Saturday, May 31, 2014

1870s/1880s Autograph Album of Frank E. Bramhall of Lowell, Massachusetts


1870s/1880s autograph album of Frank E. Bramhall of Lowell, Massachusetts.


An earlier post featured the 1880s autograph album of Caroline Augusta Maynard, "Lina", whom Frank E. Bramhall would marry on June 3, 1885 at Lowell, Massachusetts.  Many of Lina's autographs were collected while she was attending Lasell Seminary for Young Women at Auburndale, in Newton, Massachusetts.   Lina signed a page in Frank's album at Lowell, Massachusetts, on December 7, 1877.


Frank's album is approximately 8" x 6" and contains the sentiments of 65 of Frank's relatives, friends and classmates.  Several of the signers indicated that they were students at Lowell High School, Lowell Commerical College or N.H.S.   An alphabetical list of the signers, with residence and school affiliation, if any, appears at the end of this post.

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

Frank E. Bramhall was born 20 September 1858 at Lowell, Massachusetts, the son of John and Hannah (Platt) Bramhall, who emigrated from England to Massachusetts.  Frank's mother signed the page after the page signed by Frank himself, on October 6, 1878.


At least two of Frank's cousins signed pages in his album.  They were the children of Joseph Derbyshire and wife Sarah (Platt) Derbyshire, older sister of Frank's mother Hannah (Platt) Bramhall.  Ella F. Derbyshire signed a page at Lowell, Massachusetts, and called herself Frank's cousin.


One of Ella's brothers was Alfred William Derbyshire, presumably the A. W. Derbyshire who signed two pages in Frank's album, one on February 1, 1876, and the other on July 5, 1878.



As noted above, on June 3, 1885 at Lowell, Massachusetts, Frank E. Bramhall married Caroline Augusta Maynard, "Lina", daughter of Caleb J. W. Maynard and May (Wheeler) Maynard.  Lina was born February 17, 1861 at Lowell, Massachusetts.

Frank and Lina raised a family of three, two daughters and a son, at Lowell, Massachusetts, where Frank ran a printing business.  Lina died in 1928, and Frank in 1935.

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

?     [3]
Atkinson     [2]
Bacheller     [2]
Bailey
Baron
Bramhall     [2]
Burnham
Call
Caswell
Churchill
Clark
Cleaves
Cooper
Coy
Cumnock
Deacon
Dempsey
Derbyshire     [2 siblings, one of whom one signed two pages.]
Ely
Franklin     [2]
Goddard
Greene
Hall
Harrison
Hoole     [3]
Hopkins
Horn
Hunt
Hussey
Kempsey
Kimball
Lamson
Lesquereux
Lovejoy
Maynard
Mitchell
Mixer
Parker
Pearson
Pillsbury
Pratt
Rushworth
Russell
Sheldon
Shepard
Spalding
Stimpson
Stott     [3]
Stratton
Studley
Thomas
Tuck
Webster
Woodward

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

?
  • "One of the Highlanders, Gen. James", signed on December 9, 1876
  • "One of the Highlanders, Gen. Peter, signed on December 9, 1876
  • "One of the Highlanders" "Gen. John", signed on December 9, 1876
A
  • Alice Atkinson, signed at Chelsea, Massachusetts, on September 30, 1878
  • Mary Atkinson, signed at Chelsea [presumably Massachusetts] on September 30, 1878
B
  • E. B. Bacheller, signed at Lowell, Massachusetts, on October 1, 1876 "N.H.S., A.B.C."
  • Carrie E. Bacheller, signed at Lowell, Massachusetts, October 1, 1876
  • Jennie H. Bailey, signed at Lowell, Massachusetts, on March 27, 1877
  • Bertha A. Baron of Lowell, Massachusetts, signed on March 27, 1878
  • Frank E. Bramhall, album owner
  • "Your Affectionate Mother, H. Bramhall", signed on October 6, 1878. She was Hannah (Platt) Bramhall
  • Fred Burnham of Lowell, Massachusetts, signed on March 29, 1878; middle initial possibly A.
C
  • Jennie E. Call; her name is within a sketch of lilies of the valley
  • Rena L. Caswell of Lowell, Massachusetts; "Philopena
  • Alice M. Churchill of L.H.S., Class of 1879, signed on September 9, 1877. "Red and Blue". A.B.C". Presumably Lowell High School, Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Lizzie Clark of Providence, Rhode Island
  • Sadie A. Cleaves of Saco, Maine, signed on December 3, 1876
  • Jennie E. Cooper
  • J. M. M. Coy of Lowell, Massachusetts, signed at Commercial College on March 29, 1878
  • Minnie A. Cumnock, signed at Lowell, Massachusetts, on July 4, 1877; also has date May 24, 1877 at bottom edge
D
  • John Deacon of Providence, Rhode Island; middle initial might be T or Y
  • Grace K. Dempsey of Lowell, Massachusetts, signed on March 13, 1880
  • A. W. Derbyshire of Lowell, Massachusetts, signed on February 1, 1876 and July 5, 1878; Albert William Derbyshire, brother of signer Ella F. Derbyshire and son of Sarah (Platt) Derbyshire, a sister of Frank E. Bramhall's mother Hannah (Platt) Bramhall.
  • Ella F. Derbyshire, signed at Lowell, Massachusetts, on January 6, 1876.  "Your Cousin".  Brother of signer Albert William Derbyshire and daughter of Sarah (Platt) Derbyshire, sister of Frank E. Bramhall's mother Hannah (Platt) Bramhall.
  • A. W. Derbyshire of Lowell, Massachusetts, signed on February 1, 1876; presumably the same A. W. Derbyshire who signed another page. His mother Sarah (Platt) Derbyshire was a sister of Frank E. Bramhall's mother Hannah (Platt) Bramhall
E
  • George W. Ely of Lowell, Massachusetts, signed on March 23, 1877
F
  • Carrie A. Franklin of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, signed on August 16, 1878
  • S. Alice Franklin of Pawtucket, Rhode Island
G
  • Mary I. Goddard of Lowell, Massachusetts, signed on January 27, 1877
  • Jessie B. Greene, signed at Lowell, Massachusetts, on December 11, 1877
H
  • Carrie M. Hall of Lowell, Massachuse
  • Dr. S. W. Harrison
  • Edward H. Hoole
  • Annie J. Hoole, signed at Lowell, Massachusetts, on April 18, 1877
  • Florence C. Hoole, signed at Lowell, Massachusetts, on April 23, 1877
  • Mary F. Hopkins of Ellsworth, Maine, signed on April 20, 1878
  • Herbert W. Horn of Lawrence, Massachusetts, signed on March 28, 1878. "Party from Salsbury Beach" "G. W." "P.D. on A.T."
  • Frank S. Hunt of Lowell, Massachusetts, signed on August 12, 1878
  • Charles R. Hussey of Lowell, Massachusetts, signed on March 23, 1877
K
  • Ida May Kempsey of Lowell, Massachusetts, signed on February 26, 1880
  • L. E. Kimball of Lowell, Massachusetts, signed on March 29, 1878
L
  • Lillian M. Lamson, signed at Lowell, Massachusetts, on December 8, 1877
  • Fannie B. Lesquereux, signed on March 17, 1877
  • Emma Lovejoy of Lowell, Massachusetts, signed on October 31, 1878; not sure of middle initial.
M
  • Lina A. Maynard, signed at Lowell, Massachusetts, on December 7, 1877. She was Carolina Augusta Maynard, who would marry album owner Frank E. Bramhall at Lowell, Massachusetts, on June 3, 1885
  • Charles A. Mitchell, signed at Lowell, Massachusetts, on July 14, 1877. "Red and blue, A.B.C., July 6, 1877"
  • J. M. Mixer of Lowell, Massachusetts
P
  • Alice Parker, signed at Lowell, Massachusetts, on March 6, 1878. "O.Y.B., March 4, 1878" "M.B. Meeting"
  • Lena Pearson of Somerville, Massachusetts, signed on August 13, 1876
  • Capitola Pillsbury of Farmington, Maine, signed on March 13, 1879. "One of the sifters"; "your cousin?"
  • Carrie L. Pratt of Hartford, Connecticut, signed on July 10, 1878
R
  • Benjamin W. Rushworth of Lowell, Massachusetts, signed on December 7, 1877
  • Charles E. Russell of Lawrence, Massachusetts, signed on October 6, 1878
S
  • Frank E. Sheldon of North Billerica, Massachusetts, signed on March 29, 1878
  • Charles S. Shepard, "Le Diable", of Lowell, Massachusetts, signed at July 3 & 4, 1878. N.H.S.
  • Edward T. Spalding of Lowell, Massachusetts, signed on December 21, 1877. L.C.C., presumably Lowell Commercial College
  • G. Stimpson of Lowell, Massachusetts, signed on January 1, 1876
  • Hattie A. Stott of North Billerica, Massachusetts, signed on April 1, 1878
  • James W. Stott of North Billerica, Massachusetts, signed on April 2, 1878
  • H. Louisa Stott of North Billerica, Massachusetts, signed on March 28, 1878 at L.C.C., presumably Lowell Commercial College
  • Emma J. Stratton of Lowell, Massachusetts, signed on May 2, 1876. "Edson School"
  • Adelaide Studley of Lowell, Massachusetts
T
  • Clara J. Thomas of Lowell, Massachusetts, signed on March 26, 1877
  • Amy L. Tuck; her name is in a sketch of an oak leaf and acorns
W
  • C. A. Webster, signed at Lowell, Massachusetts, on January 24, 1876
  • Hattie E. Woodward, signed at Lowell, Massachusetts, on December 14, 1877. Among many other messages: "P.W.B.K.S.O.", or "P.W.B.R.S.O."
Lowell, Massachusetts


