Thursday, April 23, 2015

1879-1880s Autograph Album of Daniel Morrison Rowe of Belmont, New Hampshire; Student at New Hampton, New Hampshire


Update April 27, 2015: Be sure to scroll down to the comments section for information a reader has provided on inscribers George D. Bullock, who became a physician at Weymouth, Massachusetts, and David Law Aldrich of Rhode Island, who died about three years after inscribing his page.

1879-1880s autograph album that belonged to Daniel Morrison Rowe of Belmont, New Hampshire, while he was attending school at New Hampton, New Hampshire.


The album measures approximately 8" by 5" and contains the sentiments of 84 of Daniel's relatives, friends and schoolmates.  Some students mentioned the New Hampton Institute, and some, New Hampton Commercial College, which was a post-secondary program at the Institute.  Daniel presumably attended both programs.  An alphabetical list of surnames 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!]

Daniel Morrison Rowe was born March 3, 1863 at Upper Gilmanton, New Hampshire, the son of Charles Henry Rowe and Marietta Perley (Ladd) Rowe.   Daniel's mother inscribed one of the pages with a printed design.


Another inscriber indicated a cousin relationship with Daniel.  She was Etta Rowe of Sanbornton, New Hampshire, who inscribed her page at New Hampton, New Hampshire, on April 9, 1882.


Another person with the surname Rowe was Mary Ella Rowe, who didn't indicate a family relationship on the page she inscribed at New Hampton, New Hampshire, on April 6, 1880.  She also chose one of the pages with a printed design.


On June 2, 1887 at Belmont, New Hampshire, Daniel Morrison Rowe married Florence Nightingale Bray, "Flora", daughter of George H. and Ann (Moody) Bray.  The Bray family had come to New England from Yorkshire, England about 1885. By the time of the 1880 Census, they were at Laconia, New Hampshire.  Flora inscribed a page in Daniel's album on October 12, 1884.


Daniel and Flora operated a grocery business and had at least one child, daughter Ethel Marion Rowe, born in 1898.  Sadly, Ethel, who died in 1945, predeceased her parents.  Daniel died in 1947, and long-lived Flora in 1957.  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


AEPV
AdamsEastmanPerkinsVeazie
AldrichEvansPhilbrick [2]W
AlexanderFPhillipsWheelock
BFlandersPrescott [3]White
BeaneFowlerPreston [4]Whitney
BrayGPugsleyWiggin
BriodyGerrishQWoodman [2]
BullockHQuincyWylie
BundyHoughtonR
BurnhamHudsonRenou
CJRice
CassJamiesonRoberts
CateKRobinson
Cheever [2]KimballRowe [4]
CheneyKnox [2]S
ClarkLSaltmarsh
CoppLaneSaunders [2]
CraneLangSawtelle
DLittleSeverance
Davis [2]LovejoyStickney
DeMerittMSwain
DixonMalvernT
Dodge [2]MarshThompson [2]
Dolloff [2]MasonTimmons
DurginMcGrayTucker

