Monday, August 4, 2014

1878-1882 Autograph Album of Annie Dora Locke of Chelmsford, Massachusetts


1878-1882 autograph album that belonged to Annie Dora Locke of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.  She apparently received the album as a gift at Christmas in 1878.


The album, a tiny one, is approximately 4-1/4" x 2-3/4" and contains the sentiments of 32 of Annie's relatives, friends and schoolmates.  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the signers, complete with any personal information they shared, appear at the end of this post.


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

Annie Dora Locke was born about March 1870 in New Hampshire, possibly at Rye, New Hampshire, the daughter of George Locke, whose middle name may have been Francis or Franklin, and Lydia Frances (Cater or Decater) Locke, who I believe were both born at Barrington, New Hampshire.  Annie had at least three siblings, who signed pages in her album.

Joseph A. Locke, Annie's brother, signed a page on May 7, 1882.  Interestingly, another of the signers, Gertrude A. Parker of West Chelmsford, Massachusetts, who signed her page on November 1, 1880 and indicated she was Annie's teacher, would marry Annie's brother Joseph A. Locke on November 15, 1882 at Chelmsford, Massachusetts.



Annie's sister Georgietta or Georgetta Locke signed a page as G. Etta Locke on May 4, 1882.  Georgetta would marry Frank J. Spaulding on February 28, 1887.  Several people named Spaulding signed pages in Annie's album, but Frank was not one of them.


Annie's sister Clara B. Locke of  Chelmsford, Massachusetts, signed a page on June 23, 1880.  Clara would marry Minot A. Bean at Lowell, Massachusetts, on July 1, 1891.


Annie Dora Locke married Scottish immigrant James John Clingan at Nashua, New Hampshire, on 13 March 1905.  The couple lived at Lowell, Massachusetts, and Littleton, Massachusetts, and raised two children, a daughter and son.

If you have corrections and/or additions, especially with respect to Annie's mother's maiden surname, or information on any of the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Surnames in the album

?     [3]
Blaisdell     [3]
Calhoun
Davis     [2]
Decater     [2]
Driscoll     [2]
Emerson
Fletcher     [2]
Gould
Hobbs
Hoyt
Hunt
Locke     [4]
Mason
Naylor
Parker     [3]
Reed
Spaulding     [3]

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

?
  • Aunt Effie
  • May; she wrote on the page upside down.
  • Gussie, signed at West Chelmsford, Massachusetts, on January 28, 1881
B
  • Lois E. Blaisdell of Chelmsfield, Massachusetts, signed on December 17, 1879
  • Celestia F. Blaisdell of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, signed on April 2, 1880
  • Irving A. Blaisdell of Chelmsford, Massachusetts
C
  • Annie Calhoun of or signed at Nebraska City, Nebraska
D
  • F. L. Davis of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, signed on September 24, 1879; Annie's teacher
  • Lulie A. Davis of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, signed on December 22, 1879; presumably Luella A. Davis, daughter of Henry and Persis Davis.
  • Susan Decater, signed on June 25, 1880
  • George A. Decater, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, in 1880
  • Katie A. Driscoll of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, signed on April 20, 1880
  • Minnie Driscoll of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, signed on April 19, 1880
E
  • Mabel Emerson of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, signed on April 19, 1879
  1. F
  • Fred L. Fletcher of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, signed on January 31, 1881
  • M. E. Fletcher of Lowell, Massachusetts, signed on February 2, 1881; Annie's teacher
G
  • Annie F. Gould, signed at Lynn, Massachusetts, on September 25 [no year written]
H
  • Onie M. Hobbs of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, signed on April 18, 1879; presumably Ona M. Hobbs
  • Walter Hoyt of Lowell, Massachusetts, signed on August 31, 1879
  • H. C. Hunt, signed at Chelmsford, Massachusetts, on April 18, 1879; Annie's teacher
L
  • Annie D. Locke of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, signed on December 25, 1878. Apparently a Christmas present for Annie Dora Locke.
  • Etta G. Locke, signed on May 4, 1882; Annie's sister
  • Clara B. Locke of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, signed on June 25, 1880; Annie's sister
  • Joseph A. Locke, signed on May 7, 1882; Annie's brother, who would marry signer Gertrude M. Parker on November 15, 1882 at Chelmsford, Massachusetts.
M
  • Annie M. Mason, signed on June 25, 1880
N
  • Frank Naylor of West Chelmsford, Massachusetts, signed on April 2, 1881
P
  • Clara E. Parker of West Chelmsford, Massachusetts, signed on November 1, 1880
  • Issie A. Parker of West Chelmsford, Massachusetts, signed on June 2, 1882; Annie's teacher. An obituary indicates that Issie taught at Chelmsford for two years and then 37 years at the Graniteville School in the Graniteville section of Westford, Massachusetts.
  • Gertrude M. Parker of West Chelmsford, Massachusetts, signed on November 1, 1880; Annie's teacher. Gertrude would marry Annie's brother, signer Joseph A. Locke, on November 15, 1882 at Chelmsford, Massachusetts.
R
  • Louise L. Reed of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, signed on April 19, 1879
S
  • Nellie G. Spaulding of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, signed on March 7, 1879
  • Sarah Spaulding, signed on November 5, 1880
  • George O. Spaulding of West Chelmsford, Massachusetts, signed on December 16, 1879
Chelmsford, Massachusetts


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