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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 29., The history of the Royall house and its occupants. (search)
ys and ninety-six girls. The estate was sold by the heirs in 1804 to Robert Fletcher for 16,000 pounds. It then passed into the hands of William Welsh of Boston, who in 1810 sold it to Francis Cabot Lowell, and two years later it was sold to Jacob Tidd for $9,000. After the death of Mr. Tidd his widow, who was a sister of William Dawes, lived here for fifty years, up to the time of the Civil War in 1860, since which time it has been occupied by various families until 1905, when the Royall HouMr. Tidd his widow, who was a sister of William Dawes, lived here for fifty years, up to the time of the Civil War in 1860, since which time it has been occupied by various families until 1905, when the Royall House Association was organized. Much credit is due to the Sarah Bradlee Fulton Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, for their conception and active interest to preserve the house. The association purchased the mansion with its slave quarters and three-fourths of an acre of land surrounding it. Old trees planted by the Royalls still shade the roof and peonies blossom in the flower beds. Few houses can boast of such a succession of eminent owners, and not many have stood for nearly