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The Somerville Directory; containing the names of the heads of families. Their Occupations, and dwelling houses, with a list of the town public officers.

Somerville, Edmund Tufts, Printer. 1851.


Population of the towns in Middlesex

According to the Census taken in 1850, by the authority of the Government of the United States.

Census of Middlesex County.

South Reading2,407
West Cambridge,2,202
Census of 1840,106,611
Inc. in 10 years,54,774


Somerville town Government for 1851-52.

Selectmen, John S. Edgerly (chairman), Thomas J. Leland, Charles Miller, Chester Guild, John Runey.

Treasurer, Robert Vinal.

School Committee, Augustus R. Pope (chairman), Edwin Leigh (secretary), Charles Forster, Fitch Cutter, George O. Brastow, Edwin Munroe, Jr., Isaac F. Shepard.

Town clerk, Charles E. Gilman.

Assessors, John C. Magoun (chairman), William Bonner, Abel Fitz.

Overseers of Poor, Columbus Tyler (chairman), Oliver Tufts, John S. Edgerly.

Constables, Hugh Moore, William Higgins.

Collector, Hugh Moore.

Auditors, Columbus Tyler, Edward L. Stevens, Samuel T. Frost.

Fence Viewers, Hugh Moore, William A. Tufts, David A. Sanborn.

Field Drivers, Hugh Moore, Theodore Palmer, Warren S. Leland.

Sealer of Leather, Charles Miller.

Tythingman, Samuel C. Bradshaw, Jr.

Sealer of Weights and Measures, Leonard Arnold.

Surveyors of Wood and Bark, John C. Tenney, D. A. Marrett, Gilman Griffin, George A. Sanborn.

Surveyor of Highways, Abram Welch.

Justices of the peace.

Henry Adams, Alfred Allen, George O. Brastow, Luther V. Bell, Ebenezer F. Cutter, John K. Hall, Jonas H. Kendall, John C. Magoun, Samuel Poor, Edward L. Stevens, Columbus Tyler, Edmund Tufts.


Streets, courts, Lanes, and places in the town of Somerville.

Broadway leads from Charlestown to West Cambridge, through the northern part of Somerville.

Elm, from Broadway to Milk.

Medford, from East Cambridge to Medford.

Adams, from Broadway to Medford.

Central, from Broadway to Milk.

Sycamore, from Broadway to Medford.

Derby, from Broadway to Medford Turnpike.

Walnut, from Broadway to Bow.

Cross, from Broadway to Medford.

Rush, from Broadway to Pearl.

Glen, from Broadway to Flint.

Franklin, from Broadway to Cambridge.

Mount Vernon, from Broadway to Perkins.

Mount Pleasant, from Broadway to Perkins.

Pearl, from Cross.

Medford Turnpike leads from Charlestown to Medford, through the eastern part of Somerville.

Park, from Bond to Broadway.

Bond, from Park to Derby.

Heath, from Park to Derby.

Perkins, from Franklin to Charlestown.

Cambridge Street leads from Charlestown to Cambridge, through the southern part of Somerville.

Tufts, from Cambridge to Cross.

Joy, from Cambridge to Poplar.

Linden, No. 3, from Cambridge to Milk.

Boston, from Cambridge to Walnut over Prospect Hill.

Linden, from Milk to Walnut.

Prospect, from Cambridge to Cambridgeport.

Dane, from Cambridge to Milk.

Vine, from Cambridge to Milk.

Snow Hill, from Beacon to Milk. [29]

Beacon Street leads to Cambridgeport, through the western part of Somerville.

Church, from Medford to Central.

Milk, from East Cambridge to Cambridge, near Porter's, through the south part of Somerville.

Bow, from Milk to Milk.

Laurel, from Milk to Summer.

Oak, from Milk to Beech.

Spring, from Milk to Summer.

Belmont, from Milk to Summer.

Porter, from Elm.

Linden, No. 2, from Elm.

Russell, from Elm to North Avenue, Cambridge.

Orchard, from Russell.

Cottage place, from Russell.

Hamlet, from Church.

Summer, from Central.

Beech, from Oak to Spring.

Harvard, from Beech to Summer.

Elm court, from Harvard.

Harvard court, from Harvard.

Myrtle, from Perkins to Cambridge.

Florence, from Perkins to Pearl.

Somerville Directory

Abbreviations—b. stands for ‘business in Boston,’ h. for ‘house,’ n. for ‘near,’ cor. for ‘corner of,’ op. for ‘opposite.’ The word street will be omitted as superfluous.

Aborn, John, b. hatter, h. Cottage, out of Elm.

Adams, Joseph, Broadway, foot of Winter Hill.

Adams, Miss H. A. b. teacher, boards with J. Adams.

Adams, Samuel, boards with J. C. Magoun, at W. H.

Adams, Charles, b. F. H. market, h. Central. [30]

Adams, Henry, h. Bow.

Adams, Solomon, schoolmaster, h. Dane.

Agen, Patrick, laborer, h. Prospect.

Allen, Hiram, twine manufacturer, h. Cambridge.

Allen, Samuel R., clothing, h. Milk.

Allen, Alfred, h. corner of Central and Summer.

Allen, Henry W., accountant, h. Summer.

Allison, William, ship master, h. Beacon.

Andrews, Samuel G., printer, h. Summer.

Arnold, Leonard, sash and blind maker, h. Cambridge.

Atwill, John B., grocer, h. Elm.

Ball, Ebenezer W., b. merchant, h. Elm.

Bartlett, Thomas, nail manufacturer, h. Cambridge.

Bacon, Clark, b. gold beater, h. Broadway.

Bartlett, Dr. Joseph E., h. corner of Broadway and Mt. Vernon.

Bailey, Joshua S., baker, h. corner of Perkins and Mt. Pleasant.

Bancroft, George, b. attorney, h. Summer.

Bailey, Albert, b. reporter, Transcript, h. Church.

Barber, Relief R., female supervisor, McLean Asylum.

Beddoe, Thomas, painter, h. Walnut.

Benton, George A., plane manufacturer, h. Joy.

Bennett, Clark, brickmaker, h. Prospect.

Beck, G. W., teacher Catholic school, Prospect Hill.

Bell, Dr. Luther V., McLean Asylum.

Benson, Henry H., McLean Asylum.

Benson, Amori, Jr., McLean Asylum.

Beers, Charles R., b. car maker, h. Myrtle.

Bixby, Elbridge S., b. custom house inspector, h. Cambridge.

Bishop, Henry H., b. gunsmith, h. Beacon.

Binney, Moses, cushion manufacturer, h. Medford.

Blair, Nathan H., brickmaker, h. Prospect.

Blaisdell, Sally, h. Cambridge.

Bolton, John F., b. silver engraver, h. Church.

Bonner, William, h. depot, near bleachery.


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