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131 - 2 Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio

The growth of Cleveland

Following low level immigration up to 1830, the completion of the Ohio and Erie Canal in the 1830s and the establishment of railroads in the 1850s made access to the area easier. Between 1830 and 1870 most of the immigrants were from German states and Britain including Irish and Scots. The Civil War from 1861-65 helped Cleveland grow as an industrial city. Its population grew from 17,000 in 1850 to 44,000 in 1860, to 92,000 in 1870 and 381,000 in 1900. (c/o wikipedia)

City  Directories

There are several City Directory entries in East Cleveland, Cuyahoga county, which stack up with the occupations of the men. East Cleveland is the first suburb of Cleveland City, only 7 miles East.

1870-1876 John Gotts shoemaker 1686 Cedar Av East Cleveland

This is John 4936 senior, who is working until he is 70 and dies 20 years later in 1896. Presumably this was his trade in Germany.


1874-75 John Gotts junior stone quarry 1686 Cedar av

John Jr appears to become a stone mason and contractor providing building materials. Here he is living with his parents.


He also appears later:

1880-83 John Gotts mason Quebec, nr co Streator Av

So these stack up with the 1870 census entries

 1874 Frederick, brick mason and contractor bds 887 Streator Av

Frederick does not appear in many years, but clearly he is working with his brother John who runs the quarry.


1874-76 Henry Gotts plasterer 1680 Cedar Av

This is Henry 4919, with the trade of Plasterer.


All these trades are useful to identify them in the future.

C/o Wikimedia

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