Sunday, September 22, 2013

Now THAT'S a Job!

I was indexing this morning before church. They were passenger lists from the late 1800's. One woman, no age given, listed her occupation as "spinster." Ten minutes later I found another "spinster." This second Irish lass, however, was the ripe old age of 19. They called 'em young back in the day! Also, I can't help but wonder if there was a shortage of American spinsters in the 1800's, so we had to bring more in?

1 comment:

Cathy said...

Spinster once meant someone who spins thread. I'm not sure when the complete crossover date was for the altered meaning. It's very possible that the women may have spun thread for a living.