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Friday, May 30, 2014

1873-1880 Autograph Album of Mary Ella Coburn of Chelsea, Massachusetts; Class of 1873 at Chelsea HS


1873-1880 autograph album of Mary Ella Coburn of Chelsea, Massachusetts, presumably a graduate of Chelsea High School in the Class of 1873.


The album measures approximately 7" x 4-1/4" and contains the sentiments of over 40 of Mary Ella's relatives, schoolmates and friends.  An alphabetical list of the signers, with any residence and school information, appears at the end of this post.

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

Mary Ella Coburn was born 14 February 1854 at Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Henry Reed Coburn and Eliza (Fosdick) Coburn, who were born at Fort Hill in Boston, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, respectively.

Two of Mary Ella's brothers inscribed pages in her album.  Her oldest sibling George H. Coburn signed a page.


Her brother Frank Forrester Coburn's name appears in tiny handwriting at the margin of a page near the end of the album.  It's possible that someone else wrote his name.


Mary Ella's older sister Emma Jane (Coburn) Brolaski had died before Mary Ella started her album.  Emma Jane had married John B. Brolaski on 6 February 1866.  Their daughter Cora M. Brolaski, who was born in Missouri about 1867 inscribed a page in her aunt Mary Ella's album on September 19, 1878.  Either she was visiting family in Massachusetts, or Mary Ella was visiting St. Louis, Missouri.


From the many signers who noted that they were members of the Class of 1873 at Chelsea High School, I'm assuming that Mary Ella Coburn was also in that class.  Whether Mary Ella went on to pursue higher education or not, I don't know, but the 1880 Census of Chelsea, Massachusetts, shows her living with her parents Henry and Eliza and not employed.

Not that she necessarily needed to work, as her father, while in Louisville, Kentucky about 1840, had discovered a way to extract oil from lard and then returned to Massachusetts to build a factory at Chelsea that proved very profitable.

Mary Ella was working as a music teacher when she married John H. Haskell on 27 April 1887 at Chelsea, Massachusetts.  John, who gave his occupation as "collector" was born about 1854 at Garland, Maine, the son of Andrew Mayhew Haskell and , Mary Ella Coburn married , son of Andrew Mayhew Haskell and Mary B. (Sargent) Haskell.   At the time of the 1910 Census of Chelsea, John H. Haskell was working as an undertaker.  By 1920 he was working as a clerk at a wholesale automobile business.

Before their marriage, at Chelsea, Massachusetts, in 1877, John H. Haskell signed a page in his future wife's album.


If you have corrections and/or additions, or information on any of the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

One page was signed by Ellen M. Stone, a missionary to areas in the Ottoman Empire.  She signed her page at Samokov, "Eastern Turkey", on September 20, 1878, while she was at Chelsea, Massachusetts.  In the "Miss Stone Affair", Ellen Maria Stone, who hailed from Roxbury, Massachusetts, would later be kidnapped near Bansko, Bulgaria in 1901.  In what some call the first modern "hostage crisis", Ellen and her pregnant companion, were held for over five months and released only after the American public raised funds for their ransom.


Surnames in the album

De Bacon
Berry
Briggs
Brolaski
Bucknam     [2]
Coburn     [3]
Curtis
Davis     [2]
De Bacon
Fuller
Gilmore
Glazier
Hart
Haskell
Hill
Jones
Kenison
Lane
Lee
Leonard
Littlefield
Lovejoy
Low
Mason
Maxson
Mercer
Newell
Nottage
Paige
Potter
Pratt     [2]
Ricker
Sawyer
Scott
Sheldon
Stone
Tiffany
Tower
Williams
Wilson
Wyman

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

B
  • Carrie G. De Bacon of Chelsea, Massachusetts, signed at Chelsea High School on June 6, 1873. Caroline Gardner de Bacon
  • Charles M. Berry, signed at Chelsea High School on May 29, 1873. Class of 1873
  • ? Briggs of Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Cora M. Brolaski of St. Louis, Missouri, signed on September 19, 1878. She was the daughter of Mary Ella's sister Emma Jane (Coburn) Brolaski and Joseph B. Brolaski. Emma died in 1872; Joseph married Emily P. Pettes in 1874 at St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Mary E. Bucknam of Columbia Falls, Maine, signed at Chelsea, Massachusetts, on November 23, 1880
  • L. E. Bucknam of Columbia Falls, Maine, signed at Chelsea, Massachusetts, on November 19, 1881
C
  • Mary E. Coburn of Chelsea, Massachusetts; album owner Mary Ella Coburn
  • Brother George, signed on December 17, 1873. George H. Coburn, Mary Ella's oldest sibling.
  • Frank F. Coburn. Mary Ella's older brother Frank Forrester Coburn. His name appears in tiny print sideways on one of the margins of a back end paper.
  • Eliza A. Curtis, signed at Chelsea, Massachusetts, on June 20, 1873
D
  • Frank W. Davis, from or at Titusville, Pennsylvania, signed on December 17, 1873
  • Clara H. Davis of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on March 12, 1880
F
  • C. N. Fuller, signed at Titusville [no state written] on December 17, 1873.
G
  • Nellie L. Gilmore, Class of 1873, Chelsea High School
  • Sarah M. Glazier, signed at Chelsea High School in May 17, 1873
H
  • Jessie B. Hart of Saratoga Springs, New York, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on March 24, 1880
  • J. H. Haskell of Garland [no state written], signed at Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1877.  He was John Henry Haskell, who would marry Mary Ella Coburn in 
  • Frank A. Hill, signed on April 24, 1873; he transcribed the poem "Song of Songs" on the right facing page.
J
  • Emma W. Jones, signed at Chelsea, Massachusetts, in 1875. "Your South Carolina friend"
K
  • Sara L. Kenison, signed June 13, 1873 at Chelsea High School
L
  • Adelia Lane, signed on May 9, 1873; the right facing page is half missing vertically, but the handwriting looks very similar to that of Adelia Lane.
  • Annie E. Lee
  • Annie P. Leonard, signed at Chelsea, Massachusetts, on June 22, 1873
  • Sara P. Littlefield, signed on June 19, 1873 Middle initial hard to read but possibly H. I. M. or H. V.M.
  • Emily E. Lovejoy, signed at Chelsea, Massachusetts, on July 24, 1873
  • Albert H. Low of Chelsea, Massachusetts, signed in 1876
M
  • Flora A. Mason, Class of 1873 at Chelsea High School, signed on June 24, 1873
  • Lillie Maxson, signed at N.E.C., Boston, Massachusetts, on June 21, 1880
  • James H. Mercer, signed at Chelsea High School on May 20, 1875
N
  • Susie M. Newell, signed at Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • Frank M. Nottage, Chelsea High School, Class of 1873; "Thy Friend"
P
  • L. R. Paige, signed at Chelsea High School, Class of 1873. Presumably Luellen R. Paige
  • Etta A. Potter, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on June 17, 1880. Could also be Ella A. Potter.
  • Waldo E. Pratt, signed on August 11, 1877; C.S.S. Read more about Waldo Elliott Pratt: http://books.google.com/books?id=pvIMAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA956&lpg=PA956&dq=waldo+pratt+chelsea&source=bl&ots=OQsroIjcvs&sig=UHlF5ODb8jWqXNjJJw-o6-_nesg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xoaIU6yjNObLsASF54HYBg&ved=0CCkQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=waldo%20elliott%20pratt&f=false
  • A. M. Pratt of Chelsea, Massachusetts, signed on August 12, 1877. Presumably Arthur M. Pratt, brother of signer Waldo Elliott Pratt.
R
  • Carrie V. Ricker, signed at Chelsea, Massachusetts, on June 3, 1873
S
  • Helen J. Sawyer, signed at Chelsea, Massachusetts, on May 15, 1873
  • Charles S. Scott, signed at Chelsea High School on May 31, 1873
  • Jennie R. Sheldon, signed at Chelsea, Massachusetts, on May 5, 1873
  • Ellen M. Stone of Samokov, European Turkey, signed at Chelsea, Massachusetts, on September 20, 1878. In what some call the first modern hostage crisis, Ellen Maria Stone of Roxbury, Massachusetts, and her pregnant traveling companion were captured in 1901 near Bansko, Bulgaria, and ransomed, through funds raised by the American public, in 1902. As noted in a "Missionary Herald" article in 1906, Ellen was associated with the Collegiate and Theological Institute at Samokov.
T
  • N. S. Tiffany
  • Lucy A. Tower, signed in May 1873
W
  • D. Williams of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; sketches of women's faces
  • W. H. Wilson, signed on May 20, 1873; Chelsea High School Class of 1873
  • Frank H. Wyman, signed at Chelsea High School on June 4, 1873
Chelsea, Massachusetts


