The History of the Building
315-317: “three-story Italianate double, stuccoed with rusticated quoins. Original Victorian wood porch, full-height windows, paired ornate brackets below flat overhang.”
(Inventory of Buildings in Powelton from the application submitted to the National Register of Historic Places, 1985)
Previous Residents of
1855, Sept: Baring “by indenture estate” (Book NDW 64, p. 427)
1856, July 17: transferred from Charles Ingersoll & John Craig Miller, trustees of Harry Bingham Baring to Richard Smethurst (RD 88 149)
1858 Directory lists Richard Smethurst, conveyancer & accountant,
1859, June 4: transferred from Smethurst to Robert Steen (76, 142)
Malcolm Campbell 33 Stock broker; personal property: $9,000
Mary S. Campbell 6
John A. Campbell 5
Kate A. Campbell 4
Alex Campbell 2
Malcolm Campbell 1
Sarah P. McMullin 45
Anna McMullin 37
Mad McMullin 21
Mary A. Ward 43
Mary McKinney 50 Servant; born in Ireland
Han Ore 37 Servant; born in
Ann Martin 35 Servant; born in
(Ward 24, ED 7, 100)
In the 1859 Directory, he was listed as an exchange broker working at 38 S. 3rd with his home at 710 S. 10th St. The 1860 directory (compiled in the Fall of 1859) lists him as a broker at 230 Walnut St.
1861 Directory: Malcolm Campbell, stockbroker, 35th below Baring.
1866 Directory lists him as working for the Adams’ Express Co. which was at
The 1868 directory lists him living at 3206 Hamilton St. and working as an insurance agent at 409 Walnut St.
1866, Feb. 22: Robert Steen died and the house passed into an estate which held it until 1920.
1870: apparently not enumerated
1872-‘74 Directories: Samuel A. Jarden, silver plated ware, 306 Chestnut St.
The directories for 1868-1871 list him living at 1832 Mt. Vernon St.
The 1870 census lists the following members of his household:
Samuel A. Jarden 34 Silver plate manufacturer; personal property: $15,000
Almira Jarden 33
Mary C. Jarden 10
Frank C. Jarden 9
Lizzie H. Jarden 7
Almira Jarden 2
Hester Coyle 25 Domestic servant; born in Ireland
Lizzie Wallan 18 Domestic servant; parents foreign-born
1875 Directory: Elmira Jarden, widow of Samuel
The 1876 directory lists her living at 527 S. 42nd St.
1876 Directory: Sansom Perot, maltster [i.e., a person who makes or deals in malt] at corner of N. 16th and Master Sts.
William S. Perot, Jr., Perot & [William L.] Allen, grain, 2110 Market
1877-1878 Directories: Edward S. Perot, machinist at N. Front and Oxford
Sansom Perot, 125 S. 7th St.
William S. Perot, Jr. Perot & [William L.] Allen, grain, 2110 Market
Samuel J. Cresswell 40 Iron worker
Emma L. Cresswell 40
George W. Cresswell 10
C.J. Dougherty 68 Mother
Jos(ephine) Dreher 18 Servant; parents were born in Germany
(ED 483, 4)
Samuel J. Cresswell provided the iron work for
Horticultural Hall for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in
The 1861 Directory list S. J. Cresswell, brass and iron founder & stove maker, 814, 816, & 818 Race, h 243 N 9th. The 1866 Directory lists Samuel J. T. Cresswell, iron foundry, 816 Race St. The 1875 directory lists him living at 236 N. 12th St. The 1878 directory lists him living in Wayne.
1881 Directory: Samuel J. Cresswell
1887 Directory lists them they living at
1887, his brother, David S. Cresswell, lived at
1893 Directory: Benjamin Sharp, Physician
The 1886 directory lists him living on McKean’s Ave. near Manheim in Germantown.
Benjamin Sharp 41 Professor of Zoology, Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences
Dorothy Sharp 17 Born in
Karl B. Sharp 15 [In 1910 his is listed as Benjamin C.]
Harold Sharp 13
Delia Sullivan 28 Servant; born in Ireland
Nora Sullivan 35 Servant; born in
(ED 539, 10B)
1910, they were living in
“Dr. Benjamin Sharp, formerly corresponding
secretary of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences, died yesterday at
Morehead, N.C., aged 56 years. He was with
Commander Peary’s first expedition to the arctic in 1891. Dr. Sharp was a graduate of
his return he was appointed Professor of Invertebrate Zoology at the
Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences, and from 1884 to 1896, he held the
same position at the University of Pennsylvania. He passed the Winter of 1888-1889 on the
Of his dedication to Nantucket, it was said that "No 'off islander' I have ever known has absorbed so much of the spirit of all that was best in old Nantucket as he." and “Though not a Nantucketer, he was perhaps the best Nantucketer of us all.”
1904 Directory: Selig Presser, ladies' tailor, 42 S. 17th St.
1910: apparently not enumerated
1913 Directory: Ann C. Compton, boarding
1916 Directory: David A. Simpson, paper
Thomas M. Simpson, vice-president, Irwin N. MeGargee & Co., Inc., paper, envelopes, card, and board, 12-14 S. 6th St.
William Simpson, finisher
Matilda M. Ward
Thomas M. Simpson 65 President, wholesale paper; mother born in N.Y.; renting
K. Simpson 55 Mother born in
Helen T. Simpson 29 Elementary school teacher
David A. Simpson 25 Clerk in paper business
Mildred A. Simpson 19
Thomas M. Simpson 16
(ED 682, 3A)
In 1880, Thomas was 25 years old,
living with his parents at
1920, Feb. 7: Marriage license issued to Edith L. Wymer of 317 N 35th St. and David A. Simpson of 317 N 35th St. They were married the same year. (Phila. Inquirer and Phila. Marriage Index)
Helen K. Simpson 65 Widowed; mother born in N.Y.; owner, house valued at $9,000
Helen T. Simpson 39 Manager of a dress shop
– 2nd household
Gordon Willms (?) 25 Advertising agent; born in N.Y., father born in S.C., mother in N.Y.
Willms 24 Born in
N.Y., father born in N.Y., mother in
Mary A. Apple 67 Lodger; widowed
Gravell 31 Lodger; clerk in insurance firm; born
in W.D., parents born in
Annie E. MacLaughlin 50 Lodger; single
Ethel Coene 44 Lodger; collect, electric [rest illegible]; single; father born in Ken., mother in Ind.
(ED 395, 22B)
Helen K. Simpson 76 Widowed; owner, house valued at $6,000; 1 year of high school
Helen T. Simpson 50 Single; executive in dress manufacturing company, earned $1,500 in 1939; 4 years of high school
Thomas M. Simpson 36 Salesman for a publishing company; married; 4 years of high school
Marion Armstrong 61 Sister; widowed; lived here 5 years ago; 4 years of high school
Annie L. Maclaughlin 82 Lodger; single; 4 years of high school
(ED 51-685, 10A)
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