Roles within the church also gave rise to a number of occupation-related surnames, including Abbott, Bishop, Cannon, Chaplin, Parson, and Sexton.
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Beecher was sexton as well as preacher.
A burial ground, properly so called, has to be divided into consecrated and unconsecrated portions, and the former really takes the place of the parish churchyard; and the incumbent of the parish church, the clerk, and the sexton continue to receive the same fees upon burials in the consecrated portion as they would have done in the parish churchyard.
His father was poor, having to put together a subsistence by uniting the humble offices of sexton, choir-singer and petty schoolmaster.