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ut the grant became void upon the downfall of the governor's administration. In the Middlesex South District Registry of Deeds, Book 14, p. 227, may be found a mortgage deed (also a plan of the estate) to John Wainwright, signed by John and Elizabeth Usher, an abstract of which is as follows: Part of the farm called Ten Hills, now partly in the tenure, occupation, or improvement of the said John Usher . . . and partly in the tenure or occupation of Joseph Whittemore, tenant of the said John Use in which the said Joseph Whittemore, the tenant now dwells. . . . The brick house mentioned above was the Royall house (in part), and the house of Joseph Whittemore the tenant stood where the Mystic house now stands. In February, 1732-3, Elizabeth Usher and others, heirs of John Usher sold to Col. Isaac Royall their estate in Charlestown (now Medford) containing 504 acres 3 roods and 23 rods, for the sum of 10,350 pounds 7 shillings and 9 pence. Colonel Royall came to reside upon his estate
or, Timothy, 1755, 1756, 1757. Turner, John, 1749, 1750, 1751, 1752, 1753. Tufts, James, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794, 1795, 1796, 1797, 1798, 1799, 1800, 1801. Usher, Abijah, 1795, 1796, 1797. Usher, Eleazer, 1798, 1799. Usher, Robert, 1792, 1793. Wade, Samuel, 1715, 1716, 1717, 1718, 1719, 1722, 1723, 1724. Wait, DUsher, Eleazer, 1798, 1799. Usher, Robert, 1792, 1793. Wade, Samuel, 1715, 1716, 1717, 1718, 1719, 1722, 1723, 1724. Wait, Darius, 1813, 1814. Walker, Edward, 1778, 1779. Weston, Wyman, 1799, 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803, 1804, 1805. Whitmore, Francis, 1759. Willis, Benjamin, 1720, 1721, 1722, 1723, 1724, 1725, 1726, 1727, 1728, 1729, 1730. Willis, Thomas, 1691, 1692, 1693. Woodward, Daniel, 1690. Wyatt, Samuel, 1819, 1820.Usher, Robert, 1792, 1793. Wade, Samuel, 1715, 1716, 1717, 1718, 1719, 1722, 1723, 1724. Wait, Darius, 1813, 1814. Walker, Edward, 1778, 1779. Weston, Wyman, 1799, 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803, 1804, 1805. Whitmore, Francis, 1759. Willis, Benjamin, 1720, 1721, 1722, 1723, 1724, 1725, 1726, 1727, 1728, 1729, 1730. Willis, Thomas, 1691, 1692, 1693. Woodward, Daniel, 1690. Wyatt, Samuel, 1819, 1820.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 8., Genealogy of the Francis family, 1645-1903. (search)
786; children:— 15-26 1/2Elizabeth Known in Medford as Ma'am Betty; d. in Medford Jan. 25, 1829. [Ed.]; b. Nov. 7, 1736 (single 1763; school mistress). 27Lydia; b. Dec. 12, 1737 (single 1763, of Boston). 28Joseph; b. July 12, 1741; m. Elizabeth Usher, May 15, 1764. He served at Prospect Hill during the Revolution. 13-30John Francis, jun., who d. April 2, 1776, had by wife Deborah Carter [Ed.].:— 30-31Manning; b. Nov. 20, 1748; d. Sept. 6, 1749. 32Phebe; b. May 25, 1753. 33Deborahharlestown. Mary; b. May 29, 1793; m. Warren Preston; d. Sept. 21, 1847. Convers; b. Nov. 9, 1795, of Harvard College. Lydia; b. Feb. 11, 1802; m. David L. Childs. She was noted as a novelist and an abolitionist. 15-28JOSEPH Francis and Elizabeth Usher, daughter of Hezekiah and Jane (Greenleaf); m. May 15, 1764; children:— Joseph. Elizabeth (married Tower). Mary (unmarried). John (kept a grocery store on Eliot street, Boston). Thomas Dakin (kept grocery store Pleasant street, Bosto<
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 8., The Whitmores of Medford and some of their descendants. (search)
hampney, who sold land to Francis Whitmore in Cambridge, November 25, 1663. As the latter also owned land in Billerica, it is possible that it was through Mr. Collins that the Whitmores first came to Medford. On December 24, 1680, John Whitmore, Thomas Willis, Stephen Willis and Stephen Francis, divided the balance of the Collins Farm between them. John Whitmore had already purchased one-fourth of this estate from Caleb Hubbard. The Whitmore house was in that part of West Medford where Usher's Block now stands, and the Whitmore brook, which runs a few rods from it, received its name from this John Whitmore. This house was built in 1680, and torn down in 1840; it is the house mentioned in the Historical Register of this society, Volume 7, Page 49. On February II, 1680, Francis Whitmore of Cambridge gave to his son John and wife and heirs two acres of meadow land near the West Medford station. This land was bounded on the northeast by land of Captain Jonathan Wade, easterly
ts opened in 1845, and in nine years thirty-five dwellings had been erected. These are readily distinguished today. The Usher residence, now like ancient Gaul—divided into three parts—and removed, occupied the site of the brick and stone building had but recently begun preaching in West Medford, being employed on the editorial staff of the Nation then published by Mr. Usher, who in the spring of ‘71 established the Medford Journal, since which time Medford has never been without a weekly papond the railroad. A little later the Brooks carriages would come down from the Elms or the stone house on the hill, or Mr. Usher, a tall and commanding personage in flowing cloak and tall silk hat, would stroll leisurely out from among the trees abane one of the teachers. Of the women of the village I can say but little, but must allude to Miss Lucy Ann Brooks and Mrs. Usher, each in their own way rich in good works, and Auntie Cheney, a veritable mother in Israel. A little later comers we<
