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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 2., A business man of long ago. (search)
s in full for a Room for the School in 1730/101000 To Cash paid to sundry Perfons (ing House781306 [ ] 18To Do pd. to Lydia Pierce for Sweeping the Meet—30000 To Do. pd. to Saml Brooks Junr. in full for keeping School in Time pastd— — — — —150500 To Cash pd. to ye widow Susanna Willis in full for [ ]oom for ye School in Time past— — —20200 [ ] Cash pd. to Richd Sprague in full of his Order of Sd. Date60700 [ ]o Do. paid to Thomas Tufts Junr. for keeping School80000 [ ]o Do pd. to Benjamin Willis on Accomt of the000000 School House—————————100000 To Do paid to John Bradish for Glazing at the Meeting House——————1211 To Samuel Brooks Treasurr 1731 £s May 21By Cash Recead of ye Trustees of ye 60000 Loan£116 [ ] 1732 may 21By Do. Receiv'd of said Trustees——116 [ ] 1730Omitted entring before By Cash Reced. of Constable Stephen Francis1000[ ] By Cash Reced. of Sd. Francis as Constable30[ ] The town of Medford, to Stephen H
h Pool, Isaac Royall, Dr. Simon Tufts, Rev. Mr. Turrell, Stephen Willis, Deacon Benj. Willis, Francis Whitmore. Not that our ancestors believed it wrong; the names of Rev. Mr. Turrell and Deacon Benj. Willis would refute that. But economically it was unprofitable, and its ultimate extinction was doubtless the expectation of all who gave the subject any thought. I have referred to Deacon Benj. Willis as a slaveholder. The following extract from his will may show the attitude of many masters towards those whom they held in service: I Benj. Willis . . . for and in consideration of good will which I do bear toward my Negro Woman Cloe of said Medfo give the said Cloe her Time and Set her Free Immediately after my Decease. Benj. Willis October 5, 1767. And the administrator of the estate of Benj. Willis crBenj. Willis credits himself: by pasturing the deceased's negro woman's heifer, £ 4, 10s. by sundry clothes for negro man Prince, £35. Similar kind treatment is mentioned
ildren    Phoebe Children    James Children    Ebenezer Children    William Children    Joses Children Bucknam, JamesJan. 30, 1791 Bucknam, JosesJan. 30, 1791 Bucknam, LeonardJan. 30, 1791Boatman. Son of James. Bucknam, MosesJan. 30, 1791 Budge, JamesCharlestown, May 3, 1756Nov. 27, 1756In house of Stepn. Francis.     Elizabeth (wife)     3 children Budge, RuthCharlestown, Nov. 23, 1771Age 16. In family of Samuel Angler. Burdit, ThomasMaiden, Apr. 12, 1759Nov. 21, 1759Tenants of Benj. Willis & Benj. Parker.     Ruth (wife)    Thomas Children     Daniel Children Names.From. Date.Warned out.Remarks. Burke, RedmonCambridge, May 7, 1764Irishman. Laborer, employed by Col. Royall. Burnam, AbrahamSudbury, Aug. 15, 1764Journeyman, employed by Samuel Tilton. Burns, Mr., & familyCharlestown, Apr., 1751Tenant of Simon Tufts. Butterfield, JohnWestford, April 18, 1770Oct. 8, 1770In tavern of Hugh Floyd.     Martha (wife)    Kezia Childr
n said town for the time abovesaid. At a Town Meeting legally convened Jany. the tenth 1725-6 . . . Put to vote, whether the town will purchase the acre of land belonging to Mr. John Albry [Albree] adjoining to Marrabell's Brook [called later Marble and Meeting House Brook] and whether the town will build a new meeting house on said land; and in case the abovesaid vote pass in the affirmative, then, Mr. Thomas Tufts Esq. Peter Saccombe [Seccomb] Mr. John Willis, Mr. John Richardson, Benjamin Willis do give their word to the town to level and raise the said land suitable to build upon, and said land to be levelled and raised so soon as the new meeting house shall be fit to meet in. Voted in the affirmative. At said meeting the selectmen were chosen a committee to agree with Mr. John Albree for his acre of land above mentioned, and to make report at the next town meeting. January 24, 1725-6. Put to vote whether the town will pay to Mr. John Albree fifty and five pounds for hi
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 7., An eighteenth century enterprise. (search)
, 1762In house of Nathan Tufts. Gray, John, and familyDec. 28, 1750 Green, Francis (?)Aug. 31, 1797 Green, IsaacApr. 16, 1784(Wife and family.) Greenleaf, Stephen   Maria (wife)Brookline, Mayor June, 1764Dec. 3, 1764 Greenough, Andrew (Hall?)Boston, September, 1769Oct. 8, 1770In family of Andrew Hall. Greenough, JohnJan. 30, 1791 Hadley, AbigailStoneham, Aug. 23, 1766In family of Widow Sarah Connory. Hadley, David Son of Samuel.Stoneham, February, 1762Jan. 1, 1763Apprentice to Benj. Willis. Hadley, SamuelStoneham, Nov. 25, 1762Sept. 1, 1763Tenants of Ebenr Harriden.   Abigail (wife)   Antony.   Jonathan   Abigail   Moses   Hulda Hadley, Samuel, Jr.Stoneham, Apr. 6, 1768Tenant of Thos. Sprague   Rebecca (wife) Hains, AquilaBostonAug. 9, 1763A transient person. Hains, DorcasBoston,June, 1766Mar. 2, 1767Scotchman. Gardener. In employ of Col. Royall. Hair, JohnBoston,April 21, 1769Oct. 8, 1770 Hall, AndrewBoston,September, 1769.   (wife)   Abi
