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Michael Sandford
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« on: August 23, 2013, 03:10:16 AM »

Using the familysearch.org pages of the Census for 1881 for England and Wales, I have analysed the occupations of all 'adult' males (ie born in 1863 or earlier so age 18 and over). I have grouped occupations from 333 Breretons into 42 types.
No.   OCCUPATION
31   Building worker
26   Farmers & sons
25   Labourer
24   Clerk
19   Agricultural Labourer
18   Blacksmiths
18   Mechanic/metalworker
17   Driver/coachman/groom
15   Miner
14   Woodworker
11   Manager/business head
11   Clergyman
10   Potter
9   Shopkeeper/Publican
8   Seaman/boatman
6   No Occupation
6   Shoemaker
6   Teacher
5   Messenger/porter
5   Servant
5   Tailor
4   Dentist/doctor
3   Bricklayer master
3   Civil engineer
3   Shop assistant
3   Silkweaver
3   Warder/fireman/police
2   Chemist/Druggist/optician
2   Coachsmith etc
2   Cooper
2   Farm bailiff etc
2   Foreman/overlooker
2   Soldier
2   Student
2   Surveyor/water inspector
2   Watchmaker
1   Annuitant
1   Billiard player
1   Dramatic critic
1   Master hairdresser
1   Pig dealer
1   Prisoner
1   Ship Officer
333   TOTAL

Around 60-70% of these Breretons are in manual occupations and would not use reading and writing skills in their work.

I can't really imagine that Billiard Player was much of an occupation. Since this Brereton was born at Lincoln's Inn I wonder whether he was an educated, but layabout, son of a lawyer.

According to http://www.bl.uk/collections/early/victorian/pr_intro.html 80% of husbands were able to write their name (sign) in marriage registers in 1881.  Many Brereton males would have been married long before 1881 when the signing rate was lower - about 70%.

When one's ancestral line contains labourers and other unskilled occupations one often encounters genealogical brickwalls around the beginning of the 19th century. This is one area where Y-DNA testing may help to link families.
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