Sunday, June 29, 2014

1857-1872 Autograph Album of Martha Ellen Jackman of Newburyport, Massachusetts


1857-1872 autograph album that belonged to Martha Ellen Jackman of Newburyport, Massachusetts, with some sentiments collected from faculty and students while she attended Putnam Free School at Newburyport.

Below, the Putnam Free School as shown in an engraving in a Gleason's Pictorial, published at Boston, Massachusetts, on November 13, 1852.


Note: Another post features the 1850s autograph album of Putnam Free School student, Sarah E. Hanson Corliss of Salisbury, Massachusetts.

The album was given to Martha Ellen Jackman by her brother.


Since Joseph Varnum Jackman wrote a dedication page at Newburyport, Massachusetts, on April 14, 1857, it's likely that he was the brother who gifted the album.  Martha Ellen's other brothers, William Henry Jackman and Winfield Scott Jackman, did not inscribe pages in her album.


The album, published by J. C. Riker of New York, is approximately 7-3/4" x 6-1/4" and contains the sentiments of 99 of Martha Ellen's relatives, instructors, classmates and friends.  An alphabetical list of the signers, complete with any residence, school or family relationship information, appears at the end of this post.


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

Martha Ellen Jackman was born 15 August 1841 at Newburyport, Massachusetts, the daughter of William Thomas Jackman and Sarah Mary Coburn (Varnum) Jackman, Newbury, Massachusetts, natives.

There's no occupation listed for Martha Ellen Jackman in the 1870 Census of Newburyport, where she was living with her parents.  However, her father was listed as a farmer, so it's likely Martha was busy on the farm.  By 1880 Martha was still in the household but her father had died.  Martha was working in a shoe factory, and her brother and uncle David Jackman were keeping the farm going, it seems.  By 1900, her mother had passed away.  Martha was still living on the farm, it appears, now apparently run by her brother Joseph Varnum Jackman.

I don't believe Martha Ellen Jackman ever married.  She died 13 February 1908 at Newburyport, 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.

The N. W. Metcalf who signed a page at Putnam Free School on July 2, 1859, was presumably Nathaniel Whiting Metcalf, who taught at Putnam Free School from August 1857 to August 1859.


One page contained the sentiments of two of Martha Ellen's instructors. Joseph Boardman inscribed the page on November 23, 1857.  Teacher H. T. Wheeler, presumably Hylas T. Wheeler, added his sentiment on May 26, 1861.


I'd like readers' opinions on the name of the signer below, who signed at Newburyport, Massachusetts, on August 18, 1861.  The surname is Badger, and the first initial appears to be a C, but the the jury is out on the middle initial.  Although it doesn't like much like an F, there was a Charles F. Badger at Newburyport, a stationer and bookseller.


Surnames in the albnum

?     [15]
Adams
Badger
Barnes
Bixby
Blake
Boardman
Briggs
Brookings
Brown
Carr
Clarkson
Cole
Cross     [2]
Currier     [5]
Davis     [2]
Deane
Dodge
Edwards
Elliott
Fiske
Gerrish     [2]
Greeley
Harris
Ilsley
Jackman     [2]
Lane
Little     [2]
Littlefield
Longfellow
Lowell
Marshall     [2]
Merrill     [2]
Metcalf
Moody     [2]
Moore
Morrill
Morse     [2]
Parsons
Perkins     [2]
Perry
Pettigrew
Philbrick     [2]
Pike
Pillsbury
Putnam
Ridgway
Riley
Rodgers
Sargent     [3]
Scott
Shaw
Stone
Story     [3]
Tenney     [2]
Tibbetts
Townsend
True
Varina
Varnum
Wheeler
Whiting
Wilkins
Winkley
Wood
Wyman

