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Are You My Cousin?: The Labor of My Ancestors

Are You My Cousin?

Discovering My Ancestors -- One Cousin at a Time

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I tell the stories of my ancestors’ lives. Whether they lived 20 years ago or 200 years ago, they each have a story to tell. Some ancestors tell their stories willingly. Others must have their stories carefully teased from the records. Sometimes the stories are sad. Sometimes the stories are happy. Sometimes the stories are just funny. Regardless, my ancestors’ stories shaped their lives and the lives of those that followed. Come and share in the tales!

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Labor of My Ancestors

With Labor Day upon us, I began thinking about the type of work my ancestors did. I thought it might be fun to make a list of the occupations they did. So I started with my paternal side of the family:

*Farmer

Okay, this might be a very short list! My grandfather Crafton Talbott was the first of the family to leave the family farm. He was very gifted mechanically and worked in maunfacturing eventually retiring from JP Stevens.

I moved onto my maternal side of the family.

*Farmer (I'm seeing a trend here.)
*Maker of turpentine
*Sawmill owner - I think they made lumber from the pine trees they cut down to make turpentine.
*Shoemaker
*Construction worker
*Minister
*Postmaster

Okay, cousins....let me know what other occupations our ancestors did.

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