There are no buildings on this section of East St. in the 1832 Ipswich map. The building was constructed at some time between 1832 and the 1956 map which shows this location as the “Ignatius Dodge shoe manufacturing.”
Lydia Dodge was the daughter of Nathaniel Dennis and Mary Staniford. Lydia married John Howard Dodge on Nov. 19, 1815 in Ipswich. Their son Captain Ignatius Dodge (1816 – 1901) inherited and lived in the house at 10 County St. He was captain of the ship “July Fourth.”
In 1856, Ignatius Dodge and his wife Eliza Treadwell sold a parcel at this location for $750.00 “together with all the buildings thereon” to Joseph Ross. (Book 598, Page 46). In 1863, Ross sold the property to Abigail H. Sweet (Book 658, Page 45). She sold it four years later to William Dawson.
A subsequent deed for this house refers to the neighboring lots inherited by Glover on the east and the descendants of Foster Russell on the west, as shown in the 1910 Ipswich map, confirming the location.
Thomas Franklin Waters wrote about the lots with the four small houses along the south side of East Street before County Street.
- “John Annable sold the homestead of his father to Francis Wainwright, a house and two and three-quarters acres, bounded by the highways on three sides, and on the south, the heirs of Richard Dutch, 1702 (16 : 36). The Dutch ownership, as we shall see, comprised the land now owned by Dr. Russell, the heirs of Ignatius Dodge, James N. Webber and John W. Nourse. Wainwright owned the rest of the square, including the lot granted to Rev. John Norton.
- The corner lot on East and County Streets was conveyed by Benjamin Dutch to George Robbins or “Roberds”, mariner. The deed recites that it was the mansion and homestead of his father, John Dutch, with one and a half acres. It was bounded by the Wainwright land (now the Day-Dodge House on N. Main) and Thomas Dennis, Nov. 8, 1706 (18: 212).
- Robbins or Roberds sold a quarter acre to John Staniford, Jan. 18, 1713 (29: 156). Staniford, or his heirs, acquired more of the original lot.
- Jeremiah Staniford bequeathed it to sons Jeremiah and Ebenezer.
- Ebenezer conveyed his part to Mary Dennis, Feb. 17, 1813 (201: 118)
- The Dennis heirs sold to Ignatius Dodge, who already owned a portion by inheritance from his mother.
- Dodge sold to Joseph Ross, a lot, bounded by Maynard Russell on the northwest and Frederic Willcomb, southeast, May 6, 1863 (651 : 32). It was owned later by Abigail H. Sweet (658: 45) and William Dawson (722: 14) who sold to John S. Glover (who resided at today’s #15 East St.)
- In the 1940 Census, this house was occupied by Caswell and Emma MacGregor.
On the 1856 map there is one building. The #13 is not the street address, but refers to the index on the map where it’s labeled “I. Dodge Shoe Mfg.” The location at the curve in the street suggests that this is today’s #13 East Street.
- The 1872 Ipswich map shows this house owned by “Mrs. Goldtwait.”
- The 1884 Ipswich map shows this house owned by “Mrs Porter.”
- The 1910 Ipswich map shows #13 East Street is owned by “F. Lord.”
Vanessa Gladkowski wrote:
“We lived in the upstairs apartment of 13 East Street in 1964 to approximately 1967 or 1968. The family who owned the building was the Hamm family. It was originally a single family home, the upstairs had been converted to a 2 bedroom/1 bath apartment. We were the Douglas family consisting of a widow and her four daughters. It was a great neighborhood to live in.”