From knuttle@21:1/5 to Jenny M Benson on Fri Sep 3 13:06:33 2021
On 9/3/2021 12:13 PM, Jenny M Benson wrote:
In the 1861 Census (RG9-84-45-20)) Elizabeth Harris (who may have been married to a relative of mine) appears to have been a "Hawker of Jays".
It seems unlikely this was related to birds, so what was a Jay?
I don't know if the meaning carried across the ocean, but a hawker of
Jays (Jay Hawker) was a native of Kansas USA. More particularly in the
late 1850's and 1860's, a band of Union (Northern) guerrillas from
Kansas that worked to maintain Kansas as a Free State.
I don't know why this term with the US definition would appear in an
English census. Could it have something to do with Falconry, or hawker (seller) of Jays?