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ful voyager, as he amassed a considerable fortune.
Tradition makes it probable that in his voyages
the King's revenue was not always considered, nor
did be hesitate to run up alongside and board by
force a French or Spanish craft as the opportunity
presented. His vessels were stanch and swift,
though not showing as fine outlines as some more
modern ones might." He owned a wharf at Ames-
bury, near Ames wharf, at the mouth of the Powow
river.

Children of Captain Gideon and Mary Lowell
were : Mary, born March I, 1692-93, married, July
9, 1715. Zechariah Philbrook; Lieutenant John, born
in South Carolina, February I, 1696-97; Captain
Samuel G., born probably 1698, was also a sea
captain of Amesbury; Gideon, born probably 1700;
Stephen, born February 19, 1703, died October 27,
1776; Corporal Moses, born probably 1705, see for-
ward: Hannah, born April ir, 1707; Joseph, born
probably 1709, of Hampton, New Hampshire, and
Newport, Rhode Island ; Abner, born November
29, 1711, baptized December 10, 1711, settled in Fal-
mouth, Maine ; fought in Indian wars ; Jonathan,
born March 24, 1714.

(XIV) Moses Lowell, son of Gideon Lowell
(13), was born probably in 1705 at Amesbury, mar-
ried there, August 6, 1730, Frances Colby, born in
Amesbury, November 17, 1710, daughter of Thomas
Colby (III), Thomas (II), Anthony Colby, the im-
migrant. Moses Lowell was a yeoman at Amesbury.
He sold land there in 1767 to Joseph Hoyt. He
was a soldier in the French and Indian war, corporal
in the expedition to Crown Point and at Fort
William Henry in 1756. Children of Moses and
Frances Lowell were : Thomas, born at Amesbury,
February 15. 1732-33; Moses, Jr., see forward; Affia,
born April 21, 1741 ; Daniel, born February 20,
1744. died in Standish, Maine, March 14, 1S28; re-
sided in Epping, Brentwood, and New Salisbury,
New Hampshire ; was a shoemaker ; soldier at
Crown Point and in Canada expedition of 1763 ;
Captain Sylvanus, born May 2, 1746; Willoughby,
born 1749, died at Lamberton, New York, June
17, 1823, aged seventy-four years; resided also at
Hartford, Connecticut; soldier in the revolution,
blacksmith by trade.

(XV) Moses Lowell, Jr., son of Moses Lowell
{14), was born in Amesbury, Massachusetts, Feb-
ruary 2, 1736. died in Grove, New York. He mar-
ried, in Amesbury, perhaps 1760, Miriam Knowlton.
About 1778 he and his brother Daniel settled in
Standish and Hiram, Maine. He was a shipwright
bv trade. He sold land in 1759 and 1762 in Ames-
bury and probably removed about that time to
Maine. About 1800 he with his sons Gideon and
David removed on horseback with their wives to
New York state. They stopped first at Syracuse,
then went to the present site of Rochester, but
thinking the place unhealthful they went further
south and settled in the town of grove, Allegany,
New York. He was a soldier in the revolution
and was in the battle of Bunker Hill with his eldest
son, who was killed, according to family tradition,
in that battle, the records indicate that he was
not killed, however.

Children of Moses and Miriam Lowell were:
Thomas, born in Denmark, Maine, about 1753, revo-
lutionary soldier from beginning to end of war,
was a pensioner ; Jonathan Knowlton, born 1756,
■died 1852 : was a revolutionary soldier and at the
battle of Bunker Hill; Daniel, see forward; James,
married Mary Sanborn, of Hiram, Maine, and set-
tled there; David, born May 14, 1780. died at Dal-
ton, New York, March 21, 1861 ; Miriam, born in



Maine, married Daniel Sanborn, 1793; Betsey, mar-
ried Rowe ; Jane ; Ezra ; Lucy.

