Tuesday, October 21, 2014

1878-1882 Autograph Album of Carrie D. Mulligan, or Milligan, of Winona County, Minnesota; married James Granger


1878-1882 autograph album of Caroline D. Mulligan or Milligan, "Carrie", of Winona County, Minnesota, from before and after her marriage to James Granger.  Most records show her maiden name as Mulligan, but I found at least one instance of Milligan.

I was able to tease out Carrie's identity from signer Ella Nora Granger, who called Carrie her sister.  Ella was the sister of Carrie's husband James Granger, whom Carrie married on November 21, 1880.


The album measures approximately 5-1/4" x 3" and contains the sentiments of 51 of Carrie's relatives and friends.  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the signers, together with any personal information they offered, appear at the end of this post.

From online research, hopefully correct:  [corrections and additions welcome!]

Caroline D. Mulligan/Milligan was born about 1862 in New Hampshire.  Probably owing to the fact that I'm not positive of the spelling of Carrie's maiden name - perhaps it was even Milliken - I haven't found information on her father.  Carrie's mother Emily, whose maiden name, I think, was Merrill, married Almon Sartwell, another New Hampshire native, on December 26, 1865, so apparently Carrie's father died when she was very young.  Emily inscribed a page in her daughter's album.


Carrie's younger half-sister Addie L. Sartwell, born September 25, 1868, signed the first page in the album, on January 30, 1878.  She would marry Bert Thompson.


Carrie's younger half-brother Edgar M. Sartwell, "Eddie", inscribed the last page in the album, on April 17, 1881.  He would marry May Gage.


Before Almon Sartwell married Carrie's mother Emily, he had been married to Susannah (Beall) Sartwell, with whom he had several children, three of whom died young.  Susannah died herself died only a month after the birth of daughter Susan Belle Sartwell, "Susie".  Susie, born October 25, 1863, inscribed a page in her stepsister Carrie's album, on January 30, 1878.  Susie would marry Archie G. Southworth.


On November 21, 1880 at Warren, Minnesota, Carrie married James Granger, son of William and Rebecca (Wood) Granger.  James was born about 1856 in Wisconsin.  James inscribed a page in Carrie's album in April 1881.   As noted at the beginning of this post, his sister Ella Nora also inscribed a page in April 1881.


James and Carrie had a son Robert W. Granger, born about December 1882, and a daughter Gertrude E. Granger, born about September 1885.  James Granger died September 27, 1888 at Winona, Minnesota.  In the 1920 Census, Carrie, who had apparently not remarried after James' death, was living with her daughter Gertrude and husband Arthur Larson at St. Charles, Minnesota.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or information on any of the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Surnames in the album

?FNT
? FlanaghanNettletonTart/Tartt [3]
AFloonRW
Ashcraft [3]GRafuthWeed
BGageReedWeimer
BlairGibbs [3]RigdonWilliams [3]
CGranger [2]RollingsWood
ClausinsHSWright [2]
DHill [4]Sanders
DerousseLSartwell [4]
DuncansonLintonSelden [2]
EMSkidmore
EllisMcConnon [2]Stevens
Merriman
Mulligan/Milligan

Signers in the album   [Note: Given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]

?
  • Kit ?, signed on March 29, 1879
A
  • Maudie Ashcraft, signed at Beaver, Minnesota
  • Samuel Ashcraft, signed at Beaver, Minnesota
  • Maggie B. Ashcraft, signed at Beaver, Minnesota, on June 30, 1879
B
  • Sarah Blair, signed on July 18, 1878
C
  • Perena K. Clausins, not sure of given name or surname
D
  • Thomas Derousse, signed on February 16, 1878
  • Miss Julia Duncanson, signed on March 29, 1879
E
  • Adelia Ellis, signed on June 29, 1879
F
  • Adaline Flanaghan
  • May Floon, signed on July 1, 1879; not sure of surname
G
  • Emma Gage
  • Etta Gibbs, signed on March 30, 1879
  • Florence A. Gibbs, signed on March 30, 1879
  • C. Gibbs, signed on March 24, 1880
  • James E. Granger, signed at Stockton, Minnesota, on April 4, 1881. Carrie's husband, whom she married on November 21, 1880
  • Ella N. Granger, signed at Stockton, Minnesota, on April 6, 1881
H
  • Charles A. Hill, signed on March 30, 1878
  • F. R. Hill, signed on April 28, 1880
  • Della Hill
  • Elmer F. Hill, signed on April 28, 1880
L
  • Sara J. Linton
M
  • Maggie A. McConnon of Whitewater Falls, Minnesota
  • Nora McConnon
  • Laura Merriman of Enterprise, Minnesota
  • Caroline D. (Mulligan/Milligan) Granger, "Carrie", of Winona County, Minnesota; album owner
N
  • Samuel Nettleton, signed on February 10, 1878
R
  • Anna Rafuth, signed on April 5, 1881
  • Scrap of paper with sentiment of Henry T. Reed, signed at Dorchester, New Hampshire, signed on June 19, 1881
  • Rufus Rigdon, signed on January 7, 1880
  • Josie Rollings
S
  • Clara Sanders of Pilot Mound, Minnesota, signed on June 20, 1879
  • Carrie's Mother, signed on April 17, 1881.  She was Emily (Merrill) Mulligan Sartwell
  • Addie L. Sartwell, signed on January 30, 1878
  • Susie Sartwell, signed on January 30, 1878
  • Eddie M. Sartwell, signed on April 17, 1881
  • W. B. Selden, M. D., signed on July 3, 1879
  • Eva Selden, signed on June 25, 1879 at Whitewater Falls, Minnesota
  • Mary Selden
  • Esther Skidmore, signed on June 29, 187?
  • Emma S. Stevens of Warren, Minnesota
T
  • Ida Tart of Warren, Minnesota, signed on April 28, 1878; Ida M. Tart
  • C. Tart, signed in 1880; possibly a sibling of signer Ida M. Tart of Winona County, Minnesota: Cromwell, Clara or Corinna
  • Nellie Tartt, signed on February 22, 1880
W
  • Hattie L. Weed of Rockford, Minnesota, signed on October 16, 1879
  • H. Weimer, signed on March 28, 1880; intricate sketch of bird
  • Mary Williams, signed on July 18, 1878
  • Mary Williams of Whitewater Falls, Minnesota
  • Miss Abbie Williams, signed on June 30, 1879
  • O. M. Wood of Custer, Minnesota, signed on April 29, 1880
  • Mr. George S. Wright of Whitewater Falls, Minnesota, signed on June 25, 1879
  • Mrs. O. E Wright, signed at Whitewater Falls, Minnesota, on July 1 [no year written]

