Joshua Giddings - Weatherall house, 66 Labor in Vain Rd., Ipswich

66 Labor in Vain Rd., the Giddings-Gould-Weatherall house (1795-1850)

Abigail Cogswell, (1776-1851), the daughter of Joseph and Abigail (Patch) Cogswell of Ipswich, married, May 24, 1797, Major Joshua Giddings, who was born in Hamilton. They built the residence still standing near the Labor in Vain bridge in Ipswich. Both died in 1851. Their son, David, was born July 24, 1806. About about 1832, he became a pioneer settler

in Sheboygan Falls, Wis. He was a civil engineer, and surveyed much of the land in Chicago, Green Bay, and that region. He married Dorothy C. Trowbridge in 1842. Mr. Giddings became a prominent citizen and a man of wealth, residing in Fond du Lac, Wis.

John J. Gould ownership

The 1872 Ipswich map shows the owner of the house as J. J. Gould. Previous to that, the tidal creek near the house had been known as Labor in Vain Creek, but is still referred to today as Gould’s Creek. In February 1887, John J. Gould (1817-1912) sold to Richard Russell (see deed) ninety-five acres consisting of three acres along both sides of Labor in Vain Rd. and the creek for a sum of $2500.00. (see deed book 1192, page 58). It identifies the parcels as having been bought from Giddings in or after 1850 (Book 430, page 12). This appears to be Deacon John James Gould, born in Ipswich in 1817, the son of Amos and Mary Gould, who is buried at the Wenham Cemetery.

Weatherall ownership

In more recent years, this has been the home of the Weatherall family. Mary Pennington married first, the author John Updike, and lived in the”Polly Dole” house on East, Street in Ipswich. In 1970, the family moved to Labor-in-Vain Road, a house she lived in for the next 48 years until her passing. She married her second husband, the late Robert Weatherall, there, in l982, and it was here that her painting career flourished.