Saturday, April 13, 2013

1880s Autograph Album of Ida May Cooper of St. Marys, Ohio


1880s autograph album of Ida of St. Marys, Ohio.  From clues in the album, I believe that Ida was Ida May Cooper.

Two sisters, Nettie and Madie, signed pages in Ida's album, and Ida's birthday was celebrated on 8 September 1885.  Ida May Cooper had sisters Henrietta B. "Nettie" Cooper and Mary "Madie" Cooper.  Further, Ida was born on 8 September 1864.



The autograph album of Ida's sister Henrietta B. Cooper, "Nettie", is featured in another post.  Ida didn't sign a page in Nettie's album, but "Madie" did.

The album is approximately 7" x 4-1/4" and contains the sentiments of nearly 40 people, occasional illustrations and two mementos.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

The mementos are a scrap of paper with a typed poem written by Cardinal Richard James Cushing and a small needlework sash, perhaps given to Ida on her wedding day.





From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections and additions welcome, especially since I found conflicting information online!]

Ida May Cooper was born 8 September 1864 at St. Marys, Ohio, the daughter of Robert and Lydia (Hay) Cooper.  I don't have information on Robert's parents, but I believe that Lydia's parents were James Davidson Hay and Lydia (Hinkle) Hay.

Ida's sister Nettie signed the birthday celebration page shown above and an additional page at St. Marys, Ohio, on 9 September 1882.



Ida's sister Madie also signed an additional page in addition to the birthday celebration page.  She signed hers on 9 September 1882 as well.



On 23 June 1887 in Auglaize County, Ohio, Ida married English immigrant John Rogers Stephens, son of William and Elizabeth Penelope (Rogers) Stephens of Cornwall, England.  John was born 3 May 1843 at Portheleven, Cornwall.

At some point after their marriage, the couple moved to Indiana.  The 1900 Census lists three children then with them:

  • Fay[e], born about August 1888 [20 August 1888] in Ohio 
  • William Rogers Stephens, born May 1890 [actually 18 May 1891 at St. Mary's, Ohio].  His birthplace is listed as England, but he was born at St. Marys, Ohio, according to military records.
  • Fern, born about July 1898 [1 July 1898] in Indiana
Ida is shown as Ivy in this Census.  She died not long after this Census enumeration, on 26 September 1900 at Hammond, Indiana.
Her husband John died on 15 May 1915 back at Auglaize County, Ohio.  Daughter Fay died in 1917 in Cook County, Illinois.  

Son William had moved to the Cleveland, Ohio, area by the time he completed his World War I draft registration card and was working as a machinist.  He married Irene M. Goode and raised a family of five children.


Daughter Fern, it appears, went to live with her aunt Henrietta "Nettie" Cooper, and was still living with her at the time of the 1940 Census.  I'm not sure if Fern ever married.

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!

A few other pages:

Effie G. DeRush signed at page at St. Marys, Ohio, on 27 April 1884.



John L. Sullivan signed a page at St. Marys, Ohio, on 1 July 1883.



Trillie Plankell of New Bremen, Ohio, signed a page on 20 January 1883.





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


  • Caroline, signed a page in honor of Ida's birthday on 8 September 1882
  • Unnamed signer of 1882
  • Perry.  A Perry signed another page in printed letters, not cursive as this one
  • "Buzzard Ike"
  • A. L. S., signed at St. Marys, Ohio, on 10 September 1882
  • J. F. N.
  • "Little Satan"
  • Loll
  • Unnamed, signed on 7 August 1885
  • B. M. Barrington, signed at St. Marys, Ohio, on 5 April 1883
  • Tillie Clark, signed a page with several other people celebrating Ida's birthday at St. Marys, Ohio, on 8 September 1885
  • Mamie Coney, signed at St. Marys, Ohio, on 28 March 1884
  • Ida Cooper, album owner, of St. Marys, Ohio
  • Nettie Cooper, Ida's sister, signed a page with several other people celebrating Ida's birthday at St. Marys, Ohio, on 8 September 1885
  • Madie Cooper, Ida's sister, signed a page with several other people celebrating Ida's birthday at St. Marys, Ohio, on 8 September 1885.  She also signed an individual page.
  • Nettie, signed at St. Marys, Ohio, on 9 September 1882; Ida's sister Nettie Cooper
  • Maggie E. Culliton of St. Marys, Ohio, signed on 5 March 1883
  • Sue Culp of Xenia, Ohio, signed on 19 September 1884; possibly Hume, Ohio
  • Effie G. DeRush, signed at St. Marys, Ohio, on 27 April 1884
  • Perry Fisk, signed a page with several other people celebrating Ida's birthday at St. Marys, Ohio, on 8 September 1885
  • Mollie Flanery, signed at St. Marys, Ohio, on 11 March 1883
  • Henrietta Frazier, signed at Winchester, Indiana, on 28 April 1886
  • Laura E. Gibson, signed at St. Marys, Ohio, on 8 September 1882.  "Always remember your old 'college chum'".
  • Henry J. Hamm or Henry J. ?, signed on 23 October 1885
  • Julius Heflich, signed on 17 March 1886
  • Charles Heister, signed a page with several other people celebrating Ida's birthday at St. Marys, Ohio, on 8 September 1885
  • Caroline Helmstetter, signed at St. Marys, Ohio, on 8 September 1882.  she signed another page as well.
  • Frank Holden or Frank Holder or ?, signed at St. Marys, Ohio, on "10/5/82"  The bottom line with his name and the date is very faint; not sure of the year.
  • Ella Huffman, signed a page with several other people celebrating Ida's birthday at St. Marys, Ohio, on 8 September 1885
  • Trillie Plankell of New Bremen, Ohio, signed on 20 January 1883
  • Clarence Sawyer, signed a page with several other people celebrating Ida's birthday at St. Marys, Ohio, on 8 September 1885
  • Clara Smith, signed at St. Marys, Ohio, on 10 September 1882
  • Grant Staub
  • John Stevens signed a page with several other people celebrating Ida's birthday at St. Marys, Ohio, on 8 September 1885
  • John L. Sullivan, signed at St. Marys, Ohio, on 1 July 1883
  • Anna Sullivan, signed on 20 January 1883
  • A. F. Tabler, signed at Piqua, Ohio, on 24 April 1883
  • Mary Wegley, signed on 11 February 1883
St. Marys, Ohio


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