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

?
  • Amelia M. D.
  • Josephine, signed at Putnam Free School on January 29, 1858; shared the page with Sarah B. Currier
  • Mattie, signed at Putnam Free School on November 10, 1857
  • H. S. G., signed at Newburyport, Massachusetts, on August 3, 1859
  • Ellen E. C., signed at Putnam Free School on May 8, 1861; shared the page with R. C. Gerrish
  • S. May S., signed at Putnam Free School on March 4, 1861. "Class of 1861"; shared the page with Margaret M. Stone
  • Hannah J., signed at Putnam Free School on May 4, 1861; shared the page with E. M. Ilsley
  • E. J. C., signed on November 19, 1857; shared the page with Margaret Clarkson
  • Martha, signed at Newburyport, Massachusetts, on June 18, 1860
  • Annie, signed on April 6, 1859; shared the page with Carrie W.
  • Carrie W., signed at Newburyport, Massachusetts, on April 6, 1859; shared the page with Annie
  • S. M. B., signed at Putnam Free School on June 20, 1860; shared the page with Almira A. Elliott
  • Jenny
  • L. H. S., signed at East Salisbury, Massachusetts
  • Sar. Esther, signed at Putnam Free School on November 23, 1860; shared the page with Carrie M. Carr
A
  • William W. Adams of Newburyport, Massachusetts; shared the page with P. Albert True; and J. Burton Rodgers
B
  • C. ? Badger, signed at Newburyport, Massachusetts, on August 18, 1861; middle initial might be I or L or S or F or ?
  • Sarah Barnes of Boxford, Massachusetts, signed at Putnam Free School on November 12, 1860
  • R. K. Bixby of Boxford, Massachusetts, signed at Putnam Free School on November 27, 1860
  • Annie E. Blake, signed at Newburyport, Massachusetts; "Putnam from 75-61"
  • Joseph Boardman, signed at Putnam Free School on November 23, 1857; shared the page with Hylas T. Wheeler
  • Josephine Briggs, signed at Putnam Free School on March 11, 1859
  • Fanny Brookings of Newburyport, Massachusetts, signed at Putnam Free School on July 1 [no year written]; shared the page with Fanny E. Morrill
  • Susan N. Brown, signed at Putnam Free School, Newburyport, Massachusetts, on September 29, 1857
C
  • Carrie M. Carr, signed at Putnam Free School on March 11, 1859; shared the page with Sar. Esther
  • Margaret Clarkson, signed at Newburyport, Massachusetts, on July 11, 1861; shared the page with E. J. C.
  • Nellie Cole of Boxford, Massachusetts, signed at the Putnam Free School on November 13, 1860; shared the page with Addie Little
  • Edward W. Cross of Methuen, Massachusetts [not sure of middle initial]; shared the page with Eliza Philbrick
  • Henry Martyn Cross, M.D.; shared the page with Elbridge B. Moody; James H. Townsend; and Alfred L. Sargent
  • Sarah B. Currier, signed on December 12, 1858; shared the page with Josephine
  • R. A. Currier, signed at Putnam Free School on November 27, 1860; shared the page with Jennie R. Wood
  • Myron R. Currier of Ring's Island, Massachusetts, signed on June 14, 1861. Ring's Island is in Salisbury, Massachusetts
  • Mary A. Currier of Salisbury, Massachusetts, signed at Putnam Free School in July 1858; shared the page with Mary L. Moody
  • Alfred Currier of Newburyport, Massachusetts, signed at Putnam Free School on July 9, 1858
D
  • William H. Davis
  • B. P. Davis; Martha Ellen Jackman's cousin
  • E. E. Deane of Waynesville, Georgia, signed at Putnam Free School on November 20, 1858; "A Southern Friend"
  • John W. Dodge, signed at Putnam Free School at Newburyport, Massachusetts, on September 18, 1857
E
  • Abbie H. Edwards of Middlesex Village, Massachusetts, signed on August 11, 1862; shared the page with Carrie Varnum
  • Almira A. Elliott of Amesbury, Massachusetts, signed at Putnam Free School on August 22, 1860; shared the page with S. M. B.
F
  • D. T. Fiske, signed at Newburyport, Massachusetts, on December 25, 1857
G
  • Richard Gerrish of East Salisbury, Massachusetts, signed at Putnam Free School on June 13, 1857
  • R. C. Gerrish of East Salisbury, Massachusetts, signed at Putnam Free School on May 15, 1861; shared the page with Ellen E. C.
  • Benjamin F. Greeley, signed at Putnam Free School on July 9, 1858; Martha Ellen's schoolmate
H
  • Ann Harris, signed in November 1857; "Age 97". She was Anna (Toppan/Tappan) Harris, daughter of Edward and Sarah (Bayley) Toppan/Tappan and widow of Jonathan Harris (1757-1822). Anna would die on December 22, 1860.
I
  • E. M. Ilsley, signed at Putnam Free School on March 9, 1859; shared the page with Hannah J.
J
  • Martha Ellen Jackman of Newburyport, Massachusetts; attended Putnam Free School.  Album owner
  • Joseph V. Jackman, signed at Newburyport, Massachusetts, on April 14, 1857. A dedication - it was presumably Joseph Varnum Jackman who gave the album to his sister Martha Ellen Jackman.
L
  • Julia A. Lane of Seabrook, New Hampshire; signed at Putnam Free School
  • Eben Little, Jr. of Newbury, Massachusetts, signed on June 3, 1861.
  • Addie Little of Newbury, Massachusetts, signed at the Putnam Free School on June 17, 1861; shared the page with Nellie Cole
  • Joseph Littlefield of Newburyport, Massachusetts, signed at Putnam Free School, Class of 1859
  • Hattie M. Longfellow of Byfield, Massachusetts; signed at Putnam Free School at Newburyport, Massachusetts, on October 6, 1857. She was Harriet M. Longfellow; Byfield is a village in Newbury, Massachusetts
  • Martha Lowell of Salisbury, Massachusetts, signed at Putnam Free School on July 13, 1858; shared the page with Climena Philbrick
M
  • Fanny Marshall, signed at Newburyport, Massachusetts, on July 7, 1857
  • Hannah J. Marshall of Derry, New Hampshire, signed at Putnam Free School on November 21, 1857
  • M. G. Merrill, signed on August 6, 1858
  • Paul A. Merrill of Newburyport, Massachusetts, signed at Putnam Free School on July 9, 1858
  • N. W. Metcalf, signed at Putnam Free School, Newburyport, Massachusetts, on July 2, 1859. Presumably Nathaniel Whiting Metcalf, who taught at Putnam Free School from August 1857 to August 1859.  
  • Elbridge B. Moody of East Salisbury, Massachusetts, signed on May 31, 1861; "Class "61""; shared the page with James H. Townsend; Alfred L. Sargent; and Henry Martyn Cross, M.D.
  • Mary L. Moody, signed at Putnam Free School at Newburyport, Massachusetts, on July 28, 1860; shared the page with Mary A. Currier
  • Mary P. Moore, signed at Putnam Free School on June 9, 1861
  • Fanny E. Morrill of Salisbury, Massachusetts, signed at Putnam Free School on July 6, 1859; shared the page with Fanny Brookings
  • Mary E. Morse of Derry, New Hampshire
  • Maria A. Morse of Phippsburg, Maine, signed on July 11, 1860
P
  • Ellen J. Parsons of Byfield, Massachusetts, signed at Putnam Free School in April 1859
  • Lizzie Perkins of East Boston, Massachusetts, signed on September 29, 1872
  • S. Lizzie Perkins of East Boston, Massachusetts, signed on October 3, 1872; shared the page with Sarah L. Story
  • Emma A. Perry of Ellsworth, Maine, signed on July 16, 1861
  • Frances Pettigrew, signed at Newburyport, Massachusetts, on May 8, 1861
  • Eliza Philbrick of Seabrook, New Hampshire, signed at Putnam Free School on July 14 [no year written], Class of 1858; shared the page with Edward Cross
  • Climena Philbrick of Seabrook, New Hampshire, signed at Putnam Free School on June 23, 1859; shared the page with Martha Lowell
  • Charlotte Pike, signed at Putnam Free School on June 28, 1860; shared the page with Julia M. Scott
  • Sarah J. Pillsbury, signed at Newburyport, Massachusetts, on January 15, 1858
  • L. R. Putnam, signed at Putnam Free School, Newburyport, Massachusetts
R
  • Mary A. Ridgway of West Reading, Massachusetts, at Putnam Free School on June 6, 1861
  • John Riley of Seabrook, New Hampshire, signed at Putnam Free School on June 7, 1859
  • J. Burton Rodgers of Byfield, Massachusetts; shared the page with William W. Adams; and P. Albert True
S
  • M. Lizzie Sargent, signed at Newburyport, Massachusetts, on August 16, 1857
  • Alfred L. Sargent, signed on May 31, 1861 at Putnam Free School; shared the page with Elbridge B. Moody; James H. Townsend; and Henry Martyn Cross, M.D.
  • Amelia C. Sargent, signed at Newburyport, Massachusetts, in September 1857
  • Julia M. Scott of Salem, New Hampshire, signed at Putnam Free School, Class of 1858; shared the page with Charlotte Pike
  • Sarah H. Shaw of Newburyport, Massachusetts, signed on July 14, 1858
  • Margaret M. Stone, signed on November 28, 1860; shared the page with S. May S.
  • Elizabeth M. Story of East Boston, Massachusetts, signed on September 4, 1862
  • Sarah L. Story of East Boston, Massachusetts, signed on September 3, 1862; shared the page with S. Lizzie Perkins
  • Etta Story of East Boston, Massachusetts, signed on August 22, 1870
T
  • Lucy S. Tenney, signed at Georgetown, Massachusetts, on June 23, 1858. She was a student [or instructor] at Putnam Free School
  • F. E. Tenney of Newburyport, Massachusetts, signed at Putnam Free School on June 3, 1861
  • Ada G. Tibbetts of Peabody, Massachusetts, signed on August 22, 1870
  • James H. Townsend, signed on May 31, 1861; shared the page with Elbridge B. Moody; Alfred L. Sargent; and Henry Martyn Cross, M.D.
  • P. Albert True of East Salisbury, Massachusetts; shared the page with William W. Adams; and J. Burton Rodgers
V
  • J. C. Varina, signed at Putnam Free School on January 28, 1858; perhaps Juliette C. Varina
  • Carrie Varnum of Newburyport, Massachusetts, signed on August 11, 1862; shared the page with Abbie H. Edwards
W
  • H. T. Wheeler, signed at Putnam Free School on May 26, 1861.  Hylas T. Wheeler was a teacher at the school from August 1859 to April 1866.  He shared the page with Joseph Boardman; 
  • William H. H. Whiting, signed on June 13, 1861 at Putnam Free School
  • Susan H. Wilkins of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, signed at Putnam Free School on July 13, 1858
  • S. M. Winkley, signed at Putnam Free School on March 16, 1868. Perhaps Susan Maria Winkley, who would marry Rev. Henry Webster Parker in 1876.
  • Jennie R. Wood of Newburyport, Massachusetts, signed on July 14, 1858; shared the page with R. A. Currier
  • Mary W. Wyman, signed at Newburyport, Massachusetts, on February 9, 1858
Newburyport, Massachusetts


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Saturday, June 28, 2014

1873-1881 Autograph Album of Nellie Quarles Choate of Beverly, Massachusetts


1873-1881 autograph album that belonged to Nellie Quarles Choate, while she was at Beverly High School, Beverly, Massachusetts, and at the University of Minnesota.


