Wednesday, January 2, 2013

1870s/1880s Autograph Album of Fred Ames Carleton of South Norridgewock, Maine



1870s/1880s autograph album of Fred Ames Carleton of South Norridgewock, Maine.  He signed his name in three places in the album.  The page below is the first end paper.



The album is approximately 7" x 4" and contains over 90 pages signed by Fred himself, his relatives and friends, many of them schoolmates at the Eaton Family School at Norridgewock, Maine.  An alphabetical list of signers appears at the end of this post.



Interestingly, Fred found an empty page facing a page signed by Fannie G. Rogers of Norridgewock, Maine, on 21 July 1879, and signed it on 3 May 1885.   Later still, Fannie added to her page, with her new name of Fannie G. Carleton, and dated it 3 January 1887.

Fred Ames Carleton and Fannie Gilman Rogers were married at Groveland, Massachusetts, on 26 June 1885.





From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome!]

Fred Ames Carleton was born 30 June 1861 at Groveland, Massachusetts, the son of Joseph Frothingham Carleton and Ellen Martha (Ames) Carleton, who were born at Boston, Massachusetts, and, most likely, Norridgewock, Maine, respectively.

Fred's father Joseph Frothingham Carleton signed a page on 9 August 1880.



Joseph's brother John Pierpont Carleton of Cambridge, Massachusetts, signed a page.



Fred's paternal grandparents were John George Washington Hancock Carleton and Sarah Pierpont (Coolidge) Carleton.  His maternal grandparents were Daniel Stuart Ames and Cynthia (Blunt) Ames.

As noted, Fred married Fannie Gilman Rogers on 26 June 1885 at Groveland, Massachusetts.   Fannie was born 1 August 1867 at Norridgewock, Maine, the daughter of Ariel Tinkham Rogers and Amanda (Hilton) Rogers.

Fred and Fannie made their home at Haverhill, Massachusetts, where Fred was a retail merchant.  They had at least three children: Ralph Fred Carleton; George Ames Carleton; and Nellie May Carleton.

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

Other relatives of Fred and Fannie signed pages.  Many of the signers were students at the Eaton Family School, located at Norridgewock, Maine.  Signers came from Maine and other states, including California and Latin America.

Below are an advertisement for the school from the 4 August 1874 edition of the Lewiston Evening Journal and a photograph of the school from about the same era:




File:Eaton School, Norridgewock, ME.jpg


From the Year-Book of Education for the Year 1878, Volume 2, by Henry Kiddle and Alexander Jacob Schem:



Complete list of signers in alphabetical order: [Note: given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]


