PUBLICATIONS OF THE IPSWICH
OLD ROWLEY ROAD
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OLD ROWLEY ROAD
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IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD . . 1
THE NORTON-PAINE FARMS 5
THE FOSTER FARM 9
THE THEOPHILUS SHATSWELL LOT 12
ROBERT LORD'S PASTURE 13
THE JOHN FRENCH LOT 14
CALEB KIMBALL'S PASTURE 15
JOHN TUTTLE'S PASTURE 15
JOHN SHATSWELL'S PASTURE . .... . 17
LOT No. 1 20
LOT No. 2 22
LOT No. 3 . 22
LOT No. 4 23
LOT No. 5 . . ..... . . 24
LOT No. 6 25
THE JOHN TUTTLE FARM . . . . . . 26
LOT No. 7 31
LOT No. 14 .32
LOT No. 15 . . . 32
LOT No. 16 . . ...... 32
LOT No. 17 . t . >: -. " ... . . . 33
LOT No. 18 . . . . !' '*' ;' . . ' -. . . 33
IPSWICH VILLAGE ? . .... . . . 34
THE PENGRY FARM .'..'. . . . 34
THE BRADSTREET FARM ....... 38
THE ROBERT MUZZEY FARM ... ... . . 40
THE JEREMIAH JEWETT FARM 45
No. 19 ..." 49
THE TWIFORD WEST FARM . . . . . .61
THE THOMAS EMERSON FARM 62
Although the story of the Village will be regarded probably
of greater interest and value than the history of the pastures
and house lots that intervene between it and the Town proper,
it has seemed best to make this study of all the lots that the
land holdings may be well covered, and to trace the lands on
both sides of the road, before the group of ancient farms that
form the Village is considered.
No section of our Town has more substantial and picturesque
interest than this quiet neighborhood. Its close connection,
geographically and socially, with Rowley, separated it from
Ipswich to such a degree that the Town Clerk of the olden time
made very incomplete entries of the births, marriages and deaths,
which have been preserved fortunately in the Rowley church
records. To supply this deficiency in some degree, and to give
living personal interest to the ancient families, the family his-
tories have been sketched with considerable detail.
The author is indebted to Dea. A. Everett Jewett for many
items of especial interest, and to Mr. John W. Nourse for his
contributions to the story and his skilfully drawn diagram.
Ipswich Village and the Old Rowley Road.
At the north end of High street anciently known as the "West
end", in distinction from the "East end", which is still recalled by
the name East street, three ancient highways diverge like the
ribs of a fan.
On the right, the road to the Town Farm opens, at the foot of
Town Hill, runs through the open tillage lands, and by many side
roads affords access to the vast area of salt-marsh, level, green and
beautiful. Tidal creeks and ditches wind their tortuous courses
and divide its outer edge into many points and islands, each bear-
ing the name, given centuries ago, of the ancient land holder, or
some quaint appellation, which pleased the fancy of the early
settlers and still abides.
Here are Payne's Creek, Green's Creek and Green's Point Land-
ing, the convenient dock where the olden scows or "gundaloes"
with their freights of thatch and salt-hay from Plum Island and
elsewhere were moored and their savory loads transferred to the
Near by are Cross's Bank, Bagwell's Island, Rogers's Island
and Holy Island, Stacey's Creek and Six Goose Creek, Deacon
Sam's Point, Hart's Creek and Hart's Nubs, the Window Frames,
Wattle's or Wadleigh's Neck, Kimball's Point and other points,
coves and creeks innumerable. The road ends at last at the great
farms, granted to Rev. John Norton, Pastor of the Ipswich Church,
one of the most famous ministers of his time, and Mr. William
Paine, patron of the Grammar School, whose gift of Little Neck
is gaining larger value year by year.
At the very beginning of the Town, this was the road to
Newbury or "the pathway leading toward the River of Merrimac."
Under date of Jan. 26, 1634, record is made of a group of lots,
granted to Anthony Short, Robert Muzzey, John Muzzey, and John
Shatswell, which are described as "northward of the Town in
20 rood breadth, North and South to extend west to the pathway
leading toward River of Merrimac." The Shatswell lot was laid
out at Green's Point, and the others were located on the slope of
the hill. All abutted on this highway, which diverged from the
present road, and crossed Muddy river and Egypt river and led
through the Muzzey farm.
Midway between the Town Farm road and the Rowley road
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is Locust street, now a mere lane, shorn of all its dignity by the
fence, which was made across it when the railroad bridge was
built, and a new entrance was opened from the main highway.
Anciently it was the thoroughfare which led into the Common
Fields, and was known as the highway to Muddy river, or the way
to John Tuttle's farm, or Col. Dodge's, as the farm changed owners.
"The way in the Common field on the North side the Eiver from
the Comon gate leading to Muddy Elver is to be 4 roads over soe
farr as leadeth to Mr. Wilson's ground", by vote of July 5 th , 1642.
The way to Green's Point Creek and the Town landing there
was frequently in debate. Richard Shatswell made petition in
March 1723/4, "setting forth that by order of the Selectmen Anno
1667 Reginald Foster and others laid out a highway to Green's
Point Creek, which took up about an acre of land of the peti-
tioner's grandfather, Richard Shatchwell", for which he asked
satisfaction. An interesting explanation of the origin of the name,
Green's Point, is given in the following deed:
"Richard Shatswell, now living near Chelmsford, in considera-
tion of goods granted me by Joane Green, my mother, which were
formerly bequeathed by will unto sayd Joane Green, by John
Green, formerly Ruling Elder of Church in Charlestown, and in
consideration of 25 acres made over to sayd Joan Green by the last
will of John Shatswell, her former husband .... conveys to
said Joan all aforesaid 25 acres (all ways excepting 4 acres at the
upper end of sd. 25 acres adjoining to the highway lately by
sd. Richard sold to Joseph Quilter of Ipswich) within the common
fence now known as Green's Point. July 12, 1667 (Ipswich Deeds
3:255). A Committee appointed "to inquire into the circumstances
of the highway at Green's Point or the Town Dock" reported on
March 6, 1744, that a way had been laid out and a record made of
it, but that it was necessary that the way and the landing be
staked out. The record of the Town Meeting on March 22, 1753,
shows that a way had been staked out, from the North Common
Field gate, "over Ready Marsh bridge," "Belcher's Hill," "Green's
Point Path", etc. down to Col. Berry's farm. May 18, 1756, the way
was again in question, and the lay out was reported again, May
10, 1763. The staking out of the landing was reported to the
Town on March 19, 1770, and the bounds were renewed, June 6,
1777. A Committee was appointed "to treat with Mr. Shatswell
respecting the gate across the road leading to the Town Dock at
Green's Point" on March 6, 1787. Once more on April 11, 1803, a
Committee was instructed "to lay out and ascertain the way from
the gate leading to the North Common fields and Town Dock at
Green's Point." The names "Common Fields" and "The Hundreds",
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which still attach to these unfenced areas of tillage land and
marsh, are most interesting 1 reminders of the ancient system of
land-holding, which prevailed in Old England, centuries before the
Puritan migration. "The Hundreds" is of Teutonic origin. In
the days of the Roman Empire it signified undoubtedly a hundred
soldiers or a hundred families or a hundred hides of land, but in
later times it came to have a geographical significance only, de-
noting the territorial division between the township or parish and
the County. The name Chiltern Hundreds still survives in Eng-
Sir Henry Maine in his Lectures on the land system of the
Middle Ages, states that the territory occupied by any community
was divided into the following parts :
1. The township, where the houses held by heads of families in
severalty were located.
2. The tillage land, divided into plots, but subject to regulations
regarding common cultivation.
3. Meadow land, which in like manner was common for a period
after hay harvest, but was fenced off afterward in allotments
for the new crop.
4. Common or waste land, not appropriated for cultivation, over
which the community had rights of pasturage, wood-cutting, etc.
The division of the land in Ipswich by the first settlers has
very suggestive resemblance to this. The town lots were assigned
first, and every man (and a few women) who built and owned a
house, became forthwith a Commoner and had certain definite
rights in the Common land. Tillage lots, usually about six acres,
were then assigned to the householders in certain localities set
apart for this use, as "Manning's Neck", the "North Common
Fields" and elsewhere. These lots lay in common, that is, they
were unfenced and the bounds were determined simply by stakes
or bound-stones. In the North Common fields the lots still remain
unfenced for the most part and the marsh lots in every locality.
To separate these tillage lots from the neighboring tracts of
wild land, the great Cow Commons, in which the herds of cattle
and flocks of sheep found pasturage under the watchful eye of the
cow keepers and shepherds, a common fence was built by order of
"January the 10 th 1637 Att a Town Meeting. Voted that a
generall fence shall be made from the end of the Towne to Egypt
River with a sufficient fence, and also from the East end of the
Towne in the way of Jefery's neck . . . This fence to be fenced
by y* first day of June next ensueing upon the penalty of five
shillings for every rod that shall then be found unfenced. This
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fence to be done at the charge of all those that have land within the
s'd compass according to their severall shares of Land and by
them to be maintained and there is liberty granted to all such
p'sons to fell any trees for this use as they shall find most con-
venient in the Land ungranted."
This fence was built forthwith, and straightway in the assign-
ing of tillage lots in the Common Fields, it is further specified
that they are "within the Common fence", and as there was a con-
siderable space in one locality between the Common fence and
the high road to Rowley, this was divided into pasture lots, and
assigned to individuals with the specification, that they were
"without the common fence." On the left side of the highway a
large section remained common and undivided.
Working cattle were allowed to roam in the Commons at
night and on Sundays and wet days, when they were not in use;
and as the tempting fields of Indian corn, wheat, rye and barley,
lay just the other side of this barrier, it was a matter of vast
concern that it be strong and high and always in good repair. Na-
thaniel Stow brought suit in March, 1656, against Thomas Smith,
William Marchant, Richard Shatswell and John Newman for in-
jury to his corn. Samuel Younglove deposed that he helped bring
fifty head of cattle out of the corn-fields owned by these men, and
that one post and two lengths of rails were down. Henry Kimball
ran to drive out the marauders, and he deposed that as he went to
get Thomas Smith's steer he leaped over the five railed fence of
Alexander Knight. Another suit resulted from the ravaging of the
corn fields on the Argilla road, when twenty-two head of cattle
leaped the fence.
Keeping of cattle within the Common fence was strictly for-
bidden, and this restriction seems reasonable and necessary, but
some of the most prominent citizens of the Town, Mr. Hubbard,
Mr. Knight, Mr. Bradstreet, Mr. Tuttle and John Shatswell, per-
sisted in bringing their cattle within the limit and they answered
for their offence in December, 1641, before the Quarter Sessions
The vote of the Town on Jan. 11, 1640, is of singular interest,
as it shows that the Middle Age law, which reserved certain
common or public rights in lands, which were held in severalty,
was still recognized to a certain degree.
"For encouraging of people to sow [ ] and securing the
same it is hereby ordered that every one that hath part in any
Common about the Towne shall keep his part of fencing in good
and sufficient repair at all times as well winter as summer under
the same penalty as is now in force for default thereof. And fur-
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ther it is ordered that after harvest the Cow keepers shall have
special charge given them to keep their herds in the marsh mead-
ows and upland implanted as much as they can till 20th of Octob
after which tyme it shall not be lawful for any man to putt in any
Cattell in the said Comon fields under the penalty of 5 s. apiece
unless the Towne make an order to give liberty for some tyme so
to do when snow is upon the ground that the Cattell may eat the
Indian corn stalks without spoyling the english corne. 1 Also it is
ordered that it shall be sufficient to agree upon the putting in or
restrayning of the Cattell into these Common fields upon the stay-
ing of the freemen after a Lecture from tyme to tyme."
The Norton-Paine Farms.
Now KNOWN AS THE POOR FABM.
Rev. John Norton received from the Town a grant of "a
farme of one hundred and fifty acres, more or less, lying upon the
necke of land neare the North River bounded on the southeast by
the Land of Mr. Payne above written, on the North by the North
River," and forty acres more, bounded southwest by land of Mr.
Payne, formerly granted to Mr. Dillingham deceased. (Entered
April 16, 1638). A committee was instructed to lay out a high-
way to these farms by March 1, 1642, "with the rest of the high-
ways that branch from it within the fence."
Mr. William Payne and Mr. Norton each built a dwelling and
the necessary barns and outbuildings on his farm and tenants
were installed, who carried on the work. In September, 1698, a
dispute arose regarding a portion of the Norton farm, and the
depositions made by some of the elderly people reveal some in-
teresting facts. Mary Edwards, aged about fifty-six years, who
lived with Mr. William Norton, brother of Rev. John, about
forty-two years before, mentioned that Samuel Ayers Sen. was
then a tenant on the John Norton farm. Abraham Foster, then
seventy-six years old, had lived with Rev. John Norton about three
years. He testified that "Mr. Norton did improve all y e land
within y e bounds of y e River said to be called the Abith River,
now called Egypt River & Mr. Brown's farm & a creek for
at least 48 years." Simon Stacy, aged about sixty years, and
Samuel Hart, aged about fifty-two years, both alluded to John
Ayres as tenant for many years; and Simon Chapman, aged 54,
affirmed that his uncle, John Aires, was tenant, "as servant to
Mr. John Norton", as the phrase was, for about twenty years. (16:
i Winter wheat, rye and barley were frequently called English corn.
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The neighboring farm passed to John Paine of Boston, son
of Mr. William Paine, at his father's death and he mortgaged it
to Mr. Norton, Oct. 14, 1662. The deed recites that it contained
250 acres, upland and meadow, "with the mansion, dwelling house
and barns, outhouses etc. now in possession of Edward Allen.'*
Mr. Paine bound himself to pay as rental to Mr. Norton 22-10s.,
"10 bushels of good sweete & well-winnowed marchentable wheat
in Boston" on Nov. 10 th of each year, and also "at current mar-
chentable price in Ipswich in good porke, wheat, mault, pease
and Indian corn, proportionally to make up the ten bushels of
wheat, every tenth of November the sum of 22-10s." (Ipswich
Deeds 2: 111).
Rev. John Norton died in Boston, April 5, 1663, having re-
moved there on his call to succeed Rev. John Cotton, in 1656. He
bequeathed the Ipswich farm to his wife, Mary Norton, "provided
always that after the decease of iny wife I give my farm at Ips-
wich with the dwelling house, barn or barnes, outhouses and what-
soever els then shall belong thereunto . . . unto the children of
my brother, Mr. William Norton, to be divided equally among
them, his eldest son having a double portion out of the same.'*
He also ordered that his library should be given to any one of
his nephews who should "be trayned up unto the ministry."
William Norton had two sons, John and Bonest or Bonus, and
a daughter Elizabeth. John was graduated from Harvard Col-
lege in 1671 and was invited to the Pastorate of the Hingham
church, where he was ordained, Nov. 27, 1678. Elizabeth was
married to Col. John Wainwright, March 10 th , 1674.
The widow, Mary Norton, conveyed the 40 acre lot to Mr. Wil-
liam Hubbard of Ipswich and John Hull of Boston, Goldsmith,
Jan. 7, 1670 (Ipswich Deeds 4: 131), but with that exception, the
farm passed to the heirs at her decease. Mr. Bonest Norton sold
his quarter interest in the John Norton farm, also "ye 40 acres",
and upland and meadow, inherited from his father, to his
brother-in-law, Col. John Wainwright April 9, 1695 (11:1), and
Rev. John Norton of Hingham made similar conveyance of his
half interest in the farm and the 40 acres, May 25, 1706. (18: 198).
Col. Wainwright was already in possession of the adjoining
William Paine farm. John Paine had sold it to William Brown
Sen. of Salem, on March 28, 1672, the mortgage being discharged
on the same date. (Ipswich Deeds 3 : 229). Mr. Brown bequeathed
it to his son, William Brown Esq., a Salem merchant, and he sold
to Col. Wainwright, April 3, 1699 (13: 261). He died on August
3, 1708, in his 60 th year, leaving three sons, all under age, Francis,
John and Samuel, and three daughters, Elizabeth, wife of Adding-
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ton Davenport, Ann, wife of Col. Adam Winthrop and Lucy, wife
of Paul Dudley, all of them men of great prominence in the
affairs of the Colony. He gave all his real estate to his sons,
Francis receiving a double portion, "and doe Entaile said Keal
Estate to y e male heirs of my said sons." (Will, signed April
20, 1706. Pro. Rec. 310: 19, 21).
In the division of the estate, the two farms, Mr. Norton's and
Mr. Brown's, were assigned to Francis, Harvard College, 1707, who
died at Boston on Sept. 4, 1722. He seems to have made convey-
ance to his brother John, Harvard College 1711 ; and his mother,
who had married Hon. Isaac Addington of Boston, one of the most
eminent lawyers of his time, Nov. 19, 1713, "in consideration of 5
paid by my loving son, John Wainwright of Ipswich, but more
especially for y e Good Will and Affeccon which I bear unto him
and for his advancement in this world," conveyed to him the
quarter interest in the farm, which she had inherited from her
uncle, Rev. John Norton, "in the present occupation of John Ford."
April 10, 1717 (32:62).
Mr. Wainwright attained the title of Colonel, as his father be-
fore him, and filled many public offices, Town Clerk for many
years, Representative for nearly twenty years consecutively,
Clerk of the House for eight years and Justice of the General
Sessions Court. He married Christian Newton jr. of Boston at
Boston, Feb. 11, 1723-4, and the births of three children are re-
corded : John, born Dec. 8, 1724, Christian, born and died June
9, 1731, and Francis, born June 30, 1736. Col. Wainwright died on
Sept. 1, 1739, in his forty-ninth year. The great fortune left by
his father, Col. John, Senior, had been impaired ' to such an ex-
tent that the widow, Christian, petitioned the General Court in
1743, to take off the entail imposed by Col. Wainwright, grand-
father of her minor sons, that the lands might be sold to pay for
their education, and the Court granted the petition. Thus the
grandfather's fond purpose to retain the land forever in the family
name came to naught, and the great Wainwright family sank
into insignificance and disappeared.
Chambers Russell, Esq. of Charlestown, and Mary, his wife,
sold the farm to Col. Thomas Berry for the sum of 22 10s. in
Bills of Credit, Old Tenor, for every acre of land comprised within
the specified metes and bounds, "in their own proper right as a
good perfect and absolute Estate of Inheritance, in Fee Simple."
April 23, 1746. (99:199).
Col. Berry was prominent in the affairs of the Town and the
Province, and was a man of varied attainments. He practiced as
a Physician, was Colonel of a Regiment, Judge of Probate for
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the County of Essex and Chief Justice of the Court of Pleas. Im-
portant public commissions were frequently assigned him. He
lived only ten years after he acquired the farm, and died at the
age of sixt3'-two on August 10, 1756. He bequeathed the farm to
his family, and to the South Church, of which he was the most
conspicuous member, the sum of fifty pounds, Old Tenor, to pur-
chase a piece of plate. He remembered the minister, Bev. John
Walley, with a legacy of 20.
Again the fine farm proved to be the grave of buried hopes.
The inventory reveals the pride he had in improving it. It con-
tained 416 acres, upland and marsh. There was a spacious farm
house, large enough to have four rooms on the lower floor in the
southeast end, and a great barn with several sets of doors,
cider-mill, shop, and corn-barns. A score of cows and heifers,
red and red-pyed, black and black-pyed, a half dozen pairs of
steers, and sixty sheep foraged in the broad pastures. His slaves,
George, Peter and Scipio, and Flora, Scipio's wife, found plenty
to do in house work here and in the mansion on High Street and
in the barns and fields and the mighty salt marshes; and Scipio's
little Andrew and Tamasin, no doubt, drove the cows to and from
pasture and hunted for eggs in the hay-mows.
Shortly after his death, the Colonel's only daughter, Eliza-
beth, became the bride of the young school-master, Joseph Howe,
on January 9th, 1759, but she died in the middle of May, only
four months from her ..wedding day. John, the only surviving
child, fell far short of his father's standard of manhood. Credi-
tors were importunate and one execution at least was granted by
the Courts. The farm became a burden and the widow, Madame
Elizabeth, and John soon began to sell portions. Norton's Island
went to Ebenezer Lord, John Potter and Aaron Lord, March 18,
1767 (124: 49). Madame Berry conveyed her interest in 150
acres to Dr. John Manning Nov. 5, 1768 (125: 171). John Berry
quitclaimed to him as well. (125: 142), and sold to John Potter
five-sixths of 80 acres, with all his interest in the buildings, Dec.
7, 1768 (125: 172) ; and to John Lummus his interest in 104 acres,
May 14, 1770 (128: 27) and 52 acres more, (129: 66). Mr. Lummus
acquired a large portion of the farm eventually. In his will,
which began with the sage remark, "seeing nothing is certainer
than Death, nor anything more uncertain than the hour of Death,"
he devised the farm to his widow and sons, John, Samuel, Aaron
and Porter. (Pro. Eec. 357:479). John bought the interest of
the other heirs, but the glory of the olden days had departed. In
Lummus's time the farm house became the pest-house, when
the scourge of small-pox was abroad. Tradition has it that he
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was a gambler and that on one occasion the stakes ran so high
that he put up the farm and lost to Billy Emerson, the Topsfield
trader. It is a matter of record that he mortgaged the farm to
him, and conveyed the title to him in 1814. Emerson sold to the
Town of Ipswich in 1818.
For a century nearly it has been the Poor Farm, the final port
of many a helpless moral derelict to whom the voyage of life
has been only a record of disaster, the abiding place of helpless
lunatics, the last quiet home of not a few worthy but friendless
and forsaken ones, the innocent victims of cruel Fate. Indeed,
Fate has been strangely cruel for many generations, and the
grand breezy hill and sunny fields and pastures have witnessed
many sad reverses of human hopes and expectations.
The Foster Farm
Only one farm was located on the Muddy river road and that
was not a unit, granted to a single person as the Norton and Paine
farms, but resulted from the gradual addition of lot to lot. Wil-
liam White sold his six acre lot, granted by the Town, to Ralph
Dix, March 8, 1647. (Ips. Deeds 1:39) which Dix conveyed to
Reginald Foster on the same date. (Ips. Deeds 1:40). On March
19, 1668, Mr. Foster bought another six acre lot of Henry Kings-
bury of Rowley, "sometimes Nathaniel Hows." (Ips. Deeds 5:128).
His town residence was on Water St.* but he built a dwelling ap-
parently here in the Common fields and his son Jacob occupied
the homestead. He devised to his son Abraham, "my now dwell-
ing, orchard, and ground about it, 3 acres more or less, and half
that land in the field lyeing between the land of John Denison and
Philip Brown and John Edwards' land" ; to Reginald, he gave his
land at the Falls where Reginald had already built a house ; to
William, the 6 acres bought of Thomas Smith ; and to Jacob, the
house he occupied, two lots beyond Muddy river and the pasture
by Caleb Kimball's. (Will proved June 9, 1681).
Jacob Foster, known as Dea. Jacob, bought of John Tuttle,
his house, barn and an acre of land, owned originally by his
father, Simon, and grandfather, John Tuttle.
