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goe in, no place barren but on the tops of the hills. He also says: The grass and weeds grow up to, a man's face in the lowlands. And the Rev. Mr. Higginson, writing of the settlements on Charles river, speaks of the abundance of grass that groweth everywhere, both very thick, very long, and very high in divers places. From these simple statements, it is not difficult to imagine the aspect of our city at that time. On the north, broad marshes extended along the Mystic river, from the Medford line to Charlestown Neck, the marsh grasses green and beautiful in their pristine freshness. On the south, Miller's river, or Willis creek, as it was first called, a broad inlet from the sea, reached beyond Union square, probably as far as where the bleachery now stands; and from there to Charlestown Neck was another extent of salt marsh. And again on the west was a narrower strip of land that felt the influence of salt water where Alewife brook divides Somerville from Cambridge and Arli
The old Royall house, Medford By Charles D. Elliot The celebration of the 275th anniversary of the founding of Medford brought with it the organization of a society for the purchase and restoration of the ancient Royall mansion, now the headquarters of the Medford Daughters of the Revolution; its four and one-third acres having been lotted and placed on sale by its owner. The old house was built some two centuries ago. Isaac Royall, a merchant from Antigua, afterwards bought it, probabMedford brought with it the organization of a society for the purchase and restoration of the ancient Royall mansion, now the headquarters of the Medford Daughters of the Revolution; its four and one-third acres having been lotted and placed on sale by its owner. The old house was built some two centuries ago. Isaac Royall, a merchant from Antigua, afterwards bought it, probably about 1737, and remodeled it after an English mansion in Antigua, from whence he brought with him twenty-seven slaves, whose old brick quarters, with its huge fireplace, is probably the last existing vestige of slavery in Massachusetts. Colonel Isaac Royall, Jr., son of the merchant, was a Loyal-1st, and at the breaking out of the Revolution went to England, leaving for disposal by his agents, among other chattels, his slaves Stephen, George, Hagar, Mira, Betsey, and Nancy, probably among
ed the school fund to be as follows:— Farm in Stoneham, prized at£ 450. Bonds due from Richard Miller, Jonathan Chapman, and Richard Chapman£ 70. 0.1 Captain Nathan Adams, William Grubb, and Richard Trumbull£ 24. 0. Captain Benjamin Frothingham£20..6 Lot of land sold to Timothy Wright£ 119. 0.8 Received of Samuel Swan, Esq., for a lot of land belonging to James Kenney, secured by money borrowed of the school fund£ 49. 12.0 Farm at Stoneham, deficient£ 38.18. 8 A certain pasture in Medford£ 90. 0.0 Total£8.12.1 To this may be added the commons which it is proposed to rent; notes due from Nicholas Hopping, £ 51 16s 5d, and from Benjamin Sweetser, £ 26 Os Od, but from these nothing is expected. The committee is of the opinion that the income from the funds will amount to £ 70 per annum. They recommend that a committee be appointed to care for this fund. It was voted to accept this report, and that the same committee be empowered. In examining the records the w
Historic leaves, volume 4, April, 1905 - January, 1906, Neighborhood Sketch number 8
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ence of Mr. Clark Bennett, who at that time was prominent in town matters; beyond me, next easterly, was what was called the Yellow Block, in which resided Nathan Fellows, who sold fish out of a wagon; next easterly was Ives till; next, James Underwood. Opposite my house, on Washington street, resided Joseph Clark (no relation of mine); next westerly, William Bonner (on the site of Prospect-hill schoolhouse), next westerly, Miss Eliza Bonner, afterward Mrs. Augustus Hitchings; next westerly, David Sanborn. Adjoining my estate were the residences of Benjamin F. Ricker and John (B.) Giles, on Somerville avenue. All of my neighbors that I have mentioned lived to a good old age, and have long since departed and joined the silent majority. At the time I refer to there was no public conveyance to Boston—Somerville avenue was not completed from Prospect to Medford streets. Farming, brickmaking, and milk were the principal occupations of the townspeople. Somerville, April 26, 1900
unded by defined limits. That was done in 1637. These commons lay between the Neck, Menotomies river, and the farms of Medford and Mr. Winthrop, the ground being reserved for such cattle as milch cows, working cattle, goats, and calves of the firsarsely settled on its two highways, the road to Cambridge and Boston, now Washington street in our city, and the road to Medford and Woburn, now Broadway. A few farmers dwelt on the road to Cambridge, while quite a cluster of dwellings stood on the higher ground, through which the Medford road ran. Among these was the residence of Samuel Phipps, town clerk of Charlestown, who died suddenly in February, 1731. He was a grandson of Solomon Phipps, the carpenter, and a nephew of Samuel Phipps, An appraisal rehearses and values it, viz.:— Homestead, 7 acres, 21 rods on the highway leading from Charlestown to Medford, bounded by lands of widow Mary Rand, of Captain Eben Breed, by land of William Hoppin and Meriam Fosket, and by rangewa
Lynn, Mass., 20, 77. Macarty, Margaret, 85. Maccurdy, Thomas, 86. Mackerel Lane, Boston, 86. Main Street, Charlestown, 78, 84, 87. Maiden, Mass., 84, 87, 88, 89. Mallet, Isaac, 16, 21, 39. Mallet, John, 85. Mary (ship), 88. Massachusetts Bank, 39. Massachusetts Bay Colony, 4. Massachusetts Law and Order League, 2. Matanzas, S. S., 36. Mather, Increase, 80. Maudsley (Moseley), 87. Maulsby, David L., 1. McCarty, James, 86. McCarty, John, 86. Mead, Elijah, 63. Medford, Mass., 4, 41, 80, 81, 82. Medford Daughters of the Revolution, 23. Medford Street, 47. Memorial History of Boston, 38. Menotomies River, 80. Menotomy, 14, 18. Merrimac River, 86. Middleborough, Mass., 1. Middlesex County, 77. Milk Row, 42, 43, 68, 70, 72, 74, 97, 98, 100. Milk Row District, 16, 64. Milk Row School, 14, 15, 22, 67, 71, 91. 93, 94, 96, 98, 99, 100. Miller, Captain, Joseph, 64, 67, 69, 70, 71, 72. Miller, Richard, 41. Miller's River, 4, 77. Mill Pond, 78.