When Frederick Shepherd Converse Sr. was born on 5 January 1871, in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Edmund Winchester Converse, was 45 and his mother, Charlotte Augusta Shepherd Albree, was 35. He married Emma Cecile Tudor on 6 June 1894, in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States in 1900 and Westwood, Westwood, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States in 1940. He died on 8 June 1940, in Westwood, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Westwood Cemetery, Westwood, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.
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.