Thursday, March 5, 2015

1840-1877 Autograph Album of Sarah Ann Cross of Somerton, Virginia, now Suffolk, Virginia


1840-1877 autograph album of Sarah Ann Cross of Somerton, Virginia, which is now Suffolk, Virginia, with inscribers from Virginia and North Carolina.  Pages were dedicated to Sarah and her nicknames: "Sallie" and "S'lan".  Common surnames among the inscribers:  Brinkley, Cross, Edwards, Ivey and Smith.  Sadly, many inscribers left only given names or initials.


The album was presented to her in 1840 by her brother William H. Cross, whose middle name I found as either Hurley or Hardy.


The album measures approximately 7-1/2" by 6" and contains the sentiments of 80 or more of Sarah's relatives, including many cousins, and friends, a few of may have inscribed more than one page.  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.  As noted above, many inscribers had to be assigned to the "unknown surname" category.

Tucked in the album are three scraps: 1) a photograph of missionary Ann Hasseltine Judson, wife of Adoniram Judson; 2) a long clipping containing the transcript of a letter from General Taylor, presumably Zachary Taylor; and a newspaper clipping that mentions the dental services of M. F. Daughtrey, who I believe to have been a relative or in-law of the Cross family.


The album was published by J. C. Riker of New York and contains several hand-colored engravings interspersed throughout.   Although the album is in groups of unbound sections, and some pages may be lost, only the title page suffered appears to have suffered water damage.


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

Sarah Ann Cross was born March 31, 1819 in Nansemond County, Virginia, the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Copeland) Cross.  Other than brother William, Sarah had two siblings, James Augustus Hardy Cross and Mary Elizabeth Cross.  There were several inscribers named Mary, and there was one whose name appeared to be Mrs. James A. Cross.   A reader familiar with the family history of Nansemond County, however, may be able to identify more family members and will hopefully leave a comment.

On February 17, 1868, Sarah became the second wife of Jesse Eason, son of Solomon and Avis (Riddick) Eason.  Jesse had had five children with his previous wife Mary (Riddick) Eason, whose death date I haven't yet found.  One page in the album was inscribed by a J. R. Eason, whom I believe to be Jesse's son Joseph Riddick Eason.


Jesse died in 1885 and Sarah in 1889.  If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or information on any of the inscribers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


Surnames in the Album

? [41]DIMR
BDanversIvey [4]M ?R ? [3]
B ?EI ?MorryS
BidgoodEasonJNS ? [3]
Brinkley [4]Edwards ? [2]J ? [2]N ? [2]Scott
CHJulietta ?Norfleet ?Sewell
C ?HollandLPSmith [4]
CarstarHunterL ?P ?W
Cross [3]LeeWillson [2]

