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Bell Rock, its Monument and Tablets, Sylvester Baxter. (Three 

illustrations) . . * 5 

Program, unveiling the tablets, October 12, 1910 .... 12 

History of Bell Rock Park, an address, Frank Erfiest Woodxvard. 14 

Address, Maiden, her Founders and Traditions, l>y the Soc/'ct/s 

President . ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ • • ■ • ^7 

Puritan Job Lane, who built the Bell Rock Church, Charles Edzvard 

Mann 22 

Life in the Old Parsonage, the diary of Rev. Peter Thacher, Delor- 

ainc Pendre Corey .....•••• 3° 

Childhood in the Old Parsonage, Darius Cobb .... 60 

Maiden Historical Society, officers and committees . . . . 65 

Maiden Historical Society, members 67 

Necrologies, Deloraine Pendre Corey, Charles Leroy Dean, Charles 

Russell Prescott, Joseph Stevens. (Two portraits.) ... 74 

Bibliography, important publications of members of the Society . 90 


Be// Ror/;, .\Ja/i/,ii, Mass. 

Coin-tesv of Ait and Protjress. 


By SvLVESTEK Baxter, Chairman Maiden Park Commission. 

The year 1910 was notable for the dedication of the 
monument to the Soldiers and Sailors of the Civil War at 
Bell Rock Memorial Park. For more than a generation 
the erection of such a monument had been discussed. 

Finally, thanks to the initiative of the Hon. Alfred E. 
Cox, the City Council of 1907 appropriated $15,000 for 
the erection of a suitable monument under the direction of a 
commission of fifteen, composed of the mayor, four members 
of the City Council, and ten citizens at large, appointed by 
the mayor. The commission, as at first constituted, was 
as follows: Hon. Charles D. McCarthy, M. D., chair- 
man; Allan H. Wilde, secretary; M. Sumner Holbrook, 
George M. Bishop, Frank M. Sawtell, William G. Wood, 
Robert W. McLain, Joshua H. Millett, Deloraine P. 
Corey, Sylvester Baxter, Michael S. O'Donnell, Vesper 
L. George, Robert Morrison, Henry Worcester, William 
H. Winship. 

At the time of the dedication a few changes had been 
made in the membership. Mr. George and Mr. Holbrook 
had removed from town, Mr. Bishop had died in 1908 and 
Mr. Corey's death took place a few weeks before the 
dedication. To fill vacancies the following named were 
added to the commission : William Neidner, Charles M. 
Blodgett, Gilman Page. 

Exceptional care was taken at the start to assure a 
worthy result. Sub-committees on site and on design were 
appointed, but it was decided that the question of design 


should not be determined until that of the site had been 
settled ; it was desired to make the design appropriate to 
the location. Prof. Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape 
architect, was engaged to advise the commissioners regard- 
ing the site. After careful consideration — having found 
no favorable site in the center of Maiden as desired, that 
on the High School grounds proving unsuitable — he 
recommended one of two locations : Bell Rock Park or a 
site overlooking the playground called Coytemore Lea — 
the latter condidonal upon the erection of the proposed new 
armory at that place, the monument to stand on a terrace 
in front. Popular sentiment preferred Bell Rock. So the 
City Council appropriated the money necessary for the 
purchase of additional land required by the Park Commis- 
sion to complete the park and make it worthy of the pur- 
pose. This done, the site at Bell Rock was selected and 
the Park Commission entered into cordial cooperation with 
the Monument Commission. Messrs. Olmsted Brothers 
were commissioned to design the park in harmony with the 
scheme for the monument. A limited competition between 
the two Boston sculptors, Bela L. Pratt and Cyrus E. Dal- 
lin, had resulted in the choice of the design submitted by 
the former, and the problem of unifying the plan for the 
park and the design for the monument was studied jointly 
by the landscape architects and the sculptor. It being a 
locality of exceptional historic interest the landscape archi- 
tects recommended that the monument be made a feature 
in a general treatment whereby the site should be developed 
to commemorate appropriately historic and patriotic events 
and services. This motive had been suggested by the 
circumstance that the site was already occupied by a tablet 
placed in honor of the men of Maiden who had served in 
the War of the Revolution. The recommendation was 


adopted ; the purpose was given thoughtful and artistic 
expression in the design of the terrace to accommodate 
not only the Revolutionary tablet but a complementary tab- 
let inscribed to set forth concisely the historic relations of 
the site. These circumstances, together with the legisla- 
tion whereby the portion of the park around the monument 
was reserved for the commemoration of patriotic services, 
are given in some detail in connection with the account of 
the unveiling of the two tablets on the terrace on Columbus 
Day, October 12, 1910. It may here be stated, however, 
that contributions of $50 each from the Maiden Chapter of 
the Sons of the American Revolution and the Maiden His- 
torical Societ}' and of $20 from the Deliverance Monroe 
Chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution were made 
towards the cost of the historical tablet, the rest of the 
expense having been assumed by the Park Commission in 
accordance with the spirit of the special legislative enact- 
ment aforesaid. 

The character of the monument is so clearly expressed 
in the accompanying illustrations that it would be super- 
fluous to say more than that the group, "The Flag 
Defenders," with the infantry-man and the sailor crouching 
on guard beside the standard bearer, symbolizes the spirit 
of the great conflict and the youthful and devoted character 
of the men who made up the two great arms of the service. 

The pedestal of the monument was designed by the 
architect Mr. Clipstone Sturgis. The inscription on its face 
was the joint work of the late Deloraine P. Corey and 
Sylvester Baxter, while that on the tablet in the pavement 
before the monument was prepared by Mr. Henry Wor- 
cester, of the Monument Commission, after much pains- 
taking research. Mr. Worcester is a veteran of the Civil 


The inscription for the historic tablet on the face of 
the terrace was composed by Mr. Corey. As an example 
of beautifully simple and concise diction it will bear 
comparison with the celebrated efforts of President Eliot of 
Harvard in that line. 

The bronze group was cast by the Gorham Manufac- 
turing Company of Providence, and was brought all the 
way from the factory, nearly fifty miles distant, on the 
company's motor-truck — a significant instance of the new 
development in modern transportation. 

The cornerstone of the monument had been laid on 
Memorial Day, May 30, 1909, with elaborate masonic 
ceremonies by the Most Worshipful Grand Master of 
Massachusetts, Mr. Dana J. Flanders of Maiden, assisted 
by the officials of the Grand Lodge and the local masonic 
organizations of Maiden. The principal speakers on this 
occasion were the Rev. Dr. W. H. Ryder of Gloucester, 
formerly pastor of the First Parish Church in Maiden, 
and the Rev. Dr. Edward A. Horton of Boston, chaplain 
of the Grand Lodge. 

The dedication of the monument and of Bell Rock 
Memorial Park took place on June 17, 1910. A pouring 
rain, tropical in its intensity and fortunately also in its 
temperature, interfered with the program, lasting well into 
the afternoon. In its midst the procession, composed of 
veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic, the local 
organizations of Sons of Veterans and Veterans of 
the War with Spain, and a large detachment of the 
United States Marine Corps detailed from ships at the 
Navy Yard by order of the Secretary of the Navy, together 
with guests of honor in carriages, marched through the 
decorated streets to Bell Rock, where in spite of the rain 
a great multitude had gathered. The exercises here were 

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necessarily limited to a brief introduction by the former 
mayor, the Hon. Charles D. McCarthy, as chairman of the 
Monument Commission, an impressive invocation by the 
Rev. Richard Neagle, pastor of the Church of the Immacu- 
late Conception, and the unveiling of the mounment by 
Miss Katherine Page, daughter of Mr. Oilman Page of the 
Monument Commission and a veteran of exceptionally 
long service in the War for the Union. A shout of 
admiration greeted the moument as the flags veiling it 
parted and revealed the uncommonly beautiful group for 
the tirst time. 

The rest of the exercises took place in the Centre 
Methodist Episcopal Church. First came the dedication 
of the park in a brief address by Mr. Frank M. Sawtell of 
the Monument commission, followed by its acceptance by 
the chairman of the Park Commission, Mr. Sylvester 
Baxter. Then came the dedication of the Monument with 
the regular ritual for the occasion by the Major General 
Hiram G. Berry Post 40, Grand Army of the Republic, 
Lucius B. Wright, Commander, assisted by Department 
Commander J. Willard Brown and his staff. Department 
Junior Vice-Commander George A. Hosley responded for 
the navy. Department Senior Vice-Commander Granville C. 
Fiske responded for the Army, the Department Officer of 
the Day, Israel H. De Wolf responded for Peace, Chaplain 
Robert Morrison made the prayer of dedication, and 
Adjutant John O. Woodman read the Roll of Honor. 
Then came an address by His Honor the Mayor, the Hon. 
George Howard Fall, who closed by introducing the 
sculptor of the monument, who had brought his two young 
sons with him. The following poem was then read by 
Mr. Denis A. McCarthy of Boston. 



Fixed in the deed of their brave endeavor, 

Guarding the banner that blows above, 
Lo, these generous jouths forever 

Offer their lives for the land they love ! 
Shrined as it were on their country's altar, 

Ever they'll speak though their lips be dumb, 
Bidding us never to fail or falter 

Whatsoever a foe may come ! 

Here will they speak of the days departed, — 

Days with trouble and treason curst, — 
Here will they speak of the dauntless hearted 

Soldier-spirits that faced the worst ; 
Here will they tell of the light that dimly 

All but sank in engulfing gloom. 
Here will they tell of the men that grimly 

Died to baffle the danger's doom ! 

Praised be the brooding spirit that brought them 

Forth from nothingness into light! 
Praised be the dexterous hand that wrought them 

Ready and steady in Freedom's fight! 
Year after year their strength and beauty, 

Meeting the eye will make men pause, 
Stirring the heart with the pulse of duty, 

Waking the soul to the country's cause! 

Hither, oh, come for your inspiration, 

Freedom-lovers through all the years ! 
Here is a sign of the land's salvation 

Conquering doubts and calming fears. 
Every frivolous, shameful fashion. 

Worship of wealth or wanton's kiss. 
Fades in the flame of the patriot-passion 

Kindled and kept by deeds like this ! 

Fixed in the deed of their brave endeavor, 

Here let the banner-defenders stand, 
Making the citizen's heart forever 

Leap with pride in his chosen land! 
Shrined as it were on their (Country's altar, 

Here let them stand as the years go by. 
Symbol of courage too firm to falter. 

Symbol of love too dear to die ! 


The oration of the day, by Col. Edward Anderson of 
Qj^iincy, was a most eloquent effort, full of patriotic ardor, 
sympathetic appreciation, and no little humor. Col. Ander- 
son was with John Brown in his Kansas Border campaign 
and was intimate with Lincoln before the war. Short 
speeches were made by His Honor the Lieutenant Gover- 
nor, Louis A. Frothingham, and by the Hon. Ernest W. 
Roberts, M.C., of Chelsea. After a formal acceptance of 
the monument by Mayor Fall, closing with a presentation 
of the sculptor, the benediction was pronounced by the 
Rev. Richard Eddy Sykes, pastor of the First Parish 




Unveiling of the Memorial Tablets 



Wednesday, October 12, 1910 

at 10.30 a. m. 

1. Invocation 

Rev. L. J. Birney, D. D. 

Pastor Methodist Episcopal Church 

2. Hymn 

" Angel of Peace " Keller 

High School Chorus 

Melville E. Cluise, Director 

3. Introductory Remarks 

Frank E. Woodward 

Pres. Maiden Chapter, S. A. R. 

4. Address 

Edwin S. Crandon, of Cambridge 
Vice-Pres. Mass. Society S. A. R. 

5. Address 

Hon. George H. Fall 
Mayor of Maiden 

6. Unveiling of the Tablets 

Miss Elizabeth Dexter Walker 

Descendent of Richard Dexter 

Miss Katherine Hall 

Descendent of Thomas Appleton 


7. Bugler 

Kingsley Curtis 

8. HvMx 

' ' To Thee O Country " EicMerg 

High School Chorus 

9. Address 

Sylvester Baxter 

Chairman Board of Park Commissioners 

10. Address 

Charles E. Mann 

President Maiden Historical Society 





By Frank Ernest Woodward, President Maiden Chapter, Sons of the America 


We meet once more upon this historic spot to do honor 
to the founders and patriots of Maiden. The story of 
their lives has been often told. In the brief hour we shall 
spend here this morning we shall not attempt to repeat 
the storv but shall make such allusions to it as shall seem 
appropriate to the occasion which has brought us forth. 

Some years ago, through the initiatory efforts of the 
Maiden Historical Society, a portion of this plot of ground 
was purchased by the city for a public park. 

Shortly after the Maiden Chapter, Sons of the Ameri- 
can Revolution and the Deliverance Munroe Chapter, 
Daughters of the Revolution, raised seven hundred dollars, 
with which they placed upon a boulder on this rock a 
bronze tablet containing the names of all the soldiers and 
sailors from Maiden who served in the War for Independ- 
ence. This memorial was dedicated with appropriate 
ceremonies on May 22, 1905. There was at the time 
some just criticism by the public regarding the shape of 
the boulder upon which the tablet was placed, and had 
it remained in its old position we should have improved its 
shape and beautified its surroundings. Shortly after the 
tablet was unveiled the question of purchasing the whole 
tract of land between the two streets was agitated. 


The fact that we had placed a memorial tablet on 
Bell Rock served to attract attention to the natural beauties 
of the spot, and recalled to the minds of the older inhabit- 
ants the historic associations connected with it. 

In response to a public demand the city council some 
three years ago purchased the remaining portions of the lot 
not already built upon, and by a special act of the legislature 
have set it apart forever for memorial purposes. 

The act reads as follows : "The parcel of land hereto- 
fore acquired by the city of Maiden for park purposes, and 
called 'Bell Rock Park' shall hereafter be called 'Bell Rock 
Memorial Park'" and "shall be set apart as a perpetual 
memorial of the self-sacrifice and patriotism of the founders 
of the town of Maiden and of the inhabitants thereof in the 
eras of the Revolution and the Civil War ; and shall be 
dedicated to the promotion of patriotism ; to the better 
understanding of civic rights and duties, and to the reception 
of monuments or memorials for those who have labored for 
the welfare or defence of the people." 

Previous to this time the City Council had appropriated 
$15,000 for a monument to the Soldiers and Sailors of the 
Civil War, and here on the seventeenth of June in a down- 
pour of rain, this beautiful work of art was unveiled. 

It is regarded by those competent to judge as 
standing almost alone in its artistic beauty among the 
memorials of a similar character in the commonwealth, 
if not nation. 

In order that this monument should have a suitable 
environment the landscape architects, Olmsted Bros, were 
employed, and they prepared plans for a most beautiful 
park worthy of the cause to which the grounds are dedi- 
cated but which the imagination must be vigorously used 
to comprehend at this time. 


This new plan necessitated the removal of the boulder, 
but with the consent and cooperation of the patrotic societies 
a suitable place for the tablet was provided on the right 
hand facade of this terrace, while on the left, similar 
provision was made for its companion tablet in honor of 
the "founders" of Maiden whose domestic social and 
political life for two generations centred upon this very 

To the unveiling of these tablets you have been invited 
to assist by your presence. 

Five years ago, when the Revolutionary tablet was 
first dedicated, we were honored by the presence of the 
officers of Massachusetts Society Sons of the American 
Revolution and of Massachusetts Society D. R., the oration 
being delivered on that occasion by Hon. Curtis Guild, Jr., 
since Governor of the State. To-day we have the dis- 
tinguished honor of entertaining the whole State Society on 
this their annual "field day." They have come at our 
invitation to spend the day in Maiden and by their presence 
manifest their approval and appreciation of the work in 
which we are engaged. 

We extend to them and to all our friends who have 
honored the occasion with their presence a most cordial 



Of the President of the Maiden Historical Society at the unveiling of the 
tablet to the Founders of Maiden, October 12, iqio. 

Mr. President : 

"It accords well with the best feelings of our nature to 
meet, as we do to-day, to commemorate our fathers." 
Tlius spoke Hon. James D. Green of Cambridge, the 
orator of the day at the two hundredth anniversar}^ of the 
incorporation of Maiden, in 1849. That celebration, like 
this, was held in "Bell Rock Pasture," the stand, bearing 
settees enough to accommodate 150 persons, being placed 
"on the western declivity of the rock, with a gentle swell 
of land in front, and an unobstructed view to the right over 
Mystic river, to the far-off hills of Medford, West 
Cambridge, etc." " Directly in front of the stand, some 
two hundred or more yards distant," the classic report of 
the exercises goes on to say, " was the mansion in" which 
the orator of the day was born, and on the left the old 
parsonage house." All these elements, we are told, 
"produced a most happ}^ effect upon the orator, and nerved 
him to discharge, in a perfectly satisfactory manner, the 
ever onerous duty of addressing a large multitude in the 
open air." 

That celebration was the first formal attempt to honor 
the founders of Maiden, and it was also the' initial 
dedication of the ancient churchyard as the permanent 
historic centre of Old Maiden,— dedicated, as we now 
rededicate it, to the sacred purpose of recalling the memor}' 
of Maiden's founders and preservers, the Puritans and 


patriots of 1649, of 1775 and 1861. The double duty 
falls upon me of taking up the theme where Mr. Green 
left it, and also of speaking in the place of Maiden's 
lamented historian and my cherished friend, Deloraine P. 
Corey, so long the president of the Society, and the author 
of the fitting inscription upon the tablet we unveil, who, 
had he lived, would undoubtedly have been asked to make 
this address. It is pleasant, therefore, for your speaker 
to reflect that he is a kinsman of Mr. Green through 
descent from his ancestor, Thomas Green of Maiden, and 
of Mr. Corey through descent from Joseph Hills, in whose 
honor the town was named, and from Job Lane, the builder 
of the Bell Rock church. 

Three centuries have gone since Nanapashemet, king 
of the Pawtuckets, left his ancient seat in Saugus for a 
new home on the banks of the Mystic. A decade more, 
and he had passed to the happy hunting grounds, and left 
his dw^indling kingdom to his Squaw Sachem, to two princes, 
Wonohaquaham, or Sagamore John, at Mystic Side ; 
Montowampaite, or Sagamore James, at Saugus; and to 
the princess Yawata, at Natick. Another decade, and we 
see Ralph and William Sprague, planters of ancient 
Naumkeag, plodding their way through the woods to 
Mishawam, following the Indian trail which ran from 
Saugus to the Mystic lakes, including portions of what are 
now Clifton street, Rockland avenue. Elm and Pleasant 
streets. As they crossed the plain north of Waitt's Mount, 
they must have been attracted by the meadows through 
which runs Spot Pond brook, to which they returned and 
established their homes a little later. Yet another decade 
and Wenepoyken, or Sagamore George, the successor 
of Wonohaquaham, finds liis domain occupied by the 
Spragues and their friends : Joseph Hills, the first lawgiver 


of Massachusetts Bay, already famous; John Greenhind ; 
Thomas Coytmore, the miller ; John Wayte, the sturdy 
patriarch, sharing with his father-in-law, Joseph Hills, the 
command of the train band, the speakership of the General 
Court and the work of editing the Colony laws ; William 
Sargeant, shepherd of the little flock, and predecessor of 
a line of often eminent and always useful preachers ; 
Thomas Caule, the ferryman ; Richard Pratt, Edward 
Carrington, Thomas Squire, Thomas Greene, Abraham 
Hill, Thomas Osborne and John Lewis. Soon after them 
came Job Lane, builder of the "artificial" meeting-house 
which stood here, with its bell in a frame upon the rock, 
William Brackenbury, Richard Adams, and the Uphams, 
Lyndes, Barretts, Howards and Vintons. 

How fitting it is that, in the language of Ralph Waldo 
Emerson, the more famous son of a famous sire who lived 
and died in Maiden, 

" We raise to-day our votive stone 
That memory may their deeds redeem 
When like our sires our sons have gone." 

And how fitting that it should be placed upon this spot, 
for near this place lived Benjamin Blackman, the early 
pastor, who sold "the Bell pasture" to another forbear of 
the Bi-Centennial orator, "John Green of the Hill " — this 
hill — whose son Samuel added to it the land of another 
early pastor. Rev. David Parsons. Near here lived the 
poet-teacher and pastor, Michael Wigglesworth ; while 
across the street stands the Baptist missionary mecca, the 
old parsonage, centre of the traditions of nearly two cen- 
turies. In that holy place in his last years lived Edward 
Emerson and his sainted wife, Rebecca Waldo, who 
brought into the family a surname that has been cherished 
for generations, while over in the Sandy Bank cemetery 


He their remains, a picture not easily forgotten beingthat of 
the pious visit to her grandparents' last resting place of 
Mary Moody Emerson, with a youthful and thoughtless 
nephew, Ralph Waldo Emerson, skipping about among 
the graves. To the old parsonage, in 1737, was driven 
Maiden's first private carriage, as I suppose, for the use of 
Rev. Joseph Emerson, who writes in his diary : 

"Some talk about mj buying a shay. How much reason have I to 
watch and pray ami strive against inordinate affection for the things of 
the world." 

Soon after he writes again : 

" Went to the beach with three of the children in my shay. The 
beast being frightened, when we were all out of the shay, overturned and 
broke it. I desire — I hope I desire it — that the Lord would teach me suit- 
ably to repent this Providence, to make suitable remarks on it and be 
suitably affected by it. Have I done well to get me a shay?" 

In the goups of the children of the old parsonage, 
afterwards famous, who have played about this rock, were 
William Emerson, Concord's pastor and patriot, who built 
the Old Manse ; Rev. John Emerson, revered pastor of 
Conway ; Rev. Joseph Emerson, of Pepperell ; Bulkeley 
Emerson, first postmaster of Newburyport ; Rev. Thomas 
Cushing Thatcher, long pastor of the first church in Lynn ; 
Rev. Adoniram Judson, the pioneer Burmese missionary ; 
and the twin brothers, Cyrus and Darius Cobb, poets, 
painters, and sculptors. 

How different the cosmopolitan Maiden, Everett and 
Melrose of to-day from the rural Mystic Side of 1649 • 
How important that the busy thousands of these cities, 
absorbed in the varied interests of our complex modern life, 
have some visible reminder of the Puritan founders ; and 
how appropriate for this our memorial park, in its location, 
its setting and its form ! Here may it long remain, to speak. 


in the eloquent words or Mr. Corey's inscription, "in com- 
memoration of the Founders of Maiden and of the devotion, 
sacrifice and patriotism of those inhabitants thereof who 
helped in the making and saving of the nation in the days 
of the struggle for independence and of the period of civil 
strife." Through its influence may many of our sons and 
daughters, who would perhaps neglect the dusty pages of 
local history, be led to think kindly and gratefully of the 
little church of Marmaduke Matthews and Michael Wiggle- 
sworth ; of the modest bell on the rock, summoning the 
then scattered inhabitants of what are three densely popu- 
lated cities of to-day to a common place of worship or to 
civic action in the ancient town meeting ; of the grave but 
tender ministrations of the dominies who dwelt in the old 
parsonage, faithful shepherds of their puritan flock, and 
their children and children's children, themselves apostles 
of civic and religious liberty, bearers of missionary tidings, 
advocates of freedom, painters, poets and philosophers. 



By Charles Edward Mann. 

It is the purpose of this paper to contribute to the 
knowledge of Maiden people concerning Job Lane, one of 
the earliest settlers at Mystic Side, builder of the famous 
Bell Rock church, a founder of Billerica and one of New 
England's Puritan patriarchs, whose resting place in Bell 
Rock cemetery, with its ancient slate headstone, may yet 
be seen. 

Mr. Corey's authoritative History of Maiden states that 
the first church building in Maiden was mentioned in the 
report of the committee appointed to lay out the way from 
Reading to Winnisimmet, in 1649, as "the meeting-house 
on Mistick Side." It stood on the southerly slope of 
Bailey's hill, perhaps a little to the westward of Bell Rock, 
and Mr. Corey thought it might have been built for some 
other purpose, and utilized as a temporary place of meet- 
ing. In November, 1658, the selectmen made their cele- 
brated contract with Job Lane for the building of what was 
ever afterwards known as the Bell Rock church. This 
states that "the said Job Lane doth hereby covenant, 
promiss and agree to build, erect and tinish upp a good 
strong. Artificial meeting House of Thirty-three foot 
Square, sixteen toot stud between joints, with dores, win- 
dows, pullpitt, seats, and all things whatsoever in all 
respects belonging thereto as hereafter is expressed," etc. 
One provision was : " The bell to be fitted upp in all 


respects and Hanged therein fitt for use." Had this been 
followed, the picturesque name of " Bell Rock " would 
never have existed, but for some unexplained reason the 
"territt" was not built for many years and meanwhile the 
bell hung in a frame on the rock, which was renewed at 
least once, as the town records show, 

The selectmen who made this agreement with Job 
Lane were William Brackenbury, Lieut. John Waite, 
Ensign J. Sprague and Thomas Green, senior. For the 
work the builder was to have one hundred and fifty pounds 
in "corne, cord wood and provisions, sound and merchant- 
able att price currant and fatt cattle." 

There are abundant indications that Job Lane was 
not only a skillful builder, and was kept busy at his trade, 
but also that he was the predecessor of the great army of 
bridge engineers and constructors of this generation. His 
methodical habit of carefully filing his papers and corre- 
spondence has preserved for us the contract for building 
the first considerable bridge in New England, over the 
river at Billerica. It is interesting to reflect that Mystic 
Side not only gave New England Job Lane, but also 
Lemuel Cox, the builder of the Maiden Bridge, thq Essex- 
bridge between Salem and Beverly and the 900-foot bridge 
over the Foyle at Londonderry, Ireland, pronounced an 
impossibility by English engineers. Job Lane was also 
builder of one of the earliest buildings of Harvard 

The key to the birthplace of Job Lane was furnished 
by the publication of the Aspinwall Notarial Records, in 
the Boston series of record reports, a book which was 
edited by Mr. Walter Kendall Watkins of this society, and 
which has solved many genealogical mysteries. On page 
106 appears the following entry : 



'■20 (9) 1647. Whereas there be certaine lands Ijing in the parish 
of Rickmansworth in the County Buck, now or late in the possession of 
Henry Lane or of John Lane to the use of the sd H. Lane wdi lands after 
the decease of the sd Henry doth rightly descend to Job the sonne of James 
Lane of Great Missenden in Bucking. 

Now Job'Lane of Dorchester N. E. doth constitute Mr. Lenthall of 
Little Hampden in Bucking, his lawful atty with power to appear for the 
said Job in Court & there to doe all acts &c according to the custume of 
the place & all debts to pay & all vv<-'» he shall doe by virtue hereof he 
doth ratifie &c." 

Abundant evidence connects Job Lane with Rickmans- 
worth, in Hertfordshire, where until a comparatively 
recent date his descendants were property holders, and 
where the English Lanes still remain. What is known as 
the " Shepherd's Farm," a part, apparently, of his property, 
still flourishes and is visited by his pious descendants who 
travel in the vicinity. Rickmansworth is but nineteen 
miles from London. At the King's farm, nearby, William 
Penn was married, and at Chalfont-St. Giles, hard b}', 
Milton wrote "Paradise Lost." He must have been born 
about 1624, as he was thirty years' old in 1654. There has 
been much discussion as to whether he was the Job Lane 
who was in Rehoboth in 1644, but as there is no doubt at 
all that he was in Dorchester, as stated in the paper quoted 
above and shown by other evidence, it is not unreasonable 
to assume that he came to these shores in early life, return- 
ing, perhaps, for a short stay in England, and linally 
finding a permanent home in the New World. He came to 
Maiden in 1656, purchasing of Nicholas Parker and others 
the easternmost of his farms, and building the "mansion" 
which stood near the entrance of Woodlawn cemetery until 
demolished by the cemetery company. The farm is now 
included in the cemetery limits. I understand that a part 
of this farm was the lot 34 which was originally set off to 
John Harvard, the benefactor of Harvard College. Here 


Job Lane lived until 1664, when he built for Fitz John 
Winthrop, for 230 pounds, the governor's house in New 
London, Conn., receiving in lieu of the money the cele- 
brated Winthrop farm of 1,500 acres in Billerica on which 
he built the garrison house still standing by the main road 
between Billerica and Bedford, being now within the limits 
of Bedford. In this house a few years later, lived his 
granddaughter, Mary Lane, afterward the wife of John 
Whitmore, whose name was transmitted through many 
generations from.daughter to daughter to the writer's sister. 
She was the heroine who, during troublous times, seized the 
musket of a sentr}^ in the house who had identified a distant 
object as a stump and shot at it. The "stump" rolled over, 
a dead Indian. The Winthrop and Dudley farms, at Bil- 
lerica, were always known as the "Two Brothers" farms, 
from the (jreat rocks at their boundarv, near the river 
bank, so named b}^ Winthrop and Dudley in token of their 
amicable settlement of differences, after their children were 
betrothed. Neither of the great men ever lived upon these 
farms. The Winthrop-Lane farm now forms thirteen 
distinct farms. 

After living in Billerica about twenty years. Job Lane 
returned to Maiden, leaving his farm in possession of his 
son, Major (afterwards Colonel) John Lane, the famous 
Indian fighter. Here he purchased from Mrs. John 
Coggan, widow of Governor John Winthrop and previously 
widow of Thomas Coytmore, the Coytmore mill propert}', 
which he later bequeathed to his daughter Dorothy and 
her husband, Edward Sprague. Mr. Corey believed that 
upon his return to Maiden Job Lane resided in the mansion 
house on his original farm, but there are certain expres- 
sions in his will which give color to the theory that he 
lived in a house located somewhere on the Coytmore 
property. Of this, more later. 


For seventeen years Job Lane lived in Maiden, and 
then his sturdy form was laid away in the Sandy Bank 
cemetery, and over him was placed a slab of slatestone, 
grewsomel}' ornamented as was the habit of those days, 
with an inscription still easy to decipher : " Here lyeth 
buried y*^ body of Job Lane, aged 77 years Dyed August 
ye 23, 1697." 

Job Lane was a selectman of Billerica in the years 
1676-77, 1679-81. He represented that town in the General 
Court in the years 1676 and 1679. With the exception of 
the period from 1657-1660 Joseph Hills represented Maiden 
in the General Court from 1649 to 1664. He was suc- 
ceeded by Capt. John Wayte, his son-in-law, who served 
for 19 years, becoming in 1683 a member of the court of 
assistants. In 1686 Job Lane, w^ho had served in many 
sessions from Billerica with each of these men, was elected 
as a representative from Maiden. In 1683 he was a select- 
man in Maiden and held the same office during 1686-87. 

By concurrent action of the town authorities of Billerica 
and Major Simon Willard, in command of the Middlesex 
forces, Job Lane was allowed to garrison his own house 
during the troublesome days of King Phillip's war, and he 
was allowed two soldiers to aid him "if they could be 
spared." However, that was not his only service, and the 
Billerica records show that at some time during the war he 
was impressed. He does not appear to have been as 
much of a soldier as his douglity son, while he was spared 
the dangers which his son faced in the later troubles 
through his removal to Maiden, and spared also the tragic 
experiences of his brother James and those nephews who 
met their fate from the Indians at Falmouth. The Lane 
papers clearly show that his greatest usefulness lay not in 
militarv fields and not as a town officer or representative, 


though he has a good record in these respects, but as a 
skilled mechanic and man of business ; and before consider- 
ing him as Job Lane the patriarch, it is fitting that these 
be examined. 

The first of the Lane collection of papers, published 
in 1857 by W. H. Whitmore, is a document by which 
Ebedmelech, a negro, freed by his master, Clement Eneroe 
of St. Christophers, binds himself to Job Lane for nine 

The next paper is a letter written from Rowley by 
Humphrey Reyner to " his louing Cosin Anna Reyner." 
Anna Revner was the daughter of John Reyner, second 
pastor at Plymouth, the second wife of Job Lane, and 
mother of at least half of the Lane and allied families of this 
country. Humphrey Reyner was her uncle. His daughter 
Mar}^ married Rev. Michael Wigglesw'orth, Maiden's poet- 
pastor, and it would appear that the intimacy between the 
families may have brought Anna Reyner to Maiden, to 
meet and wed Job Lane. 

In 1654 Jere. Gould, agent for Job Lane in London, 
writes to him at length concerning Job's feeling that his 
brother James Lane had deluded Gould into making way 
with the estate. Whatever difficulties there were were 
soon smoothed out, plainly, for in 1660, James Lane of 
Maiden, turner, appoints his brother Job Lane his attorney. 
I have heretofore published in Gloucester a lengthy dis- 
cussion of the family of James Jane, father of all the Lanes 
of Cape i\nn, where a village bears their name, and of 
their children, now scattered over all parts of the country. 
The Lane Theological Seminary, known everywhere, is 
named for Ebenezer Lane, of Oxford, O., its founder, a 
decendant of James Lane. James Lane, son of James and 
brother of our Job, we are told, was a member of the guild 


of turners of London in 1654. ^^ came to this country 
the following year and about 1660 went to Casco Bay,* 
setding in North Yarmouth, where a point of land and an 
island still bears his name. Sullivan's history of Maine 
tells the story of the massacre of the inhabitants of Lane's 
Island, Sept. 13, 1688, in which it is supposed James Lane 
was murdered. He married Sarah White, daughter of 
John White of Nequasset, in Kennebec, whose wife was 
Mary, widow of James Phips, who had twenty-six children 
by her two marriages. James Lane of Maiden and North 
Yarmouth was therefore a brother-in-law of Sir William 
Phips. After the massacre his son John, and I believe 
other sons, setded upon Cape Ann, while his son Job 
followed his uncle to Billerica, becoming father of a 
distinct line of Lanes in that vicinity which always puzzled 
the late Abram English Brown, historian of Bedford, until 
the writer directed his attention to the solution of the 
mystery . 

In 1657 Job Lane has a letter from his loving friend 
John Cogan. In 1660 Job Lane engages to raise the frame 
of a house for Thomas Robinson of Scituate upon land of 
Mary Robinson in Boston, his compensation to come from 
her mother, Mrs. Martha Cogin, it being the legacy due 
Mary Robinson by the will of John Cogin. 

In a deposition signed February 7, 1662, Edward 
Hutchinson and Joshua Scottovv testify that they were 
present when Mrs. Martha Cogin sold Job Lane the mill 
in Maiden, etc., and that he agreed to pay the legacies to 
Joseph Rock and Thomas Robinson or their children, due 
under the \xi\\ of Mr. John Cogan. This explains the 
quitclaim deed given by these children in 1695. 

*A ciise in the Middlesex files, if/n, sheds light on James Lane's home in Maiden. 
William Sargeant sues Job Lane for the rent ot his farm in Maiden, now in Everett, 
oCcui)ied by James Lane for three years, Sergeant having moved to the Cape. This was 
evidently the reason for the power of attorney. 


In 1662 Rev. John Reyner grants to his son-in-law, 
Job Lane of Maiden, one half the rents due him as tenant 
for life for housing and lands in Edstone and Welburne, 
in the East Riding of York, in England. Two years before 
he had granted the other half of these rents to his son, 
Jachin Re3mer. 

March 6, 1662-3, Job Lane and Theodore Atkinson, 
forger, agreed to build a draw-bridge. August 3, 1664, 
he made the agreement to build the governor's house in 
London, Conn., for Fitz-John Winthrop, and July 4, 1665, 
John Winthrop receipted for payment received of Job Lane 
for land sold him. I suppose this was the Winthrop farm 
in Billerica. 

There are a number of cases where men or boys are 
bound to Joe Lane for a term of years. If these were 
apprenticed to learn Job Lane's trade, they were clearly 
bound to a good master. 

In the Lane papers are a number of long letters from 
connections in England. One of these, from a cousin, 
John Dickenson, troubled Mr. Whitmore from its clear 
reference to the teacher-poet, Michael Wigglesworth, in 
the phrase "your wife's sister and husband." He surmised 
that Rev. John Reyner may have adopted his niece. An 
interesting letter of 1678, is from John Lane to his cousin 
Job, where the writer grieves that Job Lane should " write 
so short giving no account whether the heathen be yet 
subdued or not, neither anything concerning your own 
family nor my sisters." 

In 1688 there is an agreement whereby Job Lane lets 
his Maiden lands to James Wayte. It states these lands to 
be "where John Scolly and John Ross lived." This is 
dated May 11, and eight days later Job Lane made a will, 
it being witnessed by John Sprague senior, Samuel Sprague 


and Edward Sprague. Mr. Whitmore reproduces from 
the papers connected with this or a second will to which 
reference will soon be made the signatures of four sons-in- 
law of Job Lane, Edward Sprague, William Avery, James 
Foster and Samuel Fitch. 

I refrain from quoting at length from these price- 
less Lane papers the correspondence and other material 
concerning Job Lane's children. Sarah Lane, the first wife 
of Job, died May 19, 1659. The marriage of Job Lane to 
Hannah or Anna Reyner occurred in July, 1660. She 
was the daughter of Rev. John Reyner, second pastor of 
the church at Plymouth and later of Dover, New Hamp- 
shire, where his grave is often visited by pious descendants. 
I can speak but binefly of their children. 

Col. John Lane, through whom the lamily name was 
carried down to the present generation, spent his life, when 
not engaged in warring against the Indians, upon the 
Winthrop farm in Billerica. He married Susanna Whipple 
of Ipswich, daughter of the famous Capt. John Whipple. 
His oldest daughter, Susanna, married Nathaniel Page, 
and from them descended a notable family. Mary Lane, 
to whom reference is made elsewhere, married John Whit- 
more of Medford. The writer is descended from this 
marriage, and notable among Mary Lane's descendants 
was Hon. William H. Whitmore,. long the city registrar of 
Boston, whose work has contributed more to a knowledge 
of the antecedents of the Lane family than that of any other 
person. Col. John Lane's sons who came to maturity were 
Job, John and James. A daughter Martha married James 
Mi not of Concord. 

Job Lane's daughter Sarah married Samuel Fitch of 
Reading and died in 1679, leaving one son, Samuel, who 
settled in Lunenburg and whose name is preserved and 


memory honored by one of Massachusetts' most thriv- 
ing cities, Fitchburg. 

Mary Lane, the second daughter, married Deacon 
William, son of Dr. William Aver}', of Dedham. The 
Avery oak, the most precious possession of the old town of 
Dedham, which appears upon the town seal, shares with 
the Fairbanks house the interest of visitors. She died in 
1681, at the age of 29. I understand both Sarah and 
Mary Lane to have been children of Job Lane's first 
marriage, and another child of this marriage must have 
been Elizabeth, who married Robert Avery of Dedham, 
son of Dr. William, and whose broken gravestone in the 
Dedham cemetery shows that she died in 1746 at the age 
of 91. She was the mother of a most numerous family, 
particularly through her son. Rev. John Avery, for a life- 
time pastor of the church in Truro. His wife, Ruth 
Little, was a great-granddaughter of Richard Warren of 
the Mayflower. John Avery, the great Boston merchant, 
father of John Avery, so long Secretary of the Common- 
wealth, was Rev. John Avery's son. Another son was 
Job Avery, evidently named for Job Lane. The latter's 
grandson. Job, was father of Capt. Peter Lombard Avery, 
whose daughter Mary married Joshua Lewis of Maiden. 
They were parents of Dr. Joshua F. Lewis, a member of 
this society, George W. and Lawrence B. Lewis and Mrs. 
Lyman H. Richards, all of Maiden. 

Anna Lane, daughter of Job and Anna (Reyner) 
Lane, married James, son of Capt. Hopestill Foster of 
Dorchester, and died in 1732, aged 67. 

Jemima Lane, born in 1666, married Matthew Whipple, 
of the great Ipswich family, and their son Matthew inherited, 
but apparently never occupied, one-fourth of the Billerica 


Dorothy Lane, youngest child of Job and Anna 
(Reyner) Lane, was born July 24, 1669, and married 
Edward Sprague. As she was the only one of Job Lane's 
children who remained all her life in Maiden, and married 
a grandson of one of Maiden's founders (Edward Sprague 
was son of Capt. John Sprague, who married Lydia Goffe, 
and as I understand it came to America with his father 
Ralph Sprague — son of Edward of Upway, in England — 
who married Joan Warren), I have given careful study to 
the records which remain concerning her in connection 
with the problem of the location of Job Lane's home when 
he died. 

Job Lane's will, carefully preserved from decay by 
mounting between sheets of white silk, is on record at East 
Cambridge. It was made Sept. 28, 1696, and leaves to 
his wife " Annah " ten pounds annually and the use of the 
west end of his dwelling-house. Should she marry, she 
was to have five pounds per year for the rest of her life. 
To his son, Maj. John Lane, he left his land and house in 
Yorkshire, England, one-half of his farm in Billerica and 
the house in which he then lived in Billerica. His daugh- 
ter Sarah's son Samuel Fitch was given one-quarter of the 
Billerica farm, the remaining quarter going to the son of 
his daughter Jemima, Matthew Whipple. The children of 
his daughter Mary Avery, wife of William Avery of Ded- 
ham, were given "one-third part of those two farms in 
Maiden now in possession of John Chamberlain and 
Samuel Wait," with one-fourth of the lands " lately laid 
out to me in Maiden." The reference to the two farms 
speaks of "both housing and upland." The children of 
his daughter Elizabeth, wife of Robert Avery of Dedham, 
and of his daughter, Annah, wife of James Foster of 
Dorchester each receive equal portions of the two farms 


and the Maiden common land gant, and it is provided that 
the parents of these grandchildren shall have the improve- 
ment of these farms until the sons reach 21 and the daugh- 
ters 18 years of age. Finally, he gives his daughter, 
Dorothy, wife of Edward Sprague (evidently his favorite) 
the eastern end of the dwelling-house " I now live in " to 
the chimney from bottom to top, wath his mill and the 
lands adjoining and also the west end of the house " when 
my wife leaveth it." This daughter Dorothy was given 
his worsted rug and each of the other daughters a pewter 
platter, his remaining pewter and personal belongings 
being given to his wife. The witnesses to the will were 
John Greenland, John Green, John Linde and Samuel 
Sprague. The inventor}- showed an estate, outside the 
English possessions, value unknown, of 2039: 11: 00. 
The appraisers, James Converse and John Greenland, 
divide the property into the homestead, consisting of "one 
dwelling house, barne, corn mill, streams, dams & ponds, 
22 acres of land adjoining," with two acres of salt marsh 
"below Lewis his bridge." That this homstead, in which 
his widows and apparently his daughter Dorothy Sprague 
were living, was not the Chamberlain-Wait property, now 
Woodlawn Cemetery, which was given to his grandchildren 
and not to Dorothy Sprague, is clear from the next item in 
the inventory which describes two farms or tenements, " in 
occupation "' of Thomas Wait and John Mudge, which 
consists of 261 acres, with housing, etc. Another item 
was the Billerica farm, valued at 800 : 00 : 00, the Mudge- 
Wait farm being inventoried at 913 : 00 : 00 and the home- 
stead property at 125 : 00 : 00. 

The " homestead " was of course the Coytmore mill 
property. When Doroth}- Sprague died, in 1723, Timoth}- 
Sprague, her son, was appointed her administrator, and 


the court appointed Jonathan Sargeant, Thomas Wayte, 
Thomas Pratt and William Sargeant a committee to make 
an inventory of her estate. The}' found it to consist of a 
dwelling-house and barn, a corn mill and mill pond, also 
Spot Pond in Stoneham, with the flats about and the con- 
nection between Spot Pond and the mill pond, the dams, 
sluices, etc. They describe the homestead as having 21 
acres (Job Lane's appraisers found it to be 22 acres), 
bounded north by Samuel Sprague, west bv highway, 
south by highway, east and north by highway and T. 
Sprague. The corn mill of Thomas Coytmore stood in 
the vicinity of Middlesex court, Mr. Corey tells us, while 
the dam which furnished the water power was eventually 
"breadthened" into the highway which we call Mountain 
avenue. Mr. Corey prints the deposition of Isaac and 
Abraham Hill to show that this mill was afterward operated 
b}' John Coggan, who married the Widow Winthrop, 
formerly Coytmore's widow, and by Abraham Hill, and 
that the mill of Edward Sprague stood on practically the 
same site. The highway south of Dorothy Sprague's 
property I take to be Pleasant street, the property being 
crossed by the dam, crowned by the roadway. Easterly 
and northeasterly it was bounded by what is now Main 
street, then the Reading highway, while north of it was 
the original grants to the Spragues. Mr. Corey thought 
that the house occupied by Joseph Hills on the site of the 
Baptist church (the house which later became the Kettell 
tavern^ might have been the original home of Thomas 
Coytmore, who sold the land to Hills, and this may be 
true. That it was not the home of Coytmore at the time 
of his tragic death would seem to be indicated by a deed 
given b}^ John and Martha (Coytmore) Cogin to Samuel 
Adams in 1657 of land in Charlestown on which stood 


Thomas Coytmore's house "sometime since burnt down." 
The bounds of the land sold Adams were : " North by y^ 
common trayning place, south by town street, southeast by 
private lane and west by Samuel Adams." This deed 
suggested to my mind a doubt as to whether Job Lane 
reall}^ purchased the Coytmore mill property from Martha 
Coggin, as had been supposed. This was dispelled by 
consideration of the Hutchinson-Scottow deposition, cited 
above. Apparently Abraham Hill operated the mill for a 
long time under lease from Coggin and others. Added 
evidence of the care in business matters characteristic of 
Job Lane appears in a quitclaim deed given him only a few 
months before his death, in 1695, by Jacob Green, Joseph 
and his wife Sarah Robinson, and Thomas Robinson in 
which they release to him their interest in the corn and 
water mills and forty acres of land bounded by Capt. John 
Wait, north ; Charlestowm Common, northwest ; by high- 
way east aud soutii. Some of these were* children of 
Martha Coggin. 

It seems to me fairly clear that all these deeds refer 
to the property given by Job Lane to Dorothy Sprague, 
and inventoried as part of her estate at her death. While 
all the descriptions var}- as to the northern boundary, this 
is not strange in the light of history. " Charlestown 
Common" clearly refers to the common lands, a part of 
which were reserved as a training field. This training 
field was at the base of Mount Prospect (which we know^ 
as Waitt's mount), where Mountain avenue now crosses 
Main street, and of course adjoined Capt. Wait's property. 
Mr. Corey tells at length the story of the efforts of the 
town to sell this six acres of common or training field 
property to Edward Sprague. He did not buy it, and the 
town, instead of keeping the training field as a common 


or park, as nine out of ten New England municipalities 
have done, finally gave it to Lieut. Thomas Newhall, on 
condition that he provide a training place, as he for years 
continued to do. It seems the irony of fate that two 
centuries later Maiden should have been compelled to take 
valuable property adjoining this very training field by 
eminent domain in order to create the park known as 
Coytmore Lea. 

I despair of ever being able to locate the site of the 
house in which Job Lane died and which he gave to 
Dorothy Sprague. If Thomas Coytmore's house which 
was burned faced Pleasant street (for instance, in the 
vicinity of Dartmouth street) it would seem to be a fair 
inference that Job Lane built for himself a house upon the 
same site. But of course the house could have been upon 
the Coytmore property and been located so as to face the 
Reading road at any point from Maiden square to Clifton 
street, thoug'h at some points it would have been on a side 
hill. Coytmore sold to Joseph Hills the land east of Main 
street, so that is eliminated from consideration. All I can 
assert positively is that the Lane-Sprague house was upon 
the Coytmore mill property, and while it may have faced 
the Salem path (Clifton street ; Summer Street was known 
as Sprague's lane, and may be the highway referred to on 
the west in the Dorothy Sprague inventory) it does not 
seem probable. Richard Sprague, uncle of Edward, 
settled on this Salem path (between Washington and 
Summer streets) very early, according to Mr. Corey. 

Edward Sprague was long the town treasurer, and 
prominent in local affairs in other ways. He died at the 
age of fifty, April 14, 17 15. The children of Edward and 
Dorothy Sprague were William, Ann, Dorothy, Timothy, 
Ebenezer, Hezekiah, Jemima (who married Joseph Jen- 


kins) Lydia and Phoebe. William and Dorothy Sprague 
gave to the town the lot on which still stands the brick 
church of the First Parish, latterly devoted to parochial 
school purposes and soon to make way for the terminal of 
the elevated railwa}-. 

To the writer Bell Rock memorial park is not only a 
memorial to the ancient church and the people of the 
ancient town, but in a peculiar sense a memorial to the 
keen, well-to-do man who built the meeting-house. In 
the ancient Bell Rock cemetery is not only the much- 
photographed headstone of Job Lane, but beside it is that 
of Anna Reyner Lane, his wife. Not far away is the 
stone of her " cozen " Mary Reyner Wigglesworth and 
her revered husband, " Mauldon's physician for soul and 
body two," Michael Wigglesworth ; and nearby are the 
graves of Edward and Dorothy Sprague. Job Lane, so 
tar as this world is concerned, lives to-day only in the hearts 
of the sturdy tribes who in so many useful walks of life 
have honored their ancestry. 




Bv the Lille Delokaine Pemjre Corey. 

[One of the most interesting meetings of the Maiden 
Historical Society in recent years was held at the old par- 
sonage, by the invitation of Miss Wilson, then its owner, 
when our lamented president, Mr. Deloraine Pendre Corey, 
presided, and after an interesting sketch of Rev. Peter 
Thacher, D. D., long the pastor of the First Church in 
Maiden, and later pastor of the Brattle Street church in 
Boston, read many extracts from Dr. Thacher's diary, 
kept during his two pastorates. A note upon Mr. Corey's 
copy of this diary, which was made by Mr. Corey from 
copies from the original made by Mrs. Mary Washburn 
Parkinson, states that the diary belongs to Hannah Wash- 
burn, daughter of Reuben and Hannah (Thacher) 
Washburn, who lived in Ludlow, Vt. Hannah Thacher 
Washburn was daughter of Rev. Thomas Cushing Thacher 
for a time pastor of the First church in Lynn, who was the 
son of the writer of the diary. Rev. Parsons Cooke of 
Lynn, in his celebrated "Century of Puritanism,'' Chapter 
XI, says of the diarist : He "graduated at Cambridge at 
the age of seventeen : was ordained pastor of the church 
in Maiden at the age of eighteen. He was a delightful 
yet pungent preacher. No young man preached to such 
crowded assemblies as he. Whitefield called him the 
young Elijah. He was a thorough Calvinist, and earnest 
for the Puritan faith. After a ministry of fifteen years in 


Maiden he became pastor of the Brattle Street church in 
Boston, where he labored seventeen years, and died in 
1802. ... In prayer he was uncommonly gifted, 
uttering in pathetic language the devout feelings of his 
own heart, and exciting deep emotions in his hearers. He 
was, in short, one of the greater lights of the Boston pul- 
pit." The portions of the diary read by Mr. Corey are 
here reproduced.] 

1772. Jan. 28. I was at home all the, forenoon. Dr. 
Porter smoaked a pipe with me before dinner. In the 
afternoon I went to Mr. J. Shute's and prayed with his 
wife ; & spent the evening at Dr. Porters's with Mr. 


Feb. 3. Went to Stoneham to visit Mr. Searl who is 
much indisposed with a cold; dined with him. I stopped 
at Capt. Lyndes & prayed with him, returned before night ; 
the taylor sent me home a new suit of cloaths. D. Ser- 
geant came home ; it was very raw cold & yre came up 
much snow in the evening : afterwards it rained & hailed 
very severely. 

Feb. 4. I was engaged at home all day in my study. 
Mr. J. Howard came to see me & brot me a cheese; Mr. 
Hills 2 sons were here in the evening. It was considerably 

Feb. 6. Went to Boston in a slay. Attended (torn)* 
Lect. & heard Mr. Bacon preach upon redeeming the 
time. Bot a riding hood for my Dr, gave 25 pounds for 
it. Dined at Mr. Bacon's. Bot Howell's works for 3 
pounds. Brot Mr. Hopkins from Charlestown with me in 
the slay; spent the evening at Mr. J. Sprague's y" came 

♦Comments in parenthesis are Mr. Corey's; in brackets arc liy tlie committee on 
publication of the Society. < 


Feb. 7. Mother Hawkes went home. Studied from 
Psal. 97, 10. Mr. Hopkins and his wife dined with us. 
Mr. Shearman and his wife drank tea with us. I was a 
good deal indisposed in the eve'g with a cold. One of my 
cows, my nag and m}^ dog were bit as we fear by a mad 
dog : it was pleasant. 

Feb. 13. Brother Cheney and sist'r went to Chelsea ; 
I went to Mr. J. Tufts, spent the day (torn) Mr. Holt of 
Danvers and bis wife dined (torn) Mr. Treadwell called 
and smoaked a pipe with me. Mr. Tufts sent me a cow 
to try till Monday ; I put up 5 bacons in the kitchen chim- 
ney ; it continued extreme cold. 

Feb. 14. . . . Mr. Willis and his wife were here a 
visiting in the afternoon : Cap'n Lynde sent us a shoulder 
of pork. I studyed in the evening tho' I was much 
indisposed with the headache. 

Feb. 18. Studyed before noon in preparation for the 
young men's lecture : Mr. Tufts had my black cow & I 
am to give him two dollars to boot ; I was ill in the after- 
noon but studied a little just before night : y*^ bacon was 
put up Mr. Tufts chimney. It was a warm thawing day. 
Mr. W. Emerson was here in the evening. 

Feb. 19. I was quite ill in the forenoon, but studyed : 
just before noon I rid down to Madam Emerson's, in the 
afternoon preached a lecture to the young men, from Isa. 
54, 13. ' Y'<^ were a good many at lect. The society sent 
me. a hind quarter of veal : it was a very warm day. Mr. 
Emerson and Miss Ruthy were here and supped in the 
evenmg. . . . 

Feb. 22. Rid over to Medford with Mr. Emerson, 
dined and spent the day with Mr. Turell, returned just 
before night. There was a man stabbed at Boston. The 
clerk of the man of war was ^tabbed by the [purser?] 


Feb. 26. Went to Medford, dined at Dr. Tufts, 
smoaked a pipe at Capt. Blodget's : returned before night ; 
Dr. Barnstead* lodged here. 

Feb. 28. Studied before noon. Mr. Willis preached 
my lecture from i Pet. i, 8. After'ds he & his wife 
drank tea with us. Studied in the evening and finished 


March 2. I rid to . . . & prayed with him. Visited 

at Mr. E and Mr. Pralts : prayed with the town in 

y'^ annual town meeting. My Dear went a visiting with 
Cushing to Mad'm Emersons. Left. Pratt rid to Mistick 
with me & I conversed & prayed with his sister Blanchard ; 
he with Mr. T. Pratt & Mr. Sprague of Chelsea & Mr. 
Bucknam of Maiden were here in the evening. Left. 
Pratt's horse ran away. 

March 5. It was dull and cold in the morning. I. 
went to Boston, carried Mr. J. Tufts from Medford, 
attended the Thursday lecture, heard Dr. Chauncey ; 
afterward went to y*^ Old South meeting & heard Mr. 
Warren pronounce an oration in commemoration of y^ 
massacre perpetrated y^ day 2 yrs ago. Dined at Mr. 
Polleys ; came home in a most violent storm of snow which 
was so deep I w'as forced to leave my chaise at Charles- 
town & borrow a slay & it was so drifted by Mr. Hallo- 
wells y' I was forced to untackle y*^ sleigh & let y*^ horse 

come home & y® sleigh in y*^ road. 

Blessed be God for his goodness to me y* day of 
preservation over me. I will declare to speak of" his 

March 6. Detained at home all day by the storm. 
Mr. W. Wait was here in the eve'g & we settled and 
balanced accounts. 

* Perhaps Buichstead. D. 1'. C. 


March 7. It was very cold. I rid to Mistick, dined 
at Mr. Hall's y" went and smoaked a pipe at Squire 
Hulls (?)* with General Brattle & returned. Bro. Billy 
came over. 

March 8. Sab. Bro. Billy drove me to Charlestown 
in y^ slay: I preached y""^ all day & administered the 
Sact. Text. A. M. Exod. 16, 14, 15 ; P. M. Zep. i, 2. 
Baptized 2 children, dined and drank tea at Mr. Grays, 
returned and smoaked a pipe at Mistick : got home abt 8 
o'clock : it was very pleasant. Mr. Elliot preached for me. 
I came home on horse back. 

March 9. Spent the afternoon with Mr. Elliot who 
dined here y" went down & prayed with y^ parish at y«^ 
annual meeting. Mr. Elliot went home in the afternoon. 
Mr. Shear (?) lodged with us. 

March 16. I visited the Widow Waite in the fore- 
noon. Dined at Dr. • Porters. Mrs. Porter gave me a 
dollar. Smoaked a pipe at Mr. Kittell's. Mr. R. Dexter 
drank tea with us. 

March 20 It was a very gt. storm of 

snow. I spent the whole day in my study. Began the 
chh. records in book I brought up yesterday for y^ 

March 21. This day I tinished my twentieth year. 
The L^ humble me y* I have lived so long and done so 
little for him and his glory ; I spent the forenoon at home, 
in the afternoon I went to Mr. Kettells ... he and 
Mr. Sargeant came & smoked a pipe with me. Mr. Cog- 
gin came in the eve. Old Mrs. Blanchard died. 

March 24. I studyed in preparation of y*^ Sab. Mr. 
Dexter was here before noon. I went to Mad'" Emerson's 
P. M. & spent y*^ eve'g at Mr. Kettell's. 

Probably" Halls." 


March 26. It was cloudy; I spent the forenoon at 
home. P. M. went down to John Paine's vendue & hot a 
slay & sundry other thgs to y^ amount of 12 : 20 : o. 

April I. It was exceeding pleasant. I studied all 
day in preparation for the Fast. Mr. Smith of Reading 
dined here. Mr. Parker and Mr. Phillips came and tarred 
my apple trees to prevent the canker worms going up. 
Mrs. Billy came over y" evening. 

April 2. General Fast; it was very raw cold; I 
preached the fast from Hos. (?) 6. i. 2, both parts. Y'" 
were many strangers at meeting. Mr. Sargeant stayed 
with me at noon ; Mr. Emerson supped with us ; Bro. 
Billv went home. Misses B. & R. Emerson were here in 
the eve'g. 

x\pril 3. A very g* storm of snow, more snow y" we 
have had v^ winter before ; I was at home in mv studv all 

x\pril 4. 1 studyed before noon ; in the afternoon I 
attended the funeral of Mr. Willis' two negros wo died 
the day before fast ; y" returned to my study. Mr. Kettell 
dined with me. 

April 5. A very pleasant day. I preached all day. 
Text A. M. Rom. 9, 27; P. M. Matt. 11: 2, 8. The 
Sact. was omitted upon act. of the bad traveling. Dea. 
Shute and Left. Upham dined with me. Mr. Kettell 
spent the eve. with me. 

April 8 Capt. Dexter was here in the evg. 

Mr. Ramsdell sent us a couple of wild fowl. Hannah 
Tuttle came to live with us. 

April 10. A ver}- warm, pleasant day. Went to 
Boston (torn) from Mistick in company with Mr. Haven( ?) 
of Reading. Dined at Mr. Hopkins : stopped at Mistick 
on my return. My d"^ was not well. 


April II. . . . Capt. Dexter sent us two bushels of 
meal and Mr. Philips a bushel and a half of corn. Mr. 
Searl and Dr. Tufts drank tea with us. I lent Mr. Searl 
the I vol. of Mr. Coopers. We bagan to wean Gushing. 
I study ed in preparation for the Sab. 

April 12. Sab. and Sac'"* 20. Windy and cool. I 
preached all day & admitted. Text, A. M. Psal. 116, 
7 1^. M. Luke 13, 25, 26, 27. Enjoyed some enlargement. 
Y' were many strangers at meeting. Mr. Saran (Soren) 
& R. Pool, Dea. Shute & Dea" Howard dined with us. 

April 13. . . . P. M. went to Mistick. Attended 
Mr. I. HalTs funeral. Prayed there. Drank coffee at 
Mr. Hall's, smoked a pipe at Mr. Pool's. 

April 14. Very windy and blustering. I rid up to 
the farther end of the Towai ; visited at Mrs. Widow Pratts, 
Widow Pells, Patty Barretts and B. Green's. Prayed with 
y'" all. Mr. Allet (?) of Charlestown was here P. M. & 
J. Hills in the eve'g. 

April 15. Warm and pleasant; engaged in seculars; 
bottled cyder, set out current bushes. Mr. Brown and his 
wife visited here in the even'g. Mr. Perkins, Mrs. Phillips 
& Mrs. Pain visited my wife. Had some spiritual discourse 
with Mrs. P ps. 

April 17. Rid to Boston in company with Mr. Brown 
of Reading. Dined at Mr. Pollys. Prayed wdth a dying 
woman in Charlestown. Bot my d' tickets, smoked a pipe 
at Mystick on my return. 

April 18. Rid out before noon with my d'' to Mr J. 
Tufts. He gave us some sauce. Capt. Harnden and Left. 
Pratt dined with me. In the evening read Mr. Howells. 
xA man hanged himself at Boston. 

April 19. Sab. Exchanged pulpits with Mr. Payson. 
He preached for me and I preached at Chelsea. Text 


A. M. Psal. 51 : II ; P. M. Psal. 57, 21. Went to Mother 
Hawkes after meeting. Mr. Kettell and Misses B. & R. 
Emerson were here in the eveninir. 

April 20. A very g* storm of wind and rain in y^ 
forenoon, l)ut it cleared up at noon P. M. I went down to 
attend chh meeting 'to choose a deacon, w'^'' was appointed 
on ye day, but y were so few of y«^ chh together y* it was 
thought best to adjourn ; afterwards I went into Mad'" 
Emersons & visited there ; Mr. Martin gave us a sparerib 
& a partridge. 

April 23. Went to Boston heard part 

of Mr. Hunts sermon at lecture. Dined at Deacon Smiths : 
prayed with Mr. Hopkins. Bot Gushing a jocky cap. 
Returned in y^ evening. 

April 25. I studied in preparation for the Sab: had 
horse sent me to look at. Had a good deal of company to 

x\pril 26. Sab. Preached at home all day. Text 
A. M. Phil, I, II. P. M. Ha. 13: 27. Baptized two 
children. Mr. Walton ( ?) & Bro. Jonathan from Lynn 
& Bro. Billy from Boston were here. Just at night Gush- 
ing was taken with a kind of convulsive fit. I went awav 
for the Dr. but before he got here he seemed to be consid- 
ably come to. Blessed be Gd wo preserved him. Oh yt 

he might live in his sight 

May 3. Sab. . . . I preached all day & admin- 
istered Sact 21. Text A. M. Phil 2,1; P. M., Eel. 12, 
2-7. The deacons dined with us. Mr. Hopkins drank 
tea with us after meeting. Mr. Wm. Wait & his wife, 
Mrs. D. Parker & Miss B. & R. (K?) Dexter were here in 
ye evn'g. My dear stayed at home in the afternoon with 

May 4. Engaged in seculars. Visited at Deacon 


Perkins & Mr. R. Dexters in y^ forenoon. Mended m}?^ 
wall. Mr. Searl was here P. M. Gushing was ill. 

May 6. Garden made and ploughed for my corn. 
Sister Leonard and Mrs. B. Elliot was here. Grandmother 
went home & Mother Hawkes came here. Dr. Porter was 
here in y^ evening. 

May 9. Dug some in my garden and cleaned my 
chaise. Mother Hawkes went home. Dr. Tufts drank tea 
with us and Mr. Abbott came in the eve§^. 

May 12 I studyed. In y^ afternoon went to 

Mvstick. Drank tea with Mr. W. Hall ; returned and 
supped at Mr. Kettell's. Mr. Harnden gave me a cowskin 
& his wife some butter. Mr. Kettell sent my dear some 

May 13. Mr. R. Dexter and Mr. R. Shute were 
here in the morning and breakfasted with us. I carried 
Mad'" Emerson to Mrs. Barrett. We had a private fast. 
Mr. Roby prayed first, y" I read a Psalm and prayed. 
After taking a little refreshment Mr. Treadwell & 
preached from Psal. 55 : 21 ; y" Mr. Roby prayed; after 
which I read a chapter & prayed : y" we supped and came 
home. I went to Mr. Willis's prayed with his sick negro 
Vv^oman smoked a pipe at Mr. Dexter's and so home. 

May 17. Mr. Cheever* came from his Bro. Parker's 
and breakfasted with us: he preached A. M. from Rom. 
10. I. x\fter'^* I prayed & admitted R. Parker into the 
chh ; P. M. I preached from Mat. 5 : 20. Y"^ were many 
from Stoneham and Mistick at meeting. Mr. Sargeant 
and wife were here after meeting. Dr. Porter called upon 
us & Miss B. & R. Emerson spent the Eve. with us. 

May 18. In the morning rid up with my Dr.f to visit 
Mrs. Howard, prayed with her. Mrs. J. Lynde gave us 

*Of Easthaiii. 
t Dear 


a cheese. P. M. Prayed at town meeting before the choice 
of Representative. Y" rid to Mistick. Drank tea at 
Col. Royall's. Stopped at Dr. Tufts. Carried Miss B. 

May 19. A. M. rid up to Mr. J. Upham's dined y' 
with Mr. Roby & visited at Mrs. Pell's : stopped and 
smoked a Pipe at Left. Upham's. I was ill with y^ colic 
in y^ evening. 

May 20. Before dinner Mr. Niles and Mr. Lewkins 
(?) of Charlestown came and dined with us. Mr. Niles 
preached the young men's lecture — a most excellent ser- 
mon on . . . Mr. T. Upham, Dr. Porter, Dea" Per- 
kins & J. Hill drank tea with us. 

May 22. My son Cushing rid out in the morn. I 
went to Boston. Carried Mr. Leonard to Milton. My 
grandfather and grandmother agreed to come and live with 
us. I returned in the evening. Mr. Kettell gave us a 
quarter of veal. 

May 23. Rid out a little way with Dr. & Cushing. 
P. M. went down to M'^'" Emerson's & saw her son John 
from Conway. Was sent from home to Mrs. Tuft's & Dr. 
Brooks w° spent the afternoon & drank tea with us. Mr. 
Upham came in y^ evening and lodged with us. 

May 26 I attended Mr. White's ( ?) 

negroe's funeral. Mr of Stonington prayed. 

I was very ill with a cold. 

May 29. Mr. J, Payson & his wife and Mr. Prentice 
of Reading came to our house before dinner. Mr. Payson, 
Mr. Prentice & Mr. Chene}^ & I took a walk up Capt" 
[Wait's] Mount. They and Mr. ^Ward of Portsmouth 
dined with us but went away directl}" after dinner. Mrs. 
Tufts and Dr. [John?] Brooks came P. M. I rid up to 
Widow Oakes with him, }-" my Dr. & I went to Mistick 


with Tufts and returned in y^ evening. Mr. W. Emerson 
and Mr. J. Emerson's son John were here to breakfast. 

June r. Artillery election. Mr. Emerson carried me 
in his chaise to penny ferry ; I walked from hence to Bos- 
ton, heard Mr. Robbins of Milton preach the sermon ; 
dined in the hall. P. M. went upon the common and 
returned in the even'g. My Dr. carried Gushing to 
Chelsea in my chaise. 

June 6. I studyed in preparation for 3'^ Sab. My D'' 
rid out with Gushing A. M. Mr. Bores & Mr. Leonard 
were here P. M. T. Pratt gave us a little chair. 

June 7. Sab. & Sact. 22. I preached A. M. Gor. 6 :20 
and administered. P. M., Job 21, 23, 24, 25, 26. A 
funeral sermon Mr, Blaney. My Grandfather & grand- 
mother were at meeting. Dea. Shute and his wife dined 
with us. O"^ chimney caught afire in y*^ forenoon service 
but no damage was done blessed be God for it. 

June 9 A. M. I went down to Mad'" Emersons and 
Mr. E. & I took a walk up on Gapt Mount. I came home 
to dinner. Mrs. Shute and her daughter were here assist- 
ing in y^ P. M. 

June 10. Uncle Wait brought us a load of sand. M3' 
dr. & I rid to Mr. Willis's & visited y'«^. We went also to 
Mad'" Emerson's & I went to Mrs. Kettell's & she gave us 
some cold roast lamb. P. M. Mr. Willis carried us to y^ 
poor house. T prayed and he preached 3''^ from Mat. 8, 3. 
Y" I visited and prayed with Patt3^ Barrett. Returned. 

June 12. I studyed in preparation of the Sab. Mrs. 
Gook and Mrs. Hopkins visited and dined with us. Miss 
Sally Eustis came to ,wk & lodged with us. Mrs. Gook 
gave us a cheese & some cake. 

June 14. Sab. In y'' morning ver3^ earl3^ I was 
called to go up and visit Mrs. Rand : got back at 8 o'clock. 



1 preached all day at home. Texts A. M. Job i6, 9. 
P. M, Gal. 6, 7. We had a charitable contribution for y'' 
Widow Jenkins. Gathered 21 pounds 13s. Bro. Billy 
was over. Mrs. Hopkins & Mrs. Cook dined with us. 
Mr. Hills and Mr. R. Dexter were here in the even'g. 

June 17. I was engaged in y*^ garden in y^' morning. 
Bro. went away, y" I went over to Mistick, dined at Mr. 
Turrell's, smoked a pipe at Mr. W. Hollis', stopped at 
Capt. Dexter's & Mr. Kettell's on my return ; was raw cold. 
June 29. My dr. carried Gushing to ride ; I visited 
and prayed with Margaret Jenkins. I was then called to 
pra}^ with D. Howard's children. P. M., catechised the 
children at y*^ meeting house ; prayed twice with y"\ 
Afterwards went to Mr. W. Wait's & drank tea y'^. Mr. 
Sargeant of Chelsea was here and settled about David's 

June 30, Cap". Dexter gave us a breast and neck of 
veal ; Bro. Ned and Mr. Tuttle were here ; I spent the 
forenoon in ni}- stud}'. Walked down to carry home Sally 
to Mr. Kettle's. My d' rid with Cushinir. I went to Med- 
ford and got some wine. 

July I. I studyed A. M. Mr. Phillips gave us some 
peas. P. M. 1 went to Cap" Dexter's & visited y'«. 
July 2. . . . Divers sent in peas. 
Juh^ 6. Went to Boston to get th"'' for y^" ministers 
meets. Dined at Mr. Polly's, returned P. M. Dea"'" Shute 
sent us some string beans & Mr. J. Tufts sent us some peas. 
July 7. It was ministers meeting at my house. Mr. 
Willis, Mr. Roby, Mr. Payson, Mr. Treadwell, Mr. Whit- 
well, Mr. T. Barnard, Mr. Mansfield, Mr. Thair & 
Mr. Hills were here ; Mr. Treadwell preached. Mad"' 
Emerson dined with us. Y' all went away at night : Miss 
B. & Miss R. Emerson were here in y'^ ev'g. 


July 8. Mother Hawkes went home. I went for my 
2d degree to Cambridge. The class met & chose me 
moderator. Dined at Steward Hastings. Visited divers 
& returned. 

July lo. A. M. Employed in seculars. P. M. went 
to Cap" Dexters & down to Blanchards Point; Mr. J. 
Tufts brought hams: stopped to smoak a pipe at Mr. 
Kettle's on my return. 

July 13. Men mowed for me. Dr. W. & wife went 
away in y^ morning. I raked hay all day. In y^ even- 
ing went down to y® bridge. 

July 15. Commenc't. I carried Dr. Green to Cam- 
bridge ; attended the public exercises. I took mv degree 
of Master of Arts. Dined at Mr. Hill's chamber ; returned 
in y*^ evening & Dr. Green supped with us. 

July 21. Went to Mistick A. M., to Col. Royall's ; 
returned before dinner. Dr. Whitaker and his daughter 
called upon us. I went down to y*^ bridge just at night. 

July 23. I went to Boston, heard Dr. Elliot preach 
y^ lecture. . . . Mr. Hopkins gave us 2 gallons of 
Lisbon (?) wine. 

July 27. Uncle W. Farrington (?) and his wife 
breakfasted with us. I went up to visit Mrs. Pell and 
Patt}' Barrett. Mrs. Dexter & Mrs. Coffin were here 
P. M. Mr. Story & his wife d'^ tea with us. M}^ corn 
was hulled. 

July 29. Mother and sister went away. Mr. Cheney 
& I went down to y^ bridge. Mr. Lynde & Mr. Kettell 
were here. Miss B. Emerson & Miss S. Hopkins were at 
dinner here. I went and carried Mr. Cheney to Chelsea 
just at night. 

Aug. I. I studyed all day in preparation for y'^ Sab. 
Mr. J. Tufts sent us some new potatoes y^" evening. 


Aug. 8. . . . Y"^ was very fierce lightening 
& thunder in y*^ night so y^ my Dr. & C got up and sat up 
a considerable time. 

Aug. 8. I went down to y^ bridge A. M. 

Aug. II. I went on horseback & Mother Hawkes & 
mv D"" in y^ chaise to Walpole. Baited at Blaney's, dined 
at Mr. Morey's, stopped at Dean's in Dedham & got to 
Walpole at sunset. It rained some in y^ evening. 

Aug. 13. I came home from Walpole. Baited at 
Ames' in Dedham ; dined at Mr. Morey's, stopped at 
Prentice's in Cambridge and got home at sun down. 

Aug. 18. I spent y*^ day in my study till just before 
night, then rode down to Winnesemmett ferry to carry 
home B. Luckins ; but she could not get over y*^ ferry and 
I brot her back ; I stopped at Mr. J. Sprague's in Chelsea. 
He gave me 2 chickens, y" I stopt at Mr. Burdetts' & 

Sept. 15. Mad"i Emerson & Miss B. & Master 
Jenkins dined with us. Mrs. J. Tufts sent us a roasting 
pig. P. M. set out for Milton. Stopped and prayed with 
Mrs. Sweetser as I went along. Carried Aunt Betty to 

Sept. 19. This day 2 y'''^ I was ordained. The L'' 
humble me for my sinfulness and unsuccessfulness. 
Studyed A. M. P. M. carried my d' and Miss Becky 
to Charlestown to Mrs. Sweetser's funeral. Attended it 
and prayed with the relatives after it 

Oct. 7. It was very rainy. I was at home all day. 
We put up y*^ green curtains in y^ lower room. 

Oct. II Sab. This day my son Cushing is a y' old, 
blessed be God w° has spared him & oh y^ he might live in 
God's sight. I went to Boston preached all day in y*^ Old 
South. Texts A. M. Mai. 3, 8 ; P. M. Eph. 5, 15, 16. 


Stopped and supped at Mr. Halls of Mistick on my return. 
Mr. Kettle and Mr. Hills were here in y*^ eve'g. 

Oct. 12. Mr. Bacon went away. I was engaged in 
seculars A. M. General Brattle, Squire Hall, Mr. Speaker 
Gushing, Mr. Pool, Mr. W. and A. Hall dined with us. 
Mr. Emerson and his wife spent the ev'g with us, Mr. 
Coffin of Boston lodged here. 

Oct. i8. Sab. Preached at home all dav. Texts 
A. M. Job 2, 5, 6; P. M. 2 Tim. 4, 8. Deacon Shute & 
wife dined with us. Mr. Hopkins, Mr. Waldo Emerson, 
Dr. Green and Mr. Ruggles drank tea with us. I w^ent 
over to Mistick to visit a dying man, y" supped at Mad'" 

Oct. 29. At home all day and studyed. Mr. W. 
Wait gave us a couple of chickens. Br. Merriam and his 
wife were here. My honored grandfather died at Milton 
between 10 and 11 o'clock at night. AE 92. 

Nov. 9 Deacon Shute and his wife were 

here y" brot us some sauce. Mr. Green ga\'e us a large 

Nov. 18 After lecture I went down to the 

bridge, to Madam Emerson's, Mrs. Kettle, etc. 

Nov. 23 Mr. Ramsdell sent us a pair of fine 

black ducks. 

Dec. 2. [Mr. Thacher's second child, Peter, was 
born the preceeding day, and the day following was general 
Thanksgiving.] Deacon Shute and Mr. S. Green sent us 
each a turkey & Mr. Na L^nde, Cap" Dexter & Mr. J. 
Wait sent us each a goose. Cap" Harnden sent me some 

Dec. 7. I set out this morning to attend the Ordination 
of Mr. Upham at Deerfield in New Hampshire. Deacon 
Perkins, Mr. Kettle, Mr. Howard and Lt. Upham went 


with me as delegates. We overtook Mr. Roby with his 
messengers at Andover, dined at Col. Fry's & lodged the 
night at Kingston. It was very cold. 

Dec. 21. I went to Milton to attend the vendue of m^^ 
Grandfather's personal estate. Bot so much as came to 
sixty pounds, old tenor. Returned y" evening. 

Dec. 22. I was at home A. M. In the evenin<x 
smoked a pipe with Capt. Dexter. My things came from 
Milton. The large glass was broke. . . . 

Jan. I. In the morning I was called to visit Mr. 

Thos. Waits wife* who was apprehended to be dying, 

then went to my study ; studyed hard all day in preparation 

for the Sab. Mr. J. and Mr. R. Wait's wives visited my 

dr. i^ 

Jan. 2. I again visited and prayed with Mr. Thos. 
Wait's wife. . . 

Jan. 4, I went again to Mr. Thos. Wait's to pray 
with his wife. 

Jan. 5. I dined at Mr. J. Sprague's ; prayed with 
the town in their meeting. Mrs. Wait died this day, I 
visited and prayed with the family. 

Jan. 8. I attended Mrs. Wait's funeral. . . . 

Jan. II. I w^as at home A. M. P. M. Mr. Willis 
and I spent time together in preparing something for a 
committee of the town.f We met with y"^ a little while 
in the ev'g. Our chh met and I read to y'" a letter missive 
to go to ordination at Salem ; y'> voted to send.:|: 

Feb. 3. [Omitted by Mr. Corey in reading] I hung 
my chaise on a slay y^ day. 

* Mr. Corey lierc ))encilod in tlie margin " Mary Spraguc, my O. G. Gilm." 

t Address to citizens of Boston, etc., Jan. 14, I'jy^-l). P. C. 

tThis was the ord. of Rev. Thos. Barnard, jr., at Nortli Church, Salem-D. P. C. 


Feb. 6. I studyed all day in preparation for y*^ Sab. 
Carried my d"". to ride, she caught cold and was very ill y^ 
ev'g and night. 

Feb. 9. [Omitted by Mr. Corey] I went to Marble- 
head. Dined at Col. Lee's [The Lee mansion is now the 
home of the Marblehead Historical Society.] Attended 
Mr. Whitwell's funeral & was a bearer ; returned y" even- 
ing. I had a ring. 


May 9. Sab. I went to Boston, preached all day at 
Dr. Cooper's meeting. Job. 13, 7; Dan. 5, 25. I dined 
at Maj. Phillips & drank tea at y^ governors.* He sent 
me to y'^ ferry in his chariot. Mr. Howard preached for 

' June 2. [torn] . . . were a number of young 
women who spun for us. • 

June 6. . . . The congregation after meeting 
voted to omit read'g y*^ psalm for one month f'" y^ day. It 
was extreme hot. 

June 13. Sab. I went to Roxbury. Preached y'^ 
all day. Phil. 3, 13, 14; (?) i, 6 & baptized a child. T 
dined at Mr. D. Wait's who gave me some worsted. D'' 
tea at Gen'l Heath's ; it rained much Y^ evening as I 

June 27. I was in my study and read. Cap. Smith 
sent us in a hind quarter of veal. 

June 30. I studyed. A number of men mowed for 

Juh' I. I went down in the harbour w. Cap. Smith 
and a large company of men and women. It was very 
windy. I was a little sea sick. 

*lu Hancock House. 


July 6. I was in my study & read. 2 men mowed 
for me & we got in 2 loads of hay. J. Hancock sent me 
12 psalm books to be divided between y^ poor people. 

July 12. I was engaged in Seculars. We got in 
more hay. 

July 23. . . . Cap. Smith gave me some mackerel. 

July 25. Sab. I preached at home all day. 
Mrs. Hopkins and her daughter dined w us w. Cap. Smith, 
Mr. Kettell, Cap. Green & Dr. Sprague were here in y*^ 

Aug. 7. I was in my study & dined w Cap. Smith ; 
my d'' had two teeth drawn. 

Aug. II. I studyed hard. My d'' had another tooth 

Aug. 19. • I went to Boston. Saw Cap. Smith's ship 
launched & dined at Mr. Thos. Russel's. 

Aug. 21. I studyed and prepared for y*^ Sab. Mr. 
R. Shute sent us some cabbages. 

Sept. I. Mr. Payson called me & went together to 
Cambridge. Dined at y® president's. Mr. Payson preached 
y'^ dudlian lecture; y^ subject was revealed religion. 

Sept. 16. I went to Boston, heard Mr. Smith preacii 
y^ lecture, 2 Pet. 2, 9. I dined at y*^ lieutenant gover- 

Sept. 19. Sab. This day 14 yrs I was ordained, 
my God forgive the sins of my ministry ! . . . 

Sept. 21. I studyed hard. Dea'n Perkins sent us a 
roast pig. 

Oct. 8. This day 14 years I was married ; may God 
forgive y*^ sin of y*^ relation ! . . . . 

Oct. 15. I went to Boston, dined at y*^ governor's 
& was exercised w y"^ headache y^ night. 

*Thos. Cushing's. 


Oct. 19. I went to Boston. Y'*^ was a public enter- 
tainment given to y*^ Marquis LaFayette. I dined in 
Faneuil Hall. 

Oct. 25. I was in my study and read. I heard y^ 
y'^ church in Brattle street, Boston, yesterday voted to write 
me to remove from hence to v"\ Mav God overrule & 
direct in v^ important concern ! I went to Medford and 
d'^ tea with Mr. Osgood. 

Nov. 8. I was in mv studv & read. In y^ eveg y''^ 
was a committee of y*^ chh w me abt y*^ gt concern before 
us. We had much conversation. 

Nov. t6 1 went to Boston to consult my fds y^'^' w 
respect to the p'snt state of things here : dined at y° 
governor's. I was at Cap. Smith's y*-' evening. 

Nov. 19. I was very busy writing. Mr. Payson & 
Dr. Dexter dined w me. Y^ chh met y* afternoon. T c'^ 
not get y"' to act upon my affair so I told y"^ y^ if y^' did 
not give me an answer y'^ day Ibrtnight I sh^' take it as a 
denial. I was much broken of my rest y^ night. 

Nov. 22. I was in my study and read. Dr. Sprague 
gave us a turkey. 

Nov. 23. I went to Boston. Dined at Mr. Ed Green's. 

Capt. Dexter & Cap. Smith sent us each a goose, the 

wid" Dexter a roast'g piece of beef & Mr. S. Sprague a 


Nov. 24. I studyed hard. Capt. Green, Mr. J. 

Lynde & Mr. N. Lynde sent each of y'" a goose; Mr. T. 

I fills & Mrs. C. Hill 2 fowls each. Dr. Dexter & Dr. 

Sprague dined w us. I was sent for to Mr. S. (T?) 

Sprague & prayed on occasion 3-^ y^ death of y'*^ son. 

Nov. 25. Gen'l Thanksgiving. I preached at home 

Rom. 2, 4. Mrs. Shute, Dr. Sprague & his wife and child 

& Bro. Billy dined w us. Cap. Green and Mr. Kettell 

were here in y*^ eve'g. 


Dec. 8. This day I wrote. Dr. Dexter & Dr. Gowan 
dined w us. Y^ afternoon y*^ chh & parish met upon my 
affair ; at first y^ appeared determined to refuse y^ request 
& I was ready to give up all hope ; w» y'^ m'^'^ suddenly 
altered & yy>' voted me a dismission w more unanimity 
yiu J (_.d i^Q^y expected. May the Almighty overrule y^ 
transaction to his glory & y'^ benefit of all concerned. 

Dec. 12. Sab. I preached at Maiden all day. Job 
14, 27 : Acts 21, 14 being my farewell sermon to y'" Col. 
Davis & his daughter drank tea w us. I had much com- 
panv N""* evening. 

Dec. 16. I studved hard. Dined at Mr. Willis's: 
Mr. Becham sent us sparerib & Dea" Perkins a roasting 
piece of beef. 

Dec. 21. I went to Boston, dined at y^ Lieutenant 
Governor's. I went by way of Medford. 

Dec. 24. I was in mv study and read. Y'^' went to 
Medford Sc dined w Mr. Bishop, j"'. He gave me a silk 

Dec. 26. Sab. Mr. Clarke preached to y^' c'^'^ in 
Brattle Street A. M. I preached to y'" p. m. 2 Cor. 2, i6_, 
I returned my answer y^ night. I dined at Dea" Newell's, 
d''^ tea at y^' governor's & spent y" '^v'g & supped at y" 
lieutenant governor's. 

Dec. 27. I was at y*^ governor's; he gave me a rich 
damask gown for my wife ; & at Mr. Ed. Green's & 
returned to Maiden y'^ night. 

(Jn the 4th of January, 1785, I removed my family 
from Maiden to Boston and w^e kept at the house of Wm. 
Cooper, Esq.* On the 12 Jan, 1785 I was installed in v'^ 

*Son of the former pastor of Brattle Street clmrcli ; town clerk; clerk of ( oimnittce of 
correspondence; buried in Granary Burying Ground. He lived on Hanover street. 


pastoral care of y^ c'^'^ in Brattle street. We remained at Mr. 
Cooper's till Jan. 26, w" we removed into our own house. 
May God y'^ important proceeding to his glory & to our 
good I may he enable me to b^^ honor to him & good to 
mankind ! 

Feb. II. I was in mv study & divers called upon 
me ; I dined as Mr. J. Hall's. He gave me some oranges. 
Mr. Stover sent me a looking glass, some stockings, &c 
& to my wife divers other things. I drank tea at Cap. 
Brailsford. I visited a number of others. 

Feb. 12. I prepared for y*^ Sab. Dined w y" french 
consul, Mr. John Kneeland gave my dr a pound of tea. 

Feb. 14. ... A large number of ladys visited m}- 
wife. Mr. Carnes was here in y^ evg. Judge Gill sent 
us a very elegant Wilton carpet. 

Feb. 15. I visited Mrs. Mills, dined at Mr. Lowell's 
& spent y^ evening at y'^ governor's. Mr. Austin sent us 
a pair of andirons, Mrs. Hayslip a carpet, Mr. W. Green- 
leaf a rich table cloth and some earthern mugs. 

Feb. 16. . . . The governor sent me a large hog. 

Feb. 28. This day y® governor resigned y"^ chair, T 
attended y^ solemnity, dined at y^ lieutenant governor's & 
had company y^ afternoon and evening.* 

Feb. 19. I prepared fr y^ Sab ; dined w my family 
at Governor Hancock's. Mr. Ed Green sent us a turke}-. 

Feb. 20 Mr. Ruggles dined with us. The 

lieutenant governor and other spent the even'g here. 

Feb. 21. I visited and prayed w Judge Sullivan. f 
& visited Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Wells ( ?) & Mrs. Inches. Y« 
latter gave me 2 guineas. Dined at Mr. Hancock's, was at 
ministers meeting at Mr. Freeman's. We had much com- 

*For some reason this entry was omitted by Mr. Corey. 

fHon. James Sullivan, afterwards governor; G. G. Father of the late Dr. J. Langdon 



Feb. 22. I studyed : dined ai^ain at y"^ governor's; 
I had a load of ha}-. 

March 2. I studyed. Mrs. Lowell send us green 
tea & a loaf of sugar ; T dined at Mr. Barrett's & preached 
y"" lecture y« ev'g for Mr. Stillman, Rev. 19, 11-16.* 

M^i'ch 4 Gen'l Lincoln was here in 

v« ev'ij. 

March 10. This morning Mr. Bowdoin sent me a 
present of nine guineas I studyed a little ; attended y^-' 
Thursday lecture w^ Mr. Lathrop preached. Dined at 
Mr. Jon Amory's ; visited at Mr. Thos. Russells & spent 
y'^ ev'g at y^ governor's. 

[Mr. Corey copied many -pages more of the diary, 
but those here reproduced were all that he marked as 
bearing on life in the ancient parsonage, and evidently 
those marked were only illustrative, as many entries occur 
unmarked which would interest descendenls of the parish- 
ioners referred to.] 

*The previous day's recoid is: "I went to Makien, visited divers yre. Dined at 
Dr. Sprague's. Returned ys cveg. Dr. De.xter went w me. Mr. W. Greenleaf sent me a 
(luintal of excellent fish. 



Bv Darius Cokh 

[The old parsonage house has a chamber, in which 
WilHam Emerson, son of the parish minister, and grand- 
father of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Adoniram Judson, the 
missionary to the Burmese, and the twin brothers, Cyrus 
and Darius Cobb, one a sculptor and the other a noted 
painter, first saw the light. Rev. Joseph Emerson, Rev. 
John Emerson and Rev. Thomas Cushing Thacher were 
also born in the house. By special invitation, the only 
survivor of the four, Darius Cobb, at present a member of 
the society, was present at the meeting referred to in the 
preceding article, and gave his recollections of his child- 
hood home. He spoke substantially as follows.] 

This incident I remember when two years of age ; we 
moved from the old parsonage w^hen Cyrus and I were 
three. It would be 1836 as we were born in 1834. To 
introduce, I will say that everything was presented to us 
alike and I remember that two chairs were presented to us 
and we both were out one Sunday and took a hatchet, and 
Cyrus, being hve minutes older, first chopped the front 
part of the chair out four inches W'ide, and I took the 
hatchet and I chopped my four inches, and my uncle came 
out just then and said, "Here, what are you about, boys?" 

My next recollection is of going about half a mile 
away from home and my sister Haley called us back (she 
was eight years older than Cyrus and l). When I got 
grown I found that half mile was about eight rods from the 
house over a cliff, but 1 thought we were about half a 


mile from home. I can see the rock now. I remember 
we looked out of the window and there was a man with a 
striped shirt. We had noticed in pictures that a pirate was 
represented in a striped shirt, and this man was working 
for my father, and we would not go out there for we said, 
"That is a pirate who will cut our heads off," 

The last I remember was when we were three years 
old father moved to Waltham and settled there, and I 
remember just as plain as possible that red and white cow 
that was driven out of the yard and over to Waltham. I 
can see the cow going after the furniture wagon. That 
closed the Maiden scene for forty-three years and it was 
forty three years after, in 1870, when I was there again. 

One remarkable incident of the religious life of my 
father was the battle of Universalism in Maiden, when it 
battled against Orthodoxy. That was after the first parish 
church had divided and father was preaching to the parish, 
which had become Universalist in the old original parish 
church while he occupied the old original parish parson- 
age. My father. Rev. Sylvanus Cobb, was the first min- 
ister after they turned Universalist. 

Sylvanus and three of the children were born in 
Watertown and the rest were born in Maiden. 

Forty-three years after I left the old parsonage and 
forty-three years after those battles, I had painted my pic- 
ture depicting "Christ before "Pilate," and, although he 
knew I was a Universalist, Dr. J. W. Wellman invited me 
to go to Maiden, to address his prayer-meeting, at the 
preparatory lecture before the sacrament, on the subject of 
"Christ." For six months I refused, but at last I consented, 
only saying that T could not go to his regular meeting on 
Friday evening. "I will consult my parish," said he, 
"and see if they will not consent to have the meeting on 


Wednesday evening." "Let Dr. Witherell go," I had 
argued. "We do not want Dr. Witherell," was the reply ; 
"we want you to speak to us on vour picture of Christ." 
My brother Cyrus went with me. We spent the night with 
Dr. Wellman, and to my astonishment, at supper he said 
tome "I am in the habit of asking a blessing ' and he 
asked me if I would ask it. The next mornincr vvhen we 
arose, Cyrus and I thought we would take a walk, going 
up by the old parsonage. We had Kossuth hats, and it 
was very dusty. A maid came to the door, and Cyrus 
said — he was five minutes older than I, and so always 
spoke first — " Is the lady of the house in?" and she looked 
scared, began to stammer, and said "No — no, sir, I don't 
think you can see her," evidently mistaking us for tramps. 
Cyrus put on a deep, grave, ministerial voice, and said 
"I am very sorr}^ ; because we were born here, and our 
name is Cobb." 

"Jane, tell the gentlemen to walk in " we heard from up 
stairs. And we went in, and the lady showed us about the 
house. She showed us the front room, and on the old- 
fashioned window-pane was my brother Sylvanus' name, 
cut on the glass when he was twelve years old. His 
mother had upon some occasion shut him in the room and 
he had carved his name as though he was carving his name 
on the world. She showed us about, but did not show us 
our birth chamber. The first time we saw that was at the 
Judson centennial, in 1891. We were born in the room in 
which Adoniram Judson and son of Rev. William Emerson 
and grandfather of Ralph Waldo Emerson was born. 
Michael Wigglesworth, the early minister and schoolmaster 
of Maiden, once took a ride on horseback. Returning, he 
brought a slip, and planted it in front of the house. It 
grew into the big butternut tree which now, I guess, is 


At that time she showed us into the kitchen. It was 
papered flush, and there was no door excepting the one by 
which we entered, and one by which to go out into the 
entry. I pointed and said : "When I was two years old, 
there was a door right there, where you have now papered, 
and that door led up by a flight of stairs, into a store-room 
overhead." "That is it exactly," she responded, "and it 
was covered a year ago when we papered." I said, "I know 
that for this reason : It was Sunday, and my brother Eben, 
six years older, it being a very icy day, had put Cyrus on 
a sled. He went all right. Then he put me on the sled 
and the sled slewed and struck the tire of an ox team, 
hitting me near the temple ; and I remember them taking 
me into this room. I was bleeding, and in order to do 
everything the}^ needed to they took me up into that room 
out of sight, and there they dressed the wound. I can see 
that door and the stairs now, and I see them carrying 
me." This is an illustration of one class of incidents that 
by an accident are stamped on the memory ; and yet, the 
memory of the chopping of those chairs is just as vi^'id. 

While speaking of this, I remember another incident 
which occiHTed after we had moved to Waltham, when we 
were four years old. We were coming by the school- 
house, and we saw the door open, and walked in. Cyrus 
(being five minutes older, as I have said), led. Howard 
Banks, a friend, had been whipped by the teacher. We 
found the place deserted, and children as we were, almost 
babies, we tore off railings of the seats, the railings of 
teacher's desk, spilled ink over books, tore up books and 
smashed the windows. Then we went home. A man met 
us as we walked along. Later we were told that the man 
had been found in the school-house and taken prisoner. 
We said "that is too bad." Years afterward they found 


out we were the culprits. Twins at four years old are 
terrible. Twins are like two piston rods on an engine, 
working reciprocally. 

I have written many articles for the press, but only 
one book, and that I suppressed. I wrote this during the 
Andover controversy, using no names, but calling the 
persons to whom I referred "X" "Y" "Z" etc., but I 
found that the publisher was going to print the names of 
these good men, and so stopped the publication, rather 
than have the book a personal affair. Cyrus wrote ■' The 
Veteran of the Grand Army." They had on the title page 
" Written by the brothers Cobb '' but my work has been 
mostly blank verse and poetry. 



Organized, March 8, 1886. 
Incorporated February 7, 1887. 


Vice- Preside n ts . 



Treasurer and Assistant Secretary. 


Charles H. Adams Roswell R. Robinson 

George W. Chamberlain H. Heustis Newton 

George L. Gould Walter Kendall Watkins 

Charles E. Mann Arthur W. Wellman 

John W. Xeels Joshua W. Wellman, D.I). 

Frank E. Woodward 





George L. Goulu William G. Merrill 

Arthur W. Walker 


Charles E. Mann 
Frank E. Woodward 
Deloraine p. Core^* 

Roswell R. Robinson 
Arthur H. Wellman 
Sylvester Baxter 


George B. Murray Mrs. Percy E. Walbridge 

Mrs. Mary A. Berry Hon. Charles Bruce, Everett 

George E. Damon, Melrose 


Mrs. William G. A. Turner Mrs. J. Parker Swett 

Mrs. Charles E. Mann Mrs. Sylvester Baxter 

Mrs. Fred T. A. McLeod 


Walter Kendall Watkins Dr. Charles Burleigh 

George W. Chamberlain Mrs. Robert B. Burlen 

William B. Snow 

Truman R. Hawley 


Peter Graffam. 

William L. Hall worth 



Rk.v. T- W. Wellman, D.D. Roswell R. Robinson 

Phineas W. Sprague 



MEMBERS, 1910-1911. 

Adams, Charles II. 
Allen, Claude L. 
Ammann, Albert 

liailey, Dudley P. 
Bailey, Adelaide P. 
Bailey, William M. 
Barnes, Roland T), 
Batting, Henry C. 
Baxter, Sylvester 
Belcher, Charles F. 
Bennett, Frank P. Jr. 
Bennett, Frank P. Sr. 
Berry, Mary A. . 
Bickford, Erskiiie F. 
Bliss, A. E. 
Bliss, E. P. 
Boutwell, Harvey L. 
Bradstreet, George F. 
Bruce, Charles M. 
Bruce, Charles, Mayor 
Burgess, J. H. . 
Burleigh, Dr. Charles 
Burlen, Mrs. Robert B. 
Burnham, Arthur G. . 

Casas, William B. de las 
Carter, Aldert A. 
Chadwick, Dr. Mara L. 
Chadwick, F. Henry . 
Chamberlain, George W. 
Chandler, John G. 
Chester, Dr. Carey R. 
Chester, Dr. H. Coryell 

. Melrose 

. Melrose 

50 Acorn street. Maiden 

Greystone road, 

23 Spring street, 

. S6 High street, 

52 Murray Hill road, 

148 Hawthorne street. 

79 Mountain avenue, 

. 38 Main street, 

60 Linden avenue, 

17 Linden avenue, 

37 Pierce street, 

208 Maple street, 

155 Hawthorne street, 

72 Mountain avenue, 

53 Washington street, 

107 Dexter street, 

30 Francis street, 

95 Cedar street, 

3 Earl street, 

7 Kneeland street, 

30 Mt. Vernon street, 

29 Hillside avenue, 

2 Dexter street, 

33 Holmes street, 

90 Dexter street, 





Chester, Horace 
Chester, William F. 
Clark, John L. . 
Cobb, Darius 
Coggan, Marcellus 
Coggan, M. Siininer 
Corbett, John M. 
Corey, Mrs. D. P. 
Covell, Leroy J. 
Cox, Alfred E. . 
Croxford, Harry B. 

Damon, George E. 
Damon, Herbert 
Daniels, Charles A. 
Davis, Dr. Myron 
Dennett, Charles E. 
Donovan, James 
Drew, Frank E. 
Dutton, George C. 

Eaton, Charles L. 
Eldridge, Alton W. 
Estey, Frank W. 
Evans, Wilmot R. Jr 
Evans, Wilmot R. Sr 

Fall, George H., May 
Fernald, B. Marxin 
Fogg, Willis A. 
Foss, PaulM. . 
Fovvle, Frank E. 
Freeman, Melville C. 
French, Mrs. CM. 

Gay, Dr. Fritz W. 
Gay, Edward 
Gould, Edwin Carter 


56 Earl street. Maiden 

39 Rockland avenue. Maiden 

61 Hathorne street, Maiden 

. Boston 

Tremont Building, Boston 

17 Garland avenue. Maiden 

79 Tremont street. Maiden 

2 Berksley street. Maiden 

4 Everett street, Maiden 

So Appleton street, Maiden 

2 Kernwood street, Maiden 


191 Mountain avenue, Maiden 

88 Mt. Vernon street. Maiden 

227 Salem street. Maiden 

13 Tremont street, Maiden 

33 Grace street, Maiden 

99 Washington street. Maiden 

. Glenrock, Maiden 

Dexter street. Maiden 
. Melrose 
136 Hawthorne street. Maiden 

. Everett 
. Everett 

Evelyn place, Maiden 

. Melrose 

37 Judson street, Maiden 

45 Florence street. Maiden 

321 Summer street. Maiden 

455 Highland avenue, Maiden 

217 Clifton street. Maiden 

105 Salem street. Maiden 

18 Dexter street, Maiden 




Gould, George L. 
(jould, Le\ i vS. . 
Gould, Lizzie L. 
Graff am, Peter . 

IlalKvorth, William L. 
Hardy, Arthur P. 
Hastings, William H. 
Haven, Rev. William Ingraham 
Hawley, Alice C. 
Hawley, Truman R, 
Hawley, W^illiam H. 
Hawley, William D. . 
Heath, Alexander 
Heath, Mr. William . 
Heath, Mrs. William 
Herrick, George W. 
Hobbs, Williams J. . 
llolden, Leverett D. . 
Hosford, Arthur P. 
Houdlette, Edith L. . 
Howard, William 

Johnson, George H. . 
Johnson, Gilbert Haven 
Jones, George R. 
Joslin, F. N. . 

Kerr, Alexander 
King, Edward S. 
King, Mr. Robert C. 
King, Mrs. Robert C. 

Lewis, Dr. Joshua F. 
Locke, Col. E. E. 
Locke, Col. Frank L. 
Lord, Charles 
Lund, James 

24 Alpine street. Maiden 


34 Alpine street. Maiden 

iSi Clifton street. 

47 Meridian street 

41 Ivy road 

68 Plymouth road 

Bible House, Ne 

36 Washington street 

40 Newhall street 

40 Newhall street 

36 Washington street 

20 Oxford street 

2 Heath place 

2 Heath place 

109 Maple street 

33 Converse avenue 

40 Prescott street 

30 Kernwood street 

• • ■ 

49 Glen street 

481 Salem street 
99 Washington Street 

• • • 

34 Concord street 

40 Glen street 

25 Garland avenue 

47 Francis street 

47 Francis street 

Francis street 

37 vVlpine street 

2 19 Clifton street 

133 Mt. \'ernon 

142 Hawthorne street 


w York 









Magee, Charles R. 
Makepeace, Lloyd 
Mann, Charles E. 
Mann, Mary Lawrence 
Mansfield, Mrs. S. E. 
McDonald, Daniel 
McDonald, Luther 
McCiregor, Alexander 
McLain, Lewellyn 1 1 . 
McLeod, Willard 
McLeod, Fred T. A. 
Merrill, William G. 
Miles, Charles C. 
Millett, Charles H. 
Millett, Joshua IL 
Millett, Mrs. M. C. 
Millett, Mrs. R. M. 
Miner, Franklin M. 
Moore, Eugene H., Mayor 
Morse, Tenney 
Mudge, Rev. James 
Murray, George B. 

Neels, John W. 
Newton, IL Heustis 
Newhall, Louis C. 
Newhall, Nathan 
Nichols, Mrs. A. A. 
Noon, Rev. Alfred 

Ogden, John W. 
Otis, James O. . 

Page, .Vlbert N. 
Parker. John 1 1. 
Peabody, Charles N. 
Perkins, Clarence A. 
Perry, Eugene A. 

Pleasant street park 

58 Dexter street 

8 Woodland road 

8 Woodland road 

Glenwood street 

3o8 Washington street 

28 Newhall street 

Glen Rock 

• • • 

147 Walnut street 
147 Walnut street 
149 Walnut street 
4^ Lincoln street 
2 1 7 Clifton street 

22 Parker street 
217 Clifton street 

22 Parker street 
127 Summer street 

• • • 

65 Las Casas street 

33 Cedar street 

20 Greenleaf street 

.2S6 Cross street 

• • • • 

I Irving place 

I Irving place 

187 Summer street 

• • • • 

15 Clarendon street 
. 2 l4)ham street 

349 Pleasant street 

. 25 James street 

93 Hawthorne street 

. 57 High street 

145 Summer street 








Phillips, Wellington . 
Pitman, David B. 
Plummer, Arthur J. . 
Pliimmer, Dr. Frank W. 
Priest, Russell P. 
Prior, Dr. Charles E. 
Proctor, Dr. Charles M. 
Porter, Dwight . 

C^uinn, Bernard F. 

Rich, Thomas S. .> 

Rich, Mrs. Thomas S. 
Richards, George Louis 
Richards, Capt. Lyman H. 
Riedel, E. Robert 
Roberts, Walter H. . 
Robinson, Roswell R. 
Roby, Austin H. 
Rood, John F. . 
Ross, Alexander 
Ryder, Dr. Godfrey 
Ryder, Mrs. Gertrude Yale 

Sargent, Jesse W. 
Schotield, William 
Shove, Francis A. 
Siner, James B. . 
Sircom, Frank R. 
Slack, Adelaide B. 
Smith, George E. 
Smith, Robert B. 
Snow, William B. 
Sprague, Emeline M. 
Sprague, Phineas W. 
Staples, Dr. Clarence IL 
Stevens, Dr. A. J. 
.Stevens, E. Allen 

1 1 I Linden avenue 

33 Holmes street 

54 Wyoming avenue 

334 Pleasant street 

66 Summer street 

77 Summer street 

36 Hawthorne street 

149 Hawthorne street 

6^ Judson street 

240 Clifton street 

240 Clifton street 

84 Linden avenue 

I 7 Howard street 

I s Evelyn place 

490 Highland avenue 

S4 Linden avenue 

105 Washington street 

61 Cross street 

Woodland road 

331 Pleasant street 

321 Pleasant street 

4 Evelyn place 

136 Summer street 

87 Beltean street 

10 Hawthorne street 

69 Bartlett street 

72 Mountain avenue 

. Swa 

196 Salem street 

109 Rockland a\enuc 

84 Salem street 

339 Pleasant street 

539 Main street 

Elm street 







Stevens, Mary L. 
Stover, Col. Willis W. 
Sullivan, Mrs. K. T. 
Sullivan, Lynde ■ 
Sweetser, Col. E. Leroy 
Swett, J. Parker 

Trafton, William VV'. 
Tredick, C. Morris 
Turner, Henry E. 
Turner, Mrs. Henry E. 
Turner, Mary Greenleaf 
Turner, William G. A. 

Upham, Artemas B. . 
Upton, Eugene C. 

Walbridge, Percy E. 
Walbridge, Mrs. Percy E 
Walker. Arthur W. 
Walker, Clarence O. 
Walker, Hugh L. 
Walker, Mrs. C. I. 
Walker, Oscar W. 
Watkins, Walter K. 
Wellman, Arthur H, 
Wellman, Jennie L. 
Wellman, Joshua W., D.D 
Welsh, Willard 
Wentvvorth, Dr. Lowell F. 
Wescott, Charles H. 
White, Clinton 
Whittemore, Edgar A 
Wiggin, Joseph 
Wight man, J. Lewis 
Willcox, El fa (;. 
W^ing, William H. 

26 Dexter street. Maiden 
. Everett 
. Everett 
71 (jreenleaf street, Maiden 

87 Cedar street, 
87 Cedar street. 

30 Milton street, M.dden 

36 Alpine street. Maiden 

37 Washington street. Maiden 

37 Washington street, Maiden 

Ridgewood road, Maiden 

Ridgewood road, Maiden 

66 Greenleaf street. Maiden 
55 Dexter street. Maiden 

105 Elm street, Maiden 

. 105 Elm street. Maiden 

16 Alpine street, Maiden 

74 Dexter street. Maiden 

14 Newhall street. Maiden 



47 Hillside avenue. Maiden 

193 Clifton street, Maiden 

193 Clifton street. Maiden 

Summer street. Maiden 

Francis street. Maiden 


125 Hawthorne street, Maiden 


2 Woodland road. Maiden 

55 Clarendon street. Maiden 

245 Mountain avenue. Maiden 

So Mountain avenue. Maiden 

4 1 Pierce street. Maiden 



VVingate, Edward L. 
Winship, William H. 
Woodside, Charles L. 
Woodward, Frank E. 
Woodward, Mrs. Frank E. 
Wright, Warren H. 

Young, John W. 

85 Dexter street. Maiden 

227 Mountain avenue. Maiden 

27 Appleton street. Maiden 

Wellesley Hills 

Wellesley Hills 

. 52 Grace street. Maiden 

150 Hawthorne street. Maiden 




This Society sincerely mourns the loss of Deloraine 
Pendre Corey, historian of Maiden and long its president, 
who died at his home in this city Friday, May 6, iqio. Mr. 
Corey was born in South Maiden, now Eyerett, September 
4, 1836, the son of Solomon Pendre and Martha-Skinner 
(Waite) Corey. He was in the eighth generation from 
William Corey, a freeman of Portsmouth and made a free- 
man of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations May 18, 
1658, the line being William^ William^, Benjamin'^ Ben- 
jamin* (married Prudence, daughter of Solomon and 
Patience (Ray) Pendre), Capt. Solomon"' (married Char- 
lotte (Delano) Winsor), Solomon Pendre*^, Deloraine 
Pendre". Through his grandmother, Charlotte-Delano 
(Winsor) Corey he was descended from John and Priscilla 
(Mullins) Alden, the Plymouth Pilgrims, thus: William' 
Mullins, John and Priscilla'-^ (Mullins) Alden, William 
and Elizabeth'^ (Alden) Pabodie, John and Mercy'^ (Pa- 
bodie) Simmons, Ebenezer and Martha''' (Simmons) 
Delano, Joshua*^ and Hopestill (Peterson) Delano, Samuel 
and Rhoda" (Delano) Winsor, Peter^ and Charlotte 
(Delano) Winsor, Charlotte-Delano" (Winsor) Corey. 
Through his mother, Martha-Skinner (Waite) Corey, he 
was descended from Maiden's two Puritan captains, Cap- 
tain Joseph Hills, who made the tirst compilation of Massa- 
chusetts Bay Laws (1648), of which but a single copy is 
known to be in existence, and who is supposed to have 


given the name of his English home, " Mauldon,"' to Mr. 
Corey's native town, and Capt. John Waite. One of the 
chapters in Mr. Corey's " History of Maiden " is devoted to 
a discussion of the lives and eminent public services of 
these two men. His maternal line is as follows : Joseph^ 
and Rose (Clerke)* Hills, John^ (son of Samuel^) and 
Mary2 (Hills) Waite, Joseph'^ and Mercy (Tufts) Waite, 
Thomas^ and Deborah (Sargeant) Waite, Thomas'' and 
Mary ( Sprague) Waite, Thomas'* and Lydia (Hitchins) 
Waite, Thomas" and Hannah (Cheever) Waite, Martha- 
Skinner^ Waite, Through Hannah (Cheever) Waite, 
Mr. Corey traced his ascent to Rev. Thomas Cheever, the 
first minister of Rumney-Marsh (Chelsea) and his more 
famous son, Ezekiel Cheever, the famous New England 
schoolmaster; also to Capt. Joseph Cheever, who led his 
company at Bunker Hill and Trenton, another Revolu- 
tionary sire having been Peter Winsor, a non-commissioned 
officer who was at the taking of Burgoyne. Job Lane, 
the builder of the Bell Rock church, where stands Maiden's 
memorial park and monument, was an ancestor of Mr. 
Corey, and he included eight passengers upon the May- 
flower in various lines of ascent. 

Mr. Corey's childhood and youth were spent in the 
public schools of Maiden. At the age of seventeen he 
became a bookkeeper in the hardware business of Flint & 
Carter of Boston, remaining for thirteen years, becoming 
a partner of the concern in 1866, which continued as 
Stratton, Orton & Corey and Stratton, Corey & Co., 
until the great tire of 1872. A new tirm, Corey, Brooks 
& Co., was then formed, from which he retired in 1877, o" 
the formation of the Maverick Oil Company, of which he 



soon became treasurer, a position he retained when the 
corporation ceased and the business was merged in and 
continued by the Boston department of the Standard Oil 
Company. He retired from active business in 1898. 

Mr. Corey's determination to become an authority 
upon the history of Maiden must have been formed before 
he left the public schools of his birthplace. He wrote the 
preface to his History, covering the period from 1633 to 
1785, in 1898, and there said the work of collecting and 
verif3ang facts had been carried on for more than forty-five 
years. In 1903 the Vital records of Maiden were published, 
having been compiled by a commission of which Mr. 
Corey was chairman. Certain of the earlier record books 
were in such a dilapidated condition that it was necessary 
to treat them first by the Emery process for permanent 
preservation before they could be used, and then it was 
found that many pages were partially lost or undecipher- 
able. In this emergency Mr. Corey produced exact copies 
of all the entries, made by himself in the closing year of 
the Civil War, with his characteristic care and accuracy. 
• Many dates were supplied, as is usual, from the grave- 
stone records in the ancient Bell Rock Cemetery ; and here 
again the work of his earlier years proved useful, for with 
his son Arthur he had sperrt many toilsome days in copying 
the inscriptions, in frequent instances from stones which 
have since disappeared. Mr. Corey's editing of the 
Maiden Vital Records differed from the usual stvle in 
several respects. He published the records of marriage 
intentions in a separate section of the book, while against 
each entry of a birth, marriage or death be placed the 
figures showing the page on which it appears in the 
original record, each feature, of course, adding greatly to 
the value of the book. These characteristics of infinite 


pains to secure accuracy and add to the value of his work 
appear in even a more marked degree in his History. A 
printed collection of the footnotes to that work would be a 
valuable historical volume in themselves, while the nar- 
rative, prepared in his later life, after years of study had 
made him absolutely familiar with his subject, is attractive 
in matter and easy and pure in style. An old friend, 
Daniel L. Milliken, since deceased, wrote of this History 
in 1903: "For this work he began collecting materials 
when about sixteen years of age. That a boy of snxteen 
should step so far out of the ordinary track and trend of 
boyhood thought and action is certainly remarkable, and 
of great significance. We believe it to be without a 
parallel in American biography. Displaying and culti- 
vating the historic spirit thus early, it is easy to understand 
what every page of his completed book so clearly reveals, 
that the production of that great work was with him, from 
first to last, a labor of love." Another reviewer said : 
" The result is a history far above the average town history 
in every respect. He has the instinct of a true historian, 
and the book is a noble gift to the public. As a picture of 
life prior to 1785, it is a model." A writer in the American 
Historical Review said : " It is entitled to high rank in the 
department of local history because of its valuable con- 
tribution to knowledge, and the admirable manner of its 

In the New England Historic, Genealogical Register, 
April number, 1879, Mr. Corey published a genealogy of 
the Waite family of Maiden, which he intended to be the 
beginning of a larger history of the decendents of Capt. 
John Wa3'te. A mass of material for this book remains, 
and this he was intending to arrange and publish at the 
time of his death. Mrs. Corey feels it to be a sacred duty 


to ha\e the work completed and published. In Drake's 
standard history of Middlesex county the history of Maiden 
is by Mr. Corey, and it is both readable and reliable. In 
1891, he published a memorial of his only son, Arthur 
Deloraine Corey, Ph. D., which has gone through three 
editions. His chapter on "Joseph Hills and the Massa- 
chusetts Laws of 1648" from the History, was reprinted as 
a pamphlet in 1899. In the New England Magazine, vol. 
XX, pp. 357-378, appears his story "Two centuries and a 
half in Maiden." His "Memorial of the Celebration of the 
Two Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Incorporation 
of the town of Maiden, Mass.," a volume of over 350 
pages, was issued in 1900; a memoir of John Ward Dean, 
A. M., originally published in the Register, in 1902 ; the 
vital statistics of Maiden in 1902 ; and a memon- of William 
Blake Trask, A. M., reprinted from the Register in 1907. 
Mr. Corey's monument is the beautiful Converse 
Memorial Library. For over three decades, from its 
establishment, he was president of the board of trustees 
of the Maiden public library. To it he gave incessant 
labor, being found more often at his desk in the library 
building in the evening and at all times during his later 
years, than at an}- other place. The building was the last 
work of the late H. H. Richardson and is a memorial to 
Frank Eugene Converse, son of our tirst president and 
Maiden's first mayor, Hon. Elisha S. Converse, who 
practically placed his wealth at the disposal of Mr. Corey 
to the extent needed to erect the building, equip it, embellish 
the two art galleries with rare paintings, and liberally 
endow it for future needs. This done, Mr. Corey gave 
his best endeavors to the work of making the librar}^ meet 
the needs of the community for which it was established. 
So great was the appreciation of his value and special 


knowledge that he was long a member of the free public 
library commission of the commonwealth, holding the office 
of chairman until a few month before his death. 

