would mean about the year 1820.
Both are probably correct.
There were undoubtedly several buildings connected with so large an estate.
A portion may have been burned, leaving another portion of the buildings remaining, and this is probably what Mr. Holmes
the second had strongly requested his heirs to retain the estate entire, and this was apparently done for a time from respect for his wishes, although they did not renew and mainrain the mansion house.
It may be well to follow the family a little further.
John, son of Francis second, seemed likely to follow the line exactly, for he became Register of Deeds and Justice of the Peace; but he lost office through his Royalist tendencies, had American troops quartered upon him, and became a man of leisure.
He gained the whole estate by purchase of the rights of the other heirs, occupied the mansion until it was burned, and then moved to Dunster street. The present family seems to have descended from Francis, a brother of John and third of that name, who was a physician in Brookfield
and had a large family.
It was this removal of the family which caused the breaking up of the estate.
Fortunately the preservation of the Norton Woods
permits us to see a bit of it unchanged, and the taking of that ground for a park will ensure the preservation of the grove.
The second Foxcroft
, after giving up his public duties, seems to have revived his earlier associations by compiling a catalogue of the Harvard
graduates down to 1763.
The kindness of Mr. Frank Foxcroft
, now residing in Cambridge
, furnishes several details regarding this useful work, of which the compiler said, in presenting it to the