Inscribers in the Album

  • Aggy; Sarah's cousin
  • ?
  • Benny; not sure of name; shared the page with B. D. Smith - they may have been the same person.
  • Marmaduke, Sarah's cousin.  Marmaduke inscribed several pages throughout the album.
  • 2-page sentiment by Margaret, inscribed at New Year in 1841
  • ?, inscribed in 1868. Written in pencil and having areas that look erased and smeared.
  • Friend
  • Zenas ? of R. M. Institute, Gates County, North Carolina, inscribed on September 1, 1868
  • 2-page sentiment by Emet Julietta in 1842
  • Alice, Sarah's cousin
  • Ida, Sarah's cousin
  • Maggy, Sarah's cousin
  • Alice, inscribed to her "Cousin S'lan"; penciled date of July 2, 1867, but that may or may not have come later than the inscription, which was written in ink.  Shared the page with Robert Norfleet
  • Mrs. James A. ?; possibly Ross or Cross.  Shared the page with Mrs. Hugh Brinkley and ?
  • Initials I can't make out.  Shared the page with Mrs. James A. ? and Mrs. Hugh Brinkley
  • Cornelia, inscribed at Wilmington, North Carolina
  • M.; Sarah's cousin.  Sarah also inscribed this page.
  • ?, inscribed at Gates County, North Carolina on July 29 [no year written].  Shared the page with Miss Maria Smith.
  • Joan
  • Anomers; perhaps this meant Anonymous?.  Shared the page with someone whose sentiment and name are too faint to decipher.
  • Too faint to decipher.  Shared the page with "Anomers"
  • "By I xx" or "By J xx".  Shared the page with Mutton/Mullon and ?
  • Mutton or Mullon or ?, inscribed on June 1, 1869
  • ?  Shared the page with "I xx" or "J xx" and Mutton/Mullon
  • 2-page sentiment inscribed by M, at Portsmouth, Virginia, on December 5, 1849. The surname was perhaps spelled out at one time but rubbed out.
  • 2-page sentiment inscribed by P. Henry or P. Henry D. at Portsmouth, Virginia, on August 10, 1845. "Lines Written for Miss Sarah's Album On Leaving Va for Texas"
  • Pauline, inscribed at Elmwood Center
  • Alice; Sarah's cousin.  Shared the page with "XXX" and P.K. or P. R.
  • "XXX", inscribed at Reynoldson Institute in 1867.  Shared the page with Sarah's cousin Alice and P. K. or P. R.
  • P. K. or P. R..  Shared the page with Sarah's cousin Alice and "XXX"
  • Archibald, inscribed at Suffolk, Virginia, on July 18, 1842; Sarah's cousin
  • Dawson, inscribed at Somerton, Virginia
  • Name rubbed out; inscribed at Portsmouth, Virginia, on August 25, 1847
  • Samba, inscribed at Gatesville, North Carolina, on October 7, 1840; not sure of name.
  • Pat, inscribed on June 25, 1849; Sarah's cousin
  • Pat, inscribed at Portsmouth, Virginia, on January 8, 1847
  • Name appears to be rubbed out; inscribed at New Bern, North Carolina, on January 22, 1841
  • David, inscribed at Newbern, North Carolina, on January 22, 1841. "Thou Rose of Virginia, farewell, farewell"
  • Mary
  • A Friend, inscribed at Gatesville, North Carolina
  • Pat, inscribed at Portsmouth, Virginia, as 12 o'clock at night, December 31, 1846 or January 1, 1847
B
  • S. B. The page has faint handwriting which apparently came later than the inked sentiment of S. B.
  • There appear to be several names mentioned on the page, one of which is J. D. Bidgood or I. D. Bidgood
  • Mrs. John Brinkley of Portsmouth, Virginia, inscribed on July 22, 1877
  • Miss Susie Brinkley of Portsmouth, Virginia, inscribed on August 20, 1877; earlier faint handwriting in pencil.
  • Mrs. Hugh Brinkley.  Shared the page with Mrs. James A. ? and ?
  • Mamie and Hugh Brinkley.  Shared the page with Bennie Smith.
C
  • L. C.  Shared the page with S. B. N.
  • Mary F. Carstar of Windsor, North Carolina.  Shared the page with Sarah's cousin Alice E. and Robert E. Sewell.
  • Sarah A. Cross of Somerton, Suffolk, Virginia; album owner.  Her nicknames were Sallie and S'lan
  • Sarah's brother, William H. (Hurley or Hardy) Cross, presented the album to her in 1840
  • Sandy Cross of ?, North Carolina.  Shared the page with C. R. J.
D
  • 2-page sentiment inscribed by Martha R. Danvers at Wilmington, North Carolina, on March 31, 1840
E
  • J. R. Eason.  Mentions J. D. Goodman's Spring. Presumably Joseph Riddick Eason, son of Sarah's husband Jesse Eason and his first wife Mary (Riddick) Eason.  
  • Alice E. of Portsmouth, Virginia, inscribed on July 2, 1867; Sarah's cousin; possibly Alice E. Edwards.  Shared the page with Mary F. Carstar and Robert E. Sewell
  • Reverse of clipping with photograph of Ann Hasseltine Judson: bears the handwritten name of Alice E. Edwards of Portsmouth, Virginia
H
  • ? W. Holland. Has initials M.L.B.B., P.V. in a box - P.V. perhaps stands for Portsmouth, Virginia.
  • Edwin S. Hunter, inscribed at Newbern, North Carolina, on December 6, 1840
I
  • 2-page sentiment by C. Ivey, inscribed at New Bern on January 8, 1841.
  • C. Ivey, inscribed at New Bern, on January 6, 1841
  • 2-page sentiment inscribed by Eunice A. Ivey at New Bern, North Carolina, on January 7, 1841
  • Ivey, Sarah's cousin
J
  • M. A. J., inscribed at Gatesville, North Carolina
  • C. R. J., signed in 1878.  Shared the page with Sandy Cross
  • 2-page sentiment by Emet Julietta in 1842
L
  • Irving L. or Imory L. or Jimmy L. or ?; inscribed at Suffolk, Virginia, in 1851
  • Among the bits and pieces on the page is the name R. E. Lee, Confederate States of America, but I don't know if the name was actually written by Robert E. Lee
M
  • Zenas M., September 10, 1867 [not sure of name or last digit]
  • Louisa Morry, inscribed at Wilmington, North Carolina, on March 31, 1840
N
  • W. N., inscribed at Suffolk, Virginia, on July 18, 1842
  • S. B. N., inscribed at Greenplains.  Shared the page with L. C.
  • Robert ? of Suffolk, Virginia; possibly Robert Norfleet.  Shared the page with Sarah's cousin Alice
P
  • D. C. P., inscribed at Somerton, Virginia
R
  • E. P. R.
  • A. R., inscribed at Suffolk, Virginia, on July 18, 1842
  • M. R; can't determine middle initial, possibly Z or L or V or ?
S
  • R. H. S.; inscribed to "Cousin S. Ann"
  • S. E. S., inscribed at Wilmington, North Carolina, on April 5, 1840
  • R. H. S., inscribed in March 1847; Sarah's cousin
  • Mary E. Scott, inscribed at Newbern, North Carolina, on December 28, 1840
  • Robert E. Sewell.  Shared the page with Sarah's cousin Alice E. and Robert E. Sewell
  • B. D. Smith - possibly the same person as Benny, who shared the page.
  • Miss Maria Smith of Somerton, Virginia, inscribed on July 24, 1874.  Shared the page with ?
  • Miss Maria M. Smith of Somerton, Virginia.  She shared the page with, presumably, Sallie A. Smith, the album owner, but her name looks more like Lallie.
  • Bennie Smith of Somerton, Virginia; not sure of name.  Shared the page with Mamie and Hugh
W
  • Cornelia Willson, inscribed at Wilmington, North Carolina, on March 30, 1840
  • Mary E. Willson, inscribed at Wilmington, North Carolina, on March 30, 1840
Suffolk, Virginia, and Somerton


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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

1830s/40s Autograph Album of Sabrina Edwards Bennet of New Hampshire and Massachusetts


1830s/1840s autograph album that belonged to Sabrina Edwards Bennet of New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  Many inscribers were from the Plaistow, New Hampshire, and Haverhill, Massachusetts, areas.  Most records give the family name as Bennett, but Sabrina and her parents clearly wrote Bennet.

On the first end paper:


And from the title page, with an enlargement:



The album, published by J. C. Riker of 15 Ann Street, New York, measures approximately 7-3/4" by 6-1/4" and contains several engravings and the sentiments of 60 of Sabrina's relatives and friends from New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appear at the end of this post.

The album contained two loose pieces: a poem cut from a newspaper and a scrap of paper with the name Anna on it, tucked next to a page signed by Luke Fletcher, though there may or may not have been a connection between the two.



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

Sabrina Edwards Bennet was born November 18, 1818 at Gilmanton, New Hampshire, the daughter of Richard Prout Bennet and Ruth (Edwards) Bennet.  They inscribed pages in Sabrina's album.  Ruth shared a page with her sister Betsey (Edwards) Frisbie, wife of Timothy Frisbie.  Betsey's husband Timothy Frisbie also inscribed a page "in the 68 Year of his Age".



Other relatives who expressed a relationship [there were likely more relatives who didn't specify a relationship, including Sabrina's maternal aunt Mary M. Edwards.]
  • Cousin Eurydice; Eurydice Anne Bryant, daughter of Hannah Powers (Edwards) Bryant, who was a sister to Sabrina's mother Ruth (Edwards) Bennet
  • Eliza G. Edwards, cousin
  • John Lafayette Frisbie, cousin.  Son of Timothy and Betsey (Edwards) Frisbie, who was a sister to Sabrina's mother Ruth (Edwards) Bennet
  • Sarah Wallingford (Edwards) Heath, Sabrina's aunt; a sister to Sabrina's mother Ruth (Edwards) Bennet
  • Olive Sawyer, cousin.  Daughter of Hepzibah Powers (Edwards) Sawyer, a sister to Sabrina's mother Ruth (Edwards) Bennet.
One inscriber wrote her name and Haverhill Academy backwards; she was Emeline C. Carey, who may have been Sabrina's schoolmate.


