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amily, of which the immigrant ancestor was Thomas Brooks, an early settler of Watertown, who was admitted a freeman 7 December 1636 and soon afterwards removed to Concord, where he was constable in 1638 and later deputy and captain. In 1660 he and his son-in-law, Timothy Wheeler, bought four hundred acres of land in Medford; but he continued to reside in Concord, and died there 21 May 1667. Among his children by his wife Grace, who died 12 May 1664, was Caleb, born, probably in England, about 1632, who removed from Concord to Medford and died 29 July 1696, aged 64. His two wives, Susanna and Hannah, were sisters, being the daughters of Thomas Atkinson; anConcord to Medford and died 29 July 1696, aged 64. His two wives, Susanna and Hannah, were sisters, being the daughters of Thomas Atkinson; and by the second wife, Hannah, he had two sons, Ebenezer of Medford, whose grandson, John Brooks (1752-1825), was the wellknown Governor of Massachusetts, and Samuel of Medford, who was born 1 September 1672 and died 3 July 1733. This Samuel married Sarah Boylston, daughter of Dr. Thomas Boylston of Brookline and sister of the wife
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 28., One hundred and fiftieth anniversary of patriot's day. (search)
rious morning for America! But he and the other proscript, Hancock, found it desirable to move further away to the quiet home of Parson Marrett in Woburn precinct. A century and a half and the provincial America has become America the beautiful, from sea to shining sea. The anniversary of that battle day, made a holiday by our General Court, was wisely named by Governor Greenhalge Patriot's Day. It is well that special observance of it is made, all the way from Boston to Lexington and Concord. Medford did well her part for two days this year, as the nineteenth fell on Sunday. In the churches, at morning service, especial notice was taken, and at Medford theatre, in the afternoon, a great concourse of citizens assembled. Appropriate addresses were made by our Governor Fuller and Mayor Coolidge. The latter was especially commemorative of the Medford Minute Men of 1775. The local press said, No more comprehensive story of Medford's part in the opening days of the Revolution
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 28., Medford and her Minute Men, April 19, 1775. (search)
In Medford and all along the battle road to Concord stand sentinels of that day. One need not go gton common or beyond to the North bridge in Concord to feel the consciousness that in that region John Hancock as president, and the second in Concord on February 1, 1775. In October the Congress that preceded the meeting of the Congress in Concord on April 15, 1775, when, as the journal statember of the committee of supplies, he sent to Concord a large consignment of military stores and maed along the highways in Cambridge and toward Concord. It was while the troops at rest on the Cambreached its objective six miles further on in Concord. There they searched out the stores, and thering the entire advance of the British toward Concord it is not easy to determine the whereabouts otain Parker's men alone barred the way. At Concord it is known that both Minute Men and militia , The nineteenth of April. French, The day of Concord and Lexington. Coburn, The battle of April 19[4 more...]