The album is approximately 7-3/4" x 6" and contains the sentiments of 80 of Nellie's relatives, friends and schoolmates.  A surname list and an alphabetical list of the signers, with any accompanying residence, school or family relationship information, appear at the end of this post.


The album was printed by the J. C. Riker Company of New York and contains several illustrated pages throughout.  The illustrations are framed in boxes that are not centered on the page, apparently by design, such as on the page below.


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

Nellie Quarles Choate was born 22 July 1859 at Beverly, Massachusetts, the daughter of Frederick William Choate, a lawyer, probate judge and state senator, and his second wife Olive Eleanor (Johnson) Choate.  The F. W. Choate who signed a page in the album was presumably Nellie's father Frederick William Choate.


Frederick William Choate was first married to Eliza M. Breck, with whom he had three daughters and a son; Eliza died in 1853.  The son, Theodore Breck Choate, died at the age of two, but the daughters survived to adulthood and signed pages in Nellie's album.

The Eliza B. Foster who signed a page on December 30, 1873 was presumably Eliza Breck (Choate) Foster, wife of Captain Samuel Jeremiah Foster, and daughter of Frederick William Choate and Eliza (Breck) Choate.  See sample pages and extensive descriptions of Eliza's 1874 and 1875 diaries here.


The Alice Choate of Beverly, Massachusetts, who signed a page on July 7, 1874, was presumably Alice Dunlap Choate, daughter of Frederick William Choate and Eliza (Breck) Choate.


The Grace Choate of Beverly, Massachusetts, who shared a page with Sara Pierrepont McNair, was presumably Nellie's half-sister Grace Choate, daughtert of Frederick William Choate and Eliza (Breck) Choate.  Grace's future husband, Charles L. Eaton signed two pages in Nellie's album.


Sara Pierrepont McNair, who shared the page above and inscribed her name on January 2, 1879, is shown in most records as Sarah Pierrepont McNair.  She was Nellie's fellow student at the University of Minnesota.

Frederick William Choate had five children with second wife Olive Eleanor (Johnson) Choate, but two died in childhood and another, William Choate, at the age of about 30, not long after the death of his parents.  Surviving were Emma Choate, who moved to Sharon, Massachusetts, birthplace of her mother, and album owner Nellie Quarles Choate.  Emma didn't sign a page in the album, but several signers noted that they were at Sharon, Massachusetts, at the time of signing, and were perhaps relatives of Nellie's mother Olive Eleanor (Johnson) Choate, who was born there.

A few of the signers indicated that they were Nellie's classmates at Beverly High School at Beverly, Massachusetts.  One of these was Ettie F. Preston, presumably Esther F. Preston, who signed her page on February 13, 1874.


After high school, it appears that Nellie Quarles Choate attended the University of Minnesota.  She's shown in a University of Minnesota catalog that lists the attendees for the year 1878-1879.

Nellie's cousin, once removed, Hettie Augusta Smith, daughter of Massachusetts natives William Judson Smith and Augusta (Norwood) Smith, signed a page in Nellie's album at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on July 13, 1878.


Hettie was also a student at the University of Minnesota, where her mother Augusta (Norwood) Smith was an English instructor - it was she who decided on the school colors of maroon and gold, which are still in use today.

Perhaps William and Augusta invited Nellie to visit and to attend the University of Minnesota.  Augusta (Norwood) Smith was the daughter of Adaline Augusta (Choate) Norwood, a sister to Nellie's father Frederick William Choate.

Nellie's cousin Helen Norwood, Augusta (Norwood) Smith's sister, signed a page at Beverly, Massachusetts, on September 2, 1874.  She would marry George Morris Bard on 16 June 1881 at Beverly, Massachusetts, and they would move to the Midwest.


At some point, Nellie Quarles Choate returned to Massachusetts, where she married Austin Hardy Eaton, son of Edwin E. Eaton and Sarah Elizabeth (Slocomb) Eaton, on 9 June 1886 at Beverly, Massachusetts.  Nellie and Austin settled at Boston, Massachusetts, and then Newton, Massachusetts.  Their children:
  1. Edwin Choate Eaton, born 25 March 1887 at Boston, Massachusetts
  2. Sargent Flint Eaton, born 23 October 1888 at Boston, Massachusetts
  3. Frederick Choate Eaton, born 8 July 1890 at Boston, Massachusetts
  4. Eleanor Johnson Eaton, born about April 1892 at Boston, Massachusetts
  5. Twin Elizabeth Eaton, born 23 September 1894 at Boston, Massachusetts
  6. Twin William Austin Eaton, born 23 September 1894 at Boston, Massachusetts
  7. Isabella Eaton, born 17 December 1895 at Newton, Massachusetts
If you have corrections and/or additions to any of the information above, or information on any of the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!


A few interesting pages:

Rev. James A. McGowan of Shakopee, Minnesota, inscribed a page on April 16, 1879.  He was James Alexander McGowan, born at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 5, 1843.


J. S. Sherrill of Litchfield, Minnesota, signed a page, also on April 16, 1879.  He was Presbyterian Rev. John Saxton Sherrill, born at Pike, New York, on 18 February 1844.


Gussie E. Kiefer of Saint Paul, Minnesota, signed a page at the University of Minnesota, on October 28, 1878.  She was Augusta Elizabeth Kiefer.


Surnames in the album

?     [4]
Adams
Allen
Andrews
Baker
Barrett
Choate     [4]
Chute
Dodge
Eaton
Endicott     [3]
Florer
Foster     [2]
Galloupe
Gates
Girdler
Gordon
Haddock
Harris
Hathaway
Hinkley     [2]
Hobart
Hollister
Hopkins
Iddings
Jackson
Jones     [2]
Kiefer
Kilham     [4]
Kreis
Lanphear
Learoyd
Lee
Martin
McGowan
McNair
McNear
Meacom
Mixer
Norwood     [2]
Parsons
Potts
Powell
Preston     [2]
Raymond
Richardson
Robinson     [2]
Rogers
Roundy     [2]
Seaver
Sherrill
Smith     [2]
Sperry
Story
Sweat
Trask
Whitmarch
Whitney
Willis
Woodberry
Woodward
Wyman

