The Deans of Dean St.
Updated: Aug 22, 2021
Ebenezer Dean (1772-1851)
Born in South Dedham in 1772, Ebenezer Dean was the son of Jonathan Dean and Elizabeth Balch Dean. Elizabeth was the daughter of Rev. Thomas Balch. Ebenezer Dean married the former Lois Morse on July 18, 1797 in Dedham and farmed the family land until his death at 79 of “old age” on October 23, 1851.
Also buried in lot 86 is Ebenezer’s son and namesake, Ebenezer Dean. Born on March 31, 1811, he married Mary Gould Farrington and too was a farmer. He died on September 11, 1871 at the age of 60, a suicide.
The historic Dean house was originally situated on the left of what later became Dean Street, across Rte. 1. Various branches of the Dean family farmed land throughout the area roughly bounded by Pleasant Street, Neponset Street, and the Neponset River. The house was built around 1700 in the then typical “saltbox” architectural style with a center chimney. In the late 20th century, Paul Eysie had the house dismantled, moved, and rebuilt on his Walpole Street property. The house’s façade can be seen facing the Bond Street playground.