What is a "Bark Inspector"?
Have you ever heard of the occupational title, "Bark Inspector"? I had not. Not until perhaps a dozen years ago, that is. I found out that one of my 3X-Greatgrandfather's Governor-appointed (Pennsylvania) was assigned that job description.
Does this mean Hiram Ayres was assigned to check out the state's trees? Preposterous! Decidedly, not.
The word "bark" is an alternate spelling for the word barque . So what is a barque? See the image.
My ancestor inspected the people who arrived at the port of Philadelphia. What makes all of this the more curious is Hiram was also a school instructor. Perhaps even in those days teachers were complaining about their paycheck?
Image Credit » Pixabay https://pixabay.com/photos/nature-forest-trees-tree-trunks-3582615/