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Andrew Hall, Esq. His widow's dower set off.1

ANDREW Hall was the second son who lived to maturity of John Hall of Medford and Jemima Syll of Cambridge; he was born in Medford, May 5, 1698.

When he was twenty-one, his father died, and he faced the world with little capital beside strong hands and active brain. His father had occupied a high position in the town, but when Andrew's name appears on the records it is dignified with no title, though soon he was called Mr. and later Esquire. The oldest son, John, was a distiller, succeeding his father. In 1735, Andrew bought out his brother and took possession of the distillery and wharves used in connection with the business.

In addition to distilling he established a carrying trade by boat from Medford to Boston, made his own barrels and owned a slaughter house within a few rods of the ‘Great [Cradock] Bridge.’

In partnership with Benjamin Willis he bought almost the whole of the Jonathan Wade estate, including the ‘Garrison House,’ as we call the Wade homestead. This land, which extended back from High street, following the line of Brooks Lane [Brooks Lane proper, Bradlee Road, Porter Road and Governor's Avenue] was bought in small shares from the husbands of Jonathan Wade's daughters. Willis sold most of his share in various parcels to Andrew Hall or his heirs, until eventually nearly all the orginal purchase was owned by the Hall family.

The homestead mentioned in the following inventory is standing [1904] and is numbered forty-three High street; the barn was on the opposite side of the road, occupying part of the lot now covered by Page and Curtin's establishment. The ‘large brick house’ was the Garrison House. The house ‘occupied by Richard Hall’ stands at the westerly corner of Governor's avenue.

1 Official copies of documents in possession of Medford Historical Society.

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