 After leaving school, Sabrina operated a shop of some kind.  It's mentioned in a letter, among a collection of letters held at the Haverhill Public Library, where Persis L. Edwards was expressing sorrow that Sabrina had to give up her shop due to ill health.  

Read more about these letters, which are among the earliest known to highlight the lives of working young women in New England.  They're discussed in the book Farm to Factory:  Women's Letters, 1830-1860, edited by Thomas Dublin and published in 1993 by Columbia University Press.

On June 24, 1857 at Haverhill, Massachusetts, Sabrina Edwards Bennet married Oliver Turner, son of James and Methitable Turner.  Oliver was born about 1800 at Sterling, Massachusetts.  Sadly, Sabrina died on December 22, 1860 at Haverhill, Massachusetts.  She buried with her parents and other family members at the Linwood Cemetery at Haverhill, Massachusetts.  I don't know the year of Oliver's death or where he is buried.

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

Adeline Warren took pains with her page.


Surnames in the Album

? [11]DHMRW
BD ?H ? [2]McCrillisR ?Wadleigh
BaconDavisHeathMitchell [2]RyanWarren
Bennet [3]DowJNSWoodard
BryantEJohnsonNewellS ? [3]
CEatonJonesNoyesSandborn
C ?Edwards [2]KPSargent
CareyFKillgoreP ?Sawyer
Crowell [4]Fletcher [2]LPeaslee [2]Stuart
Frisbie [4]L ?T
Tabor


Someone, presumably Sabrina, wrote the word "Beautiful" under this engraving by Ellis of the Renour painting.

Inscribers in the Album   [Given names within a specific surname might not be in alphabetical order.]
  • P. S., inscribed in 1837; not sure of S
  • Eleazer, signed at Haverhill, Massachusetts, on March 8, 1844
  • Incomplete sentiment, possibly J. Herdim ?
  • Malenda. Sabrina's mother Ruth (Edwards) Bennet had a sister named Melinda - perhaps this is she.
  • 2-page sentiment of Joanna, inscribed in 1848
  • 2-page sentiment by Caroline [not sure of name]
  • Paper scrap tucked in the album by the page inscribed by Luke Fletcher, though that might be a coincidence.  Inscribed by Anna
  • Unsigned
  • "A faithful friend and constant", inscribed at Plaistow, New Hampshire, in 1837
  • "A true Friend"; sketched a frond
  • Written upside down; unsigned, but appears to be the handwriting of an elderly person.
B
  • Henry Bacon, signed at Haverhill, Massachusetts, in January 1840
  • Sabrina E. Bennet; album owner
  • R. P. Bennet; Sabrina's father, Richard P. Bennet
  • Ruth Bennet, Sabrina's mother Ruth (Edwards) Bennet.  She shared the page with her sister Betsey (Edwards) Frisbie.
  • Cousin Eurydice; written upside down on the page.  Eurydice Anne Bryant, daughter of Hannah Powers (Edwards) Bryant, who was a sister to Sabrina's mother Ruth (Edwards) Bennet
C
  • A. M. C., signed at Haverhill, Massachusetts, on August 24, 1839.  Following page is signed by Elizabeth Crowell of Haverhill, Massachusetts, but that might be a coincidence.
  • Name written backwards, presumably Emeline E. Carey, inscribed at Haverhill Academy
  • Elizabeth Crowell, signed at Haverhill, Massachusetts, on August 23, 1837 [or 1839]
  • W. G. Crowell, inscribed at Haverhill, Massachusetts, in February 1842
  • I. Crowell or J. Crowell, possibly Crowell Jr., inscribed at Haverhill, Massachusetts in February 1842
  • Ann D. Crowell, inscribed at Haverhill, Massachusetts, on January 31, 1842
D
  • Friend R. D. or ? D.
  • Louisa Davis
  • B. Anna Dow, or R. Anna Dow, inscribed at Plaistow, New Hampshire on January 22, 1839
E
  • P. Eaton
  • Eliza G. Edwards, Sabrina's cousin; shared the page with Olive Sawyer, another of Sabrina's cousins.
  • Mary M. Edwards, inscribed at Bristol, New Hampshire; Sabrina's aunt. Mary M. Edwards was a sister to Sabrina's mother Ruth (Edwards) Bennet.
F
  • Lucy M. Fletcher, signed at Bradford on January 5, 1839
  • Luke Fletcher, inscribed at West Bradford on March 23, 1841; a scrap of paper with a sentiment signed by Anne is tucked by his page but I don't know if there was a connection between the two.
  • Betsey Frisbie, Sabrina's aunt.  She was Betsy (Edwards) Frisbie, wife of Timothy Frisbie.  She shared the page with her sister Ruth (Edwards) Bennet, Sabrina's mother.
  • Timothy Frisbie, "In the 68 year of his Age"; Sabrina's uncle. Inscribed to Miss Sabrina E. Bennet of Gilmanton June 6, 1836". He was the husband of Betsey (Edwards) Frisbie, who the a sister to Sabrina's mother.
  • John L. F. Frisbie. He was Sabrina's cousin, John Lafayette Frisbie, son of signers Timothy Frisbie and Betsey (Edwards) Frisbie, who was a sister to Sabrina's mother.  He later inscribed another page in the album.
  • S. F. Frisbie. I wonder if this was Statira Frisbie, daughter of Timothy Frisbie and his first wife Persis (Lombard) Frisbie.
H
  • L. W. H., inscribed at West Bradford on March 31, 1841
  • S. W. H.; not sure of middle initial
  • Sarah W. Heath, inscribed at Atkinson, New Hampshire, on December 9, 1836; Sabrina's aunt. Sarah Wallingford (Edwards) Heath was a sister to Sabrina's mother Ruth (Edwards) Bennet.  She shared the page with Harriet Newell or Harriet Newell S.
J
  • ? Johnson, inscribed at Haverhill, Massachusetts in April 1841
  • Ruth Jones of Plaistow, New Hampshire; middle initial possibly I.
K
  • Mary S. Killgore
L
  • H. C. L., inscribed at Haverhill, Massachusetts in 1840
M
  • John B. McCrillis
  • Henry Mitchell
  • Daniel Mitchell, inscribed in 1836
N
  • Harriet Newell or Harriet Newell S..  She shared the page with Sabrina's aunt Sarah Wallingford (Edwards) Heath.
  • Polly Noyes, signed at West Amesbury, Massachusetts on March 29, 1840
P
  • I. B. P., inscribed at Plaistow, New Hampshire in 1837
  • J. Bradley Peaslee, inscribed at Plaistow, New Hampshire in 1837. Presumably John Bradley Peaslee
  • Esther S. Peaslee
R
  • Inscribed on inside back cover: L. A. R., 1839
  • William Ryan
S
  • ? S., inscribed on March 15, 1840
  • Harriet Newell or Harriet Newell S..  She shared the page with Sabrina's aunt Sarah Wallingford (Edwards) Heath.
  • Written upside down on the page: E. S., inscribed at Haverhill, Massachusetts in January 1844 [not sure last digit]
  • P. W. Sandborn, inscribed at Bristol, New Hampshire
  • Harriet Sargent, inscribed at West Amesbury, Massachusetts on March 21, 1840
  • Olive Sawyer, Sabrina's cousin; daughter of Hepzibah Powers (Edwards) Sawyer, a sister to Sabrina's mother Ruth (Edwards) Bennet.  Shared the page with Eliza G. Edwards, another of Sabrina's cousins
  • Charles Stuart
T
  • Pardon Tabor, inscribed at Atkinson in 1836. Atkinson, New Hampshire.
W
  • L. C. Wadleigh, inscribed at Haverhill, Massachusetts, in December 1839
  • Adeline Warren; she designed the top of a heart
  • J. C. Woodard, or I. C. Woodard
Gilmanton, New Hampshire; Haverhill, Massachusetts



