Tuesday, July 29, 2014

1880-1897 Autograph Album of Lena G. Arnold of South Westport, Massachusetts; later married Herbert A. Brightman


1880-1897 autograph album that belonged to Lena G. Arnold of South Westport, Massachusetts.


Lena married Herbert A. Brightman of South Westport, Massachusetts, in 1886.  He signed two pages in the album, at least one of them well before their marriage, unless what looks like 1881 is actually 1887.



Their daughter Velna Edith Brightman of South Westport, Massachusetts also signed two pages in the album, one signed March 12, 1897.



The album measures approximately 5" x 3" and contains the sentiments of nearly 70 of Lena's relatives and friends.  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of signers, with any included personal information, appear at the end of this post.

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

Lena G. Arnold was born about 1865 in Rhode Island, the daughter of Thomas and, possibly, Mary A. (Clark) Arnold.  She may have been the Arnold child born at Providence, Rhode Island, on 3 January 1875, to parents Thomas A. Arnold and Mary A. Arnold, according to an entry in the Rhode Island Births and Christenings 1600-1914.   I wonder if Mary was Mary Amey; if so, she might have been the mother of Lena's older sister Clara I. Arnold, born 20 May 1858 at Providence, Rhode Island.  Sadly, Clara died young on 20 April 1891 at Westport, Massachusetts.


There's a Rhode Island marriage record for the marriage of Thomas A. Arnold and Mary D. Clark at Providence, Rhode Island, on 26 December 1868.  Assuming this was Mary D. Clark's first marriage, her parents, according to the record, were John F. and Catherine Clark.  Either Lena's mother had died or she was born before her parents, Thomas A. Arnold and Mary D. (Clark?) Arnold were married.

As noted above, on December 25, 1886 at Tiverton, Rhode Island, Lena G. Arnold married Herbert A. Brightman.  Herbert was born 24 March 1861 at either Westport, Massachusetts, or Taunton, Massachusetts; there are records for both.  On the record indexed as Taunton, but appearing to be Westport, he's shown as the illegitimate son of Phoebe A. Boardman.  Several other people named Brightman signed pages in the album; refer to the list of signers below.

Lena G. (Arnold) Brightman and husband Herbert A. Brightman may have had only one child, the daughter Velna Edith Brightman as mentioned above.  They lived at Westport, Massachusetts.

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

?     [5]
Allen     [3]
Almy
Arnold     [2]
Benson
Brightman     [7]
Brown
Butts
Clarke
Drown
Earle
Gifford     [5]
Gray
Handy
Head
Jennings
Jones     [3]
Liscomb
Little
Macomber
Manchester     [2]
Mosher     [3]
Mugford
Nealy     [2]
Palmer     [2]
Sanford     [4]
Sherman
Sutherland
Thomas     [2]
Tripp
White     [3]
Wing     [3]
Wordell     [3]

Signers in the album

?
  • M. M. A., signed on March 20, 1881
  • Hannah
  • Mira
  • H. B. T., signed on March 16, 1881
  • E. K. M. of Bristol, New York
A
  • Lizzie C. Allen of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on March 1, 1885
  • Eliza J. Allen of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed on February 23, 1881
  • Lydia G. Allen, signed at South Westport, Massachusetts, on November 16, 1881
  • Hattie S. Almy of Tiverton, Rhode Island, signed on November 15, 1883
  • Lena G. Arnold of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed in 1881; album owner
  • Clara I. Arnold, signed on August 20, 1881. Lena's older sister.
B
  • Mrs. Susan L. Benson of Newport, Rhode Island, signed on February 10 [no year written]
  • Velna Edith Brightman of South Westport, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Lena G. (Arnold) and Herbert A. Brightman. She signed another page as well.
  • Velna E. Brightman, signed on March 12, 1897; she was the daughter of Lena G. (Arnold) and husband Herbert A. Brightman. She signed another page as well.
  • Herbert A. Brightman of South Westport, Massachusetts. He sketched a pigeon. Became Lena G. Arnold's husband on 25 December 1886.
  • Herbert A. Brightman of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed on September 11, 1881. He and Lena were married on December 25, 1886
  • A. Ella Brightman of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, signed on November 13, 1881. "Born July 11, 1864"
  • W. H. Brightman of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on May 15, 1881
  • Carmalita H. Brightman of Westport, Massachusetts, in 1882
  • Sarah E. Brightman of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, signed in May 1882
  • Sarah W. Brightman of Westport Point, Massachusetts, signed on April 14, 1882
  • H. A. Brown, signed in May 1884 at Saxonville, Massachusetts
  • Hannah S. Butts of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed on May 15, 1881
C
  • Carrie B. Clarke of Elmwood, Rhode Island
D
  • Mrs. Lucy B. Drown of North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
E
  • E. M. Earle of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed on March 14, 1882
G
  • Emmie C. Gifford, signed at South Westport, Massachusetts, on March 25, 1881
  • Sophie W. Gifford, signed at Westport, Massachusetts, on December 11, 1881
  • May A. Gifford of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed on March 25, 1880. Later note: "Died March 6, 1885. Gone but not forgotten"
  • Mrs. Amelia C. Gifford of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on February 10, 1883
  • John L. Gifford of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed on March 30, 1882
  • Abbie E. Gray
H
  • Miss H. F. Handy of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on April 13, 1896
  • Mamie E. Head of Adamsville, Rhode Island, signed on August 17, 1881. Adamsville is a village in Little Compton, Rhode Island.
J
  • Peleg Jennings of North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, signed on May 5, 1882
  • Hannah E. Jones of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed on February 23, 1881
  • Benjamin W. Jones of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on March 28, 1882
  • Johnnie B. Jones of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed on March 28, 1882
L
  • May E. Liscomb of Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Minnie Warren Little of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed on May 21, 1882
M
  • S. A. Macomber of Tiverton, Rhode Island, signed on December 1, 1883
  • Alice H. Manchester of Tiverton, Rhode Island, signed on March 13, 1883
  • E. A. Manchester, signed on September 19, 1883.
  • Frank H. Mosher of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, signed on April 9, 1882
  • Walter Mosher, signed on February 14, 1882
  • E. A. Mosher, signed at Smith Mill, Dartmouth, Massachusetts, on May 5, 1883
  • ? J. Mugford; possibly Anne or ?
N
  • W. A. Nealy, signed at Adamsville, Rhode Island, on September 13, 1883; possibly William A. Nealy
  • Mrs. W. A. Nealy, signed at Adamsville, Rhode Island, on September 12, 1883
P
  • Louisa R. Palmer of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed on March 14, 1882
  • Chester Palmer of Westport Harbor, Massachusetts, signed on March 14, 1882
S
  • Cynthia W. Sanford, signed on February 21, 1881
  • John S. Sanford of Summit Hotel, Adamsonsville, Rhode Island; Adamsville is a village in the town of Little Compton, Rhode Island
  • Amanda Sanford of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on February 23, 1881
  • Lucie E. Sanford of Lakeville, Massachusetts, signed on August 20, 1882
  • Amy Sherman of Tiverton, Rhode Island
  • Annie Sutherland of Peterborough, New Hampshire
T
  • Albert S. Thomas of North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, signed on June 9, 1882. Mentions George Thomas house.
  • Frank L. Thomas, signed on May 21, 1882
  • Lenora Tripp of New Bedford, Massachusetts, signed on June 19, 1882
W
  • Betsey S. White of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed on April 13, 1881
  • Eliza Ann White of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed in 1881
  • H. A. White, signed on April 4, 1881
  • Mary Wing, signed at South Westport, Massachusetts, on December 11, 1881
  • Cecil O. Wing of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed on December 11, 1881
  • Winnie L. Wing, signed at Westport, Massachusetts, on April 19, 1882
  • E. Wordell
  • Miss Jennie Wordell of New Bedford, Massachusetts, signed on May 26, 1882
  • Everett E. Wordell of Smith Mills, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, signed on May 27, 1882

Westport, Massachusetts



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Monday, July 28, 2014

1908-1912 Autograph Album of Viola, possibly Viola M. Briggs of Westport, Massachusetts


1908-1912 autograph album that belonged to a Viola of the Westport, Massachusetts, area.  She may have been Viola M. Briggs, daughter of Albert Bradford Briggs and Mary Elizabeth (Sherman) Briggs and future wife of Lester Clifford Lawson, whose 1890s-1910s autograph album was featured in another post.