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Thursday, May 29, 2014

1884-1908 Autograph Album of Annie J. Ross of Boston, Massachusetts - member of Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle


1884-1908 autograph album that belonged to Annie J. Ross of Boston, Massachusetts.   Several signers indicated their membership in the Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle; presumably Annie was also a member.


The album is approximately 7" x 4-1/4" and contains the sentiments of 59 of Annie's relatives and friends.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post and contains relevant information.  A few of the pages include notes added later, presumably by Annie, indicating that the signer had died.


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

Annie J. Ross was born about March 1866 in New Jersey, the daughter of William and Helen M. (Hurd) Ross, who were born Norfolk, Virginia, and Wiscasset, Maine, respectively.  As shown by the 1870 Federal Census, the family of six was living at Charlestown, Massachusetts, where William was working as a "currier".

Annie's mother, Helen M. (Hurd) Ross, inscribed a page in the album.


Two of Annie's siblings signed pages in her album.  Helen Virginia Ross inscribed her page in Charlestown, Massachusetts.  Her future husband William J. Cloues signed the right facing page.



Annie's brother Clarence A. Ross of Charlestown, Massachusetts, signed a page on February 15, 1887.  He included an interesting reference: "Toronto - 17".


Up through the 1920 Census, it appears that Annie had not married.  Perhaps she never did.  In 1920, she was in living in a household with Caroline Caswell and Myra L. Higgins.  They dealt in fancy goods.   Incidentally, the album contains a page signed by Caroline M. Caswell of Malden, Massachusetts, on January 8, 1896.


Another signer who may have been in business with them later on was Nellie E. Cook.  She signed a page on September 7, 1899.


As noted above, several signers included the initials C. L. S. C., which stood for the Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle.  One of them was Lillia T. Wetherbee of Dorchester, Massachusetts, who inscribed her page on January 26, 1889.


Facing pages were signed by Rev. William Bartlett, pastor of the Lexington Baptist Church, and his wife.



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

?     [3]
Baker
Bartlett     [2]
Blaisdell
Blandin
Boardman
Bosworth
Carter
Caswell     [2]
Chapman
Chase
Cheney
Chipman
Cloues
Coates
Cook
Cross
Currier
Darling
Dearborn
Ferguson
Fitch     [2]
Foy
Frost
Graves     [2]
Hall
Hamilton
Harris
Magwood
McDorrell
Merrill     [2]
Park
Perkins     [2]
Peterson
Ranton
Ross     [4]
Sanborn
Smith
Snow    [3]
Spinney
Storey
Tyler
Walker
Wetherbee
Whitney
Woodward
Zachary

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

?
  • A. D. D., signed on April 17, 1900
  • Densie, or Deusie, signed on July 30, 1900
  • M. A. C., signed on March 21, 1907
B
  • Lucy E. Baker of Southboro, Massachusetts, signed at Lake View on July 24, 1885.  "C.L.S.C. '87"  Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle.
  • Mrs. E. F. Bartlett of Lexington, Massachusetts. I believe that the signer on the right facing page was her husband Rev. William Bartlett, Pastor of the Lexington Baptist Church.
  • William Bartlett, Pastor of Lexington Baptist Church, signed at Lexington, Massachusetts, on August 25, 1884. His middle initial might be P. The signer on the left facing page, Mrs. E. F. Bartlett, might have been his wife.
  • M. Alice Blaisdell, signed on January 5, 1885. Later note: "Died Nov. 30, 1885"
  • Cora M. Blandin of Charlestown, Massachusetts; Paney, Class of '87, C.L.S.C., Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle.
  • W. H. Boardman, 139 High St., Charlestown, Massachusetts, signed on August 21, 1886
  • Lillie A. Bosworth of Charlestown, Massachusetts, signed on December 2, 1884
C
  • Florence L. Carter, signed at Watertown, Massachusetts, on July 30, 1887 and at Quincy, Massachusetts, on October 23, 1888
  • L. Edith Caswell, signed at Malden, Massachusetts, on August 22, 1900
  • Caroline M. Caswell, signed at Malden, Massachusetts, on January 8, 1896
  • Elizabeth Chapman, signed on August 11, 1900
  • Maud Chase, signed on July 24, 1887; shared the page with Alice G. Ranton; Cora L. Foy; Olive A. McDorrell; and Maud Chase
  • Ella F. Cheney, signed at Charlestown, Massachusetts, on September 21, 1890; shared the page with Emma A. Hamilton and Hattie M. Hall
  • Grace E. Chipman, signed at Roxbury [presumably Massachusetts], on December 1, 1900
  • William J. Cloues, signed at Charlestown, Massachusetts, on January 1, 1884
  • Sara E. Coates, signed at 11 Myrtle Street, Boston, Massachusetts, on April 28, 1899
  • Nellie E. Cook, signed on September 7, 1899
  • Anna C. Cross, signed at Salem, Massachusetts, on August 30, 1885
  • Susan J. Currier, signed on May 3, 1885
D
  • Emma Darling, signed on March 30, 1899
  • Mrs. E. M. Dearborn, signed on January 7, 1884
F
  • Emily A. Ferguson of Lexington, Massachusetts, signed on September 18, 1884
  • Lillian E. Fitch of Lexington, Massachusetts, signed on September 5, 1884
  • Alice Fitch of Lexington, Massachusetts, signed on September 5, 1884
  • Cora L. Foy, signed on May 4, 1889; shared the page with Alice G. Ranton; Olive A. McDorrell; Bessie Zachary; and Maud Chase
  • Salome A. Frost, signed on October 9, 1908
G
  • Sadie A. Graves, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on April 1, 1884
  • Hattie A. Graves, signed at Charlestown, Massachusetts on April 1, 1884. Not sure of middle initial
H
  • Hattie M. Hall, signed at Charlestown, Massachusetts, on September 21, 1890; shared the page with Emma A. Hamilton and Ella F. Cheney
  • Emma A. Hamilton of Charlestown, Massachusetts, signed on August 17, 1890; shared the page with Ella F. Cheney and Hattie M. Hall
  • Lila I. Harris of Malden, Massachusetts, signed on November 8, 1903
M
  • Robert H. Magwood of Boston, Massachusetts, signed at Framingham, Massachusetts on January 27, 1889. "B.O.C. '89"
  • Olive A. McDorrell, signed on June 30, 1889; shared the page with Alice G. Ranton; Cora L. Foy; Bessie Zachary; and Maud Chase
  • Effie Adella Merrill, signed at Linden Cottage on August 2, 1908
  • Isadore E. Merrill, signed at Charlestown, Massachusetts, on June 28, 1886; mention C. L. S. C., Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle
P
  • Ethel J. Park of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on March 12, 1884
  • Susie M. S. Perkins, signed on December 4, 1890. Later note: "Died Nov. 1891"
  • Lucy T. Perkins of Charlestown, Massachusetts, signed on March 22, 1885
  • Izora A. Peterson, signed on Sunday, February 12, 1899
R
  • Alice G. Ranton of Charlestown, Massachusetts; shared the page with Cora L. Foy; Olive A. McDorrell; Bessie Zachary; and Maud Chase
  • Annie J. Ross, 1884.   Album owner Annie J. Ross started compiling autographs in this album in 1884.
  • Helen Virginia Ross, signed at Charlestown, Massachusetts
  • Helen M. Ross
  • Clarence A. Ross of Charlestown, Massachusetts, signed on February 15, 1887. "Toronto - 17"
S
  • Ella J. Sanborn of Charlestown, Massachusetts, signed on July 26, 1886
  • Eugenia D. Smith, signed on February 28, 1884 at Charlestown, Massachusetts
  • H. W. Snow of Lexington, Massachusetts, signed on September 24, 1884. L.B.C.F
  • Annie F. Snow of Lexington, Massachusetts, signed on January 25, 1884
  • Hattie I. Snow, signed at Lexington, Massachusetts, on January 25, 1884
  • Isabel F. Spinney, signed on April 26, 1908
  • Carrie P. Storey of Charlestown, Massachusetts, signed on May 8, 1886
T
  • Margaret E. Tyler, #11 Myrtle Street, Boston, Massachusetts, signed on July 21, 1899
W
  • Sadie L. Walker, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on December 28, 1896
  • Lillia T. Wetherbee of Dorchester, Massachusetts, signed on January 26, 1889. "Yours in bonds of "C.L.S.C."
  • Edson L. Whitney of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on January 11, 1889
  • Addie L. Woodward of Lexington, Massachusetts, signed on October 14, 1884
Z
  • Bessie Zachary, signed on December 2, 1888; shared the page with Alice G. Ranton; Cora L. Foy; Olive A. McDorrell; and Maud Chase
Charlestown, Massachusetts


