‘[p. 52] acres of the meadows lying by Mistick River, next unto the land of the said Edward Collins. Also excepting 30 acres of land called the pine swamp, with 4 1/2 acres of upland sold by the said Collins to Mr. George Blanchard.’ The above described line is shown upon the map. Mr. Russell sold May 26, 166, to Mr. Jonathan Wade of Ipswich, three-fourths part of all the land he purchased of Mr. Collins, with the buildings thereon, reserving one-fourth part, viz., one-fourth part of the upland and one-fourth part of the meadow lying next to Mr. Blanchard's farm, and farthest from the dwelling house. Jonathan Wade, senior, was of Ipswich in the year 1635, as in that year he was granted lands in that town. One of the parcels granted him was a lot of land of six acres, ‘lying next the meadows, by a Creek, commonly called Labour in vayne.’ Is this the origin of the name of Labor in Vain as applied to that bend in Mystic river at the foot of Foster's court? The Wades probably brought the name from Ipswich to Medford. Mr. Wade died at Ispwich in the year 1683 (he never resided in Medford), and his will may be found in the Essex County Probate Records, extracts from which are as follows, viz.: ‘I give to my son Jonathan the one half of my farm at Mistick, with the one half of all the stock upon it. Also I give to Nathaniel the other half of said farm at Mistick and one half of the stock upon it, to be equally divided between them.’ Extract from the Inventory of the Estate of Mr. Jonathan Wade of Ispwich (from Essex Probate Records).
An apprisement of the Estate at Mistick which Captain Wade enjoyed.
An old tenement and other buildings £200.00.00 370 Acres of Upland 1400.00.00 80 Acres of Salt Marsh 480.00.00 ———— 2080.00.00