Mention of this sale occurs in the agreement between the
widow of Simon Tuttle and her children, and the agreement de-
fines John Tuttle's portion as including the homestead "y* he sold
to Deacon Foster," and adds "one third of the common right of
said homestead, bounded by the highway from Bisgood's bridge
to the stonewall y e fenceth sd. orchard, thence by pasture land
1 Ipswich in Mass. Bay. p. 418.
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to Dea. Foster's, thence by Deacon Foster's land to Bisgood
Oct. 28, 1701. (Pro. Rec. 308: -243-8), Dea. Foster had bought
8 acres of John Brown of Wapping, England, bounded by his
land, west and the highway east, Aug. 13, 1683. (Ips. Deeds 4:
Dea. Jacob Foster married Abigail, daughter of Robert Lord,
Feb. 26, 1666. Their children, as recorded, were Abraham, born
Dec. 4, 1667, Jacob, born March 25, 1670, Sarah, Abigail, born
July 3, 1674, Nathaniel, born Oct. 7, 1676, died June 20, 1702,
Joseph, born Sept. 14, 1680, James, born Nov. 12, 1682, Mary, born
Dec. 25, 1684. Dea. Foster died July 9, 1710 in his seventy-fifth
year, leaving his widow, who survived until June 4, 1729. His
will devised to Abraham and Jacob, the 12 acre pasture by land
of Caleb Kimball and the highway, and "all my land at Muddy
River that was my father Foster's"; to Joseph and James, his
house, barn, commonage etc. (Pro. Rec. 310: 263-4). Joseph and
James Foster conveyed their title in the homestead and lands to
their . brother, Abraham, house carpenter, bounded by his own
land southwest, February 26, 1710-11 (77:44).
Abraham Foster, brother of Dea. Jacob, had received from his
father Reginald, it has been said, his dwelling and half the land
in the Common Field. His sons, Ephraim of Andover, blacksmith,
and Benjamin of Rowley, weaver, conveyed to their cousin Abra-
ham, son of Jacob, the house carpenter, 10 acres, land and
meadow, "north or northeast from said Abraham Foster's dwell-
ing house, . . . which was given by Reginald Foster Sen. to his
son, Abraham, .... and from said Abraham now to his sons,
Ephraim and Benjamin, as appears by his deed to them." May
5, 1718 (36:122).
Abraham Foster died Dec. 25, 1720 aged 53 years, 21 days.
The inventory of his estate contains the items, dwelling and build-
ings and 26 acres of land, 6 acres at Muddy river, etc. July S f
1722 (Pro. Rec. 313:325). The Committee on the division of the
property reported many years afterward, that it was incapable
of division, and the whole was settled on Jeremiah, the eldest
son, he giving bond to pay to the rest of the heirs their propor-
tion, Abigail, Sarah, Abraham and Nathaniel, March 9, 1735-6.
(Pro. Rec. 325:484, 5).
Jeremiah Foster Jun*. sold the same to Francis Cogswell,.
March 16, 1742 (90:205). Elizabeth Cogswell, executor of the will
of Francis, sold the same to William Dodge (exclusive of the
highway running thro the land, of a rod and a half wide.) April
27, 1759 (105:280).
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD. 11
Mr. Dodge enlarged the farm by the purchase of adjoining
lots and bequeathed to his son, Col. Thomas Dodge, (Pro. Rec.
352:375), who sold to Dr. John Manning. (167:133). Dr. Manning
made further enlargement and when he conveyed to his son Dr.
Thomas Manning, it contained 80 acres, and buildings, March
18, 1819 (220:50). It passed successively to Michael Lord of
Salem, (March 31, 1842, 335 :251) ; to Thomas D. Pousland of Sa-
lem, Nov. 21, 1853 (241 :124) ; to Thomas T. Florence of Salem,
April 11, 1857 (487:1); to Moses A. Shackley of South Danvers,
now Peabody, Nov. 10, 1858 (578 :62) ; to William J. Tarr, March
28, 1867 (720:142) and to John B. Mitchell, June 11, 1870 (799:151),
who has recently died, leaving the ancient farm to his son, Wil-
liam A. Mitchell.
Coming now to the Eowley road, it has been remarked that
the original way to Rowley and beyond was over the Town Farm
road and then across the Muzzey farm. But as early as 1638,
this is called the "ould road to Newbury," and evidently travel
had already been diverted to another road. The Common fence
was built in 1638 from the end of the Town to Egypt river, and
when the surveyors reported to the General Court, beginning
Oct. 7, 1640, they had laid out the highway "from Mr. Nelson's
dwelling house pale by the end of Mussie's Hill to the newe bridge
over the North Ryver & so to the newe bridge over Muddy Ryver
& so by the comon fence to Ipswich towne . . . ." As will be
seen later, land owned by Thomas Scott and John Gage beyond
Egypt river was condemned for this new location, but from
Muddy river to the town it followed the Common fence.
The wedge shaped lot between the Rowley road and the road
to Muddy river was owned in 1653 by Moses Pengry and subse-
quently by Haniel Bosworth, the cowherd, and here he dwelt.
Every morning in Summer, he rose before the sun, and having
received the herd of cows at Mr. Paine's, now Dodge's Corner, he
and his helpers drove the herd with sounding horn and clanging
bells up High street and out into the great Cow Commons, where
they watched them all day, and at sunset, brought them home
again. His two daughters presumed to wear finery beyond their
station in life and were summoned to court in 1675. The widow
Abigail Bosworth sold her dwelling and about an acre of land to
William Baker, Aug. 3, 1702 (16:61), and at that date, the sharp
end of the wedge was owned by Richard Sutton. John Baker, son
of William, succeeded in the ownership, but the Sutton family
gained possession and Ebenezer Sutton sold the lot and buildings,
measuring about two acres, to Jeremiah Day, Dec. 27, 1794 (243:
3). William Gould bought the property, July 10, 1826 (242:64)
12 IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD.
and sold half the house and part of the land to Timothy Ross,
July 13, 1832, who acquired the remainder from Joseph Wait,
Dec. 3, 1838 (310:113). When the Eastern Railroad was built in
1840, Mr. Ross was building a new house on the opposite side
of the street still known as the "Ross house," and conveyed part
of his land to the Railroad Co. June 20, 1840 (320:27). He sold
his former dwelling to Ebenezer Kimball, June 30, 1840 (320:59),
and it came through several owners to Asa Lord, April 22, 1880
(1036:108), whose son, Thomas H. Lord, inherited and still owns.
The age of the present house is uncertain, but it appears to be
comparatively modern. A part of the lot was acquired by the
widow Elizabeth Fellows, Jan. 21, 1850 (423:101). She built a
dwelling and bequeathed it to her daughters, Anna Haraden and
Lucy Lane, July 27, 1858. (Pro. Rec. 420:227.) Lucy Lane con-
veyed to Almira L. Shattuck, wife of Milton B., Oct. 25, 1859,
(599:165) and her daughter, wife of Nathaniel Burnham, still
owns. The building of the bridge over the railroad a few years
ago, with the elevation of the highway, has obliterated the origi-
nal house lots, and occasioned the removal of several of . the
dwellings from their original locations.
The Theophilus Shatswell Lot.
The house of Haniel Bosworth was the only dwelling on this
side of the road for nearly a century. The adjoining six acre
pasture or tillage lot was owned by Theophilus Shatswell, brother
of John, who removed to Haverhill prior to 1650.1 He sold the
lot to William Marchent, with all his Ipswich estate, Mar. 29,
1653. Mary Marchent, his only child and heir, married Henry
Osborne and their son, John, eventually received this lot, bounded
on one side by the Common fence and on the other "by the way
y* leads into y e field to Mr. John Tuttle's," April 20, 1694 (11:147).
He sold to Col. Francis Wainwright Feb. 18, 1696/7 (11:262),
whose heirs divided it, selling four acres to Dillingham Caldwell,
Nov. 28, 1713 (27:128) and an acre, bounded northeast "by the
way to Muddy River" to Joseph Foster, Dec. 28, 1732 (65:212).
Mr. Foster was son of Dea. Jacob of the John Tuttle farm
and he built his dwelling on his new lot a little way from the
homestead. Here his six sons grew to manhood, and then they
sought their fortunes. Joseph, a cordwainer by trade, as his
father before him, settled in Beverly. Jacob, also a cordwainer,
and Isaac, a joiner, went to Billerica. Abraham, a joiner, re-
moved to Boston. Nathan, the third son to choose the trade of
1 Files of Quarterly Court (printed) 1:191.
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD. 13
cordwainer, remained in Ipswich, and so did James, who became a
shop-keeper, the first post-master and one of the early Deacons of
the South Church. The Foster heirs sold their old home to John
Hodgkins 4 th Nov. 12, 1760 (163:3), and his heirs conveyed to Philip
H. Kimball, in 1825 (240:12, 243:82), who quitclaimed to John
Lummus, and he, in turn sold to Joshua Lord, April 30, 1833
(270: 189). He sold to William Lakeman 4 th and the old mansion
is still known as the Lakeman house.
William Lakeman sold a small lot to Daniel Richards, who
erected a building and sold to Joseph King, April 3, 1856 (585:
122). Mr. King built a brick house on the lot, which proved to be
upon the site of the raised roadway and it was removed to the
opposite side of the road.
The Dillingham Caldwell lot was held by several generations
of Caldwells. Samuel Lord, 4 th , called "Tory Lord" to the day of
his death, March 29, 1819, in his ninety-first year, bought it from
John Hinge, May 14, 1801, (167:281), and a portion of the lot
passed from the Lord heirs to Albert P. Hills, and from him to
John A. Brown, Nov. 18, 1874 (918:90). The substantial brick
dwelling and stable of the Brown brothers occupy this lot.
Robert Lord's Pasture
The earliest recorded owner was Robert Lord, whose son
Robert Jr., the Marshal, succeeded in the ownership of a part or
the whole. Samuel Lord bequeathed his ten acre pasture near
Nathan Foster, part of the original, to his son, Samuel, (1755.
Pro. Rec. 333:217), Samuel married Anner Nichols of Rowley,
int. April 23 d , 1743, who married John Lull after the decease of
Mr. Lord, and in 1768, now twice a widow, she wedded Daniel
Choate. Her son, Samuel, of Dunbarton, N. H., a tanner by trade,
sold half the pasture to John Cole Jewett, a baker, Dec. 2, 1777
(139:83) and the remainder, four acres as it was estimated, to
Dr. John Manning. (151:17). Mr. Jewett acquired the whole
pasture, and sold part of it to Elisha Newman, now included
in the Caldwell lot already described; five acres to Nathaniel
Lord Jr. who owned the adjoining lot, Dec. 19, 1795 (188:245) ; and
an acre and a half to his son, Samuel, a mariner, Nov. 1, 1806
(183:4), who sold to William Newman, cabinet-maker, April 29,
1811 (193:86). Mr. Newman had already recovered judgment
against Mr. Jewett and gained possession of land, Oct. 26, 1810
(Ex. No. 1:115). John W. Newman, son of William, also a cabinet-
maker, sold the lot to Sewall P. Jewett, a painter, July 6, 1850,
14 IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD.
(936:239), which he assigned to Nathan Jewett, July 22, 1853
(484:238), who bequeathed to his son Charles.
Abigail Lord, daughter of Nathaniel, inherited the lot, which
her father bought of John Cole Jewett, and sold to William Oakes,
April 23, 1839 (313:8), whose widow conveyed it to David Berry,
trick-maker, March 29, 1849 (412:95). He acquired several lots
and followed his trade here. The clay-pits are still plainly vis-
ible. He sold part of this lot, 324 feet on the Eowley road, to
John A. Brown, Oct. 31, 1871 (841:118), who built a small house
and sold house and land to James W. Eeady, Sept. 19, 1902
(1685:316). Charles E. Brown, brother of John A., bought the
A part of the original Robert Lord pasture, known as "The
Little Pasture" about seven acres, owned apparently by Mark
Quilter in 1677, was bequeathed by Eobert to his son, Nathaniel,
(1683. Pro. Rec. 304: 16-18), whose son, Nathaniel owned it, and
in the division of his estate in 1770, it passed to his son Nathaniel.
(Pro. Rec. 346:366). His sons, Nathaniel and Joseph inherited,
(1795, Pro. Rec. 363:462) and Nathaniel acquired the whole. His
daughter, Anna, wife of Capt. John Kinsman, inherited the north-
west portion ; Lucy, the wife of Lieut. Aaron Kimball Jr., the
southeast part; and Abigail, as has been said, received the field
bought of John Cole Jewett. (1820, Pro. Rec. 395:239).
Abigail, daughter of Lt. Aaron and Lucy Kimball, married
William Haskell. They sold the lot, inherited from her mother,
to Sewall P. Jewett, June 7, 1852 (936:242), who assigned to
Nathan Jewett, (484:238), who exchanged with David Berry, the
brick-maker, for a lot adjoining the land of the heirs of Nathaniel
Caldwell, Jan. 12, 1855 (1229:332).
Part of the Anna Kinsman land, 3 acres, was sold by Jacob
Manning Jr. to Nathan Jewett, May 13, 1834 (936:241), which he
bequeathed to his son, Charles. (1884, Pro. Rec. 440:296). The
remainder was sold by Charles Dexter and his wife, Judith, of
Boston, to David Berry, Aug. 3, 1850 (433:51). On this lot he
"built his dwelling. He had married Mrs. Amy Gould, widow of
William Gould, July 25, 1839. The later history of the lot is in-
cluded in the record of the adjoining land, which was owned by
The John French Lot.
John French, tailor, sold to Robert Lord Jr., marshal, 5
acres, part of his planting lot, within the Common field, bounded
"by Caleb Kimball, north, the highway west and Mark Quilter,
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD. 15
south, June 25, 1677 (Ips. Deeds 4:102). This lot apparently
descended to Jeremiah Lord, who devised his estate to his chil-
dren, August 1771 (Pro. Kec. 347:153). Jeremiah Lord and Re-
becca, Beamsley Lord and Sally of Winchendon, conveyed their
interest in the estate of their father, Jeremiah, and their grand-
father, to Ebenezer Lord, Nov. 22, 1788 (155:201). Ebenezer
Lord Jr. sold to William Newman, June 12, 1824 (295:54) and his
heirs quitclaimed to David Berry, April 9, 1852 (480:7). He
conveyed the lot, which measured 6 acres, 2 quarters, 19 poles, to
Susan M. Gould, Aug. 11, 1866, who conveyed to Mrs. Amy Berry.
Conveyances and re-conveyances followed but Mrs. Berry owned
at her death, and it was inherited by her daughter, Lucy A. Ru-
therford, wife of Augustus Rutherford. Mr. Berry sold his dwell-
ing with 2% acres to Rev. Richard Sutton Rust, D. D. of Cincinnati,
Sept. 7, 1888 (1229:333), which he conveyed to his neice, Mrs. Ru-
therford, and she sold to Joseph Begin, April 7, 1893 (1385:89).
In default of mortgage, Mrs. Rutherford sold to Charles E. and
John A. Brown, Oct. 1, 1895 (1460:280). The house was par-
tially burned, and the ruined house and the lot were mortgaged
to Mrs. Rutherford. (1460:282). The cellar is nearly opposite the
road to the Edmund Wile farm.
Caleb Kimball's Pasture.
Caleb Kimball was in possession in 1677, and bequeathed his
-estate to his son Benjamin, (1736, Pro. Rec. 320:261). Samuel
Lord Jr. then owned, a portion being set off in 1773 to his widow,
Jemima. Samuel Lord's inventory (1804, Pro. Rec. 371:328) con-
tains a three acre pasture, set off as the dower of his widow,
Mary. (1807. Pro. Rec. 375:90). John Harris sold the lot to Na-
thaniel Lord, April 30, 1835, (653:11), whose heirs conveyed to
Sarah R. Lamson, Jan. 18, 1863 (652:294), who sold to Moses A.
Fellows. (840:264). He sold to A. Augustus Rutherford, April 10,
1874 (1641:510), whose daughter, Elizabeth S., inherited, together
with the adjoining land, owned by her mother.
John Turtle's Pasture.
John Tuttle was one of the earliest settlers and owned va-
rious lots granted by the Town. His farm included the tillage
land now included in the Edmund Wile farm on the west side of
the road, and a large pasture on the east side. This twenty acre
pasture on the east side of the highway was inherited by his son,
;S!mon Tuttle. In the division of Simon's estate, the widow Sarah
16 IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD.
and his son John received half the pasture, "bounded by the
Common fence at the end next the road to Rowley, from Kimball's
pasture corner to a white oak, between sd. part and Symoii's
part," etc. and Simon received the rest, bounded by John Roper's,
that was Mark Quilter's, on the northwest, Oct. 28, 1707 (Pro.
Rec. 304:45). Jonathan Hale of Bradford, and Susannah, his wife,
daughter of John Tuttle, conveyed to Dea. Mark Haskell, who had
married Martha Tuttle, sister of Susannah, their interest in the
third part of the estate, set off to their grandmother, Jan. 8,
1730 (77:43), March 14 1731 (77:41). John Dennis and Remember,
his wife, Thomas Dennis and Martha, his wife, the wives being
grandchildren of Sarah Tuttle, conveyed their interest to Dea.
Haskell, June 25, 1733. Joanna Whipple, widow of Capt. John,
and Susannah Tuttle, singlewoman, daughters of Simon and Sa-
rah Tuttle, quitclaimed their interest to Dea. Haskell, July 6,
Simon Tuttle's half of the pasture was inherited by his son,
Simon, who had removed to Littleton, Mass., and was sold by him
to Dr. Samuel Wallis Jr., May 6, 1721 (40:12). Dr. Wallis died
Oct. 17, 1728 in his 38 th year. Abigail, daughter of Dr. Samuel and
Sarah (Pickard) Wallis, married Joseph Smith 3 d (intention,
March 14, 1740.) Joseph Smith Jr. and Abigail, of Sudbury, con-
veyed the pasture lot, bounded northwest by James Lord, to Dea.
Mark Haskell and Mark Haskell Jr., Nov. 28, 1749 (120:42). Dea.
Mark Haskell conveyed to his son-in-law Edmund Heard of Holden,
cordwainer, and Priscilla his wife, one undivided half of the whole
pasture in common with Mark Haskell Jr., Feb. 24, 1767, (130:
192). The southeast half was acquired by Moses Lord, who may
have been a son-in-law, as he married Lucy Heard, Nov. 1, 1787,
and his heirs sold the lot, 10 acres and 27 rods, to John Harris,
March 22, 1834 (286:287). Daniel Haskell, son of Mark, sold the
other half of the pasture, about 10 acres, to Edward Harris,
March 18, 1833 (268:187), who bought the whole Haskell farm.
With the rest of the farm, it was sold by John Harris, Jr., to Joel
Nourse of Boston, Dec. 9, 1852 (470:206), who sold to Edward T.
Trofatter, Nov. 23, 1857 (562:49), who conveyed to James Damon
of Charlestown May 5, 1858 (570:52). A highway was laid out
across this lot from the Rowley road, "nearly opposite Harris's
lane" to the Muddy River road, in April, 1849.
James Damon sold to Josiah Low of Essex, April 29, 1865
(687:62). Under the Harris ownership, the two parts of the
Tuttle pasture had been reunited, and when George Low, son of
Josiah, sold the 20 acres to John A. and Charles E. Brown, July
18, 1887 (1200:178), he conveyed the whole of the pasture lot, de-
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD. 17
vised to his heirs by Simon Tuttle. Extensive excavations have
been made here for clay for the brick-works, operated by Mr.
John A. Brown. Before his death, Simon Tuttle sold l^z acres on
the northwest side of his pasture to Andrew Peters, distiller, Jan.
22, 1668 (Ips. Deeds 4:272). Frances Quilter, widow of Mark
Quilter, sold to John Layton, "the pasture my husband bought of
Andrew Peters, about 3 acres," July 6, 1679 (Ips. Deeds 4:276).
Mr. Tuttle also sold a 2 acre lot, northwest of the above lot,
to Thomas Boardman, which he sold to John Roper, Oct. 23,
1701, Mrs. Sarah Tuttle, widow of Simon, relinquishing- her dower
in this lot which her husband had sold (20:132). Roper also ac-
quired the Mark Quilter lot, as he is mentioned as an abutter, in
the division of the Tuttle pasture. In his will, John Roper de-
vised to his wife, Anna, the use for life and privilege to sell the
tillage lot, and pasture lot adjoining Mr. Tuttle,
"to my Cousin Benj. Dutch, the right of redemption of all my
housing and land. If he take it up, he is to pay to my sister Sparks,
Susanna Annable, Margaret White, Rose Newman, Sarah New-
man, Susanna Kinsman 20, and to Hannah Fellows 25."
"to cousins Sarah Caldwell, daughter of John, Mary Foster,
daughter of Jacob, 40s."
signed Nov. 22, 1709 (Pro. Rec. 310:169)
proved Dec. 12, 1709.
Benjamin Dutch exercised his right of redemption and sold 2%
acres of pasture land, bounded by land of Dr. Wallis, deceased and
the Common fence, south, and 22 rods, bounded south by the
County road and north by the Common Field fence, to James Lord,
weaver, March 28, 1737 (97:129).
Daniel Smith succeeded in the ownership, who married Han-
nah Lord, March 7, 1782, and may have inherited. He also ac-
quired the adjoining Shatswell pasture, and the later history of
the lot is included in the history of the Shatswell lot.
John Shatswell's Pasture
John Shatswell received large grants from the Town, in-
cluding the rather indefinite, "beyond Muddy River, next the
Common fence within, a parcell of ground betwixt the River &
the Land of the say d John 25 acres without the fence adjoining
thereto uppon considerations that he lay down 20 acres, granted
to him, on this side the River ..." The Common fence evidently
left the road side at Muddy river, and was located at some dis-
tance from the highway.
The will of John Shatswell devised to his son, Richard, his
18 IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD.
16 acre pasture beyond Muddy river, "if Richard shall not marry
with Rebecca Tuttle, which is now intended, my wife Joanna
shall have her being- in the house, if he die without issue, the estate
is to be divided between my brother and sister's children that
are here in New England, brother Theophilus, brother Corwin,
signed Feb. 11, 1646 proved 30
March, 1647. (Ips. Deeds 1:22).
Richard Shatswell married Rebecca Tuttle, and children were born
to them. He died in 1694 and by will, bequeathed to his son John,
with other gifts, "the outside pasture he now enjoys next the
Rowley road"; to daughter, Johana 80, to daughter, Sarah* in
case she quits her interest in that 2 acres marsh her late husband
improved' ," and the rest to his son Richard.
signed June 28, proved Aug. 6, 1694
(Pro. Rec. 303:238).
John Shatswell sold the pasture, part to Jeremiah Dow, and
10 acres to Francis Wainwright, bounded north and northeast by
the Common Fields fence, east and southeast, by the land formerly
sold to Jeremiah Dow, with the privilege of a brook running at
the east end of said land, with all trees, timber, mines, minerals
etc. Oct. 1, 1700 (16:3). He seems to have retained a portion, as
a disagreement arose between John and Richard over their father's
will and John agreed, "my brother Richard shall enjoy a highway
of one rod wide through my pasture at Muddy River for y e driving
of cattle," having "bars next y e common." March 27, 1711 (24:40).
Jeremiah Dow died on June 6, 1723, providing by will for his
wife, Susanna, and bequeathing all the real estate to their only
child, Margaret, wife of Henry Greenleaf (Pro. Rec. 313:639). The
Greenleafs sold their interest to Benjamin Dutch, Nov. 22, 1727
(49:250). The widow, Susanna Dow, conveyed a two acre tillage
lot, which had been set off to her, "to my loveing son, Richard Sut-
ton of Charlestown, leather-dresser, March 31, 1735 (73:176).