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Monday, March 2, 2015

c1838-1840 Autograph Album of Elmira; Possibly of Thompson, Connecticut, Area


Circa 1838-1840 autograph album that belonged to an Elmira.  The only clue in the album is that one of the 7 inscribers gave a residence of Thompson, but did not specify the state.  The surnames appear in the Thompson, Connecticut, area, but they're fairly common surnames that could appear anywhere.


The album, published by J. C. Riker of 15 Ann Street, New York, New York, measures approximately 7-3/4" 6-1/4" and contains 5 engravings, in addition to the title page, and the sentiments of 7 people






Eugene, inscribed a three-page sentiment on June 30, 1838 and gave his address as Thompson.





R. W. Larned, or A. W. Larned, inscribed a two-page sentiment on March 29, 1840.






If you have a theory as to Elmira's identity, based on the list of inscribers, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

List of Inscribers

     Surname Unknown
  • Elmira, album owner
  • Eugene, who inscribed a 3-page sentiment on June 30, 1838
     Surnames in Alphabetical Order
  • J. F. Crosby; interestingly, there was a Jerome F. Crosby in Thompson, Connecticut, during this time frame.
  • Albert Fuller, inscribed in 1838
  • Jane M. Fuller
  • B. S. King; not sure of middle initial
  • R. W. Larned, who inscribed a 2-page sentiment on March 29, 1840; not sure of first initial - could be A.
  • Mary W. Stone

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

1880s Autograph Album of Lois Hanscom Crosby of Brownville, Maine; Relatives, Schoolmates; Pupils


1880s autograph album that belonged to Lois Hanscom Crosby of Brownville, Maine, with sentiments left by her relatives, friends, schoolmates and, later, pupils at Brownville, Maine, and Monson, Maine.

There's a page at the beginning of the album with a bit of information on Lois' descendants, but I'm not including an image as these people are likely still living.


It was presumably her brother, Edgar Herbert Crosby, who presented the album to Lois on February 5, 1881, as he inscribed the next page in the same handwriting.  Sadly, Edgar was killed by a train in the Woodfords section of Portland, Maine, 1898, when he a teacher at Deering High School there.  Interestingly, it may have been Edgar's future wife who inscribed the last page in the album; her name is shown on at least online reference as Hettie, but the inscriber called herself Hattie Carle.


The album measures approximately 7-3/4" x 5" and contains the sentiments of about 140 people from Piscataquis County, Maine, and beyond.  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 brief online research, hopefully correct:  [corrections and additions welcome!]

Lois Hanscom Crosby was born August 31, 1865 at Benton Falls, Maine, the daughter of Luther Byron Crosby and Lois Gubtil ( Hanscom) Crosby.  Gubtil is a variant of Guptil/Guptill.   Lois had four full siblings and two half siblings.   Luther and Lois' brother Nathaniel Hansom Crosby signed a shared page toward the end of the album.


Lois' mother died in 1865, perhaps as a result of Lois' birth.  Her parents, David and Betsy (Guptil) Hanscom of Benton, Maine inscribed a page together in April 1886.


Luther's second wife was Maria Parsons, whom he married at Buckfield, Maine.  By 1870, the family was living at Brownville, Maine, where Luther practiced medicine.  After Maria died in 1888, leaving two children, Luther married Helen Wilkins.

From reading a biography of Luther Byron Crosby in "New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation", Volume 1, it's apparent that the family and extended family suffered much tragedy.

On July 6, 1892 at Brownville, Lois married Levi Frances Johnson, son of Levi and Abigail (Lindsey) Johnson.  Levi inscribed a page in Lois' album, possibly in 1882: "Remember the party January 28, 1882."
Apparently Lois remembered the party and more!


Lois and Levi lived at Brownville, Maine and raised, I believe, four children.  Levi was a photographer and insurance agent.  Lois died in 1936 and Levi in 1937.

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

Surnames in the Album

? [3]CGJPSW
ACalkinGageJohnsonPackardSampsonWalker
Arbo [2]CarleGarlandJones [2]PhillipsSherburneWeymouth
BChaplinGerrish [3]KPlummer [4]Smith [2]Whitney
Barton [2]Crosby [9]Gilbert [2]Knight [5]PowersStanchfield [3]Wilkins [4]
BassettDHLPratt [2]StanhopeWilliams [4]
BensonDavis [6]Hall [2]L ?Prescott [2]StevensWilson
BerryDonaldsonHamlinMRStroutWing
Billings [2]DunningHanscom [2]Mann [2]Rider [2]Sweetser
Bishop [2]EHealdMarshRobertsT
BodgeEmersonHindsMerrill [8]RogersTarr
BradmanEvansHoltMorrill [5]Rollins [2]Thomas [3]
BrayFHuff [2]NTrask
BrownFolsomHughesNason [2]Tucker
ButlerFoss [4]HuntTufts
Frost

