Thursday, February 28, 2013

1870s Autograph Album of Julia Etta Ayers of Cornish, New Hampshire


1870s autograph album of Julia Etta Ayers of Cornish, New Hampshire.

She didn't sign a page herself, but H. C. Leavitt of Cornish, New Hampshire inscribed a page to her on 3 December 1873.


The album is approximately 5-1/4" x 4" and is relatively thick.  It contains 71 pages signed by Miss Etta's relatives and friends.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

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

Julia Etta Ayers was born 26 May 1858 at Cornish, New Hampshire, the daughter of Edwin T. and Julia A. (Freeman) Ayers, who were born at Cornish, New Hampshire, and Windsor, Vermont, respectively.

Julia's mother, Julia A. (Freeman) Ayers, signed a page in her album.


Several people named Freeman signed pages, at least one of them twice.

On 13 May 1886 at Claremont, New Hampshire, Julia Etta Ayers married widower Frank William True, son of Bradley and Sarah (Smith) True.  He was born 28 March 1853 at Lebanon, New Hampshire.  His first wife, Ida Burnap, whom he had married in 1875, died in 1882.  

Frank and Julia Etta farmed at Plainfield, New Hampshire.  I don't know if there were any children from either marriage; if there were, they weren't listed on any of the Census enumerations.

If you have corrections to the information above, or additions to it, or information on any of the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

Julia Etta's cousin Nellie E. Freeman of Claremont, New Hampshire, signed a page on 26 December 1875.


Henry Smith sketched an intricate bird.


