86 County Road, the Burnham – Brown house (1775)

The Burnham – Nathan Brown house at 86 County Road is a 1775 Second Period Colonial. This house was built in 1775 on a lot on Candlewood Rd., probably by Thomas Burnham. In 1821 Nathan Brown bought the house from Oliver Appleton, and 3 years later he removed it to its present site on County Rd.  Brown and others enlarged and remodeled the old Burnham House, but some 18th century features remain.  View MACRIS

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Early history of this house on Candlewood Rd.

(by Thomas Franklin Waters)

Thomas Burnham on Candlewood Rd. sold to his son, James, a cooper by trade, about 30acres and a house (but apparently not this one) Nov. 10, 1783 (142: 19). James Burnham conveyed this to John Willet, his father-in-law, Jan. 19, 1793 (155: 167). John Willet’s will (proved Feb. 7, 1804. Pro. Rec. 371: 325) gave to his daughter, Betsey Burnham, the improvement of the property of her late husband James Burnham; to Betsey and Joshua Burnham, children of Betsey, all lands conveyed to him by James Burnham; to his son, Moses, his homestead, land and buildings, about 15 acres. Betsey Burnham married Jabez Richards and conveyed to him the title in the house and acreage Oct. 17, 1809 (189: 14). Richards mortgaged to Moses Willett in 1817 (213: 129). David Dodge, administrator or Moses Willett, quitclaimed to Oliver Appleton Jr., Dec. 24, 1823 (234: 130). Appleton sold to Nathan Brown, Jan. 6, 1824 (234: 130), who moved the house to this lot, which he already owned on County Road. Mr. Brown sold the lot on Candlewood Rd. formerly occupied by the house to Nehemiah Brown, Jan. 13, 1826 (272: 111), and he to John B. Brown, Aug. 23, 1833 (609: 236).

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Addendum

A sign in the basement of this house identifies it as the 1750 Timothy Bragg house. Thomas Franklin Waters wrote the following about the Bragg and Burnham ownerships in the Candlewood neighborhood. He indicates that this house was constructed by Timothy Bragg and came into the possession of Thomas Burnham:

“John Rogers sold to Edward Bragg and Timothy, his son, 2 acres of upland and a half acre pasture, Feb. 26, 1693 (43: 97). In his old age, Mr. Bragg conveyed to his son, Timothy, in a carefully drawn instrument, his houses and lands, 112 acres in all, the dwelling of Edward and the house Timothy had built for himself, the land he had bought of Mr. Symonds and the 40 acres of marsh and upland he had purchased from Mr. Rogers, “with all that, being about 20 acres, which Edward was possest of before he purchased the above mentioned.”

He bound Timothy to keep his house in repair during his own and his wife’s life, care for a garden spot fenced before the door and plough an acre for his use, where he chose. Timothy was bound to provide firewood at the door, also a horse, 30 sheep, 60 bushels Indian corn, 20 bushels malt, 15 bushels rye and wheat called Messling, 4 bushels wheat, 6 barrels good cider, 10 bushels winter apples and summer apples as needful. “He shall improve fifty rods of land yearly for flax which Timothy is to plough yearly, also if sd Edward’s now wife see good to live half a year at sd. now dwelling house after y decease of sd Edward sd Timothy shall carry her to meeting on Sabath and Lecture days if she desire it,” June 26, 1699 (14: 12).”

His will was proved Aug. 23, 1708 (Pro. Rec. 310: 78-80). It devised “to the church of Christ in Ipswich of which I am a member £3 in money to be layd out by my overseers in a piece of silver plate for y e use of said church forever.”
A codicil states that Timothy, the son, to whom he had given his whole estate, had died, and it was then given to the sons of Timothy, John, Timothy and Abiell. Division was made, to John, the east third to Timothy, the middle including the lower house, (the house of Edward his grandfather), to Abiel, the west third, including the house his father lived in, July 22, 1709 (Pro. Rec. 310: 162). John Bragg sold to James and Thomas Burnham, the sons of James, “my share of land given unto me by my grandfather, Edward Bragg, tillage and pasturing land with part of an orchard,” Dec. 16, 1709 (22: 140). John Bragg, of Scarboro, made conveyance to his brother, Timothy, of his interest in his father’s and grandfather’s estate, May 2, 1724 (50: 24). Ebenezer Bragg of Marlboro, and Nathaniel Bragg of Wenham quitclaimed to Timothy, Jan. 8, 1723-4 (50: 26) and Edward Bragg of Andover, May 22 1724 (50: 27). There is also record of a conveyance by Samuel Baker Jr. to Timothy Bragg Jr. of a house and 33 acres, Nov. 30, 1752 (108: 30), but it is likely that this was Timothy Bragg’s dwelling which may have been mortgaged to Baker. This also came into the possession of Thomas Burnham Jr. who thus owned the whole Bragg farm. He sold 79} acres with dwelling to Francis Brown, Feb. 16, 1781 (138: 170). It was inherited by John Burnham Brown, son of Francis, who built the present dwelling, near the highway. The cellar of the ancient house, built by Bragg, is by the side of a lane, some 800 feet north of the present location.
Thomas Burnham sold to his son, James, a cooper by trade, about 30 acres and a house, the Timothy Bragg Jr. dwelling undoubtedly, and 26 acres on the other side of the road, with 11 acres of salt marsh called Saltonstall’s, Nov. 10, 1783 (142: 19). * James Burnham conveyed this to John Willet, his father-in-law, Jan. 19, 1793 (155: 167). John Willet’a will (proved Feb. 7, 1804. Pro. Rec. 371: 325) gave to his daughter, Bet- sey Burnham, the improvement of the property of her late husband James Burnham; to Betsey and Joshua Burnham, children of said Betsey, all lands conveyed to him by James Burnham; to his son, Moses, his homestead, land and buildings, about 15 acres. Betsey Burnham married Jabez Richards and conveyed to him the title in the house and 1 3/4 acres and 3 1/2 acres on the other side the road, Oct. 17, 1809 (189: 14). Richards mortgaged to Moses Willett in 1817 (213: 129). David Dodge, administrator or Moses Willett, quitclaimed to Oliver Appleton Jr., Dec. 24, 1823 (234: 130). Appleton sold to Nathan Brown, Jan. 6, 1824 (234: 130). He moved the house to the lot he owned on County Road, near the Common, where it still stands (the dwelling of Mr. Everett K. Brown).

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  1. My wife and I owned this house from 1999 – 2004. My understanding was that it was altered a fair bit by Timothy Bragg, who removed the front ‘right angle’ stairway typical of the era, and installed the curved stairway we see now. Also, this is actually comprised of two houses, joined together in 1824, the rear section being about 1740 construction. Where it was originally built, we never learned.

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