While never seeking elective office, Mr. Corey never 
refused requests for public service in other directions. He 
was a member of the trustees of public reservations and 
one of the trustees section of the American Library associ- 
ation, taking particular delight in attending the association's 
annual meetings. He was a life member of the New 
England Historic, Genealogical Society, a member of the 
American Antiquarian Society, an honorary member of 
the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and 
the Somerville Historical Society. He was active in the 
formation of the Maiden Historical Society, and was many 
years its president, declining a re-election at the last 
annual meeting. Upon him, as the best fitted man in 
every way, fell the duty of preparing the inscriptions which 
were placed upon the Bell Rock memorial and similar 
historic tablets. The bowlder which stands near the site of 
the home of Joseph Hills in Maiden square was his gift, 
and bears a filial tribute to his worthy ancestor. 

A fine evidence of the eminent place he held in the 
esteem of his fellow-citizens and of the hold he had upon 
their affections was given in the request from leading citi- 
zens, made upon his completion of thirty years' service 
as chairman of the public library trustees that he accept a 
complimentary banquet. Unwillingly he consented, and 
hundreds of Maiden citizens, with distinguished guests from 
abroad, gathered to do him honor. It was a tribute such 
as is given few men in private life under any circumstances. 

He was innately modest. A conviction of public duty 
would draw him into the open, but he loved rather the 
quiet of his library. His home was a magazine of historic 


and antiquarian lore, and lie accumulated one of the best 
private libraries upon those subjects in the commonwealth. 
The walls of his home, as of the art galleries of the 
Converse Memorial Library, bear abundant evidence of his 
love for and taste in art, and he was equallv devoted to 
music, as all admitted to his fireside can testify. 

On May ii, 1865, Mr. Corey married Isabella Holden, 
daughter of Dana and Almira (Cowdrey) Holden. Their 
only child, Arthur Deloraine Corey, graduated from Har- 
vard University and received the degree of Ph. D. from 
the Royal Friedrich Wilhelm University of Berlin, Ger- 
many, in 1891. He died in Maiden, August 17 of the same 
year. It seemed ever after that the love the stricken 
parents had lavished upon him in life was given to all 
young people in general, especially for those who needed 
it most. Within a year of his death Mr. Corey and his 
wife joined in meeting the expense of remodeling the 
Young Men's Christian Association building in Maiden and 
fitting up attractive quarters for a boys' department, to be 
a memorial to Arthur Deloraine Corey. Within a few days 
of his death, he attended nightly meetings held to raise a 
large sum of money for the work of the same association, 
making an initial gift of many thousands and adding to it 
from time to time as subscriptions lagged. His last appear- 
ance in public was at one of these meetings. While a 
regular attendant at the First Baptist Church in Maiden, 
Mr. Corey was extremely broad in his religious sympathies, 
and though everywhere recognized as representing the 
finest type of the christian gentleman, supporting all good 
causes with voice, pen and purse, he was in no sense 

Mr. Corey was able, kindly, generous ; alert to meet 
every crisis, putting his heart, his time and his means into 


every worthy cause : willing to labor for years with no 
reward other thhn a knowledge that thereby priceless 
memorials of the past were preserved ; patient when his 
work was unappreciated ; grateful but modest when recog- 
nition came ; bearing his personal sorrow bravely, and 
meeting failing health and the summons of the Last Mes- 
senger with resignation — this world can never have too 
many men like him. 


At a meeting of the board of directors of the Maiden 
Historical Society, called to take action on the death of 
Mr. D. P. Corey, late president of the Society, held 
Saturday, May 7, 1910, the following minute was adopted, 
and ordered spread upon the records : 

Deloraine Pendre Corey, for over twelve years 
president of this Society, was born in South Maiden, 
September 4, 1836, and died at his home May 6, 1910. 
He was the son of Solomon Pendre and Martha S. (Waite) 
Corey, his ancestr}' running back to the Puritan founders 
of Maiden, Joseph Hills and John Wait, whose biographies 
he compiled, and to John and Priscilla (Mullins) Alden, 
the Pilgrims of Plymouth. His entire life was spent in his 
native town ; here he was educated, and his honorable 
business career in Boston enabled him to establish his home 
in Maiden. Mr. Corey nobly solved the problem of 
rendering the finest civic service to the community without 
entering the contests of political life, and as a result he 
was continually the recipient of honorable recognition, 
through calls to positions of responsibility and eminence. 
The Maiden Public Library is his monument, and he filled 
tiie position of chairman of its board of trustees for a 
generation. The free library system of the state and 
nation also felt the influence of his fostering care. But 


through all his active career the sacred task of gathering 
and preserving for posterity the history and traditions of 
Maiden lay nearest his heart, and the short history of the 
city in the Drake History of Middlesex County, his more 
elaborate History of Maiden, published in 1899; the Vital 
Records, compiled and printed with unique detail, and his 
memorial of the 250th anniversary, will always be the 
standard sources of accurate local history. He was deeply 
interested in this Society and its progress, and we mourn- 
fully record our sense of sorrow for the loss of one whose 
peculiar place in our midst can never be tilled. 

The Commonwealth, his City, his Church, with its 
allied organizations wall always miss him ; but he will be 
most missed in the home which was his delight ; and we 
assure the wife who has been through life his devoted help- 
meet and who has so gladly shared in his labors, his 
ambitions and acts of beneficence, both public and private, 
of our sincere sympathy. 


Hon. Charles Leroy Dean, mayor of Maiden for 
seven terms, thrice senator, from' the three cities of Old 
Maiden — Maiden, Melrose and Everett, and long a mem- 
ber of this Societ}^ died in this city July 29, 1909. 

J\Tr. Dean was born in the town of Ashford, Connecti- 
cut, May 29, 1844, the son of John Sales and Hannah 
Minerva (Knowlton) Dean. He belonged to that branch 
of the Dean family whose ancestors, Walter and John, 
were born in the town of Chard, in Somersetshire, located 
in the beautiful vale called Taunton Dean. Dr. Samuel 
Fuller, in the famous work known as "Fuller's Worthies" 




speaks of it thus : "Where should I be born, else than in 
Taunton Dean?" These brothers came to New England 
and settled in Taunton, their descendants gradually spread- 
ing into the other states, Col. Dean's branch having been 
loner in Ashford. His mother was descended from Capt. 
William Knowlton, who, with his wife, Ann Elizabeth 
Smith, sailed for New England in a vessel of which he was 
part owner, and died on the passage. His sons settled in 
Ipswich, and several of his children in the fourth genera- 
tion migrated to Ashford, some of them winning laurels by 
their bravery in the Revolutionary War. Hannah Knowl- 
ton was first cousin to the father of Hon. Marcus P. 
Knowlton, chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme 
Court, and the relations of Col. Dean and his distinguished 
kinsman were always of a very close, even intimate, nature. 
Few men were better known in either Massachusetts 
or Connecticut than the subject of this sketch. In Con- 
necticut he was always called "Colonel Dean" through his 
service as senior aide on the staff of Gov. Andrews in 1879 
and 1880. In Maiden he was successively known as 
as" Councilman," "Alderman," " Representative," "Mayor" 
and latterly " Senator Dean," as he held one office after 
another. He was educated in the public schools of Ashford, 
and at the age of sixteen began to earn his own living, 
learning the business of glassmaking with the Westford 
Glass Company. At twenty-one he became a member of 
the firm of E. A. Buck & Co., at the same time being ap- 
pointed postmaster of Ashford. When twenty-five years 
of age, he was elected a county commissioner of Litchfield 
county, a position which he filled for six years. In 1881 
and 1882 he was a member of the Connecticut House. 
His father had been a member of both branches of the 
Connecticut Legislature, having had the unusual distinction 


of being appointed as a layman upon the judiciary com- 
mittee, and the same honor was tendered the son, but 
decHned, his tastes leading him in the direction of the 
financial committees. He honored the memory of his 
father, and one of his ambitions was to serve in both the 
House and Senate, like his father, the latter service, how- 
ever, coming later, in Massachusetts. 

Long before his legislative service in Connecticut, in 
187 1, he had established himself in business in Boston, as 
the head of the firm of Dean, Foster & Co., on Blackstone 
street, a relation he held at the time of his death. Two 
years perviously, July 28, 1869, he married Miss Juliette A. 
Fuller, of Stafford Springs, who, with their only child, 
John Knowlton Dean, born May 5, 1882, survives 
him. In 1892 he became a member of the Maiden 
Common Council, serving two terms. Then he entered 
the Board of Aldermen, serving three vears. He was a 
member of the Massachusetts House in 1897-98, serving 
on the committee on ways and means each year. In the 
latter year he was elected mayor, a position he held until 
made a member of the Senate from the Fourth Middlesex 
district, in 1905, where he remained until his retirement 
from political life, in 1908. As a senator, he served on the 
committees on ways and means, banks and banking, educa- 
tion and printing. All his public service was characterized 
by elements of practical wisdom and devotion to duty. He 
made no claims to oratory, and rarely occupied the floor 
during legislative deliberations, but his business sagacity 
and his keenness of political vision made him a wise 
counselor and a useful committee member. Meanwhile, 
from the days when he went into the Board of Aldermen 
until his death, he was constantlv responding to calls for 
his presence as a public representative at social events and 


public gatherings. He was very conscientious in this 
service ; often attending two or three gatherings in a single 
evening. He was proud of his record in church attendance, 
being present at church on the morning after the great 
storm of November 26, 1898, when only 20 others ventured 
out. Morning and evening on Sunday would tind him in 
his pew, and the afternoon would be devoted to making 
duty calls upon- friends in sickness or trouble, or to funerals. 
The death of a citizen, while mayor, or of a constituent, 
w^hen senator and representative, meant that the family 
would be sure of the presence, to share their grief, of this 
sincere man. In such kind service, religiously performed, 
this good man literally wore his life away, but he never 
expressed any sentiment other than satisfaction in hav- 
ing performed it. 

Few citizens are more absorbed in the political move- 
ments of his day than he was. He never lost his interest 
ill Connecticut. Until a few months before his death he 
remained president of the First National Bank of Stafford 
Springs, and he often returned for a few days to his boy- 
hood home in Ashford. He was a subscriber to a score of 
Connecticut papers, and one had but to mention a business 
or public man of the Nutmeg state to gain from Senator 
Dean a complete history of his career, the story of the rise 
and progress of his firm, and other details. But this was 
also true of Massachusetts. He was a constant reader ot 
the newspapers of the Bay State, and one who imagined 
him versed in Maiden politics, easily found, on inquiry, 
that he was equally at home in discussing situations in 
Pittsfield, New Bedford, Worcester or any other section 
of the commonwealth. He had a great capacity for 
acquiring information, and when an invited guest as mayor, 
in any municipal celebration, never came away without 


having mastered its commercial, social, business and 
probably religious history. He had great prophetic 
powers, and nothing pleased him more than to see his 
judgment vindicated by the result of a political election or 
the success of some political or ministerial friend whose 
future he had forecast. 

While Mr. Dean was a great business man, being 
president of the Maiden Trust Company as well as of the 
bank in Stafford Springs, and a director in the Maiden 
Cooperative bank and in various enterprises, he was deeply 
interested in benevolent and religious work. He was a 
trustee and member of the finance committee of the Maiden 
Hospital, member of the building committee of the Maiden 
Young Men's Christian Association, and a trustee of the 
Centre Methodist Episcopal church of Maiden, of which he 
was a member. He was early iniife made an official of the 
Methodist church in Ashford, and never lost his interest in 
it. It probably headed the list he always carried in his 
pocket of some four score churches he had aided financially, 
a list by which he constantly reminded himself of their 
need. It is doubtful if he ever gave to such an object 
without frequently thereafter, through careful inquiry, 
ascertaining how the church was prospering, and whether 
he ought to help it more. 

Senator Dean's funeral, from the church he loved, 
was attended by a gathering which overflowed the great 
auditorium, while thousands stood outside. Earnest words 
of eulogy were spoken by his pastor, by his legislative 
associate. Judge William Schofield, and others. The burial 
was in his native town. 



Hon. Charles Russell Prescott, a member of this 
Society, died at his home in Maiden, November 12, 1910, 
after a long illness. Mr. Prescott was born in New Sharon, 
Maine, August 21, 1842, the son of Calvin S. and Martha 
L. (Russell) Prescott. His ancestry was interesting, he 
being in the seventh generation from James and Mary 
(Boulter) Russell, early settlers in Hampton, New Hamp- 
shire, who came to this country from Dryby, in Lincoln- 
shire, England. Jedediah Russell, an ancestor in the third 
generation, married Hannah Bachiler, daughter of Rev. 
Stephen Bachiler, the founder of Hampton and progenitor 
of a host of New England people, whose heavy eyebrows 
are supposed to have repeated themselves in the features 
of Daniel Webster, John Greenleaf Whittier and Ralph 
Waldo Emerson. 

When Mr. Prescott was a boy, his father entered into 
business relations in Boston and moved to Maiden, which 
was ever after his home. Mr. Prescott was educated in 
the Hathaway School in Medford and the Chauncy Hall 
School in Boston. For many years he was in the dry 
goods importing firm of Turner, Prescott & Company, on 
Summer street, in Boston, but, like Mr. Corey, lost every- 
thing in the great fire of 1872. Later, he became manager 
of the Readville Rubber Company, but about twenty-five 
years ago entered the service of the Commonwealth, being 
a clerk in the Bureau of Statistics of Labor. He succeeded 
the late Hon. E. P. Loring as Controller of County 
Accounts in 1895, meanwhile engaging in the business of 
fire insurance in Maiden, the office being managed by his 
son. He was a faithful and efficient public official, a man 
of engaging personal qualities, which made all who once 

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came in contact with him his fast friends. He was a 
member of the tirst Baptist Church of Maiden, Mystic Side 
Council of the Royal Arcanum, and Mizpah Lodge of 
United Workmen. He is survived by a widow and two 


Captain Joseph Stevens, a member of this Society, 
died suddenly at his home on Barrett street, in Maiden, 
March 12, 1910. 

He was born in Truro, in 1840, and from early youth 
followed the sea, tirst with his father, in a trading vessel, 
and at 21 becoming master of the Charles A. Stetson, 
running between Provincetown and Philadelphia. Later 
he became master of the Annie Myrick, Captain L3'man 
H. Richards, now of this Society, being his mate, and 
later his successor when he was captain of the J. Paine, run- 
ning to the Gulf of Mexico. Afterwards he commanded the 
Julia A. Ward, making occasional trips to Liverpool, and 
at other times engaging in coasting. Thirty years ago he 
removed to Maiden. At the time of his death he was 
treasurer of the Boston Marine Societ}', and a director in 
the Cape Cod Steamship Company. Locally, he was 
engaged in the real estate business. As a master of sailing 
vessels, he had a record of never having had an accident 
or lost a man. 

Captain Stevens was a great lover of children, served 
many years as a teacher in the Sunday School of Centre 
Methodist Episcopal Church, and for a long time was 
chairman of the concert committee. It was a pleasant 
sight to see the delight which the hardy old sea dog had in 
preparing programmes which always turned out to be well 
selected and interesting. At his death he was the senior 


member of the board of stewards of the church, and had 
for many years acted as an usher at the Sunday morning 
service. He was a member of Middlesex Lodge of Odd 
Pillows. He married, in 1864, Miss Mary Hopkins of 
Truro, who, with a grandson, Alfred Vinton, son of his 
only daughter, Mrs. Jessie Stevens Vinton, who died a few 
years since, survives him. There is little doubt that the 
sorrow for loss of his daughter hastened his death. He 
was a good man, whom many friends will long and 
lovingly remember. 





I Members of the Society ;ive urged to .send to the Coiniiiittee on Pulilication any 
additions to or corrections of this Bihliograpliy, for insertion in future issues.] 

.Vbstracts Relatino; to the Revolutionary War, from Rev. 
Isaac Hasey's Diaries, 1775-17^3- By George Walter Cham- 
berlain. In Collections Maine Historical Society, Second 
Series, IX, 132. 1S98. 

Address at Bell Rock, Maiden, accepting in behalf of the 
city, as chairman of the park commission, the tablet in com- 
memoration of the men of Maiden who served in the Revolu- 
tion. By Sylvester Baxter. Included in souvenir pamphlet. 

Address on presentation of bust of Elisha S. Converse to 
Maiden Public Library. By Arthur H. Wellman. 1890. 

Advance Guard of Puritanism, the. Massachusetts before 
the coming of Endicott and Winthrop. A paper read before 
the Forty Whims of Maiden, by Charles E. Mann. Gloucester 
Times, May 28, 1908. 

A Great Mexican State Capital. l>y Sylvester Baxter, 
(Guadalajara). Harper's Weekly. 

A Great Modern Spaniard. By Sylvester Baxter. Atlantic 
Monthly, April, 1903. An essay on Armando Palacio \'aldcs. 

American Revolution. History and Origin of the Com- 
mittees of Correspondence, .Safety, Inspection and Observation, 
being a Report as Historian General of the National Society, 
Sons of the American Revolution. By Walter Kendall Watkins. 
8 t'o., pp. 4, Washington, 1). C. 

Along the Rio Grande. By Sylvester Baxter. Harper's 
Monthly, 1883. 

America's Story for America's Children. By Mara L. 
Pratt-Chadwick. Five volumes. D. C. Heath, Boston. 


A Mexican Vacation Week. By Sylvester Baxter. Atlantic 

Monthly, 1886. 

A Model City Government in Europe. Address before 
Tax-payers' Association of Baltimore, 1891, By Sylvester 
Baxter, in Baltimore Daily Record. 

Amon<r the Hills. The White Mountains, descripti\e. By 
Charles E. Mann. J5oston Traveller, September, 1S92. 

An Aboriginal Pilgrimage. By Sylvester Baxter. J'he 
Century Magazine, 1882. 

An Artist's Sketch-book of Old Marblehead. By Lester 
Hornby. Text by Sylvester Baxter. 

Ancestry of Bishop Gilbert Haven, the, and of his cousin, 
Bishop Erastus O. Haven. By Charles E. Mann. New York 
Christian Advocate, February 28, 1901. 

Ancient Middlesex. By Levi S. Gould. Biographical 
sketches with portraits of Middlesex County othcers from its 

A New England Crusade. By George Walter Chamberlain. 
New England Magazine, April, 1907. 

A New England View of the South. By .Sylvester Baxter. 
Manufacturers Record, November 16, 1905. 

Annals of Melrose in the Great Rebellion; 1861-65. liy 
Elbridge H. Goss. 

A Plunge into Summer. By Sylvester Baxter. Atlantic 
Monthly, 1885. 

A Railroad with Trolley-Line Branches. (An account of 
Boston & Maine developments in New Hampshire.) By Syl- 
vester Baxter. Review of Reviews. 

Architectural Features of the Boston Parks. By Sylvester 
Baxter. American Architect, 1898. 

Architecture in Boston's Metropolitan Park vSystem. By 
Sylvester Baxter. The Architectural Record. 

A Review of Dr. A. W G. Allen's Biography of Jonathan 
Edwards. By Rev. Joshua W. Wellman, D. D. 

Argument before the Visitors of Andover Theological 
Seminary. In the famous ''Andover Case" so-called. By 


Rev. Joshua W.Wellman, U. D. Published in book called the 
"Aiulover Case." 

Armorial Families of New England, the. By George 
Walter Chamberlain. Magazine of History, \"1, 28s ; \ III, 
32, loi, 168. 1907. 

Arnold Arboretum, the. The World's Work. By Sylvester 
Baxter. September, 190 1. 

Arthur Deloraine Corey, 1866-1891. A Memorial. By 
Deloraine Pendre Corey. Cambridge, 1892, pp. 231 ; 2d edition, 
1S33; 3d edition, 1S99. 

Articles for Various Medical Magazines. H\ Godfrey 
Ryder, M. U. 

Articles, 280, in Monthlies and Qiiarterlies, and Many 
Thousands in Weeklies. By Rev. James Mudge, D. D. 

A Social Tempest in Washington's Time. Abigail Adams' 
story of the First " Birthnight Ball." By Charles E. Mann. 
New York Christian Advocate, February 18, 1904. 

Atlas of Massachusetts, Original and various revisions. 
By Oscar W. Walker. Boston. Walker Lithograph and Pub- 
lishing Company. 

A Trust to Protect Nature's Beauty. By Sylvester Baxter. 
Review of Reviews. (Massachusetts Trustees of Public Res- 
vations) . 

At Sea with a Circus. By vSylvester Baxter. (Travel 
Sketch.) vSunday Herald, Boston. 

At the Public Bath; an Idyl of the Town. A prose poem. 
By vSylvester Baxter. Privately printed. 

Auditor of the Commonwealth, annual reports of. Henry 
E. Turner auditor; William D. Hawley, deputy auditor. 
1901-1910. (Mr. Hawley has prepared much of this report 
annually since 1866.) 

Austrian Postal Banking System, the. By Sylvester Baxter. 
North American Review . 

Author of Looking Backward, the. By Sylvester Baxter. 
New England Magazine. 

A Wabanaki Cave-Legend. By George Walter Chamber- 
lain. New England Magazine, September, 1908. 


Ballot Law Commission Reports. Francis W. Estey, 

Berlin, a Study in Municipal Government. By Sylvester 
Baxter. (Pamphlet). Published by the Essex Institute, 
Salem, 18S9. 

Best of Browning, the. Rev. James Mudge, D. D. Intro- 
duction by Rev. W. V. Kelley D. D. Methodist Book Con- 
cern, New York, 1898. 252 pp. 

Biographical Sketches of York County Members of the 
Constitutional Convention of Maine, 18 19. By George Walter 
Chamberlain. In Nash's Edition of the Maine Constitutional 
Convention, 1894. 

Births, Marriages and Deaths at Cape Elizabeth previous to 
1800. By Charles Burleigh, M. D. (MSS. in library of 
Maine Genealogical Society.) 

Births, Marriages and Deaths in the Town of Maiden, 
1649-18^0. By Deloraine Pendre Corey. Cambridge, 1S93. 
pp. XV, 393. (Edgar A. Whittemore and Frank E. Woodward 
collaborated with Mr. Corey in this work.) 

Black-Letter Volume, The. (Short Story.) By Sylvester 
Baxter. Published in Lucifer, London. 

Blackman, John of Boston, his heirs-at-law and their issue. 
By Walter Kendall Watkins. 87-0. pp. 16. Boston, 1900. 

Boston at the Century's End. By Sylvester Baxter. 
Harper's Magazine, November, 1899. 

Boston, Aspinwall's Notarial Records of. Edited by Walter 
Kendall Watkins. 8 w. pp. X, 455. Boston, 1903. 

Boston, Defence of, in the War of 181 2- 15. By Walter 
Kendall Watkins. Svo. pp. 42. Boston, 1899. 

Boston Daily Advertiser. Charles II. Adams, publisher 
since 1887. 

Boston Evening Traveller. Charles E. Mann, political 
editor, 1S91, news editor, 1892, managing editor, 1893. 

Boston Evening Record. Charles H. Adams, publisher 
since 1887. 


BQston ill iSoo. By Walter Kendall Watkins. 8 vo. 
pp. 20. Boston, 1905. 

Boston Park Guide. By Sylvester Baxter. Small, May- 
nard & Co., Boston, 1895. 

Boston Public Library, the. By Sylvester Baxter. Harper's 
Weekly, September 32, 1894. 

Boston, social, commercial and manufacturing .statistics of, 
1882. 259 pp. Prepared by Carroll D. Wright under direction 
of a committee of which Alderman Clinton White was a mem- 
ber, this being the forerunner of the work of the Boston 
statistical department. 

Bo.ston Young Men's Christian I'nion. Annual reports, 
1908, 1909, 19 10. Frank L. Locke, president. 

Burley, Burleigh Genealogy. By Charles Burleigh, M. D., 
Portland, Maine, 1880. [A revision in preparation.] 

Cape Ann Evening Breeze. Edited by Charles E. Mann, 
1884- 1 888. 

Cape Ann and the North Shore in Story, Legend and Song. 
By Charles E. Mann. 350 pp. (In preparation.) 

Catalogue of Lynn High vSchool. James Mudge, Editor. 

China : Her History, Productions, Customs, Government, 

Laws, Religions, Superstitions, Missions, and Martyrs. Rev. 

James Mudge, D. 1). Thomas Cranen, Chicago. 1900. 256 pp. 

Centennial Fourth, 1876, the. By Elbridge H. Goss. 

Christianity and Our Civil Institutions. By Re\ . J. ^V. 

Wellman, D.D. 

Church Polity of the Pilgrims, the. By Rev. Joshua W. 
Wellman, D. D. 

City Building. By Prof. Theodor Fischer. \ translation 
made for the Metropolitan Improvements Commission. By 
Sylvester Baxter. (Pamphlet.) 

City Editor, the. (Sketch.) By vSylve.ster Baxter. The 

City Ownership of Seaside Parks. By Sylvester Baxter. 
The Cosmopolitan, August, 1902. 


Civic Improvement. Various Articles on the subject in 
the Century Magazine. By Sylvester Baxter. 

Cleveland, Grover, New England Ancestry of. By Walter 
Kendall Watkins. Square folio, pp.25. Salem, 1892. 

Cochranes of Renfrew^shire, Scotland. By Walter Kendall 
Watkins. 8 vo. pp. 10. Boston, 1904. 

Col. Paul Revere, Life of. By Elbridge H. Goss. 2 v. 

Congregational Building, Boston, Address at Dedication of. 
By Arthur H. Wellman. 1S99. 

Controller of County Accounts, annual reports of, 1S95- 

1910. Charles R. Prescott, controller, William H. Wing, 

Cortez and Montezuma. By Mara L. Pratt-Chadwick. 
Educa. Pub. Co. 

Covered Ways for a Business District. By Sylvester Baxter. 
In Proceedings of City Planning Conference, Rochester, New 
York, May, 19 10. Also in The American City, September, 

Cox, Lemuel. Bridge Builder and Inventor. 1736- 1806. 
By Walter Kendall Watkins. Svo. pp.26. Boston, 1907. 

Cowell, Dore and Chamberlain Families of Lebanon, 
Maine. By George Walter Chamberlain. In Collections Maine 
Historical Society, Second Series, V, 306. 1S94. 

Cruise of a Land-Yacht, the. By vSylvester Baxter. Little, 
Brown & Co., Boston. 1892. 

Cuban Teachers at Harvard University, the. By .Sylvester 
Baxter. The Outlook, August, 1900. 

Deloraine Pendre Corey. A Memoir. By Charles E. 
Mann. New England Historic, Genealogical Magazine, April, 

191 1. 

Descendants of John Woodward of Lisbon, Maine. By 
Frank Ernest Woodward, 1898. (By the same author in MSS. 
Descendants of Robert Woodward of Scituate, Mass.) 

Descendants of Michael Emerson of Haverhill. By Charles 
Burleigh. M. D. (In prepration.) 


Descendants of Thomas Chamberlain of Chehnsford, 
Massachusetts, 1644-1S97. By George Walter Chamberlain. 

De Soto, Marquette and La Salle. By Mara L. Pratt- 
Chadwick. Educa. Pub. Co. 

Directory of Men who make the Cotton Industry. Frank 
P. Bennett, Boston. 

Docks and Terminal Facilities, report of special state com- 
mission, Woodward Emery, Clinton White and J. R. Leeson. 
upon, 1897. 

Doctrinal Essays — Prayer, Divine Providence, The Lord's 
Day, Baptism with the Holy Ghost, Sinlessness, Christian Alis- 
sions,The Real New Testament. By Rev. James Mudge, D. D. 
(Essays read before the Alpha Chapter of the Convocation of 
Boston University and printed by it in pamphlet form.) 

Doctrines of God's Holy Word, the. By Rev. James 
Mudge, D. D. Lucknow, India, 1S79. pp. 88. Part of 
Handbook bound separately. 

Dogtown Genealogy. Sketches of the Day, Carter, Stan- 
wood, Lane and other families. By Charles E. Mann. Gloucester 
Times, 1901. 

Duties of Pastors to Missions. By Rev. James Mudge, D. D. 
Address delivered at Philadelphia Missionary Convention, and 
printetl in vohmie of proceedings, 1903. 

Earliest American Poem, 1625, the. By George Walter 
Chamberlain. Magaznie of History, IX, 278-1909. 

Early Bells of Massachusetts. By Elbridge H. Goss, 1874. 

Electric Lines of the New York, New Haven &. Hartford 
Railroad, the. Their Operation in Connecticut and Rhode 
Island. By Sylvester Baxter. (Pamphlet.) Reprinted from 
the Boston Evening Transcript, June 4 and i^, 19 10. 

Everett, inaugural addresses of mayors : Charles Bruce 
1891, 1S92, 1908, 1909, 1910. H. Heustis Newton, 1905. 

Expeditions against Port Royal in 17 10 and Qiiebec in 
1711. By Walter Kendall Watkins. Sz;t). pp. 62. Boston, 1S97, 

Expedition to Canada in 1690, under Sir William Phipps. 
By Walter Kendall Watkins. 8 vo. pp. 122, Boston, 1898. 


Father of the Pueblos, the. (An account of Zuni and of 
the ethnological discoveries of Frank Hamilton Gushing). By 
Sylvester Baxter. Harper's Magazine, 1882. 

Felipe. (Short story.) By Sylvester Baxter. Published 
in Boston Herald. 

Fenelon, the Mystic. By Rev. James Mudge, D. D, 
Methodist Book Concern. Cincinnati, 1907. 227 pp. ^'Men 
of all Kingdom " series. 

Fenway as an Educational Center, the. By Sylvester 
Baxter. The Outlook. 

Fenway Court. (An account of Mrs. Gardner's palace.) 
Bv Sylvester Baxter. The Century Magazine. 

First Woman in Spain, the. By Sylvester Baxter. Cos- 
mopolitan Magazine. An essay on Emilia Pardo Bazan. 

Folk Song. By Sylvester Baxter. Poem in the Century 

Foulsham, John of Hingham, England and Hingham, Mass. 
By Walter Kendall Watkins. Svo. pp. 7. Boston, 1900. 

Foxborough State Hospital. Annual reports. Frank L. 
Locke, trustee. 

Franklin's Head. A story of Court Street, Boston. Bv 
Walter Kendall Watkins. Svo. 50 pp. Boston, 1909, 

Frederic Kidder's "Expeditions of Capt. John Lovewell." 
Second edition ; edited by George Walter Chamberlain. 1909, 

Free Public Library Commission of Massachusetts. Annual 
reports. Deloraine P. Corey, member and for a time chairman 
of commission. 

Fresh Facts from the Foreign Field. By Rev. James 
Mudge, D. D. Prepared for the New England Conference 
Missionary Society and printed by it in pamphlet form. 

From the Stage Coach to the Parlor Car. The evolution 
of travel. Synopsis of lecture delivered before various historical 
and social organizations. By Charles E. Mann. Daily Evening 
Item, Lynn, December 13, 1907. 

Future of Invention, the. By Sylvester Baxter. Cosmo- 


Faber, Frederick William ; a sketch of his life, together 
with selections from his works in poetry and prose. By Rev. 
James Mudge, D. D. McDonald & Gill, Boston, 188^. 264 pp. 

Garrison of Cape Ann, the. Analysis of Whittier's poem 
and Cotton Mather's narration, to fix its location. By Charles 
E. Mann. Cape Ann Breeze, Gloucester, 1897. 

Genealogical Reports of the Chamberlain Association of 
America. By George Walter Chamberlain, 1900 to 1905. 

Genealogies of the Mayflower Passengers. By George 
Walter Chamberlain. Magazine of History, IV, 122, 195. 1906. 

Genealogy of the Hawley Family of Marblehead. By 
William D. Hawley. Boston, W^right & Potter Printing Co. 

Genealogy of William Chamberlain 1620-1706, of Billerica, 
Massachusetts, the. By George Walter Chamberlain, 1910. 

German City Planning. By Cornelius Gurlitt. (Illustrated). 
A translation made for the Metropolitan Improvements' Commis- 
sion. By Sylvester Baxter. (Pamphlet.) 

German Way of Making Better Cities, the. By Sylvester 
Baxter. Atlantic Monthly, June, 1908. 

Glances at the Temperance Problem in Europe. By Rev. 
Alfred Noon, Ph.D. Boston, 1909. 

Gile, Guile, Guild (jenealogy. By Charles Burleigh, M.D. 
Portland, Maine, 1S87. 

Glossary of Cotton Fabrices. Published by Frank P. 
Bennett, Boston. 

Golden New England. By Sylvester Baxter. The Out- 
look, October, 19 10. 

Good Stories and Best Poems. Rev. James Mudge, Com- 
piler and Editor. American Methodist Mission Press, Lucknow, 
India. 3 vol., 401, 440, 448 pp., 1S78, 1879, 1882. 

Greater Boston ; a Study for a Federated Metropolis. 
Boston, 1891. By Sylvester Baxter. (Pamphlet.) Containing 
the first suggestions for metropolitan park and water systems 
and directly leading to the movement for the former. 

Great November Storm of 1898, the. By Sylvester 
Baxter. Scribner's Magazine, November, 1899. 


Growth of a City, the. By Sylvester Baxter. Architec- 
tural Review, 1894. 

Growth ill Holiness. By Rev. James Mudge, D. D. 
Methodist Book Concern, New York, 1895. 316 pp. 

Handbook of Methodism. By Rev. James Mudge, D. D. 
American Methodist Mission Press, Lucknow, India, 1877. 

484 PP- 

Handbook of the Building for the International Bureau of 

American Republics at Washington. By Sylvester Baxter. 

Published by the Bureau, 1910. 

Plarbor and Land Commission, annual reports of, 1902- 
1910. George E. Smith, chairman. 1897-1901. Clinton 
White, commissioner. 

Havana, Capture of 1762. By Walter Kendall Watkins. 
8 vo. pp. 38. Boston, 1899. 

Haven of Dead Ships, the. (Short story.) By Sylvester 
Baxter, The Cosmopolitan, 1894. 

Haverhill, 2^oth Anniversary. Qiiaint Chronicles; folio 
pp. 32. By Walter Kendall Watkins. Worcester, 1890. 

Henry Chamberlain's English Home and Descendants. By 
George Walter Chamberlain. (Report to Chamberlain Associ- 
ation, 1908.) 

Historic Acadia. A study of Eastern Maine during the 
Commonwealth. By Charles E. Mann. White Mountain Echo. 
Bethlehem, September 26, 1908. 

Historical Sketches of Centre Methodist Episcopal Church, 
Maiden. By Charles E. Mann. In various editions of the 
church directory and in the Manual for the New England Con- 
ference, 1906. 

History of Maiden, Mass., 1633- 1785, the. By Deloraine 
Pendre Corey, Maiden, 1899, pp. XVII, 870. 

History of Melrose. By Elbridge H. Goss, 1902. 

History of Methodism. By Rev. James Mudge, D. D. 
American Methodist Mission Press, Lucknow, India. 187S. 
400 pp. 

History of Methodism in Great Britain and the countries of 


Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceanica. By Rev. James Mudge, D. D. 
In collaboration with Bishop J. F. Hurst. " Illustrated His- 
tory of Methodism." 7 vols. 

History of Methodist Missions. By Rev. James Mudge, 
D. D., Lucknow, India, 1879. pp. 145. Part of Handbook, 
bound separately. 

History of the New England Conference of the Methodist 
Church. By the Rev. James Mudge, D.D. Published by the 
Conference, Boston, 1910. 48 1 pp. 

Honey from Many Hives. By Rev. James Mudge, D.D. 
Methodist Book Concern, New York, 1899. 331 pp. 

Hotel Cluny of a New England Village, the. (The 
Whipple House, Ipswich.) (Pamphlet.) By Sylvester Baxter. 
Originally in American Architect. Salem Press, 1901. 

Howells' Boston. By Sylvester Baxter. New England 
Magazine, October, 1893. 

How the Bills of Socialism will be Paid, By Sylvester 
Baxter. The Forum, August, 1894. 

Hunt's Reminiscences, or Weymouth Ways and Weymouth 
People. 316 pp. Edited by George Walter Chamberlain, 1907. 

Hydraulic Measurements. By Dwight Porter. Prepared 
for the use of students in civil engineering at the Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology, 1909. 

Imaginative Element in Landscape, the. By Sylvester Baxter. 
American Architect, January 8, 1898. 

Index-Digest of Decisions of the Massachusetts Railroad 
Commission, 1869 to 1905. By Charles E. Mann. Wright & 
Potter Co., Boston. (New edition in preparation.) 

Representative Inequality of .Senators , By Sylvester 
Baxter. North American Review. 

Ingalls Genealogy. By Charles Burleigh, M. D. Maiden, 

Inscribed on the Clouds. (Sketch). By Sylvester Baxter. 
Kate Field's Washington. 

In the Heart of Cape Ann, or The Story of Dogtown. By 


Chares E. Mann. Illustrations by Mrs. William G. Merrill, 
Procter Bros., Gloucester, 1896; second edition, 1908. 

Java as an Example. By Sylvester Baxter. Reviews of 
Reviews, February, 1899. 

John Chamberlain, the Indian Fighter of Pigwacket. By 
George Walter Chamberlain, 189S. 

John Lewis Bates, a biographical sketch. By Charles E. 
Mann. Generally published in Massachusetts press, 1899. 

John S. Sargent's decorations for the Boston Public 
Library. By Sylvester Baxter. Harper's Weekly. 

Joseph Hills and the Massachusetts Laws of 1648. By 
Deloraine Pendre Corey, Boston, 1S99. pp 24. [Reprints.] 

Journal of Proceedings of the Joint Special Committee on 
the Revision of the Public Statutes. By Charles E. Mann. 
300 pp. Boston, 1 90 1. 

Land of Faith, the. Rev. James Mudge, D. D. Methodist 
Book Concern, Cincinnati, 1903. 184 pp. 

Various articles in Garden and Forest, Landscape, Parks, 
etc. By Sylvester Baxter. 

Law of the Apothecary, the. By George Howard Fall, 

Leaflets — The Will Divine (a poem). The Isabella 
Thoburn College. Think It Over. By Rev. James Mudge, D. D. 

Lectures before the Maiden Old and New and various 
women's clubs (in print). By Godfrey Ryder, M.D. 

Life and Ancestry of Francis Douglas, bookseller and 
author, of Aberdeen and Paisley, Scotland. By Walter Kendall 
Watkins. 8 fc, p. 37. Boston, 1903. 

Life Ecstatic, the. By Rev. James Mudge, D.D. Ameri- 
can Tract Society, New York, 1906. 223 pp. 

Life of Bishop J. M. Thoburn By Rev. James Mudge, 
D. D. Article in Creeyfan's " Great Missionaries." 

Life of Love, the. By Rev. James Mudge, D. D. Metho- 
tlist Book Concern, Cincinnati, 1902. 140 pp. 

Lisbon, N. H., and Sugar Hill. By Charles E. Mann. 
White Mountain Echo, September 15, 1900. 


Literary Lynn. By Charles E. Mann. Biographical 
notices of Alonzo Lewis, Cyrus M. Tracy, Josiah F. Kimball, 
Joseph W. Nye, George D. Emery, James Berry Bensel and 
others. In Lynn Saturday Union, December, 18S3. 

Lost leer, the. By Sylvester Baxter. (Short story.) The 
Red Book, March, 1909. 

Lot Woodbury, the first hotel keeper of Bethlehem. A 
study of a name. By Charles E. Mann, White Mountain Echo, 
Bethlehem, August 21, 1909. 

Ludlow, Mass. A Century and a Centennial. By Rev. 
Alfred Noon, Ph. D. 250 pp. Clark W. Bryan & Co., 
Springfield, 187=;. 

Lynn Daily Press. Charles E.Mann, political editor, 1S89, 
managing editor, 1890, 1891. 

Maiden, History of. By Deloraine Pendre Corey. In 
Drake's History of Middlesex County, vol. 2, pp, 1 13-136. 

Maiden, Inaugural Address of the Mayor, Marcellus Coggan, 
1886, 1887. 

Maiden, Inaugural Address of first Mayor, Elisha vSlade 
Converse, 1892. 

Maiden, Inaugural Addresses of the Mayor, Charles Leroy 
Dean, 1899-190=;. 

Maiden, Inaugural Addresses of the Mayor, George Howard 
Fall, 1910, 191 1. 

Maiden, Inaugural Addresses of the Mayor, George Louis 
Richards, 1908, 1909. 

Many short historical and genealogical articles in Maine 
Recorder. By Charles Burleigh, M, D. 

Marsters Family, the. Descendants of Deacon Richard 
Marsterson of Leyden and Plymouth and his father, John Mas- 
ters, New England's first canal builder. By Charles E. Mann, 
Gloucester Times, 1899. 

Massachusetts, annual reports of the savings bank commis- 
sion. James O, Otis, secretary or savings bank commissioner 
from 1885. 

Massachusetts in the Expedition under Admiral Vernon in 

maldp:n historical society 103 

1 740- 1 to the West Indies. By Walter Kendall Watkins. Svo. 
pp. 60. Boston, 1899. 

Massachusetts in the Intended Expedition to Canada in 
1746. By Walter Kendall Watkins. Svo. pp.55- Boston, 

Massachusetts in the Lake George Expedition, i7S5' By 
Walter Kendall Watkins. 8 vo. pp. 54. Boston, 1906. 

Massachusetts Methodism's First Parish. Old Home Week 
address at Lynn Common Church. By Charles E. Mann. 
Lynn Evening News, Daily Evening Item, July 29, 1907. 

Massachusetts Railroad and Railway Laws. Complied by 
Charles E. Mann. 300 pp. Editions of 1904, 1905, 1906 and 
1908. Wright & Potter Co., Boston. 

Massachusetts Railroad Commission, annual reports. 
Clinton White, member of Commission from 1902. Reports 
for years 1903-1911 edited by Charles E. Mann. 

Melrose, History of. By Elbridge H. Goss. In Samuel 
Adams Drake's History of Middlesex County, 1880. 

Melrose, Inaugural Address of first mayor, Levi S. Gould, 

Melrose, Inaugural Addresses of Mayor, Eugene H. Moore, 
1910, 191 1 

Melrose Memorial. By Elbridge H. Goss. 

Memoir of John Ward Dean, A.M. By Deloraine Pendre 
Corey. Boston, 1902. pp. 17. (Reprint.) 

Memoir of William Blake Trask, A. M. By Deloraine 
Prendre Corey. Boston, 1907, pp. 10. (Reprint.) 

Memorial of the Celebration of the Two Hundred and 
Fiftieth Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Town of 
Maiden, Mass., May, 1S99. By Deloraine Pendre Corey. 
Cambridge, 1900, pp.. XII, 340. 

Memorial of Rev. Z, A. Mudge. By Rev. James 
Mudge, D, D. Alfred Mudge & Son, Boston, 1890. 56 pp. 

Mercuries of the State. Story of the evolution of the office 
of sergeant-at-arms from 1664. By Charles E. Mann. Boston 
Transcript, December i, 1900, 


Methodism's Beginning in Massachusetts. The building of 
the first church in Lynn. By Charles E. Mann. Ne\\- York 
Christian Advocate, February 3 and February 12, 1908. 

Methodist Episcopal Church, the. By Rev. James Mudge, 
D. D. Article in "Popular and Critical Bible Cyclopedia." 

Metropolitan Park Commission, annual reports of, 1894- 
19 10. William B. de las Casas, chairman. 

Metropolitan Park System, the. Lecture before Massa- 
chusetts Horticultural Society. By vSylvester Baxter. Trans- 
actions of Society, Part I, 1894. 

Middlesex Fells, the. Bv Sylvester Baxter. In Boston 
Herald, 1879. (The article that gave the name to the region 
and led to the Metropolitan park movement culminating in 
1S93. Reprinted in volumes by Elizur Wright and George E. 

Minot Family in America and England. By Weaker Ken- 
dall Watkins. 2 vo. pp. 5^. Boston, 1897. 

Missions in India, Burma and Ceylon. By Rev. James 
Mudge, D. D. Article in Grant's "Christendom in 1901." 

Motorman, the. (vS ketch.) By Sylvester Baxter. The 
Outlook, January 6, 1906. 

Municipal Democracy. Address before Advance Club, 
Providence, May 9, 1S91. By Sylvester Baxter. In PamHet 
"Souvenir of the Banquet." Providence, 1891. 

Musical Lynn. By Charles E. Mann. vSketches of the 
Barker Family of singers, the Hutchinson Family, the Aborn 
family, the Chandler family, Madame Calista Huntley Piccioli, 
v\von D. Saxon, J. Warren Andrews and others. In Lynn 
Saturday Union, 18S4. 

My i^rother and I. By William Ingraham Ihuen, D.D. 
New York. 

My Experience of Full Salvation. By Rev. James Mudge, 
D.D. Article in " Forty Witnesses " published by Methodist 
Book Concern, 1SS8. 

My Mad Career. (Short story.) By Sylvester Baxter. 
Published by S. S. McClure Syndicate, 18S5. 


New Boston. By Sylvester Baxter. Frank Leslie's Weekly, 
May 30, 1895. 

New England Conference Minutes. Rev. James Mudge, 

Editor. 35 vols., 1886-1910. J. P. Magee and C. R. Magee, 

Boston . 

Nibelungen Trilogy at Baireuth, the. By Sylvester Baxter. 

Letters about the first production in 1876. Boston Daily Adver- 
tiser. Also about the grand rehearsals, in Boston Herald, as 
sul)stitute for regular correspondent, W. R. Balch. 

Nicholas Snow and his Descendants, By William B. Snow. 
600 pp. (In preparation.) 

Notes on Stereotomy. By Dvvight Porter. Prepared for 
the use of students in civil engineering at the Massachusetts 

Institute of Technologv. 


Notes on \\'arped Surfaces. By Dwight Porter. Prepared 
for use of students in civil engineering at the Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology. 

Ochterloney Family of Scotland. By Walter Kcmlall 
Watkins. 8 vo. pp. 16. Boston, 1902. 

Old Bacon House and Farm, successively located in the 
towns of Dedham, Needham and Natick, and the counties of 
Suffolk, Norfolk and Middlesex, with the record of service of 
Jonathan Bacon in the Constitutional Convention of 1820. By 
his great grandson, Charles E Mann, Natick Bulletin, 1910. 

Old Hart House, the. Home of Richard Haven and of tiie 
builder of the Constitution. A paper read before the Lynn His- 
torical Society. By Charles E. Mann. Lynn Daily Item, 
April 26, 1901. 

Old New World, the. An account of the researclies of the 
Hemenway vSouthwestern Architological- Expedition in the Salt 
River Valley, Arizona. (Pamphlet.) J5y Sylvester Baxter, 
Published by the Essex Institute, Salem, 1888. 

Olla Podrida of Wesleyan University. James Mudge, 
Editor. 1S62. 

Orchard, Robert, of the the Art antl Mystery of Feltmakers 
of Boston in New England. By Walter Kendall Watkins. 8 vo. 
pp. 26. Boston, 1907. 


Our Nation under the Government of God. A war sermon, 
preached in 1S62. By Rev. Joshua W. WeHman. D. D. 

Pastor's Missionary Manual. By Rev. James Mudge, D.D. 
Missionary Society of the M. E. Church, New York, 189 1. 
122 pp. 

Pemberton Family. 8vo. pp. 9. By Walter Kendall 
Watkins. Boston, 1893. 

Poem for Dedication of the Nurses' Home at the Maiden 
Hospital. By Sylvester Baxter. In M dden newspapers. 

Poems with Power to Strengthen the Soul. Rev. James 
Mudge, Compiler and Editor. Methodist Book Concern, New 
York, 1907. 330 pp. Enlarged and revised edition. 1909. 

Possibilities of Scientific Prophecy, the. By Sylvester 
Baxter. (Pamflet.) 

Prison Commissioners, Massachusetts Board of. Annual 
Reports. Arthur H. Wellman, member of board. 

Public Control of Urban Transit. By Sylvester Baxter. 

Public Work directly Performed. By vSylvester Baxter. 
Review of Reviews, April, 1897. 

Quest of the Holy Grail, the. A characterization of the 
frieze by Edwin A. Abbey in the Boston Public Library. By 
Sylvester Baxter. Curtis & Cameron, Boston. 

Rambles in Rockingham. Southeastern New Hampshire, 
historical and descriptive. By Charles E. Mann. Boston 
Traveller, 1893. 

Rejuvenation of an Old State, the. By Sylvester Baxter. 
The Review of Reviews. (An account of industrial develop- 
ments in Maine. ) 

Remaking a Railway. (An account of the reconstruction 
of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, 1903- 1909. ) 
By Sylvester Baxter. The Outlook, Jaiuiary, 1910. 

Remarks at presentation of Samuel Kitson's bust of Mrs. 
E. vS. Converse to the Maiden Public Library. By Sylvester 
Baxter. Included in souvenir pamphlet. 

Renascence of the Country Home, the. By Sylvester 
Baxter. Outlook. 


Report upon a Sanitary Inspection of Certain Tenement 
House Districts of Boston. By Dwight Porter, 1889. 

Reports on Water-Power. By Dwight Porter. Constitut- 
ing portions of Vo/s. XVI and XVII, Tenth U. S. Census, 

Restraints upon Alienation Thwarting Testator's Intention. 
By Arthur H. Welhnan. Central Law Journal, April 18, 1S84. 

Rev. Aaron Wait of Maiden and Methodism on Cape Ann. 
An address by Charles E. Mann. In Gloucester Times, October 
1, 1903. 

Reviews and poems ; also unsigned articles in the Contribu- 
tors Club. By Sylvester Baxter. In the Atlantic Monthly. 

Rev. Daniel Fuller, a chaplain of the Continental x\rmy. 
Annotated extracts from his diary. By Charles E. Mann. 
Gloucester Times, 1904. 

Review of the vSabbath Hymn and Tune Book. By Rev. 
Joshua W. Wellman, D. D. 

Revised Laws of Massachusetts. 1969 pp. Issued in 1902. 
Henry D. Coolidge, James W. Kimball and Charles E. Mann, 
editorial clerks. George R. Jones, William Schoheld, H. 
Heustis Newton, George Howard Fall and Aaron C. Dowse 
members of committee on revision. 

Revolutionary Soldiers of Lebanon, Maine. By George 
Walter Chamberlain, 1897. 

Revolutionary Soldiers of York County, Maine. By George 
Walter Chamberlain, New England Historic, Genealogical 
Register, Jan , April, 191 1. 

Richardsons of West Mill, Herts, England and Woburn in 
New England. 8 vo., pp. 6. By Walter Kendall Watkins. 
Boston, 1903. 

Roman IIist(jry Stories. By Mara L. Pratt-Chadwick. 
Educa. Pub. Co. 

Rushing Freight to New York. By Sylvester Baxter. In 
American Review of Reviews, December, 191 o. 

vSaintly Callings, the. By Rev. James Mudge, D. D. 
Methodist Book Concern, Cincinnati, 1904. 260 pp. 


Seaside Pleasure grounds for Cities. By Sylvester Baxter. 
Scribner's Magazine. June, 1898. 

Seeking the Sunset by Land and Lake. Lake Memphrem- 
agog. By Charles E. Mann. White Mountain Echo, Bethlehem, 
September 8, 1906. 

Sermon on 250th Anniversary of the First Church in 
Maiden. By Re\ . Joshua W. Wellman, D. D. Published in 
the Memorial of the Incoporation of the Town of Maiden. 
Cambridge, 1900. 

Sermons, Addresses and Magazine Articles. Unlisted. By 
Rev. Joshua W. Wellman, D. D. 

Sermons — Christian Perfection; Work and Wages ; Christ 
Raising Lazarus ; The Captivity of Judah ; Paul as a Missionary. 
By Rev. James Mudge, D.D. The last three printed in " Boston 
Homilies," the other two published separately. 

Seventieth Birthday Anniversary of John Wallace Hutchin- 
son, 1891. By Charles E. Mann. (Pamphlet.) 

Sheafe Family of Old and New England. 8 vo., pp. 14. 
By Walter Kendall Watkins. Boston, 1901. 

Significant Comparisons of the Cost of Light. By Sylvester 
Baxter, Advance Club Leaflets No, i. Providence 1891. 

Spanish Colonial Architecture in Mexico. By Sylvester 
Baxter. J. B. Millet Company, Boston. 

Spanish Traits and the New World, By Sylvester Baxter, 
Review of Reviews, August, 1898, 

vSpecial correspondence from Mexico, By Sylvester Baxter, 
In New York vSun, 1884, 1891. 

Special correspondence from Mexico and the Southwest. 
I^y Sylvester Baxter, In Boston Herald 1881, '82, '83, '84, '91. 

Speech at Dinner on occasion of the Conference for Good 
City Government Organization of the National Municipal 
League, Philadelphia, 1S94. % Sylvester Baxter. In \olume 
of proceedings. 

Speech at Wendell Phillips Memorial Celebration, Faneuil ' 
1 lall. By Sylvester Baxter. Printed in Boston Commonwealth. 

Spiritual Songs. Rev. James Mudge, Editor, Lucknow, 
India, 1880. 159 pp. 


State Board of Charity, Annual Reports. Charles H. 
Adams, member of board; Joshua F. Lewis, M. D., superin- 
tendent of adult poor. 

State Board of Insanity, Annual Reports, Lowell F. Went- 
w'orth, M. D., deputy executive officer. 

Storm of a Suburban Place, the. By Sylvester Baxter. 
Garden and Forests. 

Story of Columbus. By Mara L. Pratt-Chadwick. Edu- 
cational Publishing Company. 

Story of Pizzaro. By Mara L. Pratt-Chad\^ ick. Educa- 
tional Publishing Company, Boston. 

Story of the Hutchinsons, tribe of Jesse, the. Illustrated, 
2 v., 1000 pp, by John Wallace Hutchinson, edited and com- 
piled bv Charles Edward Mann. Boston, Lee & Shepard Co., 


Strolls About Mexico. By Sylvester Baxter. In various 
numbers of the American Architect, 1884 and later. 

Sunday School Missionary Speaker. Rev. James Mudge, 
Compiler and Editor. Missionary Society of the M. E. Church, 
New York , 1 905 . 1 5 7 pp . 

Sundry discussions, reports and short papers. By Dwight 
Porter. Published in society proceedings, journals, etc. 

Suwalet-i-ilm-i-Ilohi. Rev. James Mudge, Translator and 
Editor. A Catechism; editions in Roman-Nerdu, Persian- 
Nerdu, Hendi, Burmese and other languages, Lucknow, India, 

1877. 38 pp. 

Taunton. 250th Anniversary. Quaint Chronicles; folio 
pp. 33. By Walter Kendall Watkins. Worcester, 1889. 

Telephone Girl, the. By Sylvester Baxter. Outlook; 

Tendencies Toward Revision in American Methodism. By 
Rev. James Mudge, D. D. Article in "New History of 
Methodism," published by Hodder & Gloughlin, London, 1909. 

Ten Temperance Lessons. By Rev. Alfred Noon Ph.D., 

Boston, 1897. 

The Building of the Frigate Constitution. By Charles L. 

Woodside, Boston. 


The Electrification of a Commonwealth. A definition of 
ideals in beneficent industrial centralization. Hy Sylvester Baxter. 
Engineering Magazine, December, 1910. 

The Evolution of the Class-Meeting. By Charles E. Mann. 
Zion's Herald, Boston, Mav, 19 10. 

The Lucknow Witness. Rev. James Mudge, Editor. 
American Methodist Mission Press, Lucknow, India. 8^ vols. 
1 874- 1 88 1. 

The Melrose Journal. Charles H. Adams, editor and pub- 
lisher for many years. 

The Middlesex Fells, historical and descriptive. Illustrated, 
By William B. de las Casas. In New England Magazine, 
August, 1898. 

The Monitor. Rev. James Mudge, Editor. American 
Methodist Mission Press, Lucknow, India. 2 vols.^ 1879, 1880. 

The Nation and Undeveloped Peoples. An address before 
the American Missionary Association at New London, Connecti- 
cut. By Arthur H. Wellman. 

The New New York. By Sylvester Baxter. The Outlook. 

The New West Point. By Sylvester Baxter. Century 
Magazine, July, 1904. 

The Old Planters ; story of the Dorchester Company's 
settlement of Cape Ann. By Charles E. Mann. Boston 
Transcript, Gloucester Times, 1897. 

The Old Road from Boston to Marblehead — Salem Street, 
Medford, Pleasant and Salem streets. Maiden, Boston street and 
the Common, Lynn. A study of colonial transportation. By 
Charles E. Mann. Lynn Business Magazine, December, 1902. 

The Perry Pictures. 9,600 subjects. Eugene A. Perry. 
Boston and Maiden. 

The projected metropolitan park system for Boston from 
an economic point of view. Report of the Secretary in report 
of the preliminary Metropolitan Park Commission. By Sylvester 
Baxter. 1893. 

The Public Library Movement in its Parent Commonwealth. 
By Sylvester Baxter. Review of Reviews. 


The Riches of His Grace. By Rev. James Mudge, D. D. 
Methodist Book Concern, New York, 1909. 316 pp. 

The School Guard, Boston, Rev. Alfred Noon, Ph. D. 
editor for twelve years. 

The Scotland Ancestry of Major (reneral Sir David 
Ochterloney : H.xrt. as Native of Boston in New England. 
By Walter Kendall Watkins. 8 vo., pp. 11. Boston, 1902. 

The Temperance Cause, Boston. Edited by Rev. Alfred 
Noon, Ph.D. for twenty years. 

The Theatre in Germany. By Sylvester Baxter. Atlantic 
Monthly, 1878. 

The Winning War against Consumption. By Sylvester 
Baxter. Review of Reviews. 

Three Lynn Captains : Robert Bridges, first speaker of the 
Massachusetts House of Representatives ; Richard Walker, 
deputy governor of Acadia ; Thomas Marshall of Cromwell's 
Ironsides. By Charles E. Mann. Lynn Daily Item, February 
II, 1910; also Boston Transcript, March 4,9, April i,and 
October 28, 1908; March 28, 1910. [In press for Register of 
Lynn Historical Society.] 

Tracts — The Model Class Leader, Qiiestions for Self- 
Examination, The Conference Missionary Society, Should Self 
Die, Thirty Years with Jesus. By Rev. James Mudge, D. D. 
Published by the Methodist Book Concern and the Willard 
Tract Depository. 

Transportation, water-supply, telephone and other economic 
subjects. By Sylvester Baxter. Various special articles in the 
Boston Evening Transcript. 

Trolley in Rural Parts, the. By Sylvester Baxter. Harper's 
Magazine. 1898. 

Two Centuries and a Half in Maiden. By Deloraine 
Pendre Corey. New England Magazine, IW. XX, pp. 357-37^* 

Two Hundreth and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Incorpora- 
tion of Maiden, Address at. By Arthur II. Wellman. In 
Memorial Volume, 1899. 

United States Investor. Frank P. Bennett, publisher ; 
Frank P. Bennett, Jr., editor. Boston. 


University of Maine, the. By George Walter Chamberlain. 
Americana, January, 19 lo. 

The VV'^aite Family of Maiden. By Deloraine Pendre 
Corey. Maiden, 1878, pp 11, (Reprint.) 

Walt Whitman in Boston. By SvKester Baxter. New- 
England Magazine. 

Water Front of Boston Bay, the. Report by the Secretary 
in Report of the Metropolitan Im])ro\ements Commission. 
By Sylvester Baxter. Boston, 1909. 

Water-I*ower Streams of Maine. By Dvvight Porter. Con- 
stituting a portion of the Nineteenth Annual Report of the U. S. 
Geological Survey, 1897-98, part IV. 

Water Way Transportation in New England for a Century. 
By Charles E. Mann. White Mountain Echo, Bethlehem, 
July 31, 1909. 

Waterworks owned by a Public Library. (One of H. H. 
Rogers benefactions at Fairhaven, Massachusetts.) By Sylvester 
Baxter. Review of Reviews. 

Wesley's Overlooked Grandfather. The story of Rev. John 
White, the Partriarch of Dorchester, England, and Assessor of 
Westminister Assembly. By Charles E. Mann. New York 
Christian Advocate. 

Western World in Conference, the. (Several articles on 
Rio Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and other .South American subjects 
in several numbers, beginning in September.) By .Sylvester 
Baxter. The Outlook. 1906-07. 

Weymouth, Ancient and Modern. By Georgfc Walter 
Chamberlain. New England Magazine, August, 1906. 

Wheeling among the Aztecs. By Sylvester Baxter. 
Outing. 1885. 

Why Am I a Methodist? By Rev. James Mudge, D. D. 
Article in "The Coming Age," reprinted as a tract. 

Willard and Loveitt Genealogies. By Charles Burleigh, 
M. D. (MSS. in library of Maine Genealogical Society.) 

William Berry of New England. By George Walter 
Chamberlain. Magazine of History, z^., 92, 1907. 


VVingaersheek or Wynoard's Iloeck? Indian or Dutcli? 
A study of the early name of Cape Ann. By Charles E. Mann. 
Gloucester Times, August, 19 10. 

VVinthrop Murray Crane. Biographical, with portrait. 
The first extended sketch of the present United States Senator 
By Charles E. Mann. Simultaneously publislaed in the Mass- 
achusetts press, 1S94. 

With Ruskin in Cloudland. A paper for the Forty Whims 
of Maiden. By Charles E. Mann White Mountain Echo 
Bethleham, October i, 1910. 

Wool and Cotton Reporter. Frank P. Bennett, publisher, 

Woolson-Fenno Ancestry, 144 pp. Edited by George 
Walter Chamberlain, 1907. 

Worldly Amusements. Rev. James Aludge, D.D. Article 
in *" The Impending Peril." 

York County, Maine, Marriage Returns, 177 1-1794. By 
George Walter Chamberlain, 1909. 

Computing the Radii of Achromatic Lenses By Charles 
L Woodside. In Scientific American. 

On Computing Occultation of Stars by a Short Method. 
By Charles L. Woodside. In Scientific American and in the 
English Mechanic. 

Music, published in different magazines By Charles L. 

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Maiden J^istorical Society 

Maiden Itiassachusetts 

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Edited Dy the ConAinirrcc o\\ PuDlicallon 







EHsha Slade Converse (With portrait) ...... 5 

An Historical Reception (Three illustrations) " 

Sam Walter Foss as I Knew Him, an address, by the Prestdefit . 22 

Maiden's Old Meetinghouses (Illustrated) Walter Kendall Watktns, 33 

Some Notable Women in the Annals of Maiden Mary La-wrence 

Mann .....••••••• 54 

Inscriptions from the Bell Rock Cemetery, Deloraine Pendre Corey, 63 

Maiden Historical Society, officers and committees .... 74 

By-Laws of the Society 7° 

Members of the Society • • • 79 

Necrologies, Adelaide Pamela Bailey, Benjamin Marvin Fernald, 
Joshua Francis Lewis, John Henry Parker, William Schofield, 
James B. Siner, Henry Edward Turner, Clarence Orville 

Walker, (Three portraits) S6 

Papers delivered before the Maiden Historical Society, 1880-1912, 

George Walter Chamberlain ....... 102 



First President of the Maiden Historical Society. 

At some future date, a skilled historian will write the 
story — both history and tradition — of the Middlesex Fells. 
The material is already assembling in various ways. To 
the average visitor the Fells to-day speak only of the 
departing glory of a primeval forest ; of attractive drives 
and fascinating by-paths ; of the music of carolling birds ; 
of vistas of shady road and wide prospects from sightly 
hilltops ; of beauty still in the making. The casual 
traveller seeks the formerly pine-shaded Ravine road, sees 
the partly devastated Virginia Woods, perhaps is told the 
story of how they and the Fells were preserved for future 
generations to enjoy because of the public wrath provoked 
by the mistaken policy that stripped the landscape of most 
of its growth of trees and made of it a wilderness, and 
wanders to the point where the ancient dam and still 
picturesque cascades mark the site of the Old Red Mills, 
and easily votes this region the most attractive in the Fells. 
But not one in a thousand of these visitors will know that 
here in the Virginia Woods, by his management of the old 
Red Mills, Elisha Slade Converse, millionaire and philan- 
thropist, the benefactor of Old Maiden in so many ways 
— religious, social, educational and humanitarian — laid 
the foundation of the fortune which was to be used so 
wisely and graciously for the benefit of his fellows. 

Mr. Converse was the first president of the Maiden 
Historical Society, and it is fitting that the Register 
should signalize the action of the trustees of the Maiden 


Public Library (so magnificently housed and enriched by 
the generosity of Elisha Slade and Mary Diana Converse) 
in offering the Society a home in the library building by 
presenting a biographical sketch and portrait of Maiden's 
first Mayor and, so long as he lived, her first citizen. 

On the eightieth anniversary of Deacon Converse's 
birth, July 28, 1900, the Boston Herald^ in a lengthy 
article said : 

"Entering the city of Maiden in any direction, the 
visitor at once meets with the public benefactions of Hon. 
Elisha S. Converse. From the west, and just over the 
Medford line, tower the Maiden Hospital buildings, largely 
the growth of his labor and his gifts. From the north, and 
before quite leaving Melrose, one is attracted to the ' Pine 
Banks Park' with its hundred acres of shady groves, 
beautiful drives, walks and useful buildings, all free to 
the general public. [After Deacon Converse's death, his 
children gave this lovely park to the cities of Maiden artd 
Melrose, thus making it a perpetual public domain.] 
From the east, the magnificent 'Memorial Public Library 
Building,' with a capacity to house 150,000 volumes, 
greets the eye of the student and the scholar, which, with 
much that is within, is the gift or Mr. and Mrs. Converse. 
A few rods beyond, the stranger is informed that a grand 
cathedral which he sees is the Third Baptist Church edifice 
that the good ' deacon ' helped to build for his brethren and 
the Lord, he always paying more than half the cost. 
Further on the splendid home of the Young Men's Chris- 
tian Association meets the eye, and still further, that for 
aged people is seen. Half or more is to be passed up to 
the credit of the same generous public benefactor. Indeed 
his monuments are all around." 

The writer failed to speak of the home of the Day 
Nursery, not far from the Library building, adjoining 
which is a later substantial building, erected by one of the 
deacon's children as an administration building and a home 
for the Associated Charities and the Maiden Industrial Aid 


Society. The article was written before the magnificent 
Maiden Auditorium had replaced the "Wigwam" built 
upon the same site for use at the two hundred and fiftieth 
anniversary of the incorporation of Maiden, an event 
which gave the citizens many opportunities to honor 
Deacon Converse. This auditorium building, with its 
great assembly hall and its many reception and banquet 
halls, gives the citizens facilities that are enjoyed by few 
suburban communities. And few have attempted to esti- 
mate the benefactions of the good deacon outside of 
Maiden, conspicuous among them being the great Tremont 
Temple in Boston, with its glorious organ, his gift, in 
Converse Hall, while the whole building is a monument to 
the memory of his brother. Deacon James Wheaton Con- 
verse, as well as to the subject of this sketch. 

Generosity and public spirit are peculiarly marked 
traits in the Converse family. Deacon Elisha Slade Con- 
verse was a third cousin to John Heman Converse, so long 
head of the Baldwin Locomotive works in Philadelphia, 
donor of Converse Hall of the University of Vermont, of 
the fine administration building of the Presbyterian 
Hospital of Philadelphia, of buildings of the University of 
Pennsylvania, his alma mate?', and who did so much to 
beautify Fairmount Park, as president of the Fairmount 
Park Art Association. His wealth for years made possible 
the wide evangelistic work of Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman 
and Charles M. Alexander. 

The beginning of the Converse family activities in 
New England were coincident with the Great Emigration. 
Deacon Edward Converse, with his wife and three children 
was in the Arbella with Winthrop. In October, 1630, he 
recorded his desire to be made a freeman, and he took the 
oath May 18, 163 1. To him belongs the honor of initia- 


ting the great system of public transportation which now 
gridirons New England and extends by land and water 
over two hemispheres, for in November, 1630, within six 
months of the settlement of Charlestown and less than two 
months of the settlement of Boston, he established a ferry 
between the two towns. In 1640 he became one of the 
original settlers of Woburn, building the first house in the 
town, in what is now Winchester — another town which 
has benefitted by the generosity of Deacon Elisha Slade 
Converse — established the first corn-mill, was made one of 
the first selectmen and was one of the first two deacons 
of the Woburn church. Edward Converse was a direct 
descendant of Roger de Coigneries, a trusted chieftain of 
William the Conqueror. 

The line from Deacon Edward^ to Deacon Elisha Slade 
Converse is Sergeant Samuel^, Samuel^, Ensign Edward*, 
Jonathan^, Deacon Jonathan^, Elisha", Elisha Slade^. 
Deacon Jonathan was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. 
Ensign Edward Converse for 3'ears kept the ''Converse 
Tavern " in Thompson Parish, Killingly, Connecticut. 
Elisha Converse also kept the tavern for a long time. He 
married Betsey Wheaton of Thompson, a descendant of 
Robert Wheaton, who came to this country in 1632. 
Elisha Slade Converse was born in Needham, July 28, 
1820. When he was four years old his parents moved to 
Connecticut, and until he was thirteen years old he lived 
on a farm in Woodstock. He then went to Boston to live 
with his older brother, James, already referred to, and for 
three years attended the McLean grammar school. He 
then returned to his father's farm for a year, and at the 
age of seventeen went to Thompson, to learn the clothing 
trade with Albert A. Whipple. Within two years the 
apprentice had become a partner in the concern, later 


buying out Mr. Whipple's interest. In 1844 ^^ came to 
Boston, on his brother's advice, forming a partnership with 
Benjamin Poland in the wholesale boot, shoe and leather 
business on North Market street. The firm soon purchased 
the Red Mills in Stoneham, and began grinding drugs, 
spice and dye-stuffs. He had previously, September 4, 
1843, married Mary Diana, daughter of Hosea and Ursula 
(Burgess) Edmands of Thompson, a descendant in the 
seventh generation from William Edmands, who settled in 
Lynn in 1630. They established their home in the Stone- 
ham forest, near the mill, rather a lonely location, from 
which they removed in three years to Maiden. In 1849 
his tirm dissolved partnership and he joined with John 
Robson in business under the name of Converse & Robson. 
Meanwhile the Edgeworth Rubber Company had been 
formed, a concern which proved unsuccessful, and in 1853 
it was succeeded by the Maiden Manufacturing Co., Mr. 
Converse being elected its treasurer. Thus began his suc- 
cessful career as a rubber shoe manufacturer. In 1855 the 
concern was incorporated as the Boston Rubber Shoe Co. 
During his management the business increased from an 
output of from three to six hundred pairs of boots and 
shoes per day to about 50,000 pairs per day. 

From his coming to Maiden, as his lifelong friend 
Deloraine Pendre Corey pointed out in a biographical 
sketch in 1899, Mr. Converse was "the head and front of 
all movements for her welfare, and his liberal gifts made 
his name a household word within her borders. He was 
largely instrumental in securing the incorporation of the city, 
and was elected its first mayor by a practically unanimous 
vote. In 1878 and 1879 ^^^ represented his district in the 
Massachusetts House of Representatives, and in 1880 and 
1881 in the Senate." The Library building, made after 


plans by the late H. H. Richardson, was the joint gift of 
Deacon and Mrs. Converse, and was a memorial to their 
oldest son, Frank Eugene Converse, whose death, Mr. 
Corey says, "was one of the tragic pages in Maiden's 
history." The dedication was a notable event, among the 
speakers being Governors Long and Robinson.* 

Among other benefactions of Deacon Converse were 
gifts to the Consumptives Home in Boston and to Wellesley 
College, of which he was a trustee. Beside his business 
directorships, among them being the Maiden National 
Bank, of which he was president from 1856, the National 
Exchange Bank and the Boston Five Cents Saving Bank, 
he was long a trustee of the Soldiers' Home and president 
of the Maiden Hospital Corporation. He was a life-long 
Baptist, and for most of his active life a deacon in the 
First Baptist Church. 

Deacon Converse died June 5, 1904, Mrs. Converse 
having died December 16, 1903. They left three children 
to honor their memory and conserve their benefactions — 
Mary Ida (Mrs. Costello C. Converse), Col." Harry E., 
and Frances Eugenie (Mrs. Lester Leland). Of Deacon 
Converse's personality it is almost unnecessary to speak. 
His good and beneficent life and works speak for them- 
selves, and their memory is embalmed in the hearts of 
those who knew him best and loved him most. Many of 
his most characteristic deeds of kindness were of the sort 
that never were meant to be publicly proclaimed, and only 
reached general knowledge because the beneficiaries could 
not be persuaded to let such kindness go without credit, 
while some of them were the kind of acts that bring tears 
to the eyes on their relation. Countless generations will 
honor the memory of this good man. 

*On June 19, 1912, the trustees presented a fine bronze tablet to the library, in memory 
of Mr. and Mrs. Converse. 



An event occurred on Saturday afternoon, January 28, 
19 II, so unique in the annals of the Maiden Historical 
Society as to deserve a permanent record in the pages of 
the Register. At that time the members of the society 
were entertained by a reception and afternoon tea, given by 
Mr. and Mrs. William George Arthur Turner, at their 
spacious home on Ridgewood road. Maiden. For three 
hours the members and invited guests enjoyed Mr. and 
Mrs. Turner's hospitalities, going from room to room and 
from floor to floor, finding new beauties without and fresh 
attractions within wherever they wandered. So sightly is 
the location of the house that the vision is practically un- 
interrupted, whether one views the horizon at the entrance 
of Boston Harbor, with the Graves light flashing at night, 
to the Middlesex hills on the upper Charles, the Blue Hills 
of Milton filling the middle distance by day and the 
numberless lights of the cities of the metropolitan district 
twinkling like torches at night. But the historic flavor of 
the recepdon was the main attraction and every room in the 
house contributed its fascinating share to make the occasion 

Mr. and Mrs. Turner, with her sister. Miss Agnes 
Howard Dawes, assisted by Misses Dorothea Lawrence 
Mann and Mildred Swett and Messrs. Paul Dawes Turner 
and Richard Greenleaf Turner, greeted the guests upon 
their arrival the cordial welcome banishing all restraint, and 
soon the members were talking over rare books and pictures. 


ancient china and coins, Paul Revere spoons or other ancient 
silverware, viewing priceless products of the loom, rare 
pieces of furniture, famous clocks or autographs. In the 
picturesque billiard room on the upper floor Mr. Fred J. 
Libbie gave the guests the benefit of his expert knowledge 
of antique values, whether of old blue china, pictures or 
autographs. Here were shown a collection of photographs 
of old Maiden, another of programmes of many important 
Maiden events, another of continental bills and notes. Mrs. 
Turner is a descendant of two men famous in the colonial 
and revolutionary history of Boston and vicinity — Col. 
Thomas Dawes, the architect, irreverently dubbed by the 
British soldiery "Johnny Smoothing-Plane," who was one 
of the commission, with Charles Bulfinch and Edward H. 
Robbins, that built the Massachusetts State House ; and 
Judge Richard Cranch, of the Court of Common Pleas, 
who married Mary, daughter of Rev. William Smith of 
Weymouth, and sister of Abigail (Smith) Adams, the first 
mistress of the White House and the only woman who has 
been both wife and mother of a President of the United 
States. The Turner family must have the largest collection 
in existence of Continental bills and other Massachusetts 
evidences of indebtedness, each specimen bearing the 
autographs of both of these men — Thomas Dawes and 
Richard Cranch — who were often associated in the difiicult 
work of financing the new commonwealth. 

When the guests entered the dining room their pleasure 
in the bountiful entertainment there given was enhanced by 
the fact that the lunch was served from a table long in the 
famous dining room of the old Hancock house in Boston. 
Around this table, the first signer of the Declaration of 
Independence and his amiable wife, Dorothy Qiiincy 
Hancock (a -descendant, as is Mrs. Turner, of Judge 


Edmund Quincy) may often have entertained their aristo- 
cratic friends at functions which the old diarists like Samuel 
Breck have made famous. 

Mrs. Turner has a collection of hundreds of letters and 
other manuscripts in the handwriting of Abigail Adams. 
Most of them are letters written to Mrs. Cranch, her sister, 
from Philadelphia and Washington, during John Adams' 
presidency and his prior service in the Continental Con- 
gress, or from England, when he was serving his country- 
men there. Included in the collection is the journal of 
Mrs. Adams' voyage to England with her husband. A 
few of these letters appear in the two volume edition of the 
letters of Mrs. Adams, edited by her grandson, the first 
Charles Francis Adams, but most of them have never been 
published nor have they been seen by any of the living 
members of the Adams family. Mrs. Adams, with her 
clerical father as her chief tutor, developed the most 
remarkable literary ability of any American woman of her 
generation. We are permitted to reproduce from the 
Turner collection one of her letters, written to Mrs. 
Cranch from Philadelphia during the earlier part of her 
husband's administration, and of great historic interest, as 
being one of the earliest records of a celebration of Wash- 
ington's birthday : 

Philadelphia, Feb. 28, 1798. 
My dear Sister : 

I have this moment received your kind letter of Feb. 
18, prevented by bad roads from reaching sooner, and I 
have got now to be as anxious and as solicitous for the 
arrival of the eastern post as I used to be at Quincy for the 
arrival of the southern. I thank you for all your com- 
munications. I saw the Centinal last Saturday and thought 
I knew my own letter, but did not know whether it was'^an 
extract from one to you or to Mr. Smith [her son-in-law], 
to whom I sometimes scribble. 


In my last I believe I gave you some account of the 
intended birthnight ball, and the President's reply, which 
on the morning of the day appeared in Bache's paper 
[Bache was Benjamin Franklin's son-in-law], to my no 
small surprise, though I cannot say I was sorry to see it. 
It was, however, accompanied by insolence and abuse and 
fully shows the temper of even those who were the managers 
of the birthnight ball ; not of the President of the United 
States, but of a private citizen. The publication had, 
however, a direct contrary effect to what was intended ; it 
threw a gloom and damp upon the whole proceeding, 
everyone was inquiring the why and the wherefore. Many 
who had subscribed upon the faith that the President was 
going refused afterward to attend, amongst them, in justice 
to him I must say, was the Vice-President [Jefferson], who 
declared himself shocked with the impropriety of the thing 
when he first heard of the proposal, but was led to lend his 
name because he would not give offense. This is certain, 
he did not go, and I have my information so direct that I 
know what his opinion was ; yet these very persons who 
set the matter on foot are now endeavoring to make it 
believed that he was the first mover, in order to give offense 

to the President. Give the D 1 his due, but lay no 

more than he deserves to his charge. I have been informed 
that of the 150 who subscribed 15 only were present of 
ladies, and they have been so mortified that not a wori 
has been published in their newspapers respecting it. I 
hope in time they will learn to appreciate themselves as a 
nation ; they have had and now have a head who will not 
knowingly prostrate their dignity and character, neither to 
foreign nations nor the American people. 

My dear sister, your son [The Hon. William Cranch, 
later of the Supreme Court at Washington] , has been with 
with us ever since he came, which is a week to-morrow. 
Next to my own children I love those of my sister. He is 
very well, and says Mrs. Cranch and children are so ; but 
he will write you himself. Tell Mrs. Black I shall see the 
baby tomorrow. I had a bonnet made for it, which I gave 
it a fortnight ago. I think it wants a dimity cloak, which 


I will get for it. I will write her the result of my con- 
ference with the nurse. 

I shall take cousin Betsey in hand shortly. At 
present I fear the post will go without my letter if I do 
not immediately close, after presenting my kind regards to 
all friends, from 

Your ever affectionate sister, 

(Signed) A. ADAMS. 

At the time Richard Cranch married Mary Smith, 
her father. Rev. William Smith, celebrated the event by 
preaching to his Weymouth congregation on the text 
"Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be 
taken away from her." Judge Cranch could not at that 
time have been a lawyer, for when Abigail Smith chose 
John Adams, a young lawyer of Braintree, for a husband, 
Weymouth people had their doubts of the wisdom of the 
union. On the Sabbath following her marriage her father 
chose a different text: "And John came neither eating 
bread nor drinking wine, and ye say he hath a devil." In 
the Turner library is a small worn volume, " English and 
L<atin Exercises," by N. Bayley, schoolmaster, published 
by James Holland at the Bible and Bell in St. Paul's 
Churchyard, 17 17. Scribbled over the fly leaf are the 
scrolls and detached comments of a boy who signed himself 
"Guielmus Smith, Sept. 1719," while on another Jeaf, and 
in another hand, is the name, "William Smith" and the 
date "1758." The old Weymouth parsonage, famous not 
only as the birthplace of Mary and Abigail Smith, but of 
the famous essayist, William Haslett, is still standing. 

In the Turner library is also a three-volume edition of 
the works of Francis Hopkinson, the Philadelphia jurist, 
author of the "Battle of the Kegs" and a song containing 


a line "And ne'er shall the sons of Columbia be slaves" 
which was sung to the air which this generation knows as 
"The Star Spangled Banner." These bear on each title- 
page the autograph of John Adams, and the fact that they 
were purchased in Philadelphia in 1799, price $5.00. 

One of the attractive places for the guests was the 
living room, where the most interesting of Mr. Turner's 
fine collection of clocks, from the parsonage of Parson 
Willis, who preached in the South Parish of Maiden a 
century ago, stands. It is a hall clock, the case in as 
perfect a state of preservation, with every joint intact, and 
the doors fitting as closely as on the day that Simon 
Willard, America's most famous clock-maker, put in the 
works, set the great pendulum swinging, and pasted on the 
inside of the door his circular of directions for setting the 
clock in motion, printed by the famous publisher of the 
"Old Farmer's Almanack," and furnishing evidence 
additional to that of the dial as to the maker of the clock. 
The circular reads as follows : 


Simon Willard. 

At his Clock Dial, in Roxbury street, Manufactures 
every kind clock work, such as large clocks for steeples, 
made in the best manner and warranted, prices with one 
dial 500 dollars ; with two dials 600 dollars ; with three 
dials 700 dollars ; with four dials 900 dollars. Common 
eight day clocks, with very elegant faces and mahogany 
cases, price from 50 to 60 dollars. 


Elegant eight day time pieces, price 30 dollars. 
Spring clocks of all kinds, price from 50 to 60 dollars ; 
clocks that will run one year with once winding up, with 
very elegant case price 100 dollars. Time pieces for 



astronomical purposes, price 70 dollars. Time pieces for 
meeting-houses, to place before the gallery, with neat 
enameled dials, price 55 dollars. 

Chime clocks that will play 6 tunes, price 120 dollars. 

Perambulators are also made at said place, which can 
be affixed to any kind of wheel carriage, and will tell the 
miles and rods exact, price 15 dollars. 

Gentlemen who wish to purchase any kind of clocks 
are invited to call at said Willard's Clock Manufactory, 
where they will receive satisfactory evidence that it is 
much cheaper to purchase new than old and second hand 
clocks. He warrants all his work, and as he is ambitious 
to give satisfaction he doubts not of receiving the public 
approbation and patronage. 

Directions to Set Clocks in Motion, 

First, place the clock perpendicular, then fasten it 
with a screw, pull out the nails which fastens the pendu- 
lum and pulleys, then hang on the weights, the heavier on 
the striking part. 

You need not wind up any until the clock is run down. 

You may set the clock to the right hour by moving the 
minute hand forwards or backwards. 

The month and moon wheel is fixed right by moving 
them with your fingers. 

Screw the pendulum ball up to make the clock go 
faster, and down to go slower. 

Printed by I. Thomas, Jun., Worcester. 


Rev. Eliakim Willis was a native of that part of the 
town of Dartmouth now known as New Bedford, and be- 
came pastor of the South Parish of Maiden, now included 
in the bounds of Everett, in 1752. He was a classmate at 
Harvard of Rev. Aaron Cleveland, the ancestor of President 
Cleveland and his predecessor in this pastorate. He 
remained pastor of this church until it was consolidated 
with the First Parish and then became pastor of the united 
churches, his flock comprising the inhabitants of what is 
now Maiden, Everett and Melrose and the Greenwood 
section of Wakefield. The cottage house, which was his 
home, and was long the repository of the old hall clock, 
has been for a century a landmark in Everett. This house, 
with most of the South Parish, was within military lines 
during the investment of Boston and as a result most of 
Mr. Willis' parishioners moved to the vicinity of Black 
Ann's Corner, or to North Maiden. Mr. Willis was both 
a useful and a patient man, often being compelled to 
relinquish his salary, and trust to the voluntary offering of 
his waning congregation for his support. 

A fact that makes the old parsonage clock more 
interesting than it might otherwise be, is that it ticked off 
much of the lifetime of Lieut. Col. John Popkin, who spent 
his early days in Boston, served throughout the Revolution- 
ary War in the artillery branch of the Colonial forces, and 
who married as his second wife Sarah, widow of the Rev. 
Nahum Sargeant, daughter of Ebenezer Willis of Reading, 
Vermont, and neice of the Rev. Eliakim Willis, October 
12, 1797, and lived in the old parsonage, which had been 
transferred to Mr. Willis by the parish, the rest of his 
days, until his death in 1827. The Widow Sargeant was 
noted as a very beautiful woman, and tradition has it that 
both Col. Popkin and his son, the learned Prof. John S. 


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Popkin of Harvard University, were rivals for her hand, 
the old warrior winning out against his scholarly son. The 
romance ended in a bachelor life for the professor. The 
latter has left a record that his father, who was an inspector 
in the custom house, walked back and forth from the 
manse to his office in Boston six days in the week for many 
years. " His walk, I think," wrote the professor, "would 
compass the globe more than once." Mr. Turner owns 
the 1 80 1 edition of a hand-book of the Society of the 
Cincinnati, bearing Col. Popkin's autograph, and containing 
a list of the members in Massachusetts. The colonel has 
marked with a lead pencil check the names of those 
members of the society, including his own name, who "are 
Irish and Irish-American." 

One of Mr. Turner's banjo clocks was wound by its 
owner daily for a generation before he discovered it to be 
an eight-day clock. In the same room with the Willis 
clock was a small but exquisite plaque, painted by a 
Russian peasant, in which golden sunlight seems to stream 
through a window, gilding the recumbent figure on a couch 
and shining in the folds of a table cover, the mysterious art 
by which the effect was gained being lost forever. The 
title of this plaque is "John the Terrible," and the original, 
a celebrated painting, is in Moscow. On the end of the 
staff of the man in the picture is a spear or spike, which 
he is supposed to use to make his remarks impressive. 

Two perfect specimens of the famous Boston Fusileer 
pitchers were exhibited in the library. These pitchers 
were a part of a lot of one hundred made over one hundred 
years ago, as shown by the sixteen stars, representing the 
states then constituting the Union, upon them. Each 
member of that military company received one, and as 
they were passed down from generation to generation they 


became widely scattered or destroyed. Four are known 
to be in existence, one, an imperfect specimen, being in 
the Bostonian Society's collection, and Mr. Turner having 
these two. The pitchers are ten and one-half inches 
in height, and have a capacity of three quarts each. On 
one side is a representation in colors of a soldier in the 
uniform of the Boston Fusileers at that time, bearing the 
Massachusetts state flag. This is within an oval, with a 
motto at the top, "Aut vincere aut Mori," and below, 
"Success to the Independent Boston Fusileers, Incorporated 
July 4, 1787. America forever," surmounted by Masonic 
emblems. This design is enameled in appropriate colors. 
On the other side in plain print within an oval composed 
of palm and laural leaves, with sixteen stars surmounted 
by the American Shield and Eagle, are seated on a mound 
three figures representing Liberty, Justice and Peace. At 
the base of the oval enclosed by the motto " United We 
Stand, Divided We Fall " is a landscape with figures 
emblematic of Agriculture, Trade and Commerce in the 
foreground, and in the distance three hills or mounts, 
perhaps meaning "Trimount." On the base of the nose is 
a leaf in red enamel with veins of gold, and below on the 
body of the pitcher two pinks in plain print; below the 
handle a spray of lilies in plain print. 

Mrs. Turner was assisted in serving tea by Mrs. J. 
Parker Swett, Mrs. Sylvester Baxter and Mrs. Charles E. 
Mann of the social committee of the society and by Mrs. 
F. J. Libbie.* 

*There has since the reception been added to the Turner collection a fine " high-boy " 
until recently the property of the late Harriet H. Robinson of Maiden, widow of William 
S, Robinson, better ]<nown as " Warrington " the publicist. Its history left over Mrs. 
Robinson's signature, is as follows : 

"This 'High-Boy' once belonged to the grandmother of Ralph Waldo Emerson, 
whose maiden name was Phoebe Bliss. Her first husband was the Rev. William 
Emerson; and one of their five children was Rev. William Emerson, father of R. W. E. 



(another child was the famous Mary Moody Emerson). The "Old Manse" at Concord, 
Mass., was built b}' her first husband, who died in 1776 (Young). About 17S0, she married 
the Rev. Ezra Ripley, a young minister, and they lived in the "Old Manse," and had 
three children. Mrs. Ripley died, Feb. 16, 1S25. Dr. Ripley died, at 90 years of age, in 
1841. At the sale of the household efTects, this 'High-Boy' came into the possession of 
Martha Cogswell Robinson, mother of William S. Robinson — no doubt purchased by 
. him, for her. At her death, in 1S56, it was brought to our house, where it has since 
remained. W. S. R., died in 1S76. In 18S6, it was given by his wife, H. H. R., to their 
eldest daughter, Henrietta Lucy Robinson Shattuck. Its age is uncertain. The first 
William Emerson first cousin to Lieut. Emerson Cogswell, grandfather of W. S. R. 
R. W. E., and W. S. R., thus had a common ancestry. Thomas Emerson, 1641 ; John 
Cogswell, 1635.' " 

Malden, Mass., April 13, 1904. 



An Address delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Maiden Historical 
Society, 1911, by the President. 

This society has great reason to remember with love 
and gratitude Sam Walter Foss, poet, philosopher and 
friend of humanity, who as head of the Public Library 
of our neighboring city of Somerville, has brought that in- 
stitution to the place where it stands third in the Common- 
wealth in the circulation of its books. Not long ago he 
spoke before us upon the invitation and as the guest of 
our revered president, the late Deloraine P. Corey. They 
were most congenial friends. Your present President 
knew him intimately at the beginning of his literary 
career, and felt it a privilege, a few days ago, to join the 
multitude of sincere mourners, representing not only the 
present generation of writers and public men, but the 
children of his city, who felt they had lost a loyal friend, 
sorrowing at his bier. 

In the summer of 1883, Sam Walter Foss, just gradu- 
ated from Brown University, with a fellow-graduate, 
William E. Smythe, who has in the last decade been 
prominent in political and conservation work on the Pacific 
coast, started out to make their fortunes, or at least a living, 
as book agents. Each looked forward to newspaper work 
as an ultimate field of usefulness. Foss had worked his 
way through the New Hampshire Conference Academy at 
Tilton and through Brown. Meanwhile, Mr. Charles E. 
Walker, of Lynn, had been editing, with indifferent 
financial success, a weekly paper, called the Lynn Union. 


His able political editorials had secured him a position in 
the Boston Custom House, and he was looking for a 
customer for his paper when the ambitious young men 
became tired of book canvassing and heard of him. The 
terms of purchase were easy to arrange where one man 
was anxious to sell and two men were anxious to buy, and 
so, early in November, an enterprise which was to prove 
both a valuable and costly experience for Foss, was 
launched. The make-up of the paper was completely 
changed, and it appeared under the name of the Lynn 
Saturday Union, its initial issue having a decidedly 
literary tone, although its editorial columns thundered as 
of old. Smythe wrote the editorials, and, although he was 
by no means without literary ability, the literary tone was 
furnished by Foss. Within a month it became evident 
that somebody was writing on the paper who found it a 
vehicle for a variety of expression. A quaint old person- 
age named "Pogram" delivered himself of a humorous 
philosophy on current events. A vein of homely humor 
pervaded everything excepting a column headed " The 
Day-Dreamer" which was to the paper what the "Listener" 
has often been in the Transcript, excepting perhaps that 
it was more reflective and didactic. Then poems of 
exquisite taste were dropped in here and there, bearing no 
signature. Meanwhile, a definite bid was made for special 
articles of local interest. 

On Forefathers' Day of that year it happened that the 
Thorndike Local Circle of the Chautauqua Literarv and 
Scientific Circle gave a public entertainment in the Young 
Men's Christian Association Hall in Lynn. Your speaker 
had prepared the programme, which was intended to show 
what Lynn authors had done and were doing. The music 
was all by L3'nn composers. Old ''Waterhill," a psalm 


tune of a century gone, and perhaps the first piece of 
published music by a Lynn composer, was rendered ; and 
there was music from the pen of Charles Frederic Lummis, 
better known as a poet and traveller in these days. Your 
speaker recalls that he aided the surviving members of the 
once famous Barker family in rendering his old friend 
Nathan Barker's plaintive setting of " Sweet Alice, Ben 
Bolt," while another old friend, John Wallace Hutchinson, 
whose biographer he afterwards became, with his children, 
sang "The Old Granite Hills." A week before this event, 
I wandered into the Saturday Union office, and asked a 
stocky, curly-headed man whom I found in the editorial 
room, to insert a short reading notice of the coming 
entertainment. I had had some experience as a printer in 
the composing room of the Lynn Semi- Weekly Reforter^ 
edited by the redoubtable Peter L. Cox, but had never 
written an item for a newspaper in my life, and had long 
before deserted the "art preservative" for business. The 
curly-headed man immediately became excited, called his 
partner, and they united in a request that I give them a 
special article with sketches of the authors of Lynn, for 
the issue in which my notice was to appear. I agreed to 
see what I could do, went home to my dinner, and wrote 
the article, which was heartily commended by my new 
curly-haired acquaintance, who proved to be Mr. Foss, 
and appeared in the issue of December 15. In the issue 
of the following Saturday, which bore a four-page moss- 
green cover with a broadside of local poetry, appeared the 
first poem I ever put in print. Two weeks later saw me 
the announced associate editor of the paper, and from that 
time on until I left it for a salaried position in another city, 
I wrote for it incessantly. One of Sam Foss's favorite 
remarks when I was in range of his bubbling wit in recent 


years was that I once worked for him, and that the 
connection was far more to my advantage than his, for 
while I worked without salary, he ran into debt. 

Of course I immediately became intimate with both 
Sam Foss and his partner. Each was cordial in praise of 
the work I did, and Mr. Smythe did not hesitate to pen ful- 
some tributes to the honor of the new associate ; but I very 
soon learned that Sam Foss would not permit me nor any 
other contributor to his paper to do less than the best work 
of which we were capable. When poetic effusions were 
written, Mr. Smythe might applaud them, but Sam Foss 
was the critic who returned them with the suggestion that 
they be rewritten and shortened by half, without leaving 
out any of the ideas originally incorporated ; or who found 
that a contributor was doing nothing to entitle him to write 
for a publication with the high aims of the Saturday 
Union. Probably one occurrence which opened his eyes 
to the fact that not every person with ambitions in Lynn 
was worthy of his encouragement was the following effusion 
undoubtedly penned by N. Allen Lindsay of the Marble- 
head Messenger^ which appeared in that publication the 
week following one of Sam's amber-tinted special issues, 
with a broadside of poems on the front page : 


Near us in energized Ljnn, the land of the lap-stone, 

Rising over the whistles and noise of machin'ry, 

Rising over the din of the labor incessant 

Cometh the bardic strain, the voice of the muses. 

Not as of old thej sang by cool Hippocrene, 

Or bj Castilian springs on windy Parnassus, 

Yet w^ith a fervor so like and full of enchantment, 

Wonderingly we list to their rapt inspiration. 

Tell us, we pray, O Thalia, Euterpe and Clio, 

Yes, and Melpomene too, and each of the others. 


What you discover in Lynn, the city of leather; 
Soothly is it your voices, or Tom, Dick and Harry's, 
Blending in melody sweet in the satisfied U7iion^ 
Set in nonpareil leaded and breathing of taffy? 

After a council of war in the Union office, the task of 
properly punishing Lindsay was committed to Sam, who 
did it without malice, in the following language : 

List to the wail that goes up from the jealous and piqued Marbleheader, 
There mid the rocks it goes up like the tones of a dissonant fog-horn, 
Not like the idyllic swain on his oaten straw by his sheep-cote. 
But like the tin-music that's played on the horn of the vender of the 

Jealous the Bard of the Rocks of the fame of the poets of Leather. 
Laugh not, O Bard of the Rocks at the bards of the satisfied Union, 
Drown not with irony rude the gentle voice of the Muses, 
Bend down, O Bard of the Rocks, thine auricular cavern and hear me. 
Leave thine abode mid the rocks, and come to the city of leather; 
Leave behind thee the smells that are fishy and breathe our air odor- 
And, in a climate congenial pour forth thy bardic effusions, — 
And thy song shall appear in the Union and thou shalt be happy. 

One quiet afternoon Sam opened the drawer of the 
pine table he used as an editorial desk, and produced a 
number of poems, which he read to me, not in the finished 
way in which he has recited his work before cultured 
audiences in recent years ; but in the bashful manner of a 
school-boy. I shall never forget the surprise I felt when 
I first heard him recite his poems after he had become 
famous, for I had a foolish notion that while he could write 
well, somebody else had best read his works, popular as 
they had become with elocutionists. Among the poems 
he read me that day were some that have become familiar 
in his published volumes since, though then they had not 
appeared in print. Before many weeks he was asked to 
prepare a poem for Memorial Day, and this he read to a 
great audience in the Lynn Theatre : 



When Nature from her lavish urn 
Pours forth the fulness of her wealth, 
And flowers in every valley burn 
Like roses on the cheek of health ; 

* * * * 
We deck the graves of those who bled 

To keep this heritage of ours, 
And for the unforgotten dead 

We dress this festival of flowers. 
Rose-wreaths for heroes' deeds we pay, 

And garlands for their deadly strife ; 
We deck their graves with flowery spray 

And give a lily for a life. 

Sam read this poem much better than he had read his 
earHer effusions to his audience of one, but confessed when 
the ordeal was over that he was troubled by his inability to 
find me in the audience as he looked from the platform, for 
he had intended to read the poem to me and forget the rest 
of his hearers. 

I found that Sam was a great admirer of Walt 
Whitman, but that he was not unmindful of the uncouth 
form of some of the work of the good, gray poet, as when 
he celebrated Lynn Common in a quite Whitmansque 
effort, "promulging" as he put it. Sam liked to promulge, 
as I found when on Saturday afternoons we would roam 
through what is now known as the Lynn Woods, but was 
then crossed by infrequent paths, most of which I knew, 
Sam reciting classic phillipics of antiquity, the works of 
Adams and Webster or of the great poets, at the top of his 
lungs. Judge James Robinson Newhall, the historian of 
Lynn, was then living, and when we called upon him 
could tell much of Whitman as he knew him, an editorial 
associate upon a Brooklyn paper. At that time, he said, 
Whitman was a jovial companion, but quite conventional in 
his literary work. A few months later, when I was sitting 


on my own editorial tripod in Gloucester, Sam published 
a fulsome eulogy of Whitman, which I challenged. He 
replied, and I printed a sharp rejoinder, which called forth 
this personal letter by mail : 

Dear Charles : 

Well, you have laid out Walt in good st3de. Still I 
remain an unrepentant and unregenerate admirer. Should 
like to continue the discussion, as you are a good man to 
fight with, and your generous personal allusions are very 
flattering — but am sorry to say that the great mass of the 
world, particularly that part which consists of the constant 
readers of my valuable paper don't care a whiff for Walt 
or any other poet. Your recent "Day Dreamer," Charles, 
was a masterpiece. I read it to a little woman of my 
acquaintance who remarked "That's the best day-dreamer 
you ever wrote, Sam." Well, I guess it was. The Breeze 
is as bright as a new dollar. Long may it blow. 

Yoiir friend, 

(Signed) S. W. FOSS. 

Sam's allusion to my Day-Dreamer was a very charac- 
teristic thing. He was always sure any literary friend of 
his could do anything that he could. When he began to 
make a living from the publication of his humorous poems 
in the New York and Boston papers, he urged me to go 
and do likewise, assuring me that there was a great market 
for my wares. But I kept out of it. In the same way 
after he became librarian of the Somerville Library, he 
was unable to see why I did not go and find another one 
and become a fellow-librarian. The illustration of this 
characteristic that proved of the most value to me, how- 
ever, was furnished about six months after my first associ- 
ation with him. His paper had not paid, and Smythe had 


turned over the entire outfit to Foss, debts and all. A 
newspaper publisher came down from Cape Ann to renew 
an offer he had made to Foss before he bought the SaUirday 
Union. Inclination might have led him to accept it, but 
duty, especially to his creditors, bade him remain where 
he was. He therefore assured his caller that he could not 
go to Gloucester, but that he was sure a man in the next 
room would do as well as himself, and perhaps might be 
willing to go. So I went. A few weeks later a stranger 
entered the Saturday Union office, and stated his willing- 
ness to take the place I had vacated, and at the same 
salary (or lack of it), until he had proved himself indis- 
pensable. He told Mr. Foss that he had been conducting 
a humorous column somewhere, and felt sure that in a 
month he could convince him that this column was the one 
thing necessary to the success of the Union. So he went 
to work. The humorous column scintillated, and by four 
weeks the Saturday Union was being quoted everywhere. 
But the subscription list remained stationary, and Sam 
sadl}^ told his new assistant that if he required a salary he 
must try somewhere else. So he left, and behind him he 
left a big exchange list, caused by the work he had done. 
Publication day arrived before Sam bethought him of that 
"funny column." Then he sat down and wrote one of his 
own, with many misgivings. When his exchanges began 
to come in the following week, he found his own "funny 
column" was quoted to a far greater degree than any of its 
predecessors. This set him thinking, and to help out the 
scanty returns from his paper, he wrote a number of 
humorous poems, and sent them to the Nezv York Su7i^ 
Puck, Judge, 2in6. Tid-Bits. Many were accepted. When 
the crash came, as it was bound to do, and the day arrived 
that no Saturday Union could be published, Sam had 


found his feet, and also found a way of not only maintain- 
ing himself, but of paying the accumulation of debt, which 
to his honor be it said, he manfully shouldered and dis- 
charged, laughing at his ill-luck. Day after day he 
would write his poems, committing them to the mail and 
sending those returned by one flint^^-hearted editor to others, 
who usually took them. Soon he had regular contracts to 
fill a certain amount of space in the humorous papers and 
his troubles were over. 

I think Foss had some regrets in leaving Lynn. His 
associations with many of the literary coterie there were of 
the pleasantest kind. James Berry Bensel was a frequent 
visitor to his sanctum, until his untimely death, and printed 
some of his best poems in the Union. Like him, I loved 
Bensel, and printed an appreciation of his work in my 
paper. The mail immediately brought me a letter from 
Sam, urging me to send the article to Bensel's sister. 
George E. Emery, a poet who deserved a far wider 
reading than he ever got, was also among his frequent 
callers. To us each, Sam would expound the quaint 
philosophy that finally found so clear a voice in his poems 
and made him the idol of the plain people everywhere. "I 
have noticed," he said to me once, "that a man never gets 
his salary raised until he earns more than he is getting." 
Perhaps I would spend the night with him at his room on 
Warren street. Then I would find how deep was the 
religious nature that in later years found voice in his 
books. While in Lynn I persuaded him to write a paper 
for a literary circle to which I belonged, on William 
Shakespeare. He read it for us and printed it as a 
"Book- Worm" in his paper. I pasted the clipping in my 
scrap-book where it stayed nearly a quarter of a century, 
at the end of which period I invited him to come to Maiden 


and read the same paper to the "Forty Whims." He had 
forgotten it. I had it typewritten and sent it to him with 
the date of the meeting. He wrote me from Somerville 
February 17, 1908: 

"I shall be glad to come to your place February 24th 
with that old essay on Shakespeare. It doesn't seem to 
me that I ever wrote it ; but if you say I did I will read it 
and if it takes I will own it, and if it doesn't I will deny 
the authorship. I suppose you will not care if I read in 
connection with it 'When Shakespeare Slings Himself.'" 

When the evening came Sam humorously persisted 
that I was trying to get him to read one of my own pro- 
ductions, but he gave the Forty Whims one of the best 
evenings they ever had. 

A few years before, I had invited Sam to read in 
Maiden, at an entertainment in which the musical part of 
the programme was furnished by the late John W. Hutch- 
inson and members of his family. The two men were old 
friends, and Mr. Hutchinson was so pleased when Sam 
read his poem " He Worried About It,"that he immediately 
set it to music, and proposed that they should go upon 
the road together and give some entertainments. I was 
appointed business manager of the enterprise, which had 
but indifferent success, but was one in which we all con- 
trived to have some fun. 

The real spirit of Sam Foss was shown by what is 
undoubtedly his most widely-quoted poem : 

" Let me live in my house by the side of the road 
And be a friend to man." 

He illustrated it the first time I saw him, and all 
through the following years. How anybody could have 
known him and not loved him, as his literary associates 


loved him and the children of Somerville loved him, would 
have been a mystery, but I never knew of such a thing 
happening. In some sunny realm he must still be making 
somebody happy. 



^T'-k.HL lu. ny 


Walter Kendall Watkins. 

Correct and accurate data regarding the construction 
of the dwellings of the earliest emigrants to New England 
is not over abundant. Early dates are apt to be assigned 
to most of the surviving structures, dates which recede into 
the past as their story is retold. The small dwellings of 
the first settlers also often increased in area with the growth 
of the family and w^ere covered in their later years by 
additions to the structure. 



Sometimes accurate information is given as to the 
construction of a house by its contents, noted room by 
room, in an inventory of an estate. 

In a few cases the original contract, not performed by 
one party or the other in the constructing, is preserved in 
the case at law to settle the dispute. 

It is such a case I desire to present, and it is of more 
public interest inasmuch as it is a building devoted to public 
uses of which I shall speak. 

One would suppose from the prominence of the church 
in the early affairs of the Bay Colony that it would be easy 
to describe the early meetinghouses as to their exterior 
and interior with accuracy. 

An examination of the published town histories and 
records of Massachusetts towns reveals the contrary for 
the first century and a half, and it is mainly of the meeting 
houses built after the Revolution that descriptions have 
been preserved. 

A picture of Boston's first meetinghouse has been 
engraved but it is but a fancied sketch and shown with a 
thatched roof, which could be found on several early 
meetinghouses in the colony, but situated in the thickly 
settled highway in Boston it was too dangerous and against 
the early town laws for preventing fires. This picture has 
been adopted by several town historians as a likely type 
for their first meetinghouse. 

Maiden's careful historian, our late president, con- 
scientiously refrains from adopting this type in his work 
and with the other citizens of our commonwealth we will 
ever remain in ignorance of the exact description of the 
early meeting places of our fathers. 

In most instances the first structure was soon outgrown 
and a new building necessary. Unlike our sister towns 


we are fortunate in having preserved for two centuries a 
document which describes with some minuteness the second 
meetinghouse in Maiden. 

Like its predecessor it stood on the slope of Bell Rock 
but more to the southward. The paper which gives the 
information was in existence in 1849 but has since dis- 
appeared. It recites the articles of agreement between 
the town's committee and Job Lane, a carpenter. A sketch 
of the builder's life has been ably presented by our president 
in our volume issued last year. 

The agreement itself was first printed in the Bi-cen- 
tennial Book of Maiden in 1850 and reprinted in the History 
of Maiden by Mr. Corey. 

It tells us of an oak frame thirty-three feet square and 
sixteen feet stud. It was clapboarded and the roof shingled. 
Its windows and doors are as to number and position so 
well described that an outline elevation is given of the 
south front in the Bi-centennial Book which has been more 
artistically shown in a perspective sketch by a more modern 
artist, Mr. Henry L. Moody, in Mr. Corey's book.* 

Surmounting the meetinghouse roof in the centre was 
a turret, such as is still shown on the '' Ship Church " at 

In this turret swung for a time the bell which fell in 
the fire of 1848 from the Pleasant street schoolhouse. 

The inside of the meetinghouse was lathed and 
plastered with lime over clay. 

The pulpit and deacons' seat were enclosed in wains- 
coating, but the seats for men and women were planks with 
backs, such as are still to be seen in some English parish 

On the back of the agreement was traced a plan 
showing an alley from the south door to the north wall and 

*The illustration heads this article. 


another running from the east door to the west door across 
the house. The windows with their diamond-shaped panes 
were hinged and could be opened, unlike those of the 
Dedham church of that date. In Dedham the glass was 
taken from the lead frames in summer in order to get air 
and replaced for the cooler weather. 

The Maiden congregation of those days came from a 
territory much larger than the Maiden of to-day. Melrose 
and Everett were then parts of the town and Charlestown, 
Chelsea and Revere got part of their religious instruction 
from Maiden. 

From his house on what is now Maiden street, Revere, 
came Colonel Nicholas Paige, who married the grand- 
daughter of Robert Keayne. In 1692 he was allowed to 
build a pew, one of those square pen-like structures which 
survived into the last century. Early in the next century 
other leading families were allowed to build pews. This 
necessitated more room, though galleries had been built 
around the sides, and in 1703 it was voted to add on to the 
meetinghouse. A first plan was to cut the house in two 
near the middle and "carry off one end 14 foots." A later 
plan was to make the addition of fourteen feet upon the 
south side of the house. 

In 1727 it was voted to build a new meetinghouse on 
the town's land near the old meetinghouse. 

This was the beginning of a long strife between the 
people of the north and south parts of the town. It was 
an experience similar to other cases in other towns of the 
state and had to do with the location of the meetinghouse. 
27 March, 1727 it was voted "that the new meeting house 
shall be set upon the knole on y^ North west of Mr. 
Emerson's Orchard." This action was taken on an "ex- 
cessive Stormy Day" by the few voters present. Another 


meeting was held on 22 May and one on 28 June. At the 
latter date it was reconsidered as to the place of location 
and it was voted "to set it between Leweses bridge and the 
pound on the west of the country road." 

This vote was not pleasing to thirty-four of the towns- 
men and at a meeting held 17 November, 1727 ten men 
were chosen, five from the north and five from the south 
side to choose another committee of five. This last com- 
mittee was to decide where the house should be located ; 
either on the land between Bell Rock and the old meeting- 
house, or on the knoll on the northwest end of Mr. 
Emerson's orchard, or on the land between Lewis's bridge 
and the pound. The committee composed of five prominent 
men of the province decided on the site between Lewis's 
Bridge and the pound. The written decision fell into the 
hands of the selectmen who were of the south side, who 
refused to have it entered on the town records. Appeal 
was made to the General Court who ordered it recorded. 
At a town meeting 3 April, 1728, sixty of the north side 
protested and refrained from action on a vote against the 
recording and a vote ordering the house to be built near 
the old one — just west of it. 

On 21 May 1728 William Sprague and his wife, 
Dorothy, gave a piece of land between Lewis's Bridge 
and the pound to build the meetinghouse on, and the 
General Court passed a resolve ordering it built there, as 
the committee had selected. 

