Wednesday, February 6, 2013

1880s Autograph Album of Edith of Brookfield, Massachusetts


1880s autograph album of a woman or girl named Ethel, who likely lived at Brookfield, Massachusetts, where a majority of the signers lived.

The album is approximately 7-1/2" x 5", with 53 pages signed by Ethel's acquaintances and, possibly, relatives.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.  

If you're familiar with Brookfield, Massachusetts genealogy and have a theory as to the full identity of Ethel based on the names of the people who signed pages in her album, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!



From a clue in one of the autographs, I believe this album belonged to a woman or girl named Ethel.  Her name was cited on a page signed by Mrs. M. Miller of Brookfield, Massachusetts, who signed on Christmas Day 1886.



Dick Coleman drew a sketch of a man holding a sign with Dick's name on it.  He signed his page at Brookfield, Massachusetts on 11 June 1891.



Frank Bellows also signed a page with a sketch.



Again, if you have an idea of the full identity of the album owner Ethel, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

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

  • Dora E. Carter of Brookfield, Massachusetts
  • Adelia F. Ainsworth of Brookfield, Massachusetts
  • Edmund J. Bedard of Spencer, Massachusetts, signed on 25 February 1888
  • Frank Bellows
  • George M. Bemis of Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed in 1886
  • Eddie H. Bemis of East Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed on 21 September 1888
  • Ida F. Blades of Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed in September 1888
  • Mrs. H. M. Blades of Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed on 17 September 1888
  • Charles H. Brown of Brookfield, Massachusetts
  • Herbert J. Chambers of Brookfield, Massachusetts
  • Maud N. Clarendon of Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed on 26 December 1885
  • Nice sketch of a man holding a sign that reads" Compliments of Happy Dick Coleman of New Haven, Connecticut".  Signed at Brookfield, Massachusetts on 11 June 1891
  • George B. Coleman of North Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed on 26 March
  • Luna Cook of Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed 27 December 1886
  • Carl Davis of Brookfield, Massachusetts
  • Isabel V. Davis of Brookfield, Massachusetts
  • F. M. Dempsey of Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed 20 May 1888
  • W. E. Dickson of Bangor, Maine, signed on 10 January 1888
  • Elsie L. Ellis of Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed on 28 December 1886
  • Joseph Etchells of Boston, Massachusetts, signed 28 February 1889
  • Carrie Scribner Franques of Brookfield, Massachusetts
  • Fred F. Franques of Brookfield, Massachusetts
  • David Gerard [not sure of this name] of Brookfield, Massachusetts
  • Possibly Hannah Gilroy
  • Charles Gray of Boston, Massachusetts, and Willis H. Smith of Danvers, Massachusetts
  • S. Hamlet, signed at Brookfield, Massachusetts, 26 December 1886
  • W. Hobbs, signed 28 April 1890
  • D. H. Hodgkins of East Brookfield, Massachusetts
  • Marion P. Johnson of Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed on 28 December 1886
  • Mrs. Emma S. Jones of Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed on 25 December 1886
  • Mamie B. Kendrick of West Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed on 30 August 1887
  • C. H. Laflin of Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed 27 December 1886.  Not sure of initials
  • Annie Lahey of Brookfield, Massachusetts
  • Samuel H. Marks [possibly], signed at Brookfield, Massachusetts, in March 1889
  • Oliver W. McIntyre of Brookfield, Massachusetts
  • Ada C. McIntyre of Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed in May 1888
  • Edith O.Miller of Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed 25 December 1886
  • Florence Miller of Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed on 25 December 1886
  • Mrs. M. Miller of Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed on 25 December 1886
  • S. N. Monk of Framingham, Massachusetts
  • Gracie J. Moulton of Brookfield, Massachusetts
  • Mrs. E. B. Phetteplace of Brookfield, Massachuse
  • E. B. Phettplace of Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed 26 December, 1886
  • Eileen Purdon of Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed on 4 January 1887
  • Nellie J. Reardon of Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed on 1 January 1888
  • O. W. Rice of Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed on 26 December 1886
  • Initials, possibly F. H.S.
  • John Wellesley Sill, M.D., signed at Brookfield on 19 July 1890
  • Miss Eva Silloway of Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed on 26 December 1886
  • Clara I. Smith of Brookfield, Massachusetts
  • George A. Smith, signed at Melrose, Massachusetts, on 1 January 1888
  • A. B. Tibbetts of Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed 10-1-1888
  • Alice R. Tyler of Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed 28 December 1886
  • Willie Withington of Brookfield, Massachusetts
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