Several of the signers indicated they were students at the school Rogers and Allens' at Fall River, Massachusetts.  A handwritten card with the school's name is inserted in the album.


One of the signers, Leslie E. Livingstone sketched himself in a Rogers & Allens' jersey and included his calling card.  He gave his address as 1232 Plymouth Avenue, Fall River, Massachusetts.



The album is approximately 7-3/4" x 5" and contains the sentiments of 54 of Viola's schoolmates, friends and possibly relatives.  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the signers, complete with any residential and school information they offered, appear at the end of this post.

In the event that the album owner was Viola M. Briggs, and from online research, hopefully correct:                                                               [corrections and additions welcome!]

Viola M. Briggs was born 27 April 1893 at Westport, Massachusetts, the daughter of boat builder Albert Bradford Briggs and Mary Elizabeth (Sherman) Briggs, who were both Westport, Massachusetts natives.  On 29 July 1917, Viola married Lester Clifford Lawton, son of Isaac Macomber Lawton and Annie D. (Lawton) Lawton.  Lester was born 7 June 1890 at Westport, Massachusetts.  Viola and Lester made their home at Westport, Massachusetts, and had at least one child, a daughter.

One signer mentioned W.H.S., which might have been Westport High School.  That signer was Janie M. Hull, who signed on January 5, 1909.


Several signers indicated they were in the Class of 1911 at Rogers and Allens' school.  One of these was Elsie Hathaway of Pottersville, Massachusetts, presumably at Somerset, Massachusetts; she signed her page on January 26, 1911.


Other Rogers and Allens' students were Clarence T. Borden; Cora Brightman of Pottersville, Massachusetts; Miriam Marsden of Fall River, Massachusetts; Miriam A. Murray; Anna Gertrude Wood of Swansea, Massachusetts, the above mentioned Leslie E. Livingstone; and possibly more who didn't mention their school affiliation.

If you have a theory as to the identity of album owner Viola, or if you have information on any of the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

Surnames in the album

?
Audella
Bartlett
Baxter
Borden     [2]
Bridge
Brightman     [3]
Cahoon
Davis
Deterra
Duffany
Gorton
Hathaway
Hull
Jones
Kirby     [4]
Lake
Lawrence
Lawton
Livingstone
Manchester
Marsden
Mount
Murray
Obery
Pettey
Reed
Roach
Selinger
Sharkansky
Sherman     [7]
Snell
Tripp     [4]
Whalon
Whelden
Wood     [4]

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

?
  • Unsigned sentiment of December 25, 1908
A
  • Helen Audella, signed on February 8, 1911; she implied that the album owner's name was Viola.
B
  • Marion M. Bartlett of Pottersville, Massachusetts
  • Lillian L. Baxter of Melville, Newport, Rhode Island
  • Arline A. Borden of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on December 29, 1908
  • Clarence T. Borden, signed at Rogers and Allens' school on January 27, 1911
  • Ruth M. Bridge of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on January 6, 1909
  • Cora Brightman of Pottersville, Massachusetts, signed on January 26, 1911; Rogers & Allens' Class of 1911
  • Omar D. Brightman, signed on February 12, 1911 at Westport, Massachusetts
  • Oliver T. Brightman, Head of Westport, Massachusetts
C
  • Earle Cahoon of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on December 31, 1908
D
  • Carlton W. Davis of 2873 Highland Avenue, Fall River, Massachusetts
  • Mary L. Deterra of Melville Station, Newport, Rhode Island, signed on February 14, 1912
  • Dora Delena Duffany of North Westport, Massachusetts, signed on February 8, 1911
G
  • Joseph Gorton
H
  • Elsie Hathaway of Pottersville, Massachusetts, signed at Rogers & Allens' on January 26, 1911; Class of 1911
  • Janie M. Hull, signed on January 5, 1909 at W.H.S., perhaps Westport, Massachusetts High School
J
  • Charlotte G. Jones of North Westport, Massachusetts, signed on December 28, 1908
K
  • Madeleine Kirby of 311 Bank Street, Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on January 31, 1909
  • Albert Kirby of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on January 4, 1909
  • Etta M. B. Kirby of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on January 3, 1909
  • Harry E. Kirby of Westport, Massachusetts
L
  • Roscoe Capen Lake of Westport Point, Massachusetts, signed on January 6, 1909
  • Margaret L. Lawrence, signed on January 6, 1909
  • Alice L. Lawton, signed on March 31, 1911
  • Leslie E. Livingstone of 1232 Plymouth Avenue, Fall River, Massachusetts; he sketched himself in a Rogers & Allens' jersey and tucked his calling card in the album.
M
  • Almyra S. Manchester of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, signed on May 29, 1910
  • Miriam Marsden of 34 Weybosset Street of Fall River, Massachusetts. Class of 1911 of Rogers and Allens' School
  • ? Mount, signed on January 26, 1911
  • Miriam A. Murray, Class of 1911, Rogers and Allens', signed on February 10, 1911
O
  • Grace L. Obery of 205 George Street, Fall River, Massachusetts
P
  • Florence Pettey, signed on December 31, 1908
R
  • Allen Reed of North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, signed on January 27, 1911
  • D. C. Roach, signed in 1911
S
  • Lottie E. Selinger, signed on January 30, 1911
  • Esther Sharkansky of 50 Richmond Street, Fall River, Massachusetts
  • G. W. Sherman, signed on January 24, 1909; he noted that the album owner was 16 years old.
  • Andrew W. Sherman of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on January 24, 1909
  • Helena M. Sherman, signed on January 23, 1909
  • Philip Sherman of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on December 28, 1908
  • Durward Sherman of Westport, Massachusetts; presumably Charles Durward Sherman
  • Mildred W. Sherman of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on December 28, 1908
  • Lillian B. Sherman of Westport, Massachusetts; signed on December 28, 1908. Mentions Padanaram and refers to the album owner as Viola.
  • Viola E. Snell of Puncatest Neck, Tiverton, Rhode Island
T
  • Addie B. Tripp of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on January 8, 1909
  • Aletha U. Tripp of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, at Padanaram, signed on January 16, 1909
  • Maud L. Tripp of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on December 26, 1908
  • Mahlon B. Tripp of Padanaram, Massachusetts; Padanaram, a village in the town of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts
W
  • Maude E. Whalon of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on December 29, 1908
  • Charles C. Whelden of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on January 5, 1909
  • Albert Wood of North Westport, Massachusetts
  • George Wood of North Westport, Massachusetts, signed on December 31, 1908
  • Charles A. Wood of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on January 20, 1909
  • Anna Gertrude Wood of Swansea, Massachusetts, signed at Rogers & Allens' School on January 26, 1911
Westport, Massachusetts


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1885-1898 Autograph Album of Hattie, Presumably of the Readfield, Maine, Area


1885-1898 autograph album that belonged to a Hattie, presumably of Kennebec County, Maine, in the Readfield, Maine area.  The only clue to the album owner's name is the sentiment left by Ida M. Sanborn of Vienna, Maine, on July 16, 1887.


