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Subject: Re: occupation
Date: Sun, 5 Mar 2000 06:39:01 EST
In a message dated 3/5/00 4:21:10 AM GMT Standard Time,
<< I came across the term Whitesmith as an occupation in the 1881 census. Does
anyone know what this involves? Dorothy C. >>
I think it means he was working with light coloured metal ...eg tin as
opposed to a blacksmith who is working with iron.
My dictionary says "a person who finishes and polishes metals particularly
tin plate and galvanised iron"