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., The pump in the market place; and other water supplies of Medford, old and modern. (search)
rter or sell; when feminine shoppers were not lured to Boston by seductive advertisements in large daily papers; when they walked to Boston to do their shopping instead of being able to go by rapid transit two or three times a day if they choose. For the first fifty years of the past century what picturesque, what busy scenes were enacted here! How attractive to the imagination those days, in comparison with the prosaic aspect of the square today. One of the most interesting chapters in Usher's History of Medford is that which describes the trade and manufactures and opens up to us that picture of life when trade, manufacturing, river traffic and ship building were increasing decade by decade, and giving our town a more than local reputation. From this chapter I quote a few lines: The increase of business, and the gathering of traders in the marketplace, became so great at the beginning of the century, that it was deemed advisable to appoint a clerk of the market. It became n
A Medford incident. On page 190 of his History of Medford, Mr. Usher gave a graphic account of the farewell given the Lawrence Light Guard on April 19, 1861, on the occasion of their departure for the South. Miss Wild alluded to it in her paper relating to the company, and Mrs. Saxe in hers upon the Methodist Church, both published in the Register. The Rev. Mr. Ames who offered the prayer, alluded to by these writers, had been stationed at Lynn for two years, and was by his bishop appointed to Medford on April 12, the day memorable for the Southern attack upon Fort Sumter. Coming at once to his charge, he reached Medford the same day as did the news of the overt act of rebellion that was to cause the mighty uprising. He was then a young man, and Medford was one of his earliest appointments. Nature had not been generous to him. He was slight in stature and frail in body, but strong in spirit; doubtless radical in utterance, possessing the courage of his convictions,
Marm Betty's name was Elizabeth Francis. She was the eldest daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Usher) Francis. Joseph was a younger brother of Nathaniel Francis, the great grandfather of the talenever, on the maternal side, that the interest in Marm Betty's memory attaches. Her mother, Elizabeth Usher, was the youngest daughter of John Usher, Lieutenant Governor of New Hampshire, who took upthe estate passed into the possession of the elder Colonel Royall. Probably a little later Elizabeth Usher was married to Joseph Francis. Little is now known of him, save that he died on February Irly be styled a kindergarten, for the children were sent when very young. The reverse in Elizabeth Usher's fortunes was a source of mortification to her and preyed upon her health, and that soon gSwan wrote:— I have often heard my grandmother tell of the pride and lofty carriage of this Miss Usher. They lived in regal splendor. The proud lady married Mr. Francis. I never learned his empl
ion from Burns, A chiel's amang ye takina notes, an faith he'll print them. It was published by C. C. P. Moody and edited by George G. W. Morgan. Its subscription price was $1.50 per annum, in advance. It was of eight pages, 10 × 12 inches in size. A brief allusion has been made to it in recent years in Medford Past and Present, as a small four page venture of four columns each, placing it at about 1850. Possibly there may have been at that time such a one, but as that writer placed Mr. Usher's Medford journal next in order, he doubtless referred to the subject of this sketch. The first article was under the caption, Original Poetry, and consisted of four eight-line verses, entitled The Poet's Aspirations, by the editor, who began, I ask not wealth nor honor, Nor proud or broad domain. Next came Our Introductory, which occupied three columns, stating the purpose, scope and intentions of the new venture. Then a little over a column (reprinted from the Boston Journal) tol
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 13., Medford young men's Christian Association. (search)
ith funds to commence its work. The first meeting of the Association was held December 31, 1866, when the following officers were elected:— President,Baxter E. Perry. Vice-president,Joseph L. Goldthwait,Methodist. Elisha B. Curtis,Baptist. Eleazer Boynton, Jr.,Mystic Congregational. Almarin F. Badger,First Congregational. Gardiner P. Gates,Episcopal. Treasurer,Alonzo E. Tainter. Secretary,Charles E. Joyce. On the fifth of April, 1867, the society took possession of a room in Usher's building on High street, subsequently occupied by the Medford Savings Bank. The apartment was well furnished with magazines, newspapers and suitable periodicals, and the walls hung with appropriate pictures. The following extract from the constitution will show the reason for its existence:— The object of the Association shall be the improvement of the spiritual, mental and social condition of Young Men. At the second choice of officers, in 1867, Charles H. Merrill, of First Co
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