88 Lowell Street

Architectural Description: 

NRIND NRMRA Now ell-shsped, house said to be first period. Horizon wood panelling, several additions,
During restoration 2007, discovery of former entrance door in center of west facade.

Historical Narrative: 

Themes: Agricultural, architectural, community development.

Chandler-Bigsby-Abbott Homestead
Built c. 1673
88 Lowell Street, Andover, MA

One of the ancient homesteads of the Chandlers is located at 88 Lowell Street in the West Parish. The house was built before 1673 by Captain Thomas Chandler. His daughter Hannah and her husband Captain Daniel Bigsby continued to occupy the house after the death of Hannah's parents. The farm consisted of over sixty acres on the south side of Lowell St. and extended east to the Shawsheen River. Several additions have been added to the original structure including a lean-to addition to the northeast rear and an ell on the northwest side.

It is believed to be the oldest First Period home still standing in Andover today. The interior rooms on the south facing side on both levels contain huge hand hewn summer beams with chamfered edges and gun-stock post corner beams. Many of the interior wall sheathing are covered with horizontal tongue and grooved or ship-lap wide pine board paneling. The kitchen fireplace is nearly 7' wide x 5' high and 42" deep. The original chimney was removed at some point in the early twentieth century and rebuilt in the early 1960s. The floors are all wide pine boards measuring 12" to 22" in width throughout the house.

There are two separate cellars, one below the kitchen on the east end of the building and accessible only by a south bulkhead door. The second cellar runs under the west end of the house and continues northward under the ell addition. This foundation however takes an unusual turn, leaving a small portion of the northwest corner not excavated. Three stairways once descended into this basement. One next to the kitchen fireplace, one by bulk head on the south front west side and the third under the back NE stairs. There is no basement under the center portion of the main house where the center chimney was built nor under the lean-to addition.

Six rooms are on the first floor and two entry porches and five rooms on the second floor. The main staircase is enclosed in vertical paneling. A second stair way built on the northeast corner of the ell is also enclosed, but in plaster walls. There is evidence of an older staircase in the middle room of the ell on the first floor which may have been removed when the last addition was built. Most floor and roofing timbers in the entire house have been hand hewed. The roof construction is framed with post and beam rafters with horizontal purlins. The wood sheathing runs vertical from eve to ridge pole. Evidence of a small fire on the north wall of the kitchen can be seen on the wall studs. There are a variety of window sizes and styles from different periods but the majority of the window openings measure only 24 inches wide. An 1888 map shows two barns on the property and the site still has the foundation of one on the East end of the house. The existing garage built in 1961 and has a full basement below was razed in 2008 and is now the site of the new home on the divided lot.

The following is a chronology of the residents and owners of the property for the last three hundred years.
Captain Thomas Chandler Family

Thomas Chandler was born about 1627, the oldest of five children of William & Annis Chandler of Roxbury, MA. William was a tanner in Roxbury by 1637 and owned an estate of 22 acres. William dies of consumption Feb. 26, 1641 and their mother Annis remarries on July 2, 1643 to John Dane (Dean) of Berkhamstead & Bishop-Startford, England. John had first settled in Ipswich and later to Roxbury. Thomas Chandler's other siblings were, Hannah, William, John and Sarah. Thomas and his brother William were among some of the most influential men of Andover's first settlers after the town incorporated in 1646. Sister Hannah Chandler would marry two other very influential men in Andover; George Abbot Sr. and after his death, she became the 3rd wife of the Rev. Francis Dane, Andover's 2nd minister in 1647 and son of John Dane. Thomas Chandler was one of the first Proprietors and Freeholders of the town, a blacksmith by trade, he served as a Representative to the General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1678. It is thought that his iron works was located on the Shawsheen River near Marland Village at Stevens Street. Brother William ran an Inn on the road from Ipswich to Billerica.
William Chandler & Annis (Weld or Alcock?) of Roxbury, Mass.
2-I. Capt. Thomas, b. about 1627 (according to deposition, 1692 Witchcraft Delusion) m. Hannah Brewer about 1651, daughter of Daniel & Ann Brewer of Roxbury. Hannah dies Oct. 25, 1717 in Andover age 88. Thomas dies Jan. 15, 1703, age about 76.
3-II. Hannah, b. about 1629, m. Dec. 12, 1646 George Abbot in Roxbury. Move to Andover. George dies Dec. 24, 1681 age. 66. Hannah m. 2nd Rev. Francis Dane Andover’s first minister. He dies Feb. 17, 1697 age. 81 after 48 years of service to the church. Hannah d. June 2, 1711 at about age 82.
4-III. William, b. 1633 m. 1st Aug. 24, 1658 to Mary Dane, daughter of John Dane and Elinor Clark of Ipswich. Mary was b. 1638 and d. May 10, 1679 Andover. William marries 2nd Bridget (Henchman) Richardson, widow of James Richardson of Chelmsford Oct. 8, 1679. William dies 1698.
5-IV. John, b. about 1635; m. Feb. 16, 1658 to Elizabeth Douglas, daughter of William Douglas and Ann Mattle. John was a Deacon and Selectman, settled in Woodstock, Conn. He dies April 15, 1703 at Woodstock, Ann died two years later on September 23, 1705.
6-V. Sarah, b. Roxbury; m. Nov. 4, 1659 to William Cleaver. He was killed by Indians at Sudbury, MA April 29, 1676 while serving under Capt. Wadsworth. Sarah m. 2nd Mr. Wilson, 3rd Ephraim Stevens and a 4th to Mr. Allen.

