Monday, March 17, 2014

1880s Autograph Album of Mary F. Blanchard of Dayville, Connecticut, compiled while at Danielsonville High School


1880s autograph album that belonged to Mary F. Blanchard, "Mamie", of Dayville, Connecticut, kept while she was attending Danielsonville High School.  Dayville and Danielsonville are villages in the town of Killingly, Connecticut.


See another post that features the autograph album of Evangeline Gertrude Cooper, "Eva", who also attended Danielsonville High School in the 1880s.  Many of the signers in Eva's album also signed pages in Mary's album.  Mary herself signed a page in Eva's album and called herself Mamie F. Blanchard.


And in turn, Eva signed a page in Mary's album.


The album is approximately 7-1/4" x 4-1/4" and contains the sentiments of over 80 of Mary's friends and schoolmates.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this  post.   The album features several illustrations scattered throughout, and some signers took advantage of those pages.


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

Mary F. Blanchard was born 2 May 1866 at Foster, Rhode Island, the daughter of Civil War veteran Caleb and Martha M. (Preston) Blanchard, who were born at Connecticut and Rhode Island respectively.  Caleb Blanchard's Civil War letters were published, with a date of 1851, which must be a typographical error.

I don't believe Mary ever married.  She lived with her parents until their deaths, and I never noticed an occupation listed for any of them in the Censuses.

The only signer who indicated a family relationship with Mary was her cousin George W. Eddy of Marysville, Kansas, who dated his page October 22, 1887.  His parents were William Waldo Eddy and Nancy F. (Blanchard) Eddy, who was a sister to Mary's father Caleb Blanchard.


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

Thirteen people signed a page at a Gossamer Masquerade at Mere Point, Maine, held in August 1883:
  1. Bertha L. Wilson
  2.   Alice G. Patten
  3.  Etta Gage;
  4.   Addie E. Blanchard;
  5.   Nettie E. Clark
  6.  Arthur Dean
  7. Martha B. Colby
  8.  Mrs. W. Pulsifer
  9.  Belle V. Merryman;
  10.   Frank Hyde;
  11.   Mollie L. Danielson;
  12.   Annie L. Dean [could be Annie S. Dean]
  13.  Milton O. Dean
Ten members of the Class of 1885, presumably at Danielsonville High School signed a page:
  1. Mary L. Geer
  2. Mary I. Woodward
  3. Clara B. Day
  4. Nellie A. Codding
  5. E. L. Chesbrough
  6. William F. Brown
  7. E. L. Bowen
  8. J. McLaughlin
  9. Helen L. Chapman
  10. Alice E. Sweet
Surnames in the album:  [Some appear multiple times.]

Aldrich                                  
Allen                   
Ayer
Bassett
Blackmar
Blanchard
Blauvelt
Bowen
Brainard
Brown
Burlingame
Call
Chapman
Chase
Chesbrough
Clark
Clemens
Codding
Colby
Cooper
Cutler
Danielson
Day
Dean
Eddy
Gage
Geer
Gleason
Griffin
Hammett
Hayward
Hopkins
Hyde
Kimball
Lathrop
Lovett
Lyon
McLaughlin
Merryman
Ogilvie
Palmer
Patten
Pendleton
Phillips
Pulsifer
Sanger
Somes
Soule
Sparks
Stevens
Stokes
Stone
Sweet
Thomas
Tillinghast
Tracy
Webster
Welles
White
Williams
Wilson
Woodward
Young

Signers in the album:   [Note: Given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.  Some people signed both individual pages and group pages.]

