ll, and immediately after voted to sell their Farm at Piscataquogge within twelve months.
As to what the result of the discourse forthwith with the Gentlemen at Portsmouth was, and whether a sale was made or not, we are not informed, but the town's vote a year later
July 31, 1750 Selectmen sell the utensils of the Town Farm certainly has an ominous look.
Historian Brooks says the vote to sell at auction was reconsidered, and that May 15, 1749, Andrew Hall, Capt. Saml Brooks, and Richard Sprague were chosen to manage the affairs for selling the Town's farm, and adds his own statement, It was sold soon after.
Our own opinion is, that as the grant of the provincial legislature was, provided that it does not interfere with any former grant, the Mason grant was valid, and the discourse at Portsmouth convinced the Medford committee that the house and fencing were a dead loss to Medford, and that the utensils only remained for the town to realize anything from.
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And since many place-names have come from those of persons living in the neighborhood, it has also been somewhat fantastically suggested that perhaps the name is a corruption of Abbie Jones' river, just as the Greater New York borough of the Bronx derives its picturesque name from an old-timer named Broncks.
But there is no evidence in behalf of either of these assumptions.
Just now, however, having had occasion to look up some facts in relation to the famous expedition of the three Sprague brothers, Ralph, Richard and William, pioneers in the settlement of Charlestown, across country through the woods from Salem, I find that in the Charlestown records it is related that this party lighted of a place situate and lying on the north side of Charles river, full of Indians, called Aberginians.
Often as I had read that account, I had never before attached any particular significance to the name of those Indians other than that it seemed so different from Algonquin nomenclature in