42 River Street

Architectural Description: 

Other features: Basement headroom 5', Approximate distance of building to street: 15'

Historical Narrative: 

Themes: Architectural, Community development, Industry
Present owner: Ross, John & Anne (26 Sep 1975)

The deed lineage takes the property back to John Marland in 1848. Marland sold off several house lots in the village to builders and investors. This lot numbered 10 on a "Plan of land of John Marland April 1, 1848 was sold for $74.25 to John S. Bates, wife Mercy P. on April 1, 1848. Lot 10 contained 3712 1/2 square ft. John Bates was a house-wright and most likely built the home on this site and not Jacob Chickering, as previously stated. Bates sold the property with buildings for $400 to Arthur N. Bean, wife Caroline E. on Sept. 25, 1850. Arthur Bean was a " Stabler" and opened a livery business in Ballardvale. He took a $300 mortgage from William Foster at the time of purchase. The 1850 Andover Valuation Schedule lists Bean's property in West Parish as Dwelling house $600, Barn $150, and shed $100. No acreage is given.

Henry Mears purchased the property from Bean for $75 and assumed the outstanding $300. mortgage. Unfortunately Henry died a short time later and his father then sold the property to Patrick Riley for $850. on Feb. 17, 1866. Riley would later add to his land holdings with a second parcel acquired from George Tenney and Samuel Little on Mar. 4, 1867.

Patrick Riley was b. Nov. 6, 1837 in Ireland and came to America. He was a Spinner in the Ballard Vale Mill. Patrick married on July 20, 1867 to Beesy "Bessie" Harmon, b. Apr. 20, 1847 in Ireland, daughter of John Maurice & Beesy Harmon. Patrick and Beesy would have six children; Mary b. Aug. 1869, John A. b 1871, George F. b. 1872, Cassabel "Cassie" b. Nov. 1874, and Joseph A. b. Feb. 28, 1884. Patrick died on April 11, 1899 of heart disease. Beesy and children inherit the property. Beesy died of Typhoid pneumonia on Mar. 15, 1905. Both are interred at St. Augustine's Cemetery, Lupine Rd., Andover. MA.

Mary J. (Riley) Trow, wife of Henry J. Trow, John A. Riley, George F. Riley, Cassie I. Riley & Joseph Riley all inherit from their mother. The siblings then sell the property to their sister Mary j. Trow on Mar. 17, 1905. Mary J. & Henry Trow had four daughters: Katherine I., Mary V. Rita J. and Esther G. Trow. Mary J. Trow died on Nov. 20, 1927. The estate went to her children, Katherine I. Whitley of St. Paul, MN, Mary V. Naughton, Rita J. O'Connell and Esther G. Trow. They deed the property to their father Henry J. Trow in 1935.

In 1943 Henry J. Trow is working in sales at the Shawsheen Laundry and living at 103 River St. in Ballardvale.

Previous owner: William R. & Dorothy Gibbons (1937)

Historical significance: Poore describes house with "brick basement" which was built by Jacob Chickering on River Street. This served as both a house and store in 1860's This home may have been 30 River St. and owned by John & Rose Riley.

Bibliography/References: 

Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, Ma
Poore, Dr. Alfred; " Historical - Genealogical Visitation of Andover, Mass in the Year 1863" Essex Institute Historical Collection vol. 48 - 49
Plan of Land of John Marland April 1, 1848 - lot 10

Owners:
John Marland - 1848
John S. Bates - April 1, 1848 - b. 401 leaf 120 - $74.25 - lot #10
Arthur N. Bean, wife Caroline E. - Sept. 25, 1850 - b. 434 leaf 71 - $400.
Henry Mears - Apr. 12, 1853 - b. 478 leaf 149 -
Henry Mears estate, father Daniel Mears Adm. Aug. 1853
Patrick Riley, wife Beesy H. - Feb. 17, 1866 - b. 698 leaf 128 - $825. lot 10 - parcel 1
Patrick Riley - Mar. 4, 1867 - b. 720 leaf 233 - parcel 2
Patrick Riley estate, heirs, Beesy Riley and children - Apr. 11, 1899
Beesy Riley - June 10, 1899 - b. 170 p. 110 - two parcels
Beesy Riley estate, Mar. 15, 1905 heirs children
Mary J. Trow, John A., George F., Cassie I. & Joseph Riley - Mar. 1905
Mary J. Trow - Mar. 17, 1905 - b. 218 p. 285
Mary J. Trow estate, Nov. 20, 1927 - Probate heirs
Trow heirs: Katherine I. Whitley, Mary V. Naughton, Rita J. O'Connell, Esther G. Henry Trow
Henry J. Trow - May 13, 1935 - b. 591 p. 370
Henry J. & Mary W. Trow - June 14, 1935 - b. 591 p. 374
Henry J. Trow estate, heirs - Probate - #297293
Katherine I. Whitley, Mary V. Naughton, Rita J. O'Connell, Esther G. Corcoran
Karen Bouchard - May 30, 1970 - b. 1153 p. 398 - four parcels
John D. & Anne L. Ross - June 5, 1975 - b. 1268 p. 133
Ross Family Living Trust, Anne L. & Elizabeth Ross Tr. - Feb. 19, 1991 - b. 3219 p. 228
Mathew E. Naumann & Kristin R. Naumann-Juros - Aug. 28, 1998 - b. 5166 p. 240
Peter T. Anderson - Dec. 3, 1999 - b. 5624 p. 301 - two parcels

Parcels 3 and 4 - acquired by Patrick Riley
Abraham & Sarah Bailey - May 16, 1859 - west side of River St. parcel 4
Abraham & Sarah Bailey - Apr. 13, 1863 - b. 649 leaf 257 - $275. two parcels
Robert Stott - May 16, 1859 - b. leaf. two parcels
Robert Stott - Jan. 9, 1849 rec. Jul 29, 1850 - lot 9 - $72.25
John Marland - 1848

Patrick McCaffrey - Mar. 6, 1865 - b. 680 leaf 274 - $395.
Michael Keaveney - Dec. 2, 1869 - b. 2 p. 129

Inventory Data:

StreetRiver St
PlaceBallardvale
Historic DistrictNot Applicable
Present Useresidence
Original Usestore?
Construction Date1848 - 1850
SourceECRDS, ENRDL, style-njs
Architectural StyleGreek Revival
Architect/BuilderJacob Chickering
Foundationstone/brick
Wall/Trimclapboards/wood/vinyl siding
Roofasphalt - gable
Outbuildings / Secondary Structuresbarn and carriage house behind ?
Major Alterationsreplacement windows, vinyl siding
Conditionexcellent
Acreage0.222 acre; lot size: 500 acres???; approximate frontage: 150'
Settingresidential
Map and parcel139-70
Recorded byN.J. Stack/Mofford, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975 - 1977, 12/29/2016

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