Monday, April 21, 2014

1886-1905 Autograph Album of Edith M. Benner of Waldoboro, Maine


1886-1905 autograph album of Ethel M. Benner of Waldoboro, Maine.  She received the album from friend Mellvin E. Wallace at Christmas in 1886.


The album is approximately 7" x 4-1/4" and contains the sentiments of 35 of Edith's relatives and friends.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.  The family history of many of the signers reflects their heritage in the Broad Bay settlement, founded in the 1750s by German immigrants to Maine.


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

I believe that the album owner Edith was the Edith M. Benner who was born about 1871, the daughter of Alden Thomas Benner and Margaret Mary (Hoffses) Benner.   If so, she was likely the Edith M. Benner who lived with her brother Joseph Benner, as shown in the 1920-1940 Censuses of Waldoboro, Maine.

However, there was another Edith M. Benner in the area and a woman named Ethel M. who married a Benner.  There's a marriage intention for an Edith M. Benner and Herbert J. Parsons, filed 13 December 1887; whether a marriage eventually took place, or not, I don't know.

There is a clue in the album, the page signed by Lallia Benner, who called herself Edith's niece.


Two people other than Edith herself and Lallia Benner, signed pages in the album.  They were:
  1. Eliza E. Benner of South Waldoboro, Maine, who signed a page on December 23, 1886
  2. Damon Benner of South Waldoboro, Maine, who signed a page on April 30, 1887
Most of the autographs are signed by people living at or visiting Waldoboro, Maine, in the 1880s and 1890s.  For instance, Theron S. Achorn of Waldoboro, Maine, signed a page on March 10, 1888.  Sadly, Theron would die a couple months later on May 21, 1888.


 The latest page that signed by Elmer F. Clark on July 4, 1905.


When I was trying to tease out the identity of album owner Edith M. Benner, I found a woman by that name in the 1900 Census of Rockland working as a cook.  In the same household/establishment was another woman by the name of Lizzie R. Googins.  Interestingly, a Lizzie R. Googins of Searsmont, Maine, signed a page in the album on November 20, 1894.


If you have a theory as to the identity of album owner Edith M. Benner, or information on any of the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

Below, a page signed by a person whose name and address are not clear to me.  She is G. Gertrude ?, from, possibly, Concord Junction, Massachusetts.  Perhaps a reader will recognize enough to be able to identify her for us.


Surnames in the album

?
Achorn    [3]
Allen
Benner    [4]
Besse
Carter
Clark
Creamer
Eugley
Geyer
Googins
Hall    [2]
Hastings
Hoffses
King
Parsons    [2]
Pitcher    [2]
Potter    [2]
Redman
Stahl
Standish
Thompson    [2]
Wallace    [3]
Winchenbach

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

?
  • G. Gertrude ? of [possibly] Concord Junction, Massachusetts
A
  • Edith Achorn of Waldoboro, Maine, signed at Middleboro or Middlebury [no state written], on March 22, 1891
  • Marion L. Achorn, signed on March 10, 1888
  • Theron S. Achorn of Waldoboro, Maine, signed on March 10, 1888; sadly, Theron died on May 21, 1888.
  • Catherine Allen, signed at Waldoboro, Maine, on June 16, 1888; middle initial could be R or B.
B
  • Edith M. Benner of Waldoboro, Maine; album owner; it was presented to her by Mellvin E. Wallace at Christmas in 1886
  • Eliza E. Benner of South Waldoboro, Maine, signed on December 23, 1886
  • Mr. Damon Benner of South Waldoboro, Maine, signed on April 30, 1887
  • Lallia Benner; Edith's niece.
  • C. W. Besse of East Jefferson, Maine, signed at South Waldoboro, Maine, on February 14, 1888
C
  • Susie E. Carter of Cutler, Maine, signed on August 18, 1894. She's shown in the 1880 Census of Cutler, Maine, living with A. P. Gilson and wife Sarah M. (Sevey/Seavey) Gilson. Was Sarah Susie's mother?
  • Elmer F. Clark, signed on July 4, 1905
  • Edith M. Creamer of South Waldoboro, Maine, signed on "6-8-87"
E
  • Meda Eugley of Waldoboro, Maine, signed on September 5, 1888
G
  • Carrie A. Geyer, signed on December 11, 1888
  • Lizzie R. Googins of Searsmont, Maine, signed on November 20, 1894
H
  • Mary F. Hall of Waldoboro, Maine, signed on September 3, 1888. She was Mary F. (Hoffses) Hall, whose husband James Warren Hall signed the right facing page. They married 1 January 1856 at Waldoboro, Maine.
  • J. W. Hall of Waldoboro, Maine, signed on September 3, 1888. He was James Warren Hall, whose wife Mary F. (Hoffses) Hall signed the left facing page. They married 1 January 1856 at Waldoboro, Maine.
  • H. L. Hastings, signed on July 6, 1890; alternatively, could be K. L. Hastings
  • Isabel M. Hoffses of South Waldoboro, Maine, signed on January 15, 1887.
K
  • George C. King of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, signed on Lewiston, Maine, on January 10, 1899
P
  • Herbert J. Parsons of Friendship, Maine, signed on January 30, 1889
  • Hattie M. Parsons of Friendship, Maine, signed on January 29, 1889
  • Genie O. Pitcher of South Waldoboro, Maine, signed on January 23, 1887
  • Nellie B. Pitcher of South Waldoboro, Maine, signed on December 23, 1886
  • Martha C. Potter of Waldoboro, Maine, signed on September 1, 1888. She was Martha J. (Currier) Potter, whose husband David Woodbury Potter signed the right facing page.
  • D. W. Potter of Waldoboro, Maine, signed on September 1, 1888. David Woodbury Potter, whose wife Martha C. (Martha J. Currier) Potter signed the left facing page.
R
  • Kate L. Redman of Waldoboro, Maine, signed on September 7, 1888
S
  • Linda C. Stahl, signed at Waldoboro, Maine, signed on June 8, 1887
  • Hattie E. Standish of Waldoboro, Maine, signed on August 28, 1888
T
  • Susie B. Thompson of Friendship, Maine, signed on June 29, 1890
  • N. W. Thompson of Friendship, Maine, signed on June 29, 1890
W
  • Mellvin E. Wallace; he presented the album to Edith M. Benner at Christmas in 1886
  • Addie M. Wallace, signed at South Waldoboro, Maine, on February 1, 1890
  • Alice J. Wallace, signed at Waldoboro, Maine, on September 6, 1888
  • Etta C. Winchenbach of South Waldoboro, Maine, signed on December 28, 1886
Waldoboro, Maine


Thanks for stopping by!

No comments:

Post a Comment