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r grades. Each of these transfers meant additional work and added responsibility, but her great opportunity did not come until the ninth grade pupils were transferred to the new High School building in 1897 and she was selected to go with them. Here her preeminent ability as a teacher of history was first adequately recognized and turned to account. She remained at the High School until her death, devoting herself chiefly to instruction in history. Descended from John Alden and Richard Warren of the Mayflower; from Capt. John Vinton of Braintree, who served in the Revolution; from Henry Adams, ancestor of presidents and statesmen; from John Sewall, brother of that judge who condemned witches and later had the courage publicly to condemn himself therefor; with I know not how many quarterings of colonial, provincial and Revolutionary ancestry; acquainted from her girlhood with thought and work for Medford's patriots, it was not unnatural she should be interested in the study of
Eliza M. Gill. In the recent passing of Miss Eliza M. Gill, who died at Waltham, Mass., February 10, the Historical Society of Medford loses one of its most loyal members and a frequent contributor to the pages of the register. Miss Gill was born in Melrose, April 5, 1851. She was of old New England Colonial stock, being a direct descendant of Richard Warren, John Alden and Priscilla Mullins of the Mayflower company. Among her ancestors were Pete Harrington, who helped throw over the tea in Boston Harbor, and Captain John Vinton, connected with the Vintons of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and himself one of the most prominent yeomen of Revolutionary days. Miss Gill lived at the family home, 28 Ashland street Medford, for sixty-one years and during twelve years was a teacher in the public schools. A graduate of the High School, taking also an extra year of study in the classics, she had developed a fine literary and historical taste, becoming an interesting
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 26., My Revolutionary ancestors: major Job Cushing, Lieutenant Jerome Lincoln, Walter Foster Cushing (search)
o the General Court. His son, Matthew, married in 1684 Jael Jacob. He was known as Lieutenant, afterward Captain. He was also a selectman. In his will he left his estate in Hingham to the eldest son, but to son Samuel (my great-grandfather) land in Cohasset; to son Job, money for Harvard; and for daughter Jael, three hundred pounds—she was to be well educated. Lieutenant-Governor Thomas Cushing was of this family. He was born in 1725, was a friend and coworker with Adams, Otis and Warren, and was made Lieutenant-Governor of Massachusetts in 1779. Until his death he was a member of the Provincial Congress. He declined a seat in the Continental Congress in 1799. William Cushing, born in 1732, was Chief Justice in 1777. He was the first to hold office under the free government of the Commonwealth. At the beginning of the Revolution he alone, among the high in office, supported the rights of the Revolutionists. He administered the oath of office to Washington at the begi
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