Friday, April 4, 2014

1870s Autograph Album of Stiles Ashbel Crandall of Mystic, Connecticut, compiled while a student at Connecticut Literary Institute


1870s autograph album of Stiles Ashbel Crandall of Mystic, Connecticut.  Stiles Ashbel Crandall evidently went by the name Ashbel or Ashy, at least during this period in this life.

See another post that features the 1880s-1905 autograph album of Stiles Ashbel Crandall's mother, Caroline Lydia (Greene) Crandall.

Ashbel's album contains many pages signed by his fellow students at Connecticut Literary Institute at Suffield, Connecticut, now known as Suffield Academy, and by three fellow students at the State University of Iowa, where he later studied law.


The album is approximately 5-3/4" x 3-1/2" and is rather thick for its linear dimensions.  It contains the sentiments of over 100 of Stiles Ashbel Crandall's relatives, friends and schoolmates.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

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

Stiles Ashbel Crandall was born 12 October 1851 at Ledyard, Connecticut, the son of Stiles Woodbridge Crandall and Caroline Lydia (Greene) Crandall, who were born at Groton, Connecticut, and Stonington, Connecticut, respectively.

On 25 April 1883, Stiles Ashbel Crandall married Jane Frances Stoddard, daughter of Sanford Billings Stoddard and Mary (Stoddard) Stoddard.  The couple had two children:
  1. Mary Stoddard Crandall, born 9 January 1884 at Norwich, Connecticut; married Philip Stoddard Rigg
  2. Billings Francis Stoddard Crandall, born 13 June 1885 at Ledyard, Connecticut; married Mary Louise Haley
Both children signed pages in the album, when it apparently came to light in a later era.l, Mary Stoddard Crandall in 1899 and Billings Francis Stoddard Crandall in 1894.



Sadly, Mary (Stoddard) Crandall died within days after the birth of Billings Francis Stoddard Crandall.  I don't believe that Ashbel remarried.  

After a stint of teaching, Stiles Ashbel Crandall studied law at the State University of Iowa, from which he graduated in 1878.  He set up his practice at Norwich, Connecticut.  In 1893 he served in the Connecticut State Senate and ran for lieutenant governor in 1895.  He was a Mason and spent the last year of his life in the Masonic Home in Wallingford County, where he died.

Find more information and a photograph of Stiles Ashbel Crandall here.

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!

Surnames in the album

Abell
Aldrich
Andrews
Atwood
Austin  [4]
Avery
Barber
Bartlett
Booth
Brown    [4]
Browne
Cadwell
Camp
Crandall    [3]
Cummings
Daniels
Davis    [2]
Dewhurst
Downs
English
Eno
Flower
Fortune     [2]
Freeman
Funk
Gallup    [4]
Gardner
Gould
Greene    [2]
Halladay
Hastings
Heath
Hempstead
Johnson    [2]
Keyes
Kinney
Lamb
Latham
Lawrence    [2]
Leavitt
Logan
Maranvill
Mather
Mathewson    [2]
McClees
McGurie
Meranda
Middleton
Miller
Mintle
Morse    [2]
Myerly
Palmer
Patten
Pease
Phelps
Pickett
Pierpont
Plummer
Post
Prout
Roberts    [2]
Robertson    [3]
Rogers
Root
Sikes
Sisson
Spencer    [2]
Stephens
Stiles
Sweet
Thomson
Tillinghast
Turner
Tyler
Vose
Wheeler    [2]
Williams    [3]
Woodward
Wright
Young

