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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 3., Medford in the War of the Revolution. (search)
to the redoubt. After the battle they slept on their arms at Prospect Hill. Three Medford men were under Stark: Rev. David Osgood, chaplain; Daniel Reed, drummer; and Robert Bushby. Although Medford was not the scene of battle, she was near ereport of this meeting. The document was not received in Medford until September. Sabbath morning, September 8, Parson Osgood read from the pulpit the momentous words which freed the Colonies from the mother country. On the day when the Declara brought bad news. Ticonderoga was evacuated. At first only a rumor, the news was speedily confirmed by a letter from Dr. Osgood's brother, who was one of the garrison. The retreating army was overtaken at Hubbardton, Vt., and there Col. Ebenezer was a favorite resort for British and Hessian officers. These men were very respectfully treated by the inhabitants. Dr. Osgood frequently received the Hessian chaplain. Benjamin Hall entertained him at dinner, and English officers were frequent
Notes Names of those whose graves were marked by the Historical Society, April 19, 1898: John Blanchard, Thomas Bradshaw, Thomas Binford, Capt. Caleb Brooks, Lt.-Col. John Brooks (received title General after close of war), Rev. Edward Brooks (Chaplain), Hezekiah Blanchard, Hezekiah Blanchard, Jr., Jonas Dickson, Benjamin Francis, Benjamin Floyd, Benjamin Floyd, John Le Bosquet, Rev. David Osgood (Chaplain), John Oakes, Lt. Jonathan Porter, James Richardson, John Stimson, Johnes Symmes, Thomas Savels or Sables, Maj. Samuel Swan (received title after close of war), Benjamin Tufts, Samuel Tufts, Samuel Tufts, 3d, Corp. James Tufts, Jr., Samuel Teal, Ebenezer Tufts, Jonathan Tufts, David Vinton. Unknown soldiers, probably from New Hampshire or Maine, who died in Medford during siege of Boston. Mr. John H. Hooper, whose portrait appears in this number of the Register, and whose article on the brid
o revoke the clause of his will leaving it to the town. David Osgood. In March, 1774, Mr. David Osgood was invited to preach as a candidate for settlement as colleague to Rev. Mr. Turell, and onwould choose it and comply with its terms. Because of the weight of the six votes against him Mr. Osgood declined the call to the Medford church. The town then chose a committee to consult with the opponents of Mr. Osgood, but nothing came of it. Finally, Mr. Osgood accepted the call. The salary was eighty pounds during Mr. Turell's life, and ninety pounds afterward. He was ordained Sept. 14,Mr. Osgood accepted the call. The salary was eighty pounds during Mr. Turell's life, and ninety pounds afterward. He was ordained Sept. 14, 1774, making a statement of his belief before the ecclesiastical council called from neighboring churches to ordain him. Three of the six opponents called upon him the morning after his ordination annistrations, and ready to aid you in your holy work. Fortunately it is possible to describe Dr. Osgood by means of his contemporaries and friends. Miss Lucy Osgood wrote of her father, May 6, 18
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 3., The Royall House loan exhibition. (search)
ich was the centrepiece in the drawing-room, was brought to this country in 1680. General Stark's clock stood at the head of the stairs, which its distinguished owner had often trod. Scattered about the house were chairs which belonged to Dr. David Osgood, the young preacher of Medford in the days of the Revolution. His daughter's cradle was in the kitchen. A chair which stood in the square pew of Nathan Wait in the third meeting-house was in the hall. Beside it was a chair which was blow and in prison, the diary of Deacon Benjamin Willis, a prominent Medford citizen before the Revolution, and a few old love letters, among them one written by Parson Turell. Autograph letters of Samuel Sewall, Thomas Jefferson, Governor Brooks, Dr. Osgood, and other papers of especial interest to students of Medford history, over one hundred in all, made a valuable collection. From far and near visitors came to see the historic edifice, and one and all were charmed with the artistic arrangeme
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 2., The second Congregational and Mystic churches. (search)
The second Congregational and Mystic churches. by Charles Cummings. [Read before the Medford Historical Society, Nov. 20, 1899.] Rev. Doctor Osgood, pastor of the First and only church then existing in Medford, died in December, 1822. Early in the following year the Rev. Andrew Bigelow became a candidate for settlement as Doctor Osgood's successor. The majority of the church were pleased with his services, and proposed his installation, which took place July 9; but a minority, recognizing that his theological views did not harmonize with their own, deemed it expedient to withdraw from that church, and form a new one. Accordingly seventeen members2. His eventful pastorate extended through nearly fourteen years, and was the longest enjoyed by any Congregational minister in Medford since the decease of Doctor Osgood. He was a faithful, whole-souled, and energetic worker, and allowed nothing to come between him and the performance of what he conceived to be his duty.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 2., A business man of long ago. (search)
