Because of "family issues," I had to be away from genealogy for a year, and now only work on my "brick walls" or "family mysteries."
Most of my information is in the archives of this Board,or moreso in the archives of the HUTCHINSON Message Board and Mailing Listatwww.rootsweb.com
One of my genealogy-frustrations is that I just cannot find a picture or drawing of the large, nice HUTCHINSON Farmhouse which stood in what is now Winchester, MA.The address was 21 Ridge Street in Winchester(formerly Woburn, MA, formerly Charlestown, MA).That farmhouse burned down ~1880, and a replacement (not as good) farmhouse was built.I lived in the replacement farmhouse during the 1940's as a young child.My father's grandmother had inherited that part of the large farm during the 1930's.
I cannot even find out when the original farmhouse was built.That first farm was bought from a GARDNER family in the 1720's, but I do not know if a house was on the land at that time.The HUTCHINSON's continued to add to the property until it became a very large property, covering the top of the hill in what became the "Hill District" of Winchester, MA.Around 1850, my ancestor, Jacob Homer HUTCHINSON, built a 2nd farmhouse across the street at 18 Ridge Street.That farmhouse still stands.When my great-grandmother died in 1958, that part of the farm had to be sold, and that farmhouse was torn down.But that farm was in HUTCHINSON hands from 1720's to 1950's !
I have written to, or asked, many people and many offices, and no one has ever seen a picture of that farmhouse, which at least stood from 1800 to 1880.The HUTCHINSON's were very interested in their family-tree and the history of the farm, especially Thomas HUTCHINSON who died, unmarried, in 1930's.And many papers were found in the attic in 1950's, and some photos, but no pictures of the house.Thomas stated in one newspaper article that the house was very nice, and many parties were held there which included people from "Arlington society."
Since, Jacob had married Eliza CROSBY, whose brother owned the large CROSBY market farm in Arlington,during the 1800's, the HUTCHINSON's were very close with Arlington families, and Jacob and Eliza's 2 children left the farm and moved to Arlington after their parents' deaths in 1890's.And, because of their family-tree, they had many ancestors in Arlington's history - which was formerly the Town of West Cambridge.
(The HUTCHINSON Farm in Winchester and the CROSBY Farm in Arlington were up and down the hill from each other(which became Hutchinson Road).)
One possibility is that Jacob and Thomas' older brother, John HUTCHINSON, moved to Brooklyn, NY.He moved there with two, married sisters;one married sister remained in Winchester.Since John was the oldest, I'm thinking maybe he took a picture of the farmhouse with him.But, I know very little about those 3 couples after they were in NYC, and I've never found a descendant of them.They remained in Brooklyn,but seemed to remain part-owners of the farm in Winchester, and visited often.
As I drive around Greater Lowell and Greater Boston, I see many houses which were built around 1750-1800,but they vary.So, I can't even imagine what the house looked like.
Betty(near Lowell, MA)
(researching for 20+ yrs., researching on-line for 10 yrs.;very active on HUTCHINSON Boards and Lists atwww.rootsweb.com)