The album is approximately 7-3/4" x 5" and contains the sentiments of fourteen of Hattie's friends.  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the signers, including any residential or personal information they gave, appear at the end of this post.


Several of the signers were members of the Weston Family.  Annie F. (Haynes) Weston and her husband Thomas Milton Weston of Kents Hill, Maine, signed facing pages; he dated his inscription December 19, 1886.  Annie F. (Haynes/Haines) Weston was the daughter of Charles and Eliza A. (Low) Haynes.  Thomas Milton Weston was the son of Simeon and Lavinia (Blanchard) Weston.



The Hattie N. Weston of Kents Hill, Maine, who signed a page on September 19, 1886, was presumably Thomas Milton Weston's sister, Harriet Newell Weston.  Late in life, on December 23, 1928, she married widower Miles Everett Williams, whose first wife Ellen Susan (Joy) Williams had died earlier in the year.


Another sister of Thomas Milton Weston who signed a page in the album was Mary Alice (Weston) Rhino, or Alice Mary (Weston) Rhino, first wife of Simeon Lewis Rhino.  She signed her page on October 2, 1886, when she was living at Boston, Massachusetts.  She later married Charles F. Taylor.


Rosie H. Haynes of Winthrop, Maine, signed a page.  She was a sister of Annie F. (Haynes) Weston.


If you have a theory as to the identity of album owner Hattie, or information on any of the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Surnames in the album

?
Cushing
Haynes
Jones     [2]
Knox
Lawlor
Lothrop
Myrick
Rhino
Richards
Sanborn
Weston     [3]

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

?
  • Hattie; album owner
C
  • S. L. Cushing of Augusta, Maine, signed on December 19, 1898
H
  • Rosie H. Haynes of Winthrop, Maine; sister of signer Annie F. (Haynes) Weston
J
  • Sadie J. Jones of Hallowell, Maine, signed on September 12, 1886
  • Annie A. Jones of Fayette Corner, Fayette, Maine, signed on May 8, 1887
K
  • Abbie May Knox of Fayette, Maine
L
  • Katie E. Lawlor of Waterbury, Connecticut, signed on September 19, 1898
  • Nettie M. Lothrop signed at Fayette Corner, Fayette, Maine, on December 29, 1885
M
  • Ethel Myrick of Fayette Corner, Fayette, Maine
R
  • Mrs. S. L. Rhino of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on October 2, 1886. Presumably Mary Alice (Weston) Rhino (Renaud or Reynaud variation), first wife of Simeon Lewis Rhino. She was a sister of signer Thomas Milton Weston.
  • Frank N. Richards of Kents Hill, Maine, signed on July 17, 1887
S
  • Ida M. Sanborn of Vienna, Maine, signed on July 16, 1887
W
  • Annie F. Weston of Kents Hill, Maine. She was Annie F. (Haynes) Weston, wife of Thomas Milton Weston, who signed the right facing page and whose sister Rosa H. Haynes signed another page.
  • Thomas M. Weston of Kents Hill, Maine, signed on December 19, 1886. He was Thomas Milton Weston, whose wife Annie F. (Haynes) Weston signed the left facing page.
  • Hattie N. Weston of Kents Hill, Maine, signed on September 19, 1886; presumably Harriet Newell Weston who was a sister to signers Thomas Milton Weston and Mary Alice (Weston) Rhino.  Harriet married late in life, on December 23, 1928, to widower Miles Everett Williams, whose first wife, Ellen Susan (Joy) Williams had died earlier that year in May.
Readfield, Maine


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Sunday, July 27, 2014

1879-1880s Autograph Album of Ella M. Wadsworth, or Mary Ella Wadsworth, of Holliston, Massachusetts


1879-1880s autograph album that belonged to Ella M. Wadsworth, or Mary Ella Wadsworth, of Holliston, Massachusetts.  The albums contains many pages signed by people in the Holliston, Massachusetts, area, and in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where Ella and her parents moved at some point after 1880.


See other posts that feature an 1875-1877 autograph album and an 1878-1880s autograph album that belonged to Ella's brother John Franklin Wadsworth.

The album is approximately 7" x 4-1/4" and contains the sentiments of 66 of Ella's relatives, schoolmates and friends.  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of signers, complete with any family relationship, school or residence information, appears at the end of this post.

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

Mary Ella Wadsworth was born 28 October 1860 at New Sharon, Maine, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Leonard) Wadsworth, who were born in Maine and in Massachusetts respectively.  Ella's parents signed a page in her album.


Ella had six siblings, only one of whom, George Melvin Wadsworth, signed a page in her album.  To see the handwriting of Ella's other siblings, use the links above to view the posts on the two autograph albums of her brother John Franklin Wadsworth.

George Melvin Wadsworth signed his page as G. M. Wadsworth on a set of facing pages signed by 17 students at the Willard School.  A comment left on a post that featured the 1878-1885 autograph album of a Nellie ? of the Boston/Quincy, Massachusetts area indicated that Theresa Fegan and Nellie Fegan, presumably Theresa Fegan and Ellen B. Fegan below, were teachers at the Willard School at Quincy, Massachusetts.  The pages below are undated;  I don't know whether the signers were students, teachers or a combination of the two.



Signers on the facing pages above: 1) Alice E. Sanborn; 2) G. M. Wadsworth [presumably Ella's brother George Melvin Wadsworth]; 3) Nellie S. Dickey; 4) E. A. Desmond; 5) Rose W. Lewis; 6) Gertrude L. Gardner; 7) Ellen B. Fegan; 8) Jennie A. Corliss; 9) Mary Conway; 10) E. A. Newcomb; 11) Georgia M. Glines; 12) Theresa Fegan; 13) R. M. Chamberlin; 14) Grace L. Shaw; 15) Annie F. Burns; 16) Abbie H. Kelley; 17) J. M. Billings.

Ella signed a page as part of as group of 14 students in the Class of 1879 in the later album of her brother John Franklin Wadsworth.  Signers: 1) Ella Cushing; 2) Della M. Draper; 3) Mary Driscoll; 4) Eva M. Eames; 5) Effie L. Fiske; 6) Lucy B. Nichols; 7)  Ella Wadsworth; 8) Lizzie F. Barber; 9) Annie Blake; 10) W. H. Stevens; 11) Ed. Rawson; 12) T. T. Sheedy; 13) P. F. Gahan; 14) M. M. Parker [One or both M could be a W]; 15) Lizzie Wilder.


