The house plan is L-shaped, roofed by two intersecting gables. 1 1/2 story building with three bays. An asymmetrical front facade has a modified hip roof front entry porch supported by brackets. Cornice is boxed with return. Windows are double pane over single pane and trim is molded with shutters. Between the first floor and 2nd floor, and the 2nd floor and attic, the cladding is slightly splayed.
Owned by Phillips Academy
Set close to Highland - front steps 5' from road; small grassed lawn w/low hedge next to house; large back yard & sloping side yards
This property was once owned by Henry A. Bodwell and purchased by James H. Cochran, wife Sarah S. on June 22, 1869 for $1500. James Cochran built the house and in 1884 took an $1800 mortgage loan from Michael Nolan who held the deed to the 11 acre 117 rods property. With the death Michael Nolan his wife Catherine inherited his estate and mortgage deed on Apr. 15, 1884.
The property went back and forth between James H. Cochran and Catherine Nolan in the years that followed when the mortgage loan was called in. Ultimately John H. Cochran took possession of the property through a foreclosure in June 1905. John Cochran then sold to William Watson on June 5, 1905.
William Watson was born in Scotland on May 17, 1873 and immigrated to America in 1892. William was a Coachman for a private family, married in 1894 to Ellen Davidson b. July 1871 and also Scottish. They had seven children, six survived to adulthood; Emily Florence b. 1895, Joseph Walter b. 1897, Bertha Helen b. 1898, William Sidney b. 1902 - d. 1904, Howard J. b. 1905, Ruth b. 1906 and William b. 1910. The Watsons were living at 30 Salem St. in 1900 then moved here in 1905. The house was then listed as #11 Highland Rd. later changed in the 1940's to the current number #69.
The Watson family owned the property for 82 years before selling to the Trustees of Phillips Academy on Feb. 9, 1987.
Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Henry A. Bodwell
James H. Cochran, wife Sarah S. - June 22, 1869 - b. 783 leaf 137
Michael Nolan, wife Catherine - Apr. 15, 1884 - b. 75 p. 329 mtg. deed
Michael Nolan estate, wife Catherine Nolan - Apr. 15, 1884 - b. 75 p. 329 mtg. deed assigned
James H. Cochran - Apr. 15, 1884 - b. 75 p. 331 - foreclose
James H. Cochran - Nov. 18, 1890 - b. 109 p. 352 mtg
Catherine Nolan - Nov. 18, 1890 - b. 109 p. 351 mtg deed
John H. Cochran - June 5, 1905 - b. 221 p. 596 poss.
William Watson - June 5, 1905 - b. 221 p. 235 deed
William Watson estate, Watson heirs - 1953
Joseph W., William A., J. Howard, Ruth Watson, Bertha H. Donovan
Bertha H. Donovan - Mar. 31, 1951 - b. 774 p. 288
Genevieve Gallarane - Oct. 18, 1954 - b. 801 p. 22
Bertha H. Donovan, Ruth Watson, Jos. W. Watson - Oct. 18, 1954 - b. 801 p. 23
Joseph W. Watson - Nov. 20, 1969 - b. 1144 p. 239
Joseph W. Watson estate, Ruth Watson heir -
Sidney Watson & Joseph Watson - Dec. 16, 1971 - b. 1187 p. 313
Joseph W. Watson Jr. - July 23, 1985 - b. 2016 p. 341
Trustees of Phillips Academy - Feb. 9, 1987 - b. 2423 p. 294
|Historic District||Academy Hill NRH District|
|Historic Name||Cochran - Watson House|
|Present Use||faculty residence|
|Original Use||residential (boarding)|
|Construction Date||c. 1900|
|Architectural Style||Queen Anne|
|Wall/Trim||clapboard/shingle - covered in aluminum siding|
|Roof||asphalt - gable|
|Outbuildings / Secondary Structures||storage shed|
|Map and parcel||41-10|
|Recorded by||Susan Alovisetti, James Batchelder|
|Organization||Andover Historical Society - Andover Preservation Commission|
|Date entered||July 1991, 3/24/2015|