Matthew Cradock. by Walter K. Watkins of Malden.
[Read before the Medford Historical Society, February 7, 1903.]
IN 1634, a Herald's Visitation of London was made by St. George, the Herald.
Like our modern canvasser for the census and city dioy to them & their heires forever.
Of this locality William Wood, in his New England's Prospect, published in London in 1634, says of Misticke: there be not many houses as yet. At the head of this river are great and spacious ponds, whither the alock's farm.
Under date of September 13, 1636, Cradock writes to Governor Winthrop, mainly in regard to his agent (since 1634), Thomas Mayhew, with whose doings he was not quite satisfied.
In the postscript, Cradock writes of his purpose to apply town and his six shares of the wear which was mortgaged by Mayhew to Cradock.
The mill at Watertown was probably built in 1634, at the joint expense of Cradock and Edward How, they each owning one-half.
Mayhew bought How's half, and later the half
descent settled at Wicken Bonant, in the County of Essex, about the year 1560. . . . The parish of Wicken Bonant. . . is supposed to have been the birthplace of that Thomas Bradbury who, while a young man, came to the district of Maine as early as 1634, as the agent of Sir Ferdinando Gorges, and is the common ancestor of the Bradburys of New England.
The English line of descent briefly stated is
Robert1 of Ollersett, County of Derby.
William2 of Braughing, County of Hertfordshire.
Robury, who was baptized at Wicken Bonant the last day of February 1610-11.
He was the second son of Wymond (the seventh in the English line) and Elizabeth Gill, a widow whose maiden name was Whitgift.
We find him in New England at York, Maine, in 1634, and later at Salisbury, Mass. At the former place he was agent of Sir Ferdinando Gorges, the proprietor of the Province of Maine.
He was one of the most prominent citizens of Salisbury for more than fifty years, and received land in the first