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[p. 44] of one and one-half acres of upland at the end of the dam in Medford.” The dwelling house referred to was the old house that stood on the south side of the river and was torn down a few years ago when the Metropolitan Park Commission took possession of the land for a park.

The next year (1685) Mr. Prout sold the remaining half of the above to Thomas Ward, who mortgaged the same to the said Prout, who in turn assigned the mortgage to his brother, Joseph Prout. Joseph afterward came into the possession of the whole estate. These deeds contain the first reference to lands on the north side of the river as being connected with the mill on the Charlestown side.

In the year 1710 Joseph Prout sold to Jonathan Dunster “mill, mill yard, buildings and orchard one acre. Also one and three-fourths acres of meadow land on the north side of the river at the end of the mill dam. Also one and one-half acres of upland on the north side of the river at the end of the old dam.” Here we have the first direct reference to the possible existence of two dams across the river.

At this time it may be well to quote from the report of a committee appointed by the Court of General Sessions of the Peace “to enquire into the convenience of the Highway and whether it is needful, referring to a County road that is needful to be laid out from Menotomy road, so across Menotomy fields, over the Ware, through Medford, to a place called Mr. Convers mills in Woburn.” July 8, 1709, the committee report “that having visited the road leading from Menotomy to Convers mill in the township of Woburn, both in the Ancient road where Wheeler his mill formerly stood, and also the road leading through Adams his gate. . . . And we do judge it most convenient for the publick and least prejudicial to any private person, that said ancient road leading by said mill, cannot reasonably be made passable. . . .”

From the foregoing it appears that Wheeler's mill had disappeared or was in a ruinous condition, and that the


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