Wednesday, January 1, 2014

1870s/1880s Autograph Album of Birdie Deane of Taunton, Massachusetts; Bristol Academy Students


1870s/1880s autograph album of Birdie Deane of Taunton, Massachusetts, started in 1876 and containing pages signed by many students at Bristol Academy.

The album is missing its covers and perhaps end papers, but luckily Birdie wrote her name on the title page, as you can see above.  The album interior measures approximately 8" x 4-1/2" and contains pages signed by 61 of Birdie's schoolmates, friends and, possibly, relatives.

I didn't find immediate information on a Birdie Deane of Taunton, Massachusetts; if you have information on her, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

There were three people named Deane or Dean who signed pages in the album.  One was Gertie W. Deane of Taunton, Massachusetts, who signed her page on February 5, 1879.



Florence Dean of Taunton, Massachusetts, signed a page on October 19, 1876.



L. A. Dean of Taunton, Massachusetts, signed a page on February 8, 1877.



At least two pages were signed by people of note, one of them being Cornelius Gilbert Atwood, a Civil War Brigadier General with the Massachusetts Militia and, later, Deputy Collector of the Port of Boston, Secretary of the Board of Trade and Inspector General.  He signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on January 27, 1877.




Another signer was O. J. Curtis, also of the Boston Board of Trade, who signed on March 3, 1877.  He was Oliver J. Curtis.



Several people wrote pages in French and may have been instructors at Bristol Academy.  Mathilde de Lewandosky signed at Cambridge, Massachusetts, on 21 September 1879.  



Helena S. de Lewandoska also signed a page at Cambridge, Massachusetts, on 21 September 1879.



I'm not sure of the surname of the person who signed the page in French below, perhaps Marie Maggi or Maygi, or Marie ?, who signed 11 October 1877.



