15 Lincoln Street

Architectural Description: 

Cottage features: Side front entrance doorway, criss/cross wood frame windows.
Original features to the house include the following:
Field-stone foundation, Longleaf pine wood floors, brick fireplace, built in china closet, all original moldings and doors throughout the house. Some doors still contain original skeleton keys.

Historical Narrative: 

Fred McCollum b. Aug. 2, 1869 in Andover, son of John & Margery “Maggie” (McGravey) McCollum both Irish immigrants. His father John worked as a machinist in the Marland woolen mill on Stevens St. He married here in 1853. John purchased the house at #11 Lincoln St for $400 from the Abraham Marland estate, Francis Cogswell Trustee on March 19, 1861. The property was a one acre triangle “with dwelling house and out buildings occupied by John McCollum for several years last past.” A second adjoining lot of two acres was also purchased. McCollums would acquire 8 acres on the street.

John and Margery had seven children; William James b. Dec. 29, 1853, Ellen J. b. Sept. 1856, twins Francis C. & John M. b. Aug. 30, 1857, George b. Jan. 3, 1861, Rebecca M. b. 1866. Frederick William b. Aug. 2, 1869. Most of the children would begin working in the Marland Mill. Francis died on July 31, 1894 age 37 of Typhoid fever. George died on June 30, 1895 at age 34. William J., John M. and sister Rebecca never married and shared the family homestead. Ellen married James Kidd and was deeded a lot further north on Lincoln St. Fred would become a carpenter and contractor and built the homes at #15 and #17 Lincoln St. for the family.

Fred married Margaret Lowry b. 1872 in Ireland. Fred and Margaret had three children; Pearl M. b. 1898, Frederick William b. Aug. 11, 1889 and George Lawson b. 1907. Pearl married Medwin Mathews.

In 1922 The McCollum estate was divided up between the remaining siblings. William and Rebecca who never married got the McCollum homestead at #11 Lincoln St. Fred took the eight acre parcel and built a home for himself at #17 and one for his son at #15 Lincoln St.

In 1924 this house was built by Fred McCollum for his son Frederick W. McCollum, a printer who work for the Andover Press on Main St. The Press published the Andover Townsman, yearbooks, pamphlets and other ephemera.

Frederick William McCollum married in 1922 to Lillian May Johnson b. AUg. 23, 1901 in Andover, dau. of Alfred M. & Julia A. (Benson) Johnson. Fred died on December 4, 1942 at age 43. His widow Lillian later sold the home to Olive L. Wilson, wife of Francis E. Wilson on April 1, 1944. Lilliam died on Oct. 22, 1978 in Cambridge, MA.

On Dec. 1, 1957 the property is deeded back to the McCollum family to daughter Pearl M. Mathews, wife of Medwin. The deed must have given Olive and Francis Wilson a "Life tenancy" as
the Wilsons remained in the house until current owner Renee Diana Sanft purchased the home on Aug. 3, 2000. Olive Wilson lived in the house from April 1944 until her death at age 105.


Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence MA
Town Clerks Office, Andover, MA
Assessor's Office, Andover, MA
Map plan #1521 - Apr. 1945 - Olive & Francis Wilson
Map plan #3920 - Sept. 1957 - Fred Collum
Map plan #4094 - May 1960 - Cyr Circle

Abraham Marland estate, Francis Cogswell Trustee - 1861
John McCollum - March 19, 1861 - b. 619 leaf 269 -
John McCollum - June 10, 1873 - b. 98 p. 182-185
John McCollum estate, died Mar. 6, 1897 - Probate
Marjorie McCollum, widow of John - March 6, 1897
Marjorie McCollum estate, died May 26, 1914 - Probate
McCollum heirs, Wm. J., Rebecca M., Fred W., Ellen Kydd
Fred. W McCollum, wife Margaret - July 10, 1922 - b. 459 p. 497
Fred. W McCollum, Jr. wife Lillian -
Fred. W McCollum, Jr estate, heir wid. Lillian - Dec. 4, 1942
Olive L. Wilson, wife of Francis E.- Apr. 1, 1844 - b. 663 p. 335
Olive L. Wilson, wife of Francis E. - May 1, 1945 - b. 672 p. 474
Pearl M. Mathews, wife of Medwin - Dec. 1, 1957 - b. 878 p. 350
Olive L. Wilson estate - Probate #98P2164
Mary E. Rabenius July 11, 1963 - b. 991 p. 133
Clarence T Nelson - Feb. 16, 2000 - b. 5701 p. 39 confirmatory deed
Renee D. Sanft - Aug. 4, 2000 - b. 5826 p. 80

land sales for Cyr Circle;
Joseph S. Cyr Trust, Jos. S. Cyr & Julius J. Basso Jr. - June 13, 1959 - b. 899 p. 140
Joseph S. Cyr Trust, Jos. S. Cyr & Julius J. Basso Jr - June 1, 1960 - b. 916 p. 56

Inventory Data:

StreetLincoln St
PlaceWest Center, West Parish
Historic DistrictAndover Historic Building Survey
Historic NameFrederick W. & Lillian McCollum house
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1924
SourceERDS, NERDL, style,
Architectural StyleOther
Architect/Builderbuilder/Fred McCollum
Acreage0.203 acre
Map and parcel71-71
Recorded byRenee Diana Sanft, James S. Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Historical Society, Andover Preservation Commission
Date entered02/17/2006, 3/16/2018