Sunday, November 23, 2014

1883-1887 Autograph Album of Madora of the Syracuse, New York Area


1883-1887 autograph album that belonged to a Madora, "Dora", from the Syracuse, New York area, perhaps from Brewerton, New York.  The album was presented to Madora by Eve on January 1, 1883.


The only definitive clue to Madora's identity is the page signed by C. Irena Pugsley of Dryden, New York, who called Dora her cousin on a page signed at Brewerton, New York, on March 20, 1883.

Irena was the daughter of Albert and Sarah Pugsley.  She would marry Charles W. Lord.  Was Irena visiting Madora at her home at Brewerton?  Or were they both visiting at Brewerton at the time?


The album measures approximately 7" x 4-1/4" and contains the sentiments of 32 of Madora's cousin 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.


If you have a theory as to Madora's identity, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

Surnames in the album

? [3]GP
BGilbertPabst
Baker [3]HPowell
Breckenridge [2]Harrison [2]Pugsley
BrewertonHazardR
CHoskinsRobbins
ClydeKS
CribbinsKinneySlocum
DLT
DamonLewisTagus ?
ELivingstonTroutman
EllsworthMW
EmerickMarkham [2]Wells [2]

Signers in the album   [Note: Given Names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]
  • Madora, album owner. The album was presented to Madora, "Dora", by Eva, on January 1, 1883
  • G. W. S., signed at Syracuse, New York, on September 23, 1885. Given name might be George.
  • Hat, signed on January 15, 1887
B
  • Charles R. Baker, signed at Syracuse, New York, on February 25, 1885
  • Carrie E. Baker, signed at Geddes, New York, on May 20, 1885
  • Fred L. Baker of Geddes, New York, signed on May 20, 1885
  • Lou Breckenridge, signed on November 28, 1883
  • Allie M. Breckenridge of Syracuse, New York, signed on December 14, 1883
C
  • E. Carter of Brewerton, New York, signed on January 23, 1883 or June 23, 1883. Middle initial either L or S
  • Kittie Clyde, signed at Syracuse, New York, on October 11, 1885
  • J. P. Cribbins, signed at Brewerton, New York, on June 25, 1883
D
  • F. E. Damon, signed on January 31, 1887
E
  • Herbert F. Ellsworth of Lake George, New York, signed at Syracuse, New York, on September 7, 1884
  • Clarence E. Emerick of Syracuse, New York, signed in 1884
G
  • Frank C. Gilbert of Syracuse, New York, signed on February 1, 1887. W.U. Tel. Co., presumably Western Union
H
  • Emma Harrison, signed at Syracuse, New York, on December 22, 1884
  • Abbie M. Harrison
  • Elmer Hazard of Syracuse, New York, signed at Syracuse on December 12, 1884
  • Charles W. Hoskins, signed at Syracuse, New York, on January 21, 1883
K
  • Nellie Kinney, signed on December 8, 1886
L
  • Annie M. Lewis of Brewerton, New York, signed on July 5, 1887
  • Elsie L. Livingston of Brewerton, New York, signed on February 27, 1883
M
  • Ruth E. Markham, signed at Syracuse, New York, on March 30, 1886
  • Charles E. Markham, signed on March 30, 1886
P
  • Louis C. Pabst of Syracuse, New York, signed on March 13, 1884
  • Mary E. Powell, signed on July 29, 1883
  • C. Irena Pugsley of Dryden, New York, signed at Brewerton, New York, on March 20, 1883. She was Caroline Irena Pugsley, Madora's cousin
R
  • C. E. Robbins of Syracuse, New York
S
  • W. H. Slocum of Syracuse, New York, signed there on December 12, 1884
T
  • Nellie F. Tagus, signed at Syracuse, New York, on November 9, 1884. Not sure of middle initial or surname.
  • Smith W. Troutman, signed at East Varick, New York, on July 18, 1883
W
  • Cora Wells, signed at Brewerton, New York, on October 10, 1883.
  • Flora E. Wells, signed at Brewerton, New York, on October 8, 1883
Syracuse, New York; Brewerton, New York; Dryden, New York


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Saturday, November 22, 2014

1879-1880 autograph Album of Katie Giesser of Buffalo, New York


1879-1880 autograph album of Katie Giesser of Buffalo, New York.  She was Katharine Giesser.


The album measures approximately 7-1/4" x 4-1/4" and contains the sentiments of over 50 of Katie's relatives, friends and schoolmates.  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 is in poor condition with water damage, and the coating of many of the pages has flaked off.  Someone, presumably Katie, added notes to a few of the pages; i.e. married names or death dates.

