by Mrs. Peter Clearner
This is John and
Anne Sullivan’s house. It is over 200 years old and is probably the oldest
house in Contoocook. The barn and barbed wire fence has since been town
down. A breezeway has been added. Mr. Sullivan, who is an architect, has
also added an office and garage to his home.
Joseph Eastman was
the first owner and one of the original settlers of the Town of Hopkinton.
Records in the Town history show him to have been in residence prior to
1748. he is listed as one of the original proprietors under the privileges
of the Mason Grant in an instrument certifying the same, dated November,
1762. The house was passed on as follows:
from Joseph Eastman, June 1, 1802
Moses Eastman from
Benjamin Eastman, September 25, 1806
David Eastman from
Moses Eastman of Boscawen, February 20, 1817.
Morrill from David Eastman, Estate April 7, 1828.
David Moody from
Eliphalet M. Morrill, May 23. 1834 also
(David Moody from
Asa Kimball, September 22, 1836, “Quitclaim”)
Ezra Buswell of
Warner from David Moody, September 22, 1836.
Joseph S. Marriman
of Weare from Ezra Buswell, March 8, 1842.
On January 13, 1844
there was an agreement made between Thomas Eaton of Weare and Molly Eaton of
Hopkinton. Thomas for consideration of love and affection for Molly, his
daughter, released to her the use, occupancy and improvement of his house
and outbuildings situated in Hopkinton and land West of the buildings from
the NW corner of the barn, Southerly of the highway to a stake 3 rods West
of the willow tree; also the fruit of 2 apple trees standing nearest to the
barn for use and during the term of her natural life, with the following
exception: It was understood that if Molly died before Thomas did or any
other contingency should happen depriving him of a home elsewhere then the
above lease or obligation would be void.
Samuel Colby from
Joseph S. Harriman of Northfield, November 20, 1846.
On March 27, 1861
Samuel Curtice of Windsor, Vermont paid $1000 to Samuel Colby from about 3
acres with buildings.
Samuel Curtice to
Israel Drown on May 6, 1863.
Israel Drown to
Leonard Noyes on May 4, 1869,. By will of Henry Andrews sold to George
Blood, April 28, 1897.
(George Blood Died
1939.) William Baker, Administrator estates of Lillian Chase to Lewis
Lewis Dayton to
John Bull, 1946.
John Bull to Avard
Avard Milbury, to
Ed. and Marion Ernst, 1950.
Ed. and Marion
Ernst to Arthur and Katherine Lawson, April 8, 1955.
Katherine Lawson to John D. and Anne Sullivan, November 1958.
I would like to
thank Mr. Floyd D. Hastings and Mr. John D. Sullivan for their help in
preparing this history.
Mrs. Peter Clearner
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LOC Subject Headings
Dwellings -- New Hampshire -- Hopkinton -- Pictorial
Dwellings -- New Hampshire -- Contoocook -- Pictorial
Historic buildings -- New Hampshire -- Hopkinton --
Historic buildings -- New Hampshire -- Contoocook --