15 Summer Street, the Jonathan Pulcifer house (1718)

Jonathan Pulcifer house, Summer Street in Ipswich MA Jonathan Pulcifer  built this house in 1718 on Summer Street, one of the “oldest ways” in Ipswich. He was probably the grandson of son of Benjamin Pulsipher, an early settler of Ipswich who died in 1695.  The son of the builder of this house, Jonathan Pulcifer Jr. is listed as a sailor in the French and Indian War.

Thomas Franklin Waters mentioned this house in Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony (1915), referencing the recorded sales in the Salem book of deeds:

We observed that Jonathan Pulcifer purchased the next lot in 1718, when the Samuel Dutch property was divided into house lots, and another in 1724. He seems to have owned a continuous frontage to the corner now occupied by Miss Sarah P. Caldwell’s residence. His heirs apparently sold the house now owned by Theodore H. Howe to Richard Lakeman, May 14, 1796 (176: 263). He sold to Daniel Lakeman (176: 263), and Daniel transferred to Jane Gould, wife of Elisha Gould, Oct. 23, 1811 (196: 44). The Goulds sold to Elizabeth Fuller, Nov. 23, 1827 (246: 194), and Reuben Daniels sold it to Chas. H. Howe, May 16, 1867 (726: 63).

Original architectural features have been re-exposed by the owners, including beams & posts, summer beam, gunstock posts.

I was told that a few years ago as a realtor was getting ready to leave, he looked at the top of the stairs and saw the distinct ghostly form of an old woman looking back at him. View a slideshow of this house.


Photo courtesy Ipswich Museum

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