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  • Samuel Cohen (c.1870 - 1940)
    --- "New York Marriages, 1686-1980," database, FamilySearch ( : 12 December 2014), Samuel Cohen and Rosy Gordon, 07 Jun 1894; citing reference ; FHL microfilm 1,493,119. Residence : 1910 - Manhat...
  • John E. Kennedy (c.1840 - 1883)
    Married Lucy Annie Galpin at Fort Yates on February 20, 1882 Bismarck Tribune Publication: Bismarck, Burleigh, North Dakota, USA Date: Mar 3 1882 Text: "...population of the states to this h...
  • John Harris of Harris Ferry (1729 - 1791)
    SAR # 10329 DAR # A051708 . John Harris, Jr. (1716 - July 29, 1791 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), was a storekeeper and frontiersman who operated a ferry along the Susquehanna River at Harrisburg....
  • Rose Gottesman (1865 - 1931)
    Rose Eisenberg was born in April, 1865 (?) in Russia and died July 4, 1931 in Boston Massachusetts "at age 63." She was the daughter of isaac Eisenberg and Celia Cohen. She Immigrated in 1890 or before...
  • Jesse Root Grant (1794 - 1873)
    Jesse Root Grant Birth: Jan 23 1794 - Greensburg, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States Death: June 29 1873 - Covington, Kenton, Kentucky, United States Parents: Captain Noah Grant, III, Ra...

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

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Notes

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

Bakers

Barbers

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

Booksellers

Butchers

  • Pork Butchers
  • Poulterers

Cheesemongers

Confectioners

Cordwainers

  • Cobblers

Department Stores

Drapers

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

Fishmongers

Florists

Grocers

Gunsmiths

those who repair, modifiy, design, or build firearms

Hairdressers

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

Hardware Stores

Jewellers

Locksmiths

Milliners

Newsagents

Opticians

  • Oculist
  • Optometrist

Pawnbrokers

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

Pharmacists

  • Druggists

Post Offices

Restauranteurs

  • Teashops

Tobacconists

Victuallers

Resources