The saddest of these was the page signed by Fred Nachtrieb [not sure of surname].  He either signed the page at Galion, Ohio, or was from there.  He dated his page July 15, 1879.  A later note indicated that he died on August 3, 1879.  A Carrie A. Nachtrieb also inscribed a page.


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

Katherine Giesser, "Katie", was born about 1866 in New York, the daughter of Gabriel and Friedrike Giesser.  Katie had several siblings, some of whom signed pages in her album.  Brother Fred Giesser signed on December 19, 1879.  See a history of the Giesser Building at 99 Genesee Street in Buffalo; there's also a bit of family history.


Katie's brother Charlie Giesser inscribed a page, also on December 19, 1879.


Katie's sister Louise Giesser inscribed a page on February 6, 1879.


Katie's sister Jennie inscribed a page on January 19, 1879.  A later note, added presumably by Katie herself, gives Jennie's year of death as 1933.


According to one of the short biographies in the "Memorial and Family History of Erie County, New York", published in 1908, Katharine Giesser, Katie, married Buffalo attorney Edward David Strebel on June 22, 1892 and had two children with him, a son Robert L. Strebel and a daughter Edna F. Strebel.  Edward died in 1933, and Katherine in 1955.  They're buried at the Forest Lawn Cemetery at Buffalo, New York.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Surnames in the album

? [4]GNW
BGiesser [6]Nachtrieb [2]Wendt
BaetzholdHRWerner
BaldwinHessRiegelmann [2]Z
BlechnerJRosenan [2]Zacher [3]
BraidsJuenglingSZesch
BrandelKSchell
BrannKempkeeSchultz
BrysenMSiegfried
CMattesonSmith [2]
CohenMayerSonneman
ComeliusMcGowanT
DMeadsTurner
DiehlMillerV
DutcherMoershfelderVolz
FMullar
Fisher [4]

Signers in the album   [Note: Given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]
  • May; surname too faint to read, from water damage; signed at Buffalo, New York, in 1880
  • Water damage on page. Signed at Buffalo, New York, on January 24, 1880 by Tiny; last name possibly Rud or Kud or ?
  • Water damage to page: given name Sarah; surname too faint to read.
  • "Pudding Tame", signed at Buffalo, New York, on January 14, 1879 (P&T)
B
  • Albert Baetzhold, signed on March 28, 1879
  • Maude Baldwin, signed at Buffalo, New York, on November 19, 1879
  • Emma Blechner, signed at Buffalo, New York, on January 24, 1880. Water damage to page, so not sure of names, places,dates.
  • Ella M. Braids, signed at Buffalo, New York, on October 9, 1879
  • Augustus A. Brandel, signed at Buffalo, New York, on March 29, 1880
  • Minnie Brann
  • Mary Brysen, signed at Buffalo, New York, on November 19, 1879. Faint writing due to water damage; not positive of surname.
C
  • Leah Cohen, signed at Buffalo, New York, on September 5, 1879; Katie's seatmate
  • Julia Comelius, signed on November 19, 1879
D
  • Katie I. Diehl, signed at Buffalo, New York, on November 19, 1879
  • Riley Dutcher, signed at Buffalo, New York, on January 14, 1879
F
  • Ed. A. Fisher, signed on March 18, 1879
  • H. Fisher, signed on March 18, 1879
  • Minnie Fisher, signed on March 18, 1879
  • Alice Fisher, signed on March 18, 1879
G
  • Katie Giesser of Buffalo, New York; album owner Katherine Giesser, who would marry Edward David Strebel in 1892.
  • Fred Giesser, signed on December 19, 1879; presumably Katie's older brother, Frederick Giesser
  • Jennie Giesser, signed on January 19, 1879; possibly Katie's older sister Johannah Giesser
  • Charlie Giesser, signed on December 19, 1879; Katie's brother Charles Giesser
  • "Your Sister Louise", signed on February 6, 1879. Katie's older sister Louise Giesser.
  • "Your Sister Jennie", signed on January 19, 1879. Later note: died 1933. Perhaps Katie's older sister Johannah Giesser.
H
  • Emily M. Hess, signed January 24, 1880. Water damage on page so name/date might be in error.
J
  • Ida Juenglieg or Ida Juengling, signed on November 18, 1879
K
  • Ida Kempkee, signed on May 19, 1879
M
  • Nellie Matteson, signed on November 19, 1879; Katie's schoolmate
  • Anna Mayer, signed on January 31, 1880
  • Blanche McGowan or Blanche McGowans, signed in 1879
  • Water damage. Possibly W. H. Meads or N. H. Meads, signed on October 9, 1879. If W. H. Meads, perhaps Willis H. Meads.
  • Lizzie Miller or Lizzie Millar; Katie's schoolmate
  • Louisa Moershfelder, signed at Buffalo, New York, on March 19, 1879; Katie's schoolmate
  • Page written in German, but appears to have been inscribed at Buffalo, New York, in 1879. Surname possibly Mullar
N
  • Carrie A. Nachtrieb [not sure of surname], signed at what looks like Galion, Ohio, on December 1, 1879
  • Fred Nachtrieb, signed at Galion, Ohio, on July 15, 1879. Later note: "Died August 3rd 1879"
R
  • C. Riegelmann, signed in 1879; name and date worked into an intricate design of bird and banners
  • Carl Riegelmann
  • Beatrice Rosenan, signed on April 25, 1879; Katie's classmate
  • Miriam Rosenan, signed on May 19, 1879; Katie's schoolmate
S
  • E. Schell, or Schelle, signed at Buffalo, New York, on November 24, 1879. Can't decipher middle initial
  • Henry Millard Schultz
  • Jennie Siegfried, signed on August 6, 1879
  • Julia Smith, signed April 26, 1879. Someone later wrote the name Koester; Julia later married William L. Koester.
  • Hattie Smith, signed at School on November 20, 1879. Later note: "Howe", presumably the surname of the man Hattie would later marry.
  • Sophia Sonneman, signed on November 18, 1879; Katie's schoolmate at Buffalo, New York
T
  • Jennie H. Turner, signed on September 8, 1879
V
  • Chr. Volz, signed at Buffalo, New York, on January 27, 1880. Page written in German. Perhaps Rev. Christian Volz of Buffalo, New York.
W
  • Amelia C. Wendt, signed at Buffalo, New York, on November 1, 1879
  • Anna M. Werner, signed at Buffalo, New York, on June 2, 1879. Page is faint from water damage, so not sure of the name and date.
Z
  • Minnie Zacher, signed in 1879
  • Emma Zacher
  • Susie Zacher, signed on February 10, 1879; middle initial might be K or ?
  • Clara Zesch, signed on May 19, 1879; Katie's schoolmate
Buffalo, New York  [This map was obviously not made from images during the Snowgeddon of November 2014.]


