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.
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