Thomas & Hannah (Brewer) Chandler
2-I. Capt. Thomas Chandler, (William) b. about 1627 m. Hannah Brewer about 1651, daughter of Daniel & Ann Brewer of Roxbury. A Captain in the Militia, Representative to the General Court of Mass. 1678-9, and a blacksmith by trade. Ultimately a rich man, carrying on a considerable ironworks, of which he makes mention in his will, giving each of his sons a fourth part of his share in the works. Thomas dies Jan. 15, 1703. Hannah dies Oct. 25, 1717 in Andover at age 88.
7-I. Thomas, b. Oct. 2, 1652 d. June 6, 1659 age 7y 7m.
8-II. John, b. March 14, 1655 d. Sept, 19, 1721 (Reading records) m. Dec. 20, 1676, Hannah Abbot, born June 9, 1650 daughter of George Abbot and
Hannah Chandler. She dies March 2, 1741. John was a Captain and Selectman in Andover.
9-III. Hannah, b. May 28, 1659; m, Dec. 2, 1674 Daniel Bigsby of Andover, son of Joseph Bigsby and Sarah Wyatt, (wid. of Luke Heard). Hannah died
Nov. 20, 1730. Daniel died May 7, 1717 age 66.
10-IV. William, b. May 28, 1659 d. Oct. 27, 1727 age 67. m. April 21, 1687 to Elinor Phelps. William was a brick maker in 1683 sells property to William
Foster of Boxford on Sept. 3, 1697.
11-V Sarah, b. Dec. 20, 1661 d. April 5, 1757 age 96; m. May 29,1682, Samuel Phelps. He dies Jan. 26, 1745-6 age 95.
12-VI Capt. Thomas, b. Oct. 9, 1664, d. Jan 20, 1736-7 age 73; m. May 22, 1686 to Mary Peters, daughter of Andrew Peters and Mary Beamsley (wid. of
Richard Kilborn?) Mary died July 21, 1753 age 86. Thomas was a surveyor, served in the Essex County Militia and was given command on May
28, 1690 of 40 forty troopers and thirty foot soldiers for the defense of the frontier towns from Dunstable eastward to Bradford during the Indian
Wars. He did service as a scout and was a Representative in 1690 & 1694 to the General Court.
13.-VII Henry, b. May 28, 1667, d. Aug. 27, 1737 in Enfield, Conn. M. Lydia Abbot of Andover, daughter of George Abbot & Sara Farnum of Rowley. B.
Sept. 29. 1675 d. March 11, 1739. Henry was an Ensign, surveyor, had a sawmill with his brother Joseph on the Cochichewick River, No. Parish,
Andover and had of his father Thomas' s homestead. He moved to Enfield, CN in 1723.
14-VIII Joseph, b. Aug. 3, 1669, m. Nov. 26, 1691 to Sarah Abbot daughter of Thomas Abbot the Rowley line & Sarah Stewart, b. Jan. 8, 1671. He was a
Captain, surveyor, part owner of the sawmill with Henry. He went to Amesbury before 1716, sold land to brother Henry, blacksmith, 1716, sold to
John Brown of Amesbury Iron works on Powwow River.

