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HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF MEDFORD, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT, IN 1630, TO THE PRESENT TIME, 1855. (ed. Charles Brooks) 2 2 Browse Search
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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 11., Ye olde Meting-House of Meadford. (search)
e to be built at the weft corner . . . one side of it to Joyne to the stairs going up into the pulpitt & the other side of said pue to Range with the deacons' seat. As charges were thus recognized on one side the pulpit, so was quality on the other, for here was seated the widow of the wealthiest citizen (Major Jonathan Wade), and according to custom styled Madam Wade. How long it took to build the fore-gallery we may not know, but it had not been long in use when the town voted, on January 31, 1700, that only men should sit in the front gallery. It seems that Major Nathaniel Wade had been granted the privilege of building a pew at the south side of the meeting-house, which would remove the two back seats on the women's side; but he was to have it finished by the middle of the May following. It is open to doubt whether the seat on the men's side, next the wall, was constructed in the same manner as the women's seat, as at this same town meeting it was directed that the seat w