Wednesday, December 11, 2013

1880s/1890s Autograph Album of Mabel Agnes Gerry of Dover, Maine


1880s/1890s autograph album that belonged to Mabel Agnes Gerry of Dover, Maine.  

Dover, Maine, and Foxcroft, Maine, located across the Piscataquis River from each other, merged their municipalities into Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, in 1922.



The album is approximately 7-1/4" x 4-1/2" and contains the sentiments of 43 of Mabel's relatives, friends and schoolmates at Bear Hill High School at Dover, Maine.  An alphabetical list of the signers in the album appears at the end of this post.

Several signers gave their residence as Dover South Mills, which I believe was located in the area of Branns Mill Pond or along its outlet, Black Stream.

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

Mabel Agnes Gerry was born about January 1881 at Dover, Maine, the daughter of Ambrose B. and Clara E. (Green) Gerry, who were born at Dover, Maine, and Sebec, Maine, respectively.

Mabel's paternal grandparents, Eben O. and Betsey A. (Bartlett) Gerry signed successive pages in the album.  Eben, or Ebenezer, and Betsey were born in Waldo County, Maine, at Freedom and Montville, respectively.  They moved to Piscataquis County, Maine, and were living at Dover, Maine, when Eben signed his page on March 3, 1889, and Betsey the following day.




On 7 January 1905 at Dover, Maine, Mabel Agnes Gerry married Wendall Harold Hall, son of John Taylor Hall and Adelle Elmina Mansell/Mancell.  Wendall had earlier signed a page in Mabel's album.



The couple lived at Dover,  Maine, and raised a son and two daughters.  Wendall was a rural mail carrier.

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!

Signers in the album:  [Note:  Given names with a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]

  • Mrs. Lettie M. Ayer of South Dover, Maine, signed on April 6, 1889
  • Mrs. F. P. Ayer of South Dover, Maine, signed on April 5, 1889
  • Hattie Ayer of South Dover, Maine, signed on April 3, 1889
  • Ella G. Bartlett, signed August 1, 1893.  Presumably a relative of Mabel's paternal grandmother Betsey A. (Bartlett) Gerry
  • Susie O. Bell of Garland, Maine, signed on October 28, 1891.  Signed at B.H.S.  Not sure if that was Bear Hill School or Bear Hill High School
  • Lena L. Blake of East Dover, Maine, signed on October 21, 1891; Mabel's schoolmate at Bear Hill High School
  • Mercy Brann
  • Lizzie A. Bridges of West Dover, Maine, signed on October 19, 1891 at Bear Hill High School; Mabel's schoolmate
  • Dora A. Chapman of Dover, Maine, signed on September 18, 1903.  Age 10
  • Sanger E. Coburn of Dover, Maine; Mabel's schoolmate
  • M. Agnes Crockett of Dover, Maine, signed at Bear Hill High School on October 20, 1891
  • C. Belle Doore of Dover, Maine, signed on December 28, 1888; Cora Belle Doore, daughter of George and Mary Doore; married Franklin Ingalls Jordan in 1902 at Boston, Massachusetts
  • Cynthia E. Doore of Dover, Maine, signed on January 3, 1889
  • Myrtie E. Douglass of Dover, Maine, signed on September 15, 1891
  • Effie I. Dunham of East Dover, Maine, signed on July 15, 1893
  • Mabel Gerry of Dover, Maine; album owner
  • E. O. Gerry of Dover, Maine, signed March 3, 1889.  Mabel's paternal grandfather Eben O. Gerry; his wife Betsey signed the following page.
  • Betsey A. Gerry of Dover, Maine, signed on March 4, 1889; Mabel's paternal grandmother Betsey A. (Bartlett) Gerry.  Her husband E. O. Gerry signed the preceding page.
  • Mary I. Gerry of Alton, Maine, signed at Foxcroft, Maine, on February 26, 1893.  She married Albert J. Ham at Dover, Maine, in 1906.
  • Ernest O. Gerry, signed on November 29, 1891 at Alton, Maine
  • Estelle E. Greeley
  • Wendall H. Hall of South Dover, Maine; he would become Mabel's husband
  • Inez B. Harlow, signed on January 9, 1889
  • Ada Harlow, signed on January 2, 1889; she signed the page upside down
  • Inez M. Ireland of South Dover, Maine
  • Myrtie L. Jones of Dover South Mills, Maine
  • Mary A. Ladd of Dover, Maine, signed on September 18, 1903.  Age 11
  • Rosie B. Lane of Dover South Mills, Maine, signed on October 17, 1889
  • Jacob Lerner; someone penciled in "Dover, Maine"
  • Julia M. Lewis of Lincoln, Maine, signed on September 27, 1891
  • Carrie E. Merrill of Garland, Maine, signed on January 7, 1889
  • Maude A. Nichols of Dover South Mills, Maine, signed in 1890
  • Mrs. W. E. Parker, signed on August 30, 1893
  • Amy E. Perkins of Dover, Maine, signed on Octoer 16, 1891
  • Angie M. Perry of South Dover, Maine, signed at Bear Hill High School in October 1891
  • Ethel Plummer of Dover, Maine, signed on October 21, 1891 at F. H. S., presumably Foxcroft High School
  • Nettie F. Robinson of Dover, Maine
  • Carrie M. Royal of Dover, Maine, signed on January 24, 1892; Mabel's teacher
  • Susie Sanborn of South Dover, Maine; Mabel's cousin.  There were several Susie Sanborns in the Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, area in that era.
  • F. P. Stowe, signed on January 2, 1889.  Not sure of surname; could be Stone or Storey, etc., but since there was a Frank P. Stowe at Dover during the same era, the signer could be he.
  • H. S. Towne, signed on November 6, 1891
  • Alice A. Tufts of Brownville, Maine, signed at Dover, Maine, on June 24, 1889; Mabel's teacher
  • Gilbert S. Vickery of Bangor, Maine, who signed at Bear Hill H.S. [Dover, Maine] on November 6, 1889; he was a teacher at Bear Hill High School
  • May F. Whitney of Newport, Maine, signed at Dover, Maine, on December 24, 1889; Mabel's teacher


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