Saturday, April 19, 2014

1886/1887 Autograph Album of Roy H. Chapin of Fenton, Michigan


1886/1887 autograph album of Roy H. Chapin of Fenton, Michigan.  Sadly, Roy would die in 1888.  He's buried at the Oakwood Cemetery at Fenton, Michigan, where his parents and other relatives are buried.

The album is approximately 5" x 3" and contains the sentiments of six of Roy's relatives and friends.  The front cover is detached, and there might be few missing pages in the front, including any title page, ownership page or presentation page that might have existed.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

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

Roy H. Chapin was born about 1876 in Genesee County, Michigan, the son of Addison P. Chapin and Mina G. (Hamper) Chapin, who were born at Fenton, Michigan, and Ashford, in Kent, England, respectively.  Roy's father signed a page in the album on January 23, 1886.


Roy's mother Mina didn't sign a page in the album, unless she signed a page that is now missing.  Representating Roy's maternal line, however, was signer Beatrice Hamper of Greenville, Michigan, who was the daughter of Mina's older brother Henry Hamper.  Beatrice signed her page on December 10, 1887.


The four other signed pages in the album were signed by people with the surname Lee, two of whom didn't mention a residence and two who gave their residence as Fenton, Michigan.

E. E. Lee signed a page on June 26, 1886.  He may have been Elmer E. Lee.


S. S. Lee signed a page.


Edith Lee of Fenton, Michigan, signed a page on June 26, 1886.  She may have been Harriet Edith Lee, brother of Elmer E. Lee, who may have been the E. E. Lee who signed a page above.


S. O. Lee of Fenton, Michigan, signed a page on June 27, 1886.


The History of Genesee County, Michigan: Her People, Industries and Institutions, written by Edwin O. Wood, LL.D., and published in 1916, contains a brief biography of Roy H. Chapin's oldest brother, Floyd A. Chapin, who became postmaster of Fenton, Michigan.  The biography has information on the brothers' parents and grandparents, but there's no mention, sadly, of Roy.


If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or information to tease out the identities of the various members of the Lee family, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

Fenton, Michigan


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1862 Receipt for Payment Made by Francis Hodgkins to Isaac Somes at Mount Desert, Maine


14 December 1862 receipt for the payment of $2.02 made by Francis Hodgkins to Isaac Somes at Mount Desert, Maine, for Weaving and Dressing a quantity of Black Satinet.

The reverse of the receipt was used to tally some figures.


Isaac Somes may have been the Isaac Somes born 14 February 1803, son of Abraham Somes, Jr., and Rachel (Babson) Somes.  That Isaac married Charlotte Dodge.  He died 7 October 1875 and is buried at Brookside Cemetery at Mount Desert, Maine.  His occupation was listed as "Clothing" on the 1850 and 1860 Censuses of Mount Desert, Maine.

I wonder if this Isaac Somes house was his?

Francis Hodgkins may have been the Francis Hodgkins who was appointed postmaster at nearby East Trenton, Maine, on 25 March 1856.

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Mount Desert, Maine


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Friday, April 18, 2014

1856 Receipt for Payment Made by Francis Hodgkins to J. Follansbee at Mount Desert, Maine


17 June 1856 document showing that J. Follansbee of Mount Desert, Maine, received payment of $.45 for Carding and Oiling from Francis Hodgkins.

Nothing on reverse.

Hodgkins may have been the Francis Hodgkins who was appointed postmaster at East Trenton, Maine, several months previously, on 25 March 1856.

If you have information on J. Follansbee or Francis Hodgkins, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Mount Desert, Maine


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1879-1880s Autograph Album of Ida May Stephenson of High Forest, Minnesota, and Rochester, Minnesota


1879-1880s autograph album of Ida May Stephenson of High Forest, Minnesota, and Rochester, Minnesota.  On one page Ida spelled her surname Stepheson, but on two others, she spelled it Stephenson.

Inside front cover

On the page after the title page; gives her address as High Forest, Minnesota.

On the age that Ida inscribed to her future well wishers, she gave her address as Rochester, Minnesota.

The album is approximately 5-1/4" x 3" and contains the sentiments of over 40 of Ida's friends, some of whom were possibly relatives.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

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

Ida May Stephenson was born 9 May 1861 at Rochester, Minnesota.  I don't have the names of her parents, but according to information on the 1900 Census, her father was born in Ohio, and her mother in Wisconsin, though that information is sometimes incorrect, depending on whom the enumerator asked.   

One signer, Lewis C. Cornforth, called Ida "Dear Sister", but I don't know if Ida was a sister, a half sister, a step sister, a foster sister or a contemporary to whom Lewis felt especially close.


