on, and accumulated a fortune.
He resided in Boston in the winter, and passed his summers on his ancestral acres in the western part of Medford, where he built a large mansion house.
At various times he held public office in the Commonwealth, serving in both branches of the State Legislature, in the Executive Council, and in the Constitutional Convention of 1820. In 1792 he married Ann Gorham, daughter of Judge Nathaniel of Charlestown.
Of their large family of thirteen children, Charlotte Gray Brooks became the wife of Hon. Edward Everett, and Abigail Brown Brooks the wife of Hon. Charles Francis Adams, son of President John Quincy Adams.
Gorham Brooks of Medford, son of Peter Chardon Brooks, was born at Medford 10 February 1795, entered Harvard College, from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1814 and that of Master of Arts three years later, and died 10 September 1855.
He married, 20 April 1829, Ellen Shepherd, who was born in Louisiana 22 August 1809 and die
beautifying his own estate.
Others of the thirteen children of Peter Chardon Brooks who may interest especially a Medford audience were Abigail Brown Brooks, who married Charles Francis Adams, minister to England in the Civil war, and Charlotte Gray Brooks, later the wife of Edward Everett, orator, governor of Massachusetts, and president of Harvard.
A sister of Peter Chardon was Joanna Cotton Brooks, who married Nathaniel Hall of Medford and lived in the home later known as the Samuel C. Brooks, who married Nathaniel Hall of Medford and lived in the home later known as the Samuel C. Lawrence farmhouse.
The grandson of this Joanna was Francis Parkman, the historian, and it was doubtless from this house that he tramped through the region of the present Middlesex Fells.
It was left to the grandchildren of Peter C. Brooks, the sons of Gorham,—Peter C. Brooks, third of the name, and Shepherd Brooks to present the aspect of the Brooks property as it is known in Medford in later years.
In 1860, five years after the death of his father, Peter C. Brooks, 3d, built the grey st