The James Fitts -Nathaniel Manning-Tyler house at 43 High Street is believed to have been built in 1767. Located between the Daniel Lummus house and the Jonathan Lummus house, the three properties are on land that was originally granted to Thomas Dudley, governor of Massachusetts for four years, and Ann Bradstreet, America’s first poet.
James Fitts, a hatter, was the fifth son and tenth child of Isaac and Bethia Fitts, born in 1718. He married Mrs. Mary Dutch of Ipswich, a widow, and reared five children, Abigail, Hannah, Sarah, James, and Mary.The latter became the wife of Captain Thomas Putnam.
A deed of sale from Jonathan Ingersoll to Daniel Lummus in 1772 appears to include this parcel of land and possibly the First Period Daniel Lummus house.