Lewis' parents were Charles and Mary Ann (possibly March) Cornforth, who were born in Maine and New York respectively.  Charles was quite a bit older than Mary Ann, so I wondered if he had been married before.  On the 1900 Census, they indicated they'd been married 39 years.

Was Ida the child of Mary Ann from a previous marriage?  Was Ida taken in by the Charles and Mary Ann at some point?  I found some tempting possibilities, including variants of the name Stephenson, but would rather wait for a reader to clear up the confusion.

Charles' cousin Mary E. Cornforth of Waverly, Iowa, signed a page on July 4, 1880.  Lewis' father Charles Cornforth and Mary's father William Cornforth were born at Industry, Maine, the sons of William and Lydia (Cates) Cornforth.  


On 12 May 1883 at Dodge, Minnesota, Ida May Stephenson married Victor Hugo Dyer, son of McNaughton and Louisa (Raymond) Dyer.  Victor was born about August 1850 in New York.

The couple lived in Nebraska, Illinois and Missouri.  They raised, I think, two children, Fay L. Dyer, who died at about age nine, and McLaughton Maximilian Dyer.

Ida died on 6 February 1929, and Victor on 22 May 1938.  They're buried at the Wyuka Cemetery at Lincoln, Nebraska.

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]
Andrus    [4]
Armstrong
Beecher    [2]
Bowen
Briggs
Bristol
Cornforth    [2]
Crofoot
Dale
Davis
Dike
Fay
Hance
Holt    [2]
Hutchins
Kalb
Klee    [2]
Langton    [2]
Meader
Monroe
Prince
Race    [3]
Robinson
Shaw
Stephenson
Tennyson
Waldron

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

?
  • H. F., signed on February 25, 1882
  • Ida S.
  • Lillie "Never forget the Silver Polish"
  • Signed by ? at Rochester, Minnesota, on October 7, 1879
  • Rover ? "The Sweetest life that Ever was led, Is Always to court and never to Wed."
A
  • Chester Andrus = 92 Born Otsego, New York.  Signed at Rochester, Minnesota, in September 1881.  He was born 24 September 1792 and died 26 February 1883 at Marion, Minnesota.  He married Rachel Conant.
  • Mrs. Hariet Andrus, signed at Marion, Minnesota, at October 15, 1881
  • Minnie Andrus, signed at Marion, Minnesota, on October 15, 1881
  • Ellsworth C. Andrus, signed at Marion, Minnesota, on October 2, 1881
  • Pa Armstrong, signed at Dodge Center, Minnesota
B
  • Alfred W. Beecher of Rochester, Minnesota, signed on April 29, 1881
  • Minnie Beecher of Rochester, Minnesota, signed on February 20, 1881
  • R. F. Bowen, signed at McGregor, Iowa, on July 24 [no year written]; presumably Royal F. Bowen
  • Will Briggs, signed at High Forest, Minnesota, on May 3, 1882
  • Edith L. Bristol, signed at Rochester, Minnesota, on May 14, 1881
C
  • Lewis C. Cornforth, signed at Rochester, Minnesota, on September 25, 1879. Inscribed the page to "Dear Sister"
  • Mary E. Cornforth, signed at Waverly, Iowa, on July 4, 1880. She was Mary Eda Cornforth, daughter of William Cornforth, a brother to Charles Cornforth, father of signer Lewis C. Cornforth. Mary would marry Erwin Lincoln Kingsley.
  • J. B. Crofoot of High Forest, Minnesota, signed on June 1, 1882
D
  • John J. Dale, signed at Rochester, Minnesota, on March 1, 1880
  • Wesley L. Davis of Taopi, Minnesota, signed at High Forest, Minnesota, on February 25, 1882
  • Theron Dike, signed at Elgin, Minnesota, on March 13, 1882
F
  • Eugene Fay, signed on September 14, 1879
H
  • Ella W. Hance, signed on March 24 [year runs off the page]
  • Nora M. Holt of Salem [presumably Minnesota], signed on March 14, 1882
  • Lewis W. Holt, signed at Salem [presumably Minnesota], in March 1882
  • Charles Hutchins of Taopi, Minnesota, signed at High Forest, Minnesota, on February 25, 1882
K
  • Emelia V. Kalb, signed at Rochester, Minnesota, on September 25, 1879
  • Lizzie Klee of Rochester, Minnesota, signed on May 14, 1881
  • Gertie Klee of Rochester, Minnesota, signed on May 14, 1881
L
  • Gertie Langton, signed on February 24, 1881, at Rochester, Minnesota
  • J. W. Langton, signed at Rochester, Minnesota, on February 24, 1881
M
  • George E. Meader, signed on "4/9/82"
  • Frank Monroe, signed on September 21, 1879
P
  • H. S. Prince, signed on April 28, 1882. Not positive of surname; could be Prime or ?
R
  • E. E. Race, signed at Dodge Centre, Minnesota, on January 7, 1883; presumably Eva E. Race, whose brother, Milton A. Race, signed the right facing page.  Their older brother William H. Race also signed a page.
  • M. A. Race of Dodge Centre, Minnesota, signed on January 7, 1883; presumably Milton A. Race, whose sister Eva E. Race signed the left facing page.  Their older brother William H. Race also signed a page.
  • William H. Race at Dodge Center, Minnesota, on January 3, 1882. He was the older brother of signers Milton A. Race and Eva E. Race. William wrote his page so that the reader must use a mirror to decode it.
  • Mate L. Robinson of Dodge Center, Minnesota. "Don't forget the trip to Hasioga - Concord - Mantorville - and Kasson - and how cold you got. But never confess that you were cold - Hardly Ever." ..."I was not to blame for this being scorched - I am willing to be forgiven."  Mate signed another page as well.
S
  • Mamie Shaw, signed at Rochester, Minnesota, on June 30, 1881
  • Inside front cover: "Book of Ida May Stepheson of Rochester, Minnesota". Most records have her name as Stephenson, and she herself spelled it Stephenson on two other pages.  On one of the other pages, she gave her address as High Forest, Minnesota.
T
  • Rena Tennyson, signed at Rochester, Minnesota, on January 6, 1880
W
  • Libbie Waldron, signed at Rochester, Minnesota, on October 2, 1881
Rochester, Minnesota [A] and High Forest, Minnesota [B]


