Sunday, April 7, 2013

1880s Autograph Album with Most Signers from Waltham, Massachusetts


1880s autograph album with signers mostly from Waltham, Massachusetts.  

No owner's name present, though one signer indicated a cousin relationship.  This was H. S. Hoyt of Wilton, Maine, who signed a page at Waltham, Massachusetts, on 28 October 1880.


Most of the pages in the album were signed in the early 1880s, one even in 1879.  Then, as if the album lay dormant for a while, signatures started up again in 1887.


The album is approximately 7" x 4-1/4" and contains about 40 pages signed by people mostly from Waltham, Massachusetts.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

The first signed page in the album was penned by Gertrude M. Hoyt of Waltham, Massachusetts, in 1879.  She may have been the album owner, or perhaps it was one of her sisters, Eleanor or Alice, or a cousin.

If the owner were one of the three Hoyt sisters, I'd lean toward Eleanor, who was born about 1863, as one of the signers mentioned belonging to the Class of 1880, though it's possible that Gertrude graduated a bit early.


It was G. V. Wait who mentioned "Class of 1880/


Another Hoyt signed a page in the album.  George Leslie Hoyt signed a page on 27 May 1887, when he was living at or visiting New York.  By 1893 he had set up a drug store at Waltham, Massachusetts.  He was another Hoyt cousin with Maine ancestry.


If you have a theory as to the album owner 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. F. Adams of Waltham, Massachusetts, signed in April 1880
  • Linnie E. Bacon of Waltham, Massachusetts, signed on 28 October 1882
  • Luna E. Bacon of Waltham, Massachusetts, signed on 28 October 1882
  • Herschel A. Bacon of Waltham, Massachusetts, signed on 12 November 1882
  • Winthrop M. Baker of Waltham, Massachusetts, signed on 8 June 1880
  • Grace J. Barker of Watertown, Massachusetts
  • George E. Batchelder of Lyndeboro, New Hampshire, signed on 17 September 1881
  • Nellie I. Bates of Waltham, Massachusetts, signed on 20 June 1887
  • Frank T. Bradley of Waltham, Massachusetts, signed on 23 June 1880
  • Frank H. Brooks of Waltham, Massachusetts, signed on 21 June 1880
  • S. Louisa Brown of Waltham, Massachusetts, signed on 23 June 1880
  • Joseph F. Coppenger of Waltham, Massachusetts, signed in June 1888
  • Fred L. Cutter, signed at Waltham, Massachusetts, on 21 June 1880
  • Aggie M. Davis of Waltham, Massachusetts, signed on 23 June 1880; classmate
  • Martin J. Doherty of Waltham, Massachusetts, signed on 18 June 1880; classmate
  • W. S. Eaton, signed on 9 June 1880; painted sketch of square-rigged ship
  • Fannie P. Floyd of Waltham, Massachusetts, signed on 3 November 1880
  • Agnes C. Foss of Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Gertrude E. Foss of Waltham, Massachusetts, signed on 26 May 1880; classmate
  • Gertrude M. Hoyt of Waltham, Massachusetts, signed in 1879
  • W. S. Hoyt of Wilton, Maine, signed at Waltham, Massachusetts, on 28 October 1880; cousin of album owner
  • George Leslie Hoyt of New York or signed there, on 27 May 1887
  • Ella J. Lawrence, signed on 16 March 1880
  • E. Edith Marsh of Waltham, Massachusetts, signed on 17 June 1880
  • Edith C. Marsh, signed on 8 March 1880; very faint
  • Leonard B. Marshall, signed at Waltham, Massachusetts, on 25 March 1880
  • Mrs. Virginia Mathews, signed on 6 September 1879
  • Cecile McBride of Waltham, Massachusetts, signed on 8 June 1888
  • Mrs. Mary S. Moore
  • M. E. Mullen of Waltham, Massachusetts, signed on 8 June 1880
  • Alice G. O'Brien, signed on 18 June 1880; classmate
  • John T. Prince, signed at Waltham, Massachusetts on 4 June 1880
  • E. E. Randall, signed in 1880
  • Willie Randall of Waltham, Massachusetts, signed on 23 June 1880
  • Arthur P. Smith of Waltham, Massachusetts, signed on 3 March 1880
  • Carrie A. Thomas, signed on 11 June 1887
  • Lizzie D. Trickey of Waltham, Massachusetts, signed on 3 June 1887
  • Gertrude A. Trufant of Waltham, Massachusetts, signed on 16 June 1887
  • G. V. Wait, "Class of 1880"; classmate
  • Eva M. Wright of Waltham, Massachustts, signed on 3 November 1880
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