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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 30., The Brooks Estates in Medford from 1660 to 1927. (search)
y the militant divine on horseback to the Brooks homestead, where he remained until his wound healed, and was exchanged for an American officer. In the inventory of the estate of Edward Brooks, made in 1781, his real estate, which was the same inherited farm of his father's, with the addition of the house and a few acres of land on the west side of Grove street, was valued at £ 1036 s.13d.4 and his personal estate at £ 421 s.13d.2. We have, then, in the one family, Capt. John Brooks, Lieut. Caleb, Thomas and the Reverend Edward Brooks all leaving hot-foot for Lexington. The diary of a British officer, MacKenzie, recently published in full, gives us from the British point of view, what must have been the course of many a mounted volunteer like the Reverend Edward. MacKenzie writes that many farmers rode up and tied their horses at a distance from the road, crept near enough to get in a few shots, and when the column had passed, hurried back to their horses, rode on again until th