Colonel Jacob Kingsbury House // pre-1815

Jacob Kingsbury was born in Norwich, Connecticut on July 6, 1756, to Nathaniel and Sarah Hill Kingsbury.On July 11, 1775, at the age of 19, he enlisted in the 8th Connecticut Regiment, which was part of the Continental Army in the Siege of Boston. Kingsbury remained in the Continental Army when it was reorganized in 1776, and he was promoted to sergeant and then was commissioned an ensign in Webb’s Additional Continental Regiment on April 26, 1780. He served until the Continental Army was disbanded on November 3, 1783. At this time, Jacob moved back home and appears to have had this house built, or moved back into his father’s home. He would later serve with the United States military on campaigns against British allies and Native tribes. During the War of 1812, Kingsbury was appointed to command the defenses of Newport, Rhode Island. He served as Inspector General for Military District No. 2 (comprising the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island) from April 8, 1813, to October 31, 1814. He was discharged in 1815, and moved back to Franklin to live out his final days. The original vintage of this house in unclear, but it appears to have been built before or shortly after his return to Franklin in 1815. After his death in 1837, the property was inherited by his son, Col Thomas Humphrey Cushing Kingsbury, who updated the old homestead with Italianate detailing including the replacement double doorway, bracketed and dentilled cornice, tripartite window in the gable, and 2/2 windows. What a cool blending of styles here!

3 thoughts on “Colonel Jacob Kingsbury House // pre-1815

  1. Natasha January 14, 2023 / 7:21 pm

    This house stopped me in my tracks. I’m not sure if it is the superb composition of the photograph but I had a visceral reaction. As fond as I am of unique architecture I’m not easily moved.


  2. Marlin Williams January 14, 2023 / 8:31 pm

    Nice find. I love the bios you you come up with, which must take a lot of research. There had to have been a rather high standard of living & some pretty substantial wealth in NE in the 18th & 19th centuries that allowed some of these large homes to be built. (Even in pre industrial times)

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    • Buildings of New England January 16, 2023 / 12:48 pm

      Thanks! Its not always easy to turn up the history, but when I find cool tidbits of info, I try and provide links in the text for further research.


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