Meanwhile, the south side had chosen a committee, 
15 May, to choose a workman to build a house. They 
agreed upon Aaron Cleveland, a carpenter, of Charlestown. 
He was of the same family as President Cleveland, both 
being descendants of Moses Cleveland of Woburn. The 
agreement, which has never appeared in print is as follows : 


"Articles of Agreement Indented and made and fully 
concluded and agreed upon this 19th day of November in 
the year of his Majestys Reign King George y^ second, 
Defender of the faith Anno Donimi Seventeen hundred 
twenty & eight. By and between Aaron Cleveland of 
Charlestown in y^ County of Middlesex within his 
Majestys Province, Massachusetts Bay in New England, 
Carpenter, on y^ one part and John Green Jr., Richard 
Dexter, Ebenezer Pratt, Thomas Burditt, Ebenezer 
Upham, Samuel Blanchard, Samuel Bucknam, Lieutenant 
Samuel Green and William Sargent all of the Town of 
Maiden, in the county aforesaid, Gentlemen, on y^ other 
part. Witnesseth That the said Aaron Cleveland Doth by 
this present agreement engage as followeth, viz : 

"To erect a good substantial Frame for a Meeting 
House in and for the Town of Maiden aforesaid where 
said Town hath appointed or shall appoint, of the same 
dimensions or equivalent followeth. Viz : 

" Said House to be fifty-five feet in length and forty and 
four feet wide and thirty-three feet from the top of the sill 
unto the top of the plate with a well proportionable steeple 
unto the same and to find and provide all the Timber and 
slit work substantial sound and good to compleate the same 
and likewise to lay a good and substantial foundation with 
stone and lime, firm and good to Raise said frame upon 
and also to provide a Gin to Raise said frame withall. 
Said House to be fitted to Raise at or before the fifteenth 
day of August next ensueing the Date hereof. Also said 
Cleveland his heirs or assigns is by this present greement 
to finish said Meeting House as followeth, viz : — to provide 
boards both White pine and pitch pine suitable and 
sufficient to finish both the Inside and out side of said 
House and to Double Board the Roof and Single board 


the outsides and ends. Likewise to provide clapboards 
and shingles for said House and Steeple and lay them on 
said House workmanlike and to provide all the Nails of 
each sort sufficient to finish the Inside and outside said 
House and board and shingle the steeple the pike of it and 
provide and put up the weather Cock and Ball upon the 
Top of said Steeple and board and clapboard the sides of 
said Steeple with four oval Windows in the Square of said 
Steeple with handsome Galleries upon the Squares and 
Mundillions under said Galleries and to put up Weather 
Boards on said House and make and put up forty and six 
Window frames and all to be glazed with good Glass six 
and fours, the lower teer of Windows to be eleven Quorries 
deep in both Sashes and the second teer to be ten Quorries 
deep in both sashes and the upper teer to be eight Qiiorries 
deep in both sashes. Also to make and put up Mundillions 
and Troughs and Trunks under the eves of said House 
and make three shells over the outside Doors, one Shell 
over each Door. Likewise to make Steps at each Door 
what shall be needfull. Also to make three outside Doors, 
Wainscott work and to colour the outside said House as 
followeth with a lead colour. Viz., the Steeple and 
Galleries and all the Mundillions and the fatheers Weather 
Boards and Window frames with the cases Troughs & 
Trunks with the Shells over each Door all the above 
mentioned particulars to be of a lead colour and the Inside 
work to be finished as followeth, viz. — To lay a Double 
floor below in said Hoi|se and make two Bodys of Seats 
Below and a Handsome Pulpitt with a Handsome Canopee 
over it with the Deacons Seats and a Communion Table 
and one pew. Also to erect two teers of Galleries in said 
House with substantial pillars to support them what is 
needfull and to make as many Seats in each Gallery as the 


Room will conveniently allow with wainscott work in the 
front of each Gallery. Also to erect four pair of framed 
Stairs one pair at each corner of said House from the 
lower floor into the upper Galleries and to Ceil with 
Boards from the floor up' to the bottom of each teer of 
Windows and all the Rest of the Sides and Ends to be 
lathed and plaistered also to lath and plaister all over head 
and under each Gallery and Whitewash all the plaistering. 
Also to provide Hinges Bolts and Locks for the outside 
Doors and for the Pulpitt and Pew^ Door and hang the 
same. Also provide all the Iron Work sufficient for said 
House and all the said Work to be completed and finished 
unto the Turning of the Key at or before the fifth Day of 
March in the year seventeen hundred twenty-nine thirty, 
and the above named John Green, Richard Dexter, Eben'' 
Pratt, Thomas Burditt, Eben'' Upham, Samuel Blanchard, 
Samuel Bucknam, Lieut. Samuel Green and William 
Sargent, all being a committee chosen by the Town of 
Maiden aforesaid to agree with some meet person to Erect 
and Build and finish certain Meeting House in Maiden as 
is before expressed accordingly we have agreed with 
Aaron Cleveland aforesaid as followeth, viz. — to pay or 
cause to be paid unto said Aaron Cleveland his heirs or 
assigns In consideration for the aforesaid Meeting House 
the full and just sum of one thousand and forty pounds 
good and current passable bills of creditt in the Province 
aforesaid at such time and times and particular payments 
as followeth Viz., three hundred pounds of said money at 
or before the first day of April next ensueing the Date 
hereof and two hundred and ten pounds of the aforesaid 
money at or before the fifteenth of August next ensueing 
the Date hereof and two hundred and ten pounds of the 
aforesaid money at or before the first day of December 


next after ensueing the Date hereof and three hundred and 
twenty pounds more at on or before the first day of March 
next after that ensueing which makes up the aforesaid 
sum of one thousand and forty pounds. Also to provide 
men enough to Raise said House. Further it is to be 
understood that if the Town see good not to have any 
Steeple to said House but only a plain pitched Roof then 
the agreement between said Cleveland and the said Com- 
mittee is that there shall be Eighty pounds taken out of the 
aforesaid one thousand and forty pounds and to the true 
performce of the aforesaid mentioned articles of agree- 
ment the aforesaid mentioned parties have herein Bound 
themselves each to the other upon the none performance 
of either a party in the forfeiture of fifteen hundred pounds 
good and passable Bills of Creditt in the Province afore- 
said and in Testimony whereof the Parties have hereunto 
Sit their hands and Seals the Day and the year before 

"Signed Sealed and Delivered in presence of Peter 
Tufts, John Greatton. Signed John Green and Richard 
Dexter, Sam' Green, W'" Sargent, Thomas Burditt, Eben'' 
Upham, Samuel Blanchard, Eben*" Pratt. 

''Middlesex ss. Medford, April 4, 1730, Peter Tufts 
personally appeared before me the subscriber and made 
oath that he saw the above named John Green, Richard 
Dexter, Sam' Green, William Sargent, Thomas Burdett, 
Eben"" Upham, Sam' Blanchard, Eben'' Pratt, Sign Seal 
and Execute this Instrument and at the same time he saw 
John Greatton with himself sign as witnesses to the Execu- 
tion hereof. 

Sworn before me, JOHN RICHARDSON, 

Justice of the Peace. 


"Apr. 1 6, 1729, Then rec'd of the Committee in part 
for the Meeting House Seventy-five pounds. 

"A true copy Exam p SAM' L PHIPPS, Clerr 

This contract was accepted at a town meeting, 14 Jan. 
1728-9, fifty-one north side men protesting against the 

As soon as the weather would permit, Mr. Cleveland 
collected his material and began the erection of the house, 
but in May at the annual town meeting the north side were 
in the majority and refused to raise money for town 
expenses. The action of the town's officers in ignoring 
the orders of the General Court, as to location, was 
brought to the attention of the Justices of the Superior 
Court of Judicature. Three of these were members of the 
Committee of arbitration and they issued a writ of Man- 
damus to the Town's Committee for them to desist from 
erecting the house anywhere except where ordered by the 
General Court. 

The temporary writ was made final 4 August and Mr. 
Cleveland at once removed the materials to the land given 
by the Spragues. The south side people attempted to get 
the General Court to again interfere but unsuccessfully 
and the house was completed according to the contract. 

At a town meeting 11 May 1730, the south side men 
succeeded in passing a vote that the building committee 
stand a trial in law brought by Cleveland against them for 
money to pay for a house which the Committee considered 
"not sit to y^ satisfaction of y^ town." 64 north side men 
protested this vote. 

The committee lost their suit in the Inferior Court of 
Common Pleas for Middlesex. 7 August the town voted 
Mr. Cleveland be paid the money he had recovered by 
judgment of the Court, £870 with £12 costs. This he 
received from the committee 21 Dec. 1730. 


At a town meeting 14 Apr. 1731, it was voted that 
the town would not allow any bills granted to the Com- 
mittee that went to law with Mr. Cleveland also that they 
would not raise money to pay the committee. At last, 
however, the matter was patched up and 3 March 173 1-2 
the committee received the sum they paid Cleveland with 
£49 for their trouble. 

The suit in the Inferior Court had been decided in 
Cleveland's favor. It was for a breach of covenant and 
the record and papers filed in the case have preserved a 
description of the third meetinghouse erected in Maiden. 
These papers are not to be found in the files of Middlesex 
County as the committee, not satisfied with the verdict 
against them, appealed to the Superior Court of Judicature of 
the Province. The appeal was decided by a jury in favor 
of Cleveland, the verdict of the lower court being affirmed, 
and the committee were taxed the costs of court. A copy 
of the agreement and other papers are therefore found in 
the files of the higher court in Boston, 

Through these documents we find that the committee 
appeared on the day of the house raising in August, 1729. 
That Cleveland requested their assistance according to the 
contract, that they refused to assist and furnish sufficient 
help unless the building was put next the old meetinghouse. 
Cleveland then turned about to the crowd assembled and 
asked them to assist and he or the committee would see 
them satisfied for their work. Some forty responded to 
this appeal and were compensated at the rate of six shillings 
each, which sum was reckoned in the damages awarded 
in the suit. 

That the contract furnishes a correct idea of the con- 
struction we may feel assured. On 19 May 1730 Cleveland 
called on his fellow townsman, Samuel Frothingham, 


carpenter and housewright, ancestor of the Portland family 
of that name. With him was Zachariah Hicks of Cam- 
bridge, a carpenter, father of Zachariah, an eminent school- 
master of Boston, and great-grandfather of Zachariah 
Hicks, who established the saddlery and trunk business in 
Boston, after the Revolution, now carried on by Mr. William 
H. Winship of this city. 

The trio proceeded to Maiden and viewed the com- 
pleted structure with the articles of agreement before them 
and decided that the work was done in a workmanlike 
manner and as much as required by his articles. 

Contemporary with the third meetinghouse in Maiden 
was the third meetinghouse in Bridgewater. Built in 1731 
it stood for nearly a century. It was smaller than the 
Maiden church, only fifty by thirty-eight feet and twenty- 
two feet high. It was three stories high with two galleries 
one above the other on three sides of the house. It was 
shingled and the windows were probably the same in 
number as shown in the sketch of the house that has been 
preserved. It was used as a place of worship for seventy 
years till 1801. It was used for town meetings from 1802 
till taken down in 1823. A new spire was erected on it 
in 1767. 

Rev. Thomas C, son of Rev. Peter Thacher, the 
eighth minister of Maiden, writing in 1849 ^^ ^^e third 
house of worship, says : "There seems to rise again before 
me that ancient weather-beaten church, the place of my 
earlier worship, and where my venerable father taught 

and prayed It was one of the plainest and 

strictest of its sect. It looked the old Puritan all over. It 
had no tower nor belfry. Its little bell was hung outside on 
a beam projecting from the gable end of the building." 

That this meetinghouse was provided with a steeple 


at first is doubtful. 14 January 1728-9 they voted it should 
not have a steeple, thirteen days later they voted "that y^ 
Town will have A tarrett upon y^ new Meeting house to 
hang y*^ Bell in." In 1764 they voted "to build a Bell free 
and put up the spindle again and Weather Cock as before." 
This was not then done, as in 1767 the vote was recon- 
sidered and it was voted to repair the belfry and build a 
steeple which was done in 1768. This steeple is shown 
on the church on the plan of Maiden in 1795. 

Mr. Corey presents in his history (p. 523) a floor plan 
of the 1730 meetinghouse as drawn by John Pratt (1783- 
1863) from memor3^ This shows stairs only in the two 
south corners of the building. Stairs were in each of the 
corners of the building according to the contract. In 1763 
it was voted " that the mens- and womens north stair be 
took down in order to build more pues." At the same 
time "new doors were ordered made lower in proper shape 
with shells over them" as before. Iron bolts and straps 
were put in and the ceiling repaired. 

At the annual town meeting in May, 1801, the question 
of building a new meetinghouse was considered. At a 
meeting in December it was voted to build it of brick rather 
than wood. It was also voted to buy the brick rather than 
make them on the spot from the clay pits nearby. 

In April, 1802, the committee were given leave to place 
the meetinghouse in any part of the town's square, as the 
location was called. They were also given leave to pull 
the old meetinghouse down when they deemed it necessary. 

This was done the next month and on a Frida}'' in 
May, 1802, the windows were sold at auction. This 
original account of the sale was found among the papers 
of Mr. Corey and the number of windows agree with the 
statement made in the building contract with Aaron 

^6 malden historical society 

Sale at Auction of the windows in Malden 

Meetinghouse on Friday of May 1802 

ON THE Premises. 

North Side of S'^ House. 

5 upper and middle windows to Mr. Samuel Tufts at 6^ 

cents per square. 
5 Do at 6 cents to Mr. Samuel Tufts. 

4 Lower Do to Mr. Samuel Wait Jun"" (cb 6 cents. 

West End. 

5 upper Windows to Ezra Sargent Esq. (a> 6i cents. 

5 middle and lower Do to Mr. Will'" Parker (a) 6\ cents. 

South Side. 

5 upper Do to Mr. Daniel Wait at 6 cents. 
5 middle Do to Mr. Nathan Holden (a) 6 cents. 
4 lower Do to Mr. Will'" Parker (a) 6 cents. 

East End. 

4 upper Do to Mr. Daniel Wait (a) 6 cents. 

5 middle and lower Do to Mr. Nathan Holden (a) 6 cents. 
3 Bellfry Do to Capt. Amos Sargent (cb 6J cents. 

Samuel Tufts Windows 184 sq. $11 -So 

Samuel Wait Jun"". Do lOi Do 6.06 

Daniel Wait 143 Do 8.58 

Will'" Parker 208 13 • 

Capt. Amos. Sargent 72 4.68 

Benja Waitt 15 a 7 cts. $1.05 


In 1 701 we find mention in the town records of the 
town's pound which needed repairs. In 1771 it was voted 
to build a stone pound in place of the wooden one. 

In building the meetinghouse in 1802 it was necessary 
to remove the stone pound and the stones were used in the 
meetinghouse. The stones in the foundation of the old 
meetinghouse were also utilized*. A new pound of wood 
was built on a site now included in Central Square. A 
later pound stood on a site covered by the Cox block. 

Edward Wade, a prominent citizen of the town a 
century ago, who died in 1825, was employed to pull down 
the old 1730 meetinghouse which he did in two and a half 
days (May 31 to June 2, 1802) at a cost of $2.92 and his 
attendance in superintending the job one and a half days 
$1.83. On 4 June he laid out the foundations and on the 
eighth, ninth and tenth dug the trench for the same. On 
the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth and twenty-first he 
laid the stone for the foundations. 

The following extracts are from Mr. Corey's papers : 

The Committee of the Town of Maiden for Building 
a Meeting House to Edw^ Wade Dr. 

Feb. 19 & 20 one hand one day & half to cut timber 1.75 

May 31 to June 2 pulling down the old house 2i days 2.92 
the 4th half day do .58 

the 8th one day diging trench 1.17 

the 9th & loth two days do 2.35 

the 17 & 18 team one and half day 3. 

the 19 & 21 do to do 3. 

the 22 & 23 one hand two days sticking bords 2.33 

bringing two casks of lime 1,50 

July I & 2 team two days 4. 

the 3 & 5 do to do 4. 

the 10 one day do and one load of stones 2.50 

♦These stones recently taken from the church have been used in Everett near Wood- 
lawn for building purposes. 


the 14 half day do ^' 

the 22 do to cart windoAV frames and haul timber i. 

the 24 do to get poles and haul timber i- 

the 28 carting one load of Sand -75 

the 30 carting 3 thousand bricks at f i-25 

Augt 3 & 4 a hand one day and half i-75 

the 5'h team to haul timber and fetch from the lot 4- 

carting 27 thousd Bricks at j; H-^S 

the 14 one day & half overhauling old stuff i-75 

the 16 one day do i-'7 

the 19 & 20 two days do 2.33 

turn over 5^-33 

Continued brought over S^-33 

Sept S one day overhauling stuff i*i7 

the 10 do to do ^•17 

the 15 & 17 two days & half do 2.92 

the 18 one day do ^-^7 

the 28 making fence against Mr. Wait -S^ 

the 30 bringing 15 hundred of Bords from Sargent 1.50 

Octr. 4 fetching 10 thous lathes 1-25 

5 & 6 one hand two days to paint 2.33 

the 7* fetching 6 casks of lime 2. 

the 8th one hand half day diging sand -67 

fetching hare & one days work i-4^ 

the 9tli one hand making paint and painting i-i7 

theiitli one hand to paint & team to get windows i-66 

the 12 & 13 one hand to paint one day & half i-7S 

Nov. 28 & 29 team one day and half 3- 

one hand to paint i-i7 

From Nov. 30 to Dec. 22 i^h days painting 20.42 


Second acct added 


Maiden 22 of Dec.^ 1802 

Bringing 200 Bords from Medford i-S^ 










Committee of Maiden for building a Meeting House 
to Edvyd Wade. 


Feby 12. 19 & 20 to the Town lot 2 days 

April 3 one day do 

May 31 attending on pulling down Meeting h one day 

June 2 half day do 

the 4 one day to lay out the spot 

8. 9. 10 3 when diging trench 

17. 18. 19 & 21. 3i days when laying stone 

22 & 23 2 days when sticking boards 

the 30 one day at Meeting house 

July 25. 30 & 31 2i days do 

Aug. 3. 4 & 5 3 days do 

the 13 & 13 & 16 2^ days do 

25. 27 & 28 3 days do 

the 30 I day do 

Sept. 10 I day do 

Oct. I to 7 6 days do 

9. II & 12 3 days do 
the 18 I day do 

the 23 I day do 
from 25 to 30 6 days do 
Nov. I & 2 2 days do 
4. 5 & 6 3 days do 
from 8 to 13 5 days do 
13. 15 & 16 3 days do 

Carried forward 
Nov 18 one day at meeting house 
the 20 I day do 
22. 23 & 24 3 days do 
26 & 27 2 days do 
Dec I to 4 4 do 
the 6 I day do 
From 8 to 1 1 4 days do 
13. 14 & 15 3 days do 
17 & 18 2 days do 
20. 21 & 22 3 days do 

4 days out of town 
the 24 & 25 2 days at the Meeting house 
the 27 & 28 2 days do 





















the 29 & 30 2 clays do 1.84 

the 31 I day do .92 

Jany i i day do .92 

the 3. 4. 5 & 6 4 days do 3.67 

extra time service and expenses 25. 

add 4.00 

Maiden. S of Jany 1803 130.32 

The estimate of cost of materials and labor were also 
found among Mr. Corey's papers. 

An Estimate of Materials & Labour Necessary for 
Building- a Brick Meeting House. 


Shingle Nails 15 

Board Nails 80 

Hinges for Doors &c 50 

Lime 100 

Plastering Lathes &c 180 

Completing ye Inside work 700 

Completing ye Roof 250 

Painting Doors 81 1. side work 200 


Mercht Boards 


@ $16 

Clear Do 

@ 20 


@ 8 

Doors 6 

@ 8 

Building pews 

@ 5 

40th @ 3 


Bricks 216 thous @ $5 1080 

Lime 100 

Masons Work 540 

Sand &c 20 



Cupelow 200 

Turnover 1S40 


Stones 340 

501 1 

The brick used in the construction were of two kinds: 
merchantable brick and black brick ; the latter being the 
well baked brick taken from the arches of the kiln. The 
price was $4.50 a thousand. The brick was furnished by 
William Wait, known as "Brickmaker Bill" (b. 1776, d. 
1856) who was father of William Wait of Boston, who died 
in 1903. 

The first load of brick was delivered 19 June, 1802, 
and on 13 August twenty-five thousand were delivered. 

Maiden June. 1802 the Committee of the Meeting 
Mr. Ezra Sargent. 

to W'" Wait 3'-^ Dr. 
Mr. Edward Wade. 

Capt Richard Dexter. 

1 thousand of black Brick 2 

2 thousand of black Brick 5 
July 2''i I thousand of black Brick 2 

Sth I thousand of black Brick 3 

Qth I thousand of black Brick 3 

iQtli I thousand of black Brick 3 

14th 8 hundred of black Brick 2 

August i2tli 9 thousand of Brick Carted by E. Wade 42 

6 thousand of Brick by Winslow Sargent 28 

3200 of Brick by Eben Harnden 15 

5 thousand of Brick by Joseph Floyd 23 

3 thousand of Brick by Edward Waide 14 






4 thousand of Brick by Thomas Hunt 18.66 

1800 by Eben Harnden 7.93 

2 thousand by Winslow Sargent 9.33 

4250 of brick by Nathan Lynd 19.82 

1 thousand of Brick by Amas Sargent 4.66 

2 thousand of Brick by Samuel Tufts 9.33 
i5tl> 2 thousand of Brick by Benjamin Lynde 9.33 

6 thousand of Brick Carted by Edward Wade 28. 

1 thousand of Brick by Nathan Lynde 4.66 
I thousand of Brick by Benjamin Lynde 4.66 

i6tli 6 thousand of Brick by Barnard Green 28. 

2 thousand of Brick by Bene Lynde 9.33 
4 thousand of Brick by Edward Wade 18.66 

4 thousand of Brick by Joseph Floyd 18.66 
I7tli 6 thousand of Brick by Nathan Lynde juni" 28.00 

6 thousand of Brick by Winslow Sargent 28.00 

5 thousand of Brick by Joseph Floyd 23.33 
5 thousand of Brick by Thomas Hunt 23.33 
I thousand of Brick by Samuel Tufts 4.66 

960DO thousd March bricks @ 4.50 $432.06 

15000 Do Black Do . 23.26 

47 1. 87 

1 1 1000 455-26 

Maiden May 13 1803 

Reed the full contents of this account 

William Wait^ 

The timber was taken from the town's lot and some 
of the boards and joists came from Medford. Posts and 
banisters came from Boston. 

By October the work was advanced to that degree 
that painting was being done and the latter part of the 
month the windows were put in. On 17 November the 
staging was carted away and on the twentieth a team was 
occupied in carting away the "brick bats" on the land 
about the building. The painting was finished on 22 
December and on the 20th at a town meeting the thanks 
of the town had been voted the committee. 



"On Wednesday last, a new and elegant Brick Church 
was consecrated to the purposes of divine worship by the 
Society of Congregational Christians in the town of 
Maiden — Their Pastor, the Rev. Aaron Green, delivered 
a discourse on the occasion, from ii Chron. II-4. Behold 
I build an House to the name of the Lord my God, to 
dedicate it to hifn.^^ 

"It contained a number of historical notices, and is, we 
learn with pleasure to be committed to the press. The 
Rev. Dr. Osgood made the dedicatory prayer, and the 
introductory and closing prayers, and the reading of the 
scriptures, were performed by the Rev. Mr. Tuckerman. 
Sacred music was had at proper intervals, and every part 
of the service executed with great solemnity and order. 
It is said, that the utmost regularity and concord have 
attended the founding progress and completion of the 
edifice, which is ornamented with a bell, presented by 
Timothy Dexter, Esq., of Newbur^^port, and internally 
with one of Willard's beautiful patent clocks, the gift of 
John Harris, Esq., of Charlestown. The ladies of Maiden 
furnished the hangings and ornaments of the window and 
pulpit and presented their minister with a gown and 



A Paper read before the Maiden Old and New by Mary Lawrence Mann. 

At various times a controversy has raged over the 
problem as to which Massachusetts town established the 
first public school. Was it the Boston Latin School, the 
school at Dorchester, or did the Old Planters of Cape Ann 
and ancient Naumkeag maintain a school supported by 
public funds? Nobody seems quite able to settle the 
question. A more modern issue perhaps might be the 
question which Massachusetts town had the first woman's 
club? and the average searcher for truth would hardly 
think of going back much more than a generation for light 
concerning it. The fact is, however, that ancient Maiden 
organized her women for action within two years of the 
incorporation of the town; that is, in 165 1 ; and that the 
custom of women banding themselves together, having 
committees on legislation and signing appeals to the 
General Court had its first illustration upon New England 
soil here. 

The Massachusetts Archives, the repository of price- 
less historical treasures, have preserved for us the roll of 
membership of this famous woman's club, which was 
organized to save to Mystic Side the services of its first 
settled pastor, Rev. Marmaduke Matthews. The petition 
of these women was presented to the Court by Capt. Joseph 
Hills, the father of the town, and it pleads with the 
" Hono'd Court " to " pass by some personall & perticul'' 


ffaylings And to p''mett him to jmploy those tallents God 
hath ffurnish'd him w^^all." 

Many of these mothers of Maiden would have remained 
unknown had this petition not been preserved ; and yet the 
names have a very familiar look, for they are those of 
many of the club women of Maiden to-day. The name 
of Mrs. Sargeant, for example, heads the list, and perhaps 
she was the president of Maiden's first woman's club. 
Not all the petitioners were matrons, for the last signature 
was that of Rebecca Hills, a daughter of the Captain, who 
some time after married Thomas Greene of North Maiden. 
Her sister Mary, wife of Capt. John Wayte, is a signer, 
and her name is followed by that of Sarah Hills, her step- 
mother. -The Mrs. Shepard of that day bore the rather 
unique name of "Thankslord." The second signer is Joan 
Sprague (wife of Ralph), aud among other names are 
those of the widow Blanshar(d), Mary Pratt, Bridget 
Dexter, Elizabeth and Margaret Greene, Hannah Barrett 
and Hannah Whittemore. 

The reason the leader in this petition signs her name 
as "Mrs." Sargeant is quite easy of explanation. Up to 
the coming of Marmaduke Matthews the little flock at 
Mystic Side had been sheperded by a lay preacher, William 
Sargeant, who soon after sold his farm on the Everett slope 
of Belmont Hill and moved to Cape Cod, although his 
descendants remain among us. 

Such a subject as that of this paper leads one of 
necessity to think of the wives of the ministers of the 
ancient town. It is probable that in the early period of 
settlement William Sargeant had a successor who preceded 
Matthews. This was Rev. Benjamin Blackman, who 
certainly lived here, however little he may have preached, 
and whose farm included Bell Rock. He soon went to 


Black Point, on the Saco, and founded Scarborough. His 
wife was a daughter of Capt. Joshua Scottow, whose farm 
was in the heart of Boston, and included the site of the 
present City Hall and of King's Chapel. It was Joshua 
Scottow who wrote the famous "Narrative" of the Great 
Emigration, saying of Cape Ann "There was an island 
. and sweet single roses," a remark that has 
furnished the theme for many poems. 

Marmaduke Matthews left Maiden, and in his place 
came that gentle poet, physician, pastor and teacher, 
Michael Wigglesworth ; and with him came his wife, 
Mary, daughter of Humphrey Raynor of Rowley. What 
a life she must have led with the patient author of " The 
Day of Doom." 

With the building of the old parsonage, opposite Bell 
Rock, came Joseph Emerson; and he, too, had a wife 
Mary, daughter of Rev. Samuel Moody of York, whose 
grandfather, John Sewall, was a brother of the famous 
Chief Justice Samuel Sewall, who presided at the witch- 
craft trials. Mary Emerson was great grandmother of 
Ralph Waldo Emerson, and upon the death of her husband 
and the coming of Rev. Peter Thacher to the parsonage, 
"Madam Emerson" as she was always called, moved to a 
house which stood on the main road near the corner of 
Irving street, where the diaries and journals of her time 
show that that she shared the duty and dignity of enter- 
taining ministerial and other visitors with the inhabitants 
of the parsonage. 

Into this later home of Madam Emerson, at the out- 
break of the Revolution, came a little baby girl, sent from 
the Old Manse in Concord by her father, the Rev. William 
Emerson, upon the death of her mother. This child was 
Mary Mood}-- Emerson. Upon the death of her grand- 


mother, an aunt, Ruth, adopted her, making her heir to 
the home in which she lived until the year 1807, when she 
moved to the home in Maine, within sight of the White 
Mountains, where she spent most of her later life. Mar}- 
Moody Emerson, if we may judge her by the standard of 
her partial nephew, Ralph Waldo, was the most remark- 
able woman who ever lived in Maiden. Her list of favorite 
authors, beginning with Plato and ending with B3^ron, 
shows mental qualities of the highest order. Early 
American history furnishes the name of but one other 
woman of similar tastes and attainments, Abigail Adams, 
and she, too, was a minister's daughter. 

In an essay written late in his life Emerson reproduced 
many extracts from the journal of his favorite aunt, written 
during her life in Maiden, and these show her a frequent 
visitor at the house of Capt. Dexter and others, and very 
fond of long walks, in what must then have been the fields 
and woods of the neighborhood. We can easily imagine 
her following the highway upon which she lived to the 
Lynde Woods, now included in Pine Banks Park, perhaps 
crossing the meadows and Three Myle Brook to the Cas- 
cades, following up Shilly Shally Brook, and thence 
returning by way of Jerry Jingle notch through Capt. 
Dexter's woods to his pastures, dotted with cedars, now 
the West End, and thence to the mansion on the Salem 

Madam Emerson had a rival claimant to her dignities 
in the parsonage of the South Parish. This was her 
cousin. Madam Susanna Porter Cleveland, a w^oman far 
more famous in her time than Emerson's granddame, who 
was also to have a great man for a descendant in the fourth 
generation, Grover Cleveland. Her husband. Rev. Aaron 
Cleveland, was in his descent, like Joseph Emerson, one 


of a long line of ministers. After a comparatively brief 
pastorate in the South Parish of Maiden, he became 
interested in the Church of England, went to Halifax, 
Nova Scotia, where he founded St. Matthew's church, 
which still flourishes, the oldest in that city. He returned 
to the colonies, and died in 1757 at the house of his friend, 
Benjamin Franklin, in Philadelphia. 

Susanna Porter Cleveland was the daughter of Rev. 
Aaron and Susanna Sewall of Salem, her grandfather 
being a brother of Jndge Samuel Sewall, the famous 
diarist, already referred to. The death of her husband 
found her with ten children to care for ; and histor}^ tells 
us that she returned to her old home in Salem, where she 
not only reared her numerous family respectably but 
preserved her social position, associating always with the 
best circles, and receiving as her visitors, the learned, the 
witty and the celebrated of her time. 

Meanwhile, in the north part of Maiden a child was 
maturing in the Upham family, who, for reasons which 
will be stated, became a woman of great interest in Ameri- 
can life. Hannah Upham was the daughter of Phineas 
and Hannah Waite Upham. She was born in Maiden, 
May 6, 1734. She was descended from John Upham, the 
early Maiden settler ; from Capt. John Way te and his wife 
Mary Hills, daughter, as already stated, of Capt. Joseph 
Hills, the founder of the town; from Rev. Mr. Oakes, the 
fourth president of Harvard College, and from John How- 
land, the Mayflower Pilgrim. When she was four years 
old her father and three of his four children died of the 
throat distemper, and Hannah was brought very low. Dr. 
Tufts, of revered memory, attended her, but his remedies 
were ineffectual. Returning one day from visiting her 
he resolved to spend the night in study and prayer on her 


account. He found a medicine which he had not tried and 
administered it. She began to improve and in time re- 
covered. She was married in Maiden, by the Rev. Joseph 
Emerson, to John Ilaskins, the noted Boston merchant, her 
age then being eighteen, and became the mother of sixteen 
children. At her death, in her eighty-sixth year, it was 
said of her : "She has performed all the duties of life well ; 
with truth may it be said, she is one of the best of mothers, 
best of wives, best of Christians, and best of women." Her 
daughter Ruth Haskins married Rev. William Emerson, 
and died at the home of her famous son, Ralph Waldo 
Emerson, in Concord, in 1853.* 

John and Hannah Upham Haskins lived in a great 
house on Rainsford's lane, now Harrison avenue, Boston. 
He was a pew holder in King's Chapel, Boston, and one 
of those who strongly opposed the modifications made 
in the prayer book used by that society, attending there- 
after Trinity church, although always retaining his 
pew in the old stone chapel on Tremont street, which 
remains one of the most precious landmarks of Boston. 
Hannah Upham never forgot the teachings of Joseph 
Emerson, and remained a devout Congregationalist all her 
life. Every Sunday the fond couple would walk from 
their mansion to the corner of Winter and Marlboro, 
(now Washington) streets, followed by their sixteen 
children walking in pairs. At this point the father and 
the children sharing his views would turn down Summer 
street to Trinity church, while the mother and the rest of 
the children would go to Park Street church. If a guest 
were with them Mr. Haskins would gravely inquire : " Do 
you prefer to go to meeting with Mrs. Haskins, or will you 

*From Rev. William Emerson's diary : "1779— April 6. I went to church this morning 
and stood sponsor for John Haskins' son — is named Ralph." 


worship with the saints and sarvants of the Lord at 

Capt. John and Mary Hills Waite, already referred to 
as ancestors of Hannah Upham, originally lived in a house 
at Mystic Side which they purchased in 1644 of Widow 
Martha Coytmore, who became the wife of Governor John 
Winthrop. As the spouse of a great governor, this 
interesting person ought not to be omitted from the list of 
Maiden's notable women. Martha Rainsworth Coytmore, 
whose husband's name is preserved in one of our public 
parks, after the death of Thomas Coytmore, married John 
Winthrop, and for a time lived in the house on Cornhill, 
now Washington street, near the Old South church and 
facing up School street. Upon the death of the famous 
governor, she again ventured upon the sea of matrimony, 
marrying John Coggan, and returning to Maiden. John 
Coggan died, and then, we are told, this widow of one 
governor, two very respectable millers and the mother of 
six children "discontented that she had no suitors, 
encouraged her farmer, a mean man, grew discontented, 
despaired, and tooke a great quantity of ratts bane, and so 

The period which preceded the Civil War, was in 
Maiden, as elsewhere in New England, one of contro- 

*Ruth Haskins was the seventh child of this interesting couple. She had five sisters 
and one brother older than herself, as she ^rew up, and three sisters and three brothers 
younger. Before her marriage to William Emerson, D. G. Haskins tells us, she 
frequently visited her grandmother, Hannah Waite (Upham) Cooke and her Aunts Waite 
in Maiden, meeting Mr. Emerson, who would come from Concord to see his grandmother, 
Madam Emerson and his aunts, Brinton and Rebecca Emerson (the "B.and R. Emerson" 
of Peter Thacher'd diary, for which see the last issue of the Register) and his Aunts 
Waite, with whom his sister, Mary Moody Emerson lived. Ruth Haskins' "Aunts 
Waite" were Ruth and Sarah, sisters of her grandmother, who both died unmarried. 
William Emerson's "Aunts Waite" were Rebecca and Ruth Emerson, one the third 
and the other the fourth wife of Samuel Waite of Maiden. It is doubtful if the fact has 
ever before been noted that two of Ralph Waldo Emerson's grandparents and four of his 
great-grandparents were natives of Maiden. 


versy over slavery. There were at least three stations of 
the underground railroad here, and it goes without saying 
that to maintain these required heroism on the part of the 
women in these homes. The mistress of the Wilson 
house, so long the old parsonage, was one of these ; 
another was Almira Bailey Morey, wife of David B. 
Morey, whose home was on Hillside avenue. This worthy 
couple named most of their children after noted Abolition- 
ists. Still another station was the home of Gilbert and 
Hannah (Burrell) Haven. Hannah Haven was a descend- 
ant of John and Priscilla Alden, and the mother of Bishop 
Gilbert Haven. She was a real daughter of the Revolu- 
tion. In the days of the Rebellion, as during the Revolu- 
tion, every Maiden wife and mother was a heroine. 

You will hardly expect me to catalogue the women 
who have been prominent in Maiden during this genera- 
tion ; but it is not easy to forget the service to the commu- 
nity of such a woman as Mrs. Mary D. Converse ; of 
Mrs. Harriette H. Robinson,* the friend of LucyLarcom, 
and the inspirer of the gifted " Warrington " in his work as 
a publicist; of Mrs. P. S. J. Talbot, sister of the brave 
General Oliver Otis Howard, and herself a leader in 
reform work ; of such an educator as Miss Marcia Brown, 
whose work established the primary school system of Sao 
Paulo, Brazil ; of Mrs. Harriette Robinson Shattuck, the 
noted parliamentarian ; or of Mrs. Jenness Miller, of dress 
reform fame, for many years a resident here, and Mary 
A. Livermore of Melrose, so long a part of old Maiden, 
whose memory all womanhood reveres. 

The spirit of the remonstrants against injustice to 
Marmaduke Matthews abides in the hearts of their 

•Mrs. Robinson has died since this paper was read. 


successors, and who can doubt that the women of Maiden 
are as ready to exercise their right of petition — to uphold 
goodness and to protest against wrong — as were the 
women of ancient Mystic Side. 



Transcribed by the late Deloraine Pendre Corey, 

[The Bell Rock Cemetciy contains the graves of many of the founders of Maiden, and 
of manj' of the pastors and others prominent in the early history of the town. Here is the 
grave of Michael Wigglesworth, New England's first noted poet; that of the builders of 
the Old South Church in Boston, of Job Lane, New England's first bridge builder, of 
many of Ralph Waldo Emerson's ancestors. Mr. Corey, with the assistance of his son, 
Dr. Arthur D. Corey, copied these inscriptions many years ago, a labor of love that con. 
sumed many weeks of time. Since that work was done many of the stones have dis- 

Alice Brakenbury Wife 

of William Brakenbury 

Aged 70 Years Died 

Decern 38, 1670 

Fugit Dora 

Here Lies Y* Body Of 

Thomas Call 

Aged 79 Y'" 

Dec'' in May 


Memento Te Esse Mortal'-''" 

Here Lies Y^ Body Of Samuel 

Lee Aged 36 Y"^ Deed'' In 

August 1676 

Here Lyes y*^ Body 

Of lohn Dexter 

Aged 38 Years 

Died December 8 



Rvth Vpham 

Aged 12 Years °'"' 

December y 8"' 1676 

Fugit Dora 

Here Lies y*" Body 

Of Thomas Call 

'""^ Aged About 

45 Y^^ Dec'^ In Noue;,, 


Here Lies y*^ Body Of 

John Allin Aged 

About 30 y'' Dec'' In 

Nouember 1678 

Mary Lee Aged 
13 y" Died in 
Janviary 1678 

Marcy Allin Wife 

To John Allin Aged 

35 y^ Dec'' in lanuary 


Hannah Lee 

Aged 5 y" Dec'' 

In January 


Fugit Dora 



Aged 28 Years 

Dyed January 

the 10, 1683 


Here Lyes y*" Body 

Of John Upham 

Aged 84 y= Died 

Feb' 25, 1 68 1 

With Upham stones are the following heads-tones of children 
lU SU 

16S3 1684 


Here Lyes y*" Body of 

Elizabeth Tufts 

Wife to Peter 

Tufts Who Died 

Julyy^ 15, 16S4 

And in the 33 Year 

Of Her Age 

Mary Upham 

Daughter Of 

Phinehas And 

Mary Upham 

Aged 2 Years Died 

August 20, 16S7 

Here Lyes y-^ Body Of 
Cap' John Sprague 

Aged 6"^ Years 

Who Departed This 

Life The 25 Day 

Of June 1692 

The Memory Of y= lust Is Blessed 


Here Lyes y^ Body Of 

Elizabeth Blanchard 

Wife To loshvia Blanchard 

Aged 21 Years Died luly 15 


lonathan Tufts 

Son Of lonathan 

& Rebekah Tufts 

Aged 3 Years & 

5 M° Died Decern 

ber 15, 1688 

Here Lies The Body of 

Martha Wigglesworth 

Late Wife to Michael 

Wigglesworth Who 

Dec'^ September 4 1 690 

Aged About 28 Years 

Here Lyes y^ Body Of 
Sibble Doolitell Wife 

To John Doolitell 
Aged About 82 Years 

Died September 23 

Ebeneyer Floyd 

Son of Hu & 

Elener Floyd 

Born February 

31 1690 

Died luly 30 



Here Lyeth The 

Body Of Mary 

Lynd Aged Ab 

out 34 Yer^ Died 

December y^ 22 


Here Lyes y^ Body Of 

Beniamin Eustes Son 

Of William & Sarah 

Eustes Aged 25 y' 

Died 4 Of lanuary 


Here Lyes The 

Body of Phinehas 

Sprague Aged 53 

Years Died y*' 23 Of 

January 1690' 


Floyd Son of 

Joseph And 

Elizabeth Floyd 

Aged 9 Month 

Died March 

y^ 12"" 1692 

Here Lyes y" Body 

Of Elizabeth 

Wife To Richar-i 

Hildreth Aged 

68 Years Died 

August 3 



Here Lyes y* Body 

Of Isaac Lewes 

Aged 34 Years 

Who Departed 

This Life April y-^ 6'" 

1 69 1 

Here Lyes y" Body 

Of Ralph 

Shephard Aged 

90 Years 

Died September y"" 11 


Here Lyes y*" Body 

Of William 

Bucknam Agfed 

41 Years Died 

September y*" 1 7 


Here lyes y^ Body 

Cap lohn Wayte 

Aged 75 Years 

Died September 26 


Momento Mori Fugit Dora 

Here Lyes y" Body Of 

Ensign Thomas Lynd 

Aged 78 Years Died y^ 

15 Of October 1693 

Also The Body Of 

Elizabeth His Wife 

Aged 81 Years Died y*^ 

2 Of September 1693 

The Memory of y^ lust Is Blessed 



Green Aged 

42 Years Died 

April 28 


Here Lyes y"" Body 

Of loses Bucknam 

Aged 53 Years 

Died The 24 Of 

August 1694 



Aged 18 Years 

Died October 


Here lyes Buried 

y^ Body of M^ 

Jacob Parker 

Who Departed this 

life Octo'^^ 31^' 1694 

Aged 42 Years 

Here Lyes y*^ Body 

Of Ruth Uppam 

Aged 60 Years 

Died lanuary 

18 1696 7 

Here Lyes y*" Body 

Of William 

Boordman Aged 

38 Years Died 

March 14 1696 



Auery Died 

Nouember lo 

1694 & in y° 

9 year of 

Her Age 

Here Lyes y' Body Of 

Lois Sprague Wife 

To Samuel Sprague 

Aged 24 Years 

Died April 6 1696 

Also Here Lyes Their 


Here Lyes y^ Body Of 


Samuel Sprague 

Aged 65 Years 

Died October 3 


Y" Memory Of y= lust Is Blessed 


Blanchard Son 

Of Joshua & 



Died April iS 


Here Lyeth Buried 

y° Body Of Job Lane 

Aged 77 Years Died 

August y'= 23 



Here Lyes y*" Body 

Of Hannah Shephar'' 

Wife to Thomas 

Shepard Aged 

59 Years Died 

March 14 169S 



Wife To 

Samuel Townse"'' 

Aged 40 Years 

Died Nouember 

20 1699 

Here Lyes y*^ Body Of 
Elizabeth Lynde 

Wife to lohn 

Lynde Aged 38 

Died January 19 


Mary Floyd 
Daughter Of 
Hu & Elener 

Floyd Born 

luly 22, 169S 

Died March 

10 1699 

Here Lyes y*" Body 

Of Elizabeth 

y= Wife of 

Joseph Lamson 

Aged 45 Years 

Dec'' June y' 10"" 



Here Lyes The Body Of 

Peter Tufts Aged 83 

Years Died May 13 


Also Here Lyes Y= Body Of 

Mary Tufts His Wife 
Aged 75 Years Died January 


Here Lyes ye Body of 
Samuel Brackenbury 
Physician Who Died 
Nouember 36 1702 
Aged About 30 Years 

Here Lyes y^ Body Of 
Hannah Pabody 

Wife To lohn Pabody 
Aged About 60 

Years Died Decembe"^ 
24 1703 

John Mitchell 

Son to John & 

Elizabeth Mitchell 

Aged z) Years & 

9 M° Died August 

ye 27"' 1703 


Boldwin Da^^-^ 

Of Joseph 

& Elizabeth 

Boldwin Aged 

3 Years & 6 M° 

Died May y'= 35"' 




y"^ Daughter Of 

Oliver & Anna 


Aged 10 M° 14 D'' 

Died July y^ 31' 


Here Lyes y^ Body 

Of Jonathan Houard 

Aged 35 Years 

Desesed March y^ 

6"' 1702 

Here Lyes y"^ 

Body of Beniame" 


Juner Aged 

33 Years Died 

October y= 6"^ 



Mitchell Dau' 

To John & 

Elizabeth Mitchell 

Aged I Year & 

8 Months Died 

October y'' 1 1"' 


Here Lyeth Buried 
y^ Body Of 
John Sprague 
Aged 51 Years 9 M° 
& 6 Days Died y^ 16 

Of Decem"^ ^703 
(To be Continued.^ 




Organized, March 8, i8S6. 
Incorporated February 7, 1887. 


'Vice Presidents. 


Secretary- Treasurer. 


Charles H. Adams Roswell R. Robinson 

Sylvester Baxter William G. A. Turner 

George W. Chamberlain Walter Kendall Watkins 

George L. Gould Arthur W. Wellman 

Charles E. Mann Joshua W. Wellman, D.D. 
H. Heustis Newton 

Libyarian and Curator. 
Herbert W. Fison 


COMMITTEES, 1913-13. 


George L. Gould William G. Merrill 

Arthur W. Walker 


Charles E. Mann Sylvester Baxter 

W. G. A. Turner Roswell R. Robinson 

Arthur H. Wellman 


George W. Chamberlain Thomas S. Rich 

Charles H. Adams Rev. Alfred Noon 

Mrs. a. a. Nichols Mrs. Henry W. Upham 


Walter Kendall Watkins Dr. Charles Burleigh 

George W. Chamberlain William B. Snow- 

Mrs. Alfred H. Burlen 


Mrs. Mary Greenleaf Turner Mrs. Mary Lawrence Mann 

Mrs. J. Parker Swett Mrs. F. T. A. McLeod 

Mrs. Sylvester Baxter 


William L. Hallworth Peter Graffam 

Eugene A. Perry J. Lewis Wightman 

Richard Greenleaf Turner 

Historic Loan Exhibition. 

William G. A. Turner Mrs. William D. Hawley 

Mrs. S. E. Mansfield 





[Adopted at the annual meeting March 13, 191 3.] 


This society shall be called the Maiden Historical 


The objects of this society shall be to collect, preserve 
and disseminate the local and general history of Maiden 
and the genealogy of Maiden families ; to make anti- 
quarian collections ; to collect books of general history, 
genealogy and biography ; and to prepare, or cause to be 
prepared from time to time, such papers and records 
relating to these subjects as may be of general interest to 
the members. 


The members of this society shall consist of two 
classes, active and honorary, and shall be such persons 
either resident or non-resident of Maiden, as shall, after 
being approved by the board of directors, be elected by 
the vote of a majority of the members present and voting 
at any regularly called meeting of the society. 

Honorary members may be nominated by the board 
of directors and shall be elected by ballot by a two-thirds 


vote of the members present and voting at any regularly 
called meeting. They shall enjoy all the privileges of the 
society except that of voting. 


The officers of the society shall include a recording 
secretary, and a treasurer, who shall be members of the 
board of directors. The society may in its discretion elect 
one person as secretary-treasurer to perform the duties of 
recording secretary and treasurer. The other officers to 
be elected by the society shall be a board of eleven 
directors, including the officer or officers named above. 
The recording secretary, treasurer (or secretary-treasurer), 
and directors shall be elected by ballot at the annual 
meeting of the society. 

The board of directors shall from their number elect 
by ballot a president and three vice presidents, and from 
the members of the society may elect a librarian and 
curator and such other officers as may be deemed neces- 
sary. All officers shall serve for one year, or until their 
successors are elected and qualified. The board of 
directors may fill any vacancies for unexpired terms. 


The board of directors may elect annually committees 
on finance, publication, membership, genealogies and such 
other committees as the society may direct or the board 
deem desirable. 


The annual dues of the society shall be one dollar. 
Any active member may become a life member by the 
payment of twenty-five dollars during any one year, which 


shall exempt such member from the payment of further 
annual dues. The board of directors shall have discretion 
to drop from the membership roll any person failing to 
pay his annual assessment for two successive years. 


The annual meeting of the society shall be held on 
the second Wednesday in March for the election of officers 
and the transaction of other business. Regular meetings 
shall be called in May, October, December and January. 
Special meetings may be called by the president at his 
discretion and five members shall constitute a quorum for 
the transaction of business at any meeting. 


These by-laws maybe altered, amended or suspended, 
by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting at 
any meeting, notice of such proposed action having been 
given in the call for said meeting. 



MEMBERS 1911-1912. 

Adams, Charles H. 
Allen, Claude L. . 
Ammann, Albert . 

Barnes, Roland D. 
Bailey, Dudley P. . 
Bailey, WilFiam M. 
Baxter, Sylvester . 
Belcher, Charles F. 
Bennett, Frank P., Sr. 
Berry, Mrs. Mary A. 
Bickford, Erskine F. 
Bliss, Alvin E. 
Bliss, Edwin P. 
Boutwell, Harvey L. 
Bradstreet, George F. 
Bruce, Charles 
Bruce, Judge Charles M 
Burbank, Edwin C. 
Burleigh, Dr. Charles 
Burgess, James H. 
Burgess, Mrs. O. B. 
Burlen, Mrs. Alfred H. 

Carr, Joseph T. 
Casas, William B. de las 
Chadwick, F. Henry 
Chadwick, Dr. Mara L. 
Chamberlain, George W 
Chandler, John G. 

. 59 Orient avenue, Melrose 

50 Acorn street. Maiden 

23 Spring street, Maiden 
. Lock Box 5, Everett 
2 Ridgewood road. Maiden 
32 Murray Hill road. Maiden 
148 Hawthorne street. Maiden 
Saugus, Mass. 
79 Mountain avenue. Maiden 
38 Main street. Maiden 
60 Linden avenue. Maiden 
17 Linden avenue, Maiden 
37 Pierce street. Maiden 
208 Maple street. Maiden 
155 Hawthorne street. Maiden 
. 37 Beltran street, Maiden 
53 Washington street. Maiden 
72 Mountain avenue, Maiden 
72 Mountain avenue. Maiden 
978 Blue Hill avenue, Dorchester 

. 218 Salem street, Maiden 
95 Cedar street, Maiden 
30 Mt. Vernon street. Maiden 
(Pratt) . 34 Florence street. Maiden 
29 Hillside avenue. Maiden 
2 Dexter street. Maiden 



Chase, James F. 
Chase, Melville E. 
Chester, William F, 
Cobb, Darius . 

Coggan, M. Sumner 
Converse, William H. 
Corbett, John M. . 
Corey, Mrs. Isabella H. 
Covell, Leroy J. 
Cox, Alfred E. 
Croxford, Harry B. 

Damon, George E. 
Damon, Herbert 
Daniels, Charles A. 
Davis, Dr. Myron . 
Dawes, Miss Agnes H. 
Dearborn, John 
Dennett, Charles E. 
Donovan, James 
Doonan, Owen P. . 
Drew, Frank E. 
Dutton, George C. 

Eaton, Charles L. 
Elwell, Fred S. 
Estey, Frank W. . 
Evans, Wilmot R., Sr. 

Fall, George Howard 
Fison, Herbert W. 
Fowle, Frank E. . 
Freeman, Dr. Dexter C. 
Freeman, Melville C. 
French, Mrs. C. M. 

20 Crescent avenue. Maiden 

7 Ashland street. Maiden 

39 Rockland avenue. Maiden 

1 10 Tremont street, Boston 

or Newton Upper Falls, Mass. 

17 Garland avenue, Maiden 

4 Park avenue. Maiden 

. 79 Tremont street. Maiden 

. 2 Berkeley street. Maiden 

4 Everett street, Maiden 

80 Appleton street. Maiden 

3 Kern wood street, Maiden 


191 Mountain avenue. Maiden 

88 Mt. Vernon street, Maiden 

. 237 Salem street. Maiden 

I Ridgewood road. Maiden 

435 Main street. Maiden 

. 13 Tremont street. Maiden 

33 Grace street, Maiden 

93 Highland avenue. Maiden 

99 Washington street. Maiden 

. Glen Rock, Maiden 

44 Dexter street, Maiden 

166 Lawrence street, Maiden 

136 Hawthorne street. Maiden 

Broadway, Everett 

12 Evelyn place. Maiden 

Public Library, Maiden, Mass. 

331 Summer street. Maiden 

20 Cross street. Maiden 


. 317 Clifton street, Maiden 



Gay, Edward 
Gay, Dr. Fritz W. 
Goatman, Florence C. 
Goodwin, Dr. Richard J 
Gould, Edwin Carter 
Gould, George L. . 
Gould, Mrs. Lizzie L. 
Gould, Levi S. 
Graffam, Peter 

Hallworth, William L. 
Hardy, Arthur P. . 

1 8 Dexter street. Maiden 

. 105 Salem street. Maiden 

425 Main street. Maiden 

481 Pleasant street. Maiden 


24 Alpine street. Maiden 

34 Alpine street. Maiden 

3S0 Main street, Melrose, Mass. 

. I Si Clifton street, Maiden 

.47 Meridian street. Maiden 
. 41 Ivy road. Maiden 

Haven, Rev. William Ingraham, D.D. 

Bible House, Astor place, New York, N. Y. 

Hawley, Mrs. Alice C. 
Hawley, William D. 
Hawley, William H. 
Heath, Alexander . 
Hobbs, William J. 
Holden, Leverett D. 
Hosford, Arthur P. 
Houdlette, Mrs. Edith L 
Hutchins, John W. 

Jenkins, Thornton . 
Johnson, George H. 
Jones, George R. . 
Joslin, Frederick N. 

Kerr, Alexander 
King, Edward S. . 
King, Robert C. 
King, Mrs. Robert C. 
Kirtland, Ralph M. 

Kirtland, Mrs. R. M. 

36 Washington street. Maiden 

36 Washington street. Maiden 

. 40 Newhall street. Maiden 

30 Oxford street, Maiden 

33 Converse street. Maiden 

. 40 Prescott street, Maiden 

32 Kernwood street. Maiden 

3 Main street Park, Maiden 

14 Gellineau street. Maiden 
. 481 Salem street, Maiden 

. 34 Concord street, Maiden 

40 Glen street. Maiden 

25 Garland avenue, Maiden 

. 47 Francis street. Maiden 

. 47 Francis street. Maiden 

49 Pierce street. Maiden 

49 Pierce street. Maiden 



Lang, Thomas 
Locke, Col. Elmore E. . 
Locke, Col. Frank L. 
Lund, James . 

Magee, Charles R. 
Mann, Charles E. 
Mann, Mrs. Mary Lawrence 
Mansfield, Mrs. S. E. 
McDonald, Daniel 
McGregor, Alexander 
McLain, Lewellyn H. 
McLeod, Willard . 
Merrill, William G. 
Millett, Charles H. 
Millett, Mrs. M. C. 
Millett, Joshua H. 
Millett, Mrs. R. M. 
Miner, Franklin M. 
Moore, Eugene H. 
Morse, Tenney 
Mudge, Rev. James, D.D. 

Neels, John W. 
Newhall, Louis C. 
Newton, H. Heustis 
Nichols, Mrs. Adeline A. 
Noon, Rev. Alfred, Ph. D. 
Norris, Dr. Albert L. 

202 Mountain avenue. Maiden 

37 Alpine street. Maiden 

. 219 Clifton street. Maiden 

142 Hawthorne street. Maiden 

Pleasant street park, Maiden 

14 Woodland road. Maiden 

14 Woodland road. Maiden 

57 Glenwood street, Maiden 

20S Washington street. Maiden 

. Glen Rock, Maiden 


147 Walnut street. Maiden 

149 Walnut street. Maiden 

217 Clifton street. Maiden 

217 Clifton street. Maiden 

22 Parker street, Maiden 

22 Parker street. Maiden 

127 Summer street, Maiden 


65 Las Casas street, Maiden 

33 Cedar street. Maiden 

2S6 Cross street. Maiden 

I Irving place. Maiden 


65 Tremont street, Maiden 

283 Clifton street. Maiden 
Norris, Charles Sewall, 21 Woodland ave., Melrose Highlands 

Otis, James O. 

Page, Albert N. 
Parker, Charles L. 
Peabody, Charles N. 

2 Upham street, Maiden 

349 Pleasant street. Maiden 

47 Converse avenue. Maiden 

93 Hawthorne street, Maiden 



Perkins, Clarence A. 
Perkins, Frank J. . 
Perry, Eugene A. . 
Phillips, Wellington 
Pitman, David B. 
Plummer, Arthur J. 
Plummer, Dr. Frank Wentwo 
Porter, Prof. Dwight 
Pratt, Earl W. 
Pratt, Ezra F. 
Priest, Russell P. . 
Prior, Dr. Charles E. 

Qiiimby, Rev. Israel P. 
Qiiinn, Bernard F. 

Rich, Thomas S. . 
Rich, Mrs. Thomas S. . 
Richards, George Louis . 
Richards, Lyman H. 
Riedcl, E. Robert . 
Roberts, Walter H. 
Robinson, Rosw^ell R. (life) 
Roby, Austin H. . 
Rood, John F. 
Ross, Alexander S. 
Rowe, Miss Edith Owen 
Ryder, Mrs. Gertrude Yale 
Ryder, Dr. Godfrey 

Sargent, Jesse W. 
Shove, Francis A. 
Smith, George E. . 
Smith, Robert B. . 
Smith, Walter Leroy 

57 High street. Maiden 

Si Washington street. Maiden 

145 Summer street, Maiden 

1 1 1 Linden avenue, Maiden 

. 33 Holmes street. Maiden 

54 Wyoming avenue. Maiden 

rth 334 Pleasant street. Maiden 

149 Hawthorne street. Maiden 

138 Pleasant street, Maiden 

129 Pleasant street. Maiden 

Winchester, Mass. 

. 77 Summer street, Maiden 

. 65 Tremont street. Maiden 
65 Judson street. Maiden 

. 240 Clifton street. Maiden 
. 240 Clifton street. Maiden 
. 84 Linden avenue, Maiden 
. 17 Howard street. Maiden 
. 14 Harnden road. Maiden 

490 Highland avenue. Maiden 
. 84 Linden avenue. Maiden 

105 Washington street. Maiden 

61 Cross street. Maiden 

38 Woodland road. Maiden 

. 149 Walnut street, Maiden 

321 Pleasant street. Maiden 

321 Pleasant street. Maiden 

67 Summer street. Maiden 

87 Beltran street, Maiden 

Swampscott, Mass. 

196 Salem street. Maiden 

18 Everett street. Maiden 



Snow, William B. 
Sprague, Mrs. Emeline M. 
Sprague, Phineas W. . 47 
Starbird, Louis D. 
Stevens, Dr. Andrew J. 
Stevens, Ezra A. . 
Stevens, Miss Mary Louisa 
Stover, Col. Willis W. . 
Sullivan, Mrs. K. T. 
Sweetser, Col. E. Leroy 
Swett, J. Parker . 

Thompson, Henry M. 
Trafton, William W. . 
Tredick, C. Morris 
Turner, Mrs. Henry E. 
Turner, Mrs. Mary Greenleaf 
Turner, William G. A. 

Upham, Artemas B. 
Upham, Henry W. 
Upham, Mrs. Henry W. 
Upton, Eugene C. 

Walbridge, Percy E. 
Walbridge, Mrs. Percy E. 
Walker, Arthur W. 
Walker, Mrs. C. Isabel 
Walker, Hugh L. 
Walker, Oscar W. 
Warren, Charles G. 
Watkins, Walter Kendall 
Welch, Willard . 
Wellman, Arthur H. 
Wellman, Mrs. Jennie L. 
Wellman, Rev. Joshua W., D.D. 

79 Dexter street, Maiden 

84 Salem street. Maiden 

Commonwealth avenue, Boston 

213 Mountain avenue. Maiden 

539 Main street. Maiden 

. 5 Elm street. Maiden 

26 Dexter street. Maiden 


87 Cedar street. Maiden 


71 Greenleaf street. Maiden 

. 53 Boylston street, Maiden 

30 Milton street. Maiden 

36 Alpine street, Maiden 

37 Washington street. Maiden 

. Ridgewood road. Maiden 

. Ridgewood road, Maiden 

66 Greenleaf street, Maiden 
285 Clifton street, Maiden 
285 Clifton street. Maiden 
55 Dexter street. Maiden 

105 Elm street. Maiden 

105 Elm street. Maiden 

16 Alpine street. Maiden 

74 Dexter street. Maiden 

14 Newhall street. Maiden 

400 Newbury street, Boston 

13 Upham street, Maiden 

47 Hillside avenue, Maiden 

50 Francis street. Maiden 

193 Clifton street. Maiden 

193 Clifton street. Maiden 

117 Summer street, Maiden 



Wentworth, Dr. Lowell F 
Wescott, Charles H. 
White, Clinton 
Whittemore, Edgar A. 
Wiggin, Joseph 
Wightman, J. Lewis 
Willcox, Miss Ella G. 
Wingate, Edward L. 
Winship, Addison L. 
Winship, William H. 
Woodward, Frank E. 

Young, John W. 

125 Hawthorne street. Maiden 


. 2 Woodland road. Maiden 

55 Clarendon street, Maiden 

345 Mountain avenue, Maiden 

80 Mountain avenue. Maiden 

85 Dexter street. Maiden 


. 309 Maple street. Maiden 

. Wellesley Hills 

150 Hawthorne street. Maiden 




Adelaide Pamela (Pierce) Bailey, wife of Dudley P. 
Bailey, and for many years a member of the Maiden 
Historical Society, died at her home in Everett, April 12, 
1911. She was the daughter of Levi and Sabra Pierce, 
and was born in Lincoln, in this commonwealth, August 5, 
1841. Like many of the most efficient men and women in 
public life, in professional, educational and social circles in 
New England for three generations, she obtained her 
education in the New London Scientific and Literary 
Institution, now known as Colby Academy, in New 
Hampshire. After graduation she taught for several years 
in the Literary Institution at Suffield, Connecticut. In 
1869 she married Rev. George B. Potter of Ashland. 
He died in 187 1, and she, with her father's family, 
removed to Everett, which was afterwards her home. In 
1874, with a sister, she established the Home School, 
where some of the best work of her life was done, her 
influence having much to do with forming the characters 
of many women who remember her now with gratitude as 
the helpful friend of their youth. The school was discon- 
tinued in 1900. On March 2, 1901, she married Mr. 
Bailey, at Geneva, Switzerland. 

Mrs. Bailey was a member of the First Baptist 
Church, of Everett, which her father was influential in 
founding. She was greatly interested in foreign mission- 
ary work, and was for years secretary for Eastern 


Massachusetts of the Woman's Baptist Foreign Missionary 
Society. She was the first president of the Woman's 
Auxiliary connected with the Everett Young Men's 
Christian Association and the first Woman's Auxiliary 
convention ever held occurred in Everett through her 
efforts. She was a director of the Woman's Baptist 
Social Union, and for many years was a trustee of the 
Everett Public Library. This brief statement of certain 
lines of endeavor which marked her useful life does not 
portray the strength and sweetness of a character which 
made her loved and respected wherever she was known. 


Died, October 30, 1911, Hon. Benjamin Marvin 
Fernald, a member of this society, and long a prominent 
and useful citizen of Melrose. Judge Fernald was a fine 
representative of the English stock which a little over a 
century ago settled in Southern New Hampshire. He was 
the son of Benjamin Ayres Fernald, and was born in 
Somersworth, New Hampshire, in 1847. He began active 
life as a farmer, with his father, and later worked on a 
farm in Exeter. Here he made the public library of 
Exeter useful as an aid in the pursuit of knowledge, eventu- 
ally attended and graduated from Phillips Exeter 
Academy, and entered Harvard, from which he graduated 
in 1870. Then he read law in the office of the late Judge 
Wiggin, in Maiden, being admitted to the bar in 1873, and 
becoming a partner with Judge Wiggin. Later he 
practiced alone, and in association with Arthur H. Damon. 
He was appointed a special justice of the Maiden District 
Court in 1907. 


Judge Fernald was a Republican in politics, and 
represented Melrose in the legislatures of 1881 and 1882. 
He was senator from the Malden-Melrose-Everett district 
in 1891 and 1892, serving as chairman of the Joint Judici- 
ary committee, the most important in the General Court. 
He served on the commission to revise the laws of the 
Commonwealth in 1892. Locally, he held many import- 
ant places of trust, being on the commission to erect the • 
Melrose High School, and on the commission which made 
the settlement on behalf of his city for Spot Pond, taken as 
a metropolitan water supply. He was a trustee of the 
Melrose Hospital, treasurer of the Fells Ice Company, a 
member of Woming Lodge of Masons, of the Congre- 
gational church and of the Middlesex and Melrose clubs. 
He is survived- by a widow, who was Miss Grace Fuller, 
daughter of Richard F. Fuller of Boston, and daughters 
Grace and Margaret. Personally, he was a good friend, a 
faithful counsellor and a wise and prudent judge. 


Dr. Joshua F. Lewis, a member of this society, and 
long a resident of Maiden, died February 26, 191 2, from 
a complication of diseases, at the age of 58 years. He had 
been in infirm health for a long time, having been a 
chronic sufferer from asthma, having for this reason spent 
many seasons in the Carolina pines. 

Dr. Lewis was born in Provincetown, the son of 
Captain Joshua and Mary (Avery) Lewis. Through his 
mother he was descended from Job Lane, the builder of 
the second Bell Rock church, the line being. Job and 
Anna (Reyner) Lane ; Deacon William and Mary (Lane) 


Avery; Rev. John and Ruth (Little, great-granddaughter 
of Richard Warren of the Mayflower) Avery; Job and 
Jane (Thatcher) Avery; Job and Jerusha (Lombard) 
Avery ; Capt. Peter Lombard and Betsy(Chapman)Avery ; 
Joshua and Mary (Avery) Lewis ; Dr. Joshua F. Lewis. 

Graduating from the Provincetown High school, Dr. 
Lewis entered Wilbraham Academy, and pursued his 
collegiate studies at Dartmouth, from which he graduated 
in 1879. Later he attended Harvard Medical School, 
taking the full degrees in 1886. Soon after he became an 
attache of what is now known as the state board of charity, 
the early name being the state board of health, lunacy and 
charity, and he saw the successive movements that divided 
the work of his board between several large boards and 
commissions, leaving the state board of charity a much 
larger commission than the original body. He was a 
faithful and loyal subordinate during the years when Dr. 
Stephen C. Wrightington was the head of the department 
of outdoor poor of the board, and upon Mr. Wrightington's 
death became his successor, the title of the office being 
superintendent of the department of adult poor, at the time 
of Dr. Lewis' death. Through all the years, qualities of 
wisdom, discretion, grasp of social and political conditions 
were necessary and all these qualities Dr. Lewis displayed 
in a marked degree. If courage was necessary, he was 
never found wanting, and he never lacked diplomacy. 
The expenditure of large sums was a part of his duty, and 
in this he was wise and trustworthy. Meanwhile, the fact 
that he must deal with the unworthy as well as the worthy 
poor never destroyed his trust in human nature or 
hardened his naturally warm and generous heart. The 
writer will never forget his meeting with the doctor on a 
Sunday morning a few years since, trudging along on a 


walk of two miles from his home with a market basket on 
his arm, filled with necessaries of life for a family whose 
needs were called to his attention simply through the 
routine work of his office. Dr. Wrightington made it his 
rule to, keep closely in touch with the political conditions in 
every part of the commonwealth, particularly concerning 
the complexion of the Legislature, which could easily 
mark or mar his administration, and for years he absolutely 
relied upon Dr. Lewis' investigations in connection with 
any section where he was sent to test the political situa- 
tion. When a great industrial upheaval, like the Lowell 
and Fall River mill strikes, occurred. Dr. Lewis always 
found plenty of work to do. He was also active in super- 
vising the establishment of the leper colony at Penikese. 

Dr. Lewis was always interested in educational 
matters serving as a member of the Maiden School board 
for several years, and also being a member of the school 
committee of Hyde Park during the period when hoping 
for relief from his asthmatic affliction he made his home in 
that community. 

The Doctor's funeral services were held in the Centre 
Methodist Episcopal church, which he attended, and was 
attended by a large gathering of official associates and 
sorrowing friends. A widow, and two daughters, Mrs. 
Frederick Hammett of Kingston and Miss Etta Lewis of 
Maiden, survive him. 


Nathan Newhall, a lifelong resident of Maiden, and 
a member of this society, died February 13, 191 2, at his 
home on Irving street, at the age of 81 years. Thomas 
Newhall, the emigrant ancestor of the family, came to 


Naumkeag, or Salem, with Endicott, and was one of the 
three original settlers of Lynn, or Saugus, in 1629. To 
his wife Mary, was born that year another Thomas, the 
first white native of Lynn, who married Elizabeth, 
daughter of Nicholae Potter of Lynn and Salem. Their 
son, Lieut. Thomas Newhall, married Rebecca, daughter 
of Thomas and Rebecca (Hills) Greene of Maiden and 
moving hither settled upon the farm of his bride's grand- 
father, Mr. Joseph Hills, the site of their home being 
indicated by the memorial bowlder of the founder of 
Maiden in the upper square. Nathan Newhall could 
therefore claim descent from both Joseph Hills and Thomas 
Greene among the founders of Maiden. It appears, also, 
that he was descended from Capt. John Wayte and his 
wife Mary (Hills) Wayte, for Daniel, son of Lieut. 
Thomas and Rebecca (Greene) Newhall married Sarah 
Fosdick, and their son Nathan married Tabitha Wayte. 
A second Nathan married, it is supposed, Phoebe Fether- 
stone and a third Nathan, in 1827, Nancy Townsend of 
Marblehead, the subject of this sketch being the fourth 

Mr. Newhall was a carpenter and builder, and in his 
active life to quite an extent an operator in real estate. 
The Building on Central Square now used as City Hall, 
was the old Town Hall, and was erected by him in 1859. 
In all his affairs the old-time Puritan instincts of honesty 
and plain dealing manifested themselves, and no person 
who purchased property of him, or who engaged him for 
work of construction had reason to fear that he would get 
anything less than he had bargained for. Perhaps he was 
not familiar with Ruskin ; but he understood before 
Ruskin that sincerity was one of the seven lamps of 
architecture, and behind every bit of plaster or clapboard 


and under every shingle was as honest construction as that 
which was open to the eye. The old High School 
building on Salem street is a fine example of his work. It 
was built by him in 1872, as were all the other wooden 
school buildings erected by the town up to 1882, when 
Maiden became a city. 

Mr. Newhall was a member of Mount Vernon Lodge 
and Beausant Commandery of Masons, and of Post 40, 
G. A. R. He was mustered into the Union service in 
January, 1862, and mustered out at Washington January 
12, 1865. He was in the Fifth Corps of the Army of the 
Potomac until after the battle of Antietam, and then for 
two years his regiment was a provost duty in Washington. 
As sergeant of the guard on duty in and about the 
White House he had the honor of acting as body guard to 
President Lincoln on many occasions. 

Nathan Newhall married in 1856, Mary Phillips 
Chappelle of Salem, daughter of Samuel Chappelle and 
Livinia Symonds, both of Salem. His son, Louis C. 
Newhall, honors his father in his fine work as architect of 
many important buildings in Boston and elsewhere. Two 
daughters Mrs. E. F. Crocker, and Mrs. E. C. Atwood, 
two grand-children and a great-granddaughter also survive 


A distinct loss in the business, social and religious life 
of the community came in the death, February 22, 1911, 
at his home on Main street in Maiden, of Deacon John 
Henr}'- Parker. Not only his own generation, but scores 
of young people shared their grief in his departure. 

Deacon Parker came of a line of deacons, which 



commenced with Deacon Thomas^ Parker, who, with his 
wife Amy, came to America in the Susan and Ellen in 
1635, making his home in Lynn Village, now Reading. 
The line from him was : Lieut. Hananiah^ and Elizabeth 
(Browne) Parker ; John^ and Deliverance (Dodge) Parker ; 
John* and Experience (Clayes) Parker ; Peter^ and Ruth 
(Eaton) Parker ; John*^ and Deborah (Lamb) Parker ; 
Deacon John" and Mary Ann (Fales) Parker ; John Henry^ 

Experience Clayes was the daughter of Peter Clayes 
and Mary Preston of Framingham. Mary Preston was 
the daughter of Thomas and Mary (Nurse) Preston and 
granddaughter of Rebecca (Towne) Nurse, the martyr, 
hanged during the Salem witchcraft delusion, Deacon 
Parker being in the seventh generation from that good 
woman. John and Deliverance (Dodge) Parker were 
grandparents of Capt. John Parker, the hero of the 
Lexington fight of April 19, 1775. The deacon was born 
in Southboro, Sept. 14, 1835. At the age of 26 he 
became superintendent of the shoe factory of Kimball, 
Robinson & Co., of Brookfield. He moved to Holliston in 
1863, and a year later came to Maiden, becoming the same 
year a partner in the shoe manufacturing firm of Charles 
F. Parker & Co. In his later life he manufactured 
specialties connected with the shoe trade with his son, 
Charles L. Parker, and James E. Andrews, who was 
associated with him for 28 years. 

At the time of his death Mr. Parker was the senior 
deacon of the First Baptist church in Maiden, in which he 
had also been superintendent of the Sunday School and 
chorister. He dearly loved music, and practically as long 
as he lived directed the music in the social services of his 
church. For a long time he was superintendent of the 


Sunday school of the Harvard street church in Boston, 
supported by the Boston Baptist Social Union, and in con- 
nection with this, aided by members of the Boston 
symphony orchestra conducted a popular song service 
which has since been imitated in various parts of the 
country. It was a satisfaction to Mr. Parker to recall 
that in his youth he was a close friend to Dwight L. 
Moody, and that he took that famous evangelist to the first 
prayer meeting he ever attended. He was very interested 
in matters of temperance reform. He was long the auditor 
of the Maiden Industrial Aid Society, treasurer of the 
Maiden Associated Charities, a director of the Home for 
Aged Persons and the Young Men's Christian Association. 
He was a Republican in politics, and for nine years served 
as warden in the elections in his ward. 

Deacon Parker married, March 30, 1859, Anna 
Elizabeth, daughter of Freeman Gilmore of Boston, who 
died May 16, 1905 at the age of 74. A son, Lieut. John 
F. Parker, military instructor in the Maiden High School, 
died June 5, 1890. His children who survive are Mrs. 
Ellen L, Cudworth of Melrose Highlands, Charles L. 
Parker of Maiden, Mrs. Harry E. Converse of Marion, 
Mrs. Willis Goss of Melrose, Harry D. Parker and Mrs. 
Minna W., widow of Lieut. Parker. He left 15 grand- 
children. A few years since Deacon Parker, with his 
wife, made an extended tour of Egypt and the Holy Land 
and this he enjoyed, as he did all life's pleasant experiences, 
to the full. Few men have left more happy impressions of 
their good lives in the memories of their friends than has 



James B. Siner, a member of the society, died at his 
home on Hawthorne street, Maiden, September 17, 1912, 
after a protracted illness. Mr. Siner was one of those 
quiet, but resourceful men, who help to make a community 
and a neighborhood where they live an attractive place to 
dwell, and who become the reliance of the interests they 
serve. He was born in Lowell, the son of James and 
Eliza (Bradford) Siner, April 13, 1835. He obtained his 
education in the grammar and high schools of his native 
city and for a time taught school in Georgia. His father 
was a carpet manufacturer on an extensive scale, and the 
practical knowledge obtained in association with him was 
turned to good account by the son, who for twenty-two 
years was mechanical superintendent of the Washington 
mills at Lawrence, and then for a quarter of a century 
was in charge of the appraisal department of the Factory 
Mutual Fire Insurance Company, where his work increased 
in value as the years sped, so that he had the satisfaction 
of knowing that the company felt him to be more useful to 
it in his last years of service than in the years of middle life 
when he felt himself to be more active. He married Miss 
Lena, daughter of Warren Mallard of Lawrence, in 1875, 
she having been principal of the Teachers Training School 
of Lawrence. They moved to Maiden some twenty-five 
years since. Prior to that time Mr. Siner had refused a 
nomination as mayor of Lawrence, owing to the pressure 
of his private business. In politics he was a Republican, 
and he was a member of the old St. Anne's Episcopal 
Church in Lowell. Besides the widow he left a son, James 
S. Siner of Maiden, who died October 16, 1912, leaving a 
widow Mrs. Susie (Slayton) Siner. 



Hon. William Schofield, a member of this societ}-, 
and at the time of his decease a judge of the United States 
Circuit Court, died at his home on Summer street in 
Maiden, June 10, 1912. 

Judge Schofield was a scholar of wide attainments, a 
jurist of the highest character and ability, a citizen who 
had a profound sense of his duty to his community, and a 
student of government who, had the opportunity for service 
in the national Congress come to him, would have proved 
himself a statesman of the finest type. 

He was born in Dudley, Mass., February 14, 1857, 
the son of John and Margaret Thompson Schofield. He 
was educated in the public schools of his native town ; 
prepared for college at Nichols Academy at Dudley ; 
graduated from Harvard in 1879 ' spent a year in the 
study of Roman law, and then took a course in the 
Harvard Law School from which he graduated with the 
degrees of LL. B. and A.M. in 1883. The following 
year he was admitted to the bar, and meanwhile from 
1883 to 1885 he acted as private secretary to Justice 
Horace Gray of the United States Supreme Court. In 
1886 he returned to the Harvard Law School as instructor 
in torts, and from 1888 to 1892 was instructor in Roman 
law at Harvard University. 

Judge Schofield associated himself in the practice of 
law with ex-Mayor Marcellus Coggan of this city, and 
made his home in Maiden. He was a member of the 
Maiden Deliberative Assembly, and was made a member 
of the committee which a few years since made a study for 
a new charter for Maiden. He was elected to the legisla- 
lature as a republican in 1898, and from the time of his 



election until 1903, when he was appointed by Governor 
Crane, in many ways his most intimate personal friend, a 
Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court, he was the 
leading spirit in the lower house. His committee appoint- 
ments were always important, and he had a grasp of 
public questions and an eloquence and power in their 
presentation upon the floor of the house which made him 
the leader of that body, regardless of who might be holding 
other committee chairmanships, which usually carried with 
them the leadership. From his appointment to the 
superior bench until his elevation to a justiceship in the 
United States courts, he was regarded as one of the men 
who would grow in influence and power, while his industry 
and courage resulted in the assicrnment of much exactinor 
and difficult work to him, thus putting upon him burdens 
which undoubtedly shortened his life. He was the author 
of many articles on legal subjects which appeared in the 
Harvard Law Review, the Green Bag and other law 

Judge Schofield was married to Miss Ednah May 
Green of Rutland, Vermont, who survives him, December 
I, 1892. His father, four brothers and a sister are living. 
He was a trustee of the Maiden Public Library, the Grand 
Army Post Associates, and the Deliberative Assembly. 
He was a Harvard Phi Beta Kappa man, and the first 
president of the University Club of Maiden. He was a 
very effective public speaker and in demand for all 
important gatherings, commemorative or political. At the 
funeral of the late ex-Mayor Dean, a few months before 
his own death. Judge Schofield pronounced the eulogy. 
His trend of mind was well illustrated a few years ago, 
when at a Ladies' Night banquet of the Deliberative 
Assembly he used the opportunity given him in responding 


to a toast to read a scholarly essay on the use of English 
words — a paper, by-the-way, which would make a very 
effective text-book for teaching purposes. Only those 
who were privileged to have his close friendship could 
appreciate the deep interest he took in the progress of the 
youth of his city, his anxiety for the success of the highest 
and broadest types of public men, his broad religious 
sympathies, and his conscientious purpose to meet in every 
respect the demands of the city, the commonwealth and 
the country upon his time and his abilities, in return for 
the honors each had conferred upon him. 


Few men with a greater capacity for friendship have 
in recent years passed from the activities of life than Henry 
Edward Turner, who at the time of his death, June 28, 
191 1, had been for many years auditor-general of the 
Commonwealth. He died at his home, 37 Washington 
street. Maiden and there, a few da3's later, hosts of the 
friends he had made gathered to show, by their wealth of 
floral gifts as well as by their sincere sorrow, how great 
was the love they bore him, 

Henry Edward Turner, Jr., was born in Boston, May 
4, 1842, the son of Henry Edward and Sophronia Ann 
(Burns) Turner. His ancestral line from the emigrant, 
Humphrey Turner, who died in 1673, was Humphrey^ and 
Lydia (Gamer) Turner; John^ and Ann (James) Turner; 
Japhet^ and Hannah (Hudson) Turner ; Joshua* and Mary 
(Perry) Turner ; John^ and Mary (Randall) Turner ; Job^ 
and Sally (James) Turner; AbeF and Alice (Rogers) 
Turner ; Henry Edward^ Turner ; Henry Edward^ Turner, 



Jr. His Mayflower line was Edward^ Doty, who died in 
Plymouth, August 23, 1655, married (January, 1634-35) 
Faith Clark (born 1619, died December, 1675, buried at 
Marshfield) ; Edward^ and Sarah (Faunce) Doty ; Eliza- 
beth^ (Doty) and Tobias Oakman ; Edward^ and Sarah 
(Doggett) Oakman ; Abiah^ (Oakman) and Asa Rogers ; 
Alice^ (Rogers) and Abel Turner ; Henry Edward'^ 
Turner ; Henry Edward^ Turner, Jr. Sarah Faunce was 
the daughter of John Faunce and his wife Sarah. They 
came to America in the ship "Ann" in 1623. Faith Clark 
was the daughter of Thurston and Faith Clark, who came 
to American in the "Frances" in 1634. The Rogers line 
is Timothy^ and Eunia (Stetson) Rogers ; Timothy^ and 
Lydia (Hatch) Rogers ; Israel^ and Bethiah (Thomas) 
Rogers ; Asa^ and Abiah (Oakman) Rogers ; Alice^ 
(Rogers) and Abel Turner; Henry Edward^ and 
Sophronia Ann (Burns) Turner ; Henry Edward" Turner, 


In 1845 Mr. Turner's parents moved to Maiden, his 

father, a member of the firm of Moses Pond & Co., being 
one of the first Boston merchants to select Maiden for his 
home, where he lived until his death in 1890. The son 
was educated in the Maiden public schools. Pierce Academy 
in Middleboro and private schools in Norwich, Conn, and 
Medford. In 1858 he began a business career of over fifty 
years as clerk and then bookkeeper in the wholesale dry 
goods house of Wellington, Winter & Gross of Boston. A 
service of fourteen years with this concern was followed 
by eighteen years as expert accountant, financial manager 
and partner in the crockery importing firm of Clark, 
Adams & Clark. For two years, immediately following 
the civil war, he was a lieutenant in the state militia. 

Meanwhile, he had become actively interested in 


politics. He was a member of the Common Council in 
the first and second city governments. He served in the 
Massachusetts Legislature at two periods, 1889, 1890, 1891, 
and 1898. He was clerk of the Committee on Drainage 
at the period when the Metropolitan Sewerage Act was 
passed and active in the work of securing the enactment 
of the bill. He also saw service on the railroad committee. 
Locally, he was long a member of the Republican City 
Committee on which he served as treasurer, and a seven- 
year term as president. In 1891 he was elected Auditor 
of the Commonwealth, an office to which he gave faithful 
and able service until his death. 

Mr. Turner was an active member of the Middlesex 
Club and an original member and long on the executive 
committee of the Republican Club of Massachusetts ; was 
a founder of the Maiden Club ; ex-commodore of the Great 
Head Yacht Club ; a member of the Hull and Corinthian 
Yacht Clubs, the Home Market Club and of many Masonic 
bodies. He was an early member of this society. 

Mr. Turner married Lucinda A. Barrett, July i, 1863. 
She died in March, 1865. On December 17, 1867 he 
married Huldah S. Crowell of Maiden, who with two 
children, Mrs. Anabel Thorne of Maiden and Harry H. 
Turner of Walla Walla, Washington, and several grand- 
children, survive him. 


Clarence Orville Walker, formerly mayor of Maiden, 
and for many years a member of this society, died at his 
home on Dexter street, February 20, 1911, after a brief 
illness, he having presided at a banquet of the Sons and 


Daughters of Portsmouth at the Hotel Bellevue in Boston 
but four nights before. It was a meeting for organization, 
and Mr. Walker was elected president, as was most 
appropriate, as he had worked for a long time to form the 

Mr. Walker was born in Portsmouth, N. H., October 
30, 1848, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel K. Walker. He 
was educated in the public schools of his native town, and 
in early life became associated with his father in the hat 
business. In 1877 he became associated with the Philadel- 
phia & Reading Coal and Iron company as a salesman, 
and moved to Maiden. In later years he became a partner 
with his brother in the coal business, under the firm name 
of J. Albert Walker & Co., he handling the business in 
Boston and his brother caring for the Portsmouth business. 
His brother having died, Mr. Walker has more lately 
conducted the business under the name of C. O. Walker 

Mr. Walker was a member of the Common Council 
in 1889 and 1890 and alderman in 1891, 1892 and 1893, 
being chairman of the board during the last two years, 
and served as mayor in 1896. He was president of the 
Fifteenth City Government Association. He was past 
master of Mount Vernon Lodge, a member of many 
fraternal orders, and a deacon of the First Congrega- 
tional church, acting also as superintendent of the Sunday 
School of the Forestdale chapel. At the time of his 
decease he was a member of the commission to consider 
changes in the City Charter of Maiden. A widow, Mrs. 
Clara Isabel Stevens Walker, and four children, Edgar C. 
Clarence Stevens, Nathaniel K., and Isabel, survive him. 



Compiled from the Kecords, by George W. Chamberlain, Secretary. 

May 2, 1894. " Slavery in Maiden" — a chapter from his 
forthcoming history. By D. P. Corey. 

Oct. 3, 1898, address. " Public Parks." By Sylvester 

November 7, 1898, paper. " Two School-masters of the 
Colonial Days," by Miss Elizabeth Porter Gould. 

December 5, 1898, paper. " Old Maiden Families." By 
George L. Gould. 

January 16, 1899, paper. "The Territorial Growth of 
the United States." By Frank E. Woodward. 

February 6, 1899, address. "Alaska." By Hon. Arthur 
H. Wellman. 

March 6, 1899, address. "School Remimiscences." By 
Charles A. Daniels. 

April 3, 1899, talk. "The Flora of Maiden." By Frank 
S. Collins. 

May 10, 1S99, ^^ address. " The Children of Rev. Joseph 
Emerson of Maiden." By Abram English Brown. 

October 4, 1S99, a lecture. " Travels in Egypt and on the 
Continent." By Howard A. Carson. 

November i, 1899, paper. "Extracts from the Diary of 
Rev. Peter Thacher." By D. P. Corey. 

December 13, 1899, ^^ address. " Temperance Instruction 
in the Public Schools." By George W. Fitz of Harvard 

February 7, 1900, address. "The History and Develop- 
ment of the Metropolitan System of Parks." By W. B. de 
las Casas. 


March 7, 1900, a talk. " An Experiment in Education." 
By Rev. James F. Albion. 

April 4, 1900, an address. " The Ordeal of Free Govern- 
ment in American Cities." By Dudley P. Bailey. 

October 3, 1900, a paper. "Colonial Social Life." By 
John Rowland Crandon. 

December 12, 1900, a paper. "Our Ancestors," By 
Deloraine P. Corey. 

January 2, 1901, a paper. *' The Parish System of Massa- 
chusetts." By Henry T. Lummus. 

February 6, 1901, a talk. "Genealogical Researches in 
Great Britain." By Walter Kendall Watkins. 

March 6, 1901, a talk. " The Organization of the Army 
of the James and its Commanders." By Tristram Griffin. 

April 3, 1901, a paper. "The Message of the Puritan 
Fathers to the Men of our Time." By Rev. E. H. Byington, 

May 20, 1901, a lecture. "Horace Mann. — A Story of 
the Educational Awakening in Massachusetts Sixty Years Ago." 
By Hon. Frank A. Hill, Sect. State Board of Education. 

October 28, 1901, a paper, "Maiden in the Revolution." 
By Deloraine P. Corey. 

October 28, 1901, a talk. " A Visit to Maldon, England." 
By Walter K. Watkins. 

December 18, 1901, a paper. "A Massachusetts Colonial 
Governor and His Ancestry." By Charles S. Ensign. 

January 22, 1902, a talk. "The Massachusetts Reforma- 
tory." By Joseph F. Scott, Superintendent of the Concord 

April 21, 1902, an address. "Oliver Cromwell, the Man 
of Iron." By Rev. C. S. Macfarland. 

October 20, 1902, a paper. "Puritan Job Lane, the 
Builder of the Bell Rock Meeting-House." By Charles E. 

November 17, 1902, a paper. "Scottish History as Told 
in Ballad and Song." By Mrs. Walter Kendall Watkins. 


December 15, 1903, a paper. "Why the First Church 
and Parish Differ." By Deloraine P. Corey. 

January 21, 1903, a paper. " The Unpublished Letters of 
Abigail Adams." By William G. A. Turner. 

February 16, 1903, a paper. "The True Mission of the 
Public Schools." By George E. Gay. 

March 16, 1903, a paper. "Abraham Lincoln." By 
Frank E. Woodward. 

April 37, 1903, a talk. "The Association of Historical 
Societies in Essex and Middlesex counties." By John F. Ayer. 

May 3 tj, 1903, a paper. " Governor Shirley." By Francis 
Hurtubis, Jr. 

October 3i, 1903, a paper. " The New England District 
School." By Katharine H. Stone, Sect. Old South Historical 
and Educational Work. 

December 3i, 1903, a paper. "Old Middlesex." By 
Hon. Levi S. Gould, County Commissioner. 

January 18, 1904, a paper. "The Separation of Church 
and State in Massachusetts." By Charles M. Ludden. 

February 15, 1904, a paper. "Paper Money of the 
Colony, Province and State of Massachusetts." By Walter K. 

March 3i, 1904, readings. " Selection from his Writings." 
By Sam Walter Foss of Somerville. 

April 18, 1904, a paper. "The Beginnings of Massachu- 
setts." By Charles E. Mann. 

November 21, 1904, a talk. "Life in Colorado." By 
Rev. Richard E. Sykes. 

December 19, 1904, a paper. " The Frigate Constitution." 
By Charles L. Woodside. 

January 16, 1905, a paper. " Old Taunton in New 
England." By Channing Howard of Winthrop. 

February 20, 1905, a paper. " Lemuel Cox, Bridge- 
Builder and Inventor." By Walter K. Watkins. 

March 20, 1905, a paper. "From Stage Coach to Parlor 
Car." By Charles E. Mann. 


May 29, 1905, a lecture. "The Story of the Middlesex 
Canal." By Moses Whitcher Mann of Medford. 

October 16, 1905, a paper. " A Sketch of Joseph Hills of 
Maiden." By Deloraine P. Corey. 

December 18, 1905, a paper. "The American Revolu- 
tion. The Royalist Side of the Qiiestion." By James H. 
Stark of Dorchester. 

February 19, 1906, a talk. "Carrying the First Despatch 
Through the Lines From Grant to Lincoln." By Sergt. James 
R. Wood of Woburn. 

April 33, 1906, a paper. " Over Boston Neck to Mystic 
Side." By Walter K. Watkins. 

May 21, 1906, a paper. "The Old Parsonage," (145 
Main street). With extracts from Rev. Peter Thacher's Diary, 
1772. By Deloraine P. Corey. 

May 21, 1906, a talk. Reminiscences of my Early Life in 
the Old Parsonage. By Darius Cobb of Boston. 

October 29, 1906, "Reminiscences of Lydia Maria 
Child." By Mrs. R. P. Hallowell of Medford. 

January 21, 1907, a paper. "The Haven and Newhall 
Families of Lynn and Maiden." By Charles E. Mann. 

February iS, 1907, a paper. "Maldon, England, Sixty 
Years Ago." By Deloraine Pendre Corey. 

April i^, 1907, a paper. "The District Schools of 
Maiden." By Deloraine P. Corey. 

November iS, 1907. " How I got the Spinning Wheel." 
By F. H. C. Woolley. 

February 17, 1908. "Charlemagne." By Melville C. 

April 20, 1908, a paper. " My Visit to Old Maldon." 
By Deloraine P. Corey. 

December 14, 1910, a lecture. "Historic !3pots and 
Happenings about Boston." By John S. C. Andrews. 

March 8, 191 1, a talk. "Sam Walter Foss as I Knew 
Him." By Charles E. Mann. 


November 15, 191 1. "Maiden's Old Meeting Houses." 
By Walter Kendall Watkins. 

February 14, 1912. "How Time was Kept When We 
Lived Under a King." By John Albree. 

March 13, 191 2. "The Old State House and its Prede- 
cessor the First Town House." By Charles F. Read. 

May I, 191 2. "The Birds of the Middlesex Fells." By 
Gordon Boit Wellman, A. B. 

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George Louis Farrell (portrait) Frontispiece 

Form of Bequest * 

The Birds of the Middlesex Fells, Gordon Bait IVellmati, 5 

Records of the Washington Guards of Maiden ... 27 

The Family Records of the Willis-Popkin Families, George 

Walter Chamberlain ....... 41 

The Establishment of a Right of Way in North Maiden in 

1722 47 

Maiden's Provincial Tax in 1755 49 

Inscriptions in Bell Rock Cemetery (Continued)Transcribed 

by the late Deloraine Pendre Corey .... 51 

The Register 

Officers 75 

Committees 7" 

By-Laws 77 

Members, 1912-1913 ^ 

Founders of the Society 86 


George Louis Farrell °7 

Frank Henry Chadwick 9° 

William Frederick Chester 9^ 

Caroline (Starbird) French 9* 

Robert Cushman King (portrait) 93 

David Barnes Pitman 94 

Jesse Warren Sargent (portrait) 95 


An Address before the Society by Gordon Boit Wellman. 

I assume that you are all acquainted with the Middlesex 
Fells, the lay of the land, its contours and perhaps with its 
flora. But it is important for our mutual understanding to 
look the territory over together , ornithologically , so to speak . 
The Fells do not present a region of infinite variety, although 
one may find almost every kind of natural physiography in 
miniature. In general, the Fells consist of a huge glacial 
ledge well smoothed and serrated by the ice age. On the 
south this region is defined by a natural barrier, a sharp 
ridge of rock that in most places rises to two hundred feet 
above ocean level. This ridge runs pretty well east and 
west and forms the northern boundary of the great mouth 
basins of the Mystic and Charles Rivers. North of this 
rather definite southern boundary the Middlesex Fells 
stretch away at a fairly level altitude, undulating slowly 
down to the east and the west. Bear Hill is the highest 
point in the Fells, being three hundred and seventeen feet 
above the sea. Cairn Hill, the highest point this side of 
Spot Pond, is but a little lower, three hundred and three 
feet. The southeast face of this glacial plateau, which is 
the side presented to our city, rises very rapidly, attaining 
the height of two hundred and fifty feet, just on the border 
of the Park back of the residence of Mr. Button and the 
considerable height of two hundred and seventy-five feet 
on the ridge back of the Bear's Den. 

The rock}" foundation of this district is but scarcely 
filled with soil. Most of the deeper depressions contain 


water the whole of the year. It might be well to call to 
your mind these little ponds. They are Cranberry Pond, 
the Winchester Basins, Duck Pond, Little Spot, Spot Pond, 
the High Service Reservoir, Hemlock Pool, Shiner Pond 
and Ben Wright's. The tree growth is that which one 
would expect from the geological nature of the region. 

Red and white oak in abundance ; grey and black 
birch everywhere ; scarlet and silver maple in the damper 
parts ; white and yellow pine in limited groves, and pig- 
nut, ash, savin, buttonwood, beech and hemlock in fair 
numbers. The lower growth is chiefly scrub oak, witch 
hazel, pepper bush, alder, sassafras, dogwood and choke- 
cherry. Small swamps are numerous, but they are not of 
sufficient size to hold many aquatic plants. Besides, these 
swamps all dry up during the summer months and are only 
filled again before winter if the autumn be a fairly wet one. 
Running water is very limited and in most cases also ceases 
to flow during the summer. Animals as they affect the 
birds are almost a negative quantity. Red and grey squir- 
rels are doing well ; chipmunks are numerous ; the ground 
hog and white-footed mouse are in good numbers ; the 
moles and the rabbits are greatly reduced and are to be 
found in the remote parts occasionally. The snakes are 
the black, garter, water adder, milk adder and green, all 
harmless as kittens. The red and grey newt are common, 
the salamander and the muskrat fairly so. The flying 
squirrel, mink, skunk and little bat I find occasionally in 
limited numbers. 

The meteorological conditions which prevail in the 
Fells are well known to you who live in Maiden. My 
records show that Spot Pond usually closes for the winter 
just before Christmas and opens again in the middle of 
March. The difference of humidity which is such an 


important factor in the distribution of bird life is now nearly 
eliminated by the extensive opening of the forests. The 
only really bit of forest still standing is the so-called Virginia 
Woods lying at the base of the Ravine Road and between 
there and Pond street. 

The ornithologist must thoroughly understand his zool- 
ogy, botany, geology and meteorology. An ornithologist 
would be able, given the longitude and the latitude, to tell 
you even from my meager description just given of the 
Fells what kind of birds one would find in that resion. 
The other day I was showing a friend the excellent new 
book of Mr. William Brewster on the "Birds of the Cam- 
bridge Region," and I made the remark that I wished that 
the book covered the Middlesex Fells also. The friend 
answered, "Why? Do you expect to find different birds in 
Maiden from those in Cambridge?" Certainly, it must be 
so ; for these environments are as different as black and 

In studying the birds of any one locality not only must 
one take into account the intrinsic nature of the land, but 
its immediate surroundings are most important ; particu- 
larly is this true of the ground under discussion, for on its 
very southern border man has built a mighty metropolis, a 
potent factor in the bird distribution of the Fells. But this 
is not all ; for the ornithologist must place his region in 
relation to the great continental movements, the migratory 
streams of the western hemisphere. He must even under- 
stand the world balance of bird distribution to such an extent 
that a slight movement in the tiny region under observation 
is significant to him of a whole order of things that are 
world wide. Do you see into what a comprehensive sub- 
ject the study of the "Birds of the Middlesex Fells" resolves 


It is only fair that you see into what new fields the 
science of ornithology is leading, It is just beginning to 
enter the shallows of those deep problems of the movement 
and distribution of the feathered creatures. Migrations 
are not only sweeping north and south, but we recognize 
movements in all directions and must account for them. In 
the dozen years that my records in the Fells cover not only 
do I have to recognize these counter movements, but a gen- 
eral shifting and change which when we think of in centu- 
ries rather than in years is suggestive of mighty upheavals 
in the present order of things. Just as we recognize in our 
own universe the regular movements of the planets about 
the sun, and also find that this whole world system is itself 
moving onward through unknown space, so in the move- 
ment of the birds we now see a great onward movement 
back and independent of the regular migrations. Do you 
not see what a tremendously interesting field and how pro- 
ductive a one is open to the student of the birds in such a 
region as the Fells? 

The Middlesex Fells are also placed in an unusually 
strategic position. I refer to the fact that we live here in 
the transition zone of animal life of North America. 
North of us are found the Canadian, Hudsonian, Sub- 
Arctic and Artie faunas, while south are the great austral 
zones and the tropics. So close are we to these different 
life belts that if we should raise a mountain here in Maiden 
to say the height of Mount Washington we would have on 
it all these different faunas exhibited, one below the other. 
This is virtually what takes place on even the little slopes 
in Massachusetts. Thus we have a great variety of birds, 
a greater variety than many places and more interesting 
problems to solve. But although Nature has done so much 
for the Fells in the way of bird life, man has done a deal 


of interrupting and subverting of her ways. Our country 
has gone through more radical changes in a short time 
than probably any other has ever felt through the influence 
of man. Great smoking cities stand where was a few 
years before nothing but sedge grass. Dark forests make 
way for wheat fields and huge swamps are turned into 
pasture lands. To all this the birds must accustom them- 
selves, adapt themselves to the environment or die. I have 
recently seen the birds of Europe at home and one of the 
first things that impressed me was the fact that there the 
balance of things is and has been more firmly settled, for 
drastic changes are slow to come in the old world. To 
make the thing concrete, look for a moment at the influence 
of the city of Boston in one respect on the bird life of the 
Fells. Take the movement of the spring migration, during 
which the birds move slowly north in small bands, not 
quickly as they go south in the fall. These we presume 
come in the course of time to the Blue Hills south of Bos- 
ton. They see before them this great mass of buildings 
beneath the pall of smoke, a veritable cauldron. What 
will they do? Why, the most natural thing, pass around it, 
which means that they follow the Arlington Ridge and do 
not visit the Fells. You may verify this for yourselves by 
a walk during the spring months in the Fells and then over 
Arlington and Belmont way. 

Again in the Fells man has also been at work and 
during the last ten years the park has gradually assumed 
wholly new appearances. To illustrate, take two birds of 
the same family but differing in their habitats — the chest- 
nut-sided warbler and the black-throated green warbler. 
The first of these birds, the chestnut-sided warbler desires 
warm, open land, low bushes in which to nest, and sunny 
hillsides to feed upon. The second named bird needs tall 


pines, the dampness of the forest and the shaded ways of 
primeval woods. This latter environment has almost ceased 
to be in the Fells, whereas the former, the open, bushy 
land prevails. The consequence is that during the years 
that I have studied the birds in the Fells the chestnut-sided 
warbler has increased to be one of the commonest birds, 
whereas the black-throated green warbler is limited to two 
or three groves. It was formerly a bird as common as the 
chestnut-sided is now. With such comparisons I could go 
right through all the birds which are resident in the Fells, 
and show how the changes wrought by man have made 
corresponding revolutions in the bird distribution. So rapid 
has the change come about that some birds like the golden- 
winged warbler, which could only rarely be found ten years 
ago in the Fells and whose nest was only found for the first 
time six years ago, are now very common throughout the 
entire park. Such changes, which are so advantageous to 
certain species we welcome, but they cannot repay the 
great loss of man}^ other birds, for the simple reason that 
the balance set by Nature has been so irrevocably upset 
by man. 

This is a day when we are looking at all things in the 
light of their relation to other things, when we no longer 
pocket events in air-tight compartments ; but rather when 
we recognize the intricate woof and warp of the universe. 
To-day the cry is for comparative studies, and we have a 
new view of life and business where efficiency and economy 
are based on the nice relation of the whole. Nature has 
been proceeding on this basis for a long time and all life 
on this fflobe is set with the finest balance. Civilized man 
has at last been forced to learn that he can only live and 
increase when he has formed a fair relation with his fellow- 
men ; he is learning that this " balance of power " must not 


be upset, and yet he does not apply this lesson to his deal- 
ings with Nature. He runs ruefully into the equilibrium of 
Nature and wonders when things seem to be going all to 
ruin ; when, by the way, he takes away the wherewithal 
of whole families of birds and then wonders why certain 
insects are eating up his trees. 

In the Fells, formerly, were to be found a few of 
nearly all the species of birds of New England and each 
one had his work to do. Now certain birds of only a few 
species are increasing rapidly, while the variety of birds 
that were dependent on a variety of country are going and 
gone. There is still a chance, and if the authorities only 
would work now the really valuable birds might be saved, 
while the thing would not go on in this haphazard way any 
longer. What policy there has been in the Fells in regard 
to the birds has been perfectly inconsistent. 

You know how there is a bird for each harmful thing 
in the outdoor world, — the vireo to glean noxious life under 
the leaves ; the warbler to work on top of the leaves ; the 
woodpecker to run up the trunk ; the nuthatches to pry on 
the under side of the branches ; the creeper to look beneath 
the bark ; the sparrows for the noxious seeds of weeds ; the 
waders in the shallows ; the mergansers rushing through 
the water's depths for crustacians ; the swallows in the air 
by day, the swifts in the evening ; the night jars by night, 
and so on, a great barrier set by Nature against the undue 
preponderance of any noxious life. We should keep some 
of each of these different police birds, but alas the policy 
in the Fells has been such that we have lost some for 
good and that the most valuable are on the verge of going. 
For instance, take a common family that you know the 
worth of, the woodpeckers. These birds are going to leave 
the Middlesex Fells for the simple reason that man in his 


interference with Nature has never thought to place a little 
compensation in the way of these birds. There are, indige- 
nous to the Fells, the downy woodpecker, hairy and golden- 
winged woodpeckers, and sapsucker, not to speak of three 
others coming occasionally. All of these birds desire a 
dead branch for nesting use or drumming. The Fells are 
now swept clean of all such dead wood b}^ gangs of work- 
men ; at first thought an admirable work, but the conse- 
quence is that a far more valuable band of workers, which 
work every day in the year, are driven out. Could not 
foresight leave such occasional dead wood as is firm and 
not unsightly, thereby keeping the woodpeckers. You do 
not care to hear a long tale of woe concerning the birds in 
the Fells ; but if any one inquire we have the facts to give 
them to-day. When statistics are pointing out the fact that 
each tiny bird stomach holds eight or nine thousand unde- 
sirable seeds, that a single species like the tree sparrow 
eats over a million pounds of weed seed in a season in our 
State alone, and when we find in each nighthawk some 
seven hundred insects, we are bound to open our eyes to 
cold facts, as we call them. 

I have just hinted at some of the fascinating problems 
that confront the ornithologist in the Middlesex Fells ; now 
for the more pertinent topic, the birds in the Fells to-day. 
Birds of any one place readily fall into three groups : per- 
manent residents that stay throughout the year in the same 
region, annual visitors that spend the summer or the winter 
only, and transitory visitors that merely pass through on 
their way to other climes. The permanent birds of the 
Fells are few in number and, as you may guess, are the 
hardiest of our birds, for they have to weather the extremes 
of our rugged climate. However, there is never a time 
during the year when we are reduced to having the perma- 


nent residents alone, for the list of birds is always aug- 
mented by some of the annual visitors. In the winter when 
the bird tide is at its lowest ebb, the interest of the student 
is not allowed to lagc for a moment. There are sure to be 
new conditions each winter in our variable climate ; either 
the season is a mild one and we have birds with us all win- 
ter that should normally be in the south, or the period may 
be an exceptionally cold one and the bird lover may go out 
in the Fells and see birds from the barren steppes of the 
Hudson Bay region. Or again there may be a scarcity of 
bird food in the west, and from this direction the rare birds 
come to us. The winters of 1899-1900, and 1906-1907 
were severe in the north country and the result was a 
wealth of bird life in our parks. Throughout the autumn 
of 1899 the rare birds of the Canadian and Hudsonian 
faunas began to appear in the Fells, and by midwinter the 
life was really abundant ; so much so that they attracted 
great notice and people came out from Boston to see them. 
Great flocks of the redpoll linnets were to be found on the 
birches and the alders : white-winged and American cross- 
bills were in the Virginia Woods, and large flocks of the 
winter residents roamed through the Fells, such as the 
chickadees, red-breasted and white-breasted nuthatches, 
brown creepers, downy and hairy woodpeckers, jays and 
kinglets, while in the swamps were tree sparrows, fox 
sparrows, juncoes, goldfinches and siskins. Quite a list of 
birds for winter, you would say, and yet the ordinary win- 
ter brings us just about this same number ; though not all 
are so rare as they were this particular year. In 1906- 
1907 came the pine grosbeak in great numbers, attracting 
much attention by his size and fine colors. White-winged 
crossbills were here again this winter, and so tame were 
they that one could often touch them. People are apt to 


think that this unusual lack of timidity results from extreme 
hunger, but not so ; it is rather because these northern 
birds are unacquainted with man and have never learned 
to fear him. This winter of 1906 also proved to be a sea- 
son for the winter wren and, through one of those curious 
instances of distribution, a bird of the Carolinian fauna was 
present, the Carolina wren. The latter individual made its 
home in the lower Virginia Woods, where so many good 
finds are to be sought. 

It is astounding to find how a region that can offer the 
right environment to a bird will almost always contain that 
special bird. It simply goes to show how widespread is 
the movement of birds in their outlook for food and nesting 
sites. For instance, in the winter of 1905 there were a 
great many dead trees standing which had been killed by 
the raid of the gypsy moth, and so what should we have 
but an Arctic three-toed woodpecker to work all winter in 
the woods. Again, the plantings on the side of Bear Hill 
are such that the robin finds good winter feeding and usually 
there are quite a few of these birds here all winter. These 
are robins that come from the north, and not the same 
robins that we have with us during the summer. It is never 
very difficult to find these northern robins about Boston in 
the cold months. One of the best examples of the bird 
appearing instantly in the spot fitted for him is the fact that 
all through the winter the ducks watch the state of the ice 
on the ponds so carefully that let there come the merest 
opening and they are found to be there on the free water. 
This goes to show that it would not be difficult to get the 
desired birds in the Fells when once the correct environ- 
ment was furnished. 

The winter skies are often seen well filled with gulls, 
the herring and the great black-backed gulls. These birds 


frequent Spot Pond the most and with but a few exceptions 
do not stay inland all night. They begin to arrive about 
ten o'clock in the morning, coming over from the Lynn 
marshes about in a line with the mount. They leave again 
at dusk. They gather during the day to about the number 
of five hundred or more, and when they leave they rise in 
huge spirals, presenting a wonderful sight to one seeing 
them from the Fells. The ducks realized at once that the 
Basins and Spot Pond were protected waters and the Fells 
bids fair to do a great work in the protection of the wild 
ducks during the autumn and early winter months. Mal- 
lard, black duck, widgeon, teal, shoveler, pintail, canvas- 
back, scaup, golden-eye, bufflehead, American and hooded 
merganser, horned and pied grebe all appear on the waters 
of our ponds and make a show of bird life that is hardly to 
be equaled. It is regrettable that blank cartridges are being 
used on Spot Pond to drive off the birds. The ducks are 
sent off to the shore where they come in contact with the 
deadly automatic gun. Many of our beautiful American 
ducks are on the verge of extinction. 

Not only do these ducks and gulls make the bird life 
in the Fells conspicuous, but one may see a red-shouldered 
hawk or perhaps the great American rough-legged hawk. 
The latter is often taken for an eagle. The only eagle 
that one could see in the Fells to-day is the bald eagle with 
unmistakable white head and tail when in adult plumage. 
We let free an adult bald eagle from Bear Hill in 1903. 
In twenty-four hours he had been shot and the papers next 
day appeared with the news that children were once more 
saved from the talons of the king of birds. The commonest 
owls are the barred, screech and saw-whet owls. The 
barred owl is a wonderful creature with deep, liquid, amber 
eyes. This past winter I have noted but one about. They 


have never recovered from the time they were hunted down 
by Park orders. This was done at a time when artificial 
conditions had been produced by feeding the winter birds 
and was undoubtedly warranted by good judgment. 

The summer season, corresponding to the winter, con- 
sists of the same elements of bird life, that is, permanent 
residents and annual visitors. Only in this case the annual 
visitors are some eight or nine times more numerous than 
they were in the cold months, and are even more interesting 
since they are in the midst of nesting. The regularity with 
which individual birds return to the identical spot to nest 
has always been one of the wonders of natural science. 
Amongst the larger birds such as the stork it has attracted 
great attention, but it is really more startling among the 
smaller birds. I could point out to one in the Middlesex 
Fells just about where most of the different species will 
nest this next summer. So definite an area is chosen by 
some species that I could show you almost the very bush 
which will be taken for the nesting site ; this is true, for 
instance, of the prairie warbler. Thus summer and winter 
present a thousand fascinating problems, but far and away 
the greatest time for birds in the Fells is the migration 
period. Migration begins usually the first of March and 
lasts until the tenth of June ; then after a short lapse begins 
again the fifteenth of August and goes on steadily until the 
middle or even last of November. These dates show that 
the migration period in the Fells covers about half the 
year. This is significant when we think that all these six 
months the bird interest is at its highest pitch. It proves 
the Fells to be a rich region for the field ornithologist. 

In speaking of bird migration I mean that which is 
usually signified by that term, the annual movement of the 
birds northward to nest and the return south with their 


young when this has been accomplished. The spring mi- 
gration differs from the autumn flight not only in the method 
of procedure but in the kinds and number of birds. Most 
birds have regular routes of movement and since these are 
usually circular, that is they do not return over the outward 
path, we have in any one region such as the Fells different 
species in the spring and in the autumn. Some idea of the 
weahh of bird life in the Fells in the migratory season may 
be gained from these figures: there are about forty-five 
purely transitory species of birds passing through our 
woods during migration ; add to this the number of perma- 
nent residents, which is about twenty species, and still 
further augment the list by the number of the annual sum- 
mer residents, about seventy species, and in toto we have 
the good number of one hundred and thirty-five species, 
which may be present at any one moment during the migra- 
tion months. The climax of the spring migration is on the 
tenth of May, and this date probably surpasses any other 
time in the year for its number of birds present in the Fells. 
A walk at this time in the park may easily reveal some sixty 
different species of birds. 

The records show that the first migrant of the spring 
flight to reach the Fells is the bronzed grackle, due the 
tenth of March. The dates are made up on the average of 
ten years' experience. The last bird of the spring migra- 
tion is the blackpoll warbler, leaving the Fells about the 
fifth of June. The first southern bird returning comes to 
us in the middle of August, the solitary sandpiper ; and 
the last fellow leaving in the fall is the orange-crowned 
warbler, sometimes seen as late as Thanksgiving time. 
Between these dates come the great flights of birds. Tiny 
warblers and kinglets that have crossed the Isthmus of 
Panama, the Great Gulf, and have made the long journey 


up the Atlantic coast ; snipe that have come from the wastes 
of Patagonia, crossed the torrid Amazon and are on their 
way to the far north ; little hummers from South America ; 
sparrows from Cuba; geese and duck from the Ever- 
glades ; hawks and flycatchers from Mexico ; swallows 
and sandpipers from Bahama and the Southern Islands ; 
and blackbirds and orioles from the Carolinas. Our New 
England lands are called barren and rocky and sometimes 
laughed at by those who live in a more flowery country. I 
only wish that all these scoffers could go forth with open 
eyes into our woods in the month of May ; they certainly 
would remain to worship. The trees, bushes and every 
grass blade it seems are fairly dripping with bird life. 
Little, bright, flitting gems bringing color and music from 
the tropics are dancing through our prim and sturdy oaks, 
making a picture of bird life that I think cannot be equalled 
in all the world. Certainly there is nothing that can ap- 
proach this scene in the migrations of either Europe or 
Africa. In Asia I have not been, but there conditions are 
different. And then there is the glamour cast over the 
whole affair when we enter into the birds' interest in this 
great movement. We think of these mere handfuls of 
feathers, bones and flesh that are shooting themselves at 
cannonball speed (this is no hyperbole) through the air 
for thousands of miles and we are silent for wonder. 
Some morning we walk along the shore of Ben Wright's 
Pond and see a dainty little bird with snow white breast 
stepping gracefully among the pebbles, the solitary sand- 
piper. He seems perfectly at home, as plump and bright- 
eyed as if he had been here all summer. But in truth 
what a story he would have to tell of the past months ! 
Probably he has just arrived here the morning that you dis- 
cover him and although it may be only the first of August 


he has already been far north in the wild regions of Ungava, 
built his nest while there was still snow on the ground, 
raised his young and now arrived away back here in the 
Fells on his return to South America. I wonder some- 
times how many thousands of birds scattered all over our 
hemisphere carry in their memory little pictures of tall 
pines in the Virginia Woods, pleasant nooks where they 
have nested on Bear Hill or coves in the ponds where they 
have sported in the waters. 