A
  • Edith L. Aldrich of East Killingly, Connecticut, signed at D.H.S. on June 20, 1883
  • Mary R. Allen of Pomfret, Connecticut, "Class of '83"
  • Hattie L. Ayer of Killingly, Connecticut, signed on November 27, 1882
B
  • John C. Bassett [not sure of surname] of Danielsonville, Connecticut, signed on March 13, 1882
  • Florence I. Blackmar of Danielson, Connecticut
  • Mary F. Blanchard of Dayville, Connecticut, written on Christmas Day in 1881; album owner
  • Addie E. Blanchard; on a page signed by multiple people at a Gossamer Masquerade at Mere Point, Maine, in August 1883
  • Myrtie Blanchard, signed on "4-12-1882
  • A. Estelle Blauvelt of New York City, signed at Sea Point, Maine, on July 31, 1883
  • Edgar L. Bowen of Danielsonville, Connecticut, signed on March 2, 1882, at D.H.S.
  • E. L. Bowen; on a page signed by multiple members of the Class of 1885, presumably at Danielsonville High School
  • Charles E. Brainard of Crompton, Rhode Island, signed on January 9, 1882. Crompton is a community in the village of West Warwick, Rhode Island.
  • William F. Brown; on a page signed by multiple members of the Class of 1885, presumably at Danielsonville High School
  • William F. Brown of Danielsonville, Connecticut, signed on June 12, 1885, Class of 1885, D.H.S.
  • Sadie M. Burlingame of Danielsonville, Connecticut, signed on November 28, 1882
C
  • Arthur G. Call of Danielsonville, Connecticut, signed on March 7, 1883, at D.H.S.
  • Helen L. Chapman; on a page signed by multiple members of the Class of 1885, presumably at Danielsonville High School
  • Helen L. Chapman of Danielsonville, Connecticut, signed on January 21, 1882
  • F. Myrtie Chase of Danielsonville, Connecticut, signed on January 9, 1882
  • E. L. Chesbrough; on a page signed by multiple members of the Class of 1885, presumably at Danielsonville High School
  • Nettie E. Clark; on a page signed by multiple people at a Gossamer Masquerade at Mere Point, Maine, in August 1883
  • John P. Clark of Canterbury, Connecticut, signed at D.H.S. on May 31, 1882
  • Nettie E. Clark of Danielsonville, Connecticut, signed on May 15, 1882
  • Mary H. Clemens of Oak Park, Illinois, signed on August 18, 1883; she was a teacher in Illinois
  • Nellie A. Codding; on a page signed by multiple members of the Class of 1885, presumably at Danielsonville High School
  • Mattie B. Colby of Topsham, Maine, signed at Mere Point, Maine, on August 22, 1883; presumably Martha B. Colby, born 19 November 1857 at Topsham, Maine, daughter of Ebenezer George Colby and Mary Ann (Gage) Colby.
  • Martha B. Colby; on a page signed by multiple people at a Gossamer Masquerade at Mere Point, Maine, in August 1883
  • Eva G. Cooper of Danielsonville, Connecticut, signed on October 24, 1883
  • Mary E. Cutler of Central Village, Connecticut, signed on March 1, 1883
D
  • Mollie L. Danielson; on a page signed by multiple people at a Gossamer Masquerade at Mere Point, Maine, in August 1883
  • Mollie L. Danielson of Danielsonville, Connecticut, signed on April 24, 1883
  • Clara B. Day; on a page signed by multiple members of the Class of 1885, presumably at Danielsonville High School
  • Clara B. Day of Brooklyn, Connecticut, signed on January 10, 1882
  • Sam C. Day, signed on November 14, 1882 at D.H.S.
  • Arthur Dean; on a page signed by multiple people at a Gossamer Masquerade at Mere Point, Maine, in August 1883
  • Annie L. Dean; [could be Annie S. Dean]; on a page signed by multiple people at a Gossamer Masquerade at Mere Point, Maine, in August 1883
  • Milton O. Dean; on a page signed by multiple people at a Gossamer Masquerade at Mere Point, Maine, in August 1883
  • A. A. Dean of Danielsonville, Connecticut
  • Annie L. Dean of Taunton, Massachusetts, signed at Sea Point, Maine, on August 15, 1883
E
  • George W. Eddy of Marysville, Kansas, signed on October 22, 1887; Mary's cousin George Waldo Eddy, son of William Waldo Eddy and Nancy F. (Blanchard) Eddy, sister of Mary's father Caleb Blanchard.
G
  • Etta Gage; on a page signed by multiple people at a Gossamer Masquerade at Mere Point, Maine, in August 1883
  • Henrietta Gage of Benton, Maine, signed at Mere Point, Maine, on August 22, 1883
