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no valid reason for the refusal of the neighboring towns in bearing their share of the expense of rebuilding. The Committee chosen to prosecute the whole matter to its final settlement were Deacon Thomas Willis, Ensign John Bradshaw, and Mr. Ebenezer Brooks. The appeal of Medford was just, and it was met by the Court of General Sessions of the Peace, sitting at Charlestown, Feb. 16, 1715, thus : The Court apportion the charges of rebuilding Mistick Bridge as follows: Charlestown, £ 64. 14s To this award Woburn, Malden, and Reading objected, and therefore appealed. The consequence was a legal trial of the case; and Medford, July 11, 1715, passed the following: Voted to empower Deacon Thomas Willis, Ensign John Bradshaw, and Mr. Ebenezer Brooks, as a Committee to defend the town against any suits in law having reference to the rebuilding of Mistic Bridge. The decision was in favor of Medford. When the tract on the south of the river became annexed to Medford from Charlestown
he inhabitants of said Charlestown have not been pleased to be so free (when petitioned) as to let us know whether they would gratify us herein or not. So shall your petitioners, as in duty bound, ever pray. Medford, Dec. 13th, 1753. We, the subscribers, being owners of a considerable part of the said lands, and having dwelling-houses thereon, do hereby signify that we heartily join with the inhabitants of Medford in the foregoing petition. Samuel Brooks, Committee for Medford. Ebenezer Brooks, Committee for Medford. Z. Pool, Committee for Medford. Joseph Tufts, Committee for Medford. Stephen Hall, Committee for Medford. Caleb Brooks, Benjamin Parker, Benjamin Teal, James Tufts, Ebenezer Marrow, Jonathan Tufts, John Jenks, Robert Crane, John Degrushy. This petition was granted April 17, 1754. March 4, 1754: Samuel Hall was chosen Constable, and refused to serve; and the town took up with £ 5, old tenor, inasmuch as he is a lame person. May 8, 1754: Voted tha
obtained for the erection; but, on the passage of this resolution, the records say, that Mr. Ebenezer Brooks and Samuel Brooks did then enter their dissent against raising money for building a house, and delight to abide in the midst of us. John Whitmore. Thomas Hall. Nathaniel Pierce. Ebenezer Brooks. John Francis. Samuel Brooks. Thomas Willis. Stephen Willis. John Whitmore. John Bradt be alleged to be any part of our reformation from Popish superstition. 1759: Chose Brother Ebenezer Brooks a deacon, unanimously. March 24, 1767: Brothers Isaac Warren and Samuel Kidder were chosen deacons. March 7, 1763: Deacon Benjamin Willis, Deacon Jonathan Bradshaw, Deacon Ebenezer Brooks, Dr. Simon Tufts, Captain Caleb Brooks, Stephen Hall, Esq., Samuel Brooks, Esq., Mr. Samuel Areligion to the young much as a dose of medicine foreshadowed health. March 5, 1739: Captain Ebenezer Brooks, Mr. John Willis, and Mr. Jonathan Watson, chosen a Committee to report what is necessa
ect to one of these gentlemen, on the 3d of January, 1715: Voted that the town will grant Mr. Ebenezer Brooks a pew in the part of their meeting-house joining to the minister's pew, and liberty to maner Harris. John Francis. Samuel Francis. Thomas Willis. John Whitmore. John Francis. Ebenezer Brooks. Francis Whitmore. Samuel Brooks. William Pottony. Thomas Hall. As this subject creatmmittee appointed to determine the size and shape of the house were Thomas Tufts, Esq., Captain Ebenezer Brooks, Mr. Peter Seccombe, Mr. John Richardson, Captain Samuel Brooks, Mr. John Willis, Mr. Wng to the supposed social rank of each:-- Mr. John Francis, sen., Mr. John Bradshaw, Captain Ebenezer Brooks, Captain Samuel Brooks, Lieutenant Stephen Hall, Mr. Peter Seccombe, Thomas Tufts, Esq.al Court for some relief under present differences and difficulties. The town appoints Captain Ebenezer Brooks, Mr. Peter Seccombe, Mr. William Patten, and Jonathan Tomson, as a committee to lay the
11000 John Francis, jun.040000000 Richard Rookes0100000000 Thomas Oakes0100000016 James Tufts000090000 Stephen Hall000023000 John Albery0100000000 Jonathan Tufts11011461123 Ensign John Bradshoe100019101310 Thomas Hall010001060411 Mr. Ebenezer Brooks1001511174 Stephen Willis, sen.010011001011 Captain Peter Tufts010021600191 John Hall, jun.0100000000 To judge accurately of taxes paid by our ancestors after 1710, it is needful to know the rate of depreciation in the Province billh; female, at £ 10. To show a list of tax-payers in 1730, and their relative rates, the following town-tax for £ 50--the half-yearly pay of Rev. Ebenezer Turell--is inserted:--  Heads.Real estate.Personal estate.  £s.d.£s.d.£s.d. Captain Ebenezer Brooks090110099 Mr. John Bradshaw0600123039 Deacon John Whitmore030070013 John Richerson, Esq.0300820110 Captain Samuel Brooks0300188084 Captain Samuel Wade0600176030 Thomas Tufts, Esq.0000184047 Mr. Peter Seccombe0900140094 Mr. John Wi
