Thursday, March 26, 2015

1880s Autograph Album of Ina B. Durgin of Mechanic Falls, Maine


1880s autograph album of Ina B. Durgin of Mechanic Falls, Maine.  She inscribed her name on the page after the title page, on December 25, 1882; the album was presumably a Christmas present.


The album measures approximately 7" x 4-1/4" and contains the sentiments of 81 of Ina's relatives and friends.  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.


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

Ina B. Durgin was born February 10, 1865 in Maine, the daughter of William R. Durgin and Esther Ann (Turner) Durgin.  Ina had at least four siblings: Julia; Albert; Merrill and Elmer.  Merrill M. Durgin, and his wife Mary Flora (Tubbs) Durgin, inscribed pages in Ina's album in September 1884 when they were living at Haverhill, Massachusetts.



Two of Ina's cousins inscribed pages.
  • Jennie G. Davis, "your black-eyed cousin" inscribed an individual page on October 2, 1883 and a shared page with Ina's cousin Lizzie K. Turner of Portland, Maine.
  • Lizzie K. Turner of Portland, Maine, who shared the page with Jennie G. Davis.
I found two marriage records for Ina B. Durgin and Edwin Henry Downs, one at Minot, Maine, on January 7, 1887, and another at Lewiston, Maine, on January 25, 1888.  Edwin Henry Downs, born February 17, 1862, was the son of Asa L. Downs and Clara Jane (Perkins) Downs.   Edwin inscribed a page in Ina's album on July 21, 1884.


Ina and Edwin lived at Minot, Maine, and Mechanic Falls, Maine.  They had at least two children, daughters Ola Francena Downs and Esther Jane Downs.  Edwin died in 1941 and Ina in 1944.  If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Surnames in the Album

AELR
AdamsEatonLemos [2]Royal
AllenEldenLittlefieldS
AndrewsElwellLucasSaunders
BEverett [2]LurveySawyer [2]
Bartlett [2]FMSeavey
BerryFarrarMarston [4]Sholes
Bradbury [2]FarrowMason [2]Smith [2]
BrayFosterMcCullockSmullen
BridgeFrenchMerrill [2]Staples
BurnsFullerMilliken [3]T
CHNTurner
ClarkHarrisNewbeginW
ColeHayesNoyesWaterhouse
CummingsJPWhittle [2]
DJacobs [3]Perkins
Davis [5]Jordan [2]Perry [2]
DeCosterKPettie [2]
DownsKingPulsifer
Durgin [3]

Inscribers in the Album  [Given names within a specific surname might not be in alphabetical order.]

