s petition. February 22, 1783.
Jonathan and Nathaniel Wade.
Jonathan and Nathaniel Wade, sons of Jonathan Wade of Ipswich, were the fathers of town government in Medford.
Jonathan was the first recorded town clerk.
The first entry in the town records shows that Nathaniel was chosen constable in 1674.
The office in those days was one of the most important in the gift of the town.
In 1676, both brothers were on the board of selectmen, and held the positions for long terms.
On the first county tax list, their names are at the head; the entire amount assessed was £ 1, 13s. 9d., of which amount, Jonathan paid 6s. 4d., and Nathaniel, 4s. 3d.
Both bore the title of Major.
Jonathan was captain of the Three county troop.
Jonathan Wade married first, Deborah Dudley, daughter of Hon. Thomas Dudley, by whom he had children, Dudley, Prudence, Katharine, Deborah and Susanna, who outlived him.
See Medford Historical Register, Vol.
IV, p. 48. He married second, Elizabeth, daug