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March 1, 1743, daughter of John and
Martha Brown. No children are recorded
in Rehoboth.

(V) John Davis, son of James and
Lydia (Brown) Davis, was born in Octo-
ber, 1785, and married Lydia Sisson, of
Rehoboth or Swansea.

(VI) James (2) Davis, son of John
and Lydia (Sisson) Davis, was born June
3, 1813, in Swansea, and died March 14,
1888, in Fall River. He acquired a meat
market in Fall River, which had been
established before 1847 by William Fales,
and was later conducted by James Eddy.
Mr. Davis became a partner of the last
named, and continued in business under
the name of Eddy & Davis until 1856,
when the latter purchased the interest of
his partner, and subsequently conducted
the business in association with his son,
John Murray Davis, until 1875, when
James Davis retired. He married, De-
cember 13, 1835, in Swansea, Charlotte
White Baker, born June 13, 181 1, died
|uly 19, 1897, daughter of Levi and Anna

(Mace) Baker, of Swansea (see Baker
VI). To this union were born the fol-
lowing children: Lydia, who died in
childhood ; James Francis, now of Fall
River; John Murray, mentioned below;
Georgianna, who married C. F. Sylvester;
Arabella S., who married (first) William
Borden, (second) Abner Wing.

(VII) John Murray Davis, son of
James (2) and Charlotte White (Baker)
Davis, was born December 11, 1844, in
Swansea, and settled in Fall River when
a young man, becoming associated with
his father in the market business. When
the father retired from business in 1875,
John M. Davis formed a partnership with
Asa Fish, under the firm name of Davis
& Fish, and the business was continued
by this firm until 1899, when the partner-
ship was dissolved. Soon after this Mr.
Davis retired from business, and con-
tinued to make his home on High street,
Fall River, where he died March 19, 1912,
at the age of sixty-seven years. He was
buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. When
the Civil War broke out he was but six-
teen years of age. Unknown to his father
he enlisted for service at Providence in a
Rhode Island battery, but as soon as the
father learned of it he secured his release
on account of his youth. Later he secured
the consent of his father, and enlisted in
Company D, Sixtieth Regiment, Massa-
chusetts Volunteer Infantry, under Cap-
tain Joseph O. Neill, for one hundred
days. During this time he was employed
in guarding prisoners in Indiana. He was
a member of King Philip Lodge, Free
and Accepted Masons, of Fall River, and
also of the Chapter, Council, and Godfrey
de Bouillon Commandery, Knights
Templar, having been eminent com-
mander of the latter. He was a member
of the Columbian Club of Fall River, and
was respected as a citizen for his upright
character and honest dealing. He was
much devoted to his home and family,

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and did not attempt to mingle in public
affairs. He married, May 8, 1869, Julia
Ellen Brown, born May 30, 1848, in
Tiverton, Rhode Island, daughter of Wil-
liam and Lydia Ann (Gifford) Brown,
died at Fall River, December 22, 1913, and
was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery (see
Brown VII).

(VIII) Amelia Sophia Davis, only
child of John Murray and Julia Ellen
(Brown) Davis, was born March 2, 1870,
in Fall River, in the same house and room
where her mother was born, and was
married, May 12, 1904, to Elmer Blake
Young, of that city, a son of John M. and
Margaret (Blake) Young. There is no
issue of this marriage. Mrs. Young is a
member of Quequechan Chapter, Daugh-
ters of the American Revolution of Fall
River, of which she was vice-regent one
year and regent two years, and seven
years treasurer of the chapter. She has
also served several terms as delegate to
the national congress of this society at
Washington, D. C. She is a member of
the Fall River Hospital Board, and of the
Congregational church. Several of her
ancestors were soldiers of the Revolu-
tion, and she has been very active in
promoting the interests of the local
chapter of the Daughters of the American
Revolution. She is a popular member of
this organization, and of the society of
her home city.

(The Baker Line).

