Saturday, March 30, 2013

1880s Autograph Album of Theresa Beightol of Utica, Pennsylvania


[Note:  Thanks to the several Google+ genealogists who helped me decipher some of the handwriting in this album.]

1880s autograph album of Theresa Beightols of Utica, Pennsylvania, who signed her ownership page on 22 February 1882, though some people expressed their sentiments a bit earlier than that.



The album is approximately 5-1/2" x 3-1/4" and contains pages of sentiments signed by over 40 people, including Theresa herself, 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!]

Theresa Ann Beightol was born about February 1869 at Canal Township, Pennsylvania, in Venango County, the daughter of Charles B. and Clara M. (Stevens) Beightol.

Theresa's three brothers signed pages in her album.  In page order:

  • T. A. Beightol of Canal, Pennsylvania, signed a page on 13 February 1882.  He was Thomas Beightol, Theresa's younger brother.
  • E. J. Beightol, signed a page on 22 February 1882; likely Edwin James Beightol, Theresa's older brother.  Many sources online have him as Edmund/Edmond, even Edward but it's Edwin on his marriage record.  He married Maggie Horrobin, another signer in the album.

  • Quinton Charles Beightol, Theresa's youngest brother, signed the last page in the album.  He included a reference to Beans, perhaps alluding to William Dilworth Bean, whom Theresa would marry about 1890.  

William Dilworth Bean was born 27 September 1862 at Canal, Pennsylvania, the son of James and Jane Armstrong (Nelson) Bean.

Theresa and Willliam farmed at Canal,  Pennsylvania and raised a family of, I believe, four children: Joseph Andrew Bean; Charles Merrill Bean; Clara Dean and Ruth Dean, all born in the 1890s.

William died in 1921 at Canal, Pennsylvania.  Theresa died in 1946 in Venango County, Pennsylvania.  

Other relatives who signed pages:
  • E. W. Beightol signed a page on 12 February 1882.
  • Lydia Beightol of Dempseytown, Pennsylvania, signed a page.
  • Callie Stevens signed a page on 1 May 1882.  She may have been related to the family of Theresa's mother, Clara M. (Stevens) Beightol.

If you have corrections and/or additions 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.]
  • M. J. H.
  • Dunn, signed on 15 February 1882
  • Unnamed, signed on 15 February 1882
  • Libbie H., signed on 4 March 1884; possibly Libbie Hasson
  • Nettie S., signed on 23 March 1882
  • A Friend, signed on 22 April 1882
  • L. J. M.
  • M. E. G., signed at North Sandy, Pennsylvania, in Mercer County
  • Allie Dart [not sure of surname], signed 22 May [no year written]
  • Gertie
  • Imelda, signed at Canal, Pennsylvania, on "5-8-1884"
  • Elvia, signed at Canal, Pennsylvania, on 12 September 1882
  • Edith, signed on 10 March [year smeared]
  • C. L. J. signed on "1884-4-10"
  • Leenora
  • Aseneth E. Andre of Canal, Pennsylvania, on 15 July 1882
  • Theresa Beightol of Utica, Pennsylvania, album owner; ownership page dated 22 February 1882
  • T. A. Beightol of Canal Township, Pennsylvania, signed a page on 13 February 1882; likely Theresa's younger brother Thomas Beightol.
  • E. W. Beightol, signed on 12 Feburary 1882
  • E. J. Beightol, signed on 22 February 1882; likely Edwin James Beightol, Theresa's older brother.  Many sources online have him as Edmund/Edmond, even Edward but it's Edwin on his marriage record.  He married Maggie Horrobin, another signer in the album.
  • Lydia Beightol of Dempseytown, Pennsylvan
  • Quinton B.; presumably Quinton Beightol, Theresa's younger brother
  • John L. Brown, written on a pink paper in the shape of an arrow, pasted to bottom of page
  • Allie Dart [not sure of surname], signed 22 May [no year written]
  • Anna Duffield, signed at Utica, Pennsylvania, on 26 April 1882
  • M. E. First or M. E. Frist, signed on 22 July [no year written]
  • A. B. First or A. B. Frist
  • Mattie E. Glenn, signed at North Sandy, Pennsylvania, on Mercer County, on 10 April 1882
  • Ada Grove
  • O. B. Hasson, signed 8 March 1882
  • Lulu Hasson, signed on 1 January 1883
  • A. B. Hasson, signed on 10 September 1882
  • Ella Hood
  • Anna Hoovler, signed at Utica, Pennsylvania, on 16 July 1882
  • Hard to read, but likely Maggie Horrobin of Canal Township, Pennsylvania, in Venango County, signed in February 1882.  She would later marry Edwin James Beightol [or Edmund/Edmond James Beightol, Theresa's older brother
  • Alvira James, signed on 21 February 1882.  She signed the right facing page as well.
  • Carrie Mumford, signed on 22 July 1882
  • Lizzie Murphy, signed on 2 November 1882
  • Jennie Singleton, signed at Utica, Pennsylvania, on 5 March 1883
  • Lizzie A. Smith of North's Mills, Pennsylvania, in Mercer County, signed on 14 September 1882
  • Callie Stevens, signed on 1 May 1882
  • Lizzie Thompson
  • M. E. White, signed at Utica, Pennsylvania, on 30 May 1882
Utica, Pennsylvania


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