House Histories Commissioned Synopses

All information is according to current available evidence.

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25 Bennett Street
Captain Aaron Bennett, innholder and shoreman, c. 1715.

12 Bridge Street
Frederick Merrill, expressman, and wife, Mary Sayre, in 1896. The architect was Cornelius A. Russell of Roxbury.

22 Bridge
Samuel O. Boardman, cabinetmaker, and wife, Henrietta Lee, in 1843.

26 Bridge Street
Captain Samuel Forster Tappan, Sr., mariner and chairmaker, and wife Nancy Smith in 1836.  Sargent Burnham may have been the housewright.

52 Bridge Street
George N. Leach, mariner, in 1849.

75 Bridge Street
John Pearce, fisherman, perhaps circa 1700 as the earliest part of the house. It was probably remodeled by John Pearce, housewright, c. 1755 and perhaps rebuilt c. 1819 for Isaac May, mariner, and his mother, Sarah Pearce May.  It was greatly enlarged and remodeled by George H. Allen, bank president, in 1889-1900.

128 Bridge Street
Simeon and John G. Haskell, cordwainers and yeomen, in 1884.

131 Bridge Street
Mrs. Ida Agassiz Higginson c. 1881 for one of her employees.  It was sold to her chief gardener, Joseph Clarke, in 1903 after having been rebuilt. It stands on the site of the house built for Benjamin Forster, shoreman, c.1800, and an earlier house sold in 1725 to Israel Forster, cooper.

35 Central Street
Captain William Lee, mariner, c. 1796

39 Central Street
William Hooper Jr., mariner, in 1805. For many years it was the homestead of Col. Ebenezer Tappan Jr. (cabinet maker, machinist, militia leader, town official) and family.

41 Central Street
Major Israel Forster, shoreman, and his wife, Hannah Lee, in 1804.  The living room mantel and  other woodwork was crafted by famous woodcarver, architect and furniture maker, Samuel McIntire.

15 Friend Street
In 1873 as the First Roman Catholic church in Manchester.  It was moved to its current location in 1910 by Lewis Killam, carpenter.  By 1916 it was used as a machine shop.  From 1920-1941, it was the Sacred Heart parish hall.  After a period of vacancy, it was remodeled into a residence in 1953.

22 Friend Street
John Lee Jr., housewright, c. 1725.  It was moved to its present location in 1885 for Thomas Ray, dairyman.  It had stood on Bridge Street in “Newport,” (west Manchester) on a spot nearly opposite the head of Harbor Street.

20 Harbor Street
Andrew Woodbury, yeoman, in 1790.  It was remodeled for Charles H. Sheldon, butcher, probably in the 1870s.

22 Harbor Street
John Clunie of Boston, stockbroker, and wife, Suzette Courtney, in 1927.  On the front part of the lot, Daniel Williams, shoreman, had a house built as his family residence c. 1695.

44 Harbor Street
Captain Andrew Marsters, shoreman, in 1771.  It may contain elements of an earlier house, built c. 1725 for Nathaniel Marsters, shoreman. It was later the home of Capt. William Tuck (1740-1826), shipmaster, Revolutionary War privateer, Collector of Customs and merchant.

69 Harbor Street
Captain Daniel Leach, shipmaster, c. 1794. It was completely remodeled in 1888 for Nathaniel Mansfield, merchant, as a summer cottage to be rented out.

73 Harbor
Nathaniel B. Mansfield, merchant in 1888.

4 North Street
Jabez Dodge, tailor, and wife, Majorie Knowlton, in 1719.  The original house faced south on the lot, toward North Street; in 1902 the east end was taken down.

30 Norwood Avenue
Samuel Carter, fisherman, in 1732. The house was originally located at now 22 Union Street.  It was moved by 1883 to the vicinity of the future Price School. In 1905 it was moved to its present spot for Lucy Carroll, nurse.

36 Norwood Avenue
Ellen Sheehan and husband, Timothy Cronin, laborer, in 1915.  The barn, in the back yard, appears to have been built in 1893 for Abraham Lampron, an expressman with a team of horses and wagon.

7 Old Neck Road
Lewis N. Tappan, real estate dealer, 1869.

10 Old Neck Road
Henry S. Chase, cabinetmaker, in 1855.  It incorporates part of an earlier house, probably built for William Allen, mariner, c. 1768.

8 Pine Street
George H. Hobbs, wagon driver for the provisions store, C. H. Sheldon & Co., and wife Nancy F. Baker in 1904.  The building contractor was Chester L. Crafts.

63 Pleasant Street
Samuel Bear Crombie, veneer sawyer, and wife, Mary Cross in 1853.

10 Proctor Street
Warren MacPherson, manufacturer, and wife, Elizabeth (Bingham) of Cambridge, as their summer home.

15 Rosedale Avenue
In 1899 as Kings Laundry nearby and was moved to its current site in 1903.  George Matheson, carpenter, converted the building into a one-story bungalow in 1924 for summer rental.

1 and 3 School Street
John Knowlton, housewright, c. 1725.  For many years it was the home of the Lee families and it was the home of privateer commander of Captain Jerimiah Hibbert, a hero of the Revolutionary War.

