use, but probably to his second, or possibly his third, wife, Prudence by name.
In this case the stepson and his family in one half, were cautioned from infringing on the new wife's share, and perhaps a young wife, in the other half.
Probably the fourteen children never lived in the house together as they were thirty years apart from oldest to youngest, and the oldest were married and out of the house.
This same method of division I know was in another old home—the Manning homestead at Billerica.
To revert a moment from hard facts to my creative imagination, in its proper limits, that old house must have been very charming when new, with its view from its knoll by the road south over the flooded marshes or the winding river, with Wellington and its old house and one or two other houses lying to the east; behind, the ploughed land and the wood lots, and westward the little settlement of Medford.
Undoubtedly there was work in the clay pits close by the house, and a subdued hamme