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granted by sundry inhabitants of Charlestown in 1646 to Henry Dunster, President of Harvard College, being purchased by Josepohn George, s. of Hugh, d. 18 June, 1839, a. 2 1/2 yrs. Dunster, Henry, and w. Martha, adm. to Pct. ch. at organization, 16 Mar. 1711. He was son of Jonathan and Abigail (Eliot) Dunster, was b. 17 July, 1680, and was grandson of Henry Dunster, Henry Dunster, first President of Harvard College. He d. 28 Jan. 1753, a. 73 (g. s.); his w. Martha m. Francis Locke, 15 Mar. 1759. His children are carefully specified by Paige. Henry Dunster was one of the Precinct committee, 1733, 1734. See Wyman, 312. 2.749—lived 1/4 hour. She, Abigail (Harring-Ton)—late Wid. Dunster—was dism. to ch. in Lexington, 15 Sept. 1751. Abigail Dul Dunster, of Attleborough, Mass., in a volume entitled Henry Dunster and his Descendants (published 1876), gives a very fulln Cutter, 1 Apr. 1745—Cutter (par. 17). Abigail, m. Henry Dunster, Jr., 27 Apr. 1748. Elizabeth, m. Thomas Robbins, 1 May
list, their names are at the head; the entire amount assessed was £ 1, 13s. 9d., of which amount, Jonathan paid 6s. 4d., and Nathaniel, 4s. 3d. Both bore the title of Major. Jonathan was captain of the Three county troop. Jonathan Wade married first, Deborah Dudley, daughter of Hon. Thomas Dudley, by whom he had children, Dudley, Prudence, Katharine, Deborah and Susanna, who outlived him. See Medford Historical Register, Vol. IV, p. 48. He married second, Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Dunster, president of Harvard College. She had two children, Dorothy and Elizabeth, both of whom died unmarried. Jonathan Wade died November 24, 1689, and his widow married Col. Nathaniel Thomas of Marshfield, who was judge of the Superior Court about 1714. He died in 1718; his widow returned to Medford, where she died in 1729. She is often referred to in old records and deeds as Madam Thomas. Her brother Jonathan married Jonathan Wade's daughter Deborah. Nathaniel Wade married Mercy Bra
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 13., Early Improvements on the Mystic. (search)
owing year (1640) its first president, the Rev. Henry Dunster assumed its charge, coming hither fromly probable that it was. Returning to President Dunster, we notice that he acquired this dwellin people to whome these prsents shall come, Henry Dunster of Manottimy, within the precincts of Cambt, Mr Edward Collins of Medford Merchant & Henry Dunster of Cambridge Clark, on ye, one pt. & Mr Za parties above sd hereunto st their hands. Henry Dunster for Mr Thomas Broughton, Edward Collins, HHenry Dunster for himself, William Symms for Mr Zechariah Syms, William Symms It would be intere referees, but one thing is clearly evident—Mr. Dunster drew the bond so closely as to closely limi is known till nineteen years later. But Mr. Dunster was not allowed rest. On December 29 of th before the Court of Assistants at Boston. Mr. Dunster finally removed himself entirely from the Msmaller stream, doubtless much larger in President Dunster's day, shrunk to narrow width, was doubl[1 more...]
ich will restore and fix in the public mind the name Menotomy River. (Signed) Richard H. Dana, Cambridge Historical Society. Hollis R. Bailey, Cambridge Historical Society. Moses W. Mann, Medford Historical Society. Frederick E. Fowle, Arlington Historical Society. J. Albert Holmes, Somerville Historical Society. To the Honorable Board of Metropolitan Park Commissioners. The undersigned committee, duly appointed and authorized by vote of their respective societies, respectfully request that the concrete masonry bridge over the new channel of Alewife Brook, proposed to be called Menotomy River, near its junction with Mystic River, be called Dunster Bridge, in honor of Reverend Henry Dunster, the first president of Harvard College, who owned adjacent lands in Menotomy Fields prior to 1656. (Signed) Moses W. Mann, Medford Historical Society. Frederick E. Fowle, Arlington Historical Society. J. Albert Holmes, Somerville Historical Society. Cambridge, Mass., December 6, 1909.
