Friday, March 21, 2014

1880s/1890s Autograph Album of Emma Pope of Hamburg, Illinois


1880s/1890s autograph album of Emma Pope of Hamburg, Illinois.  Emma inscribed her name on the title page and pasted a scrap in the upper right corner.


The album is approximately 6-1/4" x 3-3/4" and contains the sentiments of 40 of Emma's relatives and friends.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

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

Emma Pope was born about May 1866 in Illinois, the daughter of George M. and Catherine (Braun) Pope, German immigrants.   I believe Catherine had passed away before the album was started.  George M. Pope signed a page in the album on January 1, 1881, at Calhoun County, Illinois and included a poem that mentions ringing the "Swedenborgian bell".


Emma had three sisters, at least two of whom, possibly all three, signed pages in her album.  The Alice Pope of Bay, Illinois, in Calhoun County, who signed a page on December 26, 1880, was likely Emma's oldest sister, Alice Eliza Pope, who would marry Francis Marion Hasty, who also signed a page on that date.  They chose the first two pages in the album; perhaps they had given the album to Emma for Christmas 1880.



Emma's sister Rosa Barbara Pope, who would marry Emil Mueller, signed a page on February 27, 1887.


Another person indicated a sister relationship with Emma but left only what appears to be the initial L.  She was presumably Helena H. Pope, "Lena", the youngest of the four sisters, who would marry Minard J. Fischer.


On 3 February 1897 in Calhoun County, Illinois, Emma Pope married West Mahoney/Mahony, who was born in Maryland about 1854.  They farmed at South Dakota and raised a family of, I believe, five children: Ada, Edwin, Edna, Laura and Lillian.

By 1940, West was 85 and an inmate at a home in Aberdeen, South Dakota, listed as widowed.

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

Someone, presumably Emma, included two flower designs, at least one of which has the initials E.P.



Surnames in the album

Bess  [2]
Blackorby
Bovee  [5]
Busmann  [2]
Freesmeyer
Grigsby
Hasty  [3]
Horner
Irvin
McGary  [6]
Merida
Pope  [5]
Rosa  [7]
Rosa
Ruth
Schonstein
Shepherd
Southworth
Wineland

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

B
  • P. M. Bess, signed June 8, 1885; presumably Peter M. Bess, as the signer on the facing page was Miss Sarah Bess of Mozier, Illinois, who had a brother named Peter M. Bess.
  • Miss Sarah Bess, signed at Mozier, Illinois, on June 5, 1885; a P. M. Bess signed the facing page, presumably her brother Peter M. Bess.
  • Susie Blackorby; she married James F. Barnes on 19 May 1885 in Calhoun County, Illinois
  • S. Maggie Bovee of Mozier, Illinois, signed on May 12, 1885
  • Sarah, signed at Mozier, Illinois, on June 6, 1885. She signed in the midst of pages signed by the Bovee siblings and may have been a Bovee herself.
  • Belle Bovee, signed at Mozier, Illinois, on May 11, 1885
  • Ida Bovee, signed at Mozier, Illinois, on May 12, 1885
  • Emma Bovee, signed at Mozier, Illinois, on October 29, 1885
  • Adelina Busmann, signed at St. Louis, Missouri, on August 21, 1887
  • Emilie Busmann of 1911 North 12th Street, St. Louis, Missouri, signed on April 29, 1884
F
  • Josephina Freesmeyer, signed at Mozier, Illinois, on December 4, 1887
G
  • Viola C. Grigsby of Pittsfield, Illinois, signed on September 23, 1890
H
  • F. M. Hasty, signed December 26, 1880 in Calhoun County, Illinois. Presumably Francis Marion Hasty who married Emma's sister Alice Eliza Pope.  Alice signed the next page.
  • Lucy Hasty of Mozier, Illinois, signed on December 31, 1896
  • Lucy Hasty, signed at Mozier, Illinois, on December 28, 1896
  • J. H. Horner, signed at Pearl, Illinois, in Pike County, on January 6, 1882; not sure of middle initial
I
  • William W. Irvin, signed on April 27, 1884
M
  • Maggie McGary, signed on September 20, 1890
  • James McGary of Pittsfield, Illinois, signed on September 15, 1890
  • Belle McGary, signed at Pittsfield, Illinois, on September 18, 1890
  • Mary McGary, signed at Pittsfield, Illinois, on September 23 [no year written]
  • Mary McGary, signed at Pittsfield, Illinois, in 1890
  • Sallie McGary, signed at Pittsfield, Illinois, on September 15, 1890
  • Samuel, signed in Calhoun County, Illinois, on January 1, 1881; his surname runs off the page but he could have been Samuel Merida
P
  • Emma Pope, album owner, wrote her name on the title page.
  • Alice Pope, signed December 26, 1880 at Bay, Illinois, in Calhoun County; presumably Emma's sister Alice Eliza Pope, whose future husband Francis Marion hasty signed the previous page.
  • George M. Pope signed in Calhoun County, Illinois, on January 1, 1881; Emma's father
  • Rosa B. Pope; signed on February 27, 1887; Emma's sister Rosa Barbara Pope who would marry Emil Mueller
  • Emma's sister Helena H. Pope, "Lena", who signed with the initial L. on March 5, 1887.  She would marry Minard J. Fischer.
R
  • George W. Rosa; he was George Westley Rosa, son of signer Mrs. Ruth (Post) Rosa.
  • A. E. R., signed at Hamburg, Illinois, on April 21, 1885. Presumably Amanda Ellen Rosa, daughter of signer Mrs. Ruth (Post) Rosa.
  • Mary M. Rosa, signed at Hamburg, Illinois, on April 22, 1885; she was Mary Matilda Rosa, daughter of signer Mrs. Ruth (Post) Rosa.
  • William T. Rosa, signed at Hamburg, Illinois, on April 24, 1885; he was William Thomas Rosa, son of signer Mrs. Ruth (Post) Rosa.
  • John H. Rosa of Hamburg, Illinois, signed on April 22, 1885. He was John Henry Rosa, son of signer Ruth (Post) Rosa.
  • Ella Rosa, signed on April 22, 1885. Her mother, Ruth (Post) Rosa, also signed a page, as did several siblings.
  • Emma Rosa, signed at Hamburg, Illinois, on April 22, 1885. Her mother Ruth (Post) Rosa signed a page, as did several siblings.
  • Vina Roth of Mozier, Illinois, signed on October 30, 1885
S
  • Clara A. M. Schonstein, signed at Belleview, Illinois, on May 19, 1885; presumably the Clara who married William Schleiper on 3 February 1889 in Calhoun County, Illinois.
  • Ella Shepherd, signed in 1881
  • Dr. S. Southworth of Bay, Illinois, in Calhoun County, signed on November 29, 1882
W
  • Annie Wineland, signed on Hamburg, [presumably Illinois], on March 24, 1881
Hamburg, Illinois


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