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1, Medford paid £ 1,177. 10s.; in 1786, £ 1,016. 5s.; in 1791, £ 88. 6s. 11d. Ratable polls in Medford (1784) were 223. List of occupiers of houses, in 1798, who are taxed for more than $100:-- Samuel Albree. Asa Adams. Benjamin Hovey. Benjamin Teal. Caleb Brooks. John Bishop. Abigail Bishop. Samuel Swan. Ebenezer Thompson. Nathan Wait. Thomas Bradshaw, jun. Nathaniel Mead. Zachariah Shed. Leonard Bucknam. Spencer Bucknam. John Bacon. Abigail Brooks and Rufus Frost. John Brooks and Mary Patten. John Brooks. Jethro Townsend. Caleb Brooks, jun. Thomas Brooks. S. Buel and Augustus Hunt. Thomas Bradshaw. Andrew Blanchard. Timothy Newell. Hezekiah Blanchard, jun. Ruth Benford. Jonathan Brooks. William Bradbury. Francis Burns. Marah Billings. Hezekiah Blanchard. David Bucknam. John Chadwick. John Cutter. Miles S. Wilson. Jonathan Dunham. Aaron Crowell. William Earl. Deb
amuel, b. Oct. 5, 1760.  137John, b. Feb. 9, 1763.  138Sarah, b. May 12, 1765. 24-71Joseph Hall m., Nov. 24, 1757, Abigail Brooks, and had--  71-139Caleb, b. Oct. 27, 1758.  140Joseph, b. Dec. 2, 1759. 24-74Ebenezer Hall m., Nov. 3, 1763, Susan.  250Lucy J., b. Oct. 15, 1812.  251Ebenezer, b. Jan. 11, 1815. 89-169Nathaniel Hall m., Nov. 26, 1793, Joanna Cotton Brooks, and had--  169-252Caroline, b. Sept. 25, 1794.  252 1/2Mary Brooks.  253Nathaniel, b. Jan. 4, 1799; d. young.  254Ed706.  8John, b. Apr. 23, 1709.  9Benjamin, b. Sept. 7, 1711.  10Mary, b. Mar. 1, 1714.  1OAKES, Thomas, m., 2d, Abigail Brooks, Oct. 27, 1720; and had by her, who d. June 31, 1728,--  1-2Abigail, b. Sept. 2, 1721.  3Thomas, b. Jan. 28, 1723. 3, 1765; m., Susanna Francis.  5Susanna, b. May 1, 1767; m., Joseph M. Sanderson.  6Zaccheus, b. Nov. 10, 1769; m., Abigail Brooks. Catharine Wyman, m. William Tufts. Elizabeth Wyman, m. Samuel Wakefield, Jan. 2, 1749. Seth Wyman, of
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 1., Index to Births, deaths, and Marriages, published in Nos. I, 2, and 3 of register. (search)
Albree, Elizabeth, 95. Joseph, 93. Ballard, Mary, 95. Bizdue, Phillip, 62. Blanchard, Johanna, 93. Mercy, 27. Ruth, 61. Sarah, 26, 96. Brad—, Elizabeth, 26. Bradshaw, Abigail, 62. Elizabeth, 64. Hannah, 62. John, 27. Jonathan, 28. Mary, 26, 93. Patience, 93. Ruth, 26. Samuel, 29. Sarah, 27 (2), 28. Simon, 64. Stephen, 64. Susanna, 61. Bradstreet, Ann, 61. Dudley, 60. John, 28. Lucy, 63. Brookhouse (Brocus), John, 28. Brooks, Abigail, 28. Caleb, 27, 28. Ebenezer, 28. Hannah, 60, 64. Mary, 61, 62. Rebecca, 63. Samuel, 29, 64. Sarah, 61, 62. Susan, 26. Thomas, 62. Chadwick, Joseph, 94. Ruth, 95. Chamberlain, Jacob, 27. Chickering, Mercy, 28. Chubb, Sarah, 96. Cleveland, Abigail, 63. Cotton, Mercy, 25. Cummings, Mary, 95. Cutter, Elizabeth, 26, 60. Hannah, 61. Lydia, 61. Dana, Elizabeth, 25. Dill, Mary, 64. Thomas, 64, 96. Edes, John, 94. Nathan, 96. Elliott, Mary
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 3., Medford in the War of the Revolution. (search)
y. The regulars had started on their second expedition, and this time they would not return unmolested. The flower of the town had marched away. The old men and boys could not restrain themselves. They followed on, and the women waited. Abigail Brooks, the wife of Rev. Edward Brooks, bade her husband good-by as with gun on his shoulder he rode off toward Lexington. Outstripping those on foot, he pressed forward to Concord, and was in the fight at the bridge. Here he saved the life of Lieenotomy. The white face of his mother, the gleaming bayonets, the rattle of musketry, and the anxiety for his absent father made a lasting impression on the boy's mind. By and by the shots grew fainter, and tired stragglers began to pass. Abigail Brooks had a great iron kettle hung under the elm-tree which you can see to-day, and served chocolate to all who wished it. The stately lady, the granddaughter of Rev. John Cotton, serving these battle-stained men, makes a picture which Medford peop
