Friday, May 25, 2012

1880s Autograph Album of William J. Matthews of North Searsport, Maine


Autograph album presented to William J. Matthews of North Searsport, Maine, for his years of work as the Sunday School Superintendent, by the Teachers and Scholars of North Searsport, Maine, on Christmas Day 1884.




From online research, hopefully correct:


William Janes Matthews was born 9 February 1841 in Maine, the son of Walter and Martha (Dodge) Matthews, who were born in Maine and New Hampshire respectively.


His paternal grandparents were Joseph and Elizabeth (Black) Matthews.  His maternal grandparents were Ananiah and Elizabeth (Janes) Dodge.


On 29 December 1864 at Searsport, Maine, William Janes Matthews married Eliza G. Merithew.  She was born 5 April 1842 in Maine, the daughter of Benjamin W. and Theodate (Stevens) Merithew.


William and Eliza farmed and raised a family of at least five children at North Searsport, Maine.

  1. Benjamin Walter Matthews, born about 1867; died 9 February 1882
  2. Theodate "Datie" Beals Matthews, born 26 March 1869 at Searsport, Maine; m. Dr. Charles Everett Hills
  3. Edwards Adams Matthews, born 17 April 1876 in Maine; m. Minnie Olive Hills
  4. Martha Janes Matthews, born 4 March 1879 in Maine; married Ernest Ray Nickerson
  5. Eliza Winifred Matthews, born 1 March 1883 in Maine; m. Fred E. Stinson
One page is a real treasure, as it contains the multiple signatures of William Janes Matthews, his wife Eliza G. (Merithew) Matthews and four of their children: Datie, Mattie, Eliza Winifred and Edwards Adams.  Sadly, this page was made after the death of William and Eliza's firstborn, Benjamin Walter Matthews.


Other people with the surname Matthews signed pages.

Lewis Matthews of Searsport, Maine, signed a page in 1886.


Martha W. Matthews of East Boston, Massachusetts, signed a page in 1885:


Ursula Matthews of Searsport, Maine, signed a page in 1886:


One signer identified herself as the niece of William Janes Matthews.  She was Mary G. Chapin of Searsport, Maine.


Complete list of signers, in alphabetical order: [Please note that some people may have given the name of the place where they signed rather than their residence.]

Malinda S. Black of Chelsea, Massachusetts, 1886
Maggie A. Catlin of North Searsport, Maine, 1885
Mary G. Chapin of Searsport, Maine, niece
G. Hayden Chase of Searsport, Maine, 1885
George W. Chase of Searsport, Maine, 1885
Mrs. M. J. Chase, 1885
Rosa H. Ellis of Washington, D.C., 1886
Horace G. Hall of North Searsport, Maine, 1885, at Swan Lake
Annie E. Hardon of Contoocook, New Hampshire, at North Searsport, Maine, 1891
May Hardon of Contoocook, New Hampshire, 1891
Jennie M. Harriman, 1886
Z. D. Hartshorn, 1901 (Zenas Downs Hartshorn)
Eloise M. Harvey of North Searsport, Maine, 1885
Fred A. Harvey of North Searsport, Maine, 1885
Laura A. Harvey of North Searsport, Maine, 1885
Maria A. Harvey of North Searsport, Maine, 1885
E. L. Mathews
Datie Beals Matthews, 26 March 1869, on a page shared with her parents and three siblings
Edwards Adams Matthews, 17 April 1876, on a page shared with her parents and three siblings
Eliza G. Matthews, born 5 April 1842, on a page shared with her husband and four children
Eliza Winifred Matthews, 1 Mar 1883, on a page shared with her parents and three siblings, 1892
Lewis H. Matthews of Searsport, Maine, 1886
Martha W. Matthews of East Boston, Massachusetts, 1885
Mattie J. Matthews, 4 March 1879, on a page shared with her parents and three siblings, 1888
Ursula Matthews of Searsport, Maine, 1886
William J. Matthews of North Searsport, Maine, 1884, presentee
William J. Matthews, born February 1841, on a page shared with his wife and four children
Luella Parsons of Swanville, Maine, 1889
Mrs. J. R. Runnells of North Searsport, Maine, 1885
Lizzie J. Sawyer of Presque Isle, Maine, 1885
Daniel C. Staples of Searsport, Maine, 1887
Annie E. Stephenson of Midland, Michigan, 1886
Alfred Stinson of Searsport, Maine, 1885
Carrie B. Stinson of North Searsport, Maine, 1886
Etta M. Stinson of North Searsport, Maine, 1885
Mattie E. Stratton of North Searsport, Maine, 1888; on page shared with Sadie B. Stratton
Sadie B. Stratton of North Searsport, Maine, 1888; on page shared with Mattie E. Stratton
Lizzie J. Treat of Searsport, Maine, 1885


If you have any corrections or additions to the above information, or if you think the album was presented to a different William J. Matthews, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

Back cover and spine:





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