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Friday, November 21, 2014

1882-1898 Autograph Album of Ida Meyers of Tonawanda, New York


1882-1898 autograph album presented to Ida Christine Meyers by her brother George Carl Meyers at Christmas in 1882 at Tonawanda, New York.

George inscribed several pages.  On one of them, third from bottom below, Ida wrote a message to her future well wishers.





The album measures approximately 7" x 4-1/4" and contains the sentiments of possibly as many as 40 of Ida's relatives, friends and schoolmates, but I suspect that several of the signers wrote multiple pages.  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!]

This was a tricky one, because I believe that two of the people with the surname Martin who called Ida their sister were actually Ida's cousins.  It appears that she may have been brought up by a paternal aunt after her parents' deaths, or at least after the death of her mother in 1871.

I believe the owner was Ida Christine Meyers, who was born December 25, 1866 at Titusville, Pennsylvania, the daughter of John, or Johann, and Rosina Katharina (Reister) Meyers.  John was an immigrant from Germany, and Rosina was the daughter of German immigrants who moved to Buffalo, New York, where she was born.

Fittingly, Ida had a brother, George Carl Meyers.  Ida's father, John Meyers, had a sister Elizabeth, who married German immigrant Charles G. Martin.  Several of their children inscribed pages in Ida's album, some calling themselves her cousin and at least two her sister.

Louise Martin of Tonawanda, New York, inscribed a page to her "sister".


Someone who signed with initials that appear to be W. S. ? called himself Ida's brother.  The last initial could be an M, which could stand for Meyers or Martin.


Cousins who identified themselves as such:

  • Henry Martin of Tonawanda, New York
  • William Martin of Tonawanda, New York - possibly the same "cousin" William Martin and William Martin and William M. who signed multiple pages
  • Juliana Baerle of Tonawanda, New York
Additionally Ida's niece Virginia Martin inscribed a page.


About November 1889, Ida married Frederick August Zuckmaier, who was born March 10, 1866 at Tonawanda, New York, the son of Franz and Selma (Schumann) Zuckmaier.  The couple raised a son, Franklin Gustuv Zuckmaier, and a daughter, Selma Rosina Zuckmaier, at Tonawanda, New York.  Ida died in 1963; her husband had predeceased her in 1953.

