Thursday, October 24, 2013

1860s-1880s Autograph Album of Lydia A. Littlefield of Lynn, Massachusetts, born Wells, Maine


1860s-1880s autograph album of Lydia A. Littlefield of Lynn, Massachusetts.  The album was presented to Lydia on Christmas Day in 1868 by someone whose name appears to be Tinnie.


Later on in the album is a page signed by Tinnie A. Hackett of Lisbon Falls, Maine.


The album is journal sized, as most of the earlier albums were, and measures approximately 8" x 6-1/2".  It contains the sentiments, many of them full page in tiny handwriting, of nearly 140 of Lydia's 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!]

Lydia A. Littlefield was born 19 January 1848 at Wells, Maine, the daughter of Horace and Dorcas Burgess (Shorey) Littlefield, who were born at Wells, Maine, and Berwick, Maine, respectively.  Online trees have Lydia's middle name as Ann.

Lydia's brother William Bradford Littlefield and his wife Susan Alice (Getchell) signed facing pages at Lynn, Massachusetts, on different days in March of 1869.


I think the person who signed the page below at Wells, Maine, on November 16, 1870 and called herself Lydia's sister was Melissa J. Littlefield.


Many of the signers in Lydia's album were Wells, Maine, residents.

Lydia and her family were shown in the 1870 Census of Wells, Maine; by 1880 Lydia was boarding with the Moulton family of Lynn, Massachusetts, and working in a shoe factory.

On 21 January 1886 at Lynn, Massachusetts, Lydia married Frank McCullough, son, I think, of James and Elizabeth McCullough.  Frank was born about 1849 at Concord, New Hampshire.

Frank had earlier signed a page in Lydia's album, at Lynn, Massachusetts, on May 20, 1875, on a page shared with M. Frank Clarke of Lynn.


I don't know if the couple had any children.  Sadly, they both died fairly young, Lydia on 26 July 1891 at Lynn, Massachusetts, and Frank on 27 December 1892, also at Lynn.

If you have corrections to the information above, or additional information on Lydia A. Littlefield or Frank McCullough, or on any of the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

