An old-time Medford gardener.
The family of Martin Burridge
was descended from English stock found in Seething, Norfolk county
Robert, the first ancestor of whom there is any record, was there early in the sixteenth century.
John, a great-grandson, became the emigrant ancestor, coming to Charlestown
about 1637. One of his sons took Burridge
, and another Burrage
, as the form for the family name, and their descendants respectively have followed the standard set for them.
This line is successively traced from Charlestown
, where John of the ninth generation married Lois Barthrick of that town in 1781.
His brother Jonathan married Lois' sister Sally.
(sister of John and Jonathan of Lunenburg
) married Samuel Buel
, August 22, 1799.
John was a soldier in the war [p. 78]
of the Revolution.
About 1800 he came to Medford
, where he died, July 20, 1822.
Mr. Francis Converse
, meeting someone by the name of Burridge
, where he traded, asked if he was related to the late John Burridge
, saying, ‘It would be an honor to be, for he was a very worthy man, greatly respected in Medford
by all who knew him.’
While here, John Burridge
followed the occupation of gardener.
His family consisted of six sons and one daughter.
Only such will be considered here as were connected with Medford
At the time he moved here his oldest child was eighteen, the youngest an infant.
John, the second son, married Rebecca Greenleaf
of this town, February 13, 1812.
His branch is extinct.
Betsey, or Elizabeth
, married, May 11, 1814, David Bucknam
kept a private school, and among family papers is a reward of merit given by her to her niece Eliza, daughter of Martin
Many teachers of that time gave home-made merits, but this is a printed one, as a line at the bottom attests, ‘Sold by N. S. Simpkins
& Co. Court street Boston
It is in black
, at the top a picture of a big dog and a small boy, below two verses (rather serious for a child) on the ‘Improvement of Time.’
It is not a work of art, nor has it much to charm a child.
, the fifth child, born July 27, 1793, married Eliza Withington
, September 8, 1816.
She was an aunt of Assessor Henry Withington
, who died January 21, 1918.
There were five children by this marriage.
Notice their names, for they indicate hero worship or esteem for the employer's family and the good doctor of the town: Andrew Bigelow
, John Brooks
, Katharine Lawrence
Did this little girl, who bore the name of a distinguished family, ever dream she would become possessed of great wealth?
Let us thank her for the gift she, in womanhood, gave her native town for four-footed friends—the stone drinking fountain on Salem street, near its junction with Spring, inscribed,