5 Hartigan Court

Architectural Description: 

Queen Anne style home,

Historical Narrative: 

5 Hartigan Court – 38-79 – 0.385 acre, 16,790 sq. ft. Mary & John Sweeney – David Hartigan House
Map plan #1539 – May 1945 – John J. Hartigan
Hartigan Court is actually a former section of the old Andover – Wilmington Railroad line to Haverhill 1838-1848. The Andover Depot was on Essex St. at the rear entrance section of Memorial Hall Library. The line crossed Main St. near the public safety center then connecting at High and Harding Streets. High St to North Andover center was the original railroad bed and converted into a roadway in the 1850’s. Boston & Maine Railroad purchased the line and moved the tracks to the current location in 1848 to bring service to the new city of Lawrence. The properties on Hartigan Ct. was acquired by Burnham White who lived at 66 High St. and pieced together several lots in the 1850s.

Hartigan Court was developed in 1903 by Justin E. Clark and Addie F. Eaton wife of James A. Eaton. The deeds refer to this as Clarks Court as does the 1906 map of Andover center and the 1910 census. In 1906 two houses are on the court, #1 labeled J.C. Clark and #5 labeled Sweeney (Mary & John).

Mary Sweeney, wife of John Sweeney purchased #5 Clarks Court (Hartigan Ct) from Justin Clark on Aug. 12, 1904. John Sweeney was born Mar. 1867 in MA son of James and Mary Sweeney. John was a tinsmith when he married on May 6, 1886 in Lawrence to Mary Elizabeth Young b. Nov. 1869 in Bath, Maine dau. of Mathew & Elizabeth Young. John transitioned to plumber. They live in Lawrence, then moved to Exeter, NH before removing to Andover. John & Mary had six children: Mary F. b. May 1888, John J. Jr. b. Apr. 1890, Annie b. Mar. 1892 all in MA and Catherine b. Feb. 1894, Margaret E. b. Nov. 1895 and Elizabeth b. Mar. 1899 in NH.

Son John Jr. would also become a plumber. Daughters, Mary F., Annie and Catherine were telephone operators. Catherine who become Supervisor of the N.E. T. & T. Co. office in Andover in the Musgrove building. The Sweeney’s owned the home for 12 years then moved to 32 - 34 Chestnut St. after selling to Daniel Hartigan on Sept.24, 1916.

David Hartigan had first purchased the house at #1 from Clark on July 23, 1904 which was rental income. David would later acquire all four properties on the court. David was born in Oct. 1855 in Lawrence, son of Irish parents Michael & Maria Hartigan David was a finisher in the Wool mills. David married on April 16, 1885 to Mary Ann O’Brien b. Dec. 1855 in Scotland, dau. of James & Kate (Callahan) O’Brien. Daniel & Mary had three children Gertrude b. Jan. 1890 adopted, John Joseph b. Sept. 19, 1893 and Daniel Augustus b. Sept 7, 1894. They moved to Andover by 1900 and lived at #202 North Main St., later at #188. David Hartigan and family moved to 5 Hartigan Ct. in 1916.

Sons; John J. was a physician and Daniel, a pharmacist, opened Hartigan’s Drug Store in the new K&D Merchant’s Block at 64 Main St. November 1924. The drug store entrance was located on the corner of the block. Handsome mahogany fixtures, a marble soda fountain with mirrored back bar and mahogany & stained glass telephone booth were installed in the pharmacy. Hartigan’s remained the longest tenant closing in the 1978 - (now CVS).

David Hartigan purchased 5 Locke St. on Oct. 20, 1926 and sells all the properties to son John J. Hartigan on Dec. 2, 1935. Wife Mary died on Jan. 4, 1932 and David moved to the Locke St. with his son John and his wife Celeste. This home was then rented to Joseph & Ellen Holland who was an overseer in Reading. David died in 1937. John J. held the properties on the Court until August 1945 when all the lots were sub-divided and sold off separately.

This home was sold to Joseph J. & Margaret Payne who owned five years then selling to Joseph K. & Margaret Payne on Oct. 17, 1950.

Phillip E. & Virginia T. Thomes purchased the property on Nov. 23, 1953 and owned for 51 years. Phillip E. Thomes was born 1916, a boiler operator. Virginia b. 1922 a housewife. Phillip and Ginny had two children: Phyllis V. ,Andover High Class of 1969 and Frederick C. AHS Class 1972. The Thomes were active members of West Parish Church. Phillips died on Oct. 18, 1988 the Ginny later placed the deed with her children as co-owners with her.

The property was sold on March 9, 2004 to Jonathan S. Wachs, a Photography and Fine Arts teacher at Andover High School. Jonathan, also a contractor, then renovated and restored the house and moved in with his wife Lynn. They had two sons prior to moving to Concord, MA. Wach sold to Doug Nason & Josephine McCarthy on June 6, 2013.


Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover, maps 1852, 1872, 1906
Andover Valuation Schedules 1850, 1860, 1870, 1920
Andover Street Directories
Ancestry.com - White, Sweeney, Hartigan families
Federal Census records

Burnham S. White – May 2, 1845 – b. 356 leaf 121 - $200 ½ acre – 66 High St.
Burnham S. White – June 20, 1853 – b. 480 leaf 174-175 – two parcels
Burnham S. White – July 18, 1853 – b. 482 leaf 157 – B&M RR parcels
Burnham S. White – June 13, 1872, rec. 4/7/1877 – b. 45 p. 204 – Bliss lot
Burnham S. White estate, heirs children – July 2, 1889
Burnham S. White heirs – June 9, 1902 – b. 197 p. 235
Justin E. Clark and Addie F. Eaton – Oct. 10, 1903 – b. 207 p. 104 – 66 High St.
Mary Elizabeth Sweeney – Aug. 12, 1904 – b. 215 p. 495
John Sweeney & Mary – Jan. 24, 1914 – b. 338 p. 70
David Hartigan – June 12, 1916 – b. 365 p. 588
John J. Hartigan – Dec. 5, 1935 – b. 594 p. 298
Joseph J. & Margaret Payne – Aug. 2, 1945 – b. 675 p. 65
Joseph K. & Dorothy L. Payne – Oct. 17, 1950 – b. 742 p. 297
Phillip E. & Virginia T. Thomes – Nov. 23, 1953 – b. 784 p. 251
Phillips E. Thomes estate, Virginia T – Oct. 18, 1988 – probate
Virginia T Thomes & Phyllis V. Demerchant – Mar. 2, 1997 – b. 4703 p. 268
Virginia T Thomes, Phyllis V. Demerchant, Fred C. Thomes – Sept. 3, 2000 – b. 5873 p. 2
Jonathan S. Wachs – Mar. 9, 2004 – b. 8616 p. 3
Jonathan S. & Lynn (Lawrence) Wachs – July 29, 2005 – b. 9687 p. 9
Doug Nason & Josephine McCarthy – June 6, 2013 – b. 13498 p. 306

Inventory Data:

StreetHartigan Ct
PlaceAndover Center District
Historic NameJohn & Mary Sweeney - David Hartigan House
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1904
SourceERDS, NERDL, style,
Architectural StyleQueen Anne
Architect/BuilderJustin C. Clark
Foundationstone & granite
Major Alterationsrenovations and restoration 2005-2006 by Jonathan Wachs, new windows, rebuilt porch, interior upgrades, kitchen and baths
Acreage0.385 acre - 16,790 sq.ft
Map and parcel38-79
Recorded byJames S. Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date enteredJan 15, 2019