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 3., Births, Deaths and Marriages from early records. (search)
[Aprill]* Febrewary 20th 171 9/20 Peter Son of Peter Wait & Abigal his Wife Born Aprill 21 1720 Joanna Porter Daughtr. of ye Revernd Mr. Aaron Porter & Mrs Susanah his Wife Born March 21st 1719 Jona Polley & Ledia Nutting wr. Maried by ye Revernd Mr Aaron Porter Febr 25/171920 John Hall & Elizebeth Walker Maried by ye Revernd Mr Aaron Porter Aprll 27/1720 Jane Porter Daughtr. of ye Revernd Mr. Aaron Porter Mr. Susanah his Wife Born November 9th/1720 Mr. Thomas Oaks and Abigail Brooks maried by ye Revernd: Mr: Aaron Porter Octr: 27/1720 Ruth Daughter of Richard & Elizebeth Wait was Born Decemr: I: 1720 John Hall Dyed Novemr 14th 1720 John Son of John & Elizbeth Hall Born Novr: 24th 1720 Ledia Daughter of Jonathan Polley and Ledia his Wife Born Decembr. 12 1720 Ruth Daughter of Thomas Hall and Abigail his Wife Born Augoft ye 30 1719 Ledia Daughter of Ebenezr. Nutting & Ledia his Wife Born Novr. 5th 1692 Births Jonathan Son of Ebenezr: Nutting & L
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 3., The Evolution of the Medford public Library. (search)
s the forerunner of the nearly one thousand Social Libraries which sprang up so rapidly throughout the United States. Franklin, in his autobiography, speaking of the benefits derived from them, says: They have improved the general conversation of the Americans; have made the common tradesmen and farmers as intelligent as most gentlemen in other countries; and, perhaps, have contributed in some degree to the stand so generally made throughout the colonies in defence of their privileges. In Brooks' History of Medford it is stated that our own library had its origin in the Medford Social Library, which was founded in 1825 by a society whose design, as set forth in their constitution, was to collect books promotive of piety and good morals, and to aid in the diffusion of valuable information. We find that the first thought of the library for the people here arose in the mind of the pastor of the First Congregational Church in Medford in 1825, the Rev. Andrew Bigelow. In the records of
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 3., The Royall House loan exhibition. (search)
xperts pronounced the china exhibit very valuable, yet it was mainly made up of bits of family treasures valued by their owners for love's sake. A cake basket of silver wire was brought to the Royall House in 1815 by Madam Ruth Tidd, and was used there as long as she lived. A silver porringer was owned by her father, William L. Dawes. He was a descendant of William Dawes, who rode through Roxbury to alarm the country, April, 1775. Among Revolutionary relics was the kettle in which Mrs. Abigail Brooks, wife of Rev. Edward Brooks, made chocolate for returning minute-men. Descendants of the Russell family loaned pewter plates which had been buried in Menotomy woods to save them from the British, April 19, 1775. Muskets which were once aimed at each other in deadly conflict hung side by side. A relic of colonial wars was the blanket on the high-posted bedstead. It was homespun, and bore the sign of the broad arrow, which is the mark of English government supplies, and the initials