Winona County, Minnesota



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Monday, October 20, 2014

1881-1894 Autograph Album of Henry Willis Hildreth of Cambridge, Massachusetts


1881-1894 autograph album that Henry Willis Hildreth of Cambridge, Massachusetts, presumably received as a Christmas present in 1881.


The album measures approximately 6-3/4" x 4-1/4" and contains the sentiments of over 40 of Henry's relatives and friends.  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the signers, together with any personal information they offered, appear at the end of this post.

Most of the pages were signed by members of the extended Hildreth and Colburn families of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.


From online research, hopefully correct:  [corrections and additions welcome!]

Henry Willis Hildreth was born May 26, 1874 at New Ipswich, New Hampshire, the son of Charles Willis Hildreth and Lucy Maria (Colburn) Hildreth, who were born at New Ipswich, New Hampshire, and Temple, New Hampshire, respectively.  Henry's parents inscribed facing pages in his album.



Lucy Maria (Colburn) Hildreth's parents were Nathan Colburn and Jane (Parker) Colburn.  Jane signed a page as "Grandma" on September 15, 1882.  Her husband Nathan had died earlier that year, on January 23.  To make the page more meaningful for her grandson, though, Jane pasted a scrap of a document that Nathan Colburn had signed in 1840 in his position as Town Clerk of Temple, New Hampshire.


Refer to the list below for the names of other signers who expressed a family relationship with Henry, blood relatives and in-laws.  These include people with the surnames Brewer; Colburn; Edwards; Frost; Hildreth; and possibly Prutzman, and there may be more.

On November 5, 1907 at Westford, Massachusetts, Henry Willis Hildreth married Harriet Craven Sargent, daughter of Frederick G. Sargent and Hepzibah (Craven) Sargent.  Harriet was born February 25, 1881 at Westford, Massachusetts.  They lived at Winchester, Massachusetts; Henry worked at a bank.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or information on any of the signers listed below, or if I've made an error in family relationships, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Surnames in the album

BHP
Brewer [2]HastingsPease
ButlerHildreth [11]Perry
CKPrutzman [3]
Colburn [3]KillamR
Collins [3]LRichmond
ELincoln [4]S
EdwardsLockeSmith [3]
FNT
Frost [2]Newton [2]Taylor
W
Wyeth

Signers in the album   [Note: Given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]

