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Two old occupations revealed.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:

I have come across two old occupations which I am wondering what they are.  Can you tell me what these ancestors did for a living?  One ancestor was a "millpeck" and the other a "Japanner".

 

Answer:

The occupation of Mill peck was one who would travel to the local mills and sharpen the mill stone(s).  The grinding surface of a mill stone would eventually wear down, and a new surface would be carved from the stone.  The occupation of the Japanner would be one who worked with applying varnishes to various types or wooden surfaces. 

 


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