Inscribers in the Album

  • "Your Scholar Laura".  Her name appears among others on facing pages entitled "Monson Fall of '83", where Lois was apparently teaching school.
  • Helene
  • Alice, signed at Old Town, Maine, on March 30, 1882
A
  • Ervin A. Arbo of Brownville, Maine; age 12.  On a group page of students with names in boxes. Center box: [teacher] Lois H. Crosby of Brownville, Maine; signed on January 25 during Winter of '85 & '86
  • Clayton Arbo of Brownville, Maine; age 11.  Shared the page with Wesley Stanhope and Mary Benson.
B
  • Elmer Barton of Brownville, Maine, signed on January 4, 1885
  • Half page only; bottom missing.  Mrs. G. C. Barton, signed at Brownville, Maine, on November 25, 1884
  • Harry C. Bassett of Dexter, Maine, signed at Monson, Maine, on March 28, 1883
  • Mary Benson.  Shared the page with Wesley Stanhope and Clayton Arbo.
  • Cora A. Berry of Brownville, Maine, signed on November 17, 1884.  Shared the page with Carrie Davis and Lizzie J. Rollins.
  • Katie M. Billings of Brownville, Maine, signed on February 3, 1886; age 9.  Written in the Center box of this group page: "Brownville, Maine - Winter of '85 & '86; Jan. 25"
  • Charlie W. Billings of Brownville, Maine; age 12.  On a group page of students with names in boxes. Center box: [teacher] Lois H. Crosby of Brownville, Maine; signed on January 25 during Winter of '85 & '86
  • Mrs. J. C. Bishop of Monson, Maine, signed on November 8, 1883
  • E. H. Bishop of Monson, Maine, signed on November 8, 1883
  • Ivory E. Bodge of Monson, Maine, signed on November 8, 1883.  His name appears among others on facing pages entitled "Monson Fall of '83", where Lois was apparently teaching school.
  • Eva M. Bradman of Abbot Village, Maine, signed at Monson Academy in October 1883. "Narrow Gauge"
  • L. Alice Bray, signed at Monson, Maine, on January 16, 1883
  • Jule E. Brown of Maysville Center, Maine, signed at Brownville, Maine, on April 24, 1882. Presumably Julia E. Brown. Maysville was annexed by the City of Presque Isle, Maine, in 1883.
  • Clara Butler of Monson, Maine, signed on March 15, 1883.  Her name appears among others on a page entitled "Monson Spring", when Lois Crosby was apparently the teacher.
C
  • Agnes Calkin of Brownville, Maine, signed on April 3, 1881
  • Hattie E. Carle
  • S. F. R. Chaplin of Bangor, Maine; not sure of middle initial
  • Lois Crosby, album owner. "Lois Crosby, presented February 5, 1881. Don't go back on your brother."  She was presumably given the album by her brother Edgar Crosby, who inscribed the next page on the same date.
  • "Your Brother Edgar Crosby, Feb. 5, 1881"
  • "Your Sister" M. A. Crosby, signed at Brownville, Maine, on February 21, 1886. Later sentiments, perhaps in another handwriting, fill the page. Presumably Marion Alice Crosby, or Alice Marion Crosby
  • "Sister Pussy", signed in 1882. Perhaps either of Lois' sisters Fannie M. Crosby or Alice Marion Crosby.
  • T. H. Crosby of Benton, Maine; not sure of first initial. Possible Thirsa Heald (Grant) Crosby, second wife of Otis B. Crosby.
  • Alice M. Crosby, "One of the despisiables". Presumably Lois' sister Alice Marion Crosby.
  • May Crosby, W. C. I., 1884. Perhaps Waterville Classical Institute
  • Luther B. Crosby, signed on July 23, 1907. He was Lois' father, Luther Byron Crosby, who died May 30, 1908.  He shared the page with his son Nathaniel Hanscom Crosby.
  • N. H. Crosby of Brownville, Maine. Presumably Luther's son and Lois' brother Nathaniel Hanscom Crosby.  He shared the page with his father Luther Byron Crosby.
D
  • Bertha Davis of Brownville, Maine, signed on January 25, 1886; age 12.  On a group page of students with names in boxes. Center box: [teacher] Lois H. Crosby of Brownville, Maine; signed on January 25 during Winter of '85 & '86
  • Carrie E. Davis of Monson, Maine, signed on March 15, 1883; not sure of surname
  • Carrie Davis of Brownville, Maine.  Shared the page with Cora A. Berry and Lizzie J. Rollins.
  • Maud Davis of Brownville, Maine; age 16.  Her name appears among others on a group page entitled "Brownville, Davis District; Winter of '85 and '86"
  • Carrie Davis of Brownville, Maine; age 16.  Her name appears among others on a group page entitled "Brownville, Davis District; Winter of '85 and '86".
  • Mary L. Davis of Brownville, Maine, signed on March 14, 1881
  • Clara A. Donaldson of Brownville, Maine [she wrote "Brownsville"], signed on March 20, 1882
  • Kittie E. Dunning of Brownville, Maine, signed on March 14, 1885
E
  • Sadie Emerson of Monson, Maine, signed on March 15, 1883.  Her name appears among others on a page entitled "Monson Spring", when Lois Crosby was apparently the teacher.
  • Mary E. Evans of Brownville, Maine, signed on March 15, 1881. "Another of your distant cousins"
F
  • Lindley H. Folsom of Monson, Maine, signed on March 15, 1883.  His name appears among others on a page entitled "Monson Spring", when Lois Crosby was apparently the teacher.
  • Arthur P. Foss of Abbot, Maine
  • Zella L. Foss of Abbot Village, Maine, signed at Monson Academy on November 6, 1883
  • Elisha C. Foss of Milo, Maine, signed on February 2, 1882
  • Mabel Foss of Abbot, Maine, signed at Monson, Maine, on November 6, 1883
  • Mrs. A. B. Frost of Newport, Maine, signed in July 1881
G
  • Lizzie Gage, signed at Brownville, Maine, on October 5, 1881
  • Fay Garland, signed at Monson, Maine
  • John H. Gerrish of Oyster Hill, Brownville, Maine, signed on August 15, 1886
  • Lewis E. Gerrish of Brownville, Maine, signed on August 22, 1886
  • Edgar Gerrish of Brownville, Maine; age 12.  On a group page of students with names in boxes. Center box: [teacher] Lois H. Crosby of Brownville, Maine; signed on January 25 during Winter of '85 & '86
  • Flora A. Gilbert, signed at Monson, Maine, on November 8, 1880; "Your Scholar"
  • Abner C. Gilbert of Monson, Maine, signed on November 8, 1883
H
  • John L. Hall of Monson, Maine, signed on April 27, 1883. "All the way around the cake"
  • L. E. Hall of Monson, Maine, signed on November 7, 1882 [not sure of last digit]. "There are times when I think I am another 'Peck's bad boy'"
  • Eugene W. Hamlen of Brownville, Maine; records give his name as Eugene W. Hamlin.  Written in the Center box of this group page: "Brownville, Maine - Winter of '85 & '86; Jan. 25"
  • David Hanscom, signed in April 1886; handwriting of an elderly person. Lois' maternal grandfather, who shared the page with his wife Betsy (Guptil) Hanscom.
  • Betsy G. Hanscom, signed on April 21, 1886. Lois maternal grandmother Betsy (Guptil) Hanscom, who shared the page with her husband David Hanscom.
  • Fred A. Heald of Monson, Maine, signed on March 15, 1883.  His name appears among others on a page entitled "Monson Spring", when Lois Crosby was apparently the teacher.
  • Asher C. Hinds of Benton Falls, Maine.  Symbols for Zeta Psi
  • Alice A. Holt of Blue Hill, Maine, signed at Brownville, Maine, on July 28, 1881
  • Alfieri K. Huse of Monson, Maine, signed on November 8, 1883.  His name appears among others on facing pages entitled "Monson Fall of '83", where Lois was apparently teaching school.
  • Moses S. Huff of Monson, Maine, signed on November 9, 1883  His name appears among others on facing pages entitled "Monson Fall of '83", where Lois was apparently teaching school.
  • Katie A. Hughes, signed at Brownville, Maine, in 1882
  • Lee Browne Hunt of Gray, Maine, signed on November 24, 1882. "Bates '83". "Your Friend and Teacher"
J
  • Levi Johnson of Milo, Maine. "Remember the party January 28, 1882." Levi Francis Johnson was Lois' future husband.
  • Frank E. Jons of Brownville, Maine; age 10. Wonder if he meant Frank E. Jones?  Written in the Center box of this group page: "Brownville, Maine - Winter of '85 & '86; Jan. 25"