13 School Street
Capt. Daniel Leach, shipmaster, in 1786, and was enlarged with a new ell at an early point, but exactly when is not known. Perhaps the addition was made by the second owner, Capt. William Allen, who bought the property in 1793 and sold it to Captain Abial Burgess.

21 School Street
Moses Dodge, cabinetmaker, in 1773.

32 School Street
Captain John Carter, shipmaster, and his wife, Susan B. (Cheever) Carter, in 1860 and is Italiante-style.

44 School Street
Edward Lee, mason and bricklayer, in 1720.  It stands on the site of the old sawmill.

61 School Street
Delucena L. Bingham, cabinetmaker and later, librarian, and wife, Emeline Peart, in 1856.

63 School Street
Henry L. Phillips, housewright, in 1855.

67 School Street
James McCartney, mariner, c. 1795. It was later the longtime homestead of the Morgan family, and then of the Kellehers. It stands on the site of a house built for Josiah Allen, fisherman, c. 1735.

78 School Street
Ezekiel Knowlton, cordwainer and mariner, and his wife, Amy Foster, in 1725 by housewright Samuel Lee, Jr.

96 School Street
Mrs. Amy (Knowlton) Leach c. 1760 as a residence for her family. She was a widow, and probably worked as a “doctoress,” or physician.

134 School Street
Edward C. Hodges, Boston stockbroker, and wife, Ethel A. Davis, in 1895.  The building contractor was the firm of Roberts & Hoare.  Starting in 1900 it was the summer residence of Mrs. Sarah W. (Johonnot) Wigglesworth of Boston.

42 Sea Street
Charles W. Ward, manufacturer, in 1894 and perhaps incorporating the frame of a house built in 1873 for Lewis & Elizabeth Tappan.  The house was known by the names of “Pine Cottage,” “Swamp Angel,” and “Pine Ledge.”

16 Smith’s Point
Charles Taylor, investor, and wife Gertrude (Bond) Taylor in 1882.

4 Sumac Street
Abraham Rowe, cabinet maker, and wife, Olive Goldsmith, in 1846 as their family residence. It is Greek Revival in style.

103 Summer Street
Joseph C. Stevens’ estate stable in 1906 for his sons Joseph and Arthur Stevens.  The contractor was Francis Kilham & Son of Manchester.

227 Summer
Richard Henry Dana’s stable in 1884.

12 Tappan Street
Patrick H. Leary, currier (leather manufacturer), as his family residence in 1882.  The building contractor was Frederick W. Churchill of Manchester.

25 Tappan Street
Joseph Durham of Chelsea, lumber dealer, and wife, Annie B. Cushing, in 1873.  From 1880 to 1896 it was the summer home of the famous evangelists George C. Needham and Elizabeth A. (Annable) Needham.

8 Tuck’s Point Road
Stable for Reverend Dr. Cyrus Bartol, clergyman, land developer and author in 1885.

2 and 4 Union
Andrew Lee and Sons, retailers, in 1899.  It was designed by architect William G. Rantoul.  From the 1720s until the 1780s, this space was the front yard of the house that was (until 1899) free-standing at 1 School Street.

17 Union Street
William Vinson as the site of his homestead by the year 1667, and later, of the barn built c. 1740 for Samuel Lee Esquire, and later the house of Captain John Lee, mariner and yeoman, built c. 1810 and remodeled for Charles H. Trask, merchant, c. 1870 by his mother, Abigail (Hooper) Trask, trader.

54 Union Street
Samuel Peart, mariner, in 1832, by Jonathan Allen, housewright.

60 Union Street
Richard Peters, butcher, c. 1724. It was enlarged by Benjamin Allen, Jr., tailor and innholder, c. 1735.  It was enlarged to its present appearance c. 1885 by Oliver T. Roberts, builder.

26 University Lane
The Eldredges and the Dwights, two married couples in which the wives were sisters: Frances (Webster) and husband Zoeth Eldredge, San Francisco bank examiner, and M. Alba (Webster) and husband Henry Dwight, Boston architect.  In May 1899 the University of Pennsylvania sold the property to the couple.

15 Vine Street
Alma Haskell, stone mason, and wife Addie L. Fish in 1896.  The building contractor was Alpheus Dennis, carpenter.

21 Vine Street
Dominick Flatley and family by the Morley, Flatley & Company construction Company in 1905.  By 1914 it was the home of Axel Magnuson florist.

8 Washington Street
Joseph Whipple, physician and later, privateer, and wife Eunice Fairfield, c. 1771.  It was later the home of Dr. David Norwood and family, Reverend Abiel Parrish and family, Colonel David Colby and family, Winthrop Lee and family, David Colby Jr. and Nathaniel Colby and families, and of William Hooper, farmer, and his descendants for more than 100 years.

13 Washington Street
Captain John Allen, mariner, and wife Ruth (Leach), in 1824.  When John Allen built the house, he was six generations and almost two hundred years away from his ancestor William Allen who came to Cape Ann from Manchester England in 1624.  The house remained in the Allen family for almost another two hundred years, until Bertram Allen sold it to the present owners in 1994.

6 Windemere Park
George E. Willmonton, architect and developer, in 1896 in the Queen Anne style, by Roberts & Hoare, at brand-new Windemere Park.