After the land was sold by the original owner, only three families have owned the house at 63 McCoy Ave in Metuchen, New Jersey.
Chain of Title
John Hanson (widower) to Raymond M. Laing and Anna M. Laing, his wife. April 29, 1922, Book 715, Page 499.
Raymond M. Laing and Anna M. Laing, his wife, to Vanvert Tyrell and Sadie Tyrell. August 22, 1924, Book 784, Page 414.
Vanvert Tyrell and Sadie Tyrell, his wife, to Gene Mancuso and Rosa Mancuso, his wife. February 3, 1960, Book 2115, Page 13
Estate of Rosa Mancuso to Isaac and Chrissy Kremer, his wife. January 9, 2020.
John Hanson was the owner of Fairmount Park, Section 2, which he had surveyed and laid out with lots for people to purchase from him in 1916. Advertisements in the New York Sun for the original Fairmount Park (section 1) subdivision to the west offered “Newly Built Houses with 7 rooms and all improvements for $3,750 and lots for $200. These were being offered by Hanson’s Realty Corp. of Perth Amboy.”
Apparently leasing was going slow, for a comparison of the Fairmount Park, Section 2 map with the 1929 Sanborn Fire Insurance very few of the lots had been built on.
Raymond M. Laing and Anna M. (Tyrell) Laing
Raymond M. Laing and Anna M. (Tyrell) Laing, his wife, purchased the property at 63 McCoy from Hanson on April 29, 1922. Two years later they sold the property to Vanvert Tyrell and Sadie Tyrell, his wife. The date of construction for the house at 63 McCoy Ave was most likely between 1922 and 1924 before Vanvert and Sadie Tyrell bought the property and house from his mother and father-in law Anna M. (Tyrell) Laing. The reasoning for this build date is the 1924 lease refers to “the houses, buildings, trees, ways, waters, profits, privileges, and advantages.” This likely means that a house had been constructed and was resting on the lot prior to the Tyrell family buying it.
Raymond M. Laing (1880-1956) worked for the Barber Asphalt Company, before retiring in 1946. His wife Anna May Tyrell (1879-1958) was sister of Vanvert H. Tyrell, Sr., (1873-1911). Apparently following the death of her brother she took an active interest in her nephew Vanvert H. Tyrell, Jr., and his family. That interest appears to have included purchasing property and building a house on it between 1922 and 1924.
Vanvert Tyrell and Sadie Tyrell
At the time Vanvert enlisted in World War I on September 12, 1918, he worked as a “Machinist Apprentice” for the Barber Asphalt Company of Perth Amboy. The 1926 city directory lists Vanvert Harned and Sadie Tyrrell as the first people to live at 63 McCoy Ave and among the first people living on McCoy Ave. The family were active members of the First Baptist Church in Metuchen. The 1947 Perth Amboy City Directory lists Vanvert Tyrell as an assistant cashier at PSE&G Co. and still residing in Metuchen.
Eugene and Rose Mancuso
The second family that had an association with the house was Eugene and Rose Mancuso. A deed for the house was recorded February 3, 1960 in the Middlesex County Book 2115, Page 13. A native of Newark, Gene served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Upon returning from service he married his wife in 1951. They moved to Metuchen in 1956 and lived here the rest of their life. Gene passed away September 12, 2012. His wife rose passed away February 24, 2019. Both were active members of St. Francis Cathedral in Metuchen.
Isaac and Chrissy Kremer
Our first visit to the house was the summer of 2019. We began comparison shopping with other houses. When none of these worked out for us, we returned on September 9, 2019 and gave 63 McCoy Ave a second look.
Still uncertain, we cameback just over a month later on October 8, 2019 and gave it a third look before placing our offer.
-What followed were several months of back and forth with the realtor, bank, and owner. We finally were able to close on January 9, 2020.
Following closing, almost immediately we commenced on a full renovation. Literally not a single squareinch went untouched. All walls were painted, new kitchen, two new bathrooms, and the floors refinished.
March 29, 2021 – Slideshow of the long dreaded spindle reinstallation, over a year after we first moved in.
August 28, 2021 – We finally got the right boards in the right places on the frontporch. Consolidated original boards that were carefully removed in the most visible and heavily trafficked area between the exteriordoor and the interiordoor. New boards went to the side under what will be a future built-in. Chrissy did a great job making the new boards and older original boards look indistinguishable from one another. The whitewash technique lets the semi-distressed look come out.
December 4, 2021 – Outside gets some lights and inside the chair rail looks festive.
January 1, 2022 – We start off the year by uninstalling, boiling, cleaning, polishing, and reinstalling door hardware to give it that just like new/old look.