Wednesday, November 23, 2011

1880s Autograph Album of Alwilda Gertrude Warren of Denmark, Maine


1880s autograph album of Alwilda Gertrude Warren of Denmark, Maine.


Alwilda was born about 1869 at Denmark, Maine, the daughter of Gilbert and Elvira Ann (Messer) Warren, born in Denmark, Maine, and Dracut, Massachusetts respectively.


Her paternal grandparents were Isaac and Betsey (Quimby) Warren.  


I don't have the names of Elvira Ann Messer's parents, but I believe she had a brother named John A. Messer, who enlisted from Dracut to serve in the Civil War.  


John A. Messer had a son Herbert Warren Messer.  One of the pages in the album is signed by a Herbert W. Messer of Winchester, Massachusetts, who described himself as Alwilda's cousin.




Several of Alwilda's sisters and a brother signed pages.


Oldest sister Josephine Warren was born about 1851; she married George L. Small:






Two of Josephine's children signed pages: Sammie and Jennie:






Alwilda's sister Madelia "Dellie" Warren was born about 1855; she married Alvah Gilman Eldridge:




Alwilda's brother Lester Harry Warren was born about 1864; he married Carrie Mae Chadbourne. She also signed a page in Alwilda's book:




Alwilda's sister Hattie was born about 1871. She may be the Heneretta J. Warren of Denmark who married Henry F. Wheelock of Owls Head, Maine, on 6 September 1893.  Hattie signed two pages:






Alwilda's sister Nettie L. was born about 1878; she married J. L. Nealley.  Nettie also signed two pages:






Alwilda had two others sisters: Virginia A., born about 1867; and Mary M. born about 1878.   


I wonder if Virginia's middle initial was Amanda; if so, there is a page, below, signed by an Amanda Warren, who indicates she was Alwilda's sister.  I can't quite make out her middle initial, but it's possibly a "V".




Perhaps they are the sisters mentioned in the pages below, as Mrs. Frank True of Denmark and Mrs. L. E. Pierce, late of Oconto Falls, Wisconsin:





Or perhaps one of Alwilda's other sisters was married more than once.

Other people named Warren who signed:






Complete list of the signers:


Eliza A. Alexander of Denmark, Maine
Freddie C. Alexander of Denmark, Maine
Charles Bean of Brownfield, Maine
Nellie Bennett of Denmark, Maine
Chauncey R. Berry of Denmark, Maine
Flora M. Bradbury of Denmark, Maine
Minna Bradbury of Denmark, Maine
Alton H. Bradeen of Brownfield, Maine
Clara M. Bragdon
Carrie E. Chadbourne of East Fryeburg, Maine
Belle C. Cobb of West Bridgton, Maine
Jennie A. B. Colby of Denmark, Maine
R. A. Crosse of Denmark, Maine
Hattie Dresser
Susie L. Evans of Fryeburg, Maine
Charles H. Faulkner of Saccarappa, Maine
Charles Florentine of Boston, Massachusetts
Carrie M. Gilman of Denmark, Maine
S. Ernest Gilman of Denmark, Maine
Emma Ham of Albany, New Hampshire
Philena Ham of Albany, New Hampshire
Elmer A. Harnden of Denmark, Maine
Mrs. A. M. Harnden of Denmark, Maine
Anna E. Harnden of Denmark, Maine
Walter Harriman of Conway, New Hampshire
Claribell Hill of Denmark, Maine
Benjamin M. Howard of Denmark, Maine
George W. Howard of Denmark, Maine
Lillie M. Howard of Denmark, Maine
Sarah Howard
M. Etta Hurley of Albany, New Hampshire
Cassie Johnson
May E. Keith of Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Mrs. Burgess S. Kent of Albany, New Hampshire
Ella S. Littlefield
Leona M. Lord of Denmark, Maine
A. S. Mackey of East Fryeburg, Maine
Herbert W. Messer of Winchester, Massachusetts
Mrs. L. E. Pierce of Oconto Falls, Wisconsin (sister)
Maggie Potter of Denmark, Maine
Nellie M. Purington of Albany, New Hampshire
Arthur Richardson of Fryeburg, Maine
George L. Small of Denmark, Maine
Jennie Small of Westbrook, Maine (niece)
Josie Small (sister)
Sammie Small of Westbrook, Maine (nephew)
Anna F. Smith of Denmark, Maine
L. H. Smith
Mary E. Smith
Minnie Smith of Denmark, Maine
Nellie E. Smith of Denmark, Maine
Myron F. Smith of Albany, New Hampshire
Leroy Sotherby of Boston, Massachusetts
Mrs. Frank True of Denmark, Maine (sister)
Hattie H. Warren of Denmark, Maine
Dellie M. Warren of Denmark, Maine (sister)
Hattie Warren (sister)
Lester Warren of Denmark, Maine (brother)
Maud B. Warren of Denmark Maine
Nettie L. Warren of Denmark, Maine (sister) - signed two pages
Eli Witham

For more information on Alwilda Gertrude Warren and to see scans of all the pages in her autograph album, see its page in the Artifacts/Heirlooms area of the Maine & Maritime Canada Genealogy Network.

If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding the Alwilda Gertrude Warren and her family, or regarding any of the other signers in the autograph album, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

A map of Denmark, Maine:


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