These occupations and their definitions gave me a chuckle:
- buss maker: maker of guns ("Buss" is an old English word meaning "kiss.")
- funambulist: tightrope walker (Fun, that is, if you don't mind heights.)
- honey dipper: one who extracted raw sewage from catch basins and out-houses (Some honey!)
- secret springer: one who made watch springs (Yes, a watch spring is so small that it would seem like a secret.)
- zythepsarist: brewer (I hope the brewer didn't sample his brew too often or he probably had trouble stating his occupation.)
In the 1841 England census the occupation of my great-great-grandfather, Abel Armitage, was noted as
I have trouble deciphering those words. Could it be "Hordes Keeper" or "Horses Keeper" or "Heorde Keeper" or . . . . Unfortunately, I didn't find anything similar in the occupations list above. That's why I say you may find the list helpful. (If you have an idea what those two words are, please leave a comment and tell me. Thanks!)
In the 1851 England Census, Abel was listed as a rail porter. From the list of occupations, a porter was a door or gate keeper. Was there some transition from his keeping responsibilities in 1841 to his rail porter (door keeper) responsibilities in 1851?
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