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No. 8989: Ebenezer Clapp House, Sumner Street
Postcard #8989

The Ebenezer Clap House stood on the west side of Sumner Street and backed up to the Old North Cemetery. The property was approximately where Sumner Park is today.

 Home of Ebenezer and Sarah Clapp, which has been replaced by three-deckers.

Ebenezer Clapp, fifth son of Ebenezer and Eunice (Pierce) Clapp, was born in Dorchester, April 24, 1809. Until he was about twenty-two years and six months old, he remained at home with his parents and worked in the tannery with his father. He later worked at the Custom House, then the book-selling and stationery business in Boston, on the corner of Franklin and Washington streets, until 1861; then in the same business for a few years at 308 Washington Street, and for the last eight or ten years to the present time at 7 School Street. While in the first-named place, he published the History of Dorchester (1859).

He was chosen in 1854, Deacon of the First Church in Dorchester, Rev. Nathaniel Hall, late pastor, succeeding his father, Ebenezer, in that office, and was been annually elected Clerk of the First Parish, thirty-eight years. He was appointed Justice of the Peace and was a member of the School Committee of Dorchester. He married, April 4, 1833, Sarah, daughter of William and Sarah (Shepard) Swan, of Dorchester, who was born May 10, 1806. Their residence was on Sumner St., Dorchester, and the rear end of his home lot joined on to the east side of the old burying-ground, where so many of his ancestors and family and friends are laid, in that beautiful "garden of the living and home of the dead."
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Created: February 8, 2008   Modified: February 8, 2011