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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Beadsman \Beads"man\, Bedesman \Bedes"man\, n.; pl. -men. A poor man, supported in a beadhouse, and required to pray for the soul of its founder; an almsman. [1913 Webster] Whereby ye shall bind me to be your poor beadsman for ever unto Almighty God. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]