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ain. The Boston & Lowell was also an infant. Chartered in 1829, and six years in building, it had been ten years in operation when the Medford Branch was projected. By the latter's construction Medford had easy access to Boston, with its own terminal at Medford square, then called the market-place. It would have been better if that committee had looked more clearly after the interests of the town than it did, and not have permitted a grade crossing of old Ship street. Of the Branch, Brooks' History says, It was readily finished and proves to be a productive and convenient road—and it was, in its infantile days. At the present time it is a problem to the managers, and a small factor in passenger transit. Of its early days the Register has secured items of interest, mostly from townsman Francis A. Wait, from whom we quote:— About 1845 a large, fine dwelling house, owned by the heirs of Ebenezer Hall, stood where the B. & M. R. R. Depot on Main street, Medford, stands tod
istick . . . In the year 1659 Thomas Broughton sold to Edward Collins two water mills on Mistick river now in the possession of Thomas Eames in said Broughton's behalf . . . There were two mills under one roof, a corn and a fulling mill. In the following year (1660) Edward Collins sold to Thomas Brooks and Timothy Wheeler 400 acres of land . . . also one-fourth part of the mill on Mistick river lately in the possession of Thomas Broughton . . . In the year 1666 Edward Collins sold to Caleb Brooks one-fourth part, and to Timothy Wheeler three-fourths parts of the corn mills on Mistick river . . . now in the occupation and improvement of Thomas Fillebrown, and all houses, land, dams and waterways to the same pertaining or in any way appertaining or in any way belonging, also all tools and implements. . . . Excepting and only reserving my rights, interests and claims to the wares on said river for fishing, with liberty to fish as formerly has been wont in and about said mill. In the
Again there are charges for soling Madam and Daughter shos. The only item of Colonel Royall's personal use was soling your pumps 2s 6d. A different sort of pump was mending your pump box four pence; this time the word mending is used. Probably Jo, peter, plato and the others got water more easily from the Royall well because of this mending of the pump by this ancient Medford cobbler, who also mended bridle and chaze harness several times. The list of Col. Royall's twelve slaves in Brooks' history gives six of these names, but does not include Belinda. Hagar, Mira, Nancy and Betsy may have been the negro woman and garls of the old account. His charges for making shoes for Thomas——your wife and garl was 3£ 10s, the largest amount entered. A pair for calep was 2£ 10s. Simon Bradshaw had a pair for yourselfe 3£ 5s, a pair for your Negro man 2£ 10s. James Perry was charged with a pair for yourselfe, 2£ 18s, a pair for your woman 1£ 10s, a pair for your garl 1£ 4s, wh
ence. With the thought of making record of those of Medford, I prepared a series of articles thereon some thirteen years since, which were published in the Medford Mercury, followed in later years by others, in all eleven or twelve. The earliest record we have of any meeting-house bell in Medford is in 1740, when an effort was made to purchase a bell that Mr. Dolbear had for sale. Mr. Dolbear was a Boston merchant at Dock square. Nothing seems to have come of this, however. Historian Brooks mentions the fact that the town had a stock of bricks, but as these were not sold the bell was not bought. He records that some liberal gentlemen provided a bell in 1744. The ringer was paid five pounds for a year's service. This bell was on the second meeting-house beside Marrabel's brook. The bell was placed in a turret or cupola that surmounted the pyramidal roof, and the bellrope hung in the middle of the house in the alley, just as it does today in the old Hingham meeting-house, bu
poles or perch to one inch June the 16 1736 By me Caleb Brooks G Surveyr-- In surveying this farm there was Given othe Piscataqua and Merrimac rivers, evidently quoting from Brooks' history. But his entire article contains carefully made e State Archives, the committee secured the services of Caleb Brooks, who had the assistance of Lieutenant Goffe (who was resident in that vicinity) and another, not a chairman, as Brooks' history says, but chanemen, as is clearly spelled in his certificate. The word chairman in Brooks' history is doubtless a misprint that escaped detection, as Rev. Mr. Brooks must hRev. Mr. Brooks must have known that the surveyor's assistant was called a chainman. This Caleb Brooks was doubtless the son of the moderator and aCaleb Brooks was doubtless the son of the moderator and an early teacher in Medford. At the town meeting, July 19, 1738, was discussed The affier of plan of Medford and the lrd, and one of the chainmen named in the certificate of Caleb Brooks. The Masonian proprietors had made a grant in 1748 t