On account of the large number of
early immigrants named Baker and the
similarity of their children's baptismal
names, no family is more difficult to
trace. But little has been discovered
about the relationship of the immigrants.
Before 1650 Alexander Baker settled in
Gloucester, Massachusetts ; Edward
Baker at Lynn ; Francis Baker at Boston ;
John Baker at Charlestown; John Baker
of Boston and Maine; John Baker of

Charlestown ; Launcelot Baker of Bos-
ton ; Nathaniel Baker of Watertown ;
Rev. Nicholas Baker of Hingham ; Rich-
ard Baker of Dorchester; Robert Baker
of Salem ; Thomas Baker of Roxbury ;
Walter Baker of Salem ; William Baker
of Plymouth ; and William Baker of
Charlestown. Doubtless there were
others, and John Baker appears in the list
of children in many of the families.

(I) John Baker, the progenitor of this
family, lived at Swansea and Rehoboth,
Massachusetts, part of which was after-
ward Barrington, Rhode Island. Swan-
sea was set off from Rehoboth in 1667 and
Barrington from Swansea in 1717. He
or his son of the same name, John Baker,
was one of the proprietors of Barrington
in 1719-20, when he appears in a list of
proprietors. He was a soldier in King
Philip's War as shown by a deed from
his son, John, to his eldest son, William,
October 13, 1745. As a veteran of the
Narragansett War he became an owner
of a right in the township called Narra-
gansett No. 4. He probably died before
the grant was made, however. This grant
became Greenwich, formerly Quabaug,
Massachusetts, and the name of his son
John as his heir to the right appears in
the list of early proprietors. John Baker
(2), son of the soldier, deeded to his
eldest son, William Baker, his right in
Township No. 4, given to his father for
service in 1675 in the Narragansett War,
"being the eldest son of and only sur-
viving male heir the right fell to me."

(II) John (2) Baker, only surviving
son of John (1) Baker, was born about
16S5, in Swansea, now Barrington, Rhode
Island, and died in 1767. He married,
June 17, 1714, Susanna Wood, daughter
of Henry and Abigail Wood. They re-
sided in Barrington (Massachusetts and
Rhode Island) then part of Rehoboth.
Children, first two recorded in Barring-
ton, others in Rehoboth : William, born


August 18, 1715; Susanna, February 3,
1718; John, August 26, 1720; Hannah,
December 18, 1722; Nathaniel, mentioned
below; Bathsheba, February 16, 1729;
Penelope, September 9, 1731 ; Joseph,
October 14, 1734; Benjamin, February 1,
1737; Rebecca, March 12, 1740.

(III) Nathaniel Baker, son of John
(2) and Susanna (Wood) Baker, was
born July 9, 1725, at Rehoboth, and died
there December 23, 1807, where he made
his home. He married, September 13,
1750, Experience Hix, who died in 1823.
Children, born in Rehoboth : Sarah,
March 8, 1752; Joseph, mentioned be-
low; Samuel, December 13, 1754; Na-
thaniel, October 29, 1756; James, March
2 5> I 759> Experience, July 26, 1761 ;
Susanna, May 5, 1763.

(IV) Joseph Baker, eldest son of Na-
thaniel and Experience (Hix) Baker, was
born December 10, 1753, in Rehoboth,
and was a Revolutionary soldier. He
was a private in Captain Stephen Bul-
lock's company, of Colonel Thomas Car-
penter's regiment, which marched to
Bristol on an alarm, December 8, 1776,
service fourteen days. Joseph Baker was
a private in Captain Peleg Peck's com-
pany, of Swansea, Colonel George Wil-
liams' regiment, which marched on a
secret expedition to Rhode Island, Sep-
tember 29, 1777, under Major-General
Spencer, discharged December 30 of the
same year, service one month and one
day in Tiverton, also a corporal in Cap-
tain Josiah Keith's company, Colonel
John Daggett's regiment, which marched
on an alarm at Rhode Island, August 25,
and was discharged September 3, 1778.
Joseph Baker died October 24, 1840. He
married (first) in Rehoboth, July 14,
1776, Rosanna Mason, daughter of John
and Sarah (Gardner) Mason, of Swan-
sea (see Mason IV). She died March
10, 1795, and he married (second) No-
vember 19, 1797, Nancy Luther, born in

1762, in Warren, Rhode Island, daughter
of Ebenezer Luther, died September 21,
1809. Children of first marriage: Jo-
seph, born November 24, 1778; Susannah,
March 14, 1781 ; Levi, mentioned below;
Nathan, January 22, 1786; Hale, Novem-
ber 24, 1787; Rosanna, April 1, 1790;
Sarah, July 19, 1792; Hannah, February
2, 1795. Children of second marriage:
Betsey, born March 8, 1801 ; Julian, April
1, 1802.

