of the registry of deeds in Middlesex County
, June 11, 1657.
Its next occurrence, May 20, 1662.
1670.--Some Indian children were brought up in our English families, and afterwards became idle and intemperate.
A gentleman asked the Indian
father why this was so. He answered, “Tucks will be Tucks, for all old hen be hatch 'em.”
1673.--Population of New England
Of these, 16,000 could bear arms.
had 1,500 families.
In 1760, New England
had 500,000 inhabitants, and 530 Congregational churches.
1673.--An author says, “At this time, there was not a house in New England
which had more than twenty rooms.
There were five hundred persons worth each three thousand pounds. The worst cottages were lofted.”
February, 1674.--The earliest record of town-meetings in Medford
, which has escaped destruction, bears the above date.
Before 1676, there were but few settlements more than twenty miles from the Atlantic coast
1679.--“The court decide that it is not lawful for a man to marry his former wife's sister.”
There is no good reason for this; but it would have been wise to have forbidden first-cousins to marry each other.
Apparitions and haunted houses.
The belief in them was very common for the first hundred years of our history; and it was a faith full of efficacy to puzzle men and frighten children.
1690.--The delusions of witchcraft never penetrated Medford
(See Mr. Turell
In 1690, Medford
chose a sealer of weights and measures.
The “oath of fidelity” was often taken in Medford
during the first century.
It differed from the “freeman oath.”
1697.--“Isaac Royal, merchant, of Boston
, was married, by Benjamin Wadsworth
, July 1, 1697, to Elizabeth
, only child of Asaph Eliot
, of Boston
Hon. Isaac Royal
chosen moderator of a town-meeting,--the first mention of his name on the records (about 1755).
May 3, 1697.--Voted to pay the representative eighteen-pence per day during his service in the General Court.
, of Medford
, descendant of Governor Bradstreet
, son of Simon
, married his cousin, Mercy Wade
, of Medford
, Oct. 9, 1699.
Their children were Dudley
, born Oct. 26, 1701, married Sarah Pierce
, Aug. 18, 1724; Ann, born July 7, 1704; Lucy, born May 30, 1706; and Patience, born Feb. 13, 1712.
Sarah married Rev. John Tufts
, of Newbury
, who was born in Medford
Our ancestors generally assembled in town-meeting at six o'clock, A. M., during the warm weather.
Nov. 26, 1700.--“The above town-meeting was adjourned to the sixth day of December next, to meet at the house of Stephen Willis
, about sun-setting.”