door, slammed it, and wrathfully stumped his way out of the church.
All this reminds me of the fact that very many of the families of the town, formerly quite prominent in its business and social life, are no longer represented here.
in the earlier day were very numerous.
There were several families of them, all of them probably nearly or remotely connected.
In looking over the register of baptisms kept by Mr. Thomas Seccomb
, parish clerk, and covering the years from 1737 to 1776, I was surprised to see how many of the recipients of the sacred ordinance bore the name of Blanchard
; they made up a good percentage of the whole number.
I know of but one or two of the stock now living here.
By the by, the register I have referred to records the fact that one infant was baptized who was born on the morning of the Sunday on which the rite was administered!
Thus they snatched a brand from the burning!
The Bishops were also a prominent family in Medford
for more than a century.
Mr. Nathaniel Bishop
died in 1850, and after his death his children took up their residence in other parts of the country.
I also have a kindly remembrance of the fine family of the Clisbys, with which I was very intimate in my boyhood.
They are all dispersed.
Aaron Warner Clisby
, my especial friend and playmate, is, or was a few years ago, a clergyman in Alabama
The name of Swan
was also well known and honored sixty years ago. No one bears that name here now. Mr. Samuel Swan
had a family of seven children, and of them I have heard this story: Some one asked which of two of his sons, Lincoln
or Timothy, was the elder.
‘Let's see,’ was the answer; ‘there are Sam, Dan
, Jo, Han, Lin, Tim
, and Ca—Oh, Lin is the elder!’
The names, properly extended, were Samuel, Daniel
, Joseph, Hannah
, Timothy, and Caleb.
was the beloved physician of this town, and most