Edward Devotion 1744

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Headstone, Edward Devotion 1744 HERE LYES BURIED Ye BODY OF Mr. EDWARD DEVOTION, AGED 76 YEARS, WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE NOVr. A: D: 1744.

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Footstone, Edward Devotion 1744 Footstone: Mr. EDW[ARD DEVOTION]

"Edward Devotion, son of Edward, was a public spirited citizen, and reference to the old town records show that he held various offices of trust for many years. In the church he was for a long period the tithingman.

"The principal duty of this officer was to keep good order during divine service, among the children, who sat in rows by themselves instead of with their parents. A long rod was usually carried by the tithingman, with which to touch any delinquent who might become drowsy or mischievous.

"The old house in the village (now on Washington Street), was probably built for Edward Devotion, as he died in that house November 7, 1744.

"To the Brookline church he left a silver tankard. He also left to the town a sum of money, which at the time of its being received in 1762, amounted to '739 4s. lawful money,' for the use of schools." H. F. W., p. 113 and 114.

Text from Harriet Alma Cummings. Burials and Inscriptions in the Walnut Street Cemetery. Brookline: The Riverdale Press, 1920.

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