In Hawthorne's 'Main Street' I came across the following passage:
there goes the tithingman, lugging in a couple ot small boys, whom he has caught at play beneath God's blessed sunshine, in a back lane. What native of Naumkeag, whose recollections go back more than thirty years, does not still shudder at that dark ogre of his infancy, who perhaps had long ceased to have an actual existence, but still lived in his childish belief; in a horrible idea, and in the nurse's threat, as the Tidy Man!
I've worked out that a 'tithingman' had something to do with a system of 'frankpledge'
I've also found an obscure reference to practices in New England that mentions a 'Tidy Man' in a negative sense whereas all the other references in an ngram search for the period come up with positive connotations.
What exactly was a Tidy Man? How were tithings and frankpledge systems organised? Why would Tidy Men be seen as equivalents of what we would know as Bogey Men? And how might they all connect?