In the autumn migration the birds proceed in large 
flocks and in general move faster when they pass through 
the Fells than they do in going north in the spring. These 
flocks are made up of many different species, traveling 
together in harmonious company. When we know more 
about the migration movement and its causes, we shall 
probably perceive some connection in the relation of these 
different species that travel south together. When one goes 
birding in the Fells in April or May, the woods seem to be 
full of birds scattered throughout the region, but in Sep- 
tember and October there are long stretches of country that 
do not yield a species to the ornithologist. But at last one 
comes upon one of these great autumn flocks and at once a 
veritable paradise of birds has been found. Although the 
birds are probably more numerous in the fall than in the 
spring, there is not the same interest attached to them. In 
the first place they are very difficult to distinguish, as there 
are many young among them and as the most of the others 
are in the semi-moulting stage. The warblers after the 
late summer moult all seem more or less alike ; for the most 
part they are all little greenish-yellow nondescript birds 
and, since at this time there is only the call note to go by, 
the identification becomes most difficult. 

The autumn walks do not reveal quite as many species 


at any one time in the Fells as do the walks in the month 
of May. I take at random the record of a walk through 
the Fells from the Maiden side to Spot Pond ; this will 
give you a better idea of the bird status than anything 
else. October 9, 1907. The day was clear, cool and wind 
west, light ; I give the species just in the order that they 
come in the record: Blue jay, four; white-throated spar- 
row, fourteen ; osprey, one ; bluebirds, five ; hermit thrush, 
two, chewink, twenty ; junco, forty ; yellow palm warbler, 
eight; robin, sixteen; sapsucker, two; golden-crowned 
kinglet, two ; chickadee, five ; common crow, six ; song 
sparrow, two; white-breasted nuthatch, three; brown 
creeper, four; black-throated green warbler, one; black- 
throated blue warbler, one ; blackpoll warbler, two ; Black- 
burnian warbler, one ; ruby-crowned warbler, one ; paru- 
lar warbler, five ; black duck, fifty-two ; herring gull, one 
hundred; myrtle warbler, nine; Maryland yellow-throat, 
one ; catbird, one ; scarlet tanager, one ; kingfisher, one ; 
winter wren, one; flicker, one; pied-billed grebe, one; 
phoebe, one; red-breasted nuthatch, one; olive-backed 
thrush, four. This is a typical list made by a walk through 
a part of the Fells in the month of October. Of course 
another day or another part of the park would yield a dif- 
ferent record, which might have less than half of the birds 
seen in this list in it, and yet be as large a list or larger. 

The proximity of a region like that of the Fells to a 
city, as for instance to Maiden, naturally brings the ques- 
tion of the part which such a territory plays in the relation 
of the birds to thickly settled districts. The problem would 
seem to be one that would lend itself to an easy solution^ 
but not so. Just at present the question of the relation of a 
region favorable to bird life to the surrounding country is 
being interestingly worked out in a little country town of 


New Hampshire. We await the results with the keenest 
interest. However, so far as I know, the influence of the 
Middlesex Fells upon the number of birds that we may 
have in Maiden is almost nil. Nearly all the birds of that 
great order Passeres manifest a distinct fondness for the 
abode of man. The field ornithologist is constantly forced 
to recognize this fact as he searches the different kinds of 
territory for the birds. Again and again one goes through 
a wild forest region without seeing a bird and then, when 
the woods open up and barns and houses appear, the birds 
come also and in a few minutes the keen ear may detect 
many species. This then is an important fact, for the Fells 
present to-day, as I have just shown, a region that appeals 
to only a few species that come in any considerable num- 
ber. And so this piece of country bereft of houses and 
human inhabitants, and likewise of the most desirable kinds 
of bird haunts, is not destined to play a great part in the 
distribution of birds in our city. The question of having 
birds in our streets is then quite aside from that of the birds 
in the Fells, although I do not doubt that if the conditions 
in the park were only made better there would be a pro- 
portional increase in the number of birds in Maiden. 

The problem of bringing the birds into our back yards 
is only the same old question of the proper environment ; 
that is, to a great extent it is this problem. My own home 
in this city is closely bounded on three sides by houses. I 
have only a cedar tree, one pine and a few pear trees ; yet 
in this limited area I have noted sixty-five species of birds 
in the last ten years. There has been no special attraction 
offered to the birds, such as suet or bathing water, so the 
test has been a fair one. If I had made the place desirable 
by some of these little things, how many more species 
might I have had? In looking over this list and the times 


of the different arrivals I cannot make the Fells account for 
a single one of the birds which I saw. On the other hand 
it ought to be made clear that such little park areas as occur 
within the city itself are great attractors for the birds and 
act in a wholly different way from the large and somewhat 
remote district of the Fells. Is it not a significant fact that 
my friend Mr. Wright has seen during the last dozen years 
one hundred and twenty-one different species of birds in 
the Public Garden of Boston? This goes to show how 
many birds do wander into the midst of smoking cities and 
find veritable islands of refuge in these little city parks. 

In so far as the cities will come into close contact with 
the borders of the Fells in the near future, the Fells will 
react as bird reserves for those neighboring parts of the 
city. This is apparent already to-day. The richest por- 
tions of the Fells for birds are those districts that border on 
the settled land. Even during the migration times there 
are not half the birds in the central parts of the Fells that 
there are along the so-called border roads. On our side of 
the Fells there is short Border road running from Summer 
street, this city, to the Middlesex Fells Parkway and on to 
Highland avenue. There are seven small swamps, so small 
indeed that they can hardly be termed swamps, along this 
road. I have numbered these little hollows one, two, three, 
and so forth, for convenience and made a fairly close study 
of them for the past twelve years. The number of birds- 
that visit and make their home in these places is marvelous, 
and the more so when one considers that this road is open 
to automobiles and has twice the traffic that the roads within 
the Fells have. It isn't the noise and proximity to human 
beings that disturb the birds so long as they can find shelter 
and food. Three years ago these swamps were bushed out 
and since then the birds have dropped away in just about 


half their former number. If this had not occurred I feel 
assured that, other things being equal, they would have 
held their number despite house building a few feet away. 
Thus the Fells, if treated in a proper way for a bird reserve , 
would act in two definite ways ; in the first place as a great 
refuge place for migrating birds, and secondly as supplying 
a noble breeding territory for our resident birds upon the 
very borders of our cities. It is important to emphasize the 
great amount of good that such birds do. Conclusive statis- 
tics could be made by taking the area covered by the species 
of any one of the swamps that I have mentioned. It would 
show an area of great size which is patrolled by these insect 
and seed hunters. I have incidentally got an idea of this 
territory in my study of the other habits of these birds. 
For instance the following : a male rose-breasted grosbeak, 
which had its nest in swamp number one, went for food to 
the district about the Glenwood School, a quarter of a mile 
away. All day long through two nestings he made contin- 
uous flights to and fro, gleaning from this particular spot. 
At the same time in swamp number three was a cuckoo 
which hunted the tent caterpillar over in Oak Grove, a half 
mile away. In swamp five were blackbirds that found food 
for their young down on Highland avenue. In swamp six 
was a brown thresher that fed exclusively in the farm lands 
of Medford. 

This will serve to give you an idea of the part that 
the Fells will play in our city when the houses are any- 
where within a half mile of its borders, provided that the 
Fells are not all made into lawns and open vistas by that 
time. At present, then, the Fells are preeminently valu- 
able for the first of those advantages which I have just 
enumerated, namely as a safe refuge place for the migra- 
tion species to rest on their perilous journey, and seconda- 


rily as a spot where many birds may be raised without 

Thus far I have spoken wholly from the economic and 
systematic sides of the study of ornithology. It is rather 
from the aesthetic point of view that the average man con- 
templates the birds. It is their color, their music and their 
delightful presence that first came to your mind to-night 
when you knew that you were to listen to a talk about 
birds. And, indeed, what would the world be without the 
birds ! With the exception of a very few species they are 
a joy forever and they form one of the great under cur- 
rents of pleasure in this world where there is never too 
much of music and exuberant spirits. Do you know what 
gems of color and ecstasy of song await a morning walk in 
the Fells at just this time of year? Of course, just as in all 
the things of sense, one must educate the ear and eye before 
the best pleasure can be deducted, but that comes quickly 
enough to the ordinary person. A morning at this date, 
the first of May, one may sit himself down in the Fells and, 
if his ear is trained, may close his eyes and yet record all 
the birds about. I do so just to show you to-night the result. 
It is thirty-five species that I hear about me in the time 
from five to seven o'clock, a. m., sitting by a swamp back 
of the Dutton estate. Perhaps it will not be too tedious for 
me to close by running over the list, as it will give some of 
the birds just now here and in the territory under discussion. 

First of all, then, there was the carol of the robin 
which continued all the two hours. Then came the kee- 
you, kee-3^ou sounding very far off in the skies, the call of 
our buteo, the red-shouldered hawk. At hand a chickadee 
gave the phoebe song so plaintive and then at once, as if 
the command for song had been given, yellow warbler, red 
start and parula warbler burst into music. Away down in 


the swamp came the most beautiful note of all, the clear 
ringing anvil song of the wood thrush. The yellow-billed 
cuckoo gave a single call and suddenly with a little bustle 
a rose-breasted grosbeak began singing very loudly, as is 
their wont, drowning out the fine notes of a field sparrow. 
The red-eyed vireo now began his song, which he will con- 
tinue all day at regular intervals and the yellow-throated 
vireo gave a little flash of music as if to show how much he 
could better his cousin the red-eye's song. Meanwhile 
there had been a desultory kind of song going on at a little 
distance which I could not quite catch, but now it broke out 
into the rolling, mimicking song of the brown thrasher. 
When these thrashers sing of a morning in the Fells I feel 
sure that they can be heard for at least a half mile. It is 
without doubt the most conspicuous song of our resident 
birds. This burst of music had probably lifted me up from 
the sounds near the earth and I heard for the first time the 
swifts rattling in their flight. White-breasted and barn 
swallow, too, were sweeping by. A catbird, probably 
roused by the haughty strain of the thrasher, began to mew 
in the bushes and threatened to touch up a little rivalry 
song to the opera above. There is really the most interest- 
ing play of feeling going on during these morning cho- 
ruses, a true opera where love, enmity and jealousy are toss- 
ing for great stakes. After a short lull came four new 
notes, the crow, black and white creeper, flicker and gold- 
finch. And then, curious to say, I heard from our two 
really blue birds almost at once, the blue bird and the blue 
jay. There was a litde sharp chatter and an ovenbird began 
its dry song from just behind me. Towhees and white- 
throats were now calling in the swamp. About six-thirty a 
ruffed grouse drummed in the distance, and I also heard 
the rather unusual call of bob- white in the south. Two or 


three red-wings flew over, or there may have been more, 
and then three more warblers spoke up, the chestnut-sided, 
golden-winged, and the yellow palm warblers. This made 
thirty-four species for the morning, and as if to make the 
list complete, the best and most familiar of our little door- 
step birds sprang up on a branch just as I arose to leave, 
the chippy, and poured his poor little lay forth as proud as 
a peacock. 



The follovnng records of a famous military organization of Maiden are communi- 
cated by Mr. William G.A. Turner, and are exact copies, transcribed from the original 
record book, novj in kis possession. 

The Constitution and By-Laws of the Washington Guards 
of Maiden^ Massachusetts., as Adopted April 8., 184.2. 

Article First 
The Company shall bear the name of the Washington 

Article second 

There shall be a Standing Committee elected annually, 
consisting of three persons whose duty it shall be to have a 
general superintendence of all Company property, and 
settling with the Treasurer, 

Article third 

Any person wishing to become a member of the Com- 
pany, shall make application to the Standing Committee 
who shall if they think proper, propose Him to the Com- 
pany for Admission. 

Article fourth 
Every Member admitted into the Company, shall sub- 
scribe to the By-Laws & conform to the Uniform of the 

Article fifth 
There shall be a treasurer chosen annually who shall 
keep a true record of all money received and disbursed 



Article sixth 

It shall be the duty of all members of the Company to 
be preasant at all Company drills ordered by the Com- 
manding Officer, or pay a fine according to the following 

Each private shall pay twenty five cents 

Each Sargent shall pay fifty cents 

Each C Officer shall pay one Dollar 
not excepted except by a vote of the Company 

Article seventh 

There shall be Choosen annually a committe of one 
to provide Musick agreeable to instructions of the Company 

Names of the Members belonging 
to the Washington Gaurds 

Stephen Stimpson 
Benjamin W Dodge 
Joseph H Waitt 
George P Cox 
John S Nichols 
Samuel Drown 
Zachariah Mansfield Jr 
Freeman Upham 
Wm B Emerson 
Henry Whittemore 
John S Newhall 
Francis J Fay 
Edmund Emmons 
Joseph Prentiss 
William H Brown 
Joseph W Tufts Jr 
Joseph Warren Cox 
Daniel P Wise 

Edward Tufts 
S A Cox 
John D Stimpson 
Nather Oaks 
Joseph Printiss Jr 
Elemuel Nichols 
Seth Sweetser 
Daniel Emons 
Geo W Dodge 
Pendleton Emons 
L D Warner 
Israel Emons 
Stephen Emons 
Isaac A Stiles 
S L Taylor 
Geo Fisher 
Sullivan Rogers 
Francis Odiorne 



George Whittemore 
Lawveston Stiles 
Franklin Pierce 
Joseph Whittemore 
John F Cox 
John Watkins 
George W Vaughan 
Moses Sarorent 
James Cox Jr 
Francis D Howe 
Stephen Lynde 
Lowell Howard 
Joseph W Edwards 
Albert Tweed 
Eabud Simonds 
Frances D Stratton 
James Barrett 
Owen B Knapp 
Wm Ramsdell Jr 
Aaron Butler 
John C Edwards 
Royal Pierce 
George E Fuller 
Sumner Pennell 

James Mann 
George Newhall 
X^Joseph H Mills 
Alfred Odiorne 
A M Meader 
Fobes Baker 
John Baker 
James Cane 
Henry T Rowell 
Josiah Shattuck 
George Plaisted 
L Green 

Saml E C Turner 
Aaron Hall 
John A Cox 
Chas Boardman 
D K Page 
Alfred Morrison 
George W Gar}?^ 
Joseph Wilson 
Henry Shattuck 
Warren Dunton 
Samuel H. Waitt 
Benjamin F Smith 

Aaron Faulkner 

Regimental Order 

Charlestown Head Quarters 

July 8, 1841 
to Daniel P Wise Greeting 

Sir you are hereby ordered to Notify or caused to be 
warned all the Non Commission Officers & Privates belong- 
ing to the Washington Gaurds, so called situated in Maiden, 
in the second Devision third Brigade and fourth Regiment 


(by giving ten Days notice according to law) to appear at 
the useual place of parade on the 19th day of July 1841, 
at 6 O clock precisely then & there to give in their votes 
for Captain first, second & third Leiutenant hereof fail not 
& make return to me at the place of meeting 

Leuutenant Col Cmd T 
2d Div 3d Brig. 4th Reg 
Returned according 
to Law 

D. p. W 


Daniel P Wise 

July 19th 1 84 1 


Company met in persuance of orders & 
chose (by a unanimous vote) Stephen Stimpson Captain, 
Benjn W Dodge first Leiutenant Joseph H Waitt 2d do 
George P Cox 3d do 

• • • • • • •'• • 

voted that the above officers constitute a committe to select 

the Materials for Uniforms 

voted to bring in the plumes at the next meeting 

voted that pattern pants be brought also 

voted to adjourn the meeting two weeks 

voted to bring in the plumes at the next meeting 

Company met agreeable to adjournment and instructed 

their Committe to proceed with the uniforms according to 

the sample 

Regimental Orders 

Agreeable to Division orders of the 20th Inst, and 
Brigade orders of the 20th Inst. 

Capt. Stephen Stimpson will assemble the Company 


under his Command at E Hinkly's Hotel in Wobourn ou 
wensday Sept 15th inst at Eight O'clock A. M. presizely 
for Review Inspection & Military Discipline 
The line will be formed at half past 8 presizely 

Capt. Stimpson will Report Himself at head quarters 
at 8 O'clock with His Company in Uniform complete, & 
supplied with powder according to Law 
By order of Chas Carter 
Col 4 Regt 3d Brig 2 Div M.M. 
Maiden Sept, i, 1841 

Augustus L Barrett Agt 
Daniel P Wise Clk 
Coppy Attest 

Company Orders 
To Mr Daniel P Wise 

Sir you Are hereby ordered to warn and 
give fore Days notice to all the Non Commissioned Officers 
& privates enrolled in the Company under my Command 

by Delivering to each man in person or by leaving 
at his last & usual place of abode a written or printed order 
directing Him to appear withe the Uniform Arms and Equip- 
ments required by law at E. Hinkly Hotel in Woburn on 

Jan 5 1842 
Company met & instructed B W Dodge to offer Mr 
Pray 50 Dollars as a preasant to bear his expences while 
he taught a Military School of 12 Evenings 
the above was ecepted 

D P Wise Clk 
voted to meet twice in one iveek 

met accordingly till March and then voted to meet one a 


voted as members of the Company 

George Whitteme, Aaron Faulkner, Frances Howe, Wil- 
liam Brown Frances D Stratton 

May 25 "42 
Company metm & listened to the roll call heared the Militia 
Laws read by the Cleark 

voted for standing Committe Joseph W Tufts Jr Frances D 
Howe Samuel Drown 
voted for Treasurer Samuel Drown 
do. '* Musick Committe F. Upham 

July 7 1842 
Company met in persuance of Orders & made Choise of 
Joseph H Waitt as ist Leiut for second Do George P Cox 
for third Do Sumner Pennell 

Freem Upham Clk 

Sept 2 1842 
the Company met Agreable to Orders to go to Mr. Tafts. 
Paid Mr. S. Drown One Hundrd & Fiv Dollars 

F Upham Clk 

Maiden Sept 2 1842 
Company met According to Order 

Voted to have Fatige Caps Voted to Choos A Committee 
for the Same Made Choice of Capi Stephen Stimfson 
and Leut J H Waitt he declined serving on account of 
Business Chose Liu G P Cox 
Voted to go to Cambradge in the Omnibus 
Voted to Choose A Committee fore the Same Chose Mr 
S Drown & F Upham 
Paid Mr Drown 

Maiden May 31 1843 
Company Met Agreable to Order for May Inspection 
Voted for Music Committee 
Mr Samuel Drown for the Year Ensuing Voted for Treas- 


urer, Samuel Drown for Standing Committeee J H Waitt 

Sumner Pennell F D Howe 

Voted to turn Out on the 4 of July to Due Escort Duty for 

the Temperance Celebration 

Voted to Receiv as Members of the Washing. Guard the 

Following Gentlemen (Viz) 

Lemuel Nichols Pendleton Emmons Seth Sweetser 

Geo W Dodge L D Warnen 

Voted & go to Charlestown on the 17th of June 

Voted & go with the Markee 

Voted for Committee of Arrangements (viz) Capt S Stimp- 

son Lewt J H Wait Lewt G D Cox 

Maiden June 13/43 
Compan}'- met Agrable to Orders 

Voted to Receive as Members of the Washington Guards 
Israel Emons Stephen Emons Isaac A. Stiles S L Taylor 
Voted to go to Charlestown on the i6th of June Provided 
we hav a Invitation 

Maiden June 17/43 

Company met Agrable to Orders to attend the Dedication 

of the Monument at Charlestown 

Paid over to Samuel Drown One Hundred and thirty Seven 

Dollars an 50/100 

F Upham, Clk 

Maiden Sept 23/43 

Company Met According to Orders with Forty Members 

and had a fine Drill the Company never Appeared Better 

F Upham 

Maiden May 29th 1844 

Company Met agreeable to orders for May Inspection 

Chose Sumner Pennell }► Treasurer 

Chose Saml Drown )cf„„j:„„ 
T 1 -iir .1 • /Standmg 

John Watkms > ^ -.f 

o Ti 11 (Committee 

Sumner Pennell ) 


Chose Samuel Drown ) ,. . ^ 

Geo. P. Cox I ^^'^^ Committee 

^Committee for 
Chose Jos. W. Tufts, Jr > examining Powder 

) House &c. 
Jos. W. Tufts, Jr. reported that the Amunition &c in 
the Powder House was as the law directed it should be. 

Maiden May 29th 1844 
Company meet according to orders answered to the 
calling of roll, listened the reading of Militia Law. 
Chose Sumner Pennell }^ Treasurer 
Saml Drown ^ 

John Watkins > Standing Committee 
Sumner Pennell } 

Saml Drown > tvt • /-^ 
/"> r> /^ ? Music Com. 
(jeo. r. Cox 5 

T AA/ T ff ^ Committee for examining 

I OS VV . x UIlS )■ T> J TT o 

'' 5 Powder House &c 

see other end of this book. 

Original title — The Washington Guards' Book Mai- 
den 1840. I. Aug. Stiles 

Maiden 28th May 1845 
Company met according to Orders for May Inspection &c 
Chose Isaac A. Stiles }> Clerk 

Voted to admit as members of the Company 

Mr. Francis Odiorne 
" James Mann 
" George Newhall 

Chose W. A. Richardson )> Treasurer 

A committee of 3 chosen for the supervision of the Com- 
pany's Property and finances, consisting of 

c>, 1- f Lieut. Geo. P. Cox 
Standing \ ^ ^ ^ ,,. ,^ , 
Committee^ ^^'"^t- Geo. W. Vaughan 
I^Josiah 1 ownsend 


Chose Francis Odiorne > geargents 

Isaac A. btiles 5 
Chose Francis Odiorne ]^ Lieut. Brevet 

Maiden 28th May, 1845 
Voted to give Franklin Pierce his honorable discharge at 

his request. 

Chose for 
F. Odiorne Chairman ) ^^^.^ Committee 
(jeorge r. Cox ) 

The Clerk of the Company is instructed to request the 
treasurer of last year to make his report and settlement 
with the Commanding Officer of the Company 

^, „ , , ,T ^17- -.. ^ A Committee to make ar- 

Chose Capt. Joseph H. Waitt | .^^gements for a newCap. 

After inspection and review by Capt. J. H. Waitt, Company 
adjourned to Saturday evening May 31st 'S) 8 O'clock. 

I. A. Stiles Clk 
Maiden 31st May 1845 
Company met agreeable to adjournment 

Admitted as members of the Company 

J Joseph H. Mills 
( Alfred Odiorne 

I have notified the Treasurer of last year as per Com- 
pany's instructions May 28th 

Meeting was adjourned to Saturday eve. June 14th at 

8 O'clock 

Isaac A. Stiles Clk. 

Maiden 14th June 1845. 

Company met agreeable to adjournment no business 

before the meeting after a drill adjourned to Saturday 

eve. June 21st at 8 O'Clock. 

Aug. Stiles Clk. 

Maiden 21st June 1845. 

Company met agreeable to adjournment 


Voted to loan the Company's Marquee to a Picnic Party 
at Cambridgeport in consideration of a benefit of $5 to the 
Company's Treasury. The said Marquee to be under the 
care and supervision of one of the Company's members 
competent for the purpose. Chose as that committee 

Capt. J. H. Waitt. 
A Committee of 3 consisting of J. H. Waitt, Geo. P. 
Cox and I. A. Stiles volunteered to notify the members of 
an especial meeting to be holden on Saturday evening 
June 28th at 8 O'clock to which time they adjourned 

I. A. Stiles Clk. 

Maiden 28th June 1845 
Company met agreeable to adjournment. No business 
of importance. Adjourned to time indefinite 

Aug. Stiles Clk. 

Maiden 21st Aug. 1845 
Company met agreeable to notification from Com- 
manding Officer. 

Were drilled by Capt. Jos. H. Waitt. 

No important business before the meeting. After general 
remarks, consultation and advice. Company adjourned to 
Tuesday evening, Aug. 26th, at 7 1/2 O'Clock. 

Aug. Stiles Clerk 

Maiden 26th Aug. 1845. 
Compan}'^ met agreeable to adjournment The Chairman 
of the Music Committee made their report in favor of 
hiring the Salem Brass Band for Muster, which report the 
Compan)-^ voted to accept 

Chose as committee of arrangements for the coming muster 
at Lowell 

Capt. Joseph H. Waitt, Chairman"] Committee 
1st Lieut. George P. Cox V of 

Orderl}^ Seargt. Samuel Drown J Arrangements 


Voted to admit as members of the Co. 

A. M. Header 

Fobes Baker John A. Cox 

John Baker Chas. Boardman 

James Cane D. K. Page 

Henry F. Rowell 

Josiah Shattuck 
George Plaisted 
L. Green 

Samuel E. C. Turner 
Amon Hall 

Full attendance 
39 members present. 
y after a fine drill 
adjourned to Thursday 
eve. Aug. 28th I. A. Stiles 


Maiden 28th August 1845 
Company met agreeable to adjournment for a Com- 
pany drill. 

The Committee of arrangoments made a partial report 
through their chairman which report was accepted by the 

Voted to admit as a member of the Company Mr. Alfred 
Morrison. A full report of the Music Committee was also 
made through their chairman. 

Voted to extend to our Ex. Captains Capt. Stephen Stimp- 
son and Capt. Wm. Barrett an invitation through our Com- 
manding Officer to dine with us at Lowell on Muster Day. 
Company adjourned to Saturday evening, Aug. 30th at 
7-1/2 O'clock. 

Isaac A. Stiles Clerk 

Maiden Aug. 30th 1845 

Company met agreeable to adjournment and after a 
fine drill by Lieut. Cox and Sergt. Drown, adjourned to 
Tuesday evening, Sept. 2d at 7-1/2 O'Clock. 

Aug. Stiles Clerk 



Maiden 2d Sept. 1845 
Company met agreeable to adjournment for a Co. Drill 
and adjourned to Thursday Eve. Sept. 4th (a) 7-1/2 O'Clock. 

Aug. Stiles Clerk. 

Maiden 4th Sept. 1845 
Company met and adjourned to Saturday Eve. Sept. 
6th (a) 7-1/2 O'clock. 

I. A. Stiles, Clerk. 
Company Orders have been received from Capt. J. 
H. Waitt for appearance at the Armory for Military Duty 
on Saturday & Tuesday the 13th and i6th of this present 
month (Sept.) and Regimental Orders for appearance at 
Lowell for Inspection and review on Wednesday Sept. 17th. 

I. A. Stiles Clk. 
Maiden 6th Sept. 1845 
Company met and adjourned to Tuesday Eve. Sept. 8th ® 
7-1/2 O'Clk. 

Aug. Stiles Clk. 

Maiden 9th Sept. 1845 
Company met agreeable to adjournment. The Squad pres- 
ent were drilled by Capt. J. H. Waitt 36 members present. 
Voted to admit as a member of the Company, Mr. 
George W. Gary. 

Adjourned to Thursday Eve. Sept. nth ^ 7-1/2 

Aug. Stiles Clk. 

Maiden nth Sept. 1845. 
Company met agreeable to adjournment. 
Adjourned to Saturday P. M. ® i O'Clock for Military 

Isaac A. Stiles 



Maiden 13th Sept. 1845 
Company met agreeable to adjournment, armed, 
equipped and uniformed for Military duty. Voted to admit 
as members, 

Joseph Wilson 
Henry Shattuck 
Warren Dunton 
Saml H. Waitt 

Company adjourned to Tuesday 
A. M. at 9 O'clock as per orders. 

Isaac A. Stiles Clk. 

Maiden 16 Sept. 1845. 
Company met according to Orders, armed, equipped and 
uniformed for Military duty &c Admitted as member Mr. 
Benj. F. Smith 

I. A. Stiles Clk. 
Maiden 17th Sept. 1845. 
Company met at Lowell for inspection and review, re- 
ported 42 guns present and 47 members. 

Isaac Aug. Stiles Clerk 

Maiden i6th Apl 1846. 
Regimental Orders have been received for a meeting of 
the Company under the Command of Lieut. Francis D. 
Howe at their Armory on Tuesday the 28th of this present 
month of Apl. for the choice of Capt. ist & 2d Lieut, and 
to fill such other vacancies as may then and there exist. 
In pursuance of the said orders, I have duly warned and 
notified the members of the Washington Guards of the 
aforesaid meeting. 

Augustus Stiles 



Maiden 28th Apl 1846. 
The Company met agreeable to notification and pro- 
ceeded to the choice of officers under the direction of Col. 
R. Douglass and his adjutant. After several unsuccessful 
attempts the meeting was dissolved without choice of any 

Augustus Stiles, 





By George Walter Chamberlain, M. S., Secretary of the Society, 

On the west side of "the Road leading down to penny 
Ferry," as Main street in Maiden and Everett was formerly 
called, directly opposite the end of Beacon street in Everett, 
stands (1913) the Old South Parsonage, where it has stood 
for more than one and one-half centuries. This ancient 
landmark was occupied by Rev. Aaron Cleveland, ances- 
tor of Grover Cleveland, twenty-second and twenty-fourth 
President of the United States, from 1747 to 1750. It was 
again occupied by Rev. Eliakim Willis, pastor of the Second 
Parish and of the united parishes of Maiden, from 1752 to 
1801. The Second Precinct voted to give the house and 
seventeen acres of land to Mr. Willis in 1766 and upon the 
latter's death in 1801, it was occupied by Col. John Popkin, 
an officer of the Revolution who married a niece of Mr. 
Willis, he living there until his death in 1827. His widow 
remained in the house until her death in 1847. 

Through the courtesy of Mr. William G. A. Turner 
the Maiden Historical Society recently came into posses- 
sion of two Bibles which were the property of the occupants 
of the Old South Parsonage in the present city of Everett. 
The older Bible was printed in Edinburgh by the assigns 
of Alexander Kincaid, "His Majesty's Printer," in 1785. 
The early records in this appear to be in the handwriting 
of Miss Betsy Willis in the year 1788. The later Bible 
printed by Collins, Perkins and Co. in 1807, bears the 


signature " W. Popkin." These Bible records supplement 
the Vital Records of Maiden and other Massachusetts 
towns and possess great genealogical value. The records 
of the Willis Bible read as follows : 

Bible Record — Miss Betsy Willis 1788. 
Ebenez"" Willis Born October y*^ 23 y*" 1726. 
Elizabeth his wife Born September y^ 12th 1728. 
Married Desember the 17th 1751. 

The Names and Bearths of their Children, 
Hannah Willis Born February y^ 12th 1753 on Monday. 
Esther Willis Born Tuesday y^ 4th of June 1754. 
Elizabeth Willis Born Tuesday y^ i6th of November 1756. 
Sarah Willis Born Friday October y^ 12th 1759. 
Samuel Willis Born Tuesday October y^ 27th 1761. 

Esther Willis Departed this Life y^ 8th day of May 1774. 
Elizabeth Willis Departed this Life Sep* y^ 28th 1784. 
Samuel Willis Departed this Life y^ 4th of March 1795 : in 

the Westinges y^ 34th year of his age he being 

33 years 4 munts & 5 days old. 

Father Willis Departed this Life y« 4th of Octob"" 1763 in 

the 76th year of his age. 
Mother Willis departed this Life January y^ i8th 1782 in 

the 95th year of her age. 

Elizabeth Willis wife of Ebenez'' Willis Departed this Life 
August ye 9th 1807, 78 years & 10 months old. 

Ebenezer Willis departed this life November 7*^ 1809, 83 
years old. 

[Back cover of same] 

A; C. Fuller was born August ist 1812. 

Harriet E. Fuller July 20th, 1814. 

Obed F. Fuller Born May nth 1817. 


The Popkin Bible reads as follows : 

[First column] 
Ebenezer Willis was born October 23rd 1726 in New Bed- 
Elizabeth Howeswas born September 12th 1728 inChatham. 

They were married December 17th 1751. 
Nahum Sargeant was born in Vv^orcester March 23rd 1758. 

Married to Sarah Willis October i6th 1786 in Maiden. 
By the Rev. Eliakim Willis 
Rev. Eliakim Willis was born in Dartmouth (since New 

Bedford) January 9th 1713/14. 

Married to Miss Lydia Fish of Duxbury July 20th 1738. 
Mrs. L. Willis died Januery 25^^ 1767 in the 59th year of 

her age. 

Married to Miss Martha March ant of Boston March ist 

Mrs. M. WilHs died June 29th 1796 in the 71st year of her 

Rev. E. Willis died March 14th 1801 in the 88th 
87 years and two months. 

[Second column] 

John Popkin was married to Rebecca Snelling January 26th 
1769. In Boston. 

John Popkin was married to Mrs. Sarah Sargeant Octo- 
ber I2th 1797 in Maiden, by the Rev. E. Willis. 

William Popkin was married to Lydia Wiswall December 
5th 1819 on Sunday. 

Betsey Popkin was married to Frederick Mayhew July — 
1811 on Sunday. 

Sarah Popkin was married to George Frost Campbell July 
14th 1819 on Wednesday morning. 


Sarah L. Popkin Daughter of W'" and Lydia Popkin 
Born January 26th 1827 
Died November i8th 1870 aged 43 years. 

Births [First column] 
Hannah Willis Monday February 12th 1753. 
Esther Willis Tuesday June 4th 1754. 
Elizabeth Willis Tuesday November i6th 1756. 
Sarah Willis Friday October 12th 1759. 
Samuel Willis Tuesday October 27th 1761. 

In New Bedford. 

Births [Second column] 

Martha Willis Sargeant September 21st 1787 In Maiden 

Elizabeth Howes Sargeant October 26th 1790. In Reading, 

Vermont State. 


In Boston 

John Snelling Popkin June 19th 1771- 

Rebecca Popkin June nth 1774. 

Polly Popkin August 19th 1776. 

William Popkin March 30th Sabbath 1783. 

Betsey Popkin July 6th 1785 In Bolton [Boston] 

Sally Popkin December nth 1789 In Boston. 

Ebenezer Willis Popkin September 22nd 1799 In Boston. 

In Maiden 
Samuel Willis Popkin December nth 1801. 

John Snelling Popkin died Tuesday Evening at ten o'clock 
March 2nd 1852, aged 80 years In Cambridge. 

Sarah P. Campbell died Saturday morning at 8 o'clock 
November 9th 1861, aged 71 years 11 months In 


John Popkin died Tuesday morning May 8th 1827 aged 

85 years. In Maiden. 
Mrs. Rebecca Popkin died April 26th 1796. In Boston 
Miss Rebekah Popkin died February 28th 1803 aged 29 

years. In Maiden. 
Polly Popkin died June 5th 1790 aged 14 years. In Boston. 
William Popkin died January 21st 1827 Sabbath aged 44 

years In Dorchester. 
Mary W. Popkin died March 19th 1827 on Monday morn- 
ing aged 36 years. In Dorchester 
Samuel WilHs Popkin died September 17th 1827. On 
Monday evening at 8 o'clock at Mayaguez in Porto 
George Frost Campbell died Sept. 23rd 1828 aged 45 years 

Tuesday evening at 7 o'clock At Newbury Port 
Frederick Mayhew died July 12th 1832 In Troy, Ohio 
Betsey P. Mayhew died Sept 23rd 1833 aged 40 years at 

Troy in Ohio. 
Mrs. Sarah Popkin died Wednesday at two o'clock in the 
evening October 27th 1847 aged 88 years. In Maiden. 
Samuel Willis died at Dartmouth (since New Bedford) 

October 4th 1763 in the 76th year of his age 
Mrs. Mehitable Gifford Willis died January i8th 1782 in 

the 95th year of her age. 
Ebenezer Wilhs died November 7th 1809 aged 83 years. 
Mrs. Elizabeth Howes Willis died Sabbath day August 9th 

1809 in the 79th year of her age. 
Mrs. Hannah Willis Mayhew died Sabbath eve& October 

25th 1812 in the 60th year of her age. 
Esther Willis died May 1774 aged 20 years 
Elizabeth Willis died September 28th 1784 aged 28 years. 


Samuel Willis died March 4th 1795 in the 34th year of his 
age. He died in the West Indies. 

Sarah Willis wife of Rev. N[ahum] Sargeant and after- 
wards of Col. Popkin died October 27th 1847 Wednes- 
day at 2 o'clock aged 88. 

Rev. Nahum Sargeant died at Chelsea October 7th 1792 

in the 35th year of his age. 
Miss Mercy Marchant of Boston Sister of Mrs. Martha 

Willis died in the Autumn of 1863. Past 70 years of 

age. In Maiden. 
Mrs. Elizabeth Kempton Grand daughter of Samuel Willis 

died at New Bedford November 29th Wednesday 1848 

aged 95 years 2 months and 7 days. 
Miss Mercy Marchant Died Oct. nth 1803 aged 76 years. 

Le Marchent is the name as written in St. Paul's 

Church London 

Le Marchant. 
Martha Willis Sargeant Died September 28th 1863. Mon- 
day morning 2 o'clock. Aged 76 years and 7 days. 
Elizabeth Howes Sargeant died February ist 1877, aged 

86 years 3 months 5 days. Thursday morn, at seven. 
Ebenezer Willis Popkin son of Col. John and Sarah Popkin 

died at Everett, Dec. nth 1883, aged 84 years 2 

months and 19 days, at 8 o'clock Wednesday evening. 
Mary R. Popkin, grand daughter of Col. John Popkin, 

daughter of William Popkin, and niece of Ebenezer 

Willis Popkin, died in Cambridge, Mass. July 20, 

1889, aged 64 years. 



Articles of agreement were made 22 May, 1722, by 
John Pratt, Phinehas Sprague and Joseph Green all of 
Maiden and Jonathan Green and Daniel Green of Charles- 
town as follows : 

"That there be a convenant passable way from the 
corner of John Greens field near to Joseph Greens barn 
upon Joseph Greens land ... to the gate now between 
Phinehas Spragues land and Joseph Greens land at the 
south end of Joseph Greens orchard. And from the said 
gate upon Phinehas Spragues land ... to the gate 
between John Pratts land and Phinehas Spragues land 
standing near to Bramble meddo. And from the said gate 
upon John Pratts land over the brook where the path now 
goes and from the said brook upon John Pratts land 
. . . . to the gate that now stands near to Phinehas 
Spragues house between John Pratts land and Phinehas 
Spragues land. And from said gate upon Phinehas 
Spragues land . . . . to the way that leads from 
Phinehas Spragues land over Howards land and Capt. 
Lynds land to the Country road." 

Jonathan Green agreed to build a gate "four feet and 
four inches high" "across the way in the line between 
John Pratts land and Phinehas Spragues land where a gate 
now stands near to L Pond meddo." (Document in pos- 
session of the Maiden Historical Society.) 

To this document John Pratt, Phinehas Sprague, 
Joseph Green, Jonathan Green and Daniel Green each 


signed in the presence of Jacob Green and John Green, 
witnesses. Acknowledgment was made at Maiden, May 
ye 4, 1724, by John Pratt and Phinehas Sprague in the 
presence of Thomas Tufts "Justes Pacice." 

The document shows that a right of way was estab- 
lished in North Maiden (now Melrose) west of the "Reading 
Road," as Main street was formerly called, and south of the 
"Country Road" (now Franklin street at Melrose High- 
lands) on or before May 22, 1722. This right of way 
probably formed what was later called the " Stoneham 
Road " which began near where the Masonic Hall in Mel- 
rose now stands and followed what is now Wyoming ave- 
nue, Hurd, Cottage, W. Foster and Vinton streets to 
Franklin street. The residence of the late Mrs. Liberty 
Bigelow stands on the site of the Sprague homestead. 



A commission was issued by Harrison Gray, Esq., 
Treasurer and Receiver-General for His Majesty's Prov- 
ince of the Massachusetts Bay to Phinehas Sprague, Junr., 
"Constable or Collector of the Town of Maiden," to collect 
the sum of £i68 : ii : ii, Nov. i, 1755. 

This commission was granted by the authority of an 
act of the Great and General Court held at Boston on 
Wednesday, May 28, 1755, and by virtue of another act of 
the said Assembly specially convened at Boston on Frida}-, 
Sept. 5, 1755, in the twenty-ninth year of His Majesty's 
reign, George H., apportioning and assessing a provincial 
tax of £18,000. 

From the commission it appears that each town was to 
pay its proportion of said tax on or before March 31, 1756. 

According to the act passed on May 28, 1755, the in- 
habitants had authority to pay in commodities, as follows : 
in merchantable hemp at three pence per pound ; in " First 
Fair Isle of Sable Codfish " at twelve shillings per quintal ; 
in "refined Bar-Iron" at £17 : 10 per ton; in " Bloomery- 
Iron " at £14 per ton ; in hollow Iron Ware at £10 per 
ton; in "good Indian Corn" at two shillings per bushel ; 
winter rye at two shillings and four pence per bushel ; win- 
ter wheat at four shillings per bushel ; barley at two shil- 
lings per bushel ; barrel pork full weight at £2 : 10 per 
barrel ; barrel beef at £1 : 10 per barrel ; " Duck or Can- 
vas weighing Forty-three Pounds each Bolt" at £2 : 15 per 
bolt; "long Whalebone" at three shillings per pound ; 


merchantable cordage at £i : 12 : 06 per hundred; "Train 
Oyl " at £1 : 10 per barrel; bees-wax at one shilling per 
pound ; bayberry wax at six pence per pound ; " try'd tal- 
low " at four pence per pound ; "pease" at four shillings 
per bushel ; sheep's wool at nine pence per pound ; or 
"tanned sole leather " at eight pence per pound. 

"The several persons paying their taxes in any of the 
commodities aforementioned are to run the Risque and pay 
the charge of transporting the said commodities to the 
Province-Treasury." (Commission in possession of the 
Maiden Historical Society.) 

The collector, Phinehas Sprague, Jr. lived on the old 
Sprague homestead in North Maiden (now Melrose) where 
now stands the residence of the late Mrs. Liberty Bigelow 
(Goss's History of Melrose, p. 51.) He was the father of 
Dr. John Sprague, for a quarter of a century following the 
Revolutionary war Maiden's famous physician who lived in 
the ancient Joseph Hills house which stood a little in front 
of the present site of the First Baptist Church in Maiden 




(Continued from No. a, Page 73.) 
Transcribed by the late Dbloraine Pendre Corey. 

[The Bell Rock Cemetery contains the graves of many of the founders of Maiden, and 
of many of the pastors and others prominent in the early history of the town. Here is the 
grave of Michael Wigglesworth, New England's first noted poet; that of the builders of 
the Old South Church in Boston, of Job Lane, New England's first bridge builder, of 
many of Ralph Waldo Emerson's ancestors. Mr. Corey, with the assistance of his son, 
Dr. Arthur D. Corey, copied these inscriptions many years ago, a labor of love that 
consumed many weeks of time. Since that work was done many of the stones have 



y* Dau' Of Jose 

ph & Elizabeth 

Lamson Aged 

14 Year & 4 M° 

Died Jan' y* 1" 

Here Lyes y* Body 

Of John Pratt Son 

To John & Mary 

Pratt Aged 2 1 Years 

Died October y* 10 


Memento Mori Fugit Hora 
Here Ly£s y^ Body of 
Sarah Hills Wife To 

Ebeneyzer Hills 

Aged 42 Years 
Died March y^ 1' 1703 

Here Lyes y* Body 

of Elizabeth 

Pratt Daughter 

Of John & Mary 

Pratt Aged 15 Year^ 

& 10 M" : Died Nouem' 

y« 22'* 1704 

y' Body 



Lane Aged 72 

Years Died 

April y= 30 


Momento Mori Frugit Hora 

Here Lyes Buried 

Y« Body of Cap' 

Joseph Willson 

Aged 58 Years 

Who Died lanua'" 

y« 14"^ 170* 



Here Lyes y* Body 

Of Sarjeant 

Joseph Floyd 

Aged 38 Years 

Died January 

y«4 1705 

Memento Mori Fugit Hora 

Here Lyes Buried y" Body of 

That Faithfull Servant Of 

Jesus Christ y^ Reuerend 

M' Michael Wigglesworth 

Pastour Of y^ Church Of Christ 

At Maulden Years Who 

Finished His Work and Entre'* 

Apon An Eternal Sabbath 

Of Rest On y* Lords Day lune 

y^ 10 1705 In y^ 74 Year Of 

His Age 

Here Lies Intered In Silent 


Below Mauldens Physician 

For Soul And Body Two 

Here Lyes y= Body 

Of Ezekiel 

Jenkens Aged 57 

Years Who Died 

luly y® 30"' 1705 

Mauldens Late 

School Master From 

A Painful Life Is 

Gone To Take 

His Rest His Lord 

Hath Called Hi"" Who"' 

Memento Mori 

Here Lies y* Body Of 

Mr^ Lyddia Greenland 

Wife To Deaken John 


Aged 51 Years & 

4 Months Died 

January y^ 30"* 


Memento Mori Fugit Dora 

Here Lyes y^ Body 

Of Insine 

Tryall Newbery 

Aged 56 Years 

Died December 

y" 10 1705 

Esther Green 
Daughter Of 
Samuel And 

Elizabeth Green 
Aged I Year 
& 5 M° Died 

December y* 1 7"' 



Here Lyes y* 

Body of 

Mary Prat 

Wife to John 

Prat Who 

Departed This 

Life July y^ 17 

1 710 In y' 56 

Year of Her Age 



Marcy Bucknam 

Daughter Of 

Jopet & Hanna'' 

Bucknam Aged 

7 M° & 21 Day= 

Died May y' 37"^ 


Memento Mori Fugit Hora 

Here Lyes y^ Body 

Of John Moulton 

Aged About 76 

Years Who Died 

Sudenly April 

y= 8"^ 1707 

A head-stone, with the face 
cracked off, shows only the 
date : — 

The foot-stone is in good 
condition and is lettered : — 
This is probobly the grave 
of Susanna, wife of John 
Lynda, Jr., who died Sept., 9 
or 16, 1707. 

Here Lyes the 
Body of M" 
Sarah Hichens 
The Wife of M^ 
Daniel Hichens 
Aged 57 Years 
Who Deceased 
March y-^ 6"' 17I [170^.] 

Here Lyes y^ 

Body Of Cap' 

William Green 

x\ged 70 Years 

Died December y^ 

30' ^705 

Memento Mori Fugit Hora 
Here Lyes y^ Body of 
John Pratt Sen' Aged 
53 Years & 4 M° Who 
Ended This Life In A 
Sudden Death Ivne y' 3"^ 
All You That Are Alive 
Now Stand Upon Your Gard 
Least Sudden Death Should 

And Find You Unprepard 
When Death Doth Come 
No Man Can It Revoke 
Neither In Sicknes 
Nor From Thunder Stroke 

Here Lyes y® Body 

Of Thomas Mitchell 

Aged 81 Years & 10 M° 

Who Departed This 

Life September y* i" 


Here Lyes The 

Body Of 

Benjamin Willson 

Aged About 34 

Years Deceased 

February y" 16 17 12 



Here Lyes y^ Body 
Of M" Sarah Wayt 
Wife To Cap' lohn 

Wayt Aged 8i 

Years Who Departed 

This Life January 

¥«= is'i^ 1701 

Memento Mori Fugit Hora 

Here Lyes y* Body 

of Samuel Sargent 

Who Departed This 

Life September y^ 

22'' 1 7 10 in the 66 

Year of His Age 

M.-\^K»,a.\^x J v-fJL J ^i^ov 10 l^l^J-Ot* 

Memento Mori Fugit Hora 

Here Lyes the 

Here Lyes y' Body 

Body of Elizabeth 

Of Mary Mitchell 

Wayt wife to 

Wife To Thomas 

Jonathan Wayt 

Mitchel Aged 70 

Aged 19 years & 

Years Who Died 

n" died march 10*'' 17 14 

January y<= 7"^ I'jH 

Here Lyes The 

Abigail Jenkins 

Body Of M' 

Daugh" of Lemuel 

Lemuel Jenkins 

& Marcy Jenkins 

Sen' Aged 70 

Aged 10 years 

Years Deceased 

And 4 Months 

December 20*** 1713 

Died March 15"' 17 14 

Here Lyes y* Body 

Here Lyes y^ Body 

Of Joseph Floyd 

of Mr. Joshua 

Jun' Aged 24 

Blanch ard ; Who 

Years 8 M" & 7 

Deceased, July 

Dayes Deceased 

the 15"^, 1 716: in y' 

'April] y' 19*'' 1 714 

55 Year of His Age. 

Here Lyes The 

Jonathan Tufts 

Body of Joseph 

Son of M" 

Boldin Aged 

Jonathan & M" 

51 Years Who 

Sarah Tufts 

Deces"^'* Novem'" 

Born & Died 

The 32^ 1714 

Aug'' 13''' 1 7 16 



Here Lyes y* Body 

Of Cap' John Green 

Late Deacon Of y^ 

Church in Maiden 

Aged 75 Years Who 

Departed This Life 

October y= i6* 1707 

Y' memory of y' just is blefsed 

David Bucknam 
Son Of M' 

Josses & 
M'^ Hannah 


Aged 12 Yea'' 

Died April 

The i" 1714 

Here Lyes y"" 

Body Of vSarah 

Bucknam Da^*"' 

Of M' Jofses 

& M" Hannah 

Bucknam Aged 

6 Years & i M° 

Died May 31 17 14 

Here Lyes The 

Body of M'=- 

Mary Green 

Wife To M' 

Samuel Green 

Aged 66 Years 

And 6 Months 

Died No'y'^ H ^7^5 

Here lyes Buried 

y'= Body of M'^ Mary 

Sprague Wife to M' 

Jonathan Sprague 

Who Died July 

30"' 1 7 14 Aged 

about 56 Years 

Here Lyes the Body 

of M" Abigail Ireland 

the Wife of M' William 

Ireland. Aged 74 Years 

who Deceased the 21 

of November 1 7 1 5 

Here Lyes Entr'd 
y- Body Of Cap' 
Edward Sprague 

Who Decest y* 
14 Of April 1715 

Aged 52 Years 

Jabuy Green 

Son of Joseph 

and Hannah 

Green Aged 

9 Years & 8 Da^ 

Died July y' 13 17 16 

Here Lies y'^ Body of M' 

John Sargant Aged 

76 Years & 9 Months 

Departed This Life 

September y'= 9 




Head Stone : 

* * # * 

m # * * 

m * * * 

1715 Iny= 
75 Year 
Of His Age 
Foot Stone : 


Here Lyes y* 

Body Of Mary 

Ridgaway Da"^''" 

Of M' John 

& M'^ Anna 

Ridgaway Aged 

23 yea" & 2 M° 

Died June 14"' 1714 

Daniel Upham 

Son of 

Nathaniel and 

Mary Upham 

Aged I Year & 

5 m" died Sept"' 



Here Lyes the 

Body of Elizabeth 

Jenkins Daughter 

Of Lemuel and 

Marcy Jenkins 

Aged 14 Years & 9 mo 

Died March n 17 14 

Rebecca Lams"" 

Daugh'" Of 

Joseph & 


Lam son Aged 3 

We''^ & 5 D= Died 

March y' 15 17 14/15 

Here Lyes y* 
Body of 
William Wayt 
Who Deceased 
January y® 16^ 
1 7 II,, In y'' 31^' 
Year Of His Age 

Phebe Boldwin 

Daugh" Of Josep*" 

& Elizabeth 

Boldwin Aged 

3 Years & 2 M° 

Died January 

Here Lyes y* Body 

Of Mary Flyn Wife 

to Patrick Flyn Dec^ 

May 24* 1720 in y* 

27'^ Year of Her Age 

Here Lyes y" Body 

of Caleb 

G rover Who 

Dec^ June 4"' 1720 

in y^ 24"' Year of His Age 



Here Lyes y'^ Body of 

Elizabeth Jewell 

Wife To John 

Jewell Aged About 

Here Lyes y"* 

Body of Anna 

Howard wife to 

Jonathan Howar** 

19 Years Dece'* 
July y« 8* 


Aged 22 Years 

Died March 

The 19"^ 1715 

Here Lyes The 

Body of 

Sarah Upham 

Wife To 

Nathan^' Upham 

Aged 53 Year" 

& 8 Months 

Mary Tufts 

Daug" of M' 

Jonathan & M'^ 

Sarah Tufts 

Aged 8 Weeks 

Died Octo'^^ 7"^ 


Died Octobe' 
y^ 14"" 1 7 15 

Here Lyes y'' Body Of 

Mary Sargant Wife 

To Jonathan Sargant 

Aged 38 Years & 

4 M' & 14 Dayes 

Died Nou' y' 19 


Here Lyes y*^ 

Body Of 

Abigail Barret 

Wife To 

Barret Aged 

38 Years & 8 

Months Died 

Q^.jober ye 33 I^I^ 

Here Lyes Buried 

The Body of 

Lieu'. Henry Green, 

Aged 78 Years & 

8 Months. Died 

September y^ 19"^ 171 7 

» * Wilson 
* * tr Of 
Samuel And 

Wilson, Aged 

Year & 7 M^ 
Died January 
The 29"\ 171I. 

Mehetabel Skinner 

Dau'^ of M' Thomas & 

M". Mehetabel Skinner 

Died Sep'. 19*. 1 7 18. 

Aged 16 Months. 



Enock Son Of 

Here Lyes the 

John & Zybel 

Body of 


vSimon Grover, 

Aged a Eleuen 

Aged about 63 

Months died, 

Years, Died Nov'"''" 

January y*^ lo'** 

The 28* 1 71 7 

1 7 1 6/ 1 7 

Here Lyes the 
Body of M'^ Sarah 

Here Lyes y'= Body 

of Abigail 

Green Wife to 

Upham wife to 

Cap' John Green 

John Upham 

Aged 74 Years & 

Aged 52 Years 

6 m° Died Dec*"*" i'' 17 17 

Died August 

The 23 1717 

Here Lyes y" Body 

of Sarah Sargant 
Dau' of John & 

Here Lyes Buried 

The Body of M' 

Lydia Sargant 

John Mitchell 

Aged 24 Years 

Aged 53 Years 

& 17 Days Died 

Deceased Septem' 

Dec' 5 1 71 7 

The 28"' 1 71 7 

Here Lyes y* Body 

Here Lyes y^ Body 

of M'^ Elizabeth 

of Serf 

Burditt Wife to 

Nathaniel Upham 

M' Thomas Burditt 

Aged 56 Years 

Aged about 65 Years 

Who Deceased 

Died Jan'yy<= 26* 171 7/8 

Nov''' y^ 11"' 1717 

Here Lyes y^ Body 

Here Lyes the 

of Tabitha Pain 

Body of M' 

Wife To William 

Joseph Seargeant 

Pain Junier 

Aged 54 Years & 

Aged About 

7 M° Who Dec^ 

29 Years died 

^ov] ember y" 27* 1717 

April 7"* 1 72 1 



Anna Howard 

Daughter of 

Jonathan & Anna 


Aged 2 Years 

Died in April 1718 

Phebe Sprague 

Dau" of M' Stower 

& M'=^ Phebe 

Sprague ; Dec''. 

Jan'". 6*. 1 718/9 Aged 

6 Years 4 M°^ & 20 T>\ 

Here Lyes y^ Body 

of M' Jonathan 

Sprague, Jun% 

Who Dec"'. Nov''^ 

S"'. 1 7 19, in y* 

40"^ Year of His Age 

Here Lyes y* Body 

of M^ 

Richard Sprague 

Who Dec^ Sep' 

16 1720 in y' 

35"^ Year of His Age 

Here Lyes y"" 
Body of Abigail 
Barret Daugh" 
of Jonathan & 
Abigail Barret 
Aged 19 Years 

& 10 M° Died 
April 30"* 172 1 

Sarah Blanchar"* 
Daug". of Samuel 

And Sarah 

Blanchard. Aged 

2 Years & 14 Day". 

Died Marc"^ 30'" 1720. 

Here lyes y' 

Body of M' John 

Ridgaway Aged 

About 68 Years 

DiC Nov*" 10 1721 

Here Lyes y" Body 

of Samuel 

Sargent; Who 

Dec-'. Deem**' y^ 7*. 

1721, in y" 34* 

Year of His Age. 

Here Lyes y' Body 

of M* Benjamin 

Sweetser Dec"* 

Septemb' 23 1720 

In the 55"^ Year 

of His Age 

Here Lyes y" Body 

Of M' Samuel Wayt 

Aged 70 Years De^"* 

Septem''' 20 1720 

Here Lyes y* Body of 

Deacon Phineas Upham 

Dec"^ Octo*" 19"* 1720 in 

The 62"'' Year of his Age 



Mary Sweetser 

Daug" of M' Samuel 

& M" Elizabeth 

Sweetser Dec'* 

Deem''' 1 6"' 1721 

Aged about 6 M° 

Here Lyes the 

Body of M' 

Samuel vStower 

Who Dec'* Decem''' 

26 1 72 1 in the 57"^ 

Year of His Age 

Here Lyes the 

Body of M'^'* 

Ruth Pain, Wife 

to M' William 

Pain, Aged 5 c; 

Years & 6 M° Dec'*. 

April 11"'. 1722. 

John Knower 

son of John 

& Elizabeth 

Knower Aged 

6 Weeks Dec'* 

April 18* 1722 

Here Lyes y'^ Body 

of Abigail Mitchell 

Daugh'^ of M' John 

& M-^^ Elizabeth 

Mitchell Dec'* 

Sep' 9"' 1722 in y= 19* 

Year of Her Age 

Here Lyes the 

Body of M"" 

Jonathan Tufts 

Who Dec'* August 

13"' 1722 Aged 63 

Years 3 Mon" & 1 1 Da' 

Here Lyes y^ Body 

of Sarah Knower 

Daugh'^ of M' 

Jonathan & M" 

Sarah Knower 

Aged 43 Years 

& 2 M° Dec'* 

gepfbr yth J ^2 2 

Here Lyes y" Body 
Of M' Jonathan 
Knower Aged 
77 Years who Dec'*. 

October 15"' 1722. 

Here Lyes Buried 

the Body of Deacon 

John Dexter Aged 

51 Years 2 M° & 24 Da' 

Dec'* Nove''' 14"^ 1722 

And by Him the Bodyes of 

Eight of His Children 

Here Lyes y* Body 

of M" Sarah Knower 

Wife to M' Jonathan 

Knower Aged about 

75 Years Who dec'* 

Octob' y* 21'' 1722 



Here Lyes y^ Body 

of Sarah Oaks 

Daug*' of M' Thomas 

& M'' Sarah Oaks 

Who Dec'' Janu'>' y^ 

4"' 1722/3 in y' zS"" 

Year of Her Age 

Here Lyes y'^ Body 

of Josiah 


Who Dec'' Feb^y 

y« ist 1^22 in y^ 24'" 

Year of His Age 

Here Lyes Buried 

The Body of M'. 

Samuel Green ; 

Who Dec''. Octob^ 

The 31^'. 1724, Aged 

79 Years 7 M°. & 19 D^ 

John Green 

Son of John & 

Phebe Green 

Dec** in Sept' 

1724 Aged 

about 17 M'' 


Here Lyes Buried 

the Body of 

Cap' John Lynde 

Who Departed this 

Life September 17'" 

Anno Domini 1723 

Aged about 75 Years 

Here Lyes y^ Body 
of M" Lydia 
Skiner Wife to 
M' Thomas Skiner 
Formally Wife to 
M' Thomas Call 
Who Dec'' Decern 
ye lyth jy23 Aged 
about 87 Years 

Here Lyes y^ Body 

of M' Jacob Green 

Aged 34 Years & 10 

Wee''^ Dec" July 19"' 1723 

Here Lyes y^ Body 

of M' Samuel 
Townsend Aged 
61 Years Who Died 

November i8"' 1723 

Phebe Upham Dau" 

of M"" Nathaniel 

& M" Mary 

Upham Dec* 

April y" 3"" 1725 

Aged 15 Years 

& 8 Months 

Lydia Waitt 
Daug" of M' 
Joseph & M" 
Lydia Waitt 
Dec'' April y-^ 23 
1725 Aged 17 
Years & 9 M" 



Here Lyes the 

Body of M' 

Joseph Waitt 

Who Dec" April 

ye 9th 1725 in y* 49*'' 

Year of His Age 

Here Lyes the 
Body of Joseph 

Howard Who 
Dec<^ May y'' iS*** 

1725 Aged 22 
Years & i Month 

Martha Upham 
Daug'' of M' 

Nathaniel & M'^ 
Mary Upham 

Dec'* May y* 31'* 
1725 Aged 14 
Years 2 M° & 23 D^ 

Here Lyes the 

Body of M' 

John Tufts Jun"^ 

Who Dec^ August 

yc j^th jy25 in y^ 36 

Year of His Age 

Here Lyes y* Body 

of John Bucknam 

Son of M' Samuel 

& M'^ Deborah 

Bucknam Dec** 

Feb'y 28* 1725 in y« 

18"" Year of his Age 

Here Lyes Buried 

the Body of Deacon 

Nathaniel Nickoals 

Who Dec"* May 10*^ 1725 in 

y^ 60"" Year of His Age 

John Pain Son 

of M' John & 

M'^ Abigail Pain 

Died Decemb' 

2""^ 1725 Aged 

4 Months 

Here Lyes y^ Body 

of Jacob Bucknam 

Son of M' Joses 

& M-^ Hannah 

Bucknam Who 

Dec"* Jan'y y^ 18 

1725 in y*" 16"' 

Year of His Age 

Here Lyes y^ Body 

of Abigail Tufts Daug' 

of M' Jonathan & 

M'^ Rebeckah Tufts 

Who Dec"* April y' 

26 1726 Aged 18 

Years 2 M° & 18 Da* 

Here Lyes the 

Body of Susanna 

Howard Who 

Dec** July y* 

7*'' 1726 Aged 

about 47 Years 



Here Lyes Buried 

the Body of M" 
Rebeckah Newhall 

Wife to Lieu' 

Thomas Newhall 

Who Dec' May y* 

25"' 1726 in y 73'* 

Year of Her Age 

Here Lyes y= Body of 
John Hutchinson Son 
of M' John & M^= Mary 
Hutchinson Who Dec'' 
July y^ 30"" 1729 in y* 
12''' Year of His Age 

Here lyes y'' Body of 

M'^ Mary Green 

Wife to M' Samuel 

Green Who Died 

Jan'y 24 1729 in y"" 

54* Year of her Age 

Here Lyes Buried 

ye Body of M' 

Jonatha" Sprague 

Who Died March 

8* 1 730/ 1 in y^ 75 

Year of His Age 

Here Lyes Buried 

y^ Body of M' 

William Sargent 

Who Died March 


^5 ^731/2 in y' 52 year 
of His Age 

Here Lyes Buried 

y^ Body of Lieu' 

Thomas Newhall 

Who Dec'' July 13' 

Anno Dom' 1738 in y* 

75"^ Year of His Age 


Here lyes Buried the 

Body of Deacon 

John Greenland ; 

Who Departed this 

Life Octo*"^ 17"*, 1738 in y" 

85'" Year of His Age 

Here lyes Buried 

y'^ Body of M'' 

Thomas Burdit 

Who Departed this Life 

June y" 30"' AD 1729 in 

Year of His Age 

Lydia Waitt 

Dau" of M' Joseph 

& M'^ Lydia Waitt 

Dec" Jan'" y^ 9 

1738 Aged 2 

Years & 3 M" 

Here Lyes y° 
Body of Jacob 
Wayte Son of 
M' Thomas & 
M" Mary Wayte 
Who Dec" Octo*^"^ 
y« I St 1727 Aged 
about 20 Years 



Here lyes Buried 

y^ Body of 

Lieu* Thomas Pratt ; 

Who Departed this 

Life, June 25"' Anno Dom" 

1732. Aged 63 Years. 

Here lies y^ body of 

David Green Son of M' 

John & M" Jsabell 

Green Who Died 

Octo^" 9 "^732 Aged 

30 Years & 6 Months 

John Wayt Son 
of M' John & 

M" Anne Wayt 
Died April y-^ 



II'" 1733 in y^ 10 
Year of His Age 

Here lyes y^ Body of 
Benjamin Skinner Son 
of M' Thomas & M" 

Mehetabel Skinner Who 
Died Decem*"' 16 1727 

Aged 8 Years & 2 Mon" 

Here Lyes Buried 

y*^ Body Of M'^ 

Dorothy Sprague 

y-^ Widow Of Cap'" 

Edward Sprague 

Died March y^ 29 

1727 in 58"' 

Year of Her Age 

Here lyes y* Body 

of Stephen Green 

Son of Dea'^"" Joseph & 

M'* Hannah Green 

Who Died Feb^ 

y'3' 1733 

Aged 21 Years 

Here lyes Buried y" 

Body of M"^ John 

Tufts ; Who Dec'' 

March y'' 28"^ Anno Dom"' 

1728. Aged 63 Years 

Also y^ Body of Timothy Tufts 

Son of M' John & M" Mary 

Tufts Who Dec"^ May 

2'' 1727 Aged 23 Years. 

Here lyes Buried 

y^ Body of Deacon 

Joseph Green, late 

Deacon of y^ Church in 

Maldon, Who Departed 

this Life Nov"' 28'" AD 1732 

Aged 54 Years & i Mon"" 

The Memory of the 

Just is Blefsed 

Here Lyes y* Body 

of Mehetable 
Bucknam Daug*' 

of M' Samuel 

& M""' Deborah 

Bucknam Who 

Dec"* Sep' 30"" 1726 

Aged 2 1 Years 



Also Here Lyes 

y*^ Body of 

M" Elizabeth 

Whittemore, Wife 

to M' Benjamin 

Whittemore : Dec'' 

July 1 8'" 1726, in y"^ 

83 Year of Her 


Waldo Son of y-^ 

Rev"* M' Joseph & 

M"^ Mary Emerson 

Died July 8'^ 1734 

Aged 14 Days 

Rom 5 14 

Here lyes y^ Body of M""^ 
Mehetabel Wayt Relict 

of M'^ Samuel Wayt 

Who Died Septem^-^ 1 7'" 

Anno Dom' 1734 in y^ 

81^' Year of Her Age 

James Douglafs Son 

of M' Thomas & 

M'"" Mary Douglafs 

Died Octob' 13"^ 

1734 in y' 6'" 
Year of his Age 

Here lyes Buried y" Body 

of M'" Elizabeth Lynd 
Wife to M"^ Joseph Lynd 
Who Died June the 20"" 
1733 Aged 73 Years 

Here Lyes y" 

Body of 

M' Benjamin 


Who Dec* July 

y*" 16 1726 

y« 87"^ Year 

of His Age 

Sarah Green 

Dau'^ of M' John & 

M" Isabell Green 

Died Janu'y 7''' 

1726, Aged 6 

Years & 15 Days 

Here lyes Buried 

y*" Body of Lieu' 

Samuel Newhall 

Who Died April 17* 

Anno Dom' 1733 Aged 

43 Years 1 1 M° & 21 D 

Here lyes y*" Body of 

M" Lydia Falkener 

Wife to M' Benjamin 

Falkener Who Died 

May 26 1733 iny^ 36 

Year of her Age. 

Here lyes Buried 

y" Body of M' 

John Upham ; 

Who Died June 1 1'^ 

Anno Dom"'. 1733, in y* 

67"" Year of His Age. 



Here lyes Buried 

y"= Body of M' 

John Mudge 

Who Died Octo' 

29**' 1733 i»iy' 79'" 

Year of His Age 

Here Lyes Buried 

y"= Body of M' 

Thomas Oakes 

Who Died Sep' 11* Anno 

Domini 1733, in y^ 73'' 

Year of His Age 

Here lyes y* Body of 
Jonathan Skinner Son 
of M' Thomas & M'^ 
Mehetabel Skinner 
Died Nov''' i=* 1733 
Aged 7 Years & 12 Day^ 

Here lyes y^ Body of 
M'^ Ruhamah Green 

Wife to M' James 

Green Who Died 

Jan"^ 10"' 1733/4 in y' 

26 Year of her Age 

Here lyes Buried y" Body 

of M" Susanna Dexter 

Wife to M' John Dexter 

Who Departed this Life 

March 9"' Anno Dom 1735/6 

Aged 22 Years & 8 Months 

Buried By Her 

Three of Their Children 

Here lyes Buried 

y^ Body of M'^ 

Ruth Mudge 

Wife to M' John 

Mudge Who Died 

Octo' 17"" 1733 

in y^ 67''' Year 

of Her Age 

Sarah Upham 

Daug" of M' David 

& M" Sarah Upham 

Died January y^ 

21^' 1734 Aged 

3 Months & 1 5 D= 

Here lyes y" Body 

of M'-^ Dorothy 

Col man Wife to 

M"^ John Colman 

Who Died Jan'^ 24'" 

1734 Aged 42 Years 

Here lyes Buried 

y'^ Body of M' 

Samuel Tufts 

Who Departed this 

Life April 21'^' A D 1735 

Aged 38 Years 

Here lyes Buried y^ 

Body of M' Joseph Lynd 

Who Departed this 

Life January y^ 2"** 

Anno Domini 1735/6 

Aged 83 Years 



Here lyes y^ Body 
of Benjamin Wayte 

Son of M' Thomas 
& M'" Mary Wayte 
Who Died June y" 

2"'* 1735 in y"" 22"'* 

Year of His Age 

Jacob Sweetser Son 

of M' Jacob & M" 

Elizabeth Sweetser 

Died March 38''' 1736 

Aged 3 Years & 2 M° 

Here lyes y*^ Body of 

Elizabeth Hovey 

Daugh"" of M' James 

& M'' Elizabeth Hovey 

Who Died June 

1736 Aged 

9 Months 

Here lyes Buried 

y*= Body of M' 

John Green Who 

Departed this life Aug" 

29"" Anno Dom 1736 in 

ye ^yth Year of His Age 

Here lyes Buried 

y^ Body of M' 

Phineas Sprague, 

Who Departed this 

Life, August 29* Anno 

Dom"' 1736 in y* 

71" Year of His Age 

John Upham Son 

of M' Samuel & 

M" Mary Upham 

Died Sep' 6'" 1736 

Aged 2 Years 

& 1 1 Months 

Here lyes Buried y^ 

Body of M'*^ Elizabeth 

Sprague Relict of 

M' John Sprague ; 

Who Died Sep' 28* 

Anno Dom' 1736, in y* 

85 Year of her Age. 

Here lyes y^ Body of 

Mary Baldwin Dau'' of 

M' Joseph & M^^ Elizab"' 

Baldwin Who Died 

Oct' 11"^ 1736 Aged 

28 Years & about 20 D^ 

Nathaniel Payne 

Son of M' Nathaniel 

& M" Abigail 

Payne, Died Jan'*" 

1 1* 1736 Aged 20 

Months & 5 Days 

Here lyes Buried 

y^ Body of M"^' Anna 

Falkner Wife to M' 

Benjamin Falkner 

Who Died Sept""' 

23"* 1737 iny«35''' 

Year of her Age 



Here lyes y' Body of 
M'= Isabell Green 

Wife to Cap' William 

Green Who Died 

March 13* 1736 in y^ 85*'' 

Year of her Age 

Here Lyes Buried y* 

Body of M' 

Thomas Skinner 

Who Departed this life 

June 1=' 1737 Aged 50 

Years 10 Months & 25 Da' 

Buried by Him 

Four of his Children 

Jonathan Newhall 

Son of Lieu' Samuel 

& M'^ Sarah Newhall 

Died June 8"' 1737 Aged 

8 Years 10 M" & 38 D^ 

Here lyes Buried 

y*^ Body of M"" 

Ebenezer Harnden 

Who Departed this life 

March zcf" 1738 in y* 

63'' Year of His Age 

Here lyes y*" Body of 

Marcy Upham Dau'' 

of M' Samuel & M'" 

Mary Upham Who 

Died Aug'' 17"' 
1738 in y"^ 18"' Year 
of Her Age 

Abigal Sargant 
Dau" of M' Phineas 

& M'' Abigail 
Sargant Died July 

4*^ 1738 Aged 7 
Years 5 M" & 6 D' 

Here lyes Buried y* 

Body of M" Joanna 

Stearns Wife to Cap' 

John Stearns (Formerly 

Wife to M' Jacob 

Parker) Who Died 

Decem'^' 4"" 1 737 in y^ 

79*^ Year of her Age 

Here lyes Buried 
y* Body of M' 

Phinehas Upham 
Jun' Who Died July 

y* 17"^ 1738 Aged 
31 Years & 6 Mont''" 

Here lyes y^ Body of 

Abigail Pain Dau" of 

M' John &M'' Abigail 

Pain Who Died Agu" 

2""^ 1738 Aged 9 

Years & 6 Months 

Hannah Pain Dau" 

of M' John & M'' 

Abigail Pain 

Died Aug" lo"* 

1 738 Aged 6 

Years & 6 Months 



Phebe Sargant Dau'' 

of M' Joseph & M'^ 

Hannah Sargant 

Died Aug"' y'' 24"* 

1738 Aged 8 

Years & 

Solomon Sargant Son 
of M^ Joseph & M'^ 

Hannah Sargant 
Died Aug 34"" 1 73S 
Aged 6 Years 
2 Months & 20 D^ 

Jacob Sargant Son 

of M' Joseph & M'^ 

Hannah Sargant 

Died Sep' i^' 173S 

Aged I Year 9 

Months & 20 D' 

Here lyes y" Body 

of Daniel Upham 

Son of M' Nathaniel 

& M" Mary Upham 

Who Died Sept' iS"^ 

1738 in y^ 19"" Year 

of His Age 

Thomas Knower 
Son of M' John 
& M'^ Elizabeth 

Knower Died Sep' 

3^ 1738 Aged 6 
Years & 9 Months 

Here lyes Buried y' 

Body of M'^ Susanna 

Willson, Wife to M' 

Jacob Willson, 

Who Departed this 

life in Decern*^" 1 739 

Aged 74 Years 

Here lyes y^ Body 

of Ebenezer Wayte 

Son of M' Thomas 

Wayte Ter^ & M'" Abigail 

his Wife Who Died 

April 21^' 1740 in y= 16"" 

Year of His Age 

Here lyes y*" Body of 

Abigail Upham Daugh' 

of M^ Nathaniel & M"^' 

Mary Upham Who Died 

Sep' 22"'' 1738 in y*= 14' 

Year of Her Age 


Here lyes Buried 

y'^ Body of M'' 

Mary Dickerman 

Who Died March 

20"' 1738/9 Aged 

about 78 years 

Here lyes Buried y*" 
Body of M"^' Hannah 
Millinnor Wife to M"" 

James Millinnor 
Who Died Feb-^y y<= 
1 739/40 Aged 



Eunice Wait Dau" 
of M^ Edward & M'^ 
Tabitha Wait Died 
Decern *" 22"'' 1740 
Aged 6 Years, 4 
Months & 28 Days 

Rebeckah Caswell 
Daug"" of M*^ Joseph 

& M'^ Bathsheba 

Caswell ; Died Octo''' 

31^'. 1740. Aged II 

Months & 23 Days. 

Phebe Paine, Dau" 

of M' Stephen & 

M". Rebeckah 

Paine, Died Nov*". 

12*, 1740, in y*" 4"'. 
Year of her Age. 

Here lyes y^ Body of 

M' Samuel Newhall 

Who Departed this 

LifeNov'^y' 17* AD 

1740 in the 26* 

Year of his Age 

Here lyes Buried 

y^ Body of M'" 

Hannah Kettell 

Wife to M' John 

Kettell of Charlstow" 

Who Died Aug^' 4"' 

1 74 1 Aged 25 Years 

I Month & 1 2 Days 

Here lyes Buried the 
Body of M^' Elizabeth 

Pratt Wife to M^ 

Thomas Pratt Who 

Departed this life Jan'^'' 

12* Anno Dom' 1 740/1 in y' 

64*^ Year of Her Age 

Here lyes Buried 

y* Body of Cap' 

Samuel Waitt 

Who Departed this life 

Jan-^y 14'" Anno Dom"' 1740 

in y' 60"^ Year of His Age 

Here lyes y*^ Body of 

Ruth Sargant Daug" 

of M"^ Joseph & M^^ 

Hannah Sargant ; Who 

Died March 31" 1740/r 

Aged 15 Years & i M° 

Here lies Buried 

y^ Body of M' 

William Paine 

Who died April 14th 

Anno Dom' 1741 in y'= 

78* Year of His Age 

Here lyes Buried 

y'= Body of M^^ 

Sarah Green Wife 

to M' Ezra Green 

Who Departed this 

Life July 7"^ A D 

1 741 Aged 26 Years 



Here lyes Buried y*^ 

Body of M-"^ Martha 

Pratt Wife to Dea'^"" 

John Pratt Who 

Departed this hfe Sep' 

30'*' Anno Dom' 1743 

Aged 79 Years & 3 M° 

Here lyes Buried y"^ Body 

of Dea"" John Pratt 

(One of y" Deacons of y' 

First Church of Christ in 

Maldon) Who Departed 

this life Nov'^' 15"' AD 1742 

Aged Si Years & 7 Mon' 

Here lyes y*" Body 

of M'' Martha Oakes 

Wife to M' Jonathan 

Oakes Who Died July 

y<^ 18* 1 74 1 in y^ 30"' 

Year of Her Age 

Here Lyes Buried 

the Body of 
M' Jacob Willson 
Who Departed this life 
April 16"' Anno Domin' 
1741 Aged 69 Years 

Here lyes Buried 

the Body of M"^ 

John Willson 

Who Departed this Life 

July the 21" 1 74 1 in y^ 

66"' Year of His Age 

Phebe Upham Dau" 
of M' Samuel & M'^ 
Mary Upham Died 
Sep' 14"' 1 73 S Aged 
7 Years & 6 Mont^ 

Hoc Sacrum Memoriae 

Dom : Mehetab^' Blanchard 

Relictae Dom : 

Joshuae Blanchard 

Qiiae Ob : lo""" Januarii 

Die Ann° 

Domini 1742'*'' AEtatisque 

Suae 76'" Nepos fecit ; Duode 

cimo Februarii Die AD 1745'° 

[Foot Stone] 

M" Mehetabel 

Infreta dum Fluvii Current du"" 

Montibus Umbrae Lustrabunt 

Convexa Polus dum Siderae 

pascet Lemp^' Honos 
Momenque tuum Laudesque 

Here Lyes Buried y*" 

Body of M" Mary 

Hills Wife to M^ Benj 

Hills Who Died Jan'^ 

31^' Anno Dom 1743 in y* 

56 Year of Her Age 

William Upham Son 

of M^ Samuel & M" 

Mary Upham Died 

Aug'' 15"' 1738. Aged 

2 Years & 5 Mont' 



Mary Daugh" of 

Nathaniel Upham 

Jun"' & Rebecka'' his 

Wife Died Sep' 8'" 

1 738 in her 8*^ Mon* 

Here lyes Buried 

y" Body of M' 

Thomas Wayte 

Who Departed this 

Life Decern'"' 23'' Ann 

Dom 1742 in y^ 82<* 

Year of His Age 

Here lyes Buried y* 

Body M-^^ Phebe 

vSprague Wife to M 

Stower Sprague ; 

Who departed this Life 

March 15"' A D 1742 Aged 

51 Years 3 M" & 22 D' 

Here lyes Buried y*" Body 

of Edward Emerson 

Esq' (sometime Deacon of y^ 

4"^ Church in Newbury) who 

departed this Life 

(very suddenly) 

May 9"' Anno Dom"' 1743 

AEtat 73 

Martha Chadwick 

Daug" of M' Joseph & 

M'' Mary Chadwick 

Died Aug 30"" 1743 

Aged 2" 6"" 4^^ 2" 

Here lyes y^ Body of 

M''" Elizabeth Baldwin 

Widow of M' Joseph 

Baldwin Who Died 
Jan'" 2" 1744/5 Aged 
75 Years & 5 Months 

Here lyes Buried 

the Body of M' 

Jonathan Knower 

Who Departed this Life 

Decern*" y^ 21'' A D 1745 

Aged 64 Years 

Here lyes y^ Body of 
Martha Waitt Daug" 
of Cap* Samuel & M'^ 

Ann Waitt Who 
Died March S"* 1745 
Aged 27 Years 7 M° 

Here lyes Buried 

y^ Body of M" 

Elizabeth Waitt 

Wife to M' Samuel 

Waitt Who Died July 

y^ 16*^ A D 1746 in y= 

32** Year of her Age 

Here lyes Buried the 

Body of M'= Bethiah 

Wheeler Wife to 

M' Isaac Wheeler 

Who Departed this 

life May 16"' 1747 in f 

83'^' Year of Her Age 



Here Lyes Buried 

y-^ Body of M' 

Samuel Sprague 

Who Departed this life 

Nov''' 1 3* Anno Dom' 1 743 

in y^ 85* Year of His Age 

Here Lyes Buried 

y<= Body of M' 

John Knower 

who Departed this life 

Nov"' 28"^ 1 746 in y^ 

57"^ Year of His Age 

Here lyes Buried 

y-^ Body of M"^ 

Richard Dexter 

Who Departed this life 

April the 3i'' 1747 

Aged 69 Years 

Here Lyes Buried 

the Body of M' 

William Sprague 

Who Departed this life 

Nov'^'^ 2 1^' A D 1747 in y"' 

53'* Year of His Age 

Buried By Him 
Four of His Childr" 

Here Lyes Buried 

y' Body of 

M' John Green 

Who Departed this 

Life Nov^" 28"' 1747 in y= 

74"> Year of His Age 

Here lyes y'^ Body of 
Ruth Baldwin Daug" of 
M' Joseph & M'^ Elizab"' 

Baldwin ; Who Died 
Decem*'' 18* 1747. Aged 

44 Years 9 M'' & 3 D 

Here lyes Buried y*" Body 

of M'' Abigail Dexter 

Wife to M"^ John Dexter 

Who Departed this life 

Jan'y 19"' AnnoDom' 1746/7 

in y^ 31 Year of Her Age 

Also Buried by her 

thair Son John Dexter 

Who Died Jan^'' 2'^ 1746/7 

Aged 3 Days 

Here lyes Buried y* 
Body of M'^ Sarah 
Hills Wife to M' 
Thomas Hills 
Who Departed this 

Life in y^ 

Year of Her Age 
[She died Sept. 15, 1748. The 
date was never engraved upon 
the stone.] 

Here Lyes y*" Body 

of M" Elizabeth 

Mitchell, Widow of 

M"^ John Mitchell, 

Who Departed this 

Life June 27"' : 1749 

Aged 83 Years. 



Here Lyes Buried 

the Body of Lieu' 

Samuel Bucknam 

Who Departed this 

Life July 3"^ Ann° Dom' 

1 75 1 in the 77"* Year 

of His Age 

Lydia Sargent, Dau'"" 
of M' Nathan & 
M'* Mary Sargent 

Died Aug^' 29"" 1749 
Aged 5 Years 3 
Months & 4 Days 

Here lyes Buried 

the Body of Deacon 

Jonathan Barret 

Who departed this life 

Septemb' y^ 7* 1 749 

Aged 73 Years 

Here lyes y^ Body of 
Ebenezer Emerson 

Son of y^ Rev'"^ M' 
Joseph & M'" Mary 

Emerson Dec'' July 
lo"' 1750 AEtatis 14 
A Dear Son a Pleasant Child 

Here lyes y^ Body of M'* 

Elizabeth Sweetser 

Wife to M' Samuel 

Sweetser Who Died 

March 12"' 1752 [175^] in y= 

76"' Year of Her Age 

Here Lyes Buried 

the Body of M" 
Deborah Bucknam 

Wife to Lieu' 

Samuel Bucknam 

Who Departed this life 

Aug"' 1 7'*" 1 75 1 in y= 82'' 

Year of Her Age. 

Here lyes Buried y'' Body 

of M" Rebecca Emerson 

the Consort of Edward 

Emerson Esq' Who Dec** 

April 23'' 1752 Etatis 90 

Prudent & Pious Meek & kind 

Virtue & Grace 

Adorned her mind 

This Stone may moulder 

into Dust 

But her Dear Name 

Continue must 

Here Lyes Buried y* 

Body of M'^ Elizabeth 

Hovey Wife to Deac"" 

James Hovey Who 

Departed this Life 

Octo*" y'= 4"' 1 750 in y* 

55"" Year of Her Age 

Here Lyes Buried 

the Body of Cap' 

Benjamin Blaney 

Who Departed this Life 

Feb'y y^ 8"> Anno Domini 

1 750/1 Aged 51 Years 



Organized, March 8, 1886. 
Incorporated February 7, 1887. 


Vice Presidents. 


Secretary- Treasurer. 


Charles H. Adams Roswell R. Robinson 

Sylvester Baxter William G. A. Turner 

George W. Chamberlain Walter Kendall Watkins 

George L. Gould Arthur H. Wellman 

Charles E. Mann Joshua W. Wellman, D.D. 
H. Heustis Newton 

Librarian and Curator. 
Herbert W. Fison 


COMMITTEES, 1913-14. 


George L. Gould William G. Merrill 

Arthur W. Walker 


Charles E. Mann Sylvester Baxter 

W. G. a. Turner Roswell R. Robinson 

Arthur H. Wellman 


George W. Chamberlain Thomas S. Rich 

Charles H. Adams Rev. Alfred Noon 

Mrs. a. a. Nichols Mrs. Henry W. Upham 


Walter Kendall Watkins Dr. Charles Burleigh 

George W. Chamberlain William B. Snow 

Mrs. Alfred H. Burlen 


Mrs. Mary Greenleaf Turner Mrs. Mary Lawrence Mann 

Mrs. J. Parker Swett Mrs. F. T. A. McLeod 

Mrs. Sylvester Baxter 


William L. Hallworth Peter Graffam 

Eugene A. Perry J. Lewis Wightman 

Richard Greenleaf Turner 

Historic Loan Exhibition. 

William G. A. Turner Mrs. William D. Hawley 

Mrs. Sarah E. Mansfield 





[Adopted at the annual meeting March 13, 191^.] 


This society shall be called the Maiden Historical 


The objects of this society shall be to collect, preserve 
and disseminate the local and general history of Maiden 
and the genealogy of Maiden families ; to make anti- 
quarian collections ; to collect books of general history, 
genealogy and biography ; and to prepare, or cause to be 
prepared from time to time, such papers and records 
relating to these subjects as may be of general interest to 
the members. 


The members of this society shall consist of two 
classes, active and honorary, and shall be such persons 
either resident or non-resident of Maiden, as shall, after 
being approved by the board of directors, be elected by 
the vote of a majority of the members present and voting 
at any regularly called meeting of the society. 

Honorary members may be nominated by the board 
of directors and shall be elected by ballot by a two-thirds 


vote of the members present and voting at any regularly 
called meeting. They shall enjoy all the privileges of the 
society except that of voting. 


The officers of the society shall include a recording 
secretary, and a treasurer, who shall be members of the 
board of directors. The society may in its discretion' elect 
one person as secretary-treasurer to perform the duties of 
recording secretary and treasurer. The other officers to 
be elected by the society shall be a board of eleven 
directors, including the officer or officers named above. 
The recording secretary, treasurer (or secretary-treasurer), 
and directors shall be elected by ballot at the annual 
meeting of the society. 

The board of directors shall from their number elect 
by ballot a president and three vice presidents, and from 
the members of the society may elect a librarian and 
curator and such other officers as may be deemed neces- 
sary. All officers shall serve for one year, or until their 
successors are elected and qualified. The board of 
directors may fill any vacancies for unexpired terms. 


The board of directors may elect annually committees 
on finance, publication, membership, genealogies and such 
other committees as the society may direct or the board 
deem desirable. 


The annual dues of the society shall be one dollar. 
Any active member may become a life member by the 
payment of twenty-five dollars during any one year, which 


shall exempt such member from the payment of further 
annual dues. The board of directors shall have discretion 
to drop from the membership roll any person failing to 
pay his annual assessment for two successive years. 


The annual meeting of the society shall be held on 
the second Wednesday in March for the election of officers 
and the transaction of other business. Regular meetings 
shall be called in May, October, December and January. 
Special meetings may be called by the president at his 
discretion and five members shall constitute a quorum for 
the transaction of business at any meeting. 


These by-laws maybe altered, amended or suspended, 
by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting at 
any meeting, notice of such proposed action having been 
given in the call for said meeting. 



MEMBERS 1912-1913. 

Adams, Charles H. 
Allen, Claude L. . 
Ammann, Albert . 

Barnes, Roland D. 
Bailey, Dudley P. . 
Bailey, William M. 
Baxter, Sylvester . 
Bayrd, Mrs. Adelaide Breed 
Belcher, Charles F. 
Bennett, Frank P., Sr. . 
Bickford, Erskine F. 
Bliss, Alvin E. 
Bliss, Edwin P. 
Boutwell, Harvey L. 
Bradstreet, George F. 
Brigham, Mrs. Augusta R. 
Brooks, Harvey N. 
Bruce, Charles 
Bruce, Judge Charles M. 
Burbank, Edvv^in C. 
Burleigh, Dr. Charles 
Burgess, James H. 
Burgess, Mrs. O. B. 
Burlen, Mrs. Alfred H. . 

Carlisle, Frank H. 
Carr, Joseph T. 
Casas, William B. de las 
Chamberlain, George W. 

. 59 Orient avenue, Melrose 

. 268 Grove street, Melrose 

50 Acorn street. Maiden 

23 Spring street, Maiden 
. 121 Linden street, Everett 

2 Ridgewood road. Maiden 
32 Murray Hill road. Maiden 

24 Spruce street, Maiden 
148 Haw^thorne street. Maiden 

Saugus, Mass. 

38 Main street. Maiden 

. 60 Linden avenue. Maiden 

. 17 Linden avenue, Maiden 

37 Pierce street. Maiden 

. 208 Maple street. Maiden 

. 21 Concord street, Maiden 

Murray Hill Park, Maiden 

8 Forest avenue, Everett 

155 Hawthorne street. Maiden 

. 37 Beltran street. Maiden 

53 Washington street. Maiden 

72 Mountain avenue. Maiden 

72 Mountain avenue. Maiden 

. 255 Clifton street, Maiden 

35 High street, Maiden 

. 242 Salem street, Maiden 

95 Cedar street. Maiden 

29 Hillside avenue. Maiden 



Chandler, John G. 
Chase, James F. 
Cobb, Darius . 
Converse, Costello C. 
Converse, Mrs. Mary Ida 
Corbett, John M. . 
Corey, Mrs. Isabella H 
Cox, Alfred E. 
Cummings, E. Harold 

Damon, Herbert 
Daniels, Charles A. 
Dawes, Miss Agnes H. 
Donovan, James 
Doonan, Owen P. . 
Drew, Frank E. 
Dutton, George C. 

Eaton, Charles L. 
Elwell, Fred S. 
Estey, Frank W. . 
Evans, Wilmot R., Sr. 

Fall, George Howard 
Fison, Herbert W. 
Fowle, Frank E. . 
Freeman, Dr. Dexter C. 

Gay, Edward 
Gay, Dr. Fritz W. 
Goodwin, Dr. Richard J 
Gould, Edwin Carter 
Gould, George L. . 
Gould, Mrs. Lizzie L. 
Gould, Levi S. 
Graff am, Peter 

2 Dexter street. Maiden 

20 Crescent avenue, Maiden 

no Tremont street, Boston 

2 Main street, Maiden 

2 Main street. Maiden 

. 79 Tremont street. Maiden 

. 2 Berkeley street. Maiden 

80 Appleton street. Maiden 

515 Highland avenue. Maiden 

191 Mountain avenue. Maiden 

88 Mt. Vernon street, Maiden 

I Ridgewood road. Maiden 

33 Grace street, Maiden 

92 Highland avenue. Maiden 

99 Washington street, Maiden 

. Glen Rock, Maiden 

44 Dexter street, Maiden 

166 Lawrence street, Maiden 

136 Hawthorne sti-eet. Maiden 

591 Broadway, Everett 

12 Evelyn place. Maiden 

Public Library, Maiden, Maiden 

321 Summer street. Maiden 

20 Cross street, Maiden 

18 Dexter street, Maiden 

. 105 Salem street. Maiden 

481 Pleasant street. Maiden 

20 W. Wyoming avenue, Melrose 

24 Alpine street. Maiden 

24 Alpine street. Maiden 

280 Main street, Melrose 

. 181 Clifton street. Maiden 



Hallworth, William L. . . .47 Meridian street, Maiden 

Hardy, Arthur P. . . . 49 Las Casas street. Maiden 

Haven, Rev. William Ingraham, D.D. 

Bible House, Astor place, New^ York, N. Y. 
Hawley, Mrs. Alice C. . '37 Washington street. Maiden 

Haw^ley, William D. 
Hawley, William H. 
Hobbs, William J. 
Houdlette, Mrs. Edith L., 55 
Hutchins, Prof. John W. 

Johnson, George H. 
Jones, George R. . 
Joslin, Frederick N. 

Kerr, Alexander 

King, Mrs. Robert C. . 

Lane, Miss Ellen W. 
Lang, Thomas, Jr. 
Locke, Col. Elmore E. . 
Locke, Col. Frank L. 
Lund, James 

Magee, Charles R. 
Mann, Charles E. 
Mann, Mrs. Mary Lawrence 
Mansfield, Mrs. Sarah E. 
McDonald, Daniel 
McGregor, Alexander 
McLeod, Willard . 
Merrill, WiUiam G. 
Millett, Charles H. 
Millett, Mrs. M. C. 
Millett, Joshua H. 
Millett, Mrs. R. M. 

37 Washington street. Maiden 
. 40 Newhall street. Maiden 
33 Converse avenue. Maiden 
Botolph street, Melrose Highlands 
3 Main street park. Maiden 

. 613 Salem street, Maiden 

63 Prospect street, Melrose 

. 34 Concord street. Maiden 

10 Holmes street, Maiden 
. 47 Francis street. Maiden 

. 19 Sprague street. Maiden 

202 Mountain avenue. Maiden 

37 Alpine street. Maiden 

. 219 Clifton street, Maiden 
142 Hawthorne street. Maiden 

Pleasant street park, Maiden 

14 Woodland road. Maiden 

14 Woodland road, Maiden 

57 Glen wood street, Maiden 

20S Washington street, Maiden 

Glen Rock, Maiden 

147 Walnut street. Maiden 

149 Walnut street. Maiden 

217 Clifton street. Maiden 

217 Clifton street, Maiden 

22 Parker street. Maiden 

22 Parker street. Maiden 



Miner, Franklin M. 

Morse, Tenney 

Mudge, Rev. James, D.D. 

127 Summer street, Maiden 

65 Las Casas street, Maiden 

33 Cedar street, Maiden 

Newton, H. Heustis . . .92 Waverly street, Everett 
Nichols, Mrs. Adeline A. . .65 Tremont street. Maiden 

Noon, Rev. Alfred, Ph. D. . . Lunenburg, Mass. 

Norris, Dr. Albert L. . . . 283 Clifton street. Maiden 

Norris, Charles Sew^all, 21 Woodland ave., Melrose Highlands 

Otis, James O. 

Page, Albert N. 
Parker, Charles L. 
Perkins, Clarence A. 
Perkins, Frank J. . 
Perry, Eugene A. . 
Phillips, Wellington 
Plummer, Arthur J. 
Plummer, Dr. Frank 
Porter, Prof. Dwight 
Pratt, Earl W. 
Pratt, Ezra F. 
Priest, Russell P. . 
Prior, Dr. Charles E, 

2 Upham street. Maiden 

349 Pleasant street. Maiden 

47 Converse avenue. Maiden 

57 High street, Maiden 

81 Washington street. Maiden 

145 Summer street. Maiden 

1 1 1 Linden avenue. Maiden 

. 4 Hudson street, Maiden 

Wentworth 334 Pleasant street. Maiden 

149 Haw^thorne street. Maiden 

128 Pleasant street, Maiden 

129 Pleasant street. Maiden 

Winchester, Mass. 
. 77 Summer street, Maiden 

Quimby, Rev. Israel P. 
Quinn, Bernard F. 

Rich, Thomas S. . 
Rich, Mrs. Thomas S. 
Richards, George Louis 
Richards, Lyman H. 
Riedel, E. Robert . 
Roberts, Walter H. 
Robinson, Roswell R. (life) 

. 65 Tremont street. Maiden 
. 65 Judson street, Maiden 

. 240 Clifton street. Maiden 
. 240 Clifton street. Maiden 
. 84 Linden avenue, Maiden 
. 17 Howard street, Maiden 
. 14 Harnden road, Maiden 
490 Highland avenue. Maiden 
. 84 Linden avenue, Maiden 



Roby, Austin H. . 
Rood, John F. 
Ross, Alexander S. 
Rowe, Miss Edith Owen 
Ryder, Mrs. Gertrude Yale 
Ryder, Dr. Godfrey 

105 Washington street, Maiden 

61 Cross street, Maiden 

38 Woodland road. Maiden 

. 149 Walnut street, Maiden 

321 Pleasant street. Maiden 

321 Pleasant street. Maiden 

Shove, Francis A. 
Siner, Mrs. James B. 
Smith, George E. . 
Smith, Walter Leroy 
Snow, William B. 
Sprague, Mrs. Emeline M. 
Sprague, Phineas W. 
Starbird, Louis D. 
Stevens, Dr. Andrew J. 
Stover, Col. Willis W. 
Sullivan, Mrs. K. T. 
Sweetser, Col. E. Leroy 


. 87 Beltran street. Maiden 
156 Hawthorne street. Maiden 
Swampscott, Mass. 
18 Everett street, Maiden 
79 Dexter street. Maiden 
84 Salem street, Maiden 
I Commonwealth avenue, Boston 
213 Mountain avenue, Maiden 
599 Main street. Maiden 
100 Waverly street, Everett 
87 Cedar street, Maiden 
81 Hancock street, Everett 

Swett, J. Parker, Highland ter., cor. Ridgewood road, Maiden 

Thompson, Henrj' M. 
Tredick, C. Morris 
Turner, Alfred Rogers 
Turner, Mrs. Mary Greenleaf 
Turner, William G. A. 

Upham, Henry W. 
Upham, Mrs. Henry W. 
Upton, Eugene C. 

Walbridge, Mrs. Percy E. 
Walbridge, Percy E. 
Walker, Arthur W. 
Walker, Mrs. C. Isabel 


39 Grace street. Maiden 

36 Alpine street, Maiden 

Broadway, Paterson, N. J. 

Ridgewood road. Maiden 

Ridgewood road. Maiden 

285 Clifton street, Maiden 

285 Clifton street. Maiden 

55 Dexter street. Maiden 

105 Elm street, Maiden 

105 Elm street. Maiden 

16 Alpine street. Maiden 

74 Dexter street. Maiden 



Walker, Hugh L. 
Warren, Charles G. 
Watkins, Walter Kendall 
Welsh, Willard . 
Wellman, Mrs. Jennie L. 
Wellman, Arthur H. 
Wellman, Rev. Joshua W., D 
Wentworth, Dr. Lowell F. 
Wescott, Charles H. 
White, Clinton 
Whittemore, Edgar A. 
Wiggin, Joseph 
Wightman, J. Lewis 
Wingate, Edward L. 
Winship, Addison L. 
Winship, William H. 
Woodward, Frank E. 

. 14 Newhall street, Maiden 

13 Upham street. Maiden 

47 Hillside avenue. Maiden 

. 50 Francis street, Maiden 

. 193 Clifton street, Maiden 

, 193 Clifton street, Maiden 

D. 117 Summer street, Maiden 

. 19 Bartlett street, Melrose 

125 Hawthorne street. Maiden 

106 Bellevue avenue, Melrose 

. 2 Woodland road. Maiden 

55 Clarendon street. Maiden 

245 Mountain avenue. Maiden 

85 Dexter street. Maiden 

. 65 Laurel street, Melrose 

. 209 Maple street, Maiden 

Wellesley Hills, Mass. 

Young, John W. 

150 Hawthorne street, Maiden 



The Maiden Historical Society was organized on March 8, 
1886. The charter members and founders of the Society were 
the following in the order as originally recorded : 

Rev. Joshua W. Wellman, D. D., living at 117 Summer 
street, Maiden. 

Rev. Samuel W. Foljambe, D. D., died Nov. 16, 1899, in 
New Haven, Connecticut. 

Russell B. Wiggin, died Nov. 14, 1886. 

George Dana Boardman Blanchard, died Dec. 17, 1903. 

Hon. John K. C. Sleeper, died April 18, 1893. 

Prof. Charles Augustus Daniels, A. M., living at 88 Mt. 
Vernon street. Maiden. 

George David Ayers, LL. B., supposed to be living in a 
western state. 

Hon. Elisha Slade Converse, died June 4, 1904. 

Deloraine Pendre Corey, died May 6, 1910. 

Thomas Lang, Sr., living at 202 Mountain avenue, Maiden. 

Honorary Members. 

Hon. Loren L. Fuller, d. July 15, 1895, ae. 75y. 5m. zed. 
Hon. Marcellus Coggan, living in Winchester, Mass. 




Doctor George Louis Farrell, Mayor of Maiden and 
a member of this Society, died on New Year's day, 1913, 
at the age of forty-six years. At the time of his death he 
was undeniably the most popular man in Maiden, having 
achieved this personal triumph after one year in the office 
of Mayor, to which he was elected in 191 1, by a plurality 
over his nearest competitor of 197 votes, while a few weeks 
before his death he was elected by a majority of 2,591, a 
vote exceeding all previous records in Maiden's municipal 
history. At his death not only his city but other communi- 
ties mourned. The President of the United States sent his 
condolences to the widow. The reason for this overwhelm- 
ing change in public sentiment was the fact that for a 
twelvemonth Doctor Farrell had given most of his time 
without stint to the city which had so honored him. He 
was industrious, alert, public spirited and high minded. 
An activity that in other public positions had caused irrita- 
tion among his associates, developed into a tireless and 
prodigious energy in the work of his administration, that, 
while not saving him from some criticism, disarmed in the 
minds of a great majority of citizens any disposition to criti- 
cise and won him general applause. He sacrificed to a 
very great extent a lucrative practice that he might give 
the more time to the interests of any citizen having a claim 
upon his attention. All Massachusetts knew that he was 
the mayor of Maiden and that it would not be his fault if 


Maiden did not have the best administration she ever had. 
The tributes of the press and the outpouring of grief and 
sympathy which attended his funeral exercises, and the 
memorial meetings that followed, and the universal desire 
to honor his memory in other ways are all convincing evi- 
dences of the respect and even affection with which he 
was regarded. 

Doctor Farrell was born in the town of Webster. His 
father was Thomas Farrell, whose name is borne by the 
latest school building in the town, he having been for man}' 
years a public servant ; and his mother's maiden name was 
Katharine Thompson. He was a cousin to Judge William 
Schofield, whose memory Maiden and Massachusetts de- 
light to honor. In his early days Mayor Farrell sold news- 
papers and did odd jobs while attending school and during 
his summer vacations worked in dry goods stores in Wor- 
cester. Leaving the high school he came to Boston and 
for a time was in the employ of The Jordan Marsh Com- 
pany, his room-mate, also a native of Webster, being Mr. 
F. N. Joslin, a member of this society. He was a good 
salesman, and often won the prizes for records of sales in 
his department. After a time he worked in the dry goods 
business in Providence and then went to Jefferson Medical 
College in Philadelphia, graduating as class president and 
the fifth in rank in a membership of 250. His brother, 
Reverend James J. Farrell was then curate at the Immacu- 
late Conception Church in Everett, and this circumstance 
led the doctor to locate in Maiden in 1895. 

For awhile Dr. Farrell lived at number 377 Highland 
avenue, but in the year 1900 he purchased the estate at 
the corner of Pleasant street and Highland avenue which 
was his home for the rest of his life. In 1906 he became a 
member of the school board, leading the ticket with 2,651 


votes. The following year, by an act of the General 
Court, the membership of the school board was reduced 
from nine members to five and a new election was held, 
Dr. Farrell being a candidate but failing to be elected. 
He immediately announced that he would run for the office 
of Mayor the following year, and after three attempts won 
the election as stated above. 

At the time of his death. Mayor Farrell was a mem- 
ber of about thirty different societies, many of them being 
medical associations. He was a past grand knight of Santa 
Maria Council Knights of Columbus ; supreme physician 
of the Buffaloes, N. E. O. P. ; the Massachusetts Medical 
Society ; the Jefferson Medical Society ; the Maiden Delib- 
erative Assembly ; the Maiden Board of Trade ; an hon- 
orary member of the High School Literary Society ; past 
president of the Maiden Medical Society ; and was also a 
member of the William S. Forbes Anatomical League ; the 
W. W. Keen Surgical Society ; the Ancient Order of Hiber- 
nians ; the Massachusetts Catholic Order of Foresters ; the 
Ancient Order of United Workmen ; the Benevolent and 
Protective Order of Elks ; the Heptasophs, and other organ- 
izations. He was past president of many of these. For 
sixteen years he had been medical examiner for the Pru- 
dential Insurance Company. 

The survivors of Dr. Farrell's family are the widow, a 
son, John T., a daughter, Helen Jeanette, and brothers. 
Rev. James J. Farrell of Worcester, and Dr. Henry W., 
now of Maiden. 

By his official life he certainly fulfilled his ambition, 
as expressed to his eulogist Harvey L. Boutwell, Esq., at 
the time of his first election: "I will leave a good record. 
The people of Maiden shall know that I can be a good 
mayor. The best monument which I can leave to my 
family is a good record as mayor of Maiden." 



Good citizenship never had a finer exemplification than 
in the life of F. Henry Chadwick, a member of this Society 
who died at his home on Mount Vernon street, Maiden, 
February 17, 1914. His was a quiet life, the life of a man 
who found no occasion for self-laudation nor self-exploita- 
tion, but was content to be a faithful, useful member of the 
community, enjoying to the full its educational, musical 
and religious privileges ; using his education and experi- 
ence as an accountant for a single Boston firm for a half- 
century and his musical gifts as an aid to public worship 
and in pointing the way for others who were fortunate 
enough to be able to make a profession of an art which was 
for him an avocation. Thousands of graduates of the New 
England Conservatory of Music, and many thousands more 
who have been inspired and profited by the compositions 
of its director, George W. Chadwick, have reason to bless 
the memory of the good elder brother who gave the future 
symphonist his first piano instruction. 

Mr. Chadwick was in his 74th year. He was born in 
Boscawan, New Hampshire, the son of Alonzo Calvin and 
Hannah (Fitts) Chadwick. His father was a native of 
Boscawan and his mother of Candia, N. H. In 1864 he 
enlisted from Lawrence as a private in the Fourth Massa- 
chusetts regiment, and served under Gen. Banks in the 
Port Hudson campaign. Returning, he resumed his posi- 
tion as bookkeeper for the hardware firm of A. J. Wilkin- 
son & Co., in Boston and was at his desk within a week of 
his death. 

Mr. Chadwick was a member of the official board of 
Centre Methodist Episcopal Church, which he joined some 
twenty years ago. For a time he was organist of the 


church, and he was also chairman of its music committee 
and a member of the choir. He was a retired member of 
the Amphion Club of Melrose, and a member of Hiram G. 
Berry Post 40, G. A. R., as also of its glee club. 

Mr. Chadwick married in Boston, December 18, 1867, 
Harriet Blanchard Wheaton, daughter of Mason Wheaton, 
a native of Providence, R. I., and Julia Ann (Blanchard) 
Wheaton, born in Antrim, N. H. A son and three daugh- 
ters survive him. 


A member of this Society, died at his home, 39 Rock- 
land avenue, Maiden, April 25, 1913, in the 79th year of 
his age. 

While the personnel of any community may correctly 
be said to be made up of average men and women, the 
term "representative men" in a New England city or town, 
at least, has come to mean something more. It means men 
whose lives are in close touch with the municipal, moral 
and social forces of their home city, who represent the best 
elements of each ; and in this high sense Mr. Chester was 
certainly a representative man. Born in Boston, the son 
of John and Sally Willington Chester, he was educated in 
her public schools, being a Franklin medal pupil in the old 
Endicott school and for a time an attendant at the English 
High School. At the age of fourteen he learned the wood 
turning business in which he established himself at 18 and 
21 Harvard place, Boston, for some thirty years, moving 
to 55 Haverhill street, where he remained until a year 
before his death. 

Fifty-four years ago he married Miss Matilda Crosby 


of Wellfleet and he made his home in Boston and East 
Somerville until his purchase of the house on Rockland 
avenue, Maiden, where he spent the rest of his life. Mrs. 
Chester and a son, Marshall F. Chester, survive him. 

On coming to Maiden, Mr. Chester immediately be- 
came active in the social, religious and political life of the 
town. He served occasionally as moderator in town meet- 
ings, was a member and Chairman of the Board of Select- 
men, and a representative to the General Court in which 
position he aided in securing a city charter for Maiden. 
He was a member of the Water Board of Maiden and for 
a time its Chairman. While in the Legislature he served 
on the committees on towns and public charities. He was 
very prominent in Masonic circles, holding important posi- 
tions in various branches of the order, and was a member 
of the Post 40, G. A. R. Associates. For several decades 
he served as an usher in the Centre Methodist Episcopal 
Church, of which he was a member. He had a long term 
of service as an official member of the church, being at the 
time of his death, with a single exception, the senior member 
of the board of trustees. 


Caroline M. (Starbird) French was born in Boston 
Jan. 7, 1833. Her parents were Nathaniel Watson and 
Mary (Delver) Starbird. She attended the public schools 
of Boston (old Bowdoin School) and upon moving to Mai- 
den with her parents in 1848 attended school here for a 
time, later going to the academy at Framingham. 

Much of her early life was devoted to the study of 
music and at seven years of age she possessed her first 



piano. Lowell Mason was her first teacher and later she 
passed on to other teachers until she became quite profi- 
cient as a player of piano and organ. Always an ardent 
Unitarian and having attended Dr. Barrett's church while 
in Boston she helped to form the Unitarian Society of Mai- 
den where for several years she was organist. 

In 185 1 she was married to Dr. Nathan French by her 
former pastor in Boston, Dr. James Walker, afterward 
President of Harvard College. 

She was much interested in the early welfare of Mai- 
den and gave much time to the local associations of those 
days. She joined this Society many years ago. During 
the war she was one of the secretares of the Soldiers' Aid. 
Of late years she was unable to work actively but always 
retained an interest in the progress of the times. She 
passed away December 8, 191 2 and was buried at Mount 


Robert Cushman King, long a member of this Society, 
died at his home at 47 Francis street, Maiden, on May 4th, 
1913, leaving a widow and two children. 

The son of Caleb and Ann E. King, he was born in 
Mattapoiset, Mass., July 17, 1855. His boyhood was 
spent in the town of Duxbury, Mass., where he received 
his education in the public schools and academy. He later 
attended the Bryant and Stratton school in Boston and soon 
after entering upon his business career became a bookkeeper 
for Thomas E. Procter, a Boston leather merchant whose 
business was subsequently merged with the United States 
Leather Co. Of this company Mr. King became cashier 
and later credit man. He was a member of the Boot and 



Shoe Club, and at one time a director of the Shoe and 
Leather Association of Boston. 

While still a young man, Mr. King moved to Maiden, 
where he lived with his parents on Summer street. In 
1883 he married Ellen Holbrook Wellman, daughter of the 
Rev. Joshua W. Wellman, D. D., former pastor of the 
Congregational Church, and built a house at 47 Francis 
street, where he resided until his death, having been a res- 
ident of this city for nearly forty years. 

Almost from the time of his coming to Maiden, Mr. 
King belonged to the Congregational Church, taking a 
deep interest in its affairs and also was a member of the 
Congregational Club of Boston. 

Mr. King always retained his boyhood affection for 
Duxbury, where for the last ten years he has had a sum- 
mer residence, and where he is buried. 


David Barnes Pitman, a member of this Society, died 
in Boston, March 17, 1913, at the age of forty-nine years. 
Mr. Pitman was for his lifetime one of the most active men 
in Maiden, and few of its citizens were better known. He 
had a great capacity for friendship, and was never more 
happy than when he was able to do service for any one of 
the large circle of his acquaintances. His profession was 
accounting, and for many years he held the position of chief 
clerk in the office of the auditor of passenger accounts of the 
Boston & Maine Railroad. Several years ago he became 
ill and never fully recovered his health. About three months 
before his death he was stricken with pneumonia, and 
although apparently rallying from that disease, a trouble of 



the heart followed which was the ultimate cause of his 
death. He was the son of John W. and Anna M. Pitman. 
For many years he was very active in the Centre Meth- 
odist Episcopal Church, holding various offices in the Sun- 
day school, but in his later years he had other religious 
affiliations. He was a great lover of music and displayed 
a good deal of talent in executive capacities connected with 
musical and literary entertainments. For a long time he 
was a prominent member of the Amphion Club of Mel- 
rose, and at one time its president. Two sisters and three 
brothers survived him. 


Jesse W. Sargent, a member of this Society, died sud- 
denly while attending a service with his fellow members of 
the Beauseant Commandery of the Knights Templar at the 
First Universalist Church in Maiden, on Sunday, April 12, 
1914. The pastor of the church. Rev. Dr. Sykes, was 
preaching the occasional sermon to the organization, and 
was not informed of Mr. Sargent's death until near the end 
of the service, when in fitting words he made the announce- 
ment to the congregation. The sermon itself, as was 
pointed out in the press on the following day, was most 
appropriate, for under the theme "It is raised a spiritual 
body," the preacher had dealt with the permanent and 
transitory things of life. The death was due to heart dis- 
ease, and it is assumed was hastened by fatigue caused by 
the march of the commandery to the church. 

Mr. Sargent was fifty-four years of age, was a native 
of Gloucester, his parents being Solomon and Charlotte 
Plumer Sargent. There are two Sargent families which 
originated on Cape Ann, both founders having come to 


these shores very early in the history of New England, and 
the families have been represented by famous soldiers, 
scholars, authors and artists, among them being Col. Epes 
Sargent ; his nephew, Epes Sargent, whose school readers 
were famous a generation ago, and who wrote "A Life on 
the Ocean Wave" ; Judith Sargent Murray, the colonel's 
daughter, who married Rev. John Murray, the apostle of 
Universalism in this country, and was his biographer; 
Lucius Manlius Sargent, a famous Boston business man 
and publicist, and his son. Prof. Charles S. Sargent of Har- 
vard University ; Gen. Horace Binney Sargent and John S. 
Sargent, whose famous mural decorations adorn the Boston 
Public Library, and whose portraits are world famous. 

