Wednesday, March 27, 2013

1880s Autograph Album of Ida Maud Barnes of Liberty, Pennsylvania


Autograph album that was presented by teacher J. Simpson, on 29 February 1884, to student Maud Barnes for improvement in spelling.



The album is approximately 7" x 4-1/4" and contains pages signed by 24 people, including Maud's teacher, as noted, her siblings and friends.  A complete list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

A neat feature of the album is an illustration for each month of the year, shown at the end of this post.



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

Ida Maud Barnes was born about 1875 in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Philip S. and Elizabeth Barnes.  Maud had, I believe, six siblings, four of whom signed pages in her album.  In page order, the siblings who signed:

Maud's sister Emma Barnes signed a page at Harrisville, Pennsylvania, on 29 March 1884.



Maud's sister Julia Barnes signed a page on 12 April 1887.



Maud's sister Laura Barnes signed a page.



Maud's unnamed sibling signed a page on 30 June 1884 [or 1887].



Maud's unnamed aunt signed a page at Grove City, Pennsylvania, on 18 April 1884.



Maud's cousin, G. W. Boundy [not sure of surname - please leave a comment if you have a correction], signed a page at Grove City, Pennsylvania, on 29 June 1884.



If you have corrections to the information above or information on any of the signers listed below, 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.]


  • Maud's Aunt, signed at Grove City, Pennsylvania, on 18 April 1884
  • Friend
  • Ida Maud Barnes, album owner
  • Maud's sister Emma Barnes, signed at Harrisville, Pennsylvania, on 29 March 1884
  • Maud's sister Julia Barnes, signed on 12 April 1887
  • Maud's sister Laura [Laura Jane Barnes]
  • Maud's sibling [didn't sign a name but addressed the page to "Dear Sister"], signed on 30 June 1884 [or 1887]
  • Maud's sister, Anna Barnes
  • G. W. Boundy [not sure of surname], signed at Grove City, Pennsylvania, on 29 June 1884; Maud's cousin
  • Mattie Brown, signed on "3-6-1886"
  • Ollie Craig
  • Carrie A. Dale of North Liberty, Pennsylvania, signed on 1 March 1888
  • J. P. Dobson of Coaltown, Pennsylvania, signed on 23 March 1886
  • J. M. Dobson of Coaltown, Pennsylvania, signed at Grove City, Pennsylvania, on 29 June 1884
  • Clara Glenn
  • J. A. Hanna, signed on 7 June 1885
  • Ada Jack of Slate Lick, Pennsylvania, in Armstrong County, signed 12 June 1887
  • Lissa Jack of Grove City, Pennsylvania
  • Miss Jennie Martin of Butler County, Pennsylvania, signed 18 February 1894
  • Lizzie McGeary of Slate Lick, Pennsylvania, signed on 12 June 1887
  • M. Scruder, signed September 1886 [not sure of surname]
  • J. Simpson, teacher and presenter of the album for Maud's improvement in spelling
  • Ella Snyder of Grove City, Pennsylvania, in Mercer County
  • Mary Williamson, signed at Grove City, Pennsylvania
  • A. M. Williamson, signed on 16 March 1888












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