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

  • Angilina Mathie, or Angelina Mathie; not sure of surname.
  • Can't decipher the name, signed on December 20, 1876, but could be William Willard
  • Seth Turner; signed at Randolph, Massachusetts, on January 27, 1877; not sure of either name but there was a Seth Turner at Randolph during that time frame.
  • Written in French, possibly a French teacher at Bristol Academy at Taunton, Massachusetts: Marie Maggi, signed 11 October 1877; not sure of surname
  • Emma N. Ames of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, signed on June 29, 1881 [or 1887] at Bristol Academy
  • C. G. Atwood, Brigadier General, Inspector General, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on January 27, 1877.  Presumably Cornelius Gilbert Atwood, born at Bangor, Maine, in 1836, son of Bradbury Carr Atwood and Elizabeth (Gilbert) Atwood, who served throughout the Civil War.  He died January 19, 1888 at Roxbury, Massachusetts.
  • J. C. Bartlett, signed on September 12, 1877; not sure of middle initial
  • Susie A. Bassett of Taunton, Massachusetts, K.P.C.
  • George P. Bates of Boston, Massachusetts
  • Very faint: William R. Billings, signed at Taunton, Massachusetts, on February 26, 1878
  • Anna L. Bonney of Bristol Academy at Taunton, Massachusetts
  • Mattie L. Brewster of Taunton, Massachusetts, signed on January 30, 1877
  • E. Briggs of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on January 27, 1877
  • Hattie L. Brownell, signed at Bristol Academy on March 13, 1877
  • Dora I. Burt of Taunton, Massachusetts
  • Bertha J. Chace, signed at Bristol Academy of Taunton, Massachusetts, on May 19, 1882
  • Zilpha Chace of Bristol Academy at Taunton, Massachusetts, signed on June 28, 1881
  • Albert P. Clark of Boston, Massachusetts
  • A. Cleveland Bent of B. C.A., Taunton, Massachusetts, signed on June 27, 1881
  • Jennie R. Cleveland, signed at Bristol Academy of Taunton, Massachusetts, on March 17, 1880
  • Carrie E. Crane of Norton, Massachusetts, signed on November 3, 1876
  • Rufus Crowell of Chelsea, Massachusetts; "Ancient Mariner"
  • O. J. Curtis, Boston Board of Trade, signed on March 3, 1877.  Oliver J. Curtis.
  • S. L. Cushman of Taunton, Massachusetts, signed on March 14, 1877.  Surname could be Cashman
  • Henry H. Darrah, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on January 27, 1877.  Possibly Henry Hurd Darrah, noted book collector
  • Mattie G. Davol of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed on April 15, 1879
  • Helena S. de Lewandowska of Cambridge, Massachusetts, signed on 21 September 1879 [written in French].
  • Mathilde de Lewandowsky, signed at Cambridge, Massachusetts, on 21 September 1879 [written in French]
  • Florence Dean of Taunton, Massachusetts, signed on October 19, 1876
  • L. A. Dean of Taunton, Massachusetts, signed on February 8, 1877
  • Birdie Deane of Taunton, Massachusetts; album owner; she dated the album 1876
  • Gertie W. Deane of Taunton, Massachusetts, signed on February 5, 1879
  • Arthur Driver, signed at Bristol Academy on November 1, 1876
  • Emily L. Eldridge of Taunton, Massachusetts, signed on October 19, 1876
  • Fred Farnsworth, signed at Bristol Academy, at Taunton, Massachusetts, on October 14, 1880
  • Hattie F. Gavitt, signed at Bristol Academy at Taunton, Massachusetts, on February 4, 1879; also mentions North Dighton, Massachusetts
  • Lizzie Godfrey of Lakeville, Massachusetts
  • Mary L. Hoard, signed at Bristol Academy on March 12, 1877
  • J. G. Jones, signed on January 27, 1877
  • Ellen F. Leach, signed at Taunton, Massachusetts, in January 1879
  • Mina E. Macomber of Taunton, Massachusetts, signed at Bristol Academy on March 13, 1877
  • Annie M. Maxham of Bristol Academy at Taunton, Massachusetts, signed on March 13, 1878
  • Myra S. McAllister of Taunton, Massachusetts, signed on December 23, 1876
  • Duncan McLean, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on January 27, 1877
  • Belle Mellen of Taunton, Massachusetts, signed at Bristol Academy
  • Fanny Morse, signed at Bristol Academy on March 12, 1877
  • Sarah W. Newbury of Taunton, Massachusetts, signed on March 31, 1877
  • Richard Perkins of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on January 27, 1877
  • Bessie H. Perkins of Taunton, Massachusetts, signed on October 14, 1880
  • A. C. Place of Taunton, Massachusetts, signed on March 14, 1877; not sure of surname.  Possibly Alfred C. Place
  • May Rait, signed on October 20, 1876
  • Fannie F. Read or Reade of Dighton, Massachusetts, signed at Bristol Academy on February 4, 1879
  • Sadie N. Ryder of Taunton, Massachusetts, signed at Bristol Academy on November 6, 1876
  • May I. Sanford of Taunton, Massachusetts, signed on February 26, 1878; not sure of middle initial
  • Katie D. Sproat of Taunton, Massachusetts, signed on March 10, 1877
  • Nellie M. Thompson, signed at Bristol Academy on February 25, 1878; the word "Inseparables" spans Nellie's page and that of Lucy W. Thompson on the right facing page.
  • Lucy W. Thompson, signed at Bristol Academy on October 19, 1877.  The word "Inseparables" spans Lucy's page and that of Nellie M. Thompson on the left facing page.
  • Adelaide S. Tripp of Taunton, Massachusetts, signed at Bristol Academy on March 14, 1877
  • Minnie D. Wilbur of Raynham, Massachusetts, signed at Bristol Academy on May 12, 1882
  • Estella B. Wilbur, signed at Bristol Academy
  • Macie D. Wordell of Tiverton, Rhode Island, signed at Bristol Academy on January 1, 1877
  • Hattie M. Wright, signed at Bristol Academy at Taunton, Massachusetts, on March 12, 1877
Taunton, Massachusetts


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