In the 1880 Census, "Ella" was shown as living at Medway, Massachusetts, with her parents and brothers Charles and Arthur.  At the time of the enumeration of the 1900 ["Mary E."] and 1910 ["Mary Ella"] Censuses, she, a schoolteacher, and her parents were living at Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  By 1920, Elizabeth (Leonard) Wadsworth had died; "M. Ella", a music teacher in a public school, and her father were still at Pawtucket.  By the time of the 1930 Census of Pawtucket, John Wadsworth had died, and "Ella M." was still teaching, at the age of about 70.  It's interesting that she referred to herself as Ella M. Wadsworth in her album and in the 1930 Census, when there was no one else to speak for her.

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.  Thanks!

Two leaves in the album were punched with Braille.  If you can interpret the messages, please leave a comment or contact me.  The first, front and back:


The second, front and back:



Surnames in the album

?
Abbott
Bennett     [2]
Billings
Brown     [2]
Bullock     [2]
Burns
Chamberlin
Clark     [6]
Colburn     [3]
Conway
Corliss
Davis
Desmond
Dickey
Fegan     [2]
Freeman     [3]
French
Gardner
Glines
Gurney     [5]
Hixon
Horton
Keith     [3]
Kelley
Kimball
Leeson
Lewis
Lowd     [2]
Luce
Monroe
Natke     [2]
Newcomb
Partridge
Phillips
Roberts
Rockwood
Sanborn
Shaw
Sullivan
Tuck
Verrill
Wadsworth     [4]

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

?
  • Josie, signed at Holliston, Massachusetts, on June 16, 1881
A
  • Winnie A. Abbott of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, signed on June 11, 1880
B
  • Albert A. Bennett of Middletown, Connecticut, signed on September 30, 1879. His wife Mela (Barrows) Bennett signed the right facing page.
  • Mela Barrows Bennett of Middletown, Connecticut, signed on September 30, 1879. Her husband Albert A. Bennett signed the left facing page.
  • J. M. Billings; signed on the right page of a set of facing pages, along with other students at the Willard School [perhaps the Willard School at Quincy, Massachusetts?]
  • Sara W. Brown of Brockton, Massachusetts; signed on a page shaqred with Hattie N. Keith; Orren E. C. Keith; and Edith L. Keith
  • M. Florence Brown of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on April 19, 1882
  • Addie E. Bullock of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, signed on July 8, 1880
  • Nellie S. Bullock of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, signed on July 8, 1880
  • Annie F. Burns; signed on the right page of a set of facing pages, along with other students at the Willard School [perhaps the Willard School at Quincy, Massachusetts?]
C
  • R. M. Chamberlin; signed on the right page of a set of facing pages, along with other students at the Willard School [perhaps the Willard School at Quincy, Massachusetts?]
  • M. Belle Clark of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, signed on July 5, 1880
  • Alice R. Clark of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, signed on July 4, 1880
  • M. C. Clark of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, signed on July 4, 1880
  • Walter B. Clark of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, signed on July 6, 1880
  • Bertha L. Clark of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, signed "Day after the Fourth, 1880"
  • Chris E. Clark of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, signed on July 6, 1880
  • Edwin W. Colburn of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on December 5, 1883. Presumably Edwin Wilkinson Colburn, either the father or the son. Sarah Frances (Dickinson) Colburn, who was either the wife or the mother of this signer, signed the following page.
  • Sarah F. Colburn of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on December 6, 1883. She was Sarah Frances (Dickinson) Colburn, whose husband Edwin Wilkinson Colburn or son of the same name signed the previous page.
  • Hattie A. Colburn of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on December 5, 1883
  • Mary Conway; signed on the right page of a set of facing pages, along with other students at the Willard School [perhaps the Willard School at Quincy, Massachusetts?]
  • Jennie A. Corliss; signed on the left page of a set of facing pages, along with other students at the Willard School [perhaps the Willard School at Quincy, Massachusetts?]
D
  • S. W. Davis of Cottage City, Massachusetts [Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, on the island of Martha's Vineyard]
  • E. A. Desmond; signed on the left page of a set of facing pages, along with other students at the Willard School [perhaps the Willard School at Quincy, Massachusetts?]
  • Nellie S. Dickey; signed on the left page of a set of facing pages, along with other students at the Willard School [perhaps the Willard School at Quincy, Massachusetts?]
F
  • Ellen B. Fegan; signed on the left page of a set of facing pages, along with other students at the Willard School [perhaps the Willard School at Quincy, Massachusetts?]
  • Theresa Fegan; signed on the right page of a set of facing pages, along with other students at the Willard School [perhaps the Willard School at Quincy, Massachusetts?]
  • D. W. Freeman of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on October 10, 1879. He was Daniel W. Freeman, whose wife Marion A. (Olcott) Freeman signed the right facing page.
  • Marion A. Freeman of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on October 10, 1879. She was Marion A. (Olcott) Freeman, whose husband Daniel W. Freeman signed the left facing page.
  • Bertha A. O. Freeman of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on October 10, 1879
  • Nellie L. French of Brockton, Massachusetts, signed on October 28, 1885
G
  • Gertrude L. Gardner; signed on the left page of a set of facing pages, along with other students at the Willard School [perhaps the Willard School at Quincy, Massachusetts?]
  • Georgia M. Glines; signed on the right page of a set of facing pages, along with other students at the Willard School [perhaps the Willard School at Quincy, Massachusetts?]
  • J. G. Gurney of Brockton, Massachusetts, signed on September 18, 1883
  • Lizzie N. Gurney of Brockton, Massachusetts, signed on September 19, 1883
  • Lena L. Gurney of Brockton, Massachusetts, signed on September 19, 1883
  • E. N. Gurney of Brockton, Massachusetts, signed at September 19, 1883
  • N. N. Gurney of Brockton, Massachusetts, signed on September 19, 1883
H
  • Nellie F. Hixon of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on November 21, 1883
  • Ella M. Horton of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, signed on July 8, 1880
K
  • Hattie N. Keith; signed on a page shared with Orren E. C. Keith; Edith L. Keith; and Sara W. Brown of Brockton, Massachusetts
  • Orren E. C. Keith; signed on a page shared with Hattie N. Keith; Edith L. Keith; and Sara W. Brown of Brockton, Massachusetts
  • Edith L. Keith; signed on a page shared with Hattie N. Keith; Orren E. C. Keith; and Sara W. Brown of Brockton, Massachusetts
  • Abbie H. Kelley; signed on the right page of a set of facing pages, along with other students at the Willard School [perhaps the Willard School at Quincy, Massachusetts?]
  • W. R. Kimball of Brockton, Massachusetts, signed on September 19, 1883
L
  • George E. Leeson of Framingham, Massachusetts, signed on June 11, 1880
  • Rose W. Lewis; signed on the left page of a set of facing pages, along with other students at the Willard School [perhaps the Willard School at Quincy, Massachusetts?]
  • Albert Leavitt Lowd of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on October 19, 1879; shared the page with his wife Clara A. (Stuart) Lowd
  • Clara A. Lowd of Holliston, Massachusetts.  She was Clara A. (Stuart) Lowd, who shared the page with her husband Albert Leavitt Lowd.
  • Sallie O. Luce of East Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on September 13, 1882
M
  • Allie A. Monroe of Pawtucket, Rhode Island
N
  • Oscar A. Natke of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, signed on July 9, 1880
  • Amelia Natke of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, signed on July 9, 1880
  • E. A. Newcomb; signed on the right page of a set of facing pages, along with other students at the Willard School [perhaps the Willard School at Quincy, Massachusetts?]
P
  • Mattie L. Partridge, signed at Holliston, Massachusetts, on June 4, 1881
  • Harry S. Phillips of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, signed on July 7, 1880
R
  • Clarence V. Roberts of Montpelier, Vermont, signed on January 23, 1883
  • Carrie L. Rockwood of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on November 11 [or 17], 1883
S
  • Alice E. Sanborn; signed on the left page of a set of facing pages, along with other students at the Willard School [perhaps the Willard School at Quincy, Massachusetts?]
  • Grace L. Shaw; signed on the right page of a set of facing pages, along with other students at the Willard School [perhaps the Willard School at Quincy, Massachusetts?]
  • Frank L. Sullivan of Newton Centre, Massachusetts, signed on May 9, 1880
T
  • L. Wadsworth Tuck; "your cousin". He was Lorenzo Wadsworth Tuck.
V
  • L. B. Verrill of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on November 26, 1883
W
  • Ella M. Wadsworth, album owner, who wrote her name in the album.  She may also have been known as Mary Ella Wadsworth.
  • John Wadsworth; shared the page with his wife Elizabeth (Leonard) Wadsworth.  Parents of album owner Ella M. Wadsworth [or Mary Ella Wadsworth]
  • Elizabeth Wadsworth.  She was Elizabeth Leonard Wadsworth, mother of album owner Ella M. Wadsworth [or Mary Ella Wadsworth] and wife of John Wadsworth, with whom she shared the page.
  • G. M. Wadsworth [presumably Ella's brother George M. Wadsworth]; signed on the left page of a set of facing pages, along with other students at the Willard School [perhaps the Willard School at Quincy, Massachusetts?]
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1878-1880s Autograph Album of John Franklin Wadsworth of Massachusetts: Fall River, Holliston and Somerville


