170-172 Andover Street

Architectural Description: 

This two family house was built about 1850, 2 floors plus attic is a gable with Asphalt roof. Vinyl exterior; 8 rooms, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 chimneys, 1 garage, open porch across front. Very close to sidewalk on 0.114 acres of land. Interesting porch features. Recently (pre-1998) renovated.

Historical Narrative: 

This property was once owned by the Whipple File & Steel Co. in June 1860. The Whipple File Company went bankrupt in 1867 and Edward Page, John W. Beals, and Thomas J. Homer of Boston and Thornton K. Lothrup of Milton, MA were the assignees of the company holdings. They would sell off the holdings at public auction on April 2, 1867. Stephen Blaney of Peabody, MA purchased six parcels of land along Andover Street and one on River St. for $9350. This parcel appears to be parcel five in the deed.

Blaney would later sell this property with tenement building to Martha E. Dearborn, wife of John S. Dearborn on March 21, 1887 for $1400. The property remained in the Dearborn family until Martha's death on July 5, 1930. Martha's estate went to her children, Florence M. Kirkman, Martha E. Tolinson and John E. Dearborn. John S. Dearborn was a carpenter.

The Dearborn heirs sold to Leonard Saunders & wife Eliza Jane. With the death of Eliza Jane Saunders her estate went to her two daughters Ruth E.& Helen D. Saunders. They would then quit claim their share to their father Leonard Saunders on May 29, 1933. Leonard Saunders died on in 1947 and his estate was probated by Ruth E. Saunders who then sold the property to Arthur M. and Mary White on Nov. 4, 1947. The White family owned for 47 years. Leonard died on July 2, 1977. Mary White held the property until 1994 selling to Dennis J. & Bernice Bligh on Sept. 29, 1994.


Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry, Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Town of Andover Directories

Whipple File & Steel Manuf. Co.
Edward Page, Beals, Homer & Lothrop Assignees - 1870
Stephen Blaney - Apr. 27, 1870 - b. 6 p. 236 - six parcels - 5th parcel
Martha E. Dearborn, wife of John S. - Mar. 21, 1887 - b. 90 p. 37
Martha E. Dearborn estate, July 5, 1930 - probate to heirs
Heirs; Florence M. Kirkman, Martha E. Tomlinson, John E.Dearborn - 1930
Leonard Saunders - b. 562 pgs. 231-232
Eliza Jane Saunders - b. 562 p. 233
Eliza Jane Saunders estate; heirs Ruth E. Saunders & Helen D. Saunders -
Leonard Saunders - May 29, 1933 - b. 570 p. 432
Leonard Saunders estate, Ruth E> Saunders - Nov. 3, 1947 - Probate
Arthur M. & Mary White - Nov. 4, 1947 - b. 704 p. 494
Arthur M. White estate, heir Mary White - July 2, 1977 - Probate
Dennis J. & Bernice Bligh - Sept. 29, 1994 - b. 4115 p. 175

Inventory Data:

StreetAndover St
PlaceBallardvale Center
Historic DistrictBallardvale Local Historic District
Historic DistrictBallardvale National Register District
Present Use2 family residence
Original Use2 family residence
Construction Dateabout 1850
Architectural StyleOther
Wall/Trimclapboard/wood/vinyl siding
Roofasphalt - gable
Outbuildings / Secondary Structuresgarage / barn
Major AlterationsReplacement windows, vinyl siding, picture window on second floor north facade,
Acreage0.114 acre
SettingVery close to sidewalk
Map and parcel138-3
Recorded byRuth A. Sharpe (Ballardvale Historic District), James S. Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Historical Society, Andover Preservation Commission
Date enteredFeb 1998, 11/9/2016