il to mention another William Tufts out of gratitude, for no one was so able to aid seekers after historical documents, and no one could have been more ready.
May, 1857, he bought a home in Salem and made his residence there, where he died, June 3, 1861.
TheSalem Register says, An old and faithful servant of the commonwealth, William Tufts, Esq., died at his residence in this city on Monday.
Mr. Tufts was in his seventy-fifth year, having been born in Medford, March I, 1787.
From 1815 to 1850 he was well known to all who had business transactions at the state house, having been for a long period the chief clerk in the office of the secretary of the commonwealth.
For several years past he has resided in Salem, quietly enjoying the fruits of his well-spent active life.
Capt. James Gilchrist, born in Danvers, 1770, married Susan Wyman of Medford, June 10, 1805.
He was engaged in the East India trade, sailing from Salem and Boston.
They made their home in the house on High stree
e writer by accident first saw it and made inquiry, he found information not easily obtainable, as its few immediate neighbors were recent comers.
Men who had been town officers and perambulators of town lines were ignorant of its existence.
At last one old resident was found that thought it was the college's north point.
Acting on this clue to the apparent mystery, the writer made inquiry of Professors Shaler and Pickering of Harvard College.
Their replies were to the effect that about 1850 a stone cairn was erected as a meridian mark for the adjustment of the transit circle in the east wing of the observatory.
Also that it supported a simple board spiked to the masonry, on which was a mark that could be seen from the observatory.
The Middlesex (Southern) Registry of Deeds shows a record of conveyance of land by Benjamin F. Parker to the President and Fellows of Harvard College in August, 1847, for the named consideration of fifty dollars. The premises adjoined no street, bu
the east half from Messrs. Galen James and Nathan Sawyer at $17.50 a quarter.
The kitchen had no cellar under it, and they found it so uncomfortably cold that they remained there only till January, 1845, when they removed to Washington street. In 1850 my father and Mr. J. A. Smith bought the house, my father going back to his old rooms on the east side and Mr. Smith occupying the west side.
Before 1860 Mr. Smith sold out to my father.
My grandfather built his house about 1842.
At that time and owned by Mr. Richard Tufts and his sisters.
Mr. Tufts had a little wheelwright's shop back of his house facing Fulton street. The family had lived on Main street, where the Central Fire Station stands, but were burned out in the great fire of 1850 and never rebuilt.
The house at the corner of Court street is a landmark, occupied for many years by Mr. Francis Ewell.
The present engine house occupies the site of the Osgood School, which was moved to Wellington.
The grocery store at the c