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ildren were John b. 1742, d. in his father's house Sept. 1815, aged 73; Sally; Richard (a baker in Watertown); and Francis b. 1762, d. Mar. 19, 1840 in Mr. Roach's house, The cellar hole of the Roach house is still (1927) visible, close to High street, near the rectory of Grace Church. age 84. John and Francis were never sent to school, but Francis learned to read and write, and was well read in the history of England and the United States. He liked very much to read the works of Henry Kirk White, was very quick at figures, often doing sums in his head. Now we quote from another page of Mr. Swan:— The visit of General Washington to Colonel Brooks in 1789 was in the forenoon. He came on horseback, escorted by several gentlemen from Boston. They came through Cambridge to old Menotomy across Wear bridge, through High Street to Col. Brooks' residence in the easterly end of the old Watson house [demolished in 1916] next the meetinghouse. Their horses were taken to the