52 Salem Street

Architectural Description: 

Style: Federal

Other features: side entry has interesting detail, ornaments above door

Historical Narrative: 

Themes: Architectural, Community development

This property was owned by Silas Richardson Jr. in 1873 and included the house lot now #54 Salem St. Silas Jr. was born on Jan 16, 1830 in Boston, son of Silas & Sarah "Sally" Richardson. Silas Jr. married Charlotte Hill b. 1833. They did not have issue. Silas was a shoe maker and died on June 27, 1874 in Reading. Charlotte Richardson sold the property to Rhoda E. Braddock on Feb. 14, 1873. Charlotte died on Sept. 13, 1897 and is interred with Silas Jr. at South Church Cemetery.

Rhoda was b. 1811 in Maine daughter of John & Mary Braddock. Rhoda, a single woman, appears to have rented the main house and boarded students from the Academy and Seminary in the 1880 census. Rhoda died on June 30, 1881 at the age of 70 years 4m. She is interred in a single grave at Spring Grove Cemetery. Rhoda's estate went to her heirs; Carie B. Hart, Henry C. Hart and Harry G. Hart, all of East Orange, NJ.

The Hart heirs then sold the property to Samuel S. & Martha M. Richardson. Samuel Stillman Richardson was a brother of Silas Jr., b. May 25, 1815 in Reading, MA. Samuel S. was also a she maker. He was first married to Rhoda Ann Abbott b. Apr. 11, 1817 in Andover, dau. of Enoch & Nancy (Flint) Abbott. They had three children; Alvran b. 1843 - d. 1843, Sarah F. b. 1845 - d. 1869 and Ellen Phillippi b. Dec. 31, 1847 - d. May 5, 1923. Rhoda died on Aug. 15, 1883 and Samuel re-married to Martha. Samuel died on Jan 15, 1896. Martha then sold the property to Smauel's only surviving child Ellen P. Richardson for $700 on June 9, 1896. Ellen P. Richardson was listed in the 1870 census as a typesetter. She held the property for a year then selling to Sarah I. Cannon of Lawrence, MA. Ellen P. Richardson died on May 5, 1923.

Sarah Idealia (Alexander)Cannon was the wife of Gordon Clark Cannon. She was born April 10, 1858 in So. Dedham, MA. Her husband Gordon established Cannon's Commercial College in Lawrence, MA, located in the Bay State Building at 804 Essex Street. The school catered to secretarial occupations teaching penmanship, stenography and typing. The Cannons took out a $5500 mortgage on the property. This may have been for the construction of the new house next door at #54.

Gordan C. & Sarah Cannon had two sons Gordon Roderick b. Jan. 23, 1883 and Carl Winfred b. April 12, 1885 both born in Lawrence. They attended Phillips Academy and later taught penmanship at the college. Father Gordon Clark Cannon died on Dec. 6, 1916.

Son Carl W. then took over the family business. Carl married on June 27, 1911 to Bessie Agnes Monk b. Nov. 21, 1883 in St. Paul, MN, daughter of Frederick E. & Elizabeth C. (Barrie) Monk. Bessie was a student at the college and later is listed as Principal of the stenography department.

Sarah Idelia Cannon died Dec. 1, 1923. Her two sons were the heirs of the property. Oldest son Gordon R. had married Helen E. Bailey and got the house at #54. Carl W. and wife Bessie were deeded the house and property at #52. The Property was sub-divided in May 1929 plan #756.

Carl W. & Bessie Cannon were deeded #52 on June 10, 1929 and sold to Dorothy M. L. Murray that same day. Carl & Bessie then moved to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1929.

Dorothy M. L. Murray purchased the property from Cannon on June 10, 1929. Murry owned for 15 years then selling to Franklin T. & Virginia A. Bigelow on June 20, 1944.
other owners include;
Donald & Victoria MacDonald - Dec. 27, 1950 - 1977
Peter C. & Carol L. Ommundson - Jan 19, 1977 - 2000
Martin A. & Paula A. Sinozich - Nov. 15, 2000 - 2003
Mark S. & Julie A. Kuzio - July 11, 2003 -

Bibliography/References: 

Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Ancestry.com

Owners;
Silas & Charlotte H. Richardson - 1873
Rhoda Braddock - Feb. 14, 1873 - b. 21 p. 119
Rhoda Braddock estate, July 25, 1881 - Probate Will
Heirs; Carrie B. Hart, Harry G. Hart, Henry C. Hart - 1881
Samuel S. & Martha M. Richardson - Sept. 20, 1881 - b. 65 p. 368
Martha M. Richardson, widow -
Ellen P. Richardson - June 9, 1896 - b. 148 p. 208
Sarah I. Cannon, wife of Gordon C. - June 14, 1897 - b. 155 p. 350
Sarah I. Cannon estate, Gordon R. Cannon, Adm. - July 3, 1924 - Probate
Alice E. Dearden - Dec. 26, 1924 - b. 507 p. 588
Gordon G. Cannon & Carl W. Cannon - Dec. 26, 1924 - b. 507 p. 589
Carl W. Cannon - June 10, 1929 - b. 546 p. 180 - 181
Dorothy M. L. Murray - June 10, 1929 - b. 546 p. 186
Franklin T. & Virginia A. Bigelow - June 20, 1944 - b. 666 p. 92
Donald & Victoria MacDonald - Dec. 27, 1950 - b. 745 p. 417
Victoria MacDonald estate, Frances M. Thompson, Extrx. - Jan. 25, 1977
Peter C. & Carol L. Ommundson - Jan 19, 1977 - b. 1301 p. 477
Martin A. & Paula A. Sinozich - Nov. 15, 2000 - b. 5923 p. 66
Mark S. & Julie A. Kuzio - July 11, 2003 - b. 8013 p. 76

Inventory Data:

StreetSalem St
PlacePhillips District
Historic DistrictNot Applicable
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1820's
SourceERDS, ENRDL
Architectural StyleFederal
Foundationstone
Wall/Trimclapboards/wood
Roofasphalt - hip
Conditionexcellent
Acreage1.08607 acres; lot size: 51,500 sq. ft.; approx. frontage: 81'
Settingresidential
Map and parcel41-49
Recorded byStack/Mofford, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975 - 1977, 2/28/2015

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