Signers in the album

?
  • Delia S., N.B.M., signed on May 21, 1875
  • A. S. S., signed on February 16, 1874; page shared with M. E. W.
  • M. E. W., signed on February 16, 1874; shared the page with A. S. S.
  • Soph.
A
  • Annie B. Adams, Class of 1874 at Beverly High School at Beverly, Massachusetts
  • Mary Annette Allen of Northampton, Massachusetts, on February 14, 1876
  • Annie C. Andrews, signed at New Briscoe, Beverly, Massachusetts, on May 18, 1875
B
  • Bessie A. Baker, signed on January 22, 1874 at B.H.S., presumably Beverly High School at Beverly, Massachusetts
  • Fannie L. Barrett of Kingston, New York, signed at Sharon [presumably Massachusetts] on August 25, 1875
C
  • Nellie Quarles Choate of Beverly, Massachusetts; album owner
  • Grace Choate of Beverly, Massachusetts; presumably the Grace Choate who was Nellie's older sister; shared the page with Sara Pierrepont McNair
  • F. W. Choate, signed at Beverly, Massachusetts, on December 30, 1873. Presumably Nellie's father Frederick William Choate or his son.
  • Alice Choate of Beverly, Massachusetts, signed on July 7, 1874. She may have been Alice Dunlap Choate, Nellie's older half sister.
  • Sara B. Chute, signed at Sharon [presumably Massachusetts] on August 25, 1875
D
  • Alice M. Dodge of Beverly, Massachusetts, signed on November 28, 1881; shared the page with Carrie A. Robinson
E
  • C. L. Eaton, signed on January 16, 1874. Presumably Charles L. Eaton, husband of Nellie's older half sister, signer Grace (Choate) Eaton.  He may have been the C. LO. Eaton who signed another page.
  • Kittie M. Endicott, signed at Beverly, Massachusetts, on August 3, 1874
  • George Endicott of New York, signed at Beverly, Massachusetts, on July 29, 1878
  • Bessie Endicott of New York, signed at Beverly, Massachusetts, on July 30, 1878
F
  • Claire Florer of Wabasha, Minnesota, at University on November 3, 1878. [She may have been Clara Constance Florer.]  Shared the page with Fred A. Jackson
  • Eliza B. Foster, signed on December 30, 1873; presumably Eliza Breck (Choate) Foster, wife of Samuel Jeremiah Foster, and half sister of album owner Nellie Quarles Choate.
  • Nellie Foster of Beverly, Massachusetts, signed on January 16, 1874; shared the page with Ida L. Woodberry
G
  • Wilhelmina Galloupe, signed November 27, 1874 at 255 Beacon Street [presumably the Beacon Street at Boston, Massachusetts]. She would marry Samuel J. Mixter in 1879.
  • Bettie S. Gates of Marietta, Ohio, signed at Beverly, Massachusetts, on July 20, 1875
  • Lillie L. Girdler of Beverly, Massachusetts
  • Stephen M. Gordon of Beverly, Massachusetts, signed in 1874
H
  • E. S. Haddock of Beverly, Massachusetts, signed on February 19, 1875
  • Edith C. Harris of New London, Connecticut, signed on November 14, 1877
  • Cora Hathaway of Pleasant Grove, Minnesota, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 22, 1878.  Cora Belle Hathaway; shared the page with Louise Elma Hollister
  • C. W. Hinkley, signed at Beverly, Massachusetts, on March 11, 1873. Possibly Carrie W. Hinkley
  • Mamie W. Hinkley, signed at Beverly, Massachusetts, on February 21, 1874
  • M. T. Hobart, signed on February 25, 1874. C.P.T.H., February 24, 1874
  • Lou E. Hollister of Janesville, Minnesota, signed on November 22, 1878; "814". She was Louise Elma Hollister of Marshfield, Minnesota.  She shared the page with Cora Hathaway.
  • Lou B. Hopkins of Duluth, Minnesota, signed on March 31, 1879 [presumably at the University of Minnesota]. Lucy Bridges Hopkins.
I
  • F. W. Iddings of Grand Forks, Dakota, signed on April 16, 1879. North Dakota would gain statehood on November 2, 1889.  Shared the page with ? Martin and Susie A. Meacom
J
  • Fred A. Jackson, '77 [possibly a member of the Class of 1877 at the University of Minnesota]; page shared with Claire Florer
  • Lizzie Jones of Beverly, Massachusetts, signed on February 10, 1876
  • Mattie A. Jones, signed at North Beverly, Massachusetts, on April 29, 1874
K
  • Gussie E. Kiefer of Saint Paul, Minnesota, signed at University [University of Minnesota], on October 28, 1878. She was Augusta Elizabeth Kiefer.
  • Eleanor Kilham, signed on September 7, 1874. Though she didn't note a residence, she was from Beverly, Massachusetts. Presumably Eleanor Bridge Kilham, sister of Alfred Chadwick Kilham, who may have been the A. C. Kilham who signed a page.
  • A. C. Kilham, signed at Beverly, Massachusetts, on August 29, 1877. Presumably Alfred Chadwick Kilham, brother of signer Eleanor Kilham.
  • Bessie L. Kilham of Beverly, Massachusetts, signed in March 1876. Perhaps sister of signer L. H. Kilham, who might have been Lizzie H. Kilham.
  • L. H. Kilham, signed on March 18, 1874. Perhaps Lizzie H. Kilham, sister of signer Bessie Kilham.
  • Laura A. Kreis of Monticello, Minnesota, signed at the University of Minnesota, on November 22, 1878. Laura Augusta Kreis.
L
  • M. Lizzie Lanphear, signed at Beverly, Massachusetts, on April 13, 1874. Presumably Mary Lizzie Lanphear who would marry Hezekiah Ober Woodbury that same year.
  • Henrietta Learoyd, signed at B.H.S., on June 25, 1874 [presumably Beverly High School at Beverly, Massachusetts]
  • Katie Lee, signed at Beverly, Massachusetts, on October 14, 1874
M
  • ? Martin [possibly H. Martin]; on a page shared with Susie A. Meacom and F. W. Iddings
  • Rev. James A. McGowan of Shakopee, Minnesota, signed on April 16, 1879. James Alexander McGowan, born at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 5, 1843
  • Sara Pierrepont McNair of Minneapolis, Minnesota, on January 2, 1879 - records show Sarah Pierrepont McNair; page shared with Grace Choate
  • Nellie F. McNear of Wiscasset, Maine, signed at the University of Minnesota on March 5, 1879. Nellie Frances McNear was the daughter of Captain Wilson McNear and Mary Elizabeth (Kennedy) McNear. Sadly, Nellie died in 1881.
  • Susie A. Meacom, signed at Beverly, Massachusetts, on January 22, 1874; page shared with ? Martin and F. W. Iddings
  • Carrie L. Mixer of Unionville, Ohio, signed at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, on May 15, 1879. She was Carrie Louise Mixer
N
  • Helen Norwood, signed at Beverly, Massachusetts, on September 2, 1874; "Your affectionate cousin". Album owner Nellie Choate's father, Frederick William Choate, and Helen Norwood's mother, Adaline Augusta (Choate) Norwood, were brother and sister.
  • Vina B. Norwood of Hyde Park, Illinois. She would marry J. Blackburn Jones at Hyde Park, Illinois, on 30 August 1877.
P
  • Fannie E. Parsons, signed at Beverly, Massachusetts, on January 23, 1875
  • Mrs. Plantagenet Potts. "Nellie - Adieu", perhaps reflecting that Nellie would be leaving Beverly, Massachusetts, for Minnesota, or vice versa.  Or the name was a joking reference to the Plantagenet Potts of literature.
  • Jeannie Powell of Saint Cloud, Minnesota, signed at University in 1878.  She was Jane Marvin Powell
  • Ettie F. Preston, signed at Beverly High School at Beverly, Massachusetts, on February 13, 1874; presumably Esther F. Preston
  • Laura Preston, signed on February 13, 1874
R
  • Hattie A. Raymond of Beverly, Massachusetts, signed in February 1874
  • Lillie C. Richardson of Cambridge, Massachusetts, signed on August 11, 1874
  • Lillian S. Robinson of Boston, Massachusetts, signed at Sharon [presumably Massachusetts] on June 14, 1878
  • Carrie A. Robinson of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on June 16, 1878; shared the page with Alice M. Dodge
  • James Rogers of Farmington [no state mentioned], signed in April 1879; page shared with Maggie Whitney
  • Martha E. Roundy, signed on February 13, 1874. [Lived at Beverly, Massachusetts.]
  • Alice M. Roundy, signed at Beverly, Massachusetts, on September 2, 1878
S
  • Harry E. Seaver of Charlestown, Massachusetts, signed on 6 July 1877
  • J. S. Sherrill of Litchfield, Minnesota, signed on April 16, 1879. Rev. John Saxton Sherrill, born 18 February 1844 at Pike, New York; Presbyterian minister at Litchfield, Minnesota
  • Lizzie Smith, signed on February 14, 1873
  • Hettie A. Smith, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on July 13, 1878; Nellie's cousin, once removed. Hettie's parents were William Judson Smith and Augusta (Norwood) Smith. Augusta's (Norwood) Smith's mother was Adaline Augusta (Choate) Norwood, a sister to Nellie's father Frederick William Choate. Hettie's family may have been the reason that Nellie went to Minnesota.
  • W. G. Sperry, signed at Beverly, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1874; possibly Willard G. Sperry, but I'm not sure of his middle initial.
  • Mattie S. P. Story of Essex, Massachusetts, signed on January 26, 1876
  • Jessie M. Sweat of Brownfield, Maine, signed on December 19, 1878; shared the page with C. L. Eaton
T
  • Addie L. Trask, signed at B.H.S. on February 16, 1874, presumably Beverly High School at Beverly, Massachusetts
W
  • Alice E. Whitmarch of Beverly, Massachusetts, signed on January 5, 1874
  • Maggie Whitney, signed on February 6, 1874; shared the page with James Rogers.
  • Georgie M. Willis of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, signed on August 18, 1875
  • Ida L. Woodberry; shared the page with Nellie Foster
  • Abbie Woodward, signed on August 3, 1875. "W.T.N.H.L. ; not sure of the T and N
  • Addie Wyman, signed at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 21, 1879; student at the University of Minnesota
Beverly, Massachusetts



