Publications of the Ipswich Historical Society

Ipswich Museum, Waters' Memorial

The Ipswich Historical Society was founded in 1896 by the Reverend Thomas Franklin Waters, the author of Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Volume I was published in 1905 and volume II in 1917. These two volumes are an encyclopedia of the history of the town. In 2010, the Ipswich Historical Society was renamed the Ipswich Museum, featuring two significant properties, the Heard House built in 1800, and the Whipple House, dating to 1677. The Ipswich Historical Commission is a separate Town board.

The following books and documents were created for the Ipswich Historical Society in the late 19th and early 20th Century

Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony by Thomas Franklin Waters


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  1. Hello,
    I’m looking for information on Alonzo Reed and his wife Henrietta Walker.
    I currently have records that they were in Ipswich in 1904 and 1905.
    The birth of a daughter (Grace E. Reed) on July 27, 1904 and the stillbirth of a son Alonzo Reed the following year on March 12, 1905.
    The child Alonzo was berried in Locust Grove, the undertaker was George Haskell.

    Do you have city directories from the early 1900’s?
    Do you have cemetery records for Locust Grove, and can you confirm that Alonzo is there, and who purchased the plot?
    Do you have or know where I could find the undertaker’s files?

  2. My 8x great grandfather was born 1691 in Salem, Nehemiah Porter. I’ve discovered he worked as a weaver, as did his son Ebenezer Porter prior to being wounded in his hand at the battle of Ticonderoga in the french and indian war. E Porter is the twin of my 7x g grandfather.

    I am myself a weaver and working towards my Master weaver certification. I’m delighted to have found not one, but 2 weavers in my genealogy.

    I am wondering if there is any research on the early textile production in the area, any info on where Nehemiah may have apprenticed or held his shop. Extant textiles would be amazing to see too!

    Any help is appreciated.

    Brigadoon fiber farm, new brunswick canada

  3. Hi Ipswich Historical Society! I am looking for court records for all of the times Robert Cross Sr. sued people. He seemed to sue people a lot. Including: John Fuller in 1642; Joseph Fowler in 1649; Cornelius Waldo in 1651; William Durkee (sometimes spelled Durkey) in 1664; Thomas Wells in 1668; and in 1670 two problems when Nicholar Vauden and Lawrence Clinton, his servants, ran away. Any information regarding any of these legal disputes in the historical record would be amazing.

  4. In my Ancestry work I have found a 9th great-grandfather named Thomas Scott and his wife Elizabeth who settled in Ipswich early in it’s history. I find mention of him in Town Records regarding “right to Comonage” on December 31, 1641. He apparently died on the 17th of March, 1654, and was buried in Ipswich. While there appears no record of a gravestone, I have seen a photograph of a monument to the early settlers of Ipswich which bears reference to Scott, and his wife. I would appreciate it if anyone could describe the location of that monument. I was unable to locate it after a Saturday afternoon drive through Highland Cemetery, and a half hour trudging through the snow-covered Old Burying Ground.

  5. I am descended from Edward Lumas who came to Ipswitch in 1635. My wife is descended from the Whipple family. Somehow our families got to Georgia and we met at the University of Georgia in the mid 1950’s and married in 1960. I have a copy of the Essex Institute books bring my family up to my great-great grandfather, Franklin Hadley Lummus. My wife’s cousin did a book on her family and we were surprised to find the Whipple connection way back in the early 1600’s. Thought you might be interested in the old Ipswitch families marrying after all those years.

    Edward Lummus, Atlanta, Ga

  6. In 1956, the “Great Jack Gillespie” led his Ipswich High School Football team to many victories. What team defeated Ipswich that year and what was the score?

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