1878-1880s autograph album that belonged to John Franklin Wadsworth, "Frank", who was born in Maine and reared in Massachusetts.  The album contains autographs from two areas, the Holliston, Massachusetts, area, and the Fall River, Massachusetts area.  Many of the signers indicated they were in the Class of 1879, some if not all at Holliston High School.

See another post that features an autograph album kept by John Franklin Wadsworth from 1875 to 1877, with signers from the Somerville, Massachusetts area; the Holliston, Massachusetts area; and the Fall River, Massachusetts area.  And yet another post features the 1880s autograph album of Frank's sister Ella M. Wadsworth, or Mary Ella Wadsworth, as her Maine birth record indicates.

As noted on the ownership page below, the album was apparently a Christmas gift.


The album is approximately 7-3/4" x 5" and contains the sentiments of 116 of Frank's relatives, schoolmates and friends.  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of signers, complete with any family relationship, school affiliation or residence information, appears at the end of this post.

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

John Franklin Wadsworth was born 15 May 1862 at New Sharon, Maine, the son of John and Elizabeth (Leonard) Wadsworth, who were born in Maine and Massachusetts respectively.  The Elizabeth Wadsworth who signed at page at Holliston, Massachusetts, on May 7, 1880, was presumably Frank's mother Elizabeth (Leonard) Wadsworth.


Frank's father John Wadsworth did not sign a page in this album but he did sign a page, with his wife Elizabeth (Leonard) Wadsworth in the album of Frank's sister Ella M. Wadsworth.  You can see the similarity in Elizabeth's handwriting.


Four of Frank's siblings signed pages in his album.  An earlier John had died the year of his birth.  There also may have been a Frederick who did not survive to adulthood.

Brother Charles T. Wadsworth, who was born 23 December 1855 at Braintree, Massachusetts, signed a page at Holliston, Massachusetts, on May 7, 1880 and wrote "Colby '83" in one corner, presumably Colby College at Waterville, Maine.  He had also signed a page in Frank's earlier album at Fall River, Massachusetts, on June 13, 1875.


Brother George Melvin Wadsworth, who was born 4 April 1857 at South Weymouth, Massachusetts, signed a page, also on May 7, 1880 at Holliston, Massachusetts.  George's future wife, Elsie L. Warfield, also signed a page.



Brother Arthur Leonard Wadsworth, born 4 January 1864 at New Sharon, Maine, signed a page, also on May 7, 1880, at Holliston, Massachusetts.


Frank's sister Ella M. Wadsworth, or Mary Ella Wadsworth, signed a page on February 4, with no year written, and mentioned that she was in the Class of 1879; she also signed on a page shared with 14 other students in the Class of 1879.



Signers on the group page above: 1) Ella Cushing; 2) Della M. Draper; 3) Mary Driscoll; 4) Eva M. Eames; 5) Effie L. Fiske; 6) Lucy B. Nichols; 7)  Ella Wadsworth; 8) Lizzie F. Barber; 9) Annie Blake; 10) W. H. Stevens; 11) Ed. Rawson; 12) T. T. Sheedy; 13) P. F. Gahan; 14) M. M. Parker [One or both M could be a W]; 15) Lizzie Wilder.

On 26 March, 1881 at Fall River, Massachusetts, John Franklin Wadsworth married Addie Louise Lake, daughter of Joseph and Amy (Thurston) Lake.  Addie was born 11 March 1864 at Fall River, Massachusetts.  Frank and Addie made their home at Fall River, Massachusetts, and raised, I believe, five children:
  1. Lucena Elizabeth Wadsworth, born 13 August 1883 at Fall River, Massachusetts; married Frank Blaine Tew
  2. George H. Wadsworth, born 31 August 1885 at Fall River, Massachusetts; died 21 December 1890
  3. Elsie Wadsworth, born about 1888; died 1932
  4. John Franklin Wadsworth, Jr., born 24 December 1889 at Fall River, Massachusetts; married Charlotte J. Childs
  5. Arthur Lorenzo Wadsworth, born 25 January 1892 at Fall River, Massachusetts; married Elsie (Gray?)
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.  Thanks!

Surnames in the album

Abbott
Barber     [4]
Barrows
Bartlett
Beaman
Blake     [2]
Booth
Bragg     [2[
Brown
Clark     [6]
Cole
Coles
Conger     [2]
Crocker
Cushing     [3]
Darling
Davis
Dillingham
Draper     [2]
Driscoll     [2]
Eames     [3]
Evans
Fiske     [3]
Freeman     [3]
French
Gahan     [2]
Gay
Greene
Harrison
Hillis
Howard
Hussey
Keith
Kelley
Locke
Lowd     [2]
McKinnon
Millard
Mosher
Munroe
Nichols     [3]
Nightingale
Parker     [3]
Pond
Potter
Power     [2]
Pratt
Rawson     [2]
Ray
Reeves     [3]
Rice
Rider
Riley
Rockwood
Sager
Sanderson
Sawyer
Sheedy     [2]
Simmons     [3]
Slocum
Stafford
Stetson
Stevens     [2]
Stubbs
Taft
Tuell
Wadsworth     [7]
Warfield
Whiting     [2]
Wilder     [3]
Williams     [2]

