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Historic leaves, volume 2, April, 1903 - January, 1904, Charlestown School in the 17th century. (search)
30. The bounds of the town had no definite limits, but we learn that, March 3, 1636, they extended eight miles into the country, from the meeting house. In September, 1642, a part of Charlestown was set off and incorporated as the town of Woburn, and May 2, 1649, the indefinitely designated Mistick Side became the town of Malden. The territory that remained extended as far as the bounds of Reading, and included (not to mention more remote districts) besides the peninsula, a large part of Medford, portions of Cambridge and Arlington, and the whole of Somerville. This was, practically, the Charlestown of the seventeenth and a part of the eighteenth century, as there was no further diminution of territory until 1725, when Stoneham was made a township. Our story begins, as far as the records are concerned, June 3, 1636, when Mr. William Witherell was agreed with to keepe a schoole for a twelve month, to begin the 8 of the VI. month, & to have £ 40 for this yeare. Frothingham, i
Historic leaves, volume 2, April, 1903 - January, 1904, Historical Sketch of the old Middlesex Canal. (search)
if the railroad had been delayed ten years, would undoubtedly have been realized; and further to extend the canal from Medford to Boston, the original intention to have the eastern limit at Medford. By an act of June 25, 1798, the proprietors werMedford. By an act of June 25, 1798, the proprietors were allowed to hold mill property. At the first meeting of the proprietors, after the choice of James Sullivan as moderator, and Samuel Swan as clerk, the following votes were passed, viz.:— That the Hon. James Sullivan, Hon. James Winthrop, and Cfor, as the owners refused to accept the sum awarded. The compensation for the land taken ranged from $150 per acre, in Medford, to $25 per acre in Billerica. The progress was slow and attended with many embarrassments, and was prosecuted with gree original holders appear the names of Ebenezer and Dudley Hall, Oliver Wendell, John Adams, of Quincy, Peter Brooks, of Medford, and Andrew Craigie, of Cambridge. The stock had steadily advanced from $25 per share in the fall of 1794 to $473 per s
Historic leaves, volume 2, April, 1903 - January, 1904, Charlestown Schools in the 18th century. (search)
ey. After resigning at Charlestown he became Register of Probate for Middlesex County. December 27, 1692, he married Prudence, daughter of Jonathan Wade, Jr., of Medford, and they had four children, the births of three of whom were recorded in Charlestown. Mr. Swan died at the Castle in Boston Harbor, October 19, 1710, aged 41 yeas voted ‘for the schoolmaster to make up his Sallery to £ 40.’ We have not attempted to verify the account of Thomas Tufts, to be found in Brook's History of Medford, and Wyman's Charlestown Genealogies. He graduated from Harvard College in the class of 1701. While there he received £ 40 per year, by the terms of his grandfa (This was as good as teaching school!) He was the son of Peter Tufts, Jr., (styled ‘Capt. Peter’). His mother's maiden name was Elizabeth Lynde. He was born in Medford, March 31, 1683, and married for his first wife, his cousin, Mary Lynde. She died September 3, 1718, and the following January 29 he married Emma, daughter of
Historic leaves, volume 2, April, 1903 - January, 1904, Literary men and women of Somerville. (search)
Literary men and women of Somerville. By David Lee Maulsby. [concluded.] Three persons remain to be briefly considered. Mrs. Mary A. Pillsbury, the daughter of Edwin Leathe, and connected by blood with the Weston family of Reading and the Brooks family of Medford, was born in Lynnfield in 1838. She was married in 1863 to L. B. Pillsbury. Of the four children, Harry N. Pillsbury, it is safe to say, is known as a chess player throughout America and Europe. Mrs. Pillsbury early began to write poems, ‘for her own amusement and for the gratification of her friends.’ In 1888, shortly before her death, a volume of her pieces was published, called ‘The Legend of the Old Mill, and Other Poems.’ The title poem is a story of Mallet's old wind-mill, still looking down upon us from the Nathan Tufts Park, perhaps the most venerable landmark of our city. An Acadian maiden, fleeing from one who would have tarnished her honorable name, takes refuge, disguised as a man, in the old mill
Historic leaves, volume 2, April, 1903 - January, 1904, The Prospect Hill Park Celebration. (search)
ng height was stored the powder of the Middlesex towns so desired by General Gage, but though his soldiers on September 1, 1774, did secure ‘212 Half Barrels of Powder’ belonging to King George, they were too late to secure the rebel powder, for Medford, the last of all the towns to act, had carried hers away just forty-eight hours before. From this historic height, now shorn, alas, at the command of commerce, of its yet loftier peak, the country folk of the Mystic valley saw this first host the Bay was launched by erecting a fitting monument there? Why not, Mr. Mayor and gentlemen of the city government, consider its claim for recognition? The Blessing of the Bay was the forerunner of that great shipbuilding interest that made Medford and New England famous—the forerunner, also, of the American navy, for it became the first armed cruiser of America, and although of tiny proportions—only twenty-one tons—it did good service along the shores of New England in protecting the i
ille43, 44 Brooks, Elbridge Gerry7 Brooks, Elbridge Streeter7 Brooks, Elbridge Streeter, Fiction of7 Brooks, Elbridge Streeter, Works of7 Brooks Family, The, Medford66 Brooks, John53 Brooks's History of Medford61 Brooks, Peter56 Brooks, Phillips37 Brown, Captain, House of42 Brown, Rev. Joseph34 Bull Run, Battle of9 BunMedford61 Brooks, Peter56 Brooks, Phillips37 Brown, Captain, House of42 Brown, Rev. Joseph34 Bull Run, Battle of9 Bunker, Benjamin60 Bunker Hill73-99 Bunker Hill, Battle of14, 88, 89, 97 Bunker Hill Monument90 Burgoyne, Gen.86 Burnham, Nathan, Schoolmaster, 172765 Burr, Major John62 Burr, John Samuel, Jr.62 Burr, Rebecca62 Burr, Samuel, Schoolmaster, 170;62, 63 Burr, Sarah62 Byron, Lord31 Callendar, Captain John96 Cambridge, Mass.15,uel34 May Pole, The, Charlestown38 McKay, Eliza J.104 McKay, George104 McKay, George E.104 McKay, Jane104 McKay, Mary M., Death of104 Medford Bridge54 Medford, Mass.15, 53, 55, 56 Medford River53, 54 Medford Street, Somerville42 Merrill's Falls50 Merrimac Canals, Abandonment of51 Merrimac River19, 49-57 Merrimac Rive