A
  • Myrtie M. Adams of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on December 27, 1882
  • Will N. Allen of Mechanic Falls, Maine. "Bashful Bill". Not sure of middle initial.
  • Minta Andrews of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on March 23, 1883
B
  • Belle Bartlett of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on March 13, 1883
  • Rose E. Bartlett of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on March 13, 1883
  • C. Pearl Berry of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on January 3, 1883. M.F.H.S., presumably Mechanic Falls High School
  • J. H. Bradbury of Auburn, Maine, inscribed on February 1, 1885
  • Edith E. Bradbury, inscribed at Auburn, Maine, on January 29, 1885
  • Daniel F. Bray of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on March 5, 1883
  • C. S. Bridge of Lewiston, Maine, inscribed on March 11, 1883. Not sure of initials.
  • Josie L. Burns of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on June 26, 1886
C
  • Fannie M. Clark, inscribed on May 13, 1883
  • Miss N. B. Cole of Haverhill, Massachusetts; not sure of first initial.
  • Bertha A. Cummings, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on August 2, 1884
D
  • Jennie G. Davis of Fall River, Massachusetts, inscribed on October 2, 1883
  • M. F. Davis of Fall River, Massachusetts, inscribed on September 30, 1883.
  • Maynard A. Davis of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on September 16, 1883
  • Jennie G. Davis of Fall River, Massachusetts, inscribed on October 2, 1883. S.B.O. Ina's "black-eyed Cousin".  She also inscribed another page, which she shared with another of Ina's cousins, Lizzie K. Turner.
  • Mrs. Anna E. Davis of Poland, Maine, inscribed on September 18, 1883
  • Harry W. DeCoster of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on August 12, 1884
  • Ed H. Downs of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on July 21, 1884. Presumably Ina's future husband Edwin Henry Downs.
  • Ina B. Durgin of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on December 25, 1882. Album owner
  • M. M. Durgin, inscribed at Haverhill, Massachusetts, on September 17, 1884. Ina's brother Merrill M. Durgin.
  • May, inscribed at Haverhill, Massachusetts, on September 16, 1884. "your Sister". Presumably Mary Flora (Tubbs) Durgin, wife of Ina's brother Merrill M. Durgin.
E
  • Bertha E. Eaton of Eastport, Maine, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on August 24, 1886
  • Nellie E. Elden of Welchville, Maine, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on February 3, 1884. Welchville is a village in the town of Oxford, Maine.
  • Howard L. Elwell of Portland, Maine, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on August 27
  • C. F. Everett of Auburn, Maine; shared the page with Eliza E. Everett
  • Eliza E. Everett of Auburn, Maine, inscribed on January 19, 1885; shared the page with C. F. Everett.
F
  • Minnie Farrar of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on March 28, 1883
  • Lilla M. Farrow of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on November 23, 1884
  • Lottie A. Foster of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on April 15, 1883
  • Arthur French of Kingfield, Maine, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on September 24, 1883. I.? G. T.
  • Carrie B. Fuller of Berlin Mills, New Hampshire, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on August 2, 1884
H
  • E. A. Harris, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on August 3, 1886
  • Marnie E. Hayes, or Mamie E. Hayes, of Mechanic Falls, Maine
J
  • Elsie Jacobs of Mechanic Falls. She was Elsie H. (Williams) Jacobs, wife of Herbert Jacobs, who shared the page.  They were married November 24, 1883 at Minot, Maine.
  • Herbert Jacobs of Mechanic Falls, Maine, husband of Elsie H. (Williams) Jacobs, who shared the page. They were married November 24, 1883 at Minot, Maine.
  • Carrie M. Jacobs of Mechanic Falls, Maine
  • Nellie Mae Jordan, inscribed at Home on January 10, 1883
  • Harry S. Jordan of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on January 9, 1882. "Over to Harry's Hill)
K
  • Lizzie E. King, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on December 21, 1884
L
  • Clarence E. Lemos of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on February 8, 1885; shared the page with his wife Ella A. (Young) Lemos.  They were married on January 29, 1878 at Minot, Maine.
  • Ella Lemos, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on February 8, 1885.  She was Ella A. (Young) Lemos, whose husband Clarence E. Lemos shared the page.  They were married on January 29, 1878 at Minot, Maine.
  • J. B. Littlefield of Auburn, Maine.
  • Hattie B. Lucas of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on August 12, 1884
  • May L. Lurvey of West Paris, Maine, inscribed on April 10, 1883
M
  • Clara Marston of Mechanic Falls, Maine.  She was Clara L. (Irish) Marston, who shared the page with her husband George E. Marston.  They married November 24, 1883 at Minot, Maine.  Page has initials M.F.S.S.
  • G. E. Marston of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on July 2,7, 1884.  He was George E. Marston, whose wife Clara L. (Irish) Marston, shared the page.  They married November 24, 1883 at Minot, Maine.  Page has initials M.F.S.S.
  • Wilda E. Marston of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on March 22, 1885
  • W. A. Marston of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on January 14, 1883
  • Lizzie G. Mason of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on March 16, 1883. Later note: "Married"
  • Leslie Mason of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on March 16, 1883
  • Fannie E. McCullock of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed at Adams, Massachusetts on July 28, 1884
  • Eliza Merrill of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on June 25, 1883
  • W. W. Merrill, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on July 20, 1883
  • Ed Milliken, inscribed at Mechanics Falls, Maine, on May 11, 1884
  • Jennie N. Milliken, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on July 6, 1884
  • Flora S. Milliken, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on July 14, 1884
N
  • James H. Newbegin of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on February 18, 1883
  • Hattie E. Noyes, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on July 28, 1884
P
  • Fred L. Perkins of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on June 23, 1883
  • Edith G. Perry of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on December 6, 1885.  She was Edith G. (Haskell) Perry, who shared the page with her husband Jason B. Perry.  They married at Minot, Maine, on February 11, 1885.
  • J. B. Perry of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on December 6, 1885.  He was Jason B. Perry, who shared the page with his wife Edith G. (Haskell) Perry.  They married at Minot, Maine, on February 11, 1885.
  • Minnie Pettie of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on August 11, 1884.  She was Minnie Ella (Mitchell) Pettie, whose husband H. Eugene Pettie shared the page.  They were married on September 11, 1880 at Lewiston, Maine.
  • Eugene Pettie of Mechanic Falls, Maine.  He was H. Eugene Pettie, who shared the page with his wife Minnie Ella (Mitchell) Pettie.  They were married on September 1, 1880 at Lewiston, Maine.
  • Virgie M. Pulsifer of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on April 25, 1885
R
  • Melvin N. Royal of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on September 28, 1883
S
  • Nettie Saunders, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on January 21, 1885
  • G. W. Sawyer.  He was George W. Sawyer, who shared the page with his wife Rose H. (Farris) Sawyer.  They married on March 15, 1875 at Minot, Maine.
  • Rose H. Sawyer.  She was Rose H. (Farris) Sawyer, who shared the page with her husband George W. Sawyer.  They married on March 15, 1875 at Minot, Maine.
  • Sadie M. Seavey of Norway, Maine
  • George W. Sholes, Jr., of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on December 30, 1882. "Age 17"
  • Ernest F. Smith
  • Nora A. Smith of Mechanic Falls, Maine
  • Tildie Smullen
  • Lizzie F. Staples of Welchville, Maine, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on August 7, 1886. Welchville is a village in the town of Oxford, Maine.
T
  • Cousin Lizzie K. Turner of Portland, Maine, inscribed on September 23, 1885; shared the page with Ina's cousin Miss Jennie G. Davis.
W
  • Nellie Waterhouse of Poland, Maine, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on December 27, 1884
  • Josie L. Whittle, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on July 20, 1884. "Remember July 17th"
  • Edna D. Whittle, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on February 4, 1885