  • Aunt Sarah, signed 10 August 1880.
  • William
  • Addie
  • D. W. Ames of Portland, Maine
  • Cynthia M. Ames of Portland, Maine
  • Hattie Ames of Portland, Maine; signed twice, once on 8 August 1880, and again on 25 July 1884, at Portland, Maine.  Hattie was Fred's cousin.  She was the daughter of Fred's mother's brother, Daniel Webster Ames and wife Cynthia M. (Cobb) Ames
  • Charles C. Ames of Portland, Maine.  "Cornballs, Spruces, Shop"
  • May L. Baker of Norridgewock, Maine
  • E. H. Bates of South Norridgewock, Maine; signed 3 March 1878.  "I will give you your Point."  "Youth and Friendship are Eternal"
  • Lorenzo Benemelis of Havana Cuba; signed while he was a student at the Eaton Family School at Norridgewock, Maine
  • F. G. Bourisaw of Mackinac, Michigan; signed 31 July 1882
  • Mrs. M. H. Brown
  • Ella S. Butler of Norridgewock, Maine; signed 29 December 1876
  • Edwin Capen, Esq. of Greenville, Maine; perhaps the Edward Capen born about 1860 who might have been a schoolmate of Fred Ames Carleton at Eaton Family School at Norridgewock, Maine
  • Fred Ames Carleton of South Norridgewock, Maine, owner of the album, kept while he was a student at Eaton Family School at Norridgewock.  He signed three pages from 1876 on. One page he signed was facing a page signed by Fannie G. Rogers, who would become his wife a few years later.
  • J. F. Carleton, signed 9 August 1880; Joseph Frothingham Carleton, Fred Ames Carleton's father
  • John P. Carleton of Cambridge, Massachusetts; Fred's uncle
  • A. E. Currier of Toledo, Ohio; signed at Clear Lake, Michigan on 21 September 1882.  "Remember the pine woods."
  • Mabel C. Davis of South Norridgewock, Maine; signed 5 January 1877
  • Enrique G. de Faldo of Cienfuegos, Cuba; signed at the Eaton Family School in December 1876.
  • Fred J. Deering of South Norridgewock, Maine, signed at the Eaton School on 28 December 1876
  • Frank C. Deering of South Norridgewock, Maine, signed at the Eaton School on 27 December 1876
  • Junius Deering, signed at the Eaton Family and Day School, in 1877
  • Harry A. Fletcher of Portland, Maine, signed at the Eaton School on 28 December 1876
  • William Fountain of Mackinac, Michigan
  • William Fountain of Mackinac, Michigan
  • Hattie M. Frederic of Starks, Maine.  Written at the time or possibly later: "Where is the wood sawyer? Spring of '85"
  • Eld. J. B. Goodrich of Hartland, Maine, signed 21 October 1877.    I believe this was Joseph B. Goodrich, a minister in the Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • Matthew S. Goodrich of Hartland, Maine; signed on 21 October 1877
  • Charles H. Goodrich of Belgrade, Maine, signed at the Eaton School at Norridgewock, Maine on on 27 December 1876
  • Calvin I. Gray of East Starks, Maine; signed 11 February 1885
  • I think this is Fred Haggett of Anson, Maine
  • Mary C. Hale of South Norridgewock, Maine; signed 8 January 1877
  • Josie B. Haynes of Smithfield, Maine; signed 13 March 1879
  • Delfina F. Haynes of Smithfield, Maine
  • William J. Haynes of Smithfield, Maine
  • Luella E. Haynes of Smithfield, Maine; signed 16 January 1880
  • Fred A. Hobbs; signed January 1877
  • Charles L. Holbrook and E. F. Holbrook of Starks, Maine; signed 18 August 1878
  • A. H. Holbrook of South Norridgewock, Maine; signed 18 October 1878
  • William W. Johnson of Norridgewock, Maine
  • Emma Jones of Norridgewock, Maine; signed 22 January 1877
  • Hattie M. Jones of Norridgewock, Maine; signed 22 January 1877
  • Frank W. Lawton of South Norridgewock, Maine; signed 16 January 1878
  • Annie R. Lawton of South Norridgewock, Maine; signed 18 February
  • Charlie A. Leeman of Starks, Maine, signed 3 February 1888 [not sure of year].  Charles A. Leeman
  • W. E. Leeman of Deadwood, Dakota Territory; signed on 27 February 1880; now Deadwood, South Dakota.  He may have been the William Elvin Leeman, born in Maine, who had a carriage, sign and ornamental painting shop at Deadwood.  His wife, Bertha Schofield (Winn) Leeman, was also born in Maine.
