|Green Colwell, Huckster, 1870 Tallapoosa, AL|
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Workday Wednesday - Occupation: Huckster
I have run across a couple of ancestors in the 1870 census whose occupations are listed as "huckster." This immediately brings to mind a devious snake-oil salesman, and the origin of the word seems to be someone who resold watered-down goods to those too poor to buy quality products. However, during this time period, the word appears to have merely meant salesman. Anything from selling products from a wagon to having a shop in a stall at a market.
Green Colwell had been a farmer in earlier census records, however, here he is at age 62 in post-Civil War Alabama. I would love to know what he was selling. By the next census, he was back to farming.