Thomas & Mary (Peters) Chandler
12-VI Captain Thomas Chandler (Thomas, William.) married May 22, 1686 to Mary Peters.
15-I Mary, b. Feb. 18, 1686-7 m. Kendall Goodwin and moves down east. (Maine)?
16-II Annis, b. March 24, 1689 m. June 19, 1711 Josiah Johnson, m. 2nd Benjamin Robbins.
17-III Thomas, b. June 4,1691 d. Feb. 10, 1714
18-IV Elizabeth, b. July 13, 1693
19-V Timothy, b. Mar. 29, 1694-5 d. 1771 m. Nov. 2, 1724to Hephziba Harnden, widow of Abiel Chandler; She dies March 17, 1783 age 94.
20-VI Ephraim, b. Oct. 2, 1696 d. before May 12, 1767. Joined South Church by letter from Reading in 1728. m. Sarah Adams of Westford; m. 2nd Widow
Abigail Blood of Groton. He was a tanner, purchased 40 acres in Chelmsford and moved in 1720 to what later became Westford.
21-VII David, b. Jan. 11, 1698-9 d. Sept. 19, 1699
22-VIII Hannah, b. Aug. 23, 1700 m. Aug. 21, 1723 to Andrew Johnson. He was in the Expedition to Crown Point in 1756.
23-IX David, b. July 14, 1704 m. May 13, 1731 to Abial Chandler daughter of Abiel and Hephzibah Chandler. She was born Dec.11, 1711 d. June 22,
1780. David died in Pembroke, MA. Before 1774.
24-X Phoeby, b. ____. 1708 d. Jan. 3, 1719-20
25-XI Lydia, b. ____. 1709-10 m. May 17, 1728 to Ebenezer Fitch of Reading, MA
26-XII _______ b. Feb. 16, 1710-11
27-XIII Bridgett, b. d. Oct.22, 1711
28-IX Jonathan, b. Oct. 20, 1712, bapt. Nov. 16, 1712 d. March 23, 1725.

Bigsby, Bixby Family
(Baxbe, Baxby, Bigsbe, Bigsbie, Bigsby, Bixbe, Bixby)

The name of Bixby is variously spelled in the old records, Bigsby, Bixbe, Byxbee, etc. The ancestor of the American family is Sergeant Joseph Bixby. He first appears in Ipswich in December, 1647 when he married Sarah (Wyatt) widow of Luke Heard of Ipswich. She probably came from Assington, England, as she then had land there. He was a carpenter; and lived in Ipswich until 1660, when he settled in Rowley Village, now the town of Boxford. He belonged to the military company in Topsfield, and was chosen sergeant of the company in 1666. He was a soldier in King Phillip's War in 1676; was made a freeman March 22, 1689-90; and died April 19, 1700. The inventory of his estate amounted to 167 pounds, 16s 10d. His wife Sarah survived him and died, his widow, June 3, 1704, aged eighty-four years.
2-I -Joseph, b. Ipswich, a husbandman m. March 29,1682 Sarah Gould of Topsfield d. Boxford
3-II Sarah, b. d. Jan 18, 1657, in Ipswich
4-III Nathaniel, d. July 11, 1658, in Ipswich
5.-IV Mary, b. Feb. 18, 1659, in Ipswich m. __________ Stone.
6.- V George, b. Rowley Village now Boxford, a merchant, m. Rebecca ___________ before 1693. Admitted to the First Church in Boxford in 1704.
7-VI Jonathan, b. Rowley Village, now Boxford, a husbandman, m. Sarah Smith of Topsfield Feb. 2, 1692-3. He died in 1717.
8-VII Daniel, b. abt.1651 in Rowley Village, (now Boxford). He was a carpenter and husbandman.

