48 Morton Street

Architectural Description: 

Vernacular/Picturesque
One of several homes built between 1854 - 1860, Most likely all built at same time in a row. Good example

Historical Narrative: 

Morton St., east of Main St. was first known as Pike Street or Pike Lane, then Green St. on 1872 maps. Pike and East Pike St. appear on earlier deeds. Morton St. originally began at School St. and ended at Main Street. Morton St. was extended to include Pike in the late 1890’s. Pike also was nick-named "Ram Cat Alley" by local old-timers. The Pike Soap Company was located near the intersection of Bartlet St. and later further east on the south side of the road. It was formerly believed some of the houses on the east end of Morton St. were built by Willard Pike for his employees. Recent research disproves this claim. Most of the modest homes were built by Irish emigrants between 1854 – 1860.

George H. French was a merchant in Andover when he purchased 10 acres 9 rods of land from Phillips Academy on Mar. 8, 1854. The parcel’s south border on Pike Street extended north down into what is now part of the “Playstead”. French subdivided the property into house lots along Morton St. Each lot sold contained a caveat that the new owner had to build a fence along the property line and maintain their half. French sold this 120 sq. rods lot to John Lynch on May 15, 1856 for $200.
John Lynch was born in Ireland in June 1821 and immigrated in 1851. John married in 1846 to Jane Ring b. 1828 in Ireland. They had eight children; five survived. Catherine b. 1848 Ire., John D. Jan. 1852 Andover, Morris b. 1853, Mary J. b. 1856, Peter b. Mar. 1858 – d. Feb. 20, 1863, Jeremiah b. 1862 - d. Feb. 23, 1863 and Peter b. 1864. John later acquired a second adjoining parcel #50 Morton St from John Stack on May 24, 1869 and moved into #50. His son John David Lynch & wife Jane lived in #48.
John David Lynch b. Jan. 1852 in Andover married Sept. 4, 1871 in Lowell, MA, Jane Duffield age 19, b. Dec. 1852 in Ireland dau. of Ayers & Catherine (O’Conner) Duffield. John & Jane D. had ten children of which 7 survived. Mary J. b. 1872, William E. b. Sept. 1878, Morris J. b. 1876, Jane b. 1880, John J. b. May 1881, Mary J. b. Apr. 1883, David A. b. May 1885, James A. b. June 1886 , Catherine b. July 1890, Malachi Joseph b. Oct. 1892. John was a laborer, and died Nov. 27, 1910 age 59.
In July 1877 the deed was transferred through daughter Mary Lynch to John's wife Jane (R) Lynch. Jane held both properties until Jan. 1893 when she sold #48 Morton St. to Jane (D) Lynch wife of her son John D. Lynch.
Jane D. Lynch transferred the deed to her children David A. Lynch and Mary J. Lynch on May 6, 1914. Jane died Nov. 11, 1915 age 63. Mary J. married James F. McGarvey, a butcher, and they lived here until 1921 then moved to Lowell, MA. Frank S. & Edith P. Tapley purchased the property July 30, 1921 and David A. Lynch quit claimed the deed to them.

Bibliography/References: 

Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Map Parcel #8007 - Aug. 1878 - sub-divided lot - 46 & 48 Morton St.
Plan #674 Dec. 21, 1926 – land taking Town of Andover - Playstead
Plan #8007 – Aug. 1978 – boundary change Joseph W. Lynch
Owners:
Trustees of Phillips Academy
George H. French – Mar. 8, 1854 – b. 491 leaf 123 - $750 – 10 acres 9 rods
George H. French – parcel 2 #48 - John Stoke – parcel 1 #46
John Lynch – May 15, 1856 – b. 531 leaf 190 – 120 sq. rods lot $200
Mary Lynch – July 5, 1877 – b. 47 p. 478 - $1000 – two lots
Jane Lynch, wife of John – Sept. 6, 1877 – b. 48 p. 87 - $1000
Jane Lynch, wife of John D. - Jan. 23, 1893 - b. 123 p. 311 $700 -120 sq. rods lot
David A. Lynch and Mary J. Lynch - May 6, 1914 - b. 341 p. 454
Mary J. (Lynch) McGarvey, wife of James F - May 6, 1914 - b. 341 p. 454 – James butcher
Mary J. (Lynch) McGarvey, wife of James F. - Jan. 3, 1921 – b. 435 p. 539 – moved to Lowell
Frank S. & Edith P. Tapley – July 30, 1921 – b. 444 p. 146-7 (1923 at 48 Morton St.)
Charlotte H. Burtt – July 24, 1924 – b. 502 p. 288
Mary W. Bell & Alice L. Bell – July 18, 1927 – b. 533 p. 561
Joseph P. Bell, wife Edith F. - May 1, 1931 - b. 558 p. 411 (#48)
Joseph P. Bell estate, heir Edith – d. Apr. 12, 1939 - parcels #46 & #48
Edith Fuller Bell estate, d. Feb. 1, 1970; Wm. W. Keller & J. S. Eastham, Extrs – 1970 parcels #46 & #48
Joseph W. & Jean B. Lynch - Oct. 16, 1970 - b. 1160 p. 479
William L. & Venyl D. Anderson - Oct. 14, 1970 - b. 1160 p. 483 - parcel 2 #48
Joseph W. & Jean B. Lynch - Dec. 22, 1975 - b. 1273 p. 726
Kevin M. & Ellen E. Lynch - May 11, 1993 - b. 3725 p. 201
Debbi Kravetz - Aug. 4, 1998 - b. 5137 p. 79
Douglas J. & Kerry C. Morrison - July 27, 2004 - b. 8952 p. 231

Inventory Data:

StreetR Main St
PlaceAndover Center
Historic DistrictAndover Historic Building Survey
Historic NameJohn & Jane Lynch House
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1856
SourceERDS, ENRDL
Architectural StyleOther
Foundationstone
Wall/Trimclapboards/vinyl covered
Roofasphalt - gable
Outbuildings / Secondary Structuresgarage
Major AlterationsLooks like large west wing added to small, original house
Conditionexcellent
Acreage0.399 acre
Settingresidential
Map and parcel40-75
Recorded bySean Croft, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Historical Society - Andover Preservation Commission
Date entered6/11/91,4/15/2015, 7/24/2021

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