Saturday, May 28, 2016

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Ancestor's Occupations

It's Saturday Night, 
time for more Genealogy Fun!!

For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I challenge you to:

1)  Geneablogger Diane Gould Hall posted WORKDAY WEDNESDAY – What kind of work did your ancestors do? on her Michigan Family Trails blog last year, and I thought the topic could be used as an SNGF post.

2)  Please go back several generations (say parents or grandparents or great-grandparents) and list the occupations that they had in the records you've found for them.  You could do this, say, by ancestor table number.

3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a post on Facebook or Google+.

Here's mine:

I'm going to use Ancestor Table number, starting with my parents and going back to my great-grandparents:

2)  Frederick W. Seaver (1911-1983), my father, had these occupations:

*  1940:  Sales manager in a finance company (1940 US Census)
*  1940:  Investigator for a loan bank corporation (1940 US Census)
*  1942-1944:  Clerk for an aircraft manufacturing company in Chula Vista
*  1944-1946:  Mailman 3rd class in United States Navy aboard USS Halford
*  1947-1971:  Prudential Life Insurance agent in San Diego

3)  Betty V. (Carringer) Seaver (1919-2002), my mother:

*  1941-1942:  Art and English teacher at Wilson Junior High School in San Diego
*  1942-1943:  Clerk at an aircraft manufacturing company in Chula Vista
*  1944-1946:  Art teacher at Memorial Junior High School in San Diego

4)  Frederick W. Seaver (1876-1942), my grandfather:

*  1900:  Painter of combs at plastics factory in Leominster, Mass.
*  1910:  Superintendent of a comb shop in Leominster, Mass.
*  1918:  Superintendent at Paton Manufacturing Company in Leominster, Mass.
*  1920:   Superintendent of a comb shop in Leominster, Mass.
*  1930:  Superintendent of a celluloid company in Leominster, Mass.
*  1940:  Foreman at Viscoloid company in Leominster, Mass.

5)  Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1882-1962), my grandmother:

*  1900:  housework in Leominster, Mass.

6)  Lyle L. Carringer (1891-1976), my grandfather:

*  1920:  Auditor, works in dry goods store in San Diego
*  1930:  Office worker, works in dry goods store in San Diego
*  1940:  Office clerk - Marston's Department Store in San Diego
*  1960:  retired as Accountant at Marston's Department Store in San Diego

7)  Emily K. (Auble) Carringer (1899-1977), my grandmother:

*  1940:  Clerical and saleslady at Marston's Department Store in San Diego

8)  Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922), my great-grandfather:

*  1874:  Ironworker in Leominster, Mass. (marriage record)
*  1880:  works in a comb shop in Leominster, Mass.
*  1900:  Teamster in Leominster, Mass.
*  1910:  Assistant superintendent at horn shop in Leominster, Mass.
*  1920:  Assistant superintendent at horn shop in Leominster, Mass.

9)  Hattie L. (Hildreth) Seaver (1857-1920), my great-grandmother:

*  1880:  Keeping house in Leominster, Mass.

10)  Thomas Richmond (1848-1917), my great-grandfather:

*  1870:  Works in a woolen mill in Stonington, Conn.
*  1880:  Overseer in a woolen mill in Killingly, Conn.
*  1900:  Overseer of a woolen mill in Leominster, Mass.
*  1910:  Carder in a woolen mill in Killingly, Conn.

11)  Julia (White) Richmond (1848-1913):

*  1870:  Keeping house in Stonington, Conn.
*  1880:  Keeping house in Killingly, Conn.

