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Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, The close of the War (search)
e so. This naive confession made his audience like him. It is a curious geneological fact that Professor Pierce had a son named after him who would seem to have been born in mirth, to have lived in comedy, and died in a jest. He was a college Yorick who produced roars of laughter in the Dicky and Hasty Pudding clubs. Another son, called affectionately by the students Jimmy Mills, was also noted for his wit, and much respected as an admirable instructor. Doctor Holmes says, in Parson Turell's Legacy: Know old Cambridge? Hope you do.- Born there? Don't say so! I was too. (Born in a house with a gambrel-roof,-- Standing still, if you must have proof.-Nicest place that ever was seen,-- Colleges red and Common green, Sidewalks brownish with trees between. This describes Cambridge as it was forty years since. In spite of its timid conservatism and rather donnish society, as Professor Child termed it, it was one of the pleasantest places to live in on this side the Atlantic.
Thorndike, 186. Thornton, 370. Thurloe, 64. Thurston, 334. Tidd, 121. Tilton, 78, 326. Timlow, 327. Tirrell, 320, Tomlins, 33. Torrey, 351. Touteville, 258. Towne, 36, 41, 59, 75, 255, 7, 364, 73. Townley, 324. Townsend, 126, 208, 403. Tracy, 170. Trafton, 330. Train, 208. Tray, 391. Trevett, 419. Trowbridge, 81, 92, 133, 5, 214, 92, 375. Truesdale, 81. Trulan, 433. Trumbull, 31, 440. Tufts, 292, 315. Tupper, 321. Turell, 294. Turner, 287. Twining, 325. Tyler, 200. Tyng, 77, 257, 339. Underhill, 396. Uphan, 116. Usher, 95, 108, 273. Vail, 309. Valentine, 201. Vane, 24, 52. Vassall, 130-4, 168-70, 292, 307, 8, 75, 407, 17, 18, 21. Venn, 150. Vinal, 314, 22. Vincent, 33, 339. Vose, 176, 7, 80. Waban, 385, 90, 1. Wadleigh, 328. Wadsworth, 11, 21, 32, 9, 126, 8. Wainwright, 309. Wakeman, 33. Walton, 219, 31, 305. Ward, 80, 92, 3, 331, 416, 18, 22.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 7., An eighteenth century enterprise. (search)
d, on the northeast corner of Fulton and Salem streets, is standing [1904] and within a comparatively few years was occupied by his family. The burying ground on Cross street, new in 1829, has within its crowded boundaries the dust of many of the ship building mechanics who were laid to rest within hearing of the Sound of hammers, blow on blow Knocking away the shores and spurs. Furness' corner is now officially named Winthrop square. The Furness homestead was the old home of Parson Turell, and after the Furness family left, it was owned and occupied by Jonathan Porter. It was torn down some years ago. Purchase street, we regret to say, has been changed to Winthrop street. The highway was laid out after the land had been bought for the purpose. The money it cost was well spent, as it shortened the distance to Woburn and avoided the toilsome climb up Simonds' hill. The name Purchase street commemorated the investment. Grove street still keeps its old name. The bridge
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 8., Church records,—1713-1721. (search)
Church records,—1713-1721. The following list comprises the persons who were admitted to full communion in the church at Medford during the ministry of Rev. Aaron Porter. In the church records, under date of November 18, 1751, Mr. Turell wrote that at that time only John Willis, Benjamin Teal, and Benjamin Parker remained as members. 1713, June 14,Stephen Francis, sen. Stephen Willis, jun. Isaac Farewell. Elizabeth Farewell, wife of Isaac. Rebeccah, wife of William Willis. 1714, June 6,Susannah Porter, wife to Aaron Porter. Nov. 21,John Tufts, sen. 1715, Jan. 2,Mary Leatherby, wife to Stephen Leatherby. Feb. 13,Peter Wait. Sarah Wait, wife to Peter Wait. Hannah Sargent, wife to Joseph Sargent. May 8,Hannah Seccomb, wife to Peter Seccomb. June 12,Hannah Larrence. 1716, April,John Willis. Elizabeth Alberry, wife to John Alberry. May 13,Ephraim Leatherby (dismissed). 1718, Mar. 16,Benjaminn Teal. Anna Teal, wife to Benjamin Teal. April 27,Benjamin Parker. Abi
Bean the florist lives now. Major Wade's tannery was just east of this house, and family tradition says that he built the last named dwelling and two others opposite for his operatives. Mr. A. D. Puffer's mansion, remodelled and moved back from the street, was the home of Major Samuel Swan and his son Joseph. This house was originally the Ebenezer Brooks mansion. Previous to 1812 the house was occupied by his half brother, Captain Caleb Brooks, who was guardian of his nephew Ebenezer. Jonathan Porter's house, a few years ago demolished, was the home of William Furness. This house was formerly the residence of Parson Turell. The next and nearest neighbor was Cherry Bucknam, so called because he made such excellent cherry rum. This house made way for Grace Church rectory. Next came the house of William Roach and, beyond, the Samuel Train house. This house was once the property of one Mr. Wyman, who preceded Mrs. Rowson as the proprietor of the famous select school for girls.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 8., The Whitmores of Medford and some of their descendants. (search)