B
  • Ella G. Brewer of Cambridge, Massachusetts, signed on April 7, 1883. Daughter of Thomas H. Brewer and Mary Jane (Colburn) Brewer, who was a sister to Henry's mother Lucy Maria (Colburn) Hildreth.
  • Thomas H. Brewer, Jr., signed at Cambridge, Massachusetts, on January 5, 1882. "Your Cousin". His mother, Mary Jane (Colburn) Brewer, was a sister to Henry's mother Lucy Maria (Colburn) Hildreth.
  • H. A. Butler, signed at Cambridge, Massachusetts, in October 1883
C
  • Scrap of an 1840 document with the signature of Town Clerk Nathan Colburn on it.  Pasted on a page shared with the autograph of "Grandma", left on September 15, 1882.  They were the maternal grandparents of album owner Henry Willis Hildreth.  Nathan had died in January 1882, so the scrap was his wife Jane (Parker) Colburn's way of including him.
  • "Grandma", inscribed on September 15, 1882. She was Jane (Parker) Colburn. In a nice touch, she pasted an 1840s document signed by her recently deceased husband Nathan Colburn, who had died in January 1882
  • Charlie L. Colburn of Temple, New Hampshire, signed on September 16, 1882. Son of Charles N. Coburn, a brother to Henry's mother Lucy Maria (Colburn) Hildreth.
  • Leonard Collins of Westborough, Massachusetts, signed on April 16, 1893
  • Mr. William Collins of Westborough, Massachusetts
  • Frances C. Collins of Westborough, Massachusetts, signed on April 9, 1891
E
  • Lill B. Edwards, signed at Temple, New Hampshire, on January 10, 1882 "Your Aunt"
F
  • Fannie C. Frost of Cambridge, Massachusetts, signed on April 3, 1882. Frances Colburn (Brewer) Frost was the daughter of Mary Jane (Colburn) Brewer, a sister to Henry's mother Lucy Maria (Colburn) Hildreth. Her husband Clarence B. Frost signed the right facing page.
  • C. B. Frost of Cambridge, Massachusetts, signed on April 3, 1882. He was Clarence B. Frost, whose wife Fanny C. (Brewer) Frost signed the left facing page.
H
  • M. Hastings of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, signed on February 2, 1886. Middle initial could be C or G. If C, the signer could have been Martha C. Hastings, wife of Leonard W. Hastings.
  • Henry W. Hildreth of Cambridge, Massachusetts, signed at Christmas in 1881. Album owner Henry Willis Hildreth.
  • Charles W. Hildreth of Cambridge, Massachusetts, signed on February 14, 1882. Charles Willis Hildreth, Henry's father. His wife Lucy Marie (Colburn) Hildreth signed the right facing page.
  • "Your Mother" Lucy M. Hildreth, signed at Cambridge, Massachusetts, on January 5, 1882. Lucy Maria (Colburn) Hildreth; her husband, Charles Willis Hildreth, signed the left facing page.
  • Achsah B. Hildreth, signed at Cambridge, Massachusetts, on September 15, 1882. Achsah Beulah (Colburn) Hildreth was the wife of John Lewis Hildreth, a brother to Charles Willis Hildreth, Henry's father. She was also the sister of Lucy Maria (Colburn) Hildreth.
  • Ella F. Hildreth, signed on January 1, 1882. Ella's father, Charles Lewis Hildreth, was a brother to Henry's paternal grandfather, John Lewis Hildreth, and thus Henry's 1st cousin, once removed.
  • Cousin Libbie Hildreth, signed in New York, on October 10, 1882
  • Florence J. Hildreth of Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts, signed on November 7, 1886. Florence Josephine Hildreth was the daughter of William Hartwell Hildreth, a brother to Henry's father Charles Willis Hildreth. Therefore, Florence and Henry were first cousins.
  • W. H. Hildreth of Newton, Massachusetts, signed on February 23, 1885. Perhaps William Hartwell Hildreth, a brother to Henry's father Charles Willis Hildreth.
  • John L. Hildreth, Jr., of Cambridge, Massachusetts, signed on February 18, 1882. Double cousin of Henry, as his father John Lewis Hildreth was Henry's father's brother, and his mother Achsah Beulah Colburn was Henry's mother's sister.
  • Beulah G. Hildreth of Cambridge, Massachusetts, signed on November 7, 1886. Beulah Gertrude Hildreth, double cousin of Henry, as her father John Lewis Hildreth was Henry's father's brother, and her mother Achsah Beulah Colburn was Henry's mother's sister.
  • H. Augusta Hildreth of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, signed on February 18, 1882. Harriet Augusta Hildreth, a sister to Henry's father Charles Willis Hildreth.
K
  • A. H. Killam, signed at Temple, New Hampshire, on August 1, 1882
L
  • Charlotte Lincoln of Southborough, Massachusetts, signed on December 15, 1894
  • R. M. Lincoln of Southborough, Massachusetts, signed on December 17, 1894
  • Lizzie Lincoln of Southborough, Massachusetts. signed on December 15, 1894.
  • Mabel Lincoln of Southborough, Massachusetts, signed on December 17, 1894
  • Ada Elsie Locke, signed on October 3, 1886
N
  • Appleton L. Newton of Southborough, Massachusetts, signed on April 20, 1893
  • Mabel L. Newton of Southborough, Massachusetts, signed on April 19, 1893
P
  • Alfred R. Pease of Cambridge, Massachusetts, signed on August 1, 1884
  • M. Ella Perry of Cambridge, Massachusetts, signed on December 13, 1881
  • A. C. Prutzman, Jr. of Three Rivers, Michigan. Abraham Clifford Prutzman, Jr. (1847-1925). His wife Laura (Davis) Prutzman signed the right facing page.
  • Mrs. A. C. Prutzman, Jr., signed at Cambridge, Massachusetts, on January 16, 1882. Laura (Davis) Prutzman, originally of New Hampshire, wife of Abraham Clifford Prutzman, who signed the left facing page.
  • Ernest R. Prutzman of 65 Grove Street, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, signed on February 28, 1885. Ernest Richard Prutzman, son of signers Abraham Clifford Prutzman and Laura (Davis) Prutzman
R
  • J. C. Richmond, signed at North Cambridge, Massachusetts, on December 25, 1882. "Age 80". Perhaps John C. Richmond.
S
  • Mrs. Sarah Smith, signed at Cambridge, Massachusetts; middle initial might be F.
  • Blanche Smith of Cambridge, Massachusetts, signed on September 26, 1884
  • Myrtie Smith of Cambridge, Massachusetts, signed on September 26, 1884
T
  • Frederic W. Taylor of North Cambridge, Massachusetts, signed on August 29, 1884
W
  • Lucy C. Wyeth, signed on December 7, 1882 at Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cambridge, Massachusetts

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1867-1873 Autograph Album of Ella, perhaps Ella Dorsheimer, of Saint Louis, Missouri


1867-1873 autograph album that belonged to an Ella, perhaps Ella Morris Dorsheimer, of Saint Louis, Missouri.  Many of the autographs are inscribed to Ella; one of the group pages contains the autograph of Ella Dorsheimer, who signed her name and the date, August 19, 1869.


Others who inscribed their names on the page above:

  1.  H. Brolaski of St. Louis, Missouri
  2.  Ophelia J. Evans, signed on August 15, 1868
  3.  Miss Lillie Benting of St. Louis, Missouri, signed on August 23 [no year written]
  4.  George N. James of Cincinnati, Ohio, signed on August 29, 1868
  5.  Jennie E. Pierce, signed on August 15, 1868
  6.  Della McCara of Columbia, Indiana, signed on November 6, 1868
  7.  Howard Brolaski of Laclede Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri
  8.  Eva C. Howard of Laclede Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri
  9.  ? Parrott of Keokuk, Iowa
  10.  Grace Valle of St. Louis, Missouri
  11.  Emily Brolaski of St. Louis, Missouri, signed on November 14, 1868
The album, published by Leavitt & Allen of New York, New York, measures approximately 7" x 5-1/4" and contains four engravings and the sentiments of 80 people, though a few of them may have signed more than once.  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the signers, together with any personal information they offered, appear at the end of this post.


One of the group pages mentions that the signers were members of the Junior Class.  


Signers on the page above:
  1. Sallie M. Cooper
  2. Mattie J. Gettys
  3. Bertha Helmerichs
  4. Alice A. Brotherton
  5.  Belle Smithers
  6. Carrie Kintzing
Another group page:


Signers on the page above:
  1.  John W. Loader, signed 28, 1868
  2.  Oll Robison, signed on June 28, 1868
  3.  Mrs. ? C. McClaren, signed June 28, 1868
  4.  Lewis Dorsheimer, signed June 28, 1868; perhaps Ella's father Col. Lewis Dorsheimer (1819-1892)
  5.  ? H. Williamson, signed on July 9, 1868
  6.  W. S. Robison
  7.  L. S. Chiles
  8.  Edward L. Parmelee, signed on July 19, 1868
From online research, hopefully correct and hopefully the Ella who owned the album:  [corrections and additions welcome!]

