Thursday, August 30, 2012

1880s Autograph Album of Caroline Brown Giberson, born 1869 at Bath, New Brunswick

1880s autograph album of Caroline Brown Giberson, "Carrie", who was born in 1869 at Bath, New Brunswick or in the area.

The album is approximately 7" x 4-1/4" and contains 64 pages signed by Carrie herself and her relatives and friends, some of them twice.

Carrie inscribed a page to those who would sign a page in her album.

From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome]

Caroline Brown Giberson was born 17 March 1869 at Bath, New Brunswick, daughter of Ralph Kinney Giberson and Mary Elizabeth (Ebbett) Giberson, who were born at Bath, New Brunswick, and Wicklow, New Brunswick respectively.

Carrie's paternal grandparents were William and Temperance (Kinney) Giberson.  

William died in 1887 and did not sign a page in Carrie's album, but I believe the page below was signed by Carrie's paternal grandmother, Temperance (Kinney) Giberson in 1888.

Carrie's maternal grandparents were Joseph Ebbett and Rachel (Hutchinson) Ebbett.  Neither of them signed a page in Carrie's album, although a person by the name of Maud Hutchinson signed a page in 1888.

Carrie's sister Rachel Levina Giberson signed a page in 1888 and another in 1890.

Rachel married Frederick Dibble Giberson.  Two pages in the album were signed by a Dibble Giberson, perhaps one or both of them signed by Rachel's future husband.

The signature below looks like Dibble J. Giberson but it could be Dibble F. Giberson.

Carrie's sister Temperance Giberson signed the last page in her album in 1890.

In the early 1890s, Carrie moved to Maine.  On 4 February 1893 at Presque Isle, Maine, she married Josiah Starbird Hodgdon, son of Josiah Smith Hodgdon and Joan W. (Starbird) Hodgdon.  Josiah Starbird Hodgdon was born 5 March 1862 in Oxford County, Maine.

Carrie and Josiah had, I believe, five children, the last of whom, Ella Ruth Hodgdon, signed a page in 1923 in her mother's album.

It's neat to imagine that Carrie was going through her treasures, and the autograph album, by then some thirty-odd years old, came to light.  Ella must have been with her or perhaps discovered the album herself and asked to sign a page.

This is a photograph, I think, of Caroline and her siblings, with Caroline identified by a reader as the woman at right.  The others are, left to right, Ransford, Rachel and Mary.  Her siblings, left to right, are Ransford, Rachel and Mary.

If you have corrections to the information above or stories to share about the Giberson or Hodgdon families, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Refer to the alphabetized list below for several more people surnamed Giberson and several people who identified themselves as Carrie's cousin.

Edwin M. Belyea of Saint John, New Brunswick, 1891

Holland S. Broad of Bath, New Brunswick, 1888; signed two pages
John H. Broad of Bath, New Brunswick, 1888
Stephen G. Broad, 1880
Sadie Burk of Wicklow, New Brunswick, 1889
Garfield Cary of Presque Isle, Maine, 1892
Guy L. Colson of Rockland, Maine, 1891
Watts Cox, 1888
J. C. Doherty at Queen Hotel, Fredericton, New Brunswick, 1888; signed two pages
Blanch Drier of or at Bath, New Brunswick
Lewis Duncan of Beaconsfield, New Brunswick, 1892
C. H. Estey, Esq. of Wicklow, New Brunswick, 1890
Mary E. Fenimore, 1890
Maude Gallop of or at Saint John, New Brunswick, 1889
Alvan Giberson, 1888
Caroline Giberson, "Carrie", of Bath, New Brunswick, 1888; ownership page of Caroline Brown Giberson
Charles Giberson
Dibble Giberson of Bath, New Brunswick; signed two pages, one undated, one in 1890
Ella M. Giberson, 1888
Elzena Giberson, 1890; Carrie's cousin
Mary E. Giberson, 1888; Carrie's mother, Mary Elizabeth (Ebbett) Giberson
Mary E. Giberson, 1892; Carrie's cousin
Minnie L. Giberson of or at Bath, New Brunswick, 1890; Carrie's cousin
Rachel L. Giberson, 1888; Rachel Levina Giberson, Carrie's sister; signed two pages
Ralph Giberson, 1888; Carrie's father, Ralph Kinney Giberson
Temperance E. Giberson of Bath, New Brunswick, 1888; Carrie's paternal grandmother, Temperance (Kinney) Giberson
T. E. Giberson of Bath, New Brunswick, 1890; Carrie's sister Temperance E. Giberson
Willamont W. Grant
Benjamin I. Hagerman, 1888
William Henery of or at Bath, New Brunswick, 1890
Tommie Higgins at Queen Hotel, Fredericton, New Brunswick, 1888
Ella Hodgdon of Fort Fairfield, Maine, 1923; Carrie's daughter
Maria Hotham of Bristol, New Brunswick; Carrie's cousin
Maud Hutchinson, 1888
Theresa Jamieson of or at Woodstock, New Brunswick, 1891
Olive I. Lawson at Queen Hotel, Fredericton, New Brunswick
Mrs. M. G. Libby of Presque Isle, Maine, 1892
Richard Libby of Presque Isle, Maine, 1892
H. Maguire of Bath, New Brunswick, 1891
Hugh Maguire, Esq., 1890
John Maguire of Bath, New Brunswick
E.S.S., 1890
Ella M. Smith of Summerfield, New Brunswick
Hattie M. Smith of Bridgewater, Maine, 1892
Victoria Smith, 1888
Wilbert Stithem of Carleton County, New Brunswick, 1888
James Sweeney of Bath, New Brunswick, 1888
Harry E. Truworthy of Houlton, Maine
Effie L. Tupper of Bumfran, New Brunswick, 1888
Ida M. Tupper of Bumfran, New Brunswick, 1888; Carrie's cousin
Alice Tweedie
Annie B. Tweedie, 1889
F. N. Vandine, Upper Wicklow, New Brunswick, 1888; possibly Florence Nightingale Vandine
Alma Wallace, 1888; Carrie's cousin

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  1. This as a real treasure! Thanks for posting it, Pam.

  2. You're most welcome! Yes, it's one of my favorites.

  3. WONDERFUL!!!! Carrie was the lady on the far right dressed in black.Ransford was my grandfather.Rachel is in the middle,Mary in the back.Ihave that same photo.Thanks for sharing.Randy

  4. Thank you so much for taking the time to identify the people in the photograph. I've amended the post to reflect your identifications.

  5. hello. Is it for sale?