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, $500; fruit and corn, $45820 Wellington Russell — Clothing and furniture25 E. T. Hastings — Fences, $30 ; fruit-trees, $100; fruit, $20150 J. B. Hatch — Fences, $5; fruit-trees, $75; fruit, $25105 Nathaniel Tracy — Fence10 John W. Hastings — House and fence25 Rev. John Pierpont--Buildings, $500; fruit-trees, $100600 Heirs of Jonathan Brooks — Buildings and fences, $677; fruit-trees, $500; ornamental trees, $200; fruit, vegetables, and hay, $80; carriages and hay-rack, $1751,632 Alfred Brooks — Buildings, $350; fruit-trees, $100450 Noah Johnson — Buildings, $445; hay and grain in barn, $40; ox-wagon and farming-tools, $42527 James Wyman — Fruit-trees30 Moses Pierce — House25 John V. Fletcher — House, $25; fruit-trees, $2045 Joseph Swan — Fruit-trees20 P. C. Hall-Fruit-trees, $920; ornamental trees, $50; fruit, $801,050 Jonathan Porter — Fruit-trees, $75; fruit, $35110 William Roach — Fruit-trees25 Dudley Hall — Fruit-trees25 Samuel Kidder —
o. c. 20 Oct. 1805; and Lydia, wife of Jonas, Anna Dummer, Jonas, George, Roxa, Ebenezer Prentice (d. 20 Apr. 1870, a. 67) and Sarah Prentice, children of Jonas, were all bap. 20 Oct. 1805; had also Thomas Perkins, bap. 15 June, 1806; John Appleton Prentiss, bap. 27 May, 1810; Amanda, bap. 20 May, 1813; Elizabeth Melinda, bap. 29 Sept. 1816. Jonas the father and w. Lydia were adm. Pct. ch. 28 Aug. 1808; Anna Dummer was adm. do. 28 June, 1812, and m. Alfred Locke, 14 Apr. 1814; Roxa m. Alfred Brooks, of Lincoln, 30 Sept. 1821; Sarah P. m. Daniel Grant, 29 Aug. 1824; Elizabeth Melinda m. Thomas Ramsdell, 24 Nov. 1836. Jonas the father was Precinct assessor 1805-07. He was s. of Solomon, from Lexington (par. 1), who was wounded at Lexington Battle. 5. John, m. Mary Ash, 19 May, 1811. John's child, d. 13 Aug. 1813, a. 9 mos. 6. Abner, s. of Abner (2), had Harriet Ann, bap. 19 Mar. 1820, d. (buried here) 16 June, 1842, a. 22, unm.; Abner Gorham, bap. 1 July, 1821; Sarah Louisa
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 13., Stage-coach days in Medford. (search)
ve daily for thirty-four years without having an accident of a serious nature. The actual time must have been longer than that. His patronage increased, and in 1836 he had an omnibus built expressly for him, which he named very appropriately Gov. Brooks. This accommodated eighteen persons inside and six outside, and on the smaller stage, which carried nine inside, the coveted seats were on the top. The easier way to Boston was over Medford turnpike (Mystic Avenue), but the preferred way w Please give the paper to Mr. Wyman with my compliments, and say to him that I sincerely hope he may long continue to be the most remarkable man in Medford.— A. B. 28 Feby 1835. This was addressed to Jona Brooks Esqr., Medford. A. B. was Alfred Brooks, son of the one to whom the note was addressed, and younger brother of the wellknown Rev. Charles Brooks, at one time a neighbor to the Wymans. Contracts were made by the Government with the stage-coach proprietor for carrying the mail, an
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., Notes by a Medford Vacationist of long ago. (search)
Notes by a Medford Vacationist of long ago. Sixty-three years ago some one who had visited Medford, which then had about three thousand five hundred people, contributed an article on New England Villages, &c., to the Massachusetts Ploughman. He wrote over the signature of D. E. N., perhaps from Springfield, and the Ploughman coming under the notice of Mr. Alfred Brooks, it was by him sent to a friend, seventeen years after its publication. Medford (for a village) was then making a marked growth, and the writer, after mentioning the general features of New England villages, touches upon the march of improvement, and alludes to some of the public men of our old town. A few extracts follow:— New England villages vary, of course, in attraction and interest, but it would be difficult to find one devoid of both. If any Convention is needed here, it would be to relax the ardor of industry, not to quicken it. What they pray for, is to be let alone to work out their own salv
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., Medford men's Monumental money. (search)
