Andover Historic Preservation

130 ARGILLA RD130 argilla rd (click to enlarge)


architectural description

Georgian/Federal vernacular
L-shaped farmhouse; center chimney; orig. 3-bay facade facing south (entry now on ell facing street); cornice molding

historical narrative

Themes: architectural , community development

Early farmhouse in area of mid- 20th century tract development. Simple, unelaborated mass with satisfying compact proportions; relocation of entry detracts from intended effect.

1960's Mrs. West says she removed old ell & barn and relocated entrance from gable end to new ell. Barn set very close to Argilla Rd.
Map & Directory Research:
1830 no bldgs on west side, J. Chase on east side
1852 no bldgs on west side, Joseph Abbot on east side
1872 no bldgs on west side, Murphy on east side
1884 murphy on east side, unidentfied structure on west side, (probably Turner)
1888 Murphy house, ell & barn, probably is Sullivan (?)
1885 directory - Patrick Murphy, farmer 30th St. and Timothy Sullivan, farmer, 30th St.
[Murphy and Sullivan both once lived at 111 Argilla Rd.]

Jameson Family of Andover:
David Jameson of Andover was born in Scotland 1826, came here with his mother and sister Alice. Alice married John Flint, a cousin to the John Flint of Ballardvale.
David married Sarah Jane Farnum, daughter of Jeremiah Farnum and Sarah Wardwell, who was born 1827. Her mother was a daughter of John Wardwell and Sarah Trurrell; Capt. Levi Farnum was an uncle.

David and Sarah Jane had:
David Trurrell b. 1851
Johb Trurrell d.y.
Wm. Lewis born 1853
Charles Albert b. 1854
George D d.y.
Julia Ann d.y.
Mary Ellen d.y.
David Mocar b.1856
Eddie Francis b. 1858
Sarah Ann, b. 1859
(One of these, Eddie, I think, shot the Parker boy by mistake.)

Jameson bought the old yellow house - the Blanchard place - under the big elm tree, which was torn down in 1863 possibly. On map it is marked Joseph F. Abbott who m. Phoebe Lovejoy. Jameson began to build the old house over from an ell, but stopped because he could get the house above the Stratton place (97 Argilla) at an auction. Jameson moved the ell portion across the street in 1863 and added the front portion. The former addition (ell) may have been the 1st West Center School house, bought at auction and moved to site and attached on the north side.

Mary Jameeson married David (5) Barker of Pelham, N.H. Oct. 2, 1783

Title Chain: 130 Argilla Road.
West, Robert L. & Geraldine J. Dec. 1, 1981 bk. 1548 pg. 280 NEDL
West, Robert L. & Geraldine J. May 24, 1963 bk. 985 pg. 423 NEDL
Shtrumpfman Helen & Saul Oct. 14, 1931 bk. 561 pg. 481 NEDL
Shtrumpfman, Isidor & Helen May 31 1914 bk. 340 pg. 55 NEDL
Ward, Miles R. Sept. 26, 1012 bk. 322 pg. 66 NEDL
Marino, Sebastino & Sebastina and Saraceno,Emanuele May 19, 1908 bk. 260 pg. 235 NEDL
Turner, Jennie L. May 9, 1907 bk. 245 pg. 581 NEDL
Sullivan, Timothy C. & Mary Mar. 30 1874 bk. 27 pg. 66 NEDL
Jameson, David & Sarah May 9, 1859 bk. 584 pg. 140 EDS
Abbot , Waldo L.
Abbot Joseph J. July 5, 1848 bk. 399 pg. 225 EDS
Foster, William P.
Foster Sarah W. admin est W Foster May 7, 1844 bk. 343 pg. 253 EDS
Chase, John died Feb. 24 1843 ae 58 ?
Foster, William P. died Aug. 30, 1843ae 85 May 17, 1831 bk. 260 pg. EDS
Towne, David ?
Blanchard, David died 1776 ?
Blanchard, Joseph ?
Ballard about 1710

Additional Imformation:

Chase, John E. &
Sanders, Mary A. D. May 17, 1831 bk. 260 pg. 203 part of John & Joshua Chase farm 14 acres+/-
Chase, John to
Foster, William Jan. 2, 1838 bk. 304 pg. 288 1/2 peat meadow & upland for $50
Abbot, Joseph to
John White 1845 bk. 360 pg. 230
Blanchard, David bk. 84 pg. 35
bk. 96 pg. 250
bk. 111 pg. 167, 168
Blanchard, Joseph bk. 114 pg. 70
bk. 120 pg. 91 & 269
bk. 131 pg. 74

John Chase's wife Anna Chase, also a John E. Chase, Eunice A. Chase, William Foster & wife Sarah W. Foster Jan. 2, 1838

inventory data

Table: Inventory Data for 130 ARGILLA RD
Place: West Andover
Historic District: Not Applicable
Address: 130 argilla rd
Historic Name:
Present Use: residential
Original Use:
Date of Construction: pre-1830
Source: style
Style/Form: Georgian
Wall/Trim: clapboards
Roof: asphalt shingles
Outbuildings / Secondary Structures barn
Major Alterations:
Acreage: less than one acre; approx. frontage 60', approx. distance from street 20'.
MHC inventory number: ANV.604
Recorded by: W. Frontiero
Organization: Andover Historical Commission
Date: 2-25-80

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