Monday, May 6, 2013

1870s/1880s Autograph Album of Southeastern New Hampshire


1870s/1880s autograph album with signatures mainly from Rockingham County, New Hampshire.  There is no name written on the inside cover, first end paper, title page or page after.


The album is approximately 7" x 4-1/4" and contains 52 pages signed mostly by people from southeastern New Hampshire, with a few from Massachusetts, Maine, Dakota Territory, Illinois and the Maritime Provinces.  Several pages had been removed before the album came into my possession.

An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

The first signed in the album was signed by George Rowe of Brentwood, New Hampshire, but his page was two pages past the title page, which would seem to rule him out as the album owner.

I'll give a few examples of pages in the album as I page through.

Emma H. Sinclair signed a page at Brentwood, New Hampshire, on 2 March 1877.


Caroline E. Osgood of Boston, Massachusetts, signed a page on 1 August 1877.


Perhaps related to Caroline, a ? Osgood Reynolds signed his name within an intricate sketch.  He may have been T. Osgood Reynolds, and perhaps Thomas Osgood Reynolds, a Civil War surgeon from New Hampshire.


A name that appears to be Robert Rounsevell of Carroll, New Hampshire, signed a page.


Benjamin Andrews of Prince Edward Island signed a page.


Jewett P. Swasey of Exeter, New Hampshire penned a mesmerizing page in 1883.


Miriam Hayes of Halifax, Nova Scotia, signed a page in 1878.


Nellie C. Otis of Exeter, New Hampshire, signed a page on 26 August 1878.


W. C. Jackson [not sure of middle initial], signed a page at Brentwood, New Hampshire in July 1882.  The handwriting appears to be that of an elderly person.


Lawrence Morse of Chester, New Hampshire, signed a page on 30 April 1883.  His middle initial may have been S or L.  I did find a Lawrence Lee Morse living at Chester.


Clinton Douglas of Faulkton, Dakota signed a page, as did Hetta F. Douglas.



Clara E. Whidden of Brentwood, New Hampshire, signed a page in July 1885.  


Mary S. Rowe of Gilford Mill, New Hampshire, signed a page on 22 September 1878.


Alf Martz of Camden, Maine, signed a page on 1 November 1882.


If you have information on any of the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

Surnames (some have multiple signers).  See complete list below surname list.



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Andrews
Brown
Carr
Colby
Douglas
Ellis
Fellows
Gardner
Goodhue
Gordon
Hayes
Hoyt
Jackson
Jewell
Joyce
Kimball
Little
Lyford
Martz
Morse
Ober
Osgood
Otis
Pike
Reynolds
Robinson
Rounsevell
Rowe
Rowell
Sinclair
Sleeper
Smith
Swasey
Tibbets
Vaughan
Whidden