After obtaining his schooling in his native town Mr. 
Sargent engaged in mercantile pursuits, later entering the 
drug business, and graduating from the Massachusetts Col- 
lege of Pharmacy in 1889. Coming to Maiden about thirty 
years ago, he worked for his brother-in-law, Mr. A. B. 
Morgan, for a few years, then purchased what was known 
as Learned's pharmacy on Pleasant street near Commer- 
cial. When Holmes Block on Summer street was erected 
he moved to the store which he has conducted for so many 
years. He was president of the Eastern Middlesex Drug- 
gists' Association ; a member of the Stirling and Mount 
Vernon lodges of Masons, and many other Masonic 
bodies ; of the Middlesex Lodge of Odd Fellows ; the 
Spartan Lodge of the Knights of Pythias and the Glouces- 
ter Council of the Royal Arcanum. A widow and three 
brothers survive him. He was a man whom to know was 
to respect, as was abundantly shown in the confidence re- 
posed in him by the business men who aided him in putting 
his business on a secure foundation, by the medical pro- 
fession and his professional associates, and by the large 
public who were his customers. 

Jhe j^egister 

of the 

Maiden J^istorical Society 

Maiden, Massachusetts 

Number four 



MQidGR Historical SociGty 

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Edited Du the Comn^ittee on PuDlication 


Frank S. Whitten, Printilk 


I bequeath the sum of dollars to 

the Maiden Historical Society, incorporated under the laws 
of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and direct that 
the receipt of the Treasurer of the said Society shall be a 
release to my estate and to its executors from further liability 
under said bequest. 

Copies of this Register will be sent postpaid on receipt of one dollar. 



Joshua Wyman Wellman (portrait) Frontispiece 

Form of Bequest ...•••••• ^ 

Joshua Wjman Wellman 5 

The Old Hill Tavern and its Occupants, George Waller 

Chamberlain .....•••• H 

Methodist Beginnings in Maiden 3° 

Reminiscences of North Maiden (Melrose) and Vicinity, 

Hon. Levi S. Gould ....••• "5 

The Harrison Funeral Celebration 85 

The Dearborn Willard Family of Maiden, Erskine F. 

Bickford ^^ 

Inscriptions in the Bell Rock Cemetery (Continued) Tran- 
scribed by the late Deloraine Pendre Corey . . . 91 

The Register 

Officers 100 

Committees 1°' 

By-Laws i°2 

Members, 1915-1916 105 


Frederick N. Joslin i" 

Joshua Howard Millett (portrait) .... 112 

Wellington Phillips (portrait) 116 


Vice President of this Society from its incorporation. 

Joshua Wyman Wellman was born November 28, 
1821, in Cornish, New Hampshire, and died in Maiden, 
September 28, 1915. His father. Deacon James Ripley 
Wellman, owned a farm on the hills some miles back from 
the Connecticut river, and on this farm the son was born 
and grew to manhood. By hard work on the farm he 
gathered strength of body and mind. He never lost his 
liking for farm life and all its beauties. He loved animals 
and was indignant at cruelty to them. The memory of 
brooks, fields, and hills was always a delight to him and 
often in his last days at the mention of Ascutney or Croy- 
den Mountain, his face would brighten. 

The father, James Ripley Wellman, was the grandson 
of Reverend James Wellman, the first minister in Cornish. 
Reverend James Wellman, graduated at Harvard in 1744 
and was the son of Abraham Wellman, who died at the 
siege of Louisberg, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Abraham 
Wellman, was the grandson of Thomas Wellman, who 
settled in what is now Lynnfield, Massachusetts, about 

Through his mother, Phebe Wyman Wellman, Joshua 
Wyman Wellman, was descended from Francis Wyman, 
Ezekiel Richardson and Samuel Richardson, all early 
settlers of Woburn, Massachusetts. 

Through his grandmother, Alethea (Ripley) Well- 
man, he was descended from Governor Bradford and Elder 
William Brewster of Plymouth. William Ripley, the 


father of his grandmother, Alethea Ripley, was a sergeant 
in Stark's Brigade in the Rev^olutionary War. 

As a boy, he attended the public schools in Cornish 
until he was fifteen years of age, fitted for college at Kim- 
ball Union Academy, and graduated from Dartmouth Col- 
lege in 1846, giving the Latin Oration at his commencement. 

He was a member of Kappa, Kappa, Kappa, and 
Phi Beta Kappa. 

Among his classmates were George T. Angell of 
Boston, Hon. Benjamin F. Ayer of Chicago, Dr. J. Whitney 
Barstow of New York, Judge Isaac W. Smith of Man- 
chester, New Hampshire, Hon. Moses T. Stevens of 
Andover, Massachusetts, and Rev. Alonzo H. Quint, D. D. 
of Boston. His college ties were strong and he was always 
a loyal son of Dartmouth. At the time of his death he 
was one of the oldest living graduates. In the winter of 
1838, at the age of seventeen, Mr. Wellman taught school 
in Hartford, Vermont, and later during his college course, 
in Upton and East Randolph, Massachusetts. From 1846- 
1849 he taught a part of each year in Kimball Union 
Academy and in 1847 was principal of the Academy in 
Rochester, Massachusetts. 

Entering Andover Theological Seminary in 1847, he 
graduated in 1850, and during the year following was a 
resident licentiate. He was licensed to preach by the 
Suffolk North Association in Boston, April 9, 1850. 

He was ordained to the ministry and installed pastor 
of the First Church in Derry, New Hampshire, June 18, 
185 1, where he remained five years. He was installed 
pastor of the Eliot church, Newton, Massachusetts, June 
II, 1856, and was dismissed October 23, 1873. March 25, 
1874, h^ became pastor of the First Church of Christ, in 
Maiden, from which position he retired May 6, 1883. He 


never again was settled, but continued to preach in various 
parts of New England for many years. He resided in 
Maiden until the time of his death. 

In the spring of 1862 he went with his brother-in-law, 
Dr. Alfred Hitchcock of Fitchburg, a member of Governor 
Andrew's Council, to the scene of conflict in the South. 
They visited Fortress Monroe, Yorktown, were at the 
headquarters of General McClellan, and saw much of the 
horrors of war. Dr. Hitchcock, being a noted surgeon, 
worked in the hospitals, where there was at the time great 
need of skillful surgeons, and Mr. Wellman assisted him. 
While with the army, Mr. Wellman was shocked to learn 
that the son of an intimate friend and member of his church 
in Newton, for whom he was inquiring, had just been 
killed in battle. Mr. Wellman returned to Newton and 
conducted the funeral services of the young soldier in 
Eliot church. 

All these experiences made a deep impression on Mr. 
Wellman, and not long after his return he preached a war 
sermon on the subject " Our Nation Under the Government 
of God." This sermon excited much criticism, the 
preacher was bitterly attacked and threats were made that 
he must leave his pulpit. In the sermon slavery was 
opposed, but the position was taken that whatever one's 
views as to slavery might be, it was the duty of every loyal 
citizen to rally to save the country and to this end arming 
the slaves was urged. The larger part of the congrega- 
tion soon came to the support of their pastor in his patriotic 
work, and twenty-seven young men from the parish 
enlisted in the army. 

During Mr. Wellman's Newton pastorate, Eliot church 
grew to be large and prominent and a new meetinghouse 
was erected. 


Mr. Wellman was a lover of books. He took a deep 
interest in establishing the Newton Public Library and 
made an address when the library building was opened. 
After coming to reside in Maiden he became interested in 
the Maiden Public Library and took part in the exercises 
at the dedication of the Converse Memorial Building. 

At Maiden Dr. Wellman became pastor of an old his- 
toric church which had numbered among its preachers 
many noted men, including Marmaduke Matthews, Michael 
Wigglesworth, author of "The Day of Doom," Adoniram 
Judson, Sr., Alexander W. McClure and others. During 
his ministry in Maiden the church was built up in every 
way and he left it a strong and working organization. 

Dr. Wellman was a delegate to the famous Council 
called by Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, N. Y. in February, 
1876. This Council took up the charges which had been 
made against Henry Ward Beecher, found that they had 
not been sustained by proof and that therefore Beecher 
must be held innocent. Dr. Wellman took a prominent part 
in this Council. While he did not agree in all respects 
with Beecher's views as to theology and many other matters, 
it seemed to him that these questions were not in issue, and 
that Beecher was entitled to be judged on the evidence as 
to his guilt or innocence. Dr. Wellman considered care- 
fully all the evidence presented, and even sought informa- 
tion wherever he could get it, with the result that the find- 
ing of the Council met his hearty approval. In a speech 
at the close of the Council Dr. Wellman said " I believe 
the time is coming and coming soon when this scandal and 
all these misrepresentations and suspicions will be swept 
away and this pastor will be left free to work and toil here 
in joy and hope." For the stand he took in this matter 
Dr. Wellman was severely criticised both in the public 


press and in private conversation. Some of his best friends 
felt that he had made a serious mistake, but time has fully- 
justified his views. He lived to see Beecher greatly hon- 
ored and those who attacked him well nigh forgotten. 

Dr. Wellman was for many years a trustee of Phillips 
Academy, Andover, and was deeply interested in the 
Andover Theological Seminary. There came to be a 
feeling that the teaching in the Seminary was not in accord 
with the provisions of some of the deeds of gift. In this 
feeling Dr. Wellman shared. Complaint was made to the 
Board of Visitors, who after lengthy hearings removed 
one of the professors from his office. On appeal to the 
Supreme Court however, the removal was held to be void 
(Chief Justice Field dissenting) because the visitors had 
not complied with all the provisions of law in conducting 
their hearings. The fundamental proposition for which 
Dr. Wellman contended in the Andover case was that 
where funds are left in trust for specified charitable pur- 
poses those purposes should be strictly carried out, and it is 
not for trustees to use funds committed to their care con- 
trary to the express directions of the donor, even though 
they feel that they can improve on the plan set forth in the 
deed of trust. 

During the Civil War the sharp dissension over the 
questions involved, much disturbed the friendly relations 
which had previously existed between the Congregational 
clergymen in Boston and vicinit}^ After the close of the 
war, Dr. Wellman believed something should be done to 
bring the ministers into more friendly relations and to this 
end he proposed a weekly ministers' meeting. The first 
meeting was held April 6, 1868, and Dr. Wellman pre- 
sided. This was the beginning of the ministers' meetings 
which have continued to be held to the present time. 


In 1869 Dr. Wellman brought before the ministers' 
meeting the plan of forming a Congregational Club. The 
meeting acted favorably upon the project and Dr. Well- 
man, with others, was appointed on a committee which 
later made a report recommending the formation of the 
club and a form of orgranization. Dr. Wellman became 
one of the original members and remained a member until 
the time of his death, being the last survivor of the original 
members of the club. 

From his early years Dr. Wellman was much inter- 
ested in missions. This may have partly come about 
because his great-uncle, Colonel James Ripley, married a 
sister of Samuel J. Mills (known as the father of foreign 
missions in America), and Mr. Wellman saw much of his 
aunt during his early life. He was elected a corporate 
member of the American Board in 1867 and at the time of 
his death had been longer a corporate member than any 
other person living. 

Dr. Wellman was deeply impressed with the inade- 
quacy of compensation given to many clergymen and the 
need of reform in this matter. He was for a long time a 
member of the Board of Ministerial Aid in Massachusetts, 
serving on its executive committee. He gave much time 
and thought to the matter and made numerous addresses 
on the subject of aid to clergymen and kindred topics. 

Dr. Wellman believed one should always be search- 
ing for the truth with an open mind and should follow 
the light wherever it led. He was slow in forming an 
opinion, earnest and painstaking in seeking to get all the 
facts ; but when he had reached a conclusion did not readily 
change it. If the matter seemed to be of importance he 
would make great sacrifices to uphold what he felt to be 
the right. Had he lived in the days of persecution he 


would have died a martyr rather than yield his convictions. 
He felt that a strong character was not created in a brief 
period of excitement, but was the slow growth of years. 
He was convinced that the gospel of Jesus Christ was 
needful for the salvation of sinful men, that the lasting 
uplift of the world could only come through an increase in 
the number of men filled with a passion for righteousness 
and justice, and that such men could only be produced 
under the influence of the Christian religion. 

He received the degree of D. D. from Olivet College 
in 1868 and from Dartmouth College in 1870. 

He v/as for many years one of the managers of the 
Congregational Sunday School and Publishing Society, 
and later a Trustee. He was a director of the Congrega- 
tional Education Society and on his retirement from active 
work was made an honorary director for life. 

He was a member of the New England Historic 
Genealogical Society, of the Royal Historical Society of 
London, of the General Theological Library in Boston, of 
the Bunker Hill Monument Association and of the Winthrop 
Club. He was for a time a trustee of the Pinkerton 
Academy in Derry, New Hampshire. He was one of the 
founders of the Maiden Historical Society, having been 
vice president from the beginning until the time of his 
death. Among his published works are the following : 

1. Church Polity of the Pilgrims. 1857. 

2. Review of the Sabbath Hymn Book. 1859. 

3. The Organic Development of Christianity in the 

Direction of Education and Learning. (An 
address delivered before the Society for Pro- 
motion of Collegiate and Theological Educa- 
tion in the West.) i860. 


4. Our Nation Under the Government of God. (A 

war sermon preached in Eliot Church, New- 
ton.) 1854. 

5. Christianity and Our Civil Institutions. 1870. 

6. Sermon in Memory of John C. Potter. 1870. 

7. Address at the Opening of the Newton Free 

Public Library. 1871. 

8. Sketch of Life of Reverend James Monroe 

Bacon. 1875. 

9. A Sermon in Memory of Mrs. Maria Brigham 

Furber. 1883. 

10. The Transcendent Value of the Christan Sanc- 

tury. (A sermon preached at the rededication 
of the meetinghouse, First Church of Derry, 
N. H.) 1885. 

11. Review of Dr. A. V. G. Allen's Biography of 

Jonathan Edwards. 1890. 

12. Argument in the Andover Case, published in 

"The Andover Case," 1887. 

13. "The Question at Issue in the Andover Case." 

Arguments by Rev. O. T. Lamphear and 
Rev. Joshua W. Wellman, 1893. 

14. The Ecclesiastical History of Maiden. Published 

in the History of Middlesex County. 1890. 

15. Historical Discourse delivered on the Two Hun- 

dred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the First 
Church in Maiden. 1899. 

16. Origin and Early History of Eliot Church, 

Newton. A sermon preached in 1870, pub- 
lished in 1904. 
Dr. Wellman was much interested in the history of 
the Wellman Family and did much work with a view toward 
publishing such a history, but was not able to do so before 
his death. 


Dr. Wellman was married October 24, 1854 ^^ Ellen 
Maria Holbrook, daughter of Caleb Strong Holbrook and 
Prudence (Durfee) Holbrook of East Randolph, now 
Holbrook, Massachusetts. There were four children ; 
Arthur H. Wellman, Ellen H. Wellman (Mrs. Robert C. 
King), now living, and Edward W. Wellman and Annie 
Durfee Wellman, deceased. 



By George Walter Chamberlain, M. S. 

Through the courtesy of Mrs. Emeline M. Sprague I 
am permitted to use the following materials which were 
originally prepared for her. 

On Friday 27, November, 1914, there was demolished 
the oldest house which has recently stood within the 
present limits of the City of Maiden. From 1857 to 1914 
it stood just south of the City Hall on Irving street and was 
known to a former generation as the Hill Tavern. It was 
originally located on the site of the City Hall where it stood 
from about 1725 to 1857. In the latter year it was removed 
from its original site to Irving street to make room for the 
new Town Hall then about to be erected in Maiden Square. 
Through almost two centuries it stood and during the first 
century of its existence it was the best known landmark in 
town, except the Bell Rock Meeting House, standing near 
the center of the ancient township. Its history is asso- 
ciated with the very beginning of the settlement of Maiden. 

Abraham Hill, a carpenter by trade, appeared among 
the early settlers of Charlestown as early as 1636. He 
united with the First Church of Charlestown, 3 June, 1639. 
In 1638 the Charlestown proprietors granted him five lots 
of land, one of which was situated " in mistick feilde," 
which later formed a part of the town of Maiden. About 
1646 he removed from his first home which was on the 
" south side of mill hill " between " crookede lane " and 
" midle streete " in Charlestown to Maiden. His Maiden 


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house he erected on or near where the City Hall now stands, 
on the easterly side of the Great road (Main street) near 
its junction with the Medford road (Pleasant street), then 
called "the way to Coytmore's mill." (Corey's History of 
Maiden, 117.) 

His farm extended from Pemberton's brook along the 
southerly side of the Great road to the Salem road — from 
Main street to Salem street. Pemberton's brook still runs 
along the Saugus Branch of the Boston and Maine Rail- 
road. On the northwest side from his house Three Mile 
brook crossed the way to the mill and at this point in 
Pleasant street there was early erected a rude bridge called 
Hill's bridge. On the bank of Three Mile brook near 
where the present Police Station stands, Thomas Coyt- 
more erected a corn-mill prior to 27 August, 1641. 

Abraham Hill rented and was the keeper of this mill 
from 1646 to 1656 or longer. Down from the mill-pond 
(now Coytmore Lea) through a wooden sluce-way the 
waters were taken to grind the wheat and corn of all of the 
inhabitants who dwelt on the north side of the Mystic 
between Pullen Point and the northern bounds of Reading. 
Out of each bushel of grain he took his toll for grinding. 

At length the town "being destitute of an Ordinarie 
Keeper" the Court "licensed him to keep an Ordinarie in 
Maiden," 23 June, 1657, and he and his widow Sarah 
appear to have continued to keep Hill's Ordinary from 1657 
to 1679 — a period of about twenty-two years. 

According to his deposition he was born about 1605, 
undoubtedly in England and he appears to have been very 
closely associated both in Charlestown and in Maiden with 
Thomas Coytmore and his wife Martha. 

Mr. Hill died in Maiden, 13 February 1669/70, aged 
about 65 years. He married about 1639, Sarah Long 


daughter of Robert Long of Charlestown and she survived 
him. In 1705 Nathaniel Ball testified that he had lived 
with Abraham Hill at the mill fifty-nine years before, 
which indicates that Mr. Hill was keeper of the Coytmore 
mill in Maiden as early as 1646. (Wyman's Charlestown 

In 1664 Abraham Hill obtained letters patent for " a 
new way of making of a gun or pistoll, the breech whereof 
rises upon a hindge by a contrivance of a motion from 
under it, by which it is also let downe againe and bolted 
fast by one and the same motion." (New England His- 
torical and Genealogical Register, 33:351.) It appears 
that in 1664 there was only the Maiden Abraham Hill 
living in New England but whether the inventor lived in 
Maiden or in Old England is a matter for further investi- 

Among the first English children to play about Maiden 
Square over two and half centuries ago were the following 
children of Abraham and Sarah (Long) Hill : 

I. Ruth Hill, b, 2 June 1640; m. 7 Oct. 1659, ^^ 
Maiden, William Augur (Eager). 
2. II. Isaac Hill, b. 29 Oct. 1641 ; bapt. at the 
Charlestown First Church, 31 Oct. 1641. 

III. Abraham Hill, Jr., b. i Oct. 1643. 

IV. Zachary Hill. 

V. Sarah Hill, b. 19 Aug. 1647 ; d. — Oct. 1649. 

VI. Sarah Hill, b. —Oct. 1649, in Maiden. 

VII. Mary Hill, b. May 1652, in Maiden. 

VIII. Jacob Hill, b. — March 1656/7, in Maiden. 

2. Isaac Hill (Abraham^) was b. 29 Oct. 1641 ; d. 
in Maiden, prior to 23 Feb. 17 20/1. He m. (i) at Maiden, 
— June 1666, Hannah Hayward (Haward, Howard) 


daughter of Samuel Hay ward (Howard) of Maiden. He 
removed to Cambridge where his wife d. 25 April 1679. 
He m. (2) 12 Jan. 1679/80, Sarah Bicknell (Bicknal). 
He returned to Maiden about 1682 and was living here in 
1704, when he and his brother made a deposition as fol- 
lows : 

" Isaac Hill of maiden Aged about sixty-three yeeres 
and Abraham hill about sixty-one Testifieth and saith y* 
their father Abraham Hill was tennent and keeper of y^ 
corn-mill in maiden formerly belonging to m"^ Thomas 
Coitmore at y^ time of m"" John Coggains marrige with y® 
widdow wintrope formerly ye widdow Coitmore. And y* 
after said Coggins marria : w^^ s*^ wido : he y^ s<^ Abraham 
Hill continued Tennant in possession of said mill : In 
right of said Coggan for sundrey yeeres — and paid y^ 
rent to said Coggan: but y^ mill-pond in Maiden beeing 
neer half a mile distance from y^ mill and considering y^ 
grate charge in maintaining of troues and frams to bare y^ 
troues over a thurt y® Streeme to carry y^ water ouer y*^ 
land doun to y^ s^ mill : The s^ Coggain Altred and 
Remoued y® said mill further up y^ streeme neere to y® s"^ 
mill-pond [Coytmore Lea] . And after s'^ mill was remoued 
The same was still Improued and possessed by said 
Coggan: and his sucessers," etc. (Corey, 87). 

The marriage of John Coggan to Mrs. Martha (Coyt- 
more) Winthrop occurred in Boston, 10 March 165 1/2 and 
Mr. Coggan died 27 April 1658, which approximately 
indicates the period of Abraham Hill's service as keeper of 
the mill and of its removal to the site of the Maiden Dye 

" At a meeting at Isak hills of the Selectmen and com- 
missioner" 30 Aug. 1684, it was reported that "expenses 
about the bell taking downe and hanging up 2 shillings 


j8 malden historical society 

and 4 pence" had been incurred. (Ibid. 206). "At a 
Meeting of y*^ selectmen at Isaac Hills y® 19 January 
1693/4, It is ordered y^ one Wensday next which is y^ 24 
of this Instant Janeuary shall be the day for all y^ Inhab- 
itants of this Town to cut an carry firewood for Mr. 
Wigglesworth " (Ibid. 286). He was made a freeman 22 
March 1689/90. He was one of the proprietors and free- 
holders who share i in the allotment of 3,500 acres in the 
north part of the town. (Ibid. 377). Much of the town 
business was transacted at the Hill ordinary for many years. 

He was a trooper in the Middlesex Militia when Sir 
Edmund Andros was Governor in 168 1 and became a mem- 
ber of the Foot Company in 1689. He was appointed on 
various committees to act for the town in 1691, 1693 and 
1695, and was a member of the committee to lay out a high 
way on the west side of the Three Mile Brook Meadows 
and beyond Wayte's Mount in 1695. He was one of the 
proprietors and freeholders for the allotment of land in 
1695 also. In 1705 the selectmen petitioned "for the 
hanging of a Gate neer the pound of Isaac Hills." Two 
years later the town authorized the selectmen to agree with 
Mr. Hill for entertaining ministers for time past. From 
1681 to 1698 the town allowed him to keep an " ordarye." 
In 17 II he was chosen to represent the town at the Court 
of Sessions of the Peace. He was a representative to the 
General Court in 1698. (Corey's History of Maiden, 669.) 

In his chapter on an Historic Corner published in 
" Days and Ways in Old Boston," Walter Kendall Watkins 
says that Hezekiah Usher, son of the first bookseller of the 
colony, "while on a journey in the winter of 1696/7 " fell 
from his horse in the town of Maiden and was taken to the 
tavern of Isaac Hill in an injured condition." So the old 
tavern sheltered the sick and the afflicted as well as the 
weary traveller of " y^ olden tymes." 


Children by wife Hannah : 

I. Isaac Hill, Jr., b. — June 1670, in Maiden. 
II. Zachariah Hill, m. at Maiden 1700, Judith 

III. Sarah Hill, b. 5 Feb. 1677/8, at Cambridge. 

Children by wife Sarah : 
3. IV. Moses Hill, b. 27 Sept. 1680, at Cambridge. 

V. Thomasin Hill, b. 11 Dec. 1685, at Maiden; 
m. at Maiden, 23 Nov. 1703, Phineas 
Upham of Maiden. 
VI. Abraham Hill, b. 22 March 1687/8, at Mai- 
VII. Isaac Hill, Jr., b. i Dec. 1693, at Maiden. 

3. MosES Hill (Isaac^, Abraham^) was born in 
Cambridge, Mass., Sept. 27, 1680; died at Maiden, July 
21, 1743. He m. at Maiden, Dec. i, 1708, Sarah Parker. 

Mr. Hill was an early schoolmaster and subsequently 
a farmer in Maiden. At a meeting of the selectmen of 
Maiden held June 3, 1710, "Moses Hill is chose a school- 
master for y^ yeer insuing and he excepts [accepts] and 
will serve for y^ benefit of y^ scholars." One month later 
the Court ordered that as the town had no latin grammar 
school it should provide " a good able sufiicient school- 
master to teach their children to write and Read." This 
was no reflection upon Mr. Hill, but illustrates the poverty 
of the New England of that period. In 1727 Mr. Hill 
was chosen a member of a Committee to set off certain 
families from Maiden to Reading (the part of which is now 
Wakefield called Greenwood) and in 1737 he was chosen 
sealer of weights and measures. He owned the property 
east of Main and south of Salem streets, and at his death, 
the Hill Tavern, which he undoubtedly constructed, passed 
into the possession of his son Isaac Hill, the younger. 


Children all born in Maiden : 

I. Jacob Hill, b. 9 Aug., 1710. 
II. Tabitha Hill, b. 13 July, 17 12. 

III. Sarah Hill, b. 4 Dec, 1714. 

IV. John Hill, b. 10 June, 1718. 
4, V. Isaac Hill, b. 30 March, 1723. 

4. Isaac Hill (Moses^ Isaac^ Abraham^) was born 
at Maiden, 30 March, 1723; died there, 22 June, 1764, 
aged forty-one years. He m. at Framingham, Mass., 
29 Dec, 1743, Sarah Haven of Framingham, a daughter 
of Richard and Lydia (Whitney) Haven of Framingham 
where she was born 11 Sept., 1719. She m. (2) 13 Feb., 
1765, James Kettell of Charlestown, Mass. She was his 
second wife and d. at Charlestown, 17 Dec, i774.(Wyman, 
Charleston, 583.) 

He was chosen "Dear reve " (a town officer to pre- 
serve the wild deer) of Maiden in 1747/8, He served the 
First Parish as clerk in 1757 and 1758. Since the early 
church records of Maiden are not preserved, we cannot 
tell how long he served the First Parish as its clerk. As 
landlord of the Hill Tavern he was a popular and a well 
known citizen of colonial days. 

After Mr. Hill's death his widow joined her fortunes 
with James Kettell of Charlestown. Mr. Kettell became 
the new landlord of the Hill Tavern, and he displayed the 
sign of the "Rising Eagle" — prophetic and patriotic — 
on the ancient tavern. Here, on 3 Nov., 1766, John 
Adams dined as the following extract from his diary shows : 

" 1766 Monday Nov. 3d. Sett off with my wife for 
Salem. Stopped half an hour at Boston. Crossed the 
Ferry ; at three o'clock arrived at Hill's, the tavern in 
Maiden, the sign of the Rising Eagle at the brook near 


Mr. Emerson's meeting-house, five miles from Norwood's 
where namely at Hill's we dined. Here we fell in com- 
pany with Kent and Sewall. We all oated at Martin's 
where we found the new Sheriff of Essex, Colonel Salton- 
stall. We all rode into town [Salem] together. Arrived 
at my dear brother Cranch's about eight and drank tea and 
are all very happy. Sat and heard the ladies talk about 
ribbon, catgut and Parish net, riding-hoods, cloth, silk and 
lace. Brother Cranch came home and a very happy 
evening we had. Cranch is now in a good situation for 
business, near the Court House and Mr. Barnard's meeting- 
house and on the road to Marblehead ; his house fronting 
the wharves, the harbor and shipping, has a fine prospect 
before it." — Diary of John Adams. 

(Hurd's History of Essex County, Vol. I. ; LXIII.) 
Mr. Adams dined at the Hill Tavern again on 17 June, 
177 1. After Mrs. Kettell's death, the "Rising Eagle" 
reverted to her only son Charles Hill, Sr., last of the Hill 
landlords to keep a house of public entertainment in 

Children born in Maiden : 

I. Charles Hill, b. 5, April 1746; d. there May 
12, 1749. 

H. Lydia Hill, b. 26 Feb., 1749/50. 

HI. Elisabeth Hill, b. 11 March, 1753. 

IV. Sarah Hill, b. 29 Sept., 1754. 
5 V. Charles Hill, b. 21 Feb., 1756. 
VI. Mercy Hill, i Dec, 1758. 

5. Charles Hill, Sr. (Isaac*, Moses'^, Isaac^, 
Abraham^) was born at Maiden, 21 Feb., 1756; d. there 
29 April, 1804, aged forty-eight years. He m. at Maiden, 
18 Dec, 1777, Mary Wait, daughter of Samuel and Mary 


Wait. She was born in Maiden, 8 Dec, 175 1, and d. 
here 17 Sept., 1826, according to the church records. 

He was landlord of the Hill Tavern from i777 ^^ 
1804. The townspeople frequently met in Charles Hill's 
best room to discuss public affairs and occasionally they 
met there to transact the town business, especially during 
the period following the Revolutionary War. At a town 
meeting held in Maiden on 12 Aug., 1779, it was ordered 
that New England rum should be nineteen shillings a bowl 
and West India toddy eighteen shillings a bowl with half 
loaf sugar, and sixteen shillings with brown sugar ; and 
tavern keepers might charge twenty-four shillings for a 
dinner "with two dishes — one Roast, one boyled and 
suppers in proportion to the Dishes." Lodging was fixed 
at six shillings. The traveler's horse should be kept over 
night with English hay for eighteen shillings and a mess 
of oats at noon would cost six shillings. The townsmen 
then voted to adjourn this meeting into Charles Hill's west 
room, which was the famous house of entertainment in 

After Mr. Hill's death his son Isaac Hill occupied it 
till 1855. Ii"^ 1857 the town purchased the land for a town 
hall and the ancient Tavern was removed to Irving street. 

Charles Hill, Sr. was a " minute-man" of Capt. Benj- 
amin Blaney's Company which went to Watertown on the 
Lexington alarm of 19 April, 1775, for which service he 
was allowed one shilling, four pence, besides fees for 
travelling thirty-four miles. His company was the fourth 
in the first regiment of Middlesex Militia. He also served 
as Corporal of Capt. Nailer Hatch's Maiden Company in 
May, 1775, in the eight months' service. Again, he was 
with Capt. Benjamin Blaney in the Point Shirley expedi- 
tion in June 1776. He was allowed the state bounty on 


12 June, 1778, for one week's service in the lines at Boston, 
with Capt. Stephen Dana of Col. Mcintosh's Regiment. 
(Ibid. 818.) 

In his excellent History of Maiden, Mr. Core}' repro- 
duced his autograph on page 670. 

Charles Hill, Jr. (1778-1850) erected in 1812 the 
house now (1915) standing on the corner of Main and Irv- 
ing streets. It is now used as a harness shop. 

Children all born in Maiden : 
I. Charles Hill, b. 11 Oct., 1778 ; d. 26 Aug., 1850 ; 

aged 72 years, 7 months. 
II. Isaac Hill. 

III. John Dexter Hill. 

IV. Polly Hill. 

V. Sally Hill, b. 3 Nov., 1785; m. at Maiden, 17 

Nov., 1805, John Sprague. 
VI. Lydia Hill, b. 7 Jan., 1790; d. 29 Sept., 1792. 
VIII. Rebecca Wait Hill, b. 7 Dec, 1791 ; d. 6 April, 
1805, age 15 years. 
IX. Patty Hill, b. 28 Nov., 1793. 
X. Benjamin Goodwin Hill, b. i Dec, 1795 ; second 
post-master of Maiden, under President Jack- 


From a collection of Hill Papers now in possession of 
the Maiden Public Library the following calendar was 
made : 

1786, Oct. 26. Deed from Charles Hill, innholder, 
to Mercy Hill, spinster, both of Maiden, of about four 
acres " lying westerly from the road leading to Penny 
Ferry." Autographs of Charles Hill, Mary Hill, his wife, 
Nehemiah Torrey, Ezra Sargeant. 


1790, Aug. 12. Letter from Rebeckah Wait of 
Maiden to Miss Rebeckah Harris of Worcester contain- 
ing news relating to Maiden. 

1797, Oct. II. Deed from Charles Hill innholder, 
and wife Mary Hill, of Maiden, to their father Samuel 
Waite of Maiden, tanner, quitclaim in estate. Autographs of 
Charles Hill, Mary Hill, Ezra Sargeant, Rebeckah Wait. 

1800, Jan. 20. Deed from Ezra Floyd, saddletree 
maker, to Charles Hill, Jun., leather dresser, all of Maiden, 
of land in Maiden. Autographs Ezra Floyd, Polly Floyd 
his wife. 

1804, March 2. Will of Charles Hill of Maiden men- 
tions wife Mary, sons Charles, Isaac and Benjamin Good- 
win and daughters Mary, Sally, Lydia, Rebeccah Wait 
and Martha. Samuel Wait, Jr. of Maiden executor. 

1810, Feb. 27. Charles Hill's account with Barrett 
and Shattuck from 27 Feb. 1810 to Dec. 1811. 

1810, June7. Agreement between William Barrett 
of Maiden and Meshach Shattuck of Boston, silk dyers, 
under the firm name of Barrett & Shattuck and Charles 
Hill of Maiden. [Probably the Maiden Dye House prop- 

1812, Sept. 15. Charles Hill's account with William 
Barrett from 9 Jan. 1812 to 15 Sept. 1812. 

1816, Dec. 16. Deed from Eben"" Nichols, Nathan 
Holden, James Crane, Isaac Emerson and Edward Wade, 
Jr., selectmen of Maiden, to William H. Richardson of 
" a lot a few rods north of the Brick Meeting House on the 
opposite side of the Road," lot No. 3, " which the inhabi- 
tants of Maiden purchased of Isaac Wyman." 

1819, Aug. 13. Warrant to Charles Hill, collector of 
the north part of Maiden, by Eben"" Nichols, James Crane, 
F. Hall, Isaac Emerson, Henry Gardiner, assessors of 


1819, Oct. 18. Warrant to Charles Hill, constable of 
Maiden, to lev}- taxes for the Eastern School District by 
James Crane, Henry Gardiner, F. Hall, selectmen of 

1820, April 20. Order to James Crane, town treas- 
urer of Maiden, to pay to Mr. Thomas Waitt ten dollars 
($10.83) belonging to the Eastern School District, "it 
being part pav for a lot of land to sett a school house on in 
s^ District." 

1820, May 17. (liiiitclaim deed from Benjamin Good- 
win Hill to Charles Hill, both of Maiden, to i6 acres, "the 
homestead of their late father Charles Hill in the village 
near the meeting house with the buildings which were 
devised to our mother Mary Hill." [City Hall property 
and adjacent lands]. 

1820, Sept II. Warrant to Charles Hill, collector, to 
levy taxes to pay Daniel Sargent, Treasurer of the Com- 
monwealth, John Keyes, county Treasurer, Capt. Nathan 
Nichols, treasurer of the ministerial funds of Maiden and 
James Crane, treasurer of Maiden, various sums. 

1821, July 12. Execution issued by Charles Hill, 
constable, to sell Elias Tufts' real estate with one-half of 
dwelling situated in southwardly part of Maiden, bounded 
by Phillips Lane, etc. 

182 1, Sept. 27. Warrant to Charles Hill, collector 
of Maiden, to levy taxes by Eben Nichols, James Crane, 
Isaac Stiles, John Sargent, assessors of Maiden. Twenty- 
four assessed persons named on reverse side. 

1822, Jan 7. Receipt from Sally J. Waitt to Charles 
Hill for "instructing Master Green from 9 Oct. up to this 
date, 13 weeks at 12 1/2 c. per week $1.62 1/2 " 

[Private School tuition]. 

1822, Ma}^ 21. Warrant to Charles Hill, collector of 


Maiden, to levy $708.64 tax in the Centre School District, 
by Eben'' Nichols, Edw^ Wade, Jun, Isaac Emerson, 
assessors of Maiden. 

1822, July I. Warrant to Charles Hill, collector of 
Maiden, to levy part of $8,500 for Rev. Aaron Green's 
salary as Gospel Minister of s'^ Town and other purposes, 
by Eben Nichols, Edw'^ Wade, Jr., Isaac Emerson, asses- 
sors of Maiden. Twenty-eight assessed persons named 
on reverse side. 

1822, July 5. Warrant to Charles Hill, constable, by 
the Overseers of the workhouse in Maiden, concerning 
"Thadeus" Simonds. Autographs of Edw^ Wade, Jr., 
Isaac Stiles, overseers. 

1822, Sept. 10, Receipts from John Keyes, treasurer of 
Middlesex Co. for $139.00 in part of taxes from Charles 
Hill, collector of Maiden for 182 1. 

1822, Oct. II. Warrant to Charles Hill, collector of 
Maiden, to assess tax upon the Centre School District, by 
Eben'' Nichols, Edw. Wade, Jun^ Isaac Emerson, assessors 
of Maiden, Fourteen persons named on reverse side. 

1823, March 21. Warrant to take Andrew Blaney to 
the house of industry in Maiden. 

1823, July 7. Warrant to Charles Hill, collector of 
Maiden, to levy taxes by Eben"" Nichols, Edw^ Wade, Jr., 
Isaac Emerson, assessors and selectmen of Maiden. 

1824, June 16. Letter to Mr. Cotton Sprague of 
Maiden, relating to land titles of Evans estate. Names of 
heirs to estate given. 

1824, Sept. 6, Warrant to Charles Hill, collector, to 
levy Maiden's tax of $4,336.58, by Ebenezer Nichols, 
Edw'^ Wade, Jr., Isaac Emerson, assessors of Maiden. 

1825, March 10. Deed from James Hitchins to 
Edward Newhall, both of Maiden, pew 43 in Baptist 


Meeting House in Maiden [which then stood in what is 
now the Salem Street Cemeter}^] 

1825, Aug. 18. Warrant to Charles Hill, collector, to 
lev}^ tax of $3,590.55, by Eben'' Nichols, Edw^ Wade, Jr., 
Isaac Emerson, assessors of Maiden. 

1825, Aug. 24. Warrant to Charles Hill, constable 
of Maiden, to levy taxes to repair the Meeting House, by 
Eben'' Nichols, Edw'^ Wade, Uriah Oakes, assessors of 
Second Society of Maiden. 

1826, Jan. 17. Deed from Mary Porter, Banjamin 
Jarvis, Mary Jarvis, all of Boston, to Charles Hill and 
Edward Wade, both of Maiden, three acres in Maiden. 

1826, Jan. 19. Deed from Frederic Tudor of Boston, 
merchant, to Charles Hill of Maiden land in Maiden, 
" being the same which my father the late William Tudor 
conveyed to me," 31 Dec. 181 1. 

1826, March 28. Receipt from Sarah Richardson to 
Charles Hill for " instructing Julia Ann 11 weeks at 6 1/4 
cents per week $0.68." [Private School tuition.] 

1826, April 25. Notice that Charles Hill has been 
appointed administrator of the estate of John Howard, late 
of Maiden, deceased. 

1826, May 29. Deed from John Trask of Boston to 
Charles Hill of Maiden, one-half of a dwelling house and 
shop in Maiden on the road leading to Chelsea, " which were 
conveyed to me by John Howard." 

1826, Aug. 18. Warrant to Charles Hill to levy 
taxes $2,232.25 by Eben'' Nichols, Edw^ Wade, Isaac 
Emerson, assessors of Maiden. 

1826, Sept, 14. Warrant to Charles Hill, constable, 
to levy a tax on the First Congregational Society of Maiden 
of $697 by Eben'' Nichols, Ew^ Wade, Chs. Hill, asses- 
sors of said Society. 


1826, Oct. 5. License of Charles Hill adm. of estate 
of John Howard, late of Maiden, to sell real estate. 

1827. April 8. Thomas Flo3^d received of the Uni- 
versalist Society $3.87 "for playing the violin for their 
Lectures from 27 Aug. 1826 to 8 April 1827," by B. G. Hill. 

1827, June 18. Deed from James Crane, Mary Crane, 
John Sprague, Sally Sprague, Wm. H. Richardson, Lydia 
Richardson, Samuel N. Bredeen and Martha Bredeen to 
Charles Hill, Isaac Hill, Benj. Goodwin Hill of the Hill 
homestead belonging to the late Charles Hill and pew No. 
33 in the Brick Meeting House. 

1827, July 24. Thomas Whittemore received of 
Charles Hill $16 in behalf of the Universalists in Maiden 
for "preaching lectures." 

1827, Sept. I. Deed from Isaac Hill and Benjamin 
G. Hill, trader, to Charles Hill, all of Maiden, of three 
lots, viz. three acres, five and one-half and ten acres of 
wood land and pew No. 33 in the Brick Meeting House of 

1827, Sept. I. Deed from Charles Hill and Isaac 
Hill to Benjamin G. Hill, trader, all of Maiden, four acres 
including "the late dwelling house of Charles Hill deceased." 
Autographs of Chas. Hill, Phebe Hill, Isaac Hill. 

1827, Oct. 5. Deed from Charles Hill to Nathan 
Nichols, Esqr., Treasurer of the Trustees of the Con- 
gregational Society, of land in Maiden with buildings. 

1829, June 23. Whereas Robert Gerry of Maiden, 
gent, recovered judgment against Ephraim Buck of Maiden, 
Esq. said Gerry attached 11 shares in the Marine Elevat- 
ing Dock Corporation, etc. 

1830, Feb. 16. Claims of forty-seven Maiden persons 
against unknown estate — probably the estate of John 
Howard late of Maiden. 


1830, Dec. I. Deed from Thomas O. Brackett, 
Deputy Sheriff, in favor of Nathan Nichols vs. Nathan 
Newhall and Edward Newhall, all of Maiden, to Charles 
Hill, of land and buildings in Maiden. 

183 1, June 4. Deed (mtg.) from Charles Hill, to 
Joseph B. Wilson, millwright, both of Maiden, of land 
and buildings ; released 7 June 1849. 

1835, Aug. 31. Letter to James Crane relating to the 
financial affairs of Charles Mclntier and accounts in the 
Marine Elevating Dock Corporation. Item : 

"June 9, 1829, stage fare from Boston to Maiden 

37 i/2c." 

1836, July 25. Deed from Charles Mclntier of Boston 
to James Crane and Charles Hill, both of Maiden, mill 
privilege in Maiden. Autographs of Charles Mclntier and 
Mary L. Mclntier. 

1841, Dec. 7. Deed from John Hitchins and George 
Hitchins to Aaron Green Hill of woodland in Stoneham. 
Martha S. wife of George Hitchins signed with them. 

1848, June 5. Deed from Isaac Hill of Maiden to 
Robert Gerry of Ellsworth, Me., gentleman, all rights in 
flats " on the westerly side of a new road leading from near 
the Baptist Meeting House in Maiden towards Chelsea 

1848, June 5. Deed from Robert Gerry of Ellsworth, 
Maine, gent, to Aaron G. Hill, painter, and William H. 
Nichols, trader, both of Maiden, of land on " westerly side 
of a new Road leading from near the Baptist Meeting 
house towards Chelsea Ferry,"* * * " lately belong- 
ing to William Haskins." 

1849, May 17. Warrant of the East District of 
Maiden to the sheriff or deputies or constable of Maiden, 
to levy taxes on nine persons named by W. S. Stearns, 
treasurer and collector of Maiden. 



An Address by the President of the Society 

There is no doubt at all that the seed that finally 
germinated and bore fruit as Maiden Methodism was 
planted by Rev. George Whitefield, and that the unwitting 
cause of its planting was Rev. Joseph Emerson, pastor of 
the First Church, the first occupant of the old parsonage 
(which later became known to fame as the birthplace of 
Rev. Adoniram Judson) and the great-grandfather of 
Ralph Waldo Emerson. If the first Methodist sermon in 
Maiden could not have been preached by John or Charles 
Wesley, modern Methodists could certainly ask for no 
greater distinction than to have had it fall from the lips of 

Whitefield was a Calvinistic Methodist, while the Wes- 
leys were Arminians. The difference in view is not much 
emphasized in these days, but for a time it caused a seri- 
ous breach between the great evangelists and their fol- 
lowers, though it could not separate the three men long. 
All had been members of the Holy Club at Oxford and 
shared the characterization of "Methodists," given as a 
term of reproach, but accepted as the most fitting title the 
societies they formed could have. At just the time when 
John Wesley (preceded a while by his brother Charles, 
who returned via Boston), sailed for England after the 
failure of his missionary work in Georgia, Whitefield was 
taking ship from England for America. He made seven 


voyages hither, and finally his weary body was laid at rest 
in the crypt beneath the pulpit of the Old South church at 
Newburyport, a place which has been a shrine for almost 
150 years. My copy of the " Memoirs of Rev. George 
Whitefield " bears a book-plate showing it once was a vol- 
ume in the library of the First Presbyterian church of 

The doors of King's Chapel in Boston were closed to 
Whitefield, as were those of most of the established churches 
when he was in England, but the pulpits of the other Bos- 
ton churches, the First and Second and the Old South 
among them, were open to him always, and it was only the 
need of room for his hearers that drove him to the Com- 
mon, where, on one occasion, in 1740 (one of the Boston 
pastors has left the record), he preached to twenty-three 
thousand people, "at a moderate computation." But he 
loved to preach in Presbyterian churches, as their form of 
doctrine was most nearly like his own, and this, doubtless, 
made Newbury, as he called it, attractive to him, for there 
Presbyterianism was strong. 

On June 5, 1740, Whitefield, having crossed the 
ocean, reached Savannah, and after spending some time 
in Charleston, where he built his orphanage, he sailed for 
New England in the orphanage sloop late in August, 
reaching Rhode Island September 14. Soon he came to 
Boston, being met ten miles outside the town (probably at 
Dedham) by Gov. Jonathan Belcher's son and a "train of 
the clergy and the principal inhabitants-" The record 
shows that besides preaching many times in Boston he 
rode one hundred and seventy miles in about a week, 
preaching in other places sixteen times. Whenever he 
preached in Boston the Governor, the Secretary, Josiah 
Willard, and several of the Council generally attended. 


Gov. Belcher, like Benjamin Franklin and other noted 
men of those days, was very fond of him, and when he 
left Boston for Northampton, to visit the Rev. Jonathan 
Edwards, the governor rode fifty miles of the journey with 

Fortunately we have Whitefield's own story of his first 
visit to Maiden, 175 years ago. On October 6, being on his 
return journey to Boston from the east, he reached Salem, 
at nine o'clock in the morning and two hours later preached 
at Marblehead. He writes in his journal : 

Monday, October 6. At the Intreaty of Mr. Emerson-, 
Son-in-Law to dear Mr. Moody ^ I believe a real Man of 
God; we went to Maiden, 14 miles from Ma7-blehead 
where I preached not with so much Power as in the Morn- 
ing. But one Girl came crying to me and saying. She 
feared she had not true Faith in Jesus. On that thousands 
others began to doubt also ! Here the Secretary and 
several Friends from Boston gave us the meeting ; with 
them after Sermon, I immediately sat out, and got privetely 
into Boston about 7 at Night. 

The reference to Rev. Samuel Moody of York, in the 
District of Maine, is interesting, as showing Whitefield's 
estimate of one of the greatest and most useful of the 
clergymen of that period ; and it indicates a reason why 
Whitefield sailed for York, on his second visit to New Eng- 

Whitefield returned to England the following year to 
find that in his absence one of his devoted followers, John 
Cennick (author of " Children of the Heavenl}'^ King " and 
other classics of Methodist hymnology), who was master of 
Wesley's Kingswood school, had opened the breach between 
the two wings of Methodism by charging "Brother John " 
with preaching that " there is righteousness in man." " So," 
said Wesley, " there is, after the righteousness of Christ is 


imputed to him through faith," and promptly dismissed 
Cennick from the school and excommunicated him and 
his adherants from the Band Society in Kingswood. Mean- 
while Cennick had written to Whitetield to " fl}^ " to him, 
saying "With universal redemption Brother Charles pleases 
the world. Brother John follows him in everything." We 
cannot detail the controversy over the doctrine of election 
that ensued, but evidently Rev. Joseph Emerson and his 
brother clergymen in New England followed it closely and 
approved Whitefield's attitude. They were not so many 
generations away from John Cotton and the Mathers, as 
not to know how great were the services performed by their 
predecessors for independency in the days preceding the 
Commonwealth ; they must have kept much more closely 
in touch with the Great Awakening in England than we 
have sometimes realized, and it seems very probable to the 
writer that a great deal of the opposition met by Jesse Lee 
and his associates a half-century later had its root in the 
clerical prejudice that would have spurned John Wesley 
had he visited Boston, but which saw in Whitefield, the 
calvinist, simply one of themselves. 

However this may be, when Whitefield reached York 
in the autumn of 1744, after a tedious voyage from Eng- 
land of eleven weeks, he was met by Sir William Pepperell 
with some friends in his own boat, and invited to his house. 
Whitefield was so ill, however, that he declined, and went 
to some other house, where he remained for three weeks. 
Colonel Pepperell did not give him up, but at the end of 
that period followed him to Boston, where he constantly 
attended his lectures, until he was commissioned to head 
the first expedition against Cape Breton.* Rev. Thomas 

*At the time of the expedition toLouisburg commanded by Coi. William Pepperell, 
Rev. George Whitetield gave the following motto which was inscribed on the flag of the 
expedition: '■'Nil desperandum Christo duce." "Nothing need be despaired of where 
Christ takes the lead." 


Prince, pastor of the Old South, and an accurate historian, 
in his " Christian History " No. XCIV, says : 

Saturday, November 24, 1744, the Rev. Mr. White- 
field was so far revived as to be able to set out from Ports- 
mouth to Boston, whither he came in a very feeble state the 
Monday evening after; since which, he has been able to 
preach in several of our largest houses of public worship, 
particularly the Rev. Dr. Coleman's, Dr. Sewall's, Mr. 
Webb's and Mr. Gee's to crowded assemblies of people, 
and with great and growing acceptance. At Dr. Cole- 
man's desire, and with the consent of the church, on the 
Lord's day after his arrival he administered to them the 
holy communion. And last Lord's day he preached for 
Mr. Cheeverof Chelsea, and administered the holy supper 
there. The next day he preached for the Rev. Mr. Emer- 
son of Maiden. 

That would make the date of his sermon in Maiden 
Monday, Dec. 10, 1744. It was of course preached in the 
third meeting-house,* predecessor of the brick First Parish 
church, recently demolished, and then a building only 14 
years old. 

Years passed before Whitefield again visited New 
England. In April, 1754, he sailed for South Carolina, 
putting in at Lisbon and spending a month in Portugal. 
Reaching Charleston, May 27, he spent several weeks 
there, arriving at New York by water July 27, and preach- 
ing between there and Philadelphia until the middle of 
September. Gov. Belcher journeyed to Elizabethtown, New 
Jersey, to meet him, and, it being commencement, New 
Jersey college at Princeton presented Whitefield with the 
degree of A. M. Then, with the president, Mr. Burr 
(father of Aaron Burr), he set out for New England. He 
reached Boston, Oct. 9, and preached in this vicinity for 

*For a description of the church in which Whitefield preached, see Vol. II of this 
Register, pp. 33-53, 


nearly a month, with great success. He writes : " In 
Rhode Island and Boston souls fly to the gospel like doves 
to their windows." He traveled as far north as Portsmouth, 
preaching two or three times a day, so it seems probable 
that he again came to Maiden. In 1764 he came to Boston 
again, it being his sixth visit to America. As the small 
pox was spreading through the town, he preached for 
some time in the parts adjacent. Great success came to 
him in Newbury. The probabilities seem to favor his hav- 
ing preached in Maiden during this time, also. 

In 1769, Whitefield sailed for America, never to return 
to England. The voyage consumed thirteen weeks, the 
last week within sight of port. He wrote: "The wind 
blew hard, and our ship, like a young christian, for want 
of more ballast, would not obey the helm." He left 
Savannah April 24, 1770, spent four weeks in Philadelphia 
and then departed for New York and Boston. His health 
was failing rapidly. Late in September he reached Boston, 
where he preached three days. He preached in Newton 
September 20, and then started on an excursion to the east- 
ward, intending to return in a little over a week. He 
preached at Exeter September 29, and died at the house of 
Rev. Jonathan Parsons, in Newburyport, the following day, 
Sunday, September 30, 1770. John Wesle}^ preached his 
funeral sermon at Whitefield's Tabernacle, in London, 
November 18, 1770. 

The direct narrative in my own copy of the Life of 
Whitefield says nothing of his preaching in Maiden in 
1770, but Gov. Belcher had his successors in their admira- 
tion for the great evangelist, and one of these was John 
Rowe, the Boston merchant, whose name persists in Rowe's 
wharf, and who was instrumental in placing the "sacred cod- 
fish " in the original house of representatives' chamber. His 


diary remains, and it shows that he followed Whitefield 
in person, or in thought, wherever he preached. A foot- 
note in the diary records that Whitefield preached in Maiden 
August 19, 1770, citing Rev. Luke Tyerman's "Life of 
Whitefield " as authority. A footnote in my earlier printed 
"Life" confirms T3'erman. 

What happened on that day is also a matter of record, 
for, in a letter written to Mr. Corey, the late Rev. John G. 
Adams, D. D., stated that "an aged school teacher. Miss 
Porter, who was living in Medford in 1840, remembered 
hearing him in the old meetinghouse in Maiden. The 
house was thronged and the preacher was forced to make 
his way to the pulpit by a ladder through a window which 
opened into the back of the building. His text was 'Who 
is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon 
her beloved?'" 

Rev. Peter Thacher, then 18 years and six months 
old, was ordained and installed pastor of the First Parish 
on September 19, 1770, just one month after Whitefield 
preached his last sermon in Maiden. Whitefield was 
preaching in Boston on that day, and may have attended 
the ordination service ; if he did not, it may have been his 
prayer at his own service on August 19 that caused him to 
comment on the singular fervor of Thacher's prayers, and 
to call him "the young Elijah." But as we are also told 
that Whitefield esteemed Mr. Thacher as " the ablest 
preacher in America, and looked upon him as one born for 
the defence of New England Orthodoxy," the internal 
evidence seems to be that he had met him more than once, 
and had heard, not only his prayers, but his preaching. 

Referring to Whitefield' s last sermon in Maiden, the 
date of which escaped Mr. Corey, and which I should 
have had difficulty in tracing had John Rowe's diary never 
been published, Tyerman says : 


"Whitefield sailed from New York on Tuesday, July 
31, and arrived at New Port on the Friday followin^r. He 
preached August 4 to 8 at New Port; 9 to 12 at Provi- 
dence; 13 at Attleborough, and 14 at Wrentham. With 
the exception of the 19th, when he discoursed in Maiden, 
he officiated every day at Boston from the 15th to the 25th." 

This statement is confirmed by the itinerary published 
as a footnote in the " Life," and it may be added that both 
authorities state that he preached in Medford, August 26, and 
not on the 20th, as the editor of John Rowe's Diary thinks. 

Twenty years after the death of Whitefield, Jesse Lee, 
the Southern born apostle of New England Methodism, 
preached his first sermon in Maiden. Two decades later 
saw the establishment of Methodist preaching in North 
Maiden, now Melrose. Before the lapse of another ten 
years, what is known as the Centre church had its begin- 
nings, as the result of a revival in the North Maiden church. 
It is interesting to reflect that the life of Centre church is 
embraced in that of one of its living members, Mrs. Sarah 
O. Cox, now 103 years old, the daughter of one of its 
founders, Gilbert Haven, Senior, and the sister of Bishop 
Gilbert Haven.* Many years ago she repeated to me many 
of her reminiscences of the early church and its pastors, 
and these I preserved. She was a child of eight years 
when the movement began which resulted in its formation, 
and was a member of the choir when the first church build- 
ing of the Society was dedicated. The late Miss Mary 
C. Waitt and the late Mrs. George D. Allen (daughters of 
Aaron Waitt, Senior and Unite Cox, respectivel}^ both 
founders of the Society), Wilbur H. Sargeant, son of Rev. 
Aaron D. Sargeant, and Hon. George Howard Fall, a 
member of the Society and a grandson of James Howard, 

*Mrs. Cox died Sept. 21, 1915, thus dissolviug the last tie with the first generation 
of the church. Two months later, Wilbur Iledding Sargeant (son of Rev. Aaron D. Sar- 
geant, a founder of the church) died, he being the last survivor of the second generation 
from the founders. Gilbert Haven, Senior, and Hannah Burrell were married in Boston, 
by Rev. Charles Lowell, father of James Russell Lowell, and she was born in Boston, 
June 1 1, 1912. 


the leader in the church enterprise, as also the late Del- 
oraine P. Corey, have helped me greatly in my researches. 

The beginnings of Methodism in New England are 
generally familiar. In 1789, after it had become well 
established in the central and southern states, Jesse Lee 
was sent to open up the work in the East. He spent a year 
in Connecticut and Rhode Island, with such success that it 
was July 9, 1790, before he reached Boston, where, pre- 
vented from securing any church, hall or schoolhouse, he 
chose a monumental spot under the Old Elm, on the Com- 
mon, and preached what is usually termed the first Metho- 
dist sermon in Massachusetts. In December he reached 
Lynn, where at the home of Benjamin Johnson he preached 
the sermon which was to mark the beginning of Methodism 
there and lead to the founding of the first church in the 
state. On February 20, 1791, that church was organized, 
with eight members. In June a chapel was built, and, 
meanwhile, Jesse Lee was busy planting in nearby places. 
He came to Maiden, we are told, and at some time during 
the year formed a class which met in "Peter Tufts' lane," 
now Cross street, and he seems to have conducted his first 
preaching service in the old house demolished a few years 
ago to make way for the Lincoln School building. It was 
the home of John Waitt, — a direct descendant of that John 
Wait who was, with Joseph Hills, a founder of Maiden ; 
who was Hills' son-in-law, and, like him, an early Speaker 
of the General Court, and the man in whose honor Wait's 
Mount, formerl}' his property, is named. The later John 
Waitt was a man who had the courage of his convictions, 
was well-to-do, apparently, and gladl}" made his ancient 
lean-to house the shelter for the new faith. 

In some earlv sketches the name of Daniel Smith 
appears as in charge of the work and as the one who formed 


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the class which worshipped for many years in John Waitt's 
house. It is difficult to write briefly of Daniel Smith. He 
was born in Philadelphia, February 4, 1769, and entered 
the ministry at nineteen years of age. He was but 22 when 
he became pastor of the "society" of which the Maiden 
class formed a part. He appears to have left a charge in 
Charleston, S. C, and travelled more than a thousand 
miles, of course on horseback, to take his appointment as 
colleague of Jesse Lee at" Boston," October 4, 1790. He 
was at the conference in New York in May, 1791, at which 
he received his appointment to Lynn, his colleague being 
John Bloodgood, and Lee being appointed presiding elder, 
Rev. Enoch Mudge, the first native Methodist preacher of 
New England, wrote of him : 

He was a man of an humble, sweet spirit, and a very 
good and useful preacher. No one of his time was more 
beloved. He always spoke feelingly, for the obvious 
reason that he always lived under a deep, feeling sense of 
the presence of God, and of the importance of personal 
religion. The people of Lynn, Boston and vicinity, who 
knew him, were ardently attached to him. It was a day 
of weeping with us when he left Lynn. He gave an after- 
noon lecture in the newly erected and unfinished meeting- 
house and then left, to lecture at Maiden in the evening. 

The first Methodist conference in this vicinity met in 
the uncompleted chapel in Lynn, August i, 1792. After 
a three-days session, it adjourned on the Sabbath ; so it 
must have been during the following week that Daniel 
Smith preached his farewell sermons in Lynn and Maiden. 
Father Mudge preserved for us his text : Rev. 14 : 10, 11. 
During his pastorate at Lynn, John Mudge, brother to 
Rev. Enoch, and one of the most useful laymen of his day, 
was converted. Mr. Smith was appointed by Bishop Asbury 
to John Street, in New York, Methodism's oldest church. 


soon located and entered business and public life. He 
preached on Sundays, however, to large congregations in 
New York, his last sermon being preached in John Street 
Church only a fortnight before his death, which occurred 
October 22, 1815. 

John Bloodgood, Daniel Smith's colleague at the 
beginning of the Maiden class, became one of the best- 
known figures in early American Methodism. His personal 
appearance was imposing. Much of his life was spent in 
the Middle states, and some of his greatest successes in the 
pastorate were in Baltimore and vicinity, where he spent 
his last days. 

There were fifteen or twent}^ members in the class at 
John Waitt's house. Several persons took certificates of 
attendance on and support of the Methodist ministry, as the 
statutes of those days provided, thus being relieved of the 
burden of supporting the regular preaching in the First 
Parish church, A copy of one of these certificates reads : 
"This may certify that John Waitt of Maiden attends pub- 
lic worship with the Methodists in Maiden, and freely con- 
tributes to the support of their ministry. Signed in behalf 
of the Society, the 26th day of November, 1791, Daniel 
Smith, preacher." The late Dr. David Sherman, in his 
history of the New England Conference, assigns this class 
to no circuit, but it was a part of the Lynn circuit, with its 
centre only five miles away. Unfortunately the first book 
of records of luynn Common church — a priceless record of 
Methodism's beginnings in Massachusetts — cannot be 
found, but it is doubtful if anything would be discovered 
concerning the work here if it could be. The late Horace 
Mann, of Natick, told the writer years ago that Maiden 
was a part of the Needham circuit, and no doubt in his 
historical researches he found records concerning it. A 


search in the earliest Minutes of the New England Con- 
ference confirms his statement and develops the inform- 
ation that this circuit was fifty miles long, including Need- 
ham, Harvard, Weston, Milford, Holliston and Maiden. 

In 1800 that magnificient soldier of the Cross, Joshua 
Soule, in his later years of the church. South, a bishop 
whose active ministerial life extended over the first half 
century of the Methodist Episcopal church, was appointed 
to the Needham circuit, and he made a record of the mem- 
bership of the class at Maiden, dated 1803. It was : John 
Wait, Ruth Wait, John Briant, Mary Briant, David Wait, 
Richard Clarrinbold, Elizabeth Cheever, Seth Briden, and 
Samuel Steavens. This showed that though the class was 
serving its purpose in keeping alive influences that were to 
result in the formation of several churches, its member- 
ship had already shrunk one-half. 

Before sketching the circumstances which led to the 
formation of the North Maiden and later the Center 
Methodist churches, it may be well to put together the 
facts known and obtainable concerning the class on Cross 
street, which seems to deserve all the credit usually awarded 
it of being the seed-planting of Methodism here, if not that 
of being the real beginning of the Center church. First, 
as to the personnel of this class : John Wait, the moving 
spirit in it, apparently, was the son of another John, born 
in Rumney Marsh, March 13, 172 1, and who lived until 
1807. He married Sarah Faulkner, daughter of Benj- 
amin, and so came into the possession of what was always 
known as the " old Waitt house " until it made way for the 
Lincoln school. The elder Faulkner's house stood and 
still stands on the opposite side of the street. Doubtless 
this John Wait was living with his son in the house at the 
time the class was formed. There were several brothers 


and sisters in the family. David Wait was one. He was 
born April i6, 1755, remained a bachelor to the end of his 
life, was blind for forty years and finally met his death by 
a fall down stairs, in the house of his sister Mary — also 
named with him in the list of members of the first-class, — 
who married John Bryant, another member. Still another 
member of the class and a sister to the others was Ruth 
Wait. She married Seth Breeden, whose name likewise 
appears in the above list, in 1793. It will thus be seen that 
of the nine members, six were of one family, or allied to 
it by marriage. The identity of Samuel Stevens is doubt- 
ful. Richard Clarrinbold lived in the same section, a part 
of the village of Faulkner, and Elizabeth Cheever was of 
Chelsea stock, three of the Cheever family, sisters, having 
married three Waitt brothers, of another branch. I am 
indebted to the late Deloraine P. Corey for the foregoing 
biographical facts. 

But one of these members lived to see a regular church 
organization at Maiden Center — David Wait, whose name 
I find on the roll of the church for over twenty years after 
its formation. In the revision of 1844 it had disappeared. 
Therefore he is the one link connecting the two organiza- 
tions, and giving color to a claim that Center church is now 
124 years old. 

I have endeavored in every possible way to secure 
the date of the first sermon at John Wait's house* in Cross 

*It would be interesting- to trace, if we might, the influences that brought Jesse Lee 
or his colleague, Daniel Smith, to Maiden and to the house of John ^Vait. For years the 
key may have been within my reach, but I did not know it, for my neighbor was Mrs. 
Nancy S. Newhall, widow of Charles New hall and daughter of John and Hannah (Faulk- 
ner) Breeden. I suppose John Breedon was the son of Seth Breeden and Ruth, daughter 
of John Wait. Seth Breeden was married to Ruth Wait by Rev. Eliakim Willis July 25, 
'793- ]ohn Breeden of Maiden was married to Ruth Ingalls of Lynn September 30, 1792. 
The name " Narramore " is often repeated in the Breeden family "of Maiden. The Lynn 
records show that Samuel Narramore was living in Lynn early in the eighteenth 
century, and that in June, 1730 Samuel Breeden of Boston' married his daughter Sarah 
Narramore. Several of their children are recorded as born in Maiden, and it seems to me 
that both John and Seth Breeden were grandsons and probably brothers; if so it was John 
Wait's prospective son-in-law who interested him in the tidings of Jesse Lee's work in 


Street. I have Jesse Lee's own story of the planting of 
Methodism in New England ; and he is very careful to give 
the dates of his first sermons in many of the towns and 
states his reason to be "that the people in those parts may 
known when they were first visited by us." Daniel Smith 
joined him February 27, 1790. On October 4, 1790, the 
fifty-fourth conference met in New York. The first circuit 
in Massachusetts, called " Boston " was formed at this con- 
ference. Lee's first sermon in Massachusetts was preached 
at Wilbraham, May 3, 1790. Injuly he preached on Boston 
Common. July 12 the first Methodist sermon was preached 
in Salem. July 20 he preached for the first time in 
Charlestown, but he did not preach his first sermon in Lynn 
until December 14 and he did not preach in Needham until 
September 13, 1791 . At the conference this year Lee says 
the name of the Boston circuit was changed to " Lynn." 
The Needham circuit w^as not reported until the conference 
which met in Lynn, August 3, 1792. 

On Thanksgiving day, 1831, Rev. S. Osgood Wright 
preached a notable sermon in Maiden on the beginnings of 
the various churches. It was printed, and its faded pages 
furnish most of the material upon which any historian 
must rely for facts concerning Maiden Methodism's earlier 
religious history. In it he remarked, "James Howard 
moved from North Maiden to the Center, who with his 
wife were the only Methodists in that part of the town, 
excepting Mr. Waitt. His remark is of value as showing 
positively that only David Wait remained of the original 


Mr. Wright's full story of the introduction of Methodism 
into Maiden and of this class is as follows: "Soon after 
the introduction of Methodism into New^ England in 1791, 
a class was formed in Lynn. The excitement which this 


subject produced, induced many of the neighboring inhab- 
itants to hear the doctrines taught by this sect. The 
venerable Jesse Lee and his coadjutors occasionally 
preached in the South part of the town, soon after this 
period, and succeeded in forming a class of tifteen or twenty 
members, but they were never organized into a church. 
The venerable David Waitt, the blind man occasionally 
seen at church, was a member of this class, and is the only 
survivor. The unsparing fingers of death gradually 
thinned away this class ; and the spirit of Methodism 
awoke not again, until the voice of productive circumstances 
called it forth in 1813." He then proceeds to relate the 
stor}?^ of the formation of the North Maiden church. 

These facts appear to settle a controversy which has 
in former years prevented the preparation of a history of 
the churches in which all could agree. Methodism in 
Maiden is as old as Methodism in Lynn : A class con- 
nected with the Lynn church was formed in Maiden the 
very same year that the Lynn church was formed. The 
key is in the certificate as to John Waitt's church affilia- 
tions, already quoted. In it Daniel Smith, 1791, certifies 
that John Waitt attends public worship with the Methodists, 
and freely contributes to the support of their ministry. 
Father Smith signs it in behalf of the "society." What 
society? In 1791, Jesse Lee and Daniel Smith are recorded 
in the first minutes as pastors at Lynn, and so organized 
Maiden Methodism and Lynn Methodism are identical as 
to length of history. David Waitt was John Waitt's brother, 
and appears to have been successively a member of the 
Boston Circuit, the Lynn circuit and the Needham circuit 
(each class counting as part of the membership of the circuit 
or, strictly speaking, church), and of the North Maiden 
and Maiden Center churches, while Aaron D. Sargeant, 


who always contended that the Center church should date 
its beginning from 1791 instead of thirty years later, with 
James and Mary Howard, made additional links which 
prevented a break in its continuity. To James Howard 
undoubtedly belongs the credit of organizing Methodism in 
Maiden Center on a basis which resulted in a local church 
organization and the erection of a building. He was the 
father of Maiden Center church, undoubtedly ; and when 
he recorded Father Wiley's sermon in his home in August, 
1S16, as the first Methodist sermon, he was doubtless of 
the opinion that his statement was correct, as it was, so far 
as the Center church enterprise was concerned ; but the 
evidence is overwhelming that the first Methodist sermon 
was preached here in 1740 by Whitetield ; that in 1790 or 
1 791, Jesse Lee, the apostle of New England Methodism 
preached here ; that in conjunction with his collegue, 
Daniel Smith, who must have preached here frequently, he 
organized the Maiden adherents into a class, and that 
practically until the organization of the Melrose church 
they had the ministrations of the successive preachers of 
the Needham circuit, — viz: 1792, John Allen; 1793, 
John Hill; 1794, Amos G. Thompson; 1795, John Van- 
naman ; 1796, George Pickering, Joshua Hall; 1797, 
Daniel Ostrander, Elias Hull; 1798, Daniel Brumley ; 
1799, Stephen Hull; Elijah R, Sabin ; 1800, John Finne- 
gan, Nathan Emery ; 1801, Joseph Snelling ; 1802, Joshua 
Soule, Daniel Perry; 1803, Reuben Hubbard, Thomas 
Rawlin ; 1804, Nehemiah Cove, Joel Wicker ; 1805, Clem- 
ent Parker, Erastus Otis; 1806, John Gove, Thomas 
Amesbury ; 1807, Benjamin Hill, Isaac Scarrett ; 1808, 
John Tinkham ; 1809, B. R. Hoyt, Nathan Hill; 1810, 
Isaac Bonney, Robert Arnold; 1811, Isaac Bonney, Elias 
Bonney ; 1812, Elisha Streeter, John Vickary ; 1813, 
Orlando Hinds, V. Osborn. 


The writer has endeavored to ascertain from the Mel- 
rose church records whether others of the Cross street class 
were on its original roll, but the roll seems to be lost, so 
that this is impossible. However, the line is clear: The 
Melrose church was used by Providence to keep alive 
Methodism in the central part of Maiden, just as a few 
years later the Center church w^as used to keep alive 
Methodism in Medford, until the church formed in 1822 
was revived in 1842. Methodism in Maiden is nearly 125 
years old ; the Melrose church is right in claiming to be 
the mother church of the original town ; and the descend- 
ants of James Howard are right in claiming him as the 
founder of the Center Methodist church. 

Let us now turn to the story of the events which led to 
the founding of the Melrose church, and the revival of the 
movement to establish Methodism in the center of Maiden. 
The first two decades of the nineteeth century were crucial 
years in the history of the Puritan church, which up to that 
time had been the only permanent organization here. It 
had always been a church subject to storms. This was 
true of it from the days when that saintly seer and poet, 
Michael Wigglesworth, was compelled to teach school and 
practice medicine while his flock wrangled over his status 
as pastor, down through the later period, when a question 
arose as to the propriety of moving the location of the 
second church building in which Whitefield preached, a 
few rods down the road from Bell Rock, near the present 
Ellis avenue, to the corner of what is now Eastern avenue 
to accommodate North Maiden people. The result of that 
controversy was the establishment of the South Maiden 
(Everett) parish — a languishing body, over which Pres- 
ident Grover Cleveland's great grandfather preached 
for a time, and which had the ministrations of Rev. 


Eliakim Willis — and the final location of the First Church 
on what is now called the "Elevated lot." It was the 
beginning of a feud which found its climax when Everett 
refused to join in Maiden's 250th anniversary celebration. 
But the church was now to be rent in twain and more, not 
only by the questions which were everywhere sundering 
the established congregational body into " Orthodox," 
Unitarian and Universalist denominations but over political 

The good man who saw all these changes come, and 
who lived to see his single parish broken into a dozen 
parishes divided among three towns and a half-dozen sects, 
was Rev. Aaron Green, Maiden born, son of Ezra Green, 
and a descendant of original settlers here. He succeeded 
Eliakim Willis, left the only pastor in Maiden with the 
departure of the elder Judson. Mr. Green was a good 
man, saintly in his life, but disposed to Arminianism, per- 
haps an unfortunate attitude at a time when Calvinism was 
on trial, and there were revolts on all sides. More than 
this, he was a staunch Federalist, and these were times 
when the " Republican " predecessor of the present Demo- 
cratic party was gaining many adherants. The first break 
came when a minister on exchange with Mr. Green, in 
1813, preached a particularly strong Federalist sermon. 
The people of the North Maiden section were very strong 
in their "Republican" sympathies — in fact, we are told 
that Democrats continue to be plentiful in that section of 
Melrose where the revolt began — and they immediately 
determined that a change in conditions was necessary. 
Therefore a meeting was held at the house of Phinehas 
Sprague, on Main street, and this meeting voted to engage 
Rev. Timothy Merritt, a member of the legislature from 
the district of Maine, and a Methodist preacher, to serve 


them on Sundays during the sessions of the General Court. 
He preached his first sermon February 7, 1813, and from 
that time on services continued. In 1816 a chapel was 
constructed at the junction of Main and Green streets. 
Green street takes its name, not from the family of Rev. 
Ezra Green, but from that family which sprung from 
Thomas Greene and Rebecca Hills, the latter a daughter of 
the founder, Joseph Hills. The Melrose Highlands section 
is largely located on the Greene farm. Two churches were 
successively built on the site of the first, the society wor- 
shipping on the spot for many years. 

A word as to Phinehas Sprague, whose efforts estab- 
lished Methodism in Melrose. He was a descendant of the 
early settler, William Sprague, who is understood to have 
journeyed hither from ancient Naumkeag when Massa- 
chusetts was seeing its beginnings. From an ancient 
printed pamphlet with his autograph on the fly-leaf we find 
that his father was one of the most daring advocates of 
American liberties before the Revolution. The father's 
name, also, was Phinehas, and at the breaking out of the 
war he was advanced in years and very deaf. During the 
Concord fight, when the rest of his party were flying from 
the enemy, he was observed on a piece of rising ground 
swinging his hat, and shouting "Victory!" In 1792 aged 
Phinehas again proved himself a man of courage, for he 
took charge of a house used as a hospital in the north part 
of Maiden, which during an epidemic of small-pox had 
twenty patients. He died in 1805. His son was a force- 
ful person who made his life a part of the history of North 
Maiden in many ways. The name is still preserved, each 
generation having one or more Phinehas Spragues. 

Besides Phinehas Sprague, there were on the com- 
mittee appointed by the indignation meeting, which history 


says met in a barn, James Green and Jesse Upham. The 
family of Jesse Upham soon drifted from Melrose, but 
another branch became famous in Methodism. Frederick 
Upham was the son of Samuel S. Upham, and in the 
seventh generation from John Upham, the English emi- 
grant, whose son Phinehas, also an ancestor of Frederick, 
was a famous Indian fighter and one of the founders of 
Worcester, called in his will " Consugameg, or Lydbery." 
The first name evidently is a corruption of "Chaubunagunga- 
maug " still appliedto a pond in Webster. Frederick Upham 
was born October 4, 1799, and died in Fairhaven, March 20, 
1891. He was converted soon after the establishment of 
the Melrose Methodist church and in 1821 became a 
preacher, being appointed to Scituate. From 1837 to 
1847 he was a presiding elder, and during his long min- 
isterial career he preached in New Bedford, Providence, 
Newport, Fall River, Taunton, Provincetown and many 
other important charges. He was a member of four 
general conferences, in 1832, 1840, 1844 and 1872, and 
at the first he met Bishop McKendree, elected in x8o2, 
being the second bishop after Asbury and Coke. He 
married Deborah Bourne, a lenial descendant of Rev. 
Richard Bourne of Scituate, a celebrated Puritan clergy- 
man. In 1855 DePauw (then Asbury) University con- 
ferred upon him the degree of "D. D." Samuel Foster 
Upham, D. D., his son, was born in Duxbury, May 19, 
1834 ^^^ married, April 15, 1857 Lucy G. Smith of Middle- 
town, Conn. Dr. Upham graduated from Wesleyan Uni- 
versity in 1856, for many years was assigned to the most 
important pulpits of the New England conference, and 
from 188 1 until his death was professor of pastoral theology 
in Drew Theological seminary. He was a delegate to 
many general conferences. Three of his sons, Frederick 


Norman Upham, Dr. Francis B. Upham and Walter H. 
Upham became clergymen, the former, now deceased, hav- 
ing been licensed by Maiden Center quarterly conference. 
Dr. F. B. Upham is now a district superintendent, living 
in Brooklyn. W. H. Upham preaches in Chester, New 

Another early member of the North Maiden church 
was William Emerson, a Revolutionary soldier, who mar- 
ried Mary Vinton and was the father of George Emerson, 
who married a daughter of Phinehas and Sarah (Fuller) 
Sprague, and Warren Emerson, who was an effective 
preacher of the Methodist Episcopal connection for 40 
years. Rev. Warren Emerson was of the Ipswich Emer- 
son stock which furnished pastors for so many of the New 
England Puritan churches during the seventeenth and 
eighteenth centuries, the First Parish church having one of 
them, and he therefore was a distant cousin of Ralph Waldo 
Emerson. He was born February 6, 1796, and after a 
season during his young manhood spent in teaching school, 
he was licensed to preach by the North Maiden quarterly 
conference in 1825. He was sent to the church in Lynn- 
field and in 1S28 he joined the New England conference, 
being transferred to the Providence conference in 1840. 
He died May 15, 1882. Father Emerson during his long 
service was assigned to 24 stations and served through 15 
"full" pastorates. During his latter days he was given a 
supernumery relation, but acted as pastor of the church in 
West Thompson, Conn. In 1870 he was superannuated, 
but continued to serve the West Thompson church. His 
first wife was Mary Barrett and his second Susannah Jones, 
who died in 1876. He left several children. 

In 1816, the year the North Maiden church was 
erected, the pastor was invited to the house of Samuel Cox 


on Pleasant street to hold a preaching service. This house, 
just demolished, was near Florence street, and there Mrs. 
Lemuel Cox, already mentioned, resided many years. These 
services came about in this way : James Howard, the 
founder of the church, with his wife, experienced religion 
at the services in North Maiden, May 12, 1815. He soon 
after moved to the Center, hiring the westerly half of the 
Samuel Cox house. Among his manuscripts, collected by 
his grandson, Hon. George Howard Fall, this minute is 

" Moved into Centre Maiden in 1816. The first Metho- 
dist sermon was preached in my house in August of the 
same year by E. Wiley. Text: "These are they which 
came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes 
and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." Another 
item is this : " My wife's relatives all belong to the Baptists, 
and she was very much tried to know which to join, and 
in her trial she opened to this passage in the Psalms : 
'Harken, O daughter, and consider and incline thine ear; 
forget also thine own people, and thy father's house ; so 
shall the King greatly desire thy beauty ; for he is thy Lord, 
and worship thou him.' " 

In 1819, as stated, Rev. Isaac Jennison was sent to 
the North Maiden church, and the Center was included in 
his responsibilities. Mr. Jennison died in Natick, Septem- 
ber 13, 1878, at the age of 88, having been 60 years in the 
ministry, which he entered in 18 18. Evidently this was 
his first charge, and the results show his enthusiasm and 
devotion to his work. The writer well remembers him in 
the days of his superannuate relation, a patriarch among 
the Natick people, and still an enthusiast for the faith and 
customs of the church of his choice. In 1820 he formed 
the first class at the Center, which held its initial meeting 


at the house of James Howard on Summer street, whither 
the latter had removed the previous year, and where his 
daughter Rebecca, mother of Ex-mayor Fall, was born. 
Mr. Howard was appointed leader of the class, and accord- 
ing to an historical sermon preached by Rev. A. D. 
Sargeant, May i8, 1880, as recorded by Brother Fall in 
his diary, (it being the sixtieth anniversary), the members 
were as follows : James Howard and wife, Aaron Waitt 
and wife, Aaron Waitt, Jr., David Sargeant, Mary Herring, 
Sarah Herring, Aaron D. Sargeant, Unite Cox, Gilbert 
Haven, Hannah Guile. Mrs. Mary (Day) Upham was 
known in 1883 as the oldest member of the church, and is 
the Mary Herring whose name appears above. 

The Howard house stood near Rockland avenue, and 
a fine photograph of it was on exhibition in the loan 
exhibit during Maiden's 250th anniversary. 

Meanwhile, the Howard family was not the only 
one in which there were solemn questions pending, as 
the following extracts from the records of the First 
Church, — transcribed by its clerk, Frederic I. Winslow, 
will show : 

" August 15, 1819. The pastor stayed the brethren of 
the church after divine service, at the request of brother 
Haven, when he stated to the church his desire to be 
dismissed from us, and be recommended to the Baptist 
church in this Town. After some consulation the church 
voted to adjourn the meeting to the day of our next com- 

"September 5, 1819. The brethren of the church 
stopped after communion agreeably to adjournment, when 
brother Haven withdrew his proposal to be dismissed from 


"June 3, 1 82 1. The pastor stayed the church after 


communion, and the brethren voted to dismiss, according 
to his request, brother G. Haven, that he may unite with 
the Methodists." 

"April 4, 1824. The pastor stayed the church after 
communion, and brethren voted to dismiss, according to 
her request, sister Hannah Haven, that she may unite with 
the Methodists." 

I pass over, for the time being, a sketch of the mem- 
bers of this first class, their antecedents and subsequent 
history, that the story of the growth of the church may be 
unbroken. It was the consecration and enthusiasm of 
James Howard which made the beginnings of the church 
possible ; it was the sound sense and devotion to Methodism 
which characterized the elder Gilbert Haven, combined 
with his growing influence in public affairs, which gave to 
the struggling movement a standing that gained it the 
respect of onlookers. Gilbert Haven was at about this time 
thirty years old ; he was born in Framingham, of a famil}^ 
which originated in Lynn, married in Boston, in 1811, 
Hannah Burrell of East Abington, the daughter of a 
Revolutionary soldier, the ceremony being performed by 
Rev. Charles Lowell of the West Church, father of the 
poet, James Russell Lowell. The west church building is 
now the West End branch of the Boston Public Library. 
In the following year. Sept. 6, 181 2, they presented their 
first child, Sarah, for baptism, in the West Church, and 
on the same day, on profession of faith, they were admitted 
to membership. In 1813 they removerd to Maiden, taking 
their church letters to the First Congregational church, 
which had just occupied the brick structure afterward 
known as the First Parish (Universalist) church. Before 
leaving and joining the Methodists, Gilbert Haven had 
formed the first Sunday School in Maiden, and was 


its superintendent up to the time he was dismissed. He 
entered heartily into the plans of Isaac Jennison for the 
formation of a church from the little company worshipping 
in James Howard's house, and in 1821 it was organized 
and incorporated. It immediately commenced to worship 
in Stiles' hall, which stood at the corner of Pleasant and 
Washington streets, on the site of the present church. The 
hall was occasionally used for Masonic purposes, and there 
was a tenement in the same building, which was occupied 
at different times by George P. Cox (who became one of 
the most useful members of the church) Leonard Emerson, 
Lorenzo Newhall, Charles Symonds, William Waitt and 
others. In later years the building was moved to Franklin 
street. At the corner of Salem and Sprague streets was a 
schoolhouse where services were occasionally held, and at 
other times until the building of the church edifice there 
were services in the brick schoolhouse on the site of the 
present Yerxa block. 

In 1822 a Sunday school was formed, and Gilbert 
Haven was of course made its superintendent, a position 
he was to hold for 34 years. John Adams was at this time 
serving as pastor of both the North Maiden and Center 
churches. The first pastor assigned to this church was 
Rev. Joseph Marsh,* a theological student, who seems to 
have been with the church two years, 1825 and 1826. For 
90 years the precious memory of " Father Marsh " has 
lingered in the church, for it was through his ardent efforts 
that its first edifice was built and it became a permanent 
body, starting on a career of usefulness which has not 

*In 1S74, Dr. Bradford K. Pierce (son of Rev. Thomas C. Pierce of the North Maiden 
church), at that time editor of Zioii's Herald, wrote concerning the dedication of the 
present church building, the following reference to F.ather Marsh : "The first minister, 
a Wesleyan local preacher, not long before landed from England — an expert glass-blower 
by trade — who secured the first house of worship, sat on the pulpit platform near to the 
preacher." — Zion's Herald May 21, 1S74. 


ceased as 3-61 to increase in volume and power with each 
successive year. 

It was no small task to bring the youthful society to 
believe that it would be justified in undertaking the responsi- 
bility of building a church. We honor the men who by 
their spirit of sacrifice and large generosity built and 
eventually cleared the debt from the present sightly edifice. 
They did this because many of them were descendants and 
all had before them the example of the heroes and heroines 
of 1825, — for it was the sacrifices of the women which aided 
not a little in accomplishing the initial result. A lot of land 
was purchased on Main street, near Mill street (Mountain 
avenue). One street further up (then known as Jackson 
and now called Clifton street), was a house which was to 
become historic. It was the home of Unite Cox, and a 
part of it was occupied by Gilbert Haven, while toddling 
about the premises was an auburn haired youngster, born 
September 19, 182 1, bearing his father's name, who would 
few years later serve with great dignity as the sexton of 
the church to be built, ushering in the strangers with such 
grace as to be the observed of all observers. This boy was 
to unite with the church in early youth, and eventually 
reach the highest dignities it had to offer. In recent years 
the Unite Cox house has been moved across the street, 
where it is now numbered 37, but there are good pictures 
still extant of the birthplace of Bishop Haven as it appeared 
in those early times. 

The cost of the site of the new church was $100. The 
building cost $2,000. It contained 62 pews, capable of 
seating 300 persons. It was in form like a chapel, and the 
vestry was in front, standing upon supports, above the 
entrance, like a bird house. Later the vestry was enlarged, 
and moved to the rear. 


The leaders in this successful enterprise were Gilbert 
Haven, Father James Howard, Lemuel Cox, Samuel Cox, 
David Sargeant, Benjamin Wilson and William C. Brown. 

April 26, 1827, was a notable day, for on that date the 
new church was dedicated. Through the thoughtfulness 
of Mrs. Mabel A. Mann of Everett, nearly three quarters 
of a century after this occurrence, the church came into 
possession of a copy of the original programme of the exer- 
cises, which included a sermon by Rev. Timothy Merritt, 
then or not long after editor of Zion's Herald, and soon to 
become pastor, and exercises by clergymen of other denom- 
inations. The plan which Maiden followed closely in her 
250th anniversary of having the words of every anthem 
sung printed upon the programme, was carried out at this 
time, so that while we do not have the sermon preserved, 
and cannot know the substance of the prayer of Father 
Isaac Bonney, we can easily reproduce the remainder of 
the service. 

Rev. Ebenezer Blake, who made the closing prayer, 
left the New England for the Providence conference in 
1841. We shall probably never know how it happened 
that Rev. James Sabine was given a place upon the program. 
He was a very noted and useful Congregational clergy- 
man, and at the time pastor of the Essex Street Religious 
Society of Boston. There were three Methodist itinerants 
with the same surname in early days, and possibly he was 
a connection of one of them ; or it may be that he had 
relations of friendship with the maker of the program which 
led to his being invited. Within a short time a collection 
of his sermons and lectures, bearing evidence of his busy 
and notable work, exchanged hands in a Boston book sale. 

The music on that day was led by the gifted Gilbert 
Haven, who for many years continued to be not only 


superintendent of the Sunday School and a class leader, 
but chorister. Of course such singing could not be done 
without a fairly good chorus choir. Mrs. Cox, who soon 
after became a member of this choir and continued thirty 
years, tells me : " The choir of that first church are all 
dead but myself. The Havens and Coxes did all the sing- 
ing. I had just been to singing school. A Mr. Bailey — 
uncle to Mr. Shute — taught us. We never had had any- 
thing in Maiden worth singing to before. Before I went 
into the choir an oldish lady had been singing ; but she 
took herself out, and I was put in her place, and sang 30 
years. Among the choir were : Mrs. Townsend, Mrs. 
Lewis, myself, my father (leader), my husband (Lemuel 
Cox), a young man, Aaron Waitt, who played the bass 
viol, Albert Cox, who played flute and violin, Josiah 
Townsend, and Augustus Stiles, who also played the bass 
viol. The latter was a good musician, and later played 
our first organ, which was a very good one, when it was 
put into the second church." 

There were services in the evening of dedication day 
in the new church, in which clergymen of several denom- 
inations participated. On the following Sunday the first 
session of the Sunday School in its new quarters was held. 
Superintendent Gilbert Haven must have looked with pride 
upon his charge, of 40 members, which is a smaller num- 
ber than is now connected with single classes of Center 
Sunday School, and much smaller than the number of 
teachers necessary for the entire school. His daughter 
gives this very clear hint of the interest taken by Squire 
Haven in the school during the quarter of a century he 
remained its superintendent : " He kept resigning and 
resigning, but they would give him a Bible and then he 
would stay." 


The church membership of forty was divided into two 
classes, one of which was led by James Howard, meeting 
at his home on Summer street, and the other by Gilbert 
Haven, it meeting with him, first on Jackson street, then 
at his house on Salem street, and then in his later residence 
on Main street, between the church and Maiden square. 

I must now quote again from the historical sketch in 
the Thanksgiving sermon of Rev. S. Osgood Wright, 18315 
concerning the establishment of this church : — " In 1816 
an individual, now a member of this church, moved from 
North Maiden to the Centre, who with his wife were the 
only Methodists in that part of the town, excepting Mr. 
Waitt, before alluded to. They continued to live in the 
love and fellowship of the church of their espousal, with- 
out receiving any accession to their number, until the year 
1820. At this time a revival commenced in the North 
Society and extended to the center of the town. Several 
persons now withdrew from the Baptist church, and one 
from the Congregationalist ; who together with several 
others were formed into a class. These, like many in 
similar circumstances, had many difficulties to encounter, 
and many prejudices to overcome. Being without a house 
of worship, they met in the schoolhouse hall, and were 
supplied a portion of the time with preaching by the min- 
ister of the North church. Receiving a gradual accession 
of numbers, they proceeded to erect a meetinghouse, which 
was dedicated in 1825. Rev. Joseph Marsh labored very 
successfully with this society at this time ; and to him 
belongs much praise for his activity and perseverence in 
providing a house of worship. The first preacher who 
resided with them, was Rev. Ebenezer Ireson, who came 
in 1828. Rev. John T. Burrill succeeded him, and 
remained two years ; and gave place to Rev. Timothy 


Merritt, the present minister. This church has had its 
seasons of adversity and prosperity. It has moved onward 
under the guidance of the day-star of hope, and sat down 
in tears, amid the darkness of clouds of disappointment. 
It has received a gradual increase of members ; and the 
whole number is now fifty, divided into two classes." 

Mr. Wright omitted in his sketch the name of G. W. 
Fairbank, who succeeded Mr. Marsh, and whom Mrs. Cox 
remembered. He was transferred to the New Hampshire 
and Vermont conference in 1829. I can find little concern- 
ing Joseph Marsh, who built the church, and who is said 
by Mrs. Cox to have been a theological student. Appar- 
ently he never entered the New England conference. 
Ebenezer Ireson entered the conference in 1824, and died 
December 26, 1833 at the age of 33 years. Mrs. Cox says 
Mr. Burrill was a very fine preacher, who married in Maiden 
an Episcopal lady, and changed his order. Of John Adams, 
who succeeded Father Jennison and preceded Joseph Marsh, 
she says : — " He was an oddity, very devoted — they used 
to call him 'extra holy.' He was one of those who went 
into the New Hampshire and Vermont conference in 1829. 

Timothy Merritt deserves a more extended notice than 
possible in this sketch, without breaking its continuity. 
Fine abilities as a preacher, great literary powers, and the 
skill of the politician were blended in him. He cultivated 
the young songstress of the Haven family, and her state- 
ments show that she became one of his most loyal supporters, 
rendering particular aid in pitching the tunes in the week 
night prayer service. " Father Merritt " she says, " was 
one of the best. He boarded at our house until his familv 
came, and always wanted I should sing before we went to 
meeting. In the fall (183 1) he went to keeping house on 
Salem street. We lived on Main street, and when I saw him 


turn the corner T would get out my book ready to sing to 

At some time during this period Charles Newhall was 
added to the orchestra. He was a violin player, married 
Nancy Breeden and resided in the house recently demolished 
which gives the name to Newhall street, an Main street. 

In 1832 Asa U. Swinerton was stationed at the Maiden 
charges. He was transferred to the Providence conference 
in 1841. The following year Charles Noble came, and in 
1834 -^- ^' Spaulding, who located in 1842. In 1835 
came Ralph W. Allen. He had been a member of the 
conference two years. After a half century of noble ser- 
vice, he returned to Maiden, residing on Newhall street. 
He died April 16, 1891, at the age of 79, having spent 58 
years in the ministry. 

Edward Otheman, another man who spent a half 
century in the ministry, came in 1836. It was his second 
year as a traveling preacher. He died March 9, 1886, at 
the age of 76. Dr. David Sherman speaks of him as a 
man honored in the conference, who traveled but a short 
time. In connection with a reference to his brother, 
Bartholemew, and son, Edward B., he refers to his services 
as very great. He studied at Brown University, and was 
one of the few graduates of a college preaching at the time 
of his service at Maiden. H. B. Skinner came in 1837, 
and was well remembered by Mrs. Cox. He withdrew from 
the conference in 1841. 

In 1838 the charges in North Maiden and Maiden had 
grown so strong that each was given a preacher of its own. 
Charles Hayward was sent to Maiden. His appointment 
must have been as a supply by the presiding elder, how- 
ever, as he had located in 1814, and seems never to have 
rejoined the conference. 


In 1839 came Stephen G. Hiler, Jr., who in his later 
days returned to Maiden, and died, after having had the 
privilege of attending the 75th anniversary of the church, 
where his charactistic modesty prevented his doing more 
than rising to receive the welcome of his old charge. He 
battled with ill health most of his life, but notwithstanding 
rendered exceptional services to his loved church. His 
one year's pastorate in Maiden was very significant in its 
results. In his congregation was young Gilbert Haven. 
There was also the latter's cousin, Erastus Otis Haven, 
a college boy, destined to become not only pastor of 
the church, but president of Northwestern University, 
Chancellor of Syracuse University and, like his cousin, a 
bishop. Did ever a modest young preacher have a similar 
experience, of seeing two future bishops in his Sunday 
congregation? To help himself through college, one sum- 
mer, Erastus O. Haven accepted the duty of painting the 
church. Had he not been a great educator and preacher, 
this famous man would have become a great decorator or 
artist. There is a kitchen floor in Framingham, — or was 
within a few years, — which he decorated in his boyhood 
days, with such skill as to represent mosaic. 

Pastor Hiler also had in his congregation a young man 
named David P. Cox and a maiden, Mary C. Waitt. Dur- 
ing his year of service he gave the right hand of fellow- 
ship to these, with Gilbert Haven, Jr. and also to Wilbur 
Fisk Haven, his brother, active in almost every department 
of church work, until September 21, 1900. David P. Cox 
lived to honor the church for over a half century after he 
joined its ranks. He was most of his life a member of the 
choir, part of the time its leader, and long a member of the 
music committee. He was a trustee up to the time of his 


In 1840 came Moses Palmer. He was a young man 
of 25, and it was his third year in the ministry. He died 
March 18, 1850, at the age of 35. 

In 1841, came "George Landon, the brilHant," as he 
is called by Dr. David Sherman in his history of the New 
England Conference. One has but to mention the name 
of Landon among the older members of the conference to 
arouse the greatest enthusiasm. 

So successful was he that during the first year of his 
pastorate a lot of land was purchased on Pleasant street from 
Samuel Cox and the second church building was erected. 
The land cost $600 ; the building $6,000. It was dedicated 
October 20, 1842, Rev. Mark Trafton preaching the ser- 
mon. The Mystic Theatre now stands on the site of this 

The present church building was erected in 1875 and 
its history as well as that of the activities of the Society 
occupying it for 40 years, hardly belongs to a recital of the 
beginnings. It may be said, however that the Center 
Methodist Episcopal church, in its career of nearly a 
century has always had among its official members men 
who were connected with the general life of the church — 
editors of Zion's Herald, Book Concern agents, chaplains, 
professors in Boston University, and supernumary or retired 
members of the conference. Of its former pastors, three, 
Gilbert Haven, Erastus Otis Haven, and Edwin Holt 
Hughes, have been promoted to the office of bishop; and 
it was the spiritual birthplace of Bishop Gilbert Haven. 
In addition to E. O. Haven, once president of Northwestern, 
it contributed from its list of pastors Joseph Cummings, to be 
president both of Wesleyan and Northwestern universities, 
and Edwin H. Hughes left its pulpit to become president of 
DuPauw University. Joseph Dennison was president of 


Kansas Agricultural College, Daniel Steele professor and 
for a time head of Syracuse, Luther T, Townsend and John 
Reid Shannon have been professors and Lauress J. Birney, 
a recent pastor, is now dean of Boston University School 
of Theology. Daniel C. Knowles was long president at 
the New Hampshire Conference Seminary, at Tillon, where 
E. S. Tasker is Ladd professor. Many of its pastors in 
recent years have left to occupy the largest pulpits in the 
church at large, in New York city, Baltimore, Washington 
and other centers. From its membership it has contributed 
a number to the roll of the strongest preachers in the 
denomination, and many sons are now doing pastoral work. 

In the class meeting which was the beginning of the 
permanent Center church organization were two young men 
who within five years after became preachers in the regular 
connection. From their labors resulted several churches 
which are prominent in Methodism to-day. They were the 
two Aarons — Aaron Waitt and Aaron D. Sargeant. The 
name of Aaron Waitt is precious in Ipswich and Gloucester. 
Within a decade of the formation of Center church he had 
formed the societies in each place and built churches. 
Almost before his service in Gloucester was over its one 
parish had become three. Aaron D. Sargeant was 19 
years old when assigned to James Howard's class, and the 
very next year began to preach. He was the father of the 
churches in Weymouth ; Somersworth, N. H. ; Worthen 
Street, Lowell; and Stoneham. 

The average member of the Center church doubtless 
thinks that its only daughters are the Belmont, Faulkner, 
Maplewood and Linden churches, which together have a 
combined membership of over 500, each with a good 
church property. But a glance through its records shows 
that for a long time quite a group who later formed the 


Woburn church belonged to this society ; that when Method- 
ism in Medford died down from its beginnings in 1822, 
Center church established there and maintained a class, 
which continued for many years, the final result being that 
under the labors of Rev. Joseph Whitman there was a 
revival, a hall was hired, and the church was reestatab- 
lished. For a time this church took a lively interest in 
establishing preaching at Glenwood, from which doubtless 
resulted the Wellington church ; while in very recent years 
Centre church joined with the church in Everett — itself, 
strangely, an off-shoot of Chelsea Methodism — in establish- 
ing the Methodist church in Glendale. 




An address delivered by Hon. I>evi S. Gould before the Maiden Historical Society, 

May 20, 1914. 

In a very unguarded moment some two years ago, I 
promised my good friend, the president of your body, who 
is also in a way a blood relation of mine — perhaps he does 
not know it, but I tliink he does — that I would come here 
and give a talk to you at some future time. I am going to 
start my talk by saying to you that I am a descendant of 
John Gould, who came to this country in 1635. He settled 
in Charlestown, and so far as I have been able to discover in 
the history of his life there, he lived there near to the present 
Harvard Church, in fact, under the very shadow of Thomp- 
son's square. He lived there some fifteen years, was a 
well known citizen, and took part in public affairs, and 
took part in the distribution of lands, which I find took 
place at that time in Charlestown. Charlestown then 
extended really from the Charles river to practically three 
miles north of the Merrimac river, which made a very great 
territory, and much of that territory was distributed at 
various times to the citizens. At one of these distributions, 
John Gould received a large tract of land, which would 
now be in the position of Wakefield, near Stoneham. At 
that time it was called Charlestown End. So far as I have 
been able to discover, John Gould, probably with his wife 
and the children, who went with him, were the earliest 
settlers of this country, which was nothing but a wilderness, 
where there were plenty of opportunites for business. In 


process of time others came, and in process of time Stone- 
ham was a part of that particular territory. John Gould 
lived to be about 8i years of age. He was recorded as 
having been connected with the soldiers in King Philip's 
War. He left a large family, and that family settled 
around him, so that at one time it is said that all the land 
belonged either to him or his descendants, or those who had 
married into his family. A person could start from where 
Wakefield Station is at the present time (that was a part of 
the land granted to him — that is, most of the land on the 
westerly side of the Boston & Maine Railroad, using the 
land upon which John Gould originally settled, and his 
house was built on the highlands west of the station) it was 
said that at that time or afterwards, when the country 
became somewhat settled, and walk from John Gould's to 
Spot Pond, without stepping off a foot of land that did not 
belong to him or some one of his family. The house of my 
original ancestor, the son from whom I descended, was at 
the head of Spot Pond, and it was known as the " Gould 
Estate," down to the present generation. It has been taken 
by the Commonwealth, and the old house was destroyed 
some years ago, but a new house built, by an uncle of 
mine, is now the property of the Commonwealth in which 
the Superintendent of the Fells lives. From that house 
one of my great uncles, Jacob Gould, went to the Battle of 

My ancestor on my mother's side was Francis Whit- 
more, who was a very early settler of Cambridge. He 
settled there about the same time that John Gould settled 
in Charlestown, and he became quite a man there, was a 
member of the Board of Selectmen, and afterwards had a 
mill in the neighborhood of the part now known as Arling- 
ton. In later life he lived in Medford. 


My father was Levi Gould. He was the youngest of 
a large family of children, was born in the center of Stone- 
ham on a farm belonging to his father, and early in life he 
made up his mind he would do something better than work 
on a farm and make shoes, so he went to Bowdoin College. 
When he got through there, he came out as a physician, 
and he married the girl who became my mother, and 
settled in Dixmont, Maine. There I was born. When I 
was nine months old, he moved back to his native town, 
and I have been practically a resident of this town ever 
since. I have lived in Melrose, or what is the territory of 
Melrose, 71 years. After my father had lived a while in 
his native town, he made up his mind that there was an 
opening for him at Wilmington. Now the reason for that 
is interesting. 

When he moved there, it was in 1834, so I was two 
years old when he removed to Wilmington, in sight of the 
Boston and Maine railroad, which had then been com- 
pleted down to the Junction with the railroad at Wilming- 
ton. Now the Boston & Maine railroad (it was called 
first, I think, the Andover and Wilmington) ran from 
Wilmington to Andover South Parish ; then it was extended 
to Andover, and then extended to Haverhill ; so that my 
recollection of the Boston & Maine railroad was a railroad 
that was not at that time any longer than from the Junc- 
tion at Wilmington to Andover, when my earliest recollec- 
tion begins. I can remember the road when I was two 
years old, and this was two years after the road was built. 
I recollect the cars and engine. The cars were built like 
a cab, and you went in on the side. They had rough bolts 
and timbers, covered over with leather, and that leather 
was stiffened with iron or something of that kind, so that 
the cars, as they came together, would strike. They were 


chained together. There was no method of communica- 
tion between them. You went in on the side as you go 
into a cab. The brakeman sat on the top, and directed the 
cars from the top. The engine, I remember very well, 
was all out doors, and the engineers had to run their trains 
out in the open. The tender was no more than a flat car, 
with a big wood pile on it. They could never exceed a 
speed of over lo miles. 

In this connection, I would say that some years ago I 
delivered an address before a commercial travelers' associa- 
tion, so that I looked up the matter of railroading some- 
what, and I discovered some letters that were written by the 
directors of the Lowell railroad, about the time that they 
made up their minds to start running their train, and they 
wrote to a person who knew more than any other man of 
that time about railroads, and they asked him, among 
other things, what the speed of the passenger train ought 
to be, and also the speed of the freight train. His idea 
was, I recall, that a freight train ought to run about 12 
miles, and that a passenger train should not exceed about 
15 miles. That was his idea of the speed a train should 
go. I presume that at the time I recollect (and I can 
recollect from the time I was four years old, and that would 

be in 1836 that portion was finished in 1836) they 

might have had 25 hands on that road. Now, heaven 
knows how many they have, and the few miles are extended 
to hundreds, and hundreds perhaps to thousands of miles. 
I remember, by the way, in this connection, the first engi- 
neer that ran on that road. His name was Morrill, and if 
I could have access to the books of the Boston & Maine 
Railroad, I could prove what I say, as I rode on the engine 
with him, when I was four or five years old. He had 
children of his own about my age, and he would take us 
up for a little way. 


In 1840 (and this is an interesting thing in an historical 
way) my father and my mother desired to take a trip down 
into my mother's native place above mentioned. At that 
time, there were no railroads running to that section, and 
there was only one way to go, and that was by a stage line 
that ran from Boston to Portland. What he did do was to 
drive. He hitched up a pair of horses. One of us was a 
boy in arms, and I was the oldest, six years old, but he 
drove through to Bath and back again. I remember the 
road very well, and I have stopped at some of the places 
since then to renew my acquaintance with conditions, and 
found them very different from the time when I went 
through as a boy six years old. You would be surprised 
if I should tell you we forded rivers, where there were no 
bridges, between here and Bath. The thing I remember 
distinctly, was that when we got to Newburyport we came 
across the Old Chain Bridge, and I remember that they 
were then grading the road from Salem up to Newbury- 
port, That was in 1840 or '41. 

To bring the matter down to my recollections of 
Maiden and vicinity : in 1843 my father agreed to come 
back to this section, and settle here for some reason or 
other, but before he came here, he had heard that there 
was to be quite a city built up in the neighborhood of what 
is now Lawrence, and I remember that he drove up there 
to see if that would be a good place for him to settle in or 
not. He said there was nothing there but a dam ; that there 
were no buildings to amount to anything, and he could not 
see that there were man}- prospects. So he came down 
and bought a place, which is now in Melrose. It was one 
of the Vinton places. The Vintons were very early settlers 
of this section of the country, and the Vinton farm that he 
bought was the farm where one of the old settlers had died, 


and he had left quite a sum of money. Among other 
things he left a bell to the Baptist church. I think the 
bell must have been destroyed by fire. The church, in 
which the bell hung, was where the present church now 
stands, but at all events I know that he gave the bell. He 
bought that place in 1843, and there were 60 acres of land 
that are now right in the heart of the Highlands, and on that 
60 acres I did more or less work, and also worked out 
somewhat. I very often drove a horse to plough. He 
bought that 60 acres of land with a large marsh. The 
marsh was near the Chemical Works down below here, 
and afterwards he sold it for the same price he gave for it, 
and that was $225 (before any railroad was built). Every 
farmer had a piece of marsh, and he cut that the very 
last of all his work. In cutting hay, as a rule, he always 
watched the tops to see when the proper time came to cut 
it. When he did cut it, there was no method of cutting 
it up on the highlands, unless you saw fit to put some big 
shoes on the horse's feet. My father, was a doctor and 
at the same time had to run the farm, as no man could get 
a living simply as a doctor. He had to cut the marsh, and 
I was the only helper that he had, so I had to go down 
and help him pole the hay up to a little highland that there 
is up there. We got it all up on the highland, and the 
next day drove the team down to bring a portion of it to 
make, and that day it was very windy. My father was a 
ver}^ religious man (when he came to what is now Melrose 
in 1843, he was the only member of the Congregational 
church in the present territory of Melrose) and he was a 
man whom I never heard swear at all, and I have always 
looked upon him as one of the very best of men that I knew, 
but that day, after he pitched the hay up two or three times 
and I was trying to hold it up the best I could, it would 


blow off on one side about as fast as he could pitch it up 
on the other, so he got discouraged, and threw his fork 

down, and said : " I wish every bit of it would blow 


In 1843 there were but very few people in Melrose, 
about 400, as I remember, and there were about 35 houses. 
The people were engaged in agriculture in the summer 
time, and in the winter time they nearly all made shoes in 
the old fashioned way. Every one had a shoe shop, and 
they got all their spare money that way. They earned 
their living from the farm in the summer, their spare money 
came in the winter in the way of shoe making. My father 
was not only a farmer and physician (and probably as 
good as many of that day, as he was well educated) but 
he was also a shoemaker and besides a school teacher. 
We had one school in what is now Melrose at that time, and 
he taught that school, and I was one of the scholars. He 
was very strict in his discipline with me. He did not give 
me any consideration from the fact that I was his son. 

He had to do all of these things to get a living in every 
way possible, and when he died, he left nothing, and that 
was a pretty good evidence there was nothing to be made 
in his day. He died in 1850. 

There were Uphams, Barretts, Emersons, Lyndes, 
and Greens in profusion at that time in that locality. In 
fact, there were very few of any other name. The main 
family as you probably all well know, was the Lynde 
family, which was undoubtedly the earliest family that ever 
landed in that part of Maiden. Ensign Thomas Lynde 
came there in 1640, and that really is as early as we have 
any settlers recorded. 

The Greens came shortly after, although there is an 
indication that they came before the Lyndes, but it cannot 
be proved. 


I owned a little piece of land, which some may have 
heard about, near the Boston Rock. I do not own any of 
Boston Rock. I owned a piece on the corner of Main street, 
and Silver street. That land I bought 21 years ago of 
Deacon Converse, after he had procured the entire Lynde 
farm, and in looking up the title, I noticed one thing, and 
that was that when Ensign Thomas L3mde made his will, he 
described a certain portion of the land that he gave to one 
of his sons — he had two sons, — as being bound by the 
Green mold. That Green mold was troublesome for my 
mother for a good many years. I could not understand 
what it meant. I finally made up my mind that the grass 
grew green there, therefore they called it Green mold. 
Afterwards in conversation with a man, who knew more 
about Maiden matters than any other man living, Mr. 
Artamus Barrett, he told me that Green mold meant a 
mold right in the center of a farm of Ensign Thomas 
Lyndes that belonged to the Greens, but I could not figure 
it out how the Greens could own a piece of land right in 
the middle of Thomas Lynde's, as he understood it, and he 
allowed he could not understand it, unless the Greens had 
been there before the Lyndes had, and continued to own 
that piece of land. There is nothing to prove this. There 
is no knowledge that the Green's came there until 15 years 
after Ensign Thomas Lynde came there. The Greens 
settled, as you see, up at the Highlands, it was then. Well, 
of course, afterwards that was part of the town of Stone- 
ham. The school district of Stoneham was where the 
Greens settled, and in my boyhood days, I could find the 
cellar of the brick house that sat there. The brick house 
had been destroyed, but the old cellar was there, but it is a 
question whether the Greens were not there before the 
Lyndes came. There is no way to prove it. 


There were two Goulds, who were physicians in this 
town at the same time — my father, who probably was the 
first settled physician in the northern part of the town of 
Melrose, and Dr. Daniel Gould, who lived down here on 
Gould avenue. His son is still living. 

This Dr. Daniel Gould, — I remember him very dis- 
tinctly — was a very peculiar man. He was a man who 
enjoyed dancing very much indeed. In the early history of 
the settlement of North Maiden, there was a hall built up 
there. The Boston & Maine railroad was built in 1845, 
and the first train of cars landed in Maiden on the fourth 
day of July, 1845. After that they began settling up in 
Melrose (but of course Maiden was the starting point really 
of something being done north of Boston towards getting 
the people to settle in that direction), and some of the peo- 
ple who bought land out there united together and built a 
building that was very near to the present Wyoming station. 
It was a hall called Lyceum Hall, and it was a very good 
hall for dancing and for all purposes. It had a basement, 
and in that basement was kept at different times a seminary. 
First it was a young ladies' seminary, and afterwards it 
was used largely for young men, and I had the honor of 
attending it. When we held dances up there, Dr. Daniel 
Gould, who had two very handsome daughters, was in the 
habit of coming up and dancing all night, if it was neces- 
sary. It was generally necessary. They generally held 
those balls until pretty early in the morning, and that meant 
usually dancing all night long. He weighed 250 pounds. 
Some will remember that fact about him, how much he 
enjoyed affairs of that character. 

In 1849 you had a two hundreth anniversary here in 
Maiden. Well, I was not much of a boy then, but I was 
running around bare foot in November in 1849. I was 


fifteen years old, and I remember coming down bare foot 
to see the affair and the shows. I had no money to go into 
any of the shows, and I had no right to enter the tent ; in 
fact, they would not allow me to go into the tent where the 
exercises were going on, but I crawled down on my hands 
and knees, and peeked in and saw and heard some of the 
people who were there, and heard some of the speeches, 
etc. We also had another anniversary in Maiden in 1899. 
There was a slight difference then, because I came down 
then as the guest of the city, while before I had been only 
a bare foot boy. I only mention that to show you how 
the whirligig of time moves. 

The old mill that stood down here at the outlet of the 
pond, is well remembered by me, for as a boy, I was in the 
habit of going down, as other boys did, and catching the 
fish that ran up there, and tried to get over the dam, and 
frequently I came down here nights and speared them. 
It was all water where the department store is now, and 
where all those buildings near it are. In one end of the 
pond on the opposite side, was the engine house, which I 
remember very well. It had posts that stood out into the 
water. In 1846, by the way, the schoolhouse in Melrose 
was burned and nearly destroyed, and we had no method 
of putting out fire at that time, excepting by buckets. 
Someone set the building afire up in the roof, and we had 
to see it burn down, and then the town of Maiden purchased 
an engine, and sent it up there, the Andover engine. I 
recall very well when it came into town, it came in the 
summer, and I with a number of other boys was down near 
what is now the Fells station. There was a place down 
there where we went in swimming. We knew that the 
engine was coming to town that day, and while we were 
in the water (there was a few dozen of us) we saw the 


train go by with the engine on one of the flat cars. We 
just grabbed our clothes, and rushed up the raih'oad track, 
and dressed as well as we could. We got there about the 
time they unloaded the engine. A number of young men, 
not living now, crowded on the engine, and went all over 
town with it. That engine company made me president m 
due process of time, and it was the first office I ever held of 
any kind. I was a very proud fellow when I was elected 
president of that institution. I have run with that engine 
to the forests here in Maiden, time and time again. I have 
also run with that engine as far as Chelsea, and as far in 
the other direction ; but those were in the old times that 
will never come back again. 

