Andrew Burley, son of Giles and Elizabeth Burley, was born at Ipswich Sept. 5, 1657. The Andrew Burley House at 12 Green Street was built in 1688, with later Georgian features added. Andrew Burley was a wealthy merchant, justice of the Sessions Court and a was elected as representative to the General Court in 1741. He updated the house with fine Georgian features.
Andrew Burley’s will left detailed instructions for the care of his widow Hannah. He left her:
“the improvement of the land and buildings where I now live, and to be yearly procured for her, put in her barn, by my executors one load of salt, one load of English hay, also twelve bushels of corn, four of rye, four of malt, two hundred pounds of good pork, as much beef, thirty of butter, fifty of cheese, twenty of flax from the swingle, ten of sheep’s wool, and six cords of wood, to be delivered at her said dwelling house yearly while she remains my widow, and for the same time to find her a horse and a chair to ride to meeting or elsewhere as her occasion requires. I also give her one cow and my household goods.”
Capt John Smith purchased the Andrew Burley house in 1760 from the estate of Andrew Burley’s widow Hannah and operated it as Smith’s Tavern . Susanna (How) Smith ran Smith’s Tavern from 1760 to 1790. View MACRIS
The Andrew Burley house in 1964. Photo from the Ipswich Historical Commission archives.