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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

1909 PC from Everett Moulton to Cynthia S. Lang at Ridlonville, Maine: Granite Cutting Shed

Stone Cutting sheds of the Maine & N.H. Granite Corporation

This postcard, mailed from North Jay, Maine, in July 1909, interests me for two reasons: the subject matter of granite harvesting and cutting in Maine and the message on the reverse from Everett to sister Cynthia S. Lang at Ridlonville, Maine.  Ridlonville is a village in the town of Mexico, Maine.

Read more here about granite mining in North Jay, Maine.


Teasing out the identities of brother Everett and sister Cynthia was not as easy as I had first imagined, but that's what makes these journeys of discovery so fascinating.

First, I found a marriage record for a Cynthia S. Moulton to an Andrew J. Lang, on 22 November 1896, giving her parents as Daniel and Dorcas (Phinney) Barrett.  But I couldn't find a pair of siblings named Everett and Cynthia Barrett.

Perhaps Everett was married to one of Cynthia's sisters or to one of Andrew J. Lang's sisters...  But I came up empty handed.  Then I looked for information on the Mr. Moulton who had been Cynthia's first husband. It turns out he was Hartson Moulton; he and Cynthia were married at Carthage, Maine, on 29 March 1887.  
And it turns out that Hartson Moulton had a brother Everett Orville Moulton!  And since Everett was nice enough to include his birth date and his father's in his message, and those dates lined up perfectly with Everett Orville Moulton and his father Albert Moulton, mystery solved!

It's nice to know that these two in-laws, Everett O. Moulton and Cynthia Stevens (Barrett) Moulton Lang, kept in touch after Hartson's death in 1893.  Cynthia is buried with Hartson Moulton at Newman Cemetery in Franklin County, Maine.

See more information on Cynthia Stevens (Barrett) Moulton Lang; Everett O. Moulton; Hartson Moulton; and Andrew J. Lang, below, after the transcription.

Transcription

July 17th 1909, North Jay, Me.
Dear Sister:
Yours gladly received and it is a beautiful card; my birthday is the 19th,  Father's is the 12th but that was alright, glad to hear from you.  We are well.  Fred [Fred Hartshorn Moulton, son of the writer, Everett Orville Moulton, and Winifred J. (Hodgkins) Bridden Moulton] is at home now but will go back to school Sept. 6th one year more.  He and I are working for the Granite Corporation.  I saw Father and Mother the 5th and Mother had a little cold.
Everett

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

According to her Vermont death record, Cynthia (Stevens) Moulton Lang was born 23 November 1866 at Weld, Maine, the daughter of Daniel and Dorcas (Phinny or Phinney) Barrett.  As noted above, she married Hartson Moulton on 29 March 1887 at Carthage, Maine.  Hartson was born about 1855, the son of Albert and Roxanna Louisa (Pearl) Moulton.   Everett Orville Moulton was his younger brother, born on July 19, 1859, as the message implies.  Their father Albert Moulton was born July 12, 1836, again, as the message implies.  Hartson Moulton died 24 April 1893.

On 22 November 1896, Cynthia Stevens (Barrett) Moulton married Andrew J. Lang, son of Andrew Lang, who was born in Scotland.  Andrew's mother was born in England, but I can't make out her name on her son's marriage record.  Andrew J. Lang's first wife was Helen Newell (Storer) Lang, whom he married 25 December 1881 at Rumford, Maine.  Helen died 20 October 1895 at Dixfield, Maine.  She and Andrew had at least three children together: George F. Lang; Andrew Lucian Lang; and Ethel C. Lang.

Cynthia Stevens (Barrett) Moulton Lang and Andrew J. Lang had, I believe, one child, daughter Christina Elizabeth Lang, born 18 August 1898 at Dixfield, Maine.  Christina married a Mr. Baker from Rutland, Vermont, and moved there.   On 11 January 1952 at Rutland, Vermont, Cynthia Stevens (Barrett) Moulton Lang died of a cerebral thrombosis brought on by a fractured hip.  She had presumably moved to Rutland to live with Christina and her family.

On 29 March 1887 at Cambridge, Massachusetts, Everett Orville Moulton married Minnie (Hodgkins) Bridden, daughter of Aaron and Lucy Hodgkins of Jefferson, Maine, and widow of Benjamin F. Bridden, with whom she had two daughters, Lucy and Winnie.  Everett and Winnie would have two sons, Fred Hartshorn Moulton, who is mentioned in the Everett's message to Cynthia, and Amzi Moulton, who died in childhood before the postcard was written.

Everett Orville Moulton died in 1912, several years after he sent this postcard.

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North Jay, Maine [A] and Ridlonville, at Mexico, Maine [B]


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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

1850s Autograph Album of John Palmer Olney of Rhode Island, at Kingston Classical Seminary and at Berwick Academy in Maine


1850s autograph album of John Palmer Olney of Wickford, Rhode Island, kept while he was a student at Kingston Classical Seminary and, the following year, at Berwick Academy at South Berwick, Maine.

From a label he pasted on the inside front cover, it appears that this was the 28th book in his library and that he had purchased it for the price of $.75.


On July 10, 1855, John inscribed a page to the people who would be signing pages in his album.


The album is approximately 8" x 6-1/2" and contains the sentiments of 67 of John Palmer Olney's relatives, schoolmates, teachers and friends.  An alphabetical list of the signers, with their dates of signing, residences and any school affiliation mentioned, appears at the end of this post.


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

John Palmer Olney was born in Rhode Island, possibly at Providence, on 6 April 1837, the son of John and Abigail Remington (Northup) Olney, who died in 1847 and 1839, respectively.  The 1850 Census lists their son John as living in the household of his mother's brother, Abial Palmer Northup, and his wife Thirza Slocum (Hall) Northup and family.

The one person in the album to mention a family relationship was "cousin" Abbie O. Northup, who inscribed a page at Wickford, Rhode Island, on March 31, 1856.  Her middle initial looks more like a U, but I believe she was Abbie Olney Northup, daughter of Abial and Thirza.


Abbie's sister Sallie S. Northup also signed a page, at Wickford, Rhode Island.


