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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 13., Ancient legal contentions in upper Medford. (search)
elates to an acute misunderstanding between Edward Collins of Medford (Governor Cradock's successor in ownership of the Cradock plantation) and Josiah Converse of Woburn, who owned the ancient corne mill and farm, which descended to him from Edward Converse, the father of Woburn, who built the first house and mill in what was then called Waterfield, later Woburn, and at present Winchester. Edward Converse, in his will, devised the mill, now known as the Whitney Mill, Winchester, to the longestEdward Converse, in his will, devised the mill, now known as the Whitney Mill, Winchester, to the longest liver of his two sons. The successful liver proved to be Josiah Converse, his brother Samuel having been killed at the mill February 21, 1669, by being caught by the water-wheel when chopping ice from the wheel. As an interesting record, we give the conclusion of the jury of quest on the untimely death of Samuel Convarse. We saw much blood in the place whereabouts he was judged to stand, also there was blood on the snow from the place to his house; as is said, he was carried to his house a