Wednesday, January 29, 2014

1885-1949 Autograph Album of Joseph Hartley Sabean of New Tusket, Nova Scotia


1885-1916 autograph album that belonged to Joseph Hartley Sabean, who went by "Hartley", of New Tusket, Nova Scotia.

Most of the autographs date from the 1880s, but Hartley's daughter, Faith Saunders Sabean, signed in 1916, and Faith's daughter Phyllis L. Vaters, signed in 1949.


The album is approximately 7-1/4" x 4-1/4" and contains the sentiments of over 40 of Hartley's relatives and friends.  An alphabetical list of the senders appears at the end of this post.

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

Joseph Hartley Sabean, "Hartley", was born 16 February 1860 at New Tusket, Nova Scotia, the son of Henry Charlton Sabean and Mary Ann (Randall) Sabean.  His father was a farmer, a postmaster and a deacon.

Hartley's father signed a page in the album at New Tusket, Nova Scotia, on April 25, 1886.


I think the M. A. S. who signed a page was Hartley's mother Margaret Ann (Randall) Sabean.


Hartley's brother Arthur Crawley Sabean signed a page at New Tusket, Nova Scotia, on October 26, 1884.


I believe the H. D. Sabean who signed a page on August 26, 1886 was Hartley's brother Henry Dwight Sabean.


The Charlie who signed a page at New Tusket, Nova Scotia, on May 14, 1885 was Hartley's brother Charles Franklin Sabean.


The E. May Sabean who signed a page at New Tusket, Nova Scotia, on January 3, 1888, was Hartley's sister Ella May Sabean.


On 15 December 1890 at New Tusket, Nova Scotia, Joseph Hartley Sabean married Elizabeth Eudora Tedford, daughter of Clement and Frances (Shaw) Tedford.  Interestingly, the first signed page in the album was inscribed to Hartley by E. E. T. at New Tusket, Nova Scotia, on April 8, 1887.  It's very tempting to think that E. E. T. might have been Hartley's future wife Elizabeth Eudora Tedford.


Hartley and Elizabeth farmed at New Tusket, Nova Scotia, and raised, I think, four children.  One of their children, daughter Faith Saunders Sabean, signed two pages on January 30, 1916.



Faith Saunders Sabean married Cecil Edison Vaters and had at least one child, a daughter Phyllis, who signed a page in her grandfather's album on October 19, 1949.


About 1920 Hartley and family moved to Everett, Massachusetts.  Hartley was naturalized on 10 October 1927.   He was still working at the age of 80 as a janitor, as noted in the 1940 Census of Everett, Massachusetts.  He died in 1950.

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!

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

  • Miriam of New Tusket, Nova Scotia, signed on April 15, 1887
  • Effie, signed at New Tusket, Nova Scotia, on August 27, 1885
  • L. O. R. or L. O. K., signed on June 28, 1886
  • Ida M. Benson of New Tusket, Nova Scotia, signed on April 26, 1886
  • Mrs. Perley Briggs of Millville, New Brunswick, signed on March 28, 1918.  "To Bro Sabine"; not sure if this is a family, social or religious relationship
  • Maggie E. Durkee of Sandford, Nova Scotia, signed on November 26, 1892
  • Jennie Gavil of Brighton, Nova Scotia, signed at New Tusket, Nova Scotia, on November 21, 1893
  • S. J. Gavil; presumably Sarah Jane (Nolan) Gavil, mother of signer Jennie Gavil
  • Lizzie N. Gavil of Brighton, Nova Scotia, signed at New Tusket, Nova Scotia, on June 21, 1895
  • L. A. Hart, signed on April 16, 1885
  • Ida L. Hassett, signed on April 6, 1889
  • Bernice J. Hassett, signed on June 22, 1892
  • M. MacLean of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, signed at New Tusket, Nova Scotia, on September 30, 1888
  • Mary J. Mullen, signed on October 4, 1898
  • Menettie Mullen, signed at New Tusket, Nova Scotia, on March 30, 1889
  • May E. Mullen, signed on August 20, 1891
  • Agnes Mullen, signed at New Tusket, Nova Scotia, on July 26, 1891
  • Ida J. Mullen of New Tusket, Nova Scotia, signed on April 15, 1887
  • Ada Mullen, signed at New Tusket, Nova Scotia, on April 4, 1889
  • Fannie Mullen, signed on April 2, 1889
  • Nettie Nichols, signed on September 10, 1886
  • Charles R. Nowlan of Havelock, Nova Scotia
  • Maggie M. Nowlan of Newton Junction, New Hampshire, signed at New Tusket, Nova Scotia, on July 27, 1893
  • Sarah Parker of New Tusket, Nova Scotia, on April 13, 1888
  • Joseph Hartley Sabean of New Tusket, Nova Scotia; album owner
  • Arthur C. Sabean, signed at New Tusket, Nova Scotia, on October 26, 1884; Joseph Hartley Sabean's brother
  • H. D. Sabean, signed on August 26, 1886.  Presumably Henry Dwight Sabean, younger brother of Joseph Hartley Sabean
  • Nelson Sabean, signed on July 5, 1886.  He was the son of George and Rebecca (Sabean) Sabean
  • Charley, signed at New Tusket, Nova Scotia, on May 14, 1885; Joseph Hartley Sabean's younger brother Charles Franklin Sabean.
  • Minnie Sabean
  • Henry C. Sabean, signed at New Tusket, Nova Scotia, on April 25, 1886.  Henry Charlton Sabean, father of Joseph Hartley Sabean
  • M. A. S.  Possibly Margaret Ann (Randall) Sabean, mother of Joseph Hartley Sabean
  • ? Sabean, signed on April 2, 1892
  • E. May Sabean, signed at New Tusket, Nova Scotia, on January 3, 1888.  Possibly Ella May Sabean, Joseph Hartley Sabean's younger sister.
  • Annie Sabean, signed at New Tusket, Nova Scotia, on April 1, 1892; cousin of Joseph Hartley Sabean
  • Faith S. Sabean, signed on January 30, 1916.  She was Faith Saunders Sabean, born at New Tusket, Nova Scotia, in 1902, the daughter of album owner Joseph Hartley Sabean and Elizabeth Eudora (Tedford) Sabean
  • Faith Sabean, signed January 30, 1916
  • E. E. T. of New Tusket, Nova Scotia, signed on April 8, 1887.  Presumably Elizabeth Eudora Tedford, whom Joseph Hartley Sabean would marry on 15 December 1890 at New Tusket, Nova Scotia.
  • Maggie Tedford, signed on August 17, 1885
  • Lennie M. Tedford, signed at New Tusket, Nova Scotia, on August 17, 1885
  • W. L. Varner, signed at New Tusket, Nova Scotia, in April 1888
  • Phyllis L. Vaters, signed on October 19, 1949; "your granddaughter.  She was the daughter of Faith Saunders (Sabean) Vaters and her husband Cecil Edison Vaters
New Tusket, Nova Scotia


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