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ral towns and precincts wherein they lay. May 15, 1657, the committee reported in full upon the subject submitted to them, and we quote only such portions of the report as relate to Mistick bridge, as follows: Only those two bridges, viz: at Billerica and Mistick, to be finished at the County's charge, and from time to come maintained by the towns and precincts in which they are. This return of the committee was accepted by the County Court, and the same was presented to the General Court for its approval, which was had on the 18th of the 3d month, 1657. We find from this action of the Court that the two bridges, viz., at Billerica and Mistick, were the only ones to be rebuilt at the expense of the County, the bridge at Mistick being already in progress of construction by a committee previously appointed for that purpose. Under date of June 16, 1657, we find in the records of the County Court the following order: The County Court being informed that the bridge over Mistick r
t abroad his next-door neighbor, a merry seacap-tain, accosted him with, Well, Patrick, you may bless Heaven till your latest day for having been sick at the same time with the Deacon, for the Doctor prayed so hard to keep him here that he was obliged to beg a little for you. On the 14th day of September, 1774, my father was ordained as the colleague of the Rev. Mr. Turell, whose death did not take place until several years afterward. In November, 1786, he married Miss Hannah Breed, of Billerica. My father and mother were born within two months of one another, and were forty years old when they became parents. My mother died Jan. 4, 1818, in her seventy-first year. Her death was sudden, after a few hours' illness, though she had been an invalid for the preceding twelve years. It took place at one o'clock on the morning of the Sabbath, and my father preached on both parts of the following day, pleading, in opposition to the remonstrances of some of his friends, that as his prep
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 2., The second Congregational and Mystic churches. (search)
remain in Medford. He, in good faith, accepted the decree and began making plans for future work; but new overtures having been made by the Exeter Church, he, in the hope that the health of an invalid son would be greatly improved in that locality, sent to the church a second letter of resignation November 6 of the same year and was dismissed by a council November 19. He preached in Exeter four years, and afterwards in Dracut and Lowell, Mass., and Danielsonville, Conn. He died in Billerica, Mass., in 1887. Two sons, Charles P. H. and William W., are now prominent in the ministry. Mr. Nason was a man of marked personality, a linguist of great fluency, a botanist of keen penetration, a genealogist of some repute, a musician, and an orator of no mean standing. He was succeeded by the Rev. E. P. Hooker. Edward P. Hooker. Rev. (now D. D.) Edward Pason Hooker was born in Poultney, Vt., July 2, 1834; graduated from Middlebury College, 1855, and from Andover Theological Semi
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 2., A business man of long ago. (search)
it. Mr. Hall was zealous in prosecuting the building of Middlesex Canal, but was not in favor of extending it to Boston. He wrote, In 1792 there was a petition preferred the General Court for liberty to make a Canal from Merrimack River into Medford River the Petitioners were Chiefly Inhabitants of Medford. When the Corporation Act Past there were twelve Person named in Said Act Eight of which was of Medford a Committee was appointed by the Corporation to Purchase Land in Chelmsford, Billerica & Wobourn and Stake Out the Same. One half of said Committee were allso of Medford and spent Many Days About itt att there Own Expense. . . . Itt is Very Evident that itt was not the Design of the Corporation to go Any further than Medford when the Corp. Act Past as itt then Fixtthe tol to Medford Bridge . . . itt is Presumed that the Corporation has not Fullfill'd there Part of the Act Untill they have Lockt the same in Medford River. . . there may be Sufficiency of water to go into Med
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 6., Strangers in Medford, (continued from vol. 4, no. 2). (search)
Derumpel RobertNewtown,May 15, 1764In family of Timothy Tufts. Dunster, RebeccaMasson town,June 6, 1770In family of Joseph Tufts. Eades, Josiah (?)Watertown,June 21, 1755Orphan. Age 16. Apprentice to Ebenr. Tidd. Eastabrooks, Nehemiah  wife and child'nJan. 30, 1791Distiller. Emerson, AbigailCambridge,Mar. 27, 1754Feb. 26, 1755In service to Zacheriah Poole. English, WilliamAug. 31, 1797 Evens, AnnaWilmington,Sept. 17, 1765Sept. 1, 1756In service to Hezekiah Blanchard. Farley, MaryBillerica,Aug. 12, 1765Feb. 24, 1766In family of Aaron Blanchard. Farrington, Daniel Age 15.Jan. 30, 1791 Fillebrown, JamesCambridge,Mar. 10 1766May 16, 1767Apprentice to Nath'l Pierce. 2, 1767 Over the Hill to the poorhouse. By Helen T. Wild. THE poor ye have always with you is amply exemplified in town records from the earliest times. The meeting-house, the minister, and the town charges furnish the bulk of subject matter for the early books. One cannot read these ancient documents
