Every mention of occupation I could find in connection to Mr. Wetherall was the same, but the first time I saw it stated this way was in the 1880 Washington, DC federal census. There, John W. Wetherall was a Tobacconist.
FROM THIS DATE MR. JOHN W. WETHERALL, for the past seven years in my employ, will have an interest in my business, which will be conducted under the name of GEO. W. COCHRAN & CO.Given the length of John's employment with Mr. Cochran, he would have likely started in the business about the age of eighteen. A city directory for Washington, DC shows John continued in this business until his death around 1900.
Returning thanks to my friends and the public generally for the patronage heretofore extended, I respectfully inform them that we will have, as heretofore, all the facilities necessary to conduct the
CIGAR & TOBACCO BUSINESS,
in the most satisfactory manner to our customers.
An interesting note is that after his death, John's wife Ella was listed as a "Capitalist" in a subsequent census. That might mean she maintained a piece of Mr. Cochran's company.