The next neighborhood dispute to which attention is called is that of the Rev. Zachariah Symmes, first minister of the Charlestown church, with Mr. Thomas Broughton and Mr. Edward Collins, both of Medford.
These three gentlemen were men of distinction in their day. The ministers of the early colonial churches were ofttic Water Works dam. It was known as the Symmes' meadow, and the grass was cut for cattle.
Previous to the contention now under consideration, it seems that Thomas Broughton and Edward Collins had erected a mill-dam on the Mystic river which was erected so high as to flow the upper part of the river, Mystic lake, and the Symmes' meadows.
The record in this case is as follows: At a County Court held at Charlestown, June 16th, 1675, Mr. Zachariah Symmes, plaintiff appears against Mr. Thomas Broughton and Mr. Edward Collins, defendents, in an action of the case of a nuisance done to his meadow lying at or near to Mystic Ponds, by stopping the flow of the
ssachusetts colony was young, was built the corne mill and fulling mill of Thomas Broughton.
This was in Charlestown territory, which extended westward to and along cially for the consideration of the sum of ten pounds, . . . payd . . . by Thomas Broughton of Boston margt. ... do confirm unto . . . Broughton ... all that parcll oBroughton ... all that parcll of Land on wch the Corne mills & fulling mills stands wch the said Thomas Broughton built on Menottomye land & in the River of Mysticke, together with twenty-foure RoSo on April 3 he was called up for the public admonition before mentioned.
Mr. Broughton, having completed his mills, received the deed of land and way thereto, and the legal profession.
June 10th, 1656.
These prsnts witness yt. Mr Thomas Broughton of Boston.
Merchant, Mr Edward Collins of Medford Merchant & Henry Dunsmissors the parties above sd hereunto st their hands. Henry Dunster for Mr Thomas Broughton, Edward Collins, Henry Dunster for himself, William Symms for Mr Zechari