Saturday, March 30, 2019

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), answer the question:



1)  What were the occupations of your ancestors?

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.

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.

16)  Isaac Seaver (1823-1901):


*  1850:  hay fork maker in Medfield, Mass.
*  1860:  blacksmith in Westminster, Mass.
*  1870:  works in fork shop in Leominster, Mass.
*  1880:  blacksmith in Leominster, Mass.

17)  Lucretia Townsend smith (1828-1884):

*  1870:  keeping house
*  1880:  keeping house

18)  Edward Hildreth (1831-1899):

*  1850:  clerk in Berlin, Mass.
*  1860:  combmaker in Northborough, Mass.
*  1870:  works in machine shop in Leominster, Mass.
*  1880:  machinist in Leominster, Mass.

19)  Sophia (Newton) Hildreth (1834-1923):

*  1870:  keeping house in Leominster, Mass.
*  1880:  keeping house in Leominster, Mass.

20)  James Richman (1821-1912)

*  1851:   Coal merchant laborer in Hilperton, Wiltshire
*  1860:  farm labroer in Burrillville, R.I.
*  1870:  works in woolen mill in Putnsm, Conn.
*  1880:  farmer in Putnam, Conn.
*  1900:  farmer in Putnam, Conn.
*  1910:  farmer in Putnam, Conn.

21)  Hannah (Rich) Richman (1824-1911)

*  1851:  woolen weaver in Hilperton, Wiltshire
*  1870:  keeping house in Putnasm, Conn.
*  1880:  keeping house in Putnam, Conn.

22)  Henry White (1824-1885):

*  1850:  weaver in Killingly, Conn.
*  1860:  manufacturer in Killingly, Conn.
*  1870:  works in cotton mill in Killingly, Conn.
*  1880:  carpenter in Killingly, Conn.

23)  Amy (Oatley) White (1824-1865):

*  none

24)  David Jackson Carringer (1828-1902):

*  1850:  a farmer in Sandy Creek, Penn.
*  1860:  a carpenter in Columbus City, Iowa
*  1870:  a farmer in Jackson, Iowa
*  1880:  a carpenter and joiner in Boulder, Colo.
*  1896:  a fruit grower in Boulder, Colo.
*  1901:  a rancher in San Diego, Calif.

25)  Rebecca (Spangler) Carringer (1832-1901):

*  1870:  keeps house in Jackson, Iowa
*  1880:  keeps house in Boulder, Colo.

26)  Devier James Lamphier Smith (1839-1894):

*  1860:  a farm laborer in Oak Grove, Wisc.
*  1870:  a farmer in Benton, Iowa
*  1875:  a livery and sale stable in Lincoln, Kan.
*  1880:  no occupation in Shannon, Kans.
*  1885:  a speculator in Concordia, Kan.
*  1894:  livery business in McCook, Nebr.

27)  Abigail A. (Vaux) Smith (1844-1931):

*  1870:  keeps house in Benton, Iowa
*  1875:  a milliner in Lincoln, Kan.
*  1880:  keeps house in Concordia, Kan.

28)  David Auble (1817-1894):

*  1850:  a boot and shoe man in Newark, N.J.
*  1860:  works in shoe store in Newark, N.J.
*  1870:  boot and shoe maker in Terre Haute, Ind.
*  1880:  a shoe maker in Terre Haute, Ind.

29)  Sarah (Knapp) Auble (1818-1904):

*  1870:  keeps house in Terre Haute, Ind.
*  1880:  keeps house in Terre Haute, Ind.

30)  James Abraham Kemp (1831-1902):

*  1851:  a laborer in Ameliasburg, Ontario
*  1861:  a carpenter in Middleton, Ontario
*  1871:  a carpenter in Norfolk county, Ontario
*  1881:  a carpenter in Norfolk county, Ontario
*  1891:  a carpenter in Norfolk county, Ontario
*  1901:  a farmer in Delhi, Ontario

31)  Mary Jane Sovereen Kemp (1840-1874):

*  none

Of course, the women in the households were mothers, washers, cooks, menders, and much more!

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4 comments:

Lisa Gorrell said...

Phew, that was hard work. I only went back to my great-grandparents.

https://mytrailsintothepast.blogspot.com/2019/03/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-your.html

Lois Willis said...

Here's mine
https://loiswillis.blog/2019/03/31/sunday-afternoon-genealogy-fun-your-ancestors-occupations-3/

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here's my link. With a lack of records for most of my Slovak ancestors and most of the women not even being noted as working at home, my list isn't all that long. https://emptybranchesonthefamilytree.com/2019/03/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-28/

Nancy Ward Remling said...

Here's mine: https://remlinggenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/04/saturday-fun-challenge-occupations.html