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Town Husband: an officer employed by the parish to collect money from fathers in order to pay for the upkeep of illegitimate children.
Town Waiter: possibly a customs official (unconfirmed), possibly a transcription error from Tide Waiter. If you see this in historical records online, see if the handwritten original is available.
Towsman: sailor on a fishing boat in charge of the halyard rope used to raise and lower sails and flags.
Tozer: combed or carded wool.
Trackman: US term for a Platelayer, who inspected and maintained railroad tracks.
Trackwalker: walked along railroad tracks, inspecting for damage and wear.
Trammer: worked in a mine, loading broken ore or mineral into carts for transport.
Trampler: refers to a person who treads or tramples on something. Many online lists define Trampler as a lawyer, but I have been unable to confirm this. It may possibly be a slang term for a lawyer, but such usage may derive from the expression 'trampler of the law'.
Tranqueter: made metal hoops for use by Coopers in barrel making.
Translator: translated documents etc. from one language to another, or possibly a junior Cobbler who re-soled shoes.
Tranter: a travelling merchant, the term dates back to the 12th century.
Trapper: a boy who opened and closes vertical trapdoors in mines, or a term for someone who hunted and trapped animals for their fur.
Travers: collected money at a toll bridge, toll gate or ford.
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Treen Maker: made household items out of wood; chairs, cabinets etc.
Treenail Maker: made long wooden pegs for use in shipbuilding. Treenails were used to fasten timbers so that when wet the peg would swell, which would strengthen the joining.
Trencher Maker: made wooden plates.
Trencher-Man: if found in census records then probably refers to a cook. If found in other contexts it may be a derogatory term describing someone as a heavy eater.
Trepanger: harvested sea cucumbers.
Trimmer: an outdoor worker who thins out trees in wooded areas, or a person who operated a device also called a trimmer, which was used for piling coal. Additionally, may refer to a man armed with a shovel who moved coal around inside ships in order to balance the load, or a textile industry worker who operated a machine to trim cloth.
Tripe Boiler: from Victiorian times or earlier - boiled tripe (offal from animal stomachs) in salted water in order to make it fit for human consumption.
Tripper Man: worked in a mine, unloaded ore from conveyor belts into bins.
Troacher: possibly a Pedlar, possibly a smuggler. Unconfirmed.
Troner: a chair maker, or according to many online lists worked in a market as a weighing official.
Trouchman: a translator or interpreter.
Trouncer: at least as far back as the 19th century loaded or unloaded beer kegs on a Drayman's cart. May be a London term.
Trover: a smuggler, wrecker or thief - person who gained goods by any means.
Truchmam: alternate spelling of Trouchman, an interpreter.
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