Francis Wainwright added to the ten acre Shatswell lot two
acres by purchase from John Pengry, Jan. 11, 1708 (22:46). In
the division of his estate, it was allotted to his daughter, Elizabeth
Wainwright. (Pro. Rec. 310:407). This lot and the Jeremiah Dow
lot adjoining were acquired by Daniel Smith. He bequeathed his
real estate in Ipswich to his three sons, Daniel B., Thomas, and
Benjamin. (Will signed Jan. 26, 1844, proved March 5, 1844, Pro.
Rec. 412:315). He owned 10 acres of mowing and tillage and 2
acres woodland at Wadleigh's Neck, the 12 acre pasture on the
1 Sarah, born Aug. 19, 1658, married 1st, Roger Ringe June 9, 1684;
2nd, Benjamin Newman, Jan. 17, 1704.
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD. 19
Kowley road, and 12 acres "Harris's right." (Pro. Rec. 133:143).
Benjamin and Daniel B. Smith quitclaimed their interest to their
brother Thomas, Jan. 3, 1845 (917:194). Daniel B. made a further
quitclaim of one-third of this 12 acre pasture to Thomas and
Benjamin H. Smith, May 1, 1862 (917:196). Thomas Smith be-
queathed all his property to his nephew Chas. E. Smith, son of
Benjamin (447:387). Lucy Smith, widow of Benjamin, bequeathed
her interest in the 12 acre pasture to her daughter, Eunice K.
Smith. (Pro. Rec. 439:345, Proved Feb. 4, 1884).
Benjamin Smith had bought an acre and a half of orchard
land of the administrator of the Isaac Kimball estate, adjoining
the Daniel Smith 12 acre lot, April 7, 1824 (1148:160). This was
included in the estate of the widow Lucy, which she bequeathed to
her daughter, Eunice K. Smith. Charles E. Smith conveyed to
his sister, Eunice K. his interest in the two lots, "all the interest
I inherited as heir at law from my father, Benjamin Smith, my
brothers, Albert and Rufus Smith, and my sister Lucy A. Smith,"
March 25, 1885 (1148:161). Eunice K. sold 3 acres, adjoining John
Dickinson's land on the northwest, and the driftway southeast, to
Hannah M., wife of Charles E. Smith, July 7, 1897 (1519:150).
Hannah M. Smith, widow of Charles E. Smith, sold this 3 acre
lot to Wilbur F. Smith of Salem and Albert P. Quimby of Essex,
Oct. 4, 1906 (1844:388). They laid it out in houselots and sold
Lots 1, 2, and 3, to Benjamin Currier, Nov. 5, 1906 (1876:278), who
built a small cottage and out-buildings. William H. Smith and
Hannah M. Smith, of Ipswich, widow of Charles E. and her son,
Chester H. Smith of Medford, heirs of Eunice K. Smith, sold the
12 acre pasture lot to Annie E. Smith, wife of Joseph F. Smith of
Somerville, Oct. 20, 1909 (1989:148). The lot was laid out into 45
lots, part abutting on the Rowley road with about 50 feet frontage,
the remainder, on a 40 feet way, laid out across the land. (2171 :1).
Mrs. Smith sold Lots No. 1 to 10, abutting on the Rowley road and
the new way, to Nicholas Chionopulos, March 1, 1913 (2201:486),
Lots 22 and 23 to the Greek priest, Polycarpe Marinakis, on the
same date (2201:488), Lots 24 and 25 to Louis Arbanitas, (2201:
491) and Lots 26 to 31 inclusive to Leonidas Calampakas. (2201:
The Shatswell pasture adjoined the Pengry farm and with this
farm the settlement, now known as the Village, began. It occupied
both sides of the highway, and as it is desirable that the settle-
ment should be studied as a unit, return will now be made to the
west side of the Rowley road at the railroad crossing, that the lands
on both sides of the highway may be considered before the story
of the Village is begun.
20 IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD.
When the great area of common land was divided into eight
parts in 1790,i Turkey hill and the land about Egypt river, 954
acres, was set off as the seventh division and "Toward Rowley",
850 acres, was set off as the eighth. The North Division of Turkey
Hill Eighth and the Eighth next Rowley were held however by a
single body of proprietors, composed of the Commoners who lived
adjacent to them. They had rights in the pasture and woodland,
clay pits and gravel banks, subject to the rules and regulations
made by the Commoners, but no division was made until 1725.
At a legal meeting of the Proprietors of the North Division of
Turkey Hill Eighth and the Eighth next Rowley on December 3,
1725,2 it was Voted : "That Samuel Wallis Jun r , Mr. Joseph Fowler,
Mr. John Pengry, Mr. Alecksander Lovewell and Mr. Benj n Dutch be
and hereby are appointed a Committee to Lay out the North
Division .... (excepting the strip of land lying on the northeast
side of the Road to Rowley) Into thirty-eight old Lotts and seven-
teen New Lotts for the Thirty-eight old proprietors and the seven-
teen new proprietors of said Division to Draw themselves into said
Committee proportioning the old and New Lotts According to the
proportion that the new Commoners were Admitted to have In-
trest in the Commons of Ipswich According to Quantity and Quality
in their Discretion Leaving out Convenient Roads and highways
and Reserving y e places of Clay and Gravel necessary for use of
said proprietors or as hath been formerly Granted and Reserved
for the use of the proprietors and Staking and Bounding out said
places Reserved and the Roads and highways "
The Report of the Committee was accepted and adopted on
May 4, 1726. On May 9 th "sundrie of y c Lotts were Drawn as here-
after set forth." On May 12 th , "Voted that the Supernumerary
Lotts shall be scatered Into several parts of the division."
Lot No. 1.
This lot, measuring 40 rods on the Rowley road and containing
about 4 acres, was drawn by Edward Chapman, who sold to Joseph
Foster, cordwainer, Aug. 4, 1726 (46:17), who built his dwelling,
as has been noted, on the opposite side of the road on a lot he pur-
chased in 1732. He sold the southeast half of Lot No. 1 to John
Kimball Jr. Tailor, Aug. 11, 1726 (55:103), who conveyed to his son,
John, the southeast half of the lot, "on which my said son John's
house and barn now stands, together with the orchard and build-
ings on the premises," on May 25, 1752 (101:141). It continued
1 See No. XVIII, pp. 60-63. "Jeffrey's Neck and the Way Thereto"
for a full statement of the division.
From the Records of Proprietors of North Division, etc.
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD. 21
in the family line and was owned in later years by Charles Lord
and his son in law, Eben Kimball. The house still remains a
The remainder of the lot was owned by Nathaniel Kimball in
1760 and subsequently by Joanna, daughter of Benjamin and Lois
Kimball, who married Timothy Ross, Feb. 6, 1812. Mr. Ross con-
veyed land to the Eastern Eailroad, June 20, 1840 (319:80), and a
small piece on the other side of the road, "from where I am now
constructing my new dwelling house." 1 (320:27). The house was
mortgaged to Nathan Jewett, who gained possession and bequeathed
to his son, Stephen. He mortgaged to Alexander B. Clark (1895,
1542:463), who foreclosed and sold to Alfred Duguay, June 2, 1911
The other half of the Joseph Foster lot was sold by his heirs to
John Hodgkins 4 th , cordwainer, Nov. 12, 1760 (163:3). The south-
east half was in possession of John and Thomas Hodgkins in 1815,
and later, of William Lakeman, whose heirs sold to Joanna Eoss,
Oct. 27, 1853 (487:259). It passed to Nathan Jewett, with the
other Ross property, and a quarter acre was sold by his son, Na-
than, to Mary J. L. Tibbetts, wife of Henry, Sept. 8, 1860 (611:295).
They built a house and sold to John J. Fowler, the present owner,
April 26, 1864 (667:299).
The northwest part of the Hodgkins lot w^as set off to
Isaac Lummus who recovered judgment against John Hodgkins,
April 5, 1815 (Exec. No. 2:124). His sons John and Abraham
Luminus, legatees under his will, conveyed the same to Joanna
Ross, wife of Timothy, Sept. 15, 1854 (501:30). Timothy and
Joanna Ross sold to their son, Benjamin K. Ross of Biddeford,
March 13, 1858 (570:217). He sold to Nathaniel Archer, who
divided the "Lujnmus lot" into three house lots. He sold a lot,
48 feet front, to Samuel P. Rutherford, March 5, 1860, on which
Mr. Rutherford built a dwelling. The executor of the widow,
Martha J. Rutherford, sold the homestead to William F. Ruther-
ford of Meredith Center, N. H., Dec. 27, 1899 (1599:62), who
sold to Fred W. Turner, Sept. 29, 1900 (1622:232), and he con-
veyed to the present owner, Joseph Martel, Aug. 2, 1906(1927:558).
Mr. Archer sold a similar lot to Aaron A. Rutherford, who built
the house now owned and occupied by his daughter, March 5,
1860 (705:101). On the third lot Mr. Archer built a dwelling
for himself which his heirs conveyed to Eliza J. Ricker, wife of
Charles, 6-7 of land & buildings, April 16, 1892.
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22 IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD.
Lot No. 2.
This lot, described as "an old Lott containing about nine acres,"
about 24 rods wide, was drawn by John Day by his grand-
father's right. Benjamin Dutch, sadler, sold half of it to Joseph
Bolles, Dec. 8, 1737 (83 :106) and conveyed to his son, Benja-
min Dutch, joiner, "five full acres on the southeast side of my
old lot No. 2," Oct. 30, 1741. (83:63). Major Thomas Burnham
4th and Rebecca, his wife, in her own right, s61d the lot to Robert
Wallis, June 12, 1789 (150:152), who reconveyed to Major Burn-
ham, Sept. 5, 1789 (159:102). Thomas Burnham 3 d Esq. sold it
to John Hodgkins 3 d , Gentleman, June 4, 1795 (160:29). John
Hodgkins Jr., trader, conveyed to Moses Goodhue, shipwright,
March 27, 1807 (180:153). Lewis Titcomb and Sarah his wife,
heirs of Mr. Goodhue, sold to John D. Harris, May 31, 1876
(954:227), who sold to Henry C. Jewett of Lynn, Oct. 24, 1878
(1007:76). Mr. Jewett sold a lot with house, to Aretas D. Wallace..
June 23, 1908 (1927:381), the balance of the land having been sold
previously to Philip Kimball and Gustavus Kinsman, Nov. 16, 1901
(1657:295). The new owners opened up a way across this land to
the Linebrook road and divided it into house lots. Lots 1, 2, 3, 4,
on the plan recorded in the Registry of Deeds, were sold to Joseph
A. King with right of way in the new road, Nov. 12, 1906 (1864:
356). The brick dwelling of Mr. and Mrs. King, built on the east side
of the road, was removed to this new lot when the bridge over the
railroad was built, and Mr. King conveyed the title to Lots No. 1
and No. 3 with the brick house to his wife, Abbie F. King, March
6, 1907 (1864:358). He sold Lot No. 4 to Tilden B. Haskell of Sa-
lem, on the same date (1864:357).
The Joseph Bolles lot was inherited by his son, Charles Bolles,
and by his son-in-law, Dr. John Manning, who married Lucy Bolles,
daughter of Charles, Nov. 25, 1760. It was occupied by Major
Robert Farley in 1807, and was owned and occupied later by Ammi
R. Smith, whose executors sold to Daniel L. Russell, Oct. 1, 1849
(419:213). Mr. Russell erected the buildings and made his home
here until his death. The heirs sold the estate to Matilda F., wife
of Andre Woodbury, May 29, 1888 (1224:559).
Lot No. 3.
An old lot, about 10 acres, was drawn by
"Perkins Abraham % one at y c Island & Jewett Nehemiah
Esqr 8 % one by the Town each one half Drew No. 3."
Ephraim Jewett sold the half drawn by Nehemiah Jewett to
Stephen Perkins, March 28, 1727 (49:175), and Hannah Perkins,
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD. 23
widow and executrix of Beamsley Perkins, mariner. Stephen Glaz-
ier, fisherman, one of the children of sd Hannah Perkins and legatee
of Beamsley, Benjamin Glazier of Ipswich, another child of Han-
nah and legatee, Thomas Treadwell 3 d and Sarah, his wife, which
Thomas is a cordwainer, Hannah and Martha Perkins, spinsters
and children of Beamsley, sold half of No. 3 to Stephen Perkins,
shopkeeper, Jan. 25, 1727-8 (50:132).
The other half had been drawn by Abraham Perkins, father of
Capt. Beamsley. The deed recalls an interesting episode. On May
27, 1700, Abraham Perkins complained that Rev. John Emerson of
Gloucester had married his son, Beamsley, some two years before to
Hannah Glazier "in private." She was the daughter of Nathaniel
Emerson Sen. of Ipswich, and had married Zacherias Glazier April
24, 16 [86?]. The Quarter Sessions Court passed a severe sentence
on June 25 th , 1700.
"Mr. John Emerson of Gloucester, minister, being complained
of by John Appleton, County Treasurer, for marrying Beamsley
Perkins and Hannah Glasier, both of Ipswich, sometime in the year
1697, contrary to the law of the Province, was sentenced to pay
50 fine and to be forever hereafter disabled to joyn persons in mar-
riage & pay costs." He appealed to the next Superior Court, but
he died on Dec. 2nd.
Anthony Loney gained possession of the lot and sold half to
Joseph Bolles, March 29, 1736 (75:210) and two acres more, March
28, 1738 (74:121). Mr. Loney conveyed a quarter of the lot to
John Gamage, Feb. 13, 1737 (75:218), which was sold by William
Gamage of Cambridge, executor of the will of his uncle, to Charles
Bolles, son of Joseph, Oct. 26, 1753 (101:256), who was now owner
of half of No. 2, the whole of No. 3, and as will be seen, a small in-
terest in No. 4. His daughter Lucy, wife of Dr. John, inherited
the land. The Manning heirs sold to Joseph Baker, July 31 and
Aug. 16, 1826 (243:87, 88), who enlarged the farm by the purchase
of the lots abutting on his land and the Linebrook road and sold
his holding to William Oakes, July 30, 1836 (295:139). A fortnight
afterward Mr. Oakes bought the adjoining lot, the history of which
may be sketched very fitly at this point.
Lot No. 4.
"Nathaniel Lord by Philip Lord. Drawn by Joseph Bolles."
His son, Charles, inherited, and bought from "John Kimball,
Gent, and Elizabeth my wife, Dafter of Marcy Lord, deceased," a
small interest, "an estate of inheritance." Nov. 7, 1744 (103:40).
Dr. John Manning and his wife, Lucy, sold their interest to Dr.
24 IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD KOWLEY EOAD.
Thomas Manning, son of Dr. John, the famous physician of Ipswich,
August 16, 1826 (249:88, 89). His dwelling is now the parsonage
of the First Church, and his legacy resulted in the establishment
of the Manning School. Dr. Manning sold to William Oakes, Aug.
15, 1836 (295:142), who made further enlargement of his farm by
the purchase of 2 6-10 acres, the western half of Lot No. 10, from
the heirs of Daniel Russell, Oct. 21, 1840 (402:122) and 3 acres from
John Lane and his wife, Mary, Dec. 7, 1839 (388:117).
Upon the death of Mr. Oakes, his widow, Sarah P. Oakes, sold
the whole farm, now 38% acres, mowing and tillage land, to Syl-
vester Goodwin, March 29, 1849 (411:210) He conveyed to William
J. Tarr, "excepting certain right of the Town to take gravel," made
April 14, 1860, on Dec. 3, 1870, and Mr. Tarr sold to Edward Dole,
Nov. 18, 1874, (917:66) whose heirs still own.
Lot No. 5.
"Perkins Samuels widow to his heirs
Rolf's right drawn by y e widow."
Samuel Perkins married Hannah West, , 1677. The Town
Records mention only three of the children, Samuel, born Nov. 26,
1679; Elizabeth, born June 13, 1685, married Nathaniel Hart, Jr.,
March 29, 1731; and John, born May 12, 1692.
Samuel Perkins conveyed to Daniel Giddings his share in this
lot, about an acre, August 11, 1755 (102:176). Francis Perkins of
Newport, mariner, quitclaimed to Mr. Giddings his right in the
estate of his uncle, John Perkins, of Ipswich, mariner, and his
brother, John Perkins, late of Valentown, Conn., mariner, August
12, 1756 (103:186). John Harris, administrator of John Perkins,
conveyed to Mr. Giddings an undivided three-fourths of the lot,
April 2, 1760 (109:28). The widow Elizabeth Hart of Rowley sold
her undivided quarter, June 13, 1762 (116:19).
Daniel Giddings of Claremont, N. H. conveyed the title to the
whole nine acres, formerly the property of the late Daniel Gid-
dings, to Dr. John Manning, Sept. 1, 1797 (167:135), who sold to
John Lord, Jr., mariner, December 29, 1810 (195:151). He sold
the lot to his son, John Lord 3 d , mariner, October 8, 1831 (262:170).
Elizabeth D. Lord, widow of Capt. John Lord Jr., ship mas-
ter, and the other heirs conveyed to Edward Ready, laborer,
the lot with a barn, April 15, 1869 (770: 282), who sold
the land with a house to James Ready, March 17, 1891 (1305:
121). Mr. Ready bought the building used as a shoe shop by Asa
Brown, on the County road, after his decease, moved it to this lo-
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD. 25
cation and remodelled it for his dwelling. James conveyed to his
son, James W. Ready, January 20, 1899 (1567:482).
Lot No. 6.
Thomas Norton and James Brown, the Committee of the Com-
moners, sold No. 6, a supernumerary lot, at auction to the highest
bidder, Benjamin Dutch, "bounded northeast by the County Road
20 rods to a stake, then to the east corner of William Tuttle's land,
so along by sd Tuttle's land, to a stake 2 rods at y e East side of
y e Brook near y e barn and so to y e bridge over sd. brook thence to
a second stake No. 6. in y e centre line about 3 rods from Tuttle's
door, then by the line to the lot No. 5, reserving 8 rods square at
the clay pitt in sd. lott for y e use of y e proprietors for digging
clay, making bricks, and y e privilege of a way granted and
confirmed to Mark Haskell at proprietor's meeting, May 14, 1731."
Dec. 22, 1731 (59:99). Dutch sold 2 acres on the southwest end
of the lot, bounded northwest by the road reserved to Mark
Haskell to Job Harris, Jan. 10, 1731-2 (60:50); 3 acres to
William Sutton, bounded southwest by Harris, March 11, 1731-2,
(59:266) and 2 acres more, reserving a convenient cartway
from the road, and the privilege of digging clay and making bricks,
Feb. 1, 1733-4 (68:125). The remaining 3 acres had been sold,
prior to the latter sale to Sutton, to Nathaniel Lord. In the in-
ventory of the estate of Nathaniel Lord the item occurs, "2 acres
of land at Comfort, so called." Oct. 26, 1770. (Pro. Rec. 346:366).
This was assigned to his son, Aaron. It descended to Nathaniel
Lord and a part of it fell to his daughter, Margaret Lord. Na-
thaniel M. Lamson recovered judgment against Margaret Lord of
Lowell, and the lot on Comfort Hill was set off to him. (Execu-
tions, No. 12 :225.) Caleb Lord and others had previously sold to
Sarah R. Lamson, wife of Nath. M. and daughter of Nathaniel Lord,
part of this lot, June 18, 1863 (652:294). Lamson sold 2 l / 2 acres
at a place called "Comfort Hill", to Aaron Lord, April 29, 1871
(873:182), who sold to Charles E. Brown, Sept. 16, 1872 (916:2),
who conveyed to his brother, John A. Brown, Jan. 29, 1878 (1003:
The Brown brothers were brickmakers, and they utilized the
ancient clay pit and manufactured bricks for several years, until
they established their new yard on the opposite side of the road.
The William Sutton lot was inherited by his son, Richard Sut-
ton. At his decease, an acre and a half pasture, part of this lot,
was assigned to his daughter, Catherine, wife of Henry Russell, Jr.,
and 3V> acres of mowing and tillage was assigned to his daughter,
26 IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD.
Sarah, wife of Daniel Russell, July, 1826. (Pro. Rec. 405:504-7).
The Russell heirs sold to John A. Brown.
The third lot, owned by Job Harris, passed to his son, John
Harris, cooper, by quitclaim deed from James, a hatter, and hi&
wife Susanna, April 4, 1772 (131:124). He sold to Mark Haskell
Jr., May 6, 1795 (203 :207). The lot continued a part of the Haskell
farm for many years, but was sold by George Low to John A.
Brown, who thus acquired the whole of No. 6, May 4, 1907 (1873:
The John Tuttle Farm.
When the lots were divided in May, 1726, the farm now owned
by Mr. Edmund Wile, was owned and occupied by William Tuttle.
In 1641, John Tuttle laid down land on the South side of the river
"in consideration of 30 acres of marsh and a parcel of land on both
sides of Muddy River." (Town Record). His ownership of land in
this vicinity may be due to this grant. John Tuttle was brother of
Richard Tuttle, who settled in Rumney-Marsh, now Chelsea, in
1635, whose family became large and influential through many
generations. 1 He was living in Ireland in 1653, but his wife,
Joanna, remained in Ipswich. Before she sailed to join her hus-
band she made an agreement, dated March 18, 1653-4, with Richard
Shatswell, that he would pay 24 each year in corn, also 2
and one cow, for the rental of her house and land, "also all her
meadow, marsh and broken up ground within the common fence."
Her son-in-law, George Giddings, who had married her daughter,
Jane, and Joseph Jewett were appointed her attorneys. A few years,
later, several lawsuits arose concerning the ownership of a mare,
which was claimed by her son, Simon, and later, for damages
against Shatswell for his neglect or wanton injury of the prop-
erty and non-payment of rent. These law suits were the occasion of
the filing of several letters from Mrs. Tuttle, which possess a quaint
interest as illustrations of the letters and the literary style of the
period, and shed much light on the family history.
"To my Deare & Louing Daughter Jane Gidding att Ipswich, in
New England These:
Dauter Jane hauing an oportunity I could nott omit to lett
you understand that we are all in good health blessed be god. I
hop you Receaved my last dated in february wherein I wright
largely which now I shall omit god hath dealt graecously with me
and f red me of the troubles of the world the lord give me grace now
1 History of Chelsea. Chamberlain, 1: 112, etc.
a Records and Files of Quarterly Court. Vol. II, p. 365. (Printed).
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD. 27
to spend the litell time I haue to Hue more to his glory the
letter I Receaved from you I lay by me as a cordiall which I often
Refresh myselfe with. If you know how much it Rejoyced me to hear
from you you would nott omite I pray lett me hear how your breach
is made up in Respect of the ministrey which I long to hear if you
haue M r Cobete I pray present my loue to him and tell him I Hue
under a very honst man wher I injoy the ordinances of god In
new england way we want nothing but more good company the
lord increase the number. Jaen I pray intreat your husband to
looke to oure besines I hear Richard Schwell hath paid noe
Rent I pray speake to him and get it 48 li send me word what
increase ther is of oure mare and whether Thomas Burnam
have groncelled the house ore not simon deals very bad with his
father he lies at Barbados and sends noe Retorns butt spends all,
his father will have no mor goods sent to him. I could wish I had
no such cause to writ I thinke he and John intends to undoe ther
father. Jane you haue many sons the lord blese them & make them
comforts to you & nott such aflictions as ours are I haue done
only my dear and harty loue to your hussband & self e and children
I leav you to the lord how is abell to keep and preserve you to his
heauenly kingdom which is the prayer of your dear and louing
mother Joanna Tuttell.