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

1903 Program of the Women's Foreign Missionary Society, presumably of the Bath, Maine, area


1903 program for a meeting of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society, presumably from the Bath, Maine, area.  The Woman's Foreign Missionary Society was founded in 1879 as a function of the Methodist Church.

The program is tucked in the 1850s autograph album of Ellen Augusta (Crooker) Blaisdell of Bath, Maine.  Ellen died in 1893, and the album then presumably passed to her only daughter, Alicia A. (Blaisdell) Crosby, wife of Elwell Swett Crosby.  Alicia may have been the Mrs. Crosby mentioned in the program.

Another item tucked in the album, by someone other than the original owner, and perhaps after Alicia's death as well, is an article on the genealogy of the Crooker family of Maine.

























Names mentioned:  [Some appear more than once.]
  • Mrs. Conley
  • Mrs. Healy
  • Mrs. Healey
  • Miss Jackson
  • Mrs. Crosby
  • Mrs. Gage
  • Mrs. Holt
  • Mrs. Fredericks
  • Miss Ellen Blair
  • Miss Wylie
  • Mrs. Wylie
  • Miss Crosby
  • Mrs. Harris
  • Mrs. Lowell
  • Mrs. Rogers
  • Mrs. Morse
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

1850s Autograph Album of Ellen Augusta Crooker of Bath, Maine; student at Maine Wesleyan Seminary at Kents Hill, Maine


1850s autograph album that belonged to Ellen Augusta Crooker of Bath, Maine, with many acquired from students and faculty from the Maine Wesleyan Seminary at Kents Hill, Maine, in Readfield.  Ellen wrote her name on the first end paper.


The album, published by J. C. Riker of 129 Fulton Street, New York City, measures approximately 7-3/4" by 6-1/2" and contains the sentiments of nearly 70 of Ellen's relatives, friends, schoolmates and instructors.  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 also includes 4 hand-colored engravings, like the title page below, and several items tucked in.


One of the items tucked in is a 1905 program of the Memorial Day observance of Sedgwick G.A.R. post, Bath, Maine, which I featured in another post.  Ellen had died in 1893, so presumably one of her children kept the album and used it to store important items.

Another item was a circa 1940s newspaper clipping about the Crooker genealogy, which debunks a few legends.

Another, a little card:


























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

Ellen Augusta Crooker was born March 20, 1835 at Bath, Maine, the daughter of William Donnell Crooker and Eleanor Brown (Robinson) Donnell.  On August 9, 1857, Ellen married John Nicholas Blaisdell, or John Nichols Blaisdell, son of Joseph and Mary (Farrin or Farrar).  John was born at Topsham, Maine, on May, 3, 1834.

One page indicates that John's hair was affixed to it, but it appears to have disappeared, unless it's incorporated with the thread that is threaded through holes at the top of the page.


