Tuesday, December 17, 2013

1880s Autograph Album of Sarah A. Swift of Sidney, Maine


1880s autograph album that I believe belonged to Sarah A. Swift of Sidney, Maine, daughter of Enoch and Sally (Bacon) Swift.

It's possible that the album belonged to another Sarah A. Swift of this large family.

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

Sarah Ann Swift was born 7 March 1836.   I don't believe she ever married.  She was working as a housekeeper at Lewiston, Maine, at the time of the 1900 Census.  She died 19 April 1919 at Lewiston, Maine and is buried with her parents at the Reynolds Cemetery at Sidney, Maine.


The album is approximately 7-1/4" x 4-1/4" and contains the sentiments of over 50 of Sarah's relatives and friends in Maine and Massachusetts.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

The album contains some pages of beautiful scenery, such as the illustration of Mount Washington below.  It's unlikely to be the Mount Washington in New Hampshire that I climbed as a kid.


The mountain below is more likely to be Mount Washington or one of the other Presidential Mountains in New Hampshire.


See the rest of the images of scenery at the end of this post.

The people below specified a relationship with Sarah, but there were many others.
  1. Flora L. Swift; signed at Sidney, Maine; cousin
  2. Lizzie E. Swift; signed at Sidney, Maine; cousin
  3. Lillian E. Swift; signed at Sidney, Maine; niece
  4. Lucy C. Milliken, New Bedford, Massachusetts; cousin
  5. Lucia Ann (Bacon) Milliken, New Bedford, Massachusetts; aunt
  6. Clara A. Swift; signed at Sidney, Maine; cousin
  7. Mame Berry; signed at Winthrop, Maine; cousin
  8. Laura A. Barr; signed at Winthrop, Maime; cousin
  9. Norris; signed at West Sidney, Maine; cousin; presumably Norris Swift
  10. John H. Swift; cousin; John Henry Swift of West Sidney, Maine
Sarah A. Swift's mother, Sarah Sally Bacon, was a sister to Lucia Ann (Bacon) Milliken.  Lucia, her husband Edward and several of their children and other members of their family signed pages.  Lucia signed a page on October 15, 1883.


Edward Milliken, Lucia's husband, signed a page at New Bedford, Massachusetts, on October 12, 1883.   He was born at Farmington, Maine, on 1 April 1815 and married Lucia Ann (Bacon) at Winthrop, Maine, on 27 November 1837.  Read more about Edward Milliken, blacksmith, lawyer, merchant, grocer and Massachusetts representative, and his descendants here.


Some Milliken family photographs shared by a reader.

Lucy C. (Milliken) Burt

Lucy C. (Milliken) Burt and Beatrice

Henry Burt and Beatrice

Left, Albert Milliken; right, Charles Milliken.  Both were killed in the Civil War.

