52 Ancestors 2015: #36 Occupations

Week 36 (September 3-9) – Working for a Living: September 7 is Labor Day in the United States. Write about an ancestor and his or her occupation.

I’ve always found that what my ancestors did for an occupation, a fascinating thing. Many of my ancestors were farmers or seafaring folk – fishers, sailors and whalermen. There were a few that really stood out, however…

John Lothrop (1584-1683) Parish curate in England to minister in Scituate, Massachusetts Bay Colony.

William Bradford (1590-1657) Governor & architect of the Mayflower Compact

William Brewster (1560-1644)  Printer & postmaster, English teacher in Scrooby, England – became minister in Massachusetts Colony and acted as a governor in his own right as well as adviser to William Bradford.

Willard Holt Eldredge (1882-1957)- carpenter – house to fish factory to house

Francis Ralph Roach (1892-1966) – “timber” at shoe manufactory in 1920 to crane operator at shoe factory in 1930 to ‘laborer/wage salary in gov’t work’ in 1940

Mary Mildred O’Keefe/Keith (1896-1960)  Burlesque dancer

George Gerhardt Graff (1834-1892) carriage manufacturing and carpenter

Henry William Graff (1890-1971) 1920 – Farmer on his own farm, 1930 foreman in a die casting business, 1940 tool maker

Henry Graff (1863-1941) – 1880 blacksmith apprentice for a carriage making business, 1900 Photographer in Manhattan, 1920 photographer in Boston, MA

Harry Nelson Reynolds (1896-1963) – 1920 “Fitter” at Nordey boxes, 1930 “leather maker” at a belt shop, 1940 Section foreman in Danielson, CT  (Addendum from my Uncle, Henry Graff: ” He was a cook in a lumber camp in Maine.. They called him Cookie. I was only 13 when he died but I can still remember the great boiled dinners he cooked. His Jacob Cattle baked beans were great also. When he was part of the Danielson Mfg. Company (DANCO) start up in the 1930’s he was the guy in charge of mixing the glue (chemist) they used in making the glued up cowhide “LUGS”. They were wear strips/ shock absorbers that went on looms to absorb the energy of the shuttles.They also developed the leather/ glue material and made “Dead Blow” hammers.” )

Thomas Pendleton, Sr (1717-1809) “Tradition says that Thomas was a whaler-man, and that on one of his voyages to Greenland, he put in at Castine, where, excited by the beauty of the Penobscot Bay region, he determined to settle.”

Louis Fremont Lougee(1856-1924)- 1920 Carpenter “building industry” “own account” so likely a contractor/carpenter

John Milton Roberts (1858-1939) – farmer – he owned his own farm, land likely given when he married Carrie Hawkins by her grandfather, Samuel Hawkins, who owned
the land first. The photo is of John’s wife, Carrie, churning butter in the barn.

Carrie in the barn, churning butter

Carrie in the barn, churning butter

Samuel Melville Hawkins (1824-1902) – ran a trading post where he traded with the white settlers and the native tribes of Miqmac and Passamaquoddy, then a farmer. At one point he was also the town treasurer for Wesley, Washington County, Maine.

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