Daniel & Hannah (Chandler) Bigsby
8-VII Daniel Bigsby, a carpenter and husbandman. married Hannah Chandler Dec. 2, 1674 in Andover by William French. She was the daughter of Capt. Thomas Chandler and Hannah Brewer of Andover. Thomas Chandler conveyed to his so-in-law, Daniel Bixby sixty acres of land near the Shawsheen River, April 12, 1688 for 40 pounds. Chandler dies in 1703 and mentions his daughter Bixby in his will. In 1697 Daniel conveys to John Abbot for five pounds, thirteen shillings and eight pence in current money; a parcel of swamp land lying ;within ye Township of Andover; and formerly in the possession of Capt. Thomas Chandler on ye East Side of ye Ridge near Little Hope, containing about five acres and one half & twenty nine rods.This land today is near the high school playing fields, east of Indian Ridge. Baker's Meadow on Reservation Rd. was Little Hope Meadow. Daniel died May 7. 1717 age about 66 years old, his will dated April 12, 1715, being proved July 1, 1717. Mother-in-law Hannah Chandler dies in October 24, 1717. Daniel's widow Hannah died Nov. 20, 1730. The will of Daniel Bixbey names all his children except Daniel and Jonathan. If his daughter in law Rachael should have a living child by his son, the child is given 20 shillings. All his lands and buildings were enjoyed jointly by his wife and son Joseph, who were made executors. The daughter Hannah had had her portion. Rachael was the widow of Jonathan.
11-I Daniel, b. Sept. 18, 1675
12-II Hannah, b. Dec. 13, 1679, m. Nov. 4, 1714 to Stephen Barnard Jr.
13-III Thomas, b. Dec. 18, 1681, m. Dec. 8, 1703 to Deborah Elkins lived in Chelmsford, husbandman.
14-IV Sarah, b. Jan. 19, 1683 d. 1712
15-V Jonathan, b 1685? m. Rachel Hol____?
16-VI David, b. Feb.15, 1687-8; m. Abigail Butterfield, lived in Chelmsford, husbandman in 1717.
17-VII Mephibosheth, b. April 3, 1690. m. May 28, 1713 to Mary Emmonds of Cambridge, MA. at Cambridge. He was a cordwainer or shoemaker. He
removed from Andover to Woburn in 1724, later to Shrewsbury in 1732 and died March 20, 1767 at Winchendon. They had seven children; Daniel,
b. Dec. 31, 1713, Mary b. Feb 1715, Samuel b. Aug 31, 1716, Jonathan & David twins b. March 31, 1718, both die in April 1718, Nathaniel b. March
24, 1719, and Martha b. March 2, 1721-2
18-VIII Mary, b. April 10, 1693 m. June 7, 1716 to George Holt of Andover
19-IX Joseph, b. March 5, 1695-6, m. June 12, 1723 to Experience Frost. She dies Sept. 9, 1757 age 60. Joseph sold his father's right to common land in
Andover in 1722.
20-I Experience b.1723? d. Sept. 4, 1815 ae. 92 y. m. June 4, 1747 to William Abbot of Andover, yeoman. She dies his widow,
21-II Hannah b. Aug. 19, 1726

9-VIII Benjamin b. Rowley Village now Boxford, was a yeoman, m. Mary _________, before 1690. They lived in Topsfield. Benjamin died about 1730. They had seven children.
10-IX Abigail, was living in 1699.

George Abbott Family -
1. William Abbot, son of Nehemiah, (Nehemiah, George, George) & Sara Foster, b. 1724 d. Jan. 2, 1798 of Consumption age 73 y, married June 4, 1747 to (20-I) Experience Bigsby, daughter Daniel Bigsby & Hannah Chandler. b. 1723? d. Sept. 4, 1815 at age 92 years.
2-I Jeduthun, Capt., b. Aug. 17, 1749; d. July 5, 1810; age. 62 y. lived with his father; m. Nov. 26, 1772 Hanna Poor; b. January 13, 1754 dau. of Peter &
Sarah Poor. Hannah d. Sept. 3, 1823. age.70 y.
3-II Bigsby, (Bixby) b. Nov. 24, 1750; d. 1813; lived both in Andover and Greenfield, NH; m. 1772 Hephzibah Ames; Jan. 9,1772, d. May 20, 1796 age.
40y 7m. 2nd m. Mary Johnson, Jan. 1, 1801.
4-III Hanna, b. July 15, 1753; d. June 1792.
5-IV Lucy, b. Sept. 23, 1758; d. 1798; m. April 11, 1776 to John Brown of Hopkinton, NH.
6-V Sarah, b. June 16, 1763; m. Feb. 9, 1786 to Isaac Mooar but d. Apr. 22,1786 of Consumption age. 22y 10m. Isaac m. 2nd Feb. 14, 1788 to Lydia

