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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 24. 28 0 Browse Search
HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF MEDFORD, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT, IN 1630, TO THE PRESENT TIME, 1855. (ed. Charles Brooks) 2 0 Browse Search
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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 24., Troubles of a Medford churchman. (search)
ichard Sprague the last years Constable by Matthew Ellis of Medford. It appears (by the Massachusetts Archives) that Ellis lost his case in the Inferior Court on December 11, and appealed to theperior Court, on January 29 and July 30, 1734, Ellis fared no better, but was cast, i.e., judgment alogical Society, Boston) we reproduce— Matthew Ellis to the Society. To the Honourable l in Foreign Parts. The humble Petition of Matthew Ellis of New England, Husbandman, a Member of thr his expence occasioned by a complaint of Matthew Ellis to the King and Council for the Petitioner, on paying the usual fees. July 30, 1737. Ellis's petition for an early hearing referred to th 25 to hear the appeal. As on May 6, 1737, Ellis is styled as late of Medford, husbandman, it is and make Report to the Town what they Judg Mr. Ellis should have allowed him for moving Som Largeorted. We have been unable to find trace of Ellis at the Registry of Deeds, and thus to fix his [3 more...]
wn as Dead-man's alley. This old house had been erected sixty-eight years when its brick neighbor was built. Its owner was a man of some note in Medford, and constable of the town in 1733. Mention is made of him elsewhere in this issue of the Register. From out this comfortable mansion, Constable Richard Sprague sallied forth one day, perhaps with his staff of office, but clothed with the majesty of the law, and backed by the warrant of the selectmen, to lay hold on the body of one Matthew Ellis, a delinquent tax payer, and trouble of years' duration began. But to return to the view, which, though made twenty-five years ago, and with a few changes, holds good today. The railroad crossing and its gates, the Mystic Church spire, the electric light, were things unknown in Richard Sprague's time, and not very old when some old Medford man posed for his picture in Dead-man's alley. Who was he? Were he to return today and walk up to the square he might curiously look at the co