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


?  [3]
Baehre
Behnke  [2]
Diedrich
Feederle  [5]
Fruehauf  [2]
Knoell
Loge
Lounsbury  [2]
M?
Martin  [15 - though one or more signers may have signed multiple pages]
Meyers  [2]
Reibe  [2]
Snyder
Stuerman
Wulf
York  [2]
Young

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

  • "Hudle Pudle", signed on December 26, 1891
  • Frank H., signed on December 19, 1898
  • Written in German
B
  • Juliana Baehre of Tonawanda, New York, signed on December 1, 1884; Ida's cousin
  • William Behnke, signed on March 15, 1882; Ida's schoolmate
  • Minna Behnke, signed on March 15, 1882
D
  • Frederich Diedrich of Tonawanda, New York
F
  • Richard Feederle of Tonawanda, New York, signed in 1891
  • Richard Feederle, signed at Tonawanda, New York, in November 1891
  • Rich Feederle, signed at Tonawanda, New York, i November 1891
  • Richard Feederle, signed at Tonawanda, New York, in November 1891
  • Richard Feederle, signed at Tonawanda, New York in November 1891
  • Miss Anna Fruehauf; shared the page with M. W. Snyder and C. Lillie Fruehauf
  • C. Lillie Fruehauf; shared the page with M. W. Snyder and Miss Anna Fruehauf
K
  • Charles Knoell of St. Johnsbury, Vermont; shared the page with William Martin
L
  • Louis Loge, signed on August 4, 188?
  • William K. Lounsbury, signed on April 2, 1882
  • Ada M. Lounsbury of Tonawanda, New York, signed on March 26, 1882
M
  • W. S. M.; not sure of initials; called himself Ida's brother
  • Henry Martin of Tonawanda, New York
  • Henry Martin of Tonawanda, New York, signed in 1884; Ida's cousin
  • Carry Martin
  • William Martin of Tonawanda, New York, signed on December 25, 1891
  • William Martin of Tonawanda, New York, signed on December 25, 1891; Ida's cousin
  • Willie Martin of City [presumably Tonawanda, New York]; shared the page with Phillip Young
  • William Martin of Tonawanda, New York, signed on December 19, 1891
  • William Martin of Seat No. 31, Arithmetic; shared the page with Charles Knoell
  • Charles J. Martin
  • Louise Martin of Tonawanda, New York; Ida's sister
  • Virginia Martin; "your niece"
  • W. Martin, signed on December 28, 1887; Ida's cousin
  • William M., signed on December 14, 1886; Ida's cousin
  • William Martin, signed on December 24, 1889
  • William Martin of Tonawanda, New York, signed in April 1892
  • Ida Meyers of Tonawanda, New York; album owner
  • George Meyers of Tonawanda, New York; he presented the album to his sister Ida on December 25, 1882; he inscribed a page in the middle of the album
R
  • Christean Reibe, signed at Tonawanda, New York, on March 25, 1883
  • Minnie Riebe
S
  • M. W. Snyder of Erie County, New York; shared the page with Anna Fruehauf and C. Lillie Fruehauf.  M. W. Synder's name was stamped multiple times on the inside front cover and first end paper.
  • A. Struerman
W
  • Fred Wulf, signed at Tonawanda, New York, on August 10, 1882
Y
  • York
  • Felax York of City [presumably Tonawanda, New York]; he inscribed two pages
  • Phillip Young of Eden Valley, New York; shared the page with Willie Martin
Tonawanda, New York


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Monday, November 17, 2014

1893-1908 Autograph Album of Beryl F. Van Buren of Greene, New York


1893-1908 autograph album of Beryl F. Van Buren of Greene, New York.  She wrote her name on the inside front cover and on a page inside.



The album measures approximately 5-1/2" x 3-1/4" and contains the sentiments of 23 of Beryl's relatives, friends, schoolmates and teacher.  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!]

Beryl F. Van Buren was born on January 15, 1889 in New York, the daughter of Charles E. and Amy (Baxter) Van Buren.  Amy inscribed a page in her daughter's album at Greene, New York, on July 2, 1896.


Beryl's sister Marguerite Van Buren inscribed a page on February 1, 1905.  She would marry Paul L. Kniskern, son of Peter and Emily J. (Conrow) Kniskern, on May 26, 1917.


On 11 May 1912 in Chenango County, New York, Beryl F. Van Buren married Eugene Willey, son of Sereno E. Willey and Hattie A. (Stanton) Willey.  They settled at Greene, New York, and raised, I think, five children.  Beryl died in 1963.