Jeduthun & Hannah (Poor) Abbot
2-I - Capt. Jeduthun Abbot, (William, Nehemiah, Nehemiah, George, George) and Hannah (Poor); m. November 22, 1772;
7-I Hannah, b. July 10, 1773.
8-II Lucy, b. Oct. 9, 1775; d. Aug. 16, 1798 of nervous fever. age 22 y 10m.
9-III Jeduthun Jr. b. June 18, 1777; lived with father; m. January 17, 1805 to Betsy Bridges.
10-IV Fanny, b. March 30, 1779; d. July 19, 1829 ae. 50y.; m. Nov. 25, 1802 to Osgood Johnson; d. Dec. 23, 1808 of Consumption ae. 31y 6m.
Children; Osgood, b. Sept. 9, 1803, d. 1837; Phillips Academy Principal, Fanny, b. Nov. 8, 1804 d. 1839; m. Mar. 10, 1825 Jacob Dascomb and
Rebecca A., b. March 11, 1806 d Feb. 2, 1821. ae. 15 y.
11-V - Lydia, b. Mar. 24, 1781; d. Feb. 1843; m. Feb. 12, 1801, John Lacer Richardson of Corinth, VT; 2nd m, Deacon Folsom of Corinth, VT.
12-VI - Sara Peabody, b. July 4, 1783 d. Feb. 1822. age 40
children; Lotte, b. Apr. 3. 1802
13-VII - Amos, b. Sept. 7, 1786, Amos was a Deacon; served in the Massachusetts Legislature and U.S. Congress; m. Dec. 6, 1812 to Esther Mackey West
14-VIII - Abigail, b. May 23, 1790 d. Oct. 24, l844; m. Sept. 26, 1813 to Capt. Thomas Chandler Foster.
Children; Caroline A., Sara Jane, Hanna Abbott, Abigail and V. Caroline who m. Joseph Abbott, son of Herman Abbott.
15-IX Pamelia, b. Oct. 11, 1792; d. Aug. 31, 1798, cholera morbus, age 5y 10m.
16-X Rebecca, b. Mar. 10, 1795; d. Sept. 8, 1798, fever 3y 5m.

Jeduthun & Mary "Betsy' (Bridges) Abbot
9-III Jeduthun Abbot Jr. (Jeduthun, William, Nehemiah, Nehemiah, George, George) b. June 18, 1777; son of Capt. Jeduthun & Hannah Abbot lived with father; m. January 17, 1805 to Mary (Betsy) Bridges.
17-I William, b. May 27, 1805 m. Dec. 30, 1832 to Mary P. Bailey
children; Salome Jane b. Nov. 3, 1833, Mary Jane bpt. Sept. 18, 1842, William Warren bpt. Sept. 18, 1842 and Moses Bailey b. Dec. 5, 1842

Moody B. & Hannah (Noyes) Abbot
18-II Moody Bridges, b. May 24, 1808 m. Dec. 8, 1830 to Hannah V. Noyes
Seven Children. Hannah J. b. March 23, 1832 - d. Jan. 20, 1833, Charles M. b. June 27,1834, Jeduthan Varnum b. 1836, Samuel Herbert b. 1838, Hannah Jane b. Apr. 18, 1842, Sarah Maria b. Sept. 17, 1844 and Mary Elizabeth (Lizzie) b. Sept. 5, 1852

13-VII Amos Abbott, (Jeduthan, William, Nehemiah, Nehemiah, George, George) b. Sept. 6, 1786; Deacon; served in the Massachusetts Legislature and U.S. Congress; m. Dec. 6, 1812 to Esther Mackey West
Eleven Children; Sarah B. b. April 10, 1814, Elizabeth b. March 4, 1816, Edward West b. Apr. 4, 1818, Amos Alfred b. May 30, 1820, son b. Dec. 10, 1821,
Caroline Mackey b. Feb. 23, 1823, Esther Ann b. Feb. 6, 1826, Jane Green b. July 23, 1828, William A. b. Aug. 9, 1831, Amy F. b. Dec. 11, 1832 and Sally Barnard b. July 10, 1838.

3-II - Bigsby (Bixby), Abbott (William, Nehemiah, Nehemiah, George, George) (6.), b. Nov. 24, 1750; d. 1813; lived both in Andover and Greenfield, NH; m. 1772 Hephzibah Ames, b. Jan. 9,1772 - d. May 20, 1796 age. 40y 7m. 2nd, m. 2nd. Mary Johnson, Jan. 1, 1801
Twelve children; Hepsibah b. Aug. 17, 1772, William b. July 14, 1774, Benjamin b. Nov. 8, 1776, Joseph bpt. June 21, 1778 bur. Aug. 19, 1778 a. 2m,
Betsy b. Sept. 18, 1780, Joseph b. Feb. 1, 1783, Henry b. Mar. 5, 1785, Samuel b. Jan. 28, 1789, Nehemiah b. Oct. 18, 1790, Timothy b. Feb. 22, 1793,
Warren bp. July 19, 1795 and Warren b. July 14, 1796

