4 Chapman Avenue

Architectural Description: 

shingle style elements, mixture of clapboard and decorative shingles, fan light window in front gable, front porch and indented side porch are Queen Anne period elements.

Historical Narrative: 

This property was once owned by Jonathan Towle and contained much of the current Chapman Ave. properties extending from Main St to Bartlet St. Jonathan Towle was born in Epsom, NH on Mar. 8, 1808, son of Benjamin & Betsey (Wood) Towle. Jonathan married on April 2, 1842 in Andover to Almira Emery b. Sept. 21, 1815 in NH. Jonathan & Almira had six children, three girls and three boys; Mary Elizabeth b. 1843, Martha Emery b. 1845, George E. b. 1847, Charles C. b. 1854 Anna M. b. 1857 and James Albert b. 1859.

In the 1860 and 1870 Federal census records Jonathan Towle is listed as a Railroad Station Agent. In 1880 he is a farmer. Jonathan owned several properties in the immediate area of Bartlet and Morton Streets. Towle sold off several house lot parcels. Jonathan died on Jan. 7, 1899 at age 90. Almira had died ten years earlier on Mar. 25, 1889. George H. Poor was the Administrator for Towle's estate.

Poor sells the property for $11,000 to Rose A. Chapman, wife of Ovid Chapman on Mar. 28, 1899. The deed states the property includes the homestead that Jonathan Towle had been living in.

Sept. 27, 1901 pg. 1 The School Committee have leased for two years the lower story of the old Towle place moved from Main St. to Bartlet by owner, Ovid Chapman, and will utilize it as an overflow department of the John Dove School as a few necessary alterations and repairs have been made. (To hold the school Kindergarten)

The Towle house was originally located on Main Street on the empty lot on the north corner of Chapman Ave. Their home may be the house at 51-53 Bartlet and the attached barn may have been converted into one of the homes on Chapman Ave. By 1906 most of the houses on the Ave had been constructed.

Rose A. Chapman held the deeds to the property on Chapman Ave and Bartlet St. Her husband Ovid Chapman was a developer in town and built several homes for income properties. Ovid is most likely the builder of most of the homes on Chapman Ave and at the Bartlet St. entrance.. Chapman also moved several buildings to create new tenements. Chapman was a popular man with the students at Phillips Academy as he ran a restaurant in the building at 123 Main Street. He also built several homes and rented to the Secret Fraternal Societies of the boys at the Academy. Ovid died in Feb. 1918. at age 78. Rose A. Chapman owned several income properties until her death on March 28, 1936.

Rose however sold this property to Mary H. Crocket, wife of Alexander Crocket on May 6, 1908. The Crockets owned for five years then sold to Harriet M. Chapman, Rose & Ovid Chapman's daughter, on Sept. 17, 1913. The property remains with the Chapman family for another 31 years as income property.

James S. Heiftez purchased this property on June 28, 1944. After James death Arthur Heiftez became heir via Probate. The property was sold to Andover Finance Company, Inc. on Apr. 25, 1983 and at that time included lots 4, 5, 12 and 13 on the 1906 Map #660.
The deeds were transferred to Andover Finance Realty Trust, Howard D. Ponty, Jack C. Hyman trustees on Jul. 29, 1988.

Phillip S. & Barbara Cunningham purchased the house on Sept. 10, 1990 and owned for eight years. Cunningham sold to Scott R. & Tara M. Brink on Oct. 16, 1998.
Linda K. Tierney is the owner of record on June 17, 2003.

1888 map: J. Towle on Main St. house
1900 tax list: Rose A. Chapman, wife of Ovid, owns Towle house, barn and land opp. Stowe School, between Main & Bartlett Sts.
1906 atlas: Chapman Court with 10 dwellings owned by Ovid Chapman


Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover Townsman
Ancestry.com - Towle family

Jonathan Towle -
Jonathan Towle Estate, George H. Poor, Trustee - Feb. 6, 1899 - Probate
Rose A. Chapman, husband Ovid - Mar. 28, 1899 - b. 168 p. 71
Ovid & Rose Chapman –
Mary H. Crocket, wife of Alexander – May 6, 1908 – b. 260 p. 294
Harriet M. Chapman – Sept. 17, 1913 – b. 334 p. 181
Harriet M. & Rose A. Chapman – Aug. 27, 1926 – 525 p. 358
Felicia Sholik – Sept. 2, 1935 – b. 593 p. 419
Harriet M. & Rose A. Chapman - Sept. 2, 1935 – b. 593 p. 420 transfer
Harriet M. Chapman , heir – March 28, 1836
James S. Heiftez – June 28, 1944 – b. 665 p. 364
Arthur Heiftez – heir Probate
Andover Finance Company, Inc. – Apr. 25, 1983 – b. 1667 p. 340
Andover Finance Realty Trust, Howard D. Ponty, Jack C. Hyman – Jul. 29, 1988 – b. 2782 p. 137
Phillip S. & Barbara Cunningham – Sept. 10, 1990 – b. 3160 p. 149
Scott R. & Tara M. Brink – Oct. 16, 1998 – b. 5208 p. 242
Linda K. Tierney – June 17, 2003 – b. 7919 p. 219

Inventory Data:

StreetChapman Av
PlaceAndover Center District
Historic DistrictNot Applicable
Historic NameCrocket House
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1900 - 1905
SourceERDS, ENRDL, atlas/tax list
Architectural StyleOther
Architect/BuilderOvid Chapman/ builder
Foundationstone & granite
Roofasphalt - gable
Major Alterationspicture window
Acreageless than one acre
Map and parcel40-38
Recorded byB. Thiabult, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Historical Society - Andover Preservation Commission
Date entered10/26/90, 4/23/2015