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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 26., My Revolutionary ancestors: major Job Cushing, Lieutenant Jerome Lincoln, Walter Foster Cushing (search)
Again at Bound brook dam, the water would work for Friday and Saturday, when it found its way to the ocean. One of the first homes was that of Israel Nichols, who married Elizabeth, the daughter of Daniel Lincoln, and what is now Jerusalem road was the shore trail between the two homes. The hardships of the early settlers can be imagined. Coarse garments, poorly cooked food, no carpets, no pictures, small candles, no wagons, no streets—only rutty cart tracks. Wild animals abounded in 1648. The town offered a bounty of twenty shillings to anyone killing a wolf. There were many wolf pits dug. Food in most families was coarse, and the housekeeper worked miracles of cookery. Indian pudding from brick ovens, with rye and Indian meal stirred into a pot of boiling water, appeared in the morning; milk, or later molasses, was eaten with it. Before the days of the Revolution, potatoes were seldom seen, but fish was plentiful, and fruit for the gathering. A story that has come down t