(V) Levi Baker, second son of Joseph
and Rosanna (Mason) Baker, was born
February 9, 1783, and died October 27,
1867. He married in Rehoboth, March
25, 1803, Anna, daughter of John Mace,
born September 25, 1780, in Swansea,
died December 8, 1836. Children: Caleb
W., born June 14, 1804; Eliza, January
31, 1806; Anna Mace, May 31, 1808, mar-
ried James G. West; Charlotte White,
mentioned below; Lovice Mace, May 11,
1814, married Ezra Luther; Emeline,
April 13, 1817, married Asa K. Lilly;
Cynthia A. B., October 7, 1820, married
James H. Brown ; Levi, April 7, 1826.
All were born in Swansea, excepting the
first three, and they in Rehoboth, Massa-

(VI) Charlotte White Baker, third
daughter of Levi and Anna (Mace)
Baker, was born June 13, 181 1, and be-
came the wife of James Davis, of Fall
River (see Davis VI).

(The Mason Line).

(I) Sampson Mason was a soldier or
"dragoon" in Cromwell's army, and came
to America about 1650. The earliest
record found of him in America is in the
Suffolk county record of the settlement
of the estate of Edward Bullock, of Dor-
chester, Massachusetts. His will was
dated July 25, 1640, and a debt is men-
tioned as due to Sampson Mason for his
wife's shoes. In 1651 Sampson Mason
purchased a house and land in Dorchester


of William Botts, and afterward sold it
to Jacob Hewins. He removed to Reho-
both, Massachusetts, where by vote of
the town, December 9, 1657, he was given
permission to buy land and settle there.
He was a Baptist, and the records show
that he and other Baptists became promi-
nent in the town in spite of the fact that
they were only allowed to live there,
without the privilege of being made free-
men, by the Puritan inhabitants. He
obtained grants of land south of Reho-
both, from the Indians, in the town of
Swansea, and his name is among the
original associates and founders of the
town, and one of the original proprietors
of the "'North Purchase," later Attle-
borough, Massachusetts. He died in
1676, in the midst of Indian wars, and
his widow settled that of the estate which
was left after the ravages of the Indians.
He married Mary Butterworth, of Wey-
mouth, Massachusetts, died 1714. Chil-
dren : Noah, born probably in Dorches-
ter; Sampson, in Dorchester; Samuel,
mentioned below; Sarah, February 15,
1658; John, in Dorchester; Mary, Feb-
ruary 7, 1660; James, October 30, 1661 ;
Joseph, March 6, 1664; Bethia, October
15, 1665; Isaac, July 15, 1667; Peletiah,
April 1, 1669, in Rehoboth ; Benjamin,
October 20, 1670; Thankful, October 27,

(II) Samuel Mason, third son of Samp-
son and Mary (Butterworth) Mason,
born February 12, 1657, probably in Re-
hoboth, died January 25, 1744, and was
buried in the old Kickemuit Cemetery, in
what is now Warren, Rhode Island. He
was a resident of Rehoboth, Massachu-
setts, and also probably of both Seekonk
and Swansea. He married (first) March
2, 1682, Elizabeth Miller, of Rehoboth,
born October, 1659, died March 3, 1718.
He married (second) November 4, 1718,
Mrs. Lydia Tillinghast, probably widow
of Rev. Pardon Tillinghast, of Provi-

dence, and daughter of Philip and Lydia
(Masters) Tabor, died in 1720. Children,
all born in Rehoboth : Samuel, June 9,
1683; James, mentioned below; Eliza-
beth, May 5, 1689; Amos, February 18,

(III) James Mason, second son of
Samuel and Elizabeth (Miller) Mason,
was born March 18, 1685, in Rehoboth,
and lived in Swansea, in the Massachu-
setts Bay Colony ; but some years before
his death the section of the town in which
he resided was given to Rhode Island.
His will is dated in Warren, Rhode
Island, where he died in 1755. He mar-
ried (first) July 30, 1713, Rose, born May