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.

Beryl's teacher, Kathryn Rooney, inscribed a page on February 26, 1906.


The last page in the album was inscribed by Linn Langdon Corbly of Lewistown, Montana, on February 2, 190?, possibly 1908.  She would marry William John Duke in 1911.  Read more about the Corbly family here.


Surnames in the album

AFS
AyersFlanaganSmith [2]
BHStratton
BirdHayesT
BrinkOTanner
Brown [2]O'BrienV
CPVan Buren [3]
ClevelandPierce [2]W
CorblyRWatrous
CrandallRobinsonWheeler
Rooney

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

A
  • Olive May Ayers; Beryl's schoolmate
B
  • Helen Bird; Beryl's schoolmate
  • Florence Brink; remember March 2, 1907
  • Merton Brown of McDonough, New York, signed on July 1, 1896
  • Grace O. Brown of Tyner, New York, signed on December 31, 1906
C
  • Emilie Cleveland, signed on February 23, 1906
  • Linn L. Corbly of Lewisown, Montana, signed on February 2, 1908. Linn Langdon Corbly, who would marry William John Duke in 1911
  • Morills E. Crandall of Greene, New York
F
  • Alice L. Flanagan of Smithville, New York, signed on December 7, 1893
H
  • Heaman Hayes, signed on February 24, 1906; not sure of given name - could be Herman but looks more like Heaman
O
  • Irene O'Brien; Beryl's schoolmate
P
  • Charles Pierce of Coventry, New York, signed on February 4, 1893
  • Olin P. Pierce of Coventry, New York, signed on February 4, 1894 [could be 1893 - strikeover]
R
  • Eva Robinson of Chenango Forks, New York, signed on December 5 [no year written]
  • Kathryn Rooney, signed on February 26, 1906; Beryl's "loving Teacher"
S
  • Lee Smith, signed on April 7, 1905; Beryl's schoolmate
  • Bessie Smith; Beryl's schoolmate
  • Jessie L. Stratton of South Oxford, New York, signed on December 25, 1893
T
  • Pearl Tanner
V
  • Miss Beryl F. Van Buren of Greene, New York; album owner
  • "Your loving Mother", signed at Greene, New York, on July 2, 1896. She was Amy (Baxter) Van Buren, Beryl's mother.
  • Marguerite Van Buren, signed on February 1, 1905; Beryl's sister
W
  • Grace A. Watrous. "Don't forget the night we tied our toes together; also the night I talked too much"
  • Cora B. Wheeler of Greene, New York, signed on December 7, 1893
Greene, New York


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1979-1890 Autograph Album of Minnie Robinson of Frankfort, New York


1879-1890 autograph album that belonged to Minnie Robinson of Frankfort, New York, and, later, Black River, New York.  The album was presented to Minnie by Louise on September 10, 1879.


The album measures approximately 7" x 4-1/4" and contains the sentiments of 59 of Minnie's relatives, friends and schoolmates.  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of signers, together with any personal information they offered, appear at the end of this post.


Minnie Robinson was born about 1867 in New York, the daughter of Rev. Lafayette H. Robinson and his first wife Celestia A. (Fassett) Robinson.  They each signed pages in Minnie's album, her father at Oswego City, on April 6, 1880, and her mother at Frankfort, New York, on March 7, 1881.



Minnie's brother Herbert O. Robinson inscribed a page at Black River, New York, on November 19, 1889.


Minnie's mother Celestia A. (Fassett) Robinson died in 1881, only months after she inscribed a page in Minnie's album.  Minnie's stepmother, who I believe was Jane A. (Husted) Fister [or Finster] Robinson, inscribed a page at East Schuyler, New York, on September 17, 1889.


By 1890, Minnie was a schoolteacher or Sunday school teacher at Black River, New York, judging from the pages signed by her "scholars".

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

?CKR
ACapleKeelerR ?
ArnoldCarpenter [2]KelleyReese
BChild [2]KingRobertson
Barber [2]ColsonLRobinson [5]
BarnesCominsLambS
Barris [2]Cory [6]LangSalisbury
BatesDLewisStrail
Bentley [2]DeuceLoomis [2]T
BirchGMThomas
BridenbeckerGetmanMartinTownsend
BrissontHMcCampbellW
BrockeHaydonMcCannWarne
BulsonJPWilliams
JohnsonPooler
Jones [2]

