was the earliest Medford
), and also the location of the dwellings of those early townsmen, seven of whom are above named.
As in some of the deeds plans are mentioned, it is a source of regret that none have been preserved to show the bounds thus agreed upon.
The ‘old shed’ that was ‘within a rod of said Brooks
' meadow but on the corner of the Francis' two acres of clayland
’ has long ago disappeared.
But the ‘clayland’ is there today, and a few years since, when the river was dredged, a ‘black-oak bush’ was torn out of the bank, which by the river's wearing had changed a little.
A ten-inch piece of it lies upon the table before the writer.
It squares to two inches, and is perfectly sound.
It may be the same that Joshua Brooks measured his ‘four cords of wood landing place’ from, thus gaining thirty-two feet more frontage on the river.