Joseph Lema Jr. knew his new wife, Jessica (Grace) Lema (pictured), had her heart set on No. 10. He so loved her that, in 1939, he sold his roadster to finance the purchase. That romantic gesture was amply repaid. Mrs. Lema was still living here in 2011. The house, which may date to the late 1700s, was astonishingly intact, with a birthing room, plank doors, and gravity latches. While raising a family of three — Jessica, Joseph, and Elizabeth (pictured, in a Henry Hensche drawing) — the Lemas saw little need to alter the house, though Mrs. Lema added beautiful hooked rugs. The ship’s-ladder staircase alarmed me. “Surely you don’t use that,” I said. “Oh, no,” the 99-year-old lady assured me. “I haven’t been on those stairs in six months.” She lived to be 100. William Sherr and Estevan Garcia bought the property in 2013 as a second home for themselves and their family of three.
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