Wednesday, May 8, 2013

1880s Autograph Album of Lucy Deming Viall of East Dorset, Vermont


1880s autograph album of Lucy Deming Viall, "Lou", of East Dorset, Vermont, which I believe was a Christmas present.



The album is a small one, approximately 4" x 2-1/2" and contains 21 pages signed by Lucy herself, her relatives, friends and teacher.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.



From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections and additions welcome!]

Lucy Deming Viall was born 30 January 1877 at East Dorset, Vermont, the daughter of George Marcius Viall and Lucy Elizabeth (Deming) Viall, who were born at Dorset, Vermont, and Lanesboro, Massachusetts, respectively.

Lucy's paternal grandparents were Isaac George Viall and Helen A. (Roberts) Viall.  Her maternal grandparents were David E. and Hannah Eliza (Curtis) Deming.

Lucy had a younger sister, Helen Elizabeth Viall, who signed a page on 1 December 1892.



Though the writing is hard to decipher, I believe the page below was signed by Lucy's Uncle William.  If you have a different take on the name, please leave a comment.



The last page in the album was signed by someone with the surname Pratt of Lanesboro, Massachusetts who called Lucy a cousin.  I'm not sure if this person gave a short first name or initials.  Hopefully a reader will have knowledge of this family and will leave a comment with the correct name and the details of the cousin relationship with Lucy.



Relatively late in her life, on 22 July 1939, Lucy married Thomas Mark Manley, son of John Batchelder Manley and Ellen Biscoe (Lord) Manley.  Thomas, who was born 23 July 1878 at Dorset, Vermont, was previously married to Minnie Louise (Grant) Manley, with whom he had at least two children.

Lucy died in 1958.  Thomas had predeceased her in 1954.

Lucy's teacher, Mrs. A. J. Loveland, signed a page.



If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

Surnames in the album: (some appear multiple times)


Brown
Buffum
Carney
Dunn
Hopkins
Loveland
Lovett
Morrow
Nadeau
Pratt
Roberts
Stone
Viall


  • Lucy Deming Viall of East Dorset, Vermont; album owner
  • Maud A. Brown of East Dorset, Vermont.  "I will write away over here Where nobody will look, a nice little piece in your little book."
  • "A very Merry Christmas to dear little Lu from Uncle William" [not sure of "Uncle Wm."
  • Looks like Mary Carry, but I think she was young Mary Carney, whose sisters Mattie and Sarah signed the following pages.
  • Mattie A. Carney of East Dorset, Vermont, signed on 22 April 1884
  • Sarah E. Carney of East Dorset, Vermont, signed on 22 April [no year written, but presumably 1884 when her sister Mattie signed]
  • Helen E. Viall, signed 1 December 1892, sister of Lucy Deming Viall  "When you are old and cannot see, Put on your specs And think of me.  Your sister."
  • Name is hard to read, but I believe it's Delia Morrow, or Delia Marlow, or ?, of East Dorset, Vermont, signed 25 June 1885  "One line is enough for memory.  Your friend.
  • Name is hard to read, but I believe it's Delia Morrow, or Delia Marlow, or ?, of East Dorset, Vermont, signed 25 June 1885  "One line is enough for memory.  Your friend.
  • Lillie S. Roberts, signed at East Dorset, Vermont, on 10 September 1887
  • Annie M. Dunn of East Dorset, Vermont, signed on 22 April 1884  "Ever your friend"
  • Sarah A. Lovett of East Dorset, Vermont, signed on 22 April [presumably 1884]
  • Mamie Dunn of East Dorset, Vermont, signed on 1 November 1892
  • Julia E. Stone of East Dorset, Vermont
  • Louise Buffum, "Your Friend"
  • Arthur N. Buffum of East Dorset, Vermont, signed on 6 October 1892
  • Virgil A. Nadeau of East Dorset, Vermont, signed on 30 November [not year written]
  • Mrs. A. J. Loveland, Lucy Deming Viall's teacher.  "To Lou, I wish thee health, I wish thee wealth.  I wish thee happiness in store.  I wish thee heaven after death.  What can I wish thee more.  Your teacher."
  • Mabel Hopkins of East Dorset, Vermont  "Remember me"
  • Mamie B. Nadeau of East Dorset, Vermont, signed on 24 November 1892  "To Lou, Remembrance is the only tie That lingers when all others due.  Your Loving Friend"
  • Helen.  "Count that day lost, Whose low descending sun, Views from thy hand No worthy action done.  Yours lovingly"
  • ? Pratt of Lanesboro [presumably Massachusetts], signed on 18 December 1883  "With much love and many kind wishes, from your Cousin"
East Dorset, Vermont


Lanesboro, Massachusetts [A] to East Dorset, Vermont [B]


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