of his intention of marriage with Miss Judith Moody
of said Newburyport
She was born April 3, 1744.
They were married January 3, 1765, by Rev. Mr. John Loud
of that town.
Six children were born there.
Anne, October 28, 1765.
Charles, September 8, 1767.
William, September 30, 1769.
Judith, August 31, 1771.
Abigail, September 28, 1773.
, November 22, 1775.
The date of his coming here was probably between 1777 and 1780.
We cannot determine it from any tax list of Malden
, for none exists earlier than 1786, when he appears on the list, to 1794, inclusive; then, after 1794, there are no Malden
tax lists for many years, yet from 1781 on, he appears as non-resident tax payer in Medford
for eighteen acres of woodlot.
Three children were born in the new home.
, April 25, 1780, in family Bible name is given as Mary.
Edward, July 17, 1782.
, May 29, 1785; died October 3, 1786.
We can but commend the good taste of Captain Bradbury
in his selection of a home.
The view, attractive today, must have been even more pleasing in his time.
We can imagine the waters spread round about him gave great pleasure to one who had followed the sea, and how natural to think that not only by horseback or chaise, but by boat he made his little journeys.
How different the surroundings in his day and ours.
As early as 1635 the farm was reached by a way across the marshes from a landing place on the North
, or Malden
, river, near the present Boston & Maine Railroad station at Wellington
When he went there, there were no bridges across the rivers; no steel rails glistened along the marshes over which long trains of steam cars drew freight and passengers; no state road within a stone's throw of his front door circled the edge of the marshes