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Victorian Occupations

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Terence

Terence Report 21 Nov 2012 22:49

My Gt Gt Grandfather who lived in Halesowen in the Midlands lists his occupation in the 1841 census as being a "Gleed merchant" does anyone know what a Gleed merchant was or what they did?

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 21 Nov 2012 22:51

is this a transcription or have you looked at the actual census page ??

Could it be SEED merchant

KathleenBell

KathleenBell Report 21 Nov 2012 22:52

What is his name so we can have a look at the census record ourselves. I have never heard of a Gleed Merchant. Could the word be Seed?

Kath. x

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 21 Nov 2012 22:54

its not listed on old occupations site

rmhh.co.uk/occup/g.html

Terence

Terence Report 21 Nov 2012 23:00

Thanks for replies, it was in the 1851 census not 1841, anyway his name was Daniel Crumpton, born 1801 in Halesowen. As far as I can find out a "Gleed" is a glowing ember of coal but what a "Gleed merchant" was or did I do not have a clue!
And on the original census page it definitely looks like "Gleed merchant"

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 21 Nov 2012 23:06

Perhaps he was a Coal & Coke merchant .

When the coalman used to come road on his horse and cart in the 1940/50s he sold coal & coke . (the one for burning not taking lol)

GlitterBaby

GlitterBaby Report 21 Nov 2012 23:14

1841 looks like Nailor for occupation

Terence

Terence Report 21 Nov 2012 23:17

I thought about that myself but why not just call himself a coal merchant?
In the area where he lived there were literally hundreds of small blacksmiths type forges where people made nails and chains (Halesowen was famous for nails and chains in the 1800's) maybe it was something to do with providing fuel for the forges?

brummiejan

brummiejan Report 21 Nov 2012 23:54

Terence, I can't see the census you mean - I can only see Daniel Crumpton nailer in 1851. Who was he living with?
Jan

Terence

Terence Report 22 Nov 2012 00:04

His name may be transcribed as Daniel Crampton but he was living with his wife Jane (aged 60) and John Price (28) and Jane Price (26) in "Hagley Road, Hasbury, Halesowen".I have used Ancestry site.

KathleenBell

KathleenBell Report 22 Nov 2012 00:04

Daniel Crumpton is a Nailer in the 1841 census - a "Gleed Merchant" in the 1851 census and a Horse Carter in the 1861 census.

It definitely looks like Gleed Merchant to me.

Kath. x

KathleenBell

KathleenBell Report 22 Nov 2012 00:05

Found on Google:-

Definition of GLEED

archaic
: a glowing coal

So I guess you are right that he was a coal merchant. He was just being specific.

Kath. x

Graham

Graham Report 15 May 2013 13:50

viewing the original image, it would appear the occupation was cleed merchant; unless the persons name was Daniel Grumpton. Cleed (also spelt clead) was a type of cloth. ;-)
(now I'm probably going to be told off for posting on an old thread :-D )

Terence

Terence Report 15 May 2013 16:03

Graham,
Thanks, I will check it out, and by the way I don't know who would tell you off because it certainly would'nt be me
:-) :-)