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From: "Ken Aitken" <>
Subject: RE: [APG] Where Did A Marketman Work in Massachusetts
Date: Sat, 21 Sep 2002 12:39:28 -0600
I decided to assume you had not looked in a large dictionary and turned to
Webster's 3rd International dictionary, which told me a marketman worked in
a market and from the context I assumed a public market where one buys
produce or commodities. The Oxford unabridged lists "market man" with an
almost identical definition, but adds a second meaning to include stock
traders as market men. But this is a British dictionary.
Hope this helps. You may need an older dictionary to get at this, or a
disctionary of new england usages.
From: Ray Beere Johnson II [mailto:]
Sent: Saturday, September 21, 2002 12:13 PM
Subject: [APG] Where Did A Marketman Work in Massachusetts
I hope only those who know Massachusetts
history well will answer this. I believe that I
know the answer myself, but the implications in
this case are crucial enough that I wanted to get
a few 'second opinions' to be very sure.
In the 1860 U. S. Census for West Acton,
Massachusetts, a certain man (no names for now)
is listed, with his occupation given as
Marketman. What is crucial in this case is
exactly what this term means AND where exactly
his job was likely to take him. The precise
answer affects my interpretation of the lie a
client's ancestor told.
Because of the sensitive nature of the case
(his ancestor lied about some pretty crucial
information) and since I'm not sure how awkward
the client would find it, I will not give names
or specifics. Sorry about that, but don't want to
embarrass a good client, or cause any pain.
Ray Beere Johnson II - Genealogist
279 East Central Street, Suite 259
P. O. Box 95
Franklin, Massachusetts 02038
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