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Can anyone decipher this writing please

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RStar Report 20 Jul 2013 13:18

Its an Ancestry link, and Im looking at the second but last name from the bottom, 'William Pearson'. I want to know what occupation he has. Although hes only 11, it says (something) maker. Thankyou!


Potty Report 20 Jul 2013 13:23

Looks like "hackle fill maker". There are some "Hackle Pin makers" further up the page.

Chris in Sussex

Chris in Sussex Report 20 Jul 2013 13:26

Hackle ?? Maker

Hackle...A sharp toothed tool for combing flax.
Hackle Maker....Made the Hackles (combs) for combing flax.

That fits in with other occupations on the page.



RStar Report 20 Jul 2013 13:26

Oh! Thankyou. x


Potty Report 20 Jul 2013 13:30

Looking again, I don't think it is "fill". In all the other occupations, each word starts with a capital letter, this word doesn't and the other capital Fs are different. Could be Gill as a similar letter has been transcribe as this (Gelder, - but I have no idea what it means!

Edit; see Chris has found it - well done!


RStar Report 20 Jul 2013 13:31

It IS gill...just googled and it makes sense. Thankyou Potty!


CupCakes Report 20 Jul 2013 13:47

Found on the web - National Archives
The Amalgamated Society of Wool-Comb, Hackle and Gill Makers - Yorkshire


Gins Report 20 Jul 2013 17:49

1871 England Census
Name:William Pearson


Estimated Birth Year:abt 1850


Father's Name:
James Pearson

Mother's Name:
Selena Pearson


Where born:Leeds, Yorkshire, England

Civil Parish:Holbeck

Ecclesiastical parish:Holbeck

County/Island:Yorkshire Country:England

Registration District:Holbeck
Sub-registration District:Holbeck
ED, institution, or vessel:33
Household Schedule Number:83
Folio:48 Page Number:16

Elizabeth Batty 47
George Hodgson 56
Thomas Hodgson 33
Mary Beaumont 75
James Pearson 44
Selena Pearson 44
William Pearson 21 <<<<<<<<<<<Fish Hawker
James Pearson 19

Im guessing that ties in with the earlier census, as in, occupation?

Edit: Sorry, I was linking 'gill' to fish...doh!


RStar Report 20 Aug 2013 21:07

Yes, I think this is them. He also named his daughter Selina. Thankyou. x