Oct. the 3 d , 56
my deare love to you yo r husband and yo r s
The second letter is addressed,
"To her louing son Gorg Giding dwelling In Ips in New Eng-
Sone Giding and dauter
these are to lett you understand that the lord hath taken to
himself my deare husband & left me disolat In a strang land and
in dept by Reson of Simans keeping the Returnes from barbadous
grife that ||he|j hath taken for his to sonns hath brought ||upon
him 1 1 a lingring deseas lost his stomuce and pined away never sick
tell the day before he died which wos the 30 tb of december I
pray talke ||with|| M p Jeuett about that which I left with you &
him this 3 yeares. I have nott hard of anything that he hath done
I cannot hear of the cattell nor what increas the mare hath nor
the Rent I pray lett things be Ready for I have wright to John
lawrence to take them into his hands if Simon ore John should
com lett nott them meddell with anything there my husband hath
given them som thing in his will which I shall paie them now I
will keep the state in my one hand as long as I live it may be I
28 IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD.
may se new ingland againe I pray louke to my house that it be
not Reuined. hanna is to be maried shortly to a good husband
one that lous her well and a hansom man she is a great comfort
to me. I sent Jane a smale token by M r weber that went from
hence to Jeimcas and so to new england. I like lerland very well
we haue nether frost nor snow this winter butt very tempeat
weather which agrees with me well my husbands death went neare
the lord give me good of it & make up my losse in him selfe a teach
this sharp Rod to submit to the will of my god. that I
had need of it I pray Remember me att the throne I should be
glad that you would Right to me that I may heare from you. I
have not one letter this yeare which I wonder att. Remember me
to all yours and to all my friends that aske of me no more att pres-
ent butt the lord bless you with all sprituall blessings in heavenly
things in Christ which is the prayer of your afecinat mother
hanna Rem her kind loue to you & all yours
Carrackfergus the 6 th of Apriell 57.
The third letter is addressed,
"These For her beloued sonne M r George Gidding att Ipswich in
New England" ;
Carrickfargus, 20 March '57.
Sonn Giding I Receaued 2 letters from you and am glad to
heare of 'your welfear with yours I wonder I heare nothing from
Mr. Juete I heare he improues my estaet to his one advantag I
praid him to pay my son martin 12 u in good goods and he lett him
haue nothing butt beefe that none ellse would take I pray you to
take care of my estat att Ips and lett nott him do what he list butt
take a count of what he doth ther is 4 yeres Rent this march
which corns to aboue a hundred pound and in depts ninty seauen
pound and I heare my cossen John Tuttle would by the horse he
will nott lett him without he pay him Englich goods I sent to
deliuer goods to my sonn John lawrence to send me 50 li worth
of beuar. I have depts to pay in london and want it much Thomas
burnum wold know what to do with the mares if he can not keep
them all lett John Tuttell ore you take to of them and for the
Rest of the Cattell if they be chargabell sell them ore lett them to
some that will haue care of them I am to remoue againe 16 mills
nerer my sonn that maried my daueter hannah hath the imploy-
ment that my husband was in the tresury is Remoued to another
towne & we must goe with it the presence of the lord goe with us
they are very louing to me and my life ther by Is very comfortable.
If I should com to new Ingland I fare I should goe a beging if Re-
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD. 29
portes be true my estate de Cays apase for want of lookeing to
I heare the house gos to Ruine the land spends it selfe the cattell
dye the horses eate themselves outt in keeping so I am licke to haue
a small a count butt I hop it will nott proue as I heare if it should
he that knows all things will a veneg the widows cause I pray Rem
me to your wife my Dear Child hannah Rem her loue to you all
so doth M r9 haries the potecaris wife that liued in saint Albanes
she dwellse next house to me I haue nott ellse att present butt the
blesing of the lord be with you & yours
I pray send no goods to simon I heare that of him which will
bring my gray head with sorow to the graue with tears I con-
clued and Remaine
Your poore mother
Joanna Tuttell 1
These letters of this heavy-hearted woman reveal painful fam-
ily secrets, the selfish greed of the sons, John and Simon, the over-
reaching of the trusted family attorney, the decay of the estate and
keen parental anguish. The Tuttle homestead was on High Street,
adjoining the Shatswell and Fowler homesteads, but these letters
indicate that there were also farm buildings on Comfort hill or
on the road to Muddy river.
Simon Tuttle, son of John and Joanna, who had been engaged
in trading ventures in Barbadoes, became owner of the Comfort
hill farm and made his home on the hill. His wife, Sarah,
was the mother of twelve children. The eldest, Joanna, whose
name is recorded erroneously in the Vital Statistics as Hannah,
born Sept. 4, 1664, married, first, Pickard, second, Edmund
L. Pottar of Rowley int. Nov. 20, 1701, and third, Capt. John Whip-
pie Jr., April 14, 1703. Simon, the eldest son, was born Sept. 17,
1677. Following these were John, Elizabeth, Sarah, Abigail, Su-
sanna, William, Charles, Mary, Jonathan and Ruth, the youngest,
who was born on Aug. 16, 1685 and married Ezra Rolfe of Brad-
ford, Sept. 17, 1728. Mr. Tuttle died in January, 1691, but his
widow survived forty years. She died on Jan. 24, 1731, aged eighty-
His inventory, taken March 25, 1692 (Pro. Rec. 304:45), men-
tions the dwelling, barn, and about 3 acres of homestead; "the
house and one acre of land, y" homestead John Tuttell lives in";
and various pasture and tillage lots. It has been said in the an-
nals of the Foster farm, now known as the Mitchell farm, that
John Tuttle's dwelling was sold to Jacob Foster before 1701. The
lands were divided by an agreement between the heirs on Oct. 28,
1 Records and Files of Quarterly Court: II, 142 (printed).
30 IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD.
Simon Tuttle, the eldest son, married Mary Rogers. Sarah,
the eldest, was born Oct. 11, 1697, followed by Margaret, Elizabeth,
Hannah, Simon, Samuel, Lucy, Priscilla and John, who was born
Oct. 26, 1718. Simon Tuttle, then of Littleton, conveyed to Dr.
Samuel Wallis Jr. the pasture lot he had received under his father's
will, May 6, 1721 (40:12), from which it appears that he had re-
moved from the old Ipswich home shortly after the birth of his
youngest child, when he was more than fifty years old.
John, the brother of Simon, married Martha Ward, Dec. 3,
1689, and their children were Martha, born in 1690, married Mark
Haskell of Gloucester, int. Jan. 14, 1709 ; Mary, who married Na-
thaniel Warner ; Remember, who married Job Harris of Gloucester ;
Abigail, married William Haskell of Gloucester; William and Su-
sanna, who married Jonathan Hale of Bradford, Nov. 10, 1729.
The father of the family died on Feb. 26, 1715-6, in his 49 th
year. Shortly after, the widow addressed a petition to the General
Court "setting forth that the said John Tuthill some time before his
death made an exchange of a considerable Parcel of Lands with
the Proprietors of Ipswich to the Value of about Two hundred
Pounds & fenced in said lands with great charge but died before
he had made a Conveyance of the said Land to the sd. Proprietors,
praying that she may be enabled to make such legal conveyance ....
" Her petition was granted. 1
William, son of John and Martha, baptized on Sept. 30, 1705,
had inherited the homestead and farm on Comfort hill. He died
Dec. 10, 1726, in his 22nd year, leaving no direct heir. The estate
included the house, barn and 34 acres in the homestead etc., a man
servant called John Mark, a pair of gold buttons and 3 pair of
silver buttons. (Filed Jan. 22, 1726-7. Pro. Rec. 315:445).
Three of the sisters conveyed their 3-5 interest in the real
estate of their late brother to their brother-in-law, Mark Haskell of
Gloucester, April 13, 1727 (51:53) and Susanna Hale conveyed her
fifth to him on Jan. 8 th , 1730 (77:43). Their grandmother, Sarah,
wife of Simon Tuttle, died as has been noted on Jan. 24, 1731/2,
holding title to a third in her husband's estate, which had been set
off to her. Her daughters, Joanna Whipple, widow of Capt. John,
and Susanna, single woman, quitclaimed their interest to Mark
Haskell, July 6, 1732 (77:42); the grand daughters making sim-
ilar conveyance (1731, 60:239, 240; 77:41; 1733, 77:42).
Deacon Mark Haskell became a prominent figure in the town.
He occupied the farm until his death, Aug. 25, 1775, in his nine-
tieth year. His wife, Martha, died in her 73 d year on May 15, 1763.
He married the widow Elizabeth Burnham, int. Oct. 24, 1767, who
1 Province Laws. 1716-17, Chap. 16.
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD. 31
survived him and lived until January, 1789, attaining the great age
of 99 years 7 mos.
His son, Mark, who owned already some land in common with
his father, succeeded to the ownership, and bought adjoining lands,
a two acre lot of John Harris, May 6, 1795 (203 :207) and 12 acres
of William Homan of Beverly, on the Linebrook road, Jan. 9,
1799 (203:207). Daniel Haskell, executer of the will of Mark, con-
veyed the farm, 57 acres including a ten acre pasture on the oppo-
site side of the road to Rowley, to William Conant Jr. Dec. 1, 1825
(240:31) who reconveyed to Haskell (240:32). He bought 5%
acres on the Linebrook road from Edward Harris, March 11, 1833
(268:187) and sold the whole to Edward Harris, about 70 acres,
March 18, 1833 (268:187). It passed to John Harris Jr., who sold
to Joel Nourse of Boston, Dec. 9, 1852 (470:206), to Edward T.
Trofatter, Nov. 23, 1857 (562:49) ; to James Damon of Charlestown,
May 5, 1858 (570:52) to Josiah Low of Essex. (687:62).
George Low, son and heir of Josiah, sold the 20 acre pasture
on the east side of the Rowley road to John A. and Charles E.
Brown, July 18, 1887. A lot in the lane was sold by George Low,
son of George, to John A. Brown, May 4, 1907 (1873:428), and the
remainder of his interest in the farm including the buildings, to
Edmund Wile, March 13, 1908 (1913:441). The house and barn
were totally destroyed by fire but Mr. Wile erected at once fine
The large field with a barn on the Rowley road, 19% acres,
was inherited by Alice M. Scotton, daughter of George Low and
wife of J. Frank Scotton, and sold by her to G. Adrian Barker,
Jan. 24, 1911 (2064:78).
Lot No. 7.
Isaac Jewett's new right, drawn by Samuel Pickard Jr. for
Jewett's heirs, five acres, bounded by the road on the northeast
side and the Haskell farm on the southwest, was sold by David
Russell Jr. of Littleton and his wife, Mary, to Mark Haskell, Oct.
20, 1735 (70:53). Joseph Tuttle Jr. and Abigail of Sudbury con-
veyed to Mark Haskell and Mark Haskell Jr. a pasture near Muddy
river, near the Rowley road, 8% acres, Nov. 28, 1749, and Nathaniel
Smith sold his interest in a half of a 10 acre pasture, lying between
the Haskell farm and the Boxford road, July 21, 1758 (105:95).
This lot thus became a part of the Haskell farm.
After laying out No. 7, the Committee went to the Boxford
road and laid out Lots Nos. 8 to 13 on that road, bounded by the
divisional line on the southeast. "We made a center line from
32 IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD.
the westerly part of Tuttle's land to y e 80 Rod Stake, by the path
up Pengry's Plain (now Mile Lane) and began a third Range of
Lotts with No. 14."
Lot No. 14.
"bounded southeast and south partly by No. 7, partly by Lord's
Little Pasture and partly by Tuttle's land" was drawn by Alex-
ander Lovell Sen. Alexander Lovell Jr. sold it to Benj. Dutch, "the
original right of Moses Day," April 16, 1729 (54:48), who con-
veyed to his son, Benj. Jr., Oct. 31, 1751 (104:78). Benj. Dutch, Jr.,
miller, and Sarah, sold to Mary Lord, "wife of James Lord, spin-
stress," March 7, 1758 (104: 160).
It passed by inheritance to Nathaniel Lord and his heirs.
George W. Langdon and others quitclaimed to Caleb Lord, one half
the cow-pasture about 16 acres, June 18, 1863 (653:164) and Caleb
Lord and others quitclaimed to Martha W. Langdon and others
on the same date. (664:130). Nathaniel H. Lord and others sold
the lot, containing 16 acres, to Aaron D Wells, May 19, 1910 (2032 :
443). "Lord's Little Pasture", mentioned in the original division,
is included probably in this lot.
Lot No. 15.
Drawn by John Lord, "by his father's Entry and Settlement."
Samuel Lord, Jr. sold this lot, 9% acres, to Benjamin Caldwell
and son, Benj. Jr., June 1, 1791 (158:108) ; who conveyed the same
to Benjamin Lord and Isaac Kimball, March 13, 1798 (164:36). In
the division of the estate of Benjamin Lord, who died July 8, 1818,
there was set off to the widow, Sarah, "a piece of pasture land in
common with Isaac Kimball near Pingrey's Plain, all that part
northwest of a straight line beginning at the highway and running
straight to the land of Nathaniel Harris." (Pro. Rec. 394:267.)
Benjamin Lord and Huldah, his wife, of Falmouth and other heirs
conveyed to Nathan Jewett their interest in the dower of the widow,
May 10, 1838 (936:235). In May, 1842, Isaac Kimball sold to Mr.
Jewett, "Giddings pasture," "being a cow-right therein," 2% acres,
"known as the dower of late widow of Isaac Kimball." (936:236).
He also acquired Lot No. 16 in the original division.
Lot. No. 16.
A new lot, about 12 rods wide, "Shoreborne Wilson's new right,
drawn by Capt. Stephen Perkins." It was acquired by John Kim-
ball, Jr., and was included in the inventory of his estate in 1757.
(Pro. Rec. 337:15).
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Lieut. Jeremiah Kimball inherited from his brother, John, and
his estate included a six acre pasture at Woods lot and an eight
acre pasture at Pingrey's Plain, one half of No. 17, (1765, Pro. Rec.
342:395). In the division of the estate, his son Jeremiah received
"2 cow rights in Woods Pasture in partnership with Daniel Ringe"
(1776. Pro. Rec. 351:458). Charles Kimball, son of Jeermiah, sold
Woods Pasture, now described as containing 20 acres, to Nathan
Jewett, May 4, 1858 (936:237). His son Stephen inherited and
mortgaged to Alexander B. Clark, Nov. 8, 1895 (1463:296), who
foreclosed and took possession (1542:466).
Lot No. 17.
An old lot, about 32 rods wide on the road, assigned to Alex-
ander Lovell, by his father's right. In consideration of a deed of
quitclaim to Lot No. 9 by Thomas Boardman, Stephen Jewett, Na-
thaniel Jewett and George Hibbert of Rowley, Alexander Lovel,
cordwainer, quitclaimed to them his interest in No. 17, "that
was my father Lovel's", May 19, 1732 (59:205). Andrew Burley,
Nath. Jewett and George Hibbert sold to Nathaniel Lord Jr. car-
penter and John Kimball, tailor, No. 17, 16 acres, Jan. 7, 1733
John Kimball, it was stated in the sketch of No. 16, owned the
"Woods Pasture", No. 16, adjoining, and his half of No. 17 passed
with No. 16, to his brother Jeremiah etc. The other half was
owned by Mr. Lord at his death, and in the division of his estate,
"half an old right in the square lots near Pingry's Plain," fell to
Aaron. In the inventory it was entered as "8 acres pasture near
Pingrey's Plain," Oct. 26, 1770 (Pro. Rec. 346: 366, 493). Stephen
Lord, son of Aaron, sold the lot to Capt. Nathaniel Lord Jr., to-
gether with "Harts Nubes, so called in Green Creek and the win-
dow frames so called." Feb. 12, 1817 (212:262). Capt. Lord con-
veyed to his sons, Caleb and George A. of Ipswich and Nathaniel
H. of Lynn, July 5, 1858 (653:164). George A. and Nathaniel H.
Lord sold to Frances Mary Smith, wife of Fred A. Smith, March
18, 1910 (2144:414).
Lot No. 18.
An old lot, "bounded on the north east end by the Country Road
about 34 Rod wide, . . to a stake at the corner where the way is
Layed out from the Great Road over the Plains up toward turkey
hill Road to Chapman's, then on the north west side by the path
up the plains . . . ." drawn by John West, by his father's right.
It was inherited by Elizabeth, daughter of John, and widow of
34 IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD KOWLEY ROAD.
Head of Bradford and conveyed by her to her son, James
Head of Bradford, who sold the lot, 15 acres, to Benjamin Dutch,
April 1, 1734 (66:76). Doctor John Manning sold the lot, known
familiarly as the "Gallows Lot," to John Harris Jr. 20 acres, 1784
(151:144). Upon the death of Mr. Harris, his land was divided
into seven parts and assigned to his children, Rebecca, wife of
Jonathan Haskell, receiving the lot on the corner of the Rowley
road and Mile Lane. Adjoining lots on Mile Lane were apportioned
to Prue, wife of Ebenezer Harris; Joanna, wife of Stephen Pear-
son, Jr.; Mary, wife of Robert Stone; Susanna, wife of John
Raynes; Sally, wife of John D. Cross, and his son, Edward Harris.
(1814, Pro. Rec. 385:463). The corner lot, ten acres, was sold by
Ebenezer Harris to William J. Tarr, May 13, 1876 (986:242), who
conveyed to his wife, who sold his whole holding in this locality,
23 acres, to John Dickinson, May 3, 1886 (1172:75). In default of
taxes, the lot was sold by the Town to John O. Porter, July 23,
1898 (1554:190), who sold to William H. Knowlton, February 26,
1912 (2134:178). The name, Gallows Lot, was applied to the 2%
acre lot on Mile Lane, the sixth from the Rowley road, which John
D. Cross sold in 1849, and Mrs. Tarr bought in 1874 (953:210).
Though the name, "The Village" or "Ipswich Village," as ap-
plied to this neighborhood, is of comparatively modern origin, the
settlement itself dates from the beginning of the Town. Robert
Muzzey, Thomas Emerson, John Gage, and others received the orig-
inal grants, and at a very early period houses were built, and
Jewett's grist mill, on Egypt River, before the century was ended.
The annals of this little community are of singular interest.
The Pengry Farm.
"Muddy river," to which frequent allusion has been made, a
sluggish stream that drains the meadows and swamps on both
sides the Rowley road, was Muddy river from the very beginning
of our annals. The other stream or brook which crosses the road
near the pumping station, has borne a multiplicity of names. Its
upper waters were called Bull brook at a very early period, but the
first settlers had a penchant for "rivers" and they named it the
river Abith. There is a Hebrew word, abeth, which means a reed
or bulrush, or the papyrus of the Nile. Reeds and bulrushes still
abound in the lower reaches of the stream, and it may have pleased
the Rev. John Norton, one of the most learned men of his day,
whose farm was bounded by it, to recall the old Egyptian stream
in the title of this humble water-course. In 1640, the name North
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD KOWLEY ROAD. 35
river was its recognized title, but Egypt river has been the favorite
name from ancient times to this day, though it becomes Eowley
river when the winding stream widens into a tidal estuary.
Adjoining the Shatswell pasture, John Gage had a lot of generous
dimension probably, as he built a house upon it, and Nathaniel
Stow had a grant. Joseph Jewett, one of the most prominent men
of Rowley, bought these lots, June 12, 1656, (Ips. Deeds 1:173) and
also part of the Shatswell land. At his death, his brother, Maxi-
milian, was appointed overseer of his two youngest children, Joseph
and Faith, and he accepted as the portion of Faith, who was then
affianced to John Pengry: "the house that is upon the field that
was formerly Goodman Gage's & Goodman Shatswells', together
with the barne & the land afore mentioned and also that piece of
land that lies betwixt y e house and Egypt River, together with 16
acres of land that lies within the common fence that was bought of
Goodman Lord & Goodman Kingsbury," with an interest in land in
the vicinity of Wilson's Hill. (Ips. Deeds 2:187.)
The house was then occupied by Aaron Pengry, son of Deacon
Moses Pengry, the salt maker.* John Pengry and Faith Jewett were
married on May 20 th , 1678. He had been enrolled as a soldier in
the King Philip war in 1675 but his service is not recorded. In
March, 1680, he leased Little Neck from the Feoffees of the Gram-
mar School.2 A painful duty fell to his lot in January, 1692-3,3
when he was chosen a member of the "Jury for Tryalls," for the
trial of the last of the unfortunates, who were charged with witch-
craft. Three were found guilty and sentenced to death.
The young bride, Faith Pengry, is the first woman who comes to
our notice in the little hamlet, which had sprung up in these soli-
tudes. She had never known the privilege of education which all
children now enjoy. Certainly she had never learned to write, for
when her husband sold some woodland in 1708, she could only make
her mark. We hope she had learned to read, but reading brought no
such comfort and diversion to the women of those times, as it af-
fords the people of today.
The wives and mothers had few moments that could be
snatched from their endless toil by day or night for even the) hum-
blest literary pursuits. Could they read, they had their Bibles
indeed and they prized them well, but there were times when they
were too weary for the old Book. But newspapers were unknown,
and the few books of the family needed no five-foot shelf. Some
dull volumes of divinity were almost the only books that found
favor in Puritan households. We look in vain in the inventories of
the time for the great Puritan poet, John Milton. Shakespeare's
1 Deposition. Moses Pingree & John 1684. 7:12.
'Publications of Ipswich Histor. Society, XVIII:82.
* Ipswich in Mass. Bay Colony, p. 299.
36 IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD.
plays might not contaminate the air by their presence. A modern
novel, withi its engaging plot, its fascinating characters, its restful
readableness, its witching power to beguile the weary brain and
drive away care, had not been written, and had it been, it would
have been reckoned a device of the devil to promote a fickle and
wanton mind. ' Tis not strange, after all, that when Ann Brad-
street, that other Ipswich wife and mother, burst into song, it was
counted more than a nine days' wonder that such poems could be
written by a woman in the turmoil of a noisy household, and that
she was hailed as the Tenth Muse by grave and reverend men.
Faith Pengry had no fine parts and we know little about her,
but a tender interest attaches to her and all the other wives and
mothers of this quiet spot in these early days. One son, who bore
his father's name, of course, came to them. Lydia, who died at
the age of fifteen, Mehitable and another Lydia, who married and
went to their new homes, were all the others that the Town
Records mention. The boy John grew to manhood on the farm
and on January 10, 1723-4 (43 :66), the elder John conveyed to John
Jr. his whole estate, real and personal, reserving possession during
his life, and providing that he should pay 190 to his well-beloved
daughter, Lydia, now the wife of Andrew Burley, or her heirs. As
no allusion is made to his wife, Faith Pengry had died probably
before this instrument was made.
Ensign John entered upon full possession at his father's death
on June 15 th , 1723. No record of his marriage remains and at his
death on August 22, 1732, in his forty-ninth year, his estate fell to
his sister, Lydia. Her heirs, Andrew Burley, Esq., Andrew Burley,
Jr., gentleman, Samuel Williams, Jr., sadler, and Lydia, his wife,
Mehitable Burley and Mary Burley, singlewomen, conveyed "Pen-
gry's Farm," 80 acres less or more, with dwelling and outbuildings
to Benjamin Dutch, February 20, 1746 (95:115). He sold the farm
to Jeremiah Nelson of Rowley, August 24, 1747 (98:176), who be-
queathed it to his sons, Jeremiah and Jacob (1773. Pro. Rec. 348:
59). His daughter Hannah had married James Pickard of Boxford
and they gained possession.
