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Help with handwriting! What occupation is this?
« on: Saturday 09 March 19 01:56 GMT (UK) »
See attachment -- extract from 1752 Cheshire baptism register:  "Isabel dau[ghte]r of Jno Lucas ____?___".  Judging by other entries on the same page, the first letter is "F"

Lucas - Cheshire and Lancashire,
Redmayne - Yorkshire and Manchester,
Belcher - Staffordshire,
Gregory - Lancashire and Shropshire,
Parry, Bennett, Edwards - Shropshire

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Re: Help with handwriting! What occupation is this?
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 09 March 19 03:02 GMT (UK) »
Hi and welcome to Rootschat  :)

I have stared at this and I have to say I can't work out what it says.  However, don't despair, there are a lot of clever people on Rootschat who are really good with old handwriting, just give it a little time  ;)

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Spooner - Monmouthshire & Wolverhampton.
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Re: Help with handwriting! What occupation is this?
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 09 March 19 03:55 GMT (UK) »
I think the first letter is looped the same way as he makes his T's? ( I think his pen blobbed a spot of ink, making it look like an F)
 A "T" makes no sense, as the second letter looks to be an L.   

Some random parts from the same writer to look at:


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Re: Help with handwriting! What occupation is this?
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 09 March 19 04:28 GMT (UK) »
I think it is:  Flowrist

Thanks bbart for posting the wider selection of examples.

You are right that his T is similar, but comparing to Foden and Farmer in the second half of your example I think it's an F.

If you look at the word Widow, you'll see his capital W is straight and angular, but the ending w is curved with a final loop.

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Re: Help with handwriting! What occupation is this?
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 09 March 19 04:44 GMT (UK) »
I was actually thinking about florist, but I didn't think that was an occupation yet! I went through many pages in that parish book, and never saw another occupation that remotely matched it, so it makes sense it would be a less common occupation.

I was off looking for a baptism of any other child of his, and came across a very strange entry, which I will post in a new thread so as not to hijack this one.

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Re: Help with handwriting! What occupation is this?
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 09 March 19 07:50 GMT (UK) »
I thought the end of the word was ——Smith.
But what smith can not make out.Is it. G ,first letter ..?
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Re: Help with handwriting! What occupation is this?
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 09 March 19 08:11 GMT (UK) »
Looks just like flowrist to me.

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Re: Help with handwriting! What occupation is this?
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 09 March 19 08:19 GMT (UK) »
Looks like Glassmith to me.

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Glassblowing is a glass forming technique that involves inflating molten glass into a bubble (or parison) with the aid of a blowpipe (or blow tube). A person who blows glass is called a glassblower, glassmith, or gaffer.
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Re: Help with handwriting! What occupation is this?
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 09 March 19 09:06 GMT (UK) »
The first letter is very much like the F in Farmer,of which there are quite a few lower down the page, but I'm not at all sure what the word is. I've thought of Flesher (or variations) but that's not it. It does look like /smith ant the end .

I found a probable marriage for them in Jan 1750/52 and he was down as a husbandsman then.


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