of a bridge at Penny Ferry (Malden), and harsh words were said about the Charlestown people who favored it. Even the Rev. David Osgood Minister of the church at Medford. was moved to indignation, and voiced the sentiments of his townsmen in a le the few who have hitherto joined us, remain the only sober and rational part of this creation. It was a sad blow to Dr. Osgood, Mr. Hall, and others that Maj. Samuel Swan, their personal friend and a resident of Medford during the Revolution, sho brick yard, Now one of the most thickly settled parts of the city. containing forty acres, was sold for $447 to Rev. David Osgood. This was north of the present Fells parkway. It was bequeathed to the town by Dr. Osgood's daughter. The last yDr. Osgood's daughter. The last years of Mr. Hall's life were saddened by the death of his oldest son, Benjamin. He had always been with his father in business, and in 1801 had become his successor. He married Lucy Tufts, daughter of Dr. Simon Tufts, and took her, a bride, to th
Lydia Maria Child. by Anna D. Hallowell. few reputations survive the almost universal mortality of a hundred years. Whenever, or wherever, this exception occurs our curiosity is challenged to inquire what elements of character triumphed over the limitations of time, what traits were a part of immortal life. Almost a century has elapsed since a little girl was born in the village of Medford, on Feb. 1, 1802, and duly christened by Dr. Osgood, minister over the First, and only, Church,—Lydia Maria Francis. The substantial brick house in which she opened her eyes was built and owned by her father, David Francis, and is now occupied by the Medford Historical Society. Richard Francis was the first of the name to come to America. He died in 1686 or 1687, aged eighty-six years, or thereabouts, according to his gravestone in West Cambridge, now Arlington. The next knowledge of the family is of Mrs. Child's grandfather, Richard Francis, a weaver by trade. He was an ardent Liberty
702, and graduated from college in 1721. In 1724, he was ordained and became the pastor of the church in Medford. He married first, Jane, daughter of Rev. Dr. Colman, of Boston; second, Lucy Davenport, Oct. 23, 1735, and third, Mrs. Jane Tyler, a daughter of William Pepperell of Kittery. Parson Turell died Dec. 8, 1778. He left no children. His home was afterward known as the Jonathan Porter Homestead, and stood at the corner of Winthrop Street and Rural Avenue. His colleague, Rev. David Osgood, took the place of a son to him, as well as associate pastor. For the last five years of Mr. Turell's life, hardly a day passed which was not brightened by a visit from the young divine. Society Notes. Mr. Walter H. Cushing, one of our most active members and instructor in History in the High School, is publishing a series of Medford History Leaflets designed to tell the story of Medford's development from earliest times to the present. From the subjects announced for forthcomi
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 6., Strangers in Medford, (continued from vol. 4, no. 2). (search)
ecember 3, 1812, Benjamin Young, as keeper of the new workhouse, was allowed for his services, and those of his wife, at the rate of two hundred fifty dollars per annum. By the terms of the agreement, Young was to maintain himself and family, and to have house rent and the use of the kitchen fire. In 1813, thirty-three persons were supported wholly by the town, and thirteen assisted. The families of soldiers of 1812 were grudgingly granted aid, for Medford, led by their pastor, Rev. David Osgood, was bitterly opposed to the war. One man is referred to as being, not in the army of the United States, but in Mr. Madison's army. September 23, 1815, a great gale passed over West Medford and nearly wrecked the poorhouse, together with many other buildings, blowing down the chimneys and breaking the windows. This house, or a portion of it, is still standing on Canal street, and has lately become a home for aged inventors. The unfortunate, the decrepit, the lazy, the vicious,
en from the British Provinces. Here she taught them those useful, varied and elegant accomplishments for which the ladies of the ancient regime were so happily distinguished; here she discussed the politics of the country with the eccentric Dr. David Osgood and the courtly John Brooks; here she wrote her pathetic story, Sarah, in which her own heart struggles are most touchingly portrayed; here she composed The choice, in which her beau ideal of terrestrial happiness is unfolded, and here beneasit to the school, rose in his pew below, gave out the tune, and the heavy bass of the one, uniting with the fine tenor of the other, formed a powerful duo, which surprised and delighted the listening congregation. At the close of the service, Dr. Osgood tendered them his cordial thanks, and at dinner invited them to do the singing for him in the afternoon; but when the service opened, every member of the choir was in his or her place. The Boston Weekly Magazine of October, 1802, gives the f
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