  • Kate Jones of Brownville, Maine; age 14.  On a group page of students with names in boxes. Center box: [teacher] Lois H. Crosby of Brownville, Maine; signed on January 25 during Winter of '85 & '86
K
  • "Your Scholar" Mabel Knight of Monson, Maine, signed on November 7, 1883.  Her name appears among others on facing pages entitled "Monson Fall of '83", where Lois was apparently teaching school.
  • Lottie A. Knight of Monson, Maine, signed on November 7, 1883.  Her name appears among others on facing pages entitled "Monson Fall of '83", where Lois was apparently teaching school.
  • Willie M. Knight of Monson, Maine, signed on November 7, 1883. "What about the Swede"
  • Dora M. Knight
  • Lois H. Knight, signed at Monson Academy on November 8, 1883; "My Auntie"; "Your Friend and Scholar"
L
  • A. M. L., signed at Bangor on July 14 [no year written]
M
  • William J. Mann of Monson, Maine, signed on April 14, 1883.  Shared the page with W. H. Mann.  The Greek symbols Epsilon Kappa and Zeta Psi appear on the page.
  • W. H. Mann; shared the page with W. J. Mann.  The Greek symbols Epsilon Kappa and Zeta Psi appear on the page.
  • S. K. Marsh of Dexter, Maine, signed at Brownville, Maine, on February 7, 1881. Greek symbols for Tau Kappa Phi and Zeta Psi.
  • Clarence A. Merrill
  • Maud Merrill of Williamsburg, Maine
  • Eugene Merrill; colored sketch of a bird and leaf
  • Jessie Merrill Nason of Brownville, Maine, signed on December 1, 1882. She sketched a branch
  • Alfred Merrill of Brownville, Maine, signed on May 7, 1882
  • Nellie L. Merrill, signed at Brownville, Maine, in February 1881. "Don't you ever say 'bean' to me again."
  • Marion Merrill of Williamsburg, Maine
  • Alice Merrill of Williamsburg, Maine, signed on March 26, 1882
  • Lucy E. Morrill of Monson Academy, signed at Monson, Maine, on January 11, 1883. "Two doors side by side!"
  • Harold E. Morrill of Monson, Maine, signed on January 14, 1883
  • C. A. Morrill of Monson, Maine, signed on November 7, 1883; "your friend and scholar"
  • Lucy E. Morrill of Monson, Maine, signed on March 15, 1883.  Her name appears among others on a page entitled "Monson Spring", when Lois Crosby was apparently the teacher.
  • Carrie L. Morrill, signed at Monson, Maine on March 15, 1883; "March 14, 1883 Remember Please".  Her name appears among others on a page entitled "Monson Spring", when Lois Crosby was apparently the teacher.
N
  • H. B. Nason, signed on December 1, 1882
  • Edward Nason of Brownville, Maine, signed on January 16, 1882; Lois' schoolmate
P
  • Nellie F. Packard of Monson, Maine, signed on May 3, 1883. "Remember the stockings".  Her name appears among others on a page entitled "Monson Spring", when Lois Crosby was apparently the teacher.
  • Belle Phillips of Monson, Maine, signed on January 20, 1883
  • A. L. Plummer of Benton, Maine, signed on April 23, 1886. Albert L. Plummer.  Shared the page with wife Mary Emma (Crosby) Plummer and children Flossie and Harry
  • Mrs. M. E. Plummer of Benton, Maine, signed on April 23, 1886; Mary Emma (Crosby) Plummer; "A new found Cousin".   She shared the page with her husband Albert L. Plummer and children Flossie and Harry.
  • Flossie Plummer, 5 years old.  She shared the page with her parents Albert L. and Mary Emma (Crosby) Plummer and brother Harry.
  • Harry Plummer of Benton, Maine, signed on April 23, 1886.  He shared the page with his parents Albert L. and Mary Emma (Crosby) Plummer and sister Flossie.
  • W. Powers, signed on February 20, 1881
  • Clara G. Pratt of Brownville, Maine, signed on November 22, 1882
  • Linnie L. Pratt, signed at Brownville, Maine, on April 3, 1881
  • Anson E. Prescott of Benton, Maine, signed on April 23, 1886
  • Harry M. Prescott of Monson, Maine, signed on November 9, 1883
R
  • Carrie E. Rider of Brownville, Maine, signed on March 31, 1881
  • Addie L. Rider of Brownville, Maine, signed on April 1, 1881
  • Abbie M. Roberts, signed on July 27, 1884.  Shared the page with Alice A. Tufts and Nora E. Walker on a page entitled "North Brownville, Summer of '84"
  • "Your Scholar" Bertha Rogers of Monson, Maine, signed on November 7, 1883.  Her name appears among others n facing pages entitled "Monson Fall of '83", where Lois was apparently teaching school.
  • Alvin Rollins of Brownville, Maine.  Written in the Center box of this group page: "Brownville, Maine - Winter of '85 & '86; Jan. 25"
  • Lizzie J. Rollins of Brownville, Maine.  Shared the page with Cora A. Berry and Carrie Davis.
S
  • Helen L. Sampson of Monson, Maine, signed on March 15, 1883.  Her name appears among others on a page entitled "Monson Spring", when Lois Crosby was apparently the teacher.
  • Austin W. Sherburne, signed at Brownville, Maine, on February 6, 1882
  • Walter C. Smith, signed at Brownville, Maine, on December 20, 1882
  • Addie M. Smith of Brownville, Maine, signed on March 17, 1882
  • Lillian Stanchfield of Monson, Maine, signed on November 7, 1883.  Her name appears among others on facing pages entitled "Monson Fall of '83", where Lois was apparently teaching school.
  • Azier Stanchfield of Milo, Maine, signed on February 2, 1882
  • Orrin B. Stanchfield of Milo, Maine, signed on February 1, 1882
  • Wesley Stanhope of Brownville, Maine; age 10. Mentions Enfield.  Shared the page with Clayton Arbo and Mary Benson.
  • Josie A. Stevens of Bangor, Maine, signed on July 14, 1887
  • Amanda J. Strout, signed at Bangor, Maine, on July 29, 1882
  • Albert F. Sweetser of Searsport, Maine, signed on February 16, 1885
T
  • George H. Tarr of Monson, Maine, signed on February 16, 1883. He decorated his page with a sprig of holly and berries.
  • Ellen Thomas of Brownville, Maine; age 10.  Written in the Center box of this group page: "Brownville, Maine - Winter of '85 & '86; Jan. 25"
  • Alfred Thomas of Brownville, Maine; age 14.  His name appears among others on a group page entitled "Brownville, Davis District; Winter of '85 and '86".
  • Charles Thomas of Brownville, Maine; age 12.  His name appears among others on a group page entitled "Brownville, Davis District; Winter of '85 and '86".
  • Walter R. Trask of Orrington, Maine
  • H. H. Tucker of Athens, Maine, signed at Brownville, Maine, on December 22, 1882
  • Alice A. Tufts of Brownville, Maine.  Shared the page with Nora E. Walker and Abbie M. Roberts on a page entitled  "North Brownville; Summer of '84"
W
  • Nora E. Walker of Brownville, Maine.  Shared the page with Alice A. Tufts and Abbie M. Roberts on a page entitled "North Brownville, Summer of '84"
  • Manley S. Weymouth of Monson, Maine, signed on November 8, 1883; "your nephew"
  • S. B. Whitney of North Newburgh, Maine, signed on April 30, 1881. "House on a hill"
  • Daniel Wilkins, signed at Brownville, Maine, on February 19, 1886
  • Gardiner B. Wilkins of Brownville, Maine, signed on January 25, 1886; age 12.  On a group page of students with names in boxes. Center box: [teacher] Lois H. Crosby of Brownville, Maine; signed on January 25 during Winter of '85 & '86
  • Frank Wilkins of Brownville, Maine; age 13.  His name appears among others on a group page entitled "Brownville, Davis District; Winter of '85 and '86".
  • Helen A. Wilkins, signed at Brownville, Maine, in February 1881
  • Henry Williams of Brownville, Maine, signed on March 20, 1881
  • May Williams of Brownville, Maine, signed on March 20, 1881; Lois' schoolmate
  • E. E. Williams of Brownville, Maine, signed on April 24, 1882
  • Anna E. Williams, signed at Brownville, Maine, on April 24, 1882
  • Charles B. Wilson of Waterville, Maine, signed at Colby University on February 19, 1885. The symbols for Zeta Psi and Tau Kappa Phi
  • Frank S. Wing of Monson, Maine, signed on February 1, 1883
Brownville, Maine


