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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 29., The history of the Royall house and its occupants. (search)
om the Colony, his estate was held by the Colony until disposed of in 1804. In 1779 the General Court ordered all confiscated estates to be sold, but Royall's was not on the list, and later on the estate was turned back to the heirs for $1.00. In 1790 William Woodbridge kept a boarding and day school in the house, having at one time forty-two boys 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 House Association was organized. Much credit is due to the Sarah Bradlee Fulton Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, for their conception