standen, Lee, Botten, Wickham, Jupp
SUFFOLK Titshall, Frost, Fairweather, Mayhew, Archer, Eade, Scarfe
DURHAM Stewart, Musgrave, Wilson, Forster
SCOTLAND Stewart in Selkirk
USA Musgrave, Saix
ESSEX Cornwell, Stock, Quilter, Lawrence, Whale, Clift
OXON Edgington, Smith, Inkpen, Snell, Batten, Brain

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Re: Unusual occupations
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 18 December 16 21:11 GMT (UK) »
Flatman. On the Mersey. Maybe not as unusual as all that but I enjoy the visual image that it conjures up.
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Re: Unusual occupations
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 18 December 16 23:18 GMT (UK) »
I have one ancestor who was a "herbalist and medium" in 1901.....she disappears without trace after that  :-\ She didn't see that coming did she.
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Re: Unusual occupations
« Reply #6 on: Monday 19 December 16 00:11 GMT (UK) »
Just been to have a look at my database:
Apiculturist
Boundary Rider
Calico Printer
Dyster
Fancy Goods Dealer
Gold Burnisher
Indigo Planter
Jackaroo
Jillaroo
Opium Agent
Receiver in Bankruptcy
Salt Manufacturer
Soap Boiler
Woolclasser
Simons Barrett Jaffray Waugh Langdale Heugh Meade Garnsey Evans Vazie Mountcure Glascodine Parish Peard Smart Dobbie Sinclair....
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Re: Unusual occupations
« Reply #7 on: Monday 19 December 16 00:43 GMT (UK) »
Knob Polisher is always a favourite.
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Re: Unusual occupations
« Reply #8 on: Monday 19 December 16 01:17 GMT (UK) »
 :)

Bee Appliance Manufacturer is one in mine
Middlesex: KING,  MUMFORD, COOK, ROUSE, GOODALL, BROWN
Oxford: MATTHEWS, MOSS
Kent: SPOONER, THOMAS, KILLICK, COLLINS
Cambs: PRIGG, LEACH
Hants: FOSTER
Montgomery: BREES
Surrey: REEVE