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  • n. Plural form of vestryman.


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  • He did not know just how colonial government worked, but he understood they had local leaders called vestrymen, and the assembly in Williamsburg was composed of burgesses, the equivalent of members of Parliament.

    A Place Called Freedom

  • This assessment is levied and administered by twelve persons in each parish, called vestrymen, originally chosen by the housekeepers of the parish, but afterwards filling vacancies in their own body by their own choice.

    Notes on the State of Virginia

  • Washington and Mason worked together as Truro Parish vestrymen, as arbiters in local disputes, and in defending American rights against Britain during the 1760s and 1770s.


  • Bills and Boards of Health, nonentities, and think to keep away the Wolves of Crime and Filth, by our electioneering ducking to little vestrymen and our gentlemanly handling of Red Tape!

    Reprinted Pieces

  • Besides, there were many officers attached to the chapel: vestrymen, churchwardens, chaplains.

    The Guilds

  • Like poor, murdered Gordon, Wolseley and his men would be sacrificed to satisfy the “fools and theoretical vestrymen” of the Liberal Party.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • In front of the Church of the Epistles stood its twelve vestrymen, carrying out the time-honored custom of giving away

    Tales of the Jazz Age

  • She also entertained me with many particulars concerning the worthy vestrymen who have seated themselves thus quietly on the stools of the ancient roysterers of Eastcheap, and, like so many commentators, utter clouds of smoke in honor of Shakspeare.

    The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon

  • The member would represent persons, not the mere bricks and mortar of the town — the voters themselves, not a few vestrymen or parish notabilities merely.

    Representative Government

  • Waving away the three elderly vestrymen (one of them her father-in-law), she put her arm around Adele and held her hand, patting and soothing her, whispering in her ear, keeping her quiet through the "Christus Factus Est," the psalm ( "The Lord Hear Thee in the Day of Trouble"), the final prayer, and the lighting of the candle on the serving cart that doubled as an altar.



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