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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 3., Medford in the War of the Revolution. (search)
r. John Brooks. Ensign Stephen Hall was the eldest son of Stephen Hall, Tertius. He was born Jan. 3, 1745, and died at Revere in 1817. His granddaughter said of him: I remember my grandfather well; he lived and died at my father's, and I never can forget his life and counsel; he was very exemplary in his daily life, and dearly did I love him; he was a large man of very dignified appearance. Thomas Bradshaw, private, was the proprietor of the Fountain House. His daughter married Thatcher Magoun, Sr. There were nine Tuftses in the company, all kinsmen. Seven of them were voters in 1776-7. James Tufts, Jr., was a potter in later years. The land on which his shop stood, between the river and Tufts place, is owned by his grandsons to-day. Daniel Tufts lived opposite the Powder House, on land set off to Charlestown in 1811. One hundred twenty-three years ago to-night a feeling of excitement and suspense pervaded the town. People who came out from Boston through the day brought
street was laid out in the year 1746, in order to make a convenient way to the tide mill. The most easterly of the ways leading from the River road to the river is now known as Foster court, and the landing-place was called Labor in vain Landing, it being opposite Labor in vain Point. There is some reason to believe that it was also called Hall's Landing. The next westerly landing was situated near the foot of Park street, and the way thereto was through land afterwards used by Mr. Thatcher Magoun as a shipyard. The third and last landing-place east of the bridge was situated at the foot of Cross street and was called No Man's Friend, and also Wade's Landing. Charlestown laid out a way from this landing to its woodlots, on the northerly line of Mr. Cradock's farm, the southerly end of this way being at or near the present location of Cross street. It has been said that Charlestown laid out both Cross and Fulton streets, but, as will be hereinafter shown, the way laid out b