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t, etc. Ibid., i. 330, II. 17. This grant was confirmed absolutely, March 7, 1643-4, Ibid., II. 62. The description in this grant is somewhat different from the former: Shawshin is granted to Cambridg, without any condition of makeing a village there; and the land between them and Concord is granted them, all save what is formerly granted to the military company or others, provided the church and present elders continue at Cambridge. and included the present town of Billerica, parts of Bedford and Carlisle, and a part of Tewksbury, or of Chelmsford, or of both. The terms of the grant—all the land lying between Concord and Merrimac rivers—would seem to include Lowell; yet an Indian village then occupied that territory, and such villages were generally protected. The township had now attained its full size. In shape somewhat like an hour-glass, about thirty-five miles in length, and wide at each extremity, it was not much more than one mile in width in the central part, where
ority to make a turnpike-road from the westerly side of Cambridge Common to Concord; The Cambridge portion of this turnpike is now called Concord Avenue. and two years afterwards, March 8, 1805, the corporation was authorized to extend the turnpike to the Causeway near West Boston Bridge. This extension is now known as Broadway. The Middlesex Turnpike Corporation was established June 15, 1805, with authority to make a turnpike-road from Tyngsborough through Chelmsford, Billerica, and Bedford, to Cambridge, uniting with the Cambridge and Concord Turnpike near West Boston Bridge. The Cambridge portion of this turn pike is now called Hampshire Street. Other avenues were subsequently opened, which will receive notice in another place. By an Act of Congress, approved Jan. 11, 1805, it was enacted that the town or landing-place of Cambridge in the State of Massachusetts shall be a port of delivery, to be annexed to the district of Boston and Charlestown, and shall be subject to
Lucius R. Paige, History of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1630-1877, with a genealogical register, Chapter 15: ecclesiastical History. (search)
it Mr. Whitefield into his pulpit, in accordance with the advice of his brethren, which was published in the Boston Evening Post, Jan. 7, 1745, as follows:— Cambridge Jan. 1, 1744-5. At a meeting of the Association of this and the neighboring towns, present, the Reverend Messieurs John Hancock of Lexington, William Williams of Weston, John Cotton of Newton, Nathl. Appleton of Cambridge, Warham Williams of Waltham, Seth Storer of Watertown, Ebenr. Turell of Medford, Nicholas Bowes of Bedford, Samuel Cook of Cambridge. The Rev. Mr. Appleton having applied to his brethren of said association for our advice, relating to a request which hath been made to him by a number of his church and congregation, that he would invite the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield to preach in Cambridge; after supplications to God and mature consideration of the case proposed, and the several pleas made in favor of said request, and the state of the town, as also the many weighty objections which lie against
Lucius R. Paige, History of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1630-1877, with a genealogical register, Chapter 16: ecclesiastical History. (search)
was used for a lectureroom, and for similar purposes, until it was consumed by fire, Nov. 7, 1854. and a much larger brick house was erected on the westerly side of Prospect Street between Harvard and Austin streets: the corner-stone was laid July 29, 1851, and the house was dedicated June 30, 1852. The first pastor of the church was Rev. David Perry, D. C. 1824, who was ordained April 23, 1829, and resigned October 13, 1830. He was succeeded by Rev. William A. Stearns, who was born at Bedford, March 17, 1805, H. C. 1827, D. D. 1853, was ordained December 14, 1831, and resigned December 14, 1854. The pastoral connection was dissolved, that he might accept the Presidency of Amherst College, to which he had been elected. His pastorate was distinguished for energy and success; and it is understood that his presidency was equally energetic and successful. He died 8 June, 1876. Rev. Edward W. Gilman, Y. C. 1843, who had been settled at Lockport, N. Y., commenced preaching here in Ju
n too old to go into the conflict in which all the young men were actively engaged. But their retreat toward Boston was far different. From the westerly border of Menotomy to their point of departure by Beech Street into the Milk Row Road, their passage was through a flame of fire. The provincials rallied from the towns in the vicinity The list of killed, wounded, and missing, gives the names of twenty-three towns, which, with their respective number of killed are as follows: Acton, 3; Bedford, 1; Beverly, 1; Billerica; Brookline, 1; Cambridge, 6; Charlestown, 2; Chelmsford; Concord; Danvers, 7; Dedham, 1; Framingham; Lexington, 10; Lynn, 4; Medford, 2; Needham, 5; Newton; Roxbury; Salem, 1; Stow; Sudbury, 2; Watertown, 1; Woburn, 2. See Frothingham's Siege of Boston, pp. 80, 81. Certainly some other towns, and probably many, besides these, were represented in this sanguinary conflict. even to as great a distance as Salem, and hung upon their rear and flanks, firing upon them fr
