In the 1855 New York State Census the household (Residence: Albany City, Ward 6, Albany, New York, USA, Line Number: 12, Sheet Number: 1) of my 4th great grandfather Hugh Sellars, a Ship Carpenter, included Moody M. Hale, 54, son-in-law, Skipper, from U.S., native voter and owner of land.
I have been assuming that a Skipper was something like a Sea Captain but I am now wondering whether it may have an alternative meaning.
I have found that on 19 Jun 1845 a Moody M. Hall arrived in New York from London aboard the Prinz Albert and, although the image is hard to read, it appears to say that he was a 48 yo Farmer from New Hampshire. Assuming that this is the same person, being a Farmer might tie in with him being reported as an owner of land in the 1855 New York State Census.
Does anyone know what an occupation of Skipper in the 1855 New York State Census might mean?
The identity of Moody M. Hale as Moody March Hall from Cornish, New Hampshire now appears likely and is described in this answer to Finding where US citizen owned land and/or was registered to vote in 1855?