In my boyhood days, they used peat for fuel in all 
these towns about here, Maiden and Melrose. I never saw 
a particle of coal in my life until long after I left my 
father's home. There were plenty of peat bogs up there 
on the farm. That farm is worth considerable now, the 
land being assessed for more than $1,000,000, but he sold 
it for $2,500. In 1859 there was a sham battle with the 
Indians — one of them is depicted in the picture presented 
by Mr. Turner. It was a real Indian sham battle, where 
a party of men dressed as Indians, and a number of men 
as regular troops, who attacked to dislodge them. They 
started up around what they called Reading Hill. Reading 
Hill is the place now where the cars stop at Franklin street. 
They started up there in the low^er part of Wakefield, and 
they fought all the way down, and the Indians finally made 
a stand in the growth of trees there near Dixie's Point. 
Dixie's Point is the presentlocation of the Memorial building, 
in Melrose. At that time it was surrounded by the pine 
trees that you can imagine had grown in this vicinity. It 
was a long time before the militia was able to dislodge the 


Indians from that particular locality. They drove them as 
far as the Masonic Temple, which is on the corner of Main 
street and the old road to Stoneham. Finally they captured 
them, and the fight was over. Charles Porter, a man I 
knew very well, and who died as an old man at the house 
of a man by the name of Hemenway, whose family were 
very early residents of North Maiden, took the part of an 
ensign. Porter became a very prominent man. He went 
finally to Lynn, and became very wealthy there, and had 
a very large leather trade in Boston, but about the time of 
the trouble of the Civil War, he got into financial difficul- 
ities, and lost his money. Porter street in Melrose, near 
the corner where the hospital building is located, is named 
after him. 

I remember the Mexican war perfectly, 1846 to 1848. 
At that " far away " date no one ever saw a daily paper in 
Maiden or its vicinity except under extraordinary circum- 
stances when some event of national importance took 
place. On such occasions a certain man loaded his riding 
vehicle with papers, and drove out through the towns of 
Charlestown, Maiden, South Reading and Reading selling 
them to such as wished to purchase on the route. He 
carried a fish-horn and at intervals warned the farmers 
and others of his coming by sturdy blasts. On one of these 
occasions, in 1847, I was working with my father in the 
field when he heard the horn, and surmising that something 
important had happened gave me the money to purchase a 
paper and I ran across lots and intercepted them. It 
proved to be an account of some very important event in 
connection with the Mexican war then in progress. I men- 
tion this to show my personal knowledge of the immense 
progessof the newspaper art during the past seventy years. 

About town meetings in Maiden. My father never 


attended town meetings anywhere. Maiden Town Meet- 
ing commenced early in the morning and lasted all day. 
It was a white day. There was plenty going on. All 
sorts of games, everything else you can think of, were 
carried on during the time the meeting was in session, or 
while they were not doing anything. The people were 
outside. In Melrose there was a man living who was 
known all over that section, called George Washington 
Groove. He could neither read nor write, but he was born 
in Maiden. His ancestors were very patriotic people, one 
of them was a captain in the Revolution. He did not know 
how to read or write himself, neither did his wife, and he 
would not allow any of his children to learn until he was 
forced to do it by the laws of the Commonwealth. He said 
they were smart enough without it. He used to drum, and 
there was an old fellow there who used to fight. The 
people would gather together, and would march down to 
Maiden here in a body, and make a fight for what they 
wanted. At one time they came pretty near to getting 
what they wanted. A man by the name of Green (he was 
the uncle of the Green who committed the murder here — 
I remember him well) ; came very near being elected 
representative — within one hundred. I think there were 
representatives elected from that vicinity, but the North 
End and the South End and Black Ann's Corner, as they 
were called, were always lined up against the Center, so 
that if they could ever get together and agree on anything, 
they were pretty sure to beat the Center people, and it was 
always a fight to a finish, and there was no peace or no 
harmony between the north neighbors and the Center 
people, or between the Center and the South Neighbors. 
South Maiden and North Maiden residents were an agri- 
cultural people. There were few people in South Maiden. 


They had large farms, two or three of them. The people 
on the east side were always ready for a scrimmage. 

There was a mill down here. This was original 
Coytmore mill, the dam being built in 1640. I understand 
it afterwards passed into the hands of the Odiornes — a 
good many years afterwards, probably 200 years after that, 
and then afterward it went into the hands of parties who 
were Dyers. The dam is now known as Mountain avenue. 

I was a member of the Legislature in 1869. This dam 
was sending the water up into Melrose to such an extent 
that it was the worst nuisance that could possibly happen 
in that section. If it was possible to do so, we wanted to 
connect a hole through that dam and let the water loose to 
run down to the water in Maiden. We succeeding finally 
in getting laws passed through the Senate and signed. 
The government was to work on it, depending upon the 
assent of Maiden and Melrose. Melrose was in favor of 
it but Maiden was different. Maiden did not seem to care 
much about it. They called a town meeting, and they very 
courteously allowed me to come down, and take the full 
charge, which I did. While there was a great opposition 
to it, some of the voters finally sided with me, and it was 
carried through by a very bare majority, so that the 
dam was connected down, and we have seen the great 
benefit that has come from it. We did not get all the bene- 
fits we should have, but I suppose that sooner or later we 
shall have received the benefits that we really needed. 

There was one thing that happened, interesting in an 
historical way. There was a nail factory and nail mill 
carried on here in early days. My father told me, and he 
knew the facts. It was up in the neighborhood of Red 
Mills, just over the line in Stoneham. There was a little 
settlement of Indians that had gone in there, and their wig- 


warns, and they made baskets and sold them around in 
Maiden and elsewhere. They were a hardy people, but 
some men went up there one night from the Odiorne mill. 
They were armed with guns that they had loaded with 
nails. They were probably drunk. They went up there, 
and shot into those Indians, and shot them terribly so that 
two of them died, and it was a terrible affair, of course. 
My father was there, and saw the Indians after they were 
shot, and told me about it. 

The Upham family came to Melrose just before 1700, 
and they were residents of Maiden. They were born here. 
Their father, John, lived here, and he was one of the very 
early inhabitants of Maiden, and he was the father of a 
great family. Lieut. Phineas Upham was one of his sons, 
and he was, as you know, a great fighter during King 
Philip's War, and was a soldier at the time King Philip 
was captured, and only lived a short time and died. I am 
descended from that man on one side. The Uphams came 
to Melrose 1700. They came on the invitation of the pub- 
lic authorities of the town of Maiden. They received quite 
a large amount of land. They settled there, and they built 
a house, and that house is said to be the first house of the 
Upham tribe. It is said to have been built in 1703, and 
probably it was. Whether it was the the first house or not 
is a question. I think not, but I am not going to get into 
any fight with my associates. This is taken by the His- 
torical Society of Melrose. It is one of the earliest home- 
steads of the times that can be found in this vicinity. The 
Boardman house is older. That is not in the confines of 
the old town of Maiden. We are to put it in shape, so it 
will be preserved for all future time. 

We had another matter up there that was of consider- 
able interest, and that was the fact that the timbers of the 


Frigate Constitution was cut in what is now Melrose on the 
farm of Capt. Unite Cox. He was a captain in the Rev- 
olution, and was a direct descendant from the very earliest 
families that ever settled here, and he cut those that were 
necessary for the keel, and he hauled them with great 
teams of oxen, over to the Constitution wharf, where the 
Constitution was being built. There were twelve pairs of 

Another interesting thing which happened was this : 
there is a pond up in Melrose that is known as Long Pond, 
perhaps not many have visited it. It is up on the east side 
out of the way, and that pond has a history. That prob- 
ably was among the early settled portions of Melrose, not 
the earliest part, of course, but among the other early 
settlements of Melrose. They had a mill there. It was 
always necessary to have mills near any settlements. 
There was plenty of water for a mill. They built a dam, 
and had a saw and grist mill there. The main thing is, 
that the Tudors, who were the originators of the ice busi- 
ness in New England, perhaps in the world, one of them, 
built a mansion on Newburyport Turnpike, and that 
mansion to-day is the Saugus Poor Farm. It was in the 
immediate vicinity of Long Pond, and they were the first 
people that ever shipped any ice so far as I ever heard of, 
and the first ice that they shipped was ice that was cut 
from water that they brought down from Spot Pond, and 
flooded their ponds. That ice was cut then over the line 
in Saugus. They brought this water down from Long 
Pond, which was in Maiden, to make the ice. That is the 
first ice, so far as I have heard, which was cut for Ameri- 
can shipping ports. It was hauled to Boston, and sold for 
twenty-five cents a pound. 

As a boy I skated without taking off my skates, or 



coming off from the ice, from Melrose Highlands down here 
to Mountain avenue. Now, that shows you what that 
dyer's dam did for us up in Melrose, and it was why I 
used all the efforts that I had to get it out of the way. 

When I thought of getting this Dyer's dam torn down, 
I went to Mr. Gooch, who was then a member of Congress 
from our section, and I asked him if he would give me a 
hearing in the matter. He said he would very gladly 
investigate and that if I was successful in getting the town 
of Maiden and Melrose to tear down that dam, he said he 
would see that the Spot Pond Water Company turned 
over to Maiden, Melrose and Medford, the charter which 
he held, if they would pay him the sum of $50, which it 
cost him to get it. It all depended npon my getting that 
dam torn down. This Spot Pond Water Company was a 
private affair. Mr. Gooch and certain gentlemen from 
Maiden and Medford, well known citizens, had gone to 
the Legislature and asked for the charter and received it, 
but when they came to take the thing up, this dyer 
had them, because he told them he not only owned the 
right to follow the water back up in Melrose, but he 
also owned the waters of Spot Pond, and if they under- 
took to take the waters of Spot Pond for domestic purposes, 
he would commence a suit against them. Mr. Gooch 
finally said the purposes of this charter was to turn the 
water over to the three towns, and he did so, and that 
action, of course gave these three places the benefits of the 
supply of water, which they received for so many years for 
a little or nothing. Of course, the County Commissioners 
did not pay any attention to Mr. Dyer. He commenced 
proceedings against the town of Melrose, and the other 
towns for tearing down his dams. That was tried out in 
Court, and he received what the jury were willing to give 



him for the dams, but he could not get anything for Spot 
Pond. We never paid anything for Spot Pond. 

One of the teachers that I recall in my school days, 
was Miss Mary Wood. Miss Mary Wood was a remark- 
able woman. She afterwards became Mrs. Henry L. 
Putnam, and was the mother of all the Putnam family. I 
do not think there is a family in any town that has the real 
native build of that Putnam family, and a good deal of it 
must have come from Miss Mary Wood, who was the sec- 
ond wife of Mr. Putnam, and the mother of all the Putnam 
children that you know of to-day, and they all have been 
remarkable for their intelligence to take hold of matters 
and things. This Miss Wood was nothing but a young 
girl when I remember her. She could have been but 15 
years old. She lived in Maiden, and she used to walk to 
Melrose until her father objected because she used to go 
through the woods. Something happened to some young 
woman, and her father decided she should not go that way 
any longer. So she rode to Melrose while she taught 

We went to a church in Melrose, that was there in 
1843, and that is the present Methodist Episcopal church. 
It stood between Main and Green streets and that land itself 
was given to the public by a Maiden man. He deeded that 
to the public quite a number of years ago, when we were 
a town. I had something to do with town affairs. Mr. 
Isaac Emerson, who would not do anything wrong, claimed 
that he owned it, and tried to sell it to the town. I remem- 
bered something about that thing, so I went over to the 
registry, and found the deed on record that the Maiden 
man had given to the public this land, as he wanted it kept 
for the church. The good brother Emerson never forgave 
me for telling that story. Mr. Emerson was the big man 


in North Maiden at that time. He was supposed to be the 
wealthiest man there, and he ran the only store, and he 
was the principal factor in the Methodist church, and there 
was a time when he owned a great deal of land, and Emer- 
son street, which is one of the principal resident streets, 
was laid out by him on his own property after the railroad 
came in there. He left a large estate. On the corner of 
Emerson street and Main street is the house that belonged 
to him. It was built in 1803. It is iii years old. When 
I was a small boy, I remember that I used to go and churn 
for his mother in the basement of the house for ten cents. 
I thought I was making money fast. This house was the 
only place in Melrose where there was anything that could 
be considered a store. 

The year 1843, the time I came to Melrose, was the 
year that Daniel Webster delivered his famous oration 
at the completion of Bunker Hill Monument. I remember 
the time distinctly, and I wanted to go. I was only a boy, 
but I had heard much about Daniel Webster. I had seen 
that the monument was just finished, and I wanted to hear 
the oration very much, and so I asked my father if he 
would give me the money to go in a stage (the only way 
of going to Boston in 1843 from either Maiden or Melrose 
was by a stage coach that ran three times a week, going 
in the morning and coming out at night, and this stage 
was going in that morning. The fare was twenty-five 
cents in and twenty-five cents out, and I asked my father 
if he would give me the money, and he told me he would 
like to do so, but he really could not afford it, and I know 
that he felt badly not to give it to me. I felt so bad that I 
went up on a hill that is right in the neighborhood of the 
Highlands station , down at the foot of the hill, where the rock 
stands right over it. I went up and sat on that rock by the 


Station and listened to the guns and to the rumble of the 
teams that I could hear that were going in from this section 
of the country and crossing Maiden bridge, which was then 
one-half mile long. You could hear the rumble of the 
teams over the bridge wa}^ to Melrose. 

In 1861 I was sent on an affair that would easily have 
cost me my life, but it did not. I was then in the United 
States Treasury at Washington, and it became necessary 
to send some money down to Memphis, down on the Missis- 
sippi River, where General Grant was at that time, so they 
selected me to take that money, and I do not suppose my 
life was worth a ten cent piece. On my forty-five miles to 
General Grant, with others I was on a river boat and they 
blew up the steamer. We just succeeded in escaping, and 
went home afterwards. On the way home, I had a furlough 
of three or four days, and I had to make tracks pretty 
lively, as I wanted to come home to see my wife, and I 
arrived in Boston about ten o'clock at night. This was in 
1861, and there were no means of getting home, out this 
way, at that time of night. It was Saturday night. There 
were no trains on Sunday. There was only one way — to 
walk it, so I started from the Boston and Albany station at 
about ten o'clock, when I got in, and I walked right out 
home. It was pretty cold coming across Maiden bridge. 
There were no lights, and it was a long, mean kind of a jour- 
ney for me. I' was armed, of course. A man would not be 
very likely to go there without being armed, and as I came 
along through a wild and very dark place in the road, I 
heard a dog coming after me, but I could not see anything 
at all. I knew he was coming, but I could not see him. 
I thought I would protect myself, and pulled out my pistol. 
When the fellow got near enough, I pulled the trigger, but 
it would not go off. However, he did not touch me. 



With Comments prepared by the Secretary of the Society. 

The National Funeral Celebration in commemoration 
of the life of William Henry Harrison, President of the 
United States, was called the National Fast and occurred 
on Friday, May 14, 1841. 

William Henry Harrison, died on Sunday, April 4,1841, 
of bilious pleurisy. On April 7, 1841 The Boston Courier 
published the news of the " Death of the President." On 
the same day The Daily Atlas under the caption "Death 
of the President of the United States " said : " We received 
yesterday morning by an extraordinar}'^ express from New 
York the sad intelligence of the death of the President of 
the United States." This news reached Boston about 48 
hours after the President passed away. 

On 21 of May 1841 The Boston Recorder contained 
the following : " The National Fast was observed in this 
city on Friday. The stores were nearly all closed, and 
the churches were very fully attended. Many very fine 
discourses were delivered. Mr. [Rufus] Choate delivered 
his Eulogy in the evening, at the Odeon, and was listened 
to by a very large auditory. All were highly gratified 
with both the manner and matter of the orator." 

The other Boston papers gave a similar account except- 
ing The Bosto7i Courier of May 17, 1841, which in addi- 
tion to the account of the exercises in the city included a 
brief paragraph relating to the observance in Cambridge, 
Brighton and Brookline. 

Not a word was printed in any Boston paper of the 
observance in Maiden and this broadside, the original of 
which is in the possession of the Society gives all that has 
been preserved of the National Fast as observed here three 
quarters of a century ago. 




funeral Ceremonies 


— "•nl^ii«"~- 

The citizens of Maiden being desirous to manifest their 
recognition of the death of William Henry Harrison, 
late President of these United States on FRIDAY, the 14th 
inst., being the day appointed for a National Fast, have 
made the following arrangements, viz: 

The citizens of Maiden, and all others who may wish to 
unite with them on that day, will assemble at the Baptist 
Meeting House at 9 o'clock, A. M. A procession will then 
be formed under the direction of the Chief Marshal, Capt- 
Stimpson, in the following order: — 

Military Escort, consisting of Maiden I^ight Infantry. 

Chief Marshal, with his Aids. 

Chairman of Committee of Arrangements and Orator. 

Officiating Clergymen. 

Committee of Arrangements. 

Selectmen and other Town Officers. 

Maiden Fire Department. 
Citizens of Maiden and its vicinity. 

The procession will move precisely at 10 o'clock, from 
the Baptist Meeting House to the corner of the Reading 
Road; from thence to Barret's Corner, so called; it will 
then cross to the Stoneham Road, down to the Medford 
Road to Main street; through Main street to the Orthodox 
Meeting House. 

The services will consist of a Funeral Oration and other 
appropriate services. 

The Teachers of the several schools are requested to meet 
at the Baptist Vestry with their pupils, at 9 o'clock, A. M. 

It is respectfully requested that all persons who join in 
the procession, wear crape on the left arm, above the elbow. 

The side pews will be reserved for the ladies, and no 
other persons will be permitted to enter the Meeting House 
until after the procession has passed in. 

Per order of the Committee of Arrangements. 

U. CHAMBERLAIN, Chairman. 



In 1841 the Baptist Meeting House stood in what is 
now the east corner of the Salem Street Cemetery and the 
Orthodox Meeting House stood on the east corner of Main 
street and Eastern avenue. " Barrett's Corner " was formed 
by the intersection of Barrett's Lane and the Reading road 
(Main street) near where the Home for Aged Persons now 
stands. The procession marched through Barrett's Lane 
across lots by Odiorne's nail factory to the Stoneham road 
(now Washington street) down to the Medford road now 
Pleasant street and to Main street (Maiden square). In 
1841 there was no public highway leading from Main 
street to Washington street in the vicinity of Mountain 
avenue but passing through Barrett's Lane and on through 
a gate down a steep hill over private property was some 
times permitted as appears from the orders of marching. 


Maiden Citizens who Loaned Money to the Government during the 
American Revolution, 177S-1783. 

Buckman, Benf . Oaks, Jonathan 

Caswell, Joseph Paine, Rebecca 

Chittenden, Isaac Sargent, Nathan 

Gould, John Sargent, Solomon 

Green, Barnard Smith, Isaac 

Green, Phineas Sprague, Joseph 

Green, Samuel Wait, John 

Jenkins, John Wait, William 

Merritt, Sarah Willis, Eliakim 
Nichols, James 



Communicated by Erskine F. Bickford, Esq. of Maiden. 

[On May 21, 1900, Mr. Erskine F. Bickford, a mem- 
ber of this Society, donated the Society a Bible record of 
the family of the late Abraham Drake Dearborn, M. D., 
an old time physician who lived on Main street at the corner 
of Belmont street, directly opposite the estate of the late 
Hon. Elisha Slade Converse. 

Abraham Drake Dearborn was the son of Freese and 
Abigail (Drake) Dearborn and was born at Hampton, 
N. H., 15 Feb. 1802. He was the grandson of Major 
Josiah Dearborn of Hampton who occupied the ancient 
homestead in Hampton upon which his ancestor Godfrey 
Dearborn, who emigrated from the parish of Willoughby 
in Lincolnshire in 1639 settled at Hampton about 1649. 

Dr. Dearbon's father was a deputy sheriff and removed 
from Hampton to Exeter, N. H. in 1810, where he was 
for man}^ years keeper of the Rockingham County jail. 
The young man was educated at Exeter and graduated 
from the Harvard Medical School in 1825. He practiced 
medicine in several places including Exeter, N. H., Saugus 
and Maiden. Dr. Dearborn's son Frederick Merriweather 
Deaborn was a distinguished surgeon in the United States 
Navy from 1862 to 1883. He also graduated from the 
Harvard Medical School in 1865, being a classmate of 
Dr. Albert Lane Norris of Cambridge and more recently 
of Maiden and a member of this Society. The senior Dr- 


Dearborn died in Maiden, 2 Dec. 187 1, and the junior Dr. 
Dearborn, died in New York city, 24 April 1887. Other 
members of the family were the senior Dr. Dearborn's 
wife, who was Harriet Newell Willard daughter of Emory 
and Sarah (Farwell) Willard, who is remembered a woman 
of culture and refinement. She died in Florida between 1885 
and 1900. Their only daughter, Harriet Willard Dearborn 
died in Maiden, 28 Oct. 1884. 

Mr. Bickford has three souvenirs which came from the 
Deaborn home on Main street marked a " Tobacco box of 
Maj. Josiah Dearborn, 1728-1814, Hampton, N. H.," a 
" Tobacco box of Freese Dearborn, 1778-1862, Hampton 
and Exeter, N. H." and some "snuff that Father made 
before he went to keep the Gail in 1810, at Exeter, N. H."] 

[Willard Bible Record.] 
[First page] 


Abr"i Williard born Dec. 23, 1748; died April 20, 1817. 
Hannah Willard his wife Jan. 20, 1749 ; died June 12, 1816. 

Their Children 

Isaac Willard born Janv 24, 1779; died Febv 16, 1840. 

Emory Willard born Feb^ 12, 1786; died NoV 18, 1824. 

Levi Willard born Oct. 15, 1781. 

Emory Willard Feb. 12, 1786; NoV 18, 1824. 

Sarah Farwell Willard his wife 

Feb. 6, 1787 July 9, 1834. 



Their Children. 

Evander Zenophon Willard born Sept. 8, 1815. 

Harriet Newell Willard Feb. 24, 1817. 

Laura Ann Willard Sept. 22, 1818. 

Emory Lorenzo Willard, July 29, 1820. 

Sarah Farvvell Willard Nov. 18, 1822 ; June 27, 1823. 

Sarah Josephine Willard Janv 24, 1825 ; April 24, 1830. 

[Second page.] 


Abraham Drake Dearborn, Jr., Feb. 12, 1844. 

[Third Page.] 


Abraham D. Dearborn 

February 15, 1802 December 2, 1871. 

Harriet Newell Willard 

February 24, 181 7. 

Their Children. 

Frederic Merriwether 

February 28, 1842. 
Abraham Drake 

Feb. 12, 1844 Feb. 12, 1844. 

Harriet Willard 

Jany 3, 1847 October 28, 1884. 

[Fourth page.] 

Abraham Drake Dearborn and Harriet Newell Willard 
were married March 7, 1841. 



(Continued from No. j, Page 74) 
Transcribed by the late Dkloraine Pendre Corey. 

[The Bell Rock Cemetery contains the graves of many of the founders of Maiden, and 
of many of the pastors and others prominent in the early history of the town. Here is the 
grave of Michael Wigglesworth, New England's first noted poet; that of the builders of 
the Old South Church in Boston, of Job Lane, New England's first bridge builder, of 
many of Ralph Waldo Emerson's ancestors. Mr. Corey, with the assistance of his son, 
Dr. Arthur D. Corey, copied these inscriptions many years ago, a labor of love that 
consumed many weeks of time. Since that work was done jmany of the stones have 

Mary Sprague 
Dau**' of M'' Benjamin 

& M'-s Phebe 

Sprague ; Died June 

ye -jo'i" : 1752, Aged 

2 years, & 6 Mon^ 

Here Lyes Buried 
the Body of 

M"" Uriah Oakes 
Who Departed this 
Life Aug'* 23'^ 1752 

Aged 52 Years 

Here lyes Buried 

y« Body of M^^ 

Martha Green 

Wife to Cap*^ 

Samuel Green 

Who Departed this 

life May 29**^ i754 in y^ 

72*^ Year of Her Age 

Here Lyes Buried y"^ 

Body of M''s Winefred 

Dexter Widow of Dea""" 

John Dexter 

Who Departed this Life 

Decern'"' 5"^ 1752 in y^ 79*** 

Year of Her Age 

Here lyes y'^ Body of 

Benjamin Bucknam 

Son of M'' Benjamin 

& M" Rebeckah 
Bucknam Who Died 
Feb"^' 22*1 1752 [175 2-3] Aged 
3 Years & 10 Months. 

Here Lyes Buried 

the Body of M"" 

John Pain 

Who departed this life 

Feb''^ the 25*'' 1753 

Aged 52 Years 




Lynd Died 

July the 1 2*h 

1 753 Aged 

12 Years. 



Lynd Died 

July the 13*^ 

1753 Aged 

5 Years. 

Children of M"". 


Lynd Died 

July the 1 2*^ 

1753 Aged 

3 Years. 


& M'"^ Mary Lynd. 

In Memory of 

Aney Tufts Dau*"" 

of M'' Stephen & M""^ 

Kathrine Tufts Who 

died Nov'" 16*'^ 1754 

Aged 3 Years 

Here lyes y^ Body of 

M'-s Lydia Lynd 

Widow to Deacon 

Thomas Lynd 

Who Died Octo'^'' y^ 

j^th jy^^ Aged 70 Years 

2 Months & 8 Days 

Here lyes Buried 

the Body of M"" 

John Lynd 

Who Departed this life 

July the I ith 1756 

Aged 46 Years 

Here Lyes Buried 
y*^ Body of M"" 

Nathan Newhall 

Who Departed this life 

Jan'^J iS'ii 1757 in y" 38''» 

Year of His Age 

Here lyes y*^ Body of 
M'"^ Elizabeth Green 
Wife to M"" Phinehas 

Green Who Died 

Feb-^yyepth 1757 Aged 

27 years & 2 Months 

Here lyes y*^ Body of 

M" EHzabeth Jenks 

formerly Wife to M"" 

Joseph Floyd Who 

Died June 6"' 1757 

Aged 86 Years 

Here lyes Buried 
the Body of M"" 

Samuel Sweetser 
Who departed this life 

July the 18 1757 
Aged 83 Years 

Here lyes y'^ Body of 

M''^ Abigail Waite 

Wife to M-" 

Thomas Waite 

Who departed this 

life March i^^^ 1759 

Aged 72 Years 



Here lyes y*" Body of 

^iss Abigail Sweetser 

Dau*'- of M'- Samuel & M'« 

Abigail Sweetser Who 

died Sepfye 5"" 1758 

Aged 59 Years 

Here lyes Buried 

The Body of Elder 

Thomas Burditt 

Who Departed this Life 

Octo'" the 15"' 1758 in y« 

76*^ Year of His Age 

Here lyes Buried 
the Body of M'^ 
Rebekah Parker 

Wife to M'. 

Thomas Parker, 

Who Departed this 

life Dec*", y^ 20*^ 1758 

Aged 75 Years. 

Here lyes y^ Body of 

M'^ Mary Sargeant 

Widow to M'' Joseph 

Sargeant Who Died 

April ye g^^ 


1759 in ye 
^' Year of Her Asre 

Here Lyes Buried 

the Body of M' 

Thomas Wheeler 

Who Departed this life 

May ye ig^^^ 1759 in y^ 

53^ Year of His Age 

Here lyes y*" Body of 
M'^ Sarah Sargeant 

Wife to M^ John 

Sargeant ; Who Died 

August the 3^^ ^759 

Aged 61 Years 

Here lyes Buried 

the Body of M^ 

Joseph Baldwin 

Who Departed this life 

Octo' ye 25"' r7!;9 in ye 

est!" Year of His Age 

Here Lyes Buried 

the Body of M' 

Daniel Newhall 

Who Departed this life 

Feb-'y the 3^ 1760 

Aged 75 Years 

Here lyes Buried 

the Body of M' 

John Willson Jun' 

Who Departed this Life 

May the 4*'' 1760 in y® 

52*^ Year of His Age 

Here lyes Buried 

the Body of M' 

Thomas Parker 

Who Departed this 

life July ye 31 st^ 1760 

Aged 79 Years. 



Here lyes Buried y*^ Body 

of M'^ Mary Green Wife 

to M' Isaac Green 

Who Departed this life 
Aug^' the 6 1 760 in the 

65*^ Year of Her Age 

Here lyes y*^ Body of 
M'* Eunice Green Wife 

to Lieu* Ezra Green 
Who Departed this life 

Octo"^ ye 2*^ 1760 in y*^ 

^yth Year of Her Age 

Here Lyes Buried 

the Body of M' 

David Parker 

Who Departed this life 

Octob' the 5*''; 1760 

Aged 50 Years. 

Here lyes Buried 

The Body of 

M' Benoni Vinton 

Who departed this Life 

Octo' 10'^ 1760 in y^ 

41^* Year of His Age 

In Memory of 
Miss Polley Porter, Daug'. 
of Doct' Jon*, and M'^ 

Hannah Porter 
who Died July 21*'. 1762 
in the 5*'' Year 
of her Age, 

Here lyes Buried 

ye Body of M' 

Joseph Sargeant 

who departed this life 

NOV^' ye 19th jy5Q Jj^ ye 

71 Year of His Age 

Here lyes Buried 

ye Body of M' 

John Sargeant 

Who Departed this Life 

November y^ 26"' 1760 

Aged 63 Years 

Here lyes Buried 

ye Body of 

M' Isaac Wheeler 

departed this life 

Decem"^ ye 15*11 1760 in y* 

56''' Year of His Age 

Here lyes Buried y^ Body 

of M"^^ Tabitha Barret 

Wife to M' James Barret 

Who Departed this life 

July the 3'' 1 76 1 in ye 

49 Year of Her Age 

Here lyes Buried 

ye Body of Cap' 

Samuel Green 

Who Departed this 

Life Feb'>' the 21^' 

1 761 in ye 82*^ Year 

of His Age 



Here lyes y® Body of 

Isaac Wait Son of 

M' Isaac & M" Deborah 

Wait Who Died 

July y** 22^* 1 76 1 in y' 

Year of His Age 

Here lies y*^ Body of 

M'« Hannah Burditt 

wife to M' John Burditt 

who departed this Life 

Sept* y« 12* 1 76 1 

Aged 76 Years 

Here lyes Buried 

the Body of M' 

Phinehas Sargeant 

Who Departed this life 

Sep' the 25'^ 1 76 1 

Aged 59 Years 

Here lyes y^ Body of 

M" Mary Burditt, Widow 

to Elder Thomas Burditt ; 

Who Departed this life 

Octo' the 27* 1 76 1, in y« 

76"' Year of Her Age 

Here lyes y* Body of 
M'^ Mary Sargeant 

Wife to M' 

Thomas Sargeant ; 

Who departed this Life 

May the 11*, 1763 

Aged 38 Years 

Here lyes Buried y^ Body 

of M" Sarah Dexter 

Widow to M' Richard 

Dexter Who Departed 

this life Dece*^' y"= 24'*' 1761 

Aged 81 Years 

Here lyes Buried y* Body 

of M' Obadiah Jenkins 

Who Departed this Life 

Feb^y the 4* 1762 

Aged 72 Years. 

Here lyes y' Body of a tender 

husband to me 
I shall lament my lofs so long 
as my life shall be 

Here lyes y' Body of 
M" Mary Wait Widow 

to M' Thomas Wait 

Who Departed this Life 

Jan'^ y^ 6''' 1763 in y'^ 

97*^ Year of Her Age 

In Memory of 
Samuel Dexter 
Who died Sep' 
3^ 1762 Aged 2 
Years & 4 Mont^ 

Here lyes Buried 

the Body of M' 

Thomas Burditt 

Who departed this life 

March 8"" 1 763 in y* 

58*^ Year of His Age 



In Memory of 

Sarah Dexter 

Who died »Sep' 

4"^ 1762 Aged 3 

Years & 9 Mont® 

The Children of Cap' John 

& M'^ Joanna Dexter 

Here lyes Buried 

the Body of Ensign 

Joseph Lynd 

Who departed this Life 

March 16"' 1763 in y^ 

73'' Year of His Age 

Here lyes y* Body of 
M" Elizabeth Sergant 

Wife of M'' Nathan 

Sergant jun' who died 

Octo^"" y^ 18 1763 Aged 28 

Years 7 Months & 25 Day® 

Also Nathan Their Son died 

Octo^'y^i4*i763 Aged 2 Years 

2 Months & 15 Days 

Here Lies Buried 

The Body of 

M'** Mary Bay ley 

Wife Of M' James 

Bay ley Of Boston 

& Dau' Of M' Thomas 

Wayt Of This Town 

Died Aug® 30''' 1763 

In The 37* Year 

Of Her Age 

In Memory of 

Anne Phillips Dau^ of 

M' Francis & M'® Anne 

Phillips ; who died 

August 23'* 1763 

Aged 1 1 Months 

Here lies Buried 

the Body of M' 

Nathaniel Howard 

Who departed this Life 

Decem' 17''' 1763 in y* 

63*1 Year of His Age 

Here lyes Buried 

the Body of 

M"" Jabez Wait 

Who departed this life 

April the 15'*' 1764 

Aged 6S Years 

Here lyes Buried 

the Body of 

M' Isaac Hill : 

Who departed this Life 

June y* 22*^ 1764 in y* 

42^ Year of His Age 

Here Lyes y* Body of 

M" Elizabeth Payn 

Widow to M' 

Stephen Payn 

Who departed this Life 

March 14"' 1766 in y' 

97"' Year of Her Age 



Here lyes y' Body of 

M" Rebecca Harnden 

Widow to M' Ebenezer 

Harnden Who died 

November y'' 1 8"" 1 764 

Aged Years 

Here lyes y" Body of 

M'^ Isabel Green, Widow 

to M' John Green ; 

Who departed this Life 

August the 9"^ 1 765 

Aged 88 Years 

Here lyes Buried y*^ Body 

of M'^ Hannah Green Widow 

of Deaco"* Joseph Green 

who departed this Life 

August the 25* 1765 

Aged 83 Years 

Here lyes Buried 

the Body of 

M" Isaac Green 

Who departed this Life 

August 25* 1765 in y' 


th \- 

Year of His Age 

In Memory of 

M" Sarah Clewley 

Wife to M' Isaac 

Clewley who died 

Juny'6'^ 1766 

Aged 28 Years 

Also their dau" Aged 3 Months 

Here lyes y" Body of 

Rachel Lynd Dau" of 

M' Jabez & M'^ Rachel 

Lynd who departed this 

Life Aug. iS'^ 1764 Aged 

21 Years & 10 Months 

In Memory of 
Sarah Waitt Dau" 

of M' Stephen & M" 
Sarah Waitt Who 
died May 8 1766 in 

y"^ 4 Year of her Age 

Here lyes y^ Body of 

Richard Dexter, Son 

of M^ Richard & M^^ 

Rebecca Dexter ; Who 

died May 9"" 1 766 in y* 

10* Year of His Age 

In Memory of 

M" Lydia Willis 

the amiable consort of 

Rev^' Eliakim Willis 

Who died Jan'y 25 


The rules of true piety & 

Were her guide & companions 

in life 
Be not slothful but followers of 
Them who thr" faith & patience 
Inherit the promises 



Here lyes y' Body of 
M" Mary Sparks Wife 
to M' Thomas Sparks 
& Dau'^ of M' Samuel 
Sweetser Who [Died] 
Feb'y [19'^] 1767 

Here lyes Buried 

The Body of 

M' Joseph Pain 

Who departed this life 

May y' 16^'' 1767 in y* 

35* Year of His Age 

Blessed are y^ dead 
Which die in y* Lord 

Here lyes y* Body of 

M'^ Mary Sweetser 

Wife to M"^ Samuel 

Sweetser Who died 

Sep' the 14* 1767 

Aged 57 Years 

Here lyes y* Body of 

M" Abigail Blaney Widow 

to Cap' Benjamin Blaney 

Who departed this Life 

Decem' the 15"' 1767 

Aged 65 Years 

Here lyes Buried 

the Body of 

M' Stephen Paine 

Who departed this Life 

Jan'y 5"^ 176S in y« 

72'' Year of His Age 

Here lies Inter'd the Remains 
of that learned, Pious, and 

f aithfuU Minister of the 

Gospel, the Reverend M' 

Joseph Emerson late pastor of 

y^ first Church of Christ in 

Maiden who very suddenly 

departed this Life July the 13* 

Anno Dom"' I'jG'] in y^ 68* 

Year of his Age & 45"" 

of his Ministry. 

Now Blefsed are y^ Dead 

which die in the Lord 

from henceforth : yea saith 

y* Spirit, that they may rest 

from their Labors : & their 

Works do follow them 

Precious in y'' Sight of y^ Lord 

is the Death of his Saints 

Here lyes the Body of 

Jonathan Perkins Son 

of M' Joseph & M'' Mary 

Perkins Who died 

Octo' the 21" 1769 in y* 

20* Year of His Age 

Wrapt in his arms who Bled 
on calvarys plain 

We murmer not Blest Shade 
nor Dare complain 

Fled to those Seats where per- 
fect Spirits Shine 

We mourn our loss yet Still 
rejoyce in thine 



Here lyes y' Body of 

M" Susanna Hovey 

Widow to Deacon 

James Hovey 

Who Departed this 

Life Feb'> 14'*' 1768 

Aged 57 Years 

Here lies Interr'd y*" Remains 

of Eyra Green Esq"^ one of 

the Dea°°= of y^ first Church 

in Maiden 

Who departed this Life 

April the 28"^ 1768 in y" 

54"' Year of His Age 

Now Blessed are the Dead 

Which Die in the Lord 

From henceforth yea saith 

y^ Spirit that they may 

Rest from their labour & 

their works do follow them 

For thy Dead men shall live 

together with my Dead Body 

shall they arise. Awake & 

Sing y*" that dwell in y" 

Dust for thy dew is as y^ 

due of herbs and the Earth 

shall cast out the Dead 

Here lyes the Body of 
M'' Elizabeth Barratt 
Wife of Mr. Ebeneyer 

Barratt Who died 

February the 1 1'*" 1769 

Aged 58 Years 

Here lyes 

Buried the Body of 

M' Jonathan Howard 

Who departed this Life 

May the 19 1769 in v*" 

77 Year of His Age 

Here lyes Buried 

the Body of 

M"" Jonathan Oakes 

Who departed this life 

Sep' the 25'^ 1769 

Aged 60 Years 

Here lyes Buried 

the Body of 

M^ Thomas Shute 

Who departed this Life 

Jan'>' the 9"' 1770 in y* 

150''' Year of His Age 

In Memory of 
M^* Hannah Sprague 

wife of 
M"^ Phinehas Sprague 
who died May 13"' 

In the 44"" Year of her age 
She was a beauty in her day 

In virtue she excell'd 
There was no Parson that 
could say 
Deceit did in her dwell 



Organized, March 8, 1886. 
Incorporated February 7, 1887. 


Vice Presidents. 


Secretary- Treasurer. 


Charles H. Adams H. Heustis Newton 

Sylvester Baxter Roswell R. Robinson 

George W. Chamberlain William G. A. Turner 

George Howard Fall Walter Kendall Watkins 

George L. Gould Arthur H. Wellman 
Charles E. Mann 



COMMITTEES, 1913-14. 


George L. Gould William G. Merrill 

Arthur W. Walker 


Charles E. Mann Sylvester Baxter 

W. G. a. Turner George W. Chamberlain 

Arthur H. Wellman 


George W. Chamberlain Thomas S. Rich 

Charles H. Adams Mrs. Henry W. Upham 

Mrs. a. a. Nichols 


Walter Kendall Watkins Dr. Charles Burleigh 

William B. Snow Mrs. Alfred H, Burlen 


Mrs. Mary Greenleaf Turner Mrs. Mary Lawrence Mann 

Mrs. J. Parker Swett Mrs. Sylvester Baxter 


William L. Hallworth Peter Graffam 

Eugene A. Perry J. Lewis Wightman 

Richard Greenleaf Turner 

Library and Historic Collection. 
William G. A. Turner 





[Adopted at the annual meeting March 13, 1912.] 


This society shall be called the Maiden Historical 


The objects of this society shall be to collect, preserve 
and disseminate the local and general history of Maiden 
and the genealogy of Maiden families ; to make anti- 
quarian collections ; to collect books of general history, 
genealogy and biography ; and to prepare, or cause to be 
prepared from time to time, such papers and records 
relating to these subjects as may be of general interest to 
the members. 


The members of this society shall consist of two 
classes, active and honorary, and shall be such persons 
either resident or non-resident of Maiden, as shall, after 
being approved by the board of directors, be elected by 
the vote of a majority of the members present and voting 
at any regularly called meeting of the society. 

Honorary members may be nominated by the board 
of directors and shall be elected by ballot by a two-thirds 


vote of the members present and voting at any regularly 
called meeting. They shall enjoy all the privileges of the 
society except that of voting. 


The officers of the society shall include a recording 
secretary, and a treasurer, who shall be members of the 
board of directors. The society may in its discretion elect 
one person as secretary-treasurer to perform the duties of 
recording secretary and treasurer. The other officers to 
be elected by the society shall be a board of eleven 
directors, including the officer or officers named above. 
The recording secretary, treasurer (or secretary-treasurer), 
and directors shall be elected by ballot at the annual 
meeting of the society. 

The board of directors shall from their number elect 
by ballot a president and three vice presidents, and from 
the members of the society may elect a librarian and 
curator and such other officers as may be deemed neces- 
sary. All officers shall serve for one year, or until their 
successors are elected and qualified. The board of 
directors may fill any vacancies for unexpired terms. 


The board of directors may elect annually committees 
on finance, publication, membership, genealogies and such 
other committees as the society may direct or the board 
deem desirable. 


The annual dues of the society shall be one dollar. 
Any active member may become a life member by the 
payment of twenty-five dollars during any one year, which 



shall exempt such member from the payment of further 
annual dues. The board of directors shall have discretion 
to drop from the membership roll any person failing to 
pay his annual assessment for two successive years. 


The annual meeting of the society shall be held on 
the second Wednesday in March for the election of officers 
and the transaction of other business. Regular meetings 
shall be called in May, October, December and January. 
Special meetings may be called by the president at his 
discretion and five members shall constitute a quorum for 
the transaction of business at any meeting. 


These by-laws may be altered, amended or suspended, 
by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting at 
any meeting, notice of such proposed action having been 
given in the call for said meeting. 



MEMBERS 1915-1916. 

Adams, Charles H. 
Adams, Walter E. 
Am m anil, Albert 

Barnes, Roland D. 
Bailey, Dudley Perkins 
Bailey, William M. 
Baxter, Sylvester . 
Bayrd, Mrs. Adelaide Breed 
Belcher, Charles F. 
Bennett, Frank P., Sr. . 
Bickford, Erskine Frank 
Blakeley, William Monroe 
Bliss, Alvin E. 
Boutwell, Harvey L. 
Bradstreet, George Flint 
Brigham, Mrs. Augusta R. 
Brooks, Harvey N. 
Bruce, Charles 
Bruce, Judge Charles M. 
Burbank, Edwin C. 
Burleigh, Dr. Charles 
Burgess, James Henry . 
Burgess, Mrs. Ovilla Bishop 
Burlen, Mrs. Alfred H. . 

Carlisle, Frank H. 
Carr, Joseph T. . 
Casas, William B. de las 
Chamberlain, George Walter . 

. 59 Orient avenue, Melrose 

. 20 Florence street, Maiden 

50 Acorn street. Maiden 

Bristol, Connecticut 

. 1 2 1 Linden street, Everett 

3 Ridgewood road. Maiden 

33 Murray Hill road. Maiden 

34 Spruce street. Maiden 

148 Hawthorne street. Maiden 


38 Main street. Maiden 

385 Washington street, Maiden 

. 60 Linden avenue. Maiden 

309 Summer street. Maiden 

. 3o8 Maple street, Maiden 

. 21 Concord street. Maiden 

Murray Hill Park, Maiden 

8 Forest a\enue, Everett 

155 Hawthorne street, Maiden 

. 37 Beltran street. Maiden 


73 Mountain avenue. Maiden 

72 Mountain avenue, Maiden 

. 255 Clifton street. Maiden 

Davisville, R. L 

, 243 Salem street, Maiden 

95 Cedar street. Maiden 

29 Hillside avenue, Maiden 



Chandler, John Girard . 
Chase, James F. 
Cobb, Darius . 
Coggan, Marcellus. 
Converse, Costello C. 
Converse, Mrs. Mary Ida 
Corbett, John M. . 
Corey, Mrs. Isabella Holden 
Cotton, Frank E. . 
Cox, Alfred Elmer 
Cox, Charles M. 
Cummings, E. Harold . 

Damon, Herbert 
Daniels, Charles A. 
Dawes, Miss Agnes H. 
Dillingham, William C. 
Donovan, James 
Doonan, Owen P. . 
Drew, Frank E. 

Eaton, Charles L. 
Elwell, Fred S. . 
Estey, Frank W. . 
Evans, Wilmot R., Sr. 

Fall, George Howard 
Fenn, Harry W. 
Fison, Herbert W. 
Fowle, Frank E. . 
Fuller, Alvan T. 

Gay, Edward 
Gay, Dr. Fritz W. 
Goodwin, Dr. Richard J. P. 
Gould, Edwin Carter 

2 Dexter street. Maiden 

20 Crescent avenue, Maiden 

no Tremont street, Boston 

Tremont Building, Boston 

2 Main street. Maiden 

2 Main street. Maiden 

79 Tremont street. Maiden 
2 Berkeley street, Maiden 

48 Glen street. Maiden 

80 Appleton street, Maiden 


515 Highland avenue. Maiden 

191 Mountain avenue. Maiden 

88 Mt. Vernon street. Maiden 

I Ridgewood road. Maiden 

66 Appleton street, Maiden 

33 Grace street, Maiden 

92 Highland avenue. Maiden 

60 Glenwood street. Maiden 

44 Dexter street. Maiden 

166 Lawrence street, Maiden 

136 Hawthorne street. Maiden 

591 Broadway, Everett 

12 Evelyn place. Maiden 

48 Grace street. Maiden 

24 Main street park. Maiden 

321 Summer street. Maiden 

Si Appleton street. Maiden 

18 Dexter street. Maiden 
. 105 Salem street. Maiden 
481 Pleasant street, Maiden 
20 W. Wyoming avenue, Melrose 



Gould, George Lambert 
Gould, Mrs. Lizzie Lawrence 
Gould, Levi Swanton 
Graff am, Peter 

24 Alpine street, Maiden 

24 Alpine street. Maiden 

280 Main street, Melrose 

iSi Clifton street, Maiden 

Hallworth, William Leigh . . 47 Meridian street, Maiden 

Hardy, Arthur P. . . . 49 Las Casas street. Maiden 

Haven, Rev. William Ingraham, D.D. 

Bible House, Astor place. New York, N. Y. 


37 Washington street, Maiden 
37 Washington street. Maiden 
. 40 Newhall street. Maiden 
33 Converse avenue. Maiden 
. 26 Prescott street. Maiden 
Botolph street, Melrose Highlands 
20 Main street park. Maiden 

. 613 Salem street. Maiden 
21 Howard street 

10 Holmes street, Maiden 
. 88 Summer street. Maiden 
25 Garland avenue, Maiden 

47 Francis street. Maiden 

. 19 Sprague street. Maiden 

202 Mountain avenue. Maiden 

37 Alpine street. Maiden 

. 219 Clifton street, Maiden 
142 Hawthorne street. Maiden 

24 Pleasant street park. Maiden 
14 Woodland road. Maiden 
14 Woodland road, Maiden 
Mansfield, Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth 57 Glenwood street, Maiden 

Hawley, Mrs. Alice C. . 
Hawley, William Dickerson 
Hawley, William H. 
Hobbs, William J. 
H olden, Arthur P. . 
Houdlette, Mrs. Edith L 
Hutchins, John W. 

Johnson, George H. 
Jones, Louis G. 

Kerr, Alexander 
Kimball, Edward P. 
King, Edward Samuel 
King, Mrs. Robert C. 

Lane, Miss Ellen W. 
Lang, Thomas, Jr. 
Locke, Col. Elmore E. 
Locke, Col. Frank L. 
Lund, James 

Magee, Charles R. 
Mann, Charles Edward 
Mann, Mrs. Mary Lawrence 



McGregor, Alexander 
Merrill, William G. 
Millett, Charles Howard 
Millett, Mrs. M. C. 
Millett, Mrs. Rosina Maria 
Miner, Franklin M. 
Morgan, Albert B. 
Morse, Tenney 
Mudge, Rev. James, D. D. 

Newton, H. Heustis 

Nichols, Mrs. Adeline Augusta 

Norris, Dr. Albert Lane . 

Otis, James O. 

Page, Albert Nelson 
Parker, Charles Lincoln 
Perkins, Clarence Albert 
Perkins, Frank J. . 
Perry, Eugene A. . 
Plummer, Arthur J. 
Plummer, Dr. Frank Wentw 
Porter, Prof. Dwight 
Pratt, Earl W. 
Pratt, Ezra F. 
Priest, Russell P. 
Prior, Dr. Charles E. 

Qiiimby, Rev. Israel P. 
Quinn, Bernard F. 

Rich, Thomas S. . 
Rich, Mrs. Thomas S. 
Richards, George Louis . 

Glen Rock, Maiden 

. 149 Walnut street, Maiden 

. 217 Clifton street, Maiden 

. 217 Clifton street, Maiden 

22 Parker street. Maiden 

127 Summer street, Maiden 

. 50 Pleasant street. Maiden 

65 Las Casas street. Maiden 

33 Cedar street. Maiden 

. 92 Waverly street, Everett 

37 Cedar street. Maiden 

. 283 Clifton street, Maiden 

. 9 Woodland road, Maiden 

349 Pleasant street, Maiden 
47 Converse avenue. Maiden 
57 High street, Maiden 
81 Washington street. Maiden 
145 Summer street, Maiden 
4 Hudson street, Maiden 
orth 340 Pleasant street. Maiden 
149 Hawthorne street. Maiden 

128 Pleasant street, Maiden 

129 Pleasant street. Maiden 
411 Winthrop Building, Boston 

I Mountain avenue. Maiden 

. 65 Tremont street. Maiden 
. 65 Judson street. Maiden 

. 240 Clifton street, Maiden 
. 240 Clifton street, Maiden 
. 84 Linden avenue, Maiden 



Richards, Lyman H. 
Riedel, E. Robert . 
Robinson, Roswell Raymond 
Roby, Austin H. 
Rood, John F. 
Ross, Alexander S. 
Rowe, Miss Edith Owen 
Ryder, Mrs. Gertrude Yale 
Ryder, Dr. Godfrey 

Shove, Francis A. 
Shumway, Franklin P. . 
Siner, Mrs. James B. 
Smith, George E. . 
Snow, William Brown 
Sprague, Mrs. Emeline M. 
Sprague, Phineas Warren, 47 
Starbird, Louis D. 
Stevens, Dr. Andrew Jackson 
Stover, Col. Willis W. . 
Swett, J. Parker, Highland 
Sullivan, Mrs. K. T. 

Tredick, C. Morris 
Turner, Alfred Rogers 
Turner, Mrs. Mary Greenleaf 
Turner, William G. A. 

Upham, Henry W. 
Upham, Mrs. Henry W. 
Upton, Eugene Charles . 

Walker, Mrs. Annie Dexter 
Walker, Arthur W. 
Walker, Mrs. Clara Isabel 
Walker, Hugh L. 

. 17 Howard street. Maiden 

. 13 Harnden road. Maiden 

. 84 Linden avenue, Maiden 

105 Washington street. Maiden 


38 Woodland road, Maiden 

. 149 Walnut street, Maiden 

321 Pleasant street. Maiden 

321 Pleasant street, Maiden 

205 Mountain avenue. Maiden 

25 Bellevue avenue, Melrose 

156 Hawthorne street. Maiden 


79 Dexter street. Maiden 

84 Salem street, Maiden 

Commonwealth avenue, Boston 

213 Movuitain avenue, Maiden 

599 Main street. Maiden 

100 Waverly street, Everett 

ter., cor. Ridgewood road. Maiden 

87 Cedar street. Maiden 

36 Alpine street. Maiden 

200 Broadway, Paterson, N. J. 

I Ridgewood road. Maiden 

I Ridgewood road, Maiden 

285 Clifton street, Maiden 

285 Clifton street, Maiden 

55 Dexter street. Maiden 

16 Alpine street. Maiden 

16 Alpine street, Maiden 

74 Dexter street. Maiden 

14 Newhall street. Maiden 



Warren, Charles G. 
Watkins, Walter Kendall 
Wellman, Mrs. Jennie Louise 
Wellman, Arthur Holbrook 
Welsh, Willard 
Wentworth, Dr. Lowell F. 
White, Clinton 
Whittemore, Edgar Augustus 
Wiggin, Joseph 
Wightman, J. Lewis 
Wingate, Edward Lawrence 
Winship, Addison L. 
Winship, William Henry 
Woodward, Frank Ernest 

677 Main street, Maiden 

47 Hillside avenue. Maiden 

. 193 Clifton street. Maiden 

. 193 Clifton street, Maiden 

60 Greenleaf street, Maiden 

. 19 Bartlett street, Melrose 

106 Bellevue avenue, Melrose 

. 2 Woodland road, Maiden 

55 Clarendon street. Maiden 

245 Mountain avenue, Maiden 

85 Dexter street. Maiden 

65 Laurel street, Melrose 

. 209 Maple street. Maiden 

Wellesley Hills 




Within two years, three members of the Maiden His- 
torical Society passed away who were natives of the town 
of Webster — Judge William Schofield, Mayor George L. 
Farrell and Frederick N. Joslin. The name of Joslin is 
familiar in the locality near Webster. The family origi- 
nated in this country in Hingham, crossed Rhode Island 
or possibly the Blackstone Valley into Killingly, now 
Thompson, Connecticut, and from thence spread into 
Worcester County in Masssachusetts. One of the land- 
marks of Webster is the Joslin House, for years kept by 
Mr. Joslin's father, as the father of Elisha Slade Converse 
and his fathers before him kept the Converse Tavern in 
the neighboring Thompson Parish in Killingly. Maiden 
owes much to this region, for to the names mentioned 
above should be added that of Col. Charles L. Dean, our 
lamemted former mayor and senator, born on Ashford, 
and for many years engaged in business in Thompson and 
Stafford Springs. 

Mr. Joslin died October 19, 1914, after a long illness, 
at the age of 48 years. While well known in Maiden, this 
fact was not due to his having been active in public or 
social life, but to his being the head of the great depart- 
ment store which has long borne his name. To this, until 
a few months before his death, he gave himself with an 
absolute devotion ; he won success because he determined 
to deserve it, but he won it at the expense of his personal 


comfort, his health and his life. Naturally retiring and 
unassuming, he did not lack public spirit, but his view of 
what public spirit meant in his case was to build for the 
people of Maiden a trade center which should rival the 
great department houses of Boston, and this ambition he 

Mr. Joslin was educated in the public schools of 
Webster and in Phillips Andover Academy. His early 
dry goods experience was in the house of Coleman Mead 
and Company, where he was associated with Mr. L. B. 
Lewis, with whom he formed a partnersip in 1891, the firm 
purchasing the dry goods store of G. E. Tufts, which has 
through their enterprise grown to be the largest of its class 
in the Metropolitan district, outside of Boston itself. He 
became active in the Board of Trade ; was a director of 
the First National Bank, a trustee and a member of the 
investment committee of the Maiden Savings Bank. In 
these positions, as well as in the conduct of his great busi- 
ness, he proved himself a substantial business man, and 
in every sense a good citizen. A large circle of friends 
and business associates deplored the breaking of his health 
and hoped for a recovery that was not to come. 

With his family, he attended St. Paul's Episcopal 
church. He married Emma F. Evans of Maiden March 
7, 1894, who with a daughter, Freda, his mother, Mrs. 
Sarah A. Joslin and a sister, Mrs. Chester M. Elliott, both 
of Putnam, Conn., survive him. 


Among the Mayflower descendants who have lived in 
Maiden few have more truly honored their ancestry than 
Joshua Howard Millett, long a member of this Society, 



who died at his home in this city October 14, 1914. Mr. 
Millett was a descendant in the eighth generation from 
Mary, daughter of James Chihon (who signed the May- 
flower compact in the harbor of Provincetown and soon 
after died), the young woman who has for nearly three 
hundred years had the credit of being the first to step on 
Plymouth Rock. His father, Joshua Millett, belonged to 
that branch of the family of Thomas Millett of Gloucester 
which emigrated from Cape Ann to the District of Maine 
in early days. Thomas Millett appears to have settled 
first in Dorcester in 1633, later going to Gloucester, where 
he was for a time the preacher in the church at Cape Ann, 
then moving to Brookfield and returning to Gloucester to 
spend his last days. He lived at Kettle Cove, now the 
flourishing summer resort known as Magnolia, and one of 
his last known descendants was Judith Millett, who taught 
the older generation of Cape Ann their letters, and as the 
village schoolmistress, was wont to take her pupils to a 
beautiful oak grove for picnics — the grove, now sadly 
denuded of its magnificent oaks, having ever since borne 
the name of "Judy Millett's Parlor." Mr. Millett' s mother 
was Sophronia Howard, sixth in line from John Howard, 
who joined the Plymouth Colony in 1643, and was one of 
the original proprietors of Bridgewater, his descendants, 
bearing either the name Howard or Hayward, being very 
numerous in the Old Colony, as well as in all parts of the 

Mr. Millett was born in Cherryfield, Maine, March 17, 
1842. He was educated in the public schools of Wayne, 
Maine, at Hebron Academy, and at Waterbury College 
(now Colby University), where he graduated in 1867, later 
being given the degree of A. M. Coming to Boston, he 
entered the law office of Judge Isaac F. Redfield, formerly 


chief justice of the supreme court of Vermont, and a great 
authority and writer on legal subjects, whose associate was 
William A. Herrick. Like many another promising young 
man, he proved that the active work of the office was 
his best preparation for success, and on December 15, 1870, 
he was admitted to the Suffolk bar, being admitted to the 
firm a year later. The partnership of Redfield, Herrick 
and Millett continued until the death of Judge Redfield in 
1876, after which the practice was continued by his surviv- 
ing partners. Mr. Millett's admission to the United States 
Supreme Court occurred in 1885 ; and Mr. Herrick dying 
the following year, he formed a partnership with Ralph W. 
Foster which continued to 1898. 

Meanwhile, the business instincts which must have 
made him a most valuable counselor to clients interested 
in mercantile or manufacturing affairs, had led him to 
engage in several large enterprises, notable the Crosby 
Steam Gauge and Valve Company, of which he was 
president for nearly forty years. Becoming interested in 
politics, he represented Maiden in the General Court in 
1884 and 1885, being on the committee on mercantile 
affairs, and during his service interesting himself particu- 
larly in the pilotage laws of the State, which still bear 
evidence of his painstaking efforts for their modification 
and improvement. The committee gave fourteen hearings, 
and the bill, drafted by Mr. Millett, was passed with very 
slight amendment. As was appropriate, he also served on 
the judiciary committee and the committee on metropolitan 

Mr. Millett married Rosina M. Tredick June 19, 1867, 
and soon after came to Maiden, making his home on 
Parker street. From his coming, he interested himself in 
the social and corporate affairs of the town and city. For 


five years he was a member of the school committee, and 
he was also a trustee of the public library and the park 
commission. He was chairman of the sub-committee that 
framed the city charter, and doubtless, had he shown any 
disposition to actively push his candidacy, his name would 
have been enrolled as one of our earliest mayors. Mr. 
Millett's qualities were substantial rather than spectacular, 
but his sterling character and reliability made him con- 
stantly sought for service on important committees and 
commissions, and as the guiding spirit in large enterprises. 
At the time of his death he was president of the Maiden 
Home for Aged Persons, of which he was a charter member. 
He was a member of Maiden Lodge of Masons, of Beausant 
Commandery of Knights Templar, the Massachusetts Bar 
Association and the B. K. E. of Colby University. His 
widow, a son, Charles Howard Millett and a daughter, 
Mrs. Alfred B. Carhart of Winchester, survive him. 

Mr. Millett had an interesting Revolutionary ancestry. 
He was admitted to the Massachusetts Society Sons of the 
American Revolution, 25 April, 1889 — ^^^ days after the 
organization of the aforesaid society. His record : " The 
son of Joshua and Sophronia (Howard) Miller, grandson 
John and Sally Millet; great grandson of Thomas and 
Eunice Millet. His great grandfather, Thomas Millet, 
joined the army at Cambridge about June i, 1775, from 
Gloucester, Mass., and remained with it until after the 
battle of Trenton, December, 1776; then after his return 
shipped as a marine on board the Continental ship, Han- 
cock, Capt. Manly, April, 1777 ; was captured by the 
British and after varied experiences was exchanged, 
September, 1778. He died in 1823, a pensioner. 



America owes much to the Phillips family. Beginning 
with Rev. George Phillips, the iirst pastor of the Water- 
town church and on through his descendants, the founders 
of Phillips Exeter and Phillips Andover academies, and 
the Andover Theological Seminary, John Phillips, the first 
mayor of Boston, and his son, Wendell Phillips, and 
Bishop Phillips Brooks, all have honored the name. The 
subject of this sketch, Wellington Phillips, belonged to a 
branch of the family which established itself in the District 
of Maine, and he was born in Norrigewock, in 1855, being 
educated in the public schools of that town and in North 
Anson Academy. He came to Boston in 1872, entering 
the clothing business at Old Oak Hall, in North street. Thir- 
teen years later he established the tailoring firm of Bartel 
& Phillips. While in Oak Hall he was given important 
positions, being in charge of contract work for military 
and other uniforms, and similar duties. 

Mr. Phillips was an active, pushing man, and one 
who made many friends and thoroughly enjoyed his mem- 
bership in the large number of organizations to which he 
belonged. He saw a good deal of service in the City 
Government. For a time he served Ward One as a mem- 
ber of the Common Council, and later, having moved into 
Ward Four, he was returned to the Common Council for 
that constituency. He was a good debater, and constandy 
participated in the discussions of that body, as well as 
those of the Maiden Deliberative Assembly, of which he 
was long a member. He was active, also, in the Univer- 
salist church. 

Among the organizations to which he belonged were 
Maiden Lodge of Odd Fellows, being also a district deputy, 
Mount Vernon Lodge of Masons, the Fusileer Veterans, the 



Maiden Club, the Melrose Chapter of the Eastern Star, of 
which he was a past patron, Middlesex Encampment, the 
Royal x\rch Chapter, Canton Maiden and the Maine Club. 
Mr. Phillips married, November 7, 1889, Clara 
Savage, and besides her, left two daughters, Irene A. and 
Marion A., two sisters and two brothers. 

the register oe the 
* Malden Historical Societ\ 

NUMBCP rivi: 

(J¥>-.r. George L. Gould 




Maiden Historical Society 





Edited Dg the Committee on Publication 



I bequeath the sum of..... dollars to 

the Maiden Historical Society, incorporated under the laws 
of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and direct that 
the receipt of the Treasurer of the said Society shall be a 
release to my estate and to its executors from further liability 
under said bequest. 

Copies of this Register will be sent postpaid on receipt of one dollar. 



Mrs. George L. Gould (portrait) Frontispiece 

Form of Bequest 3 

A Walk up Salem street, By the late Deloraiiie Pendre 

Corey .......... 5 

The Early Baptists of Maiden, George Walter C/tomberlain, 13 

The Mudges of Maiden, Rev. James Mndge, S. T. D. . 39 

An Early Dedication Program 55 

Michael Wigglesworth and the "Best Seller" of 1689, 

F. W. Coburn 58 

Why Aberjona.' Sylvester Baxter 68 

A Scrap of Paper, The President of the Society ... 71 

The Register 

Officers 76 

Committees -77 

By-Laws 78 

Members 1918 81 

Founders of the Society 86 

The Gilbert Haven Collection 87 


Levi Swanton Gould 9° 

Mrs. Lizzie Lawrence Gould ..... 93 

Joseph Webber Chadwick ...... 95 

Dr. Frank Wentworth Plummer, M. D. . . . 98 

Clinton White loi 


An address delivered at the Faulkner School, October 19, 1S99, by the late Deloraine 
Pendre Corey, President of the Society. 

When I was asked by Mr, Wightman to take part 
with you in this pleasant exercise — this house warming — it 
was with some hesitancy that I accepted the invitation ; 
and I think that it was the pleasure which I always have 
in looking upon gatherings of young people and children 
that turned the scale. 

Frankly, Mr. Chairman, I did not come here to see 
the grown people, I came to see the children, and if I 
must speak with them. I came here to be a boy again 
— in mind, for the spirit of childhood can never return 
to us. Though I am not yet the oldest inhabitant, my 
memory holds vividly the knowledge of a condition which 
if reproduced to-day would seem strange to the most of 
you. There may be a few here — not many, — who remem- 
ber Salem street and the Faulkner farm as it appeared 
from 50 to 60 years ago. You will hardly believe that at 
that time but five dwelling houses stood on the south side 
of Salem street from the cemetery to Black Ann's corner 
at Linden. In the present district of Faulkner, consider- 
ing it for convenience as bounded on the west by Franklin 
street, south and east by Cross street and north by the 
rocks and the woods, we would have found but six houses 
inhabited by not over 35 people. Having an uncle living 
near this spot in a house which stood where the Rev. Mr. 
Bailey now lives, I knew the way well, was acquainted 
as a child with all the people, and I know I could recognize 
them all if I could meet them as they appeared then. 


Suppose we take a little walk, you and I, leaving these 
grown people with their knowledge and experience to 
remain here while we go out, with our young hearts, into 
the past which can never come back to them. 

Here we are at the beginning of Baptist Row (Salem 
street these grown people would call it, but we know 
better) at the home of my childhood where the great High 
School building now stands. If I were going to school, I 
would go by the mill pond in the square to the old brick 
schoolhouse on Schoolhouse Hill — both have disappeared ; 
but we are going eastward and have no care for the school- 
house > for school does not keep for us to-day. The street 
is Baptist Row, so called because the First Baptist church 
was gathered in a barn which stood on the north side of 
the road, where Mr. Davenport's house now is, and because 
most of the people who lived in the vicinity were Baptists. 
It has greatly changed. There were seventeen houses 
between the square and the cemetery at the time which we 
are considering. Only two of the seventeen remain to-day. 


The burying ground — we seldom or never heard the 
name of cemetery in those days — did not come up to the 
street. The old Baptist meeting-house, an uncouth barn 
of a house with immense windows and a squat belfry in 
which hung a bell which rang the curfew at nine o'clock, 
interposed. This house was built in 1804. In it were 
received my first Sabbath-day impressions ; and my 
earliest recollections thereof are of three conditions : 
I. One of exquisite uneasiness, for the day was hot, the 
seat was hard, and the sermon was long. 2. One of awe 
at the presence of the Minister, Mr. Williams, and the 
contemplation of the way he pounded the Bible. 3. One 
of curiosity as to whether the sighs and groans which 


came from the gallery were from a suffering baby or a 
dog. I was inclined to the first, but I have since learned 
that it was the double bass viol. 

Uncouth as was this old meeting-house, it was 
endeared to many by loving memories. It was closed in 
a blaze of glory by a ratification meeting in the days of 
Clay and Frelinghuysen, when each little square of glass 
held its own candle, festoons of lights illumined the interior, 
and the great chandelier with its glittering pendants shone 
as it never shone before. The house was crowded ; and 
eloquence and a brass band graced the occasion. Then 
spoke the celebrated Rufus Choate, perhaps in some 
respects the most eloquent man Massachusetts has pro- 
duced. He was suffering from a cold and spoke but a 
short time. One who followed him said that after such a 
speech, his own poor words would be like the rattling of 
beans in a tin pan compared with old fashion dog-day 
thunder. I would give you the date if it were not that it 
might have a personal bearing. Remember, you and I are 
children together. 

The oldmeeting-house was put on rollers and the last I 
saw of it, it was going up Main street — Reading road, I 
should have said. It was standing a few years ago in 
Woburn or Wilmington and was used as a factory for some 
kind of wood working. Nearby the meeting-house stood 
a vestry and a hearse house, both painted yellow. 

Leaving the meeting-house the way became a country 
road. The partly developed sidewalk ceased, and the 
roadside was lined with a luxurient thicket of barberry 
bushes, sumac, and blackberry vines, of tall mullens, broad 
burdocks, and sweet wild roses. Franklin street was a 
private way leading to a bridge over Harvell's brook, 
where were a beautiful tiny species of turtle, bullfrogs. 


waving flags, and mosquitoes. Near by was the rocky 
Cedar Hill, a delightful play-ground, rich in the season 
with tufts of wild columbine and wide spaces of the great 
pedate violet ; with its cool grove of whispering cedars and 
a wide outlook upon green fields and dark woods. 

This line nearly marked the western limit of the east 
school district, and the few children who lived near its 
easterly side had to go to the little one-roomed school- 
house where the Maplewood school now stands. It was a 
long way — a weary and dusty one in summer, and a diffi- 
cult one in winter, especially if the roads were not broken 
out. No-school signals were never heard in those days 
be it ever so stormy. The school session was as merci- 
lessly sure as death and the internal revenue tax. 

A large orchard was upon the north side of the road 
opposite the meeting-house, which in the season, strewed 
the wayside with its juicy fruit. From the cemetery to 
Harvell's Brook Lane, the present Cross street, there was 
but one house on the south side of the road — that of Mr. 
Reuben Waitt, which is still standing and is occupied by 
Mr. Frank Venn. Farther along, nearly at Cross street 
was one of Mr. Faulkner's barns, which was burned early 
one Sunday morning. 

On the other side of the road, passing over the school 
district line, we would see first, at the easterly corner of 
Porter street, which however did not then exist, a house, 
weather worn and antiquated. Here lived Mr. William 
Waitt, who owned the adjoining land on which some of 
his descendants still live. This was one of the historic 
houses of Maiden — the old tavern of the Newhalls, once 
known as "the Half Moon." 

Next was a house occupied by Ezra Holden and, I 
think, by Anthony Lovett, his brother-in-law. The former 


was the sexton of the old Baptist meeting-house. This 
house is now occupied by Mr. Joseph T. Carr and others. 
We are now passing through the Faulkner farm, which 
extended north into the woods and south and east to Cross 
street. Somewhat elevated from the road stands the 
Faulkner house,* large and white as we know it to-day 
still little changed in its outward appearance ; and a little 
farther east, where we now stand, on a knoll now levelled 
stands the old farm-house, which many of you remember. 
This house and the land belonging to it was purchased by 
Mr. John B. Faulkner in 1833 for $3,600. Probably any 
gentlemen here to-night would be glad to buy 45 acres of 
Faulkner land, with other outlying land thrown in, for 



A little east of the farm-house was the capacious barn 
of Mr. Faulkner, with a large cowyard running down to 
the road ; and between the barn and the rocks was the 
beginning of away leading into the woods — Jacob Pratt's 
path. There is no spot in Maiden to-day that can compare 
with the sylvan beauty of that old path. Orginally it was 
probably an open way for the herds and flocks of the early 
settlers to pass into the common lands. Winding between 
the hills, which in places were quite steep, and shaded by 
a forest of tall trees, it was an ideal spot, and it was the 
favorite lovers' walk of the village. Near Gardner's Hill 
it turned to the right over a wide and rocky way and ended 
for the nonce at a stone wall and a pair of bars, beyond 
which was a clearing in the woods known as Barnes's 
Garden. Here once stood two houses, one of which was 
used for small-pox patients during the Revolutionary War. 
The other house, which was standing until about 1870, 

*On this site now stands the Faulkner M. E. church. 


was occupied at the time of our supposed visit, by Jacob 
Pratt, a son-in-law of Thomas Barnes, its builder. 

Beyond Barnes's Garden the path was renewed and 
led by the side of the hill and by the dismal swamp, called 
Green's Hole, to Lebanon street and Swain's pond. Jacob 
Pratt's Path, south of Gardner's Hill, with all its beauty, 
has disappeared, with the exception of a few faint traces 
which may be found in a ravine north of Knollin street. 

There was a fine view on Faulkner's rocks near Salem 
street — Maiden village and the fields unbroken by streets 
and houses ; but the elms are now so high that the outlook 
is nearly if not entirely destroyed. At the foot of the rdcks 
was a vine which was unique in Maiden, an immense vine 
or collection of vines of the Celastrus Scandens — Roxbury 
Wax Work we called it, which in the fall and early winter 
covered the thicket and the trees with its wreath of waxen 
scarlet berries. Its sprays remaining unchanged for months 
were a favorite ornament in many houses. It was the only 
specimen then known in the vicinity. Years after a few 
feeble vines appeared in the thickets near Wayte's Mount, 
but were short-lived. 

At the junction of Faulkner street were the magnifi- 
cent Faulkner Elms. Beautiful they were individually; 
but together, in shape and position, they were one of the 
finest tree groups I have ever seen. Their destruction 
was inevitable as the vicinity became settled and street traffic 
increased. From their position they became a menace 
to life and limb. It is a pity that beauty and utility are 
not always companionable. It is a shame that beauty is 
not considered at times when convenience and safety need 
not be sacrificed by its preservation. 

Just beyond the rocks and the elms, on the north side 
of the road, was a neighborhood shoemaker's shop, an 


object which is known no more in Maiden, and which has 
almost disappeared from Massachusetts. With the disap- 
pearance of the old-time shoemaker, the man who could 
make a shoe from the side of leather to the finished article, 
there was no need of their little shops which had been 
thickly strewn all over the country. I have many pleasant 
memories of the old shop and its inmates. One fell in the 
Civil War, and another, the last, I think, but recently died 
at a ripe old age. 

Nearby the shop was one of the largest clumps of 
lilacs I have ever seen, of an unknown antiquity, which 
despite its age never failed to fill the air with the fragrance 
of its multitude of flowers until some owner of the land did 
it to death in the improvement of his possessions. 

A little farther on, beneath the rocks and behind two 
large mulberry trees, was the third Faulkner house, in 
which lived my uncle Joshua Waite, and which was the 
goal of my frequent travel along the Salem Road. 


We have now come to Cross street, which we have 
fixed as the eastern limit of Faulkner. Our time has 
elapsed and our journey should end ; but let us take a 
hasty walk down the road, called Harvell's Brook Lane, 
before we return to these people who are getting tired and 
are thinking we have strayed away. There was no house 
on the lane north of the brook. There were two or three 
on the hill where the street now turns to the southwest 
and no others until the little collection of houses then called 
the Faulkner village, in the vicinity of the present Lincoln 
school, was reached. It was a narrow, crooked way. At 
the present railroad crossing was a bridge over Harvell's 
Brook and a watering place for cattle which in earlier days 
was used as a flaxing place when the women knotted their 


flax before it was hackled to separate the fibre from the 
woody parts of the plant. Qn the easterly side of the lane 
we could see the embankment which formed the dam when 
James Harvell had his mill nearly two hundred years ago. 
The brook itself, which you now know and dislike as the 
Saugus Branch Ditch, in its long course from its junction 
with the Maiden River near Edgeworth was a clear running 



We must get back into the present. If you have 
enjoyed our little walk I am glad. It has been more than 
a passing enjoyment to me, for all along the way I have 
seen real people whom you could not see. John Faulkner 
and Reuben Waitt, Ezra Holden and Oliver Drown and 
others of the earlier day have stood by their front gates 
and have looked after us as we passed, wondering, I sup- 
pose, what that Corey boy was doing with all those girls 
and boys — wondering more where so many strange chil- 
dren could come from, for in the whole town of Maiden, 
including the present cities of Everett and Melrose, there 
were but 779 children entitled to school privileges in 1846. 
In December, 1898, in the Faulkner School alone, 435 
pupils were registered. 

If our walk or my disconnected sentences and my 
my almost unavoidable confusion of the past tense with the 
historic present have fatigued you, I am sorry. I thank 
you for your companionship. 










Written by 









" Those that sin, rebuke before all ; that others also may 

" May he that frustratetli the tokens of the liars, and ma- 
kelh diviners mail, bless this latlc book." 

Now if it's wrong, or if it's evil, 
I really wish it to the devil : 
But if it's rijiflit, and if it's just, 
I really wish it may l)c blest. 


FEBRUAHV, 1812. 




Paper Read Before the Maiden Historical Society, Marcii 12, 1913. 
By the Secretary of the Society. 

The Baptists of New England were born in an age of 
religious intolerance. Like other sects they received their 
full share of persecution from the standing order — the 
Puritan churches of Massachusetts Bay Colony. The 
greater the persecution the more intense and devoted they 
became to their distinguishing doctrines. Since the days 
of Martin Luther all religious sects have shown loyal 
devotion to their own distinguishing tenets. 

The reality of these things may be seen in the diary 
of the old mint-master and Treasurer of the Massachusetts 
Bay Colony John Hull. In his diary under the date, 
28 May, 1665, the mint-master wrote: 

"Some time this summer, several Anabaptists — 
Thomas Gould, Edward Drinker, William Turnor, John 
George, Thomas Osborn — gathered themselves privately 
into a church, baptized themselves, administered the 
supper: meet every Lord's Day." (Hull's Diary in the 
Transactions and Collections of the American Antiquarian 
Society, 3 :2i9). Here we have Mr. Hull's reference to 
the formation of the First Baptist Church in Boston. 

Three years later under the date 14 and 15 April 
1668, Mr. Hull again wrote : 

"Was a public dispute between six of our ministers 
[Allen of Boston, Cobbett of Lynn, Higginson of Salem, 
Danforth of Roxbury, Mitchell of Cambridge and Shep- 



herd of Charlestown] and a company of Anabaptists, in 
Boston meeting-house, who had, against the laws of the 
country, gathered themselves into a church. Three of 
them were excommunicate persons. They had been 
several times admonished by the Court not to persist in 
their meeting, or administrations of the seals, but charged 
to hear the word in some of the public congregations ; but 
they would not obey. In the public dispute, they behaved 
themselves exceeding obstinately, absurdly and ignorantly.'' 
(Ibid. 226). 

Half a month later under date, 2 May, 1668, Mr. 
Hull again wrote : " This General Court of Election, 
Thomas Gould, William Turner and John Farnum were 
called before them ; asked whether, after all pains taken 
to convince them of their evils, they would lay down their 
assemblings, and cease profaning the holy ordinances, — 
the supper and baptism: but, with great obstinacy, they 
professed themselves bound to continue in these ways, and 
were ready to seal it with their blood." (Ibid. 227). 

Into this atmosphere the Baptists of Massachusetts 
Bay were born and cradled. Like the beginning of all 
religious sects over the wide world the more bitterly they 
were opposed the greater they resisted the opposition. 

The troubles had their beginning in the First Church 
of Charlestown when Thomas Gould refused to take his 
infant children to the Church to be baptized and so the 
First Baptist Church of Boston was composed not 
only of those who lived in Boston, but also of those 
who lived in the vicinity of Boston. Mr. Gould became 
the first "Elder" of the Boston church although he lived 
in Charlestown. By marriage he and his family were 
related to the Howards, the Skinners, the Goodwins and 
the Bunkers. Some of his kinsfolk thought as he did on 


religious matters. At the time of his death he owned land 
on Mystic Side and it is probable that some of his acquain- 
tances in Maiden attended the First Baptist meetings held 
in Boston. As there are no specific records on this point 
it is impossible to state who they were or when they wor- 
shipped there. 

In October, 1720 — fifty-five years after the Boston 
Baptist Church was organized — James Upham of Maiden 
was admitted to membership in the aforesaid church. He 
had won the heart and hand of the youngest daughter of 
Rev. Michael Wigglesworth, " Maulden's Physician For 
Soul and Body Two," as his gravestone informs us. This 
marriage occurred about four years after the death of Mr. 
Wigglesworth. Whether Mr. Upham's children were 
baptized into the First Church of Maiden we shall never 
know as the records of that church prior to 1770 have not 
been preserved. 

His son Edward Upham, born here in 1710, graduated 
at Harvard College in 1734, ^"<^ accepting the faith of his 
father, was received into the First Baptist Church of Boston 
in March, 1737. He became an "Elder" and supplied the 
Boston church for several months in 1738. He must have 
been one of the earliest college graduates to enter the 
Baptist ministry in Massachusetts. Later he held pas- 
torates in West Springfield and at Newport, R. I. It was 
said of him that he was " an open communion Baptist " and 
that his orthodoxy was not of the strictest sect. His views 
probably resembled Arminianism more closely than they 
did Calvinism. He appears to have been the first native 
born Baptist minister of old Maiden. 

Other Maiden inhabitants ^yere enrolled in the mem- 
bership of the First Baptist Church of Boston. Among 
them was Phineas Sweetser who was baptized in 1744, and 


Richard Shute baptized in 1767. Thirty-six years later, 
Mr. Shute became one of the founders of the Baptist 
Church in Maiden. The name of Hannah Waite appears 
on the Boston Baptist Church record in 1770 and Samuel 
and Mary Waite were there baptized in October, 1770. 
These last named persons were the parents of Samuel 
Waite, Jr., one of the first deacons of the Maiden Baptist 
Church at its organization. Other Maiden people accepted 
the Baptist faith more than a generation before the church 
was founded. Sarah Low was baptized in 1772 and Joseph 
Cheever in 1773. They were united in marriage in 1774 
and removed to Maiden before the church was here gath- 
ered. John Waite, a son of Samuel and Mary Waite of 
Maiden, was baptized in 1774 and became a deacon of the 
First Baptist Church of Boston in 1801. Phebe Shute, 
either the wife or the daughter of Ebenezer Shute of Maiden, 
was baptized into the Baptist faith in 1787. 

On the site of the present City Hall stood for about a 
century and a quarter the old Hill Tavern. According to 
the Baptist Church records of Boston, Mary Waite was 
baptized 4 May, 1777. She was the daughter of Samuel 
and Mary Waite of Maiden and about six months later 
became the wife of Charles Hill, last of the Hill landlords 
to keep a tavern in Maiden. Mrs. Hill, was dismissed 
from the First Baptist Church of Boston to the Baptist 
Church here in 1817. Her death, not included in the 
Vital Records of Maiden, occurred according to the Baptist 
Church records, 17 Sept., 1826. 

Thus it appears that Mrs. Mary Hill, Richard Shute, 
Capt. Joseph Cheever, his wife Mrs. Sarah Cheever, 
Phebe Shute, Samuel Waite, Jr., and others whose names 
are unknown professed the Baptist faith and were inhabi- 
tants of old Maiden before the end of the eighteenth 


In 1797 Dr. Samuel Shepard, a physician and a Bap- 
tist minister, then widely known throughout southern New 
Hampshire, visited Maiden and was invited to preach in 
the dwelling house of Mr. John Tufts. That house, long 
known as the Peter Tufts' house, stood on Cross street 
near the site of the Lincoln school. It was demolished in 
1883 — obliterating the earliest Baptist landmark in Maiden. 

Dr. Samuel Shepard preached the earliest known 
Baptist sermon in Maiden. He was one of the most active 
and devoted ministers of the denomination. A nadve of 
Salisbury, Mass., he was in early life a schoolmaster at 
Durham, N. H. He studied medicine and after practicing 
a short time at Stratham settled on a farm in the extreme 
northern part of the town of Brentwood. He is reputed to 
have embraced the Baptist faith by reading Norcotfs 
Work on Baptism. In June, 1770, he was baptized by 
Rev. Hezekiah Smith of Haverhill, Mass. On 18 July, 
1770, he united wdth thirteen others to form a Baptist 
Church at Stratham, and on 25 Sept. ,1771, he was ordained 
at Stratham and accepted the pastoral care of the Bapdst 
Church at Stratham near the salt marshes, the Church at 
North Brentwood near his home and the Baptist Church 
at Notdngham among the hills. Over this wide stretch of 
country extending inland from the Adantic, both by name 
and nature he was the Shepard of a large flock. His untir- 
ing energy, his great powers of endurance, his active mind 
in a vigorous body were the chief factors of his wonderful 
success. He organized the first Baptist Association having 
jurisdiction over the Bapdst Churches of New Hampshire 
and Maine. Of him it was said that he " ruled like a Bishop 
in the midst of his diocese." He journeyed on horse-back, 
frequently covering a circuit of two hundred miles. 
Wherever he went revivals and conversions attested the 
power of his preaching. 


To the Baptists of Maiden the coming of Dr. Shepard 
was like "the voice of one crying in the wilderness." To them 
it meant increasing strength and encouragement through 
church fellowship. His first sermon must have been a 
beautiful message. His theme was based upon the follow- 
ing text: "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stead- 
fast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the 
Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in 
vain in the Lord." 

The subject could advantageously become the inspi- 
ration to Christian service for all shades of Christian belief. 
With a large well-proportioned frame, dark eyes, flowing 
locks and a mild yet commanding expression. Dr. Shepard 
undoubtedly made a lasting impression upon the hearts of 
his Maiden hearers. From time to time as circumstances 
permitted he visited Maiden during the summer of i797 
and was always most acceptably received. 

In October, 1909, 1 visited the decadent town of Brent- 
wood, driving over from Exeter. Near the church where 
he labored longest is the Shepard burying ground from 
which I gleaned a brief story of an eventful Christian life. 
It runs as follows : 

" Elder 

Samuel Shepard 

died Nov. 4, 1S15. 

JEt 'j6. 

He was useful as a Physician 

And was a Preacher of the Gospel 40 years 

Blessed are the dead which die in the 

Lord that they may rest from their labours 

And their works do follow them." 

The second Baptist preacher here is described as a 
"tall, slim man, dignified in appearance and of consider- 


able intellectual power." He was Elder John Peck, long 
pastor of the Baptist Church of Woburn who occasionally 
preached here before the church was organized. During 
that period the Maiden Baptists frequently attended Mr. 
Peck's Church in Woburn. Mr. Peck preached here 
occasionally through a long period even as late as the fall 
of 1831. 

Another man who assisted the Baptist movement in 
Maiden in its formative period, was Elder Elias Smith. 
In early life Mr. Smith was a schoolmaster and com- 
menced preaching in 1790. He was somewhat erratic 
and after preaching a few years he withdrew from the 
ministry. One thing he did do which is worth remember- 
ing. He founded the first religious newspaper which was 
published in New England. 

"The Herald of Gospel Liberty" owes its existence 
to Elias Smith who published it from September, 1808, to 
October, 1817. The paper was published first at Ports- 
mouth, N. H., then at Portland, Me., next in Philadelphia 
and last in Boston. Out of Mr. Smith's initiative each 
denomination now supports its own religious paper. 

Of the mustering of the early Baptists of Maiden, 
prior to the organization of the Baptist Church, 27 Dec, 
1803, there are no records. For the events of that forma- 
tive period we have a "Brief History of the Church" 
which was published in 1859. ^ have not seen that publi- 
cation but Mr. Corey, the historian of Maiden, said : "In 
its earlier portion, which was compiled from tradition, the 
publication is somewhat unsatisfactory, being confused and 
somewhat contradictory in its statements." 

At a town meeting held, 25 Dec, 1795, the town 
"voted to forgive Mr. Nath^ Waite his ministerial taxes" 
and on 12 Dec, 1796, voted "that Benjamin Bucknam of 


Maiden should also be forgiven his ministerial rates as he 
attends worship with the Methodists in Maiden and freely 
contributes to the support of the ministry." (Maiden Town 
Proceedings, II. pp 250, 440.) 

Whether Mr. Waite attended the Baptists or the 
Methodists, we are left to conjecture. His name is not in 
the list of Baptist members. 

Prior to the year 1799 three persons were baptized in 
Maiden by immersion. The first of these was Mrs. Lois 
Tufts in whose home Dr. Shepard had preached the first 
Baptist sermon of which there is a record. She was 
followed by Samuel Wheeler who became one of the first 
deacons at the organization of the church in 1803. For 
some reason Dea. Wheeler's name appears not to have 
been included among the original members of the church. 
The third person to be baptized by immersion was Phebe 
Howard. Her name likewise does not appear among the 
original members. These facts lead me to believe that 
the early records of this church are exceedingly defective 
and incomplete. 

In August, 1799, Mrs. Annie Phillips, wife of Francis 
Phillips withdrew from the First Parish Church of Maiden. 
In her letter of dismission it was stated that " she has had 
her mind exercised upon the subject of baptism, and views 
herself not baptized according to the mode and the example 
of her Savior." She was baptized by immersion with Mrs. 
Lydia Shute wife of Richard Shute, who appears to have 
withdrawn from the First Parish without a dismissal — or at 
least without a record of such dismissal. 

At that time no Baptist organization existed in Maiden, 
but in the year, 1800, five persons to whom two others were 
subsequently joined proceeded to form a society for the 
support of regular Baptist preaching here. To the late 


Deloraine Pendre Corey, historian of Maiden, the names 
of those seven persons were unknown, but he believed that 
their names were among those who, three years later, united 
to form the First Baptist Church of Maiden. 

Among Dr. Samuel Shepard's admirers in the town of 
Stratham among the salt marshes of New Hampshire was 
Samuel Pottle and his family. His family of ten children 
came under the inspiration of this great apostle of the Bap- 
tist faith. Samuel Pottle married Jane Piper, a daughter 
of Samuel and Jane (Cate) Piper who was a grandson of 
Nathaniel Pyper who emigrated to New England from 
Dartmouth in Devonshire. These are ancestors of the 
writer. The New Hampshire Patriot published at Con- 
cord, May 3, 1814, tells me all that I have been able to 
learn concerning Samuel Pottle. It runs as follows : "Died 
— At Stratham April 16 [1814] Mr. Samuel Pottle, in the 
78th year of his age, after a short but severe illness, per- 
fectly resigned to the will of God." Of his ten children 
two were ministers. His son Henry Pottle, first pastor of 
the First Baptist Church in Maiden, was born at Stratham, 
8 Oct., 1775, and died there, 11 Jan., 1834. He was 
ordained as an evangelist by Dr. Shepard and through the 
influence of the latter came to Maiden to preach about a 
year before the church was organized. Possessed of what 
in our day would be considered to be a meagre common 
school education. Rev. Henry Pottle is represented to have 
been a "warm-hearted and zealous" evangelist. As he 
entertained strong Arminian sentiments his teachings were 
looked upon by some as unsound. 

In imagination one pictures this young evangelist 
setting out on horse-back on Friday from his home in 
Stratham ; now he crosses the salt marshes of Hampton 
and Salisbury ; he passes the Merrimack over the ferry at 


Newburyport ; along the ancient thoroughfare he journeys 
to Ipswich. Here he halts to bait his horse ; he finds 
Baptist fellowship. It is evening and he is invited to 
spend the night there and speak in the evening at a farm- 
house. He accepts and on Saturday morning resumes his 
journey through Salem, and Saugus to Maiden. The 
Sabbath dawns and his Ipswich friends set out earl}' to 
follow the young evangelist to his Maiden pulpit. Here 
they meet in private houses until such houses prove to be 
inadequate ; next they assemble in a small schoolhouse on 
Salem road (now Salem street). The house stood at the 
present west corner of Salem and Sprague streets, near 
the house of Joseph Dyer. Hostility to the Baptist princi- 
ples drove them from the schoolhouse. They next took 
possession, on the Lord's Day, of a barn owned by Benja- 
min Faulkner which stood on the site now occupied by the 
beautiful residence erected by the late Albert H. Daven- 
port. In 1880, Mr. Corey said: "The barn of Benjamin 
Faulkner stood on Salem street until within a few years." 
Temporary seats, without backs, with the hay-loft as a gal- 
lery and a small rude pulpit, were the meagre conveniences 
afforded them in the Faulkner barn. The piercing winds 
of winter entering at every crack must have chilled even 
the fervent hearts of that little band. 

The first baptistry, formed by the eddying of Three- 
Mile Brook, occupied what is now the basement of Joslin's 
Big Store. Here, in 1803, Rev. Henry Pottle baptized 
over forty persons before the church was organized. 
Summer and winter alike the old mill-pond opposite Hill's 
Tavern was the baptistry. Here, Hannah (Cheever) 
Waite, daughter of Captain Joshua and Sarah (Lowe) 
Cheever and wife of Thomas Waite was baptized in Feb- 
ruary, 1804, attendants cutting through the ice. At that 


time her youngest child, Thomas Waite, Jr., was six weeks 
old, having been born as the records show 3 Jan., 1804. No 
harm befell either mother or child, both lived many years 
thereafter and the child became Deacon Thomas Waite of 
the same church. 

During those years the Baptists were accustomed to 
assemble at the Hill Tavern, march across the road to the 
pond, baptize their converts there, return to the old Tavern, 
change their clothing and return to their homes. 

In course of time the pond near Hill's Tavern was 
filled in and the Baptists resorted to the Coytemore mill 
pond, passing up Barrett's Lane to a point near where 
Mountain avenue is to-day — to Coytemore Lea. Here 
was the second baptistry which was used until their third 
meeting-house was built in 1856 when the baptistry was 
built within the church. 

On 27 Dec, 1803, fifty-two persons were organized into 
the First Baptist Church of Maiden. The names of those 
persons are given on the first page of the original records 
of the church. They were all baptized prior to the date 
of the organization. Some time prior to 27 of Dec. of 
that year those whom Mr. Pottle had baptized proceeded 
under his direction to organize a church. We are told 
that they proceeded by irregular forms which resulted in 
failure. The Arminian teachings of the first pastor caused 
dissatisfaction among those who believed in the Calvinistic 
principles. To quiet all discontent "an ecclesiastical 
council was called for the purpose of procuring a regular 
recognition in agreement with Baptist usage." 

The first recorded church meeting was held on Satur- 
day 24 Dec, 1803, at the house of Mr. Francis Phillips 
which stood on the corner of Ferry street and LorenPark. 
At that meeting Samuel Waite was chosen clerk of the 


society and Joseph Dyer clerk of the church. A commit- 
tee was also chosen to provide the communion vessels 
which were afterwards reported to have cost $i7.i7' 

The council was composed of the pastors and delegates 
of four Calvinistic Baptist churches, viz. : the First and 
Second Baptist Churches of Boston and those of Newton 
and Beverly. The council convened on Tuesday, 17 Dec, 
1803, at the usual place of assembly. Here in the rude 
barn on Salem road, then called " Shoe-maker's Row " and 
afterwards " Baptist Row," the church was duly organized. 
Concerning that beginning the church record reads as 
follows : " The proceedings of the afternoon were attended 
with great solemnity." 

Dr. Samuel Stillman, pastor of the First Baptist 
Church of Boston from 1765 to 1807, preached the sermon, 
and Dr. Thomas Baldwin, pastor of the second Baptist 
Church (1790-1825) commonly called the Baldwin Place 
Baptist Church of Boston, gave the right hand of fellow- 
ship to William Parker as the representative of the church. 
It appears that Elder Henry Pottle was not recognized as 
the pastor of the church at that time. In a petition which 
Mr. Pottle wrote for Peter Tufts which is now in possession 
of the Baptist Church he styled himself " Public teacher of 
a Religious sect or denomination called Baptist in the town 
of Maiden," on 27 March, 1804. According to the account 
given by John Sprague, one of the members, in February, 
1 81 2, the church chose a committee to hire Elder Pottle 
one-half of the time and Elder Dodge the other half. 
Deacon Samuel Waite, being a member of the committee 
refused to hire Elder Dodge, although the church and 
society had agreed upon this plan and had subscribed 
money expecting those men to preach. Deacon Waite 
asked Deacon John Jenkins to go with him to hire another 


man but Deacon Jenkins replied that he could not act con- 
trary to the vote of the church. To this Deacon Waite 
replied that we do not want Elder Dodge and then pro- 
ceeded to employ Elder William Bentley who became the 
second pastor of the church. Writing in 1812 Mr. Sprague 
says that " from this time the people began to leave the 
meetings." These troubles continued until the North 
Maiden (Melrose) Methodist Church was organized in 
1815, and the First Parish Universalist Church had its 
beginning some years prior to 7 June, 1828. 

On the Sabbath following the organization of the 
Baptist Church 4 Jan., 1804, the first Baptist communion 
in Maiden took place. Sixty-four persons partook of the 
sacrament, of whom in the language of the church records, 
"fifty-two were young converts." The records contain the 
names of the fifty-two who had been baptized in 1803 and 
a later hand added in pencil the names of eight persons 
who had been baptized prior to 1800. These probably all 
partook at the first celebration. Assuming that Capt. 
Joseph Cheever and his wife Sarah were present, as is 
probable, then there remains only two persons whose 
names have not been preserved and are not reproduced in 
this paper or its subtended list of members. 

One of the immediate results of the organization of the 
church was the preaching of two discourses in the First 
Parish Meeting House (which stood on the corner of Main 
and Charles street until it was demolished in 1911) by the 
Rev. David Osgood, D. D., minister of the church at Med- 
ford. These were considered to possess such value that 
two rival editions were printed under the explanatory title : 
" The Validity of Baptism by Sprinklingj and thej Right 
of Infants to Take Ordinance! Supported and Defendedj 
inj Two Discourses! Delivered! at Maiden! in the Begin- 


ning of the Year iSo^j Occasioned! ^y ^^^ Setting up of 
aj Baptist Society! in that Place. By David Osgood, D. 
D., Minister of the Church at Medford.!'''' In these dis- 
courses the Reverend Divine paid his respects to "our 
Baptist brethern " as he called the infant society in no 
uncertain words. 

In the meantime Mr. Francis Phillips gave half an 
acre of land for " the purpose of erecting and keeping 
thereon a meeting-house." The land thus given was a 
portion of the present Salem Street Cemetery where were 
buried many of the founders of the church. On that lot 
the First Baptist Meeting-House in Maiden was erected in 
1804. It was occupied before it was completed. At its 
dedication Dr. Thomas Baldwin, of the Second Baptist 
Church of Boston, preached the sermon, his text being 
"Hitherto hath the Lord helped us." The meeting-house 
stood on the south side of the cemeter}^ facing Salem street. 
It is described as an "exceedingly plain house with large 
windows and a square belfry." It was occupied by the 
Baptists as their house of worship from September 1804 to 
1843. In the latter year the second meeting-house was 
erected on the present site of the First Baptist Church. 
The old first meeting-house was removed from Salem street 
to South Woburn (now Winchester), a large number of 
oxen being used to draw it thither. The first vestry was 
moved from Salem street to the corner of Forest and Pierce 
streets by James Pratt. That house has been remodelled 
several times but the vestry now forms the ell part of house 
No. 151 Forest street nearly opposite Forestdale Cemetery. 

The early records of the church are singularly unsat- 
isfactory and imperfect ; and the lists of baptisms, admis- 
sions and dismissions are confusing. Much that a church 
historian would like to know he there fails to find. In 


January, 1806, "the Brethren and Sisters in Ipswich" 
asked to be dismissed from the watch and care of the 
Maiden church that they " might be constituted a regular 
Baptist Church," and a letter of dismission was given them. 
Only upon their departure do we learn of them, for the 
record gives no intimation of how or when these Ipswich 
brethren came to be members of this church. At the foot 
of a page containing a record of baptisms from 1804 to 
181 1, are these tantalizing words : "Nine added to our 
number from Ipswich : twenty-two added from Ipswich." 

The members thus dismissed in 1806 from the First 
Baptist Church of Maiden formed a Baptist Church in 
Ipswich and their first pastor was " Elder " Henry Pottle 
who took a general letter of dismission from this church in 
1807 having baptized about tifty persons and married six- 
teen couples who appear to have been Baptist church 
members. It is apparent that the first pastor had the 
divided charge of the Maiden and the Ipswich churches for 
a time. The Baptist church of Ipswich existed from 1806 
to 1815 or thereabouts when it became extinct. In their 
reports on extinct churches neither Carroll D. Wright nor 
his successors as Commissioners of Public Records of the 
Commonwealth have reported an extinct Baptist church in 
Ipswich. The records, however, of the Maiden Baptist 
church must be taken as evidence that a Baptist church 
was organized in Ipswich in 1806. 

After the departure of the first pastor in 1807, the 
condition of the church here was most discouraging. The 
advocates of the Calvinistic and the Arminian principles 
appear to have been nearly equall}' divided^ and while a 
few were admitted to church membership many were set 
aside or excluded from membership because of their dis- 
belief in certain Calvinistic doctrines of those times. 


From July, 1807, to the latter part of the year 1815 
eight Baptist " Elders " appear upon the records as having 
for brief periods ministered to this church. They were 
Elder William Bentley, Elder Eli Ball, Elder Spooner, 
Elder Jason Livermore, Elder Samuel Wydown and others 
whose names have not been preserved. 

One of these men is worthy of special notice as a tj'^pe 
of the itnerant who served the churches of the common peo- 
ple during the first quarter of the nineteenth century — men 
who with little or no education but with a zeal and earnest- 
ness that overlapped great obstacles possessed a rough but 
natural eloquence which appealed with force to the hearts 
of the common people. Elder Jason Livermore belonged 
to this class. He had served in the American Revolution 
as a privateer's man, and having been captured at sea, was 
carried to Charleston, South Carolina. After being detained 
for some time, it is said that he borrowed one of his 
Majesty's cavalry horses and forgetting to return the beast, 
rode back to Massachusetts. Twenty-five years later 
" being a zealous Christian and endowed with fluency of 
speech he became an ordained Baptist clergyman preach- 
ing and doing mission work in Maine." In November, 
i8io,he made a preaching tour from Maine to Massachusetts 
and at the end of nine days arrived in Maiden. On Sun- 
day, 18 Nov., 18 ID, he preached his first sermon here in the 
Baptist meeting-house. From his diary we learn that "On 
the Lord's Day I preached to this people who have invited 
me to preach with them three or four months." Here he 
remained during the winter and on 30 March, 1811, he 
wrote: " The dear people have seen fit to give me an 
invitation to settle with them, if it may be be for His glor}/- 
and their good." 

While engaged here in the work of the ministry. 


Mr. Livermore's life was saddened by the trial and con- 
viction of his son for the murder of an Indian at Spot 
Pond in November, 1813. Some time prior to i Aug., 
1814, Mr. Livermore removed from the shadow to Tiver- 
ton, Rhode Island, where he reported "for home mission 
and evangelistic work in any part of that State." 

Among those who held Arminian principles in the 
Baptist Church John Sprague is destined to be best known 
to students of church history. It was his literary produc- 
tion entitled : " The \ History I of I Wars and Fightings j 
[ Without Shedding of BIood'\ jin the j Baptist Churchlin 
Maiden I . Written by /John Sprague/Sh[oe]mak[er]/ 
O^ie of the Members. I Together With Some Poetry 
Never! Before Published! February 1812,'''' which must 
perpetuate his name for years to come. 

It appears that Mr. Sprague did not believe in certain 
Calvinistic doctrines which Rev. Jason Livermore was 
preaching and because of his unbelief he was excluded 
from church fellowship, but upon presenting himself before 
the church he was restored to church membership. He 
then brought forth his literary effort in a pamphlet under 
the extravagant title aforesaid. 

As his poetry was "never before published" it may 
not be uninteresting, after the lapse of a full century, to 
reproduce a portion of it in this connection. 

The introductory section runs as follows : 

"As in my shop one day I wrought, 
My mind was full, and thus I thought — 
A little book I'll now compose. 
Of one part verse, the other prose : 

That all who want, or wish, to see. 
May find out what the troubles be ; 
And see if I have done as bad 
As what you'll find the elder had 


A meeting now was call'd, they say, 
To hunt up such as go astray ; 
Hireling shepherds, what's the matter? 
How you make the sheep to scatter." 
Referring to the troubles, Mr. Sprague wrote : 

My heart's desire is and I'll pray 
The elder and the deacons may 
Have all their wickedness forgiven. 
And cease to sin, and seek for heaven. 

And when their lives they do look over, 
And see they've sinn'd against Jehovah, 
O may they on their knees fall down. 
Confess to God, lest he should frown. 

Now may the Lord, who dwells on high, 
Forgive their sins, and pass them by, 
That through the Saviour's love and merit. 
They may eternal life inherit." 


Concerning his own exclusion from the fellowship of 
the church, the poet wrote : 

"Another meeting now had they, 
To hear, report, and turn away 
All such as do not like the creed. 
And turn about and wear a weed. 

And you shall see it was so dark. 
It puzzled elder, deacon, clerk. 

The elder said it meant one thing; 
The deacon said another ; 
The clerk he found it was not sound 
And wish'd it for to smother." 

The elder called a meeting next ; 
It seems the man was much perplext. 
If you'd been there, O how unstable ! 
'T would made you think of building Babel. 

'Twould make you read the Acts all o'er 
To find that part that Paul call'd more : 
For the 7nore-part knew not whether. 
For what, or why, they'd come together. 


And now, as is an awful fashion, 
Pray do not get into a passion." 

In the autumn of 1815 Rev. Ebenezer Nelson was 
called to the work of the ministry here. He remained in 
in active service until 27 Oct., 1823, when he preached his 
farewell sermon. At that time he was in ill health. He 
remained here till his death, 4 May, 1825. From 1816 to 
1825 Mr. Nelson lived in South Maiden (now Everett) 
on Broadway in the Capt. Thomas Oakes house which was 
subsequently owned by Elisha Webb. In that building 
later called Webb's Hall, in 1837, there was opened ihe_^rsi 
primary school in Maiden South District. 

During the pastorate of Mr. Nelson, 14 June, 1818, a 
Sunday School was organized in the Baptist Church with 
about sixty scholars. During its first year it continued for 
about six months closing during the winter months. 

This Sunday School was one of the earliest in Massa- 
chusetts being preceded by Sunday Schools in Boston, 
Charlestown and West Dedham, the latter of which was 
organized in 1817. 

The Baptist society which was behind the church had 
been from the beginning a voluntary association working 
under no legal compact, and its efforts for nearly twenty 
years had been desultory and weak. With the intention 
of obtaining concerted and vigorous action nine men pro- 
cured an act of incorporation as the First Baptist Society 
in Maiden, with power to hold property to the amount of 
twenty thousand dollars. The incorporation dated from 
21 Feb., 1820; and the incorporators were Samuel Waite, 
William Oliver, James Crane, Nathaniel Pratt, Ebenezer 
Harnden, Ezra Holden, Jabez Howard, Timothy Bailey 
and Edward Newhall. 

On 24 March, 1824, Rev. John Cookson, an English- 


man who had then recently come to America, was ordained 
by a council composed of delegates from ten neighboring 
churches. The council met in the forenoon at the house 
of James Crane which stood on the corner of Salem and 
Tremont streets. Rev. Aaron Green, minister of the First 
Church of Maiden, was invited to sit in this council. In 
the afternoon the public services took place in the meeting- 
house which stood as already indicated in what is now the 
Salem Street Cemetery. Rev. Daniel Sharp, pastor of 
the First Baptist Church of Boston, preached the sermon, 
Rev. Thomas Baldwin, D. D., pastor of the Baldwin Place 
Baptist Church, Boston, delivered the charge and Rev. 
Ebenezer Nelson, Jr., of Lynn, a son of the preceding 
pastor of this church, gave the right hand of fellowship. 

During the years immediately preceding the ordina- 
tion there were formed both Methodist and Universalist 
churches in the community which drew portions of their 
membership from the Baptist Church but though materially 
enfeebled by withdrawals this church became stronger and 
more closely united in its religious life. 


The lot upon which the Baptist Church now stands 
was secured through the generosity of Thomas Vinton, an 
erratic bachelor who bequeathed to the Society the Vinton 
homestead situated in the east part of Stoneham near the 
North Maiden (Melrose) line. 

Thomas Vinton, only surviving child of Thomas and 
Mary Vinton of Stoneham, inherited his father's homestead 
in 1828. He was a quiet peaceable man who lived chiefly 
at home It is said that he never went off from his farm 
for forty years, and although he lived within eight miles of 
Boston he never visited the city but once in his lifetime. 


He never married and had no near relatives. On 28 June, 
1838, he made a peculiar will. After bequeating small 
legacies amounting to about $200 to his kindred, he gave 
to the Baptist Church in South Reading (now Wakefield) 
$150 to purchase a communion service. He then directed 
that his household furniture, stock, farming utensils, etc., 
should be sold at auction to such male members of the 
Baptist churches of South Reading and Maiden, as should 
attend the sale and bid therefor and the executor was 
directed to receive bids from no other ^ej-sons. The resi- 
due of his estate both personal and real, which was con- 
siderable, he gave to the Baptist society in Maiden and 
requested that the personal estate should be invested and 
the income only should be applied to the support of the 
ministry in the Maiden church forever. But the real 
estate he desired should remain unsold for at least forty 
years. After the lapse of the said forty years the society, 
if it were not dissolved or had become extinct, should sell 
the real estate and invest the proceeds so that the income 
only could be used for the support of the ministry. In 
case the society ceased to exist, the property was to pass 
into possession of the Baptist society of South Reading 
(now Wakefield.) 

The testator was not a member of any church, in fact 
it is said that he was adicted to the excessive use of the 
bottle. He died on the last day of the old year 1841, at 
the age of 70 and his will was proved on 15 Feb., 1842. 
The Baptist Society of Maiden obtained a special power 
from the General Court, as I am told, to dispose of the 
Vinton real estate consisting of a large farm. That power 
was granted to the executor Timothy Bailey of Maiden 
who sold the farm to Winthrop Richardson of Boston 16 
May, 1846. With the proceeds the Baptist society of 


Maiden paid for their " corner " in the crotch of the Read- 
ing and Salem roads in Maiden, having built their second 
meeting-house thereon in 1844. 

Within one or two years from the date of sale of the 
Vinton farm the Boston and Maine railroad was built 
straight through it and the property immediately increased 
in value many fold but the "corner "lot in Maiden gave 
the society one of the finest locations in the old town and 
increased the usefulness of the Baptists a hundred fold even 
"in this life." 

In his ^^ Historical Discourse Delivered at Maiden on 
the Day of the Annual Thanksgiving, i December, 1831. 
By S. Osgood Wright " he refers to the Baptists as follows : 

"The church was formed with sixty-four members ; of 
which fifty-two were the fruits of the revival in that year, 
1803, under the preaching of Rev. Henry Pottle who was 
the first pastor and continued in that office until 1807." 

"In 1820 Mr. Nelson baptized seventeen; in 1824-5 
Mr. Cookson baptized thirteen ; in 1827 Mr. Brown baptized 
twenty-five ; and Mr. Briggs baptized seventeen." 

Writing in 1831, Mr. Wright said: "This church is 
the largest in town consisting of about 117 members. Their 
ministers have been active and zealous in their calling. 
The society has not been retarded in its growth by internal 
dissensions as have some others." 

From those feeble beginnings to the present hour your 
speaker believes that the First Baptist Church of Maiden 
has proved itself to be one of the institutions here which 
upholds, magnifies and intensifies the highest and best ideals 
which the world possesses. 

About 1900, with my family I journeyed to the town 
of Plymouth. It was a beautiful June day and after spend- 
ing some time in Pilgrim Hall we rested for a brief hour 


on Burial Hill. Standing there my mind's eye glanced 
backward over many intervening centuries. I seemed to 
see the landing, the Mayflower at anchor off shore, the 
long voyage, the embarkation, and the eventful years in far 
away Holland. I seemed to hear the earnest words of 
the saintly Robinson. I seemed to see the sixteen volumes 
which were printed by Elder William Brewster in Leyden, 
and then I paused a moment to reflect upon the mighty 
influences which led them from the shires of old England 
to the spot where they ended their " Pilgrimage." Among 
the memorials at my feet my eye caught a familiar name 
— a name which has been heard in every land where the 
missionary has been. Its echo runs as follows : " Maiden 
His Birthplace. The Ocean His Sepulchre. Converted 
Burmans, and the Burman Bible His Monument" — Rev. 
Adoniram Judson, D. D. (i 788-1850.) And over all I 
heard the voice of the ages ringing — "They sought a faith's 
pure shrine. " 

On the first page of the revised records of the First 
Baptist Church are seventy-three "names of those that 
have been baptized." The list includes all of the founders 
of the church whose names are preserved and is repro- 
duced in the order given on the revised records as follows : 

William Parker, dismissed July 5, 1811. 

Aaron Waitt, "erased" March 15, 1821. 

Joseph Dyer, first clerk, dismissed July 5, 181 1 ; returned 

by letter from the Methodist Church of Maiden, July 

6, 1831 ; d. April 26, 1858. 
Josiah Tufts, dismissed Sept. 17, 1809. 
Peter Lear, d. March 29, 1817. 
John Grover, excluded Aug. 30, 1805. 
William Haskins, excluded April 2, 181 2. 
Ebenezer Harnden, d. April 11, 183 1, aged 80. 


Isaac Hill, d. June 12, 1855. 

Samuel Paine, d. April 28, 1818, aged 34. 

Elnathan Breeden, excluded April 30, 1829. 

Samuel Howard was chosen deacon Feb. 15, 1821. 

Joseph Cheever, Jr., excluded March 10, 1808 ; d. at Brad- 
ford, Mass., Sept. 17, 1879, aged 87. 

Thomas Burditt. 

Samuel Call, d. Oct. 4, 1828, aged 79. 

James Hitchings, d. Aug. 13, 1868, aged 96. 

Charles Hill, Jr., excluded in 181 2. 

John Sprague, "the hand of fellowship was withdrawn 
from him," April 30, 181 2. He was excluded Nov. 
26, i8ii,and restored before February, 1812. [Pos- 
sibly he was twice excluded as a heretic] 

James Sweetser, d. Jan. 6, 1815, aged 53. 

William Oliver, d. at the age of 93. 

David Sargent, Jr., "erased between Jan., 1818 and Oct., 

James Crane, dismissed to a church in Lowell, Mass. 
March 3, 1838; d. June 21, 1844. 

