By some change in family fortune William was placed in the care of his paternal grandfather, Amos Warren of Medford, at the age of six years, in 1820, and lived with him eight years.
Amos Warren Amos Warren came from old Menotomy (then the west parish of Cambridge), now Arlington, in an early year of the century, and bought a small farm in the western part of Medford on the side of a hill, with an orchhine work in his native town.
But this was a winter work.
Like other New England farmers, Amos Warren believed in the gospel of hard work, and so six months of the year William Wilkins became an aid for his tuition by work in and about the place.
During his stay in Medford, his grandsire Warren had as tenants in his house a Mr. Reed and family.
He mentions enjoying much the society of thid followed his employers into that garden-seed business which still continues in Boston.
Of Mr. Warren's subsequent successful business life in the Danish West India Islands we need not here allude
s named for Hon. Edward Brooks, as was the new schoolhouse erected beside it in 1851.
Cottage, probably from the type of houses there erected; Mystic, because of its trend from Mystic mount (now Hastings heights), toward the river.
Auburn, Allston, Irving and Prescott are sentimental, reflecting the cultivated and literary taste of Rev. John Pierpont and Charles Brooks.
Woburn street was, of course, the old Oborne rode of the early days.
Warren street extends through the old farm of Amos Warren, and the newer Wyman street through the old Wyman estate.
Gleason street adjoins the Gleason school, both named for Hon. Daniel A. Gleason of the school committee.
Madison street was one of the later streets, and probably suggested by James Madison Usher, a namesake of President Madison. Usher road lies within the limits of his former estate, while Gorham, Clewley, Chardon and Wheelwright are those of relatives of the Brooks family, whose land they traverse.
Century road was laid out