Ella Morris Dorsheimer was born December 27, 1851 at Saint Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Col. Lewis Dorsheimer and Eugenia D. (Close) Dorsheimer, who were born in Pennsylvania and New York, respectively.  Lewis was a merchant, and the family was apparently well off, as I didn't see that Ella had an occupation in Census records, and one of them listed her widowed mother's occupation as "Own Income".  I don't believe Ella ever married.  She died in 1920.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or information on any of the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


Several signers inscribed more than one page, I believe, though some of the additional pages were surnames only or initials and a surname, so I can't be sure.  I believe that Henry Franklin Deane signed three pages.  And two people named Parrott signed more than one page.  There's a calling card inside, very faded, but I believe the name was T. J. Parrott.  Several pages were signed by Rob C. Parrott, assuming he was the R. C. Parrott who signed.


One signer, named Brolaski, who inscribed a page at Saint Louis, Missouri, in 1867, had me using a mirror to decipher the handwriting.


Surname list


?GOT
? [18]Gettys [3]OsbornThompson
BHOverstolz [2]V
BentingHelmerichs [2]PValle
Brolaski [4]HeuerParmeleeW
Brotherton [2]HewittParrott [4]]Williamson
CHowardPettes
CarroJPeyton
ChilesJamesPierce
ClaiborneKQ
CooperKeevilQuenelle
CoppKintzingR
CottrillLRea
DLeBronReinhard
DarlingLoaderRobison [4]
DeaneMS
DoddsMcCaraShepard
Dorsheimer [at least 2]McClarenSmithers
EMcDowellSpeck
EvansMontgomeryStoddard


Signers in the album    [Note: Given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]

