Monday, June 23, 2014

1876-1883 Autograph Album of "Ria" of the Boston, Massachusetts, Area


1876-1883 autograph album that belonged to a "Ria" of the Boston, Massachusetts, area.

It's likely that Ria was a granddaughter of Jesse and Mary Salmon of New York and Boston, Massachusetts, as Ria's unmarried aunt, Maria J. Salmon, signed a page at Charlestown, Massachusetts, on December 3, 1877.


Ria may have been Lydia Clouston, who married signer Edgar Elmer Gray, whose sister's album, that of Ida May (Gray) Dunn, was found with this one.  Or Lydia may have been the album owner's cousin.

The album is approximately 7-3/4" x 5" and contains the sentiments of 35 of Ria's relatives and friends.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.


Jesse and Mary Salmon were born about 1808, at Canaan, Connecticut, and Bennington, Vermont, respectively.  Their children: [I may have missed one or more]

  1. Lydia Salmon, born about 1832; married John Clouston, a native of Richibucto, New Brunswick; died 1889
  2. Maria J. Salmon, born about 1840.  I don't believe she married.
  3. Annie Salmon, born about 1846; married George W. Marston
  4. Frances E. Salmon, "Fannie", born about 1848; married Henry E. Coburn
Except for Lydia, all of these siblings signed pages in Ria's album, Maria's shown above, and the others shown below.  Annie (Salmon) Marston and her husband George W. Marston of Derby, Vermont, signed facing pages.




Annie (Salmon) Coburn and husband Henry E. Coburn of East Walpole, Massachusetts, signed facing pages.



If you have a theory as to the identity of "Ria", or 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

?    [4]
Amazeen
Brown     [2]
Cannon
Coburn     [3]
Duran
Fields
Ginty
Gourlay     [2]
Gray
Grover
Langley
Marston     [2]
Morse     [2]
Newton
Peirce     [2]
Perley     [2]
Pickering
Salmon
Sampson
Somes
Thomas
Toole     [2]
Young

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

?
  • "Ria"; album owner of Massachusetts.  She may have been Maria.  It's likely that one her parents was the child of Jesse and Mary Salmon.
  • Florence, signed on December 16, 1876
  • Annie, signed on September 14, 1876; Annie's schoolmate
  • Signed Anonymous, G.C.C.A.
A
  • Louisa E. Amazeen, signed at Charlestown, Massachusetts, on November 10, 1877
B
  • James A. Brown of Charlestown, Massachusetts, signed on November 6, 1877
  • Mrs. C. Brown, signed at Charlestown, Massachusetts, on November 6, 1877
C
  • G. C. Cannon of Boston, Massachusetts
  • Julia A. Coburn of Walpole, Massachusetts, signed on June 27, 1876; sister of signer Henry E. Coburn, husband of signer Frances E. (Salmon) Coburn, "Fannie".
  • Fannie E. Coburn of East Walpole, Massachusetts. Frances E. (Salmon) Coburn, wife of Henry E. Coburn, who signed the right facing page, and sister of signer Maria J. Salmon, who called album owner Ria her niece.  She may have been Ria's mother or aunt.
  • H. E. Coburn of East Walpole, Massachusetts.  He was Henry E. Coburn, whose wife Fannie E. (Salmon) Coburn signed the left facing page.  He may have been Ria's father or uncle.
D
  • Maggie A. Duran of South Boston, Massachusetts, signed on June 17, 1878
F
  • Edith Fields, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on August 24, 1876
G
  • Lizzie J. Ginty
  • Minnie L. Gourlay of Athol, Massachusetts, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on August 21, 1876
  • Annie E. Gourlay of Athol, Massachusetts, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on November 8, 1879
  • Edgar E. Gray, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on May 20, 1876. He was Edgar Elmer Gray, half-brother of signer Milford Ernest Somes.
  • Ella M. Grover of East Walpole, Massachusetts, signed on August 5, 1876
L
  • Mrs. Julia Langley, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on April 2, 1876
M
  • George W. Marston of Derby, Vermont; his wife Annie (Salmon) Marston signed the right facing page. He may have been Ria's father or uncle.
  • Annie S. Marston of Derby, Vermont. She was Annie (Salmon) Marston, sister of signer Maria J. Salmon, who called album owner Ria her niece. Annie may have been Ria's mother or aunt. Annie's husband George W. Marston signed the left facing page.
  • Warren Morse, Jr of East Walpole, Massachusetts
  • E. F. Morse of East Walpole, Massachusetts, signed on August 3, 1876
N
  • Lottie M. Newton
P
  • N. G. Peirce
  • Ida I. Peirce, signed on September 27, 1876
  • Helen Perley, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on October 6, 1877
  • Annie Perley, signed on September 29, 1877
  • Billy Pickering, signed on April 30, 1876
S
  • Maria J. Salmon, signed at Charlestown, Massachusetts, on December 3, 1877. She inscribed her page "To My Niece". Ria was likely the daughter of one of Maria's siblings, possibly signer Annie (Salmon) Marston, wife of George W. Marston, who also signed a page. Or sibling Frances E. (Salmon) Coburn, "Fanny", who signed a page, along with her husband Henry E. Coburn. Or another sibling as yet unknown to me. Could album owner "Ria" have been named Maria in honor of her aunt?
  • Olive S. Sampson, signed on February 8, 1877
  • Milford E. Somes, "alias Reddy", signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on August 15, 1883. He was Milford Ernest Somes, half brother of signer Edgar Elmer Gray.
T
  • Ella L. Thomas of Boston Highlands, signed on June 16, 1878
  • Jennie M. Toole, signed on February 10, 1879
  • Frank J. Toole of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on March 21, 1879
Y
  • Frank B. Young, signed at Charlestown, Massachusetts, on December 2, 1877
Boston, Massachusetts


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