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1841 Census occupation?

Postby maplerose » Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:15 pm

Hi All

I would appreciate someone who is used to reading census entries to advise what they think James Bruerton's occupation is in this 1841 Census snip. It looks to me like 'Gen L Filer' - general labourer filer, but not sure what that means, if I'm reading it correctly. The Census took place in Darlaston, Staffordshire. (Piece: 979, Book: 5, Folio: 7, Page: 7). Any suggestions appreciated. Thank you, Mel.
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Re: 1841 Census occupation?

Postby Sylcec » Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:59 am

If you look at the whole page there are several other men with the same or similar occupations. I think the first word is possibly Gun - not sure what the L stands for - could be labourer - the last word yes is Filer. Other similar occupations on the page are ?Gun L Forger, there's also a screw forger. Looks to me like Darlaston was an area of metal work - yes, checked on Genuki, major iron and steel works in the area.
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Re: 1841 Census occupation?

Postby meekhcs » Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:26 am

Googling Gun L Filer brought up the possibility of L=Lock
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Re: 1841 Census occupation?

Postby maplerose » Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:43 am

Thanks so much for the responses :)
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