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

A
  • Charles B. Abell of Agawam, Massachusetts, signed at Suffield, Connecticut, on November 21, 1870
  • Annie S. Aldrich of Smithfield, Rhode Island, signed at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • E. Benjamin Andrews
  • William Atwood of Montville, Connecticut, signed on August 7, 1877
  • Julia M. Austin of Suffield, Connecticut, signed at Connecticut Literary Institute on November 3, 1870
  • Nellie Austin of Suffield, Connecticut, signed at Connecticut Literary Institute on October 2, 1870
  • Julia Austin of Suffield, Connecticut, signed on November 1, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • George A. Austin of Suffield, Connecticut, signed on March 11, 1871 at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • N. Avery of ? Bridge, Connecticut, signed on December 6, 1872; Poqronoc? Pogronoc?
B
  • Clarence H. Barber of Canton Center, Connecticut, signed on November 8, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • Jennie A. Bartlett, signed on November 3, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute; Class of 1873
  • G. Booth of Derby, Connecticut, signed on November 9, 1870; Class of 1872
  • Albert Z. Brown of Ledyard, Connecticut, signed on June 1, 1873
  • George Brown of Washington, Connecticut; middle initial might be T.
  • F. H. Brown of Colchester, Connecticut, signed on November 8, 1870
  • William J. Brown of Ledyard, Connecticut, signed on June 1, 1873
  • Inez Browne of Tolland, Connecticut, signed on November 1, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute
C
  • C. A. Cadwell of Southington, Connecticut, signed on November 7, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute, Class of 1872
  • Mary F. Camp of Wolcottville, Connecticut, signed at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • S. A. Crandall of Mystic, Connecticut; Stiles Ashbel Crandall, album owner. He went by Ashbel or Ashy, at least during this period.
  • Mary S. Crandall of Old Mystic, Connecticut, signed on January 2, 1899; Stiles' daughter Mary Stoddard Crandall
  • Billings F. S. Crandall of Ledyard, Connecticut, signed on January 17, 1894; Ashbel's son Billings Francis Stoddard Crandall
  • May Cummings of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, signed at Mystic, Connecticut, in 1877
D
  • A. E. Daniels of Suffield, Connecticut, signed on November 9, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute; Class of 1873
  • Orlando J. Davis of West Acton, Massachusetts, signed on November 8, 1870; presumably at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • M. A. Davis of Groton Centre, Massachusetts, signed on November 1, 1870
  • Fred E. Dewhurst, Colby University 1878; signed at Mystic, Connecticut, on August 30, 1877
  • Mary A. Downs of Sandisfield, Massachusetts, signed in 1871 at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • John English, signed November 21, 1870; middle initial either N or M
E
  • Lewis G. Eno of Simsbury, Connecticut, signed at Connecticut Literary Institute
F
  • J. H. Flower of Agawam, Massachusetts, signed on November 5, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • Lizzie Fortune of Elizabeth City, New Jersey, signed at Connecticut Literary Institute, on February 26, 1871
  • David J. Fortune of Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • S. H. Freeman of Southington, Connecticut
  • Frank W. Funk of Keota, Iowa, signed on September 15, 1877
G
  • Jennie W. Gallup of Ledyard, Connecticut, signed at Gallup Hill on May 2, 1871
  • Emily Gallup, signed at Mystic, Connecticut, on July 22, 1871
  • Noyes P. Gallup of Mystic, Connecticut, signed on August 20, 1871
  • Mary E. Gallup, signed at Mystic, Connecticut, on July 13, 1871
  • Eugene S. Gardner of Norwich, Connecticut, signed on March 4, 1871; Ashbel's classmate in Latin, presumably at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • Frank W. Gould of Moline, Illinois, signed at Connecticut Literary Institute; Class of 1872
  • James Greene of Savannah, Georgia, signed on September 29, 1881; perhaps related to Ashbel's mother Caroline Lydia (Greene) Crandall.
  • F. L. Greene of Savannah, Georgia, signed October 29, 1881; Ashbel's aunt
H
  • Edmund Halladay of Suffield, Connecticut, signed in Spring 1871 at Connecticut Literary Institute; " 6 ft 3 in"
  • Judson W. Hastings of Suffield, Connecticut, signed on November 9, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute; Class of 1872
  • Lillie M. Heath of Hartford, Connecticut, signed on February 27, 1871 at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • E. J. Hempstead of New London, Connecticut, signed on August 16, 1876
J
  • A. C. Johnson of Malone, New York, signed on November 7, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • M. M. Johnson of Malone, New York, signed on November 7, 1870, at Connecticut Literary Institute
K
  • Rachel Keyes of Suffield, Connecticut, signed on February 28, 1871
  • Myron W. Kinney of Washington, Connecticut, signed on October 1, 1870; Class of 1872, presumably at Connecticut Literary Institute, as he mentioned a group that other C.L.I. students mentioned.
L
  • J. Curtis Lamb of Centre Groton, Connecticut; at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • Frank T. Latham of Orient Point, Long Island, New York
  • Miss Cora D. Lawrence of West Meriden, Connecticut; Ashbel's schoolmate at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • Virginia M. Lawrence of Malone, New York
