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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 9., The Bradburys of Medford and their ancestry. (search)
rtable for the night. In the morning when the bill of sale was receipted and the signature disclosed the identity of the supposed drover, there was consternation, a few apologies, and the governor took his breakfast with the family. Isaac Hill was governor of New Hampshire, 1836-38. It is said, Timothy Cotting, who was a friend of Tanner Hall (they were both Democrats), could never forego the opportunity of joking his friend on this experience. In 1814, William Bradbury was assessor; in 1823, he was on committee with Andrew Blanchard, Galen James, Turell Tufts, and Nathan Adams, to whom was referred the petition of those citizens in the east part of the town who desired a school in their section. Previous to the sale of his father's property, William Bradbury had made over to him about twelve acres of woodlot in what is now Glenwood. He may have used the wood in his coopering, and there are people living who remember seeing him going back and forth with his axe to cut wood.
divided its pages into fifty-two equal parts and faithfully read one section a week, until he had read it from cover to cover. The creed which he adopted is embodied in the church manual of the first Trinitarian church, established in Medford in 1823, and again in that of the Mystic church in 1847, and was just as firmly his when he died in 1879. When Mr. James settled in Medford permanently, he connected himself actively with the parish church. After the death of Dr. Osgood, the majority uld have brought forth countless collisions. In 1846 a rupture occurred in the second congregational parish, and Galen James again led a colony to a new church home. The causes of disagreement were more personal and perhaps more bitter than in 1823. Conference after conference was held in private, trying to adjust matters, at some of which neighboring clergymen were present, but none of these were public or reported on the records of the churches. It has been said that the slavery question
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., The first Methodist Episcopal Church of Medford. (search)
ne of the hotels. His text was John 15: 14— Ye are my friends, etc. As a result of Brother Brackett's preaching, a Methodist class was formed which met every Sabbath afternoon, and weekly prayer-meetings were held. These meetings continued until 1823, when the first revival ever known in Medford occurred, and a Methodist Society of forty members was organized. A building adjoining Cradock bridge called Mead's Hall was leased and fitted up, and a Sunday-school of about twenty members was forme and twenty-one. The other organizations of the church, subject to its control, are, The Sunday-school, Ladies' Aid Society, Woman's Foreign Missionary Society, Epworth League and Wesley Brotherhood. The Sabbath-school was organized first in 1823, with about twenty members. The school steadily increased in interest and numbers for several years, but in 1838, when the public church services were discontinued, the Sabbath-school was also discontinued for a time. In 1843 it was reorganized,
Secretary of State of Massachusetts and was elected Mayor of Boston, December 1848, and served three terms. During his term of office, the completion of the lines of railroads connecting Boston with Canada and the Great Lakes was celebrated with great elaborateness, and he is said to have done the honors of the city very handsomely. The first gift of money to the Boston Public Library was from John P. Bigelow. Was he the John P. Bigelow who was Commander of the Medford Light Infantry, 1821-1823? Elizabeth Prescott, the youngest daughter, was married June 4, 1839. Andrew was married soon after his settlement over the church here, and these marriages with Katherine's also, are found on our Medford records, where also to be found are the deaths of the following: Edward, July 1, 1838, aged 38; Helen, unmarried, April 14, 1865, aged 61 years, 8 months; Francis R., unmarried, June 28 1886, aged 80 years, 6 months. Helen and her brother Francis each led the life of a recluse, using
Mrs. Jonathan Porter, d. October, 1852, ae. 87. Tuesday, Governor Brooks, d. March, 1825, ae. 73. Wednesday, Mrs. Joseph Manning, d. August, 1835. Thursday, Mrs. Duncan Ingraham, d. August, 1830, ae. 87. Friday, Mr. John Bishop, d. February, 1833, ae. 77. Saturday, Mrs. Abner Bartlett, d. April, 1867, ae. 89. Governor Brooks always treated Miss Francis with great kindness and polite attention. Mrs. Samuel Swan supplied her with coffee for roasting for several years before 1823. Marm Betty must have filled a worthy place in Medford's history, none the less important because limited to the little home and her little charges. Her long life overlapped the first half-century of the new nation, but it was a day of small things with Medford's school system even, when she passed to her reward. A tribute of affection was it, and one perhaps without a parallel, that her first and last scholars should come to do her honor. The invalid mother may have heard the clatt
