104 Main Street
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Architectural Description: 

Greek Revival- gable triangle pediment, enclosed by extended eaves across the front. Doric columns on porch all a nod to Greek temples
Other features: Entrance door frame is intact.

Historical Narrative: 

Original owners: Merrill Pettengill - Captain Joshua Ballard (at Punchard Avenue)
Present owner: James M. Garvey (1974)

Themes: Architectural, Community development

Historical significance:
This home was built by Merrill Pettengill in the Greek Revival style and was originally located at 98 Main St. near the corner of Punchard Ave. It was moved to the southern end of the lot in 1886 to make room for the Mary A. Ballard House on the same site. Mary Ballard's house and carriage house were also moved in 1923 to the east side of the lot and are now 1 Punchard Ave.

This land has long had an association with the Ballard Family and was referred to as Ballard land. Joshua Ballard was a timber trader and farmer and bought the property once owned by Merrill Pettengill. Pettengill purchased the lot from the Ministerial Fund of South Parish on Mar. 15, 1819. Pettengill, a blacksmith was born 1794 in Salem, NH, son of Asa & Esther Pettengill. He married Oct. 15, 1812 in Methuen to Alice How b. 1794 in Methuen. Merrill and Alice were living in the home in 1822 and most likely built the Greek revival home, previously thought to have been built by Joshua Ballard.

Pettengills had four children born in Andover; Charles b. 1820, Mary M. b. 1822, Caroline b. 1827 and Harriett b. 1830. On December 29, 1822 Pettingill takes a $600 loan from the Ministerial Fund with “all the buildings thereon where I now live.. which I now improve..” Pettengill also acquired a shop at 41 Main St. and his dwelling house are part of a deed loan from Lois Blunt on November 29, 1837.

The property was deeded to Asa Pettengill, of New Orleans on May 20, 1837 for $5000 which included five parcels of land. Asa deeds to Sylvester Bowman for $3000 on Dec. 3, 1844. Bowman sells the Dwelling house parcel to Joshua Ballard on March 20, 1848. Ballard’s former homestead was on the Old Boston Rd. (now Woburn St.) near Foster’s Pond brook which he sold to John Marland.

Capt. Joshua Ballard was born Jan. 3, 1785, son of Hezekiah & Mary (Chandler) Ballard. He married on Nov. 13, 1810 to Phebe Abbott b. Jan. 17, 1788 dau. of Jonathan & Dorcas Abbot. Joshua & Phebe had seven children: Phebe Abbott, b. Aug. 22, 1811, Joshua Jr. b. Jan. 28, 1813, Stephen b. Sept. 9, 1815, Edward b. June 19, 1819, Gayton b. July 8, 1821, William b. May 15, 1825 - d. Sept. 25, 1828, and Mary A. b. Mar. 24, 1828. Ballard’s first homestead was on Woburn St. where their children were born.

The 1850 and 1860 Census lists Joshua, wife Phebe, Edward and Mary A. in the home on Main St. The 1850 Valuation Schedule list Joshua Ballard; Dwelling house, barn and adj. building on 2 acres $2500, 20a Lower pasture $400, 6a Woodland $320, 3a North Lot $75, 2a Woodland $125 = 33 acres at $3420 also the Old Farm Dwell house $1200, barn $400, 70a east of road $1260, 34a West of road $510 = 104 acres at $3370. Personal Estate, Farm stock $80 and 8 Railroad shares $400.

Son Joshua Ballard Jr., who lived in Southbridge, MA, purchased the lot east of his father’s home from James Cochrane for $900 on July 15, 1848. He later sold to his father for $400 on Jan. 29, 1855 creating a 2 acre parcel. Son Edward was a farmer, never married and lived at home. Edward died on June 27, 1869. Phebe died on Apr. 14, 1870 and Joshua Ballard on Feb. 4, 1871. His estate went to his remaining children. Daughter Mary A. Ballard purchased the home from her siblings on Mar. 29, 1872 for $4000.

July 24, 1885 Andover Advertiser pg. 3. col. 1, The Ballard family, it is understood, will soon build a fine residence on the site of their old house, at the corner of Main and Punchard Avenue.
June 18, 1886 A.A. – Mrs. Ballard’s house on Main Street has been moved.

Miss Mary Ballard's modern, handsome and elaborate Queen Anne Victorian house was built in 1886 which included an attached barn and carriage house. Mary A. lived in her new home until her death on Mar. 19, 1922 just five days shy of her 94 birthday. The census reveals Ellen A Collins, b. Nov. 1866 MA, servant remained in Mary’s service until the end. Other family members listed were a cousin Mary Cummings in 1880, nephew William H. Chandler age 64 in 1900 and Sarah (Fisk) Ballard Widow of Gayton in 1916-1918.

