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For this week’s mission (should you decide to accept it), answer the question:
1)  What were the occupations of your ancestors?
2)  Please go back several generations (say parents or grandparents or great-grandparents) and list the occupations that they had in the records you’ve found for them.  You could do this, say, by ancestor table number.
1. Me

  • Teacher
  • Librarian
  • Technology Coordinator

2. my dad

  • Teacher

3. my mother

  • Medical Secretary

4. Leon Russel Crawford

  • worked for Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad in Dodge City, Kansas

5. Winnie Letha Currey Crawford

  • Clerk for Eckle’s Department Store in Dodge City, Kansas

6. Edward Osmond Briles

  • 1918 – ran a threshing machine
  • 1923 – Owner Briles Garage in Iola, Kansas
  • 1927 – manager of local feed grinding and shelling plant in Iola, Kansas
  • 1930 – manager of a picture show in Buffalo, Kansas
  • 1932 – owner of Lyric Theater in Emporia, Kansas

7. Pauline Edith Mentzer Briles

  • Babysitter after death of husband

8. Judson Foster Crawford

  • worked for Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad in Dodge City, Kansas

9. Josie Winifred Hammond Crawford

  • Homemaker

10. Hiram Miles Currey

  • 1900 – Magnetic Healer (according to census) – Delaware Township, Leavenworth County, KS
  • 1907 – carpenter – Lansing, Kansas
  • 1910 – farmer – Rooks County, Kansas
  • 1915 – teamster – Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1919/1920 – baker at a cone factory – Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1925 – section hand – Logan, Gray County, KS
  • 1930 – carpenter – Dodge City, KS

11. Winnie Mae Hutchinson Currey

  • Homemaker

12. Edward Grant Briles

  • farmer – Coffey County, Kansas

13. Frances Arlissa ‘Artie’ Ricketts Briles

  • homemaker

14. Charles Oliver Mentzer

  • farmer – Woodson County, Kansas

15. Nettie Adell Wells Mentzer

  • homemaker

16. Washington Marion Crawford

  • farmer – prior to civil war
  • attempted farming after civil war – but disabilities made this difficult
  • built boarding house in Dodge City, Kansas
  • “selected to look after soldier’s home” at Fort Dodge, Ford County, Kansas

17. Mary Foster Crawford

  • homemaker
  • caregiver – took care of husband after his return from the civil war
  • Boarding House operator

18. Richmond Fisk Hammond

  • farmer
  • carpenter

19. Sarah Ellen Ralston Hammond

  • homemaker

20. Hiram M. Currey

  • farmer

21. Angelina Jane Burke Currey

  • homemaker

22. Albert Hutchinson

  • farmer

23. Julia Harding Hutchinson

  • homemaker

24. Noah Washington Briles

  • farm laborer
  • farmer

25. Sarah Jane Thompson Briles

  • homemaker

26. James Marshall Ricketts

  • farmer

27. Rachel Elmeda Christy Ricketts

  • homemaker

28. George Mentzer

  • farm hand
  • clerk in grocery store
  • helped establish first hotel in Kewanee
  • domestic servant
  • farmer
  • Stockholder – Yates Center Creamery Association

29. Emeline Minnick Mentzer

  • homemaker

30. Thurston Kennedy Wells

  • carpenter – Madison County, New York
  • laborer – Lykins County, Kansas

31. Salome Adell Crandall Wells

  • homemaker

32. Nelson G. Crawford

  • farmer

34. Zebulon Foster

  • farmer

36. Horatio Hammond

  • farmer

38. James Barr Ralston

  • farmer

40. Hiram M. Currey

  • lawyer

42. Henry F. Burke

  • likely a farmer — owned land in Platte County, Missouri before his death

44. Aaron Hutchinson

  • unknown

46. William Gillies Harding

  • farmer

48. Alexander Briles

  • farmer

50. William Taylor Thompson

  • farmer

52. John Lewis Ricketts

  • farmer

54. Samuel Christy

  • farmer

56. Phillip Andrew Mentzer

  • unknown

58. John Minnick

  • shoe maker

60. Ozias Wells

  • Unknown

62. Lewis Crandall

  • likely a farmer in Van Buren County, Iowa

64. James Crawford

  • farmer

68. Richard Foster

  • likely a farmer in Pike County Ohio

70. Dr. Edward Ostrander

  • Doctor

72. Jason Hammond

  • Unknown

74. Jonathan Fisk

  • Unknown

76. David Franklin Ralson

  • farmer

78. James B. McCormick

  • Unknown

80. Hiram Mirick Currey

  • preacher
  • teacher
  • Ohio state treasurer

82. Peter Harris

  • Unknown

84. John Burke

  • employed in agriculture

86. Eli Bland

  • likely a farmer – Cumberland County, Kentucky

88. Aaron Hutchinson

  • engaged in agriculture

90. _____ Merry

  • Unknown

92. William Harding

  • Unknown

94. _____ Fowler

  • Unknown

96. John Briles

  • farmer

98. Noah Rush

  • farmer

100. John Thompson

  • farmer

102. James Evans

  • farmer

104. Edward Ricketts

  • landowner – likely a farmer

106. John C. Reed

  • farmer

108. Ebenezer Christy

  • Unknown

110. Isom Gallimore

  • farmer

112. Phillip Andre Mentzer

  • Unknown

114. Oliver Miles

  • Unknown

116. _____ Minnick

  • Unknown

118. _____ Jones

  • Unknown

120. Green Wells

  • farmer

122. John Kennedy

  • Unknown

124. Hampton Lillibridge Crandall

  • farmer

126. _____ Nafus

  • Unknown

This exercise pointed out:

  • Many of my ancestors engaged in agriculture
  • My use of the ‘occupation’ fact is too infrequent
  • Work is needed to identify all of the ‘unknown’ occupations

Thank you, Randy Seaver, for this challenge to look at my data in a different way!