Occupations
 

These 130 items were put together from many sources and was used
as a handout for our local Orange County (NY) Genealogical Society.
 I was asked by many recipients if the CHART could be forwarded to
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                                                                               Dan Burrows

   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 (in ships or windows or
                               seems to make them watertight by using tar or
                               oakum-hem fiber produced by taking old ropes apart
   Chaisemaker    Carriage maker
   Chandler           Dealer or trader; one who makes or sells candles;
                                retailer of groceries
   Chiffonnier       Wig maker
   Clark                Clerk
   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 in 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 made 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 keeper 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            A groom who took care of horses, often at an inn
   Hooker            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 horse gear
   Malender       Farmer
   Maltster         Brewer
   Manciple        A steward
   Mason            Bricklayer
   Mintmaster    One who issued local currency
   Monger          Seller of goods (ale, fish)
   Muleskinner  Teamster
   Neatherder     Herds cows
   Ordinary Keeper     Innkeeper with fixed prices
   Pattern Maker   A maker of a clog shod with an iron ring. A clog was 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
   Stuff gownsman  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              Am 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, especially a construction worker
    Yeoman         Farmer who owns his own land