?
  • A. F. D?
  • Box
  • Franz F?, signed at Saint Louis, Missouri, on December 19, 1869
  • Unsigned, a Robert Burns poem
  • Unsigned, dated September 27, 1873
  • Miss Addie Sh?
  • Hotel Johnny; shared the page with O. Robison; Mark LeBron; Sallie J. Peyton; "Shoo Fly"; E. C. Keevil; J. W. McDowell; and R.C.P., K.K.K.
  • "Shoo Fly"; shared the page with Hotel Johnny; O. Robison; Mark LeBron; Sallie J. Peyton; E. C. Keevil; J. W. McDowell; and R.C.P., K.K.K.
  • R. C. P., K.K.K [possibly Rob C. Parrott].; shared the page with Hotel Johnny; O. Robison; Mark LeBron; Sallie J. Peyton; "Shoo Fly"; E. C. Keevil; J. W. McDowell
  • ?, a name that could possibly be Henry and possibly Widfrey; shared the page with Laura Speck
  • Mattie
  • The Pastor at Trinity Chapel B.T.S.
  • Unsigned; Robert Burns poem
  • Lizzie, signed on March 15, 1870
  • ? C. M.
  • Carrie K., signed on March 31, 1868
  • Annie, signed at Bonham's Seminary at Saint Louis, Missouri. Bonham's Female Seminary.  Shared the page with Susie F. Carro
  • Herbert C.
B
  • Miss Lillie Benting of St. Louis, Missouri, signed on August 23 [no year written]; shared the page with H. Brolaski; Ophelia J. Evans; Ella Dorsheimer; George N. James; Jennie E. Pierce; Della McCara; Howard Brolaski; Eva C. Howard; ? Parrott; Grace Valle; Emily Brolaski
  • H. Brolaski of St. Louis, Missouri; shared the page with Ophelia J. Evans; Miss Lillie Benting; Ella Dorsheimer; George N. James; Jennie E. Pierce; Della McCara; Howard Brolaski; Eva C. Howard; ? Parrott; Grace Valle; Emily Brolaski
  • Howard Brolaski of Laclede Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri; shared the page with H. Brolaski; Ophelia J. Evans; Miss Lillie Benting; Ella Dorsheimer; George N. James; Jennie E. Pierce; Della McCara; Eva C. Howard; ? Parrott; Grace Valle; Emily Brolaski
  • Emily Brolaski of St. Louis, Missouri, signed on November 14, 1868; shared the page with H. Brolaski; Ophelia J. Evans; Miss Lillie Benting; Ella Dorsheimer; George N. James; Jennie E. Pierce; Della McCara; Howard Brolaski; Eva C. Howard; ? Parrott; Grace Valle
  • Written backwards: Brolaski, St. Louis, Missouri, 1867; intricate design
  • Alice A. Brotherton; shared the page with other members of the Junior Class: Sallie M. Cooper; Mattie J. Gettys; Bertha Helmerichs; Belle Smithers; Carrie Kintzing
  • Alice A. Brotherton, signed at St. Louis, Missouri, on May 3, 1869
C
  • Susie F. Carro, signed in 1869; shared the page with Annie
  • L. S. Chiles; shared a page with John W. Loader; Oll Robison; Mrs. ? C. McClaren; Lewis Dorsheimer; ? H. Williamson; W. S. Robison; Edward L. Parmelee
  • J. H. L. Claiborne, signed on August 8, 1872
  • Sallie M. Cooper; shared the page with other members of the Junior Class: Mattie J. Gettys; Bertha Helmerichs; Alice A. Brotherton; Belle Smithers; Carrie Kintzing
  • Lizzie Copp, signed at St. Louis, Missouri, on March 28, 1868
  • Julia F. Cottrill of St. Louis, Missouri, signed on May 13, 1867
D
  • Theo Darling or Thomas Darling; not sure of given name.
  • Name is possibly Henry F. Deane, Saint Louis, Missouri, signed in 1869; signed the page before the title page in the album, which normally only the owner signs, and possibly signed another page near the end of the album. Possibly Henry Franklin Deane (1847-1891)
  • Milo G. Dodds, signed on September 8, 1872
  • Album owner may have been Ella Dorsheimer of Saint Louis, Missouri
  • Lewis Dorsheimer, signed June 28, 1868; shared a page with John W. Loader; Oll Robison; Mrs. ? C. McClaren; ? H. Williamson; W. S. Robison; L. S. Chiles; Edward L. Parmelee
  • Ella Dorsheimer, signed on August 19, 1869; shared the page with H. Brolaski; Ophelia J. Evans; Miss Lillie Benting; George N. James; Jennie E. Pierce; Della McCara; Howard Brolaski; Eva C. Howard; ? Parrott; Grace Valle; Emily Brolaski
  •  ? Dorsheimer; shared the page with R. C. Parrott.  Possibly Ella Dorsheimer
E
  • Ophelia J. Evans, signed on August 15, 1868; shared the page with H. Brolaski; Miss Lillie Benting; Ella Dorsheimer; George N. James; Jennie E. Pierce; Della McCara; Howard Brolaski; Eva C. Howard; ? Parrott; Grace Valle; Emily Brolaski
  • Mattie J. Gettys: shared the page with other members of the Junior Class: Sallie M. Cooper; Bertha Helmerichs; Alice A. Brotherton; Belle Smithers; Carrie Kintzing
  • Mattie J. Gettys, signed at St. Louis, Missouri, on February 27, 1867
  • Mattie J. Gettys, signed on February 8, 1869
H
  • Bertha Helmerichs; shared the page with other members of the Junior Class: Sallie M. Cooper; Mattie J. Gettys; Alice A. Brotherton; Belle Smithers; Carrie Kintzing
  • Bertha E. Helmerichs, signed at St. Louis, Missouri, on May 2, 1867; presumably the same Bertha who signed a group page and another individual page with a lovely wheat design
  • Maggie Heuer, signed at Saint Louis, Missouri, on May 9, 1867
  • C. C. Hewitt of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Eva C. Howard of Laclede Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri; shared the page with H. Brolaski; Ophelia J. Evans; Miss Lillie Benting; Ella Dorsheimer; George N. James; Jennie E. Pierce; Della McCara; Howard Brolaski; ? Parrott; Grace Valle; Emily Brolaski
J
  • George N. James of Cincinnati, Ohio, signed on August 29, 1868; shared the page with H. Brolaski; Ophelia J. Evans; Miss Lillie Benting; Ella Dorsheimer; Jennie E. Pierce; Della McCara; Howard Brolaski; Eva C. Howard; ? Parrott; Grace Valle; Emily Brolaski
K
  • E. C. Keevil; shared the page with Hotel Johnny; O. Robison; Mark LeBron; Sallie J. Peyton; "Shoo Fly"; J. W. McDowell; and R.C.P., K.K.K.
  • Carrie Kintzing; shared the page with other members of the Junior Class: Sallie M. Cooper; Mattie J. Gettys; Bertha Helmerichs; Alice A. Brotherton; Belle Smithers
L
  • Mark LeBron, signed on April 13, 1871; shared the page with Hotel Johnny; O. Robison; Sallie J. Peyton; "Shoo Fly"; E. C. Keevil; J. W. McDowell; and R.C.P., K.K.K.
  • John W. Loader, signed 28, 1868; shared a page with Oll Robison; Mrs. ? C. McClaren; Lewis Dorsheimer; ? H. Williamson; W. S. Robison; L. S. Chiles; Edward L. Parmelee
M
  • Della McCara of Columbia, Indiana, signed on November 6, 1868; shared the page with H. Brolaski; Ophelia J. Evans; Miss Lillie Benting; Ella Dorsheimer; George N. James; Jennie E. Pierce; Howard Brolaski; Eva C. Howard; ? Parrott; Grace Valle; Emily Brolaski
  • Mrs. ? C. McClaren, signed June 28, 1868; shared a page with John W. Loader; Oll Robison; Lewis Dorsheimer; ? H. Williamson; W. S. Robison; L. S. Chiles; Edward L. Parmelee
  • J. W. McDowell, signed on January 1, 1870; shared the page with Hotel Johnny; O. Robison; Mark LeBron; Sallie J. Peyton; "Shoo Fly"; E. C. Keevil; and R.C.P., K.K.K.
  • G. C. Montgomery of Frenchtown, Paris, Illinois, signed on January 8, 1870
O
  • E. F. Osborn, signed at St. Louis, Missouri, on April 3, 1870
  • Theresa Overstolz, signed on February 5, 1869
  • T. Overstolz, signed on February 5, 1869; Ella's schoolmate
P
  • Edward L. Parmelee, signed on July 19, 1868; shared a page with John W. Loder; Oll Robison; Mrs. ? C. McClaren; Lewis Dorsheimer; ? H. Williamson; W. S. Robison; L. S. Chiles
  • ? Parrott of Keokuk, Iowa; shared the page with H. Brolaski; Ophelia J. Evans; Miss Lillie Benting; Ella Dorsheimer; George N. James; Jennie E. Pierce; Della McCara; Howard Brolaski; Eva C. Howard; Grace Valle; Emily Brolaski
  • Parrott, signed on April 14, 1870; possibly T. J. Parrott
  • R. C. Parrott; Rob C. Parrott; signed another page as well, and a group page.
  • Calling card of T. J. Parrott of Keokuk, Iowa. Other wording too faint to read.
  • Hattie F. Pettes, signed on November 9, 1871
  • Sallie J. Peyton of Portsmouth, Ohio; shared the page with Hotel Johnny; O. Robison; Mark LeBron; "Shoo Fly"; E. C. Keevil; J. W. McDowell; and R.C.P., K.K.K.
  • Jennie E. Pierce, signed on August 15, 1868; shared the page with H. Brolaski; Ophelia J. Evans; Miss Lillie Benting; Ella Dorsheimer; George N. James; Della McCara; Howard Brolaski; Eva C. Howard; ? Parrott; Grace Valle; Emily Brolaski
Q
  • S. F. Quenelle
R
  • Mary L. Rea of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, signed at St. Louis, Missouri, on November 6, 1868
  • Sue E. Reinhard of St. Louis, Missouri, signed on May 12, 1867
  • Oll Robison, signed on June 28, 1868; shared a page with John W. Loader; Mrs. ? C. McClaren; Lewis Dorsheimer; ? H. Williamson; W. S. Robison; L. S. Chiles; Edward L. Parmelee
  • W. S. Robison; shared a page with John W. Loader; Oll Robison; Mrs. ? C. McClaren; Lewis Dorsheimer; ? H. Williamson; L. S. Chiles; Edward L. Parmelee
  • O. Robison, signed on December 3, 1869; shared the page with Hotel Johnny; Mark LeBron; Sallie J. Peyton; "Shoo Fly"; E. C. Keevil; J. W. McDowell; and R.C.P., K.K.K.
  • O. Robison; signed in March
S
  • Clara Gertrude Shepard of Austinburg, Ohio
  • Belle Smithers; shared the page with other members of the Junior Class: Sallie M. Cooper; Mattie J. Gettys; Bertha Helmerichs; Alice A. Brotherton; Carrie Kintzing
  • Laura Speck, "my classmate, my Grandchild". Not sure what that means.  Shared the page with someone whose name looks like Henry ?, possibly Widfrey
  • H. A. Stoddard, signed on May 1, 1869
T
  • Mamie Thompson of St. Louis, Missouri
V
  • Grace Valle of St. Louis, Missouri; shared the page with H. Brolaski; Ophelia J. Evans; Miss Lillie Benting; Ella Dorsheimer; George N. James; Jennie E. Pierce; Della McCara; Howard Brolaski; Eva C. Howard; ? Parrott; Emily Brolaski
W
  • ? H. Williamson, signed on July 9, 1868; shared a page with John W. Loader; Oll Robison; Mrs. ? C. McClaren; Lewis Dorsheimer; W. S. Robison; L. S. Chiles; Edward L. Parmelee
Saint Louis, Missouri


