Wednesday, April 30, 2014

1870s Autograph Album of Emma L. Hintz of Boston, Massachusetts


1870s autograph album of Emma L. Hintz of Boston, Massachusetts.  The album was presented to Emma by Eddie Scott Bennett at South Boston, Massachusetts, on June 23, 1873.


The album is approximately 8-1/2" x 7" and contains the sentiments of 28 of Emma's friends, some of whom might have been classmates or fellow teachers.  One person drew a full page sketch of a sailboat.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

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

Emma L. Hintz was born in Prussia about 1852, the daughter of Frederick and Maria E. (Strange) Hintz.   The Hintz family papers, including a circa 1880 carte de visite of Emma, are held by the Pennsylvania Historical Society.  The description of the papers mentions that Emma's father, a native of Poland and a carpenter, came to the United States from Konigsberg, Germany, in 1853, in advance of his wife and three daughters, who joined him in 1856.  Before his family joined him, Frederick had lived at East Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Roxbury, Massachusetts, but the family settled at New Ulm, Minnesota.  Apparently, though, they later moved to Boston, Massacshusetts.

Emma's sisters were Jennie Hintz and W. Bertha Hintz.  Jennie was living with Emma's family at Yonkers, New York, at the time of the 1900 and 1910 Censuses.

On 23 January 1884 at Boston, Massachusetts, Emma L. Hintz married Henry W. Nye, son of Ebenezer and  Mehitable (Dearth) Nye.  Henry was born at North Brookfield, Massachusetts, on 3 March 1848.   Emma and Henry had at least one child, Berthold Hintz Nye, born 27 October 1886 at Boston, Massachusetts.  He graduated from Columbia University in 1909 and married Dorothy Catherine Draper.

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.

Two of the signers were related to Emma's future husband Henry W. Nye.  They were Henry's paternal uncle, Bonum Nye, and Bonum's daughter Mattie B. N. Bishop of North Brookfield, Massachusetts, who signed their pages in July 1878.



One signer, C. H. Dunton, wrote a year that looks like 1887, but that would be later than any other page, so I'm thinking that he actually wrote 1881.  There's a full page sketch on the right facing page that's dated 1881.  Additionally, another person named L. Dunton of Boston, Massachusetts, signed a page in 1881.



Surnames in the album

?    [3]
Bennett
Bishop
Clark    [2]
Cotter
Crosby
Cutler
Day
de Senancour
Dunton    [2]
Easton
Gibbs
Hintz
Knott
Nye
Paddock    [4]
Stephens
Stevens
Thacher
Titcombe
Whitney
Woodbury

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

?
  • Unsigned
  • S. E. R.
  • L. M. C, signed in 1874; not sure of initials
B
  • Eddie Scott Bennett; he presented the album to Emma L. Hintz on June 23, 1873
  • Mattie B. N. Bishop of North Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed on July 26, 1878; daughter of signer Bonum Nye
C
  • Wilma E. Clark
  • C. Goodwin Clark, signed at the Lincoln School in June 1873. He was the Master of the Lincoln School, located on Broadway.
  • Robert Cotter, or Robert Cotler
  • May Crosby, signed at City Point, on June 23, 1873
  • Mary Cutler, signed on June 23, 1873
D
  • Edward E. Day, signed on August 27, 1878
  • Philippe de Senancour, signed 8 August 1879 at M.I.S. Institute, Martha's Vineyard Summer Institute. He was born at Paris, France about 1836 and emigrated to the United States. He married Elizabeth Durrell Bunker on 19 August 1886 at Boston, Massachusetts.  Read more about the Martha's Vineyard Summer Institute here.
  • C. H. Dunton, signed on 30 July 1887, or possibly 1881, as there is a sketch on the facing page of a sailing vessel "The Pignig", dated July 1881
  • L. Dunton of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on July 31, 1881
E
  • Lizzie Easton, signed at City Point, on June 24, 1873
G
  • Jennie L. Gibbs
H
  • Emma L. Hintz of Boston, Massachusetts; album owner; presented to her by Eddie Scott Bennett on June 23, 1873
K
  • George T. Knott, signed on December 27, 1876; student at Yale University, Class of 1878
N
  • Bonum Nye of North Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed on July 27, 1878; father of signer Mattie B. N. Bishop.  He was a paternal uncle to Henry W. Nye, Emma L. Hintz' future husband
P
  • Mary H. Paddock
  • Henry C. Paddock, signed at North Craftsbury, Vermont, on September 2, 1874.  He was Henry Crafts Paddock who shared the page with his wife Marion Wallace (Merrill) Paddock
  • Marion M. Paddock, signed at North Craftsbury, Vermont, on September 2, 1874.  She was Marion Wallace (Merrill) Paddock, who shared the page with her husband Henry Crafts Paddock.
  • A. M. Paddock of Yonkers, New York
S
  • Matilda Stephens, signed on June 23, 1873
  • Harry N. Stevens of Craftsbury Common, Vermont, signed on September 3, 1874
T
  • Bel Thacher, signed on July 1, 1973
  • William H. Titcombe, signed on July 15, 1873. Sketched a pond or stream scene.
W
  • Leland A. Whitney, signed at North Craftsbury, Vermont, on September 3, 1874
  • Erwin G. Woodbury of North Craftsbury, Vermont, signed on September 3, 1874
Boston, Massachusetts


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