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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., Distinguished guests and residents of Medford. (search)
lways honored guests of our people at such times, but as they are found in the histories by Brooks and by Usher, they need no mention. Although the family of the writer was not among Medford's first settlers, yet she is glad to claim connection with the early history of the place where the family home was established many years ago, through her relative on the paternal side, Judge Samuel Sewall of witchcraft fame. He frequently came to call upon his niece (1713, etc.), the wife of Rev. Aaron Porter, the first settled pastor of the town. One Sunday in October, 1738, among the worshipers in Rev. Mr. Turell's congregation was Gov. Jonathan Belcher. As he was one of the royal governors we may imagine he came with some show of pomp, but not enough, we hope, to distract attention from the minister and his discourse. A touch of the romantic was given our staid little town when Sir Henry Frankland and Agnes Surriage (between 1745 and 1775) came on horseback to call on the Royalls
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., Volume II of Medford records. (search)
did not seem to have much effect, as there does not appear to have been any action taken on it. On May 17, 1721, one of the articles in the warrant was to know ye Minds of the town Concerning some persons that have been in vited into the Meeting hous and have not been accomidted and it was voted a committee be appointed to invite Mr. John Tufts of Charlestown to sit at the table in the meeting house and also his wife to sit in Captain Tufts' pew by his consent. On January 23, 1722, Rev. Aaron Porter, who had been minister nine years died, and the town voted to allow £ 20 for funeral, a large part of which, I suppose, was spent for the entertainment common on such occasions. On March 5th, following, the town voted to allow 10s per sermon to these persons that Shall preach ye word of God in ye sd town and all persons who contributed to have their taxes reduced by such amount. A committee was appointed to supply the pulpit. On May 8th it was voted to appoint a committee to co