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

1880s Autograph Album of Susan Sheneman of Chester County, Pennsylvania


1880s autograph album of Susan Sheneman, "Susie", of Chester County, Pennsylvania.

A few pages are inscribed beyond the era of the 1880s, a couple by her daughters.  Research would indicate that Susie had died by the time at least some of these pages were inscribed, so perhaps her family was attempting to keep her memory alive.

Susie's older brother, Theodore P. Sheneman presented the album to her at Christmas in 1881.  Theodore signed a page later on in the album, as well.




Susie herself inscribed a page to the people would be signing in her album.


Bessie Sheneman wrote on the inside front cover.  I don't know who Bessie was, and I don't know which era in which she signed.  Susie had an older sister named Emma E. Sheneman, but she had died by the time Susie acquired her album.


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

Susan Sheneman was born 11 April 1867 in Pennsylvania, the daughter of John and Margaret (March) Sheneman.   From what I could tell, she was the youngest of seven siblings, two of whom were the above-mentioned Theodore P. Sheneman and Samuel Milton Sheneman, who may have been the S.M.S. who signed two pages in the album with his distinctive handwriting.



On 11 March 1884 at Reading, Pennsylvania, Susan Sheneman married Mordecai Lewis DeHaven, "Lewis", son of Mordecai and Elizabeth C. (Smith) DeHaven.   Lewis was born about May 1859 in Pennsylvania.

Lewis inscribed two pages in Susie's album, one likely before their marriage and one, on the inside back cover, after.



The couple had at least two daughters and possibly a son Harvey, before Susie died on 22 January 1897.

Daughter Agnes Clara DeHaven, who was born about September 1891, two pages in her mother's album, one of them on February 8, 1898 "In Remembrance".



The page signed by Lizzie DeHaven of West Chester, Pennsylvania, on January 10, 1901, is a puzzler.  I'm wondering if Lizzie was Susie's daughter from before her marriage to Lewis or a foster daughter to the couple.  She may have been the Elizabeth Weer who became the second wife of Mordecai Lewis DeHaven about 1900.  Elizabeth was born 11 February 1879 and died 11 September 1931.  Lewis had predeceased her in 1918.


