Kinds of Work




Truck gardens were feasible on smaller pieces of land, such as an immigrant, or a former slave, might be able to afford; hence the gardeners listed in the censuses of our area. If the gardener sold his produce, whether at the market, or in the street, the census might list him as a huckster; there appears not to have been a clear distinction between the two callings.

master butcher did more than cut meat; he bought livestock on the hoof from a drover, slaughtered and preserved in season, and presided over a stand in the market. A currier turned hides into leather for a shoemaker. A sexton dug graves, and guarded the cemetery. A clerk was what we would call a manager or supervisor.

In the table below, Pennsylvanian refers to the southward migration, by people primarily of German descent, from Pennsylvania, while Marylander generally means a person of British descent.




Trades and Professions in Upper Georgetown, 1810 to 1860

Homiller, Michael master butcher
Kengla, Lewis master butcher
Weaver, Michael master butcher
Pauley, Samuel butcher, drover
Blackman, William shoemaker
Cole, Samuel shoemaker
Kuhns, William shoemaker?
Custard, Jacob currier
Riffle, George carpenter
Rhoads, Edward gardener
Colter, Peter gardener, distiller,
Heider, Frederick gardener
Rosenbusch, Traugott gardener
Sherier, Conrad gardener
Yeabower, Christopher butcher
Dill, Peter butcher
Scheele, Daniel blacksmith
Adler, Morris government clerk
Barnaclo, J. M. poorhouse keeper
Stevens, Rezin poorhouse keeper
Hyde, Thomas tannery owner
Clark, Mary Ann investment, slaves
Lay, Richard bank clerk
Stone, Edward butcher
Sherwood, Thomas gardener, huckster
  Free Blacks
Barker, Murray gardener, huckster
Berry, Samuel tanner
Landson, Thomas blacksmith
Ridgely, Henry laborer
Green, John gardener
Cassidy, Patrick sexton



Carlton Fletcher

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