The 1872 Ipswich map identifies this as the J. Roberts house. The Ipswich Historical Commission records the date of construction as 1856/1872 by Roberts. This may have been the home of Thomas J.Roberts (b 1806, d 1876), who William J. Barton wrote about in the photo below. The house eventually came into the possession of the Hovey family, through the marriage of Mary Elizabeth Hovey (1843-1928) to John Roberts (1824-1903). In the 1910 Ipswich map, this house and the adjoining house on the west are owned by Miss R. Hovey
The County Street stone arch bridge was built in 1861 by the town at a cost of $7896.75. Thomas J. Roberts, an Ipswich citizen who was a master builder on the Boston City Hall, the Thatcher Island Lighthouse etc. was the superintendent.” Photo by George Dexter, comments by William Barton.
Hook and Ladder 1, 1906. Crew includes Ernest Carter (left), Whalen Waite, Ed Poole, Walter Poole, Thomas Roberts, Raymond Dodge, Arthur Norwood, Alfred Barton, Alfred Waite, George Gilmore (rear left), Mr. Clarke and George Brown. The driver is Oscal Littlefield (Photo courtesy of Mrs. Gertrude Manthorne, text by Harold Bowen)
Interments at the Old South Cemetery:
- Roberts, Thomas Edward b. Jun. 13, 1836 d. May 23, 1901
- Roberts, Thomas J b. Sep. 11, 1806 d. Aug. 3, 1876
Interments at the Locust Grove Cemetery
- Roberts, John b. 1824 d. 1903
- Roberts, John Hovey b. Feb. 17, 1870 d. Feb. 7, 1881
- Roberts, Mary Elizabeth Hovey b. 1843 d. 1928
Laurie Chadbourne commented:
I was thrilled to find both my parents mentioned in the article “Block prints from the 1950 IHS calendar: Old Time Ipswich.” My father Llewellyn Chadbourne and my mother Mary Jo Sullivan both contributed block prints. What a fantastic surprise to have found this information and be able to see their work from so many years ago. It’s also nice to see that the house we lived in (The Roberts House at 44 East Street) is mentioned in the historic homes section. My siblings and I have very happy memories of that lovely home. Thank you for your wonderful website!