Thursday, February 20, 2014

1880s Autograph Album of Estella Belle Hefner of Money Creek, Illinois

1880s autograph album that belonged to Estella Belle Hefner of Money Creek, Illinois.

The album is approximately 3-3/4" x 2-3/4" and contains the sentiments of 30 of Estella's relatives and friends.  An alphabetical list appears at the end of this post.

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

Estella Belle Hefner was born 27 February 1878 at Money Creek, Illinois, the daughter of George Michael Hefner and Sarah Elizabeth (Durham) Hefner, who were born at Money Creek, Illinois, and Morgan, West Virginia, respectively.

Estella's two sisters wrote in her album.  Cora Hefner of Money Creek, Illinois, signed a page on February 21, 1886.

Estella's sister Nellie Rosanna Hefner signed a page on August 2, 1885.

Three of Estella's cousins signed pages.  Two were the siblings James Marston Hefner and Ida May Hefner.  Ida signed two pages, both on "1-3-1883".

Cousin Jennie Dawson signed at Lexington, Illinois, on March 3, but she didn't indicate the year.

Another person named Dawson signed a page in the album.  He was George E. Dawson.

In the latter half of the 1890s, Estella Belle Hefner married Benjamin Frank Flesher, son of William McCoy Flesher and Rebecca Jane Ann (Pirtle) Flesher.  Benjamin was born 5 October 1869 at Lexington, Illinois.
The couple had, as far as I could determine, one child, a son Benjamin Franklin Flesher, Jr.  Franklin Sr. died in 1931 and Estella in 1960.

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

Surnames in the Album [Some appear multiple times.]

Mont or Mont.

Signers in the album:  [Note: given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.;]
  • "Your Friend Johnie".  Signed another page as well.
  • A. B., signed on "7-8-84"
  • Carrie
  • Harry
  • Flora, signed on August 2 [no year written]
  • Theodore E. Adreon, signed on May 21, 1883.  He signed another page in the album as well.
  • Ollie Beasley, signed on January 21, 1885
  • Joseph Beasley, signed on January 2, 1885
  • D. D. Bishop of Towanda, Illinois
  • Nellie; can't decipher surname - possibly Brown or Brower
  • Sarah Brown, signed at Lexington, Illinois, on January 5, 1883
  • Jennie Dawson, signed at Lexington, Illinois, on March 3 [no year written]; Estella's cousin
  • George E. Dawson
  • Name is hard to decipher, but possible Mag* Devore
  • Estella Belle Hefner of Money Creek, Illinois; album owner
  • James Hefner; Stella's cousin.  James Marston Hefner, brother  of signer Ida May Hefner.
  • Ida Hefner, signed on December 23, 1882; Estella's cousin.  She was Ida May Hefner, sister of signer James Hefner.  Ida signed another page in the album as well.
  • Nellie, signed on August 2, 1885; Estella's older sister Nellie Rosanna Hefner, born 1874
  • Cora, signed on February 21, 1886 at Money Creek, Illinois; Estella's older sister Cora Hefner, born about 1869.
  • Osborn Hefner
  • D. Henline, signed "1-5-83".
  • William Hutcheson, signed on January 21, 1885
  • Barbara Janes, signed at Lexington, Illinois, on January 5, 1883
  • Minnie Janes, signed on June 16, 1886
  • ? Bell McMullen, signed on June 16, 1883
  • Allie Mont, signed at Lexington, Illinois, on January 3 [no year written].  It looks as though there's a dot after her surname; she may have been Allie Montgomery or Alice Montgomery or ?
  • Hattie Richards.  She was likely the same Hattie Richards who signed another page.
  • William Stickler of Lexington, Illinois, signed on February 2, 1886
  • Polly Wilson
  • Kitty Young.  There was another Kitty Young who signed in the album, but the handwriting is different.  Either the pages were written by the same Kitty at different points in her life or they are two different people
  • William Young, signed at Piper City, Illinois, on January 22, 1885
Money Creek, Illinois

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