Ellen and John lived at Bath, Maine, and raised at least four children, three of whom inscribed pages in their mother's album when it apparently came to light in a later era.
  1. Alicia A. Blaisdell, born November 13, 1857; married Elwell Swett Crosby
  2. John Edwin Blaisdell, born November 26, 1858; married Mabel P. Fisher
  3. Frederick Fuller Blaisdell, born about 29 November 1870; married Mary Fuller Shepard
  4. Frank S. Blaisdell, who was born in 1875 and died in 1884.
The inside front cover has faint handwriting that marks the births of the first three children.


Alicia A. Blaisdell inscribed a page at Bath, Maine, in 1869.


John Edwin Blaisdell of Bath, Maine, inscribed two pages, one of them very faint, and this one, below, in 1869.


Fred Fuller Blaisdell of Bath, Maine, inscribed a page on November 28, 1880.


Ellen A. (Crooker) Blaisdell died November 20, 1893 at Bath, Maine.  Her husband John N. Blaisdell died in 1896.

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.

The president of Maine Wesleyan Seminary and his wife were among the several faculty members who inscribed pages in Ellen's album.  They were Henry P. Torsey and wife Ellen J. (Robinson) Torsey who inscribed pages in 1852.



Eliza Percy affixed her likeness.


Surnames in the Album

? [20]CELS
AC ? [3]EatonLarrabeeS ?
A ?CaldwellElaMSnow
AllenCollinsFM ? [2]T
BCrawfordFrenchMorrillThompson
B ? [3]CrookerHMorseTorsey [2]
BeckettDH ?PW
BerryD ?HathornParkerW ?
Blaisdell [7]DelanoHillingPercyWebber
BorlandHitchcockR
Robinson [3]

Inscribers in the Album

Surname Unknown
  • 2-page sentiment by friend William at Bath, Maine, on May 5, 1853.
  • Lissie
  • J. M. H. or J. M. K.,inscribed at Bath, Maine, on December 1, 1856, inscribed to Miss E. A. Crooker
  • Emma C. R., or Emma C. K., of Hallowell, Maine, inscribed at Kents Hill, Maine, on November 13, 1852.
  • George. "You have been with us but a short time and are now about to leave us perhaps never to return"...
  • A. E. E., or A. E. C., of Bath, Maine
  • B. Ann
  • K, inscribed at Damariscotta, Maine, in December 1853; on a sheet of paper pasted in the album.
  • Nancy, inscribed at Kents Hill, Maine, on June 8, 1852
  • Nell
  • Joseph
  • Delia
  • Carrie H. M. or Carrie H. N. of Palmyra, Maine, inscribed at Kents Hill, Maine, on November 8, 1852
  • Luella of Damariscotta, Maine, inscribed at Maine Wesleyan Seminary on June 8, 1852
  • E.
  • Hattie
  • Page ripped; missing the section that might have had the name of the inscriber. Inscribed by someone at Maine Wesleyan Seminary, judging from the sentiment.
  • Page ripped; missing the section that might have had the name of the inscriber, though the year of inscription is still there, 1852.
  • George of Portland, Maine, inscribed at Kents Hill, Maine, in November 1852
  • Sarah, inscribed at Kents Hill, Maine, on June 8, 1852
A
  • B. F. A., inscribed at Bath, Maine, on February
  • E. C. Allen, inscribed at Augusta, Maine, on February 27, 1881; shared the page with Bertha P. Webber
B
  • John D. B., inscribed at Racine, Wisconsin, on February 8, 1855; presumably the same J. D. B. who inscribed another page.
  • J. D. B., inscribed at Racine, Wisconsin; presumably the same J. D. B. who inscribed another page.
  • Nellie R. B. of Lowell, Massachusetts, inscribed at Kents Hill, Maine, on November 8, 1852
  • C. P. Beckett of Portland, Maine, inscribed on June 28, 1852
  • Helen A. Berry, inscribed at Bath, Maine, on February 19, 1854
  • Very faint but appears to be Alicia A. Blaisdell, inscribed at Bath, Maine, in 1869. Ellen's daughter.
  • F. F. B. of Bath, Maine, inscribed on November 28, 1880. Presumably Ellen's son Frederick Fuller Blaisdell, who was born about November 1871.
  • John Edwin Blaisdell of Bath, Maine, inscribed in 1869. Ellen's son John Edwin Blaisdell, who was born about November 1858.
  • L. A. Blaisdell of Bath, Maine, inscribed on March 15, 1873.
  • John N. Blaisdell of Bath, Maine, inscribed on Ocober 15, 1867. Ellen's husband John Nicholas Blaisdell.
  • G. A. Blaisdell, inscribed at Kents Hill, Maine, on October 27, 1852
  • G. H. Blaisdell of East Harpswell, Maine; presumably George Henry Blaisdell, brother of Ellen's future husband John Nicholas Blaisdell.
  • George E. Borland, inscribed at Kents Hill, Maine, on June 10, 1852


