12 Summer Street, the Moses Harris house (1848)

summer_12The Moses Harris house at 12 Summer Street dates to 1848. The gable end of the house faces the street with pilasters surrounding the front door, the roof rakes and cornice returns are wide, and the trim is painted green, all typical of the Greek Revival architectural era.

Moses Harris was the son of Thomas and Hannah (Soward) Harris, and married Emily A. Cotton, age 18, the daughter of Charles and Abigail (Jewett) Cotton who lived next door at 10 Summer St., on Oct. 5, 1848.

His namesake was apparently his grandfather, Captain Moses Harris, the father of the only Thomas Harris listed during that period. Thomas was born in 1770, the son of Captain Moses Harris and his wife Tabitha (Goldsmith). In 1783, news reached Ipswich that Captain Moses Harris and William Rust, serving in the Continental Army, had died on board a British prison ship in New York.

Many members of the Harris family in Ipswich can trace their roots back to Thomas and Martha (Lake) Harris, who settled in the town in 1644.


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