March 7, 2013

Were Your Ancestors Good Employers?

While searching old newspapers for a family member’s death notice, I happened upon a long obituary for Irish immigrant William Weir (1826-1921).  Having been the oldest resident of Carmel, NY when he died at age 95, William was given a prominent final story on the front page of the Putnam County Courier.  He was not a member of the family I was searching for -- but had long been their property manager.

What struck me was that he held that position with the family from 1856 until 1913, a span of 57 years !!! That would indicate to me that the Ludingtons treated him well-- and, of course, that William did his job very well.   

When is the last time you heard of anyone keeping one employer for that long?  Another nice way to learn something about ancestors indirectly.

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