Financial reverses befell and the farm was seized by the cred-
itors. The administrator of Dr. Sylvester Gardiner of Boston re-
covered judgment against Mr. Pickard for 241, 12s. and there was
set off to his estate, 51% acres with all the buildings, "beginning
at the corner of sd. Pickard's homestead, at the gate, on the road
from Ipswich to Newburyport," extending along the road to Na-
thaniel Smith's, northeast and southeast by Smith to the second
gate on the way to Muddy River, and by various courses to the land
lately set off by execution to John Killam, northwest by Kilham to
the Muddy River road, and by the wall to the first, September 11,
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD. 37
John Killam of Boxford sold the land he had acquired by the
execution mentioned in the preceding deed, 33% acres, on the Row-
ley road, to Benjamin Kimball, July 20, 1790 (153:18). John Pot-
ter brought suit against the estate of Jeremiah Nelson, and there
was set off to him 6 acres % and 32 rods on the corner of the Row-
ley road and Muddy river road, adjoining that sold to Benjamin
Kimball on the southeast, May 3, 1790 (152:31).
The first of these lots, carved out of the old Pengry farm, was
sold by the executor of the estate of Dr. Gardiner to Abigail Smith,
wife of Isaac Smith, Jr., of Rowley, one tract of 51% acres and
another of 9% acres 22 rods, January 2, 1800 (166:133). Isaac
Smith and Abigail, in her right, sold to Isaac Potter, 34 acres
with house, barn, etc., bounded by the land of Daniel Nourse, Isaac
Potter, "across the marsh road" etc., reserving the Town way
through the farm, March 13, 1807 (180:97).
Isaac Potter and wife, Joanna, conveyed their farm on the
opposite side of the road to their son, Asa Potter of Bridgton, in-
cluding a tract "on each side of the road leading on Pingrey's Plain
to Kimball's Point, 50 acres, more or less," beginning at Egypt
river, Dec. 4, 1828 (253:183). There is no mention of any farm
buildings and it is probable that they had disappeared. The vari-
ous deeds locate them in the pasture adjoining the land of Mr.
John W. Nourse, but no trace remains. The lot was inherited by
Asa T. Potter, and by his heirs. A nine acre field on the corner of
Paradise road was sold by Lavinia D. Pickard to Mrs. Mabel V.
Mitchell, Nov. 10, 1891 (1330:202), who conveyed two lots to Annie
Dodge of Peabody, Jan. 29, 1901 (1633:224).
Benjamin Kimball sold his thirty-three acre lot, part of the
Pengry farm to his sons, Isaac and Benjamin, (1797, 191:173; 1810,
191:172), and an eleven acre field to Abraham Lord, March 1, 1808
(183 :268); Benjamin Kimball sold his lot to Isaac, Jr. and his ad-
ministrator conveyed 1% acres to Benjamin Smith, April 7, 1824
(1148:160). The heirs of Isaac Kimball sold their interest to John
Dickinson, July 28, 1875 (1170:204), whose dwelling was near the
present cottage of Benjamin Currier. He was a man of quiet
habit, who never married. He gained a competence by patient in-
dustry and frugal living. Having money to lend, he walked one
day to the house of Hon. Allen W. Dodge, the County Treasurer,
in Hamilton, and as the day was warm, he went barefoot as he was
accustomed, carrying his shoes in his hand. Mrs. Dodge spied
the uncouth figure and cried to her husband, "Here comes another
tramp and I have given away all your old shoes." The seeming
tramp had three thousand dollars in cash in his pocket, however,
which the treasurer was glad to borrow. His house was burned
some years ago.
38 IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD.
The six acre lot on the south corner of Paradise road was in-
herited by Susanna, wife of Benjamin Kimball, Jr., and daughter
of John Potter (1802, Pro. Rec. 379:535, 6). She sold an acre on
the corner of the Post Road and the road to Kimball's Point to
John Rutherford, Jan. 2, 1843 (395:144), who acquired the) remain-
der of the lot from her heirs, June 7, 1850 (1641:509), and 4%
acres from Levi Lord, March 23, 1854 (587:275). Mr. Rutherford
conveyed an acre with buildings to his son, John W. Rutherford
(1874, 925:209). He acquired the adjoining land and conveyed 4^
acres with buildings to his son, Augustus H. Rutherford (1089:160),
and to the widow, Mary J. Rutherford (1193:174), who sold to-
Luther Nourse, April 29, 1890 (1490:194), and he to his daughter,
the widow Caroline E. Pickard, Oct. 16, 1896 (1492:358).
The Bradstreet Farm,
Humphrey Bradstreet received a grant of 80 acres "beyond the
North River," with other upland and meadow lots. John Bradstreet
of Marblehead, planter, conveyed it to Joseph Jewett, Senior, of
Rowley, who had already gained possession of several farms in the
vicinity, July 4, 1657 (Ips. Deeds 1:203). The deed relates that
part of the farm had been granted to his father, Humphrey, "and
a part he had by exchange of Richard Hutley, and another part,
being about 10 acres, more or less, he purchased of William Buck-
In the division of the Jewett estate, this farm was assigned to
Joseph, brother of Faith. (1677-8. Ips. Deeds 4 :332.) He had taken
a valiant part in the King Philip War, serving in Major Appleton's
company in the winter campaign of 1675 when only nineteen, and
in the following spring he was with Capt. Brocklebank and his
Rowley men at Sudbury. Being stationed near Marlboro, he es-
caped death, when the Captain and many of his men were slain by
the Indians. He married Ruth Wood on January 16, 1680, and as
the farm was already in his possession, it may fairly be presumed
that they made their home here and that their oldest children were
born here. The place of birth of Ruth, the eldest, is not recorded,,
but Joshua, born in August, 1683, and the twins, Hannah and Eliza-
beth, born in April, 1685, are recorded as of Ipswich birth. Joseph,
Sarah, Priscilla, Joanna and Joshua were born in Rowley, and it
is evident that he had removed there prior to April, 1687.
He sold the farm to Joseph Quilter, "in behalf of his cousin
Abel Langley, who dwells with him, son of Abel Langley of Row-
ley, deceased," with dwelling and barn, October 7, 1693 (11:152).
It is now for the most part included in the farm of Mr. Charles Day,
and was reached by the road, now called not inaptly Paradise
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD KOWLEY KOAD. 39
road, for it is a very beautiful road, winding through long stretches
of woodland, where ferns and brakes grow luxuriantly, and every
kind of wild flower finds congenial haunt in open glades or shaded
nooks. In the earliest times it was styled "the road to Muddy
River Bridge," or "the road to Kimball's Point," and sometimes,
"the marsh road." The farmers of Linebrook and beyond found
Mile Lane, also called "the marsh road," and "the road over Pin-
gree's Plain," the only direct way to the Hundreds and other marsh
lands and thatch banks. The old road, rarely used now, bears the
marks of long and frequent use in past years, for it has been worn
down by travel and rainfall three feet in many places below the
level of the woodland.
On this farm, shut in by the woods and the Rowley river, Abel
Langley lived, and then Thomas Boardman, who seems to have
married his daughter, Sarah Langley. Thomas and Sarah Board-
man conveyed the farm to their son, John, on December 24, 1720
(40:13), who had married Abigail Choate a month before, on No-
vember 27 th . The young bride went to her new home joyfully and
hopefully, and it was well the future did not reveal its secrets.
In the fall of 1737 seven children filled the farm house with
songs and laughter, and the thoughts of parents and children ran
forward to the glad Thanksgiving Day, the great Puritan festival,
with its family reunions and its unimagined stores of pies and
puddings and every New England dainty. But the dreadful throat-
distemper was abroad, against which the physicians of the day
were powerless. In May, 1736, four children of Nehemiah and
Katherine Jewett, their neighbors and friends, had died. John
Boardman's cousin, Martha, wife of John Treadwell, of the Island
farm on the road to Jeffrey's Neck had lost her four children in
March and in November, the home of Cornet John was invaded.
On one black and awful day, November 3 d , three children died,
Lucy, four, Mary seven, and Sarah, nine years old; and on the
following day, baby Francis, fifteen months old, was taken. Cornet
John's young brother, Langley, a lad of sixteen, died of the same
disease in the following February. The older children, John, fifteen,
Abigail, fourteen and Thomas, twelve, were spared. Happily, an-
other Sarah was born a year later, and another Mary in 1742, and
these children all grew to manhood and womanhood. The daughters
all married. Abigail, the eldest, became the wife of Thomas Prime
of Rowley in January, 1746-7. Mary married James Kinsman, a
wealthy Candlewood farmer, in 1760 and Daniel Noyes, schoolmas-
ter, postmaster, Register of Probate and one of the most prominent
men of the town, came to the old farm house for Sarah, in 1763.
Young John Boardman stayed by the farm, and when his wed-
ding day was close at hand, his father did by him as his own father
40 IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD.
had done for him twenty-three years before. He conveyed half the
farm to him on November 23, 1743 (91:96), and the other half in
February, 1747-8 (90:204). He soon brought his bride, Mary Baker.
Twelve prosperous years were allotted them. Five children were
born, and John, now Lieutenant John, had attained a goodly estate.
But on March 10 th , 1755, two .months before his thirty-third birth-
day, he was "cast on shore on Castle Hill Beach and Perish'd with
the Cold and Snow."
The inventory reveals an unusual wardrobe, his blue coat,
breeches and red jacket, valued at 3 10s, his green and blue jackets,
his dark coat, grey coat and great coat, his ribbed stockings, wigs,
and silver watch, and the brass headed saddle and silver spurs,
with which he rode to his place in the line of the militia. His
slave, Scipio, was valued at 34, his "leading staff" at 4s. and he
owned a pew in the South Meeting house.
The young widow mourned her husband for three years, and
then John Potter came a wooing, and they were married in the
middle of June, 1758. There were four children by this marriage,
Sarah, John, Susanna and Abigail. Sarah married William Ruther-
ford, of Rowley, in 1789. He built their home on the portion of the
estate that fell to her, and there, presumably, she died at the age
of ninety-one in 1849. The old house has gone but the cellar re-
mains. Abigail married Edward Jewett, son of Aaron, of the
neighboring farm, in January, 1793, and Susanna married Benjamin
Kimball, Jr. Eventually- the heirs sold their interest. The Dickin-
sons and Rutherfords succeeded in the ownership, and finally the
old Bradstreet farm was bought by its present owner, Charles C.
Day, December 20, 1899 (1598:557). The old farm house with low
roof and great chimney was burned in 1895. The present dwelling
was built on the same site.
The Robert Muzzey Farm,
Robert Muzzey, whose name still attaches to the noble hill, on
the slopes of which his lands lay, received a grant from the Town
of a hundred acres, bounded by the North river, southeast, and
John Gage, southwest, and sixteen acres of upland, and ten of
meadow, bounded north by the lot Edmund Gardiner bought of
John Saunders. His will, drawn on January 5, 1642 (Ipswich Deeds,
1:40), gave, "To Joseph, my eldest son, my farme with all the ap-
purtenances lying on the other side of Egypt River only reserving
a piece of land called the' Cow leas & a piece of meadow adjoining
to it called the Rocke meadows, which may contain 20 acres"; to
Benjamin, the Cow leas and Rocke Meadow and a 6 acre lot, bought
of John Newman, after his mother's decease, and made provision
for his wife, Bridget, and his other children.
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD. 41
In Joseph Muzzey's time, if not before, buildings were erected
on the farm. An ancient cellar hole, near a great spring far to the
east of the present highway, indicates the probable site of the lone-
ly farm house. The hill slopes gently toward the south, and the
primeval forest on the neighboring ridges furnished shelter from
the winter winds for the buildings and orchard. The approach to
the dwelling is evident, but the original highway, "the old pathway
to the Merrimac," can not be located. Joseph Muzzey sold "my whole
farm, meadow and upland, 100 acres save only 9 acres of upland
and meadow now in the possession of Twiford West," "with the
mansion house, barnes, stables, etc." and 6 acres, bequeathed to
his brother Benjamin but bought by him, to Joseph Jewett of Row-
ley, April 24, 1654 (Ipswich Deeds 1:137). Mr. Jewett was the
great landed magnate of his time. He already owned land adjoin-
ing the farm of the Muzzeys, and soon added, as has been noted,
the Bradstreet and Pengry farms, giving him continuous ownership
from the Rowley line beyond Egypt River, with large holdings on
the west side of the highway.
Joseph Jewett died on February 24, 1660-1. His estate included
"the new house and barne and all the land within Ipswitch fence
and without Ipswitch fence and meadows." A double portion was
devised to his eldest son, Jeremiah, who accepted at the valuation
of 500, required by his father's will, "the farm formerly Mussie's
with all the land joining to it on this side Egypt River," and
meadow land on the other side. Jeremiah was born in Bradford,
England, about 1637. He was betrothed to Sarah Dickinson of Row-
ley at the time of his father's death, and they were married on the
first of May, 1661. She was the daughter of Thomas Dickinson,
and on February 13, 1661-2, Jeremiah conveyed his farm to him,
but it was reconveyed to himself. (Ips. Deeds. 2 :51.)
May-day was a dear old English holiday and it may have had
some honor still in the land of the Puritans, though they frowned
upon Christmas, as savouring of Popery. It was a blithesome wed-
ding day, and an auspicious time for the young bride's coming to
the solitary home. The frogs were piping in the meadows, the
violets were everywhere in bloom, and the oaks and maples and
birches were beautiful with their fresh greenery. Winter was
the long, cold, lonesome ordeal, but before a second winter, five
days before Christmas, the baby Jeremiah came for care and com-
pany, constant and engrossing, to the young mother, and in April,
1665, Joseph was born. Thomas and Eleazer followed and the first
daughter, Sarah, was baptized on November 23 d , 1673. Then came
another daughter, Mary, and three more sons, Nehemiah, Ephraim
and Caleb, the tenth and last in 1681.
Six children were born and the oldest was twelve, when the
42 IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD.
King Philip War, with its unspeakable horrors, burst upon the col-
ony. Jeremiah Jewett was enrolled in Capt. Samuel Appleton's
company, which made the march to Connecticut in December and
fought the bloody battle known as the Great Swamp Fight. His
service is not specified, but it may be presumed that he had part
in it. We have noted that his brother, Joseph, then a lad of nine-
teen was a soldier in that severe winter campaign, and young John
Pengry, who married his sister, Faith, was also enrolled. There
were many anxious days for the young wife and mother, but the
soldier came back safely, and the years of peril passed slowly
When his sons had grown to man's estate, Jeremiah divided his
farm and gave the northern part, along the slope of Muzzey hill,
to his namesake, Jeremiah, and to Ephraim, then twenty-four years
old, "the whole farm I am now possessed of that I have not disposed
of to my son Jeremiah," reserving the easterly end of the house and
half the cellar, May 12, 1704 (22:88). He lived ten years longer,
and in his will, proved in June, 1714, devised a pound sterling to
each of his children, and with a tender regard, rarely manifest in
the wills of the time, bestowed the remainder of his personal estate
upon his beloved wife, Sarah, "to be at her dispose either in Life
or at her death." (Pro. Eec. 311 :136.)
Ephraim Jewett married his friend and playmate, Elizabeth
Hammond, from the adjoining farm, int. June 11, 1709, and again a
young bride came to the old homestead. Again a brood of little
ones grew apace, but when the last baby, Elizabeth, was baptized
on December 26, 1725, of the eight children, three had died in in-
fancy and Elizabeth only attained her twelfth year, and when the
father signed his will on October 23, 1739, only Sarah, Hannah and
Ephraim were living. Ephraim gave his wife the improvement of
the whole estate until his son, Ephraim, a lad of sixteen, came of
age, when he was to receive two-thirds of the real estate, and the
remainder at his mother's death. (Pro. Eec. 324:35.) The dower
of the widow was set off, a tract of woodland, pasture, tillage and
meadow, beginning at the highway near Egypt river bridge,
and the heirs of Ensign John Pengry, the line running down the
river for the most part to a stake, "thence to the corner of the
fence about 3 feet to the northward of the great Spring near
the dwelling house," April 25, 1745 (Pro. Eec. 326:322). This
division line, with its mention of the great spring near the dwelling,
is the final and conclusive evidence that here was the old home
of two generations of Jewetts and presumably of Joseph Muzzey.
Ephraim, son and heir of the elder Ephraim Jewett, married
Margaret Wood, in the spring of 1742, when he was only a few
months beyond his nineteenth year and his bride lacked two months
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD. 43
of sixteen. The young husband died on September 17, 1747, in his
twenty-fifth year. The widow was allotted 110 for her mourning 1
and out of the personal estate she took 267 13s. The Judge of
Probate drew the line at 120, showing that she had overstepped
her right by 147, 13s. Thus the account stood in November, 1747.
The reason for the excessive allowance for the widow's weeds and
her seeming avarice in seizing upon her husband's estate may be
found in the significant fact that the girl-widow, now only twenty-
two years old, had become the wife of John Burnham, before the
final account was rendered on July 18, 1748.
John Burnham and Margaret conveyed to Nathaniel Smith,
tailor, who had married Hannah, sister of her late husband, all
their interest in the farm, December 16, 1748 (92:53). The widow
Elizabeth conveyed to her daughter, Hannah Smith, half the farm,
"I became and was entitled to at the death of any son Ephraim,
after his decease," September 2, 1752 (99:79). Nathaniel Smith,
the sadler, son of Nathaniel, the tailor, sold the whole Ephraim
Jewett farm to Daniel Nourse of Boxford, April 10, 1790 (152:30).
He was the son of Benjamin Nourse and was born in Salem Village,
now Danvers, January 9, 1733, when the witchcraft horrors were
still vividly remembered. He married Eunice Perley of Boxford,
August 9, 1759. He sold his Boxford farm April 20, 1789 and re-
moved to Ipswich in the following year. A new house nearer
the road, a little in the rear of the present dwelling had been
built by Nathaniel Smith, and to this Mr. Nourse came with his
good wife, Eunice, and six marriageable daughters, for the sixteen
year old twins, Hannah and Huldah, were reckoned of fit age for
matrimony at that period. The young swains of the neighborhood
hailed the advent of such an extraordinary family with ill-concealed
rapture, for there seems to have been a great dearth of eligible or
Straightway a new and festive social life was inaugurated.
With six ingenious sisters to plan and execute, neighborhood merry-
makings of every kind were possible. The Nourse mansion became
the Mecca of love-lorn pilgrims. The inevitable began to happen.
Uncle Hervey Nourse, of beloved memory, used to say these buxom
girls went off like hot cakes. Three were married in 1792, two
years after their arrival ; Lucy to Josiah Fletcher of Chelmsf ord in
March, Sally to the widower Stephen Pearson of the neighborhood,
in October, and Eunice to Jonathan Pearson of Newburyport in
November. What deft toil of busy fingers went on through the
whole of that eventful year, at wool-wheel and flax-wheel and cum-
brous loom, weaving long webs of plain linen and the beautifully
figured quilts, table cloths and napkins, making sheets and towels,
embroidering, hem-stitching, finally bleaching on the dewy grass
44 IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD.
and folding away the snowy whiteness in the great dowry-chests !
What cutting and making of fine clothing and what delightful
agonies of uncertainty in selecting the wedding dress, and the
grand finery for the Sunday service, when each in turn would
"walk bride," the observed of all observers, and the envied of not
Aaron Jewett, Jr. of the neighborhood, waited for Hannah to
grow five years older and married her in 1795. The son, Daniel, not
to be outdone, yet making no haste, married Hannah Jewett,
daughter of David, in 1801 when he was thirty-one, and Jeremiah,
brother of Aaron, had come for Huldah, the other twin, in February
of the same year. Fanny, the youngest, became the wife of David
Pay son of Kowley, in 1806.
After all this marrying and giving in marriage had been fin-
ished, Mr. Nourse set himself the task of building a new house, and
completed it in 1809, the comfortable and substantial dwelling under
the shade of the great trees, where his great-grandson, John W.
Nourse, still abides. He was a man of great vigor. In his young
manhood he had served as a soldier in the French and Indian War.
Pestered by the vermin which infested the camp, he had slept un-
der the shelter of a boat, so that he became a sufferer from phthisic,
which burdened his latter years. Uncle Hervey Nourse, who re-
membered him well, used to remark that he died when he was
His son Daniel inherited the homestead. He had a goodly fam-
ily of sons and daughters, but the glory of the latter house was
not like that of the former. There were but three daughters,
where there were six before. Two of them had compassion on the
young men nearby, Harriet marrying John Potter, and Fanny, Dan-
iel Boynton of Rowley, but Julia Ann refused all suitors and died
in single bliss in her fiftieth year in 1855. Hervey, the eldest son,
was proof against the charms of the fair ones, and despite all
their winged shafts, attained the venerable age of ninety-five years
in peace and comfort. Daniel Perley Nourse married Sarah South-
wick of Danvers; Luther, Elizabeth Todd of Rowley; and Warren,
Mary Ann Scott. John Warren, the only child of Warren and Mary
Ann, with his wife and one young daughter, the third and fourth
generations from Daniel Nourse, the builder, keep alive the fire on
the ancestral hearth-stone. Daniel Nourse, Jr. conveyed 14 acres
abutting on Egypt River, to his son, Luther, in September, 1838,
who built a house on the lot and dwelt there for many years. Late
in life, he sold the land to his brother Warren, the house having
been removed to Maple Avenue, February 9, 1884 (1667:479). By
inheritance from his father, and by conveyance from his Uncle Her-
vey, May 13, 1880 (1037:133) to whom Daniel Jr. had conveyed it
(320:265), John W. Nourse gained title to the ancestral farm.
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD. 45
The Jeremiah Jewett Farm.
Jeremiah Jewett, brother of Ephraim, received the remainder of
their father's farm, as has been noted. His wife was Elizabeth
Kimball, daughter of Caleb and Anne Kimball, whom he married
January 4, 1687-8 ; and of their eight children, six grew to mature
age. Moses died, however, in his twentieth year, leaving Aaron, the
third child to receive the name, a lad of sixteen, the only surviving
son and four daughters, Elizabeth, Hannah, Mary and Mercy. The
daughters all married and Aaron removed to Scarborough, Maine,
where he lived many years, and served as town clerk, but returned
to Ipswich and spent his last years here.
Jeremiah Jewett died February 15, 1731. He had married Eliz-
abeth Bugg of Rowley, after the death of the mother of his children
and in his will, he bequeathed to her "all she brought me and 20
more, to be hers even if she marries again," to Aaron, "my only and
well beloved son," the use of the estate during his life, and upon
his decease to his son, Moses, then a boy of nine years. (Pro. Rec.