  • Julius A. Leavitt of Cornish, New Hampshire, signed at Connecticut Literary Institute, Class of 1871
  • Scott Logan of Mount Holly,New Jersey, signed at Connecticut Literary Institute
M
  • Rosie Maranvill of Sunderland, Massachusetts, signed on November 3, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • H. F. Mather, signed on October 29, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute, Suffield, Connecticut
  • G. Henry Mathewson of Rhode Island, signed on November 7, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • Marie Mathewson of Durham, Connecticut
  • Charles H. McClees of Norwalk, Iowa, signed on September 15, 1877
  • E. ? McGurie of Ledyard, Connecticut, signed at Ledyard on August 26, 1874. Not sure of surname.
  • Mary Meranda of Waterbury, Connecticut, signed at Connecticut Literary Institute; mentioned "Good skating February 23, 1871
  • Arthur Middleton of Brooklyn, New York, signed November 7, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute. "Remember the box in Latin that came from Brooklyn"
  • Henry A. Miller of Southwick, Massachusetts, signed on March 3, 1871 at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • Robert L. Mintle of Waterbury, Vermont, signed on October 29, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute; not sure of surname
  • Lena Florence Morse of Brooklyn, New York, signed on November 1, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • Hannah Morse, signed on August 12, 1871 at Ledyard, Connecticut
  • Joseph I. Myerly of Des Moines, Iowa
P
  • Lizzie M. Palmer of Norwich, Connecticut, signed in 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute; Class of 1872
  • Thomas Patten of Waterbury, Connecticut, signed on October 29, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • Henry Pease of South Windsor, Connecticut, signed in 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • Lottie A. Phelps of Windsor, Connecticut, signed on February 27, 1871, at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • Lizzie Pickett of Waterville, Connecticut, signed in 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute; middle initial might be T or L or S or ?
  • Nellie C. Pierpont of Waterbury, Connecticut, signed on February 26, 1871 at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • Albert J. Plummer of Norwich, Connecticut, signed on November 7, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • Idylle G. Post of Deep River, Connecticut, signed November 3, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • Alice M. Prout of Suffield, Connecticut, signed on November 1, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute
R
  • J. M. Roberts of Feeding Hills, Massachusetts, signed on Octoer 29, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute; Class of 1872
  • Lydia K. Roberts of Agawam, Massachusetts
  • Margretta Robertson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, signed on March 14, 1879
  • Alice Robertson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, signed on August 30, 1877
  • Sara S. Robertson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, signed on August 30, 1877
  • Ellen Rogers of New London, Connecticut, signed August 16, 1876
  • Ellen M. Root of Granville Corners, Massachusetts; presumably a student at Connecticut Literary Institute as she mentioned a group name that C.L.I. signers mentioned
S
  • Bethena M. Sikes of Suffield, Connecticut, signed on February 28, 1871
  • Fred W. Sisson of Moodus, Connecticut, signed on November 7, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • Clinton Spencer of Suffield, Connecticut, signed in 1871 at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • William H. Spencer of Suffield, Connecticut, signed on November 8, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute; Class of 1873
  • V. A. Stephens of Moline, Illinois, signed in 1871 at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • Ida E. Stiles, signed on November 1, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute at Suffield, Connecticut
  • W. W. Sweet of Deans Corners, New York
T
  • Minnie Thomson of Monterey, Massachusetts, signed on February 26, 1871 at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • T. A. Tillinghast of Plainfield, Connecticut, signed during the Fall Term of 1870, presumably at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • Maria F. Turner of Baltimore, Maryland, signed on August 30, 1877; not sure of given name
  • Joseph H. Tyler of Baltimore, Maryland, signed on November 9, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute. "Remember me in your will." Class of 1873
V
  • Edward F. Vose of Rhode Island, signed on "11-7-70" at Suffield, Connecticut, possibly a student at Connecticut Literary Institute
W
  • Lillie M. Wheeler of Mystic, Connecticut
  • Samuel N. Wheeler of Mystic, Connecticut, signed at M.V.I. Institute
  • Lucy H. Williams of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on August 12, 1871
  • John E. Williams of Providence, Rhode Island
  • Jennie E. Williams, signed at Gales Ferry, Connecticut, on May 18, 1873
  • Newell S. Woodward of Torringford, Connecticut, signed on March 6, 1871 at Connecticut Literary Institute
  • Nellie J. Wright of Suffield, Connecticut, signed in November 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute; not positive of middle initial
Y
  • Mary R. Young of Wallingford, Connecticut, signed on November 1, 1870 at Connecticut Literary Institute
Mystic, Connecticut


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