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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 18., The Tufts family residences. (search)
th one son, died in infancy. The sixth son (the thirteenth child, born 1700, graduated at Harvard College, 1724) was Simon Tufts, the first physician of Medford. Dr. Green (see Vol. I, No. 4, register) notes that he was born in Medford, but omitpleasant fiction, published, oft quoted and for fifty years accepted (because no one questioned it), we assert that if Simon Tufts, the future physician, was born at home, i.e., in his father's house, his birthplace was the old two-story brick houseoofs submitted before alluded to. And so we answer our own query relative to the birthplace and early home of the elder Dr. Tufts, confidently asserting it to be the old two-story brick house in East Medford (that because of Mr. Brooks' assumption, fore the death of his first wife, or his marriage to Mary (daughter of Rev. Seaborn Cotton), the mother of the first Dr. Simon Tufts. Relative to this house the Transcript has, until recently, issued in its Strangers' Directory the following:—