Western Pennsylvania Family History Research

Occupations on the Census

Bar Keeper
one who tends or keeps a bar for alcoholic beverages
Blacksmith
one who works in iron with a forge to make products, such as tools, machine parts, and horseshoes. To make the iron malleable, he heats the iron in a forge and hammers it into shape on an anvil.
Boat Builder
one who builds boats
Bore Setter
one who makes vertical shafts for mines
Brick Maker
one who makes bricks
Cabinet Maker
one who builds furniture and cabinetry from wood
Carder
one who brushes with a card animal or vegetable fibers in order to clean, disentangle, and order them in preparation for spinning.
Carpenter
one who shapes and assemble structural woodwork esp. in the construction of buildings, tunnels, and mines
Chair Maker
one who assembles chairs
Clerk
Clothier
one who deals in clothes, esp. one who sells clothes
Collier
coal miner
Cowman
one who raises cattle, generally on a ranch
Esquire
a landed country gentleman
Farmer
one who raises food crops for food and profit
Filler
Founder
one who casts metals
Grocer
shopkeeper who sells food
Gunsmith
one who makes or repairs small firearms
Harness Maker
Inn Keeper
one who owns or operates an inn
Iron Master
one who manufactures or deals in iron
Joiner
one who finishes interior woodwork, doors, molding, stairs, etc.
Keeper
custodian or caretaker
Laborer
Lumberman
one employed in the lumber business; one who buys and sells lumber
Mason
one who builds with stone or brick
Merchant
one who buys and sells products for profit; shopkeeper
Miller
one who owns or operates a mill
Millwright
one who maintains the inner workings of a mill
Miner
one who digs ore from a mine
Moulder
Ore Burner
Ore Digger
miner
Physician
medical practicioner
Plasterer
one who works with plaster, esp. one who applies plaster to a building
Potter
one who makes earthenware goods such as pots, dishes, and bowls
Sawyer
School Teacher
one who educates children in a school house
Shoemaker
one who makes and repairs footwear
Stone Mason
stonecutter; one who builds with stone
Tailor
one who makes, alters, and repairs clothes, esp. mens' suits, coats, etc.
Tanner
one who processes cow hides in the manufacture of leather
Teamster
one who drives a team of horses for a living
Wagoner
one who drives a wagon
Wagon Maker
one who makes wagons
Watchmaker
Weaver
one who makes cloth by weaving
Wood Chopper