ents and places which I have mentioned in this paper seem to have a relationship one to the other, and just here you may notice another instance of it, for the wife of Mr. Wilder was born in Medford in the old Watson house on High street, only removed a few years ago. After John Brooks left the eastern half of this house, Joseph Barrel, Jr., of Boston, became the next tenant.
His wife was Miss Electa Bingham of Boston, and there is the record of two children being born here to this couple in 1796 and 1799. One of these, Electa Barrel, became the bride of Samson V. S. Wilder, who was noted in Bolton for his lavish hospitality, where he lived for a number of years.
Bolton also is the birthplace of our venerable townswoman, Miss Zipporah Sawyer, who has assisted so many in our educational careers.
As a child five years of age she remembers the illumination that night for the distinguished guest, and the occasion is particularly impressed on her mind, for the fence in front of her fat
feet in width on the road and 171 feet in depth.
It was bounded on the north by Brickyard pasture, a portion of which is now the site of the High School house.
This estate passed through several ownerships until, in the year 1783, it came into the possession of William Gowen, father of Maria Gowen Brooks (Maria del Occidente) who had a high reputation as a poetess.
She is supposed to have been born in this old house in the year 1794 (see Historical Register, Vol. 2, page 150). In the year 1796 the estate came into the possession of Joseph Patten Hall above referred to. The brick building was subsequently erected, probably in the early part of the nineteenth century, and it is very likely that the old house was moved back from the street to make way for the new brick building.
All the buildings on each side of this estate stood near to the street line, as was the custom in those early days.
The correctness of the statements made in Vol. 18, No. 2, of the Register in regard to the
The second was Eleanor, born July 23, 1764, and the fourth was James, born December 25, 1768.
Eleanor was married by Peter Thacher on April 24, 1791, to Charles Stimpson the son of Recompense Wadsworth Stimpson, a merchant of Boston, Mass., and the writer of this communication is a grandson of this couple.
The article above cited gives Capt. Isaac's death, (p. 102) (November 24, 1789). This I believe to be a mistake, and that it should be November 13, 1805.
The Boston Directory for 1796 and ‘98 gives the name of Isaac Hall and locates him as a distiller, Distill House square, House No. 12, Franklin Place.
The same name appears in the directories which follow, with his residence on Franklin Place, till 1803, when its occupation is given a boarding house, 12 Franklin Square.
I think this Square should be Place but am too far from the B. Pub.
Library and the directory to verify it.
In 1806 the name changes to Abigail Hall, boarding house, 12 Franklin Square,