Tombstone of Thomas Lull at the Old North Burying Ground in IpswichPeople

Thomas and Elizabeth Lull, the Caldwell sons and their descendants

Featured image: Thomas Lull’s gravestone at the Old North Burying Ground from the FindaGrave site

Lydia Lull, the youngest daughter of Thomas Lull, Sr and his wife Elizabeth, married William Caldwell in 1714. He was the third son of John Caldwell II (Son of John and Sarah Dillingham Caldwell) and Sarah Foster to marry into the Lull Family. The wives of his brothers, John and Jacob, were her nieces, being the daughters of Thomas Lull Jr. The homes of the two families sat almost across from each other on High Street. William Caldwell and Elizabeth raised their family in the old Lull house at the current location of 36 High Street, taken down in about 1879, and the Caldwell family grew, with many of the family homes, including the original William Caldwell house still standing. The Lull family name disappeared from Ipswich.

The Lull - Caldwell house on High St. in Ipswich
The Lull house, circa 1670 became the home of William and Lydia (Lull) Caldwell. The house sat at 36 High Street, and was torn down as a fire trap around 1890, when the present house was built. At #33 High Street is the home of his parents, William and Sarah Dillingham Caldwell, still standing.

Thomas Lull came to America from Dedham, Essex County, England, some time after the birth of their son Thomas in 1661. The first record of Thomas Lull Senior in Ipswich is on October 8, 1672 when he was made a freeman. The following year he and his wife Elizabeth came into full communion in the church. In 1678 he was a selectman and the following year a tithing-man. In 1678. Thomas Lull is listed as weaver. In 1699 he is listed on the subscription for a new bell for the meeting-house and gave 6s.

Thomas Lull was assigned a seat in the meeting-house “on ye second short seat.” At the Ipswich Town Meeting. Feb 1680-81. Dr. Dane, Nath Treadwell, William Hodgkins, Senior, Andrew Dymond, Thomas Lull, Thomas Dennis, Thomas Hart, and Samuel Hunt united in a petition for liberty to “raise the hindmost seat in the northwest side of the Meeting House two foot higher than it now is,” for their wives to sit in,” and it was granted.

On the 25th of December, 1717, Thomas Lull Senior made his Will, in which he gave “to my Loving & well-beloved wife Elizabeth Lull the sole use & Improvement of my mansion house and barn and homestead in lands, and all things in any manner.” Lydia and her husband William Caldwell moved in with her mother.

The tombstone of Thomas Lull (2) son of Thomas Lull the settler.
The tombstone of Thomas Lull (2) son of Thomas Lull the settler. Photo by John Glassford

Thomas Lull II, son of Thomas I and Elizabeth Lull, was born December 8, 1661 in Dedham, Essex County, England. He married Rebecca Kimball, daughter of John Kimball and Mary Bradstreet, on Jan 21, 1689. He died Feb. 1713/4 in Ipswich. The John Kimball house still stands at 77 High Street. The children of Thomas and Elizabeth Lull included:

  • Elizabeth, August 28, 1692 married John Caldwell, born August 19, 1663, (son of John Caldwell 2 and Sarah Foster). John and Elizabeth married Nov. 5, 1715. He was slain by the Indians on the shore of Maine. July 10, 1724, aged thirty-two years.
  • Rebekah, born November 26, 1694, married Deacon Jacob Caldwell, (son of John Caldwell 2 and Sarah Foster, who was born Feb. 26, 1694-5). Jacob and Rebekah were married on Oct. 18, 1718 Hannah, November 26, 1696

The will of Thomas Lull Senior gave “to my Daughters Elisabeth and Liddia Lull, my Mansion house & barn.” The house was built about 1670. William Caldwell and Lydia Lull lived their married life in the home of her father, Thomas Lull I, with her widowed mother.

The mother Elizabeth Lull, at her death, wrote in her will that “My Son-in-Law, William Caldwell, or his wife Lydia, should after my Decease, Buy for my Grand children Caldwell, a bible for each of them.” And also “unto my Daughter Lydia Caldwell, all my household Goods & Wearing apparel that I should leave.”


Caldwell houses of Ipswich

8 Linebrook Rd, Ipswich MA 8 Linebrook Rd., the C. Chester Caldwell house - In September 1867, Joseph and Joanna Ross sold Daniel R. Caldwell this lot.
48 East St., Ipswich MA 48 East St., the Tyler Caldwell house (1860) - Tyler Caldwell was "a man of thrift and industry, and amassed a comfortable property; respected in the town and well-beloved in the neighborhood where he lived."
40 High Street, the William Caldwell House (1733) - William Caldwell built this house after purchasing the lot in 1733, The house remained in the Caldwell family into the 20th Century. Key features of the house include a large kitchen fireplace and exceptional period trim.
38 High Street Ipswich MA 38 High Street, the Joseph N. Caldwell house (c 1875) - Nathaniel Caldwell purchased by public auction the property of the late John Lord on December 20, 1861, and transferred to Joseph N. Caldwell half an acre with buildings on it on December 17, 1861.
35 Central St., Ipswich MA 35 Central St., the Caldwell-Copp house - The Oak Hill apartments building at 35 Central Street was constructed in 1880 by Joel Caldwell. In 1891, Margaret and Lydia Caldwell sold the property to Carlton and Harriett Copp.
33 High Street, the John and Sarah Dillingham Caldwell house (1660/1709) - In 1654, Cornelius Waldo sold to John Caldwell for £26 the house and land he bought of Richard Betts. Caldwell removed the old house and built the present house with massive summer beams, a huge fireplace, a very substantial house of the 1660s.
27 East St., Ipswich MA 27 East Street, the Widow Elizabeth Caldwell house (c.1740 / 1829) - Joseph Wait sold this lot to Elizabeth Caldwell, widow of Thomas, in 1829. She moved a house from another site onto her property. The rear two story wing is believed to be the older house, joined together when the house was moved. Structural evidence suggest a construction dates of about 1740 to 1775 for the two sections.
Caldwell house, 25 County St., Ipswich 25 County Street, the J. Caldwell house (c 1860) - The house at 25 County Street in Ipswich was built in approximately 1860 on a corner of the former Ipswich Jail grounds. The 1872 Ipswich map shows the owner as J. Caldwell. In 1910 the owner is N. S. Kimball. 
18 Green Street, the Isaac Stanwood – Joanna Caldwell House (1812) 18 Green Street, the Isaac Stanwood Jr. house (1812) - Captain Isaac Stanwood was born in Ipswich, May 2, 1755. On January 24, 1775, he was enrolled among the Ipswich minute-men, and marched as a private in Captain Nathaniel Wade's company, in the alarm of April 19, 1775.
The Caldwell Building Choate Bridge Pub 15 South Main Street, the Caldwell Block (1870) - The Caldwell Block stands on the site of the former Massachusetts Woolen Manufactory, constructed by Dr. John Manning in 1794. The property was sold to Stephen Coburn in 1847 and housed the post office and other shops. The building was destroyed by fire, and in 1870 Col. Luther Caldwell erected the present building.
11 County Street, the Bennett – Caldwell house (1725) - Joseph Bennett built this early Second Period house in 1725. In 1818 the house was sold to Capt. Sylvanus Caldwell, who engaged in maritime trade along the coast from Massachusetts to Maine for a half century.

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