Wednesday, October 10, 2012

1880s/1890s Autograph Album of Granville Earl Barrows of Vassalboro, Maine, with many signers from Oak Grove Seminary


1880s/1890s autograph album of Granville Earl Barrows of Vassalboro, Maine, including many signatures from students at Oak Grove Seminary at Vassalboro.  Notice Granville's name stamped on the title page, below.

[Note: See another autograph album of students at Oak Grove Seminary compiled during the 1870s by a student name George.]

See also the autograph album of Mary E. Hunt of Thorndike, Maine, who would become the Granville's wife in 1895.

And see the autograph album of Granville's second wife, Ara May Woodman.



The album is approximately 5-1/4" x 3-1/4" and contains about 73 pages signed by Granville's relatives, friends and schoolmates.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome]

Granville Earl Barrows was born 27 October 1873 at Vassalboro, Maine, son of William H. and Eliza Matilda (Davis) Barrows, who were born at Billerica, Massachusetts, and Jackson, Maine, respectively. 

On 10 July 1895 at Saco, Maine, Granville married Mae Hunt, whose birth name I believe was Mary E. Hunt, daughter of Sumner and Frances Elizabeth (Hunt) Hunt.  Mae, a fellow student at Oak Grove Seminary, signed a page in Granville's album in 1890.

Granville and Mary/Mae had at least one child, a son Stanley, before Mae died in 1917.

On 11 June 1919. Granville married Ara May Woodman, daughter of Fred and Helen A. (Wood) Woodman.  I'm not sure if they had any children.

Granville owned a trucking and express company at Waterville, Maine.

Granville's cousin Betsey signed a page at Vassalboro, Maine, in 1884.

Relative Edwin C. Barrows, a Civil War veteran and civic minded citizen of Vassalboro, and his wife Laura (Alden) Barrows, signed pages in 1885.



The first autograph in the book is that of 76 year old C. G. Abbott, who signed a page in 1878.

