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orp of Boston (?). The absentees of Medford were few in number; in fact, two only, Isaac Royall and Joseph Thompson, resided here. Both were descended from the early settlers; Isaac Royall from William Ryall who first settled at Salem, having a large grant of land called Ryall Side (a name still applied to a part of Beverly), and who early removed to Maine; Joseph Thompson, from James Thompson who came to Charlestown (1630) and who subsequently became one of the founders of Woburn. Daniel Thompson, the martyr hero of Woburn who fell at the Battle of Lexington, and Benjamin Thompson, better known as Count Rumford, descended from the same stock. Isaac Royall was born on the island of Antigua, 1719, and was the son of Isaac and Elizabeth Royall. It may be inferred from various items in the account of Jacob Royall, the executor of his father's will, that young Isaac, together with a brother William and his sister Penelope, were sent to New England to be educated. Jacob seems to