261 Andover Street

Architectural Description: 

Cape style Colonial

Historical Narrative: 

This house was built for Robert Dunn and wife Jessie (Ferrier) by brother-in-law S. Abbott Batchelder in 1950. Abbott's wife Helen Ferrier was a sister to Jessie.

ROBERT I. DUNN, b. December 31, 1921, in Somerville, MA, son of Daniel and Mary (Murphy) Dunn of Somerville, MA m. May 9, 1943 to Jessie MacMillan Ferrier, b. April 1, 1922, in Andover, MA, daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth (Bisset) Ferrier of Andover, MA. Robert, known as Bob to his family, he was employed first with the Tyer Rubber Company and later New England Telephone Company as an installer until his retirement. He served in the Army Air Corps during W.W.II. Bob was a member of the American Legion, the Telephone Pioneers. He loved to sing, music, sports, and playing cards. They resided at 261 Andover Street, Ballardvale Andover, MA. Jessie worked as a crossing guard for the Andover Police Department for 23 years. After retirement they sold their home to granddaughter and her husband, Sherry E. & Timothy J. Kirby. Bob & Jessie bought a condominium at Washington Park, North Main Street, Andover. Robert died September 29, 2003 and is interred at Spring Grove Cemetery Andover, MA.
DANIEL ROBERT, b. April 17, 1944, LARAINE ELLEN, b. November, 27, 1946, SHARON MARY; b. February 23, 1949 and ROBIN CHERYL b. January 21, 1954.

Sherry Elizabeth (LaPlante) Kirby is the daughter of David & Sharon M. (Dunn) LaPlante.


Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA

Henry M. Hayward - 1892
Thomas Matthews - June 13, 1892 - b. 120 p. 351 - $110 -lots 7 & 20
Thomas Matthews estate, heirs
Wm. E., Millicent Matthews, Jos. & Adele L. Cummings, Frank R. & Marcia G. Sherry, Converse F. & Nellie M. Parker, Foster A. & Eliz. W. Matthews, Chester E. Matthews
Chester E. Matthews, wife Elizabeth - Feb. 8, 1924 - b. 496 p. 220
James S. Cairne, wife Andrea M. - Aug. 21, 1947 - b. 701 p. 382
Sidney Abbott Batchelder, wife Helen - Dec. 23, 1947 - lots 7 & 20
Robert I. & Jessie M. Dunn - Aug. 11, 1950 - b. 739 p. 410 - with house
Dunn Realty Trust, Robert I. & Jessie M. Dunn, Trs. - Aug. 18, 1992 - b. 3529 p. 238
Timothy J. & Sherry E. Kirby - Dec. 3, 2001 - b. 6516 p. 244

Inventory Data:

StreetAndover St
Historic DistrictBallardvale Local Historic District
Historic NameRobert & Jessie Dunn House
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1950
SourceECRDS, ENRDL, style-njs
Architectural StyleOther
Architect/BuilderS. Abbott Batchelder/builder
Wall/Trimcedar shingles/wood/vinyl cladding
Roofasphalt - gable
Outbuildings / Secondary Structuresgarage
Major Alterationsvinyl siding, replacement windows
Acreage0.298 acre
Map and parcel139-12
Recorded byJames S. Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Historical Society, Andover Preservation Commission
Date enteredJan 1996, 11/20/2016