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1850-1870 Occupations

McHenry County Occupations listed in the 1850 and 1870 Census

County population:

14,978

23,762

     

Occupation

1850

1870

Agriculture dealer

 

2

Artist

 

5

Assist on farm

 

3

Auctioneer

 

1

Baker

1

1

Bank Cashier

 

2

Banker

 

2

Barber

 

4

Beggar

1

 

Bellmaker

 

1

Blacksmith

65

75

Boarding house

 

1

Book agent

 

1

Bookkeeper

 

4

Boot and Shoe Dealer

 

6

Brewer

 

6

Brickmaker

 

9

Brickmason

 

19

Bridge builder

 

3

Butcher

3

10

Cabinetmaker

3

13

Carpenter/joiner

105

161

Cattle broker

 

10

Chairmaker

 

1

Cheese maker

 

7

City clerk

 

1

Clerk Circuit Court

 

1

Clothier

1

 

Coal merchant

 

1

Collar maker

 

1

Commission merchant

 

1

Confectionary store

 

1

Confectioner

 

2

Constable

 

1

Constable/Police Justice

3

3

Cooper

16

9

Corn merchants

 

2

County Surveyor

 

1

County Treasurer

 

1

Crockery Dealer

 

1

Day laborer

40

132

Dentist

 

3

Doorkeeper

1

 

Drayman

 

4

Dressmaker

 

3

Druggist

 

8

Drygoods dealer

 

14

Editor/printer

 

3

Express messenger

 

4

Factory worker

 

5

Farm Laborer

 

344

Farmer

3480

2506

Feed store

 

1

Flouring mill

 

8

Foundry

1

1

Fruit grower

 

2

Furniture Dealer

 

1

General store

 

18

Gentleman

1

 

Gold Seeker

2

 

Grain dealer

 

10

Grocer

7

38

Gunsmith

 

2

Hardware Merchant

46

8

Harness maker

 

19

Hatter

1

 

Hotel cook

 

1

Hotel keeper

 

9

House servant

 

3

Innkeeper

5

 

Insurance agent

 

6

Jeweler

3

7

Judge

 

1

Justice of Peace

1

6

Keeper of biIliard hall

 

1

Keeper of meat market

 

1

Keeping house

 

251

Landlord

4

13

Law Student

1

 

Lawyer

17

15

Lecturer

1

 

Livery stable

 

10

Locomotive engineer

 

3

Lumber dealer

 

8

Lumberman

 

4

Machinist

1

5

Malter

 

1

Manufacture window sashes, doors, and blinds

 

1

Manufacturer

 

6

Marble engraver

 

1

Masonic lecturer

 

1

Mechanic

4

2

Merchant

 

3

Miller

19

22

Milliner

 

5

Millwright

3

1

Minister/clergy

18

31

Molder

 

2

Money Broker

 

1

News Dealer

 

1

Nurseryman

 

10

Painter

6

24

Patent right dealer

 

2

Peddler

2

3

Photographer

 

3

Physician/surgeon

25

39

Plowmaker

2

 

Postmaster

1

9

Printer

6

 

Produce broker

 

8

Public school principal

 

1

Publisher

 

1

Pumpmaker

 

1

Railroad blacksmith

 

6

Railroad conductor

 

7

Railroad contractor

 

2

Railroad employee

 

73

Railroad repair shop

 

1

Railroad section

 

1

Railroad station agent

 

13

Railroad watchman

 

8

Reporter

 

1

Restaurants

 

2

Retired farmer

 

63

Retired merchant

 

16

Retired stationary engineer

 

1

Road agent

 

1

Roundhouse foreman

 

1

Route mail agent

3

2

Saddler

 

1

Sailor

2

 

Sailor

 

2

Salesmen

 

4

Saloon keeper

8

30

School Commissioner

 

1

Sewing Machine Agent

 

1

Sheriff

1

1

Shingle Weaver

1

 

Ship Carpenter

 

1

Shoemaker

46

50

Silversmith

 

1

Smelter

1

 

Sportsman

 

1

Stock dealer

 

4

Stonecutter

 

6

Stonemason

24

24

Store clerk

14

11

Student

5

 

Surveyor

1

 

Tailor

22

22

Teacher

7

15

Teamster

 

14

Tinman

3

 

Tinner

 

1

Tobacconist

 

1

Train agent

 

3

Train dispatcher

 

1

Travel agent

 

3

Veternary

 

3

Wagonmaker/Wheelwright

19

34

Washer woman

 

2

Watchmaker

1

1

Weaver

1

1

Wood sawer

 

1

Wool dealer

 

1

Yankee Notion Shop

 

1

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