Anthony & Saraah (Dodson) Ward Family -1885 - 1940
1888-Map of Andover - Anthony Ward b. Sept. 26, 1826 d. Aug. 29, 1901 age 75 m. Sarah Dodson b. March 16, 1833 Yorkshire, England, she came to America in 1847 at age fourteen, in the company of her parents, and eleven brothers and sisters. d. April 22, 1919. Sara joined the West Parish Church on March 5, 1876 and at the time of her death was its oldest member. Anthony was a farmer, and was associated with the Lawrence lodge, I.O.O.F. He taught his sons Richard and George farming at 88 Lowell Street. Richard later becomes a milkman and operated a dairy in Lawrence until 1905. He and his family lived at 63 Lowell St. George and his family lived next to the homestead at #78 Lowell Street. After Anthony and Sarah died Margaret continued to reside in the homestead until her death in 1939. All the Ward family seems to have been active members of West Parish Church and the Andover Grange. All are interred at West Parish Cemetery.
2-I Jennie E., b. Oct. 7, 1851 d. July 17, 1916 m. Charles J. Gardner b. July 31, 1844 d. March 2, 1891
3-II Ella T., b. 1856 - Mar. 13, 1956 m. Herman Sidney Phelps
Children; Emma Maria b. 1878 and Fred b.
4-III Richard Alfred, b. July 1854 d. Jan. 1946 age 91y 6m 9d. m. Mary Elizabeth Abbott b. 1852 d. Feb. 1921. Richard was a milkman and ran a dairy in
Lawrence before retiring in 1905. He built birdhouses as a hobby and gave them to the Andover Red Cross to sell, the proceeds were used for the war
relief. He was highly esteemed resident, well read and took a keen interest in world affairs.
Children. Dora Abbott b. 1883 - d. Aug. 1972 - 89y 5m 12d, Mildred G. b. 1885 d. 1968 (m. Leverett N. Putnam), Paul Anthony b. Oct. 12, 1893 -
October 10, 1943 - Vet. WWI
5-IV Emma A. Louisa, b. Jan. 6, 1859 d. July 13, 1919 age 60y 7m. Graduate of Punchard High School, Class of 1877. She becomes a teacher and
begins in 1878-80 at Abbott District School at a salary of $ 8.10 / week. She taught at North School 1881-86, Frye School Intermediate 1886-1891,
then goes to teach at Harvard, MA.
6-V Margaret Julia b. Oct. 6, 1860 d. Dec. 28, 1939 dressmaker in Lawrence, graduate of Punchard High School Class of 1880.
7-VI George Dodson b. Aug. 12, 1862 d. Feb. 10, 1938 m. Laura Greenbank Foster b. May 13, 1873 in North Andover. d. Nov. 17, 1940. George was a
farmer and lived next to his parents at #78 Lowell St. Children: Mrs. Russell Foster, Mrs. James Marshall, and George Chester Ward
8-VII Eva, b.

James D. & Ethel M. Wilson Family - 1956 - 2006
1956 - 2006 James D. & Ethel M. Wilson- purchase the house in 1956. James D. Wilson b. 1921 was a Sales Engineer and town Selectman from 1959-1964. Ethel, his wife, was a housewife. The Wilson's built the garage in 1961. The chimney and fireplaces were also rebuilt about this time.
Children; James D. b. 1945, Pamela M. b. 1947, Steven C. b. 1949, Dana T. b. 1950, Anna L. b. 1956

Michael Ristuccia - Contractor 2006 - 2008
Contractor to restore and rehabilitate the property via Special Dimensional Permit - Massachusetts Historical Commission approval 2006 - 2007, Preservation Restriction recorded in the Registry of Deeds.


