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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., Distinguished guests and residents of Medford. (search)
am Tufts out of gratitude, for no one was so able to aid seekers after historical documents, and no one could have been more ready. May, 1857, he bought a home in Salem and made his residence there, where he died, June 3, 1861. TheSalem Register says, An old and faithful servant of the commonwealth, William Tufts, Esq., died at ons at the state house, having been for a long period the chief clerk in the office of the secretary of the commonwealth. For several years past he has resided in Salem, quietly enjoying the fruits of his well-spent active life. Capt. James Gilchrist, born in Danvers, 1770, married Susan Wyman of Medford, June 10, 1805. He was engaged in the East India trade, sailing from Salem and Boston. They made their home in the house on High street generally called the Train house, moved to the one called the Ebenezer Turell or Jonathan Porter house, then again to the former. Six or seven of their nine children were born in this town, and after a residence of se
on the page is devoted to the enumeration of other stage routes, then follows a half column of Notes signed by the Postmaster-General. No. 7 reads thus: No other than a free white person shall be employed to convey the mail. A former resident of Medford says, Stage driving added much to the life of old Medford in those days. The Boston and Lowell line for many years was one of the hourly attractions of the day as well as the commercial benefits of the town. A bill of Mr. Wymans. Salem May 25th 1819 Mr. Joseph Wyman Jr. Dr. to Messrs. Frothingham & Loring to a new Stage Coach Complete at$430: 97 deduct for pole straps4 —— 426:97 Rec'd payment Frothingham & Loring There is a great difference between the price of a stage coach of a century ago and the automobile of today. A hundred years ago Medford seems to have been in the lime light, to use a modern expression. Today she has lost her identity in Greater Boston; and where now can be found an advertisement
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., Medford capital in war time. (search)
Medford capital in war time. (Found among papers of Benjamin Hall.) Salem July 29th 1782 This may certify that I John Savage commander of the gally called the Willing Maid now in Salem Bound on a Cruze against the Enemies of the for six weeks, have sold to Benjamin Hall of Medford three quarters of one full share of all Prizes goods or merchantize taken By sd gaily Durring Cruze for the Sume of twelve pounds . Now ill me pay By the Sd Benj Hall the Receipt we hereby acknowledge as witness my hand and seal in presents of John Savage Jona Webb Ephm Hall
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., Medford parsonage and later occupants. (search)
ton, in Dec. 1794. Mr Jones & family passed his summers there till April 1805, when he sold it to Josiah Bradlee, merchant of Boston, for $5,000. —Mr Bradlee sold it to Mr John Prince, Merchant of Boston, for his Father Dr John Prince formerly of Salem, widower—who lived there with his two daughters, Mrs Apthorp and Miss Patty, who married Judge Hinckley of Northampton about 1811. Dr Prince married a daughter of the Hon. Richard Derby of Salem—she died before he came to Medford—The Dr was a RoSalem—she died before he came to Medford—The Dr was a Royalist during the Revolution, and went to Halifax with the English army on the evacuation of Boston in 1776, He was a tall slender man, and very deaf He moved to Jamaica Plain about 1811, and his son sold the house to James Prentiss, Merchant of Boston (Bond & Prentiss, who failed in 1813, for a large amount and paid 4 cents in the dollar) Mr Prentiss lived there one Summer and sold it to Capt. Gilchrist in 1812, who moved in, but after a month or two, Mrs Gilchrist not liking the house
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., Volume II of Medford records. (search)
re appears to have been an epidemic of small-pox, for on October 12th of that year it was voted to turn the road by Icobod peirces house and out by samuell pollys so long as it shall be needed by Reson of y e small pox being at Jonathan pollys and also by Keeping a gard at ye said pollys hous and it was also voted to provide a house to Stand Ready for ye Remaining of Any persons to that Shall be thought to have taken ye Small pox In ye said town. The burial lot, which is a part of the Salem street cemetery, bought of Aaron Cleveland, an ancestor of our former President, was fenced by vote of May 12, 1718. Later, on December 10, 1733, I find a vote to fence the front of the burying ground with good red cedar posts and white pine boards and make a gate—handsome double gates and color the same red. In the early part of the eighteenth century the people of Medford began to feel that the territory of the town was too small, and took action looking toward increasing its size. Ef