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From: "Albert Jenkin" <>
Subject: Re: [CON] miner to mason
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2001 17:21:15 -0500
Brief answers to easy questions: 1) yes, every trade had apprenticeship
rules - some informal, some written and quite demanding 2) yes, lads 11 and
sometimes younger worked in the mines at simple tasks or at pulling carts -
boys were cheaper than donkeys
Mother's second husband would have approved.
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From: "Steve & Lori" <>
Sent: Saturday, March 24, 2001 1:38 AM
Subject: [CON] miner to mason
> My gg grandfather is listed on the 1871 census as a tin miner age 11
Kenneggy Downs. On the 1881 census in Madron, age 21, he is now married and
listed as a mason.
> Question 1: Were masons required to apprentice? Some background sources
and/or info would be greatly appreciated. Believe he still worked with the
mines as a mason.
> Question 2: Was it common practice for children at such an age to be in
the tin mines?
> Thanks in advance
> Lori Sue Johnson nee Richards
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