Thursday, March 20, 2014

1879-1880s Autograph Album of Margaret E. Sheridan, "Maggie", of Manchester, Connecticut


1879-1880s autograph album of Margaret E. Sheridan, "Maggie", of Manchester, Connecticut.  


It appears that the album was presented to Maggie by T. J. Smith, who inscribed a presentation on the title page and a dedication page on March 6, 1879.  There was a Thomas J. Smith, born about 1855-1860, son of James and Ellen (Palmer) Smith, who lived at Manchester, Connecticut, but I don't know if he was the person who gave the album to Maggie.



The album is approximately 7" x 4-1/4" and contains the sentiments of nearly 90 of Maggie's relatives, friends and schoolmates.  An alphabetical list appears at the end of this post.

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

Margaret E. Sheridan, "Maggie", was born about 1863 in Connecticut, the daughter of Irish immigrants John and Ellen Sheridan.  She had several siblings who signed pages in her album.  The Nellie Sheridan of Manchester, Connecticut, who signed a page on February 22, 1879, was either Maggie's mother or her older sister.


Maggie's sister Della B. Sheridan of Manchester, Connecticut, signed two pages, one on February 13, 1883.  On one of the pages, Dell called her sister "Madge".




Sister Minnie L. Sheridan of Manchester, Connecticut, signed a page on February 24, 1879.


Sister Julia A. Sheridan of Manchester, Connecticut, signed a page on November 3, 1880.


The Annie Sheridan of Manchester, Connecticut, who signed a page on February 1, 1879, may have been Maggie's sister Hannah.


If you have additional information on the Sheridan family of Manchester, Connecticut, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

Maggie teacher, Mabel Cook of Manchester, Connecticut, signed a page on March 5, 1879.


E. A. Lydall of Manchester, Connecticut, signed a page on March 12, 1879 and incorporated his name and residence in an intricate design of a bird and scroll.  He was presumably Edwin A. Lydall.  Two other people with the surname Lydall signed pages in the album; refer to the list of signers below.


Hugh E. Merrigan of New London, Connecticut, also sketched a design on the page he inscribed on August 16, 1883.



Surnames in the album:   [Many appear multiple times.]

Barney
Brown
Bryant
Carney
Clark
Coleman
Colter
Colver
Cook
Daly
Dart
Dwyer
Finley
Fitzgerald
Grady
Holland
Horan
Kneass
Lash
Lentz
Lydall
Mahaney
Mahoney
Malley
Maloney
Martin
McCormack
Merrigan
Pitkin
Purtill
Quigeon
Rich
Risley
Robbins
Rose
Sellew
Shea
Sheridan
Slack
Smith
Spillane
Treat
Wall
Wickham
Williams
Woods
Young

