James H. Cochran(e) purchased the 2 acre 148 rod parcel of land from Samuel Abbott & William Abbott of Charlestown, MA on May 27, 1845 for $585. The parcel extended from Bartlet St to the Marland House property at #1 Punchard Ave. James learned his trade as a Blacksmith with Merrill Pettingill in his shop located at the site of #1 Punchard. The 1850 Andover Valuation schedule lists James H. Cochran's assessment: Dwelling house, Shed, 2 acres land and blacksmith shop $1300. Personal Estate Cow $20.
The Cochran house is 5 Punchard Ave.
James Hanson Cochran(e) was born on Aug. 31, 1815 in Reading, MA son of James & Mary "Polly" (Emerson) Cochran. James came to Andover and apprenticed under Merrill Pettingill as a Blacksmith. James married on Dec. 25, 1839 to Sarah S. Towne, b. Jan. 27, 1819 in Andover, MA daughter of Daniel & Hannah (Harris) Towne. James & Hannah had eight children, of which three survived to adulthood; John W. b. Apr. 2, 1841 - d. Nov. 22, 1916, Hartwell E. b. 1843 - d.?, James Calvin b. Jan. 1845 - d. Apr. 24, 1877, Parker Emerson b. Jan. 19, 1845 - d. May 11, 1909, Rufus H. b. Nov. 1849 - d. Feb. 5, 1850, William "Willie" b. June 1857 - d. May 18, 1859, S. Estella b. Feb. 1860 - d. Sept. 2, 1861 and C. Arthur b. July 1862 - d. June 24, 1863.
James H. is listed as blacksmith and also farmer also owning pasture and woodland in Andover. James retired in 1887.
Sons John W. and Parker E. Cochran inherit their father's estate. John W. Cochran, a silversmith, married on May 7, 1899 at age 58 to Ella M. Whittaker age 48, b. May 4, 1850 dau. of Lawrence & Catherine (Palmer) Whittaker. John would deed the property to his brother Parker. John W. & Ella lived on Tewksbury St. in Ballardvale. Ella died of a cerebral hemorrhage on May 2, 1910. John died Nov. 22, 1916.
The property contained two dwelling houses at the time Parker inherited, #5 and #9. Parker Emerson Cochran b. Jan. 19, 1845 - d. May 11, 1909 was a Printer. He lived in the home on Punchard Ave. Parker never married. In his will he left $500. to his only brother John W. Cochran. The Property was left to his two cousins, Ella Gatchell 1/4 share and Annie M. Cross 1/4 share. The remainder 1/2 of the property was left to "my honored housekeeper Nellie Dennehy," who was also appointed Executrix of his estate. Nellie was born in May 1875 in Ireland.
Nellie Dennehy deeded the Cochran homestead at #5 Punchard to Ella Gatchell and Annie M. Cross which included the lot at #7 and the house #5 Punchard. Nellie took sole ownership of the other home #9, on the corner of Punchard and Bartlet. Gatchell and Cross sold the barn which was moved off site to 64 Summer St. The lot, now #7 was then sub-divided and sold to Charles G. Willard & Bertel G. Willard on Feb. 27, 1912. They built the home and held for seven years.
In the 1913 Andover Directory Miss Edna A. Brown, Librarian at Memorial Hall Library is living at #7 Punchard. The property was sold to Joseph N. & Harriet P. Ashton, and Ethel F. Brown & Edna Alice Brown on Nov. 29, 1919. Joseph Aston was a music teacher.
Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover Historical Society files (Jenkins, William, "Changes on Main Street in Sixty Years" written in 1913)
Andover Townsman, April 1, 1892
Samuel Abbott & William Abbott of Charlestown, MA
James H. Cochrane - May 27, 1845 - b. 358 leaf 178 - $585. - 2 acres 148 rods
John H. Cochrane estate, died Nov. 21, 1895 - heirs; Parker W. and John W. Cochrane -
Parker W. Cochrane - July 3, 1905 - b. 221 p. 239
Parker W. Cochrane estate, Nellie Dennehy Extrx., May 15, 1911 - probate
Sarah E. Loftus - June 11, 1911 - b. 305 p. 130
Angie M. Cross & Ella R. Gatchell - June 11, 1911 - b. 305 p. 139
Charles G. Willard & Bertel G. Willard - Feb. 27, 1912 - b. 314 p. 440
Joseph N. & Harriet P. Ashton, & Ethel F. Brown, Edna Alice Brown - Nov. 29, 1919 - b. 412 p. 3
Joseph & Harriet P. Ashton & Ethel F. Brown - May 21, 1925 - b. 512 p. 416
Joseph & Harriet P. Ashton & Ethel F. Brown, Edna Alice Brown - Jan. 4, 1930 - b. 550 p. 191-192
Edna Alice Brown - Jan. 14, 1930 - b. 550 p. 279
Edna Alice Brown estate - June 23, 1944 - probate
Caroline F. Dodge estate, Philip B. Dodge Sr. - Probate #358769 - 1983
Christopher S. Doherty & Joseph B. & Deborah R. Doherty - June 30, 1983 - b. 1696 p. 24
Joseph B. Doherty - Apr. 25, 2001 - b. 6110 p. 288
|Historic District||Not Applicable|
|Present Use||residence - three family|
|Original Use||residence - two family|
|Source||ECRDS, ENRDL, style-njs|
|Architectural Style||Queen Anne|
|Roof||asphalt - gambrel|
|Major Alterations||vinyl siding, replacement windows|
|Map and parcel||39-70|
|Recorded by||James S. Batchelder|
|Organization||Andover Preservation Commission|
|Date entered||Mar. 22, 2016|