A fast-day hymn. [Dea. Benjamin Willis' diary, Medford, 1764.] Wake up my Soule wake up my Eyes Wake up my Drowsy facquel Tyes o Lord Thy Prayes I'll Ever Sing prayes is A Very pleasant Thing. Boarding-School. Joseph Wyman begs leave to inform his friends, and the public, that he has good accommodations at Medford, 5 miles from Boston, in a healthly fituation, (which is to be confidered in a fickly feason) for about 15 fcholars, whom he will board and inftruct in any of the following branches of ufeful and ornamental knowledge, viz. Englifh Grammar, Compofition, Reading and Speaking, either on public occafions, or private entertainment— The Art of Penmanfhip in a modern, ufeful and ornamental manner; Arithmetic, thofe parts of it which are moftly ufed in bufinefs. A general knowledge in Geography; and the rudiments of Geomety and Drawing. The Miffes will be put under the immediate care of Mifs Haskel, who, if requefted, will inftruct them in the ufe of the Sewing-Need
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 7., Meeting-house brook and the second Meeting-house. (search)
trade by boat from Medford to Boston, made his own barrels and owned a slaughter house within a few rods of the Great [Cradock] Bridge. In partnership with Benjamin Willis he bought almost the whole of the Jonathan Wade estate, including the Garrison House, as we call the Wade homestead. This land, which extended back from Highe of Brooks Lane [Brooks Lane proper, Bradlee Road, Porter Road and Governor's Avenue] was bought in small shares from the husbands of Jonathan Wade's daughters. Willis sold most of his share in various parcels to Andrew Hall or his heirs, until eventually nearly all the orginal purchase was owned by the Hall family. The homes50: To 12 acres pasture land formerly John Hall's land @ £ 4: 10 Pr acre54: To 25 acres pasture land @ £ 4 Pr acre100: To Half 23 acres pasture land with Benja Willis @ £ 5 Pr acre59:10: To a wood lott known by the name of Call's Lott containing 5 acres @ 16s Pr acre4: To a wood lott known by the name of Gerrish Lott conta
late Mr. Rufus Sawyer took down the old building and erected on its site the house now standing on the easterly corner of Salem and Fountain streets. The Royal Oak Tavern. This tavern stood upon land purchased of Dr. Oliver Noyes by Mr. Benjamin Willis in the year 1717. The estate was described as a house lot near Medford bridge, bounded west and northwest on the country road; northeast on a highway laid out from the country road to land of Aaron Cleveland; southeast on land of John Hals. per hund. & Covt. of Lanclet Baker to finish it & mast it & do the joyners work & to beare halfe the vessels chardge till cleared belowe the bridge at Mystick. Also a Bill of sale of 1/2 said vessel from Lanclet Baker to David Selleck: Mr. Willis was granted a license as an innholder in the year 1720, and probably built his house soon after his purchase. He was sometimes called a shopkeeper. He occupied the estate as an innholder until the year 1730, when he sold the property to Mr. J
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 8., Strangers in Medford, (Continued from vol. 7, no. 4) (search)
Mallett, ElizabethDec. Ct., 1764 Manning, JosephJan. 30, 1791    ElizabethJan. 30, 1791    SarahJan. 30, 1791 Marble, Jonathan Children.Dec. Ct., 1758In family of Benj. Teel.    Joseph Children.Dec. Ct., 1758In family of Benj. Teel. Margaret (negro)Boston, July, 1762April n, 1763See Margaret Hammon. Mather, Mary So called. Cammel erased.Watertown, Mar. 27, 1761May 30, 1761Age 5 mos. In family of John Clark. Maul, MaryBoston, Apr. 1, 1754Feb. 26, 1755Maid in family of Stephn Willis. Mayes, SusannaCharlestown.Age 18. In family of Samuel Angier, Jan. 7, 1771. May, ZebulonWoburn, Oct. 29, 1758Sept. 5, 1759In house of Capt. Isaac Forster. In house of William Tufts, Jr.    Martha (wife)Charlestown, Apr. 16, 1764Dec. 3, 1764    Mary (Children)    Martha(Children)    Lucy(Children)Born between 1758 and 1764    Abigail(Children)Born between 1758 and 1764    Zebulon(Children)Born between 1758 and 1764 McCarthy, Daniel, Jr.Concord, abt. July 1,
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 11., Ye olde Meting-House of Meadford. (search)
town. I find no report of their doings in the matter on the record; but upon the treasurer's book under date of January 4, 1729, is this item, To Cash Recd of Benj. Willis for ye Old Meeting-house Omitted getting down before. The receipts are entered on the right hand pages of the book, and the page being one of the earliest used, the right, or outer edge, is so frayed and worn that the amount paid by Mr. Willis is missing. An interesting matter in this connection is the date January 4, 729. As the town directed the selectmen on September 29, 1729, to sell it and Mr. Willis paid for it on January 4, it was in the eleventh month of the year, which theMr. Willis paid for it on January 4, it was in the eleventh month of the year, which then began with the first of March, instead of January. Another incident is that the entry is not in regular order, but is explained by the written note, Omitted setting down before. Such are the facts gleaned from the ancient records of the town, their time-worn and discolored pages now carefully preserved between silk tissue.
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