The estate was left to her grand-nephews Edward H. Chandler and Gayton B. Ellis, and Great-grandnephew William Y. Chandler who would sell the property on to Edith C. O'Connell & Blanche Carroll on June 8, 1923. The Caronel Court Apartments were built on the site of the Mary Ballard house at 98 Main Street in 1924. Mary’s home and barn were moved east to front on Punchard Ave at #1. The old Ballard house at 104 Main St was sold to Alice C Dean and her sister Caroline A. Dean in May of 1923.

The Ballard heirs sold this house to Alice C Dean and her sister Caroline A. Dean in May of 1923. The Deans father John Dean owned very successful men's clothing store at 46 Main Street. The Deans built a fine home at 77 Main Street which was moved in 1966 to the rear of the business block on that site. Caroline A. Dean was a local public school teacher and taught at Stowe and John Dove Schools. The Dean house was sold in 1903 when their father died to Charles E. Howland. The Dean family of three sisters and brother J. William then moved to the old Ballard house at 104 Main Street. The Deans rented this home before buying in 1923. After the death of Alice Dean on Feb. 5, 1938 age 67the house was sold by her brother George Dean Extr. of her estate to Ella Onasch and Wilhelmine I. Lehmann in July 1938. Onasch held the property for 35 years.

The house was then sold to James M. Garvey of Lawrence in May 1973. Dennis and Ruth Doherty purchased it in Sept. 1974 and held it for 10 years. John S. Dugger Jr. and wife Katherine R. Koob bought in May 1984. The Delisio family acquired the property in Aug. 1991 and it remains under the name of Delisio Family Realty Trust on April 2010.

1885 House was office of Dr. Mary Harris when it stood at corner of Punchard Avenue and Main Street. She was born 1847 and was sister of Reverent George Harris, Professor of Christian Theology at Andover Theological Seminary, later President of Amherst College.
1901 - Andover Directory - C. Emerson Stone, French professor at Phillips Academy.
See 98-102 Main St. and 1 Punchard Ave.


Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover Valuation 1850, 1860, 1870
Ancestry.com Pettengill and Ballard Genealogy
Andover Directories
1830, 1852, 1888, 1906 Andover Maps;

Ministerial Fund of South Parish
Merrill Pettingill – Mar. 15, 1819 – b. 253 leaf 183 - $250 lot of land
Merrill Pettingill to Ministerial Fund of S.P. – Dec. 26, 1822 b. 230 leaf 250 –mtg. deed w/house
Asa Merrill – May 20, 1837 – b. 300 leaf 248 – 1st parcel w/
Sylvester Bowman – Dec. 3, 1844 rec. 5/23/1845 – b. 355 leaf 78-79
Joshua Ballard – Mar. 20, 1848 – b. 394 leaf 279 - $2000 w/dwelling house
Joshua Ballard Jr. wife Mehitable – July 15, 1848 – b. 400 leaf 54 - $900 adj. lot
Joshua Ballard, wife Phebe – Jan. 29, 1855 – b. 506 leaf 220
Joshua Ballard estate, Feb. 4, 1871 -
Ballard heirs, Phebe A. Chandler, Joshua Jr., Stephen, Gayton, Mary A. Ballard
Mary A. Ballard – Mar. 29, 1872 – b. 13 p. 217 - $4000
Mary A. Ballard estate – Mar. 19, 1922
Mary Ballard, Hiers; Edward H. Chandler, Gayton B. Ellis, and William Y. Chandler
Alice C. Dean & Caroline Dean - May 18, 1923 - b. 478 p. 516
Alice Dean Estate, d. Feb. 5, 1938 age 67, George Dean Extr.
Ella Onasch & Wilhelmine I Lehmann - July 29, 1938 - b. 616 p. 495
Ella Onasch estate, Herbert Paul Onasch Extr.
James M. Garvey - May 18, 1973 - b. 1219 p. 309
Dennis A. & Ruth E. Doherty - Sept. 4, 1974 - b. 1248 p. 281
John S. Dugger & Katherine R. Koob - May 18, 1984 - b. 1810 p. 217
Katherine Koob - Dec. 12, 1985 b. 2097 p. 13
Andover Savings Bank - Feb. 24, 1986 - b. 2139 p. 171
Frederick & Jenne P. Delisio - Aug. 15, 1991 b. 3303 p. 115
Delisio Family Realty Trust - Apr. 8, 2010 - b. 12000 p. 77

Inventory Data:

StreetMain St
PlaceAndover Center
Historic DistrictMain/Locke Streets NRH District
Historic NamePettengill, Merrill & Ballard, Capt. Joshua House
Present Useresidence - duplex
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1820 - 1822
SourceAndover Historical Society; style - njs
Architectural StyleGreek Revival
Foundationstone & granite
Major Alterationsshed razed 1968
Move DetailsJune 1886 - Andover Advertiser
Acreageless than one acre; Lot size: 8,740 sq. ft; Approx. frontage: 57'
Map and parcel39-59
MHC NumberANV.334
Recorded byStack/Mofford; Brian Lee,(cwo) J. Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975 - 1977; July 1992, 2/2014