Genealogy isn’t a solitary hobby.
I am personally inclined to figure out things for myself, spend long hours pursuing facts hidden in books or archives and try to go it alone. But I only get so far.
One of the more frustrating black holes (see Black Holes) in my family tree is my paternal great-great-great grandfather, Henry Martin Harris (1811-1876). Some of the details of his life are clear and easily documented; others are murky and hard to pin down.
I’ll tell you more about him in a later post, but today what I need is a little help from you. In the 1860 Federal Census for Wayne County, Indiana, my great-great-great grandfather’s occupation is hard to read. I’ve looked at it for long periods of time. I’ve put it away and looked at it later. I’ve shared it with my wife (who even feigned a little interest). I’ve shown it to my co-workers. And I can’t figure it out.
So I’ve posted two images. The one above is the whole entry for the household. It gives you a little sense of the handwriting of the census worker (I bet he had no idea that 150 years later I’d be trying to decipher what he scribbled down at Henry Harris’ house that day).
The other image is a close-up of the middle column–just his occupation.
I’d love to hear anybody’s best guess of what that occupation is. Maybe later I’ll give you more of the (admittedly murky) details of Henry’s life and maybe that will help. But for now, I just want your best visual guess of what it says.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a reply on this post or comment on Facebook.
Your help is appreciated!