Medford men's Monumental money. The following names and sums appear in the list of contributors from Medford to the erection of Bunker Hill Monument:— Jonathan Angier$5 Nathan Adams5 Nathan Adams, Jr.5 John Brooks30 Jonathan Brooks10 A. S. V. Brooks5 John Brooks5 S. R. Brooks10 Charles Brooks10 Elizabeth Brooks10 Alfred Brooks10 Lucy A. Brooks10 Abner Bartlett5 Andrew Bigelow5 Leonard Bucknam5 Dudley Hall40 Dudley C. Hall5 Frederic D. Hall5 Ebenezer Hall10 Charles J. Hall$5 Edward B. Hall5 Wm. P. Huntington5 Joseph Manning5 Joseph Manning, Jr.5 Jonathan Porter5 Joseph Swan5 Benjamin L. Swan100 D. Swan5 Timothy Swan10 Caleb Swan10 Watts Turner5 Turell Tufts5 William Ward10 Samuel Ward5 William Ward, 3d5 John G. Ward5 Joseph Wyman, Jr.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., Colonial houses—old and new. (search)
Colonial houses—old and new. THE following article was written a few years since, at the request of Principal Hobbs, for use in the Brooks School, by Mrs. Alfred Brooks, who resides in the house described. It now appears in the Register with her consent. The quaint house at the corner of High and Woburn streets, commonly known as the Jonathan Brooks homestead, is one of the old landmarks of Medford. The writer does not know the date when it was built, but that it belongs to the very early colonial period is shown both by the external and internal architecture. The rooms are very low, and the great beams of the framework project around the sides and across the middle of the ceilings. There are two brick ovens, showing the builders intended to be well fed, and all the rooms, except one in the attic, had fireplaces. The largest of these has been bricked up, but the opening of one large one still remains, with hooks and the hinged place for the crane back of a modern stove.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 25., The Historian's home coming (search)
e there, however. So the arrangement was made that Mr. and Mrs. Brooks move into the old home, to go no more out. Mr. Alfred Brooks, his brother, made this his headquarters, though he was somewhat of a traveller. Mr. Usher in his brief memoir is silent regarding Mr. Brooks' return to his native home on retiring from active life. For six years prior to 1853 Mr. Brooks' name appears in the Boston Director as of 12 Bedford street, in '53 at 111 Washington street; in '54 and '55 at 21 BromfiMr. Brooks' name appears in the Boston Director as of 12 Bedford street, in '53 at 111 Washington street; in '54 and '55 at 21 Bromfield street, (in the three latter years) house at Medford. After '55 his name does not appear therein, and it seems probable that the addresses of '53–'54–'55 were those of his office there. But whether resident or not, he was certainly present (by l or town histories in New England were but few (only about thirty-five) and these were rarely more than sixty pages. Mr. Brooks' work was of nearly six hundred pages, and doubtless was an incentive to others in the years soon following. He labore
aders will accept a lunch in view of our inability to give them a dinner, we publish the facts already in our hands. The genealogy of Matthew Cradock has been traced back to 1446, and furthest hack is spelled Caradoc. In 1446 John Cradock married Jane Dorrington. They had a son John, who had a son Richard, who in turn had a son Thomas, who had a son Thomas, who had a son William, and William Cradock was the father of Matthew Cradock, Medford's founder and first friend, as the author of Brooks' History reverently expresses it. Here we depend upon another source for our information, finding that our Cradock inherited property and built a new house at Caverswall, Staffordshire. One or two miles from Stone, Staffordshire, and seven from Caverswall is a hamlet spelled Mayford, Mearford and Formerly Metford Being so near to Metford it is possible that he had an estate there, and that there the name of this town originated. The deeds of Cradock's wife and daughter relate to
gan to be a town. Indeed, the road had to find its way between two great rocks or ledges, one of which crowds it closely. On the lesser one stood the first meeting-house, and farther on the newer road to Mistick Weare turned to the left, at Brooks' corner, and keeps the name of High for its entire course. At this corner (which now has a marker, Jerome C. Judkins Square,) stands, beneath three tall sycamores, the house of Jonathan Brooks, an acconnt of which, written by its occupant, Mrs. Alfred Brooks, may be found in the Register, Vol. XV, p. 67. Across the street, at the corner of Hastings lane, is the much older but well preserved house of John Bradshaw, where the first church of Medford was gathered in February, 1712. Next beyond was the newer house of Jonathan Brooks. We are presenting this as it was (since 1840) as our frontispiece, especially because of the very recent changes. At this point High street has its height of land, though the land of this estate rises somewhat