189 Abbot Street

Architectural Description: 

Part of house ell-shaped, may be early; wood frame; 5 fireplaces

Historical Narrative: 

This home was the Isaac Goldsmith Jr. Homestead and the house lot parcel was about 2 acres of land on the east side of the "Olde Boston Road". The road would later be named Woburn St. which began at the intersection of Phillips St. and ran to the Wilmington Line. About 1900 the Abbot St. name was extended to this junction point at Porter Rd. and what is now the beginning of Woburn St. today.

In the Andover Valuation of 1850 The Goldsmith dwelling house is valued at $400. barn and shed $100. The eleven acre farm value $280. His farm stock was $95. and he owned 3 Railroad shares $150. Issac Goldsmith Jr. was born in Andover on Feb. 25, 1803, son of Isaac & Martha (Burnham) Goldsmith. Isaac Jr., a carpenter, married on Sept. 26, 1832 to Lydia Favor, b. Oct. 11, 1801 in Weare, NH. daughter of Joseph & Hannah (Burnham) Favor. They had three children; Maria Lucinda b. Jan. 26, 1836, Abbie C. b. 1849 and son George H. b. 1850. Daughter Maria L. married a Weld and had three children; Arthur B. b. 1865, Fred M. b. 1869 and Myra J. b. 1870. In the 1865 State census only son George is listed at home. In the 1870 Census grandson Arthur age 5 is living with his grand parents and a John Wiannah age 14 is working on the farm, Mattle Kenneson age 13 is a servant girl. Isaac died of Dropsy on August 10, 1870 and was buried in the new town cemetery Spring Grove. His widow Lydia died in May 1886 and was interred on the 25th.

Lydia left the Goldsmith estate and homestead to her grandchildren; Myra J. (Weld) Harding and Fred M. Weld.

In 1917 Fred M. Weld bought the property from Myra. Fred held the property until his death in 1924. Clover J. Stone, administrator of Weld's estate sold the property to Elizabeth Stickney on Jan. 3, 1925. Elizabeth was the wife of Charles C. Stickney, and owned 43 acres on the east side of the road which she had purchased from the Abbott heirs in 1886.

Elizabeth died in 1935 and her estate was sold to Walter E. Stickney of Salem, NH on December 1936. Walter divided u the parcel into 3 smaller parcels and sold the homestead lot "B" to his son Walter Stickney Jr. and wife Bertha in 1951. Stickney sold the property two years later to Paul & Natalie Cahill in Sept. 1953. Cahill owned for just 15 months then selling to Roger & Marjorie Stillman of Wilmington, MA. Stillman held the property for three years then moved to Short Hills, NJ. The house was then sold to Keith B. & Elaine Chisholm on Dec. 10, 1957.

The Chisholm family owned the homestead for 14 years then sold to Raymond A. and Rosemary (King) Nelson in June 1971. Nelson held for six years selling to current owner Warren R. Stone on October 20, 1977. Stone family has restored and meticulously maintained the home for 37 years of their stewardship. They received a Preservation Award in 1993 for their efforts.

1993 Preservation Award; see vertical file "Structure" at Andover Historical Society

Bibliography/References: 

Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover Historical Society files
Andover Valuation 1850
Spring Grove Cemetery Burial Records

Owners;
Isaac Goldsmith Jr. - 1850
Isaac Goldsmith Jr. estate Nov. 1871
Lydia Goldsmith, widow, Nov. 1871
Lydia Goldsmith Estate, May 1886
Myra J. Harding and Fred M. Weld heirs, 1886
Fred M. Weld - Sept. 15, 1917 - b. 380 p. 488
George M. Bronson - Dec. 11, 1918 - b. 394 p. 381 quit claim
Fred M. Weld - July 9, 1919 - b. 402 p. 542
Fred M. Weld estate, Clover J. Stone Adms. Nov. 1924 Probate
Elizabeth H. Stickney - Jan. 3, 1925 - b. 508 p. 30
Elizabeth H. Stickney estate, Melina Towne, Admx. - Dec. 1935 - Probate #178967
Walter E. Stickney, wife Ruth - Dec. 16, 1936 - b. 604 p. 399
Walter E. Stickney Jr., wife Bertha - Jan. 15, 1951 - b. 746 p. 514
Paul & Natalie Cahill - Sept. 23, 1953 - b. 781 p. 272
Roger G. & Marjorie K. Stillman - June 10, 1954 - b. 792 p. 237
Keith B. & Elaine M. Chisholm - Dec. 10, 1957 - b. 868 p. 97
Raymond A. & Rosemary (King) Nelson - June 17, 1971 - b. 1173 p. 321
Warren R. Stone - Oct. 20, 1977 - b. 1322 p. 393

Inventory Data:

StreetAbbot St
PlacePhillips District
Historic DistrictNot Applicable
Historic NameIsaac Goldmith Jr. House
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date18th century
SourceERDS, ENRDL
Architectural StyleGeorgian
Foundationstone & granite
Wall/Trimclapboards
Roofasphalt
Outbuildings / Secondary Structuresmodern garage
Conditionexcellent
Acreage1.19 acres; 52,000 sq. ft.; approx. frontage 333'
Settingresidential
Map and parcel118-4
MHC NumberANV.16
Recorded byStack/Mofford, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975-77, updated 12/2014

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