DuVal Family Occupations

DuVal family members have done many things since 1701. I am researching their occupations from several perspectives.

What do you think they did? Some are predictable, but some might really surprise you.

Here are some of the more interesting or unique occupations I've found from different periods:

almanac calculator
almond huller
antique wooden boat restorer
auctioneer
astronomer (woman - 1910)
author/authoress (including one of our main DuVal genealogists!)
aviator
baker
basket maker/manufacturer
batter maker
blue printer
breeder - thoroughbred cattle
bridge keeper
broom maker - 1920
boiler washer - steam railroad
bus boy - newpapers
bus driver - telephone and power company
calendar man - rubber shop
candy merchant - wholesale
canner - oysters
canoga blacksmith
canvasser - 1900
capitalist (men and women)
captain - steamboat
car inspector - railroad (1910 - New Mexico) carriage polisher
casket drummer
Chancellor
charger - zinc smelter
chef - railroad
chemist and gasterologist (1930 - deaf)
Chief Justice - Supreme Court (Hawaii)
Chiropracter
chopper in the woods
church organ builder
cigar maker (young children working with widowed mother - 1900)
church organ builder
church organist
citrus grower
coach maker
comptometor operator
confectionary store owner
convict
cornice maker
county cattle tick inspector
cowboy
cracker factory worker
curator - art assistant (woman - 1900 - Oregon)
custodian - Confederate Soldiers Home
daguerrian
deaconess - Episcopalian
decorator - private homes (1910 - male)
dictaphone operator
dingman - automobile manufacturer
disabled veteran
ditch rider (USRS)
ditchman - railroad
donkey engineer - logging camp (1930 - Oregon)
doorman - dance hall (1930 - Washington State)
driller (oil and other)
drummer
embroiderer
ex-farmer (1870 Virginia)
farm laborer (under age 10)
farmer - mushroom farm (1910 - Missouri)
federal prohibition agent (1920)
fumigator (1918 - California)
gardener - florist (1930 - Mississippi)
geographer
gentleman
glassworker
gun shop owner
handkerchief maker
harbor master
horse breaker for the Army
huckster
ice cream maker (woman - 1891 - Idaho)
idiot
inmate (insane asylums and penitentiaries)
instructress - telephone company (1920)
Internal Revenue Service (1880 - VA)
Interior Decorator
Jack At All Trades
Lady - 2 (1860)
learned professional (1840) levi inspector logging skidder
loom fixer
luthier and violin maker
maker/former - candy store
mangle operator - laundry
master - steamboat (1860 - Virginia)
matron - Industrial School (1900 - Virginia)
mayor
meat inspector
nickel plater
optimist (1930 - Kentucky)
orange grower
organ maker
oyster planter (1900 - Virginia)
packer - catsup factory (1900 - West Virginia)
park ranger
patient (insane asylum)
paver
pedlar
porter to the mines (1850 - Missouri)
portmaster
promoter - oil wells
property manager - motion pictures
public roads administrator
pump tester
railroad bridge builder
railroad car builder
Ringling Brothers
rock driller
rug weaver
saddle and harness maker
saloon keeper
sanitary inspector (1900 - Kentucky)
school carpenter
school owner
selective service
sexton - country church (age 16 - 1910 - Illinois)
sheep foreman - (1920 - Arizona)
sign painter
soap manufacturer
social security board
social services - Red Cross
soldier
solicitor
speculator(woman)
sporting
sprinkler fitter
stable foreman
stock herder (age 14 - 1900 - Texas)
stone cutter
sugar grinder
tanner
taxi driver (1925 - Kansas)
time clock agency - proprietor (1930 - California)
toolmaker - radio factory
tour court operator
turner (1900 - West Virginia)
trunk maker
U.S. Border Patrol
U.S. Naval Gun Factory
U.S. Senator
U.S. Weather Bureau
uncertain (1918 - Nebraska)
upfitter - carriages
upholsterer - automobiles
violin maker
voice culturess
wagonmaker
watchmaker
weighmaster - soap factory

More Common Occupations:

