Look up Deedy in Websters Dictionary and you will see the following definition - \Deed"y\, a. Industrious; active. [R.] --Cowper. But to me Deedy is simply my last name and not a very common one at that. My Father always said "find yourself in a strange city? Open a phone book, find a Deedy and give them a call - chances are they are a relative." So, for all the Deedy's out there hello and welcome.

Edward Deedy and the Bureau of Investigation

While combing various databases for information about my relatives, I recently stumbled across the following three documents about an Edward Deedy of Worcester who was erroneously placed on a bureau of investigation (precursor to the FBI) watch list in 1917.

The first two documents contain a letter notifying the bureau of investigation that an Edward Deedy was recently fired from his job as night watchman due to his political views. The second letter is a memo from the chief of the Boston bureau of investigation who basically dispatches an agent to go look into the matter.

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The last document is the most fascinating. It is the agents report of his investigation and the result.

At first I thought these documents were about my Great-Grandfather Edward B. Deedy of Worcester. However, I have been able to rule him out. I found another Edward (also goes by the name Edmund) Deedy living in Worcester at the same time as my Great-Grandfather and living in the address listed in the documents. So this is an example of an Unknown-Deedy and an interesting little peek into the life of an innocent man caught up in a government investigation.


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