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statesmen, true patriots, and professing Christians. The first election took place Sept. 4, 1780; and, in Medford, the votes stood thus:-- For Governor. John Hancock30 James Bowdoin20 For Lieutenant-Governor. Artemus Ward30 Benjamin Lincoln9 John Hancock3 James Bowdoin2 Thomas Cushing1 Benjamin Grenleaf1 For Senators and Councillors. Col. Cummings23 Stephen Hall, 3d13 William Baldwin11 Josiah Stone34 Nathaniel Gorham24 James Dix25 Eleazer Brooks24 Abraham Fuller12 Oliver Prescott3 Samuel Thatcher2 Thomas Brooks1 Samuel Curtis2 Benjamin Hall1 Here we find two candidates for each office; thus parties, inseparable from a state of free inquiry and equal rights, revealed themselves at once. The question being settled, the next election showed great unanimity, and recognized that central principle of majority which lies at the basis of our civil liberties. The Constitution provided that the annual election should take place in April; thus giving the farmers
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 7., Meeting-house brook and the second Meeting-house. (search)
the above named Commissrs in setting off to the widow of Andrew Hall Esqr deceased—her Dower & order the same to be recorded S. Danforth J. Prob. A true Copy of the Original Attest: Wm Kneeland Regr After Abigail Hall's death in 1785, Oliver Prescott, Judge of Probate, assigned the dower set off to her son Benjamin Benjamin, born January 27, 1731, m. 1st, Hepzibah Jones, May 3, 1752, 2d, Mary Green; d. February 2, 1817; member of Provincial Congress., in consideration of £ 720; which,n her father's lifetime recd £ 192. 19. 7 which is more than her share. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal of the Probate Office this fourth day of May in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-Six Oliver Prescott. Copy examined Attest James Winthrop Regr Strangers in Medford, (continued from Vol. 4, no. 3). Names.From. Date.Warned out.Remarks. Jones, RebeccaDec. 24, 1755In family of Benj. Hall. Jones, Capt. WilliamHolliston, Apr. 24, 1
mong the many illustrious families from which he is descended, one goes back to a period of Medford's history when its members for many years occupied important positions in the civic and social life of the town. In 1806, Hon. Timothy Bigelow, son of the distinguished Revolutionary patriot Col. Timothy Bigelow; made Medford his residence when he removed from Groton to Boston to open a law office, and here he remained till his death, May 18, 1821, aged 54. His widow Lucy, daughter of Oliver Prescott, M. D., of Groton, survived him thirty-one years, dying December 15, 1852, aged 81 years, 9 months. Mr. Bigelow was an able lawyer, the first in our town, which he served as its Representative in the General Court for many years, and was a highly esteemed citizen. He also served in the broader capacity of Speaker of the House for eleven years, eight of them being consecutive, —the longest term served by any one man. The life of one so estimable and useful to his fellowmen ought to b