5 Howell Drive

Architectural Description: 

late Federal style home

Historical Narrative: 

Themes: Architectural; Community development

Howell Drive was developed by Fred E Cheever in 1956 when he connected Allen Court to Elm Street and the new Fosters Circle. The Allen Court name changed to Howell Drive in 1958, named for Mrs. Mary J. Howell who owned the property and homes on the court.

This property was once part of a larger parcel connected with the Gamaliel & Margaret M. Gleason home at 28 Summer St. and the Driscoll place at 34 Summer St.. Margaret M. Gleason was deeded the property through George Foster on Aug. 17, 1869 from her husband Gamaliel. The property was then 4 acres 2 sq. rods and included the home on Summer St. Margaret held the property for about a year then selling to Charlotte C. Smith, wife of James H. Smith. The deed states to Charlotte Smith, "for her own use without interference from her husband and any of his debtors against it." Smith owned the property at #28 for 23 years.

Mary Jane (Allen) Howell, wife of John H. of Ballardvale purchased the property on April 22, 1893 for $6500. It would be the Howells who developed the property along Summer St. when they purchased this house and lot to the east of their house in 1897.

Apr. 17, 1897 p.1. Andover Townsman; p.5 – Building mover Wilson is moving two houses from Ballardvale to John Howell’s land on Summer Street.
Ballardvale – John Howell has moved his house, which was on the Plains, to Andover. He has also made arrangements to move his houses which are on Pole Hill to the same place.

April 23, 1897 AT - p 4. Editorial Cinders – If building mover Wilson has good luck, and one half the number of buildings called for by the largest tale, is moved from Ballardvale to Andover, there will be no further trouble about steamers, or railway, or a district share of town officials. They will all be up in the centre.

May 28, 1897 AT – William Driscoll has sold his house on Summer Street to John Howell, who will move it to his land on the new street. Mr. Driscoll intends to build a new house at the place of the old one. (Driscoll owned 34 Summer St.)

The 1900 Valuation schedule of Mrs. Mary J. Howell's property includes house and barn at 28 Summer St. total $3000, the Driscoll House off Summer St. $700., and the Ballard Vale house off Summer St. $1000. 4 acres of land $2500. Howell also owned three more properties on Marland St. in Ballardvale.

As #5 Howell Drive is the oldest of the three homes Mrs. Howell owned, we believe the Driscoll House to be the home moved to the rear of the lot at #5 to create Allen Court. Number 7 would be the home moved from Ballardvale. The deed line takes the property back to a Mary Sigourney in 1828 who sells the half acre lot to Merrill Petingill on Jan. 9, 1828 for $75. Pettingill is bankrupt in 1843 and his estate of five properties in Andover is sold by William Stevens of Andover, the court assignee, at public auction on Oct. 25, 1843. Sylvester Bowman, a Roxbury merchant, purchased all the properties for $100. The3rd parcel is "the Mary Sigourney place and house containing half an acre". Bowman then sells the property with building to William D. Stark, a butcher, on Sept. 1, 1845. Stark and wife Martha Ann paid $800. for the property.

It appears that Stark took a loan from the Trustees of the Ministerial Fund of South Parish and James H. Cochran, a blacksmith, as their names appear in the deeds. Stark sells to Oscar G. Ingalls, a carpenter, on Aug. 7, 1847. Ingalls paid $581. Ingalls may have improved the house as one year later he sells the home to Joshua Blanchard for $950. The 1850 Valuation Schedule list Blanchard's assessment as Dwelling house and adjoining 1 1/2 acre land at $800. The 1852 map of Andover shows J. Blanchard next to Henry F. Pasho on Summer St. In 1884 the map has W. D. Allen at the Summer St. location.

Walter B. & Eliza A. Allen purchased the property from Blanchard on June 25, 1870 and Allen owns for 17 years. Allen Court was named from this ownership. John D. Driscoll then purchased the home on April 9, 1887, held for ten years then selling the house to the Howells so he could build a new home at 34 Summer St. Mary J. Howell, wife of James H. had purchased the property at 28 Summer Street on Apr. 22, 1893. The "Driscoll" house was then moved back creating Allen Court which was a dead end until 1956.