Signers in the album         [Note: Given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]
  • Louise; possibly the Louise who presented the album to Minnie in 1879
A
  • T. B. Arnold of Sycamore, Illinois, signed on September 15, 1879; might be F. B. Arnold
B
  • Charles E. Barber of Grindstone Island, Clayton, New York
  • Mrs. C. E. Barber of Watertown, New York, signed on "9-2-1889"
  • Horace L. ?, signed at North Pharsalia, New York, on July 16, 1883. Presumably Horace L. Barnes
  • J. W. Barris of Frankfort, New York, signed on January 20, 1881
  • Mrs. J. W. Barris, signed on January 6, 1881
  • Mrs. Bates, signed on February 26, 1882
  • Jennie Bentley, signed at Floyd on September 27 [no year written]
  • Etta Bentley, signed at Floyd on September 27, 1882
  • Lottie Birch, signed at Frankfort, New York, on February 14, 1881
  • Judson Bridenbecker of Frankfort, New York, signed on March 18, 1881
  • Lulu Brissont, signed on January 26, 1890
  • Alice G. Brocke of Frankfort, New York, signed on December 11, 1880
  • George W. Bulson of Worcester, New York, signed on September 28, 1887
C
  • Viola Caple of F. P. I., signed at Frankfort, New York, on May 10, 1881
  • H. A. Carpenter, signed at Herkimer, New York. Presumably Methodist minister Herbert A. Carpenter. His wife Lizzie (Stevens) Carpenter signed the right facing page.
  • Lizzie C. Carpenter, signed on November 6, 1882. Presumably Lizzie (Stevens) Carpenter, whose husband, Methodist minister Herbert A. Carpenter, signed the left facing page.
  • Mary C. Child of Black River, New York, on February 11, 1890; "your loving scholar"
  • Eddie S. J. Child of Black River, New York, signed on February 11, 1890; "Your Scholar" I.O.G.T.
  • L. Colson, signed at Batchellerville, New York, on July 28, 1885. Middle initial might be D or G or ?
  • Nettie W. Comins of Black River, New York, signed on February 22, 1888
  • John M. Cory of Black River, New York, signed on January 30, 1890. His wife Ella R. (Roberts) Cory inscribed the right facing page.
  • Mrs. J. M. Cory of Black River, New York, signed on January 30, 1890. She was Ella R. (Roberts) Cory, whose husband John M. Cory signed the left facing page.
  • M. Jennie Cory, signed on February 10, 1890. "I.O.G.T."
  • H. May Cory, signed on February 2, 1890
  • Nettie M. Cory of Black River, New York, signed on February 2, 1890
  • W. B. Cory of Black River, New York, signed on February 10, 1890; presumably William B. Cory
D
  • Frank Deuce, signed on April 25, 1881; he fitted his name in a design of bird and spray
G
  • H. Seymour Getman of Frankfort, New York, signed on January 3, 1881
H
  • Benjamin L. Haydon of Heuvelton, New York, signed at Black River, New York, on March 11, 1890
J
  • Mrs. L. H. Johnson of Frankfort, New York, signed on March 7, 1881. Minnie's mother Celestia (Fassett) Robinson, who would die not long after inscribing this page, on December 12, 1881.
  • Sarah A. Jones, signed January 20, 1881
  • J. H. Jones of Frankfort, New York, signed on February 7, 1881
K
  • Jane C. Keeler, signed on January 6, 1881
  • George E. Kelley of North Wilna, New York, signed on February 22, 1888
  • E. J. King, signed at Oswego, New York, on June 24, 1880
L
  • Carrie J. Lamb of North Wilna, New York, signed at Black River, New York, on February 21, 1889
  • William W. Lang
  • Ella K. Lewis, signed at Frankfort, New York, signed on April 15, 1881
  • Mary A. Loomis; Minnie's aunt Mary A. (Barnaskey) Loomis, whose husband Wayland W. Loomis signed the right facing page.
  • W. W. Loomis of Ingalls Crossing, New York. He was Wayland W. Loomis, whose wife Mary Ann (Barnaskey) Loomis signed the left facing page.
M
  • Almira H. Martin of Black River, New York, signed on February 11, 1890
  • G. B. McCampbell, signed on April 30, 1882
  • Maggie McCann of Frankfort, New York, signed on December 14, 1880; Minnie's schoolmate
P
  • Mrs. C. A. Pooler, signed on April 20, 1882
R
  • Emma A. Runn*, signed at Syracuse, New York, on September 20, 1879. Surname could be Runnion or Runner or ?
  • Ella Reese, signed on January 20, 1881
  • S. Jennie Robertson of Watertown, New York, signed at Black River, New York, on December 23, 1888
  • Minnie, album owner; presented by album by Louise on September 10, 1879. She was Minnie Robinson.
  • L. H. Robinson, signed at Oswego, New York, on April 6, 1880. Minnie's father Rev. Lafayette H. Robinson
  • Herbert O. Robinson of Black River, New York, in Jefferson County, signed on November 19, 1889. Minnie's brother
  • Mary E. Robinson of Pulaski, New York, signed on April 6, 1880; Minnie's cousin
  • Mrs. L. H. Robinson of East Schuyler, New York, signed on September 17, 1889. Minnie's mother Celestia A. (Fassett) Robinson died in 1881. Her father then married Jane A. (Husted), who I believe is the person who signed this page. She had previously been married to Ira Fister.
S
  • C. H. Salisbury of Clayton, New York, signed on February 18, 1885 [not sure of year]
  • Orson Strail of Worcester, New York, signed on May 27, 1887
T
  • Maude Thomas of Rochester, New York, signed at Black River, New York, on December 12, 1888. Middle initial might be Z or ?; Minnie's schoolmate
  • Julia F. Townsend of Utica, New York, signed on June 21, 1880
W
  • Aurelia G. Warne of Auburn, New York
  • Maggie Williams, signed at Frankfort, New York, on April 19, 1881
Frankfort, New York; Oswego, New York; Black River, New York; East Schuyler, New York


