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[p. 78] of the Revolution. About 1800 he came to Medford, where he died, July 20, 1822.

Mr. Francis Converse of Medford, meeting someone by the name of Burridge in Boston, where he traded, asked if he was related to the late John Burridge of Medford, 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 of Medford. Mrs. 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 and white, 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.

Martin, 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,

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