( XVI ) Daniel Lowell, son of Moses Lowell
(15), was born in Maine, June 12, 1765, died De-
cember 28, 1849. They settled in the wilderness
where East Denmark, Maine, now is, cleared a farm
and resided there until he died. He was married
at Bridgton, Maine, by Rev. N. Church, April 10,
1792, Lucy Foster, who died August 23, 1857. Chil-
dren of Daniel and Lucy Lowell were : Daniel,
born September, 1793, died same month ; Mary,
lorn November 24, 1794, died February 29, 1884;
Gideon, born September 14, 1796, died October 13,
1825, unmarried; Asahel F., born August 25, 1798,
31 e forward; Joanna F.. born October 26, 1800, died
January 6, i^6S ; married James B. Perkins; Ed-
mund P., born August 27, 1804, died June 12, 1881 ;
married, September 26, 1833. Elizabeth J. Ingalls ;
Margery W., born August 21, 1808, died February
4, 1891 : married William Stone, of Bridgton, Maine,
and had one child, William Henry Stone; Francis
F., born October 24, i8ir, died August 2. 1811 ;
Sarah S., born February 25, 1816, died November
9, 1889; married Augustus Wilkins : Daniel, born
November 9, 1S1S, died June 15, 1891 ; resided at
East Denmark, Maine.

(XVII) Asahel F. Lowell, son of Daniel Lowell
(16), was born August 25, 1798, died November
19, 1869. He resided all his life at East Denmark,
Maine, where he was a farmer. He married
Mehitable Dodge and their children, all born at
East Denmark, were: Harriet E., born August 7,
1S25. died June 30, 1836; Edmund P., born June
13, 1828, died March 30, 1853, unmarried; Ezra P.,
born July 27, 1832, see forward; Sarah M., born
February 27, 1836, died February 26, 1896; married,
August 4, 1862, George A. Small, of West Bridg-
ton, Maine, died February 26, 1896, he was a car-
riage merchant in Portland, Maine ; Deborah, born
April 26, 1838, married, October 10, 1857, Samuel
Warren.

(XVIII) Ezra P. Lowell, son of Asahel F.
Lowell (17), was born in Bridgton, Maine, July
27. 1S32. He married, November 17, 1852, Almira
P. Goodell, born May 1. 1827. died June 19, 1881.
He left his home in Worcester, Massachusetts, Octo-
ber 9, 1865, for a western trip and has not been
heard from since the spring of 1866 when he wrote
from Salt Lake City, Utah. The children of Ezra
P. and Almira P. Lowell were: Charles Calvin,
see forward; Clarence Byron, born November 3,
1859. died June 30, i860.

(XIX) Charles Calvin Lowell, son of Ezra P.
Lowell (18), was born in Worcester. August 9,
1856. He was educated in the public and high
schools of his native town. He went to work as
clerk in the store of John C. White, dealer in paints,
oils, and painters' supplies, then at 8 Front street.
He entered the employ of Mr. White in 1875 and
has remained in that business ever since. When
Mr. White died in 1889, Mr. Lowell bought the
business of his estate and has continued it since.
The store was removed from Front street to Pearl
street, February I, 1882, in the building lately sold
to the Slater estate, on the site of which a new
building is being erected. In 1903 Mr. Lowell moved
into the old postoffice. on the opposite side of Pearl
street from his old location securing much larger
and more attractive quarters. He deals in painters'
supplies and artists' materials, also a full line of
china for decoration. Mr. Lowell has one of the
largest stores in his line in the county and enjoys
a large and constantlv growing business. He is
a member of the Old South Church (Congrega-



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tional). In politics he is a Republican. His home
is at 31S Highland street, Worcester. He mar-
ried (first), April 7, 1881, Fannie Jane Moore,
daughter of James D. and Sarah J. Moore, of
Worcester. She died February 26, 1888, aged thirty
years. He married (second), May 20, 1889, Cora
W. Pierce Shepard. daughter of Charles I. and
Lucy A. (Pierce) Shepard, of West Boylston,
Massachusetts. Children of Charles Calvin and
Fannie J. (Moore) Lowell were: Florence Almira,
born at Worce^cr. November 15, 1883, graduate of
Classical high school, Worcester, 1902, attended
Bradford Academy, resides at home with parents.
James Everett, born at Worcester, May 23, 1887,
educated at Worcester high school and Lowell Tex-
tile Institute, student in class of 1908.

