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A search for a London Oilman in 1717,

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: While reviewing some church records for my ancestor in London I found his occupation.  In 1717 in the burial register he is listed as an "oilman".  I think of the oil man who brings home heating oil, however I feel this was much different then.


Answer: An Oil man in 1717 London would have sold the oil used for lamps.  He may have also been involved in the sales of oil lamps.  I would examine a probate for him and see the contents of his personal estate.

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