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pshire maiden, never went back to his Highland home. His son, Dr. James Barr, prominent as a physician in New Ipswich, endeared himself for miles around for his sturdy character and genial wit. He married Laura L. Bellows of Walpole, N. H., daughter of Col. Caleb, and granddaughter of Gen. Benjamin Bellows, an officer of the Revolutionary War. In the Barr mansion Dr. and Mrs. Barr reared a family of seven children, the following of whom have been connected with Medford's history: Mr. George Barr, who married Maria Lawrence, purchased, but never occupied, the Royall House. The last of his life was lived in a house built by his brother-in-law, Samuel T. Ames, on Oakland, corner of Chestnut street. Mr. Ames's son, James Barr Ames, was dean of Harvard Law School. Another brother-in-law, Sanford B. Perry, Esq., built and occupied the house next to Mr. Ames. A sister, Miss C. Frances Barr, was a Medford teacher from 1853 to 1858. Medford's school report for 1854 has the follow
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 25., At Medford's old civic Center (continued). (search)
e. This house and one west from it, both now gone, were of the five Hall houses which faced the road to Woburn in the same sociable, neighborly way as three of them do today below Governors avenue. The home of Dr. Swan, the beloved and benevolent physician, is remembered by many today. I attended the auction sale of the doctor's household goods with my mother, and noticing a very fine set of china, asked her to buy it, and was much disappointed that she did not. It was purchased by George Barr, who also bought the Royall house, intending to make it his home, but gave up the project as it was not favored by his wife. Our family had been patrons of Dr. Swan, and my mother was given a case containing many small glass vials filled with what seemed to be tiny sugar plums to us children. As they were not medicated no harm resulted to us by playing with them. Nathaniel Hall, who lived in the Secomb house, had a later residence on his farm in the house now the farmhouse on the