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nthrop's Journal, vol. II. p. 195, has the following note concerning Medford:-- Of so flourishing a town as Medford, the settlement of which had been made as early as that of any other, except Charlestown, in the bay, it is remarkable that the early history is very meagre. From several statements of its proportion of the public charges in the colony rates, it must be concluded that it was, within the first eight years, superior in wealth at different times to Newbury, Ipswich, Hingham, Weymouth, all ancient towns, furnished with regular ministers. Yet the number of people was certainly small; and the weight of the tax was probably borne by the property of Governor Cradock, there invested for fishing and other purposes. When that establishment was withdrawn, I suppose, the town languished many years. Simon Bradstreet and James Noyes preached. The consequence of their subsequent destitution of the best means of religion were very unhappy. The town was poorly inhabited, the peop
industry and economy of that age, that, while his oldest son, Simon, was at college, his father placed him in the family of Mr. Foxcraft, the County Register of Deeds, that he might pay for his board by writing in the office. Dr. John Thomas was a medical student under his care, and, at the commencement of the Revolution, commanded at Dorchester Heights, and afterwards at Ticonderoga, where he died of the smallpox. The following lines were from the pen of his son, Dr. Cotton Tufts, of Weymouth :-- Upon the death of my honored father, Simon Tufts, Esq., who died suddenly, Jan. 31, 1747, in the evening. Death seized, and snatched my tender father hence, To live enthroned in happiness immense. Religion, grace, and truth possessed his soul; And heaven-born love he breathed from pole to pole. His grateful country owned his signal worth, And gave him public life in civil birth. A friend to all mankind; true to every cause, Where bound by virtue or his country's laws. Sweet peac
, aged 71. His children were, by first wife,--  30-36Nancy, b. Apr. 6, 1757; m. Dr. Stevens. By his second:--  37Mercy, b. Sept. 3, 1763; m. Cotton Tufts, of Weymouth.  38Jonathan, b. Oct. 25, 1765; d. Mar. 18, 1847.  39Samuel, d. young.  40Samuel, b. Oct. 23, 1768; lost at sea.  41Isaac, d. young.  42William, d. young. named Lunt, and had--  78-135Francis, moved to Maine.  136John.  137Benjamin, moved to Ohio.  138William.  139Mary, m. Mr. Hopkinson. 55-91COTTON Tufts, of Weymouth, m. Mercy Brooks, Mar. 6, 1788, and had--  91-140Quincy, is a merchant in Boston.  141Lucy, m. Thomas Tarbell.  142Susan.  143Mercy. 65-104Daniel Tufts m. A36. He m., 1st, Ruth Thayer, who d. Dec. 29, 1793; leaving--   Sarah.   Jonathan.    Paul,b. Jan. 13, 1762. Silas,  1-2   He m., 2d, Sarah Kingman, of Weymouth. He d. Sept. 30, 1807. 1-2Silas wild m., 1st, Abigail Wild, who was b. Feb. 4, 1761, and d. Jan. 8, 1803; leaving children:--  2-3Silas, b.