had the first orchids in New England.
He had several children, Kirk, Francis, William, Mrs. William Wells, Mrs. Lyman, Mrs. Edward Brooks, John Wright Boott.
Francis was a physician and botanist of note who spent most of his time in England.
His brother William was a botanist of local fame.
The former, born in Boston, 1792, died in London, 1863.
The latter, born in Boston, 1805, died there, 1887.
He spent much time in summer in Medford studying its flora.
He was accustomed to pass Sundays and Wednesday nights at the home of his relative Francis Brooks, whose father, Edward, oldest son of Peter Chardon Brooks, married Eliza Boott, 1821. of Boston.
Alfred and Howard the two youngest sons, died in comparatively early life.
Martha the eldest daughter had received a superior education to her sisters, under the patronage of a wealthy aunt in England, to whom she soon returned after remaining a short time with her family here.
She married Mr. Freme a rich merchant who lived nea