J. G. Freeman of Cornish, New Hampshire sketched a bird on 26 December 1873.


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



  • The handwriting is faint, but the name may have been Eva, Mrs. U. U. B? , possibly of Claremont, New Hampshire, signed in 1875
  • Annie.  She mentioned the turkey on 26 November 1874
  • George Andrews of Claremont, New Hampshire, signed on 20 March 1874. Middle initial could be L or F or ?
  • A. A. Avery of Claremont, New Hampshire, signed on 22 October 1876
  • Julia Etta Ayers of Cornish, New Hampshire; album owner
  • "From your Mother", signed 12 December 1874.  Etta's mother was Julia A. (Freeman) Ayers.
  • S. Baum
  • Maria Bond of Claremont, New Hampshire, signed on 6 June 1874
  • Hattie Booth, signed at Claremont, New Hampshire, on 5 December 1874
  • Oscar Booth, signed at the Post Office, Claremont, New Hampshire, on 16 March 1874
  • Mrs. Nellie F. Bugbee of Claremont, New Hampshire
  • Hattie Burr
  • Della M. Carpenter of Lebanon, New Hampshire, signed on 15 October 1876
  • Lizzie V. Clark of Cornish, New Hampshire, signed on 7 October 1874
  • Willis Coburn of Cornish, New Hampshire, signed on 11 July 1875
  • Esther E. Crosby, signed 2 February 1874
  • Charlie J. Cross of Claremont,  New Hampshire, signed on 3 March 1975
  • Nellie M. Cross of West Claremont, New Hampshire, signed at 2 March 1875
  • Orrilla Cross of West Claremont, New Hampshire, signed on 6 March 1875
  • Emma A. Davis of Lebanon, New Hampshire, signed 13 February 1874
  • A. H. Davis of Lebanon, New Hampshire, signed 13 February 1874
  • Susie E. Davis of Claremont, New Hampshire, signed 9 October 1875
  • Ralph Emerson of Claremont, New Hampshire, signed on 8 August 1875
  • Henry L. Fletcher of Cornish, New Hampshire, signed on 27 December 1874
  • A. N. Fletcher of Cornish, New Hampshire, signed on 22 December 1874
  • Mrs. W. H. Foss of Cornish Flat, New Hampshire, signed on 26 February 1875.  Possibly Hannah, wife of Walter H. Foss
  • Nellie F. Foss of Cornish, New Hampshire, signed on 26 February 1875.  Not positive surname is Foss
  • J. G. Freeman of Cornish, New Hampshire, signed 26 December 1873
  • Dora U. Freeman of Claremont, New Hampshire, signed 26 December 1875
  • Nellie E. Freeman of Claremont, New Hampshire, signed on 26 December 1875; Etta's cousin
  • Nellie M. Freeman of Marlow, New Hampshire
  • Minnie E. Freeman of Cornish, New Hampshire, signed on 7 June 1879.  Etta's cousin
  • Lue M. Freeman; possibly Luella M. Freeman of Cornish, New Hampshire
  • Minnie E. Freeman of Cornish, New Hampshire, signed in August 1876 when Minnie was 7 years old.
  • Nellie A. Gilman, signed at Claremont, New Hampshire, on 18 June 1875.  Very faint - the name could be something else.
  • Nellie A. Gilman of Mill Village, New Hampshire
  • Mrs. J. J. Gilson of Hartland, Vermont, signed on 9 September 1874
  • Mrs. G. A. Glines of Cornish, New Hampshire, signed on 16 May 1876.  Possibly Susan Glines, wife of George A. Glines, who may be the G. A. Glines who signed the facing page.
  • G. A. Glines, signed at Cornish, New Hampshire, signed on 18 March or November 1876.  I believe he was George A. Glines, and it was perhaps his wife Susan who signed the facing page.
  • Lella E. Hart of Cornish, New Hampshire, signed on 12 July 1876
  • Mr. Charles Haven of Claremont, New Hampshire, signed on 25 November 1875
  • Mrs. Frances L. Haven of Claremont, New Hampshire, signed on 25 November 1875
  • Jennie L. Jackson, signed at Cornish, New Hampshire, on 11 August 1876
  • Mary E. Laws of Claremont, New Hampshire, signed 17 May 1874
  • Joseph Lear of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on 15 March 1874
  • Solon C. Lear of Claremont, New Hampshire, signed on 9 February 1874
  • Mrs. S. C. Lear of Claremont, New Hampshire, signed on 2 February 1874
  • Clara A. Lear of Claremont, New Hampshire, signed on 1 February 1874
  • Inscribed to Miss Etta Ayers by H. C. Leavitt at Cornish, New Hampshire, on 3 December 1873
  • Mrs. H. C. Leavitt, signed at Newport, New Hampshire, on 3 December 1873
  • Hattie A. Leavitt of Newport, New Hampshire.
  • Marcia L. Libbey of Berlin, Vermont, signed 25 June 1879
  • Alonzo S. Libbey of Berlin, Vermont, signed on 5 February 1876
  • Ada F. Moody of Claremont, New Hampshire
  • Charles D. Nevens of Cornish, New Hampshire, signed on 1 May 1875
  • Jainey A. O'Neil
  • Mary A. O'Neil of Claremont, New Hampshire
  • J. W. Peirce of Claremont, New Hampshire
  • Clara A. Perkins, signed at Andover, New Hampshire, on 14 January 1876
  • Everard C. Perkins, signed at Andover, New Hampshire, on 14 January 1876
  • M. A. Poole, signed at Cornish, New Hampshire, on 30 March 1875
  • William W. Poole, signed at Cornish, New Hampshire, on 24 March 1875
  • Frank Richardson of Cornish, New Hampshire, signed on 14 July 1875
  • Henry Smith; intricate sketch of bird and wheat
  • William C. Smith of Claremont, New Hampshire, signed on 1 December 1874
  • Helen E. Smith of Claremont, New Hampshire, signed on 2 December 1874
  • Charlie M. Stevens of Claremont, New Hampshire, signed on 28 January 1875
  • Mrs. C. M. Stevens of Claremont, New Hampshire, signed on 28 January 1875
  • Willis Tyler, signed at Cornish Flat, New Hampshire, on 21 August 1875. I think he was Charles Willis Tyler, sister of signer Mary Read Tyler
  • Mary R. Tyler of Cornish Flat,  New Hampshire, signed 17 August 1875.  I think she was Mary Read Tyler, sister of signer Charles Willis Tyler
  • George S. Webb of Claremont, New Hampshire, Lower Village, signed on 7 June 1876
Cornish, New Hampshire


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1 comment:

  1. Fantastic find Pam! My Bloomfield ancestors did spend time in Claremont as well as Windsor but they didn't get there until the early 1900s. They must have crossed paths with some of these people! Amazing work!

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