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Thursday, June 26, 2014

1878-1895 Autograph Album of Samuel Thomas Woodman of South Hampton, New Hampshire


1878-1895 autograph album of Samuel Thomas Woodman of South Hampton, New Hampshire.  He stamped his name on the first and last end papers.


The album is approximately 8" x 4-3/4" and contains the sentiments of 22 of Samuel's friends, including his pastor.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

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

Samuel Thomas Woodman was born 23 September 1837 at Salisbury, Massachusetts, the son of John Collins Woodman and Judith S. (Lang) Woodman, who were born at South Hampton, New Hampshire, and Amesbury, Massachusetts, respectively.

In the 1880 Census of South Hampton, New Hampshire, Samuel Thomas Woodman was shown as living with his parents and working as an organ tuner.  I don't believe he ever married.   A 19 October 1892 issue of "The Lebanon Daily News" refers to him as "the well known South Hampton agriculturist".

Sadly, Samuel Thomas Woodman died before his time on 5 December 1896 at South Hampton, Massachusetts.  His death record indicates that he died of complications of a fractured skull but doesn't mention how Samuel's skull happened to be fractured.

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.

Samuel's cousin, Mary J. (Woodman) Williams and her husband Charles W. Williams of Brooklyn, New York, signed pages in 1884.  Mary's father was James Merrill Woodman, a brother to John Collins Woodman, Samuel's father.



Samuel's pastor, Ernest L. Scott, pastor of the South Hampton Baptist Church, inscribed a page at South Hampton, New Hampshire, on August 27, 1878.


Ursula Smith sketched an intricate scroll design.


Samuel Brookings, Jr., who gave his job title as Assistant P.M. [presumably postmaster], signed a page at Newburyport, Massachusetts, on September 15, 1878.


George B. Palmer and Mae Palmer of South Hampton, New Hampshire, signed facing pages on September 9, 1883 and May 23, 1883, respectively.  I believe they were George Bailey Palmer and wife Mary Olivia (Purinton) Palmer.



Surnames in the album

Brookings     [2]
Carr
Collins     [3]
Forsaith
George     [2]
Libbey     [2]
Moody
Morgan
Palmer     [2]
Phillips
Ring
Samson
Scott
Smith
Williams     [2]
Woodman

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

B
  • Abbie W. Brookings of Newburyport, Massachusetts, signed on September 16, 1878
  • Samuel Brookings, Jr., Assistant P.M., Newburyport, Massachusetts, signed on September 15, 1878
C
  • Eva A. Carr of South Hampton, New Hampshire, signed on September 8, 1895
  • Mary P. Collins, signed at Lawrence, presumably Massachusetts, on November 25, 1878
  • H. B. Collins of Lawrence, Massachusetts, signed on November 25, 1878
  • Mary R. S. Collins of Lawrence, Massachusetts, signed on November 25, 1878
F
  • Lizzie H. Forsaith of South Hampton, New Hampshire, signedf on September 22, 1895
G
  • Jennie L. George of Amesbury, Massachusetts, signed on December 7, 1878
  • Inez N. George of Salisbury, Massachusetts, signed on December 5, 1878
L
  • Charles E. Libbey, signed at Kingston, New Hampshire, on April 16, 1891
  • Addie M. Libbey of Kingston, New Hampshire
M
  • Effie B. Moody, signed at Brooklyn [no state written but presumably Brooklyn, New York], on December 28, 1884
  • Fanny L. Morgan of South Hampton, New Hampshire, signed at Christmas 1878
P
  • George B. Palmer of South Hampton, New Hampshire, signed on September 9, 1883. He was George Bailey Palmer, whose wife Mary Olivia (Purinton) Palmer, "Mae", signed the right facing page.
  • Mae Palmer of South Hampton, New Hampshire, signed on May 23, 1883. She was Mary Olivia (Purinton) Palmer, "Mae", whose husband George Bailey Palmer signed the left facing page.
  • M. Ella Phillips of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on September 22, 1895
R
  • E. M. Ring of South Hampton, New Hampshire, signed on September 8, 1895
S
  • May S. Samson of Lawrence, Massachusetts, signed on August 31, 1879
  • Ernest L. Scott, Pastor of South Hampton Baptist Church, signed at South Hampton, New Hampshire, on August 27, 1878
  • Ursula Smith; she sketched an intricate scroll design.
W
  • Mary J. Williams of Brooklyn, New York, signed on May 29, 1880
  • C. W. Williams, signed at Brooklyn [no state written but presumably Brooklyn, New York], on December 28, 1884
  • Samuel T. Woodman, album owner

South Hampton, New Hampshire



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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

1884 Autograph Album, Presumably of Elizabeth Dennison (Poole) Hale


From a few clues found in this album, I believe it belonged to Elizabeth Dennison (Poole) Hale, "Lizzie", of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and Stockton, California.  She was the wife of Joseph Poole, a Rockport, Massachusetts, native who had moved to California in 1850.


Most of the autographs were collected in 1884 when it appears that Lizzie traveled coast to coast to visit her Massachusetts family, judging from the page inscribed by Francis Proctor, who signed a page at Gloucester, Massachusetts, on October 10, 1884.  Francis had gone to visit Lizzie in California in 1881.


The album is approximately 7-3/4" x 5" and contains the sentiments of about 104 people who left individual sentiments or shared the page with a spouse.  In addition, there are 9 pages of multiple autographs at the beginning of the album, such as these:



The many iconic Gloucester and Rockport surnames are listed alphabetically farther below. Hopefully a reader who has studied these families or the history of the area can provide relationships between Lizzie and many of the signers and the reasons for their dispersal to the Midwest and West.  If I'm wrong about Lizzie's identity, I'd like to be corrected.

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

Elizabeth Dennison Poole, "Lizzie", was born 20 March 1833 at Gloucester, Massachusetts, the daughter of Zebulon and Elizabeth Giddings (Woodbury) Poole.

One signer in the album called herself Lizzie's sister.  She was presumably Eliza Giddings Poole, born 13 March 1823 at Rockport, Massachusetts; she married Alfred B. Choate on 7 August 1844 at Gloucester, Massachusetts.


