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Carolyn Report 15 Jun 2008 06:57

Can anyone tell me what did an 'OILMAN' do in 1882 (in Ipswich, England)?
My g/grandfather stated his occupation as oilman on my grandfather's birth certificate.

Just curious,


SueMaid Report 15 Jun 2008 07:30

An oilman was someone who sold lamp oil. Hope this helps.


OH Report 15 Jun 2008 07:43

I will ask my trusted long distance cousin in Canada,
he researches all this stuff.
will get back to ya.

Morning/afternoon to ya's.


AnnCardiff Report 15 Jun 2008 09:30

an oilman was someone who delivered oil to peoples' houses for their oil lamps - my Dad told me that when he was little and in school he and his brother used to run home chasing George the Oil in his horse and cart - their mother used to get very annoyed with them cos Dad had asthma and he could hardly breathe when he arrived home!! So there you have it. selling oil for lamps!!

Ann X

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°o.OOº°‘¨Claire in Wales¨‘°ºOO.o° Report 15 Jun 2008 09:45

This site is always worth a look for old occupations

~~~~~~~ to Ann


Claddagh Report 15 Jun 2008 19:46

In several of Miss Read's books, one of the characters, Nelly Piggot, runs off with the oilman.He went around the houses with oil for sale, don't know what it was used for though.


OH Report 16 Jun 2008 05:50

Sorry but you are all wrong, I have just now been sent a copy of an Oilmans bill from 1772.
Do you want a copy?