own requesting that one or two schoolhouses may be built there.
March 7 it was voted that two schools be built agreeably to, this petition.
The committee appointed for this purpose were Mr. Samuel Gardiner, Mr. William Whittemore, Coll.
Nathaniel Hawkins, Lieut. Samuel Cutter, and Mr. Seth Wyman.
These gentlemen seem to have attended promptly to their duty, for May 1, 1786, it was voted to allow Captain Cordis's account for building the schoolhouses without the Neck, £ 80. The following November Messrs. Whittemore and Philemon Russell were empowered to lay a floor, make seats, and lay a hearth at the Russell's school.
We believe this was the first time in the history of Charlestown that a school building was designated, although unofficially, by the name of a person or family.
A few references to these schools, though trifling, may not be out of place.
June 3, 1788, Mr. Russell receives an order for work at the school, £ 2 9s 10d, and Seth Wyman for wood, £ 1 12s. In October M
1779, Philemon Russell received £ 18, and June, 1780, Edward Gardner, £ 14 19s 6d (probably for teaching in their respective districts, as Samuel Gardner and Amos Warren were on the school board at the time). Edward Gardner in 1782, and as late as 1786, served on the committee, and Mr. Russell's name occurs in the same connection, year by year, to the end of the period which we are considering.
Another teacher, in one or the other of these districts, was James Gardner, who received, through Color his services, August, 1786.
We have mentioned the name of Amos Warren.
He was serving in 1779, and again in 1784. August 2, 1784, Amos Warren and Samuel Gardner are allowed to keep tavern.
We are justified in concluding that, previous to 1786, there was no public school building in these two districts.
Several references to private quarters that were hired for school purposes are found upon the town records.
December 6, 1784. Voted that the school at the upper end of the town be pl
Edward Gardner, born in Charlestown March, 1739, married Mehitable Blodgett, of Lexington, and died January 23, 1806.
It was he whose name figures in these pages.
His brother Samuel, born 1741, died at the age of fifty.
He, also, as we have attempted to show, rendered valuable service to his section of the town.
James, the youngest son of Henry Gardner, according to the family genealogist, graduated from Harvard College, and was long located at Lynn as a physician, where he died in 1831.
By way of recapitulation, we add the following table, which is a continuation of the one on page 16, Vol.
III. The larger sum was the whole amount appropriated for schools; the less sum the amount devoted to schools beyond the Neck.
Committee of management for the schools outside the Neck:—
May 13, 1754, Nathaniel Francis, Samuel Kent, Joseph Phipps; £ 180; £ 24.
May, 1755, and May, 1756, Samuel Kent, Joseph Phipps, Henry Putnam (same amounts).
May 10, 1757, Samuel Kent, Henry