Last February, I posted a real-photo postcard of a house at 163 Granite Street in Pigeon Cove identified as The Hamlin House. Recently, the owner of what are now two condominiums in the house sent me more historical details. Her information identifies the house as The Samuel Wheeler House. Here is the information she gave me:
The northerly portion of the present house was build by Samuel Wheeler, fisherman, about 1792. Some sixty years ago it was doubled in size by a grand daughter, Sarah Dean Knowlton, Mrs. Thomas Mason. Those who remember the old house state that it was like the one now numbered 165 Granite Street. Samuel married Betsey Tarr in November 1784, seven years before his father deeded him this lot. Their children were Betsey, born 1785, married James Harris, Jr., May 26, 1805; Sally Dean, baptized November 23, 1787, and died April 29, 1806; Patty, baptized August 22, 1790 (no further record); Rhoda, born 1795, married William Fears December 12, 1815; Lydia, born 1796, married Jabez Woodbury Kendall March 31, 1817; Samuel, born 1797, married first Lucy Woodbury 1822, second Amelia Woodbury 1827, third Mary Tarr 1834; Epes, born June 5, 1800, married Rebecca Woodbury January 28, 1827; David, born 1803, married first Caroline Woodbury 1824, second Mary Lurvey; Martha, born 1805, married Washington Knowlton March 11, 1832. Mrs. Thomas Mason mentioned above was their daughter. Mrs. Samuel Wheeler died in January 1843. Samuel died February 21, 1849.
In 1985, the building was completely renovated into three condominiums, each on a separate floor. In the fall of 2003, the second and third floor condos were remodeled and connected into one pleasant unit with two floors.
I note that one of the children, Lydia, married Jabez Woodbury Kendall. The 1888 History of the Town of Rockport lists a Jabez W. Kendall as among the town’s residents who died fighting the Civil War. He might have been their son or even their grandson. He died in New Orleans on Jan. 16, 1863, at the age of 19. That would place his birth date as 1844, which would have been 27 years after they married. It seems more likely that he was their grandson, and thus the great grandson of Samuel Wheeler.
As I noted in my original post, there was a popular tavern close to this location known as the Wheeler Tavern and started by Capt. Daniel Wheeler. I have to assume he is a descendant or relative of Samuel Wheeler.
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