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

  • Hattie, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on October 12, 1869
  • N. E. Cushing, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, in April 1872; shared a page with Arthur J. E. Furbish
  • Tinnie; presented the album to Lydia on December 25, 1868.  Possibly Tinnie A. Hackett of Lisbon Falls, Maine
  • Ida; shared a page with George B. Bushee & Harry E. Uphill
  • Ella
  • May, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on September 13, 1871
  • A friend, signed at Saugus, Massachusetts, on August 30, 1875; shared a page with M. A. Smith
  • "A"
  • "Your loving Greeley boy", signed on November 6, 1870
  • Charles L. Alley, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on June 19, 1869; middle initial could be S rather than L
  • G. A. Badger
  • Gustavus A. Badger of Sandwich, Massachusetts
  • Frank E. Baker of Parker House, Lynn, Massachusetts
  • George A. Barnard, signed on January 24, 1869; mentions Quincy, which I hope is his residence, not his surname
  • J. W. F. Barnes, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, in January 1869
  • John W. Berry, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on June 10, 1869
  • Nellie A. Berry of Danvers Centre, Massachusetts, signed on August 16, 1869; shared page with Lizzie Ross
  • Sadie A. Blair of Bowdoinham, Maine, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on May 7, 1870
  • William A. Blood of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed in 1869
  • Possibly O. H. Bragdon, signed at Wells, Maine; not sure of first initial, but there was an Oscar H. Bragdon at Wells
  • Sadie E. Brigham
  • Sadie E. Brigham of West Boylston, Massachusetts, signed on October 9, 1871
  • A. B. Brock, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on October 28, 1869; not sure of first initial
  • E. A. Burke or Burlee or ?, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on September 12, 1869; not sure of surname
  • George W. Burnham of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on August 14, 1869
  • George B. Bushee of Lynn, Massachusetts; shared a page with Ida and Harry E. Uphill
  • Imogene B. Cahoon, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on April 20, 1871; shared page with L. Etta Hardy
  • Henry B. Campbell
  • A. Mont Chase of Bryant Pond, Maine; presumably Jennie L. Eames of Reading, Massachusetts, signed on March 21, 1882; shared page with A. Mont Chase at Bryant Pond, Maine
  • Henry W. Cheney, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on September 7, 1871
  • E. M. Clark or E. M. Clarke 
  • M. Frank Clarke of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on April 18, 1875; shared a page with signer Frank McCullough, Lydia's future husband
  • Miss M. Josie Clark of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on October 6, 1874
  • O. D. Clough, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on June 11, 1869
  • Annie G. Currier of Newburyport, Massachusetts, signed on March 14, 1869
  • Fannie E. Currier of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on March 27, 1870
  • "Virco" A. Cutler of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on October 9 [no year written]; shared page with Sadie E. Brigham
  • Walter Dunbar, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on July 2 1872
  • Everett H. Dunbar of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on June 27, 1872
  • Jennie L. Eames of Reading, Massachusetts, signed on March 21, 1882; shared page with A. Mont Chase at Bryant Pond, Maine
  • S. D. Ellsworth of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on January 2 1870
  • J. H. Emmery, signed on October 16, 1870
  • Elmer S. Estes
  • Frank Field of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on July 12, 1872
  • Flora Furbish of Wells, Maine, signed on July 13, 1875
  • Mary E. Furbish of Wells, Maine, signed on April 2, 1869
  • Arthur J. E. Furbish of Lowell, Massachusetts; shared page with N. E. Cushing
  • Frank H. Goodrich, signed on July 31, 1870
  • Carrie W. Goodwin of Reading, Massachusetts, signed on March 31, 1882; shared a page with Linda M. Hunter
  • Enoch Gove of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on June 9, 1872
  • E. E. Gove, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on April 7, 1872
  • C. W. Greenleaf, signed at North Berwick, Maine, on February 16, 1871.  He was Charles W. Greenleaf; he shared page with his wife, Jennie (Littlefield) Greenleaf
  • Jennie Greenleaf, signed at North Berwick, Maine, on February 16, 1871.  She was Jennie (Littlefield) Greenleaf; shared a page with her husband Charles W. Greenleaf
  • Name looks like Tinnie A. Hackett of Lisbon Falls, Maine, signed on March 14, 1869.  She may have been the Tinnie who presented the album to Lydia on Christmas Day 1868
  • Addie S. Hall of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed at August 3, 1869
  • L. Etta Hardy, signed at Melrose, Massachusetts, on April 5, 1882; shared page with Iogene B. Cahoon
  • Clement Hayes of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on March 25, 1869
  • Calista J. Hayes of West Lebanon, Maine, 
  • Hattie A. Haywood, signed at Amsterdam, New York; shared a page with Julia F. Littlefield
  • J. Philbrick Heath, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on October 11, 1869
  • Thomas Hooper, signed on May 29, 1874; wrote upside down
  • Winnie Hosmer of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on September 28, 1869
  • Ines Hosmer of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on August 6, 1870
  • Linda M. Hunter; shared a page with Carrie W. Goodwin
  • Emily R. Hyde of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on July 28, 1869
  • Calista M. Hyde of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on July 28, 1869
  • Dana H. Jones of Milton, New Hampshire
  • Miss Ella E. Jones of Milton, New Hampshire
  • Gustie H. Jones of Milton, New Hampshire; shared a page with a Jones whose initials might be C. H. or G. H. or ?
  • Jones - not sure of initials - could be C .H. Jones or G. H. Jones or ?; signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on September 14, 1871; shared page with Gustie H. Jones
  • Laura A. Kelly of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on July 18, 1869
  • Rena Kelly of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on July 19, 1969
  • Sarah M. Kimball, signed at Wells, Maine, on January 17, 1871                                                                                  
  • Hattie Kinsman, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on August 12, 1869; not sure of middle initial; could be T or Y or G or ?
  • B. F. Knowland, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts on June 9, 1969; Benjamin Franklin Knowland, but I don't know which generation
