On the day above mentioned the Committee report, That the bridge is not passable till some string pieces be put on for safety for the present, and that it be new built as soon as possible.
The Court accepted the report and appointed John Bradshaw and Aaron Cleveland to provide timber and wood, and when they have done the work, to lay the cost and charges thereof before the Court.
June 16, 1715. The Court pursuant to their late order, apportioning the building of Mistick bridge, amoe Court order the same to be paid by the respective towns of Charlestown, Medford, Maiden, Woburn, and Reading, Charlestown to pay to Aaron Cleveland sixty-four pounds and fourteen shillings, and Medford, Malden, Woburn and Reading to pay to John Bradshaw seventeen pounds twelve shillings and three pence each, and that an order be issued that the several sums be paid within two months, upon penalty of being proceeded against for contempt in making default.
Woburn, Malden, and Reading appeal,
records on June 25, 1658: Medford is enjoined to repair their highways before the next term of Court, on penalty of forty shillings.
Complaints were numerous thereafter in regard to the condition of these roads.
March 13, 704-5: Capt. Peter Tufts and Stephen Willis, appear in Court to answer to defects in the way to Malden, they say that they are mending the way as fast as they can, and in regard to the defect north of Mistick Bridge, that they have mended the same.
Aug. 25, 1719, John Bradshaw, appearing in court to answer to complaints about a highway in Medford, answered that to the best of his knowledge, the way is mended.
In the year 1769 the town of Medford being presented for not amending and repairing a highway in said town leading to Stoneham,
come and say that they will not contend with the King.
The Court having considered the same, order the said town to pay a fine of three shillings to be disposed of as the law directs, and that they pay fees and costs
Samuel Son of Joseph and Mary Ballard born December the 27 1718
Sarah Daughter of Joseph and Sarah Tompfon born December 21 1718
Susanna Daughter of John and Susanna Giles born January 26th 171 8/9
John Son of John and Mercy Bradshaw born February the 13th 171 8/9
Elizebeth Daughter of Benjn & Sarah Peirce born February ye 21st. 171 8/9
Thomas Son of William and Abigail Patten born February 20th 171 8/9
Martha Daughter of John & Mary Whitmore Born ffebrewery ye 23-1ttwood Son of Oliver and Anna Attwood died Novr ye 28th 1718
Bartholomew Semer Died January 20 171 8/9
Gershom Son of Jonathn & Lydia Hall died Decemr 9, 1718
Mary Willis Daughter of John & Mary Willis died Feb 2d 1718
John Bradshaw and Mercy Tufts were married March ye 14 1718/ By ye Revd mr Porter—
John Giles and Susanna Hall were married March ye 27 1718/ By ye Revd mr Porter
Peter Wait of Medford and Abigail Peirce of Woborn were married May 22 1718/ By ye Revd
followed by Rev. Mr. Wilson and Rev. Mr. Phillips; in the tax for the support of these gentlemen Medford paid its share assessed by the General Court.
These preachers were paid by six towns, Medford with the others being too poor to support the luxury of a minister by itself alone.
In 1692 Mr. John Hancock, grandfather of the patriot whose name is indelibly associated with our history, preached here for a short period.
The town voted that he shall be boarded at Mr. John Bradshaw's for the year ensuing if he shall continue his ministry so long among us.
His ministry ceased in Nov., 1693.
He was born at Cambridge, Mass., in 1671, and graduated at Harvard College in 1689.
In 1697 he was called to Lexington, where he continued his ministry until his death in 1752, in the eighty-second year of his age and the fifty-fourth of his ministry.
The pulpit was supplied from Harvard College for a considerable period afterward.
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