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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 ROBERT MUZZEY FARM ... ... . . 40 


No. 19 ..." 49 

THE TWIFORD WEST FARM . . . . . .61 



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 
clumsy ox-wagons. 

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 


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", 


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 
the Town. 

"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 


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- 


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. 


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. 


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- 


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 


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 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 


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. 


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). 


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) 


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. 


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, 


(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 
adjoining lot. 

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 
Mr. Berry. 

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, 


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 


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, 
1732 (77:42). 

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- 


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 


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, 
sister Webster." 

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. 


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. 


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. 


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 
comfortable home. 

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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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, 


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. 


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- 


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, 


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). 


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 

J. T. 

The second letter is addressed, 

"To her louing son Gorg Giding dwelling In Ips in New Eng- 
land these: 

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 


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 

Joanna Tuttell 

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- 


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). 


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. 


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 
new buildings. 

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 


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). 


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 


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). 

Ipswich Village. 

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 


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. 


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, 
1789. (150:222). 


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. 


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 


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 


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. 


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 


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 


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 
attractive maidens. 

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 


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 
a few! 

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 
"only eighty-seven." 

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. 

03 2, 


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 
the homestead. 

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- 


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, 
1763 (120:188). 

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, 


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 
months ago. 

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 
Tree Inn." 

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, 


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 


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. 

No. 19. 

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 


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. 


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 
the neighborhood. 

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 
and 1712. 

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. 


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 
in writing 

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 
their abuses. 

Nehemiah Jewett. 

"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- 


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. 

Hon'd Gentlemen 

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 
Rock." (27:14.) 

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 


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. 


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. 


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 


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 
utter ruin. 

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, 


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- 


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 


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 
Ttecords : 

"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." 


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, 



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- 
lar remains. 

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 


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- 


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- 
ible enemies. 

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 


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 


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 
First Parish.i 

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- 
ported adversely. 

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. 


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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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. 



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 
75 cents. 

XVI and XVII. Double number. 
"Candle wood. 

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. 








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 


Price, $5.00 

An additional charge of 37 cents, when sent by mail