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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., Some notes from my Scrapbook. (search)
ife Katherine sold, in 1710, house, barn, and sixteen acres of land lying on both sides of the road from Medford to Woburn. This house may have been built by a Mr. Richardson of Woburn; if so he was the builder, not the owner. In the year 1675 Caleb Hubbart sold to John Hall and others five hundred acres of land, part of the Cradock farm. This land was bounded westerly on Thomas Brooks and Timothy Wheeler, easterly on Jonathan Wade, northerly on Charlestown woodlots, and southerly on Mystic river, together with all tenements in the possession of Thomas Shepard, Daniel Markham and Thomas Eames. Thomas Shepard's house was situated on the north side of High street, and the easterly line of Allston street runs through its site. Daniel Markham's house was situated back from Woburn street, and its site is now a part of Oak Grove cemetery. Thomas Eames' house was situated near the junction of Arlington and Canal streets. This five hundred acres of land was afterwards divided among the
Medford commerce. The business transactions and investments of Benjamin Hall, Sr., Medford's chief merchant and trader of colonial and revolutionary times, were many and varied. The following list of ships and their captains, and the ports to which they sailed, as found in Mr. Hall's account with Edward Payson for insurance on craft and cargo, shows how large his marine ventures were;-- DefianceParsonsto and from West Indies EssexWillcometo and from West Indies FriendshipJacksonto and from Indies HalifaxStilesto and from Indies PollyBarstowto and from Holland DauphinSmithfor France Three FriendsWoodfor France NeptuneFrazierfor West Indies JohnStantonfor West Indies SallyPainefor West Indies FriendshipManchesterfor West Indies BellaGrinnellfor Holland Other sloops were Gloriosa, Mercury, Boston, Speedwell, Minerva. What a scene of activity the coming and going of these vessels must have given to Mystic river! —E. M. G
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., Some errors in Medford's histories. (search)
ns. [Register, Vol. 2, p. 53.] Mistick fields.—The name of the land on the south side of Mystic river from Winter Hill to Medford Pond. Mistick fields were on the north side of Mistick river Medford, were the first European feet that pressed the soil we now tread. We went up the Mystick river about six miles, . . . and the English eyes in that boat were the first eyes of settlers tha8-9, from which I quote:— . . .and the land lying on the east side of the river, called Mystick River, from the farm Mr. Cradock's servants had planted called Mystick, which this river led up unabove described are bounded by Marble brook (it being the brook mentioned above) on the west, Mystic river on the south, north on the upland between High street and said marshland. It included that s servants had planted should be given a distinctive name. All the land on the north side of Mystic river, from Mystic pond to the creek (now known as Island-end river) which separates the cities of