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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., Something about the Hall family. (search)
Something about the Hall family. Written by Caleb Swan, January, 1858. These three [Halls] present the rare case of three brothers marrying three sisters. Benjamin was drawn [to serve] as juryman at Concord, and while there saw Miss Jones. They were shortly married. Her next sister came to make her a visit when Richard soon became engaged to her and they were shortly married. The youngest sister made Richard's wife a visit, when Eben soon became engaged to her and they were shortly married. They all lived on the same [High] street facing the river, within a distance of three hundred feet, in their own houses. They all lived very happily, in great harmony. The three brothers lived to an advanced age, highly respected by all. Mrs. Benjamin Hall (Hepzibah), died August 10, 1790, aged 56. Mrs. Richard Hall (Lucy), died February 10, 1826, aged 80. Mrs. Eben Hall (Martha), died December 23, 1835, aged 86. At Mrs. Benjamin Hall's death Mr. Hall wrote of her, She was
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., Notes by a Medford Vacationist of long ago. (search)
onfined to exercise among them; but rich in good reputation and a clear conscience. Such are his fine discrimination and ethical accomplishments, that lay preaching revived, he would probably be the first invited to the pulpit. The medical faculty are too well represented here to pass unnoticed—it embraces gentlemen not less eminent for professional skill and knowledge, than for grace and amenity that mark their private intercourse. One of their number is a Howard by nature, Who but Dr. Swan? and no pen can do him justice who is enshrined in the heart of every man, woman and child . . . his character can never be portrayed till the dead rise and give their account. The influence of woman is here marked with the distinctness of a sunbeam; almost every house contains that most respectable character and overseer, an old maid, sometimes two or three, and if things do not go on straight, and exactly so, it is not their fault ... Old maids have held their heads very erect since th
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., Medford men's Monumental money. (search)
Medford men's Monumental money. The following names and sums appear in the list of contributors from Medford to the erection of Bunker Hill Monument:— Jonathan Angier$5 Nathan Adams5 Nathan Adams, Jr.5 John Brooks30 Jonathan Brooks10 A. S. V. Brooks5 John Brooks5 S. R. Brooks10 Charles Brooks10 Elizabeth Brooks10 Alfred Brooks10 Lucy A. Brooks10 Abner Bartlett5 Andrew Bigelow5 Leonard Bucknam5 Dudley Hall40 Dudley C. Hall5 Frederic D. Hall5 Ebenezer Hall10 Charles J. Hall$5 Edward B. Hall5 Wm. P. Huntington5 Joseph Manning5 Joseph Manning, Jr.5 Jonathan Porter5 Joseph Swan5 Benjamin L. Swan100 D. Swan5 Timothy Swan10 Caleb Swan10 Watts Turner5 Turell Tufts5 William Ward10 Samuel Ward5 William Ward, 3d5 John G. Ward5 Joseph Wyman, Jr.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., Reminiscences of Governor Brooks. (search)
Reminiscences of Governor Brooks. written by Caleb Swan (about 1856). In writing to the earliest of Sir Isaac Newton's biographers, Pope expressed a desire to have some memoirs and characters of him as a man. This desire is very general, to know something of the character, disposition and habits of public men. I regret the author [Dr. John Dixwell] has not given us some anecdotes of Governor Brooks, to show the love, regard and esteem that was felt for him by his townsmen and neighbors, as well as their great respect for his patriotism and talent. Governor Brooks was an elegant and excellent horseman, and next to Washington no one looked better on horseback at a military parade. Mr. Brimmer, of Boston, said it was a pleasure to see him on Boston Common. He always rode on horseback to visit his patients when the weather would permit. When the boys of the town met him riding and took off their hats to him he always lifted his hat in return very pleasantly and gracefully. W
ustrations of the Middlesex Canal, several times, as the toll-house beside the Canal, and in all instances without question. Its exhibitors, being later-comers to Medford, were dependent on the testimony of others, which was incorrect. As to Mr. Swan's sketch; the illustration is a photographic reproduction. It was drawn on a pale blue paper, the river and canal shaded with a dark blue and the turnpike a brown color. The letter A in the corner, refers to a duplicate made by him on the page of the History of Medford to which it was attached. The Rock he referred to is the outcropping slate ledge in the adjoining hill-side. Mr. Swan doubtless knew of the extent of Governor Winthrop's farm and could not have intended to convey the impression that the small portion of his sketch thus marked was the entire Ten Hills Farm. Again, the sketch is not drawn to any scale, but is an observer's illustration of what must have been in those days a busy corner of Medford, including the river
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., The millers' dwelling beside the Mystic. (search)
ar 1840 it was occupied by a Mr. Woodbridge, and I attended school with his boys on Back (Union) street. I also knew the Cutter family when they lived in the old house, and I can safely assert that the old mill house as shown in connection with Mr. Swan's sketch was not the toll house. Another error is, in leading one to infer from the legend Ten Hill Farm, first residence of Governor Winthrop, 1630 that the plot of land near the river was the farm and residence of Governor Winthrop; in factElizabeth, daughter of John and Elizabeth Usher. In the year 1740 (September 16) John Jeffries, son of David and Elizabeth Jeffries, sold to Robert Temple a portion of the Ten Hills farm, and it was on this portion of the Ten Hills indicated by Mr. Swan in his sketch, that the Temple house stood; and this location was one of the Ten Hills. This hill has been partially dug away by the Metropolitan Park Commission in constructing the parkway. The estate afterwards came into the possession of Co