meet person to keep a writing school in the town for three or four months in the winter season, and a committee of seven men, consisting of Captain Tufts, Capt. Ebenezer Brooks, Lieut. Stephen Hall, Engn Stephen Francis, Mr. Jno. Willis, Dea. Whitmore, and Mr. Jona. Tufts, was chosen to treat with some person to keep said schoolar, the town voted to have a school kept in the house of Thomas Willis, the ensuing winter, and a committee of three men, consisting of Engn Jno. Bradshaw, Capt. Ebenezer Brooks, and Mr. John Willis, was chosen to agree with some suitable person to keep a writing and reading school in town three or four months the ensuing winter, aschool-house to accommodate the whole town, and to report at the next meeting in March. This committee consisted of Capt. Peter Tufts, Dea. John Whitmore, Capt. Ebenezer Brooks, Mr. John Willis, and Mr. John Richardson, but no report of their doings appears on the records of the town. The minds of the people seem to have been su
es which we set up in some old postholes, about six feet within said Francis fence as it now stands, and to extend into said Brooks his land, to the full extent of three rod, and from said Brooks his gate to Symms his farm three rod. . . . Reserving to Samuel Brooks his barn, one end of which stands in the Highway: while the said barn stands, and no longer. Wheeler's mill had disappeared, and probably the dam was much out of repair; at all events, the ancient way was abandoned, and Mr. Ebenezer Brooks, who owned the land between High street and the river, no doubt soon obliterated all traces of it. Mr. John Francis owned sixty acres of land, with house and farm buildings thereon. In Middlesex Deeds it is described as bounded west on Mistick river and the Great pond; south by a highway to the Wares; east by a roadway to Woburn; and north by a ditch and hedge (dated March 2, 1692). In the year 1735 a highway was laid out from Stoneham to Medford, from Spot Pond swamp to the Co
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 2., The development of the public School of Medford. (search)
g school in the town as aformentioned. Capt Tufts, Capt Ebenezer Brooks, Lieut. Stephen Hall, Ensign Stephen Francis, and Mreets. A committee of three, Ensign John Bradshaw, Capt. Ebenezer Brooks, and John Willis, was appointed to secure a teacherafforsd, voted in ye afftive. With due formality Capt. Ebenezer Brooks, Ensign John Bradshaw, Capt. Samuel Brooks, Mr. Johting then proceeded to appoint Mr. Thomas Tufts and Capt. Ebenezer Brooks (one from each end of the town, as was very fittingrd, so that the inference seems fair that Mr. Tufts and Capt. Brooks were sufficiently persuasive to render it unnecessary. d, the people began to agitate the school-house question. Brooks in his History of Medford says: Heretofore schools had beettee being Capt. Peter Tufts, Deacon John Whitmore, Capt. Ebenezer Brooks, Mr. John Willis, Mr. John Richardson. At this timh Day of November next Ensuing, and it was passed. Capt. Ebenezer Brooks, Capt. John Hall, and Benjamin Willis were the com
neral Court] for this present year. At said meeting put to vote whether the town will raise any money at this time to build a new meeting house in said town. Voted in the negative. Nov. 5th 1725. At said meeting Mr. John Bradshaw, Capt. Ebenezer Brooks, Mr. Stephen Hall, Capt. Samuel Brooks, Mr. John Willis, Mr. William Willis chosen a committee to wait on the Honorable the General Court assembled at Boston, to pray that whereas there is a hearing to be on Tuesday the 9th of this inst. d in the affirmative. Voted, that there shall be twenty pounds money raised for the defraying the charge of a school and other necessary charges in said town and that there be an assessment forthwith made. At said meeting voted that Capt. Ebenezer Brooks, Thomas Tufts Esq. and Mr. John Bradshaw be a committee for to agree with some suitable gentleman to keep a school in said town for the time abovesaid. At a Town Meeting legally convened Jany. the tenth 1725-6 . . . Put to vote, whethe
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 7., Meeting-house brook and the second Meeting-house. (search)
ouse must have been taxed to its utmost. On January 10th and later on, the 24th of January, 1726, in two town-meetings, the whole matter was definitely settled by the town purchasing of Mr. John Albree land adjoining Marble brook (Marrbelle brook in Town Records) for £ 55 for one acre, and deciding to build a new meeting-house thereon. A building committee of eleven men, whose names were important ones in the town's history, were chosen to attend to the matter. Thomas Tufts, Esq., Capt. Ebenezer Brooks, Peter Seccombe, John Richardson, Capt. Samuel Brooks, John Willis, William Willis, Lieut. Stephen Hall, John Francis, Benjamin Parker and John Whitmore. These reported that it would be proper to build a meetinghouse 52 feet large, 38feet wide, 33feel posts. They were empowered to build the house. Thenceforth the town was concerned with the detail of the building and the raising of necessary money, as notice the following votes:— March 7, 1726.—Voted to have a steeple. April
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