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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 3., Medford in the War of the Revolution. (search)
eneral Court, which held its last meeting in Boston March 31, 1774. On June 1 General Gage transferred the government to Salem, and appointed the Assembly to meet June 7. The meeting on that day was so revolutionary that Gage sent his secretary topposed to be New Hampshire men, were found on Water street by laborers digging a cellar. The bodies were removed to the Salem-street cemetery by the sexton, Mr. Jacob Brooks. When an old man, he took his grandson, Mr. Vining, to the spot and saidrobably the last of several of the same kind. I will read it, supplying the words which the ragged edges have lost: Salem, July 29, 1782.—These may certify that I, John Savage, Commander of the galley Willing Maid, now in Salem, bound on a cruSalem, bound on a cruise against the enemies of the country for six weeks, have sold to Benjamin Hall of Medford, three quarters of one full share of all prizes, goods, naval or merchandise taken by said galley during said cruise, for the sum of twelve pounds now in ha
e Merrimac river. The nearest, and in fact the principal, land route between Salem and the other settlements on the eastern coast of New England, and Charlestown,e of Massachusetts bay, was through Medford by the way of what are now known as Salem, South, and Main streets, crossing the river at the ford, or, after the buildinn of as early as the year 1638, by the several names of Salle path, Salem path, Salem highway, The way to Mistick, and Salem path to Mistick Ford. A portion of High Commons and Meadford House. It may, therefore, be confidently asserted that Salem and Main streets, and a portion of South street, were among the first, if not te town to the bridge and ford must have been over the River road, across to the Salem road near Gravelly bridge, and from thence to the bridge and ford. It is not a was in the line of travel. More than likely the cross road connected with the Salem road at a point nearer Gravelly bridge than does Cross street at the present da
nistry, in 1712, when a day of fasting and prayer was appointed, and the Church of Christ in Medford was gathered by a number of the brethren signing a covenant prepared for that purpose. In October, 1713, he was married to Miss Susan Sewell, of Salem, daughter of Stephen Sewell, and niece of Judge Samuel Sewell. Judge Sewell's entry in his diary, under date of October 22, is interesting: I go to Salem; see Mr. Noyes marry Mr. Aaron Porter and Miss Susan Sewell at my brother's. Was a pretty deSalem; see Mr. Noyes marry Mr. Aaron Porter and Miss Susan Sewell at my brother's. Was a pretty deal of company present. After naming the more distinguished among the elders, he says: Many young gentlemen and gentlewomen. Mr. Noyes made a speech: said, Love was the sugar to sweeten every condition in the married relation. After the sack-posset sung the forty-fifth Psalm from the eighth verse to the end, five staves. I set it to Windsor tune. After about nine years of ministry Mr. Porter died on Jan. 23, 1722, at the age of thirty-three. Very little is known of Mr. Porter's ministry.
y.—The following authorities were consulted for the facts contained in this paper: Harper's Magazine; Southern Literary Messenger; Griswold's Female Poets of America; Duyckinck's Cyclopedia of American Literature; Medford town records; Boston Town Records; Medford church records; King's Chapel records; records of the Suffolk County Court; the Middlesex Probate and Registry of Deeds, East Cambridge; the Suffolk Probate and Registry of Deeds, Boston; Essex County Probate and Registry of Deeds, Salem; Charlestown records; Wyman's Estates and Genealogies of Charlestown; Boston Town Directories from 1796 to 1823; the Cutter Genealogy; List of Graduates of West Point; and McCullum's Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the United States Military Academy. Judith, Esther, and other Poems. / By a Lover of the Fine Arts, / Boston: Cummings & Hilliard. / 1820. Zophiel. / A Poem. By Mrs. Brooks. / Boston. / Published by Richardson & Lord. / 1825. Zophiel; / or, / The B
importer, having established the house of Flint, Peabody & Co., at Buenos Ayres. About forty years ago he associated with him as partner the late Enoch Train. At one time he was one of the largest ship-owners. At the time of his death he was, next to Timothy Dodd, our oldest living merchant in this city. His immediate contemporaries and business associates were Robert G. Shaw, Benjamin Bangs, Samuel C. Gray, Thomas Wigglesworth, George Barnard, and the Pickmans, Silsbees, and Rogers, of Salem. He was remarkably regular in his business habits, frugal in his living, but liberal to a fault. He retained his full vigor up to the time of his last illness. He leaves three sons and a daughter by his second wife. His only son and child by his first marriage died many years ago in Cuba. His eldest son by his last marriage, Samuel T. Train, died shortly after returning from the war. His eldest daughter, Mrs. George L. Stearns, of Medford, died several years ago. Few men have had so suc
rts they have been secured for the Society. The articles are the gift of Mr. W. H. Parsons, of Brooklyn, whose wife was a niece of Mrs. Child. They were given in the name of Mrs. Sarah M. Parsons (born Preston). The gift included (1) a baby's gown, wrought by Lydia Maria Francis, at the age of nineteen, for her niece, Sarah Preston; (2) life-size oil portrait of Lydia Maria Francis, at the age of twenty, by Alexander; (3) gold watch given to Mrs. Lydia Maria Child in 1835, by some ladies of Lynn and Salem, just after the publication of her Appeal in Behalf of those American Citizens called Africans; and (4) a colored photograph of David Lee Child. It seems peculiarly fitting that these memorials of Mrs. Child should be committed to the care of the Medford Historical Society, and should rest in the house so intimately associated with her early years. A cordial vote of thanks very inadequately expressed the appreciation of the members of the Society for the spirit of the gift.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 3., The early names of Medford's streets. (search)
The Selectmen being appointed a Committee at April meeting for the purpose of naming the Streets, report the following that the road leading from the Town pump (West) to Charlestown Line be called High St., from Town pump (east) to Malden Line Salem St. from Town pump (South) to foot of Winter Hill Main St., from porter's corner S. E. to Wellington Farm Ship St.— from Hotel (west) to where the road leaves the River South St. & from thence over the cannel to Charlestown Line Spring St. from Mairman. Whether, as a matter offact, the town adopted all these names I do not know. Certainly some of them did not last many years; for only old residents of Medford or students of her history will recognize all the ways now known as High, Salem, Main, Riverside avenue, South, South Winthrop, Medford, Harvard, Fulton, Cross, North Winthrop, Woburn, and Grove streets. Several of the names are improvements on the present nomenclature, for there was a meaning in them, lost in the present na