Saturday, February 23, 2013

1880s/1890s Autograph Album of Ezoa Jenkins of Thompson, Pennsylvania


1880s autograph album of Ezoa Jenkins of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.  I found her given name as Ezoica and as Annie Ezoa and Ezoa Annie.


The album is approximately 5-1/2" x 3-1/2" and contains 40 pages signed by Ezoa herself (or the person who presented her with the album), her 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!]

Ezoa Jenkins was born 6 August 1878 at Thompson, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Henry and Jane A. (Legg) Jenkins.  I don't have information on Henry, but there were some people named Jenkins who signed pages in Ezoa's album, other than her brother Earle and herself.

Ezoa's maternal grandparents were Samuel Legg and his second wife Rhoda Anna.  Jane may have been the only child from this marriage, but there were several children from Samuel's first marriage to Mary Parminter, including at least two who signed pages in Ezoa's album [see below].

On 27 December 1899 at Thompson, Pennsylvania, Ezoa married Elbert Ward Pickering, son of Charles Zaletin Pickering and Lovanda (Nye) Pickering.  Elbert was born 16 October 1878 at Jackson Township, Pennsylvania.

The couple lived in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.  Elbert was a merchant.  If they had children, they weren't mentioned in the Censuses.  

As mentioned above, Ezoa's brother Earle W. Jenkins signed a page in her album.  


Ezoa's Uncle Ike, who may have been Isaac Legg, a half brother to Ezoa's mother Jane A. (Legg) Jenkins, signed a page.  It was this page that gave me the clue that Ezoa also had the name Annie.


Mrs. Anna V. Mumford signed a page on 4 February 1888 while she was at Philippopolis, Bulgaria.  This was Anna Victoria Legg, another half sibling to Ezoa's mother Jane A. (Legg).  Mrs. Anna Victoria (Legg) Mumford was the widow of Oliver Mumford, who died in the Civil War while leading a charge at Petersburg.


Another aunt signed a page in Ezoa's album.  She was Anna Malpass, second wife of Daniel Malpass, of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.  I researched to see if Anna might have been a sister to Ezoa's father Henry Jenkins, but wasn't able to establish a relationship.  Hopefully a reader will have more knowledge and will leave a comment.  Anna's husband Daniel Malpass also signed a page.  He dated his page 23 February 1889.



Kate M. Jenkins of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, signed a page in Ezoa's album.  I found a Kate M. Jenkins married to a William Jenkins.  I wonder if William and Ezoa's father Henry Jenkins were related, perhaps even brothers.


Two of Ezoa's teachers signed pages in her album.  Nellie M. Clancy of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, signed a page on 10 March 1887.


A. N. Brundage signed page on 3 November 1890.  Ezoa was married by then, but perhaps A. N. Brundage was a teacher from Ezoa's past schooling or was a Bible study teacher.


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

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


  • Uncle Ike, inscribed his page to his niece Miss Anna E. Jenkins; perhaps Isaac Legg, half brother of Ezoa's mother 
  • Florence
  • Jennie, signed on 4 January 1891; a friend, not Ezoa's mother
  • Mrs. Armstrong, signed at Thompson, Pennsylvania
  • Effie Barrett of East New Milford, Pennsylvania, signed on 17 December 1888
  • Aggie Barrett of North Jackson, Pennsylvania, signed on 25 November 1890
  • A. N. Brundage, signed on 3 November 1890; Ezoa's teacher
  • D. E. Carpenter of Lake View, Pennsylvania, signed on 15 October 1889
  • Lucia Castaline of Thompson, Pennsylvania, signed on 4 January 1890
  • Laura Clancy, signed at Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, on 9 March 1887
  • Nellie M. Clancy of Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, signed on 10 March 1887; Ezoa's teacher
  • Lucia A. Cole, signed at Thompson, Pennsylvania, on 18 March 1890
  • Leonard Cole, signed at Thompson, Pennsylvania, on 19 March 1890
  • Gladys Davis, signed on 10 October 1888
  • Ezoa Jenkins, album owner
  • Kate M. Jenkins, signed at Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. Could she be the Kate M. Jenkins who was married to William Jenkins?  Was William Jenkins related to Ezoa's father Henry Jenkins?
  • Earle W. Jenkins; Ezoa's younger brother
  • E. C. Kellam of Thompson, Pennsylvania, signed on 10 March 1887
  • Grace Knapp, signed on 8 March 1892
  • Bessie Lamonte of Thomson, Pennsylvania, signed on 10 January 1889
  • Mabel Larrabee of Thomson, Pennsylvania [ Thompson, Pennsylvania ?], signed on 22 January 1889
  • Uncle Ike, inscribed his page to his niece Miss Anna E. Jenkins; perhaps Isaac Legg, half brother of Ezoa's mother 
  • Agnes Madigan, signed on 9 January 1891
  • Bess Madigan, signed at Thompson, Pennsylvania
  • Daniel Malpass, signed on 23 February 1889
  • Anna M. Malpass of Susquehanna, Pennsylvania; Ezoa's aunt
  • F. M. Mulvey; name is stamped in green ink; no message
  • Mrs. Anna V. Mumford of Philippopolis, Bulgaria. signed on 4 February 1888; Anna Victoria (Legg) Mumford, half sister of Ezoa's mother Jane A. Legg.  Her husband, Oliver Mumford, died in the Civil War while leading a charge at Petersburg.
  • Ira Salsbury of Thompson, Pennsylvania, signed on 5 January 1891
  • Maude Salsbury of Thompson, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, signed on 18 January 1889
  • Harry Searles of Thomspon, Pennsylvania, signed on 3 September 1889
  • Mrs. L. F. Searles, signed on 3 September 1889
  • Annis Smith, signed at Preston Center, Pennsylvania, on 19 September, no year written
  • Bertha Swartz, signed at Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Anna Tamblyn, signed at Thompson, Pennsylvania, on 23 January 1892
  • Belle Walker, signed at Thompson, Pennsylvania, on 8 October 1888
  • Frank Walker, signed on 8 January 1889
  • Lulu M. Walker of Thomson, Pennsylvania, signed on 10 January 1889
  • Underneath a Victorian Scrap is the name Emma Wallace.  She signed on 28 January 1889
  • Nellie Williams of North Jackson, Pennsylvania
Thompson, Pennsylvania [some signers spelled it as "Thomson"]


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