About this time the younger brother, Mordicai, ancestor of Abraham Lincoln
, settled two miles away.
He was too enterprising to remain a farmer and soon established mills upon Bound brook
, where it flows between Scituate
Before he died he became the proprietor of a grist mill, sawmill and iron smelter with its forges.
There is a tradition in the family telling of his exploits in utilizing this stream.
He built three dams.
He would shut up one until a good-sized pond was formed.
Then on Monday and Tuesday the mill would work under full power.
The water then passed on down stream and was caught at the second dam for Wednesday and Thursday, turning the wheels of the second mill.
Again at Bound brook
dam, the water would work for Friday and Saturday, when it found its way to the ocean.
One of the first homes was that of Israel Nichols
, who married Elizabeth, the daughter of Daniel Lincoln
, and what is now Jerusalem road was the shore trail between the two homes.
The hardships of the early settlers can be imagined.
Coarse garments, poorly cooked food, no carpets, no pictures, small candles, no wagons, no streets—only rutty cart tracks.
Wild animals abounded in 1648.
The town offered a bounty of twenty shillings to anyone killing a wolf.
There were many wolf pits dug. Food in most families was coarse, and the housekeeper worked miracles of cookery.
Indian pudding from brick ovens, with rye and Indian meal stirred into a pot of boiling water, appeared in the morning; milk, or later molasses, was eaten with it. Before the days of the Revolution, potatoes were seldom seen, but fish was plentiful, and fruit for the gathering.
A story that has come down through the generations tells an amusing incident: A faithful slave of Samuel Cushing
had tried in vain to catch those who robbed a favorite pear tree.
When about to die he asked to be buried under the tree so he could see who stole Massa's pears.