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

?     [7]
Bechtel    [2]
Cook
Cooper    [4]
Coulter
Dauman
Davis
DeHaven   [5]
Emery    [3]
Golding
Gordon    [4]
Gray
Greening
Hayman
Overday
Sheneman    [4]
Snyder
Spear    [2]
Steen    [4]
Stine
Stiteler
Tyson
Weer
Young    [2]

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

?
  • Albert, written in a child's hand
  • Initials, the last of which is definitely S. The first two might be J.E., or I. E., or J. C. or I. C. or ?
  • Renie
  • Mollie E. S., signed at Lionville, Pennsylvania
  • A. B. C.
  • Initials E. K. D., or E. R. D., signed on January 24, 1882
  • E. E. D., signed on February 2, 1882; Susie's cousin
B
  • Alma Bechtel, signed on January 28, 1883
  • Morris Bechtel
C
  • C. M. Cook of Honeybrook, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Annie B. Cooper, signed on "1/10/82"
  • Alice B. Cooper of Anselma, Chester [Pennsylvania]
  • Marriott C. Cooper of Lionville, Pennsylvania, signed on April 6, 1882. Presumably Marriott Canby Cooper, who went on to live in Indiana and California. He wrote "butcher boy" and "cow boy" on the page, in addition to his sentiment.
  • F. Thomas Cooper of Lionville, Pennsylvania, signed on "4/5x.82". He wrote "butcher boy" on the page in addition to his sentiment.
  • William Coulter
D
  • Clara B. Dauman, signed on January 6, 1882
  • Mary A. Davis, signed on January 25, 1882
  • Myrtle P. DeHaven, presumably a relative of Susie's future husband Mordecai Louis DeHaven
  • Lewis DeHaven; Mordecai Lewis DeHaven, Susie's future husband.  "Remember me dear Susie when on these lines you look. Remember It was Lewis who wrote this in your book. L. M. DeHaven to wife".
  • Agnes DeHaven. I think this was written in Susie's book by her daughter at a remembrance on February 8, 1898, after Susie's death on 22 January 1897
  • Lizzie DeHaven of West Chester, Pennsylvania, signed on January 10, 1901; "your daughter". This would have been written after Susie's death in 1897.
  • Agnes DeHaven of R.F.D. No. 1, West Chester, Pennsylvania; Susie's daughter
E
  • W. Y. Emery, signed on March 18, 1882. "Think of me when in a distance country you stray. Paying your board on a ship bound for Chesapeake Bay."
  • A. W. Emery, Jr. of Cambria Station, Pennsylvania, signed on March 5, 1882
  • E. A. Emery of Cambria, Pennsylvania, signed on March 26, 1882
G
  • Mildred Golding, signed at Reading, Pennsylvania, on January 10 [no year written]
  • G. Gordon
  • J. Rogers Gordon of Lionville, Pennsylvania, in Chester County, signed on January 6, 1882
  • R. Gordon of Lionville, Pennsylvania, signed on January 7, 1882
  • A. Gordon of Lionville, Pennsylvania, signed on January 8, 1882
  • Nellie Gray of York County, Pennsylvania, signed on January 21, 1882
  • Mary E. Greening of Baltimore, signed on March 4 [no year written]
H
  • G. A. Hayman
O
  • Lidie A. Overday of East Coventry, signed February 10, 1882
S
  • Bessie Sheneman - name written on inside front cover. Not sure who she was. Susie had an older sister, Emma E. Sheneman, who died in 1880, before the album purchased, unless the Find-a-Grave record is in error.
  • Susie Sheneman dedicated this page to the future signers in her album.
  • Title page with inscription: "Presented by Theodore to Sue Sheneman, December 25th 1881, A.D." Theodore was Susie's older brother Theodore P. Sheneman. He also signed a page later on in the album, at Cambria, on June 18, 1882
  • S. M. S., signed on December 26, 1881; presumably Samuel Milton Sheneman, Susie's older brother, who signed another page on June 17, 1882.
  • W. H. Snyder
  • Miss Rose A. Spear, signed on February 12, 1888
  • Miss Sallie A. Spear, signed May 13, 1880
  • Johnnie K. Steen, signed on January 10, 1883
  • James H. Steen, signed at Lionville, Pennsylvania
  • Annie E. Steen, signed at Lionville, Pennsylvania, on January 10; Susie's schoolmate. Later on, someone wrote: "In Remembrance"
  • Lottie Steen, signed at Lionville, Pennsylvania, on January 18, 1882
  • M. E. Stine of Chester County, Pennsylvania, signed on December 25, 1881
  • Eva D. Stiteler
T
  • S. Tyson, signed at Howellville, on "4/8/83"
W
  • Willa Mae Weer

  • Johnie Young, signed on January 7, 1882 at Philadelphia
  • A. A. Young, signed on October 25, 1882 at Daisy farm
Chester County, Pennsylvania  [including Cambria Station, Lionville, Uwchlan and West Chester]


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

1878-1880s Autograph Album of Hattie E. Fryman of Greenport and Claverack, New York


1880s autograph album of Hattie E. Fryman of Greenport and Claverack, New York.  Hattie wrote that she received the album at Christmas in 1879, but I believe she meant Christmas 1878, as many people wrote messages earlier in 1879.


