Tuesday, July 29, 2014

1880-1897 Autograph Album of Lena G. Arnold of South Westport, Massachusetts; later married Herbert A. Brightman


1880-1897 autograph album that belonged to Lena G. Arnold of South Westport, Massachusetts.


Lena married Herbert A. Brightman of South Westport, Massachusetts, in 1886.  He signed two pages in the album, at least one of them well before their marriage, unless what looks like 1881 is actually 1887.



Their daughter Velna Edith Brightman of South Westport, Massachusetts also signed two pages in the album, one signed March 12, 1897.



The album measures approximately 5" x 3" and contains the sentiments of nearly 70 of Lena's relatives and friends.  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of signers, with any included personal information, appear at the end of this post.

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

Lena G. Arnold was born about 1865 in Rhode Island, the daughter of Thomas and, possibly, Mary A. (Clark) Arnold.  She may have been the Arnold child born at Providence, Rhode Island, on 3 January 1875, to parents Thomas A. Arnold and Mary A. Arnold, according to an entry in the Rhode Island Births and Christenings 1600-1914.   I wonder if Mary was Mary Amey; if so, she might have been the mother of Lena's older sister Clara I. Arnold, born 20 May 1858 at Providence, Rhode Island.  Sadly, Clara died young on 20 April 1891 at Westport, Massachusetts.


There's a Rhode Island marriage record for the marriage of Thomas A. Arnold and Mary D. Clark at Providence, Rhode Island, on 26 December 1868.  Assuming this was Mary D. Clark's first marriage, her parents, according to the record, were John F. and Catherine Clark.  Either Lena's mother had died or she was born before her parents, Thomas A. Arnold and Mary D. (Clark?) Arnold were married.

As noted above, on December 25, 1886 at Tiverton, Rhode Island, Lena G. Arnold married Herbert A. Brightman.  Herbert was born 24 March 1861 at either Westport, Massachusetts, or Taunton, Massachusetts; there are records for both.  On the record indexed as Taunton, but appearing to be Westport, he's shown as the illegitimate son of Phoebe A. Boardman.  Several other people named Brightman signed pages in the album; refer to the list of signers below.

Lena G. (Arnold) Brightman and husband Herbert A. Brightman may have had only one child, the daughter Velna Edith Brightman as mentioned above.  They lived at Westport, Massachusetts.

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

?     [5]
Allen     [3]
Almy
Arnold     [2]
Benson
Brightman     [7]
Brown
Butts
Clarke
Drown
Earle
Gifford     [5]
Gray
Handy
Head
Jennings
Jones     [3]
Liscomb
Little
Macomber
Manchester     [2]
Mosher     [3]
Mugford
Nealy     [2]
Palmer     [2]
Sanford     [4]
Sherman
Sutherland
Thomas     [2]
Tripp
White     [3]
Wing     [3]
Wordell     [3]

