A week and a half ago I posted “Census Sunday: Census raises questions concerning George Van Horn.” The responses I received via personal messages and Facebook made me realize the first letter is clearly a S and that makes so much more sense. George Van Horn was a sawyer in the 1850 Census in
Ten years later he appears in Philadelphia as a farmer. I
never could understand how one went from a lawyer to a farmer. This makes
So what is a sawyer?A sawyer is defined as “one who sawed trees or wood by hand at a lumber mill or at a lumbering operation.”
Source:McCutcheon, Marc. “Everyday Life in the 1800s”
Merriam-Webster. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sawyer. Last accessed online 10 December 2014.
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