the names of the men who fought in the War
of the American Revolution
are carefully preserved in the archives of the State
, but the women who through all those sad years endured hardship and loss, and who toiled at the spinning-wheel and in the hospitals for their country's cause, have long ago been forgotten.
Only here and there a woman's name is found on the honor roll of Revolutionary days.
Among the Medford
women whom history has remembered, Sarah Bradlee Fulton
has a prominent place.
We have been proud to name our chapter for her, honoring with her all the unknown loyal women who worked and prayed in this dear old town of ours, for the cause of liberty.
was a member of the Bradlee family of Dorchester
In 1762 she married John Fulton
, and ten years later they came to Medford
with their little sons and daughters, and made their home on the east side of Main street about one hundred and fifty feet south of the bridge, on the south side of what is now Tufts place. Her brother, Nathaniel Bradlee
, lived in Boston
at the corner of Tremont and Hollis streets.
The old house is still standing and occupied by his descendants.
His carpenter's shop, and his kitchen on Saturday nights when friends and neighbors gathered to enjoy his codfish suppers, were meeting-places for Boston
's most devoted patriots.
From this shop a detachment of Mohawks who ‘turned Boston Harbor
into a teapot’ went forth to their work of destruction.