15 Chester Street

Architectural Description: 

Situated on long private drive from Chester Street. Built about 1925 on 0.31 acres with wood shingle exterior and Asphalt gable roof. It has one unit of 4 rooms, 1 bedroom, and 1 bath. 1 1/2 story.

Historical Narrative: 

Built by Cecil C. Jones and his wife Beatrice M (Buckley) Jones. It is now owned by Fred Buckley, a nephew. (1998 Ruth Sharpe)

This property was once owned by Nathan Clark, a farmer. and connected to his homestead lot at the corner of Dascomb and Clark Roads. Nathan Clark's estate was purchased by Herbert A. Moody on Aug. 16, 1882 for $2200. The farm consisted of three parcels, the house lot with buildings, an adjoining 23 acre 114 3/4 sq. rods parcel on the east side of Clark Rd and a 23 acre lot across the street on the north side of Dascomb Rd. Herbert A. Moody was a carpenter and builder and lived on Clark Road ( formerly known as Lowell St. or Rd. in Ballardvale) Herbert transferred the deed to Almon S. Moody, a minor, through his guardian Samuel G. Sargent of Methuen, for $1500. on Aug. 23, 1883.

Herbert A. Moody did however retain some of the property of the Clark farm and parceled off house lots along Clark Rd and Chester Street. He then built and sold homes or lots, as he developed some of the former Clark Farm land.

This lot was sold to Beatrice M. (Buckley) Jones, wife of Cecil C. on Nov. 15, 1924. The long driveway back to the property is actually a way referred to in deeds as "Moody Street" which was never developed. Beatrice M. and Cecil C.Jones took a mortgage of $100 from the Andover Savings Bank in Aug. 20, 1925. The deed states with buildings, dating the home to 1925. The loan was soon paid off. Cecil b. 1895 is listed as a meat cutter in Census records. In 1940 he worked as a laborer with the WPA, on a produce farm to market Beatrice, a housewife was b. 1902. Cecil died on Oct. 16, 1971 and Beatrice in January 1978.

With the death of Beatrice M. Jones, her estate went to her nephew Frederick H. Buckley via Probate #340520. Frederick H. & Sonia A. Buckley held the deed on July 18, 1986. Stephan F. and Susan A. Buckley purchased the property on Nov. 3, 1997 and are the owners of record in 2017.


Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover Assessor's Office

Nathan Clark estate, farm -
Martha A. Hall, heir dau. of Nathan Clark -
Herbert A. Moody - Aug. 16, 1882 - b. 69 p. 95 - Nathan Clark farm 3 parcels
James A. Cregg - May 8, 1899 - b. 169 p. 389
Beatrice M. Jones, wife of Cecil C. - Nov. 15, 1924 - b. 506 p. 534
Beatrice M. Jones, wife of Cecil C.- Aug. 20, 1925 - b. 515 p. 596 - mtg. $1000
Beatrice M. Jones estate, heir Frederick H. Buckley - 1978 - Probate #340520
Frederick H. & Sonia A. Buckley - July 18, 1986 - b. 2253 p. 83
Stephan F. and Susan A. Buckley - Nov. 3, 1997 - b. 4883 p. 62

Inventory Data:

StreetChester St
Historic DistrictBallardvale Local Historic District
Historic NameBeatrice M. & Cecil C. Jones House
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1924
SourceECRDS, ENRDL, style-njs
Architectural StyleOther
FoundationConcrete blocks
Wall/Trimcedar shingles/wood
Roofasphalt - gable
Acreage0.312 acre
Map and parcel157-7
Recorded byRuth A. Sharpe (BallardvaleHistoric District) James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Historical Society, Andover Preservation Commission
Date enteredJune 1998, 2/5/2017