Who lived at 42 Bay St?
|1884 – 1895||William & Annie WOODHOUSE (10 years)|
|1895 – 1910||Edgar Wright & Alida D. WRIGHT (15 years)|
|1910 – 1924||Orton S. Simpson & Sarah A. SIMPSON, and Sarah A. Simpson & Percy B. Simpson (14 years)|
|1924 – 1963||Anna J. Hartigan & Thomas H. Hartigan (39 years)|
|1963 – 2019||The Rodriques Family – (56 years)|
|2019 –||Happy New Homeowners 🙂|
History & Inhabitants
On this 1875 Map, we see that there’s not much going on here.
Bay Street wasn’t even on the map yet.
George Howland owned the land at 42 Bay St up to 1884 when the house was built. There’s a lot of reference to both #4 Bay St and #14 Bay St with one of the past inhabitants, so our guess is this may have possibly been part of a larger estate.
PS. Did you know #14 Bay St. belonged to Captain Anthony of the Catalpa expedition? That may just be another home story for another day.
Who were they?
William Woodhouse & Annie Woodhouse
William Woodhouse, son of Abraham Woodhouse and Mary Jane Woodhouse, was born in Ireland on March, 1855.
He arrived some time around 1873 and married Anna (Annie) Winter in 1882. He purchased 42 Bay St from George Howland and lived in the farmhouse from 1885-1895 when they moved to Rockland St. in Dartmouth according to the U.S. Federal Census.
Their children were:
- Annie Woodhouse b. 1886
- John H. Woodhouse b. 1887
- William Winter Woodhouse b. 1888 d. 1958
William Woodhouse, Sr was a Milkman & Farmer.
(The woodhouse family and their descendents owned/operated The “Woodhouse Shop” in Padanaram/Dartmouth for decades.)
We found many old horseshoes in the dirt basement under the barn.
I wonder if they belonged to Woodhouses’ horses!
Orton S. Simpson & Sarah F. Simpson
Orton S. Simpson was born in Sandwich, MA around 1854. He was a band leader/instructor with the Westport Brass Band. He married Sarah A. Feavyour around 1879.
He worked as a glass inspector at the Glass Works and their son Percy Bertram Simpson was a silversmith.
- Percy B. Simpson
- Miriam F. Simpson
Edgar Wright & Alida D. (Crocker) Wright
Edgar worked at the Howland Mills. (Ironic right? Since George Howland previously owned this land). He Married Alida D. (Crocker).
His son Harry Edgar Wright was an Optician. He is shown below.
I’m super curious if that vehicle was ever parked in the garage! This photo was taken after they had already moved out, but we found several very old license plates buried in the dirt basement under the barn.
Mrs. Wright was a Sunday School Teacher along with the previous owner, Mrs. O.S Simpson!
Anna J. Hartigan & Thomas H. Hartigan
Thomas was born in 1886 in Taunton. He was a painter for the City of New Bedford. (Rudish & Hartigan Construction). His wife Anna was from Ireland.
Our story ends here, as we want to respect the privacy of past inhabitants/owners that are still living.
We love researching the history of old homes!
More Home Stories & Blog Posts
Check out some of our other “Home Stories” to learn about the history of homes and browse through some of our other general blog posts