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HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF MEDFORD, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT, IN 1630, TO THE PRESENT TIME, 1855. (ed. Charles Brooks) 148 0 Browse Search
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Washington. As soon as victory was won, the General asked Colonel Brooks the name of the young man, in his regiment, who achieved that noble act. He was told; and there, on the stump of a tree, the General immediately wrote his commission of Adjutant. Medford furnished its full quota of soldiers for the war of 1812, and shed its blood in sustaining the national cause. The following are the names of those who volunteered enlistment: John Gates, Zachariah Shed, Edmund Gates, Amos Hadley, Thomas Cutter, Jacob Waite, Samuel F. Jordan, Jonathan Tufts, jun., Randolph Richardson, Rehoboam Richardson, Miles Wilson, Joseph Peirce, John Lee, John Weatherspoon, John McClough, Stephen D. Bugsby, Robert Hall, Benjamin Symmes. The first on the list still lives; the others are dead. Edmund Gates was killed in the battle of Chippewa; and Abiel R. Shed was killed in the sortie of Fort Erie, 1813. One of the most signal sacrifices made by Medford to the cause of the country, in that war, wa
ws, among other things, that a journey from Boston to Medford was an event which must be postponed till the weather is warm, and the ground dry. Such a reason sounds strange now, when there are twenty separate opportunities in each day of going to and coming from Boston in public conveyances. After the birth of her first child (still-born), Mrs. Turell writes thus:-- Born to the grave ere it had seen the light, Or with one smile had cheered my longing sight. The second child (Clark Thomas) lived only eleven days. She thus writes of him:-- Ten days I hold him in my joyful arms, And feast my eyes upon his youthful charms; But then the king of terrors does advance To pierce its bosom with his iron lance. Its soul released, upward it takes its flight, Oh, never more below to bless my sight! Farewell, sweet babe! I hope to meet above, And there with you sing our Redeemer's love! Sensibility, benevolence, and devotion were salient traits in Mrs. Turell's character. Her
ons wife Hannah, sons Benjamin, Joseph, James, Thomas, and Nathaniel; and daughters Hannah Reed, Haneirce, of Medford, Aug. 18, 1724.  1Brooks, Thomas, the first of the name in New England, came, i He had--   William.  1-2John.   Samuel.   Thomas.   Elizabeth. 1-2John Gregg m. Agnes Rankin,  16Jonathan, b. 1677.  17Sarah, b. 1679.  18Thomas. 1-4Stephen Hall was of Concord; afterwards (  c.Stephen, b. Apr. 2, 1709.  d.Martha.  47Thomas, b. Aug. 15, 1712.  48 Zaccheus,b. Jan. 11erell, of Scituate, 1656, by whom he had Mary, Thomas, Sarah, Hannah, Grace, Isaac (2), Ruth, Elizab3, leaving--  2-3Francis, b. July 5, 1772.  4Thomas, b. Feb. 7, 1784. 2-3Francis Shed m. Lydia Pr 1696; of Milk Row.  39Benjamin, b. 1699.  40Thomas.  41Stephen. 2-14Thomas Tufts graduated, H. 21, 1794.  331Esther, b. Sept. 7, 1796.  332Thomas, b. Sept. 29, 1799.  333Benjamin Tufts m. Eli Oct. 3, 1677; m. Wm. Patten, May 3, 1701.  10Thomas, b. Sept. 19, 1679; d. May 16, 1731.  11 J