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Sunday, November 16, 2014

c1900-1920 Photograph Album of Mary Casey; Some Photos of Amesbury, Massachusetts Scenes


Circa 1900-1920s photograph album, approximately 10-1/4" x 7", that belonged to a Mary Casey.  Some of the photographs containing scenery have been identified as from the Amesbury, Massachusetts, area, including the powder house, a church and the chain bridge.

Mary's middle initial might be a G or an L or other letter.  Casey could have been her maiden name or married name.


There are several photographs of the powder house and one of a young lady sitting "on Powder House", as if to say on Powder House Hill.



A postcard of the powder house at Amesbury, Massachusetts:


The photograph of the church in the album, and a photograph of St. Joseph Catholic Church at Amesbury, Massachusetts:



A bridge in the background in two of the photographs in the album and a postcard showing the chain bridge at Amesbury, Massachusetts.




Establishing that some of the photographs in the album were taken at Amesbury, Massachusetts, does not necessarily mean that Mary Casey lived there, but I tend to think that she lived where Amesbury was at least within day trip distance.

Other clues in the album are the names:
  • Eva Mary, a child
  •  Dorothy, photos as a child and as a young woman, unless a different Dorothy
  • Peggy, a child
  •  Mr. Good
  • Ruth and Shep; sadly only their names remain, so I don't know if they were adults or children
  • Till, young woman
  • Irene, young  woman
  • "George" - a young woman
Additionally, there's a photograph, shown below, entitled Ray and I, which features a woman whose photograph appears multiple times, such that I wonder if she might be Mary Casey.  Ray might have been her husband or brother.


 There are several photographs of a bungalow that might have been Mary's home or vacation camp.



If you recognize any of the scenes and/or can tie in all of the names together to identify Mary and her family, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

See the entire album below; sorry the music cuts out early.



Amesbury, Massachusetts



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1890-1893 Autograph Album of Alma Betsy Vandy of North Cohocton, New York


1890-1893 autograph album of Alma Betsy Vandy of North Cohocton, New York.  According to an obituary of her father, her name may have originally been Vanderwarakin, according to his death notice, or Vander Workin, according to an online family tree.

Alma received the album as a birthday present from her mother on April 20, 1890.


The album measures approximately 6" x 4" and contains the sentiments of 37 of Alma's relatives, friends, schoolmates and teacher.  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!]

Alma Vandy, or Vanderwarakin or Vander Workin, was born April 20, 1882 in New York, the daughter of Henry Vandy, or Vanderwarakin or Vander Workin, and Phoebe Ane (Waite) Vandy.  Henry died when Alma was just a child.  A newspaper notice implies that Henry left his wife and two children, Alma and her brother Justin Marcus Vandy, well off.

Alma's mother Phoebe Ann (Waite) Vandy inscribed a page in Alma's album on June 13, 1891.  I believe by that time Phoebe had married her second husband, Beach S. Drake.


Several of Alma's cousins inscribed pages in her album, and there may have been more who didn't express a relationship.

Cousin Mary A. Waite inscribed a page at Naples, New York, on January 17, 1890.  She was the daughter of Gardner Waite, a brother of Alma's mother, Phoebe Ann (Waite) Vandy Drake.