12)  Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946), my great-grandfather:

*  1880:  Millwright and carpenter in Boulder, Colorado
*  1889-1897:  Carpenter at Russ Planing Mill in San Diego (City Directories)
*  1900:  Carpenter in San Diego.
*  1910:  Carpenter in San Diego.
*  1920:  Cabinet maker, works in a furniture store in San Diego
*  1930:  Aviation technician at Rockwell Field, San Diego
*  1940:  Retired millwright and mechanic in San Diego

13)  Della (Smith) Carringer, (1862-1944), my great-grandmother:

*  1880:  Keeping house in Blue Rapids, Kansas
*  1940:  Housework in own home in San Diego  

14)  Charles Auble (1849-1916), my great-grandfather:

*  1870:  A painter in Terre Haute, Indiana
*  1880:  A painter in Terre Haute, Indiana
*  1900:  A house decorator in Chicago, Illinois
*  1910:  A house decorator in Chicago, Illinois
*  1913-1915:  A painter in San Diego (City directories)

15)  Georgianna (Kemp) Auble (1868-1952):

*  1940:  Housework in own home in San Diego.

That's enough for now!  I know that I have more City Directory records for all of these folks, but they are not listed in my database.  I should add them!


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Yvonne Demoskoff said...

Another great challenge, Randy! I wrote about my ancestors' occupations at

Kathleen Moore said...

Thanks for another great challenge Randy!

Shirley Ann Rankin said...

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun-"Ancestor's Occupations"

1. Grandfather Lester Rankin (1905-1966) was a radio repairman in the days prior to television.

2. Grandmother Alameda Klump Rankin (1910-2004) worked in a laundry.

3. Gr-grandfather Sanford Rankin (1865-1934) joined the Army and fought in Cuba during the Spanish American War. He served two enlistments of 4 yrs. He severely sprained his thumb and was hospitalized for a month. He contracted malaria, which plagued him the rest of his life. He worked as a machinist and was a tinkerer and inventor. He invented a device for radio, but he lost the patent because he had worked on it on company time. He and his wife, Effie, ran a beer and wine bar for awhile in St. Louis. He met Effie when he went to Arkansas to build the new state capitol.

4. Gr-grandmother, Effie Daniel Rankin (1877-1956), was widowed in 1934 when Sanford died. She did not remarry.

5. 3rd-gr-grandfather Samuel E. Rankin (1832-1914), was working on his step-father's farm in 1850. In July 1863, he enlisted in the Enrolled Missouri Militia, similar to a Home Guard. 1870 he was married and had his own farm, with a wife, Ellen, and four children. In 1880 he was still farming and he had six children, one daughter and five sons, at home. The census taker missed him in 1900. In 1910, he was 78 years old and living in the home of his daughter, Hellena. He died in 1914 at age 81.

6. 4th gr-grandfather, Samuel Rankin of Ohio (1791-1833), was about 19 years old when he left Ohio and headed down the Mississippi River to Louisiana with his good friend and experienced seaman, Zelotas Tucker. Samuel and Zelotas lived north of Lake Ponchartrain and they ran a schooner across the lake carrying goods and passengers back and forth to New Orleans. Samuel married Elizabeth Richardson and they had four children, of which 3 survived to adulthood. Samuel later sold the schooner to a relative and became a farmer, with land provided by his father-in-law. Samuel was a Justice of the Peace. He died sometime between 1932-1836, when his widow remarried.

7. My gr-grandfather, August Klump, (1868-1916) was a farmer. He was twenty-two years older than my gr-grandmother. He died suddenly of influenza. My gr-grandmother, Martha Thorpe Klump, worked in laundries until she retired.

8. My gr-gr-grandfather, Joel C. Thorpe (1849-1905), was a farmer in 1880 & 1900.

8. My gr-gr-gr-grandfather, Lewis Thorpe (1798-1859), was a farmer.

9. My gr-gr-gr-gr-grandfather, Joel Thorpe,Jr. (1770-1813), was a carpenter. He moved to the Ohio Western Reserve and built the first frame house in what became Cleveland. He could build anything. He built a schooner, named "Sally" after his wife, Sarah. He got a contract to build houses in Buffalo, New York, and transported his family on the "Sally." This was at the time of the War of 1812, and Joel was too old for military service, but he did join the local militia. In 1813, Joel and a number of militia men were ambushed by the Native Americans who were helping the British. Joel was killed. His wife Sarah was a tough gal. She had been taught by Joel to shoot rifle and she was a good shot. She and the children left Buffalo and because she had no husband, the children were placed under guardianships. My gr-gr-gr-grandfather, Lewis Thorpe, kept running away from his guardians until he was finally of age to be on his own.

