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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 30., The Brooks Estates in Medford from 1660 to 1927. (search)
ake further provision for his children. Accordingly, with his son-in-law, Timothy Wheeler, he invested four hundred and four pounds sterling in these acres in Medford—two-thirds for himself and one-third for Wheeler. Collins was already a large holder of land at Mystic. He lived for many years on Governor Cradock's plantationain and sell alien enfeoffe and confirm under them ve said Thomas Brooks & Timothy Wheeler one Me ssuage or Tenement situate Lying and being within ye bounds of ye sh covenant for himself & heirs to clear and acquit ye said Thomas Brooks & Timothy Wheeler, their heirs and assigns from all damage and costs by ye waters of ye Millrd Collins. . . do covenant, promise and grant to & with Thomas Brooks and Timothy Wheeler. . . that ye said Thomas Brooks and Timothy Wheeler. . . shall and may at Timothy Wheeler. . . shall and may at all times and from time to time forever hereafter, peaceably and quietly have free egress and regress to ye landing place at ye Rock by Meadford River near to John M
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 30., The road through the woods. (search)
crown of the hill, there was erected the grey stone house of Peter C. Brooks (third of the name), who has but a few years since passed away. So only two families have succeeded the Indian on these hilltops as residents. This old road is certainly of great interest, as the county records show that in 1693 the court considered it an ancient highway, and in 1709 a committee reported its view of two localities, which report discontinued the former southern end, the more ancient road where Wheeler his mill formerly stood. October, 1709, it reported, Beginning at Adams his gate in Menotomy, allowing three rods in breadth to the Weares, where the road now lyeth a long time improved, and from said weares to Ebenezer Brooks his gate which is between said Brooks and John Francis, and from said Brooks his gate to Symms his farm, . . . assuring to Samuel Brooks the barn one end of which stands in the highway while the barn stands, and no longer. No name was given this road, but the comm