  • M. J. Knowland, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on June 6, 1869.  Perhaps Martha J. Knowland, wife of Benjamin Franklin Knowland
  • Addie L. Leonard of Montpelier, Vermont, signed on October 11, 1871; not sure if middle initial is L or S
  • Lydia Ann Littlefield of Wells, Maine, and Lynn, Massachusetts; album owner
  • Will B. Littlefield, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on March 27, 1869; Lydia's older brother William Bradbury Littlefield.  His wife Susan Alice (Getchell) Littlefield signed the facing page.
  • S. Alice Littlefield, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on March 12, 1869; Lydia's sister-in law, Susan Alice (Getchell) Littlefield, wife of signer William Bradbury Littlefield, who signed the facing page.
  • Charles O. Littlefield of Wells, Maine, signed on November 22, 1874; shared page with C. E. Morse of Livermore, Maine
  • H. D. Littlefield of Wells, Maine, signed on December 9, 1874; perhaps Haven D. Littlefield
  • Can't decipher given name, possibly Urelipa J. Littlefield; called herself Lydia's sister but I didn't find a sister or sister-in-law with that name
  • Charles A. Littlefield, signed at Wells,  Maine, on June 8, 1875
  • Clara Littlefield of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on November 13, 1871
  • Jewett Littlefield of Wells, signed at August 22, 1869; Lydia's older brother Elisha Jewett Littlefield
  • Julia F. Littlefield, signed on January 24, 1870; shared a page with Hattie A. Haywood
  • Sophie L. Littlefield of South Boston, Massachusetts, signed on November 28, 1869
  • Charles W. Lovejoy signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on January 20, 1869
  • Frank McCullough, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts on May 20, 1875; Lydia's future husband; shared a page with signer M. Frank Clarke
  • Louise M. Merrill of Wells, Maine, signed June 26 [no year written]; shared a page with W. P. Merrill
  • W. P. Merrill, signed in 1875; possibly Rev. W. P. Merrill; shared a page with Louise Merrill
  • J. Oscar Merrill, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on October 6, 1869
  • C. E. Morse of Livermore, Maine, signed at Wells, MaOne, on December 6, 1874; page shared with Charles D. Littlefield of Wells, Maine
  • J. Warren Newhall, presumably the writer from Lynn, Massachusetts
  • L. C. Newhall, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on March 11, 1869
  • Edwin L. Newhall, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on April 15, 1872
  • James Nixon, Jr., signed at Maryland Ridge, on March 12, 1871; shared a page with Faustina Trefry
  • Effie T. Oliver of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on March 31, 1873
  • Edwin Patch, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on February 22, 1869
  • James M. Peaslee, signed on Deceber 26, 1869; shared a page with S. Louise Peaslee, his wife Sarah Louise (Harding) Peaslee
  • S. Louise Peaslee.  She was Sarah Louise (Harding) Peaslee; shared a page with her husband James M. Peaslee
  • Edward T. Phillips of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on October 7, 1874
  • Myron A. Poole, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts on April 23, 1875
  • C. Herbert Porter, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on July 2, 1872
  • Alice Preston, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on May 7, 1871
  • Simon J. Roney
  • J. Byron Roney, signed on April 4, 1869
  • Charles H. Roney of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on November 13, 1869
  • Lizzie Ross of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on September 10, 1875; her name is on a paper pasted onto the page; shared the page with Nellie A. Berry
  • Charles H. Rust, signed January 24, 1869; can't make out the town, but possibly Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Jennie F. Sampson of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on October 15, 1869
  • A. L. Sargent, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on October 15, 1869
  • Grace B. Selman of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed at Charlestown, Massachusetts, on June 17, 1876
  • Emily S. Shorey of Burlington, Maine, signed on August 15, 1869
  • Melissa J. Smith of Lynn, Massachusetts
  • Annie G. Smith; not sure of middle initial; could be S or P or ?
  • M. A. Smith; shared a page with "a friend"
  • Annie G. Smith of Lynn, Massachusetts
  • Frank O. Snow, signed at North Berwick, Maine, on August 30, 1869
  • B. H. Spinney
  • F. Sprague of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on June 16, 1870
  • W. R. Stone of North Berwick, Maine, signed on January 1, 1871; possibly the same person who signed a nearby page
  • W. R. Stone, signed on December 31, 1870; possibly the same person who signed a nearby page
  • Frank E. Taylor, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on August 30, 1869
  • Clara E. Trefethen of Haverhill, Massachusetts, signed on February 14, 1875
  • Faustina Trefry, signed at Melrose, Massachusetts, on January 5, 1883; shared a page with Jaes Nixon, Jr.
  • Rev. A. Turner, signed at Wells, Maine, on December 8, 1874
  • D. S. Turner, signed at Wells, Maine, on December 8, 1874
  • Harry E. Uphill; shared a page with Ida and George B. Bushee
  • Ada Wedgewood, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on August 18, 1869.  She was Ada A. (Leavitt) Wedgewood, wife of Thomas S. Wedgewood, who also signed the page
  • Thomas S. Wedgewood, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts; husband of Ada A. (Leavitt) Wedgewood, who also signed the page.
  • J. Frank Whipple of Salem P.O. "One of the Boys in Gray"
  • Anna H. Whipple, signed at Danvers, Massachusetts, on September 24, 1870
  • A. M. Winkley
  • Helen A. Winn, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on January 28, 1869
  • Sophia C. Witterz; page written in German
Lynn, Massachusetts


Wells, Maine


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1 comment:

  1. I was born as an illegitimate child to someone who used the name Richard (Dick) Donovan who served with Colonel Keesler or Kessler, mother Ular Agnes Robinson moved from W. Virginia to Lynn, Mass. I was born in 1955 the address no longer exist that is on my birth certificate. I will search old records I suspect Elvis Presley for my mother is with him in the 2010 Life Magazine done on Elvis, Elvis was related to the Tackett family I believe of Kentucky do you reckon the Tinnie Ann Hackett could be related and the H over the years was changed to T could it be possible because people back then really had legal papers changed due to miss spelling. My son as a child photos are identical to Elvis, and a book that Ken Brock owns says Ms. Robinson need not show Elvis anything, Ken is from Starr, S.C. he is an Elvis Presley impersonator. I am Janet F. Brown at 138 Wellington St., Anderson, SC, 29624 or call me at 864-276-8965.

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