Signers in the album:   [Note: given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]
  • Jennie, signed on February 23, 1879
  • Hattie
  • J. J. ? of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on October 22, 1882
  • Agatha
  • F. J. W. of Manchester, Connecticut
B
  • Charles J. Barney of East Hartford, Connecticut
  • Charlie H. Brown of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on March 4, 1879
  • Maurice C. Bryant of Manchester Green, Connecticut, signed on March 6, 1879
C
  • Nellie Carney, signed on April 27, 1879; middle initial might be C.
  • Lizzie M. Carney of East Hartford, Connecticut
  • Josie J. Clark of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on March 5, 1879
  • Mrs. Charles Coleman of Bolton, Connecticut, signed on April 8, 1879
  • Edward Coleman of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on March 30, 1879
  • Ella E. Coleman of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on March 30, 1879
  • Kitty Colter of Hartford, Connecticut, signed on August 13, 1882. Not positive of surname.
  • Nathan F. Colver, signed at North Manchester, Connecticut, signed on February 21, 1879
  • Mary E. Cook of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on March 5, 1879
  • Mabel Cook of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on March 5, 1879; Maggie's teacher
D
  • Annie Daly, signed on February 28, 1879
  • Jane Daly, signed on February 23 [no year written]
  • Mattie E. Dart of Vernon Wilderness, Connecticut, signed on April 4, 1881
  • Annie C. Dwyer of Buckland, Connecticut, signed on March 16, 1879
  • Mary A. Dwyer, signed at Buckland, Connecticut, signed on May 15, 1879
F
  • Mary Finley of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on March 4, 1879
  • Annie Fitzgerald of Portland, Connecticut, signed on August 20, 1883
G
  • Abbie Grady of Vernon Depot, Connecticut, signed on June 29, 1879
H
  • Frank Holland, signed at Manchester, Connecticut, signed on March 5, 1879
  • James Horan of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on April 12, 1879.  Shared the page with John F. Sheridan
  • James E. Horan of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on February 19, 1881
  • Hannah E. Horan of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on February 23, 1879
  • Minnie A. Horan of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on February 23, 1879
K
  • Eugene Kneass of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on February 27, 1884
  • Mrs. Frank O. Kneass, signed on February 27, 1879
  • Jennie E. Kneass of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on February 27, 1884
L
  • Mrs. Charles W. Last [or Last or ?] of North Manchester, Connecticut, signed on February 25, 1879
  • John W. Lentz of North Manchester, Connecticut, signed on January 5, 1882
  • Edwin H. Lentz of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on December 5, 1881
  • Walter E. Lydall of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on March 12, 1879
  • Willis J. Lydall of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on March 4, 1879; Maggie's schoolmate
  • E. A. Lydall, signed on March 12, 1879; sketched an intricate bird and scroll
M
  • Dennis Mahaney of Buckland, Connecticut, signed on May 10, 1879
  • Johanna Mahaney of Buckland, Connecticut, signed on March 5, 1879
  • Florence Mahaney of Buckland, Connecticut, signed on May 5, 1879
  • Nellie Mahoney of Buckland, Connecticut, signed on May 10, 1879
  • Mary A. Malley of Manchester Green, Connecticut, signed on May 25, 1879
  • M. J. Maloney, signed at North Manchester, Connecticut, on May 11, 1879
  • Lizzie Martin of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on February 11, 1879
  • Sara Martin of Manchester Green, Connecticut, signed on March 11, 1879
  • Eva Martin, signed at Manchester, Connecticut, signed on March 11, 1879
  • William McCormack, or William M. Cormack, of North Manchester, Connecticut, signed on March 25, 1879
  • Annie K. McCormack of North Manchester, Connecticut, signed on March 25, 1879
  • Hugh E. Merrigan of New London, Connecticut, signed on August 16, 1883; he sketched a design around his name.
  • Kittie E. Merrigan of New London, Connecticut, signed on August 17, 1885 [or 1880]
P
  • Minnie Pitkin of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on March 5, 1879. "School days at M.P.H.S."
  • Fred W. Pitkin of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on March 4, 1879; shared the page with William Young
  • J. W. Purtill, signed at North Manchester, Connecticut, on March 16, 1879; written on a sheet of paper glued into the album
Q
  • Eva J. Quigeon of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on April 9, 1879
R
  • Eva V. Rich, signed at East Hampton, Connecticut
  • Elsie L. Risley, signed at Manchester, Connecticut, on March 6, 1879
  • Henry Risley of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on March 16, 1879
  • Mary E. Risley, signed at Manchester, Connecticut, on March 6, 1879; M.P.H.S.
  • John S. Risley of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on March 6, 1879
  • Florence A. Robbins of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on March 5, 1879
  • Gertie C. Robbins of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on March 6, 1879
  • Charles H. Rose of North Manchester, Connecticut, signed on March 25, 1879
S
  • Nettie Sellew or Sellen or Sellers of Manchester, Connecticut; shared the page with Mary Young.
  • Dan Shea, signed at Buckland, Connecticut, on October 22, 1882
  • M. Sheridan of Manchester, Connecticut, written on the inside front cover and dated January 11, 1879; Maggie E. Sheridan, album owner
  • Della B. Sheridan of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on February 13, 1883; M.A.C.O. Della was Maggie's younger sister.
  • Nellie Sheridan of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on February 22, 1879. Nellie was either Maggie's mother or her older sister.
  • John F. Sheridan of Manchestser, Connecticut, signed on March 27, 1879; shared the page with James Horan of Manchester, Connecticut.  John F. Sheridan may have been the one who became Chief of Police in Manchester, Connecticut.  Maggie had a brother John Sheridan but I don't know if this John is he.
  • Annie Sheridan of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on February 1, 1879; W.A.B.K. Possibly Maggie's sister Hannah Sheridan.
  • Minnie L. Sheridan of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on February 24, 1879; Maggie's older sister
  • D. B. Sheridan
  • Dell; Maggie's sister, who called her "Madge"
  • Julia A. Sheridan of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on November 3, 1880. Maggie's sister.
  • Sammy Slack of Utica [no state given]
  • The title page reflects that the album was given to Maggie E. Sheridan by a friend in 1879. The "friend" was presumably T. J. Smith, who signed the next page on March 6, 1879 in dedication.
  • Miss Katie A. Spillane of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on April 30, 1878 [She may have meant 1879.]
T
  • Mrs. Mary Treat, of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on December 25, 1880; her husband Joseph signed another page in the album.
  • Joseph Treat of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on December 25, 1880. His wife Mary signed another page in the album.
W
  • John J. Wall of Manchester Green, Connecticut, signed on May 26, 1879
  • Anna M. Wickham of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on March 4, 1879
  • Edward J. Wickham of Manchester, Connecticut, signed on March 4, 1879
  • William Williams from England, then living at Slapgut, Connecticut [now known as the Parker Village section of Manchester, Connecticut], signed on September 12, 1879
  • Frank R. Woods of Manchester, Connecticut
Y
  • Mary Young of Manchester, Connecticut; shared the page with Nettie Sellew
  • William Young of Manchester, Connecticut; shared the page with Fred W. Pitkin
Manchester, Connecticut


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