It appears that Lizzie's family may have moved to or visited California, as on 29 May 1857 at San Francisco, California, Lizzie married merchant and farmer Joseph Hale, son of Stephen and Amelia (Wheeler) Hale.  Joseph was born 8 March 1827 at Rockport, Massachusetts.   According to the California Pioneer and Immigrant Files, 1790-1950, Joseph Hale arrived in California in May 1850 on the vessel Euphrasia, from Massachusetts around Cape Horn.  He was the first to attempt swampland farming, on Grizzley Island in Suisun Bay.



By 1860, the couple was enumerated at Stockton, California; they had a child Warden Eaton Hale, born about 1858, but, sadly, Warden died young in December 1860.   Joseph Hale was listed as a farmer.

The 1880 Census found Joseph and Elizabeth Dennison (Poole) Hale still farming at Stockton, California.  By then they had three more children:
  1. Joseph Shurtliff Hale, born 30 September 1862 at Stockton, California; married Mary Emma Higgins
  2. Grace Farnsworth Hale, born 8 December 1867 at Stockton, California; married William Langdon Buckley, M.D.
  3. Elizabeth Woodbury Hale, born 24 June 1871 at Stockton, California; married Robert Inglis
They may have had other children who did not survive to adulthood.  Joseph Hale died on 3 April 1898 at Stockton, California.  Elizabeth Dennison (Poole) Hale died at Linden, California, on 16 June 1910.

Three people mentioned that they were Lizzie's cousin.  The Frank C. Hale of Topeka, Kansas, who called Lizzie a cousin, may have been Francis (Cook) Hale, wife of George Dennison Hale, who perhaps was the cousin of Lizzie's husband Joseph Hale, though he may have been related to Lizzie also, through the Dennison line.



The other cousin was Martha L. Pickering of Rockport, Massachusetts, who signed her page on October 25, 1884.


Though they may not have stated a family relationship, many more of the signers were relatives or in-laws of Elizabeth Dennison (Poole) Hale and her husband Joseph Hale.

The Massachusetts Historical Society has an archive of the Hale and Low families of Massachusetts, including 158 portrait photographs.  It's possible that the collection includes photographs of Joseph Hale and Elizabeth Dennison (Poole) Hale and their children, sent from California.  Joseph Hale's sister, Annie Gale Woodbury Hale married George W. Low, a Cambridge, Massachusetts, merchant.  Two of their children signed pages in Lizzie's album: Joseph Herbert Low, born 1860; and Louis Frederick Low, born 1863.

Surnames in the album

Bramhall
Choate     [6]
Cook
Cross     [4]
Davis
Dennison
Gardner
Griffin
Hale     [20]
Harriman     [3]
Hartwell
Hill
Howard
Johnson
Knowlton     [2]
Knutsford
Lane     [10]
Leighton     [2]
Low     [2]
Lufkin
Merrill     [2]
Nichols     [5]
Parsons     [3]
Pickering     [2]
Poole
Proctor     [2]
Sayward     [3]
Smith     [2]
Spiller
Story     [2]
Tarr     [4]
Torrey
Walen
Ward
Williams     [3]
Woodbury     [7]
Wright     [2]
Wyman
York

