Featured image: The Thomas Lord house on High Street in Ipswich dates to 1658.
Robert Lord arrived with the first settlers of Ipswich in late 1634 or early 1635, probably from Sudbury, Suffolk, England, where he was born in 1603. Soon after his arrival, Robert Lord was appointed Ipswich Town Clerk and Clerk of the Court of Ipswich and held those posts until his death in 1683. Robert Lord married Mary Waite in Finchingfield, Essex, England in 1630.
They arrived in Ipswich with four children and had five more children here: Hannah Lord, who married John Grow, Mary Lord, who married William Chandler of Newbury, Thomas Lord, who married Alice Rand of Ipswich, Robert Lord Jr, who married Hannah Day of Ipswich, Samuel Lord, who married Elizabeth Ted of Charlestown, Abigail Lord, who married Jacob Foster of Ipswich, Sarah Lord, who married Joseph Wilson of Andover (and was arrested in the Salem witchcraft trials), Susannah Lord, who married Thomas Osgood in Ipswich, and Nathaniel Lord, who married Mary Call of Ipswich.
Almost every house on High Street has been lived in by a member of the Lord family. Asa Lord’s store anchored Lords Square for over 100 years.