The album is approximately 6-1/4" x 4" and is virtually filled with pages of sentiments but many of them are not signed at all or are signed with first names or just as "A Friend".   Over 50 of Hattie's relatives and friends, however, signed with their full names or an initial and a surname.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.


From online research, hopefully correct:

Hattie E. Fryman was born about May 1863 in New York, the daughter of New York natives Robert and Hannah Fryman.  All I know of Hannah is that on a Census she indicated that her father was born in the West Indies and her mother in Florida.

She signed the first page in Hattie's album, after the title page.


Hattie's brother, Allen D. Fryman, signed two pages in her album, one on February 12, 1879 and the other on January 28, 1882 at Hudson, New York.



About 1888, Hattie E. Fryman married John A. Jackson, who was born about January 1850 at New York.  They had two daughters, Pauline and Blanche.  Blanche married Andrew Wimbish and had a daughter Athalie Elizabeth Wimbish, "Betty", who signed a page in her grandmother Hattie's album, on January 31, 1926, the only page signed beyond the era of the 1880s.  Athalie's obituary reveals her interest in her rich family history.

It's wonderful to think of Hattie bringing out her treasured album and seeing her granddaughter sign a page in it.


As shown in the 1940 Census of Kingston, New York, widowed Hattie was living with her daughter Blanche and granddaughter Athalie.

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.

One interesting page was signed by Frank Pulver at Hudson River Institute at Claverack, New York, on February 29, 1879.  Hudson River Institute was variously known as Washington Seminary and Claverack College.


Surnames in the album

No surname; unsigned or unreadable  [Some of the unsigned pages might have been written by Hattie E. Fryman herself.]

?    [36]
Ashmore
Bartlett
Birch
Boucher    [2]
Brown
Carl
Cartar    [2]
Cogan
Collox
Creveir
Croll
Cutts
Dolan
Flake
Fryman    [3]
Funda
Gebhard
Gilbert
Gorton
Gramby
Green    [2]
Hamans
Hamilton
Harden
Hobson
James    [2]
Jenkins
Johnson    [3]
Kelts
Lery
Lonex
Moore
Morton
Parsons
Potts
Pulver
Richerson
Smith    [4]
Studley
van Arsdel
Warland
Whitbeck    [2]
Whiteing
Wilder
Wimbish

Signers in the album    [Note: Given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]
Pages signed "A Friend" or unsigned are not shown below.

?
  • J. E. B.
  • Lyda, signed on September 1, 1880, at Woodburn, New York, in Columbia County
  • C. S. or E. S.
  • G. E. P., Athens, New York
  • Jennie E. B.
  • M. M.
  • Carrie
  • A. H.
  • Littie
  • Mollie
  • William A. V. D., signed at Claverack, New York, on November 19, 1882
  • N.C. or V.C. or ?
  • Clarence, signed on January 9, 1882
  • Eddie
  • C. D., signed on January 5, 1879
  • Maggie, signed on March 10 [no year written]
  • Florence
  • George
  • C. V., signed on March 20, 1879
  • Charlie
?
  • Eva Ashmore
B
  • Susie Bartlett of Claverack, New York
  • Harry Birch
  • G. Boucher, signed at Hudson, New York
  • Stanley E. Boucher, signed on March 11 [no year written]
  • K. Brown or H. Brown
C
  • J. Ada Carl, signed on December 19, 1879
  • C. L. Cartar, signed on July 20, 1880
  • L. D. Cartar, signed on July 20, 1880
  • ? Cogan, signed at Hudson, New York
  • Clarissa Collox [not sure of surname]
  • ? Creveir, signed at Hudson, New York, in March 1881
  • W. Croll
  • Rufus Cutts
D
  • Ella Dolan of Claverack, New York, signed on March 9 [no year written]
F
  • The Flakes
  • Hattie E. Fryman, album owner. Christmas 1879; presumably a gift. Some entries are written earlier in 1879, so perhaps she was looking forward to 1879, and it was really Christmas 1878?  Hattie wrote on another page toward the middle of the album.
  • Hannah Fryman, signed on February 12, 1879; Hattie's mother, Hannah Fryman
  • A. D. Fryman, signed on February 12, 1879; Hattie's brother Allen D. Fryman, born about November 1853; he signed another page on January 28, 1882 at Hudson, New York.
  • C. Funda
G
  • C. C. Gebhard, signed on May 3, 1881
  • Anna Gilbert
  • C. Gorton or Garton
  • George Gramby, signed at Woodburn, New York, or Wookburn, on February 20, 1882, Monday evening
  • Fany Green of New York City, signed August 8, 1880 "in the afternoon By the creek" "Don't forget the old willow tree."
  • Miss Green
H
  • A. Hamans [not sure of surname]
  • William Hamilton
  • D. Harden
  • E. Hobson
J
  • William James
  • Emma James
  • A. Jenkins
  • George Johnson, signed on August 23, 1880
  • F. Johnson, signed on August 2, 1880
  • A. Johnson
K
  • Mary E. Kelts of Hudson, New York, signed on May 6, 1882
L
  • Anna T. Lery [not sure of middle initial or surname]
  • M. N. Lonex or Lorrex or ?
M
  • Mary Moore of Mellenville, New York
  • Emma Morton, signed on March 5, 1880
P
  • Carrie Parsons of Claverack, New York, signed on Febuary 20, 1879
  • Miss Jennie B. Potts, signed on February 20, 1879
  • Frank Pulver, signed on February 29, 1879 at H.R.I., presumably the Hudson River Institute, also known as Washington Seminary and Claverack College.
R
  • L. Richerson
S
  • Thomas Smith of Claverack, New York, signed on March 2, 1879
  • Charles Smith, signed on March 4, 1879
  • Mary B. Smith, signed on February 20 [no year written]
  • Lottie Smith of Claverack, New York, signed on February 20 [no year written]
  • I. V. Studley, signed at Claverack, New York
V
  • Etta Van Arsdel, signed at New York
W
  • Hattie Warland
  • Mrs. Wilbeck or Whitbeck [not sure of surname]
  • Mrs. Whitbeck
  • C. Whiteing, signed on February 12 [no year written]
  • W. W. Wilder, signed at Hudson, New York, on January 27, 1882
  • "Your granddaughter Athalie Wimbish", signed on January 31, 1926. She was the daughter of Hattie's daughter Blanche (Jackson) Wimbish and husband Andrew Wimbush.
Columbia County, New York [contains the towns of Greenport and Claverack and the city of Hudson]


