104 Essex Rd., the Joseph and Abigail Marshall farm (1869)

104 Essex Rd.
104 Essex Rd.

Thomas Franklin Waters wrote that a section of the early Argilla Farm of Samuel Symonds was owned by John Choate and his heirs, and later by Nathaniel Kinsman and his heirs.”

Nathaniel Kinsman, son of Aaron and Hannah, was, born in Ipswich, Oct. 17, 1795; he married Joanna Brown, Dec. 16, 1828. She was born in Ipswich, April 12, 1798, the daughter of Tristram and Joanna (Baker) Brown, and died July 28, 1832. He resided in Ipswich, and died July 18, 1864. Joseph Marshall of Marblehead (1830-1915) married Abigail Kinsman (1831-1911), the daughter of Nathaniel Kinsman, who inherited part of the Kinsman farm.

104 Essex Rd., the Joseph and Abigail Marshall house
104 Essex Rd., the Joseph and Abigail Marshall house

Joanna Kinsman, daughter of Nathaniel, sold her half interest to Joseph Marshall and Abby, sister of Joanna, April 5, 1866 (874: 184). Mr. Marshall bought a half acre piece of Joseph Huckins, April 6, 1869 (874: 185). The old Kinsman house, which had weathered a century, was removed by Mr. Marshall to a new site east of its original location, and the large new buildings were erected on the old spot.”

The Ipswich Assessors site gives an approximate date of construction as 1895, but the classic Greek Revival features of this house suggest it was constructed soon after the Marshalls gained possession of the old Kinsman estate. The property is an example of a large New England connected farmstead. In the outskirts of rural communities throughout New England, connecting buildings facilitated small-scale mixed agricultural and home-industry applications.

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