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Pre-war Occupations/Nativity

Definitions of Occupations (A work in progress)

Agent
Generic term - could be an express company agent, an insurance agent, or a station agent (railroad), etc.
Attorney
Self-explanatory, but lawyer, attorney and attorney-at-law are merged into this one category
Bloomer
Produces iron from ore
Carder
Prepares wool for spinning
Carriage Trimmer
A workman employed at the trade of carriage trimming (the uphostering of a carriage with leather, cloth, or other material)
Cooper
A person who makes or repairs casks, barrels, etc.
Cordwainer
Shoemaker
Currier
Cures or tans hides
Diesinker
One that makes or engraves metal dies for stamping or shaping.
Drayman
A dray driver, usually a flat-bed wagon without sides
Farrier
Horse shoer or blacksmith
Hostler/Ostler
Employed to look after the horses of people staying at an inn
Jobber
A buyer in quantity to sell to others (wholesaler), a pieceworker
Joiner
Carpenter, usually works with wood, i.e. doors, windows, stairs, etc.
Mechanic
A worker skilled in making, using, or repairing machines, vehicles, and tools.
Morocco Worker
Leather worker/tanner (frequently with goatskins)
Moulder
Maker of molds or castings, brickmaker
Phrenologist
Diviner of a person's character based on the bumps on a person's head
Rowler
Dictionary says archaic form of roller???

Source: Most these terms came from List of Some Early Occupations; others from The Free Dictionary.