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

1850s-1870s Autograph Album of 1) Sarah of Alabama & Connecticut; 2) Ida of Meriden, Connecticut


Note: See new information in the 4th-6th paragraphs on the possible identity of the album owners as Sarah Crocker and her much younger sister Ida Crocker.

1850s-1870s autograph album that belonged to two women in succession.  It was started by a Sarah, who was living at Montgomery, Alabama, in the early 1850s and moved to Meriden, Connecticut, within that same decade, perhaps with her family or perhaps alone, to attend Meriden Institute.  Some of the sentiments inscribed to her in Alabama have a "farewell" flavor.

At some point in the 1870s the album came to light and was taken over by an Ida of West Meriden, Connecticut, perhaps a student at the Corner School, as was at least one of the inscribers.

I haven't yet teased out a relationship between Sarah and Ida and am in hopes that a reader will recognize the clues and post a comment.  It's tempting to think that there might be a connection to the Ives family of Meriden, Connecticut, some of whose members moved, at least temporarily, to Alabama in the 19th century.

Note: If you scroll to the comments section, you'll see that a reader has proposed a serious theory that the album owners were members of the Crocker family, based on the more contemporary note, perhaps added by Ida, to the page signed by Samuel M. Ives at Montgomery, Alabama, on March 22, 1852.  Samuel was a member of the Ives family of Meriden, Connecticut; several members of that family spent time in business in Alabama.

The note indicates that Samuel married Julia Ann Crocker, daughter of Orsanius/Orasmus Crocker and Delia (Birdsey) Crocker of Meriden, Connecticut.  Julia had a younger sister Sarah, born in 1836, and a much younger sister Ida, born in 1857.  It wouldn't be surprising if Sarah Crocker had accompanied her married sister Julia Ann (Crocker) Ives to Montgomery, Alabama, for a visit.  And it wouldn't be surprising if the album passed from Sarah to her younger sister Ida.

So it's possible that the original owner was Sarah Delia Crocker, and the subsequent owner was Sarah's younger sister Ida L. Crocker, who died in 1921 and is buried with her parents.  I haven't yet found further information on Sarah Delia Crocker, but it seems that the album would have passed to her children if there were any living at the time of her death.


The "Fountain Album", published in New York by Cornish, Lamport & Co., is a large one, approximately 7-3/4" x 6-1/4" and contains the sentiments of 34 people from Alabama and Connecticut.  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the signers, together with any personal information they offered, appear at the end of this post.


The album also contains six engravings interspersed throughout.

The Fountain; engraved by W. G. Jackman, New York

One of the earlier signers, Samuel E. Norton, left a three page sentiment on April 30, 1853.  He was presumably Dr. Samuel Edwin Norton, a native of South Carolina, who was a Methodist minister and a physician at Montgomery, Alabama.




William M. Ross inscribed a page to Sarah at the Meriden Institute on April 7, 1859.


As an example of the later autographs, directed to Ida, Lissa A. Beadle of West Meriden, Connecticut, inscribed a page at Corner High School on February 1, 1875.  Lissa became a teacher.


