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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 2., The second Congregational and Mystic churches. (search)
n in Wrentham, Mass., April 21, 1811; graduated from Brown University in 1835; lectured in the South upon Southern flora, 1836; published the Georgia Courier, 1837; taught an academy in Waynesborough, Ga.; taught school in Newburyport, Mass., 1840-49; was licensed to preach in 1849; was ordained and installed pastor of the Congregational Church in Natick May 5, 1852, and from thence was called to Medford and installed Nov. 10, 1858. He published several biographies, and a gazetteer of Massachusetts, and edited a hymn book which was used for several years in the Mystic Church. He was a member of the New England Historic-Genealogical Society and of several other learned bodies. Having received a flattering call from a church in Exeter, N. H., he resigned his office Oct. 17, 1860. The church, being unwilling to part with him, declined to accept his resignation, but united with him in calling an advisory council. That council decided that he ought to remain in Medford. He, in go
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 2., A business man of long ago. (search)
good, Mr. Hall, and others that Maj. Samuel Swan, their personal friend and a resident of Medford during the Revolution, should have been one of the chief advocates of this bridge. He always boasted that his chaise was the first to cross the bridge when it was open to travel. Major Swan subsequently left Charlestown and made Medford his permanent home. He died there in 1825. Chelsea bridge was built in 1801. The Selectmen of Medford, Benjamin Hall, and John Brooks Governor of Massachusetts. were a committee who vainly opposed it. Mr. Hall was zealous in prosecuting the building of Middlesex Canal, but was not in favor of extending it to Boston. He wrote, In 1792 there was a petition preferred the General Court for liberty to make a Canal from Merrimack River into Medford River the Petitioners were Chiefly Inhabitants of Medford. When the Corporation Act Past there were twelve Person named in Said Act Eight of which was of Medford a Committee was appointed by the Corpo
under the care of her judicious sister, whose husband, the Hon. Warren Preston, was a lawyer of standing in Norridgewock, the shire town of Somerset county. The Kennebec region, as it was called, was largely settled by members of cultivated Massachusetts families, graduates of Harvard and other universities, and professional men seeking new fields of occupation and interest. The court convened in Norridgewock. This brought judges and lawyers with their families to the town, from various pars courtly in his manners; but with all these desirable qualities was one most undesirable—a genius for experiments, without counting the cost. He was a lawyer in Boston, and a member of the Legislature, but gave up his profession to edit the Massachusetts Journal, soon after their marriage, which took place in Watertown, at eight o'clock Sunday evening, Oct. 19, 1828. Maria's letter to her sister, concerning the preparations for this event, is characteristic of herself and of the simple liv
Slavery in Medford. by Walter H. Cushing. Slavery existed in Massachusetts almost from the first settlement of the colony, and was somewhat increased as a result of the Pequot war in 1637. Theunt-book showing balance between rum and slaves. Very few whole cargoes, however, came to Massachusetts; and only a small number of ships from Boston engaged in the African trade. In 1703 a duty of £ 4 was imposed on every negro imported. Slaves were most numerous in Massachusetts about 1745; in 1763 the ratio of whites to blacks, the latter including many free negroes, was 45: 1. When tnot mentioned as cause of slavery; and in fact no person was ever born into legal slavery in Massachusetts. In the Constitution of Massachusetts, adopted in 1780, it is declared that all men are bMassachusetts, adopted in 1780, it is declared that all men are born free and equal. This was the doom of slavery; and the interpretation of this clause in the case of Commonwealth v. Jennison settled finally the freedom of the negro in this State. In proport
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 2., Dedication of memorial tablet to Sarah (Bradlee) Fulton. (search)
that stood before that tomb in the village quiet of 1835! Two persons were present on both occasions, Mrs. Susan (Smith) Wait and her son Francis A. Wait, the former the widow of Nathan W. Wait, grandson of Mrs. Fulton. The State Regent of Massachusetts, and the regents of twenty chapters, Daughters of the American Revolution, came to honor the patriot woman. Descendants of Mrs. Fulton, representing the fourth, fifth, and sixth generations, were present. Only one of the third generation member. The Regent of the Chapter, Mrs. Charles H. Loomis, spoke briefly, introducing the State Regent, who in beautiful language gave a history of the patriotic deeds of Mrs. Fulton, enjoining the audience, and through them the people of Massachusetts, to emulate the devotion to country which she possessed. The Secretary of the Chapter read a poem written for the occasion by C. H. Loomis. For the descendants of John and Sarah (Bradlee) Fulton, William Cushing Wait, Esq., addressed th
the joints of which were plastered over to keep out the weather (see d, sketch). This is the same arrangement that exists in the present building, where the brick and wooden parts are joined together. As has been before stated, the dates of the construction of these several additions are unknown. I have endeavored to show what this building is and has been, and will leave our readers to draw their own conclusions. Taken altogether it is one of the most interesting relics of slavery in Massachusetts that can be found within the limits of the Commonwealth. The aspect of the place is thus described by Samuel Adams Drake, author of the History of Middlesex County. (This description was written many years ago. Changes have taken place since then; a portion of the inside embellishments have been removed, and the summer house torn down.) The brick quarters which the slaves occupied are situated on the south side of the mansion and front upon the courtyard, one side of which the
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 2., The committee on Papers and Addresses has arranged the following program for the fifth year, 1900-1901. (search)
The committee on Papers and Addresses has arranged the following program for the fifth year, 1900-1901. October 15.—Social Meeting. November 19.—The Separation of Church and State in Massachusetts. Mr. Charles M. Ludden. December 17.—The Old Fire Department of Medford. Mr. Samuel G. Jepson. January 21.—John Winthrop and His Home on the Mystic. Mr. Charles D. Eliot, President of the Somerville Historical Society. February 18.—The Universalist Church of Medford. Mr. Parker R. Litchfield. March 18.—The Annual Meeting. April 15.—Elizur Wright: His Life and Work. Miss Ellen M. Wright. May 20.—Old Ship Street; Some of its Houses, Ships, and Characters. (Illustrated.) Mr. Fred