12 Green Street, the Andrew Burley house (1688)

The Andrew Burley House at 12 Green Street was built in 1688 by Andrew Burley, son of Giles and Elizabeth Burley, was born at Ipswich Sept. 5, 1657. He became a wealthy merchant, justice of the Sessions Court and was elected as representative to the General Court in 1741, and updated his house with fine Georgian features.

Andrew Burley house, Green Street, Ipswich MA
The Andrew Burley house, c 1970
Andrew Burley House,  Green Street in Ipswich. Photo by the Ipswich Historical Commission, 1980
Burley house photo by the Ipswich Historical Commission, 1980
Andrew Burley House, Green St., Ipswich MA
Andrew Burley House in the early 20th Century
Andrew Burley house, Green Street, Ipswich MA
The Andrew Burley house in 2014
The Andrew Burley House in October 2020
The Andrew Burley House in October, 2020. The overgrown vegetation has caused serious rot and weathering throughout the exterior of the house.

Andrew Burley’s will left detailed instructions for the care of his widow Hannah. He left her:

the improvement of the land and buildings where I now live, and to be yearly procured for her, put in her barn, by my executors one load of salt, one load of English hay, also twelve bushels of corn, four of rye, four of malt, two hundred pounds of good pork, as much beef, thirty of butter, fifty of cheese, twenty of flax from the swingle, ten of sheep’s wool, and six cords of wood, to be delivered at her said dwelling house yearly while she remains my widow, and for the same time to find her a horse and a chair to ride to meeting or elsewhere as her occasion requires. I also give her one cow and my household goods.”

Capt. John Smith purchased the Andrew Burley house, April 15, 1760 (110: 73) from the estate of Andrew Burley’s widow Hannah and operated it as Smith’s Tavern. Susanna (How) Smith ran Smith’s Tavern from 1760 to 1790. Capt. Smith ‘s inventory (Pro. Rec. 345: 61 1768) included “one house and one acre of Land adjoining, formerly of Andrew Burley E.sq., £120.” He kept a tavern and bequeathed his wife, Susanna, “all tavern stores in the house.” The residue of the estate, after specific bequests, was given to his son Charles. John Hodgkins was in possession in 1791. His two daughters, widow Elizabeth Perkins and Eunice, wife of Isaac Stanwood, inherited the house (Pro. Rec. 367: 505). Isaac Stanwood Sr. and Eunice conveyed to Isaac Jr., the life estate which Isaac Sr. had in the estate, Sept. 16, 1819 (221: 220). The northwest half of the house remained in the Perkins family into the 20th Century. John and Lucretia Perkins sold to William Baker the corner lot on which he built his house, July 13, 1830 (2.57: 275).

Andrew Burley

“ANDREW BURLEY b June 14 1694, was a justice of the Sessions Court and represented the town in the General Court in 1741. He inherited the homestead from his father. He was a member of the committee to repair the prison but died before the work was completed. His son Andrew was authorized to complete the work 1753. He married in 1717 Lydia Pengry. She died Aug 25 1736 at 39 yrs. He married second Dec 9 1738, the widow Hannah Boardman. His will was dated Dec. 4, 1753. His widow Hannah lived in the family mansion after her husband’s death and on her decease Andrew Jr sold the estate including 1 acre of land to Captain John Smith, April 1.5, 1760 (110: 73).. She died in 1759. In addition to the children of her husband mentioned in his will, she mentions daughter Elizabeth Boardman of Stratham NH and son Stephen Boardman of the same place.”

Capt. Smith ‘s inventory (Pro. Rec. 345: 61 1768) included “one house and one acre of Land adjoining formerly of Andrew Burley Esq., £120.” He kept a tavern and bequeathed his wife, Susanna, “all tavern stores in the house.” The residue of the estate, after specific bequests, was given to his son Charles. John Hodgkins was in possession in 1791. His two daughters, widow Elizabeth Perkins and Eunice, wife of Isaac Stanwood, inherited the house (Pro. Rec. 367: 505). Isaac Stanwood Sr. and Eunice conveyed to Isaac Jr., the life estate which Isaac Sr. had in the estate, Sept. 16, 1819 (221: 220). The northwest half of the house remained in the Perkins family into the 20th Century. John and Lucretia Perkins sold to William Baker the small corner lot on which he built his house, July 13, 1830 (2.57: 275, which no longer stands.

Andrew Burley house, Green Street, Ipswich MA
The Andrew Burley house in 1900, from the book Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony
The Andrew Burley house, Ipswich ma, 1899
The Andrew Burley house, Ipswich 1899

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