Monday, December 16, 2013

1880s Autograph Album with Signers from Biddeford, Maine, and Kennebunk, Maine


1880s autograph album with signers from Biddeford, Maine, and Kennebunk, Maine.

The first signed page in the album is that of Bertha M. Burnham of Biddeford, Maine, but I don't know if she was the album owner or not.  Whoever it was loved Victorian scraps, particularly those of butterflies.  Bertha signed her page at Biddeford, Maine, on December 24, 1884.


Bertha's brother, Owen W. Burnham, also signed a page in the album at Biddeford, Maine, on December 30, 1884.  


Bertha and Owen were the children of Andrew Haskell Burnham and Angeline B. (Hutchins) Burnham.  I believe the Andrew H. Burnham who signed a page at Biddeford, Maine, on December 30, 1884, was the father of Bertha and Owen, Andrew Haskell Burnham.


The album is approximately 7" x 4" and contains over 30 pages of sentiments, including a page with the sentiments of multiple people.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

The page signed by multiple people appears to have been a musicial or religious event, I'm assuming at Biddeford or Kennebunk.  Signers include: 1) Etta M. Hopping of Paw Paw, Michigan; 2) Professor W. J. Harrington of Chicago, Illinois; 3) G. R. Sturgis of Detroit, Michigan; 4 & 5) Professor and Mrs. George of Chicago; 6) Miss Ella Maloney of Watkins, New York.


Another signer was the album owner's parson, Rev. T. P. Adams.


Among the people from the Redlon family who signed were Benjamin Emery Redlon and his wife Jerusha Atwood (Clevely) Bedlon of Kennebunk.



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

  • Bertha 
  • T. P. Adams; pastor
  • Fred W. Adams, signed at Kennebunk, Maine, on April 19, 1885
  • Eliza Burke of Kennebunk, Maine, signed on March 18, 1886
  • Bertha M. Burnham of Biddeford, Maine, signed on December 24, 1884.  Daughter of Andrew Haskell Burnham and Angelina B. (Hutchins) Burnham and sister of signer Owen W. Burnham
  • Owen W. Burnham of Biddeford, Maine, signed on December 30, 1884. He was Owen Wilbur Burnham, born 1 December 1867, son of Haskell Andrew and Angelina B. (Hutchins) Burnham.
  • Andrew H. Burnham of Biddeford, Maine, signed on December 30, 1884.  Andrew Haskell Burnham, born 19 January 1844 in Massachusetts, son of Andrew Haskell Burnham and Catherine (Crediford) Burnham.  The younger Andrew married Angeline B. Hutchins.  They were the parents of signers Bertha M. Burnham and Owen W. Burnham.
  • Mary A. Cousens of Kennebunk, Maine, signed on March 16, 1885
  • E. J. Cram of Biddeford, Maine.  Possibly Edwin James Cram, born 17 Oct 1846 at Parsonsfield, Maine, son of Nathan Bailey Cram and Elizabeth (Tarbox) Cram; court recorder at Biddeford; married Sarah Cleaves Lord
  • Eva L. Emery of Biddeford, Maine, signed on December 30, 1884
  • Jennie S. Ferguson of Kennebunk, Maine, signed on March 3, 1885.  Born 20 December 1875, daughter of John H. and Hattie W. (Holmes) Ferguson; married Granville Oliver Berry in 1900
  • Lyman Furbish of Kennebunk, Maine.  He was born about 1864, son of Franklin and Mary Furbish. He married Mary S. Canney in 1889.
  • Professor and Mrs. George of Chicago, Illinois
  • Professor W. H. Harrington of Chicago, Illinois; shared the page with several other people
  • Etta M. Hopping of Paw Paw, Michigan; shared the page with several other people
  • Charlotte Hutchins of Biddeford, Maine, signed on January 3, 1885.  Possibly the Charlotte Hutchins who was born about 1844, daughter of Owen and Nancy Hutchins and sister of signer Emma Hutchins
  • Emma Hutchins of Biddeford, Maine, signed on January 3, 1885.  Possibly the Emma Hutchins who born about 1859, daughter of Owen and Nancy Hutchins and sister of signer Charlotte Hutchins.
  • Chester Johnson of Kennebunk, Maine, signed on March 19, 1886.  Perhaps the Chester Johnson who was born about 1876, son of Jonathan and Delia Johnson of Kennebunk
  • Miss Ella Maloney of Watkins, New York
  • C. M. Plummer, signed in 1887.  Charles M. Plummer, whose new wife, Alice Elizabeth (Moore) Plummer, signed the right facing page on February 18, 1887.  They had married on February 5, 1887 at Kennebunk.
  • Alice E. Plummer of Kennebunk, Maine, signed on February 18, 1887.  She was Alice Elizabeth (Moore) Plummer, who had just married Charles M. Plummer, who signed the left facing page, on February 5, 1887.
  • Willie H. Redlon of Kennebunk, Maine, signed on March 13, 1885.  Possibly William Howard Redlon, son of William A. Redlon and Abbie E. (Frost) Redlon.
  • A. Fennie Redlon of Wells Branch, Maine
  • Benjamin E. Redlon, signed at Kennebunk, Maine, on March 18, 1885.  Presumably Benjamin Emery Redlon, born 2 June 1820, son of Isaac Hancock Redlon and Mercy (Emery) Redlon.  Married Jerusha Atwood Clevely (who also signed a page); grandfather of signers Willie H. Redlon and A. Fannie Redlon
  • Mrs. Jerusha A. Redlon.  She was Jerusha Atwood (Cleverly), wife of signer Benjamin Emery Redlon, who also signed a page.
  • Frank Ross of Kennebunk, Maine, signed on December 30, 1886
  • Sidney Ross of Kennebunk, Maine, signed on March 17, 1885
  • Walter H. Small of Wells, Maine, signed on February 8, 1885.  Walter H. Small, born at Limington, Maine, on 3 June 1850, son of James Madison Small and Susan Foss (Parker) Small.  Walter's wife, Emily F. Getchell Small, signed the right facing page.
  • Emma G. Small of Wells, Maine; Emma F. Getchell Small, wife of signer Walter H. Small, who signed the left facing page.
  • O. H. Stevens, signed on April 25, 1885.  He was Onsville Harvey Stevens, born 1 Feb 1831 at Kennebunkport, Maine, son of Amos and Hannah (Knox) Stevens.  His second wife, Olive (Downing) Stevens, whom he married in 1870, signed the right facing page.
  • Olive D. Stevens, signed on April 25, 1885.  She was Olive (Downing) Stevens, second wife of Onsville Harvey Stevens, who signed the left facing page.
  • G. R. Sturgis of Detroit, Michigan; shared the page with several other people
  • Hattie E. Tripp of Kennebunk, Maine, signed on March 13, 1885.  Presumably the Hattie E. Tripp who was born 27 March 1864, the daughter of John W. and Sarah (Ross) Tripp.  Hattie would marry George A. Libby.
  • Ira Wells of Kennebunk, Maine, signed on March 15, 1885.  Likely Ira Hiram Wells, born about 1875 in New Hampshire, son of William and Cynthia E. Wells; brother of signers Willie Wells and Lizzie Wells.
  • Mrs. C. W. Wells, signed at Kennebunk, Maine, on March 15, 1885
  • Willie Wells of Kennebunk, Maine, signed on March 15, 1885; brother of signers Ira Wells and Lizzie Wells
  • Lizzie R. Wells of Kennebunk, Maine, signed on March 15, 1885; sister of signers Ira Wells and Willie Wells
Biddeford [A] and Kennebunk, Maine [B]


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