C
  • S. C. C. of Portland, Maine, inscribed at Maine Wesleyan Seminary
  • A. C.; Ellen's classmate
  • Daniel F. C., inscribed at Bath, Maine, on March 27, 1854
  • Rosa U. Caldwell of Portland, Maine, inscribed at Kents Hill, Maine, in June 1852. Later note: "Wife of Dr. Ridgeway". Rev and Dr. Henry B. Ridgeway.
  • John Collins of Saint John, New Brunswick, inscribed at Wesleyan Seminary at Kent's Hill on October 29, 1852. 
  • D. F. Crawford, inscribed at Kents Hill, Maine, on June 9, 1852
  • Ellen A. Crooker of Bath, Maine. Written on the first end paper, the name of the album owner Ellen Augusta Crooker.
D
  • L. M. D. or L ? D. inscribed at Bath, Maine, on June 16, 1852
  • George H. Delano, inscribed at Bath, Maine, on May 7, 1854
E
  • R. L. Eaton of Winslow, presumably Maine, inscribed at Kents Hill on October 8, 1852
  • D. H. E., inscribed at Maine Wesleyan Seminary at Kents Hill on November 6, 1852. Added information supplied indicates he was Dr. Ela of the North East Conference. David Hough Ela 
F
  • Nellie French of South Chesterville, Maine, inscribed at Kents Hill, Maine, on November 9, 1852
H
  • M. H., inscribed at Bath, Maine, on June 16, 1852
  • Ella S. Hathorn of South Dresden, Maine; inscribed to Mrs. Blaisdell
  • "These gray hairs were taken from the head of John N. Blaisdell, at 22 years, of age in the year of our Lord 1856" Accept, Miss Crocker, the above from your Humble Servant, John Hilling". There are holes at top with stitching, and I see thread, but no hair , unless the thread is hair.
  • Tavie Hitchcock, inscribed at Maine Wesleyan Seminary on June 2, 1852. She may have been J. Octavia Hitchcock, who died in 1858 and is buried at Damariscotta, Maine.
L
  • James M. Larrabee, inscribed at Kents Hill, Maine, on October 2, 1852
M
  • C. E. M.
  • Anna C. M. of Waterville, Maine, inscribed at Kents Hill, Maine, on November 6, 1852
  • Charles Morrill, inscribed at Readfield, Maine, on November 10, 1852. Middle initial might be T or Y
  • Benjamin W. Morse of Bath, Maine, inscribed on December 23, 1854 at "11 o'clock Saturday night, therm at zero, overcast sky"
P
  • W. L. Parker, inscribed at Maine Wesleyan Seminary, Fall 1852
  • Eliza Percy
R
  • F. A. R., with additional writing to show that he was Prof. F. A. Robinson, or Francis Asbury Robinson, a teacher, at Maine Wesleyan Seminary at Kent's Hill.  Also.
  • Wilbur E. Robinson of Lewiston, Maine, inscribed at Kents Hill, Maine, on November 1, 1852
  • Phronie, inscribed at Maine Wesleyan Seminary, Kents Hill, Maine. Later note indicates she was Phronie Robinson, presumably Sophronia Robinson
S
  • Maria E. S.
  • William H. Snow of Bath, Maine, inscribed on October 15, 1867
T
  • L. E. Thompson, inscribed at Bath, Maine, on February 19, 1854
  • H. P. T., inscribed at Maine Wesleyan Seminary on January or June 9, 1852. Added note, presumably by Ellen, indicates he was Henry P. Torney, president of the Seminary/College.
  • E. J. Torsey, inscribed at Kents Hill in November 1852. Added note, presumably by Ellen, indicates she was Emma J. (Robinson) Torsey, wife of Maine Wesleyan Seminary president Henry P. Torsey.
W
  • N. W.
  • Bertha P. Webber of Bath, Maine, inscribed on June 21, 1880; shared the page with E. C. Allen
Bath, Maine, and Kents Hill, Readfield, Maine


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Saturday, March 21, 2015

1840s Autograph Album of Miss Elizabeth Gross of Pennsylvania; Several Autographs of her Future Husband John A. Pechin of Chester County


Autograph album given to Miss Elizabeth Gross of Pennsylvania by her brother in August of 1841.  At least six of the autographs in the album were inscribed by Elizabeth's future husband John A. Pechin.



