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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 30., The Brooks Estates in Medford from 1660 to 1927. (search)
t Brooks estate, then, was situated on the east side of Mystic pond and east and north of the Mystic river. The mill referred to stood a few rods below the later bridge at the weirs. About one hundresent line of the Boston & Maine railroad. From that point the boundary ran southerly to the Mystic river, and then westerly and northerly up the river to the bridge. This part of the property, it mh is still standing. The bricks were made by themselves in their brickyard situated near the Mystic river, a short distance below the present railroad bridge. About fifteen feet from his house Samueall the land south of his house on the north side of High street between Grove street and the Mystic river, also a large tract of land lying east of the railroad called the Clewly land, which he boughts farm so called, lying south of High street, including all the land between that street and Mystic river and Harvard avenue, and somewhat more lying south of the latter. This property was intersect
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 30., The road through the woods. (search)
The road through the woods. It was a mile and three-quarters long. Originally longer, it extended from the Menotomy corn mill on Mystic river and crossed the way to the weare, where in 1660 was a dwelling in lease-hold of one Golden Moor. It was the country road from Cambridge to Woburn, and doubtless lay over the Indian trail followed by Myles Standish on his memorable journey of September 21, 1621, the first recorded visit of white men to what became our ancient town of Medford. It is one of our oldest roads. Two centuries and a half after the death of the old Indian king on the crown of the hill, there was erected the grey stone house of Peter C. Brooks (third of the name), who has but a few years since passed away. So only two families have succeeded the Indian on these hilltops as residents. This old road is certainly of great interest, as the county records show that in 1693 the court considered it an ancient highway, and in 1709 a committee reported its view of tw
h in Boston, lying next to the land granted to Mr. Nowell, on the south, and next to Meadford on the north. The farm of Mathew Cradock joined the Nowell and Wilson farms, and extended as far as the Mystic lakes and one mile inland from the Mystic river. This grant of land was made to Mr. Cradock, March 4, 1634. Governor Winthrop owned the land on the south side of the Mystic, in what is now Somerville, extending from Charlestown Neck to College hill, or Walnut hill as it was then called.t Rev. John Wilson, Jr., pastor of the church in Dorchester, sold to Thomas Blanchard, who came from Hampshire, England, in 1639 and lived in Braintree, Mass., from 1646 to 1651, a house and farm of two hundred acres lying on the north side of Mystic river, and between Malden river on the east and the Cradock farm on the west, for £ 200. Mr. Blanchard died on his farm, so lately purchased, May 21, 1654. At this time the farm was a part of Charlestown and remained so until 1726, when it was anne