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HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF MEDFORD, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT, IN 1630, TO THE PRESENT TIME, 1855. (ed. Charles Brooks) 9 1 Browse Search
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he bridge, they being residents there; and the town direct a Committee to see about the matter. They fix the width of the road at the bridge at two rods and twelve feet; and report the road leading to Woburn wide enough already. Feb. 20, 1746: Several gentlemen of Medford agree to open a road from the market to Wade's bank, or Sandy bank (Cross Street), and build a bridge over Gravelly Creek. It was done; and made a convenient way to the tide-mill. See further account under the head of Mills. Medford Turnpike.--The construction of turnpikes in New England made an era in travelling and in speculations. Medford had long felt the need of a way to the metropolis more convenient for the transportation of heavy loads than that over Winter Hill. The first movement for a turnpike was made, about the year 1800, by citizens of Medford; and, in 1803, Benjamin Hall, John Brooks, Fitch Hall, Ebenezer Hall, 2d, and Samuel Buel, petitioned the Legislature for an act of incorporation. It
ne, and rockweed from Boston Harbor. A business that was suspended during two or three months of each year, on account of ice, was not attractive to those who wished steady employment, and was not likely therefore to secure the best laborers. Mills. The building of a mill required more iron and stone work than our fathers in Medford were at first prepared to carry through: they therefore adopted the Indian's mill; which was a rock hollowed out in the shape of a half-globe, and a stone, prtune, as devoted to clothing and falling, as saw and grist mills, as screw-factory, foundery, door and sash, leather, and snuff factories. To their present owners they would have been very profitable, if frequent fires had not consumed them. Mills carried by steam-engines are now becoming common; and families are supplied with meal by the regular traders. Middlesex Canal. This was the first canal in New England, if not the first in the New World, which was opened under a charter deri
.  25Mary, b. Jan. 29, 1716; d. May 18, 1736. 2-8William Willis m. Rebecca----, who d. Sept. 30, 1754, aged 63. He d. Aug 27, 1754, aged 60, and had--  8-26Thomas, b. Aug., 1710; d. young.   Stephen Willis possibly (6-23) m. Elizabeth Bradshaw, Nov. 12, 1741, and had--  27Stephen, b. Aug. 19, 1742.  28Hannah, b. Nov. 27, 1743.  29Elizabeth, b. Aug. 29, 1745.  30John, b. Sept. 17, 1747.  31Mercy, b. Feb. 7, 1750.  32Susanna, b. June 21, 1753.  33Mary, b. Sept. 5, 1756.   A Captain Stephen Mills, possibly same as above, had by wife Mary, son (34) Stephen, b. Nov. 20, 1758.  35John Willis, probably a near relative of Thomas (2) and Stephen (3), m. Esther, or Hester----, and had--  35-36John, b. Sept. 5, 1694; d. Oct. 10, 1694.  37Andrew, b. Sept. 30, 1695.  38 Esther, b. Feb. 16, 1703;m. Nathan Hayward, of Lancaster, June 20, 1723.  39Thomas, b. Mar. 4, 1705. 3-11?John, possibly same as (3-11), and Mary Willis, had dau. Mary, d. Feb. 3, 1719, aged 5.
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