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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 30., The Brooks Estates in Medford from 1660 to 1927. (search)
e Medford of today. In 1660 Thomas Brooks became the first of this family to acquire land holdings in Medford. Medford had then progressed from a mere settlement to a scattered hamlet. Near the site of the present square stood the house of Cradock's agents and the great barn which sheltered his cattle and farm implements. On the site of and a part of the present Royall house stood Governor Winthrop's farmhouse. Scattered elsewhere along the roads, if they may be so called, were other smhis son-in-law, Timothy Wheeler, he invested four hundred and four pounds sterling in these acres in Medford—two-thirds for himself and one-third for Wheeler. Collins was already a large holder of land at Mystic. He lived for many years on Governor Cradock's plantation and purchased it from the heirs of the governor in 1652. It may have been that fact which led him to part with his holdings to the west. The deed from Collins gives in quaint and formal language the terms of the purchase. It
Patriot's day. As the Register goes to press, another notable anniversary approaches. Our Society, by the hearty cooperation of our vigorous neighbor, will, in the large hall of the Woman's Club, on evening of April 18, visualize something of that early day which was a glorious morning for America. We are also looking forward to that Tercentenary day of Greater Boston which will be unitedly observed by Boston, Cambridge, Watertown, Somerville, Dorchester and Medford. Of course, by common consent, 1930 will be the year of observance, and much will be made of the coming of Governor John Winthrop and company, on June 17. But William Blaxton, Samuel Maverick, Thomas Walford, who preceded him in various places as actual residents, will not be forgotten, nor indeed, will Medford fail to mention that Cradock's men were here settled and at work in 1628, when the explorers came from Salem to discover Charlestown. Medford was a pioneer hereabouts.
Three Mile brook (Malden river). There is two hundred acres of land granted to Mr. John Wilson, pastor of the church in Boston, lying next to the land granted to Mr. Nowell, on the south, and next to Meadford on the north. The farm of Mathew Cradock joined the Nowell and Wilson farms, and extended as far as the Mystic lakes and one mile inland from the Mystic river. This grant of land was made to Mr. Cradock, March 4, 1634. Governor Winthrop owned the land on the south side of the MyMr. Cradock, March 4, 1634. Governor Winthrop owned the land on the south side of the Mystic, in what is now Somerville, extending from Charlestown Neck to College hill, or Walnut hill as it was then called. He settled there in 1630 and called it Ten Hills Farm. Rev. Mr. Wilson built a house on the land granted him by the court about 1634. The building was probably a large log house with a small, deep cellar and brick chimney laid in clay, the cellar being walled up with stone. This building was situated on the hillside near the junction of Middlesex avenue and Fellsway. O