Richard Wattles was the earliest owner of record, and sold in 1663, his house and an acre of land “in the Hill St.” to Henry Hussell of Marblehead, April 18. (Ips. Deeds 2: 149). Russell, “sope-boyler,” sold to Margaret Bishop, Oct. 13, 1671 (Ips. Deeds 3: 301) and
Margaret, and her son, Samuel, joint executors of Thomas Bishop, sold to Thomas Lull, March 14, 1678 (Ips. Deeds 4: 140).

William Caldwell married a daughter of Lull, and after Lull ‘s decease, his daughter Elizabeth, wife of William Herbert, sold Caldwell, her brother-in-law, half the home-
stead, bounded northwest by John Holland, Nov. 21, 1733. On  July 10, 1753, Elizabeth Herbert, then a widow, conveyed to him the balance, then bounded northwest by Daniel Ringe. Caldwell probably built the house on the lot after purchasing it in 1733, The house was still owned by the Caldwell heirs at the beginning of the 20th Century.

Key features of the house include a large kitchen fireplace and exceptional period trim. The house was restored by Larl Newton in the 1950’s. It was renovated in 1985 by James LaVereiere.

The William Caldwell house at High Street
The William Caldwell house has three massive fireplaces downstairs, each with two small beehive ovens.
The William Caldwell house has three massive fireplaces downstairs, each with two small beehive ovens.
The William Caldwell House in the late 20th Century. Photo from the Massachusetts Cultural and Historic Information System (MACRIS)
The William Caldwell House in the late 20th Century. Photo from the Massachusetts Cultural and Historic Information System (MACRIS)
The William Caldwell house was home to two families,. The stairs to the attic split split after the entrance.
The William Caldwell house was home to two families,. The stairs to the attic split split after the entrance.

The earlier William Caldwell

From “John Caldwell and Sarah Dillingham Caldwell”: William and Lydia Caldwell began domestic life in certain rooms of the original Lull house on High street. The house was built about 1670, and was demolished a few years since. (See photo A pen sketch of the ancient dwelling was made, which will be valued by descendants. An “Item” of Thomas Lull’s will is: ” I give to my Daughters Elisabeth and Liddia Lulls, my Mansion house & barn, and all ye Land Adjoyneing and orchard with all and singular there unto in any manner of wise appertaining.”

William Caldwell bought Elisabeth Lull’s half of the house on November 21, 1733 from Elizabeth and her husband William.

William Caldwell House, 40 High Street, Ipswich MA
Not to be confused with the William Caldwell house at 40 High Street, this was the old Thomas Lull-William Caldwell House at 56 High Street, built in 1670. This earlier William Caldwell was the son of John Caldwell and Sarah Foster. He was married to Lydia Lull and died by the age of 50.  The building was torn down in 1879 and was replaced with the house at that location today. The house to its right (58 High St.) in this photo still stands. Notice how the old Caldwell house had been enlarged

lull-caldwell_house_sketch

Both William Caldwells descended from John and Sarah Dillingham Caldwell, whose house on High Street still stands and is known as the Waldo-Caldwell house.

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