‘[p. 34] by Peter Tufts senior, southerly by Nathaniel Wade's meadow, northerly by Peter Tufts senior,. . . with all the Housings thereupon.’ This is the land upon which stands the brick house, misnamed the Cradock house. The deed is dated November 26, 1680. That this sale did not include the one dwelling-house and barn mentioned in the deed from Executor Russell to Tufts, will be shown by quoting from the will of Peter Tufts, Senior: ‘I give to my son Peter, 20 acres of upland lying next his house, and the dwelling house standing thereon; he paying his brother John for the barn standing upon said land.’ This dwelling-house is the same house mentioned in the deed from Richard Russell, executor, to Peter Tufts, Senior. To trace this old house still further, reference may be had to a deed, dated April I, 1728. Peter Tufts, Junior, sold to Edward Oakes four acres and thirteen poles of land, ‘with an old house upon it.’ This was the same house, and a portion of the twenty acres bequeathed, not sold, to Capt. Peter Tufts by his father, Peter Tufts, Senior. To conclude the history of this ‘old house,’ reference may be had to an inventory of the estate of Edward Oakes of Medford. The old house was mentioned as a part of his estate, and in the division of the estate it was set off to his son Edward with twelve and one-half acres of land. [Register, Vol. 7, P. 49.]
The other old brick house, built about the same time,. . . (i.e., 1634.) [P. 48.]This house was built by Nathaniel Wade, brother to Jonathan. It stood about fifty feet each way from Park street and Riverside avenue. It was probably built about the time that his brother Jonathan's was.
The third house was built by Major Jonathan Wade who died in 1689. . . . When first built it was only half its present size. [P. 48.]By reference to the division of Major Wade's estate in Volume 4, page 48, of the Register, it will be seen that one-half of the present house could hardly contain