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Ask a Genealogist: What was a Sleymaker?

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Question:

Can I ask you if you have heard of the occupation for a woman as a "Sleymaker"? I do not assume this has anything to do with the production of sleighs.

Answer:

In the trade of weaving the "Sleymaker" was the person who seperated the thread into two or more sections.

The Online Genealogist: The value of currency from 1778.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  In 1778, my Litchfield, Conn. ancestor was sued for 3,000 pounds for beating up a man in a neighboring town. Three thousand pounds sounds like a great deal of money - how much would that be worth in today's terms?

Answer: In 1778 the value of 3,000pounds would be in 2011 dollars worth $ 442,656.17

The following website is where I did the conversion for you - http://uwacadweb.uwyo.edu/numimage/currency.htm

 

 

 


The Online Genealogist: What was a Flusherman?

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David Allen Lambert

David ALlen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Can you tell me what the old occupation of a "Flusherman" was?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Answer:   A "Flusherman" was an old term for a plumber, or one who would flush out water pipes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

The Online Genealogist: Founder of the Knights of Columbus was a relative.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: My grand father told us we were related to the founder of the Knights of Columbus organization.  Do you know the surname of the founder?

Answer:  The Knights of Columbus was founded by Rev. Michael J. McGivney (1852-1890).  In 1882 the organization was started by him and some of the parishoner's of St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Conn.


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