5 Lincoln Street

Historical Narrative: 

Themes: agricultural, architectual, community development.

This property when purchased by George Buchan from Sarah Frye on October 22, 1863 comprised about 8 acres of wooded land in two parcels. The first lot of 4½ acre bordered on Shawsheen Rd. to Lincoln Circle. The second parcel abutted the first and encompassed Cyr Circle north ward.

5 Lincoln Street – This lot was created in 1904 and sold to his son John Spaulding Buchan on October 11, 1904. John was born May 28, 1970 in Andover, MA , son of George & Elizabeth P. (Lawson) Buchan. John was the sixth child of the eleven siblings. John became a Plumber and partnered with Joseph McNally under the name Buchan & McNally. Their successful business built the building at 28 Park St. in Andover. He married on March 2, 1904 to Annie Stewart Porter b. 1881 in Scotland, daughter of Smith & Margaret (Stewart) Porter. John & Annie had four children; Norman Spaulding b. Oct. 29, 1904, Ada A. b. 1907, Margaret S. b. 1910 and Elizabeth b. 1915. John died April 26, 1935 age 64y 11m. Wife Annie S. died Sept. 2, 1959.

John's father George Buchan built his home at 7 Lincoln St. George was born in Froickheim, near Arbroath, Scotland on Feb. 28, 1832 son of F. William & Jessie (Gardner) Buchan. George married in 1859 to Elizabeth P. Lawson b. Jan. 1, 1841 in France, daughter of Scottish parents George & Elizabeth Lawson.

Both George Buchan and his father-in-law George Lawson worked at Smith & Dove Manufacturing Co. as Flax Dressers in the hackling department. They lived together in Abbott Village in the 1860 Census. George Buchan enlisted during the Civil War and served in Company K Regiment Mass. Volunteers. (Perhaps Buchan suggested the name Lincoln St. in honor of the slain President?)

George & Elizabeth would have eleven children: Ada Augusta b. Aug. 1860, George W. b. Apr. 1862, Elizabeth W. b. June 1864, Margaret G. b. 1867, Nellie W. b. 1869, John Spalding b. May 28, 1870, Annie Isabell b. Sept. 26, 1871, Charles Sumner b. Feb. 2, 1874, Gertrude b. July 1875, Raymond b. Apr. 1878 and Donald C. b. Oct. 12, 1881.

His father-in-law George Lawson died on March 27, 1877. His widow Elizabeth then moved in with the Buchans. Sadly George’s wife Elizabeth P. died on July 20, 1887 at age 46. Of the children; Ada A., George W., Annie J and Gertrude all remained single and continue to live in the homestead. Son John S. would be given a parcel lot next door at 5 Lincoln St. on October 1904. John S. a plumber, would build a home, marry and lived there. Elizabeth Lawson died June 13, 1902 age 83. George Buchan died on Mar. 16, 1909 age 73 of heart failure. “He was one of the old guard of intelligent and well read Scotsmen who were at one time numerous among the hacklers.” (AT 3/15/1909) George and family are interred at West Parish Garden Cemetery.


Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence MA
Town Clerks Office, Andover, MA
Assessor's Office, Andover, MA

Jeduthan Abbot – 1829 land
Moody B. Abbott, wife Hannah – Sept. 9, 1829 rec. 3/8/1837 – b. 287 leaf 185
John White, wife Sophia – June 29, 1837 – b. 301 leaf 276
Moses U. Hall – Sept. 14, 1846 – b.371 leaf 229
Sarah R. Frye – Aug. 26, 1861 – b. 626 leaf 145
George Buchan, wife Elizabeth P. - Oct. 22, 1863 – b. 659 leaf 233
John S. Buchan – Oct. 11, 1904 rec. 1/18/1905 – b/ 217 p. 536
Colver J. Stone – Apr. 4, 1930 – b. 551 p. 350
John S. & Annie S. Buchan – Apr. 4, 1930 – b. 551 p. 350-1
John S. Buchan estate, heir Annie S. – Apr. 26, 1935 – Probate
Richard F. & N. Joan Sterndale – Oct. 20, 1955 – b. 823 p. 106
Roger W. & Linda M. Berube – Nov. 9, 1964 – b. 1022 p. 208
Berube Family Trust – July 1, 2010 – b. 12094 p. 151

Inventory Data:

StreetLincoln St
PlaceWest Center, West Parish
Historic DistrictAndover Historic Building Survey
Historic NameJohn S. Buchan House
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Datemid -19th century
SourceERDS, NERDL, style,
Architectural StyleColonial Revival
Major Alterationsaddition to west side mid 20th century
Acreage18,727 sq. ft.; approx. frontage 135'
Map and parcel71-74
MHC NumberANV.280
Recorded byStack/Mofford, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975-77, 02/11/2006, 3/18/2018