and further, there is not any mention of a mill on the north side of the Mystic river in any recorded deed that I have been able to find. The first mill constructed upon the Mystic river was built by Thomas Broughton on land purchased of Henry Dunster on Menotomy's side (south side of river). In the year 1656 Mr. Dunster sold to Thomas Broughton all that parcel of land on which the corn and fulling mills stand, which the said Thomas Broughton built on Menotomie's land and in the river of MMr. Dunster sold to Thomas Broughton all that parcel of land on which the corn and fulling mills stand, which the said Thomas Broughton built on Menotomie's land and in the river of Mistick . . . 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
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 17., An old Medford school boy's reminiscences. (search)
o better and came down from Lexington sometimes as far as Sucker hole at the south side of Weir bridge. My little boat often took me the whole length of the Menotomy river, clear up to the Concord turnpike and the outlet of Fresh pond, but the scenery in this region was inferior to that of the upper Mystic. I used to note a large, black old house apparently rising out of the salt marsh west of the Menotomy and south of the Mystic, but I never until lately knew it had been the home of Henry Dunster, the first president of Harvard. In winter our river was of no use to the boys or anybody except the eel-spearers. It never froze smoothly and the current was deep and dangerous. Everywhere on both shores there was a space of a rod or more of floating ice masses and sludge difficult and dangerous to cross. The Middlesex canal in winter was very unlike the river. There was no danger in its currentless four foot water; no unfrozen margin. It always froze smooth and early, so that
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., In another corner of Medford. (search)
is corner had no dwelling places. A resident of West Medford Mr. Charles C. Stevens. used it in the old time way, i.e., for a cow-pasture. One day in 1865, another Mr. Nathan Brown. came over on the railroad bridge, set up his easel and made the sketch in oil, that well portrays the decaying aqueduct, and which is preserved in the Historical Society's collection. The cows driven homeward by their owner's son are in evidence in the picture, and in the distance is the old house of Henry Dunster and the spire of Menotomy. A few years later (1870) Mr. Stevens moved into the new house he had erected in Medford, but his only neighbors were two families (in Somerville) one of whom came with the advent of the Charlestown water works in 1865. . Only one had located on all the hill-slope, and that on Winthrop street, and for some years the reservoir on the hill-top was needlessly considered a menace. The growth of that section was very slow, even after Boston avenue was opened in
amous caption. The scrap of paper in that case we reproduce in this issue. The Edward Collins named therein was Medford's first land speculator—who purchased the Cradock farm. It is significant that the dwelling was styled Medeford House. Henry Dunster (first president of Harvard College) also mentioned therein and associated with Collins—owned the land and dwelling on the opposite side of the river (now Arlington) See Register, Vol. XIII., p. 9. and in one of his and Increase Nowell's fact that the immediate parties were all dead. Joseph Hills had done absolutely nothing for which he deserved arrest, neither had Edward Collins, who was an early settler of Cambridge and a most useful man in that community and in Medford. Henry Dunster, whose estate they represented, was dead. Deputy Governor, John Humphry, the owner. . . incidentally of Wind-Mill Hill [in Lynn where the leased property was] was also dead; Rev. Jose Glover, the man whose loan of So pounds to John Humphry, <
venue is located through this land. Does not the omission of the mention of a mill on this land indicate that there was not any mill there at the time of the sale? And if this is correct, it shows that while in all probability Joseph Prout built the dam, or allowed Jonathan Dunster to build it, Mr. Dunster must have the credit of building a new mill where those remains were found on this land. It is to be noted that Broughton's mill was built before he received a deed of the land from Henry Dunster. In the year 1822, Moses Robbins, a descendant of Jonathan Dunster, deeded to Cyrus Cutter one acre of marsh land, bounded southwest on Mystic river, northeast on Deacon John Larkin, southeast on James Cutter, together with all the mill privileges if there be any belonging to the said parcel of land on the north side of the river. There is no mention of a building in the deed. James Cutter owned the other part of the acre and three-fourths of marsh land that Joseph Prout sold to Jon
ouse fences, Trees fruit-trees on said premises with the Banks Damms Streams Wayes wch Mr. Broughton purchased from Mr. Henry Dunster. Mr. Henry Dunster See register, Vol. XII, p. 10. was the first President of Harvard College and father of JoMr. Henry Dunster See register, Vol. XII, p. 10. was the first President of Harvard College and father of Jonathan, the grantee named above. Just here the reader will do well to remember that until 1842 Charlestown extended from the Menotomy River along the Mystic River and lakes and farther on to Woburn line on the high land of Turkey hill in present n the above was the common or pasturage land of Cambridge, which then included Lexington in its bounds. Referring to Henry Dunster's deed to Broughton (see register, Vol. XIII, p. 10) we find conveyance of two Rods broad for a highway (from the sd Mills) to go too & fro betwixt the said Mills & Concord way throu all the land of the said Hen. Dunster till it shall come to the publique country highway to Concord, and that Thomas Gleason was one of the witnesses to the same on March 6, 1656
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