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One of the things I highlighted on that post was Simon's occupation on the 1870 Federal Census which was listed as "watchman." What was he watching? Hmmm. Google to the rescue.
of the Atlantic & North Carolina R.R. Co, June 30, 1870
Simon was employed by the Atlantic & North Carolina Rail Road Company. He earned $40.00 per month for his work as a watchman. It turns out that Moses Bryan, a member of the United Brotherhood Society like Simon, also worked for the railroad.
So now I have a bit more to work with on Simon. Time to see if I can find out more about the railroad company he worked for.
Image courtesy of A New Bern Album: Old photographs of New Bern, North Carolina and the surrounding countryside by John B. Green III. Photo from the John A Clark Jr. Papers, East Carolina Manuscript Collection. Picture circa 1890.