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occupations

Postby senior » 27 Apr 2009, 15:34

While researching my family I have seen different listings under the heading for occupation on the ships' manifest. The one that puzzles me is "countryman". Does anyone have an explanation for this? The other thing I have had different explanations for is the line drawn through someones' name. Any explanations?
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Looking for names; Cerimeli, Napoleone, DiPasquale,DiGiovanni, Della Morte, Di Marco, Mazzarella.

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Re: occupations

Postby rpucci » 27 Apr 2009, 18:15

Hello Senior!
I posed a similar question a few days ago regarding the names crossed out on the ship manifests. Please check the very helpful responses that I received on that posting.

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Re: occupations

Postby senior » 27 Apr 2009, 18:50

rpucci; thanks for the reply. I'm still wondering about the "countryman" notation, though. Thanks again for the reply
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Looking for names; Cerimeli, Napoleone, DiPasquale,DiGiovanni, Della Morte, Di Marco, Mazzarella.

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Re: occupations

Postby rpucci » 27 Apr 2009, 19:04

I'm not sure about "countryman."
On quite a few manifests, I've also noticed "peasant" as an occupation.
Perhaps countryman is a slightly more polite way to say the same thing??

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Re: occupations

Postby jwazevedo » 27 Apr 2009, 19:14

In many Italian records you'll see the occupation "contadino(a)", and I've seen this translated as peasant, countryman(woman), farmer, and the like. I always imagined that this referred to a person without property who was just trying to survive with a plot of land someplace. The ship's crew would have been familiar with "contadino" and would have made the appropriate translation, I imagine. But I'm not an expert. Wait for our Italian members to weigh in.
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Re: occupations

Postby legnoduro » 28 Apr 2009, 02:21

Hello Senior,
I was told that the terms husbandry, farmer and countryman were used interchangeably (this I found out from LDS researchers and also the Oxford English dictionary). I am a Di Pasquale and am curious where your ancestors are from, maybe we have a connection.

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Re: occupations

Postby senior » 28 Apr 2009, 02:33

Hi legnoduro: interesting, I'm curious as well. I sent you a message via your pm. Thanks for the info.
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Looking for names; Cerimeli, Napoleone, DiPasquale,DiGiovanni, Della Morte, Di Marco, Mazzarella.


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