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

B
  • Eliza J. Bramhall of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on October 13, 1884
C
  • Mary W. Choate of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on October 19, 1884
  • Nellie H. Choate of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on September 17, 1884
  • Ellen F. Choate of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on September 17, 1884
  • Alice C. Choate of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on September 17, 1884
  • William A. Choate of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on October 19, 1884
  • Annie L. Choate of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on October 20, 1884
  • Mary W. Cook of Topeka, Kansas, signed on June 4, 1884
  • Lester Cross, signed at Stockton, California, on May 13, 1884; "Aged 81"
  • Imogene A. Cross, signed at Stockton, California, on May 18, 1884
  • Edith Cross, signed at Stockton, California, on May 13, 1884
  • Mary A. Cross, signed at Salem, Massachusetts, on September 20, 1884
D
  • S. H. Davis of Sacramento, California, signed on November 25, 1881
  • Ada B. Dennison of Pigeon Cove, Massachusetts
G
  • S. A. Gardner of Milford, Massachusetts; "Fruit-eater"
  • Emeline P. Griffin of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on October 20, 1884
H
  • Elizabeth Dennison (Poole) Hale, wife of Joseph Hale, and presumably the owner of the album
  • Frank C. Hale, signed at Topeka, Kansas, on June 4, 1884; "your cousin". She may have been Frances (Cook) Hale, wife of George Dennison Hale, who was related to Lizzie's husband Joseph Hale and may have been related to Lizzie as well, through the Dennison line.
  • George D. Hale of Topeka, Kansas, signed on June 4, 1884. "Cousin". He was George Dennison Hale, husband of signer Frank C. Hale, who was Frances (Cook) Hale. He was likely a cousin of Lizzie's husband Joseph Hale, but may have been related to Lizzie as well, through her Dennison line.
  • Charles T. Hale of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on September 14, 1884. Presumably Charles Thomas Hale, a nephew to Lizzie's husband Joseph Hale.
  • Lucy C. Hale
  • Mattie H. Hale of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on September 18, 1884
  • Albert W. Hale of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on September 17, 1884. He was Albert William Hale, whose wife Sarah Jane (Goodrich) Hale signed the right facing page.
  • Sarah Hale of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on September 17, 1886. She was Sarah Jane (Goodrich) Hale, whose husband Albert W. Hale signed the left facing page.
  • Albert G. Hale of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on September 18, 1884; son of signers Albert W. Hale and Sarah Jane (Goodrich) Hale.
  • Frank G. Hale of Rockport, Massachusetts
  • John P. Hale of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on September 19, 1884; son of signers Albert William Hale and Sarah Jane (Goodrich) Hale.
  • Thomas Hale of Pigeon Cove, Massachusetts, signed on October 19, 1884
  • Albert G. Hale of Rockport, Massachusetts, "Aged 71 years". Albert Giddings Hale (1813-1896), whose wife Mary Choate (Blatchford) Giddings signed the right facing page.
  • Mary C. Hale; "Aged 69 years". She was Mary Choate (Blatchford) Hale (1821-1897), whose husband Albert Giddings Hale signed the left facing page.
  • Nellie F. Hale of Rockport, Massachusetts
  • James C. Hale of Monson, Massachusetts
  • Anna J. Hale of Monson, Massachusetts, signed on October 12, 1884
  • Grace F. Hale of Cambridge, Massachusetts, signed on September 24, 1884.
  • Grace F. Hale, signed on December 30, 1884
  • Catherine E. Hale of Pigeon Cove, Massachusetts, signed on October 19, 1884
  • George W. R. Harriman of Dedham, Massachusetts, signed on September 22, 1884. He was George Winsor Richardson Harriman of Dedham, Massachusetts.
  • Sarah J. W. Harriman, signed on September 22, 1884 at Dedham, Massachusetts. She was Sarah Jane (Wheeler) Harriman, wife of John Emery Harriman.
  • John Emery Harriman, Jr., of Dedham, Massachusetts, signed on September 22, 1884
  • Adelia B. Hartwell of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on October 16, 1884
  • Lydia C. Hill of Belmont, Massachusetts, signed on October 1, 1884
  • Miss Alma Howard of East Saginaw, Michigan, signed at Stockton, California, on May 14, 1884
J
  • Iva N. Johnson of San Jose, California, signed on November 14, 1891; middle initial might be W or ?
K
  • Margie S. Knowlton of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on October 18, 1884; shared the page with Mary C. Knowlton
  • Mary C. Knowlton of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on October 18, 1884; shared the page with Margie S. Knowlton.
  • Lucy A. Knutsford of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on September 15, 1884.
L
  • Florence Lane of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on September 18, 1884
  • Louise Lane
  • Mary Augusta Lane of Lanesville [village in Gloucester, Massachusetts] on October 12, 1884.
  • Arthur Lane of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on October 20, 1884
  • Mary C. Lane of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on October 20, 1884
  • Andrew Lane, Jr. of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on October 19, 1884
  • Eliza B. Lane of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on October 20, 1884
  • Laura R. Lane of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on October 20, 1884
  • Andrew H. Lane of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on October 20, 1884
  • Maria Lane of Lanesville, Massachusetts [presumably the village in Gloucester, Massachusetts], signed on October 19, 1884
  • Jane Leighton of Malden, Massachusetts, signed on September 26, 1884
  • Lizzie C. Leighton of Malden, Massachusetts, signed on September 26, 1884
  • J. H. Low of Cambridge, Massachusetts, signed on September 24, 1884
  • L. Fred Low of Cambridge, Massachusetts, signed on September 24, 1884
  • Albert Lufkin of Newton, Iowa
M
  • W. Harvey Merrill, signed on September 19, 1884, at Salem, Massachusetts
  • Sophie P. Merrill of Salem, Massachusetts, signed on September 20, 1884.
N
  • L. M. Nichols, signed on June 8, 1884; "your friend and neighbor. The right facing page was signed by H. P. Nichols at Chicago, Illinois, on June 8, 1884. Presumably Harrison P. Nichols.
  • H. P. Nichols, signed at Chicago, Illinois, on June 8, 1884; presumably Harrison P. Nichols, brother of signer William Thomas Nichols.
  • Mrs. Helen S. Nichols of Haywood, Illinois. Helen Sereptah (Crampton) Nichols, second wife of signer William Thomas Nichols, and mother of Harry Hayward Nichols, who signed the overleaf.
  • Harry H. Nichols of Maywood, Illinois; son of signers William Thomas Nichols and Helen Sereptah (Crampton) Nichols
  • Edward C. Nichols of Maywood, Illinois, signed on June 9, 1884; son of signers William Thomas Nichols and Helen Sereptah (Crampton) Nichols
P
  • Fredrich Parsons of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on October 13, 1884
  • Theodore Parsons of Gloucester, Massachusetts, signed on October 14, 1884.
  • Susie P. Parsons of Rockport, Massachusetts
  • Cora A. Pickering of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on October 15, 1884
  • Martha L. Pickering, signed at Rockport, Massachusetts, on October 25, 1884; Lizzie's cousin.
  • Your loving sister, Eliza.  Presumably Eliza Giddings Poole, Elizabeth's older sister who married Alfred B. Choate
  • Mrs. Francis Proctor of Gloucester, Massachusetts, signed on October 10, 1884. Her husband Francis Proctor signed the right facing page.
  • Francis Proctor, signed at Gloucester, Massachusetts, on October 10, 1884. I don't know if he was Francis Proctor the father or Francis Proctor the son. "In memory of my pleasant visit to your home at Stockton in May 1881. Also of your visit to my home."
S
  • Joseph Sayward of Gloucester, Massachusetts, signed on October 11, 1884; his wife Mary (Williams) Sayward signed the right facing page.
  • Mary W. Sayward of Gloucester, Massachusetts, signed on October 10, 1884. She was Mary (Williams) Sayward, whose husband Joseph Sayward ; her husband Joseph Sayward signed the left facing page.
  • Joseph H. Sayward of Gloucester, Massachusetts, signed on October 10, 1884
  • Clarissa C. Smith of Rockport, Massachusetts, on a page signed on Octobert 18, 1884 and shared with Margaret B. Woodbury; Helen B. Woodbury; and Nathaniel Woodbury
  • Anna H. Smith of Pigeon Cove, Massachusetts, signed on October 13, 1884; "your niece"
  • Sarah M. Spiller of Salem, Massachusetts, signed at Gloucester, Massachusetts, on October 20, 1884
  • Martha A. Story of Pigeon Cove, Massachusetts, signed in October 1884
  • Margaret A. Story of Pigeon Cove, Massachusetts
T
  • Miss Carrie Tarr of Rockport, Massachusetts
  • Ida A. Tarr of Rockport, Massachusetts, on September 17, 1884; she wrote on the page upside down.
  • George J. Tarr of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on September 17, 1884; his wife Oresa (Sanborn) Tarr shared the page.  They wrote on the page upside down.
  • Oresa Tarr of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on September 17, 1884.  She was Oresa (Sanborn) Tarr; her husband George J. Tarr shared the page.  They wrote on the page upside down.
  • Susanna N. Torrey of Rockport, Massachusetts
W
  • Ann E. Walen of Gloucester, Massachusetts, signed on October 14, 1884
  • E. H. Ward, signed at Stockton, California, on May 27, 1885
  • William Williams of Gloucester, Massachusetts, signed on July 3, 1884. "Your old (90th year) friend". William wrote his name, shakily, but someone else wrote the rest. He was the husband of signer Mary R. Williams.
  • Mary R. Williams of Gloucester, Massachusetts, signed on July 3, 1884. "Your old (86th year) friend". Like her husband William Williams, she signed her name only, and someone else inscribed the rest. She was Mary Ring (Steele) Williams, wife of signer William Williams.
  • W. H. Williams of Gloucester, Massachusetts, signed on July 3, 1884. He was the son of signers William and Mary Ring (Steele) Williams. "A-lo-ha!". I wonder if he or Lizzie had been to or were going to Hawaii? He may have been the mayor of Gloucester, Massachusetts: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-1879-Gloucester-MA-Mayor-William-Williams-Speech-Address-Book-/360793523265
  • Margaret B. Woodbury of Folly Cove, Massachusetts, on a page signed on October 18, 1884 and shared with Helen B. Woodbury; Nathaniel Woodbury; and Clarissa C. Smith
  • Helen B. Woodbury, on a page signed on October 18, 1884 and shared with Margaret B. Woodbury; Nathaniel Woodbury;and Clarissa C. Smith
  • Nathaniel Woodbury, on a page signed on October 18, 1884 and shared with Margaret B. Woodbury; Helen B. Woodbury; and Clarissa C. Smith
  • Isaac De. Woodbury of Melrose Highlands, Massachusetts, signed on September 29, 1884.  He was Isaac De Saint Croix Woodbury; his wife Martha Elizabeth (Parmelee) Woodbury shared the page.
  • M. E. Woodbury of Melrose Highlands, Massachusetts, signed on September 29, 1884.  She was Martha Elizabeth (Parmelee) Woodbury; her husband Isaac De Saint Croix Woodbury shared the page.
  • Alphonso Woodbury; he shared the page with his wife Susan (Woodbury) Woodbury of Folly Cove, Massachusetts, who signed the page on October 19, 1884.
  • Susan Woodbury of Folly Cove, Massachusetts, signed on October 19, 1884.  She was Susan (Woodbury) Woodbury of Gloucester, Massachusetts, wife of Alphonso Woodbury, who shared the page.
  • W. F. Wright of San Jose, California, signed on November 14, 1891.  William F. Wright, husband of signer Linnie M. Wright.
  • Linnie M. Wright of San Jose, California, signed on November 14, 1891. Wife of signer William F. Wright.
  • Matilda F. Wyman, signed on September 20, 1884
Y
  • Edith S. York of Rockport, Massachusetts, signed on October 20, 1884
Gloucester, Massachusetts, and Rockport, Massachusetts


Stockton, California


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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
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  • Frank B. Young, signed at Charlestown, Massachusetts, on December 2, 1877
Boston, Massachusetts


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Sunday, June 22, 2014

1870-1904 Autograph Album of Ida May Gray of Boston, Massachusetts; Before and After her Marriage to Alexander Dunn


1870s autograph album of Ida May Gray, before and after her marriage to Alexander Dunn.