  • Mary B. Leeman of New Sharon, Maine; not positive of her middle initial
  • Stephen G. Leeman of Starks, Maine
  • Charles W. Leeman of New Sharon, Maine, in Franklin County; signed 14 February 1880
  • P. S. Lindsay of Norridgewock, Maine.  "Pull the plug $25.00"
  • Charles M.Lindsay of South Norridgewock, Maine; signed on 2 January 1877
  • J. W. Loomis of Cadillac, Michigan; signed 23 September 1882
  • Manuel Morocha of San Jose de Callao, Punta de la Arena, S. C., and Canton, Cuba.  Manuel wrote a naughty bit in Spanish.
  • Arthur H. Nutting of Redwood City, California; signed at the Eaton Family School on 10 December 1777.  "Centennial" [perhaps referring to 1776-1876]
  • Thomas D. Pelton of South Norridgewock, Maine; signed 4 January 1877
  • Losie L. Pratt of Norridgewock, Maine, signed on 18 April 1884.  "Native of Starks", Maine; Lozira L. Pratt
  • Celia L. Putnam of South Norridgewock, Maine; signed 5 April 1880
  • Eddie J. Putnam of Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Tommy S. Putnam of Battle Creek, Michigan; signed 30 November 1880
  • Melvin W. Putnam of Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Mrs. Sophia Putnam of Battle Creek, Michigan; "be a good boy"
  • C. C. Putnam of Battle Creek, Michigan; signed 30 November 1880
  • Edward L. Rawson of Boston, Massachusetts; signed at Eaton Family School on 20 January 1877
  • H. C. Rice of Boston, Massachusetts
  • J. A. Roarty of South Norridgewock, Maine; signed on 4 January 1877
  • Roman Rodrigues of Norridgewock, Maine, signed at Eaton Family School
  • Alice Mae Rogers of Norridgewock, Maine.  Younger sister of Fred Ames Carleton's future wife Fanny Gilman Rogers.
  • Edward P. Rogers of South Norridgewock, Maine; signed on 22 July 1880
  • George H. Rogers of Mercer, Maine; signed 22 July 1880
  • Hattie M. Rogers of Norridgewock, Maine; signed at the Eaton School on 8 January 1877
  • Emily C. Rogers of Mercer, Maine; signed 22 July 1880
  • Fannie G. Rogers of South Norridgewock, Maine; signed 21 July 1879.  Reflecting her marriage to the album owner, Fred Ames Carleton, Fannie Gilman Rogers wrote her name again vertically: Fannie G. Carleton of South Norridgewock, Maine, 3 January 1887
  • Clara A. Rogers of South Norridgewock, Maine; signed 4 July 1879.  She was Clara Amanda Rogers, older sister of Fannie Gilman Rogers.  Fannie was the future wife of the album owner, Fred Ames Carleton.
  • Mary Addie Smalley of Spencer Creek, Michigan, in Antrim Co.  She signed another page as well.
  • W. K. Smith
  • Eugene L. Spaulding of Norridgewock, Maine; signed 9 January 1877
  • James W. Taylor of Norridgewock, Maine; signed 1 January 1877; "Remember the days of 1876."
  • Olive E. Taylor of South Norridgewock, Maine; signed 14 June 1879
  • Clara A. Rogers of South Norridgewock, Maine; signed 4 July 1879.  She was Clara Amanda Rogers, older sister of Fannie Gilman Rogers.  Fannie was the future wife of the album owner, Fred Ames Carleton.
  • Blanche B. Tobey of Norridgewock, Maine; signed 29 December 1876
  • Fred B. Tupper of Starks, Maine, signed on 11 February 1885
  • Mary F. Walton of South Norridgewock, Maine; signed 24 February 1878
  • W. P. Watson of South Norridgewock, Maine; signed at the Eaton Familyi School
  • Nellie M. Weston of Norridgewock, Maine; signed on 21 January 1877
  • Charles M. Weston of Norridgewock, Maine; signed 9 January 1877
  • Anna F. Weston of Norridgewock, Maine; signed at the Eaton School on 20 January 1877
  • George W. Whitney of Solon, Maine; signed 11 February 1878
  • J. Dana Williamson of Farmington, Maine
  • Stephen L. Williamson; signed at Industry, Maine, on 19 February 1880
  • Emma A. Williamson of Industry, Maine; signed 18 February 1880
  • Zettie A. Wood of Norridgewock, Maine; signed 15 January 1877.  "Kind words never die."
Norridgewock, Maine



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