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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., How did Medford get its name? (search)
er such circumstances one naturally turns to official records and published history. The first mention of Medford is in the colony record of the General Court, under date of September 28, 1630, when 3£ was levied upon it for the support of military instructors. Under the same date a coroner's jury returned its verdict in the death of Austin Bratcher at Mr. Cradock's farm, which resulted in the indictment of Walter Palmer for manslaughter and his subsequent acquittal from the charge in November. But one of Cradock's servants held variant opinion and sought to traduce the court, and was sentenced to be whipped therefor, being the fifth in the colony to receive such sentence. Here we find Medford's entrance into the limelight of history. Mr. Cradock's farm was a tract of land a mile wide (approximately) and four miles along the riverside from Charlestown, which then extended some fifteen miles north-westward. The Indians that lived there were called Aberginians, and their na
5 —— $28.09 deduct Clerks bill4.22 —— To charge in the Corporation bill dated Feb. 3 180623.87 which should be charged to the Directors6. —— 29.87 May 22d 1806 Rec'd the above in full Hezeh Blanchard As may be noted, its date is the first year of the corporation's existence. Very likely the directors met then to discuss ways and means and to ride thence over the course of the new road on tours of inspection. Evidently by the number of suppers there were eight present at the November gathering, and we may wonder which four had the Ginn Toddy, and which other four were content with the one bottle of wine. Incidentally we notice that the initial charge is written To 4 Bo—then a t crossed several times—wls. The English money reckoning was still in vogue, as it was somewhat within our remembrance. Two and thrippence was the charge for the eats at Blanchard's, morning, noon and night alike. Probably December 2 was a cold morning, but the four directors that ha