Josiah Converse

Male14 April 1696–30 April 1697

Brief Life History of Josiah

When Josiah Converse was born on 14 April 1696, in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Capt. Josiah Converse Jr, was 35 and his mother, Ruth Marshall, was 33. He died on 30 April 1697, in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 1.

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Capt. Josiah Converse Jr
Ruth Marshall
Ruth Converse
Mary Converse
Esther Converse
Josiah Converse
Timothy Converse
Rebecca Converse
Josiah Converse
Keziah Converse
Josiah Converse

Sources (4)

  • Josyah Convers, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Josyah Convers, "Massachusetts, Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910"
  • Josiah Converse, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

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Name Meaning

English: nickname from Old French convers literally ‘converted’, used to denote someone converted from secular to religious life in adult age, or, earlier, a lay member of a convent. The Cistercian and Augustinian conversi were men living according to a rule less strict than that of the monks or canons, engaged chiefly in manual work, with their own living quarters and their own part of the church. They were numerous among the Cistercians in the 12th and 13th centuries, often outnumbering the monks and were, by rule, illiterate. These lay brothers were employed on the monastic manors and granges, where they were liable to fall into the sin of owning private property. They acquired a reputation for violence and misbehaviour (at Neath, in 1269, they locked the abbot in his bedroom and stole his horses) and they were gradually replaced by more manageable paid servants.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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