Benjamin Dutch was born in 1664 to Robert Dutch and Mary Kimball. Benjamin married Elizabeth Baker and had one child. This Benjamin Dutch appeared to have died in his late 20’s, but records are unclear. His widow Elizabeth then married John Appleton, and he had a son named Benjamin born in 1702. Another Benjamin Dutch, possibly the son of the former, was born in 1680 and died in 1760. Yet another Benjamin Dutch was born in 1719.
This house at 9 County St. was built early in the 1700’s, and was owned by (probably the second) Benjamin Dutch who owned and sold several properties in the area of North Main and is listed as a Taverner. The house is timber frame, 2 stories with end gables an ells on the side and rear. The front facade is asymmetrical.
A grandson of Benjamin Dutch, Nathaniel, heard a blind man’s poem dedicating the Choate Bridge and was able to recite it to be recorded over 50 years later.
- T.F. Waters, Ipswich in the Mass. Bay Colony, vol. I, p. 416