Tuesday, February 11, 2014

1870s Autograph Album of Mary Ellen Sumner of Mattapan, Massachusetts, 1 of 2


1870s autograph album of Mary Ellen Sumner of Mattapan, Massachusetts.  Her name was incorporated into a fancy design by Thomas Tyrrell on July 4, 1875.


This album was found with another album compiled by Mary Ellen Sumner in the 1870s and with the album of Mary Ellen's daughter Pauline S. Howard of Mattapan, with sentiments collected while she was at home and while at college.

The album measures approximately 5-1/2" x 3-1/4" and contains the sentiments of nearly 50 of Mary Ellen Sumner's relatives, friends and schoolmates.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

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

Mary Ellen Sumner was born 2 August 1863 at Brookline, Massachusetts, the daughter of Ebenezer and Laura Ann (Hopkins) Sumner, who were born at Sharon, Massachusetts, and Brewster, Massachusetts, respectively.

Laura Ann (Hopkins) Sumner signed at least one page in her daughter's album, if not two.  She signed a page as "Mother", on what looks like March 7, 1896, but could have been 1876.  She lived past 1896, however, and may have taken the opportunity to sign a page in the album, which had recently come to light.  And she may have been the L. A. Sumner who signed a page at Boston, Massachusetts, on February 3, 1875.



Mary Ellen's maternal grandmother, Pamelia (Thorp) Hopkins, signed a page in the album and indicated she was "age 93 yrs 3 mos" [possibly 8 mos.].  Pamelia, who was born about 1783, would live for another ten years or so after she signed this page.  I noticed that many trees had her name as Pamela, but her name above appears to be Pamelia.


The W. H. Hopkins of Orleans, Massachusetts who signed a page may have been Laura Ann (Hopkins) Sumner's brother, Warren Henry Hopkins.


On 22 December 1881 at Boston, Massachusetts, Mary Ellen Sumner married Frederic Theodore Howard, son of Daniel J. and Almira Eliza (Hood) Howard.  Frederic was born 9 January 1859 at Boston, Massachusetts.  Frederic signed a page in Mary Ellen's other album, featured in another post.

They would have a daughter, Pauline Sumner Howard, who would compile her own autograph album, also featured in its own post.

Several other people named Sumner or Hopkins signed pages in the album; refer to the list of signers below. Alice E. Sumner of Mattapan, Massachusetts, chose the last page in the album for her sentiment and sketch of September 22, 1876.


If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

Surnames of Signers  [Some appear multiple times.]

Allen
Anderson

Baker
Beal
Burckhart

Clark
Collins
Cowling
Cox

Daley

Hersey
Hopkins

Irving

Johnston
Jones

Knox

Mack
McKenzie or MacKenzie
Moody

O'Hern

Robbins
Rollins

Sanderson
Smith
Staples
Sumner

Thompson
Tyrrell

Vose
Whittemore

List of Signers:  Note: Given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.
  • Julius G. Allen of Mattapan, Massachusetts
  • Mary A. Anderson of Chatham, Massachusetts
  • Amy C. Baker of Mattapan, Massachusetts, signed on June 7, 1876
  • Irving W. Baker of East Boston, Massachusetts, signed on November 16, 1878
  • M. A. Baker, signed at Mattapan, Massachusetts, on February 8, 1876
  • Inez F. Beal, signed at Mattapan, Massachusetts, signed on June 12, 1876
  • Matilda Burckhart of Mattapan, Massachusetts, signed on September 27, 1876
  • James H. Clark of Mattapan, Massachusetts, signed on September 25, 1876 "T.G.S."
  • Rose A. Collins of Mattapan, Massachusetts, signed on June 9, 1876; Mary's schoolmate
  • F. R. Cowling of Mattapan, Massachusetts, signed on June 9, 1876, at T.G.S.
  • Carrie M. Cox of Mattapan, Massachusetts, signed on June 4, 1876
  • James F. Daley of Mattapan, Massachusetts, signed in June 1878
  • Louisa E. Hersey of Mattapan, Massachusetts, signed on June 17, 1875
  • W. H. Hopkins of Orleans, Massaschusetts; presumably Warren Henry Hopkins, brother of Mary's mother, Laura A. (Hopkins) Sumner
  • P. L. Hopkins of Harwich Port, Massachusetts
  • James A. Irving of Mattapan, Massachusetts, signed on June 9, 1876
  • Sadie Irving of Mattapan, Massachusetts
  • James F. Johnston of Mattapan, Massachusetts, signed at T.G.S.
  • Charlie W. Jones of Mattapan, Massachusetts, signed on June 19, 1876
  • Stedman H. Knox of Mattapan, Massachusetts
  • Parker L. Knox of Mattapan, Massachusetts
  • Carrie J. Knox of Mattapan, Massachusetts
  • Carrie S. H. Knox
  • Helen L. Knox of Mattapan, Massachusetts
  • A. Louise Mack of Mattapan, Massachusetts, signed on June 12, 1876
  • Flora McKenzie of Mattapan, Massachusetts, signed at T. G.S. on June 9, 1876; Mary's schoolmate
  • Lina Moody, signed at Methuen, Massachusetts, on July 29, 1876
  • Lizzie H. Moody of Methuen, Massachusetts, signed on July 29, 1876
  • Mary A. O'Hern of Mattapan, Massachusetts, signed on June 9, 1876; Mary's schoolmate
  • Augustus Robbins of Brewster, Massachusetts
  • Lillie F. Rollins; Mary's schoolmate
  • Emma A. Sanderson of Brookline, Massachusetts
  • Alice B. Smith of Milton, Massachusetts
  • Nettie L. Staples of Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • Mary Ellen Sumner of Mattapan, Massachusetts; album owner
  • Pamelia Sumner, "age 93 yrs 3 mos."  She was Pamelia (Thorp) Sumner, Mary Ellen Sumner's paternal grandmother.
  • L. A. Sumner of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on February 3, 1875
  • Mother, signed on March 17, 1896; presumably another page signed by Laura A. (Hopkins) Sumner, Mary's mother.  She died in 1904.
  • Mae E. Sumner of Mattapan, Massachusetts
  • Mary A. Sumner of Methuen, Massachusetts, signed on July 31, 1876
  • Alice E. Sumner of Mattapan, Massachusetts, signed on September 22, 1876; Mary's schoolmate
  • James Thompson of Dorchester, Massachusetts, signed on June 19, 1876
  • Thomas Tyrrell; he drew a wonderful design for Mary Ellen's ownership page, dated July 4, 1875
  • Brooks F. Vose of Mattapan, Massachusetts, signed on May 23, 1876
  • Lyman T. Vose of Mattapan, Massachusetts, signed on September 25, 1876
  • N. H. Whittemore, signed at Mattapan, Massachusetts, on May 24, 1876
Mattapan, Massachusetts


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