Friday, November 29, 2013

1880s Autograph Album of Leroy Sanborn Morrill of Windham, Maine, with 2 later additions


1880s autograph album of Leroy Sanborn Morrill of Windham, Maine, with two autographs from a later era, the early 1900s.



The album is approximately 5-1/2" x 3-1/4" and contains the sentiments of over 30 of Leroy's relatives, friends and schoolmates at Windham Center High School.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.N



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

Leroy Sanborn Morrill was born 18 March 1874 at Windham, Maine, the son of Horatio T. and Katie M. (Allen) Morrill, who were born at Westbrook, Maine (according to his marriage record) and Monmouth, Maine (according to her birth record), respectively.

Leroy's paternal grandfather was Israel Morrill.  From what I could gather online, Israel was born 8 May 1817 at Raymond, Maine.  His first wife, mother of Leroy's father Horatio, was Rebecca (Peaco) Allen.  After Rebecca died, Israel married Elizabeth P. (Shaw) Morrill.  Israel and Elizabeth, "Lizzie", signed facing pages in Leroy's album.




Two other people indicated a family relationship with Leroy.  Walter J. Peaco of Otisfield, Maine, signed a page on February 21, 1894 and indicated he was Leroy's cousin.  Walter's paternal grandfather, Asa Peaco, was a brother to Leroy's paternal grandmother, Rebecca (Peaco) Morrill.



Another signer who called herself Leroy's cousin was M. J. Reed of Otisfield, Maine, who signed a page on August 14, 1888.  I believe she was Mary Jane (Peaco) Reed, whose father was the abovmentioned Asa Peaco, brother of Leroy's paternal grandmother Rebecca (Peaco) Morrill.  Mary Jane (Peaco) Reed was married to Samuel T. Reed.



Apparently the autograph album came to light in 1907 and received two more autographs, that of Leroy's wife, Lydia Ellen (Pratt) Morrill and her sister Josie M. Morrill.  Leroy and Lydia married on 18 November 1899 at Windham, Maine.





The couple had four children, I believe, three of whom lived to adulthood.  Leroy was an electrician or worked at electrical work.  He died relatively young in 1919.

If you have corrections to the information above or additional information on the Leroy Sanborn Morrill and Lydia Ellen (Pratt) Morrill or 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.]

  • Carrie L. Cobb of Lynn, Massachusetts
  • E. C. Cobb of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on November 27, 1891
  • Lizzie B. Cobb of Windham Center, Maine, signed at High School
  • Hattie A. Cobb of Windham, Maine, signed on October 23, 1887 at W.C.H.S., presumably Windham Center High School
  • Lilla F. Cobb of Windham Center, Maine, signed on October 18, 1887 at W.C.H.S., presumably Windham Center High School
  • Joseph L. Cobb of Windham, Maine, signed on May 6, 1892
  • Helen L. Cotton of West Gorham, Maine, signed at Windham, Maine, on July 12, 1888
  • Ferdinand Dolley of Windham Center, Maine, signed on October 12, 1887; Leroy's schoolmate
  • Wilson S. Dolley of Windham, Maine, signed on October 13, 1887
  • Orin L. Elliot of Windham, Maine, signed on October 9, 1887; W.C.H.S., presumably Windham Center High School
  • Nettie M. Foster of Windham, Maine, signed on November 2, 1887 at high school
  • Harry Hallett of Windham, Maine, signed on October 25, 1887; mentioned W.C.H.S., presumably Windham Center High School
  • Hiram C. Hawkes of South Windham, Maine, signed on October 10, 1887
  • Harry Hawkes of Windham, Maine, signed on October 9, 1887
  • Charlie Kallock of Windham, Maine, signed n October 21, 1887, at W.C.H.S., presumably Windham Center High School.  Not positive surname is Kalloch.  Could be Hallock.
  • Alice Kemp, signed on October 16, 1887 at W.C.H.S., presumably Windham Center High School; Leroy's schoolmate
  • Lizzie J. Knight of East Windham, Maine, signed at High School on October 19, 1887
  • W. C. Lord of Duckpond, Maine, signed on December 14, 1887.  W., H., C., and S., are written in the corners, presumably Windham Center High School.  There is a Little Duck Pond in Windham, Maine.
  • Ellen F. Maxfield of Casco, Maine, signed at Windham, Maine, on December 14, 1887
  • Mabel May Mayberry of Windham, Maine, signed at high school on October 19, 1887
  • Leroy Sanborn Morrill of Windham, Maine; wrote his name and address in front of the album
  • Lydia E. Morrill of Gorham, Maine, signed on July 7, 1907.  Presumably Lydia was Lydia Ellen (Pratt) Morrill, who married album owner Leroy Sanborn Morrill on 18 November 1899.
  • Lizzie P. Morrill of South Windham, Maine, signed on March 7, 1889.  She was Elizabeth P. (Shaw) Morrill, who became the second wife of Israel Morrill, Leroy's paternal grandfather, after his first wife and mother of his children, Rebecca (Peaco) Morrill had died.  I believe Lizzie's parents were Daniel and Lavina (Leighton) Shaw.  Her husband, Israel Morrill, signed the right facing page.
  • Israel Morrill of Windham, Maine, signed on March 3, 1889; Leroy's paternal grandfather.  His second wife, Elizabeth P. (Shaw) Morrill, "Lizzie", signed the left facing page.
  • Walter J. Peaco of Otisfield, Maine, signed on February 21, 1894; Leroy's cousin.  Leroy's paternal grandmother was Rebecca (Peaco) Morrill, a sister to Walter's grandfather Asa Peaco.
  • Josie M. Pratt, signed on July 7, 1907.  Josephine M. Pratt was a younger sister to the album owner Leroy Sanborn Morrill's wife, Lydia Ellen (Pratt) Morrill.
  • Alice B. Pride, signed on October 14, 1887
  • Edith G. Pride of Windham Center, Maine, signed in the Fall of 1887 
  • M. J. Reed, signed at Otisfield, Maine, on August 14, 1888; Leroy's cousin; possibly Mary Jane (Peaco) Reed, wife of Samuel T. Reed.  Mary Jane's father Asa Peaco was a brother to Leroy's paternal grandmother Rebecca (Peaco) Morrill.
  • Reuben A. Shaw at Duck Pond, Maine, signed on February 1, 1888; not positive of middle initial.  There is a Little Duck Pond in Windham, Maine.
  • Lizzie W. Smith of Windham Hills, Maine, signed on October 19, 1887, at W.C.H.S., presumably Windham Center High School
  • Annie L. Staniels of Gorham, Maine, signed at Windham Centre, Maine, on October 13, 1887
  • Martha J. Thompson of Windham Centre, Maine
  • Ralph H. Tukey of Windham, Maine, signed on October 24, 1887


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