Children    Catherine Children    Joseph Children Brazier, Thomas, Jr.Charlestown, Nov. 9, 1757Feb. 8, 1758In house of Dorothy Fowle. Esther (wife)    John (child) Bredin, Jacob    wife and 2 childrenMaiden, Nov. 24, 1770Tenant of Benj. Hall. Brewer, MosesWaltham, Feb. 16, 1773Apprentice to Ebenr. Hall, Jr. Brigden, TimothyAug. 31, 1797 Bright, JonathanCharlestown, Sept. 9, 1760In family of Samuel Wakefield. 3 months old. Brooks, Jonas     Anna (wife)Woburn (no date)In house of Abigail Brooks. Brothers, SarahReading, Sept., 1763Nov. 30, 1763Dau. Mrs. Thos. Richardson. Brown, AbigailBoston, Oct. 2, 1759Nov. 21, 1759Taken in by Phebe Tufts. Bucknam, EbenezerStoneham, abt. May 1, 1764Dec. 3, 1764     Mary (wife)    Sarah (child) Buckman, Edward(Bucknam)  Sarah (wife)    & negro VenusStoneham, May 4, 1763Tenant of Col. I. Royall. Bucknam, Jacob    Lyclia (wife)    & childBraintree, April, 1756Nov. 27, 1756 Bucknam James (child)Not
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 4., Medford Historical Society. (search)
ll, Hezekiah. Blanchard, Miss Sarah J. Life Members.Boynton, Hon. E. Bridge, Miss Lucy P. Broderson, N. H. Brooks, Frederick. Brooks, Henry. Life Members.Brooks, Shepherd. Life Members.Brooks, Peter C. Brown, David H. Brooks, Henry. Life Members.Brooks, Shepherd. Life Members.Brooks, Peter C. Brown, David H. Brown, Mrs. Abby D. Brown, Mrs. Harriet W. Brown, Edward D. Brown, George E. Bruce, Mrs. F. P. Bullard, B. Frank. Burbank, Miss Ella L. Burbank, Miss Ida E. Buss, Charles B. Buss, Herman L. Chany, Miss A. Clara. ChaBrooks, Shepherd. Life Members.Brooks, Peter C. Brown, David H. Brown, Mrs. Abby D. Brown, Mrs. Harriet W. Brown, Edward D. Brown, George E. Bruce, Mrs. F. P. Bullard, B. Frank. Burbank, Miss Ella L. Burbank, Miss Ida E. Buss, Charles B. Buss, Herman L. Chany, Miss A. Clara. Chandler, Dr. N. F. Chipman, Miss Bessie W. Clark, Miss Mary S. Clark, Miss Sarah L. Clark, Calvin. Cleaves, Dr. James E. Cleaves, Mrs. Emmie N. Coffin, Freeman C. Coburn, Charles F. Converse, M. M. Cordis, Mrs. Adelaide E.Brooks, Peter C. Brown, David H. Brown, Mrs. Abby D. Brown, Mrs. Harriet W. Brown, Edward D. Brown, George E. Bruce, Mrs. F. P. Bullard, B. Frank. Burbank, Miss Ella L. Burbank, Miss Ida E. Buss, Charles B. Buss, Herman L. Chany, Miss A. Clara. Chandler, Dr. N. F. Chipman, Miss Bessie W. Clark, Miss Mary S. Clark, Miss Sarah L. Clark, Calvin. Cleaves, Dr. James E. Cleaves, Mrs. Emmie N. Coffin, Freeman C. Coburn, Charles F. Converse, M. M. Cordis, Mrs. Adelaide E. Craig, William C. Crockett, George W. Croudis, George A. Croudis, Mrs. Mabel H. Cushing, Walter H. Cushing, Walter F. Cushing, Mrs. Carrie E. Cushing, Samuel. Cushing, Mrs. Samuel. Dalrymple, Willard. Dalrymple, Mrs.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 26., William J. Bennett Memorial (search)
ight heard the guns of the British at Menotomy and saw them glisten in the sunshine of that spring morning as the Redcoats marched toward Lexington. Here in the afternoon of that day, as the Minute Men came back down the road from Lexington, Abigail Brooks, patriot wife and mother, served chocolate—chocolate, no tea. The very ground where now we gather is alive with patriot memories of those stirring times which the citizen soldier made memorable. Indeed, in the century and a half which has passed since that time, Medford has given her best to their ranks. In 1789 General Washington inspected the troops at Cambridge. Seeing the Medford Company on parade, he took great pains to ask General Brooks what corps it was, and, so history says, passed a high compliment upon it. In the line of march today are the 101st Engineers—among them our own Company E. It may with truth be said that in its seventy years the men of the Lawrence Light Guard have served with distinction from Bull Run t
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