10. Joel Thorpe, sr.(1741-1790), was a patriot in the Revolutionary War.

Lynn David said...

This is mine, to the best of my knowledge from off the top of my head. I'll try to go back to my great grandparents; but I am going to add some beyond that who had some noteworthy professions (other than farmer). I'm going to use Ancestor Table numbers to identify them. An asterisk (*) indicates work they were doing at the end of their life.

2) William Maurice RECKER (1913-1971), Father
---- Farm worker (Indiana & Arizona)
---- Produce truck driver
---- Laborer/Caterpillar tractor operator building George Field in WWII
---- Owner/operator of Wm M Recker Construction Company*
---- Farm owner*

3) Camilla Josephine ROSEMAN (1914-2016), Mother
---- Farm worker
---- Maid
---- Factory worker, later forelady, Hamilton Glass, Vincennes, IN
---- Housewife
---- Owner Wm M Recker Construction Company
---- Farm Owner*

4) William August RECKER (1885-1944), Grandfather
---- Laborer
---- Worker at Vincennes Water Plant
---- Farm laborer*

5) Agnes KROEGER (1894-1957), Grandmother
---- Farm worker
---- Housewife

6) Camille Joseph ROSEMAN (1876-1956), Grandfather
---- Farm worker
---- Farmer (rented)
---- Bootlegger (Beer)
---- Laborer at Blackford Glass Co., Vincennes, IN
7) Mary Ann WETZEL (1885-1926), Grandmother
---- Farm worker
---- Housewife

8) Wilhelm August RECKER (1843-1918), Great grandfather
---- Laborer (various places)

9) Thecla Elizabeth OLDIGES (1846-1919), Great grandmother
---- Housewife

10) August KRUEGER (1855-1929), Great grandfather
---- Farm worker
---- Farm owner

11) Marie Catherine MOUGIN (1854-1913), Great grandmother
---- Farm worker
---- Housewife

12) Joseph Victor ROSMAN (1847-1910?), Great grandfather
---- Farm worker
---- Farm owner
---- Laborer
---- Nightman, Montana Stables, Seattle, WA???

13) Pauline Cecilia DeBUISSERET, (1856-1937), Great grandmother
---- Farm worker
---- Housewife

14) Frank WETZEL (1852-1938), Great grandfather
---- Gardener for father
---- Laborer
---- Beer-wagon driver
---- Farm owner

15) Emma IMHOFF (1864-1942), Great grandmother
---- Farm worker
---- Housewife

Others of some note

22) Francois MOUGIN (1813-1869), 2x Great grandfather
---- Pit Sawyer (France)
---- Plasterer (France)
---- Farm owner (Knox County, Indiana)

26) Camille Eugène (Auguste) Oswald ENGLEBERT de BUISSERET
(1822-1873) 2x Great grandfather
---- As Camille Auguste Oswald ENGLEBERT (Belgium)
---- Attorney/Notary
---- As Camille Eugène de BUISSERET (Indiana, USA)
---- Farm owner

30) August Joseph IMHOFF (1829-1912), 2x Great grandfather
---- Farm laborer
---- Laborer (Civil War, Cleveland, Ohio)
---- Farm owner (Knox County, Indiana)
---- Justice of the Peace

52) Francois Joseph Auguste ENGLEBERT (1793-1853), 3x Great grandfather
---- Innkeeper
---- Brewer
---- Mayor of Glimes, Brabant-Wallon, Belgique
---- From a line of ENGLEBERT men who were mayors of Brabant communes

60) Jean Baptiste IMHOFF (1796-1855), 3x Great grandfather
---- Farmer
---- Logger (Ct Jura, Suisse)
---- Woodworker
---- Wagon maker

Nancy Ward Remling said...

I posted my response here: