Located at 295 North Road (Route 4), Bedford, Ma
Tours: 2nd and 4th Sunday, May to October, 2-4 PM
The Job Lane House is owned by the Town of Bedford and managed by the Bedford Historic Preservation Commission. The Friends of the Job Lane House conduct tours and run events such as the annual Colonial Craft Faire; they also arrange rentals of the barn and grounds. The Bedford Garden Club maintains the herb garden.
The official website with lots of photos, tour dates, activity dates and the history of the house is entitled JobLaneHouse.org. Click here for their website, http://www.joblanehouse.org/index.html
Here is our history to this house. This first insert taken from The Bedford HIstorical Society. You can visit them at /www.bedfordmahistory.org
~”Lane Family biographies
When Job Lane (1) (1620-1697) purchased a substantial tract of land in Billerica from the heirs of Governor John Winthrop in 1664, the Lane family’s long involvement in the affairs of the area began. The Lane Family Papers – which contain the oldest documents held by the Bedford Historical Society – tell the story of this family. The papers of seven family members – the first Job Lane; his son Major John Lane; Deacon Job Lane (John’s son); Job Lane, the Deacon’s son; Samuel Lane; Captain James Lane; and David Woodward Lane – comprise the bulk of this collection. The first Job Lane divided his time between Malden and Billerica, but sufficiently developed his land in Billerica to be able to leave his son a dwelling house, outbuildings, and an orchard, as well as land, at his death in 1697. He was married twice, first to Sarah Boyce (often spelled Boyes or Boys in these documents), and then to Hannah Reyner. He had eight children, seven daughters and a son. The son, John Lane, was Job’s principal heir.
Job Lane (1) was a carpenter by trade and built bridges and houses in the Boston area. He also became the owner of land in England through his marriage to Hannah Reyner, and the rents from tenants on this land enabled Job to obtain goods from England, primarily fabric, that were in demand in the colonies.
John Lane (2) (1661-1714/15), Job 1’s only son, inherited part of Job Lane’s land in Billerica, along with his nephews Mathew Whipple and Samuel Fitch. John was active in military affairs in Massachusetts and is commonly known as “Major” John Lane. As heir to his father’s English lands, he conducted an active correspondence with his British land managers. He was married to Susanna Whipple of Ipswich, with whom he had nine children”.~
We then descend from John Lanes daughter Susanna who married Nathaniel Page. (Ironically Nathaniel and Susanna house still stands as well but is currently inhabited and recently renovated on This Old House.)
Here is our Lineage to the Lane House. Each name being the parent of the person below on the list.
- Job Lane b. 1620 (Aquired the original land)
- Major John Lane b.1661(Inherited it from Job)
- Susanna Lane Page b.1683 (Brother Job build house that stands today)
- John Page b. 1704
- Cornet Nathaniel Page b.1742 (Historical Figure)
- Capt. Benjamin Page b. 1781
- John Page b. 1810
- John Page Jr. b. 1834
- Mary Carolyn Page Allen b.1861
- Inez Vinton Allen Kohler b. 1889
- Sara Kohler Balentine
- Ruth Balentine Whittall