ived in Medford was one of the many valuable and unsought services Miss Sargent gave the library.
This bookcase of Medford authors has since been catalogued and found to contain over two hundred volumes, representing seventy-nine writers, exclusive of the fourteen volumes of the Medford Historical Register and its many contributors.
Medford has added few great names to the history of literature, but is unique in having so many busy people who give their leisure to literary pursuits.
Webster defines the word literary as versed in, or acquainted with literature, well learned, scholarly, also occupied with literature as a profession.
First and foremost, I would name in love and reverence Miss Mary Sargent; versed in literature, with an intimate knowledge of books and who made that knowledge of the utmost service to all. She wrote valuable papers relating to her profession, of which she was one of its most eminent members; and in collaboration with her sister, Reading for the You
Portsmouth on a privateering expedition and was thrice captured by the British and incarcerated in Dartmoor Prison.
Finally the vessel was captured by pirates and the captain and first mate (grandfather) were spiked to the deck and the vessel set on fire.
The second mate hid in a molasses barrel and was the only one saved.
At that time the family of J. J. lived in Portsmouth and soon after went to Medford, when my father (Jeremiah Jordan 3d) was about ten years of age.
My two brothers, George Webster and Henry Lincoln, enlisted for the civil war. G. W. in the navy, ship Ino, and H. L. at Charlestown as the Medford Company refused him on account of his age, so he ran away and enlisted in Charlestown.
G. W. lives in Hermosillo, Mexico, and H. L. at Santa Barbara, California. Brother Charlie was drummer for the Medford Company, but did not enlist as he was too young.
In the Medford history it says that Thomas Sabels, or Savels, married Miriam Royall—that was my great grandmothe