21 Lakemans Lane, the John Manning Farm (c 1825)

Records indicate that the house and barn at 21 Lakeman’s Lane were constructed by John Manning 3rd between 1795 (the year he inherited the farm from his father) and 1844, the year he died. The house displays fine Federal, Greek Revival and Italianate features. The barn features hand-hewn post and beam framing with gunstock corner posts, and may predate the farm house.

John Manning I, II, and III

The “Genealogical and biographical history of the Manning families of New England and descendants” provides the following information:

John Manning (son of Thomas, grandson of Richard, was born March 16, 1703 in Ipswich. He occupied and cultivated the farm he had received by will from his father. This farm was described, when his father purchased it in 1707, as ” lying on the southerly side of Mile Creek River,” and consisted of “arable pasturing meadow and wood land,” which was then bought together with the ” dwellings, dwelling house, outhouses, fences, orchards, Trees, woods, herbage, Springs, water courses, ways, Rights, benefits, profits. Commodities, Conveniences, accommodations, privileges and appurtenances.”

The John Manning III barn on Lakemans Lane
The John Manning III barn on Lakemans Lane

The John Manning Barn

The form of construction for the barn can be traced to England before American colonization, but persisted into the mid-19th Century in Eastern New England. From “Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England“:

“In the older agricultural areas of southern New England, the English barn was frequently enlarged laterally with additions added to either side of the central drive. This produced a long, multiple-door barn type similar to earlier English examples. One of the distinguishing characteristics of the English barn is its elaborate framing system, particularly the complex corner joint, often called a flared or gunstock-post system . This method of joining structural members predates the fourteenth century in England, and it is a remarkable example of the persistence of a medieval construction system into the middle of the nineteenth century. Although complicated from a modern perspective, this elaborate connection solved a difficult jointing problem involving the junction of four major structural members within a system of all-wood construction (without the use of metal connectors or nails for structural reinforcement). The roof framing system of English barns in Maine, eastern Massachusetts, and New Hampshire is generally a major-rafter, minor-purlin system. Its distinctive tapered or gunstock rafter and multiple purlins are identical to those employed in almost all pre-1810 houses of the region.” Read online

Post at Lakeman's Lane barn
Gunstock wall post in the John Manning barn
Lakeman's Lane barn in Ipswich
Inside the John Manning barn on Lakemans Lane

History of ownership

The 1832 Ipswich map shows this land owned by John Manning. Thomas Franklin Waters wrote a history of the Manning ownership in Publications of the Ipswich Historical Society, Volume 12

“Abraham Tilton Jr. sold two large lots to Thomas Manning in 1706. In his will proved May 23, 1737 Thomas Manning directed, “I give to my son John Manning all that my farm I bought of Abraham Tilton containing 50 acres be it more or less with all the buildings standing upon it.”

In his will proved May 23, 1737 he directed, “I give to my son John Manning all that my farm I bought of Abraham Tilton containing 50 acres be it more or less with all the buildings standing upon it.” The eastern half of the John Manning farm was owned eventually by his son Richard. His son Richard Jr. of Salem conveyed to John Manning 3rd his right to the farm, one half and one acre more undivided with his brother John, May 8, 1795 (160, 23). Mr. Ebenezer Fall married Abigail the daughter of John Manning. The present dwelling was built by John Manning 3rd.

At the decease of Mr. Manning, John W. Dodge and his wife Sarah Manning sold their interest to Mr. Fall, March 13, 1845 (882,266) and a small lot adjoining May 7, 1859 (882, 267). He sold the farm to Mrs. Lavinia A. Brown on June 10, 1905 (1783, 278).”

  • The 1872 map shows the owner as Ebenezer Fall.
  • Lavinia A. Cogswell married Jacob Frank Brown of Ipswich, who died on April 27, 1877. They had three children, including Edward F. Brown, born August 23, 1853. (Source: The Crafts Family: A Genealogical and Biographical History
  • The 1910 map shows the owner as E. F. Brown, with the house and barn.
  • Edward F. Brown et al transferred the property at Lakeman and Fellows Street to Frank Frazier on Dec. 30, 1912 (2188, 280). Brown was a real estate developer. Frazier was the owner of Upland Farms. (Salem Deeds)
  • On July 29, 1924, the deed and resolution for a property at Lakemans Lane and Fellows Street was transferred from Upland Farms Inc. to Hilmer H. Landerkin. (2603, 356). The mortgage was discharged in 1926. (Salem Deeds)
Charlotte Lindgren
Charlotte Lindgren at her family’s poultry farm on Lakeman’s Lane

Lindgren Farm

Charlotte Lindgren grew up on this farm, which was owned by her father:

“In 1924, Hilmer (Sandy) Lindgren bought the first big farmhouse on Lakemans Lane, where he brought his wife and baby daughter, later to be joined by another daughter and son. They would live there for the next quarter of a century. He specialized in poultry, though he always kept a small herd of cows.” Read Charlotte’s story about growing up on Lakemans Lane.