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


  • "Lets Dance over your grave." "Your friend, 1906."  The entry has been partially erased so there may be a person's name there.
  • Benjamin Andrews of Prince Edward Island "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it Holy"
  • Dana F. Brown of Raymond, New Hampshire
  • Mrs. J. H. Carr, signed 22 September 1878  "Ever remember your friend"
  • E. Lillian Colby of Derry, New Hampshire, signed at Brentwood, New Hampshire, on 20 June 1883
  • Clinton Douglas of Faulkton, Dakota  [Now South Dakota]  "Your friend"
  • Hetta F. Douglas "Your friend now as well as in the olden time."
  • M. A. Ellis, signed at Brentwood, New Hampshire, on 26 May 1877  "A word's a thing that flies away, But writing may be made to stay.  Your friend."
  • John Fellows of Brentwood, New Hampshire, signed at 10 P.M. on 17 January 1880.  Middle initial might be H
  • Thomas Gardner of Brentwood, New Hampshire.  Image has been enhanced for legibility.
  • Carrie R. Goodhue  "A kind word is seldom spoken in vain.  It is a seed; wherever dropped springs up a flower."
  • Annie M. Gordon of Dover, New Hampshire, signed on 5 November 1880
  • Miriam Hayes, signed at Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1878.  "Remember me is all I ask, But if remembrance proves a task, Forget me.  Your friend."
  • Flora H. Hoyt of Peabody, Massachusetts, signed on 7 September 1882
  • M. A. Jackson, signed at Brentwood, New Hampshire, in June 1882  "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."
  • W. C. Jackson, signed at Brentwood, New Hampshire, on 1 July 1882.  "The Lord is our refuge and strength, a very prsent help in trouble."  Appears to be the hand of an elderly person.
  • Mary R. Jackson, signed at Brentwood, New Hampshire, on 17 June 1882
  • Alice B. Jewell of Methuen, Massachusetts, signed on 30 April 1884
  • Mary H. Joyce of Haverhill, Massachusetts, signed on 4 May 1881  "A line is enough for memory."
  • Daniel S. Kimball, signed at Kingston, New Hampshire, in February 1878
  • Ben B. Kimball of Kingston, New Hampshire, signed on 4 February 1878
  • A. Harvey Kimball of Kingston, New Hampshire, signed on 4 February 1878
  • E. H. Little of Chicago, Illinois  "Yours truly"
  • Mattie W. Lyford of Brentwood, New Hampshire, signed on 2 July 1881 "Write kindness in marble; injury in dust."
  • Alf Martz of Camden, Maine, signed on 1 November 1882  "Yours Truly"
  • Lawrence L. Morse of Chester, New Hampshire, signed on 30 April 1883 "Yours truly"
  • Mrs. George Ober, signed at Brentwood, New Hampshire in December 1881  "Seek ye first the kingdom of God"
  • Julia M. Ober, signed at Brentwood, New Hampshire, on "1881-12-14"  "Our lives should on and upward go, Until we reach the peace that angels know."
  • George Eugene Ober of Brentwood, New Hampshire, signed on 12 January 1882
  • George Ober  "The contented have the most."
  • Caroline E. Osgood of Boston, Massachusetts, signed 1 August 1877
  • Nellie C. Otis of Exeter, New Hampshire, signed on 26 August 1878  "God's purposes will ripen fast, Unfolding every hour; The bud may have a bitter taste, But sweet will be the flower.  Sweet are the summer flowers, Bright with morning dew; Or washed in balmy showers, Their fragrance to renew.  Your True Friend"
  • Elizabeth A. Pike, signed on 19 April 1883
  • E. B. Pike  "Yours truly"
  • Martha E. Pike of Brentwood, New Hampshire, signed on 19 April 1883
  • ? Osgood Reynolds, signed in 1878 "Your friend"  First initial could be T or F or Y or ?  Beautiful sketch.  Possibly Thomas Osgood Reynolds of Kingston, New Hampshire, Civil War surgeon
  • Mary L. Robinson of Brentwood, New Hampshire, signed on 20 April 1880
  • H. J. Robinson of Brentwood, New Hampshire
  • Robert Rounsevell of Carroll, New Hampshire, in the White Mountains  "Friendship, Joy and Bliss"
  • George Rowe of Brentwood, New Hampshire.  His was the first page signed in the album; he may or may not be the album owner
  • Mary S. Rowe of Gilford Mill, New Hampshire, signed on 22 September 1878  "By humility and fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life."
  • Leila D. Rowell of Brentwood, New Hampshire, signed on 4 November 1880 "I only ask one little spot On which to write, 'Forget me not.' "
  • J. S. Rowell of East Kingston, New Hampshire, signed on 24 May 1887
  • Emma H. Sinclair, signed at Brentwood, New Hampshire, on 2 March 1877  "Sincerity is a rare jewel!"
  • Emma G. Sleeper of Fremont, New Hampshire, signed 7 December 1881
  • M. Isabell Smith, signed at Brentwood, New Hampshire, on 9 May 1878  "Round went the album and to me it came For me to write in it my name.  I would write it better if I could But nature said I never should.  Your Friend."
  • Jewett P. Swasey of Exeter, New Hampshire, signed on "83.1.12"
  • James E. Tibbets of Rochester, New Hampshire, signed on 14 June 1883  "Yours truly"
  • Miss Katie Vaughan of Boston, Massachusetts, signed 15 November 1882.  "Doodle de do"
  • Arthur Vaughan of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on 15 November 1882  "In your woodbox of memory, regard me as a chip.  Mirthfully Yours"
  • Mrs. Eva E. Vaughan of Boston, Massachusetts, signed in November 1882.  "Forget me not, forget me never Till Heaven and Earth shall bump together." "With Alf Martz Variety Temp[?]"
  • Clara E. Whidden of Brentwood, New Hampshire, signed in July 1885
Brentwood, New Hampshire


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