nd next to the Marsh 7 rods, together with a two pole way leading down to the River above the upper side of the Bridge: easterly on the County road 10 1/2 rods: southerly upon the way that leads to the Ford or landing place 9 rods, which way is laid out two rods wide.
The dwelling house above described will be recognized by old residents of the city as that of Mr. Richard and Miss Emily Tufts, which stood where the brick engine-house now stands, and which was destroyed in the great fire of 1850.
The foregoing evidence proves conclusively that the southerly end of the ford was located as before stated.
There is, however, no such positive evidence as to the landing on the north side of the river.
It is well known that a landing place once existed there.
But conjecture becomes certainty when we consider that the northerly end of the ford must have been located as before stated, for the very good reason that it could not have been located elsewhere, taking into consideration the f
a church was built on Forest street. A few possibly of our old inhabitants may recall the old church building with its flight of steps on the outside leading to the auditorium in the second story.
(No record of the dedication can be found.)
In 1850 the church was remodelled and enlarged.
The long steps in front were removed, and an entrance made in the first story; fifteen feet eastward was added to its length, and other improvements made for the convenience of the society, which had increa by a code of by-laws.
For the first eight years the records relate only to the admission of new members; but from 1842 until the present time there has been an increasing tendency to give full details as to what occurred at each meeting.
In 1850 appears this record showing that a happy relation existed between this society and the First Parish:
Our meeting-house and vestry being under repair, and our church and congregation holding public service on Sundays with the First Parish (Rev.
he recipients of the sacred ordinance bore the name of Blanchard; they made up a good percentage of the whole number.
I know of but one or two of the stock now living here.
By the by, the register I have referred to records the fact that one infant was baptized who was born on the morning of the Sunday on which the rite was administered!
Thus they snatched a brand from the burning!
The Bishops were also a prominent family in Medford for more than a century.
Mr. Nathaniel Bishop died in 1850, and after his death his children took up their residence in other parts of the country.
I also have a kindly remembrance of the fine family of the Clisbys, with which I was very intimate in my boyhood.
They are all dispersed.
Aaron Warner Clisby, my especial friend and playmate, is, or was a few years ago, a clergyman in Alabama.
The name of Swan was also well known and honored sixty years ago. No one bears that name here now. Mr. Samuel Swan had a family of seven children, and of them