Wednesday, April 9, 2014

1880s Autograph Album of Lorena Fellows of West Salamanca, New York


1880s autograph album presented to Lorena Fellows, "Rena", of West Salamanca, New York, by her father, Richard Fellows, on December 25, 1884.


The album is approximately 8" x 6" and contains the sentiments of over 60 of Lorena'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!]

Lorena Fellows was born about 1871 in New York, the daughter of Richard and Clarissa Fidelia (Power) Fellows, who were born in Salamanca, New York, and Cherry Creek, New York, respectively.  I wasn't able to find a birth record for Lorena.

Lorena's mother, Clarissa Fidelia (Power) signed the page after the presentation page signed by her husband Richard.


The Murtie M. Fellows who signed a page on October 30, 1888, was likely Lorena's younger sister.


Lorena's sister Lavanga Fellows of West Salamanca, New York, signed a page.


Lorena's brother Everett L. Fellows signed a page on December 25, 1884, the day Lorena received the album.


Many other relatives signed pages in Rena's album; refer to the list of signers below; any family relationships expressed are noted.

I don't have information on whether Rena married or not.  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.

Surnames in the album

?    [8]
Barton
Beckwith
Burnside
Caddagan
Champlin    [6]
Chase
Christian
Crotty
Drachslin
Fellows    [14]
Fluent
France    [3]
Graves
Gray    [2]
Hall    [2]
Halleck
Herrick    [2]
Kelly
Laughton
Manton    [2]
Moffat    [3]
Robinson
Scott    [2]
Seamens    [2]
Sherman
Shields    [2]
Thompson
Wade
Woodmansee

