Thursday, October 17, 2013

1880s Autograph Album of Jennie F. Kaler of Rockland, Maine


1880s autograph album of Jennie F. Kaler of Rockland, Maine.  The album was presented to her by Mrs. Fannie J. Young as a Christmas present in 1882.



The album is approximately 5-1/2 x 3-1/2 and contains the sentiments of over 40 of Jennie's relatives, friends and schoolmates.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

Jennie herself sketched a bird on the inside back cover.



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

Jennie F. Kaler was born 27 March 1871 at Rockland, Maine, the daughter of Peter E. Kaler and Lucinda E. (Jackson) Kaler, who were born at Waldoboro, Maine, and Jefferson, Maine, respectively.

Jennie's parents signed facing pages in her album.  Peter E. Kaler didn't date his page but added that he signed at 77 Camden Street, Rockland, Maine.  Lucinda E. (Jackson) Kaler signed her page at Rockland, Maine, on January 5, 1883.




Jennie's younger brother, Bertwell Emerson Kaler, signed a page at Rockland, Maine, on December 26, 1886.



Jennie would go on to marry twice:

  1. 21 June 1890 at Rockland, Maine: Ellison Mullen, born 4 July 1868 at Rockland, Maine, son of James H. and Nancy (Dudley) Munson.  They would have a daughter Nellie, born about January 1891
  2. 27 March 1901 at Rockland, Maine: Frank Leslie Seavey, born 18 July 1875 at Cutler,  Maine, son of Heman Loring Seavey and Deborah Lavina (Cates) Seavey.

Jennie died in 1963.

A few pages from the album:

Judson J. Richardson signed a page at Rockland, Maine, on January 20, 1884.



Edward C. Campbell sketched an elaborate design in 1883.



J. T. Young sketched a bird and scroll design at Rockland, Maine, on April 28, 1883.




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

  • unsigned
  • Llewellyn C. Ames of Rockland, Maine, signed on May 23, 1884, R.C.C.
  • Sarah M. Brewster of Rockland, Maine, signed on February 19, 1883
  • Edward C. Campbell, sketched an elaborate page in August 1883
  • Lunetta A. Doe of Rockland, Maine, signed on September 25, 1884
  • Eva E. Dunning, signed at Rockland, Maine, on February 28, 1883
  • Fannie S. Fiske of Rockland, Maine, signed on January 31, 1887
  • Maggie A. Fiske, signed on January 13, 1883
  • Edgar French of Rockland, Maine, signed on September 27, 1885
  • W. A. Gardner of Rockport, Maine, signed on October 7, 1883
  • Lottie May Harden, signed at Rockland, Maine, on April 22, 1883
  • George N. Harden of Rockland, Maine, signed on Decemmber 25, 1882
  • Laura A. Harden of Rockland, Maine, signed at 17 Broad Street, in 1882
  • Charles Hutchinson of Rockland, Maine, signed on January 5, 1883
  • Etta B. Jackson of South Thomaston, Maine, signed in 1883
  • Annie L. Jackson of South Thomaston, Maine
  • S. D. Jackson of South Thomaston, Maine; this was possibly Sidney D. Jackson, a paternal half-brother to Jennie's mother Lucinda E. (Jackson) Kaler
  • Jennie F. Kaler of Rockland, Maine; album owner, presented to her on Christmas Day 1882 by Mrs. Fannie J. Young.  Jennie signed the inside back cover and sketched a bird
  • Annie O. Kaler of Waldoboro, Maine
  • Peter E. Kaler of 77 Camden Street, Rockland, Maine; Jennie's father
  • Lucinda E. Kaler of Rockland, Maine, signed on January 5, 1883; Jennie's mother Lucinda E. (Jackson) Kaler
  • Emma E. Kaler of Rockland, Maine, signed on September 12, 1885.  She was possibly the Emma E. Kaler who was the daughter of Jennie's father's older brother John Christian Kaler
  • Bertie E. Kaler of Rockland, Maine, signed on December 26, 1886.  This was Bertwell Emerson Kaler, Jennie's younger brother.
  • Fanny E. Lamb of Rockland, Maine, signed in September 1884
  • Ruthie J. L. Morton of Rockland, Maine, signed on October 29, 1883
  • Gussie Morton of Rockland, Maine, No. 51 Camden Street, signed on November 15, 1883 [or 1885].  Augusta Morton, Jennie's schoolmate
  • Dannie Packard of Rockville, Maine; Jennie's schoolmate.  Not sure if there was a place called Rockville or he was using the term in jest.
  • Georgie E. Perry of Rockland, Maine
  • Emma H. Philbrooke of Rockland, Maine, signed at No. 6 Camden St., on October 8, 1883; Jennie's schoolmate
  • Lucy E. Rhodes of Rockland, Maine, signed on September 25, 1884
  • Judson J. Richardson of Rockland, Maine, signed on January 20, 1884
  • Frank G. Richardson of Rockland, Maine
  • Henry Ripley of Waltham, Massachusetts, signed on August 23, 1884; he pasted Victorian scraps of umbrellas on this page and on the facing page.
  • Alice C. Robinson of Rockland, Maine, signed in 1886
  • Lottie Shinner of Rockland, Maine, signed on September 29, 1884
  • Alfred C. Smith of Rockland, Maine, signed on October 26, 1883
  • Susie M. Smith of Rockland, Maine, signed on February 20, 1883
  • Evie Sullivan of City, presumably Rockland, Maine
  • Mrs. Fannie J. Young; presented the album to Jennie F. Kaler at Rockland, Maine, on Christmas Day 1882; presumably the same Fannie J. Young who signed a page later on in the album on October 7, 1883 at Rockland, Maine
  • Eugene A. C. Young of Rockland, Maine, signed on February 11, 1883
  • J. T. Young, signed at Rockland, Maine, on April 28, 1883; sketched a bird on a branch, scroll, arrow
  • Nettie A. Young of Rockland, Maine
Rockland, Maine


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