Inscribers in the Album
  • A. L. Adams of New Hampton, New Hampshire, inscribed at Commercial College, Winter Term of 1879
  • D. L. Aldrich, Jr., of Hope Valley, Rhode Island, inscribed at New Hampton Commercial College on March 15, 1881; thanks to a reader, we know he was David Law Aldrich (more information on him in the comments section)
  • M. Lizzie Alexander of Bristol, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton, New Hampshire, on March 1, 1880. Facing pages have the heading "Chums". Facing page signed by Mamie E. Lovejoy of Bristol, New Hampshire
  • A. W. Beane of Littleton, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton, New Hampshire, in January 1880. Presumably Alvah W. Beane
  • Florence N. Bray of Laconia, New Hampshire, inscribed on October 12, 1884.  Florence Nightingale Bray, "Flora", would marry the album owner Daniel Morrison Rowe on June 2, 1887.
  • H. Annie Briody of East Saugus, Massachusetts, inscribed at Hyde Park, on June 21, 1883. Presumably Harriet Ann Briody, daughter of Patrick and Catherine Briody
  • George D. Bullock of Wyoming, Rhode Island.  (From a reader, we know he became a physician.  On a page entitled "Dow House Chums, New Hampton, New Hampshire - March 12, 1880.  The Happy Four Chums" and shared with Horace J. Davis; H. M. Robinson; and Charles S. Hudson.  Thanks to a reader, we know George became a physician at Weymouth, Massachusetts.
  • Fred Bundy of Lyndon, Vermont, inscribed at New Hampton, New Hampshire, on October 26, 1879
  • N. D. Burnham of Contoocook, New Hampshire, inscribed on June 7, 1880 at New Hampton, New Hampshire. Possibly H. D. Burnham. But if N. B. Burnham, presumably Nathan D. Burnham.
  • Mary W. Cass, inscribed on May 19, 1881 at New Hampton, New Hampshire
  • Winifred Cate of Meredith, New Hampshire, Spring Term of '82.  On a page entitled "Lodge Girls" and shared with Nellie Rice; Addie J. Woodman; and Marie M. Wylie
  • G. V. Cheever
  • Edson Cheever, inscribed at New Hampton, New Hampshire, on June 27, 1882
  • Cynthia R. Cheney of Woodsville, New Hampshire, inscribed on October 27, 1879 at the Lodge at New Hampton, New Hampshire
  • Walter S. Clark of Nashua, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton Institute on September 29 [no year written]
  • John Copp of North Barnstead, New Hampshire, inscribed during the Summer term of 1882 at New Hampton, New Hampshire.
  • George W. Crane of Candia, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton Institute at New Hampton, New Hampshire, on June 8, 1880
  • F. J. Davis of Durham, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton Commercial College on October 21, 1879
  • Horace J. Davis of Contoocook, New Hampshire.  On a page entitled "Dow House Chums, New Hampton, New Hampshire - March 12, 1880.  The Happy Four Chums" and shared with H. M. Robinson; George D. Bullock; and Charles S. Hudson
  • Linnie M. DeMeritt of Nottingham, New Hampshire.  On a page entitled "Spring Term, April 10, 1882" and shared with Alice Louise Knox
  • E. M. Dixon; not sure of first initial
  • Jennie Dodge, inscribed on March 9, 1882 at Hamptonia Hall, presumably at New Hampton Institute or New Hampton Commercial College at New Hampton, New Hampshire
  • Henry Dodge of Contoocook, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton, New Hampshire, on June 10, 1882. "Remember our Concord racket."
  • L. M. Dolloff of Bristol, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton Commercial College on March 5, 1880
  • M. Etta Dolloff of Bridgewater, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton Institute on April 10, 1882
  • J. E. Durgin of Tuftonboro, New Hampshire, inscribed on January 13, 1881. Possibly James E. Durgin.
  • J. W. Eastman of Laconia, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton, New Hampshire, on October 26, 1879
  • Fannie L. Evans of South Barnstead, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton, New Hampshire, on April 10, 1882
  • Carrie E. Flanders of New Hampton, New Hampshire, inscribed on May 24, 1881
  • James E. Fowler of Raymond, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton, New Hampshire on September 9, 1879
  • W. H. Gerrish of Kittery, Maine, inscribed at New Hampton Commercial College, Fall of 1879
  • Mary L. Houghton of Bristol, New Hampshire, "Member of the Senior Class, New Hampshire Com. College, Spring Term, 1880"
  • Charles S. Hudson of Uxbridge, Massachusetts.  On a page entitled "Dow House Chums, New Hampton, New Hampshire - March 12, 1880.  The Happy Four Chums" and shared with Horace J. Davis; H. M. Robinson; and George D. Bullock
  • Fannie O'B. Jamieson, inscribed at New Hampton, New Hampshire, on March 3, 1880]
  • Rush W. Kimball of Woodsville, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton Institution at New Hampton, New Hampshire, on June 15, 1881. Class of 1882
  • Maud Knox of Sanbornton, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton, New Hampshire on April 10, 1882
  • Alice Louise Knox of Sanbornton, New Hampshire.  On a page entitled "Spring Term, April 10, 1882" and shared with Linnie M. DeMeritt
  • John V. Lane of Chichester, New Hampshire, inscribed in 1882 or he was in the Class of 1882
  • Laura E. Lang of South Lee, New Hampshire, inscribed at Prescott House at New Hampton, New Hampshire, on April 7, 1882
