Monday, March 18, 2013

1880s Autograph Album of Mary C. Mullen of Glen Hope, Pennsylvania


1880s autograph album of Mary C. Mullen of Glen Hope, Pennsylvania.

It appears that the album was presented to Mary by her uncle, John M. Wright, with whom she was living at the time of the enumeration of the 1880 Census.


It's entitled the Acadian Album and has beautiful illustrations from Longfellow's "Evangeline" scattered throughout.  [more images below and near the end of this post]



The album is approximately 5-1/2" x 3-1/4" inches and contains 40 pages signed by Mary's relatives, friends and schoolmates.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.



John M. Wright, son of William B. and Ann (Keagy) Wright, was born at Newcastle, Delaware on 18 September 1807 and moved with his family to Glen Hope, Pennsylvania, in his youth.  He became a noted teacher, Clearfield County Treasurer and Justice of the Peace.

Late in his life, John married Mary Mullen, daughter of William and Jane (Crone) Mullen.  Mary was born in County Armagh, Ireland on 19 July 1834.  

Mary may have had a brother William who married Sophia Keagy.  Their daughter Ella Mullen, who indicated she was Mary C. Mullen's cousin, signed a page in the album.


Was there a sibling of Mary (Mullen) Wright, other than William Mullen, who may have died or been in dire straits and had to place little Mary C. Mullen in Mary (Mullen) Wright's care?  Hopefully a reader will clear up the mystery.

Helen M. Anderson [at least I think her first name was Helen] signed a page at Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, on 31 August 1887.  She also indicated that she was Mary C. Mullen's cousin.  It's tempting, but risky, to assume that Helen's middle initial stood for her maiden name Mullen.

  
If you can provide more information on Mary C. Mullen or any of the signers mentioned below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!






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


  • Helen M. Anderson of Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, signed on 31 August 1887; Mary's cousin.  Not sure of first name
  • Homer Bratton, signed in January 1889; Mary's schoolmate
  • Bertha Champeno, signed on 4 November 1888; Mary's schoolmate
  • Alice Copenhaver, signed at Glen Hope, Pennsylvania, on 15 March 1886
  • Ellie Copenhaver, signed at Glen Hope, Pennsylvania, on 12 November 1888
  • Etta Copenhaver
  • G. H. Croye, signed on 10 January 1889
  • Carrie Dotts of Glen Hope, Pennsylvania, signed on "3-6-86"
  • Orrie O. Dotts of Glen Hope, Pennsylvania, signed "3-6-86"
  • S. Frampton, signed on 26 July 1886; Mary's teacher
  • Kirk M. Hallowell of Pendleton, Indiana, signed on 28 October 1888
  • Laura Hallowell, signed at Pendleton, Indiana, on 28 October 1888
  • Mertie Helsel, signed 3 April 1889
  • William J. Keagy, signed at Glen Hope, Pennsylvania, on 10 January 1889.  He was the son of Christopher J. and Susan D. (Rakestraw) Keagy.
  • Lizzie J. Keagy of Glen Hope, Pennsylvania, signed on 30 January 1888
  • J. H. Lawhead, signed at Glen Hope, Pennsylvania, on 15 March 1886
  • Annie Matthews
  • A. D. McClosky, signed at Picture Rocks, Pennsylvania, on 5 August 1886
  • Mary McClosky, signed at Picture Rocks, Pennsylvania, on 5 August 1886
  • Mary C. Mullen of Glen Hope, Pennsylvania; album owner
  • Ella Mullen or Ella Mullin or Mullins; Mary's cousin.  Possibly the daughter of William and Sophia (Keagy)  Mullen.
  • H. M. Pentz, signed on 11 April 1890; Mary's teacher
  • Harvey Roland, signed on 29 December 1888; Mary's teacher
  • Francenia Rumery, signed at Glen Hope, Pennsylvania, on 12 March 1886
  • Katie G. Rumery, signed at Glen Hope, Pennsylvania, on 11 April 1890
  • H. D. Semple, signed 10 January 1889
  • N. B. Smith of Glen Hope, Pennsylvania, signed on 6 February 1888
  • Allie Smith of Glen Hope, Pennsylvania, signed on 20 March 1888
  • Alma Smith, signed 30 January 1888; Mary's schoolmate
  • Haven Smith of Glen Hope, Pennsylvania, signed on 12 March 1888
  • C. Stewart, M.D., signed at Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, on 30 October 1886
  • Cora Wertz of Glen Hope, Pennsylvania, signed on 15 March 1886
  • J. W. Wright of Glen Hope Pennsylvania, presenter of the album and uncle of Mary C. Mullen, presumably through his wife Mary (Mullen) Wright.  He wrote his name on three pages, and on one indicated that he was age 78.
  • LeVert, signed at Glen Hope, Pennsylvania, on "11-1-'86".  I believe this was LeVert Wright, son of William and Anna Wright of Beccaria, Pennsylvania.
  • Stella M. Wright, signed at Glen Hope, Pennsylvania, on 3 November 1888; Mary's schoolmate.  Stella was the daughter of Henry and Sarah A. (Smith) Wright.  Her sister Edith also signed a page in the album.
  • Edith Wright, signed at Glen Hope, Pennsylvania, on 1 November 1888.  She was the daughter of Henry and Sarah A. (Smith) Wright.  Her sister Stella also signed a page in the album.
  • J. C. Young, signed at Belle's Landing, Pennsylvania, on 11 April 1886
Glen Hope, Pennsylvania


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