ener; she, a good talker. On one occasion, as she entered a room where he and his brother were sitting in perfect silence, she laughingly said, I thought you must both be here, it was so still. They formed part of their mother's family until, in 1824, they took a small house in Sansome street, in Philadelphia, a street now wholly given up to shops and offices. As no nurse was kept, Mrs. Mott was closely occupied by the care of her children, the fourth, another Thomas, having been born in 1823. She also did much of the housework, and all her own sewing, as they could afford only one servant and felt the necessity of strict economy. In an old account book we find that the yearly expenses of this household were $655.58 in 1820, increasing to a little over $1,000 in 1824, but did not reach $1,700 till in the '30s, notwithstanding the birth of two more children. It was in those busy years that she read and reread with an absorbing interest the writings of William Penn. She had a
ria del Occidente, which she used as a nom de plume. She wrote a novel in 1843 called Idomen, supposed to have been autobiographical. Many believed her to have been the original of the Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins. Dr. John Brooks, one of Medford's most distinguished citizens, delivered an oration before the Society of the Cincinnati in 1787; a Eulogy on George Washington, 1800; Discourse Before the Humane Society, 1795; and a remarkable Farewell to the Militia of the Commonwealth in 1823, all of which are in print. Of his inaugural address, when governor of Massachusetts, President Monroe said, I am willing to take the principles of that speech as the basis of my administration. Among other early writers we find Timothy Bigelow, lawyer, many of whose orations from 1767 to 1790 have been preserved, and a Journal of a Tour to the Falls of Niagara, reprinted. Samuel Hall was editor of the Essex Gazette, New England Chronicle, Salem Gazette, and Massachusetts Gazette, 1768
n telling how General Brooks requested Mrs. Brooks to have Indian corn cakes for breakfast, knowing his superior's especial liking therefor. In after years, when a Medford boy visited Governor Brooks, who took great pride in his garden and was taking the boy about it, the Governor told him with much pleasure of his illustrious visitor, remarking that it was their last interview. The house had a succession of tenants till in 1810 Samuel Swan became its owner and occupant, dying at sea in 1823. His widow Margaret, commonly called Peggy, Swan, continued to reside there and rented a portion of the house until her passing away. Of the occupants during the past fifty years we can speak with certainty of but one, the last, Cleopas Johnson, who died there on December 17, 1902. He was a carpenter and builder and a thorough mechanic, as was also his partner and brother, Theophilus. The brothers were familiarly called Cope and Tope by all the old-timers of Medford. Cleopas outlived h
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., Distinguished guests and residents of Medford. (search)
ed for many years in New York and Philadelphia, but never in Boston, on account of her relatives' dislike for her having adopted the stage as a profession. She experienced, in the place of her birth, the Puritan aversion to the stage and the people connected with it, so much stronger in her day than now, and in the homes of some cousins she was never welcomed. She made her debut in Pittsburg, Penn., in 1817 as Mrs. Blanford in Speed the Plough. Her first appearance in New York was in 1822-3 as Adelgitha in the play of that name. She was long known at the Bowery and other New York theatres. She took such parts as Letitia Hardy in the Belle's Stratagem, Leonora in the Lovers' Quarrels and Mrs. Malfort in the Soldier's Daughter. She made her first appearance as the latter, when she was engaged for the so-called heavy business. On July 2, 1822, a company of amateurs opened an establishment under the name of the City Theater. Only three had any stage experience, Mrs. Legge bein
— Capt.Aug. 31, 180267 Ramsdill,—–July 7, 1803 July 7, 1803 Reed, Captain HenryOct. 12, 182643 Richards, Stephen A. (in canal)June 13, 18423-6 Richardson, JamesJuly 16, 184824 Richardson, John (canal)Feb. 13, 18248 Robbins, JamesApr. 29, 1771 Smith, Francis A.July 6, 182827 Stearns, DanielJuly 2, 182018 Stetson, FrederickMar. 10, 184617-8 Lost at sea, son of Rev. Caleb Stetson—F. A. W. Swan, Jr., Capt. Samuel Supposed to have been lost at sea the earlier part of the year 1823. Vessel and company have never been heard of. (Was in the slave trade also supposed to have been murdered on the coast of Africa.) —F. A. W, Symmes, Hitty (insane, drowned herself)July 4, 180123 Tufts, HutchinsonMay 2, 181720 Tufts, Jonathan, Jr.BuriedMay 21, 181833 Tufts, John June 4, 18048 Walker, JohnJune 29, 1806 35 Walker, WilliamAug. 16, 180310 Wilbur, Roland G.Dec.9, 18441-5 Plato (a Negro Servant of Hon. Isaac Royal, Esq.)June 8, 1768 —— , A young man from Boston
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