Thomas and Elizabeth Lull, and the Caldwell sons

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

Lydia Lull, the youngest daughter of early Ipswich resident Thomas Lull, Sr and his wife Elizabeth, married William Caldwell. 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 neices, 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 was taken down in about 1890, 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.


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 8 Oct. 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, Senr., 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) soneof Thomas Lull the settler. Photo by John Glassford

Thomas Lull II, son of Thomas I and Elizabeth Lull, was born 8 Dec.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 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.

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.”



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