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[36] and by the more effectual patronage of the richest member of the Company. Its numbers and prosperity increased while Mr. Cradock lived; and, when his interest was removed, it declined.

The lands of a town were parcelled out by a committee, chosen by the inhabitants. Seven wise and prudent men were selected for this purpose. The town mainly directed, and then ratified, the work. Sometimes lots decided a case.

How many of the first settlers became freemen we shall not know until the lost records of Medford are discovered. We find the following Medford names among the list of freemen between 1630 and 1646. How many were settlers here we know not. Nathaniel Bishop, Thomas Reeves, John Collins, Jonathan Porter, Richard Bishop, Thomas Brooke, John Waite, William Manning, John Hall, Richard Francis, William Blanchard, Henry Simonds, Zachery Fitch, Richard Wade, Richard Bugbe, John Watson, Abraham Newell, Henry Brooke, Gamaliel Wayte, Hezekiah Usher, Thomas Bradbury, Richard Swan, John Howe, Edmund Angier, Thomas Oakes, Hugh Pritchard. If any historian issues a writ of replevin, then we must appeal to lost records, or give up.

In the county records we find the following names of men represented as at Medford:--

George Felt1633.
James Noyes1634.
Richard Berry1636.
Thomas Mayhew1636.
Benjamin Crisp1636.
James Garrett1637.
John Smith1638.
Richard Cooke1640.
Josiah Dawstin1641.
Ri. Dexter1644.
William Sargent1648.
James Goodnow1650.
John Martin1650.
Edward Convers1650.
Goulden Moore1654.
Robert Burden1655.
Richard Russell1656.
Thos. Shephard1657.
Thos. Danforth1658.
Thomas Greene1659.
James Pemberton1659.
Joseph Hills1662.
Jonathan Wade1668.
Edward Collins1669.
John Call1669.
Daniel Deane1669.
Samuel Hayward1670.
Caleb Brooks1672.
Daniel Markham1675.
John Whitmore1678.
John Greenland1678.
Daniel Woodward1679.
Isaac Fox1679.
Stephen Willis1680.
Thomas Willis1680.
John Hall1680.
Gersham Swan1684.
Joseph Angier1684.
John Bradshaw1685.
Stephen Francis1685.
Peter Tufts1686.
Jonathan Tufts1690.
John Tufts1690.
Simon Bradstreet1695.

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