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

?
  • C. J.
  • Aunt Nellie, signed at West Salamanca, New York, on September 10, 1885; Lorena's aunt
  • Rena, signed at West Salamanca, New York, on November 21, 1889.  It's possible that it was Lorena herself who wrote on this page, as it appears that the page was inscribed to "Will"
  • Norman
  • P. S., signed at West Salamanca, New York, on December 9, 1886
  • P. C. 
  • Nellie R., signed on October 23, 1885
  • Emma D., signed at Salamanca, New York, on January 9, 1886
B
  • Clarence C. Barton of 37 [or 87] Little Valley Street, signed on January 28, 1885
  • Mrs. E. C. Beckwith, signed at West Salamanca, New York, on May 5, 1885
  • Mary Burnside, signed on May 30 [no year written]
C
  • Maggie Caddagan of West Salamanca, New York, signed on January 19, 1885
  • John Champlin of West Salamanca, New York, signed in August 1885
  • Annie Champlin, signed at West Salamanca, New York, on January 27, 1885; Lorena's schoolmate
  • Dudley Champlin, signed on May 4, 1885; his wife Mrs. L. Champlin also signed this page. 
  • Mrs. L. Champlin, signed on May 4, 1885; she was Laura (Ingolls) Champlin, whose husband Dudley also signed this page.
  • Sarah Champlin, signed at West Salamanca, New York, on March 12, 1885.  Middle initial might be I or J or ?
  • M. Champlin, signed at West Salamanca, New York, on December 26, 1884
  • Pollie Chase, signed at West Salamanca, New York, on February 14, 1888
  • Clara C. Christian of Great Valley Center, New York, signed at West Salamanca, New York, on October 15, 1885
  • Name looks like M. J. Crotty; on a page shared with Miss Herrick; possibly a Dr. Baker
D
  • Amelia Drachslin of West Salamanca, New York, signed on January 9, 1886
F
  • Lorena Fellows; album owner.  The album was presented to her by her father at Christmas 1884
  • Richard Fellows, Lorena's father, who presented the album to her on Christmas Day, 1884.
  • Clarisa Fidelia Fellows, signed on February 1, 1884; Lorena's mother Clarissa Fidelia (Power) Fellows.
  • Alonzo Fellows, signed at Salamanca, New York, on June 21, 1885.  He was a brother to Lorena's father Richard Fellows.
  • J. D. Fellows, signed at West Salamanca, New York, on June 20, 1885; Lorena's cousin
  • Emry Fellows, signed at Bog City on April 26, 1885
  • Murtie M. Fellows of Brickl?, New York, signed on October 30, 1888.  Presumably Murtie, Lorena's younger sister.
  • Minnie Fellows, signed at West Salamanca, New York, on May 29, 1886.  She later amended her surname to Wilson, reflecting her marriage to Peter Wilson.  She had been married since about 1879.  She was the daughter of Stephen Francis Fellows, brother of Lorena's father Richard Fellows
  • Fannie Fellows, signed at Salamanca, New York, on June 20 [no year written]; Lorena's cousin.  She was presumably the Fannie Fellows who was the daughter of Stephen Francis Fellows, brother of Lorena's father Richard Fellows.
  • Joseph E. Fellows, signed at West Salamanca, New York, on January 3, 1885
  • Lavanga Fellows of West Salamanca, New York; Lorena's younger sister
  • Mabel Fellows, signed at West Salamanca, New York, on December 9, 1886; her husband Norman Fellows also signed the page.
  • Norman Fellows, signed at West Salamanca, New York, on December 9, 1886; his wife Mabel Fellows also signed the page.
  • Everett L. Fellows, signed on December 25, 1884; Lorena's older brother.
  • Henry Fluent, signed at West Salamanca, New York, on August 23, 1885
  • Aunt Serna France of Red House, New York, signed in April 1885.  She was Serna (Fellows) France, sister of Lorena's father Richard Fellows and wife of Alonzo France.  She signed the right facing page as well
  • Fannie France of Red House, New York, signed April 26, 1885; Lorena's cousin
  • Maud France of Red House, New York; Lorena's cousin, daughter of Serna (Fellows) France, who was a sister to Lorena's father Richard Fellows
G
  • Allie Graves of West Salamanca, New York; Lorena's schoolmate
  • Mary Gray of Salamanca, New York; her husband Norman Gray also signed the page
  • Norman Gray of Salamanca, New York; his wife Mary also signed the page.
H
  • Grace E. Hall of 71 Main Street, West Salamanca, New York, signed on January 13, 1885
  • Ruth Hall, signed at West Salamanca, New York, on January 13, 1885
  • Willie G. Halleck of Washington, D.C., signed on January 8, 1885
  • George Herrick of West Salamanca, New York, signed on February 10, 1886; Lorena's schoolmate
  • Miss Herrick; on a page shared with a name that looks like M. J. Crotty; possibly a Dr. Baker
K
  • John Kelly, signed at West Salamanca, New York, on February 10, 1886
L
  • Dewey Laughton, or Denny Laughton, of Cambridge, Pennsylvania, signed on September 3, 1888; middle initial might be C
M
  • Mary Manton, signed at Salamanca, New York, on December 17, 1885
  • Kate C. Manton, signed at Salamanca, New York; Lorena's schoolmate
  • J. W. Moffat, signed on May 2, 1885; middle initial could be M.
  • A. J. Moffat, signed at Salamanca, New York, on January 3, 1885
  • L. C. Moffat, signed at West Salamanca, New York, on December 26, 1884.
R
  • Charlie A. Robinson of West Salamanca, New York, signed on January 8, 1886
S
  • J. B. Scott of Olean, New York
  • Sallie Scott, signed at Olean, New York, on July 28, 1885
  • Horace N. Seamens of Napoli, New York, signed February 18, 1885. He was Horace Nelson Seamens; his wife Mary Jane (Barbour) Seamens signed the same page.
  • Mary J. Seamens of Napoli, New York, on March 2, 1885; she was Mary Jane (Barbour) Seamens, whose husband Horace Nelson Seamens signed the same page.
  • Will Sherman of East Salamanca, New York, signed on March 6, 1886
  • Aggie Shields, signed at West Salamanca, New York, on January 8, 1884
  • Matie F. Shields of West Salamanca, New York, signed on January 26, 1885
T
  • Georgia Thompson of 72 __ Street, West Salamanca, New York, signed on January 26, 1885.  She left the street name blank.
W
  • Myrtie C. Wade, signed at Salamanca, New York, on 2/3/85
  • Floyd Woodmansee of West Salamanca, New York, signed on December 12, 1886

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