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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., William Gray of Salem and Samuel Gray of Medford. (search)
William Gray of Salem and Samuel Gray of Medford. If Lynn feels that she was honored by having been the birthplace of William Gray, and Salem and Boston deem themselves favored by having been his places of residence for many years, Medford should be glad to be able to add the e market place on the east, there were still fewer houses along the Salem road. Ship building had not begun; there was no local stage; onl. Several who came for a short time became permanent residents. Salem was a thriving town, a well-known port with a large East India commist, who lived here many years. He was a sea captain, sailing from Salem and Boston, engaged in trade with China and the East Indies. As threet, and of Billy Gray's mansion on that street. Samuel Gray of Salem married first Anna Orne of Marblehead, by whom he had six children. who constructed it. It is said to be a copy of a colonial house in Salem, constructed by a builder from that town assisted by carpenters fro
ally suggested that perhaps the name is a corruption of Abbie Jones' river, just as the Greater New York borough of the Bronx derives its picturesque name from an old-timer named Broncks. But there is no evidence in behalf of either of these assumptions. Just now, however, having had occasion to look up some facts in relation to the famous expedition of the three Sprague brothers, Ralph, Richard and William, pioneers in the settlement of Charlestown, across country through the woods from Salem, I find that in the Charlestown records it is related that this party lighted of a place situate and lying on the north side of Charles river, full of Indians, called Aberginians. Often as I had read that account, I had never before attached any particular significance to the name of those Indians other than that it seemed so different from Algonquin nomenclature in general, except that it was somewhat suggestive of Virginians and might possibly have come from the circumstance that New Eng
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., A Medford garden and the gardener's notes. (search)
he was always called Mrs. Peggy Swan when her sisters-in-law were punctiliously called by their husbands' names. Mrs. Peggy had the name, however, of being a very handsome woman. The gardener is said to have lived in a house on the Bigelow grounds. His expense account shows payments for rent quarterly, $12.50 and $10.00 respectively, to Captain Ward and Mr. Bucknam. He may, sometime, have lived in the Fountain house, for he owned the east half, and two and one-half acres of land on the Salem road extending to Fulton street that he cultivated as a farm. His second note-book frequently notes the planting of his own land and the pasturing of his cows. This opens up to us the rural aspect of Medford. Many residents enjoyed the luxury of keeping a cow. Mr. Burridge attended to the pasturing of Mr. Bigelow's, Mr. Stetson's (the minister), and Mr. Train's cows, having them sometimes in the Hall pasture, again in the Roach pasture, and on his own land. Captain Adams' man often worke