faithful record of the citizens of Medford could be made than the choice words he has so fitly and honestly spoken in memory of one and another as they have passed on.
Medford was early chosen as a fitting location for many private schools.
In 1790 William Channing Woodbridge started a school that at one time numbered ninety-six girls and forty-two boys.
He published a Modern School Geography, with atlas; Woodbridge & Willard's Geography, Physical and Political, for the Use of Higher Classeaddress, when governor of Massachusetts, President Monroe said, I am willing to take the principles of that speech as the basis of my administration.
Among other early writers we find Timothy Bigelow, lawyer, many of whose orations from 1767 to 1790 have been preserved, and a Journal of a Tour to the Falls of Niagara, reprinted.
Samuel Hall was editor of the Essex Gazette, New England Chronicle, Salem Gazette, and Massachusetts Gazette, 1768-1807.
Edward Brooks was a contributor to the
e memoranda below.
Thinking it may be of a little interest to your Society (he being a minute man as I have explained), I send it to you. Benjamin Floyd, 2d, was the writer and is the one buried in the old Salem street burying ground at the left front corner.
My father Benj. Floyd (1st), husband of Ruth Floyd, died at sea Jan., 1762.
My mother Ruth Floyd died Feb., 1813.
Medford April 1729, Ruth Floyd was born.
Benj. Floyd Jr. or 2nd was born Jan. 5, 1755.
Martha Savels wife of Benj. Floyd was born Sept. 1756.
Benj. Floyd 3rdBorn 1780, lost at sea.
Patty or Martha F.Born 1782, died 1861.
Sally F.Born 1785, lost at sea.
Sukey F.Born 1787, died 1795.
Rebecca Thompson F.Born 1790.
George Hinchman F.Born 1792, died 1794.
Abel Butterfield F.Born 1793, died 1797.
Thomas FloydBorn 1795.
Abel Butterfield 2ndBorn 1798.
[No race suicide here.]
On the back cover is written
Benjamin Floyd His Book & Property 1819 1756. —Harriett A. Jordan Rowe.