We have been researching the identities of five small houses on East Street on the south side, between North Main and County Streets, constructed after 1856. The Google Maps screenshot below is above.

The identities of most of the houses on these pages are tentative, based on the 1856, 1872, 1884 and 1910 Ipswich maps, and information provided in Thomas Franklin Waters’ book, “Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.” Screenshots of maps and supporting information are provided on each house page.

Additional information, recollections and corrections are much appreciated. Please add your comments at the bottom of this page or the individual house pages.

13 East St., Ipswich MA 13 East St. (tentative: Ignatius Dodge – F. Lord house, 1856) - Physical examination of the houses at #13, 15, and 21 East Street are needed for positive identification of these houses. This page is a work in progress. 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 … Continue reading 13 East St. (tentative: Ignatius Dodge – F. Lord house, 1856)
15 East Street, Ipswich MA 15 East Street: Dawson’s Bakery; James and Louise Glover house c 1870) - The house at #15 East Street may have been a small shop before it was converted to residences.  The 1872 map shows the building at this location as “Dawson Bakery.” Deeds show that the house at #21 East Street was #17 before houses were renumbered for the 911 system. We have tentatively identified #21 as the Russell house, … Continue reading 15 East Street: Dawson’s Bakery; James and Louise Glover house c 1870)
G. Russell house, 21 East St., Ipswich MA 21 East Street, the George Russell house (c 1870) - The Ipswich Historical Commission database shows the date of construction of 21 East St. as 1856-72 based on when it appeared in the town maps. The 1910 map shows the house as # 17 or #19, owned by Dr. Russell at that time. It’s in the 1884 map as well as  the 1872 map, shown as G. Russell. … Continue reading 21 East Street, the George Russell house (c 1870)
23 East Street, Ipswich MA 23 East Street (c 1860) - The Ipswich Patriot Properties site indicates that the house at 23 East Street in Ipswich was constructed in approximately 1930. The Historical Commission records show that it was constructed between 1856 and 1872, as determined by the dates on which it appears on town maps. No further information is known.
3 County Street, Ipswich MA 3 County Street (1850) - The Ipswich Patriot Properties site indicates that the house at 3 County Street was constructed in 1850. The house does not appear on the Ipswich maps through 1910, at which time this tiny parcel was part of the two lots owned by Dr. Russell where East Street meets County Street. It is unknown if the … Continue reading 3 County Street (1850)
3 East St., Ipswich MA the J. W. Perkins house 3 East Street, the James W. Perkins house and Provisions (1890) - Thomas Franklin Waters wrote that this lot was owned by the Rev. John Norton, pastor of the church in Ipswich from 1636-52, in his book, “Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony” Volume 1. “Mr. Norton purchased Mr. Fawn’s house on East Street, on the site of the Foster Russell house.” Samuel Hunt purchased the ancient … Continue reading 3 East Street, the James W. Perkins house and Provisions (1890)

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  1. We lived briefly in the upstairs apartment of 13 East Street in 1964 to approx 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.

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