James Howard, d. Nov. 12, 1829, aged 56. 

Stephen Tufts, excluded 1809; d. March 12, 1832, aged 84. 

Nathaniel Tainter, d. Feb. — , 1852. 

John Jenkins, Jr., d. Dec. 26, 1828, aged 53. 

John Burditt, dismissed to the Baptist Church of Harvard, 
Mass. Dec. — , 1819. 

Josiah Simonds, excluded March 20, 1806 ; restored and 
dismissed to the Middle street church of Portsmouth, 
N. H., March 22, 1834. 

Unite Cox, Jr., "erased "Jan. 21, 1821 ; restored Aug. 29, 
1833 ; excluded Feb. 25, 1848. 

Phebe Waitt (wife of Micah, Jr. , and second wife of Charles 


Susan Waitt (wife of Andrew) dismissed to the Baptist 

church of Charlestown, Mass., May i, 1842; d. at 

Charlestown, Dec. 2, 1857, aged 76. 
Hannah Sargent. 
Mary Burditt (wife of John) dismissed to the Baptist 

Church of Harvard, Mass., Dec. — , 1819. 
Hannah Tufts (wife of Stephen) d. Oct. 27, 1820, aged 67. 
Eliza Jenkins (wife of Dea. John) restored Aug. 29, 1827 ; 

d. 1854. 
Rhoda Shute. 
Rebecca Tufts (afterwards wife of Samuel Paine) d. Aug. 

28, 1820, aged 36. 
Nancy Tufts (afterwards wife of James Watkins) d. 

Sally Tufts (afterwards wife of Edward Newhall) d. 

April 19, 1832, aged 43. 
Mary Parker (wife of Isaac) d. a widow, Aug. 26, 1841, 

aged 64. 
Mary Newhall (first wife of Barnard) d. Dec. 27, 1817. 
Betsy Mansfield. 
Hannah Tufts. 
Elizabeth Shute (wife of Solomon) d. March 21, 1848, 

aged 90. 
Rebecca Haskins (wife of William) d. Sept. 7, 1845, aged 79. 
Susan Sweetser, lived in South Reading (now Wakefield) 

excluded April 3, 1815. 
Susan Dexter dismissed, 1807 ; at one time lived on Cape 

Persis Fuller, 

Ruth Breeding (wife of Seth) d. April 6, 1832, aged 64. 
Eliza Grover (wife of John). 
Jane Nobles excluded Aug. 30, 1805. 
Sally Dyer (afterwards wife of Jesse Holden, Sr.) dis- 


missed to Farmington, Maine, April 8, 1840 ; d. Sept. 

14, 1849, ^gcd 67 ; buried in the Salem street Cem- 
etery, Maiden. 
Mary Paine (afterwards the second wife of Isaac Hill) d. 

Feb. 28, 1819. 
Lucy Johnson dismissed to the Second Baptist Church of 

Boston, Jan. 30, 1806. 
Susan Hitchings ( wife of James) d. Sept. 14,1821, aged 47. 
Mary Harnden (wife of Ebenzer) d. Dec. 5,1813, aged 59. 
Lucy Knight (colored) (wife of Simon) d. before 1819. 
Martha Waitt (" Patty" wife of Micah) excluded June 27, 

1806; d. May 31, 1853, aged 97. 
Amos Howard, Jr. d. Dec. 9, 1826. 
Barnard Newhall, d. April 18, 1855. 
Peter Tufts. 
Charles Simonds, dismissed to the Baptist Church of 

Ipswich, Aug. II, 1816; returned April 27, 1824. 
Peter Nassau (colored) dismissed about 1815 ; d. in Ver- 
mont about 1857. 
Nancy Waitt (wife of Aaron) d. Dec. 27, 1852, aged 75. 
Mary Cheever (afterwards wife of William Raymond) d. 

Aug. II, 1853. 
Rachel Wheeler (wife of Dea. Samuel). 
Eliza Dexter. 
Harriett Sweetser (wife of Seth) dismissed to the First 

Baptist Church of Reading, Mass., July 25, 1811 ; 

returned Sept. 10, 1836; d. Feb. 8, 1841, aged 54. 
Eliza Dyer (afterwards wife of Zodac Trask) rejoined by 

letter from Hallowell, Maine, Oct. 15, 183 1 excluded 

June 4, 1839. 
Sally Dyer (wife of Joseph) dismissed July 5, 1811. 
Lois Lear (wife of Peter) d. Oct. 18, 1835, aged 68. 
Eliza Parker (wife of William) dismissed July 5, 1811. 
Lydia Tufts (wife of Josiah) dismissed Sept. 17, 1809. 



(By Rev. James Mudge, S. T. D., a member of the Society) 

In the center of what we call the Bell Rock Cemetery, 
but which was known in earlier times as the Grave Yard 
or Burying Ground at Sandy Bank, is a large double stone, 
very solid, in an excellant state of preservation, whereon 
are inscribed these words : 

Here lyes Buried Here lyes Buried 

y« Body of M^" ye Body of M''^ 

John Mudge Ruth Mudge 

who Died Octo'' Wife to M'" John 

29th iy^2 jjj ye ^^th Mudge, who Died 

Year of His Age Ocf I'j^^ 1733 

in y^ 67*^^ Year 
of Her Age 

And not far away from this stone is another, a smaller 
one, now nearly sunk in the ground, on which this may be 
clearly read : — 

Here lies The Body of 
Martha Wiggles worth 
Late Wife to Michael 
Wigglesworth who 
Dec'^ September 4 1690 
Aged about 28 Years. 

This Martha Wigglesworth, second wife to the Rev. 
Michael Wigglesworth, so famous in those early days, was 
a younger sister of John Mudge. They were two of the 
eight children of Thomas Mudge, who was born in England 


about the year 1624, during the reign of James I, and 
came from Devonshire to Massachusetts Ba}^ it is thought, 
with his brother Jarvis, not far from 1638. The Records 
of Massachusetts (Vol. I, p. 238) show the presence of 
Jarvis Mudge in Boston, in connection with certain court 
proceedings, wherein he was a witness, Dec. 4, 1638. 
There is no court record of Thomas Mudge until Oct. 6, 
1657, when he and his wife, Mary, appeared as witnesses 
at Cambridge against James Barrett "for prophaning the 
Sabbath and assaulting George Knower." 

These two, Thomas and Mary appeared again as wit- 
nesses, Dec. 28, 1698, at the County Court in Charlestown 
in the case of Peter Tufts and his servant Henry Swillaway, 
who had been beaten by his master "with the great end of 
a goode sticke" and threatened with still more chastise- 
ment. He naturally retaliated, and this brought him into 
Court. Thomas Mudge "aged about thirtie foure" testified 
" I se his man strike his master upon the breast with his 
hand." Mary Mudge "aged about thirty" affirmed, "that 
she being at Goodman Torfs of an arand, Gudie Torfs and 
she hearing the Dine in the yard, we went out of its dore, 
and his man had got up a great stone, and held it up to 
throw at his master, as I conseved, but when he se me he 
threwe it downe ; I further Testifie I heard him cal his 
master base Rouge." 

In 1668, ten years later, Thomas Mudge, Jr., "aged 
15 years or thereabouts " testified in a lawsuit between 
Thomas Shepherd and Samuel Sprague, that Shepherd 
reviled Sprague and said "thou art a bays villaine"; "I 
did hear Thomas Shepherd strike Samuel Sprague two 
blows, then Samuel Sprague said, "what, dost thou meane 
to playe the foole, I am resolved I will not strike, for this 
is not the way to end the difference. My spirit rises against 


you wherever I see j^ou ; and whenever I meete with you, I 
shall remember you. " And further this deponent saith not." 
So much for young Thomas Mudge. His eldest sister, 
Mary, about i8 years old, also appeared as witness April 
6, 1669, against James Tufts, a son of Peter Tufts, doubt- 
less, for holding her violently and kissing her. She pulled 
him by the hair of his head, but could not get him away 
from her, until she called to her brothers, Thomas and 
John, who caused him to desist and depart. Benjamin 
Buncker and Michael Wigglesworth colleagues in the pas- 
torate, the latter afterward marrying Mary's sister Martha, 
also gave written testimony in this case, sending a letter to 
the Court, but as to the outcome of the trial whether there 
was condign punishment for that reprehensible, indefen- 
sible and every way objectionable kiss and for the outraged 
feelings of Miss Mary, that modest Puritan maiden, we 
are not informed. 

Of Thomas' other children, his oldest, James Mudge, 
born in Maiden about 1648, just a little before the first 
incorporation of the town, 1649, was l^i^^ed at Bloody Brook, 
So. Deerfield, by the Indians in King Phillips war, Sept. 
18, 1675. He served with Captain Lothrop in the com- 
pany called "The Flower of Essex," which was ambushed 
and cut to pieces by a force of Indians ten times their num- 
ber, all but four being slain. His brothers, John and 
Thomas, also his brother-in-law, John Martin, who married 
his sister Mary were in Capt. Moseley's company which 
advanced bravely to the rescue of the others and, after 
some reinforcements, drove the Indians from the field. 
Two other younger sons, George and Jonathan, were not in 
the war, but left interesting wills, with carefully inventoried 
estates, not very large, Jonathan bequeathing his house and 
lands, clothing, " cattel and gun," to his cousins, Ebenezer 


Grover and Mary Upham. Among George's property we 
notice " 8 full bottles of Rhum and 12 empty bottles," valued 
at six shillings and four pence. Bottles were evidently 
scarce in those days, and rum was rather cheap. 

But the chief interest in this earliest American Mudge 
family attaches to John and Martha 4th, and 8th of the 
children of Thomas and Mary. Martha's marriage to the 
celebrated parson, " Maulden's physician for soul and body 
two," as his tombstone says, "y^ Reverend Mr. Michael 
Wigglesworth, pastor of y^ church of Christ at Maulden, 
who finished his work and entered upon an eternal Sabbath 
of rest on y^ Lord's Day June y^ 10 1705 in y^ 74 year 
of his age," author of that very famous poem " The Day 
of Doom," whose commercial success, it is said, has never 
been equalled since in this country, the circulation con- 
sidering the small extent of the population being prodigi- 
ous and unparalleled, — awakened wide spread interest, 
and was indeed accounted almost if not quite a scandalous 
thing. Mr. Wigglesworth's first wife died Dec. 21, 1659. 
His remarks about the event, which he called " a heart- 
cutting and astonishing stroke " are exceedingly appropri- 
ate and edifying. " Lord, help me to bear it patiently," he 
says, "and to profit by it, help me to know Thee now in the 
fires, by maintaining good thoughts of thee, and speaking 
good and submissive words concerning thee; and, O, teach 
me to die every day ; fit me for the sweet secret she is gone 
unto, where solitariness shall no more affright or affect 
me. O Lord, make up in thyself what is gone in the 
creature. I believe thou cans't and will do it, but O, help 
my unbelief." 

He remained unmarried in his "solitariness," for 
nearly twenty years. Then, having reached the age of 
forty-eight, and his onl}' daughter, Mercy, having left him 


for a home of her own, he naturally felt a desire for com- 
pany, and his thoughts, rather naturally too, turned to his 
youthful housekeeper, Martha Mudge, with whose family 
he had been intimate, a damsel onl}^ eighteen years of age, 
but very comely and capable. The project soon got 
bruited abroad, as such things will, and some of his dis- 
tinguished friends were much exercised regarding it, 
especially because young Martha was not a member of the 
church, (just think of it) not even baptized (shocking to 
relate), and, being just a plain farmer's daughter, was not 
considered on quite the same social level as the eminent, 
scholarl}^ minister and author. Dr. Increase Mather, 
pastor of the North Church in Boston, accounted the most 
learned American minister of his day, and President of 
Harvard College, in which Wigglesworth had been a 
Fellow and Tutor, wrote him a lengthy remonstrance full of 
sharpness, which has been preserved and makes intensely 
interesting reading. He urges six reasons against the 
marriage (which I will not give). He says "the like 
never was in New England, nay, I question whether 
the like hath been known in the Christian world." Evi- 
dently he was in a state of mind, greatly disturbed. He 
suggests that if his friend would "put the object of his 
affections out of his sight, and look up to the Lord Jesus 
for supplies of grace, he will be enabled to overcome these 
temptations." The distinguished pastors of the other 
Boston churches, together with the apostolic Eliot of 
Roxbury, and various pious and learned men, were 
brought into the affair for counsel, but found themselves, 
it is said, " not very forward to give advice." Prudent 
people ! They perceived that the thing had gone too far to 
be stopped. "It is now too late," they said; "It is not 
good after vows, to make inquiry. Had you advised with 


them before your treating with the party concerned, you 
may be sure they would earnestly have dissuaded. Nor 
is there any of them that dare encourage your proceedings 
as things are now circumstanced." " His affections had 
biased his judgment," they think. Alas, not for the first 
time, or the last time I What becomes of judgment when 
the heart is really roused ! Their prayer is, "The Lord in 
mercy be with you and direct you to do that which shall 
be pleasing in his sight, and for the honor of his name, yea, 
and of your own name, and the comfort of those that are 
concerned in you." They were all greatly concerned. 
Let us hope and suppose that the Lord indeed did so 
direct. At any rate, in spite of all objections and uncalled 
for meddling, the pastor held to his purpose, and, in 1680, 
married Martha Mudge, who "made him a good wife," as 
Mr. D. P. Corey, the historian of Maiden says, and, in 
the short ten years of her married life, "bore him five 
daughters and one son, among whose descendants have 
been, and are, honored clergymen, lawyers, professors, 
and scholars, who need not hold otherwise than in honor 
the day of that much debated marriage. The 3^ Hollis 
Professor of Divinity at Harvard College was the Rev. 
David Tappan a grandson of Abigal the eldest son of Mr. 
Wigglesworth by Martha Mudge. His two predecessors 
in the chair, had been a son and grandson of Parson 
Wigglesworth by his 3d wife. Her husband testified to 
her worth in after years, and ascribed to her, under God, 
his recovery to a better state of health. In his will he 
bequeathed to his unmarried daughters quite a sum of 
money which, he says, fell to them as "their own mother's 
portion from their grandfather Mudge's estate." That he 
himself received no serious disparagement, detriment or 
loss of reputation from the marriage, either without or 


within the parish, is evident from the fact that a very few 
years after it he was entreated to become President of 
Harvard College, and that he remained pastor of the 
church until his death in 1705. 

Of John Mudge, my immediate ancestor, my great- 
grandfather's great-grandfather, to be exact, born in 
Maiden, 1654, and residing here throughout his long life 
of 79 years, there is considerable to be said. He was quite 
a man. He was one of the 74 proprietors or freeholders 
among whom was divided in 1695, the common lands, 
amounting to about 3,500 acres, nearly 50 acres apiece or 
something like half the town as it was then constituted, 
seven miles long by four wide. He was also one of the 
Narragansett grantees, having been a soldier in the war of 
1675 and an active participant in the great Swamp Fight, 
Sunday, December 19, 1675, when nearly 1,000 Indian 
warriors are said to have perished. Captain Moseley's 
company, to which he belonged, were the first to enter the 
fort of the enemy and lost 19 of his men. He was elected 
constable for the town of Maiden, March 14, 1692. John 
Mudge was the onl}' Maiden survivor of this fight among 
the Narragansett grantees in 1732. He was also tithing- 
man, collector of rates, surveyor of highways, 1692, fence 
viewer, etc., etc., holding these offices several years. The 
duties of the tithingman (so called from being orginally 
set over 10 families) was chiefly to preserve order in the 
meeting-house and enforce the general observation of the 
Sabbath, with reference to which the Puritans were exceed- 
ingly particular. 

The constable was a man of great importance. There 
was but one such town officer during most of the colonial 
period, although during part of the time in certain places 
two were found necessary. He was a petty magistrate 


and enforcer of the law with power over all offenders. He 
could " apprehend without warrant such as be overtaken 
with drink, swearing, Sabbath breaking, lying, vagrant 
persons and night walkers." He was obliged "to take 
notice of common costers [accosters] unprofitable fowlers, 
and other idle persons and tobacco takers," and secure 
" any inhabitant or stranger after tenne of the clock at night 
behaving themselves deboist [debauched or in debauchery] 
or that giveth not a reasonable ground to ye constable or 
watchman, or shall be in drinck " ; to give warning " unto 
any inhabitants of their town, whether men or women, that 
live from their husbands or wives, to appear at the said 
court of ye county to answer for their so doing." The 
constable's badge of office provided by the town was a black 
staffe about 5^ foote long, tipped at the upper end about 5 
or 6 inches with brasse. To John Mudge and a few others 
(Benjamin Hills, Thomas Burdett, Nathaniel Upham) the 
town voted, March 16, 1713, permission to build a gallery 
in the meeting-house," between the two great beams over 
the front gallery." He was one of the owners of stable 
room for two horses in the sheds near the meeting-house. 
The Mudge farm, occupied by the family for some sixty 
years, was in the south-east part of the town, at what was 
called Turkey Hill, a tract of 65 acres, previously a part 
of the lands of Job Lane, builder of the Bell Rock meeting- 
house ; previously to that it was a portion of the allotment 
to the Rev. John Harvard, benefactor of the College, then 
to Leavitt Corbett of Charlestown who resided there till 
his death in 1855. The house was not torn down until 
1893. The land afterwards passed to the Chittendens and 
is now a portion of the Woodlawn Cemetery property. 

John Mudge married Ruth Burdett in 1684 and was 
survived by two children, John and Martha. He made 


his will in 1726, seven years before his death, then 72 
years. It begins as follows : '' In the name of God, 
Amen. In the year of our Lord, 1726, I, John Mudge 
of Maiden, in the county of Middlesex, in New Eng- 
land, yeoman, being in good health, though very aged, 
but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto 
God for it, therefore calling to mind the unstability of my 
body, and knowing that it is appointed for man once to die, 
do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that 
is to say, principally and first of all, I give and recommend 
my soul into the hands of God that gave it, and free pardon 
and forgiveness of all my sins ; and to inherit everlasting 
life ; and my body I commit to the earth to be decently 
buried at the discretion of ray Executor hereafter named, 
nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall 
receive the same again by the mighty power of God." 

His principal heir and sole executor was his "well- 
beloved son John," born in Maiden 1685, and dying here 
in 1767, at the age of 82. He was a farmer, but did not 
prosper as did his father (who was also a tanner), and sold 
off his land at various times to different parties, chiefl}' to 
his brother-in-law Peter Edes of Needham, who paid him 
at one time " £500 lawful money " for 70 acres, including 
wood lot and dwelling house. He was chosen Surveyor of 
Highways in 1720 and in 1746. Also when the South 
Parish was set off in 1734, ^^ was an active participant in 
the building of the new meeting-house in what is now 
Everett, he living in that part of the town, and was chosen 
Deacon of the church, Jonathan Sargent and Ebenezer 
Upham being the ruling elders. 

This Deacon John had a son John, my immediate 
ancestor, born in Maiden, Dec. 30, 1713, who was mar- 
ried to Mary Waite by the Rev. Joseph Emerson — pastor 


at Maiden 46 3'ears 1721-67, great grandfather of Ralph 
Waldo. Emerson — May 4, 1738, and had by her nine chil- 
dren. Only five of these — Samuel, Mary, Lydia, John, 
Simon — belonged strictly to Maiden, as the father, soon 
after the birth of Simon, about the year 1750, removed to 
Lynnfield, where he died, 1762. Of these three sons, 
Samuel was killed in Canada during the French War of 
1775, and John served in the War of the Revolution in 1778' 
So did Simon, and also his four younger brothers born in 
Lynnfield. Of these my own immediate ancestor, Enoch, 
had his name on the Ticonderoga roll, and also served at 
Concord and Lexington. He liked to tell how he stood 
(more then 6 feet tall) as a sentinel before the Old Province 
house at Cambridge, when Washington occupied it as his 
headquarters. Simon, although not a great while in the 
army, his poor health causing his discharge after a few 
months' service, had the distinction of leaving a diary in 
which he recalls particulars of the march from Danvers 
to Ticonderoga, through New Hampshire and Vermont, 
that dairy is still in possession of his descendants in Dan- 
vers. The day's marches, beginning July 30, varied from 
10 to 25 miles. The total was 215 miles, and the money 
compensation £1,12 sh, 3d, which probably included the 
day's wages as well as the marching allowance, which 
latter was usually a penny a mile. He records that at 
certain parts of the way the people were "very uncivil, not 
willing to oblige any of us ; our Lieutenants went to buy a 
sheep but could find nothing but an old ram for "which they 
charged 15 shillings." At another place he mentions "a 
famous mountain, prodigious high inhabited with innu- 
merable bodys of rattlesnakes, where I have been informed 
have been killed 170 in a day." At still another place he 
sadly says " Rum sells for nine shillings and 4 pence a 


gallon, and the most miserable stuff I ever drank." That 
was Aug. 6, 1776. Aug. 8th, the entry is, "This day's 
march was beyond conception, being chiefly up hill all the 
way, and the road almost every fifty yards distance was a 
dismal slough enough to bury a horse at a step ; however 
our horses made shift to get through them." By far the 
most frequent entry in the diary, during the months, 
(Aug.^^ to Nov.^'^,) spent at Ticonderoga, is "went upon 
furtege"by which I suppose he meant what we call "forage," 
"Furtege" was perhaps an old English form of the more 
modern word. I cannot find, however, any trace of it in 
any of the dictionaries. Can it have had remote connection 
with furtive or stealthy, foraging and stealing not being 
very unlike ? 

We may count, then, four generations of Mudges resid- 
ing wholly in Maiden, covering about a century, reaching 
from Thomas, who arrived perhaps in 1640 and coming 
down to John, his great grandson, who left for Lynnfield in 


These early Mudges belonged, very emphatically, to 

the common people, making no boast of birth or rank, 
humble farmers and craftsmen, who cleared their lands 
and built their homes, guarding their privileges and main- 
taining their rights, with the manly independence of the 
primitive Puritan stock. They had pluck, patience and 
perseverance, were ready to fight for their liberties, and 
die if need be in defence of home and country. They 
led laborious lives, enduring hardships, and suffering not 
a little, as all pioneers must, but maintaining the faith and 
deserving well of the generations following. They attended 
diligently upon the worship of God in their plain bare 
meeting-houses, and helped to lay strong and deep the 
foundations of a mighty republic. 


Let US pass on now another step. In Lynnfield was 
born, Aug. i, i754» my great-grandfather, Enoch, — son 
of the third John, grandson of Deacon John, — Enoch, 
who died in Lynn, 1832, aged 77J years. He also had a 
slight connection with Maiden, hence I legitimately bring 
him before you. He was a very highly respected, pros- 
perous shoe manufacturer in Lynn, long a prominent mem- 
ber of the First Cong'l church there. He afterwards 
became the first member, first class leader, first steward, 
and first local preacher of the first Methodist Episcopal 
society or church, formed in Lynn by the Rev. Jesse Lee, 
the pioneer Methodist apostle, Feb. 20, 1791, the 125th 
anniversary of whose formation I had the pleasure of par- 
ticipating in three months ago. This Enoch, a most devoted 
Christian layman, had a son Enoch (the second of 14 
children) who became the first itinerant Methodist preacher 
raised up in the uncongenial soil of New England. He 
joined the itinerant ranks (they were a body of genuine 
heroes) when barely 17, and did great work during a long 
life until he died at Lynn, his native place, in 1850. I 
knew him personally. His closing active years were spent 
as the greatly revered minister to seamen at New Bedford. 
He was twice honored with an election to the Legislature 
of Massachusetts and was a member of the State Conven- 
tion for revising the Constitution in 1819. He was a mem- 
ber of the General Conference of 1824, and made the speech 
there which put into nomination for the episcopacy, his 
intimate friend, Elijah Hedding, whom he also persuaded 
to accept an election to the office. Abel Stevens, the 
Methodist historian, says " I never knew him surpassed in 
the purity of his moral character." " His personal presence " 
says another, " was a benediction. He had the simplicity 
of a child, and the sweetness of an angel." These two 


Enochs, father and son, both preachers, from their home in 
Lynn, often visited the surrounding towns — Saugus, Marble- 
head, Swampscott, Maiden, Boston — to hold religious 
meetings, at which many were converted. It is highly 
probable that they visited the burial place of their ances- 
tor John Mudge in Bell Rock cemetery, and looked upon 
the grave stone, then only 60 years in its place ; but this we 
do not positively know. 

Having much closer connection with Maiden, how- 
ever, is still another of the Lynn Mudges, namely, my own 
father, James Mudge, Jr., grandson of the elder Enoch just 
mentioned, nephew of the preacher Enoch. He too was 
an itinerant Methodist preacher, as I have been for 50 
years. But he, poor man, in his brief life, had constantly 
to struggle against illness, which hampered him at every 
step, defeating his plans for a thorough education, prevent- 
ing his going to college for which he was well prepared, 
and whether his three brothers went (at Middletown, 
Conn.) and cutting short his days at the early age of 34. 
He was a young man of very sweet spirit and large ability, 
very winning with children and wholly consecrated to God. 
His coming to Maiden was after this fashion. Born in 
1811, and converted in 1829, he was given a license to 
preach in 1832, when he was 21 years of age. With this 
authorization he held forth a little here and there, while 
engaged helping his father in the shoe business at Lynn, 
and his efforts were well received. It was in the spring 
of 1833 that he took up what might be called his first 
pastoral charge, or regular preaching effort, under the 
Presiding Elder, Benjamin F. Lambord. He was engaged 
at North Maiden for several months, until his health gave 
out, as it was so constantly in the habit of doing. A little 
vest pocket book in my possession has this entry : "Maiden, 


July 5, 1833 ; engaged in the ministry, health still feeble, 
my prayer is, that if consistent with His will, God would 
either take me from this world or restore me to health. O 
God, give me love ; for thine own sake, for the sake of 
sinners, give me perfect love." This was his constant, 
eager cry, until he was able to say, "Eureka." He writes, 
again, "If there is one thing I desire more than another it 
is to have a heart filled with love to God and man, to be 
made more like my Master, Christ, to be baptized with the 
Holy Ghost." This was the spirit in which he did his work 
everywhere. We have no details as to what he accom- 
plished at No. Maiden. We know not whether it was 
much or little. He was back at Lynn in November, and 
writing from there to his brother, Thomas, on the 26th, he 
speaks of hard work at making shoe boxes, being moved 
to it by the endeavor to pay his debts. He says " I sunk, 
while at Maiden, $17. I wore my coat into the pulpit until 
I had a hole in the elbow, and then I thought I needed a 
new one. I though I should receive money enough to 
pay such necessary expenses. But I did not. Had I 
thought I should not I would have worn my old coat still. 
I am resolved that hereafter I will never run in debt. I 
received at the rate of $38.50 per annum while at Maiden. 
This to pay travelling expenses, buy books, clothing, etc. 
I have understood that this place was as fair as our small 
stations would average." My own researches into the pay- 
ments made to the preachers of that period conform this 
supposition. Of course he was boarded by his parishion- 
ers, and probably his ministry was appreciated by them to 
a certain extent. Nevertheless, their delinquency, not to 
say stinginess, in failing to give him more than $20 for 
over six months service, 75 cents a week, and permitting 
him to run in debt for the sorely needed new coat, is a sad 


commentary on both their financial and spiritual condition, 
and throws distressing light on the privations endured by 
the early Methodist preachers. I could tell other stories 
about that if it were proper at this time. He exhorts his 
brother Thomas, to when he is writing, if he is thinking of 
the ministry (as he was) to prepare himself as a good 
soldier to endure this kind of hardness, to form the habit 
of strict economy so as to be ready to bear these trials 
which will probably be his lot ; as they were. 

I could give very many further particulars, perhaps 
of an interesting sort, concerning the life of this young 
Methodist minister in the olden time — he was ordained by 
Bishop Hedding in 1837, joined Conference in 1838, 
found my mother in his pastorate at So. Boston in 1840, 
married her in 1841 and died in Greenfield in 1846, while 
I was still a baby — but such a sketch would not be 
precisely germane to the purpose of this paper and I will 
not detain you with it. 

I may fitly close, perhaps with a brief reference to the 
distinctly Providential way in which I myself have come to 
be numbered with the Mudges of Maiden. It was by no 
means my plan. When the time arrived, eight years ago, 
for my retirement from the fatigues of the Methodist 
itinerancy which I had endured for 40 years, and which 
had resulted in very serious impared health, my thought 
turned at once to Lynn where I had been brought up, 
from whose High School I had gone to college, where my 
immediate ancestors had taken a leading part in the old 
Common Street Methodist Church and with which I had 
many delightful associations. I spent two days' hunting 
for a house there, but found none that was any way suit- 
able or desirable. The entire central part of the city, with 
which my connections had been, was entirely changed, 


filled with tenements and flats and foreigners, but with no 
single, separate houses anywhere to be had, so, drawn to 
Maiden by the presence here of a half-brother and its near- 
ness to the city, but with no thought whatever as to the 
early connection of the family with the place, I here 
setded down to pass my declining days in these delightful 
surroundings and have been very glad ever since that I 
so did. 

There was truly a fitness in it, in more than one way. 
From Maiden to Lynn went the family after lOO years of 
residence here. From Lynn to Maiden (after 150 years 
there) now it comes in the person of one of its latest repre- 
sentatives. And since I have a son and grandson in Mel- 
rose, which is substantially. Maiden, who knows but what 
there may be another hundred years of Mudge history 
here. At any rate let us hope that the old name, which 
comes down from Norman times in England and has been 
associated with a good deal of distinction across the water, 
whether its duration around Boston in this 20th century be 
long or short, whether it mount high or sink low so far as 
worldly fame is concerned, may still remain, as it has 
always been in the past, a name of probity, integrity, 
honesty, spirituality, industry, fidelity, a name characterized 
by sterling worth and exemplary actions, a name connected 
with God-fearing, hard-working, truth-speaking, peace- 
loving, conscientious, honorable, high-principled, public- 
spirited men and women, who are accustomed to leave the 
world better than they found it, and to pass on to their 
children's children an unstained record of brave deeds. 
Malden, May 17, 1916. 



Contributed by the President of the Society. 



April 27, 1826. 

1. ANTHEM — I was glad when they said unto me, we will go into the 
house of the Lord. Peace be within thj walls, and plenteousness 

within thy palaces. Amen. 

2. READING OF THE SCRIVT\JKES—By the Rev. J. Sabine. 

3. HYMN— 

Thou Great Jehovah — Israel's God, 

There's none in Heaven or earth like Thee ; — 

The King of Saints, the Sovereign Lord; — 
The Glorious coeternal Three. 

This house be thine, forever more, 

Which now, to Thee, we dedicate : 
Here may thy saints thy name adore. 

And sinners fall before thy feet. 

Within these walls record thy name. 

And all the house with glory fill. 
Kindle in us a sacred flame, 

And O, thy Mighty Self reveal. 

*This building, the first home of the Center M. E. church, still stands, as a dwelling 
house, on Main street, in the rear of the apartment house known as the Weld. The Gilbert 
Haven collection contains an item showing that work on the buildinj; commenced in 
September, 1825. 


O let no strange unhallowed fire 

Upon thy sacred altar glow ; 
Ma}- love to Thee our souls inspire 

And love to man our hearts o'erflow. 

Come, then, thou glorious conq'ring King 

Within us reign and sin destroy. 
Help us by grace thy name to sing, 

And fill our hearts with sacred joy. 

To thy great name, O God of love 

Shall honor, power and praise be given ; 

And when our souls shall mount above 

Our songs shall ring the courts of Heaven. 

4. PRAYER— By the Rev. Mr. Bonney. 


Lo ! my Shepherd is divine, 
How can I want when He is mine. 
By the stream that wanders slow, 
Through the meads where flowerets grow, 
He leadeth me and there I rest, 
In love and peace divinely blest. 

6. SERMON— By the Rev. Mr. Merritt.* 

7. ANTHEM — Blessed be thou. Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever 
and ever. Thine, O, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the 
glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that are in the Heaven 
and in the earth are thine. Thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou 
art exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come out of 
Thee, and Thou reignest over all, and in Thine hand is power and 
might, and in Thine hand it is to make great and give strength unto 
all. Now, therefore, O God, we thank Thee and praise Thy glorious 

8. PRAYER— By the Rev. Mr. Blake. 

*Father Timothy Meriitt's text was: "What could have been done more to my 
vineyard that I have not done in it." 


9. ANTHEM— O be jojful in the Lord all ye lands. Serve the Lord 
with gladness and come before his presence with a song. Be ye sure 
that the Lord He is God; it is He that hath made us, and not we 
ourselves, we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. O, go 
your way into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with 
praise. Be thankful unto Him, and speak good of His name. For 
the Lord is gracious; His mercy is everlasting and His truth 
endureth from generation to generation. Glory be to the Father and 
to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is 
now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 




OF 1689. 

By F. W. CoBURN 
(Reproduced from the Boston Tronscripf, June 23, IQ17.1) 

Michael Wigglesworth, poet, of "Maldon" in New 
England, hereby salutes Isaac Finstein and Antonio Schia- 
parelli, his fellow citizens, inviting them to enjoyment of 
" The Day of Doom " and, if their stomachs repudiate that, 
of "Meat Out of the Eater." 

Arranged in glass cases at the model public library of 
Boston's cosmopolitan rubber town is a special exhibition, 
lent by William G. A. Turner, of that city, of original and 
reproduced documents relating to early Maiden history. 
In such a display there is no escaping Wigglesworth. 
Title page after title page of the once popular " Day of 
Doom " stands to allure the studious Hebrew children, and 
a few New England Yankees, who enter the library to 
draw or return Henty books or copies of " Popular Machan- 
ics." Sweet, indeed, are the uses of local patriotism. In 
this time of intense and anxious struggle toward democracy 
let it be known to prospective conscripts of the Rumney 
Marsh region that after all, life has not been prevailingly 
perilous in the peaceful town beneath the Fells. Here, by 
way of contrast with the ghastly stories of present-day 
newspapers, one may read "The History of Wars and 

'No more useful service in the cause of interesting the public in local history could 
have been rendered than the through exhibition during June, 1917, described by Mr. 


The DAY of 


O R, 

A Poetical Ds^fcription 


A Short DISCO 7JRSE ^bout 

3y St9tff]acl lDi0gIcfb)O?tf|, Teacher (jfthe 
Church at MaUcn in N. £. 

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6Vr;f);r«re ana Marginal Nules. . 

Alb J 7 3 5. Bectufe he httsh aff»\nxtd a day in the rehich ^ft 

H.- h»:lj Or.:M:f(d. -,— - 
V!.it 2.4,;io, jind :hin jka^ 4ppiar tht Sign if she Ssp tf 
Man 1,1 heMven^flrtd [hi/tjhall all tht Tr. bis of the etrtb 
Mourn, .tnd thiy ftsujie- the ie« cj Wi« (aning in the 

, d«uds oj heaven ^itjt fosctr end ^rgnf glcry. 

ROSrON: Piinted by B Green, and J Aii'n, 
for Benjatnio-Blici, -^t hh Stop urc'er che 
Wert End of the Towr-H.-u(c. 1701, 



Fightings (without Shedding of Blood) in the Baptist 
Church in Maiden" written by John Sprague, one of the 
members, whose famous couplet is also recalled : 

Dr. Goss, he mounted his hoss, 

And put his wife behind him ; 
He's gone to Cape Cod, so far from God 

'T would puzzle the devil to find him. 

Thank the photostat for making possible such an exhi- 
bition as the one at Maiden. Under the cold mercury 
vapor light in the photographic rooms of the Massachusetts 
Historical Society, the Widener Librar}- and at least one 
commercial establishment in Boston you can now for a few 
cents get a photographic facsimile of a document or printed 
page of which a print from a glass negative would cost you 
at least a couple of dollars. 

Only a few, for example, of the precious source books 
of early Maiden history are owned in Maiden. They 
are scattered among libraries and historical associations 
throughout the land. With aid from the photostat, how- 
ever, it is easy and inexpensive to bring together with con- 
siderable completeness reproductions that supplement the 
original papers. 


Without the photostat, indeed, it could hardly have 
been visualized to Maiden folks what a really great poet, 
estimated in terms of popularity, rather than of artistry, 
their Rev. Mr. Wigglesworth was. The town's first poet, 
from all accounts, came near being the only one (despite 
the claims of the versifier just quoted) down to the present 
generation, in which Sylvester Baxter has been a resident, 
and as he lived so long ago it is quite possible that there 
are simple people lately come to Edgeworth or Maplewood 


who have never heard of him. No statue of him, certainly, 
looms above the flivvers and dogcarts at the square ; no 
portrait of him glooms downward from the library walls. ^ 
Here, where the first American poet, a graduate of Har- 
vard in the class of 165 1, penned his immortal solemnities 
no memorial in breathing bronze or imperishable granite 
has been created by a later generation grateful for his sub- 
lime " Meditations concerning the Necessity, End and Use- 
fulness of Afflictions." But at least, thanks to Mr. Turner's 
public spirit in forming and showing such a collection, 
young Maiden may now get an idea of the vogue accorded 
by antique New England for fully two centuries to the 
graceful lines of the sweet singer of infant damnation. 

For this, to one casual visitor, is perhaps the most 
astonishing revelation inthe whole exhibition of Maldeniana, 
the number of editions which the " Day of Doom " went 
through between 1662, when eighteen hundred copies of it 
were printed, down to 1867, when the American News 
Company of New York reprinted it with evident hope that 
it might take rank among the six best sellers of the recon- 
struction period. Bibliographers, of course, have long 
known about the persistent popularity of this book of 
gloom ; to the unlettered, on the other hand, who had 
thought of Wigglesworth merely as a long forgotten 
rhymester, nearly contemporary with Milton, it comes with 
surprise to discover that he was still being printed for sale 
to simple-minded country folks in the days when his own 
grandfather's attic was filling up with the publications of 
Robert Bonner & Sons. 

This, of course, is one of the things which the photo- 
stat has permitted Mr. Turner to do, to spread out in a long 

' Michael Wigglesworth's grave, with a headstone which describes him as '"Mauldon's 
phisitian for soul and body two," is in the Bell Rock Cemeterj'. An appreciative biog- 
raphy of the poet appears in Mr. Corey's History of Maiden. 


array the title pages of many editions of this " poetical 
description of the great and last judgment." The biblio- 
graphical facts about the various copies have already been 
set forth before the Massachusetts Historical Society with 
much circumstance by Dr. Samuel A. Green, who quotes 
Sibley, in his "Harvard Graduates," as saying: "This 
work represented the theology of the day, and fora century, 
with the exception, perhaps, of the Bible, was more popu- 
lar throughout New England than any other that can be 
named. It passed through several editions in book form, 
besides being printed on broadsides and hawked about the 
country. As late as the early part of the present century 
many persons could repeat the whole or large portions 
of it." 

"Collectors, therefore, know all about these editions, 
some of which are preserved in but a single copy ; but it is 
a safe guess that many people in Maiden and other northen 
suburbs have had no idea until now what a poet amongst 
them once plied his goose quill, inditing such word pic- 
tures as : 

Wallowing in all kinds of sin vile wretches lay secure ; 

The best of Men had scarcely then their Lamps kept in good ure, 

Virgins unwise, who through disguise amongst the best were 

Had clos'd their eyes ; yea, and the wise through sloth and frailty 


Both "The Day of Doom" and "Meat out of the 
Eater" are plentifully represented in the rows of title pages 
at Maiden. Of the former poem there are pages from the 
Massachusetts Historical Society's copy (the title page 
lacking) of the 1666 edition, probably printed by Samuel 
Green at Cambridge ; the Boston Public Library copy of 
the third edition, 1773 ; the same institution's fifth edition, 


1701 ; the Frederick Lewis Gay copy, of 1701 , which looks 
identical with the foregoing until you note near the bottom 
of t!ie page that one was printed for Nicholas Buttolph and 
the other for Benjamin Eliot ; a Boston Public Library 
edition of 171 1 ; the William H. Winship copy, the sixth 
edition, 1715 ; the John W. Farwell copy, sixth edition, 
1715 ; Boston Public Library's seventh edition, 1751 ; 
Massachusetts Historical Society's unique copy of the 1774 
edition : New York Public Library's copy of 1811 edition, 
published at Newburyport by E. Little & Company ; the 
1828 edition, published by Charles Ewer, Boston ; finally, 
the American News Company's ornate outgiving of 1867. 


Just why "Meat out of the Eater " did not survive 
through as many editions as did " The Day of Doom " is a 
problem for some student of the morbid psychology of our 
immediate ancestors ; it was certainly quite as bad poetry 
as the other, if that was really a recommendation. The 
fact, at all events, is shown in the smaller number of title 
pages at Maiden ; a reproduction from the Frederick 
Lewis Gay copy of 1689 ; the John W. Farwell and Massa- 
chusetts Historical Society fifth edition copies, 1717- This 
limited display makes it evident even to young Finstein 
that the poetic champion of seventeenth century New Eng- 
land was of those who could not come back. He was 
essentially, it would appear, a one-book author. He made 
his great hit by telling the conscientious young person of 
the period that her " best enjoyments are but Trash and 
Toyes," but he could not repeat. 

Even to list the other literary curiositities in some way 
related to Maiden which Mr. Turner has amassed and 
placed in this exhibition would require the space limits of a 


fat brochure. One is not through with Michael Wiggles- 
worth after reading his delightfully lugubrious poems. 
You must then look into a treatise wherein is "A Faithful 
Man Described and Rewarded " by that most voluminous 
author, the Puritan priest of Barrett Wendell's especial 
adminiration, the Rev. Cotton Mather. It is apparently 
established that on June 24, 1705, Cotton Mather, the great 
leader of the Bay State theocracy, unhitched his horse, 
crossed over on the Penny Ferr}' from Charlestown and rode 
over the marshes to " Maldon," where he preached the fun- 
eral sermon of his literary confrere, Wigglesworth. This 
sermon, as a photostat from the Boston Public Library copy 
shows, was afterwards published in the guise of " Some 
Observable Passages in the Life and Death of Mr. Michael 
Wigglesworth late pastor of Maldon, who Rested from his 
Labours, on the Lords-Day, June loth, 1705. In the 
Seventy Fourth 3^ear of his Age. And Memorials of Piety 
Left behind him among his Written Experiences." Along 
with the title page goes a first page of the preface of the 
sermon in which Cotton Mather, the son of Increase Mather, 
congratulates his hearers that their deceased pastor still 
speaks to them "by his Divine Poems, which are (I sup- 
pose) in many of your houses." Very likely the gentle 
humorist, too, of the " Magnalia " is author of the epitaph of 
" the excellent Wigglesworth " appearing on the last page of 
the William H. Winship copy : 

His Pen did once Meat from the Eater fetch ; 
And now he's gone beyond the Eater's reach. 
His Body once so Thin, was next to None ; 
From hence he's to Unbodied Spirits flown. 
Once his rare skill did all Diseases heal ; 
And he does nothing now uneasj feel : 
He to his Paradise is joyful come ; 
And waits with joy to see his Day of Doom 


Much more of the churchianity of early Maiden is 
impressed on the modern-minded visitor as he looks over 
Mr. Turner's title pages and other reminders of the past. 
A community whose first settlers were so keen to have a 
meeting-house with a settled minister that they incurred a 
fine from the Great and General Court for moving to that 
end " without, if not against, the consent of the neighboring 
churches, and allowance of the magistrates," was obviously 
due to remain religious for many decades. Many souvenirs 
of this disposition have survived, and it surely is stimulating 
to the young people of the present to read on one of the 
striking title pages of the exhibition of " Early Piety 
Encouraged, a Discourse occasioned by the joyful and 
triumphant Death of a Young Woman of Maiden, who died 
of the Throat-Distemper, Sept. 6, 1738. Aetat 21." This 
homily, it should be added, was one of the literary efforts 
of Joseph Emerson, V. D. M., whose ordination, as is 
learned from the Boston Public Library copy, " ex Libris 
Nathan Bucknam, 1722," was preached at Maiden, Oct. 
31, 1721. Several other printed exhortations of the Rev. 
Emerson are included, and then, of the year 1767, is noted 
a junior clergyman's pious tribute to his father : " An 
extract from a late sermon on the death of the Rev. Mr. 
Joseph Emerson, pastor of the First Church in Maiden, who 
died very suddenly on Monday evening, July 13, 1767, in 
the 68th year of his age. Delivered at Maiden, by Joseph 
Emerson, A. M., pastor of the Church at Pepperell." 

Rev. Peter Thacher's ordination on Sept. 19, 1770; 
his three illustrious and inspiring sermons of October, 
1782, in which he proved "that the Punishment of the 
finally Impenitent shall be eternal ; Or, that all Men 
shall not be saved ;" his plea for the minister's right 
to a life job under the title of " Observations upon 


the Present State of Clergy of New England, with 
Strictures Upon the Power of Dismissing Them, Usurped 
by some Churches " ; his reply to the strictures of " Mr. 
J. S., a Layman" upon the foregoing "observation"; the 
beginnings of the invasion of the so called "popular sects" 
as evidenced by the Rev. David Osgood's pamphlet on 
" The Validity of Baptism by Sprinkling and the Right of 
Infants to that Ordinance. Supported and Defended in 
Two Discourses Delivered at Maiden in the Beginning of 
the year 1804, occasioned by the Setting up of a Baptist 
Society in that Place"; the funeral sermon of Captain 
Jonathan Barrett, who died November 18, 1822, as preached 
by Rev. Aaron Green of the Congregational Church ; A 
Thanksgiving Day sermon of November 27, 1828, by 
Sylvanus Cobb, father of the artists Darius and Cyrus 
Cobb, the former of whom is still with us ; the beginnings 
of the temperance movement in Maiden, of Greenwood 
Cemetery and several other entertaining titles. 


Then, to show that religion did not exclusively occupy 
the Maiden mind the Turner collection includes a few pages 
covering other subjects. 

Everybody loves murders, of course, and as a conces- 
sion to that taste, as strong a century ago as it has shown 
itself during the Tucker, Phelps and Richeson cases of 
recent memory, behold among the churchly documents 
"The Trial of Alpheus and Samuel Angier, before the 
Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth of Massa- 
chusetts upon an Indictment for the Murder of Nichols 
John Crevay, an Indian, committed November 23, 1813, 
Containing the Evidence at large, the Arguments of the 
Solicitor General and of the Counsel for the Prisoners, the 


Charge of the Hon. Judge Sevvall to the Traverse Jury and 
his Address on pronouncing Sentence of Death." This 
record of one of the classic murders committed on the 
shores of Spot Pond needs only to be supplemented by 
some data of the Gould murder, which occurred under 
Bear Hill, to convince the youthful Maldenite that there is 
something fascinating in local history after all. 

So much, perhaps too much, for the work of the 
photostat in restoring old Maiden to the consciousness of 
the greater Boston of to-day. In another long case are 
original documents ranging from deed of the seventeenth 
centur}' to pamphlets and newspapers of the middle nine- 
teenth, and all in some way bearing upon the story of this 
suburban town. 

Among pen-written curiosities which the collector 
acquired some time ago, and which he now shows for the 
first time, is the record book of the Maiden Bridge Com- 
pany, one of the many toll-gathering corporations in which 
wealthy Bostonians of the late eighteenth and early nine- 
teenth centuries invested their money with reasonable expec- 
tation of getting ten per cent. 

The standard histories of Maiden give the facts of the 
opening of a bridge in place of the Penny Ferry at 
Winnisimmet, on Sept. 29, 1787. It is on record, too, 
that the people of Medford, through whose array of tav- 
erns travelers passed from Boston to and from the North 
Shore towns, were quite furious when this deflection of 
profitable traffic was proposed. "Fools," " Maiden miser- 
ables " and " ignoramuses " were epithets hurled at the 
petitioners, as by the Rev. Dr Osgood, inveighing against 
" distracted creatures " who " leave their corn unhoed, and 
their grass not cut, to carry petitions for a bridge " in con- 
sequence of which " their families next winter will have no 
bread and their cattle no hay." 


Despite this jeremiad the bridge was duly opened with 
the customary potent festivities of the period and a new 
connection with the Newburyport turnpike was made possi- 
ble by way of Black x\nn's Corner. 

The complete records of the management of this 
bridge company from March 8, 1787, to April 25, 1808, 
are in the book now shown at Maiden. The list of incor- 
porators discloses some of the best names of the Boston of 
that day. Thomas Russell was president. Among, his 
associates were William Tudor, Ezra Sargent, John Low- 
ell, Aaron Dexter, John Haskins, Jr., and others, proud of 
purse and lineage. 

The votes and resolves of this record book appear to 
be mostly formal. Now and then, however, there is a 
touch of human interest as when the h. c. of 1. shows itself 
responsible for an entry of Jan. 2, 1796 : "A petition from 
the Toll-gatherers being read, whereupon. Voted, That 
thirty-five dollars be granted Benj. Calder & twenty-five 
dollars to Samuel S. Sargent on consideration of the high 
price of necessaries of Life." 

Several other record books of moment are open at 
characteristic pages. One of Mr. Turner's amusing finds 
is the constitution by-laws and minutes of the Washington 
Guards, long the crack militia company of Maiden. 
Under date of June 13, 1843, occurs the entry: "Voted 
to go to Charlestown on the i6th of June, provided we have 
an Invitation." The invitation must have been forthcoming, 
for under date of June 17 it is noted that "Company met 
agreeable to orders and attended the Dedication of the 
Monument at Charlestown." 



By Sylvester Baxter, a member of the Society. 

In looking up some data in early local history I have just 
come across something that seems to throw a light upon one 
of our old geographical names whose origin has always 
puzzled me and which, so far as I know, appears to be 
unknown. The Mystic river — which geologically has a 
peculiar interest as having in the preglacial period actually 
been the Merrimac, carrying the greater stream by a short 
cut from near Lowell to Massachusetts Bay — has, since the 
first settlements, borne two names in different parts of its 
course, altho the entire valley has been known as that of 
the Mystic. From its confluence with the Charles, near 
the Navy Yard, up through its tidal reaches, or what were 
tidal until the building of the dam and locks at Medford, 
up to the Mystic Lakes, it has been called the Mystic. 
Above the lakes, from Wilmington down through Woburn 
and Winchester, it appears to have been always known as 
the Aberjona, a name that is found in the early records of 
Woburn. Since most of our names of rivers, ponds, hills, 
etc., are of Indian origin, it has usually been assumed to 
be an aboriginal designation. To many, however, the 
name, with its "jona", has suggested a Scriptural deriva- 
tion. And since many place-names have come from those 
of persons living in the neighborhood it has also been some- 
what fantastically suggested that perhaps the name is a 
corruption of " Abbie Jones' river," just as the Greater New 
York borough of the Bronx derives its picturesque name 


from an old-timer named Broncks. But there is no evidence 
in behalf of either of these assumptions. 

Just now, however, having had occasion to look up 
some facts in relation to the famous expedition of the three 
Sprague brothers, Ralph, Richard and William, pioneers 
in the settlement of Charlestown, across country through 
the woods from Salem, I find that in the Charlestown 
Records it is related that this party "lighted of a place 
situate and lying on the north side of Charles river, full of 
Indians, called Aberginians." Often as I had read that 
account, I had never before attached any particular signi- 
ficance to the name of those Indians other than that it 
seemed so different from Algonquin nomenclature in gen- 
eral, except that it was somewhat suggestive of "Virgini- 
ans" and might possibly have come from the circumstance 
that New England was orginally regarded as a part of 

Now a place name is often derived from the name of 
the people who live there, or the name of the people 
may come from that of the place. We are here informed 
that the Indians of that neighborhood were called " Aber- 
ginians." And is there not a striking resemblance between 
that name and " Aberjona"? And in face of this extra- 
ordinary resemblance is it not reasonable to infer that the 
name of those Indians came either from that of the river 
on whose banks they lived, or that the river took its name 
from the Indians ? It would require only a transition from 
a single vowel to make "Aberginians " identical with 
" Aberjonians." Hence it seems quite natural to assume 
that Aberjona was originally the name of the entire river, 
from its source down to the sea, instead of being limited 
to the section above the lakes as at present — the lakes, or 
ponds, being simply slack-water and a tidal basin, respec- 
tively, in the river. 


In the same Charlestown records occurs the following 
passage describing the Charlestown or Mishawum, penin- 
sular as the first settlers found it : " Upon surveying, they 
found it was a neck of land, generally full of stately tim- 
ber, as was the main, and the land lying on the east side 
of the river called Mistick river (from the farm Mr. 
Cradock's servants had planted, called Mistick, which this 
river led up unto) and indeed generally all the country 
round about was an uncouth wilderness, full of timber." 

The name " Mystic," as applied to this river, has been 
derived by some students of history not from the English 
word, but has been held to be of Indian origin, coming 
from the Algonquin " Mistuck," signifying " great tidal 
river," or estuary. But according to this early record the 
name of the river came from that of the Cradock farm in 
Medford. In that event it might naturally have been lim- 
ited to Jhe lower reaches of the stream, taking the place of 
the original name, the Aberjona, which was retained for 
the upper portion. Altogether, the remarkable likeness of 
Aberjona and Aberginian seems to afford the most rational 
solution for the origin of the name of one of the most beau- 
tiful of our little rivers. And would it be altogether fan- 
tastic to suggest a possible relationship between the word 
" Aberginians " and " aborigines "? 




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By the President of the Society. 

Had not Rev. Jose Glover and Deputy Governor John 
Humphrey been fellow-passengers on the "Planter," in 
1634, it might never have happened. The celebrated case 
to which the writ here presented refers was tried at the 
session of the Essex Quarterly Court at Salem 25 :g -.1662, 
the judges being the Worshipful Mr. Simon Bradstreet, 
Major-General Daniel Denison, and Major William 
Hathorne (ancestor of Nathaniel Hawthorne). The writ, 
bearing the autograph signature of Hillyard Verin, long 
the clerk of the court, related to the sale of a windmill of 
Mr. John Humfries, a farm in Lynn and a barn. The 
Humfrey farm in Lynn included what is now known as 
the "Paradise" section of Swampscott, and eventually 
passed through the hands of Lady Deborah Moody, Daniel 
King (hence the name of King's Beach, a metropolitan 
reservation) his wife's brother Shubal Walker, the Burrill 
family, and the late Enoch Redington Mudge. John 
Humphrey, of Dorchester, England, was the Treasurer 
and the first Deputy-governor and for nine years an assist- 
ant of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, having previously 
been in the Dorchester company of Cape Ann and Salem. 
He married Susan, a daughter of the Earl of Lincoln, 
who was a sister of Lady Arbella, wife of Isaac Johnson 
of Boston, who came over with Winthrop in 1630 in the 
Arbella, named for his wife. Humphrey came in 1634 


and settled on his Lynn farm, which extended from Wind- 
mill Hill to Forest River, in Salem, and which he called 
" Swampscot." A house appears to have stood on what is 
now Nahant street, in Lynn. In 1641, Lord Say attempted 
to form a plantation at New Providence, in the Bahamas, 
with Mr. Humfrey as Governor. The scheme failed 
through the island falling, for a time, under the control of 
Spain. Meanwhile, he had been active in the court of 
assistants, but his wife longed for the comforts of her 
English home and so he sold the farm to Lady Deborah 
Moody and went back. In 1661 he died. 

John Humphrey being dead, the writ was brought 
by Mr. Joseph Humphries and Mr. Edmond Batter, his 
administrators, against Mr. Edward Collins and Mr. 
Joseph Hills, executors of the will of Mr. Henry Dunster, 
deceased. The verdict was for the plaintiff, the farm to 
be delivered up, and the defendant to pay " for want of the 
barn and milne." It was appealed to the next Court of 
Assistants, Mr. Joseph Hills and Mr. Walter Price being 
bound. The records of that court thus far printed do not 
mention the case. The plaintiff demanded: "For the 
wind milne, 100 li ; barn, 30 li ; seven cattle, 50 li ; two 
oxen, four cows and one mare, 50 li ; total, 180 li. It 
appears Mr. Humphrey mortgaged his farm for the pay- 
ment of a debt of 80 li :oo :oo. 

In 1662 the farm passed into the hands of Francis 
Ingalls (son of Edmond Ingalls the earliest settler in 
Lynn) and Mr. Collins copied from Mr. Dunster's book, 
records of several payments by Mr. Ingalls on the prop- 
erty, some in money, some in flax, some in provisions 
and once, a cow. The portion of the farm which appears 
closely connected with the case extended from Windmill 
(or Sagamore) Hill in Lynn to Mr. Humphrey's Paradise 


property above referred to, and now includes by far the 
wealthiest residental section of Lynn. It had long been 
in the occupancy of Francis Ingalls, he having leased it of 
Mr. Dunster and Mr. Increase Nowell of Charlestown 
(whose farm comprised the Edgeworth section of Maiden) 
in 1747. Evidence in the case showed that when Mr. 
Dunster sold the mill, it was in good condition. It was 
pulled down and taken elsewhere, the result being that 
Lynn people had testified they had to go as far as Salem 
to have their corn ground until a tidewater mill could be 
built. The mill was bought by Samuel Bennett, who 
lived in that part of Lynn (now Saugus) near the Melrose 
line, parts of his farm having been at one time or another 
included in three counties, Suffolk, Essex and Middlesex, 
and in Boston, Chelsea, Revere, Lynn, Saugus, Maiden 
and Melrose. Sagamore Hill, where the mill stood, was 
the home of the sachems who long ruled in this vicinity — 
Nanapashamet, Wanoquaham, Montowampate and Wene- 

Henry Dunster was the first president of Harvard 
College, who welcomed into his Cambridge house the first 
printing-press set up in America, brought over by Rev. 
Jose Glover, who died on the passage, in 1638. Later, 
Dunster married Glover's widow, Elizabeth. 

Rev. Jose Glover, called by Littlefield the " Father of 
the Massachusetts Press " was from Surrey, in England, 
and being disciplined for non-conformity came to this coun- 
try, doubtless in the "Planter," of which he owned one- 
third, in 1634, coming that year into possession of the 
present site of the Ames Building, Washington and Court 
streets, upon which he built a dwelling-house. He soon 
returned to England, spent some months raising funds for 
the new college at Cambridge, of which he expected to be 


made president, and, with his family, embarked on his 
fatal voyage. Two of his daughters married sons of Gov. 
Winthrop, Adam, and Deane, and after living for a time in 
the Boston home, his widow bought the palatial house of 
Gov. Haynes (who had moved to Hartford) in Cambridge, 
and in 1642 married President Dunster. Until her death 
in 1656, Dunster, with Mr. Nowell and William Hibbins, 
managed the great Glover estate. 

Mr. Dunster denied the validity of infant baptism, 
which led to his dismissal from the college, where he had 
taught Michael Wiggles worth, among other distinguished 
pupils. Harvard College could do little for Dunster by 
way of support, and there are few more pathetic appeals 
than Dunster's, that the Harvard authorities permit him to 
remain in the president's house for a time, rather than 
drive him forth in the dead of winter. 

Of course the writ was served in Maiden, because it 
was the home of Joseph Hills, one of Maiden's founders, 
as Edward Collins was one of the founders of Cambridge. 
The Dunster will, of which these men were executors, 
speaks of "our sister, Mrs. Hills," and this has led to the 
belief, until recent years, that Rose, Joseph Hills' second 
wife was Dunster's sister, but it is now known that her name 
was Rose Clark. Mr. Corey believed that Helen Atkinson, 
Mr. Hills' third wife, was a sister of Elizabeth (Glover) 
Dunster, but the latter's name was Elizabeth Harris. 
Joseph Hills, John Dunton tells us, was a contributor to 
the Harvard library, which must have been stored in the 
original Harvard building, built by Job Lane of Maiden, 
and it is well known that Mr. Hills was under suspicion of 
sharing Mr. Dunster's theological views (see Michael 
Wigglesworth's list of Hills heresies in Mr. Corey's his- 
tory). Those interested in following up the story con- 


nected with the writ here presented in fac-simile (the orgi- 
nal being the property of Mr. William G. A. Turner) will 
find a review of the evidence in Volume III of the records 
of the Essex Quarterly Court, pages 9-11 ; and in Suffolk 
Deeds Lib. I p. 66 the deed of the mill, signed in 1645 by 
Nowell, Hibbins and Dunster, to Bennett, for 60 pounds ; 
also the acknowledgement before Gov.Winthrop by Bennett 
(p. 77) of the purchase of the mill from these men, as the 
foeffees in trust for the children of Mr. Glover, to be 
"payed in three several payments." The annals of Lynn 
show that in 1653 Samuel Bennett, carpenter, sold his 
corn mill to Thomas Wheeler for 220 pounds. Ten years 
later, Joseph Humphrey, who brought the suit, disposed of 
his farm "where Francis Ingalls now lives" by will. 



Organized, March 8, 1886. 
Incorporated February 7, 1887. 


Vice Presidents. 


Secretary- Treasurer. 


Charles H. Adams Charles E. Mann 

Sylvester Baxter Roswell R. Robinson 

George W. Chamberlain Godfrey Ryder, M. D. 

George H. Fall William G. A. Turner 

George L. Gould Walter K. Watkins 

Arthur H. Wellman 



COMMITTEES, 191 7-18. 

George L. Gould 


William G. Merrill 
Arthur W. Walker 

Charles E. Mann 
Wm. G. a. Turner 


Sylvester Baxter 
George W. Chamberlain 
Arthur H. Wellman 


George W. Chamberlain 
Charles H. Adams 

Thomas S. Rich 

Mrs. Adeline A. Nichols 


Walter Kendall Watkins 
William Brown Snow 

Mrs. Alfred H. Burlen 
Mrs. Augusta R. Brigham 


Mrs. Mary Greenleaf Turner 
Mrs. J. Parker Swett 

Mrs. Mary Lawrence Mann 
Mrs. Annie Dexter Walker 


Eugene A. Perry 
Peter Graffam 

J. Lewis Wightman 
Richard Greenleaf Turner 

Library and Collections. 

William G. A. Turner Dr. Godfrey Ryder 

Herbert W. Fison 





[Adopted at the annual meeting March 13, 191 2.] 


This society shall be called the Maiden Historical 


The objects of this society shall be to collect, preserve 
and disseminate the local and general history of Maiden 
and the genealogy of Maiden families ; to make anti- 
quarian collections ; to collect books of general history, 
genealogy and biography ; and to prepare, or cause to be 
prepared from time to time, such papers and records 
relating to these subjects as may be of general interest to 
the members. 


The members of this society shall consist of two 
classes, active and honorary, and shall be such persons, 
either resident or non-resident of Maiden, as shall, after 
being approved by the board of directors, be elected by 
the vote of a majority of the members present and voting 
at any regularly called meeting of the society. 

Honorary members may be nominated by the board 
of directors and shall be elected by ballot by a two-thirds 


vote of the members present and voting at any regularly 
called meeting. They shall enjoy all the privileges of the 
society except that of voting. 


The officers of the society shall include a recording 
secretary, and a treasurer, who shall be members of the 
board of directors. The society may in its discretion elect 
one person as secretary-treasurer to perform the duties of 
recording secretary and treasurer. The other officers to 
be elected by the society shall be a board of eleven 
directors, including the officer or officers named above. 
The recording secretary, treasurer (or secretary-treasurer), 
and directors shall be elected by ballot at the annual 
meeting of the society. 

The board of directors shall from their number elect 
by ballot a president and three vice presidents, and from 
the members of the society may elect a librarian and 
curator and such other officers as may be deemed neces- 
sary. All officers shall serve for one year, or until their 
successors are elected and qualified. The board of 
directors may fill any vacancies for unexpired terms. 


The board of directors may elect annually committees 
on finance, publication, membership, genealogies and such 
other committees as the society may direct or the board 
deem desirable. 


The annual dues of the society shall be one dollar. 
Any active member may become a life member by the 
payment of twenty-five dollars during any one year, which 


shall exempt such member from the payment of further 
annual dues. The board of directors shall have discretion 
to drop from the membership roll any person failing to 
pay his annual assessment for two successive years. 


The annual meeting of the society shall be held on 
the second Wennesday in March for the election of officers 
and the transaction of other business. Regular meetings 
shall be called in May, October, December and January. 
Special meetings may be called by the president at his 
discretion and five members shall constitute a quorum for 
the transaction of business at any meeting. 


These by-laws may be altered, amended or suspended, 
by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting at 
any meeting, notice of such proposed action having been 
given in the call for said meeting. 



MEMBERS 1918. 

Adams, Charles H. 
Adams, Walter E. 
Am m arm, Albert 

59 Orient avenue, Melrose 

South Station, Boston 

50 Acorn street, Maiden 

Bailey, Dudley Perkins . . 121 Linden street, Everett 

Ball, Rev. Archey Dectaur, D.D.ioo Washington street, Maiden 

Barnes, Roland D. 
Baxter, Sylvester . 
Bayrd, Mrs. Adelaide Breed 
Belcher, Charles F. 
Bennett, Frank P., Sr. . 
Bickford, Erskine Frank 
Blakeley, William Monroe 
Bliss, Alvin Evarts 
Bliss, Edv^^in P. 
Blodgett, Charles Martin 
Boutwell, Harvey L. 
Boynton, Thomas Jefferson 
Bradstreet, George Flint 
Brigham, Mrs. Augusta R. 

Bristol, Connecticut 

33 Murray Hill road, Maiden 

. 24 Spruce street. Maiden 

148 Hawthorne street. Maiden 


38 Main street, Maiden 

. 285 Washington street. Maiden 

. 60 Linden avenue. Maiden 

. 17 Linden avenue, Maiden 

. 94 Lebanon street. Maiden 

209 Summer street. Maiden 

. 60 Summer street, Everett 

107 Warren street. West Medford 

. 2 1 Concord street, Maiden 

Bruce, Judge Charles Mansfield 155 Hav^^thorne street, Maiden 

Buckminster, William B. 
Burbank, Edw^in C. 
Burgess, James Henry . 
Burgess, Mrs. Ovilla Bishop 
Burlen, Mrs. Alfred H. . 

Carlisle, Frank H. 
Carney, Peter F. J. 
Carr, Joseph T. 

41 Dexter street. Maiden 

. 37 Beltran street. Maiden 

72 Mountain avenue. Maiden 

72 Mountain avenue. Maiden 

. 255 Clifton street. Maiden 

35 High street. Maiden 
60 Pebble avenue, Winthrop 
. 242 Salem street. Maiden 



Casas, William B. de las 
Chamberlain, George Walter 
Chamberlain, Mrs. Harriet Sh 
Chandler, John Girard . 
Chase, James F. 
Cobb, Darius . 
Coggan, Marcellus 
Converse, Costello C. 
Converse, Mrs. Mary Ida 
Corbett, John Marshall . 
Corey, Mrs. Isabella Holden 
Cotton, Frank E. . 
Cox, Alfred Elmer 
Cummings, E. Harold 

95 Cedar street, Maiden 
29 Hillside avenue. Maiden 
erman 29 Hillside avenue, Maiden 
10 Dexter street. Maiden 
20 Crescent avenue, Maiden 
no Tremont street, Boston 
. Tremont Building, Boston 
2 Main street. Maiden 
2 Main street. Maiden 
. 79 Tremont street. Maiden 
. 2 Berkeley street. Maiden 
48 Glen street, Maiden 
80 Appleton street. Maiden 
515 Highland avenue. Maiden 

Damon, Herbert 

Daniels, Charles A. 

Dawes, Miss Agnes H. 

Dillingham, William C. 

Dobbs, Rev. John Francis, D 

Doonan, Owen P. . 

Dowty, Rev. William Edmund 

Eaton, Charles L. 
Estey, Frank W. 
Evans, Wilmot R., 


Fall, George Howard 
Fall, Howard 
Fenn, Harry W. 
Fison, Herbert W. 
Fowle, Frank E. . 
Fuller, Alvan T. 

Gay, Edward 

Gay, Dr. Fritz Walter ♦. 

Goodwin, Dr. Richard James P. 

195 Mountain avenue. Maiden 

88 Mt. Vernon street. Maiden 

I Ridgewood road. Maiden 

66 Appleton street. Maiden 

D., 411 Pleasant street. Maiden 

92 Highland avenue. Maiden 

20 Florence street. Maiden 

44 Dexter street, Maiden 

136 Hawthorne street. Maiden 

. 28 Chestnut street, Boston 

12 Evelyn place. Maiden 

12 Evelyn place. Maiden 

. 279 Clifton street. Maiden 

22 Main street park, Maiden 

311 Summer street, Maiden 

85 Appleton street. Maiden 

1 8 Dexter street. Maiden 
. 105 Salem street. Maiden 
481 Pleasant street. Maiden 



Gould, Edwin Carter 
Gould, George Lambert . 
Graff am, Peter 

20 W. Wyoming avenue, Melrose 

24 Alpine street. Maiden 

. 181 Clifton street, Maiden 

Hardy, Arthur Proctor . . 49 Las Casas street. Maiden 

Haven, Rev. William Ingraham, D.D. 

Bible House, Astor place. New York, N. Y. 

Hawley, Mrs. Alice C. . 
Hawley, William Dickerson 
Hawley, William H. 
Hobbs, William Joseph . 
Holden, Arthur P. . 

37 Washington street. Maiden 

37 Washington street. Maiden 

. 40 Newhall street. Maiden 

33 Converse avenue. Maiden 

26 Prescott street, Maiden 

Hughes, Bishop Edwin Holt, D. D., LL. D. 

235 Summer street, Maiden 
Hutchins, John W. . . 20 Main street park. Maiden 

Johnson, George H. 

Jones, Louis G. . . . 

Kerr, Alexander 
Kimball, Edward P. 
King, Edward Samuel . 
King, Mrs. Ellen H. 
King, Hervey Wellman . 
Knapp, C. Henry , 

Lane, Miss Ellen W. 
Lang, Thomas, Jr. 
Locke, Col. Elmore E. . 
Locke, Col. Frank L. 
Lund, James 

Mann, Charles Edward . 
Mann, Mrs. Mary Lawrence . 
Mansfield, Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth 
MacLellan, Mrs. Christine 

. 615 Salem street. Maiden 
. 21 Howard street. Maiden 

133 Hawthorne street. Maiden 

. 88 Summer street. Maiden 

. 26 Beltran street. Maiden 

. 47 Francis street, Maiden 

39 Brook Hill road, Milton 

631 Highland avenue, Maiden 

. 19 Sprague street. Maiden 

202 Mountain avenue, Maiden 

. 37 Alpine street. Maiden 

. 219 Clifton street. Maiden 

142 Hawthorne street. Maiden 

14 Woodland road. Maiden 

14 Woodland road. Maiden 

57 Glenwood street. Maiden 

. 135 CHfton street, Maldeu 



Merrill, William G. 
Millett, Charles Howard 
Millett, Mrs. M. C. 
Millett, Mrs. Rosina Maria 
Miner, Franklin Matthias 
Morgan, Albert Benton . 
Morse, Tenney 

Moss, Rev. Charles Henry, D. D. 
Mudge, Rev. James, D. D. 

Nichols, Mrs. Adeline Augusta 
Norris, Dr. Albert Lane . 

. 149 Walnut street. Maiden 

. 217 Clifton street. Maiden 

. 217 Clifton street. Maiden 

22 Parker street. Maiden 

127 Summer street, Maiden 

. 50 Pleasant street. Maiden 

65 Las Casas street. Maiden 

28 Salem street. Maiden 

33 Cedar street. Maiden 

37 Cedar street. Maiden 
. 283 Clifton street, Maiden 

Otis, James O. 

Page, Albert Nelson 
Parker, Charles Lincoln 
Perkins, Clarence Albert 
Perry, Eugene A. . 
Perry, Miss Mary W. 
Plummer, Arthur James 
Porter, Dv^ight 
Priest, Russell P. 
Prior, Dr. Charles E. 

Quimby, Rev. Israel P. 

Rich, Thomas S. 
Rich, Mrs. Thomas S. . 
Richards, George Louis . 
Richards, Lyman Harrison 
Robinson, Roswell Raymond 
Roby, Austin Hayv^ard . 
Rowe, Miss Edith Owen 
Ryder, Mrs. Gertrude Yale 
Ryder, Dr. Godfrey 

. 9 Woodland road. Maiden 

349 Pleasant street, Maiden 

43 Converse avenue, Maiden 

57 High street. Maiden 

145 Summer street. Maiden 

. 48A Maple street. Maiden 

4 Hudson street. Maiden 

149 Hawthorne street. Maiden 

411 Winthrop Building, Boston 

I Mountain avenue. Maiden 

. 65 Tremont street, Maiden 

. 240 Clifton street. Maiden 
. 240 Clifton street, Maiden 
• 84 Linden avenue, Maiden 
. 1 7 Howard street. Maiden 
. 84 Linden avenue. Maiden 
105 Washington street, Maiden 
. 149 Walnut street. Maiden 
321 Pleasant street. Maiden 
321 Pleasant street, Maiden 



Shove, Francis A. 
Shumway, Franklin P. . 
Siner, Mrs. James B. 
Smith, George E. . 
Snow, William Brown 
Sprague, Mrs. Emeline M. 
Sprague, Phineas Warren, 47 
Starbird, Louis Delver . 
Stevens, Dr. Andrew Jackson 
Stover, Col. Willis w! . 

Swett, J. Parker, Highland ter., cor. Ridgewood road. Maiden 

Sykes, Rev. Richard Eddy, D 

Tredick, C. Morris 
Turner, Alfred Rogers 
Turner, Mrs. Mary Greenleaf 
Turner, William G. A. 

Upton, Eugene Charles . 

Walker, Mrs. Annie Dexter 
Walker, Arthur Willis . 
Walker, Mrs. Clara Isabel 
Walker, Hugh L. 
Warren, Charles G. 
Watkins, Walter Kendall 
Wellman, Arthur Holbrook 
Wellman, Mrs. Jennie Louise 
Wellman, Gordon Boit 
Welsh, Willard 
Whittemore, Edgar Augustus 
Wiggin, Joseph 
Wightman, J. Lewis 
Wingate, Edward Lawrence 
Winship, Addison L. 
Winship, William Henry 
Woodward, Frank Ernest 

205 Mountain avenue. Maiden 
25 Bellevue avenue, Melrose 
156 Hawthorne street. Maiden 
79 Dexter street. Maiden 
84 Salem street. Maiden 
I Commonwealth avenue, Boston 
213 Mountain avenue. Maiden 
599 Main street. Maiden 
100 Waverly street, Everett 

D. 22 Sprague street. Maiden 

36 Alpine street. Maiden 

200 Broadway, Paterson, N. J. 

Ridgewood road, Maiden 

. Ridgewood road, Maiden 

55 Dexter street. Maiden 

16 Alpine street. Maiden 

16 Alpine street. Maiden 

26 Dexter street. Maiden 

. 14 Newhall street. Maiden 

677 Main street. Maiden 

47 Hillside avenue. Maiden 

. 193 Clifton street. Maiden 

. 193 Clifton street. Maiden 

. 54 Beltran street. Maiden 

60 Greenleaf street. Maiden 

. 2 Woodland road. Maiden 

55 Clarendon street, Maiden 

245 Mountain avenue. Maiden 

85 Dexter street. Maiden 

65 Laurel street, Melrose 

. 209 Maple street. Maiden 

Wellesley Hills 



The Maiden Historical Society was organized on March 8, 
1886. The charter members and founders of the Society were 
the following in the order as originally recorded : 

Rev. Joshua W. Wellman, D. D., died at 117 Summer 
street, Maiden. 

Rev. Samuel W. Foljambe, D. D., died Nov. 16, 1899, in 
New Haven, Connecticut. 

Russell B. Wiggin, died Nov. 14, 1886. 

George Dana Boardman Blanchard, died Dec. 17, 1903. 

Hon. John K. C. Sleeper, died April 18, 1893. 

Prof. Charles Augustus Daniels, A. M., living at 88 Mt. 
Vernon street. Maiden. 

George David Ayers, LL. B., supposed to be living in a 
western state. 

Hon. Elisha Slade Converse, died June 4, 1904. 

Deloraine Pendre Corey, died May 6, 1910. 

Thomas Lang, Sr., died, Maiden. 

Honorary Members. 

Hon. Loren L. Fuller, d. July 15, 1895, ae. 75y. 5m. 2od. 
Hon. Marcellus Coggan, living in Winchester, Mass. 



This collection was recently given to the Maiden His- 
torical Societ}^ by a grandson, Rev. William Ingraham 
Haven, D. D. of New York, son of Bishop Gilbert Haven, 
and possesses considerable historical value. It contains : 
"Account Book, 1810-1811" comprising 160 pages with 
an index to 195 names, apparently of Framingham people. 
Haven & Howe's Book of Accompts, 18 11 and Gilbert 
Haven's Day Book, Memorandum Book, &c," 1811-1852. 
This second account and memorandum book, contains the 
business transactions of the Centre Methodist Society of 
Maiden, 1825-1842. It also contains accounts with the 
Centre School District of Maiden and several with the 
Town of Maiden. Here are found items relating to the 
settlement of the estates of eight or ten Maiden families, 

There are also files of papers relating to the settlement 
of estates for the same period. Bills in the estate of Lemuel 
Cox. Packages of papers marked "Civil" 1837-1858 and 
"Criminal" 1839-1854 ; Warrants, 1852-1857 ; writs and 
attachments, 1859-1861. Five commissions as Justice of 
the Peace, 1837-1858. Old Deeds and Lists of the early 
companies of firemen in Maiden. 

Gilbert Haven, Sr., was a native of Framingham. He 
removed to Boston before 19 Aug., 1811 and lived until after 17 
Sept., 181 2. He next appears in Maiden where he was residing 
22 July, 1814, and where he continued to reside till death. He 
was one of the leading men in the town of Maiden for over half 
a century. He was on the school committee, a selectman, a lead- 


ing member of the Centre Methodist Society and held the office 
of Trial Justice, 183710 1861. Five Governors of Massachusetts 
commissioned him Justice of the Peace for Middlesex County, 
viz., Edward Everett, Marcus Morton, George N. Briggs, 
George S. Boutwell, and Nathaniel P. Banks. 

His son. Bishop Gilbert Haven, was known wherever the 
Methodist Church ministered to the people. 

A record of marriages performed in Maiden by Gilbert 
Haven, Sr. is found in his memorandum book. One-half of 
these are not found in the Vital Records of Maiden. An exact 
reproduction of these marriages follows : 


Married by Gilbert Haven, J. P. 

Maiden July ist 1839 

I hereby Certify that I this day Joined in Marriage Mr. 
Elias Elliot Jr. & Miss Elizabeth Waitt, both of Maiden 

Attest Gilbert Haven Justice of Peace 

Maiden, May 10, 1841. 

This day married Mr. Adam Thompson & Miss Mary H. 
Cox both of Maiden 

Attest Gilbert Haven Justice of Peace 


Maiden August 39th 1841 

This day Married Mr. John C Robbins & Miss Alice Eliza 
Mann, the former of Maiden, the latter of Boston 

Attest Gilbert Haven Jus Peace 

Maiden October loth 1841. 

This day Joined in Marriage Mr. Joseph H. Waitt & Miss 
Elizabeth Abbott both of Maiden. 

Attest Gilbert Haven Jus of Peace 


Maiden March ist 1842. 
This day Joined in Marriage Mr. Wm. H. D. Millar and 
Miss Selina E. Marshall both of Boston. 

Attest Gilbert Haven Jus of Peace 

Maiden June 7th 1843. 

*I this day Joined in Marriage Mr. Joseph C. Cox and 
Miss Mary A. Perkins, both of Maiden. 

Attest Gilbert Haven Jus of Peace 

Maiden Nov' 24 1843 

*I this day Joined in marriage in this town Mr. Wm. F. 
Locke and Miss Mary F. Burnham, both of Braintree. 

Attest Gilbert Haven Jus of Peace 

Maiden March 8th 1843. 

*I, this day Joined in Marriage Mr. John G. Higgins and 
Miss Cordelia Emerson both of Maiden. 

Attest Gilbert Haven Jus of Peace 
Look back one page 


Record of Marriages Continued from page 249. 

Maiden Dec 26, 1854 

*I, this day Joined in Marriage Mr. Augustus Canney of 
Maiden aged 21 years and Miss Sarah E. McLain of Appleton, 
Me,, aged 17 years. 

Attest Gilbert Haven Justice of the Peace. 

Maiden October 15, 1859 
*I this day Joined in Marriage Mr. Samuel L. Watson o^ 
Maiden aged twenty-three years and Miss Isabella G. Smith 
also of Maiden aged twenty years. The marriage was cele- 
brated in my dwelling house. 

Attest Gilbert Haven Justice of the Peace 

♦Not found in the Vital Records of Maiden. 




Levi Swanton Gould, a member of this Society, chair- 
man of the Middlesex County Commissioners and the first 
mayor of Melrose, died at his home in that city March 22, 

Mr. Gould was born in Dixmont, Maine, March 26, 
1834, the son of Dr. Levi Gould, the first settled physician 
in the section north of the present limits of Maiden. Dr. 
Gould, a direct descendent of John Gould, a trooper in 
King Philip's war, and the first settler in Stoneham,was a 
man of great usefulness in his community, teaching school 
in addition to the practice of his profession, delivering 
Lyceum lectures, singing in the church choir on Sunday 
and occasionall}^ filling the pulpit. To him the Congrega- 
tional church owes its organization, he being the only com- 
municant of that faith in North Maiden at its formation. 
The son inherited his father's activity and public spirit and 
in his long life was always locally prominent and useful as 
well having a wide prominence in political and Masonic 
circles outside of Melrose. His mother was Elizabeth 
Whitmore, a descendant of Francis Whitmore, an early 
settler of Cambridge, and, through a marriage of one of 
Whitmore's sons, also of Rachel Eliot, daughter of Philip, 
who was a brother of Rev. John Eliot, the apostle to the 
Indians and a helper in John Eliot's work. 

In a recent address before this Society, Mr. Gould told 
the story later printed in the Register of his journey from 



Maine to North Maiden on his father's return to his home 
town. This was in 1843, and he was then nine years old, 
and a short time before his death he compiled from memory 
a map of Melrose as he found the village, with the names 
of the occupants of the 82 houses. In 1850 Dr. Gould 
died, his death putting the son upon his own resources. 
He learned the trade of a shoemaker, worked in a whole- 
sale drug store in Boston and eventually filled a position as 
bookkeeper in a wholesale store in St. Louis. At the out- 
break of the Civil War he returned to Melrose, and soon 
was appointed to a position in the United Stale Treasury at 
Washington. Two years later he associated himself with 
the F. M. Holmes Furniture Company, becoming the senior 
member of the firm upon the death of Mr. Holmes. 

In 1887 he left the furniture business to engage in 
public affairs, in which he had always been interested. 
From 1865 on, for over 30 years, he was moderator of the 
Melrose town meetings, presiding over 215 regular, special 
and adjourned meetings. He was long connected with 
the Melrose Water Department, was many years a select- 
man and was chairman of the board from 1885 to 1893. 
In 1868 and 1869 he was a member of the General Court, 
and in the latter year he led the movement which resulted 
in the establishment of w^ater supplies for Maiden, Melrose 
and Medford. With the incorporation of Melrose as a city, 
in 1900, his unprecedented term of service as a moderator 
of the town meetings came to an end, his fellow-citizens 
presenting him with a commemorable gold medal, which 
he afterwards wore upon public occasions. They also 
elected him to the office of Mayor, he stipulating that he 
should be asked to serve but a single term. 

In 1896 there was much discussion of matters involved 
in the work of the Middlesex County Commissioners, and 


particular criticism of the chairman of the commission, who 
had held the office for a quarter of a century. Mr. Gould 
was elected a member of the commission, and immediately 
succeeded the chairman of the body, all discussion of 
county affairs ceasing, and for 20 years he held the posi- 
tion. Without doubt he would have equaled, if not sur- 
passed, the long term of service of his predecessor, had 
not death cut short his useful life. Always interested in 
historical research, he made frequent addresses on historical 
subjects, and published articles relating to the history of 
Maiden, Melrose and Stoneham, his most ambitious effort 
being his " History of Middlesex County " it being mainly 
confined to the story of the county governments and biog- 
raphies of county officials, thus using material which 
county histories containing extended town histories might 
not have space for. He recently prepared a map of North 
Maiden, as stated, giving the location of every house stand- 
ing in his boyhood. 

Besides his supervision of the county buildings con- 
structed during his term of service, Mr. Gould served on 
many local building committees, among them on the erec- 
tion of the Melrose Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Build- 
ing, he being president of the Association, and the High, 
Lincoln, Washington and Franklin schools. 

Mr. Gould was affiliated with the First Congregational 
Church of Melrose and active in connection with the work 
of the Young Men's Christian Association. He took his 
Masonic degrees in 1856 and was a 32d degree Mason, the 
senior past master of Wyoming Lodge and president of its 
board of trustees, past High Priest of Waverly Royal 
Arch Chapter, and past prelate of Hugh de Payens com- 
mandery. Knights Templar. He was an Odd Fellow, 
first master of Melrose Grange, a member of the Knight's 


of Pythias. He married, February 23, i860 Mary "Eliza, 
daughter of Samuel and Mary (Vose) Payne of Boston, 
who survives him. He also left two daughters, Mrs. 
Frederick L. Putnam of Melrose and Mrs. Joseph Remick 
of Winchester, and a brother, Edwin Carter Gould, city 
auditor of Melrose. 


Mrs. Lizzie Lawrence Gould, wife of George Lambert 
Gould, passed away at the Thomas Hospital in Peabody, 
November 18, 1916, her death resulting from an accident 
in Peabody square, November 10, by which she was thrown 
from her automobile. For days the anxiety of her imme- 
diate family had been shared by a large circle of friends 
in two communities — Maiden, her home for many years, 
and Topsfield, which had long been her summer home and 
to which she seemed to become more strongly attached as 
the years passed. Convincing proof of her hold upon the 
affections of these friends was afforded on the day of her 
funeral, when a train conveyed from Maiden and Boston 
a company which half filled the spacious auditorium of the 
Topsfield Congregational church, the remaining seats being 
filled by an equal representation of the townspeople. The 
sorrow and love of one community was voiced by her pas- 
tor. Rev. John F. Dobbs, D.D., of Maiden and of the other 
by Rev. Arthur H. Gilmore, pastor of the village church, 
but both voices spoke the same message — the story of a 
woman whose life radiated happiness and cheer, who was 
instinctively thoughtful and helpful in her home and among 
her neighbors and friends, who never permitted personal 
cares or griefs to prevent her from ministering to the needs 
or sharing the sorrows of others. 


Mrs. Gould had been a member of this Society from 
its formation. She was born in Boston May 3, 1856, the 
only child of Dr. McLa\irin Furber and Mary Elizabeth 
(Moore) Cooke. Her father, who was a graduate of 
Dartmouth College and also of Harvard Medical School, 
was later master of the Hancock grammar school, Boston, 
and his scholarly attainments — especially his knowledge of 
nature, of birds and flowers and forests and his enthusiasm 
for lovely scenery — were transmitted to the daughter 
through constant association in walks and talks and study 
through her childhood and girlhood, so that for her to see 
a rare flower or any flower — a rare bird or any bird — was 
to know it and name it, and for her a drive almost any- 
where in southern Middlesex or Essex counties afforded 
not only a succession of delights in a wide-reaching view 
or a woodland vista, in a glimpse of a flower or the call of 
a bird, but in the memory that at this point she once saw 
a rare bird or found a rare fern or blossom. Books of 
nature were all about her, but her best book was Nature 
herself, which she read with an expert knowledge born of 
a surpassing love. One needed no other interpreter, could 
he only view the sunny fields or tread the forest paths 
with her. 

Her marriage to Mr. Gould occurred in Chelsea, then 
her home, June 23, 1875, the Rev. x\ddisonP. P^oster per- 
forming the ceremony. In 1877 Mr. and Mrs. Gould made 
their home in Maplewood, removing to 24 Alpine street in 
1899, and thereafter, excepting when travelling, dividing 
their time between their beautiful home in Maiden, and 
Pinelands, their charming summer home in Topsfield, each 
in turn becoming the center of warm-hearted hospitality 
extended to hosts of friends who will never forget the 
happy hours spent as her guests. Two sons, Warren 


Furber and Bertram Cheever Gould, and two daughters, 
Miss Miriam Gould and Mrs. Rosamond (Gould) Childs 
of Utica, New York, with Mr. Gould, survive her. 


Mr. Joseph Webber Chadwick, who died at his home 
in Maiden, December 21, 1917, was born in China, Me., 
May 8, 1836. His parents were Abel and Elizabeth 
(Starrett) Chadwick. On his mother's side he was of 
Scotch-Irish descent ; her ancestors were Covenanters, 
who having been compelled to live in caves, fled to this 
country to escape persecution. His maternal grandmother 
was a Dane, a relative of the Dane for whom Harvard 
Law School was named. Mr. Chadwick was entited to 
become a member of the Society of the Colonial Wars. 

His father, Abel Chadwick, was a descendant of John 
and Joan Chadwick of Maiden, Mass. This John appeared 
in court in 1680, giving his age as seventy-nine, according 
to record, which makes him to have been born about 
1601, presumably in England. He may have come to the 
Massachusetts Bay Colony in Governor Winthrop's fleet. 
Tradition has it that John was buried in Bell Rock Ceme- 

James, the second son of John and Joan, when a young 
man became a teacher in the town of Sandwich, Mass. In 
1698 he moved with his family from Maiden to Cape Cod, 
where he lived until the close of the Revolutionary War. 
When the war was closing, a special effort was made to 
settle new lands in Maine with the families of Revo- 
lutionary soldiers. James, the grandson of James first, 
emigrated from Falmouth to the Kennebec Purchase, and 


settled with his family in what is now China, Me. Hence 
the descent of Joseph Webber Chadwick : John^ of Maiden, 
James^, Benjamin^, James"*, Judah^, Abel^, Joseph' Webber. 
Mr. Chadwick spent much time and money in estab- 
lishing his line of descent in New England, and after thirty 
years succeeded in connecting the Cape Cod Chadwicks 
with John of Maiden. 

Mr. Abel Chadwick, father of Mr. Joseph W. Chad- 
wick, was one of the founders of the Free Baptist Church 
in China, Me. and was its deacon for many years. He 
and his wife were earnest Christian workers, and a religi- 
ous atmosphere always pervaded their home. When seven- 
teen years of age, Joseph went to New Hampton Literary 
Institution, New Hampton, N. H. and there fitted for col- 
lege, graduating in the class of 1857. The next year he 
entered Bowdoin College, and notwithstanding that he 
taught five out of the twelve terms, he was graduated with 
Phi Beta Kappa honors, ranking fourth in a class of twenty- 

On leaving college Mr. Chadwick became principal of 
New Hampton Literary Institution and had charge of the 
classical department for four years. In 1866 he was elected 
professor of Latin in Bates College, but did not serve, 
having accepted the place of usher in the Boston Latin 
School. He passed through the different grades of service 
during the forty years of teaching in the Latin School 
having been the head of the Latin department more than 
thirty years. Of his success the large number of boys 
admitted without conditions in Latin to Harvard Collese is 
a proof. 

Mr. Pennypacker, present head-master of the Latin 
School, in "An Appreciation" published in a recent number 
of "The Latin School Register," said. "Mr. Chadwick 


was a disciple of old-fashioned thoroughness in scholar- 
ship, and a firm believer in the dignity of his calling. He 
held the boys to promptness and accuracy, and he exacted 
as much or more from himself. He took great pride in 
the Latin School — in its traditions and in its standards and 
he felt that his task as a teacher was consecrated labor." 

Retiring from teaching in 1906, he traveled much. 
He devoted his summers to farm life in Wolfeboro, N. H., 
where he helped found the Huggins Hospital, of which he 
became a trustee. 

During the more than fifty years of residence in 
Maiden Mr. Chadwick has been identified with many 
interests for the public good. He was for twenty-five years 
secretary of the Maiden Industrial Aid Society, one of 
the founders of the Public Library, a member of the school- 
board for eight years, one of the founders of the Home for 
Aged Persons, and chairman of its executive committee 
until his death. He was for more than twenty-five years 
Superintendent of the Sabbath School of the Edgeworth 
Mission. At the time of his death he had served as deacon 
of the First Congregationalist Church for twenty-five years. 
No other public interest was so dear to him as that of the 
church of which he was a member. 

In 1863 he married Sarah Ellen Roberts of Maiden. 
Of their three children one survives him, S. Percy R. Chad- 
wick, head of the history department of Phillips Exeter 
Academy, N. H. In 1893 he married Lydia F. Remick, 
a former graduate of and teacher in New Hampton Institu- 
tion, who survives him. Both wives were his former 



Frank Wentworth Plummer was born at Portsmouth, 
the old colonial capital of New Hampshire, February 20, 
1870, and died at his home, 340 Pleasant street. Maiden, 
December 15, 191 7, — twenty-four days after his honored 
parents had most happily observed their golden wedding 
anniversary. He was the son of Selwin Byron and Sarah 
Garvin (Wentworth) Plummer. His paternal grandpar- 
ents were James and Nancy (Daniels) Plummer — natives 
of New Hampshire, and his maternal grand-parents were 
Ehjah and Mary (Sherman) Wentworth, residents of 
Maine. His ancestors were among the early settlers of 
New England. On his paternal side he was descended 
from Francis Plumer who emigrated from England to the 
Massachusetts Bay Colony as early as 1634 and was the 
first "ordinary" (tavern) keeper in the "plantacion"of Old 
Newbury, 1635-1637. He also traced his descent through 
Samuel Plumer, a son of Francis, who was ferryman at 
Parker's river in Newbury from, 1649-1684, and a deputy 
to the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay 
Colony in the time of King Philip's War in 1676. A kins- 
man Hon. WiUiam Plummer was a United States senator 
from New Hampshire, 1802-1807, and Governor of New 
Hampshire 1812 and from 1816-1818. Through his 
Daniels ancestry he was descended from Rev. Joseph Hull, 
a graduate of St. Mary's Hall, Oxford, in 1614, who after 
spending twenty-five years in the parish churches of Old 
England emigrated from Weymouth, England, to Wey- 
mouth, Massachusetts, in 1635 and spent nearly thirty years 
in bringing the gospel to the pioneers of New England. On 
his maternal side Dr. Plummer was descended from William 
Wentworth, a leading settler of Exeter, N. H. in 1639 and 



later a permanent settler in that part of ancient Dover which 
is now known as Rollinsford. This ancestor is remem- 
bered as " Ruling Elder " in the First Church of Dover and 
as the progenitor of a staunch, high-minded, worthy pos- 
terity. Another ancestor Rev. James Keith, "a student of 
divinity," educated at Aberdeen, came from Scotland and 
was minister of the First Church of Bridgewater (now 
West Bridgewater) for fifty-six years, of whom Cotton 
Mather said: "He was a man greatly to be beloved, one 
among a thousand." Two of his ancestors were May- 
flower passengers. They were Francis Cook and "grave" 
Richard Warren — men who had the exalted privilege of 
signing a compact which transformed themselves from a 
little band of Pilgrims into a grand old Commonwealth, the 
beginning of civil liberty for the world. 

Soon after Dr. Plummer's birth his parents removed 
to Charlestown and a few years later to Maiden. Here he 
received his training in the public schools. From the High 
School, then under the principalship of Mr. George E. Gay, 
he graduated in 1887. ^^ was admitted to Dartmouth 
College on his Maiden High School certificate and gradu- 
ated therefrom in 1891 with the degree of A. B., receiving 
in 1894 the degree of A. M. in course. He studied medi- 
cine at the Harvard Medical School and graduated there 
in 1895 with the degree of M. D, After spending a year 
in the Worcester City Hospital, he decided to locate as a 
physician in Pleasant street in Maiden. This was in Sep- 
tember, 1896. His professional success was steady and 

His college preparation supplemented by five years of 
professional training, adequately fitted him for his life 
work. Those who sought his advice soon found that they 
were in the hands of a physician who possessed good 


judgment. He was withal a Christian physician and 
believed that each person possesses an immortal soul. In 
constantly handling bones and muscles and nerves Dr 
Plummer did not forget that these are the temporary home 
of the soul. With this conception constantly in mind the 
serious illness of his patients weighed him down with great 
personal responsibility. The burden of other lives com- 
mitted to his care often made him a serious man. For 
more than twenty years he saw many approach the water's 
brink ; some he had the satisfaction of seeing restored to 
health, others he saw cross the bar and enter the border- 

In the spring of 1887, during the pastorate of Rev. 
Willis P. Odell, Dr. Plummer united with the Centre 
Methodist Church of Maiden. Later when his parents 
removed to Somerville he took a letter of dismissal and 
upon his return to Maiden in 1896 he was readmitted to the 
Centre Church. In 1914 he was elected a steward of this 
church. At Dartmouth he was a member of the Theta 
Delta Chi fraternity. After locating in Maiden as a phy- 
sician, he became affiliated with many societies, including 
Converse lodge, the lodge of Stirling, the Royal Arch 
Chapter of the Tabernacle, the Melrose Council of Royal 
and Select Masons, Beausant Commandery of Knights 
Templars, the Maiden Lodge, I. O. O. F. and the Patri- 
archs Militant. 

He was also a member of the Maiden Historical 
Society, of the Maiden Medical Society, of the Harvard 
Medical Alumni Association, of the Massachusetts Medical 
Society and of the American Medical Society. He was 
on the staff of the Maiden City Hospital, treasurer of the 
Middlesex South Medical Society, president of the Maiden 
High School Alumni, director of the High School Athletic 


Field and chief medical inspector of the Maiden public 

He was an energetic worker in what pertains to the 
public welfare, in the surgical work of the Red Cross and 
a conscientious physician, loyal to Maiden and deeply 
devoted to his profession. 

His marriage February ii, 1903, to Deborah Allen 
Wiggin, a graduate of Smith College in 1899, daughter of 
Hon. Joseph F. Wiggin, Mayor of Maiden, 1888 to 1891, 
and of his wife, Ruth Hurd Hollis, was a happ}'^ union. 
Four children, Richard Wentworth, John Allen, Elizabeth 
Wiggin and Deborah Allen bless that union. He is also 
survived by his parents, one brother, Arthur James Plum- 
mer, and one sister, Mrs. Elmer L. MacDowell (nee 
Grace Daniels Plummer) — all of Maiden. The funeral 
services in the Centre Methodist Church were largely 
attended and were conducted by Bishop Edwin Holt 
Hughes, who had joined Dr. and Mrs. Plummer in holy 
wedlock nearly fifteen years before, assisted by Dr. Archey 
Decatur Ball, pastor of Centre Church. 

As was said of the Great Physican nearly nineteen 
centuries ago, so may be said of this good physician : "He 
saved others, himself he could not save." So in the midst 
of great usefulness to the community in which he lived, he 
entered "into that peace that passeth understanding" and 
joined the countless millions who walked this way and now 
belong to the ages. 


Hon. Clinton White, a member of this Society, died 
at his home in Melrose, November 24, 1917, after a pro- 
tracted illness. Mr. White was a native of Charlestown, 


the son of George W. and Harriet (Farrar) White. His 
line of descent was from Thomas White of Weymouth, and 
included in his ancestry was Thomas Riggs,the first school- 
master of Gloucester, whose ancient house, the oldest on 
Cape Ann, is still standing, and Samuel Pearl of Edgecomb 
and Wiscasset, Maine, who had a fine Revolutionary record. 
His father was a prosperous business man and upon his 
graduation from school the son entered business with him, 
but, not long after, established himself in a teaming busi- 
ness which soon assumed large proportions, so that through 
his active business life Mr. White became recognized as a 
leading authority on all matters connected with transporta- 
tion in Boston, and on railroad and steamship lines. At a 
very early date he associated himself with a large concern, 
through securing the contract for doing all of its teaming, 
in consideration of his acting as the "outside man" in 
handling its affairs. As time wore on, he made similar 
contracts with sugar refining and other large manufactur- 
ing concerns, so that at one period he controlled docking 
facilities in various Southern and other ports, handling all 
these in connection with his Boston affairs, in loading or 
discharging cargoes at the points both of shipping and 
delivery. He served as a member of the Boston Board of 
Aldermen in 1882, and at that time, through his membership 
upon a special committee, published the first collection of 
statistics of Boston, the forerunner of the elaborate work and 
publications of the Boston Statistics Department. Soon after 
he removed to Melrose and, while holding no local oflfice — 
other than membership upon various school construction 
commissions, including the Melrose High School — he was 
active in promoting municipal improvements of various 

Meanwhile Mr. White's mastery of transportation 


problems led to a large influence in the Boston Chamber of 
Commerce, which eventually resulted in his becoming an 
annual delegate to the meetings of the National Board of 
Trade, of which he was for a long period first vice presi- 
dent, his advice being sought by business men and business 
organizations in various parts of the country. Nothing but 
his refusal prevented his occupying the office of president of 
this national organization. His interest in the development 
of Boston's water front led to his selection as one of the 
Dock Commission twenty years ago, and the great develop- 
ment of the Commonwealth dock facilities at South Boston, 
including the expensive piers now there, was the result of 
his work. When the report of this special commission was 
made and its work done, Mr. White was appointed a mem- 
ber of the Harbor and Land Commission which did the 
construction work at South Boston referred to. In 1902, 
Gov. Crane transferred him to the Massachasetts Railroad 
Commission, now the Public Service Commission, upon 
which body he served for ten years, from which he retired 
when he reached the age of seventy. 

Mr. White was a 32d degree Mason, a member of 
Faith Lodge and Couer de Lion Commandery Kniorhts 
Templar and Howard Lodge Odd Fellows, all of Charles- 
town. He was vice president of the Charlestown Savings 
Bank, vice president, and for a time president of the Mon- 
ument Bank, now a part of the Bunker Hill Branch of the 
American Trust Company where he served as a member 
of the advisory committee. 

Probably no Massachusetts man has passed away in 
recent years who had a liner grasp of business and political 
questions than Mr. White. One of his characteristics was a 
passion for helping promising men in all conditions in life, 
and no finer tribute could be given any man than was con- 


tained in many personal letters he received upon his retire- 
ment from public office, from men high in authority who 
attributed much of their success to his kindly suggestions 
and help. 

He married Helen F. Crawford of Roxbury, who,^ 
with his only son, Harry C. White, and a grandchild, 
survives him. 

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of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and direct that 
the receipt of the Treasurer of the said Society shall be a 
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" The Old Brick," Deloraine Pendre Corey . . . Frontispiece 

The Governor's Lad^, Charles Ed-ward Mann ... 13 
The Original Methodist Church of Maiden Center, 

Gilbert Haven, Sr. ....... 31 

Glimpses of the Past, George Walter Chamberlain . . 47 
The Register 

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Bj-Laws ......... 60 

Members, 1919-1930 63 


Charles F. Belcher 68 

William Bradley Buckminster ..... 69 

James Henry Burgess ....... 70 

Darius Cobb 71 

Charles Lynde Eaton 74 

Deacon Edward Gay ....... 74 

Dr. R.J. P. Goodwin 75 

Edwin Carter Gould ....... 76 

Arthur Prescott Holden 77 

Ellen Watson Lane . 78 

Rev. James Mudge, S. T. D. 78 

Albert Lane Norris ....... 81 

George Edwin Smith 82 

Charles Greeley Warren ...... 83 


An Address Delivered at the One Hundredth Anniversary of the First Parish Church of 

Maiden, January ao, 1903. 

By the Late Deloraine Pendre Corey. 

On the twenty-first day of May, 1728, William 
Sprague, a grandson of Job Lane, the carpenter who built 
the second meeting house at Bell Rock, with his wife, 
Dorothy, made a deed of gift to the town of Maiden of 

"a Certain peice of land purely and intirely for the 
building and placing a new meeting house upon the said 
Land lying in the Town of Maiden and County abovesaid 
Luises Bridge and the Pound on the West side of ye Road 
staked out which the Hon. Committee chose by the Town 
of Maiden for the ordering the place for the new meeting 
house to stand have unanimously agreed on the ground 
given by the abovesaid William Sprague to the Town of 
Maiden if they build a new meeting house on it this said 
Land is fifteen Rods long and six rod wide the length 
northerly and southerly and bounded as followeth East- 
erly on the Road Westerly on the Land of William 
Sprague northerly and southerly on William Spragues 
Land with all the Rights and Privileges thereunto belong- 
ing unto the Town of Maiden forever if they will build a 
new meeting house on the said Land." 

This piece, which contained about twenty-five thousand 
square feet of land, has been shortened upon its street 
line and extended upon its side lines by an exchange 
of land which was made in 1802, but its area remains 


about the same ; and it is that upon which the house of the 
First Parish [1903] stands. 

The old house at Bell Rock, after nearly seventy- 
years of service, although it had been enlarged, was small 
for even the little knot of inhabitants which Maiden con- 
tained, and it was far south of the centre of the town, 
which in its extreme length of nearly seven miles extended 
from the Mystic to Smith's Pond, far up in the present 
town of Wakefield. 

The story of the dissensions which the change of 
location caused is a long one, and it illustrates the ease 
with which petty differences and local jealousies lead 
to bitter animosities and divisions. It includes, as results, 
the loss of the northern portion of the town, now known 
as Greenwood in Wakefield, and the incorporation of the 
South Precinct and the construction of the Second Church. 

The course of the latter was one of little prosperity 
and much trouble. By appeals to the General Court and 
by law suits, real and threatened, it kept the town in a 
ferment from year to year, until, wearied and disheart- 
ened, it ceased from strife and maintained a feeble exist- 
ence with little of spiritual or material life. The estrange- 
ment had continued for fifty-five years when, in 1792, the 
Rev. Eliakim Willis, formerly of the South Church, be- 
came the minister of the First Church and the pastor of a 
reunited people. 

There is in existence a copy of a contract with Aaron 
Cleveland of Charlestown for building the new house ; 
but it is quite certain that the original plan was not fully 
carried out. The contract specified a house of forty-four 
feet by fifty-five feet, with two tiers of galleries and a 
steeple. But one row of galleries on three sides was built 
at first, the second row being added in later years ; and it 


is likely that the steeple became a turret in which the 
ancient bell of Bell Rock was hung. The outside was to be 
painted "with a lead colour ;" but it is said that both out- 
side and inside were not painted and so remained to the 
end. Forty-six windows of six by four glass were to be 
provided and set in three rows. Seats and "a Handsome 
Pulpitt with a Handsome Canepe over it with ye Deacons 
Seats and a Communion Table and one pew" were spec- 
ified. Other pews were afterwards built. 

A rude plan, with a quaint description, of the house 
in its latter years is in existence, which clearly shows how 
simple were the furnishings of the Lord's House, and how 
much of discomfort must have been endured by our fathers 
and mothers upon each returning Sabbath. 

The return of the members of the South Church and 
Parish found the meeting house too strait for the en- 
larged congregation, and the house was in need of sub- 
stantial repairs. The town was troubled, as it has often 
been troubled since, by the need of building school houses; 
and the voters appear to have approached the question of 
the meeting house with reluctance. 

On the ninth of September, 1799, a committee was 
chosen to "Consider wheather it is best to Repair the pres- 
ent meeting house or Build a new one." A report in favor 
of building a new house was accepted in October, and a 
committee was appointed "to git a plan," A plan was 
presented in December, and a committee was instructed to 
"Compute the Cost of a House agreeable to said plan ;" 
but in January the voters appear to have become less will- 
ing to involve the town, and it was "Voted Not to Raise 
any Money to Build a Meeting house. Voted to give? the 
old Meeting-house for the Town According to the plan 
on Record." 


By this, it appears that some plan had been evolved 
to build by subscription ; and a committee was appointed 
"to Restrict the undertakers of said house that said house 
May be finished according to the orders of said Commit- 
tee." Two weeks later, the same committee was instructed 
"to lookout a Spot of land to Set the New Meeting-house 
on which shall be More Convenient." 

Whatever may have been contemplated was held in 
abeyance ; and nothing more is found relating to the sub- 
ject until January 12, 1801, when the town approved of a 
report "respecting the measure of building a meeting 
house," and chose a committee "to form a subscription for 
the above purpose." The plan of a subscription failed ; and 
in the next May, it was "voted to Build a Meeting house 
& choose a Committee to present the former plan of a 
meeting house to the Town with such alterations as they 
think will best sute the Town." Later, the plan was pre- 
sented and accepted ; and it was voted to raise fifteen hun- 
dred dollars, and a committee was chosen to "procure 
materials for the meeting house in the best manner they 

There was now a delay of nearly seven months, until 
December 3, 1801, when a plan was submitted to the town, 
which provided for the building of a new house by a direct 
tax which should be refunded to the tax payers from the 
proceeds of the sale of the pews "at public Oction." The 
cost was estimated at five thousand and nineteen dollars, 
which was largely exceeded in the end. This plan was 
approved and ordered to be recorded ; and it was voted to 

"Build a Brick Meeting House," and to "purchase the 
Bricks rather than make them." 

The location of the new house, which appears to have 
been in doubt, was settled in April, 1802, when it was 


"Voted the Committee have liberty to Hall down the meet- 
ing House when they shall deem it necessary. Voted 
the Committee Seet the new meeting house on any part of 
the town Square that they Shall think best." Later, the 
stones of the town pound, which adjoined the old house, 
were ordered to be used in the foundations of the new 
house, an order which, for some reason, caused the 
recorded protest of two voters. The windows of the old 
house were sold at auction ; and an exchange of land was 
made with Nathan Waite "to accomodate the Meeting 
house" Most of the bricks which were used in the new 
house were made from clay taken from a pit near the 
present corner of Middlesex and Sherman streets. 

The building was completed before January lo, 1803, 
when the town passed a vote of thanks to the building 
committee, ordered the sale of the pews at public auction, 
and appointed Wednesday, January 19, for the dedication. 
At the same time, an appropriation of fifteen dollars was 
made "for the singers on the dedication day ;" and William 
Haskins and Samuel Waite, Jr. were appointed to "order 
the preparation." The story of the dedication may best 
be told in the language of the church record : — 

"The brick Meeting House erected for Public worship 
in Maiden was dedicated the 19th. day of January, 
1803. Introductory prayer and Reading the Scriptures 
by Rev. Tuckerman of Chelsea. Dedicatory Prayer by 
Doctor Osgood of Medford. Sermon by Rev. Mr. 
Green from 2 Chro. 2 Chapter. 4 verse. Behold, I 
build an house to the name of the Lord my God, 
and dedicate it to him. The concluding prayer by Mr. 
Tuckerman, followed by appropriate music. This building 
has been erected in about 6 months and completely fin- 
ished. It is enriched by a bell of 13 hundred weight Pre- 


sented by Mr. Timothy Dexter of Newburyport and by a 
clock presented by Mr. John Harris of Charlestown. The 
expense of the house 7,646 dollars, as near as can be 
ascertained, which the sale of the pews fully equals." 

And so was built the fourth meeting house of the town 
and the First Parish, the walls of which are now standing ; 
but which in its present appearance [1903] bears little re- 
semblance to that of its early years. The bell, which was 
presented by the eccentric Lord Timothy Dexter, a native 
of Maiden, took the place of the ancient bell of Bell Rock, 
and having become cracked was itself superseded by a 
new bell in 1824. The latter was replaced by a larger 
bell in 1835. The clock, presented by John Harris, a 
wealthy merchant of Charlestown, whose mother, Mildred 
Harris, lies in the old burying-ground at Bell Rock, at the 
close of the century of service still marks the flight of time 
and is a prominent object in the auditorium of the church. 
As originally built, the house had a cupola on each of 
its eastern corners, in one of which the bell was hung. 
Both were removed in 1824, and a steeple, or tower, of four 
stages was built. One of the cupolas, used for domestic 
purposes, remained many years in the rear of the Charles 
Hill house, at the corner of Main and Irving streets. A 
line of galleries occupied the house on three sides, the 
pulpit, with its sounding board, being at the westerly end. 
The lines of the windows as now seen from the exterior 
mark the division between the floor and the galleries. 
The original interior arrangement continued until 1836- 
37, when a second floor, which now forms the floor 
of the auditorium, was put in and the sides galleries 
removed. The lower floor was then divided into three 
rooms. The larger room was upon the northern side and 
occupied the entire length of the building, with the excep- 


tion of the space of one window at the front, which opened 
into a large closet or storeroom. The two smaller rooms, 
upon the south side, were of unequal dimensions. 

Upon its completion, the large hall was hired by the 
town for its meetings, at a yearly rental of forty-five dol- 
lars ; and there the voters met until the building of the 
town house in 1857. It was the Town Hall, distinctively; 
and there all the public meetings and entertainments were 
held. Travelling shows and itinerant lectures, of all 
grades and qualities, came to the Town Hall. There was 
the home of the Maiden Lyceum, the long established and 
popular literary society of the town. There also, as a 
matter of course, the Sunday school held its sessions. 
The larger of the smaller rooms was "the vestry," where 
the weekly "conferences" and the church meetings were 
held. The smaller room was occupied for several years 
as the armory of the Washington Guards ; and upon the 
green by the side of the house the weekly drill of the men 
took place in pleasant weather. 

In 1857, a change was made by which the house 
arrived at its present condition. The lower floor was car- 
ried down to increase the height of the rooms, the inner 
partitions were removed, and the present division made. 
By the removal of the interior walls and stairways, the 
length of the auditorium was increased by the space of 
one window on each side. The steeple of 1837 being 
taken down, the present tower, in which are placed the 
organ loft and vestibule, was built outside of the old front 
wall. Arches were cut over the square heads of the win- 
dows, and new glazing introduced as it now appears. At 
the same time, a coating of stucco was placed upon the 
brick walls, an unfortunate addition which time is endeav- 
oring to remove. With the town hall and the steeple, the 


old-time orchestra disappeared from the Sunday service, 
and the present organ took its place. The Rev. Mr. 
Greenwood wrote soon after. "We have all we could de- 
sire. There are few, if any, more elegant buildings 
of the kind in the state. Its architecture and finish are 
faultless ; its appearance rich and imposing." He further 
states that the cost of the alterations was about fifteen 
thousand dollars. 

While the alterations were being made, the attic over 
the auditorium, which had, probably, not been visited for 
many years, was entered and the old town stocks, a relic 
of the Puritan days, were found reposing in the dust 
which covered them. Unfortunately, they were removed 
from their resting place and have been destroyed. 



Why One of Maiden's Public Parks Is Called "Coytmore Lea." 
By Charlbs Edward Mann. 

