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

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

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

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.

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.