J is for:
Jobs - My Danson family came from a rural part of Lancahsire in north west England, so jobs on the land were the norm - whether it be Ag. Lab, husbandman, carter, or cowman, with two generations reaching the status heights of being described as yeoman farmers. It was all change in the 1860's when my great great grandfather Henry Danson of Trap Farm, Carleton left farming and became a toll collector at the newly built Shard Bridge over the River Wyre, near Fleetwood.
|Great Uncle George at his station bookstall|
In the early 20th century, three of my great grandparents large family, Harry, Robert and Jennie all worked for the post office.
In my husband's Donaldson family history, the linking factor was the sea with family occupations ranging from merchant, master mariner, seaman, caulker, roper, ship's carpenter and river policeman.
Have you ever puzzled over the occupation of a Scottish ancestor, as listed in the cesnus? The take a look at the listing of over 1500 occupations with their definitions and variants at: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/content/help/index.aspx?430
Keep an eye open too for my posting on the letter O where I will look at Occupational Records.
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