7 Summer Street

Architectural Description: 

Italianate style, deep bracketed eaves, bay window, decorative trim molding

Historical Narrative: 

Thomas E. Mayberry, was born on June 23, 1817 in Otisbridge, Maine, son of Joseph & Hannah Mayberry. Thomas first married Mary Jane Hilton of Bridgeton, ME in 1841 Thomas, a house carpenter, and Mary had one daughter Mary Adelaide Mayberry b. Dec. 3, 1842 in Bridgeton. His wife Mary died in 1845. Thomas came to Andover with his young daughter and later re-married on August 23, 1848, to Hannah L. Brown daughter of Walter & Annis Brown. Thomas was 31 years of age and Hannah 22. They first lived in the Shed house at 36 Main St. Thomas & Hannah would have two daughters; Helen and Ann Marie. His second wife Hannah died on Mar. 21, 1863.

On Sept. 9, 1854 Andover Advertiser (AA) - Thomas E. Mayberry advertises his Coal & Teaming business. He becomes a partner with John Cornell.
April 12, 1867 AA – T. E. Mayberry & John Cornell dissolve partnership under the name of T. E. Mayberry & Co. It appears that Thomas returned to his house carpentry Sept. 3. 1869. AA - Charles W. Higgins is erecting a splendid residence on the lot recently purchased on Central St. (#66) Thomas E. Mayberry is putting in the cellar and George L. Abbott is the contractor for the building.

Thomas E. Mayberry purchased this lot of land from Nathaniel Whittler on Aug. 16, 1869. He paid $400 for the lot. AA Nov. 19, 1869 - "Thomas Mayberry is building a cellar on the lot of land he recently purchased of N. Whittier, and is intending to erect a neat house upon it." Mayberry most likely built his own home. He took a $1500. mortgage loan from the Andover Savings Bank on May 19, 1870 which then included the land with buildings. Thomas married a third time to widow Adelaide I. (Otis) Strong b. Dec. 23, 1810 in NY, also her third marriage. Thomas oldest daughter Mary Adelaide became a teacher. In 1860-61 she taught the intermediates at South Center and the Ballard Vale schools. Mary Adelaide married on Jan. 24, 1870 to Ezra Holt Valpey, a butcher shop owner, b. July 26, 1846 son of Samuel G. & Sarah Church (Holt) Valpey. Four years later Ezra & Mary Adelaide would build a home at 13 Summer St.

Thomas died on June 1, 1881 and his widow Adelaide I. died on Nov. 30, 1888. Both are interred at Spring Grove Cemetery. The Andover Savings Bank took possession of the property on Oct. 15, 1889. The property was then sold at auction for $3385. to brothers George H. Valpey and Ezra H. Valpey on Oct. 15, 1889. The Valpey brothers owned the butcher shop at 2 Main St. Ezra co-owned the property, then inherited his brother George's share on his death in 1916.

Ezra retired and sold his business. He would sell the home to Delia A. Greeley, wife of James E. Greeley on Nov. 29, 1920. Greeley owned the Rockport Fish Market in town at 20-24 Essex Street. Greeley had purchased the business of E.E.Gray at that location about 1918. The 1926 Directory lists both the Rockport Fish Market, but also the Shawsheen Market at 320 North Main St. Shawsheen Village as run by Greeley.

James E. Greeley was born on Nov. 10, 1870 in Lowell, MA, son of James & Anna (Quinn) Greeley. His was a provisions clerk in Lowell when he married on Dec. 28, 1903 to Delia Sullivan dau. of Patrick & Mary (Murphy) Sullivan. They had one daughter Anna M. b. Nov. 14, 1905. She became a lawyer with her practice in Andover. Delia died in 1926. James changed the name of his shop to James E. Greeley Co. in 1931 after the Post Office moved to 71 Main St.
James retired after WWII.


Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Map plan #13914 - lot 3

Nathaniel Whittler - land
Thomas E. Mayberry - Aug. 16, 1869 - b. 779 leaf 286 - lot $400
Mayberry - Andover Savings Bank - May 19, 1870 - b. 4 p. 202 - mtg loan $1500
Andover Savings Bank - Oct. 15, 1889 - b. 103 p. 159 - possession
George H. Valpey & Ezra H. Valpey - Oct. 15, 1889 - b. 103 p. 160 - mtg. sale $3385.
George H. Valpey estate, heir Ezra H. Valpey - Probate #52622 Norfolk Co.
Delia A. Greeley, wife of James E. - Nov. 29, 1920 - b. 434 p. 288
Delia A. Greeley estate, heir James E. Greeley - 1926 - Probate #156541
James E. Greeley estate, heir Anna M. Greeley - Dec. 31, 1945 - b. 679 p. 594
James J. Reilly - June 1, 1951 - b. 751 p. 161
James J. & Grayce R. Reilly - May 28, 1953 - b. 776 p. 212
James J. Reilly estate, heir Grayce R. Reilly - Oct. 30, 1985 - b. 2396 p. 344
David J. & Kathleen Crowley Reilly - Dec. 31, 1986 - b. 2396 p. 345
David J. Reilly - Oct. 19, 2004 - b. 9127 p. 23

Inventory Data:

StreetSummer St
PlaceAndover Center District
Historic DistrictNot Applicable
Historic NameThomas Mayberry house
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1869 - 1870
SourceECRDS, ENRDL, style-njs
Architectural StyleItalianate
Wall/Trimasbestos shingles
Roofasphalt - gable
Outbuildings / Secondary StructuresLarge Mansard roof barn/garage
Acreage0.468 acre
Map and parcel39-93
Recorded byBarbara Thibault, James S. Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Historical Society, Andover Preservation Commission
Date enteredMar 1990, 5/20/2016