Thursday, August 23, 2012

1860/70s Autograph Album of Anna Firth Bartlett of North New Portland, Maine


1860/1870s autograph album of Anna Firth Bartlett of North New Portland, Maine.

Small album, approximately 3-1/4" x 2-3/4", with 49 autographs of relatives and friends and Anna's signature on the first page.



Anna Firth Bartlett was born 2 March 1855 at New Portland or North New Portland, Maine, daughter of Josiah D. and Eliza M. (Firth) Bartlett.

By 1880 Anna was still at home in New Portland and working as a teacher.  By 1900 the family had moved to Waterville, Maine, where I believe Anna spent the remainder of her life.  No occupation was listed for her in the Censuses after 1880.

I don't believe Anna ever married.  She died on 4 January 1937.  

Anna's parents, Eliza M. (Firth) Bartlett and Josiah D. Bartlett signed adjoining pages in her album in 1864.





Anna's paternal grandmother Phebe (Burbank) Bartlett signed a page in her album in 1865.  Phebe noted her age, seventy-six.  



Anna's paternal grandfather, John Hill Bartlett, husband of Phebe, signed the next page, but he didn't date it.  He gave his age as seventy-five years and six months.



Anna's maternal grandmother, Elizabeth (Martin) Firth, signed a page in 1863; she noted she was eighty-one years old.



Anna's maternal grandfather, Abraham Firth, had died before her birth.

Anna's brother Martin Firth Bartlett signed a page in 1874.



Anna's uncle, Abraham Firth of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed a page in her album, as did his wife and daughter.  He was a reformer whose name appears on a list of people who donated money to free the Amistad.




If you have corrections or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

Complete list of signers, in alphabetical order:

Uncle Frank of North New Portland, Maine, 1864; Anna's uncle
Lucie, 1872; Anna's cousin
Anna F. Bartlett, 1863
Maria L. Bartlett, 1869; Anna's cousin
Eliza M. F. Bartlett of North New Portland, Maine, 1864; Anna's mother
Josiah D. Bartlett of North New Portland, Maine, 1864; Anna's father
Aurelia Bartlett of North New Portland, 1864; Anna's aunt
Phebe Bartlett, 1865; Anna's grandmother, age 76
John H. Bartlett; Anna's grandfather, aged 75 years and 6 months
W. P. Bartlett of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 1864; Anna's uncle
Martin F. Bartlett of North New Portland, Maine, 1874; Anna's brother
Mae [possibly Bartlett]; Anna's cousin
Minnie Barton of Benton, Maine, 1871, L.M.B.; I think it's Benton - there's a smear
Abbie W. Britton of Winslow, Maine, 1869
May Broad of Waterville, Maine, 1870
Ida J. Burbank of Freeman, Maine; Anna's cousin
Angelina M. Burbank; Anna's cousin, age 18 years, 8 months
Lucinda Field of Waterville, Maine, 1870
Laura Fifield of Waterville, Maine, 1871
Myra A. Fifield, student at Waterville Classical Institute, 1871
Abraham Firth of Worcester, Massachusetts, 1863; Anna's uncle
J. F. R. Firth of Worcester, Massachusetts, 1863; Anna's aunt
May L. Firth of Worcester, Massachusetts; Anna's cousin
Elizabeth Firth, 1863; Anna's grandmother, age 81
F. R. Firth of Worcester, Massachusetts
Charles Firth, 1874
John Firth, 1863
Ellie Hilton of South Norridgewock, Maine, 1865; Anna's cousin; middle initial could be L, T or P or?
Lizzie Hoag of Waterville, Maine, 1870
Nellie M. Kimball, 1862; Anna's cousin
Annie J. Lowe of Waterville, Maine, 1870
E. P. M.
Ned Meader, E. L. Meader, student at Waterville Classical Institute, 1870
Millie Meader of Waterville, Maine, 1870
Joshua Nye, 1871
Fannie Nye of Waterville, Maine, 1866
Vesta Paul of L.M.B. at Waterville, Maine
Leila F. Perry of Camden, Maine, 1870
Fannie Philbrick, 1868
Benjamin Platt of Waterville, Maine, 1863; Anna's uncle
"Thy Aunt Sarah"; I'm assuming Sarah is the wife of Benjamin Platt and mother of Fannie
Fannie L. Platt of Waterville, Maine, 1863; Anna's cousin
Joseph Sargent
Fannie Sawyer of Waterville, Maine, 1870
Fannie Sawyer of Waterville, Maine
Minnie L. Smith of Waterville, Maine, 1870
Mary E. Stockman of Brewer, Maine, 1871
Gardner M. Whittier of Farmington, Maine, 1872; teaching at North New Portland at that time
Nellie Wilson of Waterville, Maine, 1870
Jennie Wilson of L.M.B. at Waterville, Maine, 1871

North New Portland, Maine


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