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Occupations from Yesteryear

Milwaukee County Wisconsin Genealogy

The following is a list found in the city of Milwaukee
Census in the year 1860.  This list was sent in by Vicki K.
Following this list is a list of early occupations with definitions.

JOBS FOUND 1860 CENSUS


baker
bank clerk
barkeeper
blacksmith
bookbinder
bookkeeper
brakeman rr
brewer
butcher
cabinet maker
carpenter
carpenter apprentice
carriage maker
cattle dealer
cigarmaker
clergyman - Meth.
Clergyman - Pres. 
Clergyman - Luther.
clerk
cooker
cookou alesech ?
dairy boy
dairy woman
dairyman
day laborer
dressmaker
druggust
dyer
eggs butter dealer
farmer
flour packer
foreman to Singari ?
framester
furner
furniture store
gamesmaker ?
gardener
gola pen maker
grocer
hat trimmer
hod carrier
jeweller
justice of the peace
law student
lawyer
leather dealer
liquor dealer
liquor manufacturer
locksmith
machinist
mason 
miller
millwright
merchant
moulder
musician
optician
painter
paper carrier
pathographist
pedlar (peddler)
printer
physician
pianomaker
plasterer
policeman
portait painter
porter
produce dealer
ropemaker
saloon keeper
sash door and blind factory
seamstress
servant
ships carpenter
shoemaker
shinglemaker
shooting gallery
stone cutter
storekeeper
tailor
tailoress
teacher
teamster
upholsterer
vegetable dealer
wagon maker
waiter in hotel
washerwoman
watchmaker
watchman
well digger
CONVENT 		
	Novicesic Convent
	Mother Superior
OCCUPATIONS OF YESTERYEAR, WITH DEFINITIONS.

Accomptant   - Accountant
Almoner - Giver of charity to the needy
Amanuensis - Secretary or Stenographer
Artificer - A soldier mechanic who does repairs
Bailie - Bailiff
Baxter - Baker
Bluestocking - Female Writer
Boniface - Keeper of an inn
Brazier - One who works with brass
Brewster - Beer manufacturer
Brightsmith - Metal Worker
Burgonmaster - Mayor
Caulker - One who filled up cracks
Chaisemaker - Carriage maker
Chandler - Dealer or trader; one who makes or 
	sells candles; retailer of graceries
Chiffonnier - Wig maker
Clark - clerk
Clergyman - cleric
Clicker - The servant of a salesman who stood at the door 
	to invite customers; one who received the matter in 
	the galley from the compositors and arranged it in 
	due form ready for printing; one who makes eyelet 
	holes in boots using a machine which clicked
Cohen - Priest
Collier - Coal Miner
Colporteur - Peddler of books
Cooper - One who makes or repairs vessels made of staves 
	& hoops, such as casks, barrels, tubs, etc.
Cordwainer - Shoemaker, originally any leather worker using 
	leather from Cordova/Cordoba, Spain
Costermonger - Peddler of fruits and vegetables
Crocker - Potter
Crowner - Coroner
Currier - One who dresses the coat of a horse with a currycomb; 
	one who tanned leather by incorporating oil or grease
Docker - Stevedore, dock worker who loads and unloads cargo
Dowser - One who finds water using a rod or witching stick
Draper - A dealer in dry goods
Drayman - One who drives a long strong cart without fixed 
	sides for carrying heavy loads
Dresser - A surgeon's assistant in a hospital
Drover - One who drives cattle, sheep, etc. to market; a 
	dealer in cattle
Duffer - Peddler
Factor -Agent, commission merchant; one who acts or transacts 
	business for another; Scottish steward or bailiff 
	of an estate
Farrier - A blacksmith, one who shoes horses
Faulkner, Falconer, Fell Monger - One who removes hair or 
	wool from hides in preparation for leather making
Fletcher - One who makes bows and arrows
Fuller - One who fulls cloth; one who shrinks and thickens 
	woolen cloth by moistening, heating and pressing; 
	one who cleans and finishes cloth
Gaoler - A keep of the goal, a jailer
Glazier - Window glassman
Hacker - Maker of hoes
Hatcheler - One who combed out or carded flax
Haymonger - Dealer in hay
Hayward - Keeper of fences
Higgler - Itinerant peddler
Hillier - Roof tiler
Hind - a farm laborer
Holster - Reaper
Hooper - One who made hoops for casks and barrels
Huckster - Sells small wares
Husbandman - A farmer who cultivated the land
Jagger - Fish peddler
Journeyman - One who had served his apprenticeship and 
	mastered his craft, not bound to serve a master, 
	but hired by the day
Joyner/Joiner - A skilled carpenter
Keeler - Bargeman
Kempster - Wool comber
Lardner - Keeper of the cupboard
Lavender - Washer woman
Lederer - Leather maker
Leech - Physician
Longshoreman - Stevedore
Lormer - Maker of horsegear
Malender - Farmer
Maltster - Brewer
Manciple - a steward
Mason - Bricklayer
Mintmaster - One who issued local currency
Monger - Seller of goods (ale, fish)
Muleskinner - Teamster
Neatherder - Herd cows
Ordinary Keeper - Innkeeper with fixed prices
Pattern Maker - A maker of a clog shod with an iron ring. 
	A clog with a wooden pole with a pattern cut into the end
Peregrinator - Itinerant wanderer
Peruker - a wig maker
Pettifogger - a shyster lawyer
Pigman - Crockery dealer
Plumber - One who applied sheet lead for roofing and set 
	lead frames for plain or stained glass windows
Porter - Door keeper
Puddler - Wrought iron worker
Quarrier - Quarry worker
Rigger - Hoist tackle worker
Ripper - Seller of fish
Roper - Maker of rope or nets
Saddler - One who makes, repairs or sells saddles or 
	other furnishings for horses
Sawbones - Physician
Sawyer - One who saws; carpenter
Schumacker - Shoemaker
Scribler - a minor or worthless author
Scrivener - Professional or public copyist or writer; 
	notary public
Scrutiner - Election judge
Shrieve - Sheriff
Slater - Roofer
Slopseller - Seller of ready - made clothes in a slop shop
Snobscat/Snob - One who repaired shoes
Sorter - Tailor
Spinster - A woman who spins or an unmarried woman
Spurrer - Maker of spurs
Squire - Country gentleman; farm owner; justice of peace
Stuff gown - Junior barrister
Supercargo - Officer on merchant ship who is in charge of 
	cargo and the commercial concerns of the ship
Tanner - One who tans (cures) animal hides into leather
Tapley - One who puts the tap in an ale cask
Tasker - Reaper
Teamster - One who drives a team for hauling
Thatcher - Roofer
Tide Waiter - Customs inspector
Tinker - An itinerant tin pot and pan seller and repairman
Tipstaff - Policeman
Travers - Toll bridge collection
Tucker - Cleaner of cloth goods
Turner - a person who turns wood on a lathe into spindles
Victualer - A tavern keeper, or one who provides an army, 
	navy, or ship with food
Vulcan - Blacksmith
Wagoner - Teamster not for hire
Wainwright - Wagon maker
Waiter - Customs officer or tide waiter; one who waited on the 
	tide to collect duty on goods brought in
Waterman - Boatman who plies for hire
Webster - Operator of looms
Wharfinger - Owner of a wharf
Wheelwright - One who made or repaired wheels; wheeled 
	carriages, etc.
Whitesmith - Tinsmith; worker of iron who finishes or 
	polishes the work
Whitewing - Street sweeper
Whitster - Bleach of cloth
Wright Workman - a construction worker
Yeoman - Farmer who owns his own land

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