If you have corrections and/or clarifications to the information above or information on the Barrows and related families or any of the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Complete list of signers in alphabetical order [note: given names within a particular surname may not be in alpha order.]
  • Cousin Betsey, signed at Vassalboro, Maine, 1884
  • Mollie, Class of 1891 at Oak Grove Seminary, signed there in 1890
  • C. G. Abbott, 1878, at age 78; friend
  • Hannah D. Alden of Vassalboro, Maine, 1885
  • Mary W. Alden of Vassalboro, Maine, 1885
  • I. W. Appleton of Vassalboro, Maine, 1887
  • Howard C. Appleton of Vassalboro, Maine, 1886
  • A. I. Appleton, signed at Vassalboro, Maine in 1887
  • Alden B. Austin of China, Maine, signed at Oak Grove Seminary in 1889
  • L. A. Bailey of Dresden Mills, Maine, 1889; friend; at Oak Grove Seminary
  • Granville Barrows of Vassalboro, Maine; album owner
  • Edwin C. Barrows of Vassalboro, Maine, 1885.  Edwin C. Barrows was the son of Caleb Barrows, an early settler at Vassalboro.  He was a Civil War veteran.  His wife Laura (Alden) Barrows also signed a page. 
  • Laura A. Barrows of Vassalboro, Maine, 1885; wife of another signer, Edwin C. Barrows
  • Luie R. Bickford of South Windham, Maine, signed at Oak Grove Seminary in 1888
  • Julia Grown, 1889, at Oak Grove Seminary; friend
  • Nettie C. Burleigh of Vassalboro, Maine, 1889; friend
  • C. F. Cartland of Lisbon Falls, Maine
  • Emma J. Cartland of Cape Elizabeth Depot, Maine, 1888
  • H. A. Clifford of Winslow, Maine; signed at Oak Grove Seminary in 1889
  • Charles E. Cobb, 1890
  • Ida Colman, signed at Vassalboro, Maine in 1885
  • Edward C. Cook of Vassalboro, Maine, 1890, at Oak Grove Seminary
  • Hattie Cook of Vassalboro, Maine, 1890; Class of 1891 at Oak Grove Seminary
  • Mamie L. Coolidge of Vassalboro, Maine, 1886; friend
  • Mary A. Crook, signed at Oak Grove Seminary, Class of 1891
  • Alice L. Crosman of Medway, Massachusetts, signed at Oak Grove Seminary in 1889
  • Ella S. Davis of East Vassalboro, Maine, 1884
  • Villa G. Dow of China, Maine, 1884
  • V. Bassie Estes of China, Maine, signed at Oak Grove Seminary in 1890
  • B. S. Ferguson of Vassalboro, Maine, 1885
  • Hattie M. Ferguson, signed at Vassalboro, Maine, 1885
  • Mamie E. Forrest of Riverside, Maine, 1889; friend
  • Melville J. C. Freeman of Vassalboro, Maine, signed at Oak Grove Seminary in 1890
  • Alice M. Getchell of Riverside, Maine, signed at Oak Grove Seminary in 1890
  • Minnie G. signed at Vassalboro, Maine, in 1884; friend
  • Gertrude Getchell of Riverside, Maine, signed at Oak Grove Seminary in 1890; Class of 1891
  • Guy I. Gilcrease of Riverside, Maine, signed at Oak Grove Seminary in 1889
  • Elouise A. Hafford, signed at Oak Grove Seminary in 1888
  • Grace Hawes, at Oak Grove Seminary, 1890
  • Nora L. Hawkes of Windham, Maine, 1889
  • Mae E. Hunt, signed at Oak Grove Seminary in 1890; friend
  • Mabel M. Hunt of Hermon, Maine, 1890
  • O. J. Hussey of Vassalboro, Maine, 1887
  • May Hussey
  • George H. Hussey of Vassalboro, Maine, signed at Oak Grove Seminary in 1890
  • Emma Jepson, signed at Oak Grove Seminary in 1889
  • Charles H. Jones of Vassalboro, Maine, signed at Oak Grove Seminary in 1889
  • Ellen W. Jones of Vassalboro, Maine; friend
  • Arthur W. Jones of South China, Maine, signed at Oak Grove Seminary in 1889
  • Fred A. Jones of Vassalboro, Maine, 1889
  • Mabel G. Longfellow of East Vassalboro, Maine, 1885; friend
  • Willie J. McLellan of South Windham, Maine, signed at Oak Grove Seminary in 1890
  • Jennie McQuillan of North Vassalboro, Maine, signed at Oak Grove Seminary in 1890
  • Mattie C. Meserve of Vassalboro, Maine, 1888
  • Lizzie E. Meserve of Vassalboro, Maine, 1888; friend
  • Maud O. Mitchell of Vassalboro, Maine, 1888
  • Hugh Nichols of Searsport, Maine, 1889
  • Olive L. Robbins of Winthrop, Maine
  • Susie K. Sallaberry
  • Chester E. Sawyer of South Windham, Maine, signed at Oak Grove Seminary in 1890
  • Annie M. Small of Vassalboro, Maine, 1890
  • C. W. Tarbell of Solon, Maine, 1889
  • Penelope Thring of West Woolwich, Maine, signed at Oak Grove Seminary in 1890; not sure of middle initial, perhaps D or O
  • Flora E. Trask of Riverside, Maine, signed at Oak Grove Seminary in 1888
  • Rose Wadsworth of Hallowell, Maine, signed at Oak Grove Seminary in 1890
  • Minnie E. Warren of South Vassalboro, Maine, 1885; friend
  • Martha Warren, 1885; friend
  • Irda Warren, 1885
  • T. M. Williams of North Vassalboro, Maine, signed at Oak Grove Seminary in 1890
  • G. H. Winters of Riverside, Maine, signed at Oak Grove Seminary in 1889
  • Lottie Wood of Augusta, Maine, signed at Oak Grove Seminary in 1888
  • Arthur E. Wyman of Vassalboro, Maine, 1888; friend
  • Minnie A. Wyman of Vassalboro, Maine, 1887; friend
Vassalboro, Maine


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