Left,Edward Norris Milliken; right, Harriet Jane Milliken

Edward Norris Milliken, 1907


List of signers:  [Note: given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]
  • Norris; signed at West Sidney, Maine, on September 3, 1880; Sarah's cousin.  Possibly Norris Swift
  • E. Dora Ames of Welchville, Maine, signed on April 3, 1886
  • Lucy Avery of Plymouth, Maine, signed at Lewiston, Maine, on February 28, 1883
  • Laura A. Barr, signed at Sidney, Maine, on September 8, 1880; Sarah's cousin
  • Allie L. Beal of Avon, Maine, signed at Lewiston, Maine, on August 5, 1883
  • Mame Berry, signed at Winthrop, Maine, on September 23, 1880; Sarah's cousin
  • Mrs. S. L. Bonney of Winthrop, Maine.  She was Ida Alice (Wakefield) Bonney; her husband Samuel Lewis Bonney signed the right facing page.  Judging from the page, she went by the name Ida
  • S. L. Bonney of Winthrop, Maine.  He was Samuel Lewis Bonney, whose wife, Ida Alice (Wakefield) Bonney, signed the left facing page.  His brother Fred W. Bonney also signed a page.
  • Fred W. Bonney of Winthrop, Maine, signed at Turner, Maine, on April 18, 1880.  Fred Wallace Bonney was the brother of signer Samuel Lewis Bonney.
  • Lottie Bonney, signed at Turner, Maine, on July 12, 1881; middle initial could be T or F or ?
  • Josie J. Chapman of New Sharon, Maine, signed on February 18, 1883
  • Angie C. Chapman of New Sharon, Maine, signed on February 11, 1883
  • Mary J. Clark, signed at Turner, Maine, on June 15, 1880
  • Hard to decipher but possibly Carrie Cross or Corrie Crass, or variant, of Lewiston, Maine
  • Helen Crowell of Lincoln, Maine
  • Addie E. Dawes of Welchville, Maine, signed on April 13, 1886
  • Frankie Emerson of Lincoln, Maine, signed at Turner, Maine, on June 5, 1881
  • Ina D. Farrington of Welchville, Maine, signed at Oxford, Maine, on April 15, 1886
  • Thomas C. Faulkner, signed at Turner, Maine, on July 19, 1881
  • Belle Foster of Winthrop, Maine, signed on June 9, 1880
  • Emma Hinkley of Guildhall, Vermont, signed on July 20, 1880.
  • Susan Hutchins of Augusta, Maine; can't decipher her middle initial, perhaps F.
  • A. Hutchins, signed at Augusta, Maine, on September 12, 1880
  • Mary C. Kempton of Turner, Maine, signed on July 31, 1880.  She was Mary C. (Mitchell) Kempton, wife of druggist Carlos E. Kempton, who signed the right facing page.
  • C. E. Kempton, signed at Turner, Maine, on July 27, 1880.  He was druggist Carlos E. Kempton, husband of Mary C. (Mitchell) Kempton, who signed the left facing page.
  • Dora M. Littlefield of Turner, Maine, signed on June 3, 1881
  • Elenora S. Manson of Turner, Maine, signed on July 24, 1881
  • Lizzie W. Milliken of Portland, Maine, signed on October 16, 1883
  • Ellen D. Milliken of New Bedford, Massachusetts.  Ellen (Darling) Milliken was the wife of signer Eben Coolbroth Milliken, who signed the right facing page.
  • E. C. Milliken of New Bedford, Massachusetts.  Eben Coolbroth Milliken, whose wife, Ellen (Darling) Milliken, signed the left facing page.  His parents Edward and Lucia Ann (Bacon) and brothers Edward Wallace Milliken, Frank A. Milliken and Lewis Elmer Milliken also signed.
  • Harriet J. (Chase) Milliken of New Bedford, Massachusetts, signed in October 1883.  Harriet Jane (Chase) Milliken was born 18 March 1843 at New Bedford, Massachusetts, daughter of Joseph Tripp Chase and Hannah (Hawes) Chase.  Harriet's husband, Edward Russell Milliken, signed the right facing page.  Their daughter Lucy C. Milliken also signed a page.
  • Edward R. Milliken, signed at New Bedford, Massachusetts, on October 10, 1883.  Edward Russell Milliken was born 23 July 1841 at Windsor, Maine, son of signers Edward and Lucia (Bacon) Milliken.  His wife Harriet Jane (Chase) Milliken signed the left facing page.  Their daughter, Lucy C. Milliken, also signed a page. His brothers Eben Coolbroth Milliken, Frank A. Milliken and Lewis Elmer Milliken also signed pages.
  • Lucy C. Milliken of New Bedford, Massachusetts, signed on October 10, 1883; daughter of signers Edward Russell Milliken and Harriet Jane (Chase) Milliken.
  • E. Milliken, signed at New Bedford, Massachusetts, on October 12, 1883.  Based on the fact that the handwriting appears to be that learned in an earlier era, I believe that this page was inscribed by Edward Milliken, born 1815 at Farmington, Maine, father of signers Eben Coolbroth Milliken and Edward Russell Milliken.
  • L. A. Milliken, signed October 15, 1882.  Possibly Lucia Ann (Bacon) Milliken, born 10 September 1812 at Winthrop, Maine,  daughter of Jabez and Sally (Kimball) Bacon and wife of signer Edward Milliken. Lucia lived until 1906.
  • Frank A. Milliken of New Bedford, Massachusetts, signed on October 15, 1883.  Son of signers Edward and Lucia Ann (Bacon) Milliken and brother to signers Eben Coolbroth Milliken, Edward Russell Milliken and Lewis Elmer Milliken.  His wife Mary C. (Allen) Milliken signed the right facing page.
  • Mary A. Milliken of New Bedford, Massachusetts, signed on October 15, 1883.  She was Mary C. (Allen) Milliken, wife of Frank A. Milliken, who signed the left facing page.
  • L. E. Milliken of New Bedford, Massachusetts, signed on October 15, 1883.  Perhaps Lewis Elmer Milliken, son of signers Edward and Lucia Ann (Bacon) Milliken and brother of signers Eben Coolbroth Milliken, Edward Russell Milliken and Frank A. Milliken.
  • Mrs. Carrie E. Philbrick of Turner, Maine, signed on July 2, 1881
  • Mary A. Reynolds of Sidney, Maine, signed at Lewiston, Maine, on March 25, 1883
  • Mary E. Smith of Lewiston, Maine, signed on March 4, 1883
  • H. E. Stowe, signed at Dover, Maine, on August 8, 1880.  Hartwell E. Stowe (1838-1908), father of signer Cora B. Stowe.  His wife Julia A. (Merrill) Stowe also signed a page.
  • Cora B. Stowe, signed at Dover, Maine, on August 8, 1880.  Daughter of signers Hartwell E. Stowe and Julia A. (Merrill) Stowe.
  • Julia A. Stowe of Dover, Maine.  She was Julia A. (Merrill) Stowe, wife of signer Hartwell E. Stowe and mother of signer Cora B. Stowe.
  • Sarah A. Swift; album owner
  • Flora L. Swift, signed at Sidney, Maine, on September 3, 1880; Sarah's cousin
  • Lizzie E. Swift, signed at Sidney, Maine, in September 1880
  • Lillian E. Swift, signed at Sidney, Maine, on September 10, 1880; Sarah's niece
  • Clara A. Swift, signed at Sidney, Maine, on August 31, 1880
  • Laura Swift, signed at Sidney, Maine, on September 10, 1880
  • John H. Swift; Sarah's cousin.  He was John Henry Swift, whose wife Victoria (Wadleigh) Swift "Olia", signed the right facing page.
  • Olia V. Swift of West Sidney, Maine.  She was Victoria (Wadleigh) Swift, "Olia", wife of John Henry Swift, who signed the left facing page.
  • Clara E. Swift, signed at West Sidney, Maine, on September 3, 1880
  • Abbie H. Thayer of Welchville, Maine, signed on April 13, 1883
 Forsyth Park on the Savannah

 Schuylkill, above Belmont, Pennsylvania

 Scene in Upper California

 Chestnut Street Bridge, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Lake George, south of Tea Island, New York

 Montmorency Falls, near Quebec City

 Residence of Washington Irving on the Hudson

 Charlotte Light House, Rochester, New York

 The Coal Region, near Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania

 Ohio River at Muskingum

 Buffalo Hunting on the Prairie

 Lake Michigan

 Camp in the Black Hills

Coffin Rock, on the Columbia, Oregon
Sidney, Maine


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