Sunday, February 16, 2014

1883-1894 Autograph Album of Annie Belle Gee of Pownal, Maine


1883-1894 autograph album that reportedly belonged to Annie Belle Gee, "Belle", of Pownal, Maine.  Annie signed two pages in the middle of the album, one of them on January 21, 1894.



The album is approximately 5-1/2" x 3-1/2" and contains the sentiments of 21 of Belle's relatives, friends and teacher.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

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

Annie Belle Gee was born 18 February 1879, the daughter of George Edward Gee and Abbie A. (Ells) Gee.  I found a network of websites with Ells genealogy that provided some interesting stories of the Ells and Gee families, including of Belle and her older brother Berton Ells Gee, who lived out their lives on the family farm.

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!

Mary Brackett of Pownal, Maine, inscribed a page on January 24, 1884, and called herself Belle's aunt.


Georgie Johnson and Clara E. Johnson of Portland, Maine, called themselves Belle's cousins.



Edward E. Orr of Knightville, Maine, signed a page on April 6, 1884, and called himself Belle's cousin.


Another cousin, whose name I couldn't decipher, perhaps Rodie, signed a page on December 4, 1883.


Belle's teacher, Hattie Tuttle of Pownal, Maine, signed a page on November 12, 1886.


List of Surnames  [Some appear multiple times.]

Brackett
Cooper
Fogg
Gee
Goddard
Hatch
Holmes
Johnson
Libby
Litchfield
Merrill
Orr
Tuttle

Signers in the album   [Note: given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]

?
  • Nodie [or Rodie or Bodie or ?], signed on December 4, 1883; Belle's cousin
  • Matie Hones of Pownal, Maine [young handwriting, may be misspelled]; page is partially missing
B
  • Mary Brackett of Pownal, Maine, signed on January 24, 1884; Belle's aunt
C
  • Edith E. Cooper of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on August 27, 1888
F
  • Abby S. Fogg of Freeport, Maine, signed on December 14, 1885
G
  • Annie Belle Gee of Pownal, Maine; album owner.  She signed two pages in the middle of the album.
  • Ernest L. Gee of Freeport, Maine, signed on July 5, 1885
  • Grace L. Gee of Freeport, Maine, signed on July 5, 1885
  • Mamie W. Goddard of Pownal, Maine, signed on August 15, 1881
H
  • Leola E. Hatch of Pownal, Maine, signed on January 5, 1894
  • Wilbur R. Hatch of Pownal, Maine
  • Annie Holmes of Pownal, Maine, signed on January 5, 1894; Belle's schoolmate
J
  • Georgie Johnson of Portland, Maine; Belle's cousin.  Middle initial might be C or ?
  • Clara E. Johnson of Portland, Maine; Belle's cousin
L
  • Almeda B. Libby of Pownal, Maine, signed on January 5, 1894
  • Ada R. Libby of Pownal, Maine, signed on November 12, 1886
  • Alice C. Libby of Pownal, Maine, signed on November 12, 1886
  • Thomas A. Litchfield of Pownal, Maine, signed on January 5, 1894
  • Josie O. Litchfield of Pownal, Maine, signed on January 5, 1894
M
  • Julia A. Merrill of Pownal, Maine
O
  • Edward E. Orr of Knightville, Maine, signed on April 6, 1884; Belle's cousin
T
  • Hattie Tuttle of Pownal, Maine, signed on November 12, 1886; Belle's teacher
Pownal, Maine


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