Saturday, April 7, 2012

1880s Autograph Album of Abbott B. Cragin of Farmington, Maine



1880s autograph album of Abbott B. Cragin of Farmington, Maine.


The album is approximately 5-1/2" x 3-1/2" and contains 31 autographs of relatives and friends, plus a page inscribed by Abbott himself.




Abbott Belcher Cragin was born 1 September 1873 at Farmington, Maine, the son of George Bates Cragin and wife Abby Doty (Belcher) Cragin, born in Embden, Maine, and Farmington, Maine, respectively.


His paternal grandparents were John and Achsah J. (McFadden) Cragin.  His maternal grandparents were Hannibal and Lucy Ann (Brett) Belcher.  


In 1910 at Waterville, Maine, Abbott married Elizabeth Helen McFadden, daughter of Andrew Lockwood McFadden and wife Florence Helen (Totman) McFadden.  


The couple went on to raise a son at Waterville, where Abbott worked as a clerk in an area pulp mill.




Abbot's sister Jean Cragin signed a page in his album in 1887:




Cousin Philip B. Sawyer signed a page in 1886:




Cousin Winnie Stayell or Minnie Stayell of Bismarck, Dakota Territory signed a page.  She didn't date her entry, but apparently signed the page before North Dakota became a state in November of 1889.




If you have any corrections or insights regarding the information provided above or the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


Complete list of signers, in alphabetical order

Lily P. Alden of Farmington, Maine, 1885
Nora M. Beedy of Farmington, Maine, 1886
Lee Berry of Farmington, Maine, 1887
Allie Berry of Farmington, Maine
Sarah Blamey of Farmington, Maine, 1885
Carrie A. Chase of Lisbon, Maine, at Farmington, Maine, 1889
Rose B. Collins of Farmington, Maine, 1885
Abbott B. Cragin of Farmington, Maine, owner of the album
Abbot's sister, 1887, Jean Cragin
Warren M. Dutton of Farmington, Maine, FHS, 1886
Carrie E. Folsom of Wilton, Maine, 1886
George A. Hodgdon of Farmington, Maine, 1887
Hattie A. Marble of Farmington, Maine, 1885
Elmer J. Marston of Farmington, Maine, 1885
Ella P. Merrill of Farmington, Maine, 1885
F. S. Merrow of Farmington, Maine, 1886
Effie A. Pierce of Farmington, Maine, 1885
Guy C. Richards of Farmington, Maine, 1885
J. A. Russell of Farmington, Maine, 1885
Mattie Russell of Farmington, Maine, 1885
Clarlie S. Russell of Farmington, Maine, 1885
A. L. Sampson of Farmington, Maine, 1886
Philip B. Sawyer, 1886, Abbott's cousin
Winnie Stayell of Bismarck, Dakota Territory; could be Minnie Staples; Abbot's cousin
Annie Margaret Stevens of Farmington, Maine, 1885
Maud Stewart, 1885
Mabel Sylvester of Farmington, Maine, 1885
Mollie Tarbox of Farmington, Maine, 1885
S. Ollie Tarbox of Farmington, Maine, 1885
Belle Tarbox of Farmington, Maine 1885
Louis Henry Vehue of Farmington, Maine, 1885
Mae E. Webster of Farmington, Maine



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