written about Winthrop being the founder of Medford—well enough in a way, as he was the colonial governor—but the earliest Medford was Cradock's farm, and lay entirely on the opposite side of the river from Winthrop's. It has been written that The first exploration of the river carried probably as far as Medford lines, and that the English eyes in that boat were the first eyes of settlers that looked upon the fields on which we now live. Naturally we ask, What was the scene they beheld? Mr. Brooks answered that in 1855 by saying, We apprehend it is very much today what it was two hundred years ago. In some respects correct. The marshes would of themselves change but little. But the earliest Medford had comparatively little marshland. What it had, began nearly two miles up-stream and practically ended below Gravelly brook, as there was but little beyond the Ford at Mistick. We know not how those six miles were computed, and doubt whether Winthrop's company reached the farther
ficers for the present year Thomas Floyd Amhurst Joselyn Joseph Gardner James W. Brooks Thatcher Magoun Those with this mark are officers for the present year Ebenezer Hall Jr Those with this mark are officers for the present year George Fuller Those with this mark are officers for the present year Darius Wait Those with this mark are officers for the present year James T Floyd Elias Tufts Timothy Brigden Timothy Rich Benjamin Floyd Caleb Brooks Patrick Roach George Cook John Symmes Jun Martin Burrage Gershom Cutter Those with this mark are officers for the present year Ephriam Hall Gilbert Brooks Galen James Those with this mark are officers for the present year Thomas Calif Benjamin Pratt Jun Nathan Bryant Benjamin Noves James T Floyd Jr Seth Branford Phillips Rogers Stephen Sprague Andrew Perkins Charles Johnson Jonas Manning Arron Blanchard Isaac Sprague
ask? Listen! yes, give them the honor due the brave, but who can not, will nevermore, answer Here! Perhaps none here tonight bear these names, but let us stand while that old Medford roll of honor is called:— Captain Isaac Hall Lieutenant Caleb Brooks Ensign Stephen Hall Sergeant Thomas Pritchard Sergeant Isaac Tufts Sergeant Moses Hall Corporal John Tufts Corporal Gershom Teel Corporal Jonathan Greenleaf Drummer Timothy Hall Fifer William Farning Privates:— David Vinto Jacob Bedin Richard Paine William Polley Peter Conery Joseph Clefton Samuel Hadley, Jr. Moses Hadley John Callender John Clarke Andrew Bradshaw Thomas Savels Francis Hall Benjamin Savils On their return Madam Brooks (who had watched from her attic window as the red-coated host came back down the valley) had the big kettle swung over a fire out of doors and prepared chocolate for these Medford men's refreshing—the tea had gone into Boston harbor. But on<
ry road to Joshua Brooks' land. 24-10-1680. Agreement between Caleb Brooks on the one part, and John Hall, Thomas & Stephen Willis, John Whly planted by John Whitmore being in the line between the abovesaid Brooks & Whitmore and so upon another great black Oak tree being in said line as is above mentioned between said Brooks and Whitmore, and from that in a straight line to a stake standing up in the line between said BBrooks and Stephen & John Francis' 2 a. of Clay land, then from said stake to a little black oak, and from that to an old shed within a rod of said Brooks' Meadow, then from said shed to a little black Oak bush by the River, upon a straight line, said Shed is the S. or S. W. corner oflose to the River which is the line on the E. or S. E. between said Brooks and Francis. This landing place is upon the land of Stephen & Johnounds 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
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 25., At Medford's old civic Center (continued). (search)
but gave up the project as it was not favored by his wife. Our family had been patrons of Dr. Swan, and my mother was given a case containing many small glass vials filled with what seemed to be tiny sugar plums to us children. As they were not medicated no harm resulted to us by playing with them. Nathaniel Hall, who lived in the Secomb house, had a later residence on his farm in the house now the farmhouse on the Lawrence estate. He was son of Willis Hall, and married Joanna Cotton Brooks. Their son, Peter Chardon Hall, married Ann Rose, daughter of Joseph and Ann Rose Swan, and lived on the old place. My memory of this old house goes back to the time when I went there to visit my school friend, gentle Jennie Hall, who moved from Medford, and died early of consumption. There were several other daughters in this family. Little did I think then, as a young school girl, what interesting facts concerning this place were to come to me in later years. (Register, Vol. XVI, p
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