Compiled by James S. Batchelder December 2006 Andover Preservation Commission
Andover Town Vital Records
Andover Historical Society Vertical Files, Abbot, Chandler, Ward, & Bixby families.
Andover Street Lists 1885 -1956
Historic Houses of Andover - 1946
Charlotte Helen Abbott - Family Genealogies Abbot, Chandler,
National Register Survey 1974 -1976 Andover, MA
Essex Antiquarian Magazine Oct. 1904 - Bixby Family Genealogy
Historical Sketches of Andover 1880 Sarah Loring Bailey

Capt. Thomas Chandler, wife Hannah (Brewer) - 1670 – d. Jan. 15, 1703
Daniel Bigsby, wife Hannah (Chandler) 1674 – d. May 7, 1717
Wid. Hannah (Chandler) Bigsby – d. Nov. 20, 1730
Joseph Bigsby wife Hannah 1717 – 1747
William Abbot & Experience (Bigsby) Abbot 1747 – Jan. 2, 1798
Experience (Bigsby) Abbot heir 1747 life estate - Nov. 23, 1810 – b. 1919 leaf 165
Jeduthun Abbot, wife Hannah (Poor) Abbot 1798 – d. July 5, 1810
Jeduthun Abbot Jr., Amos Abbot & siblings - Nov. 23, 1810 – b. 1919 leaf 165
Jeduthun Abbot Jr - 1829
Jeduthan Abbott Jr., wife Betsy -
Moody B Abbott, wife Hannah – Mar. 8, 1837 – b. 297 leaf 185 -
Charles M. Abbott – June 18, 1859 rec. 5/17/1860 – b. 606 leaf 237
Charles M. Abbott – Nov. 1, 1866 rec. 2/19/1867 – b. 718 leaf 276
Charles M. Abbott, J. Varnum Abbott, S. Martha Hardy, M. Lizzie Abbott, heirs – 1876
Anthony Ward – May 14, 1874 – b. 26 p. 233 – 31a 2rods 1 pole
Anthony Ward – May 17, 1879 – b. 56 p. 106 – 8a 2rods
Anthony Ward – May 17, 1879 – b. 56 p. 107 – 8a 2rods
Anthony Ward estate, heir wife Sarah D. – Aug. 29, 1901 - Probate
Sarah D. Ward estate, heir Margaret J. Ward – Apr. 22, 1919 - Probate
Margaret J. Ward estate, Dec. 28, 1939 – Ward heirs
Laurel M. & George U. Gilman – June 30, 1944 – b. 665 p. 532
Rosaire & Rita Dubrule –Oct. 10, 1947 – b. 703 p. 570 – 1.18 acres
Charles A. & Margaret A. Swift – Mar. 10, 1950 – b. 733 p. 465
James Edgar – Nov. 23, 1855 – b. 827 p. 166
Eldred L. Field and Walter C. Tomlinson – June 12, 1956 – b. 837 p. 44
James D. & Ethel Wilson – Dec. 19, 1956 – b. 848 p. 87
James D. Wilson estate, heir Ethel Wilson – Feb. 19, 1980
Ethel Wilson & Dana T Wilson – Dec. 12, 1980, rec. Dec. 23. – b. 1478 p. 207
Dana T. Wilson Trust – Nov. 21, 2001 – b. 6491 p. 149
Michael P. Ristuccia – May 5, 2006 – b. 10330 p. 277
M. R. Restoration LLC – Preservation Restriction – Aug. 28, 2007 - b. 10891 p. 120
M. R. Restoration LLC – Aug. 23, 2007 – b. 10891 p. 143 – lot A
Anthony S. & Amy Smith- Boden – May 21, 2008 – b. 11186 p. 298

(Preservation Deed – July 24, 2007 rec. Aug. 28, 2007 b. 10891 p. 120 – Michael P. Ristuccia, M. R. Restoration – Map #15619 Dec. 27, 2006 lot A )
Massachusetts Historic Commission – Preservation Restriction – Aug. 28, 2007 – b.10891 p.120
Town of Andover – Preservation Commission - Special Dimensional Permit Bylaw
Andover Zoning Board of Appeals - Aug. 3, 2006 – b. 10514 p. 245

Inventory Data:

StreetLowell St
PlaceWest Parish - West Andover
Historic DistrictIndividual National Register Listing
Historic NameChandler - Bigsby - Abbot House
Present Useresidence
Original Useresidence-farmhouse
Construction Datec. 1673
SourceAHS files
Architectural StyleFirst Period
Roofasphalt hip roof
Outbuildings / Secondary Structuresgarage - razed in 2008
Major Alterationsgarage 1963 subdivided lot - Special Dimensional Permit 2008 Complete renovation of structure - New home built on divided property 2008
Acreagefrontage 195'.
Map and parcel71-2A
MHC NumberANV.300
Recorded byStack/Mofford
OrganizationAndover Historical Commission
Date entered1975-77 02/21/2006, updated 2013