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[p. 59] plantation was transacted here. It was, without doubt, the meeting house and the tavern. When Major Jonathan Wade's estate was divided, the great barn was spoken of in the division, and it was situated upon that lot of land now owned and occupied by D. W. Lawrence, Esq., on the south side of Salem street. Under date of March 5, 1722-3, Mr. Josiah Waters sold to Captain John Corney, a dwelling house and land. ‘The Homestead being at a place where the Great Barn formerly stood, bounded North upon the Country road to Malden 108 feet. West and South upon land of the said Corney 108 feet. East upon other land of the said Corney 84 feet.’ Another deed of this same lot of land described it as being bounded ‘southwest and south upon the Barnyard;’ still another deed further describes the location of the barn as follows: ‘on the above said Gerrish's from the Country road down toward the marsh 5 Rods 7 feet, to a stake, and from said stake to the south corner of the Barn about 34 feet.’ The Gerrish lot above mentioned is a part of Mr. Lawrence's estate, and the location of the barn was opposite the location of the Mystic Church. Salem street was not as wide then as now, from the testimony of old papers; its width about the year 1700 was not much in excess of two rods. The Great Barn was probably one hundred or more feet in length, and it had a lean — to connected therewith. It was taken down about the years 1722-23, and the northerly end must have stood about ten feet within the limits of the highway at that time (1722-23). This location of the Great Barn agrees with that upon the Ten Hills farm plan, and is, without doubt, the old Cradock barn. Mr. Edward Collins, and also the Wade family, no doubt lived in the old Cradock mansion house. The brick house now standing on the hill back of the Savings Bank building was built by Major Jonathan Wade after he came into possession of his estate under his father's will. In the year 1692-93, Mrs. Elizabeth Wade, widow of Major Wade, petitioned the Court of General Sessions of the Peace for
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