Your Family History - - Letters -

I en­joyed the ter­rific four-page spread on bar­rel mak­ers in YFH 185 – I have been re­search­ing this topic for some time.

My pa­ter­nal great-great-grand­fa­ther Wil­liam Jupp (born 1819 in Hoathly, Sus­sex, and died 1909 in Step­ney) was a hoop-maker for the Co- op (see pho­to­graph). My great-grand­fa­ther, Ge­orge Wil­liam Jupp (1859-1935) was also a hoop-maker, be­fore be­com­ing a water­man. The Jupps have a long his­tory of be­ing very skilled hoop-mak­ers – I searched on­line for the name Jupp, and found that it is an oc­cu­pa­tional name for a cooper, from Jobbe – a ves­sel con­tain­ing four gal­lons. In my 20s, I man­aged to se­cure a po­si­tion work­ing at the lime juice man­u­fac­turer L Rose and Co, the last com­pany in the UK to trans­port bar­rels by canal.

Thanks again for a great ar­ti­cle that has caused me to do even more re­search. CATHER­INE HIS­COX, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD

I’m pleased you en­joyed Colin Waters’ fea­ture, Cather­ine – and how in­ter­est­ing that your fam­ily has such a long his­tory work­ing in this area! I won­der if any other read­ers have found an­ces­tors whose name re­flects the job they were still do­ing in rel­a­tively re­cent times?

Cather­ine His­cox’s hoop-mak­ing fore­bear

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