40 Washington Avenue

Architectural Description: 

Queen Anne Style home. gable & gambrel roof, sun burst design in front gable, wave design in porch gable, bracket corbel, distinctive porch fretwork and detailing all contribute to the period elements.

Historical Narrative: 

Themes: architectural, community development
Washington Ave. was constructed in 1889 and named on the Centennial of George Washington’s visit to Andover in 1789. Constructed over farm land of Charles O. Cummings, house lots were then sold off to residents and developers. By 1906 eighteen new homes had been built. Interesting to note that five new owners, Tyler, Lewis, Gray, Stiles and Caldwell were House Carpenters and Cummings and Wardwell were developers at each end of the avenue.

Aug. 30, 1889 Andover Townsman p. 4 - The new street, Washington Ave. is progressing rapidly, and from all appearances it is likely to be a good piece of road. The ledge at the Elm Street end had been blasted sufficiently, and the men are now engaged cutting down the ground above the grad and filling in the lower places. Quite a piece stretching from Summer Street is ready for the finishing touches.
October 25, 1889 AT – The new street Washington Ave. is beginning to look like a very good piece of road. The top dressing of red spring gravel is being put on.
Nov. 1, 1889 p.1 AT Commissioner Hayward has finished putting the top coat of Red Spring gravel on Washington Ave. and one sidewalk has been made the entire length
This property was once owned by Mary T. Bodwell when purchased by George W. Stiles on Jan 6, 1897. Stiles lived at #34 Washington Ave . Stiles, was a house builder and divided the 27,081 sq. ft. parcel into three lots creating #36, #38, and #40 Washington Ave. Stiles built the homes then rented until selling them.

The 1900 Census lists Herbert H. Goff age 33 b. Aug. 1867 bookkeeper, wife Amy L. Goff b. Sept. 1874 age 28. Married 1 year. They are also in the 1899 directory at 40 Washington Ave. Herbert is a clerk for Ames Estate, in Boston.

Jean Gertrude May, wife of David M. May purchased the home on the 9150 sq. foot lot Jan. 26, 1910. David Milne May, b. Feb. 25, 1873 in Andover, twin to James Sturrock May, oldest of six sons of Andrew W. & Isabella W. (Sturrock) May, both Scottish immigrants. David early occupation was salesman in a fish marker, then worked for B & Railroad in 1908. In 1910 he was a janitor at Phillips Academy whre he continued until retirement. David was married on Oct. 17, 1904, by the Free Church minister Rev. Wilson, to Jean Gertrude Jackson b. May 14, 1878 in Nova Scotia, dau. of Stephen & Maggie (Main) Jackson . The deed was held in Jean’s name later both her David's on Mar. 1, 1943. David & Jean had two daughters: Margaret Erving b. July 18, 1905 and Ruth Isabella b. Dec. 6, 1906. Both graduated from Punchard High School in 1922 and 1924 respectively. David died on Oct. 11, 1946. Jean May then added her daughters Margaret E. Smith and Ruth I. Holden to the deed on Nov. 18, 1946. May sold to Sidney E. & Gladys G. Lamb on Apr. 13, 1956 after 46 years of ownership.

Jean Gertrude May purchased the home on on a 9150 sq. foot lot Jan. 26, 1910.

Jean Gertrude May b. 1879 in Nova Scotia, immigrated to US in 1908 and married David M. May, b. 1874 in MA. son of Scottish immigrants. David was a janitor at a private school. Jean later placed the property in both her and husband David's name on Mar. 1, 1943. David died and Jean May then added her daughters Margaret E. Smith and Ruth I. Holden to the deed on Nov. 18, 1946. May sold to Sidney E. & Gladys G. Lamb on Apr. 13, 1956 after 46 years of ownership.


Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover Townsman
Andover Advertiser
Ancestry.com - May family history

Mary T. Bodwell - land
George W. Stiles - Jan 6, 1897 - b. 152 p. 261- land #36 #38 #40
George W. Stiles, wife Susan - May 21, 1907 - b. 246 p. 595 - land 27,081 sq. feet
Jean Gertrude May - Jan. 26, 1910 - b. 284 p. 407 - lot with house - 9150 sq. feet
Jean Gertrude May & David M. May - Mar. 1, 1943 - b. 656 p. 498
David M. May estate, Jean Gertrude May - 1946
Jean Gertrude May, Margaret E. Smith, Ruth I. Holden - Nov. 18, 1946 - b. 692 p. 38
Sidney E. & Gladys G. Lamb - Apr. 13, 1956 - b. 831 p. 440
Ralph O. & Mary Lou Steadman - May 12, 1960 - b. 914 p. 387
Roger J. & Jessie M. O'Shea - Nov. 13, 1967 - b. 1095 p. 49

Inventory Data:

StreetWashington Av
PlaceAndover Center District
Historic DistrictAndover Historic Building Survey
Historic NameJean G. & David May House
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1898-1899
SourceECRDS, ENRDL, style-njs
Architectural StyleQueen Anne
Architect/BuilderGeorge W. Stiles builder
Wall/Trimcedar shingles/wood
Roofasphalt - gable & gambrel
Outbuildings / Secondary Structuresmodern garage
Major Alterationsremodeled interior, exterior siding replaced. Original siding would have clapboard on the first story and decorative shingle on the second story.
Acreage0.206 acre; lot size: 8,960 sq. ft.; approx. frontage: 60'
Map and parcel21-103
MHC NumberANV.586
Recorded byStack/Mofford, James S. Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975-1977, 4/12/2016, 1/30/2020