ancestor of the large family of his name, in Bedford. 2. Daniel, brother of Michael (2), was ealas the f. grad. H. C. 1725, was ordained at Bedford. 15 July 1730, and dism. in 1754; was Chapl Mary, b. 25 Nov. 1715, pub. Peter Fassett of Bedford 4 Mar. 1737; Nathaniel, b. 31 July 1731; Josi——, and had Edward (prob. the same who d. at Bedford 23 Mar. 1825, a. 33), Ann, and Abigail, who ahe f. d. 1755; his w. Amittai m. John Page of Bedford 15 Jan. 1756, and d. 25 Dec. 1771. Fean, Hs again pub. 20 Jan. 1769, to Eunice Fitch of Bedford. His chil. were Jacob, b. 2 July 1736, d. yPaige, of that part of Billerica which is now Bedford, 23 May 1720, afterwards rem. to Hardwick, hary, dau. of Maj. John Lane of Billerica, (now Bedford), and had Mary, b. 17 July 1707, m. Jonathan sanna, b. 25 Nov. 1708, m. Benjamin Webber of Bedford 6 Sept. 1727; John, b. 15 Ap. 1711, settled in Bedford, and d. 1748; Francis, b. 4 Oct. 1714; Martha, b. 22 Ap. 1716, d. young; Martha, b. 23 Fe[10 more...]<
B. Bacon, Michael, of Woburn, in 1648, bought of Roger Shaw a farm in the northwesterly part of Camb. (now Bedford), including all the meadow adjoining to the great swamp near the east corner of Concord bounds, that falls in Cambridge bounds. The Shawshine River runs from this great swamp, on which Mr. Bacon is said to have a mill, which was very recently, if it is not now, standing. He had a son Michael, and is supposed to have been the ancestor of the large family of his name, in Bedford. 2. Daniel, brother of Michael (2), was early in Bridgewater, and owned land there, which he sold to his nephew, Michael Bacon, Jr., of Billerica. He was one Jonas Clark of Lex.; Nicholas; Elizabeth; Dorcas, m. John Hill; Lydia; Mary; all of whom were living in 1768. Nicholas the f. grad. H. C. 1725, was ordained at Bedford. 15 July 1730, and dism. in 1754; was Chaplain in the Army at Fort Edward in 1755, and d. at Brookfield as he was returning home. His w. Lucy m. Rev. Samuel Co
. 1741, a. 24, and he m. Anna, dau of Rev. John Cotton of Newton (pub. 5 Sept. 1742); she d. 12 Feb. 1761, a. 38, and he m. Lucy, widow of Rev. Nicholas Bowes of Bedford, and dau. of Rev. John Hancock of Lexington (pub. 14 Oct. 1762). She d. 21 Sept. 1768, a. 55. His children, who survived, were all by the second wife: Samuel, b town he rem.; Isaac, b. June 1736, d. Jan. 1737; Mary, b. 12 Aug. 1738, m. John Paige of Hardwick 15 Sept. 1758,; Solomon, b. 15 May 1740, m. Rebecca, a Paige of Bedford; Thomas, b. 5 May 1742, m. Abigail Reed of Western; Elizabeth, b. 5 Aug. 1745, m. Benjamin Moore of Lex. 3 May 1768; Amittai, b. 15 July 1748, m. Nathan Leonard o1712; she d. before 16 June 1726, and he m. Elizabeth——. His children were Joseph, b. 19 Jan. 1713-14, d. 4 May 1714; Mary, b. 25 Nov. 1715, pub. Peter Fassett of Bedford 4 Mar. 1737; Nathaniel, b. 31 July 1731; Josiah, bap. 17 Mar. 1733-4. 17. Ebenezer, s. of Nathaniel (8), m. Sarah, dau. of Wm. Cutter, 19 July 1722. and had S
on, ,John, b. 29 Dec. 1781; Polly. b. 4 Oct. 1783, m.——Hosley; in Pepperell, Lydia, b. 10 Sept. 1787; and in Camb., Nabby, b. 17 Sept. 1790, m. Walter Fisk. Gilbert the f. d. of lockjaw 15 Sept. 1818, a. 74; his w. Martha d. 28 June 1800, a. 50. 12. Isaiah, s. of Edward (5), m. Judae (Judith) Symmes of Woburn 15 May 1773, and had John Eliot, bap. 9 Feb. 1777, d. 1783; Judith, bap. 10 Nov. 1781, d. 1783. His w. Judith d. 1783, and he m. Sarah——, and had Edward (prob. the same who d. at Bedford 23 Mar. 1825, a. 33), Ann, and Abigail, who all survived him. Isaiah the f. d. 2 Aug. 1805, a. 59. 13. Jonathan, s. of William (6), m. Martha Cook 7 Mar. 1771, and had several children who died in infancy. I find no record of any who survived, nor of the death of the parents. 14. William, s. of William (6), m. Rachel Cutter 15 May 1792, and had William, bap. 6 Oct. 1793; Rachel, bap. 16 Sept. 1798; Oliver, bap. 11 Jan. 1801, d. young; Martha, bap. 17 July 1803, d. unm. 19 June 1839
unroe, and had Joseph, b. 6 Dec. 1701. 2. Joseph, s. of Joseph (1), res. at Lex., and by w. Amittai, had Joseph, b. and d. 8 Jan. 1726-7; Mary, b. 18 Aug. and d. 1 Oct. 1728; Joseph, b. 21 Mar. 1730-31 Amittai,. Feb. 1732-3 m. Simon Newton of Bedford 14 Nov. 1754; Mary, b. 9 May 1736:;John, b. 7 Dec. 1739; Jonathan, b. 15 Mar. 1741-2; Sarah, b. 13 Jan. 1744-5. Joseph the f. d. 1755; his w. Amittai m. John Page of Bedford 15 Jan. 1756, and d. 25 Dec. 1771. Fean, Hannah, Servant to NathaniBedford 15 Jan. 1756, and d. 25 Dec. 1771. Fean, Hannah, Servant to Nathaniel Sparhawk, d. 11 Mar. 1650-11. Felch, Samuel, a tailor, rem. here from Weston in 1718, having w. Catherine and children, among whom were Catherine, m. Henry 'Prentice 31 Jan. 1728-9; and Jemima, m. Abraham Hasey 17 Jan. 1739-40; he had here, Ruth, b. 30 July 1719, d. 9 July 1722; Samuel, ,b. 21 Sept. 1721; Elizabeth, b. 13 Ap. 1723; Abigail,b. 26 Ap. 1725. Samuel the f. d. 1725, and his w. Catherine m. Joseph Badger 2 June 1731. 2. Samuel, s. of Samuel (1), had Eunice, bap. 16 Sept. 17
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