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n and Christopher Gore as representing the heirs sold to one Robert Fletcher the entailed estate of Isaac Royall for the purchase money according to a Decree of the Court of Chancery (England). This included the Royall Farm and a lot of land north of the Great Brickyard (520 acres), and a pew in the Parish Church, all in Medford, also the estate in Foxborough known as the Royall Foxborough Farm (500 acres.) Later it was disposed of to different individuals, a part being sold for the old Middlesex Canal. Joseph Thompson was the son of Joseph and Sarah Thompson, who were located in Medford at least as early as 1722, coming here from Woburn, and who were admitted to full communion with the church of Medford in 1728. They lie buried side by side in the little burial ground on Salem street. Joseph, the subject of this sketch, was born May 16, 1734, and his baptism is recorded May 19, 1734. He was married in Boston, June 26, 1759, to Rebecea Gallup, whom Isaac Royal refers to in his wi
ate the time announced on our program, and by the president, by some years, and ask you to take a backward glimpse of the West End, for so was that portion of Medford once called. It is not my intention to take you into ancient history, but to ask you to view the locality, first through a schoolboy's eyes. The schoolboy lived in Woburn, and the big Lippincott's Gazetteer on the teacher's desk informed him that his home town was connected with Boston by the Boston & Lowell Railroad and Middlesex Canal; it might well have added to these, the public highways. Of these latter, High and Woburn streets, as well as the canal and the railroad, passed through the West End. One hundred years before this, Medford citizens had found the most central or most convenient location for their meeting-house and first schoolhouse at the foot of Marm Simond's Hill on High street, and in 1829 the most convenient situation for the West End schoolhouse was a little way up Woburn street. For fifty years t