tion was opened, and one pound was subscribed by the following persons: Thomas Willis, Caleb Brooks, Stephen Francis, Stephen Willis, John Francis, John Whitmore, John Bradshoe, Jonathan Tufts, John Hall, jun., Nathaniel Hall, Stephen Hall, sen., Joh been completed in May, 1696, five gentlemen — viz., Peter Tufts, John Hall, sen., Caleb Brooks, Stephen Francis, and Stephen Willis — were chosen the committee to place the inhabitants in the meeting-house; the Selectmen first to place the committeetten, we commend the above fact to their biographer.
At the same meeting, Lieut. Peter Tufts, Ebenezer Brooks, and Stephen Willis, had leave granted them to build each a pew. This vote was strangely modified, with respect to one of these gentlemen
John Whitmore. Caleb Brooks. Nathaniel Francis. John Winship. William Willis. Stephen Hall. Jonathan Hall. Stephen Willis. Oliver Attwood. Abner Harris. John Francis. Samuel Francis. Thomas Willis. John Whitmore. John Francis. Eben
that part of the town.
As it is now standing, it may be worth while to state a few facts touching its origin.
Articles of agreement were concluded, Feb. 20, 1746, between Richard Sprague, cooper, Samuel Page, yeoman, Simon Tufts, Esq., physician, John Willis, yeoman, Stephen Hall, trader, Stephen Bradshaw, yeoman, Simon Bradshaw, leather-dresser, and Benjamin Parker, blacksmith, on the one part, all of Medford, and owners of land; and, on the other part, Stephen Hall, Samuel Page, and Stephen Willis, of Medford, husbandmen, and Benjamin Parker, of Charlestown, housewright, as undertakers.
They, of the first part, give the portions of land they own lying between the market and Cross Street, on condition that they, of the second part, will open a straight road, two rods wide, from the market to Cross Street, and build a stone bridge over Gravelly Creek.
This was introductory to building the tidemill.
Benjamin Parker gave the land on which the mill was built,--thirty-one feet long,
and d. Feb. 22, 1739.
Dec. 24, 1680, he, with John Hall, Thomas Willis, Stephen Willis, and Stephen Francis, divided the Collins Farm between them; Caleb Hobart h brother John, and also carried on the trade of a tanner; he bought land of Stephen Willis, to be used as a tanyard.
He also owned land near Marbey Brook, besides hio was b. in Durham, Nov. 16, 1822.
Henry F., b. June 4, 1853.
1Willis, George, was freeman, May 2, 1638, then living at Cambridge with wife Jane.
In. Nov. 16, 1679.
7Mary, b. Mar. 1, 1682.
8William, b. July 7, 1685.
1-3Stephen Willis lived in Braintree; moved to Medford 1678, in which year he sold Caleb Hobanj. Parker, Apr. 22, 1714.
17Rebecca, m. Thomas Seccomb.
2-6Stephen Willis m. Susanna----, and d. Mar. 15, 1718.
She d. Mar. 12, 1742.
His children Aug 27, 1754, aged 60, and had--
8-26Thomas, b. Aug., 1710; d. young.
Stephen Willis possibly (6-23) m. Elizabeth Bradshaw, Nov. 12, 1741, and had--