319 :267). Aaron Jewett survived his father only a little more than
a year. He died at the early age of thirty-three on June 19, 1732,
leaving a widow, Abigail Perley, and four young children, James,
Moses, Rebecca and Abigail, the eldest, James, ten years old and
Abigail, a baby of two years. As the widow married John Todd of
Rowley, February 16, 1734, she probably removed with her young
family to Rowley, and we may presume, that while the boy, Moses,
the heir to the farm, was growing to manhood, the estate was oc-
cupied by strangers. He married Abigail Bradstreet of the neigh-
boring farm, May 13, 1741, a month after his nineteenth birthday,
and the young couple no doubt established themselves at once in
Moses Jewett was a man of courage and enterprise. He built
a new dwelling in 1759, according to the family record, which was
owned later by Daniel Boynton, and is known by many as the
Boynton house, a comfortable and attractive mansion still. He
was Captain of a Troop of Horse in Col. John Baker's Regiment,
which marched on the Lexington alarm, April 19, 1775 and also
marched to Gloucester on November 29 th of the same year. Nehe-
miah Jewett, Nehemiah, Jr. and Aaron, son of Captain Moses, were
all members of this Troop.
Five sons and five daughters were born to Captain Moses and
Abigail, Aaron, Jeremiah, Moses, Nathaniel and James ; Jane, Han-
nah, Abigail, Elizabeth and Sarah. When the farm came to Moses,
it is probable that the northern bound was the original limit of
the Muzzey grant, and it seems to have extended about four rods
north of the brook by the Boynton house. He enlarged it material-
46 IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD.
ly. The adjoining farm was owned by the heirs of John Pickard,
who sold several lots. Samuel Smith sold Captain Jewett, 8 acres
on "Pickard's Hill," measuring 37^ poles on the highway, Sept. 23,
Wallis Eust sold him a lot measuring 18 1-10 poles on the high-
way, December 12, 1766 (120:168); Moses Smith, Jr. conveyed to
him lot No. 3 in the division, 34 8-10 poles on the highway, May 23,
1770 (129:48) ; and Samuel Eust conveyed 10 acres, adjoining his
land on the highway, May 8, 1771 (129:218). Captain Moses Jewett
died July 31, 1796, bequeathing to his five daughters, with other por-
tions, "equally my silver tankard," and to his son, Aaron, all his
estate, real and personal, not otherwise bestowed. (Pro. Eec. 364:
Aaron found his bride in the family of Jonathan Pearson of
the farm on the opposite side of the road and he and Hannah were
married on April 20, 1769. He built a new dwelling on the north
-end of the farm, about 1780, it has been said. Captain Moses deeded
to him about an acre, "with house and barn said Aaron has built",
measuring 13 rods on the Post Eoad, April 6, 1792 (157:101). This
is known now as the Gate house, and has taken on a new lease
of life as the comely "Eose Tree Inn." Upon the death of his
father, Aaron removed to the homestead. His wife, Hannah,
mother of eight sons and daughters, died September 7, 1793, and
about the time he removed to his father's dwelling, he married
Elizabeth Bradstreet,. daughter of Nathaniel Bradstreet of the
neighboring farm, and two more daughters, Lavinia and Eliza, were
added to the family group. After the long series of birthdays, in
due time, came another series of wedding days in the family home,
or the homes of brides nearby.
Edward Jewett, the first born, married Abigail Potter, daughter
of John Potter, of the Humphrey Bradstreet farm on Paradise
road, on January 31, 1793, and on June 25th of the same year,
Abigail, lacking six months of twenty, became the bride of John
Pemberton Palmer of Eowley. Aaron wedded Hannah Nourse,
daughter of their neighbor, Daniel, May 31, 1795 and Jeremiah
married Huldah, Hannah's twin sister, on February 8, 1801. Moses
married Abigail Pearson, daughter of Nathan, of the neighborhood,
April 17, 1798, and Abigail Todd of Eowley in 1806. Hannah became
the wife of Moses Hale of Eowley, May 19, 1803, and in October,
1807, Jonathan made the only departure from nearby marriages,
taking Alice Davis of Lynnfield. The babies, who were born after
the elder children's marriages began, had been married, Lavinia, to
Moses Palmer Lowell of Eowley, June 1, 1780, and Eliza, to Mark F.
Gate of Eowley, in the spring of 1821.
Aaron Jewett died without making a will, and in June, 1826,
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD KOWLEY ROAD. 47
the goodly farm of 145 acres, part of which had passed continuously
for generations from father to son, was cut up into lots and as-
signed to the numerous heirs. The northwest end of the Cate house
was assigned to the widow as her home, with lands adjoining, and
the other half was apportioned to Hannah Hale. The heirs of Jon-
athan received some fields adjoining; the heirs of Jeremiah, the
northwest half of the homestead; and Edward, the southeast half,
the old ladies, Abigail and Betty, daughters of Captain Moses, re-
taining the privilege of residence for life.
Lavinia Lowell received a five acre field of tillage land adjoin-
ing Daniel Nourse, Eliza Cate, a similar lot adjoining Lavinia's
and the northwest end of the Cate house upon the death of her
mother. The heirs of Abigail Palmer, Aaron Jewett and Moses
Jr. received their shares in orchard or tillage land. (Pro. Eec. 405 :
446.) Mark F. Cate and Eliza made their home in the house still
called by the family name, and all their children except the two
oldest were born there. Mr. Cate bought the interest of the widow
Hannah Hale, April 3, 1832 (267:35). He sold a half acre house lot
to his son, Aaron J. Cate, cordwainer, April 26, 1845 (363:189),
which he sold to John Donovan, November 1, 1873 (892:204) and
Mr. Donovan built his dwelling. It was destroyed by fire a few
Mr. Cate died June 15, 1862. His sons, George D. B. Cate and
Aaron J. Cate, conveyed their interest in the homestead and land
about it to their sisters, Lavinia J. and Mary M., August 13, 1873
(887:259), and they lived all their days in the house in which they
were born. With these two sisters, the two brothers sold a 30 acre
pasture on Muzzey Hill to Oliver A. Bailey on the same date (887:
107), which Mr. Bailey conveyed to Harry E. Bailey, September 29,
1899 (1596:336). Caroline Cate Colazo of Eowley and others sold
their interest to Mary M. Cate, July 31, 1911 (2106:200), who con-
veyed to her brother George, and his heirs sold to Sarah S. G.
Houghton, who had repaired the venerable landmark with excellent
taste, for its very modern use as a tea-room and named it "The Rose
Moses Jewett, Jr. also called Captain, bought his brother
Aaron's share in the farm. He died January 13, 1830 and his estate
was divided between his widow and children, Benjamin T., Olive
and Elizabeth T. Prescott, wife of Corrin Prescott, and upon the
death of Benjamin, the sisters inherited his portion as well, and
also the dower of their mother at her decease. Olive Jewett mar-
ried Captain George W. Howe of Rowley, November 26, 1835, and
Captain Howe built upon the lot, Mrs. Prescott quit claiming her
interest in the land (344:222). Benjamin H. Smith and George K.
Trescott sold other land owned by Mrs. Prescott to Captain Howe,
48 IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD.
May 18, 1858 (571:83), which he conveyed to his sister, Apphia, on
the same date. At her death, the house and land was sold and
passed through several hands to Deacon Amos Everett Jewett,
whose daughter now occupies.
The heirs of Jonathan Jewett, John Jewett of Wentworth, N.
H., clothier, and Jeremiah D. Jewett of Newbury, cordwainer, sold
part of their interest to Mark F. Gate, beginning at a point on
the Rowley road, "within about 2 feet of Gate's currier shop," April
9, 1830 (257 :la), and part to Amos Jewett, son of Edward, June 1,
1832 (260:256, 267:164), who had already purchased the northwest
half of the homestead from Benjamin K. Brown of New Chester,
N. H. and his wife, Fanny, daughter of Jeremiah Jewett, Septem-
ber 22, 1831 (262:97).
Edward Jewett, son of Aaron, as has been noted, received the
southeast half of the homestead, and bought the interest of the
heirs of his sister, Abigail Palmer, who were all residents of the
new state of Ohio, December 30, 1826 (316:221). He sold a small
piece to the school district on which the schoolhouse then stood
(1837, 301:110) and a small piece adjoining.
Amos Jewett, youngest son of Edward, acquired his father's
real estate and had already bought the other half of the homestead,
which he sold to Daniel Boynton, cordwainer of Rowley, reserving
a third of it to Abigail, sister of his grandfather, during her life,
December 26, 1835 (285:200) and the other half to him, March 14,
1844 (342:201). Mr Boynton had married Fanny Nourse, daughter
of Daniel, of the farm near by, on May 12, 1831. Two children
Daniel P. and Charles had been born in Rowley, but Warren was
born in the old Jewett homestead, and his sisters, Harriet, Francis
and Hannah Nourse, who married Daniel S. Appleton of the neigh-
borhood, March 18, 1863. Warren Boynton bought the interest of
the other heirs, the "cider-mill lot" and 4 acres on the highway
from Susan O. Potter, daughter of Mrs. Prescott (1402:71, 1438:
179) and sold the whole to Mrs. Fanny Smith, daughter of Daniel
S. Appleton and Hannah N. Boynton.
Amos Jewett married Phoebe K. Howe of Rowley, sister of Cap-
tain Howe, in the autumn of 1829 and their only child was Amos
Grenville Jewett, born September 21, 1837. Mr. Jewett built a
dwelling on the lot purchased from the Jonathan Jewett heirs.
Upon his death, on August 23 d , 1850, the dwelling was assigned the
widow for her life use. The land fell to the minor son, and his
guardian sold to No. 5 School District, a lot 33 feet wide, January
4, 1854 (503:162). The schoolhouse was moved to this lot from its
original location, and the former site was conveyed to Amos G.,
Jewett, on the same date (503:163). The old schoolhouse repaired
and improved, was used until 1877, when a new building was
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD. 49
erected. The old building was sold to David Pickard who enlarged
it for his dwelling. The new school building was removed a few
years ago to a new site in the yard of the Paine school.
Deacon Amos Everett Jewett, son of Amos Grenville, acquired
his father's estate by inheritance and purchase from his brother,
and makes his home on the ancestral farm. Benjamin D. Appleton
bought the ten acre field adjoining the Nourse farm of the Cate
heirs August 13, 1873 (887:106), which was conveyed by his widow
to their son, Daniel S. Appleton.
Reverting to the division of the Common land in 1726 on the
west side of Rowley road, the last lot assigned was No. 19, which
is described as an old lot, "bounded northwest on Egypt River to
the Country Road, then northeast by the said road to the path up
the plains (i. e. Mile Lane), then by said path about 80 rod to a
stake No. 19, up the plains thence to a second stake No. 19, at the
southerly corner of Benj n Dutch's Land Reserving Liberty for
Benj n Dutch and Heirs and Assigns to pass and Repass through sd.
Lott to the Country Road from his house also Liberty for passing
and Repassing from the Country Road to the mill called Jewets
This lot was drawn by Mr. Dutch and he already owned a house
and land beyond Egypt river, the approach to which was over the
lot now acquired. Beyond the Egypt river, the whole of the land
to Rowley line had been granted to individuals, at the beginning,
and a study of this original division is necessary before the later
history of No. 19 can be considered intelligently.
Theophilus Wilson received a grant of 32 acres, which was
known as Wilson's hill for many years. It is easily identified, a
low hill covered with a young growth, somewhat back from the
Rowley road, which is now owned in part by Mr. Fred A. Smith.
An "Island" of ledgy upland and swaonp, bounded in part by
the Egypt river, was granted to the father of Samuel Varnham or
Farnham, according to the deposition of Samuel, on September 25,
1683 (Ipswich Deeds 5:14), and sold by him to Robert Payne.
John Jackson's grant, which was acquired by Thomas Scott,
John Gage's, John Woodam's, and Thomas Emerson's grants occu-
pied all the land from Egypt river to the slope of Prospect hill.
When the new highway was laid out in 1640, it crossed the land of
John Gage and Thomas Scott, and Gage was allowed damage, but
Scott received no equivalent and it remained for Nehemiah Jewett
long afterward to make his claim. The Thomas Scott lot was
purchased by Joseph Jewett, whose extensive holdings on the other
50 IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD.
side of the highway have been considered at length. Of Twiford
West and his wife, Mary, he bought half "the 50 acres which was
lately Thomas Scott's and sold to said West by Richard Kimball,
Sen.", son-in-law of Scott, March 1, 1654-5 (Ipswich Deeds 4:112),
and the other half from Thomas Kimball, wheelwright, "the 26 acres
of upland which I purchased of Thomas Scott," March 4, 1655-6
(Ipswich Deeds 2:21).
John Gage sold his 20 acres, bounded "by a river southeast," to
Daniel Ross, and on the same date, John Woodam sold to Ross his
20 acres adjoining. Daniel Ross sold the 40 acre lot to Joseph
Jewett (1653. Ipswich Deeds 1:383, 385).
Wilson's hill was purchased by Joseph Jewett from Theophilus
Wilson, February 28, 1655, and in the same year, he bought the
Island of Robert Payne. (Ipswich Deeds 5:135.) The half
of the Thomas Scott lot, which he acquired from Twiford West,
he sold to Richard Holmes of Rowley, 22, 12, 1658 (Ipswich Deeds
Joseph Jewett died on February 24, 1660 and in the division of
his estate, his son, Nehemiah, received the Island and adjoining
lands. He lived in Lynn some years and married there Exercise
Pierce on October 19, 1668. On March 10 th of 1668-9, he bought of
Richard Holmes by exchange of land in Rowley, the 25 acre lot
Holmes had bought of his father, Joseph Jewett, now having upon
it a dwelling, barn and orchard. (Ipswich Deeds 3 :110.) He
removed to Ipswich and their first child Mary was born here August
9, 1673. Nehemiah, Joanna, Nathan, Mercy, another Nehemiah,
Nathaniel, Joseph, Mehitable, a second Mehitable, Benjamin and
Purchase followed. There were twelve in all, but Nehemiah, Nathan,
Mercy, Mehitable and Purchase lived only a few months. The other
sons and daughters found pleasant playmates with their cousins,
on their Uncle Jeremiah's farm close by, and in due time married
into other Ipswich families commonly, Mary choosing Benjamin
Skillion, Joanna, Thomas Varnum, Mehitable, Daniel Dow of the
family which gives the name to Dow's brook, the source of the
Ipswich water supply. The sons, however, found their brides else-
where. Nehemiah wedded Katherine Garland of Salem, Joseph,
Jane Hazen of Rowley and Benjamin, Reform Trescott of Milton.
Nehemiah Jewett soon began to be the most prominent man
in the neighborhood. The farmers were all dependent on the Far-
ley grist mill or others farther away to grind their wheat and rye
and corn, and here in their midst was Egypt river rippling down its
rocky bed, serving no greater use than providing sport for the bare-
foot boys, who fished for trout in its cool eddies. His land abutted
on the stream and he conceived the scheme of building a dam and
setting the river at work.
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD. 51
In the spring of 1673, Mr. Jewett appealed to the Town for the
privilege of flowing the land and establishing a mill, and a com-
mittee of the town inspected the locality, but nothing came of it.
Then Eichard Shatswell proposed to build a fulling mill for finish-
ing and dyeing their homespun fabrics, and the Town granted him
permission in 1676 to build a dam. He went so far as to construct
the dam but the mill apparently was never built. Then Mr. Jewett
revived his scheme for a grist mill and in 1687 he secured permis-
sion to flow four or five acres of the town land. Many years
elapsed however before the mill was built, and his son Nehemiah,
who was born in 1683, grew to man's estate and associated himself
with his father in the undertaking. His deed of his interest to
his brother, Benjamin, in 1714 narrates the unforeseen and disas-
trous difficulties that were encountered.
The mill had been wrongly located. At much larger expense
than was anticipated, a trench had been dug by burning the rocks
and breaking them up and the mill had been built, but when all
was done it was found that the builder has miscalculated his levels,
and the water could not be brought to the water wheel. Nothing
remained but to remove the mill to another location, and as his
brother Benjamin was "encouraged by Discourse w th other work-
men y* upon y e Removall of sd Mill & house & Damming elsewhere
y e said Mill may be profitable," Nehemiah, Jr. very gladly conveyed
his interest to him, April 14, 1714. (30:54). The mill was removed,
as references to the place where the mill was first set up occur in
various deeds, and in its new location it was a valuable accessory to
But Mr. Jewett had larger interests than his grist mill. He was
bitterly opposed to the Andros government and was present at the
meeting at Lieut. John Appleton's in August, 1687, when Rev. John
Wise counselled resistance, and stood with him that night and at
the Town Meeting next day, for which he suffered arrest. In 1689
he was chosen Representative to the General Court, and served al-
most continuously until 1709, and was Speaker of the House in
1693, 1694 and 1701. He was a Justice of the Sessions Court in 1711
Naturally he thought well of himself and in the humbler sphere
of Town affairs he assumed lofty airs and was often involved in
contention with the Town's folk. He suffered some loss from his
connection with the Andros resistance and presented a claim for
reimbursement which failed of favorable reception by the Town.
His resentment of this unfair treatment as he regarded it was
manifest in the amusing correspondence that passed between them
in 1694, while he was acting as Moderator of the Town Meeting.
52 IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD.
Ipswich, March y e 20, 1693-4.
Mr. Jewett Sir :
You are not ignorant we presume that you was chosen moder-
ator for the year ensuing & by your order y e Town meeting ad-
journed from y e 13 th inst. to this day at nine of y e clock in y e fore-
noon according to w ch notice y e Inhabitants are come & wait for
your coming. Pray fail them not but afford your cumpany that y*
affaires of y e Town may be attended regularly. If you are not
disposed soe to do they desire you would please to send your mind
p p order of Selectmen
Thomas Wade Clerk.
This letter was sent to Mr. Jewett by a swift messenger, who
brought back his reply:
To y e Selectmen
The within lines intimate my being chosen Moderator. I know
not my duty in y e place & I have noe occation of my come to be
at y e meeting. I have served y e Town longer than they have been
willing to grattifie me or to grant me anything for what I have
suffered on their acct. As it hath been usuall to choose one in y*
place of any Moderator absent soe I hope you will doe now.
If I warned y e meeting I had no such power only declared the mind
of y e Town when they had declared they would meet againe. Not
els but as y e Town uses me soe they shall find him who deserves not
"About 12 or 1, Quar. Mas. Eobert Kinsman, messenger, deliv-
ered this as Mr. Jewett's answer.
March 20, at 2 or 3 oclock.
The above being read by y e Inhabitants after their long wait-
ing, then the Inhabitants made choice of Lieut. Andrews to be
Mr. Jewett had a further contention with the Town regarding
the commonage, which belonged to Nathaniel Stow's house, pur-
chased by his father and "y e twelve pounds which he was out in
attending service in Sir Edmund's time." He agreed to settle all
his demands for another portion of land on Egypt river, which was
duly laid out and recorded on March 12, 1696-7; and a few days
later, forty rods more were granted to facilitate the straightening
of his line and securing a watering place for the cow commons.
(March 18, 1696-7.) This grant was bounded by the land of John
Jewett and included land on both sides of Egypt river, running to
"a great rock corner up the hillside as sd rock or ledge runs about
a rod." A further grant of two or three rods was made to Mr.
Jewett, March 10, 1702, adjoining his fence, "for y e more commo-
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dious standing of his house which he is about to erect att the end
of his land next Ipswich"; and of an acre in 1705-6, bounded
"southeast by the common land, Extending in breadth from y*
corner of sd Jewett's fence near Egypt river before his new house
door, 10 rods toward Kowley road, northeast by the Common, the
other side by Jewett's land as fenced his new house stands on."
His request for this additional acre was the occasion of the
following communication to the town.
March 12, 1706
To Town of Ipswich.
The humble petition of y e subscriber is y* w r as old Father
Scott of sd Town had lot of 50 acres granted which my Father
Jewett bought half of y* I am now settled on and after y 6 highway
was removed out of Muzzy's farm it cut sd twenty five acres y* I
have in two pieces & y e way is taken off my part & I never had any
satisfaction for y e land of this Town, who pay* mee for w* share
I left y* they desired & owned ye Land to be mine and having need
of a small accommodation to my new house y e Committee hath laid
me out one acre which I am obliged to pay for, unless the Town
will allow it . . ."
This request was refused.
Some years before his death Nehemiah Jewett divided his estate
between his sons, and his daughter, Mehitable Dow. The convey-
ances to Joseph and Nehemiah are not recorded, but to his son
Benjamin he deeded on November 28, 1712, "a certaine dwelling
house that my son Nathaniel lived in in Ipswich with the barn
my said son Nathaniel built," and about 30 acres of land, the
bounds running to "Scunk Stump" and the middle of "Butterfly
Benjamin Jewett married Reform Trescott in Milton, January
12, 1714-15. They made their home in the house conveyed to him
by his father, and here their son, Benjamin, was born. At a house-
raising, which was always a great event for a whole neighborhood,
Mr. Jewett was killed by a falling log, on January 22, 1715-16, in
his twenty-fifth year. The young widow married Nathaniel Knowl-
ton in June, 1717. The baby Benjamin grew to manhood and re-
moved to Pomfret where he followed the trade of a blacksmith.
Nehemiah Jewett, Jr., brother of Benjamin, as executor of his
estate, conveyed 6% acres back to their father, Nehemiah, Novem-
ber 14, 1718. (44:62.) The elder Nehemiah in his deed of gift
to the same daughter, Mehitable Dow, states that the lot was
"bounded by my son Daniel's land from the ditch and place in it I
dug and burnt the rock to let the water throw to where my mill
first was set before I removed it to where it now stands," and that
54 IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD.
Benjamin had failed to observe the conditions imposed by the deed
of gift, April 3, 1716 (28:119).
Benjamin's homestead, with 3 acres and half the grist mill he
had bought of his brother, Nehemiah, was sold by the executor
to Abijah Howe, clothier, Dec. 23, 1717 (32:281), who conveyed to
Thomas Cross, turner, April 5, 1723 (42:48). He sold to Benjamin
Dutch, six acres, "beginning at a stake about at a place called
Setch well's dam," by various courses, the final one being, "north
as y e fence now stands to the middle of mill flume thence up
stream by y e middle of y e brook or river to the first bounds," with
house, barn anJ half the grist mill," February 4, 1725-6 (84:132).
Exercise Jewett, widow of Nehemiah conveyed to Benjamin,
half an acre, "bounded north where y e mill formerly stood" re-
serving liberty of passing over the land to the mill, November 26,
1726 (48:241). Evidently Shatswell's dam was higher up the
stream, and it was probably this old dam that was utilized and re-
built by the Town to hold back the stream and provide an auxiliary
supply for the basin.
Benjamin Dutch was already in possession of the house, built
originally by Nehemiah Jewett, and six acres of land with half
the grist mill, when he drew No. 19, adjoining this lot.i He bought
half of No. 28, adjoining No. 19, of Nathaniel Jewett, February 28,
1726 (48:242), and on December 11, 1727 (51:52) sold his whole
holding, 27 acres, dwelling, barn and half Jewett's mill to Thomas
Smith, Jr. But Mr. Smith conveyed the same back to him, March
12, 1741 (84:132), and on March 10, 1742 (84:133), he conveyed to
his son, Samuel Dutch, 50 acres, including land he had bought of
Ephraim Dow with grist mill.
Benjamin Dutch sold the remainder of his land, 8 acres ad-
joining Samuel Dutch's, abutting on the northeast side "35 rods 8
links on land formerly Jeremiah Dow's to the top of a rock called
Onion rock," to Purchase Jewett, January 10, 1745 (90:151). Sam-
uel Dutch, bricklayer, sold 20% acres to Moses Davis, May 7, 1747
(89:255) and on September 25, 1752, he conveyed to Purchase
Jewett, "one half part of my grist mill and saw mill on Egypt
Eiver .... half the stream that carries sd mills and of the several
Damms Eelative to said Mills, with half the ground and bottom on
which sd Mills and Dams stand, with half the ground under the
stage leading to said saw mill with the privilege of passing and
repassing for all persons carrying work to said mills and the meal
and other stuff over my land with privilege of convenient land
room before the saw mill for laying timber" (117:125).