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Friday, February 27, 2015

1880s/1890s Autograph Album of Ella J. Oban of New Hampshire and South Dakota


[February 28, 2015 - post amended to included information from a reader; amendments in bold.]

1880s/1890s autograph album that belonged to New Hampshire native Ella J. Oban whose family moved to Loyalton, South Dakota, then in Dakota Territory, which attained statehood on November 2, 1889.

Most of the inscribers lived at West Lebanon, New Hampshire; and the Dakota Territory towns of Vermont City and Ipswich, both located in South Dakota.   From the reader:  "Vermont City and Loyalton are the same city. There was much "discussion" over the naming of the area at the time it was being settled. The Oban's were part of the delegation from Vermont who moved to settle the area... The town of Loyalton was dissolved on May 27, 1982."  

It's interesting how New Englanders moved West, made new homes for themselves - and frequently gave their new homes a New England touch in name and appearance.


The album measures approximately 5-1/4" by 3-1/4" and contains the sentiments of 57 of Ella's relatives, friends and schoolmates.  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appear at the end of this post.

The title page has the handwritten word "Acconite" on it; perhaps the writer meant aconite, a poison and sometime medicinal.


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

Ella J. Oban was born October 21, 1869 in New Hampshire, the daughter of Israel and Sarah (Little) Oban.  The surname Oban derives from "Aubin dit Lambert"; other family members anglicized the name to Oben.   Ella's paternal uncles Henry Oban and Nathan Oban, both of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, inscribed pages in the album.

I believe Ella had five siblings, three brothers and two sisters.  Sadly, one brother, Arthur Washington Oban, born in 1874, died in 1880, presumably before Ella starting collecting sentiments in this album.

Brother Walter Edward Oban of Comit [Comet?], Montana, inscribed a page on March 26, 1897.  He was born in 1877.


Brother Thomas Israel Oban inscribed a page at Vermont City, South Dakota, on December 26, 1887.  He was born in 1872.


