g his dwelling house on the land aforesaid.
It would seem by these facts that the house was of wood.
Its name, Dixe's house, might refer to a house built by Anthony Dixe, or Dicks, carpenter, who is mentioned as an inhabitant of Charlestown in 1641.
Josiah Dawston, or Duston, was in Reading in 1647, where he died January 16, 1671-2.
His widow, a woman of eighty in 1692, was arrested that year for witchcraft, as was her daughter, Mary Colson.
The former was accused of witchcraft practised yment of the debt, which his widow claimed after his death, prevents Cradock being recorded among the early benefactors of Harvard College.
Cradock's adventures were not all in foreign parts.
In the seventeenth century, or more particularly in 1641, there was a scheme to furnish an army, to suppress rebellion in Ireland, by private adventurers, to be ultimately paid by the lands of the rebels.
Matthew Cradock seems to have embarked in this enterprise, which was mainly composed of London m
ized 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 division, 1640-1641.
He was a freeman and held the offices of town clerk, school master, justice of the peace, representative in the General Court seven years, and other important positions.
Most of the records of Salisbury were written by him, and he is said to have been peculiarly fitted for the office of recorder.
His writing is described as easy, graceful and legible, and we shall find that his later descendants inherited their ancestor's style.
He married Mary Perkins of Ipswich, who was tried and con