Cousin Angie Stanton inscribed a page on May 13, 1890.  She also indicated that she was Alma's schoolmate.


Cousin Mabel Hatch inscribed a page on December 10, 1891.


Alma's cousin Colbie Waite of Jackson, Michigan, inscribed a page on January 25, 1893.  He was Colby Waite, son of Edwin Waite, who was a brother of Alma's mother Phoebe Ann (Waite) Vandy Drake.


As noted above, many of the signers were Alma's schoolmates.  Their teacher, Myron L. Tiffany of North Cohocton, New York, inscribed a page on December 7, 1891.


On April 13, 1904, Alma Vandy married Holly James Chapman, son of James Hiram Chapman and Susan M.  (Graham) Chapman.  Holly was born October 6, 1879.  He and Alma settled at Cohocton, New York, and raised, I believe, four children.  Holly died in 1976 and Alma in 1980.

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

? [2]GNV
BG ?NorthropVandy
BellisGriesaPVincent
CHPartridgeW
CaskeyHatchPolmanteerW ?
ConklinHaynesSWaite [2]
CoreyHillsStantonWard
CornishJTWeed
DJenksTerryWetmore [2]
DeweyMTiffany [2]Wheaton
DrakeMillerTrippWiseman
FMooreTyler
Fowler

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


  • Maud, signed on January 17, 1890
  • Lenna; Alma's schoolmate
B
  • Arthur Bellis of Bloods, New York, signed on December 7, 1891; Alma's schoolmate
C
  • Bertha Caskey, signed on December 9, 1891; Alma's schoolmate
  • Myrtle Conklin, signed on December 8, 1891; Alma's schoolmate
  • Nellie Corey, signed on May 28, 1890; Alma's schoolmate
  • Lena Cornish
D
  • M. G. Dewey; not sure of surname
  • Alma's mother, signed on June 13, 1891. She was Phoebe Ann (Waite) Vandy Drake.
F
  • Vern Fowler, signed on December 8, 1891
G
  • Etta G. of North Cohocton, New York
  • Henrietta Griesa of North Cohocton, New York; she signed as Henretta, but I believe she was Henrietta.
H
  • Mabel Hatch, signed on December 10, 1891; Alma's cousin
  • Cora Haynes, signed on December 8, 1891; Alma's schoolmate.
  • Cora Hills of North Cohocton, New York, signed on March 28, 1890; Alma's schoolmate
J
  • Nina B. Jenks, signed on December 9, 1891
M
  • Edith Miller of North Cohocton, New York, signed on December 8, 1891
  • Arthur B. Moore of North Cohocton, New York; Alma's schoolmate
N
  • Mina Northrop of Ingleside, New York, signed on January 25, 1893
P
  • Rena E. Partridge, signed on December 8, 1891; Alma's schoolmate
  • Dora Polmanteer, signed on December 8, 1891; Alma's schoolmate
S
  • Angie Stanton, signed on May 13, 1890; Alma's cousin and schoolmate
T
  • Effie Terry, signed on December 8, 1891; Alma's schoolmate
  • Grace Tiffany of North Cohocton, New York, signed on December 5, 1891; Alma's schoolmate
  • Myron L. Tiffany of North Cohocton, New York, signed on December 7, 1891; Alma's teacher
  • Earle Tripp of Atlanta, New York, signed on February 28, 1893
  • Salome Tyler, signed on December 9, 1891; Alma's schoolmate
V
  • Miss Alma Vandy of North Cohocton, New York, album owner. She dated the page April 20, 1890
  • Burdett Vincent, signed on December 7, 1891; Alma's schoolmate
W
  • May L. W., signed on June 15, 1890; Alma's schoolmate
  • Mary A. Waite, signed at Naples, New York, on January 17, 1890. Alma's cousin, Mary A. Waite was the daughter of Julia and Gardner Waite, who was a brother to Alma's mother Phoebe Ann (Waite) Vandy Drake.
  • Colbie Waite, signed at Jackson, Michigan, on January 25, 1893. Alma's cousin Colby Waite, son of Edwin Waite, who was a brother of Alma's mother Phoebe Ann (Waite) Vandy Drake.
  • Bernie Ward; Alma's schoolmate
  • Myrtle Weed
  • Daisy L. Wetmore of Springwater, New York, signed on December 8, 1891; Alma's schoolmate
  • Arch G. Wetmore, signed on December 7, 1891
  • Celia Wheaton, signed on May 3, 1890; Alma's schoolmate
  • Gertie Wiseman; Alma's schoolmate
North Cohocton, New York


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