  • John H. Little
  • Mamie E. Lovejoy of Bristol, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton, New Hampshire, Spring Term of 1880. Facing pages have the heading "Chums"; facing page inscribed by M. Lizzie Alexander.
  • L. Malvern, inscribed at Laconia, New Hampshire, on March 3, 1879
  • A. M. Marsh of Acton, Maine, inscribed at New Hampton Commercial College at New Hampton, New Hampshire, Spring Term, March 23, 1880.
  • C. E. Mason of Bristol, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton Commercial College on March 4, 1880
  • Arthur N. McGray of Cape Sables, Nova Scotia, inscribed at New Hampton Commercial College on March 24, 1880
  • E. M. Perkins, inscribed at New Hampton Institute on November 17, 1879
  • Hattie B. Philbrick of South Deerfield, New Hampshire, inscribed at Lodge, January 27, 1882
  • Edwin A. Philbrick of Lake Village, New Hampshire, inscribed at Commercial College, New Hampton, on March 8, 1880
  • Ella R. Phillips of Alexandria, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton, New Hampshire, on March 10, 1881
  • Gertrude Prescott of Laconia, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton, New Hampshire on October 14, 1879
  • Arthur W. Prescott of Bristol, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton Commercial College at New Hampton, New Hampshire, on October 18, 1879
  • Emma L. Prescott of Laconia, New Hampshire, inscribed at the "Lodge", at New Hampton, New Hampshire, in October 1879
  • I. L. Varrell of York Harbor, Maine, inscribed on January 27, 1882 at New Hampton Institute, New Hampton, New Hampshire. Presumably Ida L. Varrell.
  • F. W. Preston of New Hampton, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton Commercial College on October 14, 1879
  • F. B. Preston of North Barrington, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampshire College on October 27, 1879. Presumably New Hampton Commercial College
  • C. N. Preston of North Barrington, New Hampshire, inscribed on June 4, 1881
  • Everett A. Pugsley of Rochester, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton, New Hampshire, on October 26, 1879
  • Hattie G. Quincy of Rumery, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton, New Hampshire, on March 3, 1880
  • Annie G. Renou, inscribed in 1879
  • Nellie Rice of Bristol, New Hampshire.  On a page entitled "Lodge Girls" and shared with Winifred Cate; Addie J. Woodman; and Marie M. Wylie
  • J. W. Roberts
  • H. M. Robinson of Meredith, New Hampshire.  On a page entitled "Dow House Chums, New Hampton, New Hampshire - March 12, 1880.  The Happy Four Chums" and shared with Horace J. Davis; George D. Bullock; and Charles S. Hudson
  • Daniel M. Rowe, dated March 3, 1879; album owner.  Daniel Morrison Rowe of Belmont, New Hampshire.
  • Mary Ella Rowe, inscribed at New Hampton, New Hampshire, on April 6, 1880. She wrote Daniel's name at the top of the page in calligraphy.
  • Mother; Marietta Perley (Ladd) Rowe, mother of Daniel Morrison Rowe.
  • Etta Rowe of Sanbornton, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton, New Hampshire, on April 9, 1882. Cousin of album owner Daniel M. Rowe.
  • G. H. Saltmarsh of New Hampton, New Hampshire, inscribed on June 12, 1880. Possibly George H. Saltmarsh
  • Inis F. Saunders of Alexandria, New Hampshire, inscribed on March 31,
  • Emma Saunders of Alexandria, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton, New Hampshire, on March 10, 1881
  • Frank C. Sawtelle of New Bedford, Massachusetts, inscribed at New Hampton Commercial College at New Hampton, New Hampshire, on April 14, 1882. "How we went through that window."
  • Emma M. Severance of Lynn, Massachusetts, inscribed on June 28, 1881
  • Hattie M. Stickney of Lisbon, New Hampshire, inscribed at the "Lodge", New Hampton, New Hampshire, on October 16, 1879
  • Charlie W. Swain of Laconia, New Hampshire, inscribed on April 17, 1879
  • Clara E. Thompson of Lee Hill, New Hampshire, inscribed at Prescott House
  • Elmer E. Thompson of Laconia, New Hampshire, inscribed on April 24, 1879
  • Joseph Timmins of Harrisville, Rhode Island
  • A. W. Tucker of Manchester, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton Institute on "1881-12-9"
  • S. Etta Veazie of Dorchester, Massachusetts, inscribed on June 8, 1879
  • Nell Wheelock of Woodsville, New Hampshire, inscribed on October 27, 1879 at New Hampton, New Hampshire
  • Helen M. White of Bristol, New Hampshire, inscribed at Hampton, New Hampshire, on March 4, 1880 at "Fox House"
  • George J. Whitney of Franklin Falls, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton, New Hampshire, on March 24, 1880. "N. H. Bank 1880"
  • Cora E. Wiggin of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, inscribed at New Hampton, New Hampshire, Spring Term, 1881
  • Addie J. Woodman of Meredith, New Hampshire.  On a page entitled "Lodge Girls" and shared with Winifred Cate; Nellie Rice; and Marie M. Wylie
  • D. C. Woodman of New Hampton, New Hampshire, inscribed during the Winter Term of 1879
  • Marie M. Wylie of Elliot, Maine [Eliot, Maine], at New Hampton Commercial College in 1882.  On a page entitled "Lodge Girls" and shared with Winifred Cate; Nellie Rice; and Addie J. Woodman
Belmont, New Hampshire, and New Hampton, New Hampshire