One of John's teachers at Berwick Academy was Dr. Joseph B. Montagu Gray, who was born in England, educated at Oriel College at Oxford University, Harvard College, and Dartmouth College, and was a recognized classical scholar.  He died in 1856 while teaching at Berwick Academy.


On 2 February 1864 at Rollinsford, New Hampshire, John Palmer Olney married Harriet Amanda Watson, daughter of Humphrey Sargent Watson and Harriet Amanda (Shedd) Watson.  Harriet Amanda Watson was born 15 July 1839 at Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

It's likely that John and Harriet met at Berwick Academy, as both are listed as students in A Memorial of the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of Berwick Academy, South Berwick, Maine, published in 1891.  In fact, there's a page with very faint handwriting that appears to have been signed by Hattie A. Watson.  I've tweaked it a bit to make the handwriting stand out more.


John and Harriet had, I believe, four children:
  1. John Palmer Olney, born 22 July 1865 at Wyoming, Rhode Island
  2. Harriet Watson Olney, born 21 August 1867 at Richmond, Rhode Island; died in infancy
  3. George Humphrey Olney, born 6 February 1870 at Pontiac, Rhode Island
  4. Francis Edwin Olney, born 30 August 1874 at Warwick, Rhode Island
See an image of the gravesite of John Palmer Olney and Harriet Amanda (Watson) Olney here.

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

?     [3]
Aldrich     [2]
Baker
Barron
Beal     [2]
Bond
Brown
Browning
Burleigh
Came
Carr
Chapin
Clarke
Ferguson     [2]
Fernald
Fogg
de Godefroi  [possibly Godfrey, with the signer using the original spelling]
Godfrey     [2 or possibly 3]
Goodwin
Gray
Hall
Haswell
Hayes
Hazard     [2]
Hollis
Johnson
Jordan
Manchester
Mann     [3]
Merritt
Meserve
Moss
Northup     [2]
Olney
Palmer     [2]
Pearce
Raynes     [3]
Robinson     [5]
Rollins
Rowe
Shapleigh
Sheffield
Smith
Steinfeld
Storrs
Thomas
Varney
Watson
Wells
Whidden
Yeaton

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

?
  • E. H. Champin or E. H. Champhis or ?, signed at Kingston, Rhode Island, on July 14, 1855
  • Possibly Nellie Stanley; not sure of either name
  • Kate ?, signed at Kingston, Rhode Island, on July 23, 1855. Surname possibly Dwyer or Dupree or ?
A
  • Mary L. Aldrich, signed at Kingston Seminary on July 16, 1855. Sister of signer Annie M. Aldrich. They were the daughters of Luke and Ann Aldrich of South Kingston, Rhode Island.
  • Annie M. Aldrich, signed at Kingston Classical Seminary on July 16, 1855; sister of signer Mary L. Aldrich. They were the daughters of Luke and Ann Aldrich of South Kingston, Rhode Island.
B
  • Sarah M. Baker, signed at Kingston Classical Seminary on July 10, 1855
  • Lina R. Barron or Lina R. Barrow or ?
  • Rufus C. Beal, Postmaster, Orfordville, New Hampshire. Rufus C. Bean (1816-1862) was the brother of signer Fannie K. Beal.
  • Fannie K. Beal, signed at Orfordville, New Hampshire, on July 28, 1856. Fannie (1820-1907) was the sister of signer Rufus C. Bean; soon after inscribing this page, she would marry Sylvester Blood, on 18 September 1856.
  • Elvira S. Bond of Cochituate, Massachusetts, signed at Kingston Classical Seminary on July 10, 1855. Elvira Susan Bond (1835-1877) would marry Benjamin F. Cutter at Wayland, Massachusetts, on March 5, 1859.
  • O. S. Brown of Whitinsville, Massachusetts, signed at Kingston, Rhode Island, on July 14, 1855. Possibly Orange Scott Brown, son of Rowland and Nancy Brown.
  • O. F. Browning of Gales Ferry, Connecticut, signed at Kingston Classical Seminary on July 13, 1855. Presumably Oren Fogle Browning (1838-1899), who married Mary Gertrude Clarkson on October 17, 1859 at Manhattan, New York.
  • H. A. Burleigh, signed at South Berwick, Maine, on January 11, 1856
C
  • George Lincoln Came of Alfred, Maine, signed at Berwick Academy on February 1, 1856, Friday. Born in 1836; died 1900.
  • A. L. Carr of East Douglass, Massachusetts, signed at Kingston Classical Seminary on July 14, 1855
  • E. W. Chapin of Whitinsville, Massachusetts, signed at Landholders Bank, Kingston, July 19, 1855. Presumably Ezra Wood Chapin (1836-1909)
  • Eliza Clarke of Cohoes, New York, signed at Kingston Classical Seminary on July 11, 1855. Possibly the Eliza Ann Clarke (1838-1889) who would marry Joseph Almy on 6 November 1858
F
  • Alfred H. Ferguson, signed at Berwick Academy on February 11, 1856
  • Lizzie Ferguson, signed at South Berwick, Maine, on January 31, 1856
  • Sarah Fernald, signed at South Berwick, Maine, on January 26, 1856
  • W. A. Fogg, signed at Eliot, Maine, on February 28, 1856, presumably the abolitionist of that name
G
  • Sara de Godefroi, signed at Warwick, Rhode Island, on March 26, 1856.  Presumably Sara Godfrey, using the original spelling of her surname.
  • C. Godfrey, signed at Warwick, Rhode Island, on August 14, 1856
  • Lizzie A. Godfrey, signed at Warwick, Rhode Island
  • Augusta E. Goodwin, signed at South Berwick, Maine, on January 27, 1856. Presumably the Augusta E. Goodwin who was the daughter of Charles Goodwin and wife of James M. Harvey.
  • J. B. Montagu Gray, signed at Academy House, South Berwick, Maine, on January 27, 1856. Dr. Joseph B. Montagu Gray, M.D. (1818-1856)was a graduate of Oriel College, Oxford University; attended or taught at Harvard University and received an honorary degree from Dartmouth College in 1856 . He was a classical scholar who died of a fever while teaching at Berwick Academy.
H
  • Sarah A. Hall, signed at Exeter, Rhode Island, on March 27, 1856
  • William Haswell, signed at Kingston, Rhode Island, on July 16, 1855
  • John W. Hayes, signed at Berwick, Maine, on February 8, 1856. Possibly John William Hayes (1838-1902), son of Elijah and Jane Hayes and future husband of Frances Harriet (Cole) Hayes.
  • Lizzie B. Hazard, signed at Kingston, Rhode Island, on July 14, 1855. She was Elizabeth B. Hazard, whose sister Harriet Maria Hazard also inscribed a page. They were the daughters of William and Harriet (Brenton) Hazard.
  • Hattie M. Hazard, signed at Kingston Classical Seminary, on July 14, 1855. She was Harriet Maria Hazard, whose sister Elizabeth B. Hazard, "Lizzie", also inscribed a page. They were the daughters of William and Harriet (Brenton) Hazard.
  • M. Luella Hollis, signed at South Berwick, Maine, on February 5, 1856. Presumably Mary Luella Hollis (1838-1870) of Brighton, Massachusetts; she would marry Gideon Perry Brown.
  • P. Johnson
J
  • Sue J. Jordan, or Sere J. Jordan, signed at South Berwick, Maine, on February 6, 1855. There was a Susan J. Jordan and a Sarah Jordan listed in a Berwick Academy publication of that era.
M
  • C. N. Manchester of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, signed at Kingston Classical Seminary on July 10, 1855. Possibly the Charles N. Manchester, who would later serve as an officer in the Rhode Island Cavalry: http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F50E13FF3C5F1B738DDDAE0994DA405B8285F0D3
  • J. Mann, signed at Kingston, Rhode Island, on July 13, 1855. He was Rev. Joel Mann (1789-1884), whose wife Catharine (Vernon) Mann signed the following page.
  • Catharine Mann, signed at Kingston, Rhode Island, on July 13, 1855. She was Catharine (Vernon) Mann (1787-1871), wife of Rev. Joel Mann, who signed the previous page.
  • Hattie Mann, or Kattie Mann, signed at Kingston Classical Seminary on July 13 [no year written, but presumably 1855 when Rev. Joel Mann and Catharine (Vernon) Mann signed.
  • S. Maria Merritt, signed at South Berwick, Maine, on February 9, 1856
  • W. Smith Meserve of Durham, New Hampshire, signed at Berwick Academy on February 11, 1856. Winthrop Smith Meserve (1838-1915) of Durham, New Hampshire; married Eliza A. Tuttle on November 30, 1861.
  • Nathan F. D. Moss of Westerly, Rhode Island, signed at Kingston Classical Seminary on July 14, 1855
N
  • Abbie Northup, signed at Wickford, Rhode Island, on March 31, 1856; "your cousin". Middle initial looks like U or O. Possibly Abbie Olney Northup, daughter of Abial Palmer Northup, who was a brother to John Palmer Olney's mother Abigail Remington (Northup) Olney.
  • Sallie S. Northup, signed at Wickford, Rhode Island; sister of signer Abbie O. Northup and cousin of album owner John Palmer Northup.   
O
  • John P. Olney of Wickford, Rhode Island, album owner; he inscribed a page on July 10, 1855: "I beg a tribute from all, for John P. Olney of Wickford, R.I., July 10th /55"
P
  • William S. Palmer, signed at Kingston Classical Seminary, July 10, 1855 [Kingston Classical Seminary]
  • Fannie P. Palmer, signed at Kingston Classical Seminary, on July 25, 1855
  • H. B. Pearce, signed at Kingston, Rhode Island, on July 18, 1855. Possibly Harriet Boss Pearce (1836-1913) who married William Easton Bailey
R
  • Mary E. Raynes, signed at South Berwick, Maine, on January 18, 1856. Her sister Olive Raynes also signed a page. They were the daughters of Francis and Harriet Raynes.
  • Olive Raynes, signed at South Berwick, Maine, on January 26, 1856. Her sister Mary E. Raynes also signed a page. They were the daughters of Francis and Harriet Raynes.
  • E. G. Raynes; not sure of initials; signed at South Berwick, Maine, on January 23, 1856. Possibly Edward G. Raynes, brother of signers Mary E. Raynes and Olive Raynes, or their sister Elizabeth.
  • Jennie H. Robinson, signed at Kingston Classical Seminary on July 17, 1855. Sister of signer James A. Robinson; they were the children of Attmore Robinson of South Kingston, Rhode Island.
  • James A. Robinson, signed at Kingston Classical Seminary on July 17, 1855. Presumably the brother of signer Jennie H. Robinson; they were the children of Attmore Robinson of South Kingston, Rhode Island.
  • Hannah Robinson, signed at Kingston, Rhode Island, on July 17, 1855. Presumably the sister of signer George Robinson.
  • E. B. Robinson
  • George Robinson of Kingston, Rhode Island, signed on July 17, 1855. Presumably the brother of signer Hannah Robinson.
  • Lizzie W. Rollins of Rolllinsford, New Hampshire, signed at South Berwick, Maine, on January 29, 1856. Presumably Elizabeth W. Rollins (1837-1911), daughter of Daniel and Mary (Plumer) Rollins.
  • George H. M. Rowe of Salmon Falls [no state written, but presumably Maine or New Hampshire], Maine, signed at Berwick Academy on February 11, 1856. George Howard Malcolm Rowe (1841-1916), who was born at Lowell, Massachusetts, the son of Jonathan Philbrick Rowe and Maria Louise (Morrison) Rowe, would later attend Dartmouth College and served as Supt. of Boston City Hospital for about thirty years.
S
  • William A. Shapleigh of Great Falls, New Hampshire; signed at Berwick Academy on February 8, 1856
  • Frank Sheffield, signed at Kingston Classical Seminary on July 14, 1855
  • George W. Smith of Whitinsville, Massachusetts, signed at Kingston Classical Seminary. Presumably the son of Joel and Almira Smith
  • Rosalie Steinfeld of Germany, signed at South Berwick Seminary in 1856.
  • S. O. Storrs or S. O. Stores or ?, signed at Kingston Classical Seminary on July 14, 1855
T
  • Philander J. Thomas of Wickford, Rhode Island, signed on March 23, 1856
V
  • Moses R. Varney, signed at South Berwick, Maine, on February 12, 1856. Presumably Moses Russell Varney, born about 1839, son of Moses and Permelia (Hanscom) Varney and future husband of Josephine M. Driscoll whom he married 17 October 1867.
W
  • Hattie A. Watson
  • Amos P. Wells, signed at Kingston, Rhode Island, on July 17, 1855. Presumably Amos Palmer Wells (1834-?), son of Thomas Robinson Wells and his second wife Emma (Palmer) Wells.
  • Philon C. Whidden, signed at South Berwick Academy on February 11, 1856. Presumably Philon Currier Whidden, son of Josiah and Eliza Whidden. He was a Civil War veteran and later practiced medicine at Boston, Massachusetts. 
Y
  • Carrie F. Yeaton, signed at South Berwick, Maine, on February 3, 1856. Presumably Caroline Frances Yeaton, born December 18, 1839, daughter of Isaac P. and Frances Yeaton and future wife of Charles W. Varney.
Wickford, Rhode Island


