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[p. 58] called Royall Ville. Failing heirs, one half the income was to be expended to found a hospital in Medford or Charlestown; the other half for the support of a professor of laws at Harvard College.

The estate was never sold by the government, so that after the passage of a law for the barring of entails, the heirs were enabled to sell the entailed estate. A deed on record in the Middlesex South District Registry of Deeds shows that James Sullivan and Christopher Gore as representing the heirs sold to one Robert Fletcher the entailed estate of Isaac Royall for the purchase money according to a Decree of the Court of Chancery (England). This included the Royall Farm and a lot of land north of the Great Brickyard (520 acres), and a pew in the Parish Church, all in Medford, also the estate in Foxborough known as the Royall Foxborough Farm (500 acres.) Later it was disposed of to different individuals, a part being sold for the old Middlesex Canal.

Joseph Thompson was the son of Joseph and Sarah Thompson, who were located in Medford at least as early as 1722, coming here from Woburn, and who were admitted to full communion with the church of Medford in 1728. They lie buried side by side in the little burial ground on Salem street. Joseph, the subject of this sketch, was born May 16, 1734, and his baptism is recorded May 19, 1734. He was married in Boston, June 26, 1759, to Rebecea Gallup, whom Isaac Royal refers to in his will as a kinswoman of his wife, leaving her £ 3 to buy a mourning ring or to expend in some other way if more agreeable to her. As the eldest son a double portion was assigned to him out of his father's estate after the widow's dower was set off (1758). He added to this by the purchase from time to time of small estates, the records of his real estate transactions in the Registry of Deeds at East Cambridge extending from 1759 to 1774, and his occupation is given therein as merchant. He had several sisters who married and settled in Medford: Sarah, the wife of Jonathan Tufts; Mary, of Samuel

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