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

1880s Autograph Album of Azariah Rettenhouse Goodwin of Kelton, Pennsylvania, a Student at New London Academy


1880s autograph album of Azariah Rettenhouse Goodwin, "Ezzie", of Kelton, Pennsylvania, a student at New London Academy at New London, Pennsylvania.


A label on the inside front cover indicates that the album was purchased at J. W. Bowman, Bookseller, Stationer and Music Dealer, of Oxford, Pennsylvania,


The album is approximately 6-3/4" x 4-1/4" and contains the sentiments of over 100 of Azariah's relatives, friends and schoolmates.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

New London Academy was originally founded in 1743 by Reverend Francis Allison, at New London, Pennsyslvania, but was moved to Newark, Delaware, where it became the foundation for Delaware College.  About 1866, an academy was again founded at New London, Pennsylvania, with Reverend James Love Mackey, a former missionary to Africa, as principal.  Read more about this second academy here.  Interestingly, a D. Mackey signed a page in Azardiah's album.

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

Azariah Rettenhouse Goodwin was born 16 July 1863, presumably in Chester County, Pennsylvania, the son of Jesse and Sarah Ann (Timanus) Goodwin.  His paternal grandparents were Richard and Elizabeth (Heston) Goodwin.  His maternal grandparents were George and Sarah Timanus.

Azariah's two brothers, George and Richard, died before their first birthday.  Sister Lizzie signed a page in the album on March 10, 1880.  In 1895, she would marry John Wesley Dance.


Several signers expressed a cousin relationship with Azariah, and there were other signers with the same surnames who were likely also relatives.  The signers who expressed a cousin relationship:
  • Martha of Wilmington, Delaware, who signed a page on September 14, 1880
  • Sallie Cheyney of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who signed a page on September 7, 1880
  • Will S. Cloud of Wilmington [no state written, but presumably Delaware], who signed a page on November 23, 1880
  • Emily Goodwin, who signed a page on March 26, 1881
  • Ida J. Terry, signed at Lincoln [no state written], on April 18, 1881
Sadly, Azardiah died before his time, on 10 May 1891.  I couldn't find a marriage record for him.

