Friday, October 12, 2012

1880s Autograph Album of Mary E. Hunt of Thorndike, Maine




1880s autograph album that belonged to Mary E. Hunt of Thorndike, Maine.  

I believe Mary would later become the wife of Granville Earl Barrows of Vassalboro, Maine, whose own autograph album, compiled while he was a student at Oak Grove Seminary, was the subject of an earlier post.

See also the autograph album of Granville's second wife Ara May Woodman.



The album is approximately 4" x 3" and contains over 70 pages signed by Mary E. Hunt herself, her relatives, friends and schoolmates at Unity High School at Unity, Maine.  An alphabetical list of signers appears at the end of this post.



From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome]

Mary E. Hunt was born about December 1867 at Thorndike, Maine, daughter of Sumner and Frances Elizabeth (Hunt) Hunt, who were both born at Thorndike, Maine.

Mary's mother Frances Elizabeth (Hunt) Hunt signed a page in the album.



Mary's paternal grandparents were Ichabod III and Mehitable (Gordon) Hunt.  Her maternal grandparents were Jonathan and Emiline (Spring) Hunt.

Mary's maternal grandmother Emiline (Spring) Hunt signed a page in 1880.



Mary's brother Wilmot Israel Hunt, or Israel Wilmot Hunt, of Thorndike, Maine, signed a page in 1880.



On 10 July 1895 at Saco, Maine, Mary E. Hunt married Granville Earl Barrows, son of William H. and Eliza Matilda (Davis) Barrows, although I'd welcome a reader's affirmation of that.  

What concerns me is that on their son's birth record, her name is shown as Mae and her birthplace as Vassalboro, Maine, rather than Thorndike, as shown on her marriage record.  

Mary attended Unity High School.  At some point her family moved to Vassalboro, Maine, and Mary attended Oak Grove Seminary.  She signed a page in her future husband's autograph album in 1890.



Mary/Mae and Granville made their home at Waterville, Maine where Granville operated a trucking company.  Their son Stanley was born on 18 January 1897.

Mary died 11 June 1919.  Granville later married Ara May Woodman, daughter of Fred and Helen A. (Wood) Woodman.

Several other people surnamed Hunt signed pages in her album.  

Mary's uncle Thurston Hunt, brother of her mother Frances Elizabeth (Hunt) Hunt, of Hermon Center, Maine, signed a page in 1880.



I believe the Nellie B. Hunt of Hermon Center, Maine, who signed the page below in 1880, was a sister of Mary's mother and her Uncle Thurston.



Sisters Sadie M. Hunt and Annie B. Hunt of Unity, Maine, signed pages in 1880.  They were the daughters of Gustavus A. Hunt and wife Susan Ellen (Ayer) Hunt.   Gustavus and Mary's father Sumner  shared a grandfather, Ichabod Hunt, Jr.





Several of the signers indicated that they were fellow students with Mary at Unity High School.

