1723 August 9 (Friday). Returned to Worcester. We call’d to See Captain Jones but he was not at home. Here I had the Information by a Dispensation of Providence in the Burning of the House of Captain Keys of Shrewsbury with 3 of his Sons and Two workmen finishing the house in it. It broke out about Midnight. I visited Mr. Gershom Rice (the Man that first Invited me up) and Thence Strait home. Old Mr. Gray and Mr. Flagg were to see me. Lieutenant Lee being gone to Boston, It was very lonely During his Absence, for he was Sociable.
Captain Nathaniel Jones.
Captain John Keyes (1675-1768). The three sons were Solomon, John and Stephen. The carpenter’s apprentices were Abiel Bragg and William Oakes. See The Boston News-Letter, Aug. 15, 1723.
Gershom Rice (1666-1768), the second settler of Worcester, who arrived m 1715. Lincoln, Worcester, pp. 40-41.
John Gray, an early proprietor.