Sunday, January 5, 2014

1880s/1890s Autograph Album of Lottie W. Caswell of Lakeville, Massachusetts


1880s/1890s autograph album of Lottie W. Caswell of Lakeville, Maine.  Many of the signers appear to have been Lottie's schoolmates, perhaps at a post-secondary institution.


The album is approximately 7-3/4" x 5" and contains the sentiments of 100 of Lottie's friends, schoolmates and relatives.   An alphabetical list of the students appears at the end of this post.

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

Charlotte W. Caswell was born 7 June 1863 at Lakeville, Massachusetts, the daughter of Horatio Leonard Caswell and Sarah (Caswell) Caswell.

Some of the signers mentioned initials, B.S.S.W., that might have referred to a school they attended, presumably with Lottie.  For instance, Julia Allen of East Freetown, Massachusetts, signed a page at Middleboro, Massachusetts, on April 3, 1883, and included B.S.S.W.


Whether Lottie ever used her education in a profession or not, I don't know.  The 1900 Census of Lakeville, Massachusetts, listed hr as living with her parents, with no occupation.

Several people with the surname Caswell signed pages in Lottie's album.  Some were perhaps her cousins.  Winnie Caswell of Lakeville, Massachusetts, signed a page on April 14, 1884.


Annie C. Caswell of Middleborough, Massachusetts, signed a page on April 15, 1883.


Bennie W. Caswell signed a page on November 27, 1881.


On 28 July 1901 at Lakeville, Massachusetts, Charlotte W. Caswell, "Lottie", became the third wife of Bowers L. Haskins, son of Franklin Haskins and Eliza Reed (Lothrop) Haskins.  His previous wives were Mary Eliza (Caswell) Haskins, with whom he had a daughter Nettie F. Haskins, born in 1872, and Abbie G. Dill.  I don't believe that Lottie had any children of her own.

Bowers died in 1928, and Lottie in 1943.

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!

