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Meaning of D&D in 1860 census?

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Meaning of D&D in 1860 census?

Posted: 1337551677000
Classification: Query
I've googled and didn't find an answer, so my apologies if this is an elementary question.

In the occupation column beside my relative, and beside 5 other householders on the page, the letters "D&D" or possibly "DSD" appear. Normally I'd assume it's "deaf & dumb," but it's completely impossible that 6 out of 10 neighbors, all of young working age, in one area are disabled in some way.

We know the relative was involved in leather for the area's glove factories, if that's any sort of clue. He went on to have a very long life and father 5 children, so any sort of disability is unlikely.

Here's the page, if this link works:
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DianeHatzenbu... 1337551677000 
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