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ountry road except a short space by the house of Caleb Brooks, he having planted an orchard thereon, which bea said Highway from Woburn and Reding, running by Caleb Brooks' to Menotomy Mills and so on to Cambridge, accory, saving that the way go through the orchard of Caleb Brooks, shall be through said Brooks his yard, it beingBrooks his yard, it being judged by the Court to be the Country Highway, without any further compensation to be paid for it. Mr. Chan his History of Medford, says that the house of Caleb Brooks stood immediately in front of the Woburn road (Ghe mill was situated. It ran through the yard of Mr. Brooks, following the same general course in which Grovethe way now lyeth, three rod, which is between said Brooks and Jno. Francis, bounded in said Francis his land,cis fence as it now stands, and to extend into said Brooks his land, to the full extent of three rod, and from said Brooks his gate to Symms his farm three rod. . . . Reserving to Samuel Brooks his barn, one end of which
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 2., The development of the public School of Medford. (search)
st chose, as you know, the first teacher, Henry Davison, and the committee for the west chose Caleb Brooks, probably a nephew of the committeeman, a son of his brother Ebenezer. Where these schools wg this time have been found. Those known are 1719, Henry Davison. 1720, Henry Davison, Caleb Brooks. 1728, [Ammi R.] Cutter, Harvard, class of 1725(?) 1729, [Henry] Gibbs, Harvard, class be divided as the School Committee shall think most proper signed Samuel Swan j. Fitch Hall, Caleb Brooks, Joseph P. Hall, Jona Brooks, Committee. April 1, 1805, it was voted not to accept the repBrooks, Committee. April 1, 1805, it was voted not to accept the report of the Committee, to have the School house enlarged and hire another teacher to instruct half the scholars. A petition signed by Nathan Adams and fourteen others was presented, the selectmen aski 7th That one of these womens schools be kept at the westerly part of the town somewhere near Brooks corner so called. 8th That one other woman's school be kept at the school house by the meetin
ea was kept to help establish the authority of Parliament. Every town resented the tax and took action against it. In November, 1774, a warrant was issued to the voters of Medford to meet and decide what action, if any, should be taken in regard to the selling and drinking of East India tea. At this meeting they voted that we will not use any East India Teas in our Families till the Acts be Repealed—and also appointed a committee consisting of Benjamin Hall, Deacon Kidder, Deacon Warren, Caleb Brooks, and others, to post in some public place the names of those found selling or using tea in their families. Later we find that the town, being informed that severall ships were already arrived in Boston with large quantities (of tea) on board and severall more daily expected, therefore, to Prevent the many formidable evils consequent upon the Success of this alarming & subtle attempts to rivet the Chains of oppression, they Resolved 1st That it is the incumbent duty of all free B
m Antigua a number of slaves and in 1737 petitioned that the duty on them be abated, but no further action than to lay it on the table was taken. He probably had at least fifteen at a time, and the slave-quarters, so-called, have become an object of considerable historical interest. The entire number of persons holding slaves in the last half of the 18th century probably did not exceed thirty, the town records giving, indirectly, the names of twenty. Partial list of slaveholders: Capt. Caleb Brooks, Ebenezer Brooks, Samuel Brooks, Capt. Thomas Brooks,—Bishop,—Brown, Mary Bradshaw, Andrew Hall, Jonathan Hall, Jr., Stephen Hall, Benj. Hall, Hugh Floyd, Jacob Polly, Zachariah Pool, Isaac Royall, Dr. Simon Tufts, Rev. Mr. Turrell, Stephen Willis, Deacon Benj. Willis, Francis Whitmore. Not that our ancestors believed it wrong; the names of Rev. Mr. Turrell and Deacon Benj. Willis would refute that. But economically it was unprofitable, and its ultimate extinction was doubtless the ex
n what was then the east side of Main street, but which is now called No. 2 Mystic avenue, some of the older tenants were Gilbert Blanchard, grocer, William Thomas, who at one time lived in Mr. Butters' house, Mrs. Rebecca Stearns, daughter of Caleb Brooks of West Medford, Ebenezer Chamberlain, hatter, Bartholomew Richardson, hatter, Mrs. Henry Withington and others. In the next house lived Mr. Amory Hartshorn and John T. White. Both were employed at Mr. Peck's hat factory. The latter colored to your Children and tell Mr. Dud Dudley Hall, son of Benjamin Jr.; born Oct. 15, 1780, died Nov. 3, 1868. that I think he comes on very well in the writing way as I see in a Postscript of your wife's. Make my respects to our old Friend Gen'l Brooks Governor of Massachusetts, 1816, 1823. and all my friends in Medford, for I have and always shall have a Regard for the little place from which I drew my first breath. . . . Omeidpore 10th May 1793. Yours of 1st May is now before me,