  • Mary L. Geer of Central Village, Connecticut, signed on November 6, 1882, at Danielsonville, Connecticut; "Class of 1881"
  • Mary L. Geer; on a page signed by multiple members of the Class of 1885, presumably at Danielsonville High School
  • Nellie May Gleason of Danielsonville, Connecticut, signed at D.H.S. on January 13, 1882
  • M. Louise Griffin, signed at Danielsonville, Connecticut, on February 7 [no year written] at D.H.S.
H
  • Nellie L. Hammett of Danielsonville, Connecticut, signed on February 27, 1882
  • Abbie M. Hammett of Danielsonville, Connecticut, signed on February 27, 1882
  • Jennie C. Hayward of Jersey City, New Jersey, signed on August 21, 1882
  • Eliza Belle Hopkins of Danielsonville, Connecticut, signed on May 11, 1883
  • Frank C. Hyde of Boston, Massachusetts, signed at Sea Point, Maine, August 27, 1883
  • Frank Hyde; on a page signed by multiple people at a Gossamer Masquerade at Mere Point, Maine, in August 1883
K
  • Annie B. Kimball, signed at Dayville, Connecticut, on March 30, 1886
L
  • Annie A. Lathrop of Danielsonville, Connecticut, signed on January 3, 1882
  • Arthur B. Lovett of Attawaugan, Connecticut, signed on March 5, 1883
  • Adabelle C. Lyon of Danielsonville, Connecticut, signed on November 16, 1882
M
  • J. McLaughlin; on a page signed by multiple members of the Class of 1885, presumably at Danielsonville High School
  • James McLaughlin of Danielsonville, Connecticut
  • Belle V. Merryman; on a page signed by multiple people at a Gossamer Masquerade at Mere Point, Maine, in August 1883
O
  • Margaret F. Ogilvie, signed at Dundee, Scotland on 18 August 1894 [or 1897]
P
  • Frank E. Palmer of Canterbury Green, Connecticut, signed on November 14, 1882
  • Alice G. Patten; on a page signed by multiple people at a Gossamer Masquerade at Mere Point, Maine, in August 1883
  • Alice G. Patten of Watertown, Massachusetts, signed on January 26, 1882 at D.H.S.
  • Emma F. Pendleton of Taunton, Massachusetts, signed at Sea Point, Maine, on August 13 [no year written]
  • Minnie Phillips, signed at Norwich, Connecticut, on May 21, 1887
  • Mrs. W. Pulsifer; on a page signed by multiple people at a Gossamer Masquerade at Mere Point, Maine, in August 1883
  • Mrs. Addie P. Pulsifer of Lewiston, Maine, signed at Mere Point on August 23, 1883
S
  • Frank D. Sanger of Canterbury, Connecticut
  • A. P. Somes of Danielsonville, Connecticut, signed on January 12, 1882; presumably Aurin P. Somes
  • Mary C. Soule of Hampton, Connecticut, signed at D.H.S. on October 26, 1883; presumably Mary Caroline Soule, born 1867; died 1927
  • Bertha C. Sparks of Mystic River, Connecticut, signed on February 27, 1882
  • Miss Bertha L. Stevens of Danielsonville, Connecticut, signed on January 18, 1882
  • Clara B. Stokes, signed at Dayville, Connecticut, on February 11, 1882
  • Annie M. Stokes, signed at Providence, Rhode Island, on February 10, 1882
  • Charles D. Stone of Danielsonville, Connecticut, signed on October 25, 1883 at D.H.S.
  • Alice E. Sweet; on a page signed by multiple members of the Class of 1885, presumably at Danielsonville High School
  • Alice Sweet
T
  • Mortimer W. Thomas of Danielsonville, Connecticut
  • L. M. Tillinghast, signed at D.H.S. on February 2, 1882
  • Clara E. Tillinghast of Danielsonville, Connecticut, signed at D.H.S. on May 10, 1882
  • Ellen H. Tracy of Putnam, Connecticut, signed at Dayville, Connecticut
W
  • Lillian E. Webster of Dayville, Connecticut, signed on Decoration Day in 1883
  • Mary C. Welles of Newington, Connecticut, signed on January 18, 1885
  • Weston L. White
  • Frank B. Williams, signed at D.H.S. on June 12, 1882
  • Bertha L. Wilson; on a page signed by multiple people at a Gossamer Masquerade at Mere Point, Maine, in August 1883
  • Bertha L. Wilson, signed on February 18, 1882
  • Mary I. Woodward; on a page signed by multiple members of the Class of 1885, presumably at Danielsonville High School
  • Mary I. Woodward of Danielsonville, Connecticut, signed on June 10, 1885; "Class of '85"
Y
  • John E. Young of Danielsonville, Connecticut, signed at D.H.S. in 1882
Dayville, Connecticut, within the town of Killingly


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