(.FORGE FRANKLIN BROWN. Abraham
Browne (1), the immigrant ancestor of George
Franklin Brown, of Wmchendon, Massachusetts,
was descended from the Brown family of Swan
Hall, Hawkedon, county Suffolk, England. The
descent is traced in a special article in this work
to John Browne, of the borough of Stamford, Lin-
coln county, England, who was the alderman (chief
magistrate) of Stamford in 1376-77.

Abraham Browne was a very early settler at
Watertown, Massachusetts, perhaps one of the very
first. He was admitted freeman March 6, 1631-32.
He was a land surveyor and received from the town
important appointments to survey and lay out land
grants more than given to any other person. No man
in the town was more respected and honored than
Mr. Browne and his relative, Richard Browne.
Abraham was selectman from 1636 to 1643 inclusive.
In 1634 he and Robert Seeley were to survey all the
lots that are granted and were also appointed con-
servators of timber trees — none to be cut without
their assent.

In 1635 he was one of the seven freeman ap-
pointed to divide every man "his propriety" of
meadow and upland, that is ploughable, the rest to
lie common. In the same year he was appointed
to lay out. all highways, and to see that they are
repaired, also to survey the lots granted by the se-
lectmen. In 1638 it was ordered that all lots, both
of freemen and foreigners, shall be measured and
bounded by Abraham Browne, who shall give a
note of each survey to be enrolled in the town books.
In the same year he and Thomas Bartlett were ap-
pointed to measure and lay out the remote meadows
according to their best judgment. He was also ap-
pointed with four others to lay out the farms as they
are ordered, and they are authorized to include any
rock or swamp in any survey, not counting it in
the number of acres. That rule was surely reas-
onable, even if it did make ten acre lots contain
twenty acres or more sometimes.

In 1639 the highway from Dorchester fields to the
flats, as Abraham Browne laid it out, was confirmed
forever. Also the highway leading from Robert
Jennison's to the river, betwixt the lands of John
Barnard and Jeremiah Norcross together with about
half an acre of land on the river for the landing
of goods, was ordered to remain forever, as laid out
by Abraham Browne, April 30, 1639. He was al-
lowed four pence an acre for surveying remote
meadows and plains. October 7, 1641, the general
court appointed him one of the committee for lay-
ing out the thousand acres of land granted to the
artillery company at its first organization. (The
same company is now known as the Ancient and
Honorable Artillery Company of Boston.)

His will was proved October 1, 1650, the year
of his death. He seems to have left a non-cupative



will and there was much delay and some litigation
over the settlement of the estate. He had two home-
stalls, the second of which he occupied at an early
date. It was bounded on the east by Harvard street,
north by Main street, south by Pleasant street, and
the original lot with several additions made the
home lot sixty acres. It is stated by Bond that
the house now or lately on this lot was the oldest
in town except the Nathaniel Bright house.

His widow Lydia married, November 27, 1659,
Andrew Hodges, of Ipswich, and after his death,
December, 1665, she returned to Watertown, where
she died September 27, 1086. The earliest record
of a birth in Watertown was that of his daughter
Lydia. Children of Abraham and Lydia Browne
were : Sarah, born in England, married, December
16, 1643, George Parkhurst, Jr.; Mary, probably
born in England, married, April 10, 1650, John
Lewis ; Lydia, born in Watertown, March 22,
1632-33, married Lieutenant William Lakin, Jr., of
Groton ; Jonathan, see forward ; Hannah, died March
15, 1638-39, aged fourteen days; Abraham, born
March 6, 1639-40, died 1667 ; married Mary Dix,
February 5, 1662-63.

(II) Jonathan Browne, son of Abraham Browne
(1), was born October 15, 1635, in Watertown,
Massachusetts Bay colony. He and his father both
wrote their names with the final E, but all his sons-
dropped it. He married, February 11, 1661-62, Mary
Shattuck, daughter of the immigrant, William Shat-
tuck. She was born at Watertown, August 25,
1645, died October 2s, 1732, aged eighty-seven years.
Her grave is in the Waltham burying ground. His
will is dated February 19, 1690-91, and was proved
April 7, 1691. Children of Jonathan and Mary
Browne were : Mary, born October 5, 1662, mar-
ried (first), March 22, 1682-83, John Warren; (sec-
ond) Samuel Harrington; Elizabeth, born Septem-
ber 19, 1664, married, March 25, 1687, Darnel Ben-
jamin; Jonathan, born October 25, 1606, died young;
Patience, born March 6, 1668-69, married, March 5,
1686-87, James Bigelow ; Abraham, see forward ;
Samuel, born October 21, 1674; Lydia, born March
31, 1077, married January 18, 1698-99, Benjamin
Wellington; Ebenezer, born September 10, 1679;
Benjamin, born February 27, 1681-82, died March
II, 1753; William, born September 3, 1684, died
October 28, 1756.

