Friday, November 29, 2013

1880s Autograph Album of Abbie Hughey of Moose River, Maine, in Somerset County


Note: The list of signers at the end of this post contains additional information supplied by a Hughey/Ray descendant.  Many thanks!

1880s autograph album that belonged to Abbie Hughey of Moose River, Maine, in Somerset County.

The album is approximately  5-1/2" x 3-1/4" and contains the sentiments of sixteen of Abbie'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!]

Abbie Hughey was born 29 January 1870, the daughter of Robert Adams Hughey and Jane (Ray) Hughey, who I think were born in the Beauce, Quebec, and in Ireland.

Three of Abbie's sisters signed pages in her album.  Abbie's oldest sister, Maggie Hughey, signed at Skowhegan, Maine, in September 1882.




"Die", presumably Abbie's older sister Diantha or Deantha Hughey signed a page on September 14, 1882.



Sister Lizzie signed at page at Moose River, Maine, on September 15, 1882.



About 1891, Abbie married Frank Patrick Haggan, son of John and Annie Honora (McMahon) Haggan, Irish immigrants to Quebec.  Frank was born 26 December 1862 at St. Georges, Quebec, in the Beauce region.

Frank and Abbie settled at nearby Jackman, Maine, where Frank's occupation was listed as woodsman on the 1900 Census and lumbering foreman on the 1910 Census.  They had, I believe, three children.  Abbie died of a cerebral hemorrhage on 22 January 1919 at Moose River, Maine.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or information on any of the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

Surnames of signers:

  • Armstrong
  • Colby
  • Haley
  • Holden
  • Holway
  • Hughey
  • Kennedy
  • Libertey
  • Moore
  • Newton
  • Pierce
  • Sullivan

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

[Reader comments in italics - I'm very grateful for the input of this Hughey/Ray descendant!]

  • Maggie J. Armstrong, signed on May 7, 1884 [" believe this would be Margaret Armstong, dau of  William Armstrong and Sarah Cathcart born 1868 - Married James Farley in 1906"]
  • Joel Colby of Moose River, Maine, signed on April 30, 1884 ["Would be a cousin to Abbie.  He was son of Helon Colby and Nancy Ray (sister to Abbie's mother, Jane Ray)  - born 1860 - lived in Jackman area."]
  • Katie Haley, signed on August 26, 1883
  • Mary A. Holden, signed at Moose River, Maine, on November 25, 1883 ["born about 1869, dau of Levi Holden (son of Melintus Holden) and Eliza Holden ( dau of James Holden and Eliza Hughes) lived in Holeb, Maine in 1880"]
  • Can't decipher given name, possibly Marian Holden, signed at Moose River, Maine, on February 17, 1883 ["Could this be Melinda Holden?  I don't find a Marion, that doesn't mean there wasn't one.  However, Melinda was a cousin, daughter of James Holden (above) and Margaret Ray (sister to Abbie's mother, Jane)  She was born in 1862, lived in Moose River and never married that I know of."]
  • Nellie S. Holway, signed on May 2, 1884
  • Abbie Hughey of Moose River, Maine; album owner
  • Maggie Hughey, signed at Skowhegan, Maine, in September 1882; Abbie's sister
  • "Die", presumably Abbie's older sister Agnes Diantha Hughey, signed on September 14, 1882
  • Lizzie A. Hughey of Moose River, Maine, signed on September 15, 1882; called herself Abbie's sister, presumably her older sister Elizabeth Hughey.
  • Mrs. Nancy A. Kennedy of Moose River, Maine, signed on April 15, 1884
  • Mrs. Elen Libertey of Moose River, Maine, signed in 1884.  Her Maine death record gives her name as Ellen Liberty, born about 1824 in Quebec, daughter of Patrick and Bridget Barney, and wife of Peter Liberty.
  • Webster Moore of Moose River, Maine, signed in April 1884 ["Webster Moore - His wife, Flavilla Moore is daughter to Llewellyn Moore and Jane Holden, granddaughter to James Holden & Eliza Hughes.  James was, at one time or another, married to both Margaret Ray and Hannah Ray - both sisters to Abbie's mother, Jane Ray."]
  • Mrs. Eliza Newton, signed at Moose River, Maine, on February 10, 1884 ["Mrs: Eliza Newton - now this one gets tricky.  My bet would be Eliza Henderson, wife of Sullivan Newton she was born about 1852, don't have a marriage date but their oldest child was born in 1880 so she would likely have been married by the time the folks were signing this book.  Sullivan was the son of Jacob Newton and Catharine Ray (sister to Abbie's mother, Jane)  They lived in Dennistown, Maine in 1880 BUT... 
    She could be Eliza Holden, daughter of James Holden (same James Holden mentioned under Melinda Holden and Webster Moore).  She was born in 1843 making her quite a bit older than most signers.  She married Ammon Newton in 1878 and lived in Holeb, Maine in 1880."]
  • Levi Newton of Moose River, Maine, signed on June 23, 1883 ["Son of Horatio Newton & Loretta Gorman, born 1864.   Can't find a connection."]
  • Agnes A. Pierce of Moose River, Maine, signed on March 25, 1884
  • Carrie I. Sullivan of Skowhegan, Maine, signed on February 4, 1884
Moose River, Somerset County, Maine


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