116 Main Street

Architectural Description: 

Italianate Style

Historical Narrative: 

Original owner: William S. Jenkins

Themes: Architectural, Community development

Historical significance:
Andover Advertiser: July 24, 1858: "William Jenkins is building a house on the main road to North Reading, a short distance from his present residence. It is two stories high, with an L 1 1/2 story, shed attached - William Steward Jenkins, builder."

William S. Jenkins built the house and stable, later the home of his widow Rebecca and daughter Kate. The house has 11 rooms and four bedrooms and is in the Italianate Style. William Jenkins was a business partner with master builder George Abbott in Abbott & Jenkins, builders and contractors located on Essex & Pearson Streets.

The Jenkins family held ownership to the property from 1858-1961. William also purchased the John Derby house next door at #118 Main St. in Dec. 1883. That home was used as rental income property. After the death of business partner George Abbott, Jenkins sold his business to Hardy & Cole and retired.

William Stuart Jenkins was born on July 5, 1824, son of Benjamin & Betsey (Berry) Jenkins. William grew up on the family farm at 362 Salem St. He was married to Rebecca Foster Farnham b. Dec. 26, 1827. They had three children; Ellen "Ella" Stuart b. 1854, Kate Plumber b. 1858 and Wilmer Farnham b. 1865. Daughter Ella married Benjamin Frank Smith. Kate P. never married and son Wilmer died at age 18 of Consumption in Colorado Springs, CO on May 28, 1884.

July 15, 1887 p2 AA - Mr. William S. Jenkins has built a curb stone wall in front of his residence.

William S. Jenkins died on April 19, 1900. [see William S. Jenkins obit. Apr. 20, 1900 Andover Townsman - long history of his life as a builder] Their daughter Ella Stuart (Jenkins) Smith inherits the property with the condition that her mother Rebecca maintains life tenancy which she did until her death on Jan. 23, 1917. The Jenkins are interred at South Parish Cemetery.

Ella was married to B. Franklin Smith the son of Peter Smith of the Smith & Dove Manufacturing Co. They lived at #65 Central St. Ella Smith died on Oct. 7, 1943 and in her will gives the property to her sister Kate P. Jenkins who also had “life tenancy” in the deed but if she should die the property would then go to Ella's son Stuart J. Smith. Kate outlived her nephew Stuart who died April 18, 1945. Kate died on Aug. 5, 1960 and her estate was probated on Feb. 21, 1961 doc. #265902. Halbert W. Dow was the executor of her estate. He sold this property to C. Lincoln Giles in April 1961.

The house at #118 went to niece Susanna Smith Purdon and her husband Frank L. Purdon. They now owned her father's house #65 Central St. The Purdons held the property for about 1 1/2 years before selling to C. Lincoln Giles on Feb. 12, 1962 thus ending the Jenkins-Smith connection to the property. The Jenkins family are interred in South Church Cemetery. Four families have owned the property since Giles sold in November 1961. The Smith family are interred in West Parish Cemetery.

(see also 6 Punchard Avenue)


Andover Townsman: Jenkins Family Obituaries
Andover Historical Society files
Essex Country Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry of Deeds, Lawrence.

William S. Jenkins 1858 - died May 19, 1900
William S. Jenkins estate, Ella S. (Jenkins) Smith - May 1900
Ella S. (Jenkins) Smith estate - died Oct. 7, 1943
Kate P. Jenkins - Oct. 1943 - died Aug. 5, 1960
Halbert W. Dow Extr. of Kate E. Jenkins estate - Feb. 21, 1961 Probate
C. Lincoln Giles - Apr. 5, 1961 - b. 933 p. 462
Frank J. & Suzanne J. Sherman III - Nov. 30, 1961 - b. 949 p. 204
Albert F. & Maeve M. Cullen - Jan 29, 1969 - b. 1124 p. 28
William J. & Deborah B. McCarthy - July 30, 1982 - b. 1595 p. 64
Sunderland Realty Trust - Melissa Morris Danisch, tr. - Sept. 12, 1993 - b. 3851 p. 120
Sunderland Realty Trust - Douglas A. & Sarah A. Starkweather - Sept. 12, 1993 b. 3851 p. 120
Sunderland Realty Trust - Sept. 12, 2003 - b. 8269 p. 257
Sunderland Realty Trust - Aug. 22, 2008 - b. 11295 p. 183
Sunderland Realty Trust - Sept. 4, 2008 - b. 11303 p. 350

Inventory Data:

StreetMain St
PlaceAndover Center
Historic DistrictMain/Locke Streets NRH District
Historic NameWilliam Stuart Jenkins House
Present UseDwelling
Original Useresidence
Construction Dateca. 1858
SourceENRD - Lawrence, MA
Architectural StyleItalianate
Architect/BuilderWilliam S. Jenkins
Foundationstone & granite
Outbuildings / Secondary Structurescross-gabled barn
Acreageless than one acre; Lot size: 25,320 sq.ft.; Approx. frontage: 91'
Map and parcel39-62
MHC NumberANV.339
Recorded byStack/Mofford; James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975 - 1977, 3/2914