If you have a theory as to the identities of Sarah and Ida, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

A Cold Water Party, engraved by John C. McRae

Surnames in the album

?GP
? [7]GarveyPayne
BHR
BaileyHatchR?
BeadleHathawayRoss
BloodgoodIS
BronsonIvesSkidgell
CLSymonds
CampLinsleyT
DMT?
DevereuxMathewsW
DoolittleMorseWebster
Drysdale [3]N
Norton

Love's Eclipse, engraved by John C. McRae

Signers in the album   [Note: Given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]

?
  • Sarah, original album owner, who acquired her autographs from Alabama and Connecticut
  • Ida, subsequent album owner, who acquired her autographs at West Meriden and Meriden, Connecticut
  • "To Miss Sarah": B. W. W., signed at Montgomery, Alabama, on February 16, 1853
  • "To Sarah": Leonora, signed at Montgomery, Alabama, on August 31, 1852
  • "To Miss Sarah": I. M. R.
  • "To Sarah": Fanny, signed at Montgomery, Alabama, on May 2, 1853
  • "Dear Sarah": J. L. M., signed in May 1853
  • "To Sarah": Mary, signed at Montgomery, Alabama
  • "To Sarah": Emma, signed in June 1859
  • "To Sarah": H. A. L., signed at Montgomery, Alabama, on May 9, 1853
  • C. Lenney or C. Kenney
B
  • Hattie L. Bailey of West Meriden, Connecticut, signed on January 19, 1876
  • Lissa A. Beadle of West Meriden, Connecticut, signed at Corner High School on February 1, 1875
  • Alice M. Bloodgood of West Meriden, Connecticut, signed on February 2, 1875
  • "To Sarah": M. J. Bronson, signed at New Haven, Connecticut, on August 30, 1860/ At top in a later note: "Mrs. Ethel M. Cooke (Mrs. Dudley S. Cooke), 150 Old Man St., Rocky Hill"
C
  • Jessie May Camp of West Meriden, Connecticut, signed on February 8, 1875
  • Cooke, Mrs. Ethel M. Cooke/Mrs. Dudley S. Cooke, mentioned on a page signed by M. J. Bronson
D
  • Hattie L. Devereux of West Meriden, Connecticut, signed on February 8, 1875
  • George A. Doolittle of West Meriden, Connecticut, signed on February 1, 1876
  • John M. Drysdale of Meriden, Connecticut, signed on February 8, 1876
  • "To Ida": Katie E. Drysdale of West Meriden, Connecticut, signed on February 8, 1876
  • James Drysdale of Meriden, Connecticut, signed on February 8, 1876
G
  • Katie Garvey, signed on February 3, 1875
H
  • Mary B. Hatch of West Meriden, Connecticut, signed on February 1, 1875
  • Susie Hathaway of West Meriden, Connecticut, signed on January 18, 1875
I
  • Samuel M. Ives, signed at Montgomery, Alabama, on March 22, 1852. Later note: "Julia Ann Crocker's husband"
L
  • Jessie E. Linsley, signed at West Meriden, Connecticut, on February 2, 1875. "Always remember the word 'Trotter'"
M
  • "To Ida": Katie Mathews, signed on January 25, 1876; "your schoolmate"
  • Minnie B. Morse of West Meriden, Connecticut, signed on February 1, 1876
N
  • 3-page sentiment written by Samuel E. Norton on April 30, 1853. Presumably Dr. Samuel Edwin Norton, a South Carolina native, in practice at Montgomery, Alabama.
P
  • "To Sarah"; Edward Payne, signed at Meriden, Connecticut, on July 24, 1859
R
  • "To Sarah": Victoria R___M, signed on May 3, 1853
  • "To Sarah": William M. Ross, signed at Meriden Institute on April 7, 1859
S
  • Ida E. Skidgell of West Meriden, Connecticut, signed on February 2, 1875; "Little Mouse"
  • Hattie E. Symonds of West Meriden, Connecticut, signed on February 2, 1875. "Daisy Maude" & "Large Hall"
T
  • I. T. ?, possibly Tichman
W
  • "To Ida": Ella Webster, signed on February 2, 1873, "Large Hall"
"The Car of Intemperance", after the painting by J. Burns; engraved by John C. McRae

Meriden, Connecticut


The Temple of Sobriety; engraved by J. C. McRae

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Friday, October 17, 2014

1878-1880s Autograph Album of Mary C. Randecker of Erie, Pennsylvania


1878-1880s autograph album of Mary C. Randecker, "Mamie" or "Mayme", of Erie, Pennsylvania; her name is stamped in gold on the cover.


The album measures approximately 7-3/4" x 5" and contains the sentiments of 56 of Mary's relatives, friends, schoolmates, teacher and pastor.  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the signers, together with any personal information they offered, appear at the end of this post.

From online research, hopefully correct:  [corrections and additions welcome!]

Mary C. Randecker was born in September 1863 in Pennsylvania, the daughter of German immigrants Adam F. Randecker and Caroline (Springler) Randecker.

Mary's sister Hildah inscribed a page in her album on February 13, 1879.  Hildah would marry Ferdinand Schottin about 1881.  He may have been the Fred Schottin who inscribed a page in Mary's album, along with his siblings Edward H. Schottin; Charlotte Schottin, "Lottie"; and Charles Schottin.



Other relatives of Mary who signed pages were cousins:  Charles P. Zeiter, I believe of Erie, Pennsylvania; and a cousin group from Buffalo, New York that may have been siblings, none of whom left a surname: Josh; Marie; Frances; Tine; and Rebecca.

Mary C. Randecker married Frank Low Noyes at Erie, Pennsylvania, on February 21, 1884.   According to his passport application, Frank was born at Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, on September 16, 1861.   He inscribed a page in Mary's album.


Mary and Frank lived at Watertown, New York, where Frank was a master mechanic.  They had a son Byron Noyes and a daughter Frances Lombard Noyes, who died young.  Frank died  in 1939, and Mary in 1951.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or information on any of the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Mary's pastor, Herman Henry Bruning, at the Luther Memorial Church, and his wife Frances (Gable) Bruning signed pages in the album at Erie, Pennsylvania, on May 6, 1879.



Mary's teacher, Lillian D. Jones, inscribed a page on February 28, 1879.


One page was written in German.  The signer may have been Rosa Lachenmains.  If you can translate the page and confirm or correct the name, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!


