Monday, September 7, 2009


I hope all Flipside readers have been enjoying their Labor Day weekend here in the states. I decided to celebrate by listing the type of employment of several generations of my ancestors.

George VanGilder Hughes—My Father
Physician, Internal Medicine
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

George Henry Hughes—Paternal Grandfather
Draftsman, American Bridge Company
Ambridge, Pennsylvania

Charles Edward Stark—Maternal Grandfather
Accountant, Traffic Department, United States Steel Company
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

John George Hughes—Paternal Great Grandfather
Foreman and millwright, J & L Steel Company
Woodlawn (now Aliquippa), Pennsylvania

George Ethelbert VanGilder—Paternal Great Grandfather
Elected Official, Assessor
Morgantown, West Virginia

Jessica Pool VanGilder—Paternal Great Grandmother
Cook and Boardinghouse Proprietress
Morgantown, West Virginia and greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area

Alfred Frederick—Maternal Great Grandfather
Brakeman and Conductor, B& O Train
Columbiana, Ohio and various towns in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area

Charles Stark—Maternal Great Grandfather
Shoe Salesman
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

George Henry Hughes—Paternal Great Great Grandfather
Puddler, Iron Works and Green Grocer
West Hartlepool, England

Mary Ann Storey Hughes—Paternal Great Great Grandmother
Baker and Green Grocer
West Hartlepool, England

Christian Invart Olesen—Paternal Great Great Grandfather
Ship’s chandler and seaman
West Hartlepool, England

John Oliphant VanGilder—Paternal Great Great Grandfather
Chair maker and Farmer
Morgantown, West Virginia

Sampson Frum Pool—Paternal Great Great Grandfather
Morgantown, West Virginia

Joseph C. Frederick—Maternal Great Great Grandfather
Franklin Square, Columbiana County, Ohio

William Morlan Orr—Maternal Great Great Grandfather
Elkrun Township, Columbiana County, Ohio

Now, in celebration of Labor Day….I’m off to work!!


  1. Ha. Off to work. That is ironic isn't it. Your family had a varied occupational past. In my family all I can list is farmer, farmer, farmer until I go back to the 1600's where there was an apothecary, the first in New France, and a surgeon. Oh and I think one carpenter. My dad, however had many jobs, a pro wrestler, a security guard and odds and sods to get by.

  2. What a terrific idea - I'm going to do this next year!
    Evelyn in Montreal

  3. I agree with Evelyn, what a great idea! Outta be a Carnival!