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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 29., The history of the Royall house and its occupants. (search)
f not the richest man, in the Colonies. Such was the home of Col. Isaac Royall, a man more sinned against than sinning, in the opinion of many writers. Royall family. Isaac Royall's ancestors were genuine Colonists and shared the trials and tribulations of the people of those days. The name of Royall appears in the early records and has been perpetuated in various localities. William Royall of England was granted a tract of land in Salem in 1629. A son, William, Jr., was born in 1640. Isaac Royall, Sr., whose wealth built and made famous our Royall House in Medford, was his grandson, born in Yarmouth on Casco Bay, Maine, in 1672. At the early age of three years his parent (William, Jr.) moved to Dorchester, Mass., because of continuous troubles with the Indians in Maine. Young Isaac, as he grew older, developed a love for the sea and took frequent trips from Dorchester to the West Indies, where he finally married and made a home, amassing great wealth as a planter
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 29., The Cradock house, past and future. (search)
It is very characteristic of Cradock, however, that, imposed upon as he was, unsuccessful as he was, he developed his land with steady perseverance, building the Cradock bridge, offering fifty pounds toward the support of Harvard College, and in 1640, the year before his death, writing: I have great cause to acknowledge God's goodness & mercy to me in inabling me to undergoe what I have & doe suffer by New England, & . . . if my heart deceyve me not, I joye more in the expectation of that different transactions, and let go sixty-one and a half. Only his death, in 1700, made a pause in his grasp on the land development idea. And who was Peter Tufts? The original Peter was born in England in 1617, and came over to America about 1640. He settled originally in Malden, but wisely visited Medford and apparently at once bought land here. This Peter Tufts had three sons and six daughters. The oldest son was also Peter Tufts, commonly known as Captain Peter Tufts. This younger T