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[p. 54] prominent townsmen of Medford in his day. He was representative to the General Court in the year 1689, and served the town as a selectman and in other capacities; he was also captain of the military company. His name first appears on the records of the plantation in the year 1676, he having been chosen one of the selectmen for that year. He came to reside in Medford on his father's farm soon after Mr. Peter Tufts, senior, came into possession of it under the agreement before mentioned. The first birth recorded in Medford records (those records that are extant) is that of his daughter Anna, who was born February 25, 1676. He no doubt lived in the one dwelling house, mentioned above, until the new brick house, now called the Cradock house, was built. Mr. Peter Tufts, senior, in his will dated March 1, 1693, bequeathed to his son, Captain Peter, a portion of his estate, viz.: ‘I give to my son Peter 20 acres of upland lying next his house and the dwelling house standing thereon, he paying his brother John for the barn standing upon said land’ (Mr. John Tufts lived upon the twenty-acre lot at that time), ‘the line to run from said Peter's line to George Blanchard's line.’

February 9, 1715-6, Captain Peter Tufts sold to Mr. Peter Eades of Medford, brickmaker, the twenty acres of land with the dwelling thereon, bequeathed to him by his father, Peter Tufts, senior. This land was bounded easterly partly on Jonathan Blanchard and partly on Medford line; southerly on the highway leading from said Peter Tufts' to Joshua Blanchard's; westerly and northerly on said Peter Tufts' own land. A short time prior to his decease, Captain Peter Tufts by deed dated March 17, 1721, conveyed to his son, Peter Tufts, junior, of Malden, forty-five acres of land on the north side of the way to Blanchard's; this land was bounded easterly in part on Mr. Eades' twenty-acre lot. ‘Also the east half of my brick house, as it is divided by the fore door and stairway, the stairway to be in common up chamber and garret, and egress and regress for the ’

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