This is the first mention of a saw mill and Samuel Dutch un-
doubtedly added that industry to the Egypt river mill. He had
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formerly owned a half interest in the Saltonstall mills on Ipswich
river, including two grist mills, a fulling mill and saw mill, for a
few months in 1729, and Benjamin Dutch acquired a half ownership
in 1746. The grist mill on Egypt river was disused and fell into decay
long ago, but the saw mill, in its romantic location, in a rocky
glen, close by a huge ledge, was still standing within the memory
of some who are now living. The way leading from the highway to
the mill is easily traced.
The Samuel Dutch estate, including a dwelling, half a grist
mill and half a saw mill and 19 acres (Pro. Rec. 332:283), was sold
by order of the Probate Court, issued on July 7, 1767 (Pro. Rec.
344:113). It passed to Jeremiah Nelson, who sold the Dutch prop-
erty to Nehemiah Jewett, "reserving the mills and stream and
Dams, and the land which the mills and Dams stand on & Liberty
to dig gravel at any time to mend either the dams & the privilege
of the wash ways & a convenient road to each of the mills," April
1, 1772 (130:109). The later history of the lot is included in that
of the adjoining lands.
It will be remembered that Joseph Jewett, Senior, bought 26
acres, half of the original Thomas Scott lot, of Thomas Kimball,
March 4, 1655 (Ipswich Deeds 2:21). He built a house on this lot
and his executors sold to Luke Wakeling 10 acres and buildings,
bounded by Egypt river, the brook known as Dow's brook and the
highway, August 16, 1662 (Ipswich Deeds 3:48). Wakeling already
owned land abutting on this lot. John Jewett had gained posses-
sion in 1668 and he sold to Nehemiah Jewett by exchange, an acre
on the west side of his planting ground, bounded by a brook and
Egypt river, June 24, 1673 (Ipswich Deeds 4:372). Joseph Plum-
mer of Newbury, who had married John Jewett's daughter, sold
the house and 10 acres to Jacob Davis, a potter, October 19, 1710
Mr. Davis had sold his house lot on Market street, now occu-
pied by the Tyler block and Central street, to Captain Beamsley
Perkins in April, 1710,1 and he probably removed his residence to
this new location. His son, Moses, who had served in the expedition
against Quebec in 1690,2 succeeded to the ownership. He marriel
Hannah Bailey of Rowley, int. 19 : 11 : 1711, and their children in-
cluded Jacob, who died February 19, 1728, aged 16, and another
Jacob, James, baptized 19: 7: 1717; Hannah, born December 15,
1720 ; Moses, who died March 2, 1728 at the age of four j'ears, and
Mary, who died on February 20th of the same year. A second Moses
was born February 11, 1725-6, and Zebulon. Captain Moses Davis
died February 11, 1753. The estate of Captain Moses Davis, gla-
1 Ipswich in Mass. Bay. P. 343.
2 Ipswich in Mass. Bay. P. 313.
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zier, including- a house, barn, about 16 acres in the homestead and
25 acres more was bought by Purchase Jewett, son of Nehemiah,
Jr., from Jacob Davis of Gloucester, December 17, 1762 (117:124)
and from Zebulon Davis, November 29, 1766 (124:216).
Nehemiah Jewett, the legislator and judge, pride and ornament
of the little community, died on January 1, 1719-20, his wife, Exer-
cise surviving until 1731. The widow conveyed to Nehemiah, Jr.
title to some mineral land, which was imagined to be of value,
"full power and liberty ... to Digg & Improve ... all that mine
& minerils & to digg the ground for said mine or minerilles & a
cartway to take away sd. mine or minerills," April 20, 1724 (43 :
326). She gave him several other small lots and at last, on March
23, 1730, the widow Exercise, "now laboring under y e infirmities of
old age & being much impared by reason of sickness & rendered in-
capable of doing much for my own maintenance & my sole depend-
ence being upon my son Nehemiah Jewett . . carpenter, who has
been a dutiful child to me" deeded to him all that remained in her
control, March 23, 1730 (59:100).
Nehemiah Jewett, Jr., the carpenter, married Katherine Gar-
land, a native of the Isle of Wight, in Salem, the intention being
recorded, October 8, 1709. There is a family tradition that the
elder Nehemiah saw the young maid in Salem and was so enam-
ored of her charms that he straightway wished her for a wife for
his son. The young man was dispatched to Salem forthwith and
lost his heart but won " his bride. The incoming of this English
woman into the little circle of Ipswich and Rowley folk no doubt
caused a distinct sensation and furnished fruitful theme for dis-
cussion as one good wife met another, or for family chat by the
Twenty-seven years ran their course and there is no record
that death ever entered their household. The eldest of the nine
children grew to manhood and womanhood. Katherine, the second
daughter, was the first to marry, and she had wedded Stephen Cross
in October, 1732, but at the new year of 1736, Purchase, John and
James were still at home and five daughters, Mehitable, Patience,
Joanna, Mary and Jane. The springtime had brought its blossoms
and bird-songs, when sorrow settled heavily upon the household. No
doubt the deadly throat distemper was the cause, though no record
remains. Patience, eighteen years old, died on May first, and Mary
the day after; Mehitable, twenty-five, her mother's companion,
the staff and stay of the family, followed on May 10th, Jane on
the llth, and on the second of June, twelve year old Joanna. Pur-
chase took Ruth Todd to wife; in October, and we may presume he
went to a new home. Only John and James remained to the lonely
and sorrowing parents at Thanksgiving.
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Katherine Garland has ever been a cherished name in the fam-
ily of Jewett. Fancy has pictured her as comely and sweet. But
she was proud as well as fair and the grandmothers of later days
told the tale they had heard in their childhood, that Dame Kather-
ine coveted the best for her children and sent to her old home in
the Isle of Wight for the same chalk she had in her childhood, that
her children might have every advantage in their writing and
ciphering. She died in November, 1747, surviving by only a few
months the death of her husband on August 24th.
Upon the death of Nehemiah, Jr. and Katherine all his real
estate passed by his bequest to his son, Purchase (Pro. Eec. 327:
425), and on October 28, 1765 Benjamin Jewett of Pomfret, black-
smith, sold to Purchase, "as he is executor to my uncle, Nehemiah
Jewett, who was administrator of the estate of my father, Benja-
min," all his title in the estate (124:216).
Purchase Jewett was a prosperous innholder. By inheritance and
purchase he acquired the whole of the Jewett land abutting on the
Egypt river, the mine and minerals, of which no further explanation
can be found, the pasture lands, and the homesteads of Jacob
Davis, Daniel Dow and his grandfather, Nehemiah. He married
Euth Todd of Rowley, October 28, 1736, and they had the rare good
fortune of seeing every one of their seven children grow up in
health and strength, Nehemiah, Purchase, Mehitable, John Cole,
Katherine, Ephraim and Euth. John Cole, baptized Jan. 29, 1743,
enjoyed the distinction of being the first child in the neighborhood
to have a middle name.
Upon the death of Purchase, June 20, 1786, the great estate
which he had built up slowly but surely was divided into the
widow's dower and seven other equal portions. To the widow,
Euth, there was assigned for her life the homestead and 45% acres
of land, beginning at the wall between the two barns, along the
highway to Egypt river. Purchase received an 11 acre lot on the
Eowley road adjoining his mother's, and 12 acres in the huckleberry
pasture in "Marsh lain." John Cole's 12 acres lay next to Purchase's
field, then the lot of Moses Smith and Euth, his wife, daughter of
Purchase, then Ephraim's, then Katherine's and Nos. 6 and 7, a
double portion with buildings, assigned to Nehemiah, the eldest.
The widow lived until October 4, 1799, and her dower was then
divided into eight equal parts, measuring 5y> acres each, with an
uniform frontage of 8 rods 14 links on the Eowley road. Ephraim
Jewett, then resident at Pleasant Mountain Gore, York County,
sold his lot to Nehemiah, who had received two lots, in accordance
with the provisions of his father's will. His three lots, comprising
16 acres, were bounded by his other land, which he had purchased
of Jeremiah Nelson* on the south side of Egypt Biver in 1772. The
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fourth lot, adjoining his on the north, was assigned to Moses Smith,
who had married Ruth Jewett, April 11, 1770; the fifth to John
Cole Jewett, the sixth, to John Tuttle, who had married Mehitable
Jewett, April 22, 1761 ; the seventh to Katherine, and the eighth to
Purchase, who had been allotted an eleven acre field adjoining in
the distribution of his father's estate.
Returning now to the corner of Mile lane, Nehemiah Jewett
conveyed to his son, Nehemiah, Jr. a single acre on the corner,
February 3, 1800 (189:279) and after his death, his administrator
sold to Nehemiah, Jr. about nine acres more on the County road,
May 7, 1816 (209:153). Nehemiah Jewett Jr. had married Sally
Jewett, October 22, 1795. He> built a dwelling on the lot and occu-
pied it with his family until his death. His heirs, Nehemiah and
Moses, 3d., laborers, sold their half of the house and 10 acres to-
William B. Spiller, December 12: 1838 (321:151) and the guardian
of minor sons, Thomas L. and Asa H., conveyed the other half on
the same date (321:152). Mrs. Mabel V. Mitchell, wife of William
A. Mitchell, inherited a portion of this property from her grand-
father Spiller, and 1 bought the interest of his daughter, Lavinia D.,
wife of Luther C. Pickard, Nov. 10, 1891 (1330:202).
William A. Mitchell and his wife, Mabel V., conveyed a lot on
the County road, bounded by land of Mrs. Lavinia D. Pickard and
their own, to Mrs. Annie C. Tenney, wife of John Tenney, August
29, 1899 (1586:206). An attractive hip-roofed dwelling was built
at once, which was completely destroyed by fire a few years ago.
The administrator of the Nehemiah Jewett estate sold 9 acres
bounded in part by Moses Smith's land to Jacob Pickard, Jr., May
7, 1816 (222:144) and the heirs sold him a 3 acre lot on May 8
(222:143). Isaac Pickard, son of Jacob, Jr. inherited, and Luther
Calvin, son of Isaac, inherited in turn. His widow, Lavinia D., sold
to the Town of Ipswich, the land where the pumping station now
stands and 7 acres in the rear, May 18, 1894 (1411:166). The land
on the other side of Egypt river is still owned by her heirs.
John Cole Jewett, it has been said, received the fifth lot in the
widow's dower. He sold part to Moses Smith, whose lot abutted
on the south side, and to John Tuttle, whose land joined his on the
north, January 12, 1807 (180:152). The seventh lot fell to Kathe-
rine, who bequeathed to Mehitable Tuttle "one half my brick-house
lot," so called, and her silver tankard, and to Ruth Smith, the
other half, with her gold necklaces, satin cloak and silver watch
(February 21, 1814; Pro. Rec. 385:167-8). The widow of Pur-
chase had received a house in her dower, and Katherine received the
"brick-house lot" as her share of the dower. This was undoubtedly
the same which Purchase had bought from the heirs of Captain
Moses Davis, the glazier, in 1762. His father, Jacob Davis, the
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD. 59
potter, had bought from the heirs of John Jewett in 1710. It seems
very probable that Jacob Davis, the potter, accustomed to the man-
ufacture of pots and various household utensils, and perhaps of
bricks, built this brick dwelling. It had disappeared apparently in
1814, and there is a neighborhood tradition that one day when the
stage coach rumbled by, the whole gable end of the house fell in
Patience, daughter of Moses and Ruth Smith, married Nathaniel
Appleton, then of Bath, Maine. She inherited the homestead and
the adjoining Tuttle land was acquired by purchase or inheritance.
Returning to Ipswich, Nathaniel Appleton built his new dwelling
on this location, which was inherited by Benjamin D. Appleton, his
only son. Daniel S., only son of Benjamin D. and Harriet Appleton,
built a house on part of the homestead land in 1879. His mother
deeded this to him, and he sold to Charles B. Guilford, November
12, 1880 (1049:168, 169). Mrs. Appleton also sold 8 acres to the
Town for the Water Works, May 18, 1894 (1411:169). Daniel S.
Appleton inherited and occupies the dwelling and land.
Purchase Jewett, owner of the eighth dower lot and the adjoin-
ing lot, assigned in the original division of the farm, marched on
the Lexington alarm in Captain Daniel Rogers's Company but was
credited with no further service. He married, a second wife, Joanna
Todd of Rowley in 1788, and as the estate of his father was ap-
portioned in 1789, he probably built his new dwelling here about
that date. His daughter, Joanna, married Deacon Isaac Potter,
March 8, 1787, and she inherited her father's whole estate in 1814
(Pro. Rec. 386:278).
Isaac and Joanna Potter conveyed to their son, Asa, then of
Bridgton, Maine, the homestead farm, 40 acres and buildings, and
land on the east side of the road, December 4, 1828 (253:183). He
returned to Ipswich and dwelt on the farm, which he bequeathed
to his son, Asa T. Potter, who built the present dwelling on the
site of the earlier house. His heirs sold to Osborne P. Perley, No-
vember 2, 1907 (1950:199).
North of the lot assigned to Purchase in the division of his
father's estate, was John Cole Jewett's 12 acres, then the 11 acre
lot assigned to Moses Smith and Ruth, and next to this, Ephraim's
lot. Moses Smith and Ruth sold their 10 acre lot to John Cole
Jewett, May 31, 1788 (188:114), and he also acquired Ephraim's lot
(although the deed says it was inherited), and sold it to his brother
Nehemiah, May 31, 1788 (188:114). John Cole Jewett sold his en-
larged lot, 21% acres to Jacob Pickard, Jr., January 8, 1810 (189:
109), and Nehemiah sold him the adjoining lot, 9*4 acres, March 26,
1812 (196:254). He built a dwelling on this location. His son,
Isaac, inherited the estate, which passed by inheritance to his son,
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Luther Calvin Pickard. His heirs, Mrs. Emma Perley, wife of Os-
borne P. Perley and Mrs. Elizabeth H. Haggerty, are the present
Katherine, the unmarried daughter of Purchase Jewett, built
a dwelling on the lot she received from her father, .in 1789. In her
will signed February 21, 1814, she bequeathed her dwelling and ten
acres to Elizabeth, Sarah and Kata Smith, daughters of her sister
Ruth. (Pro. Rec. 385 : 167-8.) On October 8, 1830, Elizabeth Smith
of Ipswich, singlewoman, Nathaniel Pickard of Rowley and Cath-
erine, his wife (Kata, as she is called in her aunt's will), Ed-
ward Jewett of Rowley, and Sarah, the heirs of Katharine, sold the
homestead to Oliver Bailey of Rowley, cordwainer (259:4), who
built a new house on the lot, and took down the old dwelling. His
son, Oliver A. Bailey, sold 5 acres, on Dow's brook, included in the
basin of the Ipswich Water Works, to the Town, May 18, 1894
(1411:168), and with other heirs sold another small piece to the
same, June 25, 1894 (1461:482). His son, Eben Howe Bailey, pur-
chased the interest of his sister, Elizabeth B., wife of Joseph D.
Dodge, of his brother, Oliver A., and the heirs of his deceased
brother, Amasa P. (1623:21, 23, 24).
To Nehemiah Jewett, by the will of his father, Purchase, was
given the homestead, which was on t the lot north of Katherine's.
Purchase had inherited this from his father, Nehemiah, Jr., and it
was undoubtedly the home of Nehemiah, Sen. and Katherine Gar-
land. He married Margaret Hazen of Rowley, January 8, 1767 and
for his second wife, Hannah Chaplin of Rowley, April 1, 1784. He
died November 8, 1815, leaving an estate of about 94 acres with
buildings. (Pro. Rec. 388:15 6.) A portion of the dwelling was in-
cluded in the widow's dower. Nine acres on the highway were sold
by the administrator to Jacob Pickard, Jr., May 7, 1816 (222:144)
and the heirs, Nehe,miah, Abraham, Hannah and Jane, wife of
Joshua Plummer, sold him three acres more (222:143). By mutual
quitclaim, Abraham received the northwest half of the house, Nehe-
miah the southeast, May 12, 1831 (268:117, 271:26). Abraham mar-
ried Judith Matson, of Rowley. Their oldest child, Judith, married
Jacob Bailey, March 30, 1824. Ebenezer Jewett, fisherman, son of
Abraham, sold to John H. and Charles Bailey, sons of Jacob and
his sister, Judith, 4% acres with the interest of his father in the
house, November 2, 1859 (597:192), part of which they sold to the
Town in 1894. (1461:480.)
Nehemiah Jewett and his wife, Sarah, sold his father's part of
the house to Joseph Wait, July 11, 1831 (267:71), who sold to Wil-
liam H. Jewett, another son of Nehemiah, and he mortgaged to
Samuel Hobson, May 11, 1850 (478:102). Hobson acquired posses-
sion and conveyed to Elizabeth B., wife of William H. Jewett, De-
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cember 11, 1855 (645 :44), who gave title to her daughter, Mrs. Nellie
Claxton, wife of Thomas Claxton, May 7, 1895 (1443:542) who sold
to Eben H. Bailey, a small lot, December 7, 1904 (1846:388).
Charles Bailey, son of Jacob and Judith (Jewett), acquired his
brother's interest in the northwest half, and the administrator of
his estate sold this to Harry E. Bailey, November 28, 1904 (1846:
385). He conveyed to James Dillon, December 1, 1904 (1869:558),
who had married Mrs. Claxton, and the title to the ancient and
weather-worn dwelling being now assured, Mr. Dillon built a new
house a little way from the old house, and took down the ancient
The Twiford West Farm.
Twiford West bought of Thomas Scott his original grant from
the Town, sold half to Joseph Jewett and retained half. He en-
larged this by the purchase of Wilson's hill, and his widow, Mary
bought a sixty acre lot from Joseph and Faith Jewett (1685, Ips-
wich Deeds 5:383). John West, son of Twiford and Mary, suc-
ceeded in the ownership and it was inherited, in part at least by
his daughter, Elizabeth. The widow Elizabeth Head of Bradford,
daughter of John West, conveyed to her sons, John and James Head,
33 V4 acres of mowing, orchard and woodland, which was two-thirds
of John West's farm, May 3, 1744 (85:118), and the other third,
15 acres of woodland, to Edward Eveleth and Col. John Choate, with
a way over the front lot, May 23, 1744 (85 :143).
John Boynton and David Nelson sold the 33 acre lot with all
the buildings to Jonathan Pearson of Eowley, February 20, 1750
(96:217). He was the son of Lieutenant Stephen Pearson of
Eowley, and Hannah, daughter of Jeremiah Jewett of the
Muzzey farm. He had married Sarah Longfellow April 16, 1740,
and Anna, Edward, Hannah, Nathan and Mark had been born,
while they made their home in Rowley. Amos came just as the
new house was occupied. Jonathan, Sarah, Elizabeth, Stephen and
Tabitha were all born in the Ipswich farm house. The coming of
this fine family was a notable event in the annals of the village, and
as the years passed, and the children grew to mature life, they
found places of use and dignity.
Hannah became the wife of Aaron Jewett, her neighbor, in
1769, and the mother of eight sons and daughters. Stephen was a
soldier of the Revolution in Col. Wade's regiment. Deacon A. Ever-
ett Jewett preserves with pride, the gun he took from the side of
a dead Hessian, and the knapsack he wore with its initials, S. P.
The family tradition is that he was one of the boat's crew which
rowed Benedict Arnold to the Vulture. Tabitha married Jacob
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Pickard Jr. of Eowley in 1788, and her longing for her old home
may have been one of the reasons why her husband bought John
Cole Jewett's land near by in 1810.
Mr. Pearson bought back the 22 acres from Samuel Wain-
wright, February 12, 1760 (109:173) which John West had sold to
ol. John Wainwright, September 27, 1703 (16:121), and other
lots, and built a new house. An old cellar was unearthed when the
basin was constructed and this marks the probable site of the Twi-
f ord West farm house, which was old when Mr. Pearson bought the
place. He died on January 16, 1796 in his eighty-second year, his
venerable wife surviving him. He devised the farm to his sons,
Nathan and Steven. (Pro. Eec. 364:280.)
The brothers both spent all their days on the home acres.
Nathan married Mary Bradstreet, daughter of Lieutenant Nathaniel
of the farm near by, June 20, 1774, and their children were Sewall,
Betty, Abigail, Moses, Amos and Hannah. Abigail was the first
wife of Moses Jewett, Jr. Stephen, after the War of the ^Revolution,
returned to the quiet life of the farm, married Euth Jewett in 1787,
and after her early decease, Sally Nourse, of the family of Daniel,
who became the mother of seven. He and his brother bought sur-
rounding lands, and secured the farm buildings and a large portion
of the Dresser farm, March 4, 1807 (180:145). The brothers made
innumerable divisions and exchanges, and the original Jonathan
Pearson farm passed through many different owners, members of
the family for the most part, for the next twenty-five years. Stephen
eventually owned the largest part, and upon his death on August
8, 1831, his sons, Stephen and John Nourse, became joint owners
and executed mutual quitclaims in the spring of 1832 (283 :182, 183).
Much of the farm passed to Dr. Manning and other owners. The
homestead was retained and occupied by Emily, wife of Oliver A.
Bailey, the last surviving daughter of John N. Pearson. She left
it to her husband and he devised it to his brother, Eben H. Bailey,
and Emma Hunt, his wife, who still own.
The Thomas Emerson Farm.
Under date of January 1st, 1638, the entry occurs in the Town
"Granted to Thomas Emerson sixty foure acres of upland ad-
joyneing to Goodman Mussies farme and sixteene acres of medow
as near as may be found."
February 10, 1640. "Agreed that what lands Thomas Emberson
shall want of his 80 acres (yielded to the Towne upon Eowley busi-
ness) after the marsh is laid out to him, Mr. William Payne and
George Giddings shall allow him in some convenient place."
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY BO AD. 63
February 23, 1643. "The committy apoynted to laye out Good-
man Emerson's farme did report to the Towne that they left two
rod between it and the lyne that runs between Rowley and us for
a highway for those farms that are shut from the Common."
Thomas Emerson of Ipswich, a baker by trade, sold to Joseph
Jewett of Rowley, his farm, "granted by the Town of Ipswich, four
score acres on the south side of Prospect hill, bounded southeast
by Richard Kimball and John Pickard, northeast by John Cross,
northwest by a highway 2 rod broad lying between the Towne of
Rowley and said farm, southwest by the Cow common of Ipswich."
June 13, 1650. (Ipswich Deeds 1:71.)
The executor of the Jewett will sold 56% acres, all in Ipswich,
bounded by the country highway, Twiford West and others, to
John Dresser, Sen., March 26, 1662 (Ipswich Deeds 2:235), and 17
acres, part in Ipswich, part in Rowley (Ipswich Deeds 2:90). John
Dresser, cordwainer, whose homestead was over the Rowley line,
conveyed half his estate to his son, Nathaniel, "that he may have
settlement near him," May 25, 1706 (24:165), land of Samuel Dres-
ser's widow, and her sons, Samuel and Joseph, abutting.
