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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 30., The Brooks Estates in Medford from 1660 to 1927. (search)
ar Cross Street Choice Chocolate at 1s per Pound, 10 s 6d per Dozen, and his best old Stamp 12 s cheaper by the Dozen. As is well known, Rev. Edward Brooks died a sacrifice to his patriotism. While serving as chaplain on the American frigate Hancock, of thirty-two guns, he was taken prisoner into Halifax with the ship and there contracted smallpox. He was released after his recovery, but his constitution was so weakened that he lived only until 1781. It is a coincidence that Isaac Royall, the leading Tory of Medford, should also have turned to Halifax, crossed the Atlantic and there perished from smallpox. The wills of Edward and of his father Samuel give interesting information about the estate in those years. Next the mansion on the eastern side of Grove street was a small orchard with a narrow farm lot behind it. North of this was the hither pasture and then the sheep pasture leading in toward the middle pasture and Slow pond. Behind this in turn was Rock pasture.
Capt. Isaac Hall. Belinda was an old slave of Colonel Royall, who later memorialized the legislature for comn Tufts, the town doctor, was a great friend of Colonel Royall and executor of his estate during his absence. nce. Belinda. Old colored woman in service of Isaac Royall. Abigail. Thirteen-year-old daughter of Capt. Court, 1772-1775; trusted friend and trustee of Isaac Royall; attended wounded soldiers after Bunker Hill. kon he was stirring up trouble for your master, Colonel Royall, old Belinda. You'd have thought so if you'd swith us is against us, Master Porter. There was Isaac Royall, now. The town of Medford did love him well, bute sons at Lexington. Porter. True, true, but Colonel Royall wished to fight for the colony. You know well ld from the Indians. Porter. What would poor Colonel Royall think of this? Tufts. Would he were here. His sign). Royal Oak. Royal Oak no more. No Colonel-Royall, no King Royal. Fare ye well, Royal Oak. I'll pain