Saturday, August 24, 2019

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Ancestor With Most Unusual Occupation

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1)   Which of your ancestors had an unusual occupation?

2)  Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment on this blog, or in a Facebook post.

Here's mine:

I think my ancestor with the most unusual occupation is my 2nd great-grandfather, Devier James Lamphier Smith (1839-1894).

In the scrapbook of his daughter, Della (Smith) Carringer, I found this advertisement:

Devier J. Smith, of McCook, Nebraska, was a SNAKE OIL SALESMAN!!  Er, hair tonic salesman.  Only $2 a bottle in about 1889.  It will give life to the roots, and make the hair very soft and glossy.

Only 130 years before my time, eh?  I could have used it 40 years ago.


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Seeds to Tree said...

$2 in 1889 would about $54 today!

There are several generations of nail-makers in my family.
(The kind you hammer.)

Liz said...

Here's mine, Randy!

I really enjoyed this! I found some other interesting occupations, but this was my favorite!

Lois Willis said...

Here's mine:

This was the most unusual occupation I could find - most of my ancestors had common occupations

Janice M. Sellers said...

Here's mine! Not very exciting, though.

Linda Stufflebean said...

Mine is a policeman at a prison in Copenhagen in the 1870s -

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

I had to do some major research to get this one written. My great-grandaunt may have been the first woman elected to Tax Collector. I'd have to do more research to be sure.