Nathaniel Dresser of Rowley sold to Edward Eveleth of Ipswich,
shop keeper/ his dwelling and land partly in Ipswich and partly in
Rowley, 32% acres, adjoining land formerly in possession of Joseph
Dresser, March 26, 1726 (45:251).
The inventory of Joseph Dresser included a house, barn, 1%
acres of plow-land at home, and 14 acres tillage and pasture in
Ipswich. (1718, Pro. Rec. 312:447). Abel Dresser, blacksmith of
Boston, Jeremiah Hobson and Jane, his wife, and Thomas Hobson
and Hannah, his wife, daughters <of Joseph Dresser, and Jeremiah
Dresser of Rumford, quitclaimed interest in their father's estate
to their brother, Dr. Amos Dresser of Rowley (1738-1740, 77:277,
92 :120, 93 :35). The widow, Joanna Dresser, executrix of the estate
of her son, Dr. Amos, conveyed 9 acres on the highway to Samuel
Dresser, whose land abutted on this lot, October 12, 1742 (84:33).
Samuel Dresser is the only one of the family apparently whose
dwelling was on Ipswich territory. He conveyed a third of his
dwelling with land to his son Daniel, April 14, 1730 (77:207). Dan-
iel inherited the remainder and made a similar conveyance to his
son John, July 10, 1762 (119:143). Daniel Dresser, son of John,
apparently, who died March 10, 1782, acquired the estate. He met
with financial reverses and the property was completely lost. Eight
and three quarter acres went to Stephen Pearson, December 15,
1798 (164:282) ; five acres with buildings was set off to Jeremiah
Pickard of Canterbury, who had married Mehitable Dresser, August
1, 1800 (167:41) ; more land, including the lot, which he crossed in
going from his house to the highway, was bought by the Pearsons,
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March 22, 1802 (170:185), and all that remained, with his dwellling
passed to Stephen Pearson, March 4, 1807 (180:145).
Mrs. Hannah Dresser married John Bailey, 3d, of Rowley, (in-
tention January 26, 1760). The widow, Hannah Bailey, conveyed an
acre and a half with buildings to Pierce Bailey, cordwainer, Me-
hitable and Elizabeth Bailey, spinsters, abutting- on Daniel Dresser
on the west, August 18, 1804 (175:78). Isaac Noyes is mentioned
as the occupant in 1798 (164:282) and the marriage intention of
Isaac Noyes and Mrs. Abigail Dresser was published October 13,
1772. Reuben How and his wife Elizabeth, in her own right, sold
a small plot, 32 feet wide on the road adjoining Pierce Bailey's, to
Oliver Bailey, November 10, 1815 (208 :208) and three quarters of
an acre more May 21, 1824 (238:103). Oliver Bailey was one of
the heirs of his father, Pierce Bailey. He quitclaimed to his
brother, Jacob, his interest in 1% acres, and 12 rods of his own,
with rights in all the buildings except the barn, November 19, 1827
(246:213). John, Henry and Charles Jewett, sons of Jacob, in-
herited, and Eben H. Bailey, administrator of the estate of Charles,
sold 1% acres to his son, Harry E. Bailey, November 28, 1904 (1846:
389). The house disappeared many years ago but trace of the cel-
Jeremiah Pickard, it has been said, recovered judgment against
Daniel Dresser and five acres with a building were set off to him,
August 1, 1800 (167:41), but Samuel Wallace and others of New-
buryport quitclaimed their interest in the same lot apparently to
Daniel Dresser, May 20, 1807 (198:279), Esther Dresser, widow
and administratrix of Daniel, late of Newbury, sold four-fifths of the
lot to Moses Jewett, Jr., May 5, 1813 (266:21), and Jabez Farley,
who had recovered judgment against John Dresser and secured a
fifth of the lot, sold this interest to Mr. Jewett, January 30, 1815
(266:22). At< his death, this lot was set off to his widow, Abigail,
as her dower, their children receiving shares in the Aaron Jewett
farm, inherited by their father. (1832. Pro. Rec. 408:281.) Olive
Jewett, who married Captain Howe, one of the daughters, moved
a little house upon the lot assigned to her mother, who lived here
until her death, with her daughter, Mrs. Corrin Prescott and her
children. Mrs. Prescott acquired the property, built a large addi-
tion to the house, and bequeathed it to her daughter, Olive. She
married first, Deacon Edward H. Potter and second Rev. Paul Gal-
laher, and bequeathed her estate to Rev. Frank B. Sleeper, whose
widow owns and occupies.
In the earliest years, the life of this quiet village was simple
and uneventful, but tense and thrilling experiences were at hand.
In 1675, the King Philip war brought terror to the Colony. There
seemed no immediate danger to this vicinity, though a guard of
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD. 65
soldiers was posted at Deputy Governor Symonds's Argilla farm.
Captain Samuel Appleton hurried with his company to Deerfield,
and when he marched again in December, Joseph Jewett was in the
ranks, as it has been noted, and his brother Jeremiah, and John
Pengry, his brother-in-law, were enrolled in the company and prob-
ably made the campaign.
In the early spring of 1676, the danger was close at hand.
Word came that Andover was in peril and Captain John Appleton
hurried there with sixty men, though there was great complaint in
Ipswich that its defenders should be taken from them in such a
time of need. Captain Brocklebank of Eowley and many of his
men were slain near Sudbury in April. Joseph Jewett was in his
company, but was on guard near Marlboro and escaped death. In
September, Exeter was attacked and the whole Piscataqua country
was ravaged. Fresh tales of scalping, killing and burning, were
brought from day to day. The fort about the meeting house gave
some promise of security to the people of the more thickly settled
community, but the dwellers on these outlying farms were without
defence. The Thomas Dow farm was deep in the woods on the
upper waters of Dow's brook, where two grass-grown cellars, a mile
or more from nearest neighbors or the travelled highway, may still
be seen. At any moment, skulking savages might shoot the farmer,
working in his fields, or rush from the forest upon the defenceless
In March, 1677, Salisbury was in danger. Then came a few
years of peace and safety, until the War of William and Mary in
1689. The grim tidings were brought by a swift messenger that
Dover had been assailed by night on June 27th, twenty-three set-
tlers killed and twenty-nine taken captive. Major Waldron was
cruelly tortured in his own house and finally slain. Major Samuel
Appleton led his company thither, and Mr. Nehemiah Jewett was
his Ensign. Captain Moses Davis and Benjamin Jewett were in
the ill-starred expedition against Quebec.
In the summer of 1696, the swelling tides of danger rolled near-
er and nearer. Newbury was attacked. Benjamin Goodridge of
Rowley was killed and his family carried into captivity. Ipswich
could scarcely hope to escape bloodshed but the summer wore away
without an alarm. In March of 1697, the awful story reached the
village of the attack on Haverhill and Hannah Dustan's slaughter
of her Indian foes.
The constant, wearing dread of the Indian foe, never relaxed
by day or night, was hard and bitter enough to tax the nerves of
the bravest, but their cup of trouble was not full. Mysterious foes
from the invisible world warred against them. For years whispered
tales had been told of Elizabeth Howe of the Linebrook neighbor-
66 IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD KOWLEY ROAD.
hood and her league with the devil. Samuel Perley's daughter, Han-
nah, had been strangely afflicted and it was said that she had seen
Goodie Howe coming and going through a crack in the clapboards
and hiding in the oven, and that her suffering was due to the
witch's power. Horses and cows had been sorely abused by invis-
The pastor and teacher of the Rowley church examined the
charges and pronounced Mrs. Howe innocent and some of her rela-
tives and friends dared to declare their esteem. But 1 the Elders of
the Ipswich church refused her admittance to the church, and when
the witchcraft trials began in 1692, she was arrested, condemned
and hanged. A shudder of horror thrilled every household. The
most natural events had a supernatural significance. The possibil-
ity that the charge of being a witch might be made at any mo-
ment against one's self or one's dearest friend was a constant
Judge Samuel Sewall had conspicuous part in the witchcraft
proceedings. He made his circuit on horseback until the infirmities
of years grew upon him and he was obliged to journey in his calash,
with black Scipio at the reins. No doubt he paid his respects to
Mr. Nehemiah Jewett as he passed and had a word with the farm
folk, but awe of his judicial dignity rested heavily upon them in
those troubled years. It reached its climax when he sat in judg-
ment on poor Esther Rogers in July, 1701.
The Judge's Diary contains the record of her trial. On a Jan-
uary lecture day as the custom was, she had been brought to the
public lecture and "Mr. Rogers praid for the prisoner of death, the
Newbury woman, who was there in chains." In July, the Jury
found her guilty of murdering her bastard daughter. "July 17.
Mr. Cooke pronounced the sentence. She hardly said a word. I
told her God had put two children to her to nurse. Her mother
did not serve her so. Esther was a great saviour, she, a great de-
stroyer. He did not do this to insult her but to make her sensible."
The Court Record contains the fatal entry : "Ordered that the
sheriff should erect a gibbet within the Town of Ipswich at a
Place called Pingry's Plain," and that she should be executed on
Thursday, the; last of July, between the hours of ten and five. No
doubt the same morbid curiosity, which drew the vast gatherings
which Cotton Mather mentions as an incident to the frequent public
executions in Boston, gathered a great .multitude from all the
surrounding towns at the "Gallowes Loot," as it is known to this
day, on the corner of the County road and Mile Lane.
Felt, the Ipswich historian, mentions the tradition that "she
appeared very sorrowful for her iniquities and acknowledged her
sentence to be righteous. She continued in deep distress for her
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD. 67
sins after she set out for the gallows; but when passing a hill,
she was divinely enabled to cast her soul upon Christ and to enjoy
the consolations of a hope in him. This hill from that time has
been called "Comfort Hill", because she there was comforted by
the promises of religion to the penitent."
One Sarah Pillsbury was tried for her life in 1706 but happily
was acquitted. Strangely and sadly, a third woman was summoned
to the Bar, Elizabeth Atwood, who seems to have been living as a
maid in one of the families in the neighborhood. One July morning
in 1720, the dreadful discovery was made that she had taken the
life of her babe. The fly-leaf of an ancient note book tells the tale
of the discovery, and the hurried bearing of the news to Judge
Jewett. She was brought to trial and died upon the scaffold. The
pathetic record remains of the jailer's charges for nursing while
she lay in prison and for her execution.
Mr. Felt records some tradition of the unfortunate woman's
last hours. "She gave no signs of being properly affected by her
rime, or by the realities of eternity. She put on, as many others
in a similar condition have done, a mock courage, which set at
defiance the retributions of both God and man. As an evidence of
her callousness, tradition tells us that, as it was customary for
the executioner to have the clothes of those whom he executed,
she fitted herself out in the very worst of her apparel, and on her
way to the gallows she laughed, so that a woman who attended
her saw it and exclaimed, "How can you be so thoughtless on such
an occasion?" and that she immediately replied, "I am laughing to
think what a sorry suit the hang man will get from me."
Late in the same century, Pomp, the half daft slave of Captain
Furbush of Andover, killed his master while asleep. He was con-
demned by the Supreme Court sitting in Ipswich in June, 1795.
The Salem Gazette has the tale of the execution. On Thursday,
August 6th, "he was carried into the meeting house at 11 o'clock.
A solemn prayer was made by Eev. Mr. Frisby (Pastor of the First
Church) and a judicious and well-adapted sermon by Rev. Mr. Dana
(Pastor of the South Church) from the solemn denunciation "He
that sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed." Mr.
Bradford of Eowley prayed at the place of execution. The negro
remained unmoved through the whole scene. He was directed to
pray in his last moments, and he prayed with great solemnity."
One of the neighbors, then a young girl, was within hearing dis-
tance at least, and she used to tell in her old age that Mr. Bradford
prayed so loud that his voice was heard in Rowley, and that a crowd
of thousands was gathered to witness his death. Happily this was
the last of these scenes of horror.
In the year 1730 the Village folk began their contention to be
68 IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD.
set off from the old First Parish of Ipswich and annexed to Row-
ley Parish. From the beginning their affiliations had always been
with Rowley. Nehemiah Jewett was an Elder in that church
and he was buried in the Rowley burying ground. They worshipped
in the Rowley meeting house and their marriages were with Rowley
men and maids. They paid regularly for the support of the minis-
ter, but as they were residents of Ipswich, they were obliged to
pay the rate assessed upon them by law for the support of the First
Parish. The first petition in 1738 to be allowed to join the Rowley
Parish failed. In March, 1746, Samuel and Daniel Dresser, Purchase
and Moses Jewett, Captain Moses Davis, John Harris and Nathaniel
Bradstreet again sought relief, and the General Court, in spite of
the protest of the Ipswich people allowed these men and the es-
tates of Francis and John Pickard to be annexed to the Rowley
On May 5, 1784, David Hammond, Moses Bradstreet, Hannah
Bradstreet, Timothy Harris and Nathaniel Bradstreet petitioned
that they might be incorporated with the town of Rowley, with
all the land north of a stone wall on the north side of Muzzy Hill.
Their petition was granted and the new line of division between the
two towns was located.2 Captain Moses Jewett and others peti-
tioned to be set off to Rowley in 1791 but the Town Committee re-
The old homesteads, the busy mills on Egypt river have disap-
peared. The later dwellings, from which James Jewett went to die
at Louisburg and Stephen Pearson to his heroic service in the War
of the Revolution have passed away. The home of Captain Moses
Jewett, from which he rode to lead his company of horsemen to
Lexington and Concord, is the only survivor.
The humble Dow's brook has come to greater honor than Egypt
river ever knew. The comely pumping station renders more benefi-
cent service than the old saw mill and grist mill and Shatswell's
scheme of a fulling mill, had it been realized. Its modern engines,
never resting, provide water and light for all the needs of the
whole Town. A State Highway with smooth macadam finish has
supplanted the old road. The family horse, with saddle and pillion,
the plodding farm wagons, the ancient post rider and the later
stage coach, have given way to trolley cars and flying automobiles.
The days of solitude have passed. The most secluded dwelling may
be linked with the busy world by its line of telephone and the daily
coming of the rural mail. The naive simplicity, which characterized
the good dame of the village, who watched the newly erected tele-
graph wire sharply, and exclaimed after weary days of fruitless
i Acts and Resolves, Vol. xiii, p. 529.
*Town Record, May 5, 1784, Oct. 5, 1785.
IPSWICH VILLAGE AND THE OLD ROWLEY ROAD. 69
vigil, "They can't be doing much business for I haven't seen a single
message go by," has felt the touch of cosmopolitan life.
The great fireplaces and roaring fires, the looms and spinning
wheels, tallow dips and homespun clothes are scarce remembered.
The toil of home and farm has been lightened wondrously. The
farmer rides to plough and harrow, mow and rake. The good wife
may be a patron of the great department store in the distant me-
tropolis and the parcel post will bring her purchase to her door.
The Village has become part and parcel of the world.
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Edwin R. Lord ........ Boston, Mass.
George R. Lord Salem, Mass.
Mrs. Mary A. Lord ' Boston, Mass.
Miss Mary L. Macomber . . . . . New York, N. Y.
Mrs. Frances E. Markoe . ,. fc . . . . Penlynn, Pa.
Miss Mary F. Marsh Lynn, Mass.
Mrs. Sarah L. Marsh ...... "
Miss Ellen D. Martin Salem, Mass.
Albert R. Merrill Hamilton, Mass.
William P. Morgan Short Hills, N. J.
Guy Murchie . Boston, Mass.
Caleb J. Norwood Hamilton, Mass.
C. Augustus Norwood "
Mrs. Anna W. Osgood South Orange, N. J.
Dr. Robert B. Osgood Boston, Mass.
Moritz B. Philipp t New York, N. Y.
Mrs. Marion K. Pillsbury Allston, Mass.
Mrs. Julia B. Post New York, N. Y.
Dr. Edward Quintard
Augustus N. Rantoul ' Boston, Mass.
A. Davidson Remick . "
James E. Richardson Salem, Mass.
Dr. Mark W. Richardson Boston, Mass.
Mrs. Lucy C. Roberts Cambridge, Mass.
Charles F. Rogers New York, N. Y.
Derby Rogers New Canaan, Conn.
Miss Susan S. Rogers Boston, Mass.
Mrs. Mary A. Rousmaniere
Albert Russell Portland, Me.
Miss Corinna Searle Boston, Mass.
Richard W. Searle
Mrs. Daniel Denison Slade .... Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Mrs. Emma M. H. Slade New York, N. Y.
Mr. Henry P. Smith Brookline, Mass.
Mrs. Caroline P. Smith
Rev. R. Cotton Smith ...... Washington, D. C.
Harry C. Spiller Boston, Mass.
Dr. E. W. Taylor
Rev. William G. Thayer Southboro, Mass.
Dr. Charles W. Townsend Boston, Mass.
Miss Frances B. Townsend
Frank H. Trussell Hamilton, Mass.
Mrs. Fannie C. B. Trussell
Bayard Tuckerman New York, N. Y.
John A. Tuckerman Hamilton, Mass.
Mrs. Ruth A. Tuckerman Boston, Mass.
76 NON-KESIDENT MEMBERS.
Charles H. Tweed . New York, N. Y.
Harry W. Tyler Boston, Mass.
Mrs. Margaret Wade Newton, Mass.
George F. Waters Fall River, Mass.
Major Charles W. Whipple New York, N. Y.
Henry M. Whipple Hackettstown, N. J.
Wallace P. Willett East Orange, N. J.
Mrs. Elizabeth Willett " "
Egerton L. Winthrop, Jr. . . ; '. . New York, N. Y.
Frederic Winthrop ; . . . '. . Boston, Mass.
Thomas Lindall Winthrop . ; . . . " "
Chalmers Wood . '. . V . . . New York, N. Y.
Chalmers Wood, Jr. . , i . '. . '. " "
Joseph F. Woods . . . * \ '. . . Boston, Mass.
Dr. Samuel Worcester . . . ; ;. South Norwalk, Conn.
John Albree, Jr. ....... Swampscott, Mass.
Frank C. Farley ...... So. Manchester, Conn.
Mrs. Katherine S. Farley ...."" <l "
Reginald Foster '. . . . . . . Boston, Mass.
Augustus P. Gardner . ? ... . . Hamilton, Mass.
Miss Alice A. Gray . . . -, ~ , Sauquoit, N. Y.
Miss Emily R. Gray ...... " '
Arthur W. Hale . . . , f . . . . " Winchester, Mass.
Albert Farley Heard, 2nd ; Boston, Mass.
Mrs. Otis Kimball .,...,. " "
Miss Sarah S. Kimball ... . . . Salem, Mass.
Frederick J. Kingsbury . . . . . . Waterbury, Conn.
Henry S. Manning ....... New York, N. Y.
Mrs. Mary W. Manning . " . . . . . ' tl
George von L. Meyer '. . '. , '. Washington, D. C.
Miss Esther Parmenter , . '. . . . Chicopee, Mass.
Richard M. Saltonstall Boston, Mass.
Denison R. Slade . . . . . . . Brookline, Mass.
Joseph Spiller ....... Boston, Mass.
Miss Ellen M. Stone , . East Lexington, Mass.
Albert Wade ........ Alton, 111.
Edward P. Wade ....... " c<
W. F. Warner .' St. Louis, Mo.
The Ipswich Historical Society was organized in 1890, and
incorporated in 1898. It has purchased and restored to its
original architecture the ancient house it now occupies, one of
the finest specimens of the early Colonial style. It has issued
a series of Publications which have now reached to No. XIX,
which are of general interest.
Our publications should have a wider circulation, the mort-
gage of $500 which now burdens us should be discharged, and
a beginning should be made of collecting funds for our fire-
proof Memorial building for our collections and various uses.
We wish to commend our work and our needs to our own citi-
zens, to those who make their summer home with us, to all,
scattered throughout our land, who have an ancestral connec-
tion with the old Town, and to any who incline to help us. We
can use large funds wisely in sustaining the Society, in erecting
our new building, and in establishing a permanent endowment.
Our membership is of two kinds : An annual membership,
with a yearly due of $2, which entitles to a copy of the Publi-
cations as they are issued, and free entrance to our House with
friends ; and a life membership, with a single payment of $50,
which entitles to all the privileges of membership.
Names may be sent at any time to the President. Orders for
the publication will be filled at once.
PUBLICATIONS OF THE IPSWICH
I. The Oration by Rev. Washington Choate and the Poem by
Rev. Edgar F. Davis, on the 200th Anniversary of the
Resistance to the Audros Tax, 1887. Price 25 cents.
II to VI inclusive. Out of print.
VII. ' A Sketch of the Life of John Winthrop the Younger," with
portrait and valuable reproductions of ancient documents
and autographs, by Thomas Franklin Waters. Price |1.50.
Postage 14 cents.
VIII. " The Development of our Town Government " and " Com-
mon Lands and Commonage," with the Proceedings at the
Annual Meeting, 1899. Price 25 cents.
IX. " A History of the old Argilla Road in Ipswich, Massachu-
setts," by Thomas Franklin Waters. Price 25 cents.
X. u The Hotel Cluny of a New England Village," by Sylvester
Baxter, and the History of the Ancient House, with Pro-
ceedings at the Annual Meeting, 1900. Price 25 cents.
XI. " The Meeting House Green and a Study of Houses and Lands
in that vicinity," with Proceedings at the Annual Meeting,
Dec. 2, 1901. Price 25 cents.
XII. " Thomas Dudley and Simon and Ann Bradstreet." A Study
of House-Lots to Determine the Location of Their Homes,
and the Exercises at the Dedication of Tablets, July 31,
1902, with Proceedings at the Annual Meeting, Dec. 1,
1902. Price 25 cents.
XIII. "Fine Thread, Lace and Hosiery in Ipswich," by Jesse
Fewkes, and ' Ipswich Mills and Factories," by Thomas
Franklin Waters, with Proceedings at the Annual Meeting.
Price 25 cents.
XIV. " The Simple Cobler of Aggawam," by Rev. Nathaniel Ward.
A reprint of the 4th edition, published in 1647, with fac-
simile of title page, preface, and headlines, and the exact
text, and an Essay, Nathaniel Ward and the Simple
Cobler, by Thomas Franklin Waters. 116 pp., 75 cents.
Postage 10 cents. A limited edition, printed on heavy
paper, bound in boards. One dollar, postage prepaid.
XV. ' The Old Bay Road from SaltonstalPs Brook and Samuel
Appleton's Farm," and " A Genealogy of the Ipswich De-
scendants of Samuel Appleton," by Thomas Franklin
Waters, with Proceedings at the Annual Meeting. Price
XVI and XVII. Double number.
An Ancient Neighborhood in Ipswich."
With Genealogies of John Brown, 39 pp., William Fellows,
17 pp., and Robert Kinsman, 15 pp. 160 pp., octavo, with
maps, full page illustrations and complete index, by
Thomas Franklin Waters. Price $1.50. Postage 8 cents.
XVIII. " Jeffrey's Neck and The Way Leading Thereto," with notes
on Little Neck. 93 pages octavo, by Thomas Franklin
Waters. Price 50 cents.
ALSO PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF
THE IPSWICH HISTORICAL SOCIETY
THOMAS FRANKLIN WATERS
586 Pages, Octavo, Gilt Top, Kough Edges, with Maps and
Full Page Illustrations and Full Index
Part I. The History of Ipswich to the year 1700
Part II. The Land Grants, from the beginning to the present day
SUPPLEMENTARY APPENDICES WITH VALUABLE
An additional charge of 37 cents, when sent by mail