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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., One of Medford's historic houses. (search)
nlarged it to its present dimension and gave the east half to his youngest son Charles (a bachelor) and the West half to his oldest daughter Abigail, Mrs Tarbett (whose husband Hugh Tarbett a Scotchman went off with the Tories in 1776, and she lived and died a quasi widow). Charles rented the east half to General Brooks who lived there in October, 1789 and entertained General Washington there at breakfast when he visited Boston and Salem that year About 1790, Charles sold his half of the house and the land in front down to the Salt marsh, to Mr Andrew Blanchard, who about 1809 sold the land in front to Tim. Bigelow Esqr for $1000, and often scolded himself that he did not ask more, as he was sure Mr Bigelow would have given it. In the spring of 1813 Mr Blanchard sold his half of the house to Capt. Samuel Swan, who bought the west half of Mrs Tarbett at the same time. Capt Swan's family has continued to live there till the present time. They moved into the house 17th Feb 1810
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., The first Parish in Medford. (search)
n of the parish at the opening of Mr. Bigelow's ministry was wholly independent of him. It may have had much to do with his brief ministry of less than four years. Mr. Bigelow was well known, having spent his later youth here. His father, Hon. Timothy Bigelow, a lawyer of eminence, came to Medford in 1808, and as his son Andrew afterward became the minister of the town, it was an instance of a prophet having honor in his own country. He was graduated from Harvard College in 1814, studied theolton afterward on the comfortable property inherited from his father. He was a wide traveller and published two volumes of his travels in the East. Mr. Caleb Stetson, a graduate of Harvard College, was unanimously chosen as the successor of Mr. Bigelow, in January, 1827, and was ordained to the ministry over this church and parish in February. His service covered a period of twenty-one years, ending in 1848. Personally he was a delightful man, easy in conversation, friendly in spirit, and
mportant positions in the civic and social life of the town. In 1806, Hon. Timothy Bigelow, son of the distinguished Revolutionary patriot Col. Timothy Bigelow; maCol. Timothy Bigelow; made Medford his residence when he removed from Groton to Boston to open a law office, and here he remained till his death, May 18, 1821, aged 54. His widow Lucy, daugd him thirty-one years, dying December 15, 1852, aged 81 years, 9 months. Mr. Bigelow was an able lawyer, the first in our town, which he served as its RepresentaThere were many fine estates in Medford in our own day. Such were those of Timothy Bigelow, Peter C. Brooks, Thatcher Magoun and others, who were interested in hortifully accepted and will be carefully preserved. Several children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Bigelow while living here, and of those who came here young several rosMrs. Bigelow while living here, and of those who came here young several rose to eminence in public or social life. Katherine married Abbott Lawrence, the distinguished merchant and philanthropist, who was also the founder of great factori