RESEARCHING BARREL MAKERS
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