  • Hard to decipher; possibly Anna B. ?, signed on February 23, 1894
  • Arthur H. Alden of Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on April 18, 1893
  • Frank F. Alden of Middleborough, Massachusetts, signed on March 15, 1893
  • M. Julia Allen of East Freetown, Massachusetts, signed at Middleboro, Massachusetts, on April 3, 1883, B.S.S.W.
  • W. H. Ashley of Lakeville, Massachusetts, signed on March 19, 1884
  • Etta Ashley of Lakeville, Massachusetts, signed on September 17, 1881
  • Jennie H. Barney of Lakeville, Massachusetts, signed on November 28, 1881
  • Carrie E. Bates of Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on April 16, 1893
  • Abbie C. Bennett of North Rochester, Massachusetts, signed on April 8, 1883; B.S.S.W.
  • S. Jennie Braley of Long Plain, Massachusetts, signed on April 8, 1883; B.S.S.W.
  • Lillie F. Breach of Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on June 17, 1893
  • M. Jeanne Bumpe, signed at Lakeville, Massachusetts, in November 1884
  • Isa V. Canedy of L. M., signed on April 19, 1883; L. M. was possibly Lakeville, Massachusetts, and the signer may have been Isabella V. Canedy.  Alternatively, the given name could be Ira.
  • Charlotte W. Caswell, "Lottie", of Lakeville, Massachusetts; album owner
  • Winnie Caswell of Lakeville, Massachusetts, signed on April 14, 1884
  • Annie C. Caswell of Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on April 15, 1883
  • Bennie W. Caswell, signed on November 27, 1881
  • Edith M. Chandler of Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on April 13, 1883; B.S.S.W.
  • Florence M. Clark, signed at South Gardner, Massachusetts
  • Annie A. Copeland of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, signed  on April 10, 1883; B.S.S.W.
  • Mary W. Crosby of Osterville, Massachusetts, signed on June 28, 1884
  • Alice A. Cummings of Taunton, Massachusetts; B.S.S.W.
  • Lizzie S. Cushman, signed on October 19, 1881; she sketched and colored some flowers
  • Bessie B. Dawes; shared the page with Annie S. Dawes and Sadie L. Dawes
  • Annie S. Dawes, signed August 15, 1885; shared the page with Bessie B. Dawes and Sadie L. Dawes
  • Sadie L. Dawes of Lakeville, Massachusetts; shared the page with Bessie B. Dawes and Annie S. Dawes
  • Mary E. Day of Middleboro, Massachusetts
  • Nellie De Moranville of Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on April 30, 1897 [not sure of last digit]
  • Gertrude Drew of Richmond, Maine, signed at Middleboro, Massachusetts, on April 18, 1893
  • Lizzie H. Egger of Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on May 18, 1893
  • Fannie L. Fowler of Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on May 11, 1893.  In one corner: H.S.H.
  • Jennie Francis of Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on May 7, 1893
  • Libbie Freeman, signed at Lakeville, Massachusetts, on July 29, 1884
  • Annie L. Fuller of Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on April 28, 1893
  • M. Haines of Plympton, Massachusetts, signed on April 23, 1883; middle initial might be S or L
  • Lura L. Haskell of Middleborough, Massachusetts, signed on April 1, 1883
  • H. Adrie Haskins of Lakeville, Massachusetts, signed in August 1881.  Presumably Harriet Adrienne Haskins, daughter of Bartlett and Harriet Haskins.
  • Mary J. Haslet of Somerville, Massachusetts, signed on August 9, 1881
  • Abby C. Haslet of Central Square, signed in the summer of 1881.
  • Adelia E. Haslet of Somerville, Massachusetts, signed on August 9, 1881
  • Louise E. Hathaway of North Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on April 23, 1883
  • A. Duane Hopkins of Somerville, Massachusetts, signed on August 6, 1881
  • Charles W. Hopkins of Somerville, Massachusetts
  • Minnie A. Howes of Dennis, Massachusetts, signed at Middleboro, Massachusetts, on April 14, 1883
  • B. Kinsley of Lakeville, Massachusetts, signed on December 24, 1884
  • Mattie C. Landus of Pocasset, Massachusetts, signed on April 22, 1893
  • Emma L. Lewis of Medford, Massachusetts, signed in August 1883
  • Lizzie W. Lovell of Lakeville, Massachusetts, signed in January 1882
  • Warren E. Lovell of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on December 29, 1881
  • Nettie Macomber of East Freetown, Massachusetts, signed on April 8, 1882.  B.S.S.W.
  • C. McCollough of Medford, Massachusetts, signed on October 13, 1883; middle initial might be N or M or ?  Perhaps Charles McCollough, father of signer Hattie McCollough
  • Hattie L. McCollough of Medford, Massachusetts, signed on October 13, 1883.  "I will always remember Charlotte.
  • Mamie and Baby Belle McCollough of Medford, Massachusetts, signed on October 13, 1883.  "So Lottie will not forget us."
  • Mary J. Merrick of Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on April 26, 1893
  • Carrie A. Morton of Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on August 18, 1881
  • Blanche Packard of Bourne, Massachusetts, signed on "5-12-95"
  • Frank Padelford of Taunton, Massachusetts, signed on February 21, 1882
  • Eliza M. Peckham of 423 East 51st Street [or 5x?], New York City, signed on September 6, 1887
  • May L. Perry of North Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on March 4, 1893
  • Hannah M. Perry of North Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on April 12, 1893
  • Ella A. Perry of North Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on March 4, 1893
  • Arthur W. Peterson of Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on May 16, 1893
  • Gertrude Phinney of Pocasset, Massachusetts, signed on April 10, 1893
  • Marie H. Pickens of Lakeville, Massachusetts, signed on September 30, 1881
  • Cora Pickens, signed at Lakeville, Massachusetts, in September 1881
  • Rhoda W. Pierce, signed at Myricks, on June 8, 1888
  • Ella M. Pierce of Lakeville, Massachusetts, signed on September 24, 1881
  • A. G. Pierson, signed on April 8, 1886
  • Clara O. Porter, signed at Lakeville, Massachusetts, on October 20, 1882
  • Harmon S. Porter of Lakeville, Massachusetts, signed on October 22, 1882
  • Ida M. Porter, signed on October 22, 1882
  • Ella J. Read, signed at Assonet, Massachusetts, on November 12, 1882
  • Minnie C. Reide of Lakeville, Massachusetts
  • Emma Robinson Williams of Lakeville, Massachusetts, signed in June 1884
  • Mary A. Robinson of North Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on March 29, 1893
  • George N. Sampson of Lakeville, Massachusetts, signed on December 12 [no year written]
  • Annie F. Sampson of Lakeville, Massachusetts, signed on December 12, 1881
  • May F. Sanford, signed at Middleboro, Massachusetts, on June 12, 1893
  • Alice Sawyer of Holyoke, Massachusetts, signed at Lakeville, Massachusetts on February 8, 1887; middle initial could be W or H or ?
  • Cora S. Shaw of Lakeville, Massachusetts, signed on March 29. 1883
  • A. A. Shaw of Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on April 25, 1893
  • Bessie A. Shaw, signed at Lakeville, Massachusetts, on August 19, 1882
  • Henriette F. Shaw of Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on April 17, 1883
  • Emma L. Shaw of Lakeville, Massachusetts, signed on March 29, 1883
  • A. L. Shockley of Lakeville, Massachusetts, signed on August 10, 1882; possibly Abraham Lincoln Shockley
  • Octavia Shockley of Middleboro, Massachusetts
  • Katie M. Shuman of North Waldoboro, Maine, signed at Middleboro, Massachusetts, on May 2, 1893
  • Annie L. Soule of Middleboro, Massachusetts
  • R. B. Swan of West Duxbury, Massachusetts
  • Susie M. Thomson of Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on August 25, 1881
  • D. H. Tilden of Garretsville, signed at Lakeville, Massachusetts, on July 14, 1885.  Possibly Duane H. Tilden of Garrettsville, Ohio
  • Woodbury L. Towle of Charlestown, Massachusetts, signed in August 1881
  • Myra F. Towle of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on August 8, 1881
  • Ella J. Towle of Charlestown, Massachusetts, signed on August 8, 1881
  • Ella M. Wade of East Taunton, Massachusetts, signed on September 13, 1881
  • Annie L. Washburn of Lakeville, Massachusetts, signed on June 14, 1888
  • J. Washburn of Lakeville, Massachusetts, signed on June 13, 1888; middle initial might be S. or ?
  • Hope Williams of East Taunton, Massachusetts, signed on September 1, 1883
  • Lizzie M. Williams, signed at Lakeville, Massachusetts, on August 7, 1882
  • Lena Wilson of Raynham, Massachusetts, signed on April 11, 1883
  • Alice Winslow, signed at Lakeville, Massachusetts, on November 15, 1881
Lakeville, Massachusetts


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