(,111) Captain Abraham Brown, son of Jonathan
Browne (2), was born in Watertown, August 26,
1671, died November 27, 1729. He had his -grand-
father's homestead in Watertown and he became a
\ cry prominent citizen there. He was town treas-
urer of Watertown, 1695-96-97-98-99-1700; assessor
in 1705-06-08; selectman in 1712-16; town clerk in
1712 and was a licensed inn holder in 1709-12. Upon
the final settlement of his grandfather's 'estate,
January, 1694, his father being dead, all the real
estate including the homestead mentioned above
was assigned to him and he paid the other heirs.
His will dated July 20, 1728, was proved December
8, 1729. It is interesting to know that Captain
Brown was guardian of Ephraim Williams, the
father of the founder of Williams College. He was
captain of the Watertown company.

He married Mary Hyde, born June 21, 1672,
daughter of Job and Elizabeth (Fuller) Hyde. She
died November 29, 1723, and was buried in the
Waltham graveyard. He died November 27, 1729,
ami was buried at her side. Their children were:
Mary, married, January 31, 1709-10, George Cut-
ting; Jonathan, see forward; Patience, baptized June
27. 1097, married, March 25, 1714, Elisha Smith, of
Weston ; Lydia, born December 30, 1697, married,
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October 5, 1699, married, May 24, 1720, Ebenezer
Bigelow ; Abraham, born October 17, 1701, died
June 29, 1703; Samuel, born July 21, 1703, died in
Stockbridge, February 17, 1784; John, born April
!9> t/OS. died 1784; Grace, born August 17, 1707,
married, October 26, 1737, David Child.

(IV) Jonathan Brown, son of Captain Abraham
Brown (.3), was born in Watertown, 1694, died July
2 5> 1758, aged sixty-five years. He settled in
Watertown and was selectman there in 1739-40-41.
The following epitaph is on his grave stone: "He
was a lover of steady, good men. He remained
steady in the Christian duties through his life, and
we trust he died the death.". He married Elizabeth
Simonds, born November, 1698, daughter of Joseph
and Mary Simonds, of Lexington, granddaughter of
William Simonds, of Woburn, who married Judith
(Phippin) Heywood, widow of James. Their chil-
dren were : Elizabeth, born February 8, 1719-20, mar-
ried, June 2, 1743, Captain William Coohdge; Alary,
born January 20, 1720-21, married June 2, 1743,
Jonathan Woodward, Jr.; Jonathan, born August
24, 1724, captain of company at Lake George, 1758,
prominent town officer and in revolutionary affairs;
Abraham, see forward; Lydia, born August 15, 1729,
married. May 3, 1753, Elias Mason; Abigail, born
December 7, 173 1, married, April 11, 1754, Joseph
Jackson, Jr.; Lucy, born June 8, 1734, married
Colonel William Bond; Abijah, born November jy,
1736, a colonel, died in Lincoln, May 25, 1818.

(V) Abraham Brown, son of Jonathan Brown
(4), was born in Watertown, November 23, 1726,
and died at a very advanced age. He was a farmer
and was a settler at Grafton, whither he went be-
fore 1764 when he was dismissed from the Water-
town church to the Grafton church. In 1775 he re-
moved to Alstead, New Hampshire, where he was
among the early settlers. He married, April 25,
1/53. Mary Livermore, born September 5, 1731,
daughter of Oliver and Ruth (Bowman) Livermore,
of Watertown. Their children were: Abraham,
born in Watertown, March 8, 1754, died July 14,
1837 ; Nathaniel, see forward ; Mary-, born October
22, 1757, married Silas Mack, of Marlow, New-
Hampshire: Ruth, born September 16, 1759, married
Benjamin Baxter; Anna, born September 19, 1761,
married Francis Brown; Sarah, born June 29, 1763,
married Amos Beckwith ; Elizabeth, born July 27,
1765, died September 17, 1767; Samuel, born June
30, 1767, married Abigail Pike, of Cornish, New
Hampshire, and settled in Danville, Vermont; Oliver,
born September 21, 1769, resided in Surrey, New
Hampshire; Elizabeth, born January 24, 1773, died
January 26, 1786.

