This is a real-photo postcard showing a house with a woman and her dog standing at the gate. The house is not identified anywhere on the postcard. However, I have identified it as the house that still stands at 11 Broadway Avenue in Rockport. The card was mailed in 1911. There is a long note on the reverse side but it is illegible.
An 1884 street atlas of Rockport identifies this property as then belonging to “Levi Gott Heirs.” As far as I can determine, there was only one Levi Gott who ever lived in Rockport in the 1800s. He was a descendant of Samuel Gott, one of Rockport’s first settlers. He married Martha Tarr, a descendant of Richard Tarr, Rockport’s first settler. Levi died in 1876, which would comport with the 1884 atlas listing referring to his heirs.
Interestingly, the fathers of both Levi and Martha — John Gott and Jabez Tarr — fought at the battle of Bunker Hill.
Levi and Martha had two children: John S. Gott, born Dec. 2, 1843, and Susan Tarr Gott, born May 25, 1837. John died in 1928 and is buried at Beech Grove Cemetary.
A later 1899 atlas does not identify the owner of this property, but it shows the house next door as belonging to “J.S. Gott.” It may be, then, that Levi left this property and the one next to it to his children — or at least to John.
The back side shows that the card was mailed on Jan. 9, 2011.