On October 2, 1892 at Livingston, Montana, Ella J. Oban married David O. McClanahan, son of David and Mary (Wilson) McClanahan.  David was born in Illinois about October 1863.   Ella and David would have, I believe, three children.
  1. Perley Oscar McClanahan, born March 13, 1893 in Montana.  Sadly, he died in 1921 in Lane County, Oregon as the result of a swimming accident.  Read an account of the accident here.
  2. Isaac Lorenzo McClanahan, born February 27, 1894 in Montana
  3. Howard A. McClanahan, born about 1903 in Montana
The family later lived in Washington and Oregon.  Ella died in California in 1949.  If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or information on any of the inscribers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Surnames in the Album


?DHOT
ADavis [2]HallO ?T ?
AlexanderDodgeHeywoodOban [5]W
BEHoodPW ?
BealsEstabrookHurlbuttPorterWest
BentsonFHutchinson [3]SWilley [3]
Bliss [3]Fletcher [2]LSinclairWood [5]
BowenFolsomLansingSouleWright
Bowman [2]GLovejoySpaulding
CGriswold [2]LundyStearns [2]
ChamberlainMStockwell [2]
Macomber
Moses

Inscribers in the Album   [Given names within a specific surname might not be in alphabetical order.]
  • Irina F?, M.B..  Page written in German
A
  • Addie Alexander of Vermont City, Dakota Territory
B
  • Mrs. T. M. Beals, signed at Ipswich, Dakota Territroy on March 9, 1888; not sure of first initial
  • Mrs. Minnie Bentson of Dakota Territory
  • Mattie E. Bliss of Lebanon, New Hampshire
  • May E. Bliss of Lebanon, New Hampshire
  • George S. Bliss of Lebanon, New Hampshire, signed on February 10, 1886
  • Russell Bowen of Vermont City, Dakota Territory; Ella's schoolmate
  • Laura F. Bowman of Vermont City, Dakota Territory, signed on June 5, 1887; Ella's schoolmate
  • Mrs. Bowman, signed on June 5, 1887
C
  • Emma A. Chamberlain of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, signed on March 2, 1885
D
  • Anna C. Davis of Athens, Vermont, signed at Vermont City, Dakota Territory
  • Mrs. Ellen C. Davis
  • Minnie Dodge, signed at Vermont City, Dakota Territory on October 5, 1886; Ella's schoolmate
E
  • Herbert H. Estabrook of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, signed on January 1, 1885, District No. 4
F
  • Emma Fletcher of Vermont City, Dakota Territory, signed on June 22, 1887; Ella's schoolmate
  • Bertha M. Fletcher of Vermont City, Dakota Territory, signed in 1887
  • Ethel M. Folsom of Vermont City, Dakota Territory
G
  • Mrs. L. M. Griswold of Vermont City, signed on April 20, 1889 at Ipswich, D.T., Dakota Territory
  • Mrs. H. Griswold, signed at Ipswich, Dakota Territory on February 25, 1888
H
  • Ada L. Hall of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, signed in 1885
  • Frankie N. Heywood of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, signed on January 3, 1886
  • Moses S. Hood of West Lebanon, New Hampshire
  • Hattie E. Hurlbutt of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, signed on December 19, 1885
  • Marg Hutchinson of Vermont City, Dakota; Ella's schoolmate
  • Mary Hutchinson of Vermont City, Dakota, signed on June 4, 1887; Ella's schoolmate
  • Harry D. Hutchinson of Vermont City, Dakota Territory, signed on June 2, 1887
L
  • Mrs. Alice Lansing, signed at Aberdeen, Dakota Territory on June 18, 1889
  • E. M. Lovejoy of Vermont City, Dakota Territory, signed on October 5, 1886. He mentioned South Royalton, Vermont.
  • Mary Lundy, signed at Ipswich, Dakota Territory, on February 12, 1888
M
  • Eva M. Macomber of Ipswich, Dakota Territory. She also mentioned Loytalton, Dakota Territory.
  • May Moses
O
  • W. Oareng [?], signed at Loyalton, Dakota Territory, on October 2, 1887
  • Ella J. Oban of Loyalton, Dakota; album owner
  • Uncle Henry Oban of West Lebanon, New Hampshire
  • Nathan Oban of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, signed on December 28, 1884; Ella's uncle
  • Walter E. Oban of Comit, Montana, signed on March 26, 1897. There is a ghost town named Comet, but it does appear that he dotted the letter. Walter Edward Oban was Ella's brother.
  • T. I. Oban of Vermont City, Dakota Territory, signed on December 26, 1887. He was Thomas Israel Oban, Ella's brother.
P
  • Miss Porter, signed at Roscoe on March 10 [no year written]. Perhaps Ella's teacher?
S
  • Tommie S. Sinclair of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, signed in 1885
  • Mrs. G. W. Soule of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, signed on October 12, 1885
  • Carrie E. Spaulding of Vermont City, Dakota Territory, signed on October 14, 1886. She mentioned Burlington, Vermont.
  • Abbie L. Stearns of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, signed on October 7, 1885
  • Mabel H. Stearns of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, signed on February 22, 1886
  • Willie A. Stockwell of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, signed on January 1, 1885
  • Nellie L. Stockwell of West Lebanon, New Hampshire
T
  • W. M. T., signed at Ipswich, Dakota Territory on March 15, 1889 [not sure of last digit]
W
  • H. J. W., signed at Ipswich, Dakota Territory on February 27, 1888
  • Mrs. Etta M. West of Montpelier, Dakota Territory, signed in July 1886
  • Mabel Willey of Ipswich, Dakota Territory, signed in 1889
  • Flora M. Willey of Ipswich, Dakota Territory
  • Leon H. Willey of Vermont City, Dakota Territory, signed on October 14, 1886
  • William Wood, signed at Meriden, New Hampshire, on February 14, 1886; middle initial possibly P.
  • Alban P. Wood, signed at Plainfield, New Hampshire, on February 14, 1886. His wife Rhoda T. (Eaton) Wood inscribed the right facing page.
  • Mrs. Rhoda Wood, signed at Plainfield, New Hampshire, on February 14, 1886. She was Rhoda T. (Eaton) Wood, whose husband Alban P. Wood inscribed the left facing page.
  • Alma H. Wood, signed at Plainfield, New Hampshire, on February 14, 1886
  • Hayden Wood of Lebanon, New Hampshire, signed on February 23, 1885
  • May J. Wright, signed on January 26, 1888
West Lebanon, New Hampshire; Loyalton, South Dakota; Madison, Montana; Excelsior, Washington [in Tacoma ?]; Portland, Oregon; Burbank, California


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