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

?    [8]
Anderson
Armstrong
Bennix
Booth
Bradley
Brown
Buckley
Bullock    [2]
Bye
Chambers
Cheyney    [2]
Cloud    [2]
Conard
Crowl
Dougherty
Edge
Fell   [2]
Felle
Fick
Fulton
Gillingham    [2]
Good
Goodwin    [3]
Guthrie
Heston
Hodgson
Hooper
Huston    4]
Ironside
James    [4]
Kays    [2]
Kelton    [2]
Kerns
Kimble
Kirk    [2]
Mackey
Mahan
McNeill
Mearns
Meredith
Michener    [2]
Miller    [2]
Miller
Monson
Montgomery
Nelson     [8]
Phillips
Pierce
Pitt
Primrose
Roney
Russell
Saunders
Scotten    [2]
Sherer    [2]
Smith    [3]
Sommer
Spencer
Steel    [2]
Storey    [2]
Taylor
Terry    [2]
Test
Toy
Walter
Webster    [2]

Signers in the album       [Note: Given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]
  • Phillips; shared the page with Frank C. James
  • E. R. T.
  • Emma, signed at New London, Pennsylvania, on February 3, 1881
  • Name erased but someone wrote initials, possibly I.J.P.
  • Ida L. P.
  • Martha of Wilmington, Delaware, signed at Penn, Pennsylvania, on September 14, 1880; Azariah's cousin
  • E. M. T.; Azariah's schoolmate
  • Written upside town by Azariah's teacher, who didn't leave a name.
  • James Anderson, signed on March 23, 1883; Azariah's schoolmate
  • Lizzie Armstrong of New London, Pennsylvania, signed on December 20, 1881; Azariah's schoolmate
  • Susie Bennix of Wilmington, Delaware, signed on November 19, 1880
  • Walter Booth of New London, Pennsylvania
  • Lizzie Bradley of Rowlandville, Maryland, signed on March 2, 1880
  • Cora Brown of Zion, Maryland, in Cecil County, signed on July 22, 1880
  • James Buckley, signed on March 2, 1882 at New London Academy; Azariah's schoolmate
  • Arthur B. Bullock, or Arthur B. Bulloch, signed on August 18, 1880
  • E. P. Bullock, signed on August 18, 1880
  • C. A. Bye, signed at New London, Pennsylvania
  • Mattie Chambers, signed at Kelton, Pennsylvania, on July 22, 1881; Azariah's schoolmate
  • Lizzie A. Cheyney, signed on August 18, 1880
  • Sallie Cheyney of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, signed on September 7, 1880; Azariah's cousin
  • Will S. Cloud of Wilmington, no state written, on November 23, 1880; Azariah's cousin
  • J. G. Cloud, signed at Wilmington, Delaware
  • Maggie Conard of New London Academy, signed on December 20, 1881
  • J. A. Crowl, signed on June 6, 1880
  • Allie Dougherty, signed on December 20, 1881 at New London Academy
  • Edith A. Edge of West Chester, Pennsylvania, signed on August 11, 1883; shared the page with Elwood Michener of New London, Pennsylvania
  • Annie S. Fell, signed on January 20, 1881
  • Rachie S. Fell, signed on April 17, 1880; presumably Rachel S. Fell, sister of signer Hannah M. Felle
  • Han M. Felle, signed at New London, Pennsylvania; presumably Hannah M. Felle or Fell; it was presumably her sister, Rachel Fell, who signed another page.
  • L. J. Fick, signed at New London, Pennsylvania, on December 2, 1880
  • James Fulton of New London Academy; Azariah's schoolmate
  • Thomas E. Gillingham of New London, Pennsylvania, signed on February 28, 1881; Azariah's schoolmate
  • J. S. Gillingham, signed at New London, Pennsylvania, on March 1, 1881
  • Newlin Good of New London, Pennsylvania, signed on February 19, 1883
  • Azariah Rettenhouse Goodwin of Kelton, Pennsylvania, at New London Academy
  • Emily Goodwin, signed on March 26, 1881; Azariah's cousin
  • Lizzie, signed on March 10, 1880; Azariah's older sister Elizabeth G. Goodwin, who would marry John Wesley Dance in 1895
  • Annie V. Guthrie of Wilmington, Delaware, signed on November 19, 1880
  • Ella R. Heston of Rising Sun, Maryland, in Cecil County, signed on July 26, 1880
  • Charles S. Hodgson of New London, Pennsylvania, signed on March 2, 1881; Azariah's schoolmate
  • E. P. Hooper, signed on "3-4-1880"
  • C. R. Huston, signed on March 8, 1880
  • J. L. M. Huston, signed on March 17, 1880
  • Very faint, but possibly S. Jennie Huston
  • E. M. Huston, signed on March 1, 1881
  • E. H. Ironside, signed on March 9, 1880