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

A
  • Winnie A. Abbott of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, signed on October 31, 1879
B
  • Lizzie F. Barber; signed on a page shared by 14 others
  • A. Barber or A. Barlow, signed on March 28, 1881; not sure of surname
  • Lizzie F. Barber of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on February 13, 1879; "Class of 1879"
  • Emma E. Barber, signed on June 19, 1879
  • Mela I. Barrows of Middletown, Connecticut, signed on September 22, 1879; presumably Mela Isabel Barrows. She signed on September 30, 1879 in the album of Mary Ella Wadsworth, sister of John Franklin Wadsworth as Mela Barrows Bennett, reflecting her recent marriage to Alfred A. Bennett.
  • Thomas E. Bartlett of Newton Centre, Massachusetts, signed on September 29, 1879
  • Willie W. Beaman of Westboro, Massachusetts, signed on July 28, 1882
  • Annie Blake; signed on a page shared by 14 others
  • Annie Blake, Class of '79, signed on May 20, 1879
  • Surname is Booth; first initial might be F.
  • Lottie A. Bragg of Braggville, Massachusetts, signed on February 19, 1879. Braggville was located in or near Holliston, Massachusetts.
  • Aaron C. Bragg of Braggville, Massachusetts, signed on May 16, 1879. Braggville is in or near Holliston, Massachusetts.
  • S. W. Brown of South Carthage, Maine, signed in June 1879. Possibly Scott W. Brown, born about 1866, son of Samuel Dennis Brown and wife Clara P. Brown
C
  • Bertha L. Clark of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, signed on October 30, 1879
  • Fred H. Clark of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on March 15, 1880
  • Daniel A. Clark; his wife Mary Smith (Bliss) Clark shared the page.
  • M. S. Clark of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, signed on October 31, 1879. She was Mary Smith (Bliss) Clark, whose husband Daniel A. Clark shared the page.
  • M. Belle Clark of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, signed on October 31, 1879
  • Alice R. Clark, signed at Pawtucket, Rhode Island, on October 30, 1879
  • Clarence M. Cole, signed at Fall River, Massachusetts, on March 27, 1881
  • James Coles of Holliston, Massachusetts; signed at High School on May 14, 1879; intricate sketch of bird and scroll in colors of black, red and blue.
  • James W. Conger of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on March 15, 1880
  • Addie L. Conger of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on "3-8-1880"
  • Henry Crocker of Central Falls, Rhode Island, signed on October 20, 1879
  • Ella Cushing; signed on a page shared by 14 others
  • Ella Cushing, signed at Holliston, Massachusetts, on February 20, 1879; "Class of '79"
  • Louise A. Cushing, signed at Holliston, Massachusetts, on March 9, 1880. "Dark Night Mar. 3rd"
D
  • William B. Darling of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on November 2, 1879
  • Winnie L. Davis of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on April 24, 1880
  • G. Dillingham of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on November 20, 1879
  • Della M. Draper; signed on a page shared by 14 others
  • Idella M. Draper, signed at Holliston, Massachusetts, on February 7, 1879. "Class of '79"
  • Mary Driscoll; signed on a page shared by 14 others
  • Mary E. Driscoll, signed at Holliston, Massachusetts, on March 11, 1879; "Class of '79"
E
  • Eva M. Eames; signed on a page shared by 14 others
  • Herbert E. Eames of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on June 12, 1879
  • Eva M. Eames of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on March 1, 1879. "Class of '79"
  • W. H. Evans of Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed on October 12, 1879.
F
  • Effie L. Fiske; signed on a page shared by 14 others
  • Effie L. Fiske, signed at H.H.S., Class of '79. Presumably Holliston High School, Holliston, Massachusetts
  • James F. Fiske of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on March 15, 1880
  • D. W. Freeman of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on October 10, 1879. Presumably Daniel W. Freeman, whose wife Marion A. (Olcott) Freeman signed the right facing page. Their daughter Bertha A. O. Freeman also signed a page. Read more about Daniel W. Freeman here: http://www.nextech.de/ma15mvi/Roster/index.htm?ssmain=p134.htm;
  • Marion A. Freeman of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on October 10, 1879. She was Marion A. (Olcott) Freeman, whose husband Daniel W. Freeman signed the left facing page. Their daughter Bertha A. O. Freeman also signed a page.
  • Bertha A. O. Freeman of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on September 10, 1879. Daughter of signers Daniel W. and Marion A. (Olcott) Freeman. (Unless she was the daughter of Marion's first husband Newton Jabez Wellman)
  • Stella French of Westboro, Massachusetts, signed at Westborough, Massachusetts, on October 16, 1882
G
  • P. F. Gahan; signed on a page shared by 14 others
  • P. F. Gahan of Holliston, Massachusetts
  • Amey I. Gay of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on February 21, 1879
  • Willie F. Greene of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on June 4, 1879
H
  • Annie B. Harrison of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on November 21, 1879
  • Eliza M. Hillis of Fall River, Massachusetts. "Remember the visit to Warren, R.I. March 26, 1881"
  • Emma Howard of Westborough, Massachusetts
  • A. C. Hussey of Grafton, Massachsuetts, signed on October 5, 1879
K
  • Edith L. Keith of Brockton, Massachusetts, signed on June 21, 1892
  • Mary F. Kelley, signed at Fall River, Massachusetts, on November 5, 1879
L
  • George W. Locke, signed at Fall River, Massachusetts, on November 19, 1879
  • Clara A. Lowd of Holliston, Massachusetts. She was Clara A. (Stuart) Lowd, whose husband Albert Leavitt Lowd signed the right facing page.
  • Albert Leavitt Lowd of Holliston, Massachusetts; his wife, Clara A. (Stuart) Lowd signed the left facing page.
M
  • Edith McKinnon, signed at Westborough, Massachusetts, on September 1, 1882
  • Annie Millard of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on October 24, 1879
  • Augusta Mosher of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on May 27, 1882
  • Foster H. Munroe of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on December 7, 1879
N
  • Lucy B. Nichols; signed on a page shared by 14 others
  • Lucie Nichols of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on March 7, 1879. "Class of '79"
  • George L. Nichols of South Framingham, Massachusetts
  • R. A. Nightingale of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on April 12, 1881. Perhaps Robert A. Nightingale, born 9 November 1855 in England, son of John and Elizabeth H. (Ferriman) Nightingale; died 11 July 1912 at Fall River, Massachusetts. He wrote a musical notation.
P
  • M. M. Parker [One or both M could be a W]; signed on a page shared by 14 others
  • M. M. Parker, signed at High School, Holliston, Massachusetts, on April 2, 1879
  • M. J. Parker of Holliston, Massachusetts
  • Warren N. Pond of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on March 15, 1880
  • Medora O. Potter of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on November 20, 1879
  • Mr. John F. Power of Fall River, Massachusetts; signed at Fall River on April 5, 1888
  • Sarah A. Power of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on April 5, 1888; not sure of middle initial - could be S or ?
  • ? Pratt. Can't make out initials.
R
  • Ed. Rawson; signed on a page shared by 14 others
  • Edward C. Rawson of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on March 12, 1879 "Class"
  • Jennie F. Ray of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on April 24, 1880
  • Anna W. Reeves of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on July 30, 1880
  • Walter M. Reeves of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on November 2, 1879
  • M. T. Reeves of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on November 2, 1879. Perhaps Milton T. Reeves, born about 1865, son of Mark and Elizabeth Reeves. Sadly, Milton T. Reeves died on 13 June 1880 at Fall River, Massachusetts.
  • Nellie S. Rice of New Bedford, Massachusetts, signed on January 3, 1880
  • Isaac M. Rider, signed on February 18, 1881; presumably the Isaac M. Rider of Fall River, Massachusetts
  • Nellie Riley, signed on April 5, 1888
  • Lizzie P. Rockwood of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on May 6, 1879
S
  • H. H. Sager of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, signed on October 31, 1879. Presumably Henry H. Sager.
  • Esther A. Sanderson of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on September 24, 1890
  • Susie A. Sawyer of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on January 7, 1880
  • T. T. Sheedy; signed on a page shared by 14 others
  • Thomas F. Sheedy of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on March 15, 1879. "Class of 79"
  • Katie C. Simmons of Fall River, Massachusetts
  • Lizzie H. Simmons of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on October 26, 1879
  • Charles E. Simmons of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on October 28, 1879
  • Lyman F. Slocum of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, signed on October 31, 1879
  • Annie C. Stafford of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on November 23, 1879
  • Vira T. Stetson of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on February 27, 1879
  • W. H. Stevens; signed on a page shared by 14 others
  • Warren H. Stevens of Braggville, Massachusetts, signed on March 13, 1879 "Class", H.H.S., presumably Holliston High School at Holliston, Massachusetts. Braggville was located in or near Holliston.
  • Lizzie M. Stubbs, signed on July 31, 1885
T
  • Luella E. Taft of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on February 27, 1879
  • Sarah Abbie Tuell, signed at Fall River, Massachusetts, on November 19, 1879
W
  • John Franklin Wadsworth, Christmas 1878; album owner
  • M. Ella Wadsworth of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on February 4, Class of 1879; "Votre Soeur" John Franklin Wadsworth's sister Mary Ella Wadsworth.
  • Ella Wadsworth; signed on a page shared by 14 others [possibly John Franklin Wadsworth's sister Mary Ella Wadsworth or another Ella Wadsworth]
  • Elizabeth Wadsworth of Holliston, Massachusetts, signe don May 7, 1880; Elizabeth (Leonard) Wadsworth, mother of album owner John Franklin Wadsworth [based on similar handwriting in another album in which both she and her husband John Wadsworth signed a page.]
  • Arthur L. Wadsworth of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on May 7, 1880. Album owner John Franklin Wadsworth's brother Arthur Leonard Wadsworth
  • George M. Wadsworth of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on May 7, 1880. Album owner John Franklin Wadsworth's brother.
  • Charles T. Wadsworth of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on May 7, 1880. Album owner John Franklin Wadsworth's brother.  He wrote "Colby '83" in a corner.
  • Elsie L. Warfield, signed at Holliston, Massachusetts, on May 5, 1880
  • Waldo B. Whiting of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on March 9, 1880
  • Elbridge C. Whiting of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on March 15, 1880
  • Lizzie Wilder, signed at Holliston, Massachusetts, on February 8, 1879
  • Lizzie Wilder; signed on a page shared by 14 others
  • Rufus G. Wilder of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on March 15, 1880
  • Allie Williams of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on April 17, 1882
  • Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Williams of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on "9.2/80"


