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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 13., Ancient legal contentions in upper Medford. (search)
d dispute to which attention is called is that of the Rev. Zachariah Symmes, first minister of the Charlestown church, with M was given to the ministers. Both John Harvard and Rev. Zachariah Symmes were presented with farms in ancient Waterfield, th homesteads in Winchester now owned by descendants of Zachariah Symmes which have never passed out of the family possessionystic lake, and the Symmes' meadow, to the great damage of Symmes, according to the record. The location of the Broughton d County Court held at Charlestown, June 16th, 1675, Mr. Zachariah Symmes, plaintiff appears against Mr. Thomas Broughton ands) in this case are not to be found, but it is plain that Symmes won the suit, and that the costs of court were much largerhat Mrs. Cole indulged in defamatory talk against the Rev. Zachariah Symmes, who was also a Waterfield and, later, a Medford,said she had as leife hear an old cat mew as hear the Rev. Zachariah Symmes preach. Perhaps Mrs. Cole's judgment was good as
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 13., Early Improvements on the Mystic. (search)
d road from the river northward. Just when the mills ceased to be used and the road discontinued is difficult to determine, but probably long after the suit of Symmes vs. Collins, described in the previous article by Mr. Whitney. Mr. Symmes had several acres of upland and some marsh bordering on the Menotomy which, situated Mr. Symmes had several acres of upland and some marsh bordering on the Menotomy which, situated below, was quite near to the Broughton mill. The building of the dam in the river of Misticke may have deflected the tidal flow southward into the Menotomy to a greater degree than usual. Some have thought this to be the meadow said to have been damaged, but as it was salt marsh it is doubtful if the hogs rooted there. The other meadows of Mr. Symmes were nearly two miles away on the Aberjona, just beyond the Medford ponds. According to Mr. Brooks, the tidal flow affected the pond a few inches. If the Broughton dam was of a height much higher than flood-tide, it is evident that its effect would be to damnify a fresh-water meadow. If so, it is also