Thursday, May 22, 2014

1871 Autograph Album of George Gilman Blanchard of New Ipswich, New Hampshire


1871 autograph album that I believe belonged to George Gilman Blanchard of New Ipswich, New Hampshire or to one of his siblings.

George was the first to sign in the album.  All autographed pages were dated 1871, but a memorial page to George had to have been inscribed after his death on August 14, 1872.  See his gravestone here.



The album is approximately 5-1/2" x 3-1/4" and contains the sentiments of 15 of George'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!]

George Gilman Blanchard was born 13 May 1849 at New Ipswich, New Hampshire, son of Gilman and Sarah Elizabeth (Wheeler) Blanchard.   As noted above, George died 14 August 1872 at New Ipswich, New Hampshire, at the age of 23 years, 3 months and 1 day.

From what I could gather, George had four siblings:
  1. Julia E. Blanchard, who was born 26 July 1845 and died 1 May 1847
  2. Emma L. Blanchard, born 12 January 1858
  3. Carrie May Hannah Blanchard, born 19 June 1862
  4. Guy Clifford Blanchard, born 21 February 1868

Sister Emma L. Blanchard of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, signed a page in the album.  Emma would marry three times: 1) Frederick A. Wheeler; 2) George H. Woodward; 3) Freeman S. Tucker.


C. W. Wheeler signed a page at New Ipswich, New Hampshire, in April 1871 as "your coz".   I believe the signer was Clara E. Wheeler, whose brother Edwin Franklin Wheeler and his wife Mary E. (Knowlton) Wheeler, also signed pages in the album.



If you have corrections 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

Blanchard     [5]
Douglas
Eaton
Hildreth        [2]
Lawrence     [2]
Morse
Taylor          [2]
Wheeler       [2]

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

B
  • George G. Blanchard of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, signed in April 1871. He was George Gilman Blanchard, album owner. George was born 13 May 1849 at New Ipswich, New Hampshire, son of Gilman and Sarah Elizabeth (Wheeler) Blanchard. Sadly, George died 14 August 1872.
  • Emma L. B. of New Ipswich, New Hampshire; "your loving Sister" She was Emma L. Blanchard.
  • Jennie H. Blanchard of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, signed at Smith Village; presumably the sister of signer Edwin Franklin Blanchard
  • Edwin F. Blanchard of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, signed at Smith Village, on May 3, 1871.  He was Edwin Franklin Blanchard, whose wife Mary E. (Knowlton) Blanchard signed the right page page.  Edwin was the brother of signer Jennie H. Blanchard.
  • Mary E. Blanchard of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, signed on Smith Village, on May 3, 1871.  She was Mary E. (Knowlton) Blanchard, whose husband Edwin Franklin Blanchard signed the left facing page.
D
  • Fred C. Douglas of Lowell, Massachusetts, signed on January 5, 1871 [or June 5, 1871]
E
  • Cariola Eaton of Peterborough, New Hampshire, signed on June 30, 1871
H
  • Annie M. L. Hildreth of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, signed on May 1, 1871
  • Mary Ella Hildreth of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, signed on May 9, 1871
L
  • Emma F. Lawrence of Peterborough, New Hampshire, signed on January 30, 1872
  • Lilla A. Lawrence of Peterborough, New Hampshire, signed on January 30, 1872
M
  • Wilbur F. Morse of Worcester, Massachusetts
T
  • Emma Taylor of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, signed on May 10, 1871
  • Carrie Taylor of New Ipswich, New Hampshire
W
  • George S. Wheeler of New Ipswich, New Hampshire; presumably the brother of Clara E. Wheeler and thus, George Gilman Blanchard's cousin.
  • C. E. Wheeler, signed at New Ipswich, New Hampshire in April 1871; "your coz" She was presumably Clara E. Wheeler, sister of signer George S. Wheeler
New Ipswich, New Hampshire


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