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1875-1877 Autograph Album of John Franklin Wadsworth of Massachusetts: Fall River, Holliston, Somerville


1875-1877 autograph album that belonged to John Franklin Wadsworth, "Frank", who was born in Maine and reared in Massachusetts.  The album contains signatures of well wishers from the Morse Grammar School at Somerville, from Holliston High School and from the Fall River, Massachusetts area.  The family appears to have moved around.

See another post that features John Franklin Wadsworth's 1878-1880s autograph album.  And yet another features the 1879-1880s autograph album of his sister Ella M. Wadsworth, or Mary Ella Wadsworth, as she was named at birth, according to her Maine birth record.


Tucked in the album is a scrap of paper that indicates that the album belonged to the great grandfather of Kenneth Grace or Kenneth Grau.


The album is approximately 5-1/2" x 3-1/2" and contains the sentiments of 85 of John Franklin Wadsworth's relatives, schoolmates and friends.  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the signers, complete with any family relationship, residence or school affiliation they may have added, appears at the end of this post.

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

John Franklin Wadsworth, "Frank", was born 15 May 1862 at New Sharon, Maine, the son of John and Elizabeth (Leonard) Wadsworth, who were born in Maine and Massachusetts respectively.  The parents did not sign pages in this album, but Elizabeth signed a page in Frank's other album, and both shared a page in Ella M. Wadsworth's album, which is shown below.


Frank's brother Charles T. Wadsworth, born 23 December 1855 at Braintree, Massachusetts, signed a page at Fall River, Massachusetts, on June 13, 1875.


An earlier child named John died in the year of his birth, 1857; he may have been a twin to George Melvin Wadsworth, who was born 4 April 1857 at South Weymouth, Massachusetts.  George didn't sign a page in this album, but he did sign a page in Frank's later album, as did his future wife Elsie L. Warfield.

Sister Ella M. Wadsworth, which is the way she wrote her name in her autograph album, didn't sign a page in this album, unless she was the Marilla A. Wadsworth of Somerville, who signed a page on February 8, 1876 at Somerville, Massachusetts.


Compare the handwriting with the page where Ella A. Wadsworth wrote her name as the owner of her own album and on the page she signed at Holliston, Massachusetts, as M. Ella Wadsworth, in Frank's later album when she was a member of the Class of 1879, perhaps at Holliston High School or at the Willard School, presumably at Quincy, Massachusetts.   The letters are not quite the same, but handwriting can evolve.  The reason I mention the Willard School is that there is a set of undated facing pages in Ella's own album where 17 people signed and mentioned Willard School. Ella was not one of the signers, but their brother George Melvin Wadsworth was.



Another brother, Arthur Leonard Wadsworth, born 4 January 1864 at New Sharon, Maine, did not sign a page in this album but he did sign a page in Frank's other album.  There may have been another brother, Frederick Wadsworth, who perhaps did not survive to adulthood.

On 26 March, 1881 at Fall River, Massachusetts, John Franklin Wadsworth married Addie Louise Lake, daughter of Joseph and Amy (Thurston) Lake.  Addie was born 11 March 1864 at Fall River, Massachusetts.  Frank and Addie made their home at Fall River, Massachusetts, and raised, I believe, five children:
  1. Lucena Elizabeth Wadsworth, born 13 August 1883 at Fall River, Massachusetts; married Frank Blaine Tew
  2. George H. Wadsworth, born 31 August 1885 at Fall River, Massachusetts; died 21 December 1890
  3. Elsie Wadsworth, born about 1888; died 1932
  4. John Franklin Wadsworth, Jr., born 24 December 1889 at Fall River, Massachusetts; married Charlotte J. Childs
  5. Arthur Lorenzo Wadsworth, born 25 January 1892 at Fall River, Massachusetts; married Elsie (Gray?)
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.  Thanks!