    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    1915 Graduation Program of Yarmouth High School at Yarmouth, Maine


    1915 graduation program of Yarmouth High School at Yarmouth, Maine.


    Graduation Exercises of Yarmouth High School Class of Nineteen Hundred and Fifteen at the First Parish Church, Yarmouth, Friday afternoon, June Eighteen at Half Past Two.

    Class Motto - He Who Strives Conquers
    Class Colors - Orange and Black
    Music by the High School Orchestra



    Programme
    March - Juniors, Seniors, Faculty
    Prayer
    Music
    Salutatory - Essay, "He Who Strives Conquers" - Ernestine Claudia Peabody
    Class History - Ethel Louise Merrill
    Essay - "The Power of the Will" - Nellie Dinsmore Anderson
    Essay - Shipbuilding - *Maurice Linwood Hall
    Songs - a. "I Hear a Thrush at Eve", Codman
                 b. "The Valley of Laughter", Sanders - Marion Elizabeth Proctor
    Class Oration - "The True American Citizen" - Mellen Paine Cushman



    Essay - "The Land of Opportunity" - Florence Louise Joy
    Essay - "Things That are Worth While" - Eva May MacLearn
    Essay - "Enthusiasm" - *Caro Ethel Stubbs
    Presentation of Class Gifts - Percival Ellis Maxfield; Josephine Linette Moxcey
    Music
    Essay - "The Panama Canal" - Elden Hartley Bennett
    Essay - "Maine as a Summer Resort" - Sumner Earl Bucknam
    Essay - "Secondary Education" - Francis Bernard Kenney
    Essay - "Public School Gymnasiums" - *Ruth May Russell



    Essay - "The Modern Submarine" - Joseph Raymond Pullen
    Music
    Essay - "Modern Engines of Destruction" - *Alfred King Woodman
    Essay - "IF" - William John Carr
    Essay - "The School of Everyday Life" - *Barbara MacKinnon
    Class Prophecy - Harriett Lawrence Sweetser
    Essay - "Preparatory School Cliques" - VALEDICTORY - Julia May Seabury
    Music
    Conferring Diplomas
    Singing Class Ode - Class of 1915 [written by Ernestine Claudia Peabody]
    Benediction

    *Excused



    Graduates

    Nellie Dinsmore Anderson
    Elden Hartley Bennett
    Sumner Earl Bucknam
    William John Carr
    Mellen Paine Cushman
    Maurice Linwood Hall
    Florence Louise Joy
    Francis Bernard Kenney
    Percival Ellis Maxfield
    Barbara MacKinnon
    Eva May MacLearn
    Ethel Louise Merrill
    Josephine Linnette Moxcey
    Ruth May Russell

    Marion Elizabeth Proctor
    Joseph Raymond Pullen
    Ernestine Claudia Peabody
    Julia May Seabury
    Harriett Lawrence Sweetser
    Caro Ethel Stubbs
    Alfred King Woodman



    Class Ode - Ernestine Claudia Peabody

    Monday, April 20, 2015

    1883 Highway Surveyor's Book of James P. Pottle of Perry, Maine


    1883 Highway Surveyor's Book of James P. Pottle of Perry, Maine, "One of the Surveyors of Highways in the town of Perry, District No. 1.".

    The book, approximately 6-3/4" x 4-1/4" and with 20 pages, was printed in 1880 by Hoyt, Fogg & Donham of Portland, Maine.  An alphabetical list of people mentioned in the book appears at the end of this post.



    The Selectmen in 1883 were Jethro B. Watt; Mark Leighton, Jr., and James William Pottle.  James William Pottle was presumably one of James P. Pottle's sons.



    Names on the page above
    Elinor C. Clark
    Thomas Crowley
    Catherine Golden - Goulding or Golding ?
    R. D. Coffen or Coffin
    Curtis D. Davis
    Amos Davis
    Mathew S. Davis
    William A. Davis
    ? Golding 2nd - possible David Golding
    Alden B. Lovely
    George P. Lincoln
    Maria Lincoln
    Sarah Mulholland
    John Moore Estate
    George McReynolds
    Adam P. Pottle - presumably the son of James P. Pottle
    Bion B. Pottle - Bion Bradbury Pottle - son of James P. Pottle
    James W. Pottle - selectman and son of James P. Pottle


    James P. Pottle, presumably the highway surveyor himself
    Samuel Ross
    Robert M. Ross
    James H. Ross
    Thomas Ross
    Augustus Seely or Seeley
    Salathiel D. Seely - crossed out
    Samuel S. Seely
    ? Watson - perhaps David Watson
    C. L. Washburn
    Henry D. Washburn
    Lewis D. Washburn


    William Cleland
    James R. Cleland, Jr.