Surnames in the album

?FMS
? [11]FaulknerMcCreaSchottin [4]
BFeidler [3]MelhomSmith
BauerGMillerT
BemerGladding [2]MorrisThornton
Bruning [2]HNW
CHeustisNoyesWeidler
CopelandJPWelsh
CrayJones [2]PhillipsWillis
DKRY
DevittKommes [2]Randecker [2]Yeager [4]
Dranz [2]LRoosZ
Dunning [2]LeyerZeiter

Signers in the album     [Note: Given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]

?
  • Sadie F., signed on October 20, 1879
  • Maud M. ?, signed on March 21, 1879. Her surname begins with M and runs off the page. Possibly Murray or Munn or ?
  • Cousin Josh, signed at Buffalo, New York, on September 9, 1880
  • Marie, signed at Buffalo, New York, on September 10, 1880; Mary's cousin
  • Lizzie, signed at Fairview, on July 16, 1879
  • Eva C. C. of Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Frances, signed on May 29, 1880, at Erie, Pennsylvania
  • A. G. E., signed at Erie, Pennsylvania, on October 20, 1879
  • Cousin Tine, signed at Buffalo, New York, on September 10, 1880
  • Cousin Rebecca, signed at Buffalo, New York, on September 9, 1880
  • Page written in German - the signer may have been Rosa Lachenmains.
B
  • Lizzie Bauer
  • George F. Bemer, signed at Erie, Pennsylvania, on January 4, 1881
  • Mrs. H. H. Bruning, signed at Erie, Pennsylvania, on May 6, 1879. Frances (Gable) Bruning, whose husband Rev. Herman Henry Bruning, pastor of Luther Memorial Church at Erie, Pennsylvania, signed the following page.
  • H. H. Bruning, signed at Erie, Pennsylvania, on May 6, 1879'; "Your Friend and Pastor". He was Herman Henry Bruning, whose wife, Frances (Gable) Bruning signed the preceding page. http://www.pagenweb.org/~luzerne/bios/brbios.htm
C
  • Eva Copeland, signed at Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Kittie M. Cray
D
  • Kate Devitt, signed on January 26, 1879
  • Emma Dranz, signed at Erie, Pennsylvania, on December 3, 1879
  • Anna Dranz, signed at Erie, Pennsylvania, on December 3, 1879
  • Burt S. Dunning, signed at Erie, Pennsylvania, in January 1881
  • Libbie Dunning, signed at Erie, Pennsylvania, on January 8, 1880
F
  • Ida Faulkner, signed at Erie, Pennsylvania, on October 20, 1879
  • W. D. Feidler, signed at Avonia, Pennsylvania, on July 12, 1879. Possibly Wesley D. Feidler, whose wife Mary E. Feidler signed the next page.
  • Mrs. M. E. Feidler, signed at Avonia, Pennsylvania, on July 13, 1879. Possibly Mrs. Mary E. Feidler, whose husband Wesley D. Feidler signed the preceding page.
  • Maggie M. Feidler; presumably the daughter of signers Wesley D. and Mary E. Feidler.
G
  • Watson A. Gladding, signed at East Berlin, Connecticut, on July 6, 1881
  • W. E. Gladding, signed at Erie, Pennsylvania, on July 18, 1881
H
  • Lillian S. Heustis, signed at Erie, Pennsylvania, on July 8, 1880
J
  • Annie E. Jones, signed at Erie, Pennsylvania, on February 22, 1879; Mary's schoolmate
  • Lillian D. Jones, signed on February 28, 1879; Mary's teacher
K
  • Mrs. M. A. Kommes, signed at Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1879
  • L. Kommes of Erie, Pennsylvania, signed on November 16, 1879; middle initial might be J
L
  • Mary J. Leyer, signed on October 12, 1879
M
  • Kittie McCrea, signed on July 16, 1880
  • Clara A. Melhom, signed at Erie, Pennsylvania, on October 19, 1880
  • Charles Miller of Erie, Pennsylvania, signed on November 1, 1879; middle initial might be Z
  • Mr. John Morris of Erie, Pennsylvania, signed on September 10 [no year written]
N
  • Frank L. Noyes.  He and Mary C. Randecker would marry in 1884.
P
  • Charles Phillips
R
  • Mary C. Randecker of Erie, Pennsylvania; album owner; her name is stamped in gold on the front cover
  • Hildah Randecker, signed on February 13, 1879; Mary's sister.  Huldah married Ferdinand Schottin about 1881.
  • Amelia Roos, signed at Erie, Pennsylvania, on May 30, 1880
S
  • Eddie H. Schottin; he wrote his name and also pasted his calling card on the page. He also inscribed a sentiment on the facing page.
  • Charles Schottin, signed at Erie, Pennsylvania, on April 5, 1883
  • Lottie M. Schottin
  • Fred Schottin, signed at Buffalo, New York, on December 26, 1878
  • Amelia Smith, signed on September 10, 1882
T
  • Maude Thornton, signed on October 20, 1879, at Erie, Pennsylvania
W
  • E. Otto Weidler, signed on January 19, 1879
  • J. S. Welsh
  • E. B. Willis of Battle Creek, Michigan
Y
  • Ida I. Yeager of Erie, Pennsylvania. Ida Irene Yeager.  Shared the page with her sister Jennie M.Yeager.  Daughter of signers John L. and Catherine Yeager.
  • Jennie Yeager of Erie, Pennsylvania, signed on November 4, 1879. Jennie M. Yeager.  Shared the page with sister Ida Irene Yeager.  Daughter of signers John L. and Catherine Yeager.
  • J. L. Yeager of Erie, Pennsylvania, signed on November 3, 1879. John L. Yeager, husband of signer Catherine Yeager and father of signers Ida and Jennie Yeager.
  • Mrs. J. L. Yeager of Erie, Pennsylvania, signed on October 31, 1879. Mrs. Catherine Yeager, wife of signer John L. Yeager and mother of signers Ida and Jennie Yeager.
Z
  • Charles P. Zeiter, signed at Erie, Pennsylvania; Mary's cousin. Presumably Charles Philip Zeiter
Erie, Pennsylvania; and Watertown, New York


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