It was presumably Elizabeth who inscribed the first page in the album, as a welcome to those would be leaving sentiments.


If there ever was a title page in the album, it's missing now.  The album measures approximately 7-3/4" by 6" and contains the sentiments of perhaps 9 individuals, some of whom inscribed multiple pages, and five engravings of women, such as the one below.  An alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appears at the end of this post.


I haven't been able to identify Elizabeth's parents or her brother.  Perhaps a reader will supply this information in the comments section.  As noted above, Elizabeth married farmer John A. Pechin of Chester County, Pennsylvania, probably in the late 1840s.  Below, one of the several pages that John inscribed throughout the album.


Elizabeth and John would have at least four children:
  1. Robert W. Pechin, born January 25, 1851; married Ella C. Hartzel
  2. Almira Elizabeth Pechin, born about 1853; married John Shepherd Jr. 
  3. John Penrose Pechin, born May 2, 1856; married Carolyne Kelly
  4. Newton H. Pechin, born December 6, 1858  
A biography of Almira's husband John Shepherd, Jr., mentioned that Elizabeth and John were farming at Chester Valley at the time of Almira's marriage in 1886; Chester Valley is also known as Great Valley.

John A. Pechin died June 11, 1897, and Elizabeth died August 26, 1901.  They're buried in the Grove Methodist Church Cemetery at West Chester, Pennsylvania, along with their sons.

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

Two pages contain faint sketches.



Inscribers in the album
  • Unsigned, inscribed on January 31, 1844
  • Susannah
B
  • Sentiment of H. Bright, inscribed at Lewisburg, Union County, presumably Pennsylvania, on August 30, 1843; covers facing pages.
C
  • J. D. C., or P. D. C., inscribed at Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, in 1842; possibly the J. D. Croll, or P. D. Croll, who inscribed the right facing page.
G
  • Miss Elizabeth Gross of Pennsylvania; album owner.  She inscribed a page of welcome.
  • Brother of Miss Elizabeth Gross, who gave her the album in 1841
L
  • D. J. Lyons, or D. I. Lyons, inscribed on December 14, 1842 at ?, in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Perhaps Radnor, Pennsylvania. Perhaps David J. Lyons of Delaware County.
M
  • E. Euphrasia M., inscribed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 26, 1843.  Could she be the Lizzie who inscribed a page and also noted E. E. M.
  • Lizzy; E. E. M. Could she be the E. Euphrasia M. who inscribed another page?
P
  • John A. Pechin of Pennsylvania, inscribed on January 31, 1844; future husband of Elizabeth Gross.  He inscribed at least six pages in the album.
Chester County, Pennsylvania



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Friday, March 20, 2015

March 1847 Issue of the American Protestant, published by American Protestant Society, New York, New York.


March 1847 issue of the American Protestant, published by the American Protestant Society, 143 Nassau Street, New York, New York.   This magazine reflects the deep division between Protestants and Roman Catholics at that time.

Near the top of the front cover is a handwritten name that appears to be Byron Greenough.  The periodical was purchased in Maine.  Intriguingly, there was a Maine resident of that name during that era.  Byron Greenough (1798-1871), was a Massachusetts native who, about 1821, moved to Portland, Maine, where he became a successful merchant and church deacon.



Contents
Constantinople
The East as well as the West [referring to the United States]
Making Capital of Popery, while little is done for Romanists
The Holy Way of the Cross
Miracle-Worker of the Nineteenth Century [referring to St. Philomena]
Narrative of the Fourth Converted Priest [Don Pablo Sanchez]
Responses of Subscribers to the American Protestant
A Word to Protestant Families
The Freeman's Journal, the Editor of the Protestant, and the Country
Three Protestant Magazines reduced to one
Curious, but quite Natural
Pope Pius IX, unmasked
MISSIONARY INTELLIGENCE: - The Monthly Concert of Prayer for the Conversion of Romanists
JUVENILE DEPARTMENT: - Incidents by the Corresponding Secretary
Action of Religious Bodies, with reference to the American Protestant Society
Notices of New Publications
Miscellaneous Items
Receipts on Behalf of the American Protestant Society