    Alphabetical list of the People mentioned


    CLR
    Elinor C. ClarkMark Leighton, Jr.Samuel Ross
    William ClelandGeorge P. LincolnRobert M. Ross
    James R. Cleland, Jr.Maria LincolnJames H. Ross
    R. D. Coffen or CoffinAlden B. LovelyThomas Ross
    Thomas CrowleyMS
    DGeorge McReynoldsAugustus Seely or Seeley
    Curtis D. DavisJohn Moore EstateSalathiel D. Seely - crossed out; perhaps he moved
    Amos DavisSarah MulhollandSamuel S. Seely
    Mathew S. DavisPW
    William A. DavisJames P. PottleC. L. Washburn
    GJames William PottleHenry D. Washburn
    Catherine Golden - Goulding or Golding ?Adam P. Pottle, presumably the son of James P. PottleLewis D. Washburn
    ? Golding 2nd - possible David GoldingBion B. Pottle - Bion Bradbury Pottle - son of James P. Pottle? Watson - perhaps David Watson
    James W. Pottle - selectman and son of James P. PottleJethro B. Watt
    James P. Pottle, presumably the highway surveyor himself

    1873 Letter from John Owen Patten at Bath, Maine, to friend Amory McLellan Houghton on a voyage to Europe


    1873 letter from John Owen Patten, "Johnnie", at Bath, Maine, to his friend Amory McLellan Houghton, who was on a voyage and had sent John letters from Liverpool and London, England.  The Pattens and Houghtons were seafaring and shipbuilding families at Bath, Maine.

    Johnnie's mother Emma Maria (Owen) Patten included a note that the Houghton house was safe.

    See images of the letter panes, which you can enlarge by clicking on them, and a transcript at the end of this post.  Mentioned:
    • Amory - Amory McLellan Houghton
    • Dot - perhaps Amory's dog
    • Mrs. McLellan
    • Mrs. Hart
    • Margaret
    • Auguste Morse - drowned July 7, 1873 with Bertie Anderson - see more below
    • Bertie Anderson - drowned July 7, 1873 with Auguste Morse - see more below
    • Ned Sewall - lent Auguste and Bertie his boat
    • Mort - who fell on a picket fence and "was hurt quite badly but is now doing nicely"
    • Birch Point
    • George/Georgie
    • Johnnie Patten - letter writer John Owen Patten
    • E. M. Patten - Johnnie's mother Emma Maria (Owen) Patten
    John, "Johnnie", mentions a sad event, the recent drowning of August Morse and Bertie Anderson, who had borrowed a boat from Ned Sewall [presumably Edward Sewall, the father or more likely his son].  Their bodies were found at Harrington's wharf.  Johnnie noted that speculation was that Bertie had fallen overboard and that August drowned trying to save Bertie.

    From an article in the New York Clipper, issue of July 19, 1873:  the boys were Augustus Andre Morse, age 9, son of Captain Warren Morse, and Herbert Maxwell Anderson, "Bertie", age 4, son of Dr. Samuel Anderson.

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

    According to his 1892 passport application, John Owen Patten was born at Bath, Maine, on April 20, 1861, the son of sea captain and shipbuilder Gilbert Elbridge Russell Patten and Emma Maria (Owen) Patten.  On February 23, 1886, John married Lucy Weston Larrabee, daughter of Charles Weston Larrabee and Eliza Sophia (Smith) Larrabee.  It appears that that marriage ended, as John married Irene Mary Everett at Melrose, Massachusetts, on August 26, 1897.

    John became a journalist and editor at Boston, Massachusetts, and later at Bath, Maine, where he owned the Daily Times.  He died on April 29, 1899 at Phoenix, Arizona.  I didn't find children from either marriage.

    Amory McLellan Houghton was born October 11, 1859 at Bath, Maine, the son of ship builder John Reed Houghton and Emma P. (McLellan) Houghton.  Amory's mother was also from a shipbuilding family; her father, James Henry McLellan, owned a large fleet at Bath, Maine.  The Maine Maritime Museum has items of dress she wore at her wedding to John Reed Houghton; they can be seen here.  The information describing the items mentions that Emma died in childbirth when Amory was seven years old.

    On March 11, 1890, Amory married Jane McIlvaine, "Jenny", at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Amory and Jennie lived at Bath, Maine, and had three children, a daughter and two sons.  In 1892 Amory applied for a passport, along with Sydney J. Meeker, with the intention of going to Cuba, presumably for business.  On the 1910 Census, Amory listed his occupation as "salt dealer", and on later censuses as a merchant.  He died in 1926 at Bath, Maine; he and his wife, who died in 1945, are buried at Maple Grove Cemetery at Bath, Maine.




















