56 Morton Street

Architectural Description: 

Vernacular/Picturesque

Historical Narrative: 

One of several homes built by Pike Soap Company for employee housing. Factory also located on same street. This row of structures 48-60 [excluding 54] were most likely all built at the same time by the same builder; most have been altered in some way. An excellent example of factory housing in the early stages of pre-industrial/pre- Shawsheen Andover.

This house is the best example among its peers as far as the originality of the structure. It is less altered than other houses on the street and gives a good idea as to what these homes looked like when they were first built.

Known as "Ram Cat Alley" in its heyday.

Bibliography/References: 

Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Map parcel #1126 - July 1938

Owners;
George H. French
Francis "Frank" Williamson - Mar. 9, 1854 - b. 491 leaf 195 - Salem deed
Francis Williamson, wife Margaret Williamson -
Francis Williamson estate - Heirs Nellie G. Williamson & Margaret Williamson May 1, 1835 - b. 589 p. 322
Nellie G. Williamson - May 1, 1835 - b. 589 p. 322 - quit claim deed
Myra Church Smith - Aug. 4, 1938 - b. 616 p. 201
Charlotte M. Hill & Isabel G. Hill - Jan. 2, 1959 - b. 886 p. 241
Isabel G. Hill - Mar. 22, 1978 - b. 1334 p. 89
Isabel G. Hill estate - Donald W. & John K. Hill, guardians - Feb. 29, 1980 - Probate
Judith G. Calvert - Mar. 12, 1980 - b. 1424 p. 262
Wayne E. & Mary Ellen Fillback - July 5, 1994 - b. 4079 p. 260

Three parcels to Francis Williamson mentioned in a mortgage b. 59 p. 68 - abt. 4 acres
George H. French - Mar. 9, 1854 - b. 491 leaf 195
Thomas Donovan - Sept. 17, 1855 - b. 519 leaf 190
Varnum Lincoln - June 19, 1860 - b. 617 leaf 185 -

Inventory Data:

StreetMorton St
Historic DistrictNot Applicable
Historic NamePike Company employee housing
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Datemid-late 1800's
SourceERDS, ENRDL
Architectural StyleOther
Wall/Trimclapboards
Major AlterationsNorth addition [back of house]
Moved?Yes
Move Detailsturned circa 1889
Acreageless than one acre
Map and parcel40-79
Recorded bySean Croft, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Historical Society - Andover Preservation Commission
Date entered6/11/91, updated 4/14/2015

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