Friday, March 28, 2014

1880s Autograph Album of Nina F. Blanchard, "Ninnie", of Worcester, Massachusetts


1880s autograph album of Nina F. Blanchard of Worcester, Massachusetts.  Her birth record gives her name as Ninnie Blanchard.


The album is approximately 8-1/2" x 6-1/2" and contains the sentiments of 28 of Nina's relatives, friends and schoolmates from the Class of 1889 at Worcester High School.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post; if signers indicated their high school and class, that information is included in the list.

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

Nina F. Blanchard, or Ninnie as her birth record shows, was born 24 April 1869 at Worcester, Massachusetts, the daughter of Emerson and Frances Jane (Scott) Blanchard, who were born at Pittston, Maine, and Williamstown, Massachusetts, respectively.

Emerson's grandfather Nicholas Blanchard moved his family from Pittston to Kingfield, Maine, about 1812, but apparently there were still ties to Pittston, as some of Nicholas' children moved back and forth.  Emerson's father, Nicholas' son Nicholas, was one of these, with some of his children with wife Anna (Tufts) Blanchard born at Pittston and some at Kingfield.  This according to a comments I found online from someone who had seen a family Bible that contained the marriage date and place of Emerson's parents Nicholas and Anna (Tufts) Blanchard as 24 November 1834 at Kingfield, Maine, and the dates and places of birth of their children.

Nina's mother, Frances Jane (Scott) Blanchard, was born at Williamstown, Massachusetts, the daughter of Thomas and Amy Jane (Gardner) Scott.  Frances signed a page and its overleaf in Nina's album.



Nina's cousin, Fred S. Blanchard, son of Emerson Blanchard's brother Alphonso Blanchard, signed a page on May 4, 1897, the only page dated after the 1880s.  I don't know if Nina was visiting Kingfield, or Fred was visiting Worcester.


Bessie L. Blood of North Adams, Massachusetts, signed a page on May 24, 1888 and called herself "Your Old Maid Cousin."  Presumably she was a cousin from Nina's mother's side of the family.


On 25 July 1894 at Worcester, Massachusetts, Nina F. Blanchard married John Henry Scott, son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Newcomb) Scott.  The couple settled at Worcester, Massachusetts, and then Upton, Massachusetts.  Their children:

  1. Florence Nina Scott, born 23 November 1897
  2. Emerson B. Scott, born 25 October 1901

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!

Frank M. White signed an interesting page on May 24, 1888.  He indicated that he had come lately from the S.S. Parthia of the Canadian National Railway.  He wrote "A Relic of the Sea".  Was he referring to himself or the S.S. Parthia?


Surnames in the album

Baker
Blanchard     [3]
Blood
Brown     [2]
Burrage
Cutler
Daesen     [2]
Day
Dean
Doe
Gage
Holland
Larkin
Mayers
Parlin
Perry     [2]
Poore
Reed
Robbins
Sears
Smith
Warren     [2]
White

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

B
  • C. Isabel Baker of Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Nina F. Blanchard of Worcester, Massachusetts; album owner
  • Frances J. (Scott) Blanchard, Nina's mother, signed at Worcester, Massachusetts, signed a page and its overleaf on January 15, 1888
  • F. S. Blanchard of Kingfield, Maine, signed May 4, 1897. He was Fred S. Blanchard, son of Alphonso and Ellen B. (Wilbur) Blanchard. Alphonso and Nina's father Emerson Blanchard were brothers, sons of Nicholas and Anna (Tufts) Blanchard of Kingfield, Maine .
  • Bessie L. Blood of North Adams, Massachusetts, signed on May 24, 1888: "Your Old Maid Cousin"
  • Clara L. Brown of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on March 15, 1888; Worcester High School Class of 1889
  • Jennie B. Brown of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on March 15, 1888; Class of 1889 at Worcester High School
  • Gertrude A. Burrage of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on May 20, 1889, at Worcester High School, Class of 1889
C
  • Lottie Cutler of West Shefford, Quebec, signed on February 13, 1888
D
  • Carrie Daesen, signed on October 17, 1888
  • John J. Daesen of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Class of 1889, signed on October 18, 1888
  • Alice L. Day of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on March 8, 1888; Class of 1889 at Worcester High School
  • Carrie S. Dean of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on March 26, 1888; Worcester High School, Class of 1889
  • Nellie S. Doe of Worcester, Massachusetts; Class of 1889 at Worcester High School
G
  • Edward A. Gage of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on January 24, 1888 at Worcester High School
H
  • Minnie C. Holland of Hallowell, Maine, signed at Worcester, Massachusetts, on April 13, 1889; Minnie implied that she was moving to Michigan.
L
  • Grace Larkin of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on June 17, 1889. Sadly, Grace died in 1894
M
  • Hattie F. Mayers of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on April 1, 1888; Worcester High School, '89
P
  • Mabel Parlin of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on May 30, 1889; Worcester High School, Class of 1889
  • Alice J. Perry of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on March 19, 1888; Worcester High School, Class of 1889
  • Joseph H. Perry, signed on April 27, 1888
  • Adele Poore of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on June 20, 1889
R
  • Elsie G. Reed of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on April 5, 1888
  • Alice E. Robbins of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on March 27, 1888; Worcester High School, '89
S
  • Florence M. Sears of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on May 20, 1889
  • Abbie J. Smith of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on April 22, 1889; Worcester High School, Class of 1889
W
  • Julia F. Warren. She was Julia Florella (Cutler) Warren, whose husband Arthur G. Warren signed the next page.
  • Arthur G. Warren of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on February 20, 1888; his wife Julia Florella (Cutler) Warren signed the previous page.
  • Frank M. White, late of S. S. Parthia, C.P.R. Co., [Canadian Pacific Railway Co.], signed on May 24, 1888. "A relic of the Sea" 
Worcester, Massachusetts


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