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Monday, May 26, 2014

1878-1882 autograph album of Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King of Sweden, Maine


1878-1882 autograph album of Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King of Sweden, Maine.  She was the daughter of John and Caroline (Evans) Hamlin and wife of William Horatio King.


The album is approximately 5-1/4" x 3-1/4" and contains the sentiments of 27 of Eliza's relatives, in-laws and friends.  An alphabetical list of the signers, including all supporting information and relationship to Eliza, appears at the end of this post.  Please advise if you notice any mistakes, so that I can correct them.

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

Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King was born 12 September 1843 at Sweden, Maine, daughter of John Hamlin and his second wife Caroline (Evans) Hamlin.   John Hamlin's diaries, 1846-1871, are held at the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections and Archives at the Bowdoin College library at Brunswick, Maine.

John's first wife was Caroline's older sister Mary (Evans) Hamlin, who died in 1839 after bearing five children, two of whom died young and two of whom died before their time.  The Evans sisters were the daughters of Timothy and B. (Gamage) Evans.

John and Caroline married 2 November 1840.  In addition to Eliza, they had three other children, two of whom died in childhood.  Eliza's full sister Abigail (Hamlin) Nash, wife of Samuel Burbank Nash, signed the first handwritten page in the album, at East Raymond, Maine, on August 7, 1878.


Caroline (Evans) Hamlin died in 1850.  John married Mary S. Rich on 14 January 1854 at Harrison, Maine.

On 3 July 1872 Eliza married William Horatio King, son of Joseph Haven King and Lucy Russ (Clifford) King.  William Horatio King was born 3 February 1845 at Paris, Maine.  His mother Lucy signed a page in Eliza's album as L. R. King of South Paris, Maine, on September 12, 1878 and called herself "your mother".  I hope they truly had a mother/daughter relationship.


William Horatio King's brother, Abel Charles Thomas King, signed a page and called himself Eliza's brother.


Eliza and William lived at Concord, New Hampshire, and Sweden, Maine.   From what I could gather, they had two children:
  1. Albert Russell King, born 29 January 1874 at Concord, New Hampshire; married Mabel Briggs Witchall; died 28 January 1908 at Westboro, Massachusetts
  2. Mary Hamlin King, born 8 February 1882 at Concord, New Hampshire; in the 1900 Census, she was living with her mother's half sister Mary Elizabeth (Hamlin) Plummer and husband Samuel.
Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King died 28 September 1894 at Sweden, Maine.

Many other relatives and in-laws of Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King signed pages in her album; please refer to the list below.

One interesting page, and the only page not signed in 1878, was that of Francis Hamlin, who signed his page on December 10, 1882, at Concord, New Hampshire, presumably at the home of William and Eliza, who lived at Concord during that time.  Francis indicated he was Eliza's cousin and that his residence was Sutter County, California.