The Howells leased the homes on Allen Court then numbered #1 and #2. In 1926 Harry & Constance Meadowcroft are listed. Harry was a machinist. In 1932 Percy D. & Grace S. Crosby are the residents here. Percy was a janitor and rented until 1940. In 1943 Vernon M. & Carol May. Vernon worked for
Arthur Hodgkins Co. 1945 lists Donald S. & Eloyce Anderson who remain here until the property was sold to Fred E. Cheever in 1956.

Robert V. & Corene Deyermond purchased the home on Feb. 3, 1958 then listed as #3 Howell Drive.

Bibliography/References: 

Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover Maps, 1852,1872, 1884, 1888, 1906
Andover Townsman
Andover Valuation Schedules - 1900, 1910, 1920
Andover Street Directories
See map #3478 - Apr. 1, 1957 - Sub-division Howell Drive

#5 Howell Drive House (Once at 34 Summer St)
Mary Sigourney - 1828 - lot 1/2 acre land
Merrill Pettingill - Jan. 9, 1828 - b. 247 leaf 306 - lot $75.
Merrill Pettingill estate, Wm. Stevens assignee - Oct. 25, 1843 public auction
Sylvester Bowman - Oct. 25, 1843 - public auction - rec. May 23, 1845 - b. 355 leaf 79
William D. Stark, wife Martha Ann - Sept. 1, 1845 - b. 361 leaf 227 -$800. buildings
James H. Cochran & Trustees of Ministerial Fund of South Parish -
Oscar G. Ingalls, wife Eliza A. -Aug. 7, 1847 - b. 388 leaf 236
Joshua Blanchard - Aug. 7, 1848 - b. 401 leaf 11 & 12
Walter B. & Eliza A. Allen - June 25, 1870 - b. p. 122
John D. Driscoll - Apr. 9, 1887 - b. 90 p. 22
Nora M. Driscoll - Aug. 11, 1897 - b. 156 p. 150 - 1/2 acre
John Howell - May 1897 - moves house to Allen Ct.
William A. Howell - Nov. 8, 1924 - b. 506 p. 75
Fred E. Cheever - Dec. 17, 1956 - b. 847 p. 422 - #5 & #7 Allen Court
Robert V. & Corene Deyermond - Feb. 3, 1958 - b. 869 p. 47
Leonard C. & Jill N. Gardner, Jr. - Oct. 6, 1960 - b. 924 p. 114
Elaine H. O'Connell - Aug. 2, 1965 - b. 1040 p. 33
Elaine H. O'Connell & Charles A. Baker - Aug. 3, 1965 - b. 1042 p. 496
Elaine H. O'Connell - Sept. 30, 1971 - b. 1180 p. 218

Owners; land at 28 Summer
Ezra Abbot
Benjamin, Gamaliel, and Moses Gleason - Jan. 1, 1839 - b. 317 p. 187
Ephraim & Rhoda Everson, Thomas K. & Damaros G. Kimball, hiers of Benjamin
Gamaliel Gleason - b. 611 leaf 45 -
George Foster - Aug. 17, 1869 - b. 779 leaf 260 - Salem deeds
Margaret M. Gleason, wife of Gamaliel Aug. 17, 1869 - b. 779 leaf 261 Salem deeds
Charlotte C. Smith, wife of James H. Smith - July 14, 1870 - b. 5 p. 342
Mary J. Howell, wife of James H. - Apr. 22, 1893 - b. 124 p. 535
Mary J. Howell estate, John Howell heir
William A. Howell - Nov. 8, 1924 - b. 506 p. 75

Inventory Data:

StreetHowell Dr
PlaceAndover Center District
Historic DistrictNot Applicable
Historic NameSigourney - Stark - Blanchard House
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1830s
SourceECRDS, ENRDL, style-njs
Architectural StyleFederal
Foundationstone
Wall/Trimclapboards/wood
Roofasphalt - gable
Conditiongood
Moved?Yes
Move Details1897 from 34 Summer St. to this location
Acreage0.304 acre; 5,760 sq. ft. approx. frontage 64 ft.
Settingresidential
Map and parcel21-62
MHC NumberANV.275
Recorded byStack/Mofford, James S. Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975-77, 11/3/2015, 5/29/2016

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