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Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 2 2 0 Browse Search
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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 29., The history of the Royall house and its occupants. (search)
ture, and yet the elements were very severe and many deaths ensued during the first few years. Men left stately manors at home and took up life in this country, living in rude log cabins, felling trees and clearing ground, and never a backward look. Probably the first white man who wandered over this part of the country was Myles Standish and his exploring party from Plymouth in 1621. John Winthrop, the first Governor of Massachusetts Bay Company, took up his abode on what is now Winter Hill. He was granted six hundred acres in 2631 which was named by him The Ten Hills Farm. The record reads: Sept. 6, 1631 granted to Mr Governor 600 acres to be sett forth by metes & bounds, near his home in Mystic to be held by him and his heirs forever. The date of the building of the original portion of the Royall House is uncertain; some writers claim that as a farmhouse it was built in the early days of Winthrop's ownership, probably about 1637. It was a brick house, two and one-hal