Incidentally, the album was purchased with another album from the Boston, Massachusetts, area that belonged to a "Ria" and featured pages signed by Ida's younger brother Edgar Elmer Gray and younger half-brother Milford Ernest Somes.  One of Ria's parents was presumably the son or daughter of Jesse and Mary Salmon of New York and Boston, as Maria J. Salmon of Charlestown, Massachusetts, called Ria her niece.  I haven't yet teased out the connection between the two albums; hopefully a reader can solve the mystery.

Ida's album may have been a Christmas or New Year present; the first page was inscribed by her brother William Ellery Gray in January 1876.  His future wife Anna E. Newmarch also signed a page.



The album is approximately 8" x 5-1/4" and contains the sentiments of 26 of Ida'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!]

Ida May Gray was born 4 February 1851 at Edgecomb, Maine, the daughter of Charles Ashley Gray and Hepzibah R. (Huff), who were born at New York, New York, and Edgecomb, Maine, respectively.  You can see photographs of Charles Ashley Gray and Hepzibah R. (Huff) Gray here.

Ida's paternal grandparents were James and Sarah Amelia (Ashley) Gray.  Her maternal grandparents were John and Charlotte (Billings) Huff.

Both of Ida's parents had children from other marriages, so Ida had older and younger half-siblings, as well as four full siblings.  Charles A. Gray, Ida's older half brother, from her father's first marriage to Sophia (Hersey), signed a page twice, once on August 26, 1890, and again on July 2, 1904, the last date of an autograph in the album.


After Ida's father Charles Ashley Gray died, her mother Hepzibah R. (Huff) Gray married Joel Somes, son of David and Abigail (Trask) Somes.  Joel Somes was born 1 August 1805 at Edgecomb, Maine.  Hepzibah and Joel had two children, Julia E. Somes and Milford Ernest Somes.  Julia signed a page in Ida's album on June 15, 1873; she died 24 September 1884 at Boston, Massachusetts.


Milford Ernest Somes, "alias Reddy", inscribed two pages in the album, first on December 25, 1871, and again on August 15, 1883.



Ida's sister, Alice Eva (Gray) Drake signed a page as A. E. D. on December 25, 1871.  The C. E. Drake who signed a day earlier on December 24, 1871, was likely Alice Eva's husband, Charles E. Drake.



Ida's brother Edgar Elmer Gray didn't sign a page in this album, but he did sign one in the companion album mentioned above, at Boston, Massachusetts, on May 20, 1876.


On 14 September 1870 at Boston, Massachusetts, Ida May Gray married Scottish immigrant Alexander Dunn, who was born May 16, 1846, son of Alexander Dunn and his first wife, Elizabeth (Paul) Dunn, and was one of four siblings born in Scotland.  Elizabeth (Paul) Dunn died in 1856, and it looks as though the remaining family members then left for the United States.

Young Alexander's father Alexander married Mary Mitchell White at Hingham, Massachusetts, on August 6, 1861 and had three more children, one of whom, Mary E. Dunn, signed a page at South Hingham, Massachusetts, on July 23, 1876.


Ida and Alexander had, I believe, three sons: though I noticed a reference online to a daughter Alice, I couldn't find a record of her:
  1. Edgar Alexander Dunn, born October 19, 1872 at Boston, Massachusetts
  2. William Lyman Dunn, born August 11, 1874 at Boston, Massachusetts
  3. Arthur Clarence Dunn, born July 17, 1877 at Boston, Massachusetts
Alexander, a machinist, died in 1917; Ida died in 1934.  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.  

One interesting page contained a sketch presumably done by signer Hattie Clifford at Christmas in 1871.


Surnames in the album


?     [3]
Chandler     [2]
Clifford     [2]
Connell
Dennett
Drake     [5]
Dunn
Gray     [3]
Huff
Newell     [2]
Newmarch
Somes     [3]
Tuttle
Wright

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

?
  • Lina or Lena or Lora of ?, signed on August 29, 1871
  • Will T. M.
  • Either unsigned at Boston, Massachusetts, on January 1, 1871, or signed by Barton or Baston on that date
C
  • B. B. Chandler, possibly B. B. Chandler, Jr.. He may have been inventor Bartlett B. Chandler, Jr. of Boston
  • Charlotte P. Chandler
  • Annie S. Clifford, signed on December 25, 1871 [or 1877]
  • Hattie E. Clifford, signed on December 25, 1871; she sketched a cross on a pedestal, with ivy entwined around it.
  • John F. Connell of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on October 4, 1883
D
  • Annie B. Dennett of Boston Highlands, Massachusetts, signed on June 13, 1873
  • Newell L. Drake, signed on December 25, 1871
  • C. E. Drake, signed on December 24, 1871
  • A. E. D., signed on December 25, 1871; "your sister". She was Ida's sister Alice Eva Gray, who married Charles E. Drake.
  • Gertrude E. Drake, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on August 18, 1883.  She was the daughter of Henry Stephen Drake and his wife Clara.  Henry was as brother to Charles E. Drake, husband of Ida's sister Alice Eva (Gray) Drake.
  • Carrie J. Drake of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on August 19, 1883. Sister of Henry Stephen Drake and Charles E. Drake, who was the husband of Ida M. (Gray) Dunn's sister Alice Eva (Gray) Drake.
  • Mary E. Dunn of South Hingham, Massachusetts, signed on July 23, 1876. Presumably Mary Elizabeth Dunn, half sister of Ida May (Gray) Dunn's husband Alexander Dunn.
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  • Ida May (Gray) Dunn, album owner; signatures from before and after her marriage to Alexander Dunn
  • William E., signed in January 1870.  He was William E. Gray, brother of album owner Ida May Gray, who married Alexander Dunn later that year on 14 September 1870.  William's future wife, Anna E. Newmarch, also signed a page in the album.
  • Charles A. Gray, Ida's older half brother. He signed the page twice, once on August 26, 1890, and again on July 2, 1904. His mother was Sophia (Hersey) Gray, who died in 1836. His father then married Hepzibah R. (Huff), Ida's mother.
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  • Delia Huff, "your cousin".  Delia's father, William B. Huff, was a brother to Ida May (Gray) Huff's mother Hepzibah R. (Huff) Dunn.
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  • C. O. Newell. He was Charles O. Newell of Maine and Boston, Massachusetts. His wife Sarah A. (VanTassel) Newell signed the right facing page.
  • S. A. Newell of Boston, Massachusetts. She was Sarah A. (VanTassel) Newell, born in Nova Scotia, and wife of signer Charles O. Newell.
  • Anna E. Newmarch. Anna would marry Ida May (Gray) Dunn's brother William Ellery Dunn, who also signed a page in the album.  Anna E. (Newmarch) Gray signed another page on December 29, 1871.
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  • Milford E. Somes of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on December 25, 1871. He was Milford Ernest Somes, a half brother of Ida May (Gray) Dunn, through their mother Hepzibah R. (Huff), who married four times.  He signed another page on August 15, 1883 ("alias Reddy")
  • Julia E. Somes of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on June 15, 1873, a half sister to album owner Ida May (Gray) Dunn through their mother Hepzibah R. (Huff) who married four times.
  • Annie L. Somes of Littleton, Massachusetts, signed on September 5, 1904
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  • George R. Tuttle
W
  • W. B. ?, possibly W. B. Wright, signed on September 14, 1870. "Best wishes for future happiness to Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Dunn"
Boston, Massachusetts 



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