Nine were of the Palgrave family, eighteen were of the Ezekiel Richardson
family, and two were of the Goble family.
In 1842, the year in which the town of Somerville
was incorporated, the prominent men were: John S. Edgerly
, of blessed memory, a selectman the first year and for eleven years subsequently, and chairman of the Board a part of the time.
, afterwards the first mayor of the city, gave Mr. Edgerly
the sobriquet of ‘Winter Hill
eagle,’ because he lived at the top of the highest elevation in Somerville
The second person to name is Charles E. Gilman
, who was town clerk in 1842 and the faithful town and city clerk forty-six years consecutively and till the time of his death.
John C. Magoun
was an assessor in 1842, and for thirty years subsequently.
He was an overseer of the poor twenty-two years. Edmund Tufts
was town treasurer and collector of taxes the first year, and the sum total that passed through his hands was $4,993.97. Other prominent men the first year were Nathan Tufts
, Caleb W. Leland
, Guy C. Hawkins
, Alfred Allen
, Levi Russell
, Charles Miller
, Francis Bowman
, Columbus Tyler
, Robert Vinal
, Thomas J. Leland
, Joseph Clark
, Dr. Luther V. Bell
, James Hill
, Captain Edward
Cutter, Fitch Cutter
, Orr N. Towne
, Colonel Samuel Jaques
, of Ten Hills Farm renown, Clark Bennett
, Samuel T. Frost
, and George O. Brastow
, all passed away.
To continue the narrative down the generations would be foreign to my purpose and fail of historic interest, and I close the book.