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len (Shepherd) Brooks of Boston and Medford, were temporarily residing, 23 July 1837, and died in Boston 21 February 1922. He was a member of an illustrious Massachusetts family, of which the immigrant ancestor was Thomas Brooks, an early settler of Watertown, who was admitted a freeman 7 December 1636 and soon afterwards removef 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 a A. B. (Harvard, 1895), and Rachel, wife of James Jackson of Westwood, Mass., A. B. (Harvard, 1904), who is at present Treasurer and Receiver-General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Funeral services for Mr. Brooks were held in King's Chapel, Boston, and his body was placed in the family tomb in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 28., The beginning of a New village. (search)
rch), and in ‘71 Charles M. Barrett (then living on Warren street) had erected his house and stable on the adjoining lot. Deacon James Pierce of Medford was the builder, and it was doubtless the best constructed of any hereabout. Only a memory now, as it has just been demolished to make way for a large apartment house. In 1871, C. A. Folsom had erected on Harvard avenue, what was for a time called the New York house, a showy structure built by New York men who said We've come to show Massachusetts carpenters how to build. It was destroyed by fire two years later and Mr. Folsom moved away. In 1872 the brothers Elijah and Warren Morse had a double house erected on High street. They moved in just after the big Boston fire, and Warren lived out his days there. In the fall of ‘73 Samuel S. Holton, Jr., had his house on Boston avenue built, and occupied it just after his marriage—the first (with the exception of Maxwell in the Canal house) to reside on Boston avenue. Next Gustavus <
f that first armed stand in 1775. Their labor has become our liberty; their sacrifice our security; their privation, our prosperity. Out of all they gave, we have gained that for which, in the language of the day, they took up arms,— life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These have become to us a birthright, unquestioned and unchallenged. It is fitting that each year we bring back into our consciousness the significance of the stirring events of a century and one half ago. In Massachusetts in particular, where the first volley of the Revolution was fired, let us Americans of today, whether we are descendants of the earlier settlers of this one-time colony, or of the later citizens of the present Commonwealth, join in grateful, reverent memory of the Americans of 1775 who in this region roundabout laid the beginning of our common country. Here in Medford we are linked directly to that past. Without change of name, and with little change of boundary, Medford, the town of
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 28., Medford and her Minute Men, April 19, 1775. (search)
in the first armed stand of the Minute Men gathered from the towns roundabout us. Here in Massachusetts, in the decade preceding that year, from event to event grew the resolve of free men to pres ago it ushered in an uneasy spring for the colonists of Great Britain in North America. In Massachusetts, in Boston and the neighboring towns, a new restlessness, stimulated as it were by the rays ne before. For ten years, in fact, there had been gathering on the part of the colonists of Massachusetts against the mother country resentment, resistance, defiance, and finally determination and aved the mother country. In recognition of that fact England had remitted to the treasury of Massachusetts substantial sums in part payment of expenses thus advanced. In 1765, however, the financiat was John Brooks of Medford, later Dr. John Brooks of Reading, and later Governor Brooks of Massachusetts, who in the years previous to the Revolution drilled the Medford youths into a company of mi
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 28.,
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eet — the Andover turnpike, now Forest street. Around the junction of the five roads it was compactly built, and the locality came to be called the market place or business center. Seven years, a Medford citizen, John Brooks, was governor of Massachusetts-his house was on the Savings Bank site. There came a change in the religious thought of the people and the building of another house of worship in 1824. I presume its people called it their meeting-house and those remaining at the old caht and tone as that destroyed in the fire, and at the close of the campaign was purchased and placed in the new church tower on High street. In 1870, the town procured its second clock, also placed there. The bell still has this inscription, Massachusetts for the Union, the Constitution and the Enforcement of the Laws which meant then to include the Fugitive Slave Law. The words Bell and Everett have been chipped away. When that church and the Mystic united, both were placed in the new tower