Complete list of signers in alphabetical order [Note: given names within a specific surname may not be in alpha order.]
  • Name is erased; Thorndike, Maine, 1880.  There must be a story here!
  • Your Friend
  • A. T. Adams of Thorndike, Maine, 1880; middle initial could be F rather than T
  • Emma E. Allen, signed at Hermon Center, Maine, 1880
  • Jennie Bacon, signed at Unity, Maine, 1884; friend
  • Susan A. Barnes, signed at Waldo, Maine, 1884
  • Allala M. Barnes of Waldo, Maine, 1884
  • May R. Bean of Burnham, Maine, 1880
  • Marcia V. Blethen, signed at Thorndike, Maine, 1880
  • W. Scott Blethen, signed at Thorndike, Maine in 1880; friend
  • Mott A. Cates of Unity, Maine, 1880; friend
  • H. F. Chase of Unity, Maine, 1880
  • S. E. Coller, 1880
  • Etta Connor, signed at Unity, Maine min 1880; friend
  • Minnie C. Cornforth, signed at Unity, Maine in 1882; friend
  • Alice R. Cornforth of Unity, Maine, 1882
  • Isabel Cornforth, signed at Unity, Maine, 1882
  • Belloe Cornforth, 1880
  • Ella Cornforth, 1880; friend
  • Jennie L. Dow of Island Falls, Maine, 1886
  • W. B. Gordon of Thorndike, M aine, 1882
  • Annie Z. Hodgman, signed at Thorndike, Maine in 1881; friend
  • M. J. Hubbard of Unity, Maine, 1880
  • Grandmother E. H., 1880.  I believe this is Emiline (Spring) Hunt, Mary's maternal grandmotoher
  • Mary E. Hunt; album owner.  Born about December 1867 at Thorndike, Maine, daughter of Sumner and Frances Elizabeth (Hunt) Hunt
  • Mrs. G. A. Hunt
  • Wilmot I. Hunt of Thorndike, Maine, 1880.  Mary's brother Israel Wilmot Hunt
  • Sadie M. Hunt of Unity, Maine, 1880
  • Annie B. Hunt of Unity, Maine, 1880; friend
  • F. E. Hunt; Mary's mother Frances Elizabeth (Hunt) Hunt, wife of Sumner Hunt
  • Nellie F. Hunt, 1880
  • Thurston Hunt, signed at Hermon Centre, Maine, 1880; Mary's uncle, brother of her mother Frances Elizabeth (Hunt) Hunt
  • A. L. Hunt, 1882
  • Nellie B. Hunt of Hermon Center, Maine, 1880
  • John C. Hussey of Sherman, Maine, 1885.  His wife Rosetta W. (Blethen) Hussey also signed a page.
  • Mrs. R. W. Husseyy of Sherman, Aroostook County, Maine.  Rosetta W. (Blethen) Hussey, wife of John C. Hussey, who also signed a page.
  • Maud Jones of Unity, Maine, 1880; schoolmate
  • Ella Jones of Unity, Maine, 1880; schoolmate at Unity High School
  • Katie Libby of Unity, Maine, 1880; friend
  • Nellie A. Luce, signed at Unity, Maine, in 1880; friend
  • Prince E. Luce, signed at Unity, Maine in 1880; Mary's teacher
  • Lillie March, 1880; high school friend
  • Charles E. Mason, signed at Thorndike, Maine, in 1881; Mary's teacher
  • H. E. Moore of "No where", Maine, signed at Thorndike, Maine; friend
  • Mattie E. Mosher of Unity, Maine
  • Allie M. Myrick of West Troy, Maine, 1883
  • Annie Page, signed at Harmon Centre, Massachusetts, 1880
  • Nora Palmer, signed at Thorndike, Maine, 1881; friend
  • Maggie Palmer, signed at Thorndike, Maine, 1880; friend
  • A. S. Rand, signed at Thorndike, Maine, 1886.  I believe he was Alphonso S. Rand, born abt 1847, son of Stephen and Sophrona (Blethen) Rand
  • Osbon Reynolds, signed at Thorndike, Maine, 1881; middle initial is L or S
  • Annie Russell of Belfast, Maine
  • Etta M. Ryan, signed at Searsmont, Maine in 1880; friend
  • J. H. Sayward of Thorndike, Maine, 1881
  • Nellie C. Smith of Haverhill, Massachusetts, 1885
  • Lizzie M. Smith of Haverhill, Massachusetts, 1885
  • Marcia E. Spring of Winslow, Maine, 1880
  • Ora E. Stevens, 1881; friend
  • Ella Towle, Mary's roommate in the fall of 1882
  • M. L. W. 
  • Addie N. Ward of Thorndike, Maine, 1885; friend
  • Sadie L. Ward of Thorndike, Maine, 1885; ,friend
  • Lenara J. Ward, signed at Thorndike, Maine, 1885; friend
  • Horace V. Ward of Thorndike, Maine, 1884
  • Eldon A. Ward of Thorndike, Maine, 1883
  • Abbie A. Ward of Thorndike, Maine, 1883; friend
  • Matia M. Webb of South Unity, Maine, 1880
  • Charles F. Webb, signed at Thorndike, Maine, 1883
  • L. J. Weeks of Unity, Maine; friend and schoolmate
  • Belle E. Woods of Unity, Maine
  • F. J. Woods of Grand Haven, Michigan, 1881
  • W. F. Woods of Thorndike, Maine, 1881; schoolmate


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