Surnames in the album

?
Alden
Aldrich
Allen
Anthony
Babbitt
Baker
Barney
Bennett
Blossom
Borden     [2]
Briggs
Brightman
Brown     [4]
Butman
Chase
Church
Clarke
Cook
Dillingham
Durfee
Eames
Earle
Elsbee
Fisher
Fiske
Gahan
Gould
Gray
Grouard
Hartley
Homer
Horton
Howard
Hubbard
Hunt
Johnston
Jones
Keiley
Lingane
Locke
Lynch
Manning
Mansfield
Marsh     [2]
Mellen     [2]
Munroe
Nichols
Nowell
Pierce     [2]
Plympton
Rawson
Read
Rice
Robertson
Rosay
Sartwell
Sheedy
Simmons     [4]
Sisson
Small
Smith
Stevens
Stewart
Stiles
Taylor
Terry
Thompson
Tibbetts
Tower
Tuck
Tuell
Wadsworth     [3]
Withey

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

?
  • Lizzie, signed on January 21, 1876. She called John Franklin Wadsworth "Frank"
A
  • Myra W. Alden of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 9, 1875 "H.N.L.N.A
  • Mamie L. Aldrich of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 11, 1875
  • William R. Allen of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 11, 1875
  • Nellie Anthony of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 11, 1875
B
  • M. F. Babbitt, signed at Bristol, presumably Massachusetts, on April 6, 1885
  • Charlie L. Baker of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 9, 1875. Charles L. Baker, son of Charles A. and Melissa D. (Harding) Baker.
  • Carrie H. Barney of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 10, 1876
  • Mamie E. Bennett of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 9, 1875
  • William Blossom of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 11, 1875
  • Minnie Borden of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 9, 1875
  • Jennie Borden of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 11, 1875
  • Emma O. Briggs, signed at Fall River, Massachusetts, on June 9, 1875
  • Sadie M. Brightman of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 9, 1875
  • Maria L. Brown of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 11, 1875
  • Lizzie C. Brown of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 9, 1875
  • Benjamin W. Brown of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 11, 1875
  • Lucy H. Brown, signed at Fall River, Massachusetts, on June 11, 1875
  • Rolla J. Butman of Somerville, Massachusetts, signed on February 8, 1876
C
  • Algeron C. Chase of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 9, 1875. Either he spelled his given name incorrectly or he is shown in records erroneously as Algernon C. Chase.
  • Hannah B. Church of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 11, 1875
  • Fred H. Clarke of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on May 19, 1876. "H.H.G.S."
  • Weston L. Cook of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 11, 1875
D
  • Georgia Dillingham, signed at Fall River, Massachusetts in 1875
  • Owen Durfee of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 9, 1875
E
  • D. B. Eames - sentiment written on a scrap of paper in the album
  • Emma P. Earle of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 11, 1875
  • Hattie B. Elsbree, signed on June 9, 1875
F
  • Elmer M. Fisher of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 11, 1875
  • Effie Fiske, signed at Holliston High School on January 26, 1877; Holliston, Massachusetts; John Franklin Wadsworth's schoolmate.
G
  • Patrick Gahan of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed in May 1876
  • E. Belle Gould, signed at Somerville, Massachusetts, on February 9, 1876
  • Frank H. Gray of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 11, 1875
  • Sumner Grouard of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 14, 1875
H
  • Lizzie J. Hartley of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 9, 1875
  • Hattie F. Homer of Somerville, Massachusetts, signed on February 8, 1875
  • Melvin B. Horton of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 10, 1875
  • Ella W. Howard of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 13, 1875
  • George Hubbard of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on June 9, 1876
  • Carrie L. Hunt of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 9, 1875
J
  • Aggie L. Johnston of Somerville, Massachusetts, signed on February 7, 1876
  • J. Willard Jones of Somerville, Massachusetts, signed on December 13, 1875
K
  • Charlie Keiley of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on May 9, 1876, Centennial
L
  • Maggie A. Lingane of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 10, 1875. Presumably Margaret A. Lingane.
  • George W. Locke, signed at Fall River, Massachusetts, on June 9, 1875
  • John Lynch of Holliston, Massachusetts
M
  • A. S. Manning or U. S. Manning of Somerville, Massachusetts
  • Jessie A. Mansfield of Somerville, Massachusetts, signed on December 14, 1875
  • Marie L. Marsh of Somerville, Massachusetts, signed on January 27, 1876
  • Marie L. Marsh of Somerville, Massachusetts
  • Sarah B. Mellen of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 12, 1875
  • Winborn H. Mellen of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 10, 1875; "your schoolmate"
  • Foster H. Munroe of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 9, 1875; "your playmate"
N
  • Alice L. Nichols of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 11, 1875
  • Hannah D. Nowell of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 9, 1875. "D.W.T.B.F.Y.W.W.T.B.U."
P
  • Hattie L. Pierce of Somerville, Massachusetts, signed on February 8, 1876
  • Charles H. Pierce of Somerville, Massachusetts, signed on December 14, 1875
  • Nellie A. Plympton of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on August 26, 1876; shared the page with Millie A. Rice
R
  • E. C. Rawson of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on May 5, 1876
  • Joseph P. Read of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 11, 1875
  • Millie A. Rice of Holliston, Massachusetts; shared the page with Nellie A. Plympton
  • Lizzie Robertson of Somerville, Massachusetts, signed on January 4, 1876 at M.G.S.; presumably Morse Grammar School
  • Daniel Rosay, signed on December 12, 1875. Referred to John Franklin Wadsworth as "Frank"
S
  • Willie Sartwell of Somerville, Massachusetts, signed on February 8, 1876. Presumably William W. Sartwell, son of John and Martha Sartwell.
  • Thomas Sheedy of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed on May 5, 1876
  • Katie A. Simmons of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 13, 1875
  • Charlie E. Simmons of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 14, 1875
  • Nettie B. Simmons of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed in June 1875
  • Lizzie H. Simmons of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 13, 1875
  • Benjamin F. Sisson of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 11, 1875
  • Elisha H. Small of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 10, 1875
  • Mattie Smith of Somerville, Massachusetts, signed on October 15, 1875
  • W. H. Stevens of Braggville, Massachusetts. Braggville is a village in or near Holliston, Massachuse
  • Lizzie C. Stewart, signed at Fall River, Massachusetts, on June 11, 1875
  • Sumner B. Stiles, signed at Holliston, Massachusetts, in July 1877
T
  • Emma E. Taylor of Somerville, Massachusetts, signed on February 4, 1876
  • Ida Terry of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 9, 1875; John Franklin Wadsworth's schoolmate. "D.R.T.B. - I.Y.W. W.T.B.U."
  • Hattie M. Thompson of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on June 9, 1875
  • E. Louise Tibbetts of Somerville, Massachusetts, signed on February 9, 1876
  • Lillian E. Tower of Somerville, Massachusetts, signed on December 13, 1875. "M.G.S." I believe Lillian was a teacher at Morse Grammar School at Somerville, Massachusetts
  • L. W. Tuck of South Weymouth, Massachusetts, signed on July 17, 1875. Presumably Lorenzo Wadsworth Tuck, a contemporary of John Franklin Wadsworth, or Lorenzo's father Lorenzo W. Tuck or his mother Lucy W. Tuck.
  • S. Abbie Tuell, signed at Fall River, Massachusetts, on June 9, 1875. She signed another album of John Franklin Wadsworth as Sarah Abbie Tuell.
W
  • On ownership page: John F. Wadsworth of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on January 26, 1875 at Somerville, Massachusetts. Also has the date June 9, 1875. Album owner John Franklin Wadsworth.
  • Marilla A. Wadsworth of Somerville, Massachusetts, signed on February 8, 1876.  Possibly John Franklin Wadsworth's sister Mary Ella Wadsworth.
  • Charles T. Wadsworth, signed at Fall River, Massachusetts, on June 13, 1875. John Franklin Wadsworth's brother.
  • Florence N. Withey of Somerville, Massachusetts, signed on February 9, 1876

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