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The Deans of Pleasant Street

Samuel Holmes Dean (1767-1825)

Deborah Lewis Dean (1767-1847)

Samuel H. Dean was born on May 7, 1767. His parents were Jonathan Dean and Elizabeth Balch Dean (lots 145, 146) and his grandparents were Rev. Thomas Balch and Mary Sumner Balch (lots 143, 144).

On June 15, 1789, Samuel Dean married Deborah Lewis. She was born on August 4, 1767 and was the daughter of John Lewis and Deborah Fisher Lewis. The couple had six children: Deborah, Julia, Samuel, Dexter, Fanny, and Thomas Balch Dean.

Samuel was a farmer like many members of the Dean family.

Samuel H. Dean died on June 17, 1825 of “liver disease and other internal affections.”

His widow, Deborah Lewis Dean passed away on March 29, 1847 of apoplexy.

Their plain marble gravestones were carved by stonecutter Michael Gallagher. Born in Ireland, Gallagher’s shop was on Washington Street in Canton. He was the artisan for a number of Dean family stones. The double stone of Elizabeth and Jonathan Dean – erected long after their deaths by their sons, (Samuel’s brothers) Ebenezer and Balch Dean as noted on the stone – has Gallagher’s signature.

Gallagher’s signature was also uncovered by Old Parish Preservation Volunteers when they reset the stones of Deborah and Samuel Dean. Like the double-stone of Elizabeth and Jonathan Dean, Samuel’s stone was completed later (he died in 1825), probably to match Deborah’s (she died in 1847).

Sons Dexter and Thomas are interred in the family lot 66 with their parents.

Daughter Fanny L. Dean married Jarvis Gay, South Dedham’s veterinarian. They are buried in lot 95.


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