49 Whittier Street

Architectural Description: 

Italianate style, dentil work on eaves and bay window, bracketed corner eaves. double doors on entrance in period image. The front entrance canopy would have been the same as rear entrance.

Historical Narrative: 

Whittier Street was named after Nathaniel Whittier who lived at 10 Summer Street and much of the property along the route was part of his homestead. This street was an extension of Punchard Ave originally extending around the south and east side of the “Park” and through to Elm Street. All early deeds state Punchard Ave.

49 Whittier Street – (formerly Punchard Ave)
John Walter Faulkner born May 27, 1845 in North Parish, Andover, son of Elbridge C. & Nartha (Towne) Faulkner. John was a Blacksmith. John married on March 25, 1868 in Charlestown, MA to Ellen Gould age 24, dau. of George W. & Olive J. Gould. John & Ellen had one daughter Gertrude b. Mar. 24, 1869 in North Andover. Ellen died in 1872. John remarried on Sept. 2, 1873 to Martha A. Gray b. April 1843 in Danvers, dau. of Josiah & Eunice (Fuller) Gray. John and Martha purchased this house on Oct. 5, 1875 for $4200 with Martha's name on the the deed.

John's first shop was on Pearson St. John purchased a lot of land at 42 Park Street on June 11, 1877 for $800 then built a barn and blacksmith shop on the lot. John’s blacksmith shop was here 5½ years then sold his business to Thomas P. Harriman on Jan. 1, 1883 for $2800. John was a member of St. Mathews Lodge from 1872-1892.
AA- Jan. 18, 1883 – Particular Notice – On account of poor health, I have sold my business and left town for the season. All persons indebted to me are requested to call at my house on Punchard Avenue, and settle their bills. John later sold his home on Whittier St. and moved to Jacksonville, FL.
AA. Jan. 12, 1883 - A new house pleasantly located on Punchard Avenue, nearly opposite Park Street, for sale or would let a good tenement in same, to a family having no small children. For further particulars apply D. F. Shannon, corner of Summer and Punchard Avenue.

Thomas Jefferson Farmer then purchased the property on Oct. 15, 1887. Thomas was born Jan. 12, 1836 in Tewksbury, MA son of Jefferson & Mary (Kendall) Farmer. He married in Exeter, NH on April 21, 1864 to Maria Louisa Robinson b. Mar. 8, 1839 dau. of Asa & Maria (Porter) Robinson. They first lived in Brentwood , NH where Thomas was a Market farmer. They had four children; Nellie Huntington b. 1865, Herbert Robinson b. 1867, Howard Porter b. 1869 and Everett Wellington b. 1872. His wife Maria died on Feb. 15, 1873 in Arlington, MA. Thomas re-marred on Feb. 22, 1877 to Mary Elizabeth Whittier b. Dec. 19, 1843 in Boxford, MA dau. of Francis Chase & Eliz. (Pearl) Whittier. Thomas & Mary had one son Chester Jefferson b. July 18, 1886 in North Andover. Thomas bought the Fish Market formerly owned by William Findley at 3 Central St. in 1886.
AT - Aug. 14, 1891 - T. J. Farmer, our well known fish dealer, has hired and will occupy the large store in J. W. Barnard's new building.
AT Sept. 11, 1891 – T. J. Farmer to open a new market in Barnard’s Building on Post Office Ave. [Barnard St] a fish market.
July 6, 1906 AT - Fish Market Changes Hands - ...this week when the fish market owned by T. J. Farmer was sold to John A. Collins and his son Fred Collins.
Thomas then became a Bookkeeper for Erving Batcheller’s coal business on Essex St. later purchased by Andover Coal Co. Thomas died on Nov. 16, 1917 at age 81. Mary died on Jan. 21, 1937. His daughter Nellie worked for John N. Cole at the Andover Press.

Mary Farmer sold the property to by Carrie M. Shattuck, wife of Scott T.. Scott Tinkham Shattuck born, Apr. 30, 1872 in Quechee, VT, son of Charles H. & Sarah V. (West) Shattuck. His father Charles was a Harness maker with his shop on Park St. and later on Main St. Scott married on Nov. 3, 1895 in Lawrence, MA to Carrie Mae Manning b. July 1875 in Nova Scotia, Canada, dau. of of John H. & Mary (Whitman) Manning, immigrated 1889. Scott and Carrie had three children: Charles E. b. Dec. 1895, Ralph b. Feb. 1897 and Isabelle Louise b. Oct. 28, 1899. Scott began as a Coachman then an Express man. Scott established the S.T Shattuck & Sons Express service at 34 Park Street. Scott died on May 29, 1929 and his sons carried on the business. Carried sold the property on August 16, 1950 to Walter F. & Hazel G. Muller. Carrie Shattuck died in 1955.


Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover Advertiser - Andover Townsman
Andover maps 1872, 1882, 1888, 1906
Ancestry.com - Faulkner, Farmer, Shattuck families
Andover Directories

Daniel F. Shannon –
Martha F. Faulkner, wife of John W. – Oct. 5, 1875 – b. 37 p. 84 - $4200
Mary E. Farmer, wife of Thomas – Oct. 15, 1887 – b. 93 p. 371
Carried M. Shattuck, wife of Scott – Nov. 6, 1919 – b. 411 p. 27
Walter F. & Hazel G. Muller – Aug. 16, 1950 – b. 739 p. 427
Robert D. & Caroline R. West – June 28, 1968 – b. 1109 p. 319
Daniel A. & Anne M. Grecoe –July 20, 1972 – b. 1197 p. 751
Anne M. Grecoe – March 19, 1980 – b. 1425 p. 159

Inventory Data:

StreetWhittier St
PlaceAndover Center District
Historic DistrictAndover Historic Building Survey
Historic NameJohn & Martha Faulkner - Thomas Farmer House
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1874 - 1875
SourceERDS, NERDL, style,
Architectural StyleItalianate
Architect/BuilderDaniel Shannon/builder
Outbuildings / Secondary Structuresbarn garage
Major AlterationsOriginal canopy hood over entrance changed to current gable style. See 51 Whittier hood.
Acreage0.377 a
Map and parcel39-120
Recorded byStack/Mofford, James S. Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975 - 1977, 11/15/2019