Sometimes the most interesting narratives lie just 
along the path of history, unnoticed ; and unless somebody 
becomes attracted by a minor detail and follows it out, the 
story is lost. One who studies early New England history 
notices that the circle of men who formed the company 
that eventually founded the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 
consisted of a coterie of friends. Some leading mind, 
Rev. John White of Dorchester, possibly, was quietly at 
work, from the days of the Pilgrim migration, planning 
for a Puritan commonwealth, and enlarging the circle, 
until it contained just the elements of strength he desired. 
From the days of the formation of the Dorchester Company 
to fish at Cape Ann, he enlisted John Humphrey (who 
was chosen lieutenant governor) to sail in the the Great 
Emigration ; soon after, Dudley ; then Cradock, and after 
the latter had conceived the scheme of sending the charter 
over in the custody of a man who should succeed him as 
governor of the plantation, last of all, Winthrop was 
chosen to lead the enterprise. A quiet, but forceful man, 
was with the project almost from the first — Increase 
Nowell, long the secretary of the colony. 

The intimate official relations of many of these men 
were paralleled by intimate personal friendships, and they 
grouped themselves into neighborhoods and bore intimate 
trusts for one another. It was natural that Cradock, who 



made large investments of his wealth in the new world (to 
which he never came) should have committed some of his 
interests to Edward Collins ; others to Nowell ; and that 
Winthrop should at first have established himself on the 
Ten Hills farm, adjoining the property of both Cradock 
and Nowell. 

Increase Nowell married Parnel Gray. She was the 
daughter of Thomas Gray, of Harwich, county Essex, 
England, and Katherine, daughter of Robert Miles, of 
Sutton, in Suffolk. Her first husband, a man named 
Parker, died before 1626. She died in Charlestown in 
1687. Thomas Gray having died, her mother married 
Rowland Coytmore, of Wapping, near London, and 
became the mother of Thomas Coytmore. Thomas Coyt- 
more was therefore a half-brother of Parnel Gray and a 
brother-in-law to Increase Nowell. 

Capt. Thomas Coytmore was a mariner, and, though 
he died early, distinguished himself in many ways, thus 
succeeding in coming down in New England history as 
one richly deserving the honor of having his name borne 
by one of Maiden's public parks — "Coytmore Lea." On 
June 24, 1635, he married at Wapping, Martha, daughter 
of Captain William Rainsborough. Thus enters upon 
the scene the principal figure in this story, and we may 
imagine her as the daughter of one sea-captain and the 

bride of another, destined to a life of luxury young, 

vivacious and winsome. Winsome, indeed 1 She had 
already won one husband, was to win two others (one the 
Hon. John Winthrop, governor of the colony) and to die 
brokenhearted because she could not win a fourth. Had 
Mr. Corey, with his fine sense of historical values, named 
the park "Martha Coytmore Lea," this story would have 
abundantly justified his choice. 


In company with his mother, Katherine Coytmore, 
two sisters (probably Katherine Gray, who married 
Thomas Graves of Charlestown, and widow Susanna 
Eaglesfield) and his wife, Thomas Coytmore must have 
immediately sailed for Massachusetts Bay. He settled in 
Charlestown, in 1636 ; was made a member of the artillery 
company, 1639 ; was admitted to the Charlestown church, 
1640; was elected a deputy to the Great and General 
Court the same year. In 1644 (Dec. 27), he was to lose 
his life by shipwreck on the coast of Cales (Spain). 

There are facts in the early maritime history of New 
England that show that Capt. Thomas Coytmore was a 
pioneer in the adventure of furnishing this section with 
means of developing commerce, and for this alone, he 
deserves to have his name perpetuated, although long ago 
his body disappeared in the sea. 

Spear, in "The story of the Merchant Marine," gives 
us this bit of history : 

"In 1624 the Pilgrims exported their first cargo of fish. 
Boston sent its first cargo away in 1633. The owners of 
these fish had to pay three or four pounds a ton freight ; 
and an agent in England who charged a good commission 
for doing so found a customer to buy them. The New 
Englanders saw that the vessel carrying the cargo made a 
profit for her owner. They saw, too, that an agent in a for- 
eign country across the water would never have quite the 
interest in selling to advantage that they themselves would 
have if they were there to sell. In short, if the fish business 
were to be handled in the most profitable way possible, they 
must carry the cargo in their own ship direct to the con- 
sumer. Hugh Peter preached this doctrine with emphasis, 
without doubt," for it was he who led in building a 300-ton 
ship at Salem. From catching fish to carrying them to the 
oversea market was a short passage quickly made. With 


this in mind, consider the brief story of the voyage of the 
good ship Trials Capt. Thomas Coytmore, made after the 
fishing business was well in hand. 

"The Trial was the ship (of i6o or 200 tons) built in 
Boston when the people there were stirred to emulation by 
the work of Hugh Peter in Salem. Loaded with fish .and 
pipe staves, she sailed away to Fayal in 1642. Fayal was 
chosen because the people there had religious views lead- 
ing them to eat fish instead of flesh on many days of the 
year,and they were wine-makers, who used many casks every 
year. The Trial found the market at Fayal "extraordi- 
nary good," and Captain Coytmore exchanged the fish and 
staves for wine, sugar, etc., which he carried to St. Chris- 
topher's, in the West Indies. There he traded wine for 
cotton, tobacco and some iron which the people had taken 
from a ship that had been wrecked on the coast, and was 
then visible, though so far under water that the wreckers 
had abandoned all work upon it. As the New Englanders 
were exceedingly anxious to get all kinds of iron things used 
about a ship. Captain Coytmore must needs have a look at 
the wreck, and after due examination, he determined to try 
to recover more of the wreckage. Slinging a "diving tub" 
(doubtless a good cask, well weighted, and with the open 
end down) above the hulk, he got into it, and having been 
lowered to the sunken deck, made shift to hook good stout 
grapnels to the valvxable things lying within reach." 

In 1636, Spear tells us, the Desire (120 tons) was built 
at Marblehead for the fishing business. In two years she 
made a voyage in the slave trade, and thus won enduring 

However, notwithstanding the courage and enterprise 
shown by Capt. Coytmore on the Trial's maiden trip, the 
boat had a new skipper on her next voyage. Probably 
Capt. Coytmore saw opportunities to increase his worldly 
estate on land more alluring than those which bade him 


tempt the perils of the sea. Though still living in Charles- 
town, he had established himself in that part of the big 
settlement known as "Mystic Side," and soon to be named 
"Maiden." Thomas Coytmore, however, was to go down 
into history as of Charlestown, although when elected a 
deputy to the Great and General Court he must have been 
living on the spnt that for two centuries has been recog- 
nized as the center of Maiden. When the Indian trail from 
Saugus ("Saugust" was then Lynn) to the Medford ponds 
became a part of the Salem road, its course was changed 
so as to run from Black Ann's corner to a point where it 
crossed the ancient road from Reading and points beyond 
to Winnisemet ferry, being then deflected so as to run to 
Mr. Nowell's farm, covering what is now Edgeworth and 
including much of Medford. The point of intersection of 
the two roads became Maiden square, and the house of 
Thomas Coytmore was very near the spot. History leaves 
us in doubt whether the house became the property of 
Joseph Hills and so his home, or whether it was sold by 
Martha Coytmore to Job Lane and was the house left in 
Job Lane's will as "the house where I now live" to his 
daughter, Dorothy Sprague. The Reading road came 
down from Forest street to Maiden square on practically 
its present lines and crossed a portion of Thomas Coyt- 
more's land near Mount Prospect, or Wayte's Mount. As 
Joseph Hills owned practically all the land from his house 
(which is nowmarkedby the boulder at Maiden square) to 
Wayte's Mount and Faulkner, excepting this Coytmore 
land, he easily persuaded the Captain to deed it to him. 
Mr. Corey was so uncertain on the matter that he did not 
put Thomas Coytmore's name on the memorial boulder, 
preferring to honor him by giving his name to the "Coyt- 
more Lea," which is certainly a part of the Captain's 
original grant. 


This grant included a part of the land upon which 
the Hicrh school stands and extended from the Salem road 
(now Pleasant street) and ran along the Three Mile Brook 
to a point near the Mount, not far from Clifton street. 
His water rights extended much further. Job Lane did 
not hesitate to include Spot pond in the property. How- 
ever, although Coytmore built the dam across the brook at 
its present location (Mountain avenue) he resorted to pur- 
chase as a means of procuring a site for his "corne mill" 
south of the road, and here he may have built his house. 

Under date of May 29, 164^, the Court took the 
following action : "If the towns in the Bay agree with 
Mr. Coitemore for taking charge of the Castle, he shall 
be accepted as Captain during the terme they shall agree 
with him for," etc. This made possible a military career 
for the captain, and had the agreement been for a long 
"terme" this fragment of the social history of the period 
would never have been written ; but brave as he was, and 
destined to perish in an heroic death, he was not to lose 
his life in defending the Castle."* 

By 1644 Capt. Coytmore again heard the call of the 
sea. I do not know the name of his vessel, wrecked on 
the coast of Spain, but we may be sure one of the daring 

♦The appearance of Captain Coytmore's name in connection with Castle island is 
clearly from the desire of the Court to forestall an unwise choice of a commander. But a 
short time before it had been determined to dismantle the Castle and distribute her arma- 
ment among the different towns, for the reason that it was difficult to get lime for masonry 
and because vessels could reach Boston by a channel on the Bird island side of the harbor 
out of range of the guns of the Castle. But the visit of La Tour to Boston alarmed the 
Governor and the people. They realized that, but for his friendly spirit, they were in his 
power, and hastily perfected plans to rebuild the fort and close the Bird island channel. 
Six towns near the Bay— Boston, Charlestown, Koxbury, Dorchester, Cambridge and 
Watertown shared the labor and cost. It is a fine tribute to Thomas Coytmore's character 
and reputation that he should have been the choice of Winthrop, Dudley and their associ- 
ates for the command. A contemporary record shows he was to have twenty men in 
summer and ten in winter. As they were to be without a minister, he would be con- 
sidered as head of a family; half the men were to attend church every Sunday, and he 
every other Sunday. Lieut. Richard Davenport was finally chosen for the position. 


and resources of the gallant captain must have fought to 
save his ship and cargo, for the lives of his crew and his 
own life, to the very end of hope. We are too far away 
from the time to do other than imagine the scene of storm 
and shipwreck, or try to bring back the days of loneliness, 
suspense, sorrow and despair suffered by the young wife 
until the time came when through the lips of a survivor or 
by some other means she found her worst forebodings 

In his few years residence in America, Thomas Coyt- 
more had gathered quite a little property, most of it in 
land. He left behind him a small son bearing his own 
name, and the little Thomas Coytmore evidently found 
himself a person of consequence from an early date. His 
father had come into possession of ''two lotts" of land near 
Ell pond, and on these the trustees of the Coytmore estate 
built a house for the use of the young man. In the vexa- 
tious process of attempting to create something like a 
straight highw^ay from the circuitous meanderings of the 
Reading road, the commissioners appointed by the General 
Court made quite a detour to avoid taking any part of the 
"two lotts" of Thomas Coytmore. If Joseph Hills was not 
living in the original Coytmore house, it would appear that 
the widow contemplated selling it, and so planned to take 
up her residence with her son ; but the course of events 
shaped things otherwise. 

On the 14th of June, 1647, Margaret, the beloved wife 
of Governor John Winthrop, died. The Governor was 
then fifty-nine years old. He had been thrice married, 
first, April 16, 1605, to Mary, daughter of John Fourth, 
who brought him a very substantial property. She was 
buried June 26, 1615. He married, second, Dec. 6, 1615, 
Thomasine, daughter of William Clopton. She died 


Dec. 8, 1616. His third marriage, April 29, 1619, was to 
Margaret, daughter of Sir John Tindall, Knight. She 
followed him to Boston in 1631. 

This is not the place to rehearse her virtues or to pic- 
ture the devotion of her illustrious husband to her. He was 
a good husband and kind and loving father — a patriarch, 
whose children and children's children have revered his 
memory and one whom Massachusetts has honored for 
centuries. This is the story of Margaret Winthrop's 

In a letter written to his son, John, dated 3 : (5) : 48, is 
a short postscript. "My wife salutes you all." Referring to 
this, his biographer (Robert Charles Winthrop) on page 
380 of volume two of the "Life and Letters" says : "Gov- 
ernor Winthrop had not learned to live alone. His child- 
ren all scattered, his old servants all dead or dying, in a 
land still thinly settled and but partly civilized, and with 
the weighty cares of government upon him — he needed 
the support and comfort which another marriage could 
alone afford him. And so, about the beginning of this 
year, he had wedded a sister of Increase Nowell, the old 
secretary of the colony and the widow of Mr. Thomas 
Coytmore — "a right godly man," and a gentleman of 
good estate, who had been a deputy to the General Court 
from Charlestown in 1640 and to some subsequent courts ; 
but who had been lost at sea about three years before. 
The indentures of the marriage covenant between the 
Governor and Martha Coytmore were deemed important 
enough to be admitted to a place in the colony records, 
where they are spread out in detail, with many curious 
particulars of goods and chattels belonging to her. The 
Governor himself had not many goods and chattels to 
bestow. On the contrary, his part of the covenant contains 


the following notable passage : "And whereas, the s'd John 
having disposed of his estate among his children, and such 
persons as he was engaged unto, so as he hath not to 
endowe the s'd Martha, and therefore out of the love he 
bears to her is careful to have her owne estate so secured 
to her as that by the blessing of the Lord it may be pre- 
served and remaine to her and her children after the death 
of s'd John Winthrop, etc." 

The covenant referred to appears in volume II of the 
Massachusetts Bay records, pp. 232-234, and is preceded 
by a deed from Martha Coytmore as executrix under 
Thomas Coytmore's will, in which she conveys to Inrease 
Nowell, William Ting, Joseph Hills and William Stitson 
as foefees in trust for Thomas Coytmore, junior, one-half 
of his father's estate, the value of which she states to be 
1266 pounds, nine shillings and seven pence. The other 
half of the estate was the property — "the goods and chat- 
tels" which she brought to Governor Winthrop as her mar- 
riage dowry and which he was so anxious to have secured 
to her in the event of his death. The Winthrop agreement 
shows a very different type of man from the third success- 
ful suitor for the fair Martha's hand — but we are antici- 

The schedules of real estate and personal property 
included in these papers are illuminating, as bearing on 
Capt. Coytmore's wealth and also as enabling us to identify 
propery of which his wife again found herself the heir 
upon the death of her third husband — but again we antici- 
pate. . Five hundred acres of land in Wbburn were valued 
at 26:01:10; "ye house garden, etc.," at 120 pounds; 
"half the further mill," at 100 pounds; five cow commons 
at 10 pounds: 23 hay lots at 041.00.00; 85 acres of land 
by mill at 63 : 10 : 00 ; and 130 acres of land at Ell pond 


at 22.00.00. Evidently the house at Ell pond was built 
later, by the ffoeffees. The inventory of household treas- 
ures need not be repeated here.* 

Mr. Watkins would take us to King, now State, street 
for the Governor's mansion, standing on the present site of 
the Exchange building, while the Governor's noted grand- 
son, Hon. Robert C. Winthrop, was content to go through 
life believing that it stood on Cornhill (now Washington 
street) at its junction with Marlborough street, facing up 
School street, and that its demolition furnished firewood 
for the British soldiers quartered in the Old South church 
during the siege of Boston. The Governor's property in- 
cluded both sites, while both authorities would doubtless 
have agreed that Josiah Blanchard, whose bones lie in 
Bell Rock cemetery, built the Old South church in Mrs. 
Winthrop's garden. Either site was about the same dis- 

*A while ago the writer was visited and asked to suggest incidents in the history of 
Maiden appropriate for use in a "historical pageant," and suggested the courtship of 
Martha Coytmore by John Winthrop. The scene would be picturesque. Life was simple 
then. The Governor could not then take the train, the trolley-car, an automobile or a car- 
riage. Carriages came into use during the next generation. Upon horseback he could 
have made a weary journey over the Neck, through Roxbury, "Punch-Bowl" village 
(Brookline), Cambridge, Medford and by the old Salem path to Mystic Side. Or he could 
have mounted his steed, proceeded through the North End to Ship street, whence Edward 
Convers' ferry would have landed him on the Charlestown shore, where Paul Revere, a 
century later, watched for the lanterns, thence he could have crossed Bunker Hill to the 
Charlestown shore, utilized the Penney ferry to Thomas Call's hostelry on the Mystic side 
shore and sought the home at the Widow Coytmore. That the courtship caused a social sen- 
sation goes without saying. Considerations of jiersonal safety would have necessitated 
his having a body-guard. As the chief magistrate, he would have required men of stand- 
ing and influence for his companions, while the publication of his ante-nuptial contract in 
the general court records shows the importance of the negotiations in his mind. So, 
knowing something of the personnel of the group counted among the Governor's inti- 
mate-^, we can almost recognize in the cavalcade the venerable Increase Nowell, the lady's 
brother-in-law, whose home, in the Edgeworth section, might have formed an ostensible 
destination for the excursion, Captain Robert Kayne of the artillery company, Richard 
Bellingham, Edward Collins and John Endicott. Judge Samuel Sewell, in his diary, writ- 
ten a few decades later, gives us a picture of what old-time courtship was like, though we 
cannot imagine such a sincere, grave and courtly man as Winthrop indulging in so flirta- 
tious a passage as that between Widow Winthrop — the Governor's daughter-in-law and 

Sewall. The judge, making a call, asked her to remove her glove. Madame Winthrop 
inquired why she should do so. He replied that he preferred to touch a live lady rather 
than a dead goat. 


tance from the "mansion-house" of John Coggan,"the father 
of Boston merchants," at the corner of King street and 
Cornhill, who was to take his turn in befriending the luck- 
less Martha, when she was again widowed. 

There are many things we would like to know regard- . 
ing the Governor's lady in the years that followed, but 
details are lacking. The Winthrop papers are rich in 
letters from the Governor to his son John, and to his other 
children, and good, genuine love letters to Margaret Win- 
throp and Mary Forth are not lacking — letters that reveal 
the warmth of his affection and the genuineness of his 
spiritual feeling — but either he wrote no letters to Martha 
Winthrop or there was nobody interested to preserve them. 
John Winthrop had reached the place where his highest 
ambitions were realized. There was no prouder position 
on this side of the water than the governorship of the 
Massachusetts Bay Colony ; and nobody cared to dispute 
his right to it. Year after year he was re-elected, as a 
matter of course. 

Martha Coytmore Winthrop had reached the height 
of her ambition, also. One hundred and fifty years were 
to pass before anything more pretentious was to be seen 
than the executive mansion on the slope of Beacon hill — 
before Martha Washington of Mount Vernon and Abigail 
Adams, the first mistress of the White House, should dis- 
pute the title of the first lady of the land. 

On December 12, 1648, another son, Joshua, was 
born to the Governor. The boy must have brought both 
joy and misgivings with his advent. The Governor was 
not well, and in a few months, amid all the pomp and cir- 
cumstance the young colony could muster, his body was 
to be laid in the King's Chapel burying ground. Young 
Thomas Coytmore had been provided for before his 



mother left him to occupy her new estate, and was to die 
before he could make use of his wealth ; but here was an 
heir, born into the world with no patrimony. His revered 
father was annually granted an honorarium of one hun- 
dred pounds in recognition of services creating a debt 
which never would — perhaps never could — be repaid. He 
was the infant brother of stalwart sons and comely daugh- 
ters of Winthrop, most of whom had already received their 
inheritance, but at least two of whom must wait until 
Providence indicated whether the baby was to keep or 
release his hold on life before they could claim from the 
colony anything from their father's estate. We may be 
sure at this time Thomas Coytmore, jr., was replaced by 
little Joshua Winthrop in the mother's solicitude, while it 
is easy to imagine the fine old Governor studying the 
problem, until in an hour of respite from pain he sum- 
moned the old secretary of the Colon}^ Increase Nowell, 
(brother, not to Mrs. Winthrop, but half-brother to Thomas 
Coytmore) and told him to make the child the foster-child 
of the colony. We may reason that he must have commit-' 
ted the sacred trust to Nowell, for he was his life-long 
friend, a member of the Court, and, besides had a direct 
personal interest in the child's mother. 

The Colony records show that the echoes of the 
funeral salutes had hardly died away (the Colony declined 
to permit Boston to reimburse her for the great quantity of 
powder borrowed and burned on the mournful occasion) 
when the council "unanimously agreed and voted that two 
hundred pounds should be given for the infant of our late 
honored Governor, John Winthrop, Esq., out of the next 
country levy." 

Oddly enough, Nowell, or whoever made the entry in 
the records, forgot it, and sometime after, by searching, 


was unable to find it, so he made inquiry among his asso- 
ciates, found they recalled the unanimous vote and had 
another passed. 

Three days after the action cited above. May lo, 1649, 
this entry appears : "Forasmuch as our late honored Gov- 
ern'r, John Winthrop, Esq., upon his death bed did express 
his tender desires toward his wife and youngest child, that 
if the country did think meete to bestow anything on him 
for his service donne, that it shall be to the said child, and 
remayne in the hands of the said wife, for its education, 
and the stocke preserved intire for the child's use, and 
forasmuch as the Courte hath not p'vided for the disposing 
of the estate in case the child should dye, the Court con- 
ceaving it just, and accordingly orders, yt in case the 
infant dyes before it attayne the age of twenty & one 
yeeres, the one third pte should accrew to the wyddow of 
our late honnered Governor, and the other two third partes, 
one third to Mr. Deane Winthrop and the other to Mr. 
Samuell Winthrop, they, as yett, having had no portions 
out of the Govern's estate, nor like to have." 

On May 22, 165 1, on the petition of Richard Parker 
and James Penn, Eight pounds per cent was voted to Mrs. 
Winthrop for the 200 pounds for the youngest child of 
John Winthrop. On October 19, 1652, it was voted to 
make the date of the 200 pounds payment the third month, 
1649. On January, 1651, Joshua Winthrop died, and evi- 
dently the settlement of his estate — that is, the payment of 
the 200 pounds patrimony he never saw, to his mother 
and two big brothers — was still in process in 1652. On 
May 23, the Court voted that one-third part be paid to 
Samuel Winthrop if he could prove his right to it. 

Apparently two months elapsed from the death of 
little Joshua Winthrop, when the wedding bells again rang 


for his comely young mother. John Coggan's wife had 
died, and he lost no time in paying his addresses to the 
Governor's lady. He is said to have emigrated from 
Devon to Dorchester prior to 1635, and must have done so, 
if, as alleged, he opened the first shop in Boston. It stood 
"over against" his mansion, which would locate it on the 
present site of the Ames building. It was a hatter's shop. 
There are many scattered bits of information that show 
him to have been a keen man of business, but he could 
not have been wealthy, and plainly, among Martha's 
attractions were the one-half interest in the Coytmore 
estate which Governor Winthrop so thoughtfully secured to 
her and the one-third of little Joshua's endowment pro- 
vided for her by the Court. Evidently he thought ante- 
nuptial contracts were a waste of time and paper. Suffice 
it to say, that in the years that followed, he found ample 
time to devote, not only to the former Governor's lady, but 
to Captain Coytmore's property, and especially to his mill. 
Valentine Hill operated the mill, as overseer or lessee, 
until it passed into the custody of Job Lane, but it seemed 
to be considered "Mr. Coggin's" mill and Martha Coggan 
seems to have been overlooked. Long after Thomas 
Coytmore's death, a grant of land in Woburn was located 
for his heirs, on petition of John Cogan, the land to be "at 
the charge of the pet'r until the right heir be determined." 
This land was in what is now Burlington, long known as 
Woburn Precinct. Thomas Coytmore, jr., had now disap- 
peared from the record and was apparently dead ; little 
Joshua was dead ; but they were to have a successor in 
their mother's solitude. This was the third marriage of 
John Coggan, as well as of Martha. He had children by 
his former marriages, though not such a troop as had John 
Winthrop. The little stranger who came to the Coggan 


mansion was alliteratively named Caleb, and for a third 
time his mother attacked the problem of rearing a son, 
soon to be, as had been each of the others, an orphan. In 
1^57' John Coggan died. His will was filed December 
16 of that year. To his widow, Martha, he gave during 
her life, one-third of his estate ; after her decease to her 
son, Caleb. To Caleb he gave his "now mansion house 
and house adjoining and two shops, all my farmes and 
land at Rumney Marsh, and my corne mill at Mauldon, 
1-8 part corne mill in Charlestown, all my lands in Maul- 
den and 500 accers in Woburn." 

For some time the widow found herself in trouble in 
attempting, as executrix, to settle the estate. John Cog- 
gan had made a generous will, especially in disposing of 
Thomas Coytmore's property. It was all to be little 
Caleb's, together with land that had caused him much liti- 
gation, at Rumney marsh, and the Woburn land, which he 
held as trustee for Thomas Coytmore, jr. or his mother. 
Martha must have been charmed to have her spouse even 
giving away the Coytmore mill — but the lad was the bene- 
ficiary, so all was well, until the bills against the estate 
began to come in, and to eat it up. The overseers appoint- 
ed declined to serve with her and she had to turn to the 
Court for light on the problem of how the boy was to be 
reared and educated and who was to make .good the 
money spent upon him. 

The Court put the problem up to John Norton and 
Thomas Danforth. They reported that there would be 
nothing left of John Coggan's estate for the education of 
Caleb, for at least some four or five years, and if more 
debts should happen to appear, for longer. They found, 
however, that an allowance of 20 pounds per annum while 
the lad was at school and 30 pounds per year while he 


was at the "colledge" would be a meet recompense to the 
executrix, and recommended her to reimburse herself by 
the sale of the property in Maiden and elsewhere, men- 
tioned in the will. 

Poor woman ! The outlook was dark, indeed. In 
her perplexity but one solution presented itself ; heretofore 
she had found release from her solitude and sorrow by 
re-marriage. Why not flee from her ti'oubles again in the 
same way? Alas! No courtly Governor Winthrop was 
waiting to take her to his home this time ; no bluff Gover- 
nor Endicott was waiting to act as her legal cupid to unite 
her to another John Coggan. Foiled in her effort to find a 
suitable yeoman, even, in her desperation she turned to a 
husbandman. (No joke intended; the subject is far too 

The dignity and poise of the Court was upset in the 
Fall of 1660 by a rumor that one of its wards would trouble 
it no more for friendly advice or financial succor. This is 
the record: "At a meeting of the magists., 24 Oct., pres- 
ent, dept. Gov'r, major Atherton & Recorder. The Mag- 
ists, having binn informed of Mrs. Coggan, ye relict of 
ye late Mr. John Coggan, sudaine death, yt not without 
suspition of poison, Ordered, yt ye recorder issue out a 
warrant to ye Constables of Boston to summon & impanell 
a jury of inquest for the inquiry how she came to hir end. 
And also judged it meete for ye preservation of ye estate 
left by hir behind hir, yt it may not be embezled but pre- 
served, to appoint Elder James Penne & Deacon Richard 
Truesdall Administrators to the estate of ye late Mrs. 
Martha Coggan, impowering them forthwith to take into 
their custody the keyes, plate, &c. of ye said Mrs. Coggan 
& secure ye same, taking a true inventory of that estate 
and bringing it into ye next County Court & providing 
for her decent interment." 


Joseph Rocke of Boston, who married John Coggan's 
daughter, Elizabeth, bound himself in 400 pounds to Ed- 
ward Rawson, recorder, Feb. 24, 1662, as administrator 
of the estates of John and Martha Coggan. On him, 
therefore, devolved the duty, in the succeeding years, of 
carrying on the tasks Martha Coggan had lacked the 
courage to face. One was to secure evidence that Martha 
had borrowed money on the Coggan mansion from a 
neighbor and repaid it. Another was to discharge obliga- 
tions for little Caleb's education. The Lane papers show 
that Job Lane, 1662, was forced to get Joshua Scottow 
and another to make affidavit that they saw Martha Cog- 
gan sign the deed transferring the Coytmore mill and 
pond to him. He clinched the matter by getting a quit- 
claim deed of the property from the Rocke and Robinson 
heirs of John Coggan ; or we should have no Coytmore 

Who composed the jury of inquest and the nature of 
their report, we can only guess. Few people could have 
been more keenly anxious for details of the tragedy than 
the unfortunate woman's step-sons and daughters, whose 
deceased father escaped having his name brought into the 
story through her third marriage. Doubtless countless 
numbers have read a letter written to John Winthrop, Jr., 
in Connecticut, from his father's old friend. Rev. John 

♦Perhaps Coytmore Lea is as good a place as we have to identify with the homestead 
of Thomas and Martha Coytaiore. The property was sold by Martha to obtain the money 
for the support and education of Caleb Coggin, as the story shows. Job Lane was 
evidently familiar with it. As the master housewright of the vicinity he probably built it. 
He was a well-to-do man all his life and disposed of each of the houses he had lived in by 
his will. When Connecticut was settled, he built the Governor's house for Fitz John Win- 
throp. In payment John Winthrop deeded him the Two Brothers farm in Billerica. By 
the Concord-Chelmsford road he built his farm house, still standing— two stories, with a 
lean-to. It shows just about the type of a house he was accustomed to build, one of them 
doubtless, the Coytmore house. Doubtless early Maiden was architecturally mostly like 
them, while the ancient dormitory at Cambridge and the "artificial" meeting-house on 
Bell Rock, both built by Lane, were different. 


Davenport (preserved in the Winthrop papers) with no 
knowledge concerning the victim, or why the second Gov- 
ernor Winthrop would be interested. But we know very 
well. After discussing another matter Mr. Davenport 
says : 

" * * * * Sir, what I wrote in my former concerning 
Mrs. Coghen I had from Anth. Elcock, who received it at 
the Baye, viz. that she was discontented, that she had no 
suitors, and that she had encouraged her farmer, a meane 
man, to make a motion to her for marriage, which, accord- 
ingly he propounded, prosecuted and proceeded in it so 
farr that, aferwards, when she reflected upon what she had 
done, and what a change in her outward condition she wae 
bringing herself into, she grew discontented, despaired, 
and tooke a great quantity of ratts bane, and so died. 
Fides sit penes author earn. '^ 











From the Papers of 'Squire Gilbert Haven. 

The vicissitudes that usually lead to the destruction of 
ancient landmarks appear to have resulted in the preserva- 
tion of the original house of worship of the Center Meth- 
odist Episcopal Church of Maiden, a representation of 
which, as it now appears, accompanies this article. Its 
location, and adaptability as a dwelling-house, seems to 
have led to its preservation. In former issues of the 
Register, the story has been told of the efforts made, from 
the days of Whitfield, in 1740, through the days of Jesse 
Lee and Asbury, to plant Methodism here, until the com- 
ing of Father Timothy Merritt to North Maiden in 1813. 
On May 15, 1815, Gilbert Haven, Sr., through most of 
his life known as "Squire" Gilbert Haven, moved from 
May (now Revere) street in Boston to Maiden, into "E. 
Odiorne's new house," agreeing to pay at the rate of eighty 
dollars per annum. As had long been his custom, he kept 
an account book, and as he soon transferred his member- 
ship from the First Parish to the new venture of the 
"people called Methodists," which had his full allegience 
and active support from that time on, it is not strange that 
the "Account Book" became something of a history of the 
church, particulary on the practical side. Mr. George 
Walter Chamberlain of the Committee on Publication of 
the Society has copied many of the entries in this Account 
Book, so that we have the advantage of having the facts 
that interested 'Squire Haven most, just as he wrote them. 



Among many entries concerning his personal affairs, 
is the following on p. 126 : — 

''Dec. 23, 1817. Society for Promoting Sacred Music, Dr. 

To 4 lbs. candles 7*^ 

" 2 " " 36c 

" Candlesticks 50c 

During the building of the church the society wor- 
shipped in the hall of the school-house on Pleasant street. 
Under date of May 25, 1823, this appears : — 

"Centre School District, Cr. 

By use of hall for 19 meetings at 58 cts . . $19.02" 

On page 133 this statement of account is entered : — 
"1825. Centre Methodist Society, Br. 

Sept. To I Day with the several carpenters drawing 
plan & getting proposals 
" Cash paid for postage of 3 letters 
" Journey and expenses to Newbury . 
To drafting obligations and journey to Lynn 

& cash paid for horse, &c . 
To journey to Charlestown for Dr. Gardner, 
laying out the land and cash for tolls 
Oct. 36. To journey to get the Deed 

" 31. " do and cash for tolls 
Nov. 5. " journey to Boston and services about 
the House ..... 

1. 00 



1. 00 
1. 16 



To lo day 10.00 

" i do 50 

" cash for tolls ...... .23 

" I Day i.oo 

" I Day ..-..., 1.00" 

Page 134 :— 

'Maiden, Novr 26, 1825 
John Johnson . . . Dr. 
To cash paid for getting lumber up as follows, viz : — 

To hands getting rafts up to Wf i.oo 

To Pitts I Day i .00 

" Wetherbee 1 Day i.oo 

Dec. I. 
Jan. 2. 



" Dexter for man and team i Day . 
" J. Cox 2i days .... 

" Burditt 

" Ramsdill 3 Days . . , . 
" Leml Cox Himself and team if Days 
" Wm Oliver Himself and team i Day 
To D. Sargeant i Day . , 

" Myself 6i Days at 7-6 . 
" Refreshment for men 

Deduct for Dexter's bill 


1. 00 
1. 17 



Dec. 24. 


> 115 lbs. of Nails at 6i cts. 

• 7.48 

Nov. 28. 

( ( 

Cash pd. as per receipt 



Jan. ID. 

i t 

2 lbs. Nails 


" 12. 


47 lbs. Nails 


" H- 


2 lbs. Brads 


" 16. 

t ( 


. 32- 

" 17. 

( t 

62 lbs. Nails 


" 18. 


Cash and passage to Boston 


" 19. 


Cash of J. Howard . . . . 


" 30. 




" 25- 


Turning two Colums . 


( t 

Boreing 14 feet at 8 cts. 

1. 12 


Cash for timber — 1.25 Trucking .25 



4000 Best Shingles 



Bringing Shingles & Columns home 


Delivered forward 


[P- 135] 


Feb. 4 

Unite Cox Dr. 
To I Hymn Book 
Mrs. Estes Br. 
To 2 Hy. Books 
Lemuel Cox Dr. 
To 1 Hymn Book 
Samel Cox £>r. 
To I Hymn Book 





[P. 136] 


Methodist Society Dr. 


To Cas 

li pd to Gardner .... 


" Jno Lynde .... 

1. 00 

Saml Cox .... 


John Bryant .... 


for recording Deed . 


Corner stones .... 


Burditt & J. Cox 


Capt. Nichols .... 


Isaac Watts .... 


for teaming corner stones 


John Johnson .... 


Johnson in teaming . 
[P. 136] 


Do in nails .... 


David Sargeant .... 


Cash for refreshment 



Jan. 2. 

To Mj bill up to this day 


Paid away to Jan. 2, 1826 632.68 

10 To Cash paid David Sargeant for 

putting underbutments .... i.oo 
" Myself I Day preparing for raising 

& putting under Buttments — vestry . . i.oo 

13 To Cash for timber for pillars & Trucking . 1.75 
To i day going down to engage the pillars . " .50 

14 " Nails to Johnson to this date . . . . 3.47 
" Paid J. Sprague for refreshments at raising 5.36 

16 To Cash pd Johnson 3a. 

17 " 62 lb. Nails to Johnson .... 4.03 

18 " Cash paid Johnson . ... .10. 

" pd Passage to Boston for Johnson . . .50 

20 " Cash pd. Johnson 50. 

25 " Cash pd. Howard for money had of 

him for Johnson ..... 100. 

" Cash for turning 3 pillars .... 4.50 

" Boring 24 feet at 8 cts .... 1.92 

" Do for Horse & sled and time going after pillars i.oo 

" 25 lbs. Nails to Johnson .... 1.63 

Amt. Carried forward 




[P- 137] 

1825 Contra Cr. 

Oct. By Cash Rec'd of the following persons 

Unite Cox $20.00 

David Wait 20.00 

Benjn Wilson 


Timo Bailey . 


Mary Herring . 


Sally Herring . 

1. 00 

Nathl Pratt 


Aaron Wait 


S. Leave .... 


David Sargeant 


Mrs. Aaron Wait 


" Hannah Gile . 


Huldah Tufts . 


Lydia Tufts 


John Bryant 


Joseph Cheever 


A Friend .... 


James Howard 2d 


William H. Richardson . 


Joseph Mash . 


George Emerson 


Isaac Emerson 


Rebecca Green 


Wealthy Goodwin . 


Saml Cox 


Gilbert Haven .... 


Dwight Fisher 


1825 Nov. 7 Mrs. Williams on mortgage c 

)f the 

house 500.00 

Mary Copeland 


Isaac Watts 


Leml Cox .... 


1826 Charles Pratt .... 


Timo Crane . > . 


Thos. Odiorne 

• 7-48 

Wm. Oliver 



Rec'd up to Jan. 2d, 1826 . 

. $668.83 

Jan. II. David Sargeant 

1. 00 

John Sprague .... 


John Bryant .... 




i8. Mr. Mash 

19. James Howard 2d 





Methodist Society Dr. 
Amount brot forward . . . . 


Jan. 30. 
Itted 25. 

To Nails to Johnson 
'* Cash pd Johnson for shingles 
Columns &c . 



Feb. 8. 

< 1 


Accepting Johnson's order pay- 
able to Sprague 
Nails to Johnson 



Nails to Do . . . . 



( t 

Cash pd Johnson 

Services at different times . 


Mar. 9. 

( t 

Cash for screws for Johnson 


1 1 

Accepting Johnson order pay- 
able to Chamberlain 



• 1 

Do payable to Sprague 
Cash pd Johnson 


Mar. II. 

To Glass to Johnson 
" 2 Doz. Hinges . 
" Nails to Johnson 




Do Do . . . 




Apl. I. 




" Cash pd Johnson 

" Accepting Johnson's order in 

favor of J. S. Sargent 
To I Day underpinning the steps 

and other services etc 
*' Cash pd Johnson 
" 2 lbs. spikes to Johnson 



1. 00 



Cash pd Jona Edmunton for bricks 15.00 

15 lbs nails to Johnson 
15 lbs Do .... 
13 lbs. Do .... 
Accepting Johnson's order in 
favor of Odiorne . 

To 20 lb. Nails to Johnson 
" Glass to Johnson 




1 118.39 



" pd for teaming by Cox 
'* Nails to Johnson 

[P. 138] error 
Methodist Society Cr. 
By Cash rec'd brot forward 
" " Rec'dof Joseph Mash 
" " Rec'd of Joseph Mash by U. Cox 
" " Rec'd of Leml Cox on note 
" " " " Thomas Odiorne 
March. Cash of Jos. Mash 

do " Stephen Tufts 
" of Joseph Mash . 
" Do in Glass of J. Mash . 
" 2 doz. Hinges of J. Mash 



Jan. 20 





Apr. I. 

Joseph Mash in Glass 
Lemuel Cox . 
Jona Sprague 
Wm Emerson 

J. Parker 
J. Breden 
N. Tufts 











Cash of Jos. Mash 5.00 

" of Do of N. Cox 


Cash of Mrs. Watters 


' " Mr. Clap . 

1. 00 

' " Louis Chisley 



' David Faulkner 


' Jona Edminston 


' Mr Smith 


' Nathan Lynde 


* Mr. Coursen 

1. 00 

' Rev. Mr. Tuckerman . 


' A Friend to the Cause . 

1. 00 

' J. H. Putnam 

1. 00 

5- ' 

' Charles Pratt 


6. ' 

' Joseph Mash in H. 

ymn Book 




1. 00 

1. 00 
1. 00 



1 826. 




" David Sargeant 


" J. Cox .... 


• *' Jesse Upham 


" G. Emerson . 


" James Wait 


" Isaac Shute . 


" Wm Brown . 


" Mr. Pickering 


Carried forward 


[Page 140] 

John Johnson 


Amount brot forward 


25. To 25 lbs. Nails 6ic . 


^0. " 12 " Do . 


Feb. 8. 


March 9. 





200 p Glass brot forward 

Acceptance of your order payable 

to J. Sprague 

" 20 lbs. Nails 6i 

" 65 Do 

" Cash 

" Glass for Circulars 

" Cash pd for screws 







" Accepting ye order in favor of Chamberlain 30.00 

" Do in favor of Sprague . . . 20.42 

To 2 Dozen of Hinges 2.67 

Cash pd Johnson 
37 lbs. Nails th. 
2 lbs. Brads 
15 lbs. Nails 6i 





" Cash by J. Mash 


" Accepting your order in favor 

J. S. Sargeant 


" Cash .... 

" 30 lb Nails Deld by Burrows 


" 2 lbs Spikes 


" 15 lbs Nails . " . • . 


" 15 lbs Do . . . 


" 13 lbs Nails 


" Order in favor of Odiorne 















10. " Cash 

" paying Sargent for boards 

[Page 141 ] 
John Johnson 

Brot up . 

To accepting to' pay S. Sprague 
" " " " U. Chamberlain 

" payg Note of Goodridge & Fletcher 

" Accepting your order payable to 
Capt. Nichols 

Deduct for Glass . 









"Note . 
Cash to Balance . 

[Page 142] 

Methodist Society 
1826 Amount brot forward 

Apr. 10. Cash to Johnson . . . . . 

to Bailey & Odiorne for funnell, black- 
smith work and time 

Deduct for Starbuck Sargeant's bill 
taken by Jos. Mash 




. 131. 







• 50. 




• 33- 


• 17-25 

Accepting order in favor of J. Sprague 

Do Do U. Chamberlain 17.24 
Cash 131.60 

To amt deducted on glass 
" paying Goodridge & Fletcher's Note 
" S. Sargeant by Jos. Mash 

To Pd Johnson by Jona Sprague . 








To Cash pd for iron work about the 

chimney . . . • . . . i.oo 

To putting on lock for the vestry 

and work abt tending Masons . . . 1.62 

li days work painting, putting up lamps &c. i .50 

Cash pd for refreshment .... .22 

Cash pd Capt. Wm Nichols . . . 65.00 


Cash pd Capt. Stiles for Boards for galery 


Cash for Bombagest 



Cash to Bailey, wire, etc. 

. • 



>o to Odiorne . 



To 6 days work 



li day writing deeds 



I day Delivering deeds . 
arried forward 





[P- 143] 


1826 Amount brot forward 


pril 7 By 

cash of Lemuel Cox on note 


" Richard Lewis 


" John Lewis . 


" James Crane 


S. G. Estes . 


" Aaron Wait . 


" Joseph Chevers . 


" Joseph Mash 

" Joseph Mash agreeing ( 
S. Sargent . 




• ■ 


" Cash reed of J. Mash by U. Cox 

" Lemuel Cox 

" Isaac Stiles 

" Jane Sprague 

" A Friend . 

" Stephen Lewis 

" Dr. Buck by U. Cox 

" Jos. Lyndes 








" Efither Mitchell 



" James Howard 

(Lent) . 


" Wm, Brown 

(Do) . . 


" Benja Wilson 

(Do) . . 


" Aaron Wait 

(Do) . . 


" Unite Cox 

(Do) . . 


" Joseph Mash 

1 . . . 


*' Barnard Newhal 




The trustees gave their note to Capt. Wm Nichols jun for 50 dollars 
p&yle in Six Months Due him for plastering vestrj $18.20. 

Maiden, April 22, 1826. The trustees of the Methodist Meeting House 
this day prized the pews as follows, viz : 

No. I— $40 







31 — 





3— $40 



12 — 

20 — 
22 — 







$740— $1480 

[P- 145] 
Maiden, April 29, 1826. 

The Trustees of the Meeting House of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church & Society in the Centre of Maiden sold the following numbered 
pews : 




John Bryant 


John Sprague 


Leml Cox 


James Howard 2d 


Unite Cox 


Jonathan Sprague, Jun. 


Aaron Wait 


John Sprague 


Joseph Mash 


Benjamin Wilson 


Lydia Tufts and Sisters 


Benjamin Wilson 


Unite Cox 


Henry Pitts 


Nathan Rollins 


Joseph Mash 


David Sargent 


Charles Pratt 


Joseph Mash 


Charles Lewis, Esq. 


G. Haven 


Phinehas Green Jr & Nath Howard 2d 


Thomas Odiorne 


Samuel G. Estes 


Jona Edmunton 


R. H. Wade 





















[P. 146] 

Maiden, May i, 1826. 
Rented Pew No 38 to Dwight Fisher for one year at 
Rented a seat in pew No. 15 to Susan Daniels for $ .50 
Rented Pew No 10. to Joseph Cheever for (per year) $2.75. Gave up May 

Rented a Seat in pew No. 28 to Miss Ruth Chandler for $1.00 
Rented a Seat in pew No. 40 to Mrs. Hogans for .67; also to Sophia Lear 

for .67. 
May 16. Lett Pew No. 39 to Asaph Winship for i year at 3.10 
Lett a Seat in Pew i to Timo Crosfield for .75 
Lett a Seat in Pew No. 40 to T. C. Thacher for .67. 
Lett Pew No. 13 to Lous Tufts for 2.10 
June I. Lett Pew No. 2 to Benja Hoskins for $3. per year 
July I. Lett Pew No. 34 to George Barratt & Others for $3.00 
Lett a seat in Pew No. 28 to Mrs. Mitchell for $i.oo 



Lett a seat in pew to Mrs. Burditt for $i.oo Gratis. 
Dec. I. Lett seat in pew No. 34 to Silas Sargent. 
1827. June I . Let seat in pew No. 12 to R. Chandler & S. Queen at 4-6 each 

[Page 147] 
Maiden, May 7th 1826. 

Received 7 Hymn Books & 3 Disciplines of Mr. Mash 

Mr. Morse Dr. to i Hy Book .75 

Sold a Hym Book to'^^Mr. Gould .75 

Saml Cox Dr to one Hymn Book .75 on the day settled for. 

Received of Jona Edmunster for Pew 15.00 

Received of Lydia Tufts and Sisters for i Pew 32.00 

Paid Aaron Waitt for money Borrowed 5.00 

May 14, 1826 Mrs. Hogans Dr. to i Hymn Book .75 
Joseph Mash Dr. 

To Cash reed of Mr. Bryant $20.00 

" Do of Jas. Howard 10.00 

" Do of myself 6.00 

To be paid by the Stewards the first money they collect. 

above $6.00) see credits. 

[Page 168] 

(Reed of the 

Methodist Society Dr. 

Amount Brot Forward ..... 1493.82 

To Cash pd A. Wait 5.00 

Do " Wm Brov/n 20.00 

Do " John Cox 5.00 

Do " Fitch Wade 8.00 

Do for Curtains . . . . . . . 2.50 

Do to Joseph Mash ...... 6. 

Amt charged E. Wade for painting by myself . i.oo 
Cash pd for Boards & Nails i day altering 

Singing Gallery ...... 2.25 

May 26. Order charged to Wade in favor of D. Sargent 5.00 
Cash for paper ...... .20 

Services for superintending the Building 
the House &c. as per agreement of com- 
mittee not before charged . . . 15.00 
June 16. Cash paid to E. Buck Esqr for acknowledging 

deed 33 

Cash for Blind 





Cash for Boards & Labor fixing Platform in 
pulpit & Benches in the Vestry 



Cash pd Wm Nichols 


Cash pd Wm Nichols Note 

. 50.00 

Interest on Do 


Cash pd E. Wade .... 

. 30.00 

Do " J. Johnson's Note 

. 50.00 

Interest on Do 


Carried forwd 

[Page 149] 



Contra Cr. 
Amount brot forward 
May I. By cash rec'd of Jona Edminster for pew 15.00 
By Do Lydia Tufts & Sisters for pew 32.00 
20. " order of Ed Wade in favor of David 


Sargent .... 
" Cash of T. Odiorne for pew 

By My Pew 37 $5 out . 

Reed of Joseph Mash for Blind 




1. 00 

Carried forward .... 
Edward Wade 
To I day painting on the Meeting House 
To Cash pd Fitch Wade for painting on 

outside of Meeting House . . . .83 

May 30. To pd your order to David Sargeant . 5.00 
Nov. 14. " Cash on a-c 30.00 


Next quarterly Meeting in the Centre on the 7th of September after- 
noon & evening [1826]. 

Next quarterly Meeting at the north end October 28th & 29th. 

[Page 150] 

1827. Dec. I. Mr. Wentworth and Mr. Elliott hired Pew 34 at $3 
per year. 

[Page 151] 

1827. May. Let Pew No. i to Mr. Sable & Mr. Gove. 



Sep. 26. 

{James Howard & Unite Cox Dr for 
Pew No. 7 purchased April 29, 1826 
Interest from May i, 1836. 

Lett 2 seats in Pew No. 38 to Rosea R. 
Taylor at $1.50. 


[Page 152] 

Methodist Society 

1826. Nov. To Amt brot forward . 

" Cash paid Mrs. Williams 
" " dedd D. Sargent for Con- 
tingent expenses 

1827. " Assuming E. Wade a-c balance 

" To Writing Deeds . 
Sept. 22. " Pay 91 yrs. Interest on Notes to 
Leml Cox .... 
Endorsing on Note to Leml Cox 
Octo " Cash pd for Books S. School . 

" Note from G. Haven for his Pew 











Balance carried to page 157 . 

[Page 153] 

Contra Cr. 

1826. By amt brot forward 1600.08 

Oct. " Reed of Wm Brown 14.00 

" " Edward Newhall .... 4.00 

" " Benja Haskins pew rent . . i.oo 

" " George Barrett do . . . . i.oo 

" Charles Pratt, Pew and intst . 30.90 

" Samuel Wait 85.00 

** James Howard 2d endorsed on note 9.75 

*• B. Wilson endorsed on his note . 12.00 
[153 cont.] 

" Saml Wait 15.00 

" Nathan Rollins, Note and Interest 15.04 

Wm Brown by D. Sargent . . 13.00 
By Cash reed of S. G. Estes on Note 

17.50 Interest 1.05 . . 18.55 

Do " " Mrs. Floyd . . . i.oo 

" " Lois Tufts pew rent . 2.10 

" " Susan Daniels Do . . .50 

•' " R. Chandler Do . . i.oo 

1827. April 




" " " Esther Mitchell Do 

Augt Interest reed on A. Waitt's note 
Rec'd John Sprague'sNote 
" Interest on do 
Sept. rec'd Lemuel Cox's Note 

Intrt rec'd on Do 

Octo. rec'd Rollins Note . 
" Interest on Do 
Nov " Interest on B. Wilson's Note 

" Wilson & Howard's Note 
1828. " of B. Ho^t, Pew rent 







1. 00 

The two sides of Squire Haven's characteristic ledger 
having arrived at a balance, it may be well to stop the 
narrative at this point. In a recent copy of the Register 
the program of the service of dedication was published. 
The story told by the entries in the Squire's account is inter- 
esting, because of the history that can be read between the 
lines. From the records of the pew sales the congregation 
to whom Father Merritt preached his dedication sermon 
may be reconstructed. The tireless activity of Father 
Joseph Marsh, whether in furnishing glass, securing hymn 
books, finding money or purchasing pews, is very evident. 
The sturdy devotion of Gilbert Haven superintending the 
work of construction, putting in days' works of manual 
labor here and there, as needed, for which he counted his 
time as worth a dollar, paying as he went along, but keep- 
ing so careful a record the close of any day would find 
him ready for an accounting, a "good and faithful stew- 
ard," who long ago has heard the word "well done !" 

Oliver Wendell Holmes preserved the frigate Consti- 
tution by eloquently committing her to the winds and waves 
and storms. So, when this church building had served its 
generation it was discarded, and still survives, in a good 
state of preservation, while many succeeding generations 
have passed away. 



Miscellaneous Facts Concerning Ancient Maiden. 
Contributed by George Walter Chamberlain, M. S. 


Eight or ten rods south of the Judson-Cobb-Wilson house 
on Main street stood the first parsonage of the First Parish of 
ancient Maiden. That house was the home of Revd. Marma- 
duke Matthews, Michael Wigglesworth, David Parsons and 
Joseph Emerson. 

Mr. Emerson occupied the first parsonage about two years 
and the present Judson-Cobb-Wilson house nearly forty-three 
years. After completing nearly forty-six years as minister of 
the First Parish of Maiden he died in the present parsonage 13 
July, 1767? in the 6Sth year of his age. Here followeth a con- 
temporaneous account of the destruction of the first parsonage 
as printed in two Boston newspapers : 

The New Rngland Courant from Monday, July 27 to 
Monday, August 3, 1724: 

"Boston, August 3. On Friday night last [July 31] the 
Dwelling House of the Reverend Mr. Emerson of Maiden was • 
burnt to the Ground, and 'tis said almost all his Books and 
Household Goods are lost." 

The Boston News-Letter from Thursday, July 30 to 
Thursday, Aug, 6, 1724: 

"Boston, Aug. 5. On Friday Night last [July 31, 1724] 
the Dwelling House and most of the Goods, &c., of the Rev. 
Mr. Joseph Emerson of Maiden, were consumed by fire." 


From the Boston Gazette or Weekly Journal of Tuesday, 

June 4, 1 75 1 


"The Ferry, commonly called Penny- Ferry, between 
Charlestown & Maiden with a good dwelling-House for a Tav- 
ern, & seven Acres of mowing Land on Maiden Side. Any 
Person on Persons minded to hire the same may apply to the 
Select Men of Charlestown, who are impowered to Let or Lease 
the same." 

From the JVew England Chronicle or the Essex Gazette 
published at Cambridge, Thursday, Aug. 10, 1775 : 
"Last Sabbath [Aug. 6] the Enemy set Fire to the House 
at Penny Ferry, Maiden Side, which was consumed. This 
building was commanded by their Cannon on Bunker Hill." 

The same paper published at Cambridge, Sept. 7, 1775, 
contains two Maiden items, viz : 

"One of the Enemy's Serejants having ventured out a 
Gunning was taken prisoner at Maiden last Tuesday [Sept. 5]." 

"Died in Maiden, last Thursday, [Aug. 31, 1775], in the 
25th year of her age. Miss Sally Porter, second daughter of 
Doctor Jonathan Porter, of that Place." 

From the New Hampshire Gazette published at Portsmouth, 

Friday, July 16, 1758: 
"Portsmouth, June 16. The first instant died [Mary] 
Wife of the Rev. Mr. [Daniel] Little of Wells, in the 32d year 
of her Age, and Daughter of the Rev. Mr. Joseph Emerson of 
Maiden, greatly lamented ; has left three small children, the 
youngest but 12 Days old — The five last Days of her Illness had 
the clear and unremitted Exercise of Reason — In her Life, an 
Example for Diligence, Prudence, Hospitality, Modesty, Sin- 
cerity and Piety — In her death, remarkable for Patience and 
Resignation, with a composed unshaken faith in the Redeemer, 
while on the Borders of Eternity, earnestly desiring to depart to 


the World of Spirits and Glory — May the tender Family, so 
greatly l^ereaved, have the signal Tokens of God's Presence and 

From the Msscx Gazette^ published at Salem, Feb. i3 
to Feb. 19, 1771 : 

"Newbury, Jan. 28, 1771. 

This Day died Mrs. Abigail Toppan, in the 90th Year of 
her age. She was a Daughter of that eminently pious Man of 
God, the Rev'd Mr. Michael Wigglesworth of Maiden, and 
truly worthy of such an excellent Father. It appears from her 
Writings that she gave herself to God in her early Days, and 
her Life and Conversation testified to the Sincerity of that 
Transaction ever afterwards. Her Memory and Understanding 
continued surprisingly to the last. She lived many Years in 
daily Expectation of Death, and apparently waiting for her last 
Change. And when the Hour came, she was found upon her 
Watch and took her Dismission with Joy. May her Children 
that survive and all her Descendants be Followers of her, as she 
was of Christ Jesus ! " 


This Bible is one of the most ancient books to be found in 
Maiden in 1919. It is a quarto Bible, containing illustrations 
and a commentary and was printed in London by the command 
His Majesty, Charles 11, in the year 1683. 

Some of the owners of this Bible inscribed their names 
upon the inside covers so that it has been possible to trace the 
book through nine generations of owners. 

It is conjectured that Elisha Bennett, a wealthy sea-captain, 
(whose home was in Rumney Marsh, in that part now Revere, 
and north of the creek or Pines River) brought the book from 
London to his home and gave it to his good wife. At any rate, 
his wife is the first recorded owner of the volume. On the in- 
side cover in a distinct hand is twice written : "Dorithy Bennett, 
her Book, the 5 of Apriell, 1702," and next below: "Now 
Sarah Floyd's, 1742." 


We know from Chamberlain's History of Chelsea that 
Capt. Elisha Bennett was a son of Samuel Bennett, who em- 
ployed the Scotch prisoners that were sent to Lynn by Oliver 
Cromwell in 1650 to build in 1651 the ancient Bennett-Board- 
man house now standing on the Saugus and Revere town line. 
It seems likely that a portion of Capt. Elisha Bennett's boyhood 
days were passed in this colonial mansion, now preserved 
through the Society for the Preservation of New England 

Capt. Elisha Bennett married before 1690, Dorothy who 

survived her husband about one year and died between 9 April 
and 18 Dec, 1727. Their daughter, Sarah Bennett, married 
(i) in Rumney Marsh or Boston, 12 July, 1708, Nathaniel 
Viall. After his death she married (2) at Rumney Marsh, 23 
Nov., 1732, John Floyd of Chelsea. This marriage was sol- 
emnized by Rev. Thomas Cheever, first minister of the church 
at Rumney Marsh and expla*ins how the book became Sarah 

By her first husband, Nathaniel Viall, she had a daughter, 
Mary Viall (1711-1795), who became the wife of Nathan Sar- 
gent, who lived in Revere and Maiden. They had a daughter, 
Deborah Sargent. On the other inside cover of this ancient 
Bible is written "Deby Sergent, her Book, 1772" and "Deby 
Sargent, her Book, 1791." She never married, apparently, 
and was closely associated with her elder sister, Sarah Sargent 
(1741-1831), the wife of Ezra Waite, Sr., of Maiden. It is 
apparent, however, that the volume passed into possession of 
their son, Ezra Waite, Jr. (1774-1854), as he "Presented [it] 
to his Daughter, Caroline E. Lewis, 1853," of Reading. 

In course of time Caroline Elizabeth (Waite) Lewis gave 
it to her daughter, Hattie (Lewis) Taylor. A few years ago 
Mrs. Taylor gave it to her cousin. Miss Cora Bell Shattuck of 
Maiden, the present owner. 

Below is reproduced verbatim et literatum such historical 
information as is found on the inside cover of this ancient Bible. 


[See Sargent Genealogy, pp. 39-40.] 

"Lydia Sargant Deceased August the 39 in the 6 year of her 
age, 1749. 

One Dead Borne in the year 1750. 

M'' Nathaniel Sargant deceased October the 37 in the 34 year 
of his age 1766. his funeral Sermon Delivered by the 
Revernt Mr. Roby [Rev. Joseph Roby, minister of the 
third Parish of Lynn (now Saugus) from 1753 to 1S03] 
from James the forth Chapt vers 13 14 15. 

M^ Nathan Sargant Deceased March the 15 in the 69 year of 
his age 1774 his funeral Sermon Delivered by the Reverent 
M'' thather [Rev. Peter Thacher D.D., minister of the 
First Parish of Maiden, 1 770-1 7S4] from the first of Cor- 
inthians Sevn Chapt vers 29. 

Mis Elisabeth Sargant Deceased May the 36 in the 44 year of 
her age 17S1 her funeral Sermon Delivered by the Revent 
M*" thather from Job the fourtheen Chapt vers 30. 

Mis Mary Sargant wife to M"' Nathan Sargant Deceased Sep- 
tember the 9 in the 85 year of her age O 1 795 her funeral 
Sermon Delivered by the Reverent M' Green from Acts 
twentnine (?) Chapt vers S. [Rev Aaron Green, minister 
of the First Parish of Maiden, 1 795-1 S36]. 

M*" Nathan Sargant Deceased November the 29 in the 64 year 
of his age 1798 his funeral Sermon Delivered by the 
Revent M'' Green from Micah Q Chapt 2 vers 10. 

[Another handwriting.] 

Mary Sargent Deceased January the 17 aged 79 18 10 
M'' Samuel Sargeant Deceased Apl 11 aged 74 1826 
Miss Deborah Sargent Deceased May 11 aged 81 1829 

[Owner ot the Bible, 1791.] 

Mrs. Sarah Waitt Deceased February 15th Aged 90 1832 
Miss Lydia Sargeant Deceased December 21st 1835 aged 83 

[One of the owners of the Bible.] 

Mr. Ezra Waitt Died July 27 1854 

Presented to his Daughter Caroline E. Lewis 1853." 



[Deacon of the First Baptist Church of Maiden, 1S03-1S2S. Lived Near Black Ann's 

Corner in Linden.] 

At Maiden, Mass., on the morning of the 26th December, 
• 1828 died suddenly, Dea. John Jenkins, aged sixty-three years. 
Rarely, it is believed, it fall to the lot of any to record the death 
of a private individual of greater moral w^orth, or of more uni- 
form, exemplary and deep toned piety, than v^ras exhibited in 
the life of this good man. He was, in truth, "a living epistle 
written" in the hearts of his brethren, and read and acknowl- 
edged by all his acquaintance, uncommonly amiable in disposi- 
tion, unassuming in manner, modest in behaviour, and upright 
in all his intercourse with his fellow men, labouring with untiring 
assiduity to promote peace and good will in all the circle in 
which he moved ; his Christian virtues shone with resplendent 
lustre and greatly endeared him as a man and a Christian, to all 
who knew him. Few, if any, were ever known to have spoken 
ill of him or to have called in question the genuineness of his 
piety. His punctuality in attending public worship on the Sab- 
bath, the monthly Church meeting, and the weekly conferences, 
was remarkable and praise worthy. And though through ex- 
treme modesty, and the deep sense he habitually cherished of his 
unworthiness, he was by no means so forward as his brethren 
could have wished, to take the lead or act a prominent part 
in the social meetings of the Church, yet he was seldom ever 
known to refuse to pray or to exhort in them, when called upon 
for that purpose. And the uncommon degree of solemnity and 
fervor with which on such occasions he usually addressed the 
throne of grace and the earnestness and pathos with which he 
often urged his brethren to steadfastness in faith and perseverance 
in well doing, and exhorted impenitent sinners to an immediate 
attention to the one thing needful, as it evinced that he was no 
stranger to prayer and devout meditation — so it generally pro- 
duced a powerful and salutary effect on all present and will not 
soon be forgotten. He is believed to have obtained a saving 
knowledge of Christ in early life and for many years he filled 


the office of a Deacon in the Baptist Church in Maiden to the 
entire satisfaction of its members. In all the various relations 
of domestic and social life, as well as in his religious intercourse 
with his brethren, he preserved his Christian character unspot- 
ted and exhibited no ordinary share of the spirit of Christ, 
through whose atonement and righteousness alone, he hoped for 
eternal salvation. 

On the evening of the 24th he paid a family visit at the 
house of a friend in a distant part of the town ; near the close 
of which, the religious conversation, in which they had been 
engaged, having turned upon the uncertainty and brevity of 
human life, and the possibility that all present might never meet 
again on the shore of time, he was engaged in prayer ; which 
he did, in a manner as it was remarked at the time uncommonly 
solemn and fervent. He returned home well that evening and 
continued to enjoy usual health till the afternoon of the 25th, 
when about 3 o'clock, while preparing to attend the public con- 
ference in the evening, he was suddenly and violently seized 
with an acute disease in the stomach, attended paroxysms of 
pain, which continued with some intermission till about 2 
o'clock the next morning, when he obtained relief and was 
thought by his attending physician and others present to be in a 
fair way to recover speedily; but in about one hour, while 
enjoying quiet repose, his disease is supposed to have fixed upon 
the heart, and he died instantly. 

Under the peculiar circumtances of his death, but little 
could be learned respecting the state of his mind in his last 
moments ; but his virtues and piety, so well supported by his 
godly life, needed not the confirmation of a happy and trium- 
phant state of mind on a dying bed, to assure survivors that their 
loss was his unspeakale gain. 

His funeral services were attended in the Baptist meeting- 
house on Monday last * week by a large and solemn assembly of 
friends and citizens whose mournful countenances and sympa- 
thizing tears attested how highly they appreciated his worth and 
how deeply they felt his loss. The memory of the just is blessed, 

•Written within a week of 26 Dec, 18*8. 


On the reverse side of the same paper : 
Mrs. Elizabeth wife of Ezra Waitt died Oct 24 1836 Aged 

Mr. Ezra Waitt died July 27th 1854 
Mr. Ezra Waitt Jr. died Dec ist 1847 aged 28 yrs 


1729, 1764. 

"Will™ Sprague & Grovers Evidence 

William Sprague aged 33 years Testifieth & Saith that I 
do know and have knoVvn Timothy Spragues Water Course 
that runs from y^ said Sprague Spot pond in Stoneham to y^ s** 
Spragues mill pond in maiden above this [these] Twenty Years 
& There was a Saw mill built on James Barretts Lot Where 
John Greens Corn mill now Stands & there was a Rowling 
Dam built for said Saw mill on y*^ Land Called Barlows Lot & 
y^ said Saw mill & dam was broke[n] down & Sum time after 
Capt. Stephen Richardson & Capt John Vinton built said 
Greens Corn mill and said Vinton & Richardson owned said 
Greens Corn Mill severall years & Improved it & they Claimed 
no right to y*^ water of s** Spot pond but s** Vinton & they who 
kept said mill Came to me y^ Depon* & Desired Liberty off me 
for to Improve y*^ water of said Spot pond for y® said Corn mill 
where upon I y*^ Depon* gave said Richardson & Vinton Lib- 
erty to Improve said water & them that Improved y* mill under 
them If they would be prudent and Saveing of said water & 
they ware Saveing of y'^ water & preserved said water for my 
use as I ordered them and y*^ way that they Improved y^ said 
Corn mill was by drawing & stoping y*' water at said Spot 
pond Dam for y^ Dam in Controversy which stands upon y® said 
Land Called Barlows Lott nor no other Dam on said Lott was 
never Improved to said Greens mill till a Considerable time 
after s'^ Green bought said Corn mill and I y*^ Depon* was miller 
in maiden a grate many years under my mother widow Dorothy 
Sprague Late of Maiden decs'' William Sprague 


Sam" Grover aged 38 years doth Testify to all y® above 
written Testimony to be true Except y« above named Vinton & 
others asking & haveing Liberty for to Improve the above said 
water the Depon* ffurther Say[s] that they do know that it is 
not three years since y*-' Sluice in Controversy was first built 

Sworn in Sup"" Court at Cambridge July 30 : 1729 by both 
witnesses att=^ Sam" Tyley . Clark 

a true Copy Exam<* p"" Sam" Tyley Clark 

a true Copy Exam«i p*" Benj^ Rosse Clark 

a copy taken from a Coppy" 


This indenture made the Twenty fifth Day of March Anno 
Dom [torn] 1764 Between Timothy Sprague of Maiden in the 
Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, yeoman, of 
the one part and John Batts of the abovesaid Town Cordwainer 
on the other part wittenssth that the said Timothy Sprague for & 
under the Severall Covenants and Reservations hereafter men- 
tioned hath demissed and by these presents doth demise grant 
Let and to firm Sett unto the aforesaid John Batts Two certain 
pieces of Land adjoyning in Stoneham and the Letten premisses 
aforesaid Lyeth on the west Side of the Country high Way that 
Leadeth through Stoneham to Medford & the Same which hath 
been Lat[e]ly Improved by Dahie[l] Conore by a Lease from 
y*^ s** Timothy Sprague together w* the Dweling House & Barn 
& fences thereon and in Closed the s^ Land including in the 
Whole abought Four Acres and Lyeth in the s*^ Stoneham the 
s^ Sprague Reserveing to himself Spot pond dam & the Water- 
course Leading from or Running from the s^ Spot pond w* a 
wright to pass and repass over the said leased Lands to & from 
the s<^ Spot pond Dam at all times as the said Timoth[y] 
Sprague shall have occasion or think fitt during this Lease & 
allso to dig Gravel at all times during this Lease in the s** 
Leased Lands as if said Leaser shall think fitt also Reserving 
to the s*^ Sprague all the wood & Trees y' now are on the said 
Leased Lands w* a Right to Cut & carry away all the Wood & 
Trees of from the said Leased Lands with and also Leave to 


plant Sum frute Trees on the said Leased Lands dureing this 
Lease all ways reserving as aforesaid. To have & to hold the s** 
Demissed & Letten premises w* y^ appurtenances to the s'' John 
Batts for one year from the Date hereof before mentioned untill 
the Tw^enty fifth Day of March 1765 being the full term of one 
year fully to be completed & ended he the s** John Batts yielding 
& paying therefor unto the said Timothy Sprague his Heirs Ex- 
ecutors & Administrators the Rent or Sum of Five pounds one 
Shiling & fore pence & Also the said John Batts Will and 
Shall clea[r] and Moe all the under Brush y* is on the s** 
Leased Lands in y'' Month of June July & Aug* next insuring 
y^ Date hereof save only Six foot wide of the s'' Land which 
joyns on y'' s'' Pond all the way y* the Leased Land joyns 
against Spot Pond y*^ s'' Brush shall not be cut but be Left Six 
foot wide which will be in 1764 & also will dig up all the 
Stink Wead y' is in or on the Leased Lands in the before men- 
tioned three months and also the s-' John Batts do ingage to pull 
up all the Mullens y* Shall Groo on y*^ Leased Lands [2] dur- 
ing this Leas before any of said mulings get out of the blosum. 
Now I the s'' Timothy do by vertue of this Indenture of 
Leas, Leas my pasture of abought 14 acres more or Less that 
Lyes South easterly of the said High Way in Stoneham a fore 
Said : for the Sums and artickles before and after mentioned & 
also I the s*^ John will clear all the afores'' Lands of all the 
mullens according as it is mentioned aboute the Leas*^ Mullens 
& I the s'' John & my Family and all those that L[i]ve in the 
before mentioned House I the said John do ingage shall Look 
well after Spot pond Dam & all the said Timothy Spr agues 
Lands in Stonham as shall be best to the s'' Timothys advantage 
during the term of this Leas and in Cuting the under Brush 
aforesaid y^ frute Trees are reserved to the Leasors benefit & 
are not to be cut down or destroyed & allso it is agreed by Both 
partys that said John Batts shall pay all the Rates and Taxes 
that shall arise for the s*' Leased Lands for all the Lands before 
mentioned during this Leas & also the s*^ John is to keep a Cow 
or two or any other Creatures And he is to Leave all the Dung 
y*^ Shall be made on the s'' Leased Lands with all y^ Hay 


Stoalks & other things & foder on any thing y* Groweth or is 
used on y^ $'' Leased Lands & also keep up the fences so as to 
prevent and preserve the frute Trees for the Rent of the s*^ de- 
mised i^remisses and at the end of the s'' Term of one year to 
Surrender up quiet possession of the s'' demissed premises w* 
out any Demolsshment in good & Tenantable repair fire and 
other Extraordinary providences Excepted In "Witness whereof 
y'' s'^' parties to these presents have hereunto interchangeably Set 
there Hands & Seals the Day & year first writen Signed Sealed 
and Delivered in the Presents of us 

It is agreed by both the Leasor and Lease before Signing 
and Sealing y^ the Rent of the above writen Leas be paid by per 
quarterly payments during this Leas as Rent for the premises 
aforesaid during y*^ term the Lease holds the same by vertue of 
this demisse it is also agreed before Signing & Sealing y* the 
Wido Sarah Conore & her Daughters Hannah & Lydia Conore 
Shall have the Chamber of the above Leased House to Live in 
dureing the term of this Leas and it is also agreed by both the 
Leasor & Lease y^ if John Batts do cary away y® Hay & other 
foder for Catel from y^ Leased Lands & Leased Barn on s'^ 
Spragues Land in Stonham he the s*^ Batts Shall ingage to cary all' 
y** Dung to s*^ Spragues Barn in Stonham in the month of Apr' 
1765 therefore I the s'' John Batts do ingage to cary all the 
dung y*^ is maid with my Stock according to the words of this 
Leas from Maiden to Stonham Barn afores^' in the Month of 
Apr" 1765 and also y® Dung y^ is made by my s'' Stock in May 
1765 I will carry to the said Leased Barn in May 1765 and if y*^ 
s*' Sary Conory and her two daughters before mentioned do 
leave the aforesaid [3] chamber then the said John Batts is to 
have the s'^ chamber the term of this lease and if y® said Batts 
do think that y*" rent of this lease be not worth no more than 
4-16-0 besides all the artickles mentioned in this lease then he 
the said Batts is to pay the 4-16-0 besides all y^' artickles before 
mentioned in this lease 

Mary Dix John Batts 

Lydia Sprague Timothy Sprague" 

(Original Papers in the Maiden Public Library,) 



Organized, March 8, 1886. 
Incorporated February 7, 1887. 


Vice Presidents. 




Charles H. Adams H. Heustis Newton 

Sylvester Baxter Roswell R. Robinson 

George W. Chamberlain Godfrey Ryder, M. D. 

George Howard Fall William G. A. Turner 

George L. Gould Walter Kendall Watkins 

Charles E. Mann Arthur H. Wellman 

William Henry Winship 


COMMITTEES, 1919-1920. 

George L. Gould 
William G. Merrill 


Arthur W. Walker 
William Henry Winship 

Charles E. Mann 
W. G. A. Turner 
Arthur H. Wellman 


Sylvester Baxter 
George W. Chamberlain 
William Henry Winship 


Georgb W. Chamberlain Thomas S.' Rich 

Charles H. Adams Mrs. Henry W. Upham 

Mrs. Adeline A. Nichols 


Walter Kendall Watkins 
William Brown Snow 

Mrs. Alfred H. Burlen 
Mrs. Augusta R. Brigham 


Mrs. Mary Greenleaf Turner 
Mrs. J. Parker Swett 

Mrs. Mary Lawrence Mann 
Mrs. Annie Dexter Walker 


Eugene A. Perry 
Peter Graffam 

J. Lewis Wightman 
Richard Greenleaf Turner 

Library and Historic Collections. 

William G. A. Turner Dr. Godfrey Ryder 

Herbert W. Fison 





[Adopted at the annual meeting- March 13, 191 2.] 


This society shall be called the Maiden Historical 


The objects of this society shall be to collect, preserve 
and disseminate the local and general history of Maiden 
and the genealogy of Maiden families ; to make anti- 
quarian collections ; to collect books of general history, 
genealogy and biography ; and to prepare, or cause to be 
prepared from time to time, such papers and records 
relating to these subjects as may be of general interest to 
the members. 


The members of this society shall consist of two 
classes, active and honorary, and shall be such persons 
either resident or non-resident of Maiden, as shall, after 
being approved by the board of directors, be elected by 
the vote of a majority of the members present and voting 
at any regularly called meeting of the society. 

Honorary members may be nominated by the board 
of directors and shall be elected by ballot by a two-thirds 


vote of the members present and voting at any regularly 
called meeting. They shall enjoy all the privileges of the 
society except that of voting. 


The officers of the society shall include a recording 
secretary, and a treasurer, who shall be members of the 
board of directors. The society may in its discretion elect 
one person as secretary-treasurer to perform the duties of 
recording secretary and treasurer. The other officers to 
be elected by the society shall be a board of eleven 
directors, including the officer or officers named above. 
The recording secretary, treasurer (or secretary-treasurer), 
and directors shall be elected by ballot at the annual 
meeting of the society. 

The board of directors shall from their number elect 
by ballot a president and three vice presidents, and from 
the members of the society may elect a librarian and 
curator and such other officers as may be deemed neces- 
sary. All officers shall serve for one year, or until their 
successors are elected and qualified. The board of 
directors may fill any vacancies for unexpired terms. 


The board of directors may elect annually committees 
on finance, publication, membership, genealogies and such 
other committees as the society may direct or the board 
deem desirable. 


The annual dues of the society shall be one dollar. 
Any active member may become a life member by the 
payment of twenty-five dollars during any one year, which 


shall exempt such member from the payment of further 
annual dues. The board of directors shall have discretion 
to drop from the membership roll any person failing to 
pay his annual assessment for two successive years. 


The annual meeting of the society shall be held on 
the second Wednesday in March for the election of officers 
and the transaction of other business. Regular meetings 
shall be called in May, October, December and January. 
Special meetings may be called by the president at his 
discretion and five members shall constitute a quorum for 
the transaction of business at any meeting. 


These by-laws maybe altered, amended or suspended, 
by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting at 
any meeting, notice of such proposed action having been 
given in the call for said meeting. 



MEMBERS 1920. 

Adams, Charles H. 
Adams, Walter E. 
Ammann, Albert . 

Bailey, Dudley Perkins 
Ball, Rev. Archey Decatur, D 
Baxter, Sylvester . 
Bayrd, Mrs. Adelaide Breed 
Bickford, Erskine Frank 
Blakeley, William Monroe 
Bliss, Alvin Evarts 
Bliss, Edwin P. 
Blodgett, Charles Martin 
Boutwell, Harvey L. 
Boynton, Thomas Jefferson 
Bradstreet, George Flint 
Brigham, Mrs. Augusta R. 
Bruce, Charles Mansfield 
Burbank, Edwin C. 
Burgess, Mrs. Ovilla Bishop 
Burlen, Mrs. Alfred H. . 

Carney, Peter F. J. 
Carr, Joseph- T. . 
Carlisle, Frank H. . 
Casas, William B. de las 
Chamberlain, George Walter 
Chamberlain, Mrs. Harriet She 
Chandler, John Girard . 
Coggan, Marcellus 

309 Washington street, Melrose 

. 88 Summer street. Maiden 

50 Acorn street. Maiden 

. 121 Linden street, Everett 

D. . . Ridgewood, N. J. 

32 Murray Hill road. Maiden 

. 24 Spruce street, Maiden 

38 Main street, Maiden 

285 Washington street. Maiden 

. 60 Linden avenue. Maiden 

170 Summer street, Maiden 

. 94 Lebanon street. Maiden 

209 Summer street. Maiden 

. 60 Summer street, Everett 

07 Warren street. West Medford 

. 57 Linden avenue. Maiden 

155 Hawthorne street. Maiden 

. 37 Beltran street. Maiden 

72 Mountain avenue. Maiden 

. 245 Clifton street. Maiden 

. 21 Elmwood park, Maiden 

. 243 Salem street. Maiden 

35 High street. Maiden 

95 Cedar street. Maiden 

29 Hillside avenue. Maiden 

rman 29 Hillside avenue. Maiden 

10 Dexter street, Maiden 

. Tremont Building, Boston 



Converse, Costello C. 
Converse, Mrs. Mary Ida 
Corbett, John Marshall . 
Corey, Mrs. Isabella Holden 
Cotton, Frank E. . 
Cox, Alfred Elmer 

Damon, Herbert 
Daniels, Charles Augustus 
Dawes, Miss Agnes H. 
Dillingham, William C. 
Dobbs, Rev. John Francis, D 
Dowty, Rev. William Edmund 

Estey, Frank W. . 
Evans, Wilmot R., Sr. . 

Fall, George Howard 
Fall, Howard 
Fenn, Harry W. 
Fison, Herbert W. 
Fowle, Frank E. . 
Fuller, Alvan T. 

Gay, Dr. Fritz Walter . 
Gould, George Lambert . 
Graff am, Peter 

2 Main street. Maiden 

2 Main street, Maiden 

. 79 Tremont street. Maiden 

. 3 Berkeley street, Maiden 

48 Glen street. Maiden 

80 Appleton street. Maiden 

195 Mountain avenue, Maiden 

88 Mt. Vernon street. Maiden 

I Ridgewood road. Maiden 

66 Appleton street. Maiden 

D., 411 Pleasant street. Maiden 

3o Florence street. Maiden 

136 Hawthorne street, Maiden 
. 28 Chestnut street, Boston 

13 Evelyn place. Maiden 

12 Evelyn place, Maiden 

. 279 Clifton street. Maiden 

3 2 Main street park. Maiden 

311 Summer street, Maiden 

85 Appleton street. Maiden 

. 105 Salem street. Maiden 

24 Alpine street. Maiden 

. 181 Clifton street. Maiden 

Hardy, Arthur Proctor . . 49 Las Casas street. Maiden 

Haven, Rev. William Ingraham, D.D. 

Astor place. New York, N. Y. 

Hawley, Mrs. Alice C. . 
Hawley, William Dickinson 
Hawley, William H. 
Hobbs, William Joseph , 

37 Washington street. Maiden 

37 Washington street. Maiden 

. 40 Newhall street, Maiden 

33 Converse avenue. Maiden 

Hughes, Bishop Edwin Holt, D.D., 335 Summer street, Maiden 
Hutchins, John Wesley . . 20 Main street park, Maiden 


Jones, Louis G. . . . . . Acorn street, Maiden 

Kerr, Alexander 
King, Edward Samuel 
King, Mrs. Ellen H. 
King, Hervey Wellman 
Knapp, C. Henry , 

Lang, Thomas 
Locke, Elmore E. . 
Locke, Frank L. . 
Lund, James 

133 Hawthorne street. Maiden 

36 Beltran street. Maiden 

. 47 Francis street. Maiden 

39 Brook Hill road, Milton 

461 Highland avenue, Maiden 

202 Mountain avenue. Maiden 

37 Alpine street. Maiden 

. 219 Clifton street. Maiden 

142 Hawthorne street. Maiden 

Mann, Charles Edward . 
Mann, Mrs. Mary Lawrence . 
Mansfield, Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth 
MacLellan, Mrs. Christine 
Merrill, William G. 
Millett, Charles Howard 
Millett, Mrs. Mary C. . 
.Millett, Mrs. Rosina Maria 
Miner, Franklin Matthias 
Morgan, Albert Benton . 
Morse, Tenney 
Moss, Rev. Charles Henry, D. D. 

Nichols, Mrs. Adeline Augusta 

14 Woodland road. Maiden 

14 Woodland road, Maiden 

57 Glenwood street. Maiden 

135 Clifton street. Maiden 

149 Walnut street. Maiden 

217 Clifton street. Maiden 

217 Clifton street. Maiden 

217 Clifton street. Maiden 

127 Summer street, Maiden 

50 Pleasant street, Maiden 

6^ Las Casas street. Maiden 

48 Grace street. Maiden 

Otis, James O. 

Page, Albert Nelson 
Perkins, Clarence Albert 
Perry, Eugene A. . 
Perry, Miss Mary W. 
Plummer, Arthur James 
Porter, Dwight 
Prior, Dr. Charles E. 

37 Cedar street. Maiden 

. 9 Woodland road, Maiden 

349 Pleasant street. Maiden 

57 High street, Maiden 

145 Summer street. Maiden 

. 48A Maple street. Maiden 

4 Hudson street. Maiden 

149 Hawthorne street. Maiden 

I Mountain avenue. Maiden 



Rich, Thomas S. . 
Rich, Mrs. Thomas S. . 
Richards, George Louis . 
Robinson, Roswell Raymond . 
Roby, Austin Hayward . 
Rowe, Miss Edith Owen 
Ryder, Mrs. Gertrude Yale . 
Ryder, Dr. Godfrey 

. 240 Clifton street, Maiden 
. 340 Clifton street. Maiden 
. 84 Linden avenue. Maiden 
. 84 Linden avenue, Maiden 
105 Washington street. Maiden 
. 149 Walnut street, Maiden 
321 Pleasant street. Maiden 
321 Pleasant street, Maiden 

Shove, Francis A. . . .189 Clifton street, Maiden 

Siner, Mrs. James B. . .156 Hawthorne street. Maiden 

Snow, William Brown . . -79 Dexter street. Maiden 

Sprague, Mrs. Emeline M. . Commonwealth avenue, Boston 
Sprague, Phineas Warren, 471 Commonwealth avenue, Boston 
Starbird, Louis Delver . . 213 Mountain avenue, Maiden 

Stevens, Dr. Andrew Jackson . 599 Main street, Maiden 

Stover, Col. Willis W. . . 100 Waverly street, Everett 

Swett, J. Parker .... Highland terrace. Maiden 
Sykes, Rev. Richard Eddy, D. D., 

St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y. 

Turner, Alfred Rogers 
Turner, Mrs. Mary Greenleaf 
Turner, William G. A. 

Upton, Eugene Charles . 

Walker, Mrs. Annie Dexter 
Walker, Arthur Willis . 
Walker, Mrs. Clara Isabel 
Walker, Hugh L. 
Watkins, Walter Kendall 
Wellman, Arthur Holbrook , 
Wellman, Mrs. Jennie Louisa 
Wellman, Gordon Boit . 
Welsh, Willard 

200 Broadway, Paterson, N. J. 

Ridgewood road. Maiden 

. Ridgewood road. Maiden 

55 Dexter street. Maiden 

16 Alpine street, Maiden 

16 Alpine street, Maiden 

26 Dexter street. Maiden 

. 14 Newhall street, Maiden 

47 Hillside avenue. Maiden 

. 193 Clifton street, Maiden 

. 193 Clifton street. Maiden 

. 46 Dover road, Wellesley 

60 Greenleaf street, Maiden 



Whittemore, Edgar Augustus 
Wiggin, Joseph 
Wightman, J. Lewis 
Wingate, Edward Lawrence 
Winship, Addison L. 
Winship, William Henry 
Woodward, Frank Ernest 

. 2 Woodland road, Maiden 

55 Clarendon street. Maiden 

245 Mountain avenue. Maiden 

85 Dexter street, Maiden 

65 Laurel street, Melrose 

. 209 Maple street. Maiden 

Wellesley Hills 




Charles F. Belcher, a member of this Society, and a resi- 
dent for years at 148 Hawthorne street. Maiden, died suddenly in 
the Kenberma, of Hull, July 8, 191 8, from hardening of the 
arteries. He had been in bad health for some time, but had 
attended to his business as treasurer of the Walker & Pratt Com- 
pany, in Boston, daily. He was stricken with illness just after 
his return from his office, and died during the evening. 

Mr. Belcher was born in Easton, Massachusetts, and was 
in his 66th year. He was educated in Easton and in Cam- 
bridge and later in a Boston business college, becoming book- 
keeper for a foundry enterprise upon completing his course. In 
1874 he became head bookkeeper for the Walker & Pratt Com- 
pany, a position he held until 1901, when he became treasurer 
of the company. 

Mr. Belcher came to Maiden over 40 years ago, and soon 
became engrossed in church activities here. He was for a long 
time and at his death a deacon at the First Congregational church. 
He was greatly interested in the work at Forestdale Chapel, of 
which he was for a time Superintendent of the Sunday School. 
He was a director in the Young Men's Christian Association 
and for some years was an officer at the Maiden Cooperative 
Bank. He was a member of the Boston Chamber of Com- 
merce, the Boston Credit Men's Association and of Mystic Side 
Council of the Royal Arcanum. 

Mr. Belcher is survived by his wife, recently with her son 
Harold B. Belcher, treasurer of the Mission Board at FooChow, 
China. He also left sons Edward B. Belcher of Arlington and 
George M. Belcher of Manchester, New Hampshire, and six 



Died, at his summer home at Beach Bluff, Swampscott, 
July 27, 1919, William Bradley Buckminster, in the seventy- 
second year of his age. Mr. Buckminster was one of the most 
widely known and successful residents of Maiden. He was born 
in Boston, son of William J. Buckminster, editor of the Massa- 
chusetts Plowman. He grew up in the Maplewood section of 
Maiden, his home being on Laurel street. He attended the 
Maplewood Grammar school and the Maiden High school, 
graduating in its third class in 1865. Then he spent a year in 
the class of 1865 at Annapolis, among his classmates who sur- 
vive being Admiral Wycoff of San Francisco. Then he went 
to Harvard, from which college his father, grandfather and 
great grandfather had graduated. He was given the degree of 
A, M. in 1870. 

Soon after he became a bookkeeper for Isaac Rich, the 
celebrated fish merchant of Boston, one of the founders of Bos- 
ton University. His abilities as a business man attracting the 
attention of the late F. H. Odiorne, who was interested in quick- 
silver properties in Napa county, California, and through him 
Mr. Buckminster, who had been as a college man deeply 
interested in geology, was made manager of the properties of 
several mine owners. From that time his interests expanded 
rapidly until he became known as the " Quicksilver King," 
being one of the greatest quicksilver magnates in the world. At 
his death he was a director of the New Idria Quicksilver Com- 
pany and of the Harvard mines, which caused him to make trips 
to the Pacific coast, where he was well known, several times 
annually. He had many other business interests, being a director 
in the Maiden Trust Company, a former president of the Maiden 
and Melrose Gas Light Company and treasurer of the Assabet 
Mills at Maynard. 

Mr. Buckminster was married September 14, 1870, by 
Rev. Andrew P. Peabody, the celebrated University preacher at 
Harvard, to Miss Christine Isabelle Chase of Leominster. He is 


survived by two sons, Capt. William R., of Maiden, and Harold 
C, of Winchester. Younger sons, Roy and Morey Willard, 
died in Maplewood, the home of the family for many years. 

While living in Maplewood, Mr. Buckminster interested 
himslf in local politics. He served in the Common Council for 
Ward Six in 1S85 and i886", was chairman of the Water Board 
for five years, and served as a cemetery trustee. He was a 
frequent delegate to conventions of the Republican party. 

Mr. Buckminster was a grand-nephew of Rev.. John Stevens 
Buckminster, an elequent representative of the old school of 
Boston Unitarian preachers. His mother was a Methodist, and 
he spent his early days as an attendent at the Maplewood 
Methodist church. After his marriage he attended the Maple- 
wood Congregational church, and after his removal to his 
beautiful home on Dexter street, he became a communicant at 
St. Paul's Episcopal church. 

Mr. Buckminster dearly loved flowers, and before leaving 
for Beach Bluff in the early summer superintended the re-grad- 
ing of the lawn at his Dexter street estate, and the constructiot) 
of a rose garden, in which he was much interested. 


James Henry Burgess, a native of Charlestown, who came 
to Maiden when he was seven years of age, and whose home 
was at 72 Mountain avenue, died at the Boston Homeopathic 
Hospital, November 21, 191S, his death following an operation. 
For a half century he was connected with the firm of Sherburne 
& Co. dealers in railroad supplies, in Boston, in charge of the 
company's offices. 

Mr. Burgess' early life was spent in Maplewood, where he 
resided with an uncle, the late Deacon Henry E. Turner, father 
of the late state auditor, Henry E. Turner, on Salem street, at 
the head of Webster. Both his mother and aunt were teachers 
in the old Maplewood school. He was married, June 17, 1S80, 



to Miss Ovilla B. Riley, daughter of the late Charles E. Riley, 
of Maplewood, who, with a son, H. Chester Burgess, survive 
him. He was a member of the Knights of Malta, the First 
Baptist church, and of this Society. 

Mr. Burgess' parents were James D., and Angeline C. 
Burgess, and he was of Cape Cod stock. The family was 
prominent in the Puritan history of England, Rev. Dr. Cornelius 
Burgess, having been an assessor, or vice president of the West- 
minster Assembly, which devised the confession and the cate- 
chism and ceased its deliberations when Cromwell dissolved the 
Long Parliament. Dr. Burgess' colleague was his cousin, the 
Rev. John White, the Patriarch of Dorchester, England, founder 
of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the great-grandfather of 
John and Charles Wesley. 


On Wednesday, April 23, 1919, at his home in Newton 
Upper Falls, died, Darius Cobb, one of the most notable natives 
of Maiden. His age was eighty-four. He was hale and hearty 
and full of enthusiasm at the celebration of his last birthday, 
August 6, 191S, and began to fail in the fall of that year, but he 
made a good fight against his condition, continuing his art work 
and his lectures. He always claimed that painting and the 
desire to paint kept him young. 

The birthplace of both Darius and his twin brother Cyrus 
Cobb, also a painter and eminent as a sculptor, was in a front 
upper chamber of the old parsonage on Main street, in which 
room Rev. William Emerson, the grandfather of Ralph Waldo 
Emerson, and Rev. Adoniram Judson, the Burmese missionary, 
had previously seen the light. Rev. Sylvanus Cobb, the father 
of the twins, was the pastor of the First Parish church, which 
was divided during his pastorate, he removing to Waltham when 
the lads were in their fourth year. A few years ago Mr. Cobb 
"''sited Maiden and gave his reminiscences of childhood in the 


old parsonage. It was remarkable how many things in his 
infancy of three years the old gentleman could remember. On 
the side of both father and mother the brothers were descended 
from Elder Cobb, who came to America in the second voyage 
of the Mayflower. Mrs. Cobb, the mother, whose maiden name 
was Eunice Hale Waite, was actively engaged in woman's work. 
She was the first president of the Ladies' Physiological Institute of 
Boston. Until the death of Cyrus Cobb in 1903 the brothers 
had been inseparable. Cyrus was the leader, being termed by 
Darius the elder brother, as he was born three minutes earlier. 
Each helped the other in the work that he did, though much of 
the planning was done by Cyrus. Early in life, through the 
impressions gained by a study of some of Washington Allston's 
paintings they determined to become painters and dedicated 
themselves to art. From that time they worked side by side in 
the same studio. Both the brothers were soldiers in the Civil 
War, serving in the Forty-fourth Massachusetts Regiment. 
Later in his life Cyrus Cobb designed the Soldiers' Monument on 
Cambridge Common. 

The painting of a distinctive representation of Christ was an 
ambition of Darius Cobb from his youth. He did many suc- 
cessful portraits and much other notable work, but frequently 
would return to his ideal, which he did not complete to his satis- 
faction until 1914. This, under the title of "The Master," he 
thereafter exhibited widely. Of his other work, it may be said 
that his paintings adorn the art galleries of France, England 
and America. The nine great jDaintings in the Empire ballroom 
of the Hotel Tuileries are by him. For years he devoted himself 
to portraits and landscapes, among notable portraits being those 
of Henry Wilson, Charles Sumner, Rufus Choate, General 
Benjamin F. Butler and John A. Andrew. The Wilson portrait 
hangs in the Natick Town Hall, Mr. Cobb being chosen as the 
painter by Vice President Wilson's family and fellow-townsmen. 
The lawyers of Boston purchased the portrait of Rufus Choate 
for the Supreme Court, and two copies of it were ordered by 
General Butler, one for himself and one for the New York bar, 


he agreeing with WilHam M. Evarts and other eminent lawyers 
that it was an extraordinary portrait. The Andrew portrait 
was purchased by the Governor's son, Congressman John F. 
Andrew, for presentation to tlie State. 

Like many devotees of the Fine Arts, Mr. Cobb was also 
notable as a singer, a lecturer and poet. He enjoyed long walks, 
loved animals and flowers and was in vigorous health until very 
near the close of life. He was an active member of the Boston 
Art Club. He regularly attended the reunions of the Old School 
Boys of Boston Association and belonged to William H. Smart 
Post 20, of Cambridge. In 1S66 the twin brothers married 
sisters, Darius marrying Laura M., and Cyrus, Emma Lillie. 
There was a double wedding and the officiating clergyman was 
Rev. Warren H. Cudworth, chaplain of the Sixth Massachusetts 
Regiment, and Rev. Sylvanus Cobb, the father, assisting. 
Mr. Cobb was survived by his widow^ several months. She died 
in October, 191 9. Four daughters and three sons survive him : 
Miss Lillie A., and Miss Cora S. Cobb, Mrs. David S.* Wheeler 
and Mrs. H. Earl Myers, and Messrs. Frederick W., Percival 
B. and Stanwood Cobb. 

Mr. Cobb's funeral was held at the Newton Highlands 
Congregational church. The service was conducted by Rev. 
Henry Smart, and Rev. Stephen H. Roblin spoke words of 
eulogy. In the chancel of the church was Mr. Cobb's master 
painting, " The Master." The picture had been with its painter 
in churches every where for many years, but for the first time the 
lips which had told the story of the picture, and borne testimony 
to the love of the speaker for its subject, were silent ; but the 
picture, for the gathering of loving, sorrowing friends could see 
in the benign, compassionate, divine features on the canvas the 
testimony of the dead painter to his conception of what the 
Master was like ; while in another sense it testified to the faith 
of the painter — not dead, but alive forevermore, and satisfied, 
because awake in the likeness he adored. 



Charles Lynde Eaton, vice president of the S. S. Pierce 
Company, was born in the old Dr. .Sullivan house, which stood 
at 310 Main street, and died in a Boston hospital June 7, 19 19. 
His residence was at 44 Dexter street, but he had been at the 
hospital since January 25. His parents were James and Rebecca 
Lynde Eaton. He was educated in Maiden, and upon com- 
pleting his course in the high school entered the employment of 
the Pierce Company, where hf spent the rest of his life. With a 
keen business instinct and blessed with great industry, it was 
not strange that he rose to his high position with the company. 
He had a mastery of all details of the grocery trade and his 
judgment was relied upon by the firm and its customers alike. 
He had a summer home at Seven Gables, in Clifton and a 
country estate at Belgrade Lakes, in Maine. 

Mr. Eaton was a first cousin of the late James F. Eaton, 
of Maplewood. Two brothers passed away a few years ago, 
leaving him the last of his family. His wife, who was Miss 
Grace Choate of Beverly, and a daughter, Miss Bessie L. Eaton, 
survive him. He was connected with the First Congregational 
church and a member of this Society. His social and athletic 
interests are shown through his having been a member of the 
Corinthian, Boston and Eastern Yacht clubs, the Tedesco, 
Kernwood, City, Boston Art and Apollo clubs. 


Deacon Edward Gay, for many years a member of this 
Society, passed away at his home, iS Dexter street, Tuesday, 
June I, 1920, at the age of 83 years. He was born in Nashua, 
N. H , the son of Ira and Mary (White) Gay, was educated in 
several preparatory schools and was graduated from Amherst 
College in 18^6. After a professional career as a teacher for 
several years in the schools of Wakefield and the Quincy school 


in Boston, he entered the woolen concern of H. Porter Smith of 
Boston, and later took charge of the Boston office of the Cochrane 
Chemical Company, remaining with that corporation some 38 
years, retiring nine years ago. 

Deacon Gay was an active member of the First Congrega- 
tional church and the Young Men's Christian Association. He 
served many years in the office of deacon in the church, and 
when the present home of the Y. M. C. A. was built, he was 
the chairman of the building commission. From 1878 to 1882 
he was a member of the Maiden School Committee, serving 
with Rev. Dr. Joseph Cummings, Joshua H. Millett, J. W. 
Allen, P. J. McSha:ne, Mrs. E. D. Freeman and Mrs. F. W. 
Lewis, now all deceased. 

Mr. Gay was a resident of Maiden 54 years. His wife who 
was Miss Eloise Fox, died in 1900. A sister, Mrs. Ellen A. 
Smith, made her home with him. 


Dr. Richard James Plummer Goodwin, one of the oldest 
physicians in Maiden, and for many years a member of this 
Society, passed away on the morning of Monday, April 19, 
1920, at his home on Pleasant street. He was a native of BoS" 
ton, and died in his 83d year. He was the son of Richard 
Hanson and Mary Ann (Roberts) Goodwin and the late Henry 
C. Goodwin, long a druggist here, was his cousin. Dr, Good- 
win was a pupil in the Eliot school and was graduated from the 
Harvard Medical school in 1859. In that year he was married, 
in the Old North church on Salem street, to Josephine Louise, 
daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Ezra Allen, of Boston. 

Dr. Goodwin, with his bride, came to Maiden, and made 
his home on Pleasant street, not far from the spot where he 
died. Upon the breaking out of the Civil War he volunteered 
as an Army surgeon, and served until its close, going then to 
Manchester, N. PL, where he remained in charge of an Army 


hospital for 20 years. Then he returned to Boston, settling in 
general practice with a classmate, Dr. Benjamin Franklin 
Campbell, now deceased. Dr. Campbell was at one time a 
member of the Massachusetts Senate, giving distinguished ser- 
vice. On January i, 1890, he came here, practicing among his 
older patients until his retirement. He was active in Masonry in 
earlier years, was a member of the First Congregational church, 
and actively interested in the work of this Society until prevented 
through the infirmities of age. 

Mrs. Goodwin died 27 years ago. Six children survive 
him : Mrs. George H. Walsh, Mrs. Francis L. Maraspin, Mrs. 
C. A. Dyer, Misses Mary and Beatrice Goodwin of Maiden and 
Mrs. Henry M. Slade of Fairhaven. There are also seven 


Edwin Carter Gould, a member of this Society, died at his 
home on Wyoming avenue, in Melrose, December 27, 1919. 
He was the son of Rev. Levi and Elizabeth (Webb) Gould and 
a brother of the late Hon. Levi S. Gould, formerly mayor of 
Melrose and chairman of the Middlesex County Commissioners. 
The family removed to this city when Melrose was that part of 
Maiden known as North Maiden, which became their home. 
Mr. Gould was educated at Bath, Maine, and attended a Boston 
commercial college. When 16 years old he set in type and 
printed the first newspaper in Melrose, called the Melrose 
Advertiser, which, under different names, continued to appear 
until merged in the Evening News, in 1906. For many years 
he was engaged in the rubber business ; then he went West, 
locating at first in Kansas, then joining the gold rush at Pike's 
Peak and remaining in Colorado until the outbreak of the Civil 
War, when he joined Company F of the First Colorado Cavalry. 
After taking part in many engagements, he was badly wounded 
at Glorietta, New Mexico. He was mustered out in 1864. He 


served as postmaster at Fort Lyon, Colorado, and then, return- 
ing East, located in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he engaged 
in the furniture business for seventeen years. 

From Bridgeport he came to Boston, making his home in 
Melrose. In 189 1 he was made town accountant of Melrose, 
being appointed the same year by the late Sergeant-at-arms, 
Captain John G. B. Adams, a messenger of the General Court. 
From this position he retired about 15 years ago. He served 
continuously either as town accountant or city auditor from his 
appointment to the time of his death. He was a model public 
servant, with the faithfulness to duty of an old soldier and the 
courtesy of a true gentleman. He was devoted to the interests 
of his brother and the affection of each of the brothers for the 
other was a frequent subject of comment. For a half century 
Mr. Gould had been a member of Wyoming lodge of Masons, in 
which he served many years as. tyler. He belonged to other 
bodies of Masons, and to U. S. Grant Post 4, Grand Army of 
the Republic. 


On January 6, 1919, died at his home, 26 Prescott street, in 
Maiden, Arthur Prescott Holden, a member of this Society, the 
event being one of those, now of infrequent occurrence, of a 
native of Maiden living for a half-century and passing away in 
the house in which he was born. An uncle, Henri C. Parsons, 
had died in Middleboro, and Mr. Holden contracted a cold in 
attending to the funeral arrangements, which developed into 
pneumonia, and proved fatal after a brief illness. 

Mr. Holden was the son of the late John Prescott Holden 
and Anna R. (Floyd) Holden. The father was long the vice 
president of the Maiden Savings Bank and for more than a 
generation the chairman of the Maiden board of assessors. The 
son was educated in Maiden, and on his graduation from the 
Maiden High school entered the service of the National Shaw- 


mut bank, in Boston, and when leaving it, owing to ill health, 
was in charge of the purchase pf all supplies for the institution. 
He then succeeded his father in the insurance business. He 
served in the Common Council in 1908 and 1909. He was an 
attendant at the First Parish church. He was a member of 
Converse Lodge of Masons. Mrs. Holden died about three 
years ago. Mr. Holden left one son, William Prescott Holden, 
who was seriously ill at the time the father passed away. 


Miss Ellen Watson Lane, a member of this Society, died at 
her home, 45 Waverly street, in Maiden, on Monday, March 15, 
1920. Miss Lane was the oldest employe of Little, Brown & Co., 
the Boston publishers, and was born in Charlestown, February 
25, 1839, t^^ daughter of George Lane and Sarah Hawes Berry, 
a descendant of Mayflower stock. In the early 8o's she entered 
the employ of the Little, Brown firm, continuing in various 
important positions until the time of her death. Two nephews, 
DeWitt Lane of South Boston and Frank Church Lane of 
Philadelphia, survive her; also three grand-nieces. 


Rev. James Mudge, S. T. D., died at his home on Cedar 
street, in Maiden, May 7, 191 8, in his 76th year. He was a 
retired preacher of the Methodist Episcopal church, and since 
giving up pastoral charges had lived in Maiden ten busy, but 
happy years, for he was at the time of his death the secretary of 
the New England Annual Conference, a position he had filled for 
30 years, and attended the sessions of that body within a moiith of 
his death, performing his secretarial duties and attending the 
session when his sermon, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of 



his becoming a member of the conference, was read by an asso- 
ciate, Dean Huntington. He was able to complete the work of 
reading the proofs of the Minutes of the conference proceedings 
a few days before his death. 

Dr. Mudge was a native of West Springfield, the son of a 
Methodist preacher, Rev. James Mudge, but delighted in tracing 
the history of early members of his family in Maiden. On page 
39 of Volume Five of the Register appears an article by him, 
" The Mudges of Maiden," which he read at a meeting of the 
Society a short time before his death. He was descended from 
Thomas Mudge, born in England in 1624, who came from 
Devonshire to Massachusetts Bay about 1638. Thomas lived 
many years on the Job Lane farm, now incorporated in Wood- 
lawn Cemetery. Dr. Mudge was descended from Thomas' son 
John, prominent in Maiden through a long life. His grandson, 
John, moved to Lynnfield in 1750, where, in 1754, was born 
Enoch Mudge, great-grandfather of Dr. Mudge, who was a 
prosperous shoe manufacturer in Lynn, and became the first 
member, first class-leader, first steward and first local preacher 
of the pioneer church of Massachusetts Methodism in Lynn. 
His son. Rev. Enoch Mudge, became the first itinerant 
Methodist preacher in New England. His nephew, James 
Mudge, father of the subject of this sketch, was also a Methodist 
preacher, who died at the early age of 34, and in 1833 was in 
charge of the church at North Maiden, now Melrose. He died 
in Greenfield in 1846. 

Dr. Mudge removed to Lynn after the death of his father, 
and later attended the Lynn High School and Wesleyan Univer- 
sity at Middletown, Connecticut, from which he was graduated 
in 1S65. Then he attended the Theological School of Boston 
University, graduating in 1S70. At this period he preached in 
the North Avenue church, in Cambridge, and after his ordina- 
tion became pastor of the church at Wilbraham. Then he spent 
ten years in the missionary field, editing the Lucknow Witness. 
Returning to this country and to the New England Conference, 
of which he soon became the secretary, he spent thirty busy 


years in the pastorate, preaching at East Pepperell, Clinton, 
Lowell Highlands, Natick, Worcester, Jamaica Plain and 
Centreville, and meanwhile wielding a busy pen in contributions 
to the church press and in the preparation of historical and 
devotional books, articles, essays, prose and poetry. At the 
time of the publication of the bibliography of the work of mem- 
bers of this Society, in the Register of 1910, he submitted more 
titles than any other member, excepting Sylvester Baxter, and 
estimated the number of his theological essays printed in month- 
lies and quarterlies at 350 and of other articles at at least a 
thousand. He left the pastorate to become book editor of 
Zton's Herald about ten years before his death, and his com- 
ments on the Sunday School lessons, prepared long in advance, 
continued to be published many months after that event. 

On retiring from the pastorate. Dr. Mudge made his home 
at 33 Cedar street, and soon became a familiar figure in Maiden. 
He joined this Society, from whose meetings he was almost never 
absent, and was a constant visitor at the Converse Library, 
having few rivals as a borrower of books, although he had a 
large library of his own. In his library he was a warm and 
genial host and his habits of pastoral visitation never forsook 
him, so that in his reports of his work as superintendent of the 
Home Department of Centre M. E. Sunday school, the number 
of his calls would reach into the hundreds annually. It was 
the largest department of its class in the country. His cheery, 
happy spirit and delightful conversation, revealing the wealth 
of a well stored mind, made him a welcome visitor anywhere. 

In Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn, the home of his boyhood 
days, is Dr. Mudge's grave, marked by a blue flag with a white 
cross, which distinguishes the graves of Methodist ministers; 
and on his gravestone is this inscription : 


Minister, Author, Preacher 

" He had a passion for the will of God." 




Dr. Albert Lane Norris, for ten years a resident of Maiden 
and for 45 years in active practice as a physican in Cambridge, 
died in the Deaconess Hospital in Brookline, August 29, 1919, 
in his eighty-first year. He was born in Epping, New Hamp- 
shire, attended Phillips Exeter and Wilbraham academies and 
took his degree in medicine from Harvard in 1865. He was an 
assistant surgeon in the Army, 1S64-1S67, and was in the 
Peninsula campaign. At the close of the war, he established 
himself in practice in East Cambridge, but in 1869 spent a year 
in study in the hopitals of Vienna, Berlin, Edinburgh and 

In 1873, he was married to Miss Clara E. Perley, daughter 
of Dr. John Langdon Perley of Laconia, his wedding trip tak- 
ing him to Europe, which he revisited, with his family, twice 
thereafter, in 1890 and 1905. In 1879 he removed from East 
Cambridge to the corner of Massachusetts avenue and Pleasant 
street in Cambridgeport, remaining in this location until he 
relinquished his active practice to his son. Dr. Albert P. Norris, 
in 19 10, his wife having died during the previous year. He 
then, with his daughters. Misses C. Maude and Grace M. 
Norris, removed to 283 Clifton street, in Maiden. He found 
in his remaining years leisure for reading and for various activ- 
ities, which he greatly enjoyed. He was a faithful member and 
attendant of the Centre M. E. Church and constant in his 
attendance at the meetings of this Society, which he joined soon 
after he came to Maiden. He was also a member of the Uni- 
versity Club of Maiden, the New England Historic Genealogical 
Society, the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, and of the 
Grand Army of the Republic, and held membership in the 
Massachusetts Medical Society for fifty-four years. 

Dr. Norris was one of the most alive men in our commun- 
ity. He took an active interest in current events and in incidents 
that helped make history. All good causes claimed his support. 


Trinity M. E. church, East Cambridge, then building, received 
the first $i,ooo he earned from his practice. He was a fast 
friend and a good neighbor and is greatly missed by those who 
were recipients of his brief, but kindly and frequent calls. His 
friends will not soon forget his happy celebration of his eightieth 
birthday, some weeks before his death. 

Beside his son and daughters, three grand-children survive 
him. His friends lament with his loss, the sudden death, a few 
months ago, of his daughter, Grace, and while sincerely regret- 
ting the death of a lady who endeared herself to the whole com- 
munity by her culture, her fine character and musical talent, are 
grateful that the good father was spared the shock of her going 


Hon. George Edwin Smith, a member of this Society, died 
at the Parker House, in Boston, his winter home, April 26, ' 
1 9 19. For several years he had been a resident of Swampscott, 
removing thence from Everett, long his home, and has resided 
on Atlantic avenue, in the Phillips Beach section, spending his 
winters in Boston. He had been in failing health for over two 

Mr. Smith was born in New Hampton, New Hampshire, 
April 5, 1849, the son of David Hebard and Esther S. (Perkins) 
Smith. He was graduated from Bates College in 1873 and then 
pursued the study of law in private law offices until 1875, when 
he was admitted to the bar in Boston, taking up the active 
practice of his profession. He was town counsel and the first 
city solicitor of Everett. In 1883 he was chosen a member of 
the Massachusetts House of Representatives, serving two years. 
In 1897 he was sent to the Massachusetts Senate, serving as 
chairman of the committee on bills in third reading. In his 
second term he was elected president of the senate, serving in 
that capacity for three years. During the years 1906-19 12 he 


was chairman of the harbor and land commission, retiring to 
his law practice at the close of that period. With the railroad 
commission, his commission formed the joint board on the con- 
struction of the Cape Cod canal. He was a trustee of the Boston 
Five Cents Saving Bank, a director of the Massachusetts Fire 
and Marine Insurance Company, a fellow and a member of 
the Board of Overseers of Bates College, a member of the 
Middlesex and the Boston bar associations, of the Masons, being 
one of the Knights Templar, and belonged to the Middlesex, the 
University and the Algonquin clubs and the Tedesco Country 
Club in Swampscott. 

Mr. Smith married, October 31, 1876, at West Buxton, 
Maine, Sarah Frances Weld, who survives him. She has held 
the office of State regent in the Massachusetts Society of Daugh- 
ters of the Revolution. Mr. Smith had a genial nature, made 
many warm friends, was a successful lawyer, an efficient presid- 
ing officer, a trusted public official and left the record of a long 
life of usefulness. 


Hon. Charles Greeley Warren, for many years a member of 
this Society, died at his home, 677 Main street, March 28, 19 19. 
He was chairman of the street commission, a former mayor and 
a well-known business man. He was born in Yarmouth, Maine, 
November 16, 1856, coming from a family who brought the 
name of their home town, Berwick, England, to their new home 
in Maine. He attended North Yarmouth Academy, earning his 
tuition by working afternoons and evenings in a store. Coming 
to Boston at the age of 14, he learned the trade of trunk making 
and did other things, including the management of a gentlemen's 
furnishing business in the Hotel Commonwealth building until 
1885, when he came to Maiden to become superintendent of the 
F. P. Cox laundry, later being made manager of the National 
Steam Dye House. When the Cox business moved to Boston, 



Mr. Cox bought out their carpet-cleaning business, which he 
thereafter continued, enlarging the plant to include all house 
furnishings, among them the Warren Mattress. 

Mr. Warren began his political experience as a member of 
the Common Council from Ward Seven, in 1893. He served 
three terms, becoming an alderman without opposition. Then 
he became a water commissioner, and later street commissioner. 
He was elected mayor in 1906, and, after being succeeded by 
Dr. Charles D. McCarthy, he was made Maiden's first police 

Mr. Warren was a member of Mount Vernon Lodge of 
Masons, Maiden Lodge of Elks, Wenepoyken Tribe of Red 
Men, Spartan Lodge, Knights of Pythias, Bradley Council, 
Royal Arcanum, the Maiden Deliberative Assembly and the 
Bon Ton Club. He was an Odd Fellow, one of the founders 
of the Order of Hay Makers, a past president of the Maine Club 
and a director of the Maiden Board of Trade, of which he had 
at one time been president. 

Mr. Warren was married, November 15, 1884, to Mrs. 
Emily A. Long of Union, Maine, and is survived by a 
step-daughter, Mrs. Fred O. Johnson. 




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