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  • Annie Hannah Darbee (1872 - 1958)
    Pioneer florist and flower grower. She operated Darbee Florist at 1036 Hyde Street, San Francisco in the 1920's-1940's. Annie Darbee was from a pre-Gold Rush pioneer family in the Bay Area. She moved t...
  • William Andrew Vance (1859 - 1931)
    William Vance in the 1860 United States Federal Census View1860 United States Federal Census Detail Source Name: William Vance Age: 2 Birth Year: abt 1858 Gender: Male Race: White Birth Place: ...
  • Charles Turner Cox (1859 - 1913)
    Update 5/13/2022 (CLM): Occupation: Merchant — Gen store MO d/c 7773 OBITUARY CHARLES T. COX Charles T. Cox, one of our most prominent business men and known to everyone in this part of the count...
  • Loren Newton Cleveland (1924 - 2014)
    Loren Newton Cleveland of Buffalo, Oklahoma passed from this life on October 21, 2014. He was born on December 1, 1924 at the family farm north of Selman, Oklahoma to Luther Nulton and Bertha May Stebb...
  • Alma Modesta Cleveland (1925 - 2017)
    Alma Modesta Criswell Cleveland, known to all as Dessie, passed away on April 3, 2017. Dessie was born on May 26, 1925 in Buffalo, Oklahoma, the sixth child of Harrison and Mary Brown Criswell. Dessie...

"No man of sense ought to be ashamed of being called a shopkeeper" - Napoleon

This is a global project - everyone is invited to add their retailing ancestors to this project (profiles must be set to public). Project collaborators, feel free to update the project description, adding notes, documents, images, resources ... and inviting more collaborators.

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From Researching the history of shops

By the late 17th century England and Wales had about 40,000 shopkeepers, according to the estimate of pioneer statistician Gregory King.

From Jews of Brooklyn

"If today most people consider Jewish candy stores just a place to buy sweets, sixty years ago they were an important element in the social fabric. These places were gathering places, meeting places, centers of the community ..."

From Britain: a History of Shopkeeping, Empire and Racial Tensions

"My interest in the corner shop is personal – my parents’ shop formed the backdrop to my daily life. Growing up, the shop served as my playground, library, kitchen, bus stop, and office, and continues to play a huge part in my experience of that most elusive of concepts – ‘home’."

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A - Z of Shopkeepers and Retailers



Those who cut, dress, groom, style and shave males' hair



  • Pork Butchers
  • Poulterers




  • Cobblers

Department Stores


originally a retailer or wholesaler of cloth mainly for clothing. A draper may also operate as a cloth merchant or a haberdasher.

  • Dressmakers
  • Haberdashers - selling small articles for sewing, such as buttons, ribbons, zips etc.
  • Tailors





those who repair, modifiy, design, or build firearms


Those who cut or style hair in order to change or maintain a person's image. See Hairdresser

Hardware Stores






  • Oculist
  • Optometrist


Lending money on portable security - Lending money on portable security - see History of pawnbroking


  • Druggists

Post Offices


  • Teashops