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rdshire historians think not. Perhaps Matthew Craddock was a friend of the man who lived at Meaford—he himself lived at Caverswall about ten miles off and he named his colony after his friend's estate. But the name Meaford is such a common one thaswall or Caverswall Castle from Lord Huntingdon some time previous to 1655, so I think it probable that the Cradocks at Caverswall and the Parkers at Park Hall were near neighbors and friends. I cannot find any connection with Meaford nearer than sincerely, E. M. Parker Jervis. Dear Mr. Hughes— I send you today a Copy of an inscription on a Cradock tomb at Caverswall. Also a Copy of the Sampler worked by Mary Cradock. Also the Pedigree as I make it out to be. All these things will I But! but! to our grief George Cradock is assaulted by death in ye meridian of his age not far off from his Castle of Caverswall (lately built even to beauty) by Matthew Cradock Esqre who was interred in this place. And dying of small pox ye 16th
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, MeaCaverswall 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 lands in Medford, Massachusetts, and the property is described as in our manor in Metford in New England. Sir William de Caverswall built a castle at Caverswall in 1275. It fell into a ruinous condition, and according to some authorities, was rebuilt in 1643 by Matthew Cradock— others say by Wndon, with his cousin Matthew Cradock (a contemporary M. P. for Stafford, the stiff-necked antagonist of Charles I,) of Caverswall. It will be noted (on p. 43) that our correspondent says the name Meaford is such a common one, which indicates that t