    Loose Transcript

    Bath, Maine
    July 12, 1873
    Dear Amory,
    I got your letters from Liverpool and London and was very glad to hear of you safe across the Ocean.  Dot [possibly a dog ?] stayed at Mrs. McLellan's first.  She shut him up, but he would not stay there.  Now he is at Mrs. Hart's.  she has followed Margaret here once or twice and often goes to her Mother's.  
    I am sorry to tell you that Auguste Morse and Bertie Anderson were drowned last Monday noon.  ? Sewall lent Auguste his boat and Bertie wished to go with him.  It is thought that Bertie may have fallen overboard and that in trying to save him, both were drowned.  Their bodies were found near Harrington's wharf.  Mort fell on a picket fence a day or two ago and was hurt quite badly, but he is doing nicely now and we hope he will be at play with us again soon.  We spent the fourth of July very pleasantly at Birch Point and we missed you and George very much, but we did all we could in the way of firecrackers, as you may guess.  We haven't played base ball as often lately and that as well as the rains, has improved the grass a little.  My tent is there, too, and we have had some good times in it.  I enjoy your letters and will try to answer as many as you will write me.  Love to Georgie and yourself from 
    your friend
    Johnnie Patten.
    My dear Amory.  Johnnie has forgotten to say that Margaret sends you much love and wishes you to know that your house is all safe.  E. M. Patten.

    Sunday, April 19, 2015

    1853 Letter from Annette Maria Dearborn at Portland, Maine, to Cousin Almira Augusta Daggett, Presumably at Greene, Maine


    February 13, 1853 letter from Annette at Portland, Maine, to her cousin.  From clues in the letter, it appears that Annette was Annette Maria Dearborn; her cousin was presumably Almira Augusta Daggett of Greene, Maine.  More images and a transcription appear at the end of this post.

    No surnames were given in the letter but the given names mentioned were unusual enough that an identification of all involved could be teased out.  Those names, in order of appearance: Cousin; Greenlief; Converse; Aunt Dorcas; Emily; "little Romeyn"; Grandfather; Annette.
    • "Cousin", to whom the letter was directed, was presumably Almira Augusta Daggett (1827-1865), daughter of Aaron D. Daggett (1787-1862) and Almira (Dearborn) Daggett (1789-1830).  She would marry Isaac Cotton Merrill in January 1865 and die just two months later.  Mention is made of Almira's brothers Greenlief Dearborn Quincy Adams Daggett and Converse Rollin Daggett.  They had two others siblings, but both had died before 1853.
    • "Greenlief" was Dr. Greenlief Dearborn Quincy Adams Daggett (1818-1854), son of Aaron D. Daggett and Almira (Dearborn) Daggett.  The letter mentions his rather late in life marriage but doesn't identify the bride.  She was Rachel M. Roberson of New Jersey; they would have a child Carrie H. Daggett.  Greenlief would die about a year and a half after the letter was written.  Rachel next married Noah Hunt and had several more children.
    • "Converse" was Converse Rollin Daggett (1820-1902), son of Aaron D. Daggett and Almira (Dearborn) Daggett.  He was also married later in life, about 1871, to Anna Packard Bailey.
    • "Aunt Dorcas" was Dorcas Christina (Dearborn) Daggett (1798-1868), younger sister of Almira (Dearborn) Daggett and second wife of Almira's widower Aaron Daggett. 
    • "Emily" was Emily Louisa Gerry (Dearborn) Ayres (1829-1878), wife of Gen. Romeyn Beck Ayres and mother of "little Romeyn".  She was the sister of Annette Maria Dearborn, the letter writer.
    • "little Romeyn" was Romeyn Beck Ayres, Jr. (1851-1854), son of Gen. Romeyn Beck Ayres and Emily Louisa Gerry (Dearborn) Ayres, who was the sister of Annette Maria Dearborn, the letter writer.  Little Romeyn died about a year and a half after the letter was written.
    • "Grandfather" was presumably Simon Dearborn (1760-1853), a nephew to General Henry Dearborn (1751-1829).  Letter writer Annette Maria Dearborn was the daughter of his son Greenlief Dearborn; Almira.  Letter recipient Almira Augusta Daggett was the daughter of Simon's daughter Almira (Dearborn) Daggett.
    • Letter writer "Annette" was Annette Maria Dearborn (1833-1910), daughter of Greenlief Dearborn and Permelia [or Pamela] Augusta Sophia (Gilman) Dearborn and great granddaughter of General Henry Dearborn on her mother's side.  According to her death record, she was born at Houlton, Maine, though there are references online that she was born at Bangor, Maine.  Annette would marry Charles Harrod Boyd on September 1, 1858 at Portland, Maine.
    The differences in tint in the images below are due to scanning with and without the scanner lid.  The first and fourth images are true.





    Transcription - corrections welcome!