  • Frank C. James; shared the page with Phillips
  • Harry A. James of New London, Pennsylvania, signed on March 6, 1883
  • C. S. James, signed on March 15, 1880
  • E. B. James
  • L. J. Kays of Tippecanoe, Ohio, signed on April 21, 1882
  • G. D. Kays of Tippecanoe, Ohio, signed at Penn, Pennsylvania, on April 22, 1882
  • W. Kelton of Kelton, Pennsylvania, signed on March 2, 1880
  • Ellie Kelton of Kelton, Pennsylvania, signed on March 17, 1880 "St. Patricks day"
  • Harvey H. Kerns, signed at Kelton, Pennsylvania, on May or March 31, 1882' Azariah's schoolmate
  • Debbie Kimble
  • Emma Kirk of Haverford, Pennsylvania, signed on October 3, 1880; middle initial might be Z or ?
  • Very faint, but might be Ella Kirk, signed November 30, 1880; Azariah's schoolmate
  • D. Mackey of Lewisville, Pennsylvania, signed on February 19, 1883
  • L. P. Mahan, signed at Kelton, Pennsylvania, in July 1881
  • Gregg McNeil, signed on March 14, 1881
  • R. W. Mearns, signed at March 17, 1772 at New London Academy; presumably Robert W. Mearns
  • John G. Meredith of Petersburg, Delaware, signed at New London Academy on February 27, 1883; Azariah's schoolmate
  • Elwood Michener of New London, Pennsylvania; shared the page with Edith A. Edge of West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Mary Michener, signed on January 20, 1881
  • M. D. Miller
  • M. Ida Miller, signed on August 7, 1880
  • Hattie E. Monson, signed on November 7, 1880
  • Kline Montgomery of New London, Pennsylvania
  • Martha K. Nelson, signed on March 9, 1880
  • Lola F. Nelson of Pennsylvania, signed on January 13, 1881; Azariah's schoolmate
  • George C. Nelson of Kelton, Pennsylvania, signed on July 20, 1881
  • Annie C. Nelson, signed on March 9, 1880; Azariah's schoolmate
  • Lizzie M. Nelson, signed on March 9, 1880
  • Clara E. Nelson, signed on March 9, 1880; Azariah's schoolmate
  • T. E. Nelson, signed on March 9, 1880
  • Mary E. Nelson, signed at Pleasant Retreat, no state written, on March 25, 1880
  • Frank Phillips, signed on January 13, 1882 at New London Academy; Azariah's schoolmate
  • J. H. Pierce, signed at New London, Pennsylvania, on December 7, 1880; Azariah's schoolmate
  • William E. Pitt, signed at New London, Pennsylvania, on December 9, 1880; Azariah's schoolmate
  • Ella Primrose of Wilmington, Delaware
  • G. M. Roney, signed on March 3, 1880
  • A. L. Russell, signed on December 2, 1880; Azariah's schoolmate
  • Louie Saunders, signed at New London Academy, on December 14, 1881
  • Anna M. Scotten of Kimbleville, Pennsylvania
  • Annie E. Scotten of Kemblesville, Pennsylvania, signed on "4-10-1880"
  • Will J. Sherer, signed at New London, Pennsylvania, on March 12 [Year is too faint to read.]
  • J. Hervie Sherer, signed at New London Academy, on March 3, 1881; not sure of middle name.
  • C. E. Smith of Pennsylvania, signed on March 25, 1881
  • Leander O. Smith of New London, Pennsylvania, signed at New London Academy on "third 3 1881"
  • Emma M. E. Smith of Wilmington, Delaware
  • Daniel Sommer, signed at Penn, Pennsylvania, on April 7, 1880
  • Samuel Spencer, signed on January 13, 1882 at New London Academy
  • Thomas Steel of New London, Pennsylvania
  • Katie A. Steel of New London, Pennsylvania
  • H. Belle Storey, signed on March 9, 1882; Azariah's schoolmate
  • Myra W. Storey of New London, Pennsylvania
  • W. M. Taylor of West Grove, Pennsylvania
  • Ira Wilmer Terry of Pennsville, Pennsylvania, signed on June 12, 1881
  • Ida J. Terry, signed at Lincoln [no state written], on April 18, 1881; Azariah's cousin
  • Robert G. Test of Camden, New Jersey, signed on July 30, 1880
  • Virginia Toy of Hopewell, Pennsylvania, signed on May 29, 1882
  • Evans Walter of West Grove, no state written, signed on January 6, 1881; Azariah's schoolmate
  • Chan L. Webster, signed at Christiana, Pennsylvania; presumably Channing L. Webster
  • William Webster, signed on March 2, 1882; Azariah's schoolmate
Kelton, Pennsylvania


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