There was not a house, at that date, between the Shepard house and Marble brook.
When Brooks and Wheeler purchased their estate (1660) they also acquired a right in the landing at the Rocks, next to Thomas Marrable's (Marble's) house.
The Rocks are now know as Rock hill, and Thomas Marrable's house must have stood on the east side of Marble brook, and may have been (and probably was) the identical house set off to Katherine Wyer from her father's estate.
April 26, 1641. Mr. Cradock grants to Josiah Dawstin of Mistick at Medford in New England all that my messuage or tenement late in the tenure of the said Dawstin, commonly called Dixes house, together with six acres of planting ground adjoining.
Also seven acres of meadow commonly called by the name of Rock Meadow.
. . . The name of Rock meadow is naturally associated with Rock hill.
All the early houses of which we have any record were on, or near, a traveled way. There is no other location shown that so nearl
riend Mathew Cradock and lead him to induce Mr. Cradock's men to settle in the neighborhood.
The Governor had the care of Mr. Cradock's men. . . [P. 33.]
Mr. Cradock's businMr. Cradock's business was in charge of agents both before and after Governor Winthrop came to New England.
[Registerd upon Meadford plantation and were paid by Mr. Cradock or his agents, not by the town, as Mr. Broost settlers of Medford were the servants of Mr. Cradock, and when his enterprises failed and (afterold to different parties, these servants of Mr. Cradock no doubt left for parts unknown, and the trlers of Medford had no rights in the soil.
Mr. Cradock was the only person to receive a grant of ethe delusion that this house was built by Governor Cradock's agent in 1634, as asserted by Mr. Brookson and Mr. Nowell. . .
The only knowledge Mr. Cradock could have obtained as to the location of h the river.
[Register, Vol. 4, P. 71.]
Mr. Cradock's Agent (Davison) commenced the building of[19 more...]
s year 1916.
The greetings of the city were briefly and ably spoken by His Honor, Mayor Haines.
Former Presidents Will C. Eddy and Henry Edwards Scott gave expression of their satisfaction that at last the Society was to have an attractive and convenient home.
Their remarks were followed by the poem written for the occasion by a member (who modestly wished his name withheld), and read by Miss Alice E. Curtis. Beside the banks of Mystic stream, The scene of Winthrop's toil and dream; And Cradock's pride in power of State, And Royall's house of beauty great; A home of modern day we raise With grateful thought of earlier days. Could Winthrop stand upon this spot Well might he say ‘I know it not,’ And Royall from the stately home, Whose acres broad he loved to roam, Would gaze with a bewildered look, Back to the mansion he forsook. And are we in Old Medford still, Woods, streams and pastures, vale and hill All changed in form by modern hand? Our forebears could not know this land.