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Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC)

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC) Report 16 Jun 2004 22:17

Greeting’s. . . Nicola. . . No Quay Carter found but educated guess . . . . . CARTER See CARRIER. CARRIER A person who drove a vehicle used to transport goods. Leigh. . . . EMBOSSER A person who moulded or carved designs that were raised above the surface of the material. I think the “ Chacer” part is in fact the below. . . CHASER An engraver. ARTISAN A skilled tradesman. Hope this is of help for both of you.


Leigh Report 16 Jun 2004 22:53

Thank you Mike, much appreciated. Leigh

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC)

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC) Report 16 Jun 2004 23:16

Leigh. . . . Your very welcome. . . . There is a memorial to a " Professional Bicyclist " Here in Leicester's Welford Road Cemetery But reading the notes on it he was a racer and if he had not been killed in Birmingham he would have been in the English Team for the Olympics. MIKE.


Leigh Report 17 Jun 2004 20:05

Strangley enough, my Professional Bicyclists are also from Birmingham! The wife's occupation is listed as 'Other Games' and I have seen a couple of old photo's of their children on stage on various bicycles. Can't quite picture what they actually did though, I guess times have changed a little in that respect. I'm still to discover anything about the Company/Troup they belonged too.


SheilaWestWilts Report 18 Jun 2004 11:44

Anne - I have come across a 'dokey driver' (1901 census). Could this be 'donkey' (they did live near Bournemouth)!!! Sheila

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC)

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC) Report 18 Jun 2004 14:03

Greeting's Sheila. . . . DONKEY BOY or MAN The driver of a carriage for passengers. It also related to the engine which pulled the trucks under ground in coalmines. But has it was near to Bournemouth then it could well be he drove the Donkeys to and from the beach each day.


Kerry Report 23 Jun 2004 09:44

just nudging this very useful thread back up the boards! And whilst I'm here anyone know what a Tube Drawer was? Thank you!

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC)

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC) Report 23 Jun 2004 11:23

Greeting's Kerry. . . . . From my little books :- TUBEDRAWER A person who made tubes.


Kerry Report 24 Jun 2004 16:55

Thanks Mike!


Geoff Report 25 Jun 2004 10:35

A 13 year old on the 1861 census - "Boy of all work"

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC)

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC) Report 25 Jun 2004 13:19

Greeting’s Frances. . . HOUSE KEEPER. . . I would think this could have been done equally by a Man CUTLER A knife seller or sharpener RIPPER or RIPPIER A person who sold fresh water fish at the markets. ( Interesting wonder if there was a mistranslation from the word MUSSEL ) A maker and seller of baskets. Or were they into recycling Muslin in those days ? JOURNEYMAN A craftsman who had served an apprenticeship and was no longer bound to serve a master. Distinguished on one side from apprentice, on the other from master Geoff. . . . Wonder if an alternative could have been :- BACK'US BOY A kitchen servant, (from "back of the house").


Geoff Report 25 Jun 2004 16:28

Re: Housekeeper -I think I've also seen Horsekeeper.


Geoff Report 25 Jun 2004 17:02

You must remember that the page you have seen was already transcribed - it was not the one that was filled in at the house, but a copy.


Leigh Report 25 Jun 2004 21:41

Any takers on a 'Writers Clerk'? Assume it to be a clerical job, but is it for something specific? Thanks Leigh

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC)

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC) Report 25 Jun 2004 22:26

Greeting's Leigh. . . . From my little book. . . . WRITER A person employed to write. A scribe. A clerk etc. Two paths of thought here. . . . 1 It was written down by enumerator as " Writer" and then he added Clark. 2 The person was a Clark to a writer. If No. 1. then hope the royalties are still rolling in . . .lol.


Leigh Report 25 Jun 2004 23:47

If there are any royalities, they are certainly not coming my way!! I'll live in hope though! Cheers again!


Maxine Report 26 Jun 2004 16:23

Hi Ann, Could you tell me what a mantle cutter is please. Thank you Maxine

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC)

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC) Report 26 Jun 2004 20:30

Greeting's Maxine. . . . From my little books. . . MANTLE FOREWOMAN A highly skilled dressmaker. So I would think a " cutter" was the person who cut the article out from the pattern


Chris Report 26 Jun 2004 21:14

My Great Grandfather was a Skewer Maker (not sure exactly what that is) (making meat Skewers?!)

Debi Coone

Debi Coone Report 26 Jun 2004 21:15

Hello there In the 1891 census I have 2 rellies recorded occupations as ROLLER?!?!? Can you shed any light please on this? Thank you in advance : ) Much happiness Debi