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

?
Charles     [2]
Donnell
Evans     [6]
Flanders
Hamlin     [3]
King     [3]
Knight     [2]
Nash     [2]
Plummer    [3]
Verrill     [3]
Whitehouse

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

?
  • Mary. Possibly Mary Elizabeth (Hamlin) Plummer, 3/4 sister to album owner Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King.
C
  • Simeon Charles of Fryeburg, Maine
  • Rebekah E. Charles of Fryeburg, Maine
D
  • Ella F. Donnell of Monmouth, Maine, signed on September 10, 1878
E
  • Nellie M. Evans of Sweden, Maine, signed on August 26, 1878; presumably Mary Ellen Evans, daughter of signers Lydia C. (Tucker) Evans and John Henry Evans (son of James Evans, a brother of Caroline (Evans) Hamlin, mother of album owner Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King.)
  • Harriet N. Evans of Garland, Maine, presumably signed on August 24, 1878; shared the page with Daniel D. Knight and Abigail Eastman (Evans) Knight, sister of Harriet's late husband David Evans.  Harriet's daughter with David, Hattie F. Evans, also signed a page in the album.
  • John H. Evans of Sweden, Maine; John Henry Evans, son of James Evans, who was a brother of Abigail Eastman (Evans) Knight and Caroline (Evans) Hamlin, mother of album owner Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King. John Henry Evans' wife Lydia C. (Tucker) Evans also signed a page.
  • Lydia C. Evans of Sweden, Maine, signed on August 25, 1878; Lydia C. (Tucker) Evans, wife of signer John Henry Evans, son of James Evans, who was a brother of Caroline (Evans) Hamlin, mother of album owner Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King.
  • Henry J. Evans of Sweden, Maine; presumably the son of signers Lydia C. (Tucker) Evans and John Henry Evans, who was the son of James Evans, a brother of Caroline (Evans) Hamlin, mother of album owner Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King.
  • Hattie F. Evans of Garland, Maine, signed on August 25, 1878, daughter of Harriet N. (Foster) Evans and David Evans, who was the brother of Caroline (Evans) Hamlin, mother of album owner Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King. Hattie's mother Harriet N. (Foster) Evans signed a page shared with Daniel D. Knight and his wife Abigail Eastman (Evans) Knight.
F
  • Sarah K. Flanders of South Paris, Maine, signed on September 13, 1878. She was Sarah Angelia (King) Flanders, wife of Roscoe Flanders and sister of William Horatio King, who was the husband of album owner Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King.
H
  • Francis Hamlin of Sutter County, California, signed at Concord, New Hampshire, on December 10, 1882; "your cousin"
  • Charles B. Hamlin of Sweden, Maine; cousin of Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King. Presumably the Charles B. Hamlin who was the son of Francis Hamlin, brother of John Hamlin, who was the father of album owner Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King.
  • Vira B. Hamlin, signed at Sweden, Maine, on September 9, 1878. Presumably Elvira B. Hamlin, daughter of Betsey and Francis Hamlin, who was a brother of John Hamlin, father of album owner Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King.
K
  • Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King, album owner of Sweden, Maine; daughter of John and Caroline (Evans) Hamlin and wife of William Horatio King
  • L. R. King, signed at South Paris, Maine, on September 12, 1878; "your mother". She was Lucy Russ (Clifford) King, mother of William Horatio King, husband of album owner Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King.
  • A. C. T. King; "your brother". He was Abel Charles Thomas King, brother of William Horatio King, husband of album owner Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King.
  • Daniel D. Knight, signed at Sweden, Maine, on August 24, 1878; shared the page with his wife Abigail Eastman (Evans) Knight and her sister-in-law Harriet N. (Foster) Evans, widow of Abigail's brother David Evans.
  • Abigail Knight, signed at Sweden, Maine, on August 24, 1878; Abigail Eastman (Evans) Knight; shared the page with her husband Daniel D. Knight and Harriet N. (Foster) Evans, widow of Abigail's brother David Evans.  Abigail Eastman (Evans) Knight and David Evans were siblings of Caroline Evans, mother of album owner Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King.
N
  • Abbie H. Nash, signed at East Raymond, Maine, on August 7, 1878; "to My Dear Sister". She was Abigail (Hamlin) Nash, wife of Samuel Burbank Nash and sister of album owner Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King.
  • J. Waldo Nash of Sweden, Maine, signed on September 18, 1878. John Waldo Nash, son of Samuel Burbank Nash and Abigail (Hamlin) Nash, sister of album owner Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King.
P
  • Mary A. Plummer of Sweden, Maine, signed on September 6, 1878. Presumably Mary Ann Plummer, daughter of Samuel Plummer Jr., and his first wife Esther Elizabeth (Nevers) Plummer, who died in 1852. Samuel Plummer Jr.'s second wife, Mary Elizabeth (Hamlin) Plummer, was a 3/4 sister of album owner Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King.
  • S. L. Plummer of Sweden, Maine, signed on September 18, 1878. Presumably Samuel Lyman Plummer, husband of Carrie M. (Stone) Plummer, who signed the right facing page. Album owner Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King was a 3/4 sister to the Mary Elizabeth (Hamlin) Plummer, second wife of Samuel Lyman Plummer's father Samuel Plummer, Jr. Samuel Lyman Plummer's mother was Esther Elizabeth (Nevers) Plummer, who died in 1852 when he was about two years of age.
  • Carrie M. Plummer of Sweden, Maine, signed on September 18, 1878. She was Carrie M. (Stone) Plummer, wife of Samuel Lyman Plummer, who signed the left facing page.
V
  • Mira K. Verrill of South Paris, Maine, signed on September 13, 1878; "your loving niece". She was the daughter of Leonard F. Verrill and Frances Maria (King) Verrill, who was a sister of William Horatio King, husband of album owner Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King.
  • F. M. Verrill, signed on September 13, 1878. She was Frances Maria (King) Verrill, wife of signer Leonard F. Verrill. Frances' brother William Horatio King was married to album owner Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King.
  • L. F. Verrill, signed at South Paris, Maine, on September 12, 1878. His wife was signer Frances Maria (King) Verrill, sister of William Horatio King, who was the husband of album owner Eliza Knight (Hamlin) King.
W
  • Julia M. Whitehouse of Sweden, Maine, signed on August 24, 1878
Sweden, Maine


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Saturday, May 24, 2014

1880s/1890s Autograph Album of Addie A. (Penniman) Bryant of Middleborough & Hanson, Massachusetts


1880s/1890s autograph album of Addie Augusta (Penniman) Bryant of Middleborough, Massachusetts, and Hanson, Massachusetts.


The album, which was given to Addie by Minnie H. Bates on December 22, 1886, measures approximately 6" x 3-3/4/" and contains the sentiments of over 50 of Addie's relatives and friends.  One page was inscribed much later on, by Evelyn Agnes Pike of Salisbury, Massachusetts, in 1926.

An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.


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

Addie Augusta (Penniman) Bryant was born 17 February 1861 at Middleborough, Massachusetts, the daughter of Prince and Virtue Morton (Freeman) Penniman.  Virtue signed a page in her daughter's album on February 9, 1887.


Addie's brother, Josiah F. Penniman of Middleborough, Massachusetts, signed a page on January 31, 1887; it has become detached from the album.  His wife Lucy E. (Burgess) Penniman had signed a page a few days earlier on January 25, 1887.



On 7 June 1879, Addie Augusta Penniman married Wallace M. Bryant, son of Henry Edson Bryant and Susan Bennett (Shaw) Bryant.  They lived at Hanson, Massachusetts, at least up through the 1930 Census, and had three children, two sons and a daughter.
  1. Irvin Francis Bryant, born 2 November 1885
  2. Lillian Gertrude Bryant, born 28 April 1887
  3. Lester Penniman Bryant, born 22 March 1900
Other members of the Penniman and Bryant and related families also signed pages in the album.  Please refer to the list below.  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

?
Bates
Besse
Brown
Bryant     [5]
Burgess     [2]
Charles
Cole
Davenport
Everson
Hall
Hill
Howard
Josselyn     [5]
Keene     [9]
Lawrence
Penniman     [6]
Phinney     [4]
Pike     [3]
Pratt
Scott
Sherman
Soule
Spencer
Stickney

