Colonial Occupations

  • ALMONER Giver of charity
  • ANANUENSIS Secretary or Stenographer
  • BLUESTOCKING Female writer
  • BONIFACE Keeper of an inn
  • BURGOMASTER Mayor
  • CHANDLER Candlemaker
  • CHIFFONIER Ragpicker
  • COLPORTEUR Peddler of books
  • CORDWAINER Made shoes
  • COSTERMONGER Peddler of fruits and vegetables
  • CROWNER Coroner
  • DOCKER Stevedore
  • DOWSER Water finder
  • FLETCHER Made bows and arrows
  • FULLER Cleaned and finished cloth
  • GAOLER Jailer
  • GLAZIER Window glassman
  • HATCHELER Combed or carded flax
  • HOOPER Made hoops for casks
  • HOSTLER (or Ostler) Groomed horses
  • LEECH or SAWBONES Physician
  • MANCIPLE Steward
  • MINTMASTER Issued local currency
  • PEREGRINATOR Itinerant wanderer
  • PERUKER Wigmaker
  • PETTIFOGGER Shyster lawyer
  • PUMBUM WORKER Plumber
  • RATTLEWATCH Town watchman
  • SCRUTINEER Election judge
  • SHRIEVE Sheriff
  • SNOBSCAT Repaired shoes
  • SORTOR Tailor
  • STUFFGOWNSMAN Junior barrister
  • TIDE WAITER Customs inspector
  • TIPSTAFF Policeman
  • VULCAN Blacksmith
  • WEBSTER Operated looms
  • WHARFINGER Owner of a wharf
  • WHITEWING Streetsweeper

This information from "Old Farmer's Almanac," reprinted in Dec. 1986
by "Roots Digest," Ronald A. Bremer, Publisher

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