tes and revenged herself by saying: Your father is nothing but a shoemaker; to which the instant retort came: I don't care, your father is supported by the town.
The town was founded in 1630, and as early as 1634 it is recorded there was preaching by Mr. James Noyes for nearly a year.
He was born in England in 1608, educated at Oxford, came to Boston in 1634, and was immediately called to preach at Mistic, the name by which Medford was known.
He was followed by Rev. Mr. Wilson and Rev. Mr. Phillips; in the tax for the support of these gentlemen Medford paid its share assessed by the General Court.
These preachers were paid by six towns, Medford with the others being too poor to support the luxury of a minister by itself alone.
In 1692 Mr. John Hancock, grandfather of the patriot whose name is indelibly associated with our history, preached here for a short period.
The town voted that he shall be boarded at Mr. John Bradshaw's for the year ensuing if he sha