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

?
  • Minnie of South Hanson, Massachusetts, signed on December 28, 1886
B
  • Minne H. Bates; presented the album to Addie A. (Penniman) Bryant on December 22, 1886
  • N. C. Besse of South Hanson, Massachusetts, signed on July 22, 1887
  • Helen L. Brown of Monument Beach, Massachusetts, signed on August 29, 1888
  • Addie A. Bryant, who received the album from Minnie H. Bates on December 22, 1886
  • Lillian G. Bryant of South Hanson, Massachusetts, signed on November 25, 1893: "6 years old". She was album owner Addie Augusta (Penniman) Bryant's daughter with husband Theodore Wallace Bryant.
  • Irvin F. Bryant of South  Hanson, Massachusetts, signed on November 25, 1893; "Age 9 years old".  He was album owner Addie Augusta (Penniman) Bryant's son with husband Theodore Wallace Bryant.
  • Henry S. Bryant of Middleborough, Massachusetts, signed on February 9, 1888; brother of album owner Addie's husband Wallace M. Bryant
  • Susie M. Bryant, signed at Middleboro, Massachusetts, on February 12, 1887; younger sister of Addie's husband Wallace M. Bryant
  • Amanda F. Burgess of Monument Beach, Massachusetts, signed on August 29, 1888
  • Robert W. Burgess of Monument Beach, Massachusetts, signed on August 29, 1888
C
  • C. W. Charles, M.D., Bryantville, Massachusetts, signed on November 21, 1891
  • Julia A. Cole of Campello, Massachusetts
D
  • Hattie E. Davenport of Campello, Massachusetts, signed on November 24, 1891
E
  • M. Ella Everson
H
  • Bertha E. Hall of North Falmouth, Massachusetts, signed at Monument Beach, Massachusetts, on August 29, 1888
  • Lena M. Hill of South Hanson, Massachusetts, signed on February 21, 1897
  • Ida B. Howard of Brockton, Massachusetts, signed on November 24, 1891
J
  • Florence Josselyn of South Hanson, Massachusetts, signed on February 15, 1896
  • Millie Josselyn of South Hanson, Massachusetts, signed on February 15, 1896
  • Crissie A. Josselyn of South Hanson, Massachusetts, signed on July 22, 1887
  • Nellie F. Josselyn of South Hanson, Massachusetts, signed on April 8, 1887
  • J. Everett Josselyn of South Hanson, Massachusetts, signed on April 2, 1887
K
  • Mrs. J. W. Keene of South Hanson, Massachusetts, signed on July 6, 1888
  • Mary Keene, signed at South Hanson, Massachusetts, on August 2, 1887
  • Almira Benson Keene of South Hanson, Massachusetts, signed on May 29, 1888
  • W. Herbert Keene, signed at South Hanson, Massachusetts, on June 4, 1888 [or June 14, 1888]
  • Mary C. Keene of South Hanson, Massachusetts, signed on August 2, 1887
  • William B. Keene of South Hanson, Massachusetts, signed on January 8, 1888
  • Mary J. Keene of South Hanson, signed on December 26, 1887
  • Ella F. Keene of South Hanson, Massachusetts, signed on March 22, 1888
  • Mrs. Alice Keene of South Hanson, Massachusetts, signed on March 21, 1888
L
  • Edith A. Lawrence of Campello, Massachusetts, signed on November 23, 1891
P
  • William O. Penniman of Middleborough, Massachusetts, signed on March 8, 1892
  • Arrie Penniman of Middleborough, Massachusetts, signed on January 20, 1887; Addie A. (Penniman) Bryant's sister
  • Virtue M. Penniman of Middleborough, Massachusetts, signed on Febrary 9, 1887. She was Virtue Morton (Freeman) Penniman, Addie's mother.
  • C. Addie Penniman of Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on January 12, 1887. She Cynthia Abbie (Phinney) Penniman, wife of Jules Foster Penniman, who was Addie's brother.
  • Lucy E. Penniman of Middleborough, Massachusetts, signed on January 25, 1887; she was Lucy E. (Burgess) Penniman, wife of Addie's brother Josiah F. Pennington
  • Josiah F. Penniman of Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on January 31, 1887; Addie's brother
  • W. L. Phinney of Middleborough, Massachusetts, signed on December 29, 1886; presumably William L. Phinney, son of signer Zenas E. Phinney
  • Zenas E. Phinney of Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on January 3, 1887
  • Mary W. Phinney of Middleborough, Massachusetts, signed on January 4, 1887
  • Elmer E. Phinney of Middleboro, Massachusetts, signed on December 29, 1886
  • Evelyn Agnes Pike of Salisbury, Massachusetts, signed on " '02-10-26"
  • Sarah B. Pratt of South Hanson, Massachusetts, on June 17, 1887
  • Dana M. Pratt of South Hanson, Massachusetts, signed on June 16, 1887
  • Stella C. Pratt of South Hanson, Massachusetts, signed on July 14, 1887
S
  • Mrs. Hattie Scott of South Hanson, Massachusetts
  • Mrs. John Sherman of North Carver, Massachusetts, signed on April 19, 1892
  • Nannie B. Soule of E. Middleborough, Massachusetts, signed on November 2, 1891
  • Marion T. Spencer of South Hanson, Massachusetts, signed on April 19, 1887
  • Bertha M. Stickney of Middleborough, Massachusetts, signed on First Day, 1891
Middleborough, Massachusetts [A] and Hanson, Massachusetts [B]


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Friday, May 23, 2014

1890s Autograph Album of Elizabeth "Birdie" (Lowell) Benton of Routt County, Colorado, and Denver, Colorado


Autograph album that was presented to Mrs. J. C. Benton by W. L. Lowell at Christmas in 1892.  She was Elizabeth "Birdie" (Lowell) Benton, wife of Julius C. Benton and sister of the presenter, William Luther Lowell.


The album is approximately 8-1/2" x 7" and contains many pages, but only five with sentiments on them.


In addition to inscribing the presentation page, William Luther Lowell signed another page in the album on Monday, April 4, 1894 at Lily, Colorado.


Miss Thema Bradshaw also signed a page on April 4, 1894, at Lily, Colorado, as well as a page in August 1894, after her marriage on May 1, 1894, to Birdie's brother William Luther Lowell.



William and Thema had a daughter, possibly also named Thema, born 27 September 1895 at Park City, Utah.  Sadly, William Luther Lowell was killed in a railroad collision on the Midland Railroad on April 12, 1897.  The 1900 Census found Thema and her daughter in Denver, Colorado.

On 23 July 1900 Thema married Henry C. Lydiard at Idaho Springs, Colorado.  By 1910, Henry, Thema, her daughter from her first marriage, and some other children were living at Bloomfield, New Jersey, where they apparently stayed for some time, perhaps to the end of their lives.  The enumerator indexed the older daughter's name first as Lowell, and dittoed the rest of the children; their names could have been Lydiard, however.  Or one or more of them could have been nieces and nephews of Thema's first husband William Luther Lowell.

The last signer in the album was another of Birdie's brothers, Charles W. Lowell, who inscribed his page at Colorado City, Colorado, on December 24, 1895.


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

Elizabeth "Birdie" (Lowell) Benton was born about February 1871 in New York, daughter of John Wesley Lowell, who was was born at Bristol, Vermont, about August 1837.  He became a postmaster, state auditor and legislator in his adopted Colorado.

Birdie's mother may have been John Wesley Lowell's first wife Sarah (Harrington) Lowell, whom he married at Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1859; she was born about 1837 in Massachusetts.  Or Birdie's mother may have been John's second wife Elizabeth (Leroy) Lowell of Oswego, New York, whom he married in July 1871.  This information comes from The Historic Genealogy of the Lowells in North America from 1639 to 1899, by Delmar Rial Lowellwhere I found at least a couple other discrepancies on this particular branch, so I'm not sure of the dates.  Online trees have Sarah (Harrington) Lowell's death date as 1870, but I couldn't find a record of that.

The confusing part is that there is a Sarah H. Lowell buried at Grand Rapids, Michigan, who was born in 1836 and died in 1880.  She's buried with a Johnie Lowell, who was born in 1873 and died in 1877.  Was she Sarah (Harrington) Lowell or another Sarah H. Lowell?  Hopefully a reader will have information to clear up the confusion.


On December 27, 1889 in Routt County, Colorado, Elizabeth "Birdie" Lowell married Julian C. Benton, who was born in Georgia about April 1858 in Georgia.  They had at least two children:
  1. Ida Benton, born about 1890 in Colorado
  2. Valentine Lowell Benton, born 14 February 1894 at Lily Park, Colorado
Sadly, it appears that both Birdie and Julian died in 1901.  By the time of the 1910 Census, their daughter Ida was living with her maternal grandparents John W. and Elizabeth Lowell at Wellington, Colorado, and son Valentine was a servant in the household of the Marshall family in Genoa, Illinois.   I lost track of Ida after 1910, but Valentine married Mollie B. Foley and had at least two children.

If you have corrections and/or clarifications to the information above, or information on any of the other signers in this album, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

Routt County, Colorado


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