(VI) Deacon Nathaniel Brown, son of Abraham
Brown (5), was born in Watertown, October 7,
1755- He settled in Alstead, New Hampshire,
whither he went with his father in 1775. He was
a farmer. He married Polly Gee, of Marlow. New
Hampshire, and she was living, a widow, in Alstead
in 1783. Children of Deacon Nathaniel and Polly
Brown were: Martha, married Nathan Howard, of
Charlestown, New Hampshire; Nathaniel, born Jan-
uary 23, 1782, a farmer of Alstead, married, December
20, 1804, C. Huntley, of Marlow, who died April 23,
1844; married (second), June 19, 1844, Eleanor Gee,
born September 11, 1814, had four children; Polly,
born 17S3, married Samuel Atherton, of Alstead,
settled in Dalton, New Hampshire; Daniel Frank-
lin, born February 8. 1785, see forward; Isaac, born
April 22, 1788, settled in Lunenburg, Vermont, mar-
ried, October 7, 181 1, Nancy Howe, who died May
24, 1822; married (second), October 12, 1824, Lu-
cretia Wood; Freedom, born May 30, 1793, married,



October 20, 1816, Betsey Denison, and settled in
Castleton, Vermont.

(VII) Daniel Franklin Brown, son of Deacon
Nathaniel Brown (6), was born in Alstead, New
Hampshire, February 8, 1785. He was a farmer,,
and settled in Alstead. He married, November,
1809, Betsey Barney, of Alstead, born October 15,
1784. Their children were : Lucy P., born August
31, 1812, married Gilford Williams, of Alstead. and
they had two children — Emily and Abbie Williams;
Calista, born November 22, 1815, married Harvey
E. Taylor, of Alstead, and they had five children —
Adelbert, Etta, Washington Irving, Addie, and Effie
Melissa Taylor; Daniel Franklin, Jr., see forward-

(VIII) Daniel Franklin Brown, Jr., son of
Daniel Franklin Brown (7), was born in Alstead,
New Hampshire, October 22, 1821. He worked on
the paternal farm when a boy, attending each winter
for a short term the public school. He learned the
trade of shoemaker, and after following his trade
as a journeyman for a time began to do contract work,
at his own shop in Alstead for the Lampson factory
of Lempster, New Hampshire. In 1856 he used half
of his shop as a carriage factory, and after a year
or two discontinued the manufacture of boots and
shoes. He carried on the manufacture of carriages-
with profit and success until 1892, when he retired
from active business. He owned a large farm at
Alstead, and also much woodland, and he cut and.
sold large quantities of lumber. He built and sold
a number of houses in his native town. On his
farm he maintained a fine selection of stock and
raised some fine horses. He resided in his native
tow-n of Alstead, till death, June 4, 1906, though
he sold his farm in 1904 and gave up his other busi-
ness interests. He attended the Congregational
church and was a Jacksonian Democrat in politics.
He married Sarah Pease, of Nashua, New Hamp-
shire, daughter of William and (Hamblet)

Pease. Her father was a farmer. Children of
Daniel Franklin and Sarah Brown were : George
Franklin, see forward ; Ella Jane ; Fred Grayson,
married Minnie Pratt, of Alstead, and they had
two children : and Ethel May.

(IX) George Franklin Brown, son of Daniel
Franklin Brown (8), was born in Alstead, New-
Hampshire, June 18, 1848. He received his early
education there, attending school until he was sev-
enteen, and assisting his father in the carriage
factory, where he learned the trade. At the age of
eighteen he went to Winchendon to work for Charles
Harrington, manufacturer of toy carts, carriages,,
wheel barrows, etc.. where he did the ornamental and
fancy painting. After about a year he went to work
for E. Murdock & Company under Charles Bruce,
painting tubs and pails for six month. He was then
employed by Orlando Mason making fruit boxes in
his factory : then for nearly a year by I. Weston,
setting up the machine sections of his churns, and
then worked for Charles Loud making wooden
faucets. He had at this time a serious illness last-
ing six months ; after he recovered he worked for
his father-in-law, Ozra Hancock, for a year, making,
pail ears.

