The Story of a House Jeddiah Brink in HOlmes County, Ohio
Jedidiah Brink's home in Killbuck Township, Holmes County, Ohio as it looks today.
Jamee Parrish, the architect, could see that the porch and the one-story addition were added later. Because of the plain style of the architecture in the two-story house, she concluded it was probably built between 1850 and 1860. Since we know that Jeddiah bought the property in 1863, it is probable that the house was built by the family that previously owned the land, the McElhiney family.
This picture plus interior views gave Jamee two clues to the age of the addition to the house. First, when the original house was built, it would have been standard to have a detached "summer kitchen" for cooking--both to keep the heat out of the house in summer, and to reduce the possibility of fire. Second, do you see that small window just under the roof peak on the addition? It is Gothic style, and that style would have been used between 1860 and 1880. Because of the timing of the birth of Jeddiah's chidlren, we can assume that the addition was built in the 1870's to accommodate his 3rd, 4th, and 5th child.