[p. 36]According to Brooks' ‘History of Medford,’ revised by Mr. Usher, ‘in May, 1811, Miss Ann Rose of London, opened a day school for girls in the brick edifice known as the “Fort” on Governor's Lane; and in November, 1812, she and Miss Hannah Swan of Medford converted it into a boarding school, and soon found their house filled with young ladies from the best families in the state. The good influence of this academy can hardly be overstated. Uniting extensive literary accomplishments with the highest moral qualifications, these ladies performed their legislative and executive duties with dignity and quietness, and labored to give that instruction which develops all the powers for health, usefulness and station. They lived to receive showers of blessings from grateful pupils.’ Ann Rose married Joseph Swan, a brother of Hannah Swan, January 16, 1817; he was a merchant, educated in the counting room of Hon. William Gray. She died November 23, 1860, aged seventy-two. Their home previous to 1829 was the Garrison House, and later the Puffer House. Another pupil mentioned, Peggy Tufts, was the daughter of Samuel Tufts. She married Samuel Swan, the eldest son of Major Swan. It is supposed that his vessel was wrecked and all on board lost on Cape Cod, March 31, 1823. He was a contemporary and school friend of Col. Alex. S. Brooks and Dudley Hall. For years Mrs. Swan did not give up hope of his return, and during that time never locked the street door at night. She died November 29, 1863, aged eighty-four. Their house was next above the church. Lydia Bishop was the daughter of John, Jr., and Lydia Holmes Bishop. She married Nehemiah Parsons of Boston, March 9, 1804. In October 12, 1805, appears in the Boston Weekly Magazine the following poem
Dear Hannah, may your morn as brightly shine
And your meridian be
From those dark vapors free
Which overshadowed mine.
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