highways leading through Medford, viz.: the highway now known as Grove street, the highway from Medford bridge to Woburn (part of High street and all of Woburn street) and the Highway to Malden (Salem street). So far as we know the house of Mr. Caleb Brooks, and possibly the house of Captain Timothy Wheeler, afterwards that of Mr. Ebenezer Prout, and still later that of Messrs. John and Stephen Francis, were the only houses on the first named highway at that date, and there is no evidence that uel Wade. Under date of December 26, 1743, Colonel Royall advertised as follows: any person beforehanded so as to lay in a good stock of liquors and other necessaries for a Tavern, may meet with proper encouragement from Isaac Royall Esq. (from Brooks' History of Medford.) This advertisement was answered by Mr. John Bradshaw, who was a few years prior to this date the owner and landlord of the Royal Oak Tavern. Mr. Bradshaw was landlord of the Admiral Vernon from the year 1744 to about the mid
d back. John Wade owned the house where Mr. George H. Bean the florist lives now. Major Wade's tannery was just east of this house, and family tradition says that he built the last named dwelling and two others opposite for his operatives. Mr. A. D. Puffer's mansion, remodelled and moved back from the street, was the home of Major Samuel Swan and his son Joseph. This house was originally the Ebenezer Brooks mansion. Previous to 1812 the house was occupied by his half brother, Captain Caleb Brooks, who was guardian of his nephew Ebenezer. Jonathan Porter's house, a few years ago demolished, was the home of William Furness. This house was formerly the residence of Parson Turell. The next and nearest neighbor was Cherry Bucknam, so called because he made such excellent cherry rum. This house made way for Grace Church rectory. Next came the house of William Roach and, beyond, the Samuel Train house. This house was once the property of one Mr. Wyman, who preceded Mrs. Rowson
le. There is another clause in the will of Isaac Royall, senior, which has given rise to ingenious surmising as to the identity of his wife. He leaves certain property to my daughter-in-law, Ann Oliver, the wife of Robert Oliver of Dorchester. Brooks (History of Medford) and Harris (New England Royalls) state that Isaac Royal married Elizabeth, daughter of Asaph Elliot of Boston, which is undoubtedly correct. Harris further states that this Elizabeth had been previously married to one Olivermer husband, Ann Brown, married (also in Antigua), February 3, 1721, Robert Oliver. This seems more reasonable than to suppose that a widow Oliver should have been married a second time under her maiden name of Elliot, for so the record stands. Brooks speaks of the suspicion that naturally fell upon our Isaac Royall on account of his affiliation with the Vassalls of Cambridge. Penelope Royall's husband was Henry Vassall of Cambridge, who died about 1769. His brother John, who built the Longf
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 9., The first book of records, Medford, Mass. (search)
neare or opon the Land that sd maior formerly appointed for a Schole house that sd meadford may inicy it for the publick house, etc., promising to erect one if permission was given. On January 17, 169 2/3, a vote was passed that a meetinghouse should be erected on or before May, 1694, and to be finished by the first of October following, or sooner, if possible, on the land of Mr. Thomas Willis near the gate by Marble brook on a rock on the north side of Oborn Rode, and that Peter Tufts, Caleb Brooks and Thomas Willis be a committee to bargain for the construction of the same, certain restrictions being put in relative to materials and work, the house to be seven & twenty foot long twenty four foot wide & fifteen foot between joynts. The building of this house was a subject of legislation during several meetings, the contract for the construction being finally given to Thomas Willis, John Whitmore, John Bradshaw, and Stephen Willis for sixty pounds current money of New England. This
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 11., Action of board of selectmen on Governor Brooks's portrait. (search)
Action of board of selectmen on Governor Brooks's portrait. To the Selectmen of the Town of Medford.— We respectfully request you to remove the portrait of Governor Brooks, which now hangs in the Town Hall, to the new Library. (Signed) Mrs. Dudley Hall, H. H. Bradlee, Dudley C. Hall, George D. Hall, Horace D. Hall. the portrait of Governor Brooks, which now hangs in the Town Hall, to the new Library. (Signed) Mrs. Dudley Hall, H. H. Bradlee, Dudley C. Hall, George D. Hall, Horace D. Hall. Voted, the portrait of Governor Brooks be removed to the Public Library. Selectmen's Records, B. 9, p. 74. July 7, 1875. [See Vol. X, page 104.] the portrait of Governor Brooks, which now hangs in the Town Hall, to the new Library. (Signed) Mrs. Dudley Hall, H. H. Bradlee, Dudley C. Hall, George D. Hall, Horace D. Hall. Voted, the portrait of Governor Brooks be removed to the Public Library. Selectmen's Records, B. 9, p. 74. July 7, 1875. [See Vol. X, page 104.
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