He started in business on his own acount in 1S68,
manufacturing a variety of wooden ware, buying and
selling tubs and pails also. He sold out in 1873 an< l
resumed his trade, carriage making, which he still
follows. lie owns the shop he now occupies and
has a flourishing business making and repairing car-
riages and wagons. His brother and his son Willie
are associated with him in the business. Mr. Brown
is a Republican in politics and a Unitarian in re-
ligion, being a member of the Church of the Unity
at Winchendon.



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He married, January 6, 1869, Flora Jane Han-
cock, born May 27, 1850, daughter of Ozra and
.Sarah (Brooks) Hancock. The children of George
Franklin and Flora Jane Brown were: I. Willie
Hancock, born April 11, 1873, employed by his
father in the carriage factory; married (first) Grace
Ellen Moore and had one child, Hazel May; mar-
ried (second) Nellie Jane Harrington, born in Bos-
ton, June 7, 1875, and they have one child — Evangel-
ine Madella, born October 16, 1905. 2. Henry Cor-
nelius, born March 24, 1877, in the restaurant busi-
ness in Buffalo; married Nettie Stanard and have
■one child — Edith Margaret. 3. Maud Estelle, born
April 7, 1879, married William Henry Babbitt, a
hoopmaker with E. Murdock & Co., and they had
two children — Mary Estelle, born March 17, 1902,
died March 17, 1902; Leon Hermon, born Septem-
ber 11, 1903.

Ozra Hancock, father of Flora Jane (Hancock)
Brown, born January 10, 1812, at Templeton, was
the son of Rufus and Sally (Bacon) Brown. Rufus
Hancock was born in Winchendon, August 21, 1780,
died in Templeton, April 1, 1821, aged forty years,
son of Hezekiah and Martha Hancock, who were
the parents of the following children : James,
Jonas, Patty, Livina, Chloe, Patty, Alvira, Rufus,
Hezekiah, John, Artemus, Hepzibah. Olive Richard-
son. Hezekiah Hancock, born 1748, died March

24, 1828, aged eighty years; his wife Martha died
December 15, 1820, aged sixty-six years. Rufus
Hancock, son of Hezekiah and Martha Hancock,
married, September 19, 1802, Sally Bacon, born
August 28, 1783, died in Templeton, July 20, 1826,
daughter of Samuel Bacon, born in Plymouth, Massa-
chusetts, died October 19, 1838, aged eighty-seven
years. The first wife of Samuel Bacon, Ruth, by
whom the children were born, died October 24,
!833, aged seventy-nine years ; his second wife, Pa-
tience, died October 23, 1838, aged seventy-five
years, five days after the death of her husband.
Rufus and Sally (Bacon) Hancock had children:
Benjamin Franklin, born in Templeton, November

25, 1803; William Martin, born in Harrisburg, March
16, 1806; Artemus, born in Templeton, August 15,

. 1809; Ozra, born in Templeton, January 13. 1812,
•died March 27, 1891. Ozra Hancock married (first),
October 29, 1836, Nancy A. Grout, born in Lyon,
New Hampshire, died in Winchendon, December I,
1845, had one child, Charles W., born in Royalston,
September 15, 1837, died September 19, 1838. He
.married (second), November 26, 1846, Sarah Ann
Brooks, born in New Ipswich, New Hampshire,
April 12, 1824, died October 31, 1898, and they had
two children: John N., born October 8, 1848, re-
sides in the west; Flora Jane, born May 27, 1850,
wife of George F. Brown, as mentioned above.

_ MOSES DANIELS RICHARDSON. John
Richardson (1), the immigrant ancestor of Moses
Daniels Richardson, late of North Leominster,
Massachusetts, was of a distinct family from the
three immigrant brothers who were so important
among the settlers of Woburn. John and George
Richardson, presumed to be brothers, settled in
Watertown, Massachusetts, among the earliest set-
tlers. John's first grant of land there was one
acre for a house lot in 1636 in the Beaver brook



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