    Portland, February 13, 1853
    My dear Cousin,
    Your kind, and welcome letter of the 6th was duly received, and I have seated myself for the purpose of answering it - this afternoon.  I had indeed begun to think that our correspondence was to be a very short-lived one, as it was so long before I received our last favor, but was agreeably disappointed in receiving it for time must be very much occupied with your school, more so, than with a summer school I imagine, as the scholars are usually older, and more advanced, than those that attend in the summer.  I should think that it would be most too much of a tax upon your strength, to teach during the winter, as there must be a good deal of unpleasant weather, and bad walking, for you to be out in.   We have had a very open winter thus far, very little snow, and mostly very mild, but the weather has been exceedingly changeable, it has been so mild, and so much rain has fallen, that what little snow we have had, has been entirely gone for some time, but today we are having a real old fashioned snow storm, such as we have not had during the winter, and the sleigh will probably be running again by tomorrow.  However, I don't imagine that the snow will last long, as it is so late in the season.  I was quite surprised to hear of Greenlief's marriage [Dr. Greenlief Dearborn Quincy Adams Daggett (1818-1857)].  I supposed that he had passed the critical time and was a confirmed bachelor, but this is only one of the many cases, that serve to prove to us, how easy it is to be mistaken.  Was the young lady a native of the place where he is settled?  [She was Rachel M. (Roberson) Daggett Hunt (1832-1904) of New Jersey.]  I should like to see Greenlief, and Converse [Converse Rollin Daggett (born 1820)] very much.  Greenlief I have not seen since I was quite a little girl.  I would like to see his wife, too.  Now that he has broken the ice, there is no knowing when Converse may fall through too.  [Converse Rollin Daggett married Anna F. Packard Bailey (1845-1914) about 1871].   Mother  wishes for Converse's address, as she wishes to write to him.  How is Aunt Dorcas' health this winter?  [Dorcas Christina (Dearborn) Daggett, sister of Almira (Dearborn) Daggett, who was the mother of Dr. Greenlief Dearborn Adams Quincy Daggett and Converse Rollin Daggett; after Almira died, Dorcas married her sister's widower,  Aaron D. Daggett.]  Remember us to her when you see her, also to the rest of the family.  Emily left here the 3rd of December.  [Annette's sister Emily Louise Getty (Dearborn) Ayres, wife of Gen. Romeyn Beck Ayres and mother of little Romeyn, born 1851 and, sadly, died 1854.]  She went from here to Newport, Rhode Island but remained there but a few weeks, and her husband was ordered to Fort Independence in Boston Harbor, and she is very pleasantly situated now.  We hear from her every two or three days.  I am going up to Boston this week, (Wednesday, if it is pleasant) to make a visit.  I shall be gone from home about three weeks probably, as I intend to make a short visit in Bradford [Massachusetts, where Annette is shown on the 1850 Census] on my way home.  Mother desires me to say to you, that she should be very glad to have you make us a visit after you finish your school.  Why cannot you come!  We should like to have you very much indeed, and I think you might enjoy yourself very well.  You had better decide to come, and I hope to hear in your next letter that you will.  We miss Emily, and the baby very much indeed.  It seems so quiet, not to have his company.  I think we miss a young child from the house, even more than a young person.  However, we hope to have a visit from Emily, and little Romeyn next month.  I am very sorry to hear that Grandfather is so feeble. [Grandfather was Simon Dearborn (1760-1853), who died just months after the date of this letter.]   I should like to see him very much, and perhaps I may next summer.  I may be able to.  You must give my love to the boys when you write; we shall depend upon seeing them, if they either of them come home in the spring, or whenever they do come.  I seem to have covered my paper, and will close.  Don't let so long a time elapse before writing again.  Believe me with love, your affectionate cousin Annette.

    Sources:

    Portland, Maine; Greene, Maine



    Friday, April 17, 2015

    1872 Letter of Oliver M. Jones at Canton Point, Maine, to his Mother Arabella R. (Newman) Jones at Boston, Massachusetts


    Letter dated January 25, 1872 sent from Oliver M. Jones at Canton Point, Maine, to his mother, Arabella R. (Newman) Jones and sister, Eliza Ann Jones at 29 Magazine Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Arabella had apparently recently moved to Boston, or was on a visit there, as she was enumerated at Dixfield, Maine at the time of the 1870 Census.

    In 1873, Oliver's sister Eliza Ann Jones would marry George Monroe Kenney, son of Willard and Mary Polly Cummings (Staples) Kenney.   Eliza and George made their home at Leeds, Maine, and raised four children.

    See another post that features an invitation to the 25th wedding anniversary of Charles F. Kenney and wife Laura Annie (Ingalls) Kenney.  The invitation was enclosed in an envelope addressed to G. M. Kenney, presumably Charles' brother George M. Kenney and Eliza A. (Jones) Kenney.

