Dating old houses
Over the years, the original portion was extended with additions as the family’s needs and as the fashions of the times dictated including the east and west wings added in the early nineteenth century. Henry Whitfield (1597 – 1657) was the father of Rev. While he is not one of our direct ancestors, I thought his story would be interesting to include. In 1632, shortly after the death of his father, he emigrated from England to New England with his three brothers, his mother, her father, Stephen Bachiler and her mother Helena Mason Bachiler. John’s will is dated and he died at Harwich, Barnstable, MA, around Apr 1699.
Guilford is considered by some to have the third largest collection of historic homes in New England, with important buildings from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries There are five historic house museums, including the Henry Whitfield House (1639), the oldest dwelling house in Connecticut and the oldest stone house in North America. John WINGE was baptized on at Strood, Kent, England . In 1637, ten influential citizens from Saugus had petitioned the General Court of Plymouth Colony to found a new settlement on Cape Cod.
This claim has been the subject of considerable discussion among historians, and is disputed on historical grounds.
One, at least, expresses the belief that it was not built until about the year 1640.
It was clearly named after the city of Sandwich in Kent County, England as it bears some physical resemblance to the old Cinque Port city.
It has been claimed that this house was built in 1636.The next major change was the expansion of the parlor to the east, under a hip roof, and the addition of the small entry to this expanded space, probably around 1800.A new wing was added to the west side of the house, including two rooms.The oak lintel over its parlor fireplace has been dated by dendrochronology to 1637.Since timber was not seasoned before use in the 17th century, this provides a plausible date for the house’s initial construction.