Thursday, December 30, 2010

Page Signed by Florence A. Roberts in autograph book of Bertha Clements, Waldo Center, Maine

Above is the page signed by Florence A. Roberts on 23 September 1891 in the autograph book of Bertha Clements of Waldo Center, Maine.   Interestingly, Florence later married another of the signers, Isaac G. Sanborn, discussed in a previous post; his page is below.

To see a discussion of Bertha Clements and to see images of most of the pages in the autograph, click Bertha Clements

From online research, hopefully correct:

Florence Ada Roberts was born December of 1876 in Maine, the daughter of Gilman and Harriet A. (Dingee) Roberts.   Gilman Roberts was born in Brooks, Maine, on 14 April 1831, the son of Samuel and Margaret H. (Clifford) Roberts.  He married three times: to Cynthia Austin, who died in 1859; to Florence Ada's mother Harriet, who died in 1877; and to Lucy E. in 1879.  

Harriet A. Dingee was born about 1840, possibly the daughter of James Blizzard Dingee and his wife Eliza Jane Currier.  James and Eliza were born in New Brunswick, Canada, but they are enumerated in the 1860 Census of Calais, Maine, just over the St. Croix River from New Brunswick.  I found an interesting reference online that Gilman's second wife came from Calais, Maine.  

Harriet is not listed with the James Dingee family in Calais in 1860; she had married Gilman Roberts in March of that year.  Going back earlier, however, I can find a Harriet in the family.   If my information is correct, James Blizzard Dingee's grandfather was a Loyalist from New York.  James' father was born in 1784, during a time when conditions were very difficult for many of the new settlers.

If you have information on the parents of Harriet A. Dingee, I'd appreciate hearing from you.  This Harriet had a brother James Henry Dingee, who named one of his children Ada, which, though not proof positive, is reassuring.

Florence Ada Roberts married Isaac G. Sanborn on 12 June 1897.  They raised their family of at least six children in Waldo, Maine.   As noted above, you can read about the parents and grandparents of Isaac G. Sanborn in a previous post.  

Here are scans of the autograph book cover and Bertha Clements' page.

The signers: [Click on the names in bold for a post featuring their autograph pages and genealogy.]

Bertha Clements signed her first name on the inside cover and her name and address on the first page
"Mother", who was Maria F. (Mixer) Clement of Waldo
Robert Clements, Waldo, Maine, 1891
Frank Blood, friend, 1887
Percy W. Clements, Waldo, Maine
Belle M. Clements, Bertha's sister
Florence A. Roberts, friend, 1891
Burton A. Curtis, friend, 1887
Melvin George Rolerson, Waldo, Maine, 1891
Laura J. Blood, East Knox, Maine
Isaac G. Sanborn, Waldo, Maine, 1891
Georgia, Bertha's friend
Lydia Clements, Bertha's cousin, 1891
Ethel Foss, Brooks, Maine, 1889
Phebe Paul, Waldo, Maine, 1889
? Clements, Bertha's cousin, Waldo, 1891
Bertha, Bertha's friend, 1887
C. E. Whitcomb, friend
Edna Reynolds, Waldo, Maine 1891
John D. Fraser, Pictou, Nova Scotia
Angie M. Sanborn, Waldo, Maine, 1891
Carrie S. Nickerson, Waldo, Maine, 1888
Jabie Clement (?), Bertha's cousin, 1889
Castanous Merrill Smalley, Waldo, Maine, 1891
Isaac Sheldon, Waldo, Maine, 1887
Ida Whitcomb, schoolmate, Waldo, Maine, 1889
Esther Clements, Bertha's sister, Waldo, Maine, 1887
Lela, Bertha's friend, Waldo, Maine, 1887
A. M. Patterson, Bertha's brother - I assume brother-in-law, Whiting Iowa, 1887
Effie Dell Rolerson, friend, Waldo, Maine, 1889
Ida Rolerson, friend, 1887
Lulu R. Cammett (?), Waldo, Maine
Delbert Joel Rolerson, Waldo, Maine, 1891
Ella F. Whitcomb, Waldo, 1890
Verie, Bertha's schoolmate, 1887
George H. Clements, Bertha's schoolmate, Waldo, Maine, 1890
Ellen M. Camett (?), Bertha's cousin, Waldo, Maine, 1889
Ernest L. Curtis, Bertha's friend, 1890
Irvin L. Curtis, Waldo, Maine
Everett Clements, Waldo, Maine
Rachel, Bertha's schoolmate, 1887
Berie Melcher (?), Waldo, Maine
Mary D. Smith, Waldo, Maine
Grace, friend, 1887

A map of Waldo, Maine.  Most of the signers in Bertha's autograph book lived in Waldo or fairly close by.  

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If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding the information presented above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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