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CHESTER, Joseph Lemuel, antiquarian, born in Norwich, Connecticut, 30 April, 1821; died in London, England, 28 May, 1882. He was engaged in trade in Philadelphia until 1852, and was a frequent contributor to the press, principally under pen-names, of which the best known is "Julian Cra-mer." He then became connected with the Philadelphia press, and was some time an assistant clerk in the United States house of representatives. After 1858 he resided in London, where he devoted himself to searching out the genealogy and history of the early settlers of New England. He compiled an abstract of the registers of Westminster Abbey, and collected from other sources much valuable material for local and family histories. In 1869 he assisted in forming at London the Harleian society for the publication of inedited manuscripts relating to genealogy and heraldry, and was chosen a member of its council. In 1870 he was made one of the council of the historical society of Great Britain, recently organized. He published "Greenwood Cemetery and other Poems" (1843); "A Preliminary Treatise on the Law of Repulsion" (1853); "Educational Laws of Virginia, the Personal Narrative of Mrs. Margaret Douglas "(1854); "John Rogers,"with a genealogy of the family(1854), and numerous papers in historical and genealogical journals. The " Marriage, Baptismal, and Burial Registers of the Collegiate Church, or Abbey, of St. Peter, Westminster," with copious biographical notes by the editor, was published in London in 1876. A tablet to his memory was placed by Dean Bradley in Westminster abbey.
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