18 Clark Road

Architectural Description: 

Style: Old style

A one family home with 1 bath, 5 rooms and 2 bedrooms. The main structure has 1 3/4 stories with 2 ells of 1 story each and an enclosed porch. Frame shed, garage and enclosed porch. Wood shingle exterior, Asphalt cover gable roof - brickstone foundation, open front porch.

Historical Narrative: 

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 Moody transferred the deed to Almon S. Moody, a minor, through his guardian Samuel G. Sargent of Methuen, for $1500. on Aug. 23, 1883.

Herbert Moody did however retain some of the property of the Clark farm and parceled off house lots along Clark Rd. This lot was sold for $175. to Sylvanus Perry on Sept. 4, 1885 and contained two acres. Perry then divided the lot and sold one acre to Ellen Lane, wife of Charles on Nov. 7, 1885. Lane paid $100. for the lot and appears to have built the home on the property. Ellen Lane died on June 28, 1907 and her husband and daughter inherit the property. After Charles death, Josephine M. Lane then sells the property to Ralph Bruce on June 24, 1911.

Ralph and wife Elizabeth N. held the property for 35 years. The 1920 Andover Valuation Schedule list Ralph Bruce House $1000., Shed $100 and 1 acre of land $250. With the death of Ralph Bruce, his administrator and Power of Attorney Fred E. Cheever then sold the property to Alfred S. & Theresa E. Smeltzer on Oct. 26, 1946. The Smeltzer family owned for 38 years.

Marsha Miller purchased the home on Aug. 3, 1984 and sold four years later to Arthur T. & Teresa K. Flynn April 4, 1988. The Flynn family continue as owners of record in 2017.

Bibliography/References: 

Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover Historical Society files
Dorman, Moses: Map of Andover, 1830
Poore, Dr. Alfred: " A Genealogical - Historical Visitation of Andover in Year 1863"Owners:
Map plan #1654 - Bruce property - Oct. 1946

Owners;
Nathan Clark estate - 1882
Martha A. Hall, heir, dau. of Nathan Clark - 1882 -
Herbert A. Moody - Aug. 16, 1882 - b. 69 p. 95 - 3 parcels - $2200.42
Sylvanus Perry - Sept. 4, 1885 - b. 83 p. 26 - 2 acres $175.
Ellen Lane, wife of Charles - Nov. 7, 1885 - 1 acre lot $100.
Ellen Lane estate, heirs, Charles Lane, Josephine M. Lane - June 28, 1907 -
Charles Lane estate, heir Josephine M. Lane - probate
Ralph Bruce, wife Elizabeth N. - June 24, 1911 - b. 306 p. 201
Ralph Bruce estate, Fred E. Cheever, Admn. - Oct. 22, 1946 - P.O.A.
Alfred S. & Theresa E. Smeltzer - Oct. 26, 1946 - b. 691 p. 22
Marsha Miller - Aug. 3, 1984 - b. 1853 p. 173
Arthur T. & Teresa K. Flynn - Apr. 4, 1988 - b. 2718 p. 276
Teresa Klonowski - Flynn - Oct. 3, 2007 - b. 10935 p. 1
18 Clark Road Realty Trust, Teresa K. Trustee - Jun. 20, 2011 - b. 12532 p. 341

Inventory Data:

StreetClark Rd
PlaceBallardvale
Historic DistrictBallardvale Local Historic District
Historic NameLane - Bruce House
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Dateca. 1890
SourceECRDS, ENRDL, style-njs,Andover Assessor's Office
Architectural StyleOther
Foundationstone/granite/brick
Wall/Trimwood shingles
Roofasphalt - gable
Outbuildings / Secondary Structuresframe shed, garage
Conditionaverage (1996)
Acreage0.907 acre
Settingresidential
Map and parcel137-42
Recorded byRuth A. Sharpe (Andover Historical District) James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Historical Society, Andover Preservation Commission
Date entered17 Aug 1996, 1/30/2017

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