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 7., An eighteenth century enterprise. (search)
f one hundred and four feet from tide water at Charlestown, to the Concord at Billerica, and a descent of twenty-six feet to the Merrimack at Chelmsford. Five otherentury history. Nor were these all. With the exception of the guard locks at Billerica and Chelmsford, which, of hammered granite, were equalled by nothing then in ell. In 1831 Mr. Eddy was directed to survey a route for a branch canal from Billerica to the Hamilton Mills in Lowell, to save four miles and Pawtucket tolls. He n closed, the granite being boated from Tyngsborough, and the framing done at Billerica in 1827. Eight days sufficed to remove the timbers of the lock and aqueduct wcontinued by vote of its directors. The last boat passed through the lock at Billerica in 1852, and the waters of the Concord flowed on toward the Merrimack as of onature has dealt kindly, as the tall trees witness. Through Wilmington and Billerica the same kindly hand has covered its banks with verdure and its stones with m
endley, AnnJan. 30, 1791 Henshaw, SamuelCharlestown, Apr., 1754Feb. 26, 1755   Abigail (wife) Hewes, JohnLynn, Apr. 7, 1766Single man. Husbandman. Employed by Col. Royall.   ThomasAug. 31, 1797 Hill (male child)See Elias Robinson Hodge, AnnaWoburn, May, 1758Daughter of George Hodge. In service to Simon Tufts. Holden, Anne (?)Jan. 30, 1791   NathanielCharlestown, May i, 1761In family of Samuel Hall.   ThomasCharlestown, May i, 1764In family of Samuel Tufts. Hollon, Ceasar (negro)Billerica, June 1, 1765Employed by Joseph Tufts. Holmes, FrancesHolden, Aug. 23, 1754Servant in family of Jos. Skinner. Boston, July 1, 1756 A Town Meeting, 1847. Charles Cummings. WE look first at the building in which the town business was transacted. Erected in 1833, it was partially destroyed by fire in 1839. When repaired and lengthened thirteen feet, it remained without change of condition till it was again partially consumed in 1850. The lower story was occupied by two dry good
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 8., The Whitmores of Medford and some of their descendants. (search)
fth of March, 1650, the town gave land now forming Billerica and Bedford (at that time a part of it) to some ofstance from here; as for instance, he sold land in Billerica, in 1655, to the Richard and Jane Champney, who sovember 25, 1663. As the latter also owned land in Billerica, it is possible that it was through Mr. Collins thabove land. He also owned land in Charlestown and Billerica. John Whitmore married Rachel, daughter of Francity do mortgage and bind over my land and houses in Billerica, some time belonging to John Poulter. The conditir, and it is interesting to learn that the land in Billerica that he gave as security to his mother-in-law was er. He married Mary Lane of Bedford, then part of Billerica, in 706. They had six children. Mary, b. Jule built the first church there. He bought land in Billerica, now Bedford, of Fitz John Winthrop, grandson of G Raynor of Dover, N. H. He represented Malden and Billerica in the General Court, and died in 1697. His son
gard to his agent (since 1634), Thomas Mayhew, with whose doings he was not quite satisfied. In the postscript, Cradock writes of his purpose to apply himself to tylledge & increasing my stock of cattell, and having had recourse to a plase caled Shaw Shynn where I heare none comes but myselffe, and he asks for two thousand acres there. He adds, when I shall putt up a tenement & a dame as I have herewith given order there about. This reference to an erection of a building at Shawsheen (Billerica) would show that Cradock was in the habit of providing a housing for his people, of whom there were many working for his interests, as we have shown. This is strengthened by the following affidavit in the Middlesex Court Files. The testimony of Richard Beers, Ben amin Crispe, and Garret Church in 1662 was that Mr. Thomas Mayhew lived at Mystic, alias Meadford, in the year 1636. Nicholas Davison succeeded Mayhew as Cradock's agent. Joseph Hills of Malden, in his affidavit on the sa
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., A pioneer railroad and how it was built. (search)
ividends were being paid. The Middlesex Canal had been in operation for thirty years when the railroad was chartered. The canal connected the tidewaters of Boston Harbor at Charlestown with the slow moving current of Concord river at North Billerica by an ascent of one hundred and four feet, then descending twenty-six feet, it connected with the Merrimack, and was twenty-seven miles in length. As three and one-half miles per hour was the fastest time made by the passenger boats, and twe. The railroad passed through the central village of no town in its entire length of twenty-five miles. Its course lay between Charlestown and Cambridge, Medford and West Cambridge, Stoneham and Woburn, Wilmington and Burlington, Tewksbury and Billerica. The traveller that journeys over it today will find the compact city of Somerville, the residential western section of Medford (that once was almost a town itself), and the beautiful suburban town of Winchester grown up on both sides of its c
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