30, 1692, in Swansea, daughter of Rich-
ard and Mary (Bullock) Hale, died
March 7, 1748. He married (second)
January 11, 1750, Mrs. Hannah Holden,
of Warwick, Rhode Island, probably
widow of John Holden, and daughter of
Thomas and Mary (Green) Fry. Chil-
dren, all by first wife, all born in Swan-
sea : Nathaniel, April 6, 1714, died March

31, 1716; Elizabeth, March 4, 1716, died
in infancy ; Ann, March 4, 1716, died June
29, 1748; Elizabeth, July 25, 1718; James,
March 13, 1720; Hannah, September 22,
1721 ; John, mentioned below; Rose, Feb-
ruary 19, 1726; Mary, March 5, 1730.

(IV) John Mason, third son of James
and Rose (Hale) Mason, was born Sep-
tember 28, 1723, in Swansea, lived at
Touisset Neck, in that town, but now in
Warren, Rhode Island, and died Novem-
ber 27, 1805. He married, April 19, 1743,
Sarah Gardner, born about 1726, in Swan-
sea, died February 29, 1808, daughter of
Samuel and Sarah (Smith) Gardner, the
latter a daughter of Philip Smith. Chil-
dren : Gardner, born August 28, 1744;
Edward, June 22, 1746, died November
27, 1768; Haile, November 12, 1748, died
in Calcutta aged forty ; Holden, February
18, 1750; Rose, mentioned below; Han-
nah, February 9, 1755, died December 28,



1826; Samuel, October 2, 1757; Sarah,
June 1, 1759; Mary, about 1762, died Jan-
uary 16, 1803; Patience, about 1765, died
February 18, 1847.

(V) Rose or Rosanna Mason, eldest
daughter of John and Sarah (Gardner)
Mason, born October 2, 1752, became the
wife of Joseph Baker, of Rehoboth (see
Baker IV).

(The Brown Line).

(I) Beriah Brown resided in North
Kingstown, Rhode Island, where he died
in February, 1717. He was taxed three
shillings and ten and one-half pence there,
September 6, 1687, was appointed to lay
out highways, July 12, 1703, and was one
of six persons who received a grant of
vacant land in Narragansett, May 27,
1709. He deeded a part of his land in
Kingstown to his son Alexander, April
1, 1710. He married (first) 1683, Abigail
Phenix, daughter of Alexander and
Abigail (Sewall) Phenix. His second
wife, Eleanor, survived him. Children:
Alexander, mentioned below ; Charles,
died 1 75 1 ; Mary, married Joseph Car-
penter; Sarah.

(II) Alexander Brown, eldest child of
Beriah and Abigail (Phenix) Brown,
lived in North Kingstown, where he died
in 1758. He married (first) 1709, Honour
Huling, daughter of Alexander and Eliza-
beth (Wightman) Huling. His second
wife, Lydia, survived him. Children :
Honour, born April 16, 171 1 ; Abigail, No-
vember, 1713; Beriah, mentioned below;
Sarah, July, 1717; Anna and Mary.

(III) Beriah (2) Brown, eldest son of
Alexander and Honour (Huling) Brown,
was born January 16, 1715, in North
Kingstown, and undoubtedly resided
there. The records of that town are very
defective, and give no continuous history
of the family, though there are casual
mentions here and there. It is probable
that the Beriah Brown, next mentioned,

was a grandson of this Beriah Brown, son
of Alexander.

(V) Beriah Brown, born February 29,
1776, in North Kingstown, Rhode Island,
as shown by record of his death else-
where, lived in that part of Freetown,
which is now Fall River, Massachusetts,
where he died March 22, 1850. He mar-
ried Rhobe Durfee, born September 23,
1779, in Tiverton, died April 9, 1866,
daughter of Colonel Joseph and Elizabeth
(Turner) Durfee, of Tiverton (see Dur-
fee IV). Children: Julia A. Durfee,
born September 4, 1804; Joseph Durfee,
February 27, 1808; William, mentioned
below; Nathan S., April 6, 1813; Sarah,
January 6, 1816; James H., April 24, 1818;
Gardner D., October 4, 1820; Benjamin
B., April 25, 1822.