    There are two other envelopes, sadly missing their contents,one addressed to Eliza A. Jones at Dixfield, Maine, and the other to Eliza A. Kenney at East Dixfield, Maine.  There's also an empty envelope that appears to have been addressed to a sister of Oliver and Eliza - Nancy Elizabeth Jones at Lewiston, Maine.  Nancy would marry 1) Frederick Henry Wilson, with whom she had a son Frederick Holland Wilson who changed his name to Frederick Holland Wilson-Cutler; 2) Dr. Arthur Hamilton Cutler.

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

    Oliver M. Jones was born March 9, 1857 at Jay, Maine, son of Lorenzo and Arabella Rarren (Newman) Jones.  Most online references give his middle name as Moses.  Intriguingly, there's an Oliver Moore Jones of the same age, and born in Maine, listed as a voter in California in 1898.

    After his stint in school at Canton Point, Maine, at the time this letter was written, Oliver and his younger brother Walter Scott Jones moved to Dakota Territory, where the 1880 Census found them living with their cousins, sons of Gideon Ellis Newman, Sr., a brother to Oliver's mother Arabella Rarren (Newman) Jones.

    At that point, I lost track of Oliver.  Brother Walter married Wisconsin native Laura Francis Leach in Dakota Territory and had two daughters, one of which died young.  Sadly, Walter himself died in 1892 at Dixfield, Maine.

    See a close transcription below the images; please add your comments to fill in the blanks or correct any mistakes.

      At the end of his letter, Oliver mentioned an address at Cincinnati.  Whether he was in school there, and on a break at Canton Point, Maine, or was planning to go to Cincinnati, I don't know.  At least one of his Newman cousins was born at Cincinnati, Ohio, so he apparently had a reason to go there.





































    Loose transcription - corrections and/or additions welcome!

    Canton Point
    January 25, 1872
    Dear Mother,
    I received Lizzie's letter last Wednesday nite and thought I would answer it to-day because I want some money.  We are going to have a spree and I want a dollar to pay the Bills and I want you to try and get me a place to work So I shan't have to be a begging money all the time.  If you don't want me to come up there I want you to tell me so ___ I want you to try and get me a place to work.  I want you to write to what ____ I think it is ___ why you won't write to me.  [?]  School keeps two weeks longer and I want you to be sure and write in time.  Good Bye, good mother, from your son, Oliver Jones.

    Dear Eliza,How are you?  I haven't heard from you since that letter from North Jay.  Walter [presumably his younger brother Walter Scott Jones] was down here last weekend.  Stayed overnight.  He said you was going to write to him.  I should like to have you write to me when mother does.  We are having extra School this Winter and I am going to get through it, [written above "my arithmetic"] too.  I think I shall do pretty well, don't you?  I am going over to North Jay to See Emery and Emma's baby [presumably the baby of Oliver's sister Emmerette (Jones) Axtell and husband John Emery Axtell].  I just noticed my mistake but if you can't read it, it said I was going to get through my arithmetic.  Can't think of anything more.  So good bye, Little Sister.  From your Brother Oliver Jones, Canton Point, Maine, Oxford County.  No. 1387 ? Street, Cincinnati.  [Emmerette (Jones) Axtell was older than Oliver, but perhaps she was of short stature.]




    Canton Point, Maine; Jay, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; Hanson County, South Dakota




    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    1904-1905 Souvenir of District 6 School at Eliot, Maine; Photograph of Teacher Henry C. Knight


    Souvenir of District Number 6, year 1904-1905; Henry C. Knight, Teacher.  The souvenir consists of two cardstock pieces, measuring about 5-1/4" by 3-1/8". tied together with ribbon.  The cover piece features a photograph of Henry C. Knight.  The second piece contains the names of Henry's pupils.

    Henry C. Knight was born February 6, 1883 at Eliot, Maine, the son of Thaddeus and Sarah J. (Welch) Knight.  In 1910, Henry married Bessie M. Staples, daughter of Willard and Florence (Dixon) Staples.


    Pupils, listed alphabetically as shown:

    G. Oliver Athorne [George Oliver Athorne]Hilda E. Hanscom
    Edgar M. BrooksMarion J. Leach
    Agnes S. ColeHarold A. Morse
    Hazel ColeKenneth J. Paul
    Maud A. ColeMildred Paul
    Marion C. CorsonHarry G. Robinson
    Adelbert F. CressArnold Spinney
    Elnora L. CressBessie M. Spinney
    Eliot N. FernaldDorris H. Spinney
    Giles FernaldEdna M. Spinney
    Pauline G. FernaldJennie M. Spinney
    Ruth H. FernaldLeon P. Spinney
    Sidney A. Spinney