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George Bancroft, History of the Colonization of the United States, Vol. 1, 17th edition. 190 0 Browse Search
Lucius R. Paige, History of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1630-1877, with a genealogical register 118 6 Browse Search
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 85 5 Browse Search
HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF MEDFORD, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT, IN 1630, TO THE PRESENT TIME, 1855. (ed. Charles Brooks) 68 4 Browse Search
Charles A. Nelson , A. M., Waltham, past, present and its industries, with an historical sketch of Watertown from its settlement in 1630 to the incorporation of Waltham, January 15, 1739. 56 2 Browse Search
Historic leaves, volume 3, April, 1904 - January, 1905 50 4 Browse Search
The Cambridge of eighteen hundred and ninety-six: a picture of the city and its industries fifty years after its incorporation (ed. Arthur Gilman) 42 2 Browse Search
Bliss Perry, The American spirit in lierature: a chronicle of great interpreters 38 0 Browse Search
Edward H. Savage, author of Police Recollections; Or Boston by Daylight and Gas-Light ., Boston events: a brief mention and the date of more than 5,000 events that transpired in Boston from 1630 to 1880, covering a period of 250 years, together with other occurrences of interest, arranged in alphabetical order 30 0 Browse Search
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 29. 30 0 Browse Search
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feet higher than it is at present. It was surmounted by sails which furnished power to a pump used to force the water of the spring up the hill to the dwelling house on the Stearns estate. When aqueduct water was introduced, this water supply fell into disuse, the sails disappeared and the top of the tower fell away. A few years ago the top was finished off as at present and the door which was on the southerly side was closed up. The land upon which the tower stands was a part of Governor John Winthrop's Ten Hills Farm and later a part of the Royall estate. The Stearns house stands upon land included within the bounds of the Walnut Tree Hill division of the Stinted pasture and was set off to Peter Foule in the year 1685. When the Royall farm was divided this land came into the possession of Samuel Dexter. November 1, 1809, Mr. Dexter sold to Mr. John Osborn this lot of land together with a new brick house standing on the premises. This house is also shown upon a plan of land dr
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., A Rill from an ancient spring. (search)
ys been known as Blackstone's well. Its water is uncontaminated and has continued to be used till the present day. The brown stone house just sold, stands on the site of the house which Blackstone occupied over two centuries and a half ago .... There were sweet and pleasant springs which promised a more healthful beverage to the early settlers who came from Salem to Charlestown and were not satisfied with the supply of water there to be had and so went over to Trimountain where Blaxton had already located. Only a few years ago, while excavating for the foundations of the Old South Building, in Spring lane, the ancient Governor's spring (Winthrop's) bubbled up anew. It is now twenty-six years since the above was written and given to the world in the Chronicle; and recently the country seat of Mr. Brooks, in West Medford, has gone into other hands. That he was the owner of the ancient Blaxton spring is of interest to Medford, and the Register thus notes the same as above stated.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., The ancient name Menotomy and the river of that name. (search)
owded through the narrow portions in their haste to reach the spawning grounds. The taking of land fish, that is, fish taken without the aid of boats, was from the first controlled by the General Court, as The Ware att Misticke, granted to Gov. Winthrop and Mathew Cradocke of London March 4, 1633-4, and Att a Genrall Court holden att Newe Towne, Sept. 3, 1634. There is leave granted to the inhabitants of Newe Towne to builde a weire vpon any place of Winotimies Ryver, within their owne bounas further controlled, when in the General Court, June 6, 1639, It was ordered that all weers shall be set open from the last day of the weeke at noon till the second day in the morning (Saturday noon till Monday morning). The weir granted to Winthrop and Cradock in 1634, was at the outlet of Mystic lake, where High street, Medford, crosses Mystic river at what is known as Weir bridge. Cutter says, The Mystic River, of which the ancient Menotomy River is a branch, has its source in Mystic