(VI) William Brown, second son of
Beriah and Rhobe (Durfee) Brown, was
born March 30, 181 1, in Tiverton, Rhode
Island, and lived in Fall River, where he
died February 8, 1898. He married. Oc-
tober 28, 1838, Lydia Ann Gifford, of
Westport, Massachusetts, daughter of
Stephen Barker and Pamelia (Tripp)
Gifford. Stephen Barker Gifford, was
born June 20, 1795, and died December
12, 1836, in Westport. His wife, Pamelia
(Tripp) Gifford, was born October 14,
1794, and died October 15, 1859.

(VII) Julia Ellen Brown, daughter of
William and Lydia Ann (Gifford)
Brown, was born May 30, 1848, and died
December 22, 1913. She married, May 8,
1869, John Murray Davis, of Fall River
(see Davis VII).

LUTHER, Charles Bateman,

The surname Luther is derived from
the baptismal name in common use in all
Christian countries. The American fam-
ily is of German origin, and according to



tradition of the same family as the im-
mortal Martin Luther, descending from
his brother, Johannes, who settled in
County Sussex, England. The family
has been numerous in the towns created
out of ancient Rehoboth and in territory
nearby since the early settlements here —
since the coming to Taunton of John
Luther. According to notes left by Rev.
Mr. Root, of Providence, who had col-
lected much matter pertaining to the
early families of the part of Massachu-
setts alluded to and of Rhode Island, a
family record set forth that John Luther
was a native of Germany and came to
Boston in 1635. Another record says he
was a native of Dorset, England, and
came to America in 1636. Through
Samuel and Hezekiah Luther, sons of
Captain John Luther, have descended the
Luthers of the territory alluded to. Of
these Samuel was born in 1638, probably
in Boston or vicinity. He is referred to
as of Rehoboth. On October 19, 1672,
he made a claim or demand for his
father's purchase in Taunton. In the year
1685 Samuel Luther succeeded Rev. John
Miles as elder of the Baptist church in
Swansea, Mr. Miles having died in 1683.
Mr. Luther is referred to as Rev. Captain
Samuel Luther. He continued in charge
of the Swansea church for thirty-two
years, died December 20, 1716, and was
buried in the Kickemuit Cemetery, in
what is now Warren, Rhode Island,
where, too, rest the remains of his brother

(I) Captain John Luther, the ancestor
of this family in this country, came to
Boston in 1635, and in 1637 was one of the
first forty-six ancient or original pur-
chasers of Taunton, Massachusetts. He
soon sold his share there, and in 1642
became one of the first settlers of Glou-
cester, Massachusetts. He was a mariner,
and was employed by Boston merchants
as captain of a vessel to go to Delaware

Bay on a trading voyage, and while there
was killed by the Indians, in 1644. Evi-
dently his son was captured at the same
time, for on May 2, 1646, the General
Court of Massachusetts decreed that the
Widow Luther should have the balance
of her husband's wages, according to sea
custom, after allowing to the merchants
what they had paid for the redemption of
her son. It seems unlikely, however, that
the sons, Samuel and Hezekiah Luther,
could have been old enough to accompany
the father, and it is likely that he had an
older son, John, who was doubtless the
John Luther, of Attleboro, in 1658, who
sold land to Samuel Millitt, and in 1667,
with Millitt and others, was one of the
purchasers of Swansea, and captain of
the militia there in 1682.

(II) Elder Samuel Luther, son of Cap-
tain John Luther, was born 1638, in Yo-
cumtown. Captain Luther, as he was at
one time styled, was one of the most
influential townsmen of Swansea. He
was deputy from Swansea to the General
Court of Plymouth Colony in 1677, 1678
and 1679, and his brother Hezekiah was
representative from Swansea to the Great
and General Court of Massachusetts Bay
Colony in 1706. Rev. John Myles, pastor
of the Baptist church in Swansea, died in
February, 1683, and Elder Samuel Luther
became his successor in 1685. Luther, it
is said, was wanting in the scholarship of
the first pastor as well as in his broadly
catholic spirit. "The Congregational
element found the new minister less
ready to grant the same liberal privileges
as to church fellowship, infant baptism,
etc. The new version of Baptism and
Christian Communion, as given by Elder
Luther, was not acceptable to the Pedo-
baptists of the town, and, whether in-
tended or not, helped to establish the
dividing line of denominationalism be-
tween the hitherto united parties." These
changes in the church covenant with




reference to baptism and communion
instituted by Elder Luther destroyed the
fellowship between Anabaptists and
Pedobaptists enjoyed by Mr. Myles and
his associates, and made the church dis-
tinctly Baptist. This change, so distaste-
ful to the Congregationalists, opened a
religious controversy which twenty-five
years later split Swansea, on sectarian
lines, into two townships. Samuel
Luther married, in 1662, Mary Abell,
daughter of Robert Abell, of Weymouth
and Rehoboth. Children : Samuel, men-
tioned below ; Theophilus, born October
9, 1665, died 1721, married, November 24,

