Friday, February 8, 2013

1880s/1890s Autograph Album of Maud Seaborn of New Salem, Illinois


1880s/1890s autograph album that belonged to Maud Seaborn of New Salem, Illinois.  The album was a Christmas gift from Maud's mother, who was Mary Elizabeth (Razey) Seaborn.


The album is approximately 6+" x 4" and contains 56 pages signed by Maud's relatives and friends.

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

Margaret Maud Seaborn was born about 1877 in Illinois, the daughter of William Albert Seaborn and Mary Elizabeth (Razey) Seaborn of Illinois.

Maud's paternal grandparents were Robert T. Sanborn III and Nancy (Duff) Seaborn.  Her maternal grandparents were Richard F. and Harriet Ann (Mason) Razey.

Along with several other people named Razey, Maud's maternal grandmother Harriet Ann (Mason) Razey signed a page in Maud's album.  Harriet signed her page at New Salem, Illinois, on 16 March 1890.


Maud's sister Daisy signed a page at New Salem, Illinois, on 25 December 1889 and again on 25 January 1890.



About 1898 Maud's parents moved to Arkansas. I'm not sure if Maud followed them or not.  After her mother died, her father married Martha Creola Norton.

The Find-a-Grave listing for Maud's father indicated that Maud had married a Mr. Brierton, but I'm not sure that's correct.  I found another Maud Seaborn born in Illinois about the same time, and the two may have been confused.  I'm also wondering which of the two, if either, was the Maud Seaborn who married a Walter Yoakum at Fresno, California in 1916.

If you have corrections to the information above, or if you can shed light on Maud's life after 1880, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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


  • This page is inscribed to Maud's sister Daisy by her aunt Celia of Beebe, White County, Arkansas, signed on 11 November 1890
  • Aunt Flora, signed at Perry, Illinois, on 4 January 1891
  • Maud's aunt, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 28 January 1889
  • P. W. Ackles [?], signed at New Salem, Illinois on 28 October 1890.  Could be Philip Ackles
  • Charles F. Andrew, signed 11 January 1890
  • Maud Andrew, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 3 January 1890
  • Allie Andrew, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 31 December 1889
  • Cora Biddle, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 20 May 1890; Maud's schoolmate
  • Emma Biddle, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 27 October 1890; Maud's schoolmate
  • Maggie C. Biddle, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 21 May 1890
  • Carrie Brown, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 27 October 1890; Maud's teacher
  • Elmer Browne, signed at New Salem, Illinois on 24 January 1890
  • Maud Estella Cadwell, signed at Tuscola, Illinois, on 14 February 1890
  • Celia Cover, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 3 January 1890
  • Lottie R. Crump, signed in January 1890 at New Salem, Illinois
  • William E. Doane, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 27 October 1890; Maud's schoolmate
  • Bertha Doyle, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 2 January 1890; Maud's schoolmate
  • Jessie Doyle; Maud's schoolmate
  • Rosa Doyle, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 2 January 1890
  • George Fisk, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 22 January 1891
  • John Fisk, signed 27 October, 1890
  • Mack H. G. Gibbons of New Salem, Pike County, Illinois, signed 22 January 1891
  • Nan Griffin, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 22 February  1890
  • Hattie Griffin, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 31 December 1889
  • Laura Hillman of New Salem, Illinois, signed on 3 January 1890
  • Herman Hooper, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 6 January 1890
  • Alice Hooper, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 3 January 1890'; Maud's schoolmate
  • Stella Hooper, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 17 January 1890
  • Charles Hooper, signed 24 January 1890
  • Anna Hooper, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 7 January 1890
  • Gertrude Howland, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 30 December 1889; Maud's teacher
  • Linnie Ingalsbe, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 17 January 1890
  • Minnie Johnston, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 23 January 1890
  • Nina Kennedy, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 23 January 1890
  • W. W. Manker, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 28 January 1890.  Not sure of surname
  • Cordie Manker [?], signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 24 January 1890
  • Ermie McKinney, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 3 January 1890.  Possible Ermie McKinney, the daughter of John and Mary McKinney of New Salem, Illinois
  • G. E. McKinney, signed at New Salem, Illinois, 24 January 1890
  • Mary Miller, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 27 October 1890
  • Mary Norton, signed 27 October 1890; Maud's schoolmate
  • Alice Norton, signed at New Salem, Illinois, signed on 27 October 1890
  • Nellie Norton, signed 17 October 1890
  • Hal Preble, signed in 1890 at New Salem, Illinois
  • Harriet Razey, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 16 March 1890; Maud's grandmother  Harriet Ann (Mason) Razey, born about 1815, married Richard F. Razey
  • Lucy A. Razey of Baylis, Illinois, signed on 5 October 1890; Maud's aunt
  • Anna Razey, signed at Baylis, Illinois, on 5 October 1890; Maud's cousin
  • Ruth Razey, signed at Baylis, Illinois, on 4 August 1890
  • Roy Riggs, signed at Bayh's on 22 January 1891
  • Hattie Rosevear, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 27 October 1890
  • Mary Elizabeth (Razey) Seaborn.  "A Christmas present from your Mother to Maud Seaborn"
  • Daisy Seaborn, signed at New Salem, Illinois, signed on 25 December 1889; Maud's sister
  • Charlie Seaborn, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 8 February 1890
  • Daisy Seaborn, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 25 January 1890; Maud's sister
  • Ruby Seaborn, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 27th January 1890; Maud's cousin
  • Jennie Van Zandt
  • Ira M. Woods, or Iva M. Woods, signed at New Salem, Illinois, on 30 January 1890; Maud's schoolmate
New Salem, Illinois


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