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Ask a Genealogist: What was a wharfinger in the 1790's?

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I found that my ancestor is listed by occupation as a "Wharfinger" on a Suffolk County deed in 1793.  I am not sure what this occupation was.


A wharfinger was someone who owned a wharf, or owned a share of a wharf.  You may located a deed when he purchased the wharf in the Suffolk County deeds.  NEHGS has all the early Suffolk County Deeds available in our Microtext area.  These cover the 1630's until the early 20th century.

Posted by David Lambert at 05/31/2013 11:54:20 PM | 

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