William H. Pond house circa 1990 (Souce: MACRIS database)

William H Pond purchased this property with the buildings there on from Joseph Day and George B. Talbot in 1858. This property is most likely one of the spec houses built by Talbot, it is in the style of Greek Revival.


Elements of the William Pond Greek Revival style house:

  • “L” shaped plan
    • Gable front with side hall entrance
    • Double doors (Victorian)
    • Portico (Italianate)
    • Granite foundation
    • 2/2 double hung windows
    • Doric cornerboards
    • Gable roof
    • Two stories

William Harlow Pond was born in 1821 in West Dedham (now Westwood), son of Samuel Pond and Catherine Smith. He worked in many capacities the many furniture businesses in South Dedham. He came to South Dedham in 1842 and found work at the Everett Furniture factory, starting as a furniture packer, then was a furniture maker. When the Everett furniture manufactory burned, William worked a furniture salesman for J. S. Paine in Boston. He married in July of 1857 to (1) Melissa Denslow (1826-1866) in Dedham. She was the daughter of Jeremiah & Charlotte Denslow. William & Melissa did not have children. He then married in August of 1867 to (2) Millie Gay Everett (1826-1893) in South Dedham. She was the daughter of Ebenezer Everett and Mary Snow of Pawtucket, RI.  William and Millie had one child, Grace (1874-1984). William died in 1903 and according to the record of his death he was still living at #49 Maple Street. He enjoyed gardening and was a member of the Universalist Church. He is buried in Pawtucket, RI in his wife, Millie’s family plot.

The William P. Pond house today. (photo by LLKearney)

In the 1910 Census, Robert M. & Ida E Walsh were renting the house. Living with them were their children, Mable, Owen, Lila and Roy. Robert worked as an expressman. In 1920, Gustave & Elizabeth Suamsiegle were renting the house. Living with them were their children Raymond and Earl. Gustave was a teamster. By the 1930 census Raymond Suamseigle and his wife Edith are the owners of the house. Raymond and Edith are still living at this house in 1940 with their son Richard.

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