Accountant
Actor/actress/entertainer/show business/singer/vocalist
Advertisor
Agent
Apprentice
Architect
Army/Navy/Air Force/Marine Corps
Artist
Assembler
Attorney/Lawyer/Judge/Justice/Jurist/Magistrate
Auditor
Automobiles - all things Banker
Barber
Bartender
Blacksmith
Bookkeeper
Bottler
Brakeman - railroad
Brick mason/brick layer/brickwork contractor
Broker
Building contractor
Butcher
Candymaker
Canner
Captain - Steamboat
Carpenter
Cashier
Cattleman
Cement contractor/worker
Chauffeur
Chemist
Child Labrorer
Clergyman/Minister/Pastor/Preacher/Priest
Clerk
Clerk - Deputy - Courthouse
Coach maker
Coal dealer
Coal miner
Collector
Commercial traveller
Commissioner of Revenue
Compositor
Conductor-Railroad
Contractor
Correspondent
Cotton buyer
Cotton mill - spinner/spooler
Credit man
Day Laborer
Delivery boy/deliveryman
Dentist
Department executive/manager
Dictaphonist
Die Setter
Dispatcher
Distributor
Doctor/Physician/Surgeon
Draftsman
Dressmaker
Driver
Druggist/Pharmacist
Editor
Electrical Engineer
Electrician
Engineer
Farmer/Farm Hand/Farm Laborer (general farm, dairy, fruit, sheep)
Fireman - railroad
Flagman - railroad
Grocer
Hairdresser
Hardware Merchant
Harness Maker
Hay Baler
Hotel Keeper
House Keeper
Inspector
Insurance Agent/Inspector/Lawyer/Writer
Invalid
Janitor
Jeweller
Journalist
Laborer
Laundry
Librarian
Lineman - telegraph/telephone
Linotype operator
Livestock dealer
Locomotive engineer
Lumber checker/clerk/dealer/laborer/merchant/salesman
Lumberman
Machinist
Mail carrier/clerk
Manager
Mechanic
Merchant
Millener
Miller
Mine Operator
Miner
Motorman
Moulder
Museum curator/librarian
Music teacher
Musician
Newsboy
Nurse
Odd Jobs
Officer - Army
Oil Producer
Oiler
Operator
Opthamologist
Own Income
Owner
Oysterman
Packer
Painter
Patient(lunatic asylums)
Patrolman/Policeman/Sheriff/Constable/Deputy Sheriff/Police Officer
Patternmaker
Photographer
Piano teacher
Piano tuner
Pier Agent
Pilot - harbor boat/steamboat
Pipe Fitter
Pipe Line
Planter
Plasterer
Plumber
Postmaster/postal clerk/postman/letter carrier
Poultry processor/poultry specialist/poultryman
Practitioner - Christian Science
President(many various companies)
Press feeder/operator
Printer
Proofreader
Proprietor
Publisher - newspaper
Purchasing agent
Railroad agent
Railroad clerk/conductor/engineer/freight trucker/laborer/machinist/signal service/snipe/switchmaqn/tie inspector/section hand
Rancher/Ranchman
Real Estate Agent/Broker/Salesman/Realtor
Registrar
Reporter - newspaper
Revenue commissioner/officer
Saddler
Sailor
Sales Manager/salesman/saleslady
Sawyer
Seamstress
Secretary
Seed farmer/Seedman
Self-employed
Servant
Sheet metal worker
Shipyard
Shoe factory/shoe maker/salesman/side stayer/stitcher/worker
Smelter
Stenographer
Stereotyper
Stevadore
Stock buyer/farmer/herder/raiser/tender/stockman
Student
Superintendent
Supervisor
Surveyor
Tailor/tailoress
Tax Collector
Tobacco Buyer/Broker/Salesman
Teacher/Principal/Professor
Teamster
Telegraph operator/telegrapher
Telephone operator
Tinner
Tire builder/moulder
Tobacco broker/buyer/clerk/dealer/manufacturer/salesman/tobacconist
Traveller/travelling salesman
Treasurer
Truck Driver/trucker/truckman
Typist
Undertaker
Veterinarian
Wagonmaker
Waiter
Watchman
Welder
Wheelwright
Writer


Here's what I'm putting together:
1) Occupations by decade - what did they do and how did they compare with the rest of America?
2) Changes in occupation - how did they adjust to historical and locational changes? For example, cars replaced horses and other new technology appeared.
They moved from one place to another, what did they do in the new place? When the economy turned to a boom or a depression, what did they do?
3) Family dynasties - did they follow in the steps of their father (or mother) or do something else? And why?
4) WW1 - what were our young DuVal men doing during 1917 and 1918 when they registered?
5) WW2 - what were our older DuVal men doing in 1942 when they registered?
6) There have always been DuVal women who did not have the luxury of keeping house especially when their husbands died and they had to support a houseful of children, or their husbands were away fighting, or their father was dead or unable to work.