nd I have received some facts from Mr. Somerby, which together with some in my possession, seem to settle the question.
Mathew Cradock, first Governor of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, owned several separate parcels of land in Staffordshire, England.
On one of these he used to reside for a few weeks in summer.
He called it his Manor of Metford.
This name seems to have given place to that of Mayford, now used to designate that locality.
Of the four ships, which came with Governor Winthrop in 1630, two, the Ambrose and Jewel, were owned by Governor Cradock.
His farmers, shipwrights and fishermen came in them, and some of these men doubtless from his Manor of Metford.
When a name was needed for their new home on the banks of the Mystic, how natural it was to propose that of Metford; thus giving them something of home familiarity in the wilderness, besides being a graceful tribute to the Governor, their employer and friend.
That the name thus proposed was adopted, is