as I have said, was Rachel Eliot. She was a niece of the Apostle Eliot, and widow of John Poulter. When she died is not known, but he married Rebecca Cutler June 3, 1724. He died February 22, 1739, and his funeral sermon was preached by Parson Turell from Acts 21, 16th verse: There went with us also certain of the disciples of Cesarea and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom we should lodge. The two oldest of the children of John Whitmore were twins, born May promise was effected (after a good deal of discussion) which seemed to have suited both parties, and the church was built. Churches were not consecrated in those days by the Puritans, but on the first Sunday that the church was occupied Parson Turell preached from Psalm 84, first verse, How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of Hosts. In town meeting March 7, 1748, Francis was appointed second constable, but he preferred to pay a fine of £ 10 rather than serve. Francis and his wife Mary
was the bell cast by Paul Revere. At this time it will lack the ornamental finish given later by the Toughs (college boys), that of a black stovepipe hat securely fastened on the three-pronged lightning rod that surmounted the top story of the steeple. Below the meeting-house the terraced gardens of the Bigelow estate sloped away from High street to the mouth of Meetinghouse Brook, while scattered along the road were the old-fashioned houses, some now demolished, among them that of Parson Turell, others remodeled and still remaining. As the train moved along the view of these was quickly broken by the seamed and scarred promontory of Rock Hill, where once was the home of Nanepashemit, and which commanded a view of the river in either direction. No bridge spanned the river at Auburn street as now, but the disused canal, innocent of water, was plainly visible before reaching the loop in the river near the mouth of Whitmore Brook, where once a ship was built and launched. Scattere
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., The first Parish in Medford. (search)
ut dubious voyage, set sail under the command of your humble servant bound for Jerusalem, but not to the city which sits solitary and in sackcloth amid the desolations of a land once fair as the garden of the Lord, but to Jerusalem which is above and free, the mother of us all. The ship which I sail was constructed by no modern architect. She was built by hands that long ago moldered into dust: and she has since outrode the tides of four successive generations. Woodbridge and Porter, and Turell and Osgood have each at intervals commanded her,—the last a navigator of preeminent experience. Since his recall, this gallant bark was suffered to lie for a season amid conflicting currents, the sport of winds and waves, and the injuries she sustained, there is reason to fear will never be effectually repaired. After a partial refitting she was commissioned anew and entrusted to my charge. Wednesday, the 9th inst. was appointed for the issuing of instructions. Two or three veteran pilot
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 25., Mr. Stetson's notes on information wanted. (search)
will be seen that Mr. Stetson was an interested and careful reader of the Register. His quaint remarks about the spectacle town and the bulky red nose show that in the olden time the division between east and west in Medford was a prominent and physical one. Never before has anyone pointed out so clearly the barrier the cliffs of old Pasture hill placed in the way of travel as has Mr. Stetson, or called attention to the absence of buildings between the old house of Jonathan Wade and Parson Turell's (at our Winthrop square) for a century after Medford's settlement. We can but wish that Miles Standish had left us some account of fording the river and walking along that narrow shelving beach, the verge just above high-water mark and following the trail up the steep in front of the library lot on the occasion of his visit in September, 1621. Those of us who remember the vicinity of Rock hill ere the river was moved southward and the parkway built can readily get an idea of the great
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 28., Parson Turell's Legacy or the President's old Arm-Chair. (search)
Parson Turell's Legacy or the President's old Arm-Chair. A poem with this caption was written by Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes many years ago. A recent reading secords for the old parson's will, and led to an interesting evening with Parson Turell at the Historical Society, when the poem we reproduce was read. As no such bHarvard College on September 16, 1924, but really don't know that it was Parson Turell's. It doesn't look like the woodcut we saw. Perhaps Dr. Holmes' poem is much embellishment and little history. M. W. M. Parson Turell's Legacy or the President's old Arm-Chair Facts respecting an old arm-chair, At Cambridge. Is kept inr there:— I'm talking about an old arm-chair. You've heard, no doubt, of Parson Turell? Over at Medford he used to dwell; Married one of the Mather's folk; Got with hf Justice Sewall a cause to try in, Or Cotton Mather to sit—and lie—in. Parson Turell bequeathed the same To a certain student,—Smith by name; These were the terms,
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