1758.--Rev. Ebenezer Turell
wrote his first will, in which he gave the house he purchased of John Giles
to the church in Medford
, “for the use of the ministry for ever.”
He afterwards wrote two different wills.
The bonds and mortgages owned by him in 1772 amounted to £ 4,860.
1759.--In recording marriages, the Rev. Mr. Turell
often designated the trade or profession of the bridegroom.
Jan. 4, 1759, he married a man, and called him “a ranger.”
1759.--The first time of using the silver baptismal basin was Sept. 9, 1759, when Benjamin
, son of Benjamin Francis
, was baptized.
The last baptism in the second meeting-house was of Rhoda
, daughter of Moses Tufts
, Feb. 4, 1770.
The first in the new meeting-house was Lydia, daughter of Samuel Teel
, March 18, 1770.
Nov. 24, 1759.--The name of Mead
occurs for the first time in the Medford
1760.--The word dollar
occurs in the Medford
records for the first time.
1760.--A certain clergyman said to an Indian, “I am sorry to see you drink rum.”
replied, “Yes, we Indians do drink
rum; but we do not make
1761.--The first record of any vote of thanks in Medford
bears date of May 13, 1761, “thanking Mr. Thomas Brooks
for his good services as treasurer.”
1762.--Wages for a man's labor one day, three shillings and fourpence (lawful money); for a man and team, six shillings and eightpence.
Nov. 1, 1763.--The Stamp Act went into operation.
In 1763, there were nine hundred and five full-blooded Indians in the Old Colony.
Sept. 7, 1767.--Voted that the one hundred and three hymns written by Dr. Watts
be used in public worship, in connection with Tate
's version of the Psalms.
was town-clerk for twenty-two years, and resigned in 1767.
He wrote a very legible hand, spelled his words properly, and was the only person in Medford
who seemed to have any care for records, or any thought of posterity in them.
Oct. 13, 1768.--Rev. Edward Brooks
preached for Mr. Turell
, Worcester County, Mass.
, was named in honor of Colonel Royal
, of Medford
1770.--The engraving of the house in which the writer of this history was born is placed at the end of this volume, as his signature.
March 26, 1770.--“Last Tuesday, Henry Lloyd
, set out on a journey to New York, Philadelphia
, and the southern colonies; and it was observed that the gentleman's whole apparel and house furniture were of American manufacture.
His clothes, linen, shoes, stockings, boots, gloves, hat, even wig and wig-call, were all manufactured and made up in New England
An example truly worthy of imitation.”