Signers in the album

?
  • M. M. A., signed on March 20, 1881
  • Hannah
  • Mira
  • H. B. T., signed on March 16, 1881
  • E. K. M. of Bristol, New York
A
  • Lizzie C. Allen of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on March 1, 1885
  • Eliza J. Allen of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed on February 23, 1881
  • Lydia G. Allen, signed at South Westport, Massachusetts, on November 16, 1881
  • Hattie S. Almy of Tiverton, Rhode Island, signed on November 15, 1883
  • Lena G. Arnold of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed in 1881; album owner
  • Clara I. Arnold, signed on August 20, 1881. Lena's older sister.
B
  • Mrs. Susan L. Benson of Newport, Rhode Island, signed on February 10 [no year written]
  • Velna Edith Brightman of South Westport, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Lena G. (Arnold) and Herbert A. Brightman. She signed another page as well.
  • Velna E. Brightman, signed on March 12, 1897; she was the daughter of Lena G. (Arnold) and husband Herbert A. Brightman. She signed another page as well.
  • Herbert A. Brightman of South Westport, Massachusetts. He sketched a pigeon. Became Lena G. Arnold's husband on 25 December 1886.
  • Herbert A. Brightman of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed on September 11, 1881. He and Lena were married on December 25, 1886
  • A. Ella Brightman of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, signed on November 13, 1881. "Born July 11, 1864"
  • W. H. Brightman of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on May 15, 1881
  • Carmalita H. Brightman of Westport, Massachusetts, in 1882
  • Sarah E. Brightman of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, signed in May 1882
  • Sarah W. Brightman of Westport Point, Massachusetts, signed on April 14, 1882
  • H. A. Brown, signed in May 1884 at Saxonville, Massachusetts
  • Hannah S. Butts of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed on May 15, 1881
C
  • Carrie B. Clarke of Elmwood, Rhode Island
D
  • Mrs. Lucy B. Drown of North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
E
  • E. M. Earle of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed on March 14, 1882
G
  • Emmie C. Gifford, signed at South Westport, Massachusetts, on March 25, 1881
  • Sophie W. Gifford, signed at Westport, Massachusetts, on December 11, 1881
  • May A. Gifford of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed on March 25, 1880. Later note: "Died March 6, 1885. Gone but not forgotten"
  • Mrs. Amelia C. Gifford of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on February 10, 1883
  • John L. Gifford of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed on March 30, 1882
  • Abbie E. Gray
H
  • Miss H. F. Handy of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on April 13, 1896
  • Mamie E. Head of Adamsville, Rhode Island, signed on August 17, 1881. Adamsville is a village in Little Compton, Rhode Island.
J
  • Peleg Jennings of North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, signed on May 5, 1882
  • Hannah E. Jones of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed on February 23, 1881
  • Benjamin W. Jones of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on March 28, 1882
  • Johnnie B. Jones of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed on March 28, 1882
L
  • May E. Liscomb of Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Minnie Warren Little of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed on May 21, 1882
M
  • S. A. Macomber of Tiverton, Rhode Island, signed on December 1, 1883
  • Alice H. Manchester of Tiverton, Rhode Island, signed on March 13, 1883
  • E. A. Manchester, signed on September 19, 1883.
  • Frank H. Mosher of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, signed on April 9, 1882
  • Walter Mosher, signed on February 14, 1882
  • E. A. Mosher, signed at Smith Mill, Dartmouth, Massachusetts, on May 5, 1883
  • ? J. Mugford; possibly Anne or ?
N
  • W. A. Nealy, signed at Adamsville, Rhode Island, on September 13, 1883; possibly William A. Nealy
  • Mrs. W. A. Nealy, signed at Adamsville, Rhode Island, on September 12, 1883
P
  • Louisa R. Palmer of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed on March 14, 1882
  • Chester Palmer of Westport Harbor, Massachusetts, signed on March 14, 1882
S
  • Cynthia W. Sanford, signed on February 21, 1881
  • John S. Sanford of Summit Hotel, Adamsonsville, Rhode Island; Adamsville is a village in the town of Little Compton, Rhode Island
  • Amanda Sanford of Westport, Massachusetts, signed on February 23, 1881
  • Lucie E. Sanford of Lakeville, Massachusetts, signed on August 20, 1882
  • Amy Sherman of Tiverton, Rhode Island
  • Annie Sutherland of Peterborough, New Hampshire
T
  • Albert S. Thomas of North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, signed on June 9, 1882. Mentions George Thomas house.
  • Frank L. Thomas, signed on May 21, 1882
  • Lenora Tripp of New Bedford, Massachusetts, signed on June 19, 1882
W
  • Betsey S. White of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed on April 13, 1881
  • Eliza Ann White of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed in 1881
  • H. A. White, signed on April 4, 1881
  • Mary Wing, signed at South Westport, Massachusetts, on December 11, 1881
  • Cecil O. Wing of South Westport, Massachusetts, signed on December 11, 1881
  • Winnie L. Wing, signed at Westport, Massachusetts, on April 19, 1882
  • E. Wordell
  • Miss Jennie Wordell of New Bedford, Massachusetts, signed on May 26, 1882
  • Everett E. Wordell of Smith Mills, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, signed on May 27, 1882

Westport, Massachusetts



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