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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Labor, Labor Day - Beruf - Occupation- Genealogy of my Oldendorf und Roethen Family

Source : Jagd.pdf
Has this image on their website above. I am borrowing it. They have no affiliation with my page.
See a nice post about Hoffman next post.

From the information that I have gathered, this gentelman's [in the photo] uniform is like the uniform that those who worked on the hunt would wear. A gray uniform, a green shirt and the hat,boots. [ It Kind of makes me think of Robin Hood with out the tights. Many drawings I have seen show the pipe. lol]]
You can see the men below wearing the same garb.

What is your occupation? What was your / our ancestors Occupation?
Is it the same as yours perhaps in the paternal line. Does it matter?

Yes, I think it matters, at least it did for me in my search for information on this Meyer family. Actually, I was ignoring the beruf information too long.
The information on the two generations of Meyer being a shepherd [occupation] was a clue I shouldn't have ignored. I knew that Meyer as an occupation was a sort of a farmer or manager of a farm. Often they owned a farm. For some Meyers the occupation of farming the land is sometime passed down to the eldest son when he married and if landowners, he received the land.

The eldest known Meyer son in my case was Wilhelm, who came straight to farming in America after spending all his time in the military in Germany. Unlike his younger brother who avoided the military and went first to America to do labor and later to having his own land [ Long story on that, don't ask me. lol] I think Fred or Fritz also was a carpenter.

The shepherd Meyer at Radenbeck.
Somehow at some point, maybe due to the eldest inheriting, the younger Heinrich Christ. Meyer or his predecessor wandered off to other occupations that they could manage to obtain, which seems to be a schaefer ] cows or sheep?, I am not sure if it designates which] Shepherd in my ancestors case. The rule is A shepherd's son is suppose to marry other shepherds daughters. You stay in your own class or guild. How come they broke the rules?

Johann Juergen married the second born Daughter of a landowner Behrens. Did he become a Hausler in this married state, or did he stay a Shepherd. His son Juergen Friedrich Meyer moved the Meyer up the status ladder to became a hausler, because he married the landlord Luhmann's third or fourth born daughter at Eichdorf.

For some reason Friedrich was able to become a landowner in Oldendorf in 1845. What a step up for him that maybe was not an opportunity for his predecessors. Our Meyer book mostly said simply that he worked as a park warden at the game preserve for Kaiser Wilhelm at Oldendorf at a game reserve [ Roethen]. [I have to assume it is the first one.]

The exact location of Friedrich's home in Oldendorf or Roethen is unknown. Usually the people lived in the village and went outside the village to take care of their land. I am not sure if that is what he did or if the land was just something that he had a home on.

Would he ride or walk to his work at Roethen.

His occupation at the Hunting Kamp Roethen.
You can read more about a simple explanation of the Gohrde hunting place here.

He may have had to herd deer to the tower areas so the royal members could hunt. Perhaps make sure there was no poaching.

I understand a little more now, that he was not the only person who worked in the Goehrde forest at a game preserve. Their were many in the local
Force there directly concerned with the Göhrde and that only the offices were Lüchow, Wustro, Dannenberg, Hitzacker, Bleckede, and (up to the dissolution) Garze simply because they lived in the area. The local citizens were not paid to do this.

You can read more here where I tried to translate some information about that. At least you can get the gist of it. [ I did a poor job at it.] Perhaps more of an explanation can be found on line.
Other relatives of mine were shepherds and another one was a peddler. Often it simply said laborer. So one has to guess what they must have done. And one has no idea who the person labored for. But often we know where they worked.

You may have read this before in my blog posts you found in my archives. If not, it is nice that you can read it differently here. I particularly had a motivation, a silly motivation / reason to bring it up. The silly reason of course is that Labor day is Monday.

In conclusion to my meandering today about my laboring Meyers occupations , his beruf, I want to wish you a nice Labor day weekend.

For more Reading on Hunting and the Goehrde :

1 comment:

  1. I see that I have another follower. I think the translators on the page are a wonderful thing, but for some reason I tried Espanol on this followers blog
    and it didn't work for me. So I will have to see what works so I can read to see who is following me.
    It is wonderful to find people that want to follow. I hope that my translator is working. If not please tell me. I realize that sometimes some words just don't which can be frustrating. In the case of some of the german sites I visit it could be the difference of low german and high german.



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