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t may be that some of our gardens are cemeteries, and that from human soil we gather our daily bread, while the spade and ploughshare lacerate the relics of our ancestors. March 20, 1705: Put to vote, whether the selectmen shall discourse Mr. Dudley Wade, referring to the proposals made this meeting by Stephen Willis, jun., in said Wade's behalf, respecting the burying-place in Medford, and make return thereof to the town at the next town's meeting. Voted in the affirmative. It does notWade's behalf, respecting the burying-place in Medford, and make return thereof to the town at the next town's meeting. Voted in the affirmative. It does not appear what this proposition was, nor what action the town had upon it. Probably it was a proposal to sell the town some land for a place of burial; and we presume it was accepted, because, May 15, 1717, we find the following record:-- Put to vote, whether the town will choose a committee, to join with the selectmen, to view some land offered by Mr. Aaron Cleavland and John Willis, for the enlargement of the burying-place near Mistick Bridge; and bring in a report to the town of the same, at
nd is now in possession of his children. The old tablet removed by Mr. Hall was of red sandstone, and contained the following inscriptions:-- Here lyeth interred the body of Major Jonathan Wade, Esquire, who departed this life the 24th of November, anno Dom. 1689, in the 53d year of his age. Also the body of Dorothy Wade, wife to said Jonathan Wade, Esquire, daughter of Honourable Thomas Dudley, Esquire, deceased the 1st of November, 1638, in the 40th year of her age. Also the body of Dudley Wade, son of said Jonathan Wade, Esquire; and Also the body of Dorothy Wade, daughter of the said Jonathan Wade, Esquire. And Elizabeth Wade, his last wife, who was born the 7th of February, 1637, and deceased the month of June, 1688. [This last date was 1678.] [Here follows the place for two names, illegible.] Here lies interred the body of Mrs. Elizabeth Wade, daughter of the Honourable Jonathan Wade, Esquire, and Mrs. Elizabeth, his wife, who departed this life August 19, 1721, aged 34
the middle Cellar to her East Cellar— Secondly Dudley Wade Dudley Wade was the son of Jonathan and DeboraDudley Wade was the son of Jonathan and Deborah (Dudley) Wade. Born Oct. 18, 1683. the only Surviving Son of the said deceased his double portion of the SaiWade. Born Oct. 18, 1683. the only Surviving Son of the said deceased his double portion of the Said housing and lands: Vizt: one large Room in the Brick house called the Kitchin but may be improved for other anding at the foot of Cross street, sometimes called Wade's landing, near F. E. Foster & Co.'s mill. taking in----£ 52..12..4 ffourthly Prudence Swann Prudence Wade married Thomas Swan, of Roxbury, Dec. 27, 1692. hathner and so it butts upon Mrs. Dunster's westerly [ ] Wade north—also seven Acres of Plowland on the East fide ning to Dudley's Plowland in the field bounded by Dudley Wade's plowland west, Prudence Swann East, Nathll. WadWade north and by the highway south—Also Twenty nine acres of mean pas---ture land upon the hills in the second R signing that the Widows Mrs Prudence swan and Eliza Wade shall have Liberty of ayard at the West End of the B
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 7., Some old Medford houses and estates. (search)
a time and at his own expense, unless his men and business were in the neighborhood. The Major Jonathan Wade houses. In 1689, when Major Jonathan Wade died, and his estate was divided among his heirs, there were but two dwelling houses spoken of in the division, viz.: the brick house on Brooks lane and the house by Marble brook. The brick house, as has been before stated, was built by Major Jonathan Wade, and certain parts of it were set off to Major Wade's widow; to his son, Dudley Wade, and to his daughters, Prudence Swan and Elizabeth Wade. The house by Marble brook was set off to his daughter, Katherine Wyer. This house stood where the Puffer house now stands. The four houses West of Marble brook. In 1660, when Messrs. Thomas Brooks and Timothy Wheeler purchased of Mr. Edward Collins the westerly portion of the Cradock farm, consisting of four hundred acres of land, there was but one house mentioned in the deed, and that house stood on the south side of the
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., The Medford library building. (search)
red structures for human habitation. But the average family of those days was larger, and three hundred is the more likely number. These varied in type from the few survivors of the earliest days, the low-studded, two-storied, four-room house, to which a lean — to may have been added, if not originally thus built, or the one—and two-story gambrel roofs with roomy attics, to those more modern and pretentious, erected after ship-building began. The exceptions were the Royall, Peter Tufts, Major Wade and Hastings houses, with the country seat of Peter C. Brooks, the finest and newest of all. But at that time there was erected one that was, and still is, unique in design, substantial in construction, on an eligible and commanding location, that is worthy of more than a passing notice, and should hold in the estimation of Medford people the same place that the original Bulfinch State house does in that of the Commonwealth. We refer to the residence of Thatcher Magoun, now the public
not then in the Bower, for by the communication of Mr. H. the Bower mentioned by Mr. Brooks was not where the writer thought he had found it, not by a dam site. We will now quote Mr. Brooks, (page 393):— There was a mill at the place now called the Bower, about a mile north of the meeting-house of the first parish, carried by the water of Marble Brook. The banks, race, canal and cellar are yet traceable. This was used for grinding grain and sawing timber. It was on land owned by Mr. Dudley Wade. The mid-winter rambler had read the above, had never heard or read elsewhere of this mill or dam site, and accepting the only mention known to him as correct, wrote, Yes, this is the Bower (so-called fifty years ago), the site of the ancient mill. He regrets his inaccuracy, renews his plea of not guilty of historical falsehood, and suggests a pilgrimage of interested readers to the real site of the Bower as located by former President Hooper, and farther on to the dam, of which struct