on the testimony of others, which was incorrect. As to Mr. Swan's sketch; the illustration is a photographic reproduction. It was drawn on a pale blue paper, the river and canal shaded with a dark blue and the turnpike a brown color. The letter A in the corner, refers to a duplicate made by him on the page of the History of Medford to which it was attached. The Rock he referred to is the outcropping slate ledge in the adjoining hill-side. Mr. Swan doubtless knew of the extent of Governor Winthrop's farm and could not have intended to convey the impression that the small portion of his sketch thus marked was the entire Ten Hills Farm. Again, the sketch is not drawn to any scale, but is an observer's illustration of what must have been in those days a busy corner of Medford, including the river traffic, the boating in the canal, the turnpike travel and the tide mill work, all converged in that narrow space. A few words concerning the Blessing of the Bay. Mr. Brooks styles it
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., The millers' dwelling beside the Mystic. (search)
hey lived in the old house, and I can safely assert that the old mill house as shown in connection with Mr. Swan's sketch was not the toll house. Another error is, in leading one to infer from the legend Ten Hill Farm, first residence of Governor Winthrop, 1630 that the plot of land near the river was the farm and residence of Governor Winthrop; in fact this plot of land was only a small part of the Ten Hills Farm, and the Governor's house at Mistick was located on easterly slope and near thGovernor Winthrop; in fact this plot of land was only a small part of the Ten Hills Farm, and the Governor's house at Mistick was located on easterly slope and near the top of Winter Hill. The house that stood on the plot of land indicated was the Temple house. In 1692 that portion of the Ten Hills now situated in Medford came into the possession of John Usher through his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Lidgett, and that portion now situated in Somerville came into the possession of David Jeffries, who married Elizabeth, daughter of John and Elizabeth Usher. In the year 1740 (September 16) John Jeffries, son of David and Elizabeth Jeffr
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., A relic of the Royall house. (search)
society is supposed to be especially interested in Medford history and incidents, and though the one of which I wish to speak occurred in ancient Charlestown, yet because of our Medford acquisition I feel sufficient warrant for so doing. Governor Winthrop's farm limit was at the Great or Cradock bridge, but his farm house was just beyond the farther end of our acquired territory. He had been there less than two years when in a spirit of exploration he took an evening ramble to the westward.ere men of Medford and Charlestown, and perhaps there labored the sable sons of Ham, the slaves of their master Royall, beside the dutiful subjects of their royal master King George. But to return to our pine tree, that was a seedling in Governor Winthrop's day. It had grown tall, strong and stately with the sun and rains, winds and storms of the long years of its growth, and one day the woodman's axe laid it low. The timber hewers squared it, and the marks of their shining steel are yet vis
Story of the Royall house. Read before the Boston Tea Party Chapter, D. A. R., upon the completion of their room in the Royall House. In this room is one of the original tea chests that was emptied into the big teapot (Boston Harbor) on December 16, 1773. Under the grand old forest trees, With a song on his lips and a gun in his hand, John Winthrop walked over the hills and the leas, And gazed with calm pride on God's gift of land. ‘Ten Hills’ pointed upwards toward Heaven's own blue, All around him the woods grew dense and tall, He walked till the path was lost to view; And the sound of the winds and the night birds' call, Were all familiar things he knew; The dark came down, but he felt no fear, He lighted a fire, and sung a psalm, His voice in thanksgiving rang true and clear, For he trusted in God to keep him from harm. When daylight came he looked around, ‘I will build me a house on this land’ said he; “The oak and the pine shall be cut for the frame, The bricks sh
The legend of cheese Rock. For the Forest Festival, June 7, 1882. In sixteen hundred thirty-one, It was a winter day, When Winthrop, Nowell, Eliot, To northward strolled away. The frozen Mistick flood they crossed, Ere Cradock's mansion stood; O'er swamps and rocky hills they pressed, Through miles of lofty wood. They crossed a lovely ice-bound lake, With islands here and there; ‘spot pond’ they called it, from the rocks That showed their noddles bare. Then up northwestwardly they climbed, A hill well crowned with trees, And hungry there, as well might be, They dined on simple cheese. For, why? the guv'nor's man in haste, And careless how they fed, His basket loaded with the cheese And quite forgot the bread. This fact so simple and so grand, To us they handed down; ‘cheese Rock’ they named that lovely hill, Those men of high renown. Some smaller men cut off the trees And then they named it ‘Bare’; And when the bushes wildly grew The spelled it ‘B-e-a-r.’ But natu