Hopefully someone can help me with this one. My ancestor - Joseph Dukes - is listed in the 1870 Federal Census in Moseley Hall Township, Lenoir County. His occupation is listed as "dead head"? Throughout the census, I saw that others had this designation. He was previously designated as an overseer in the 1860 Census in Bear Creek Twp, Lenoir County. Does anyone know what this means? Thanks for your help!