1686, Lydia Kinnicutt ; Mary, July 20,
1668; Joshua, November 25, 1670, died
December 18, 1747, married, January 1,
1700, Experience Brooman ; Elizabeth,
February 7, 1672; Experience, March 3,
1674; Mehitabel, August 26, 1676, died
1764, married Ebenezer Cole; Ebenezer,
December 27, 1678, died November 19,
1734, married, April 26, 1716, Bethia
Cole; Martha, December 9, 1681, died
January 14, 1753, married, December 13,
1705, Hugh Cole, who died 1765 ; Su-
sanna, married, March 27, 1717, David
Hillyard ; Joannah, died May 31, 1706, in
Rehoboth, married, May 27, 1704, Robert
Nathaniel Willmarth.

(Ill) Samuel (2) Luther, eldest child
of Elder Samuel (1) and Mary (Abell)
Luther, was born October 25, 1663, and
went on the expedition in 1690 against
Quebec, under Phipps. He married, about

1687, Sarah (family name unknown), and
had children, all born in Swansea:
Samuel, Jr., born November 20, 1689,
married, March 26, 1713, Sarah Chafee ;
James, born March 8, 1693, married
Martha Slade ; Caleb, mentioned below ;
Consider, married, April 23, 1719, Mar-
garet Jewett, of Johnson, Rhode Island ;
Eleazer, born February 28, 1704, married
November 28, 1728, Hannah Easterbrook ;
Sarah, born December 25, 1707, married.

June 15, 1727, Robert Easterbrook; Ben-
jamin ; Jabez ; Elizabeth, born June 25,
1712, married, November 9, 1730, Thomas

(IV) Caleb Luther, second son of
Samuel (2) and Sarah Luther, married
March 18, 1714, Mary Cole, of Swansea.
Children : Freelove, born January 15,
1715; Susanna, August 20, 1717 ; Han-
nah, September 22, 1720; Caleb, April 22,
1723; Jabez, July 8, 1725; Samuel, 1727;
Frederick, mentioned below.

(V) Frederick Luther, youngest child
of Caleb and Mary (Cole) Luther, born
February 15, 1730, was a farmer, and
lived and died in Warren, Rhode Island,
reaching advanced age. He married,
February 16, 175 1 , in Swansea, Joanna
Luther, and their children, the first five
born in Swansea, Massachusetts, and the
others in Warren, Rhode Island, were:
Freelove, September 26, 1752 ; Lydia, July
31, 1754; Hannah, December 10, 1756;
Sarah, December 7, 1758; Martin, April
19, 1761 ; Frederick, June 8, 1763; Re-
becca, April 17, 1765; Samuel, mentioned

(VI) Samuel (3) Luther, youngest
child of Frederick and Joanna (Luther)
Luther, was born April II, 1768, in War-
ren, and died in 1843. He located in the
town of Swansea, Massachusetts, where
he was occupied in farming and as a
carpenter. He married Abigail Beers,
who died in 1858 or 1859. Children :
Rebecca, married James Bowen ; Polly,
married Willard Barney ; Abbey, married
James Richards ; Daniel B., was a sea-
faring man ; Priscilla, married John
Bushee ; Samuel Martin, mentioned be-
low ; Nancy, married John Baker.

(VII) Samuel Martin Luther, second
son of Samuel (3) and Abigail (Beers)
Luther, born November 15, 1806, in
Swansea, was reared on his father's farm,
having such school privileges as it was in
those days the custom to give farmers'


sons — attendance at the neighborhood
school in the winter, and working in
season on the farm. Quitting the farm
before he was of age, he went to Provi-
dence, Rhode Island, where he com-
menced to learn the mason's trade. But

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