Tuesday, August 22, 2017

1859-1861 Autograph Album of Student Josie Young, Presumably of Joliet, Illinois


1859-1861 autograph album kept by Josie Young who was presumably from the Joliet, Illinois, area, or a student in a school there.  I'd be interested to hear what school in the area might have attracted students from out of state, as far away as Massachusetts.


Josie herself inscribed one of the several shared pages on July 4, 1859, near the bottom edge of the page.


The album measures approximately 7-3/4" by 6-1/4" and contains the inscriptions of many of Josie's friends and presumed schoolmates, including at least one relative, cousin Lottie Cook.

In case this is a clue, Lottie may have been Charlotte Cook, born about 1844, daughter of Matthias L. Cook and Flavilla (Seeley) Cook, who moved their family from New York or New Jersey to Joliet, Illinois.

Many people inscribed more than one page and contributed to several pages shared by as many as 12 people.

An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appear at the end of this post.

I believe Josie was born about 1844, the daughter of Daniel C. and Maria Cook, both natives of New York.  This Josie married Hiram Fred Bush on January 18, 1865 in Illinois.  By 1880, they had moved to Oakland, California.  They had at least one child, a son Gavin Frederick Bush, born about 1865.

If you have more information on Josie Young, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Perhaps a reader can help identify the person who inscribed two shared pages as ?. W. DeLofs or something similar.



Surnames in the Album - many appear multiple times

?GGrintonSSkinner
AAikenHHaltonStevens
AldrichHawleyTTonner
AllenHiginbothamWWebster
BBaileyJJonesWheeler
BushKKendallWilson
CCagwinLKnowltonWoodruff
ColeLoweWorrell
CookMMarsh
CurtisMcGinnis
DDavisonMunger
FFellowsOOsgood
Filer

Inscribers in the Album - as you can see, many people inscribed more than one page.  
  • Louise; shared the page with Jule Fellows
  • Mete; inscribed a page with ten other people
  • ? W. DeL; inscribed a page with ten other people
  • Mollie; inscribed on February 3, 1860
  • F. W. DeLofs ?; on a page shared with 10 others
  • "Schimmy"; inscribed on a page shared by 10 others
  • H; inscribed on May 3, 1859
  • C. M. M?; inscribed on February 10, 1859.  Message written in another language, possibly German
  • Helen; inscribed on March 6, 1860
  • A. G. B. A.; inscribed on June 12, 1859.  Added note:  :Married Sept 1st 1861.  Hattie Little".  I found an Augustus Gridley Stanley Allis who married Harriet Newell Little in Will County, Illinois, on October 1, 1861.  Josie got some of the dates in her notes wrong, but how to reconcile the difference in initials, unless he had a nickname that started with B?
  • Jule O.; inscribed on a page shared with 7 others
  • Charlotte A. Aiken; on a page shared with 10 others
  • Lottie Aiken; inscribed at Joliet, Illinois, on February 2, 1860
  • Lottie Aiken of Syracuse, New York; inscribed on a page shared with 7 others
  • Helen Aldrich of Joliet, Illinois; middle initial possibly O or H or ?; inscribed a page with ten other people
  • Helen O. Aldrich of Joliet, Illinois; inscribed on May 6, 1859
  • Helen O. Aldrich of Joliet, Illinois; inscribed on February 8, 1860; inscribed on a page shared with 7 others
  • Hellen A. Allen of Joliet, Illinois; inscribed on a page shared with 7 others
  • E. P. Bailey; inscribed at Joliet, Illinois, on April 27, 1859.  
  • Edward P. Bailey; inscribed a page with ten other people
  • Jennie Bush; on a page shared with 10 others
  • Eunice Cagwin - added note:  Married Sept 15th 1861, Mrs. Elliott. [She married Henry F. Elliott]. Inscribed on a page shared with 11 others
  • Elizabeth Cole
  • Elizabeth Cole; inscribed on a page shared with 11 others
  • Libbie Cole of Joliet, Illinois, inscribed on February 27, 1860; inscribed on a page shared with 11 others
  • Libbie Cole; inscribed at Joliet, Illinois, on February 14, 1860.  Added note: "Married, Mrs. H. Mosier".  Shared the page with Lucy A. Munger.
  • Libbie M. Cole of Joliet, Illinois; on a page shared with 10 others
  • Libbie M. Cole of Syracuse, New York; inscribed on a page shared with 7 others
  • Louisa Cole; inscribed on March 2, 1860
  • Lottie Cook; inscribed on February 3, 1860; Josie's cousin
  • Sarah Millie Curtis; from or inscribed at Stockbridge, Massachusetts, on May 4, 1859.  Added note: "Married, Mrs." [no surname included]
  • Rachel D. Davison; inscribed at Joliet, Illinois, on February 18, 1860
  • Rachel D. Davison of Joliet, Illinois; inscribed on a page shared by 10 others
  • Elisabeth M. Fellows; inscribed on a page shared with 11 others
  • Jule Fellows
  • Julia E. Fellows - whether she gave the album to Josie or just happened to sign her name on the ownership page, I don't know.  
  • Julia E. Fellows of Joliet, Illinois; inscribed on a page shared by 10 others.  
  • Julia E. Fellows; inscribed on June 7, 1859
  • Julie E. Fellows; inscribed on a page shared with 11 others
  • Sarah Filer of Rochester, New York; inscribed on July 14, 1859
  • William Grinton, Jr.; inscribed on March 7, 1860; inscribed on a page shared by 10 others
  • William Grinton, Jr., inscribed on March 7, 1860.  
  • Carrie Halton; on a page shared with 10 others
  • Hattie Hawley; middle initial possibly L; inscribed a page with ten other people
  • Mary L. Hawley; inscribed a page with ten other people
  • Mary L. Hawley; inscribed on May 1, 1859
  • Gertie D. Higinbotham; inscribed a page with ten other people
  • Gertie D. Higinbotham; on a page shared with 10 others
  • Gertie D. Higinbotham; inscribed at Joliet, Illinois, on May 16, 1859.  
  • Gertie D. Higinbotham of Joliet, Illinois; inscribed on a page shared with 11 others.  
  • Gertie D. Higinbotham of Joliet, Illinois; inscribed on a page shared with 7 others
  • F. Jones; inscribed on  May 10, 1859 at Joliet, Illinois; later note: "Married Sept 15th 1861, Mrs. O. H. Woodruff".  Presumably Frances Jones , "Frankie", who married Orlan Hale Woodruff.  
  • Frankie A. Jones; added note: "Married September 15th 1860.  Mrs. D. Woodruff".  Inscribed on a page shared by 10 others
  • Frankie Jones; inscribed on a page shared with 11 others
  • N. Kendall; inscribed on February 9, 1860
  • E. R. Knowlton; inscribed on a page shared by 10 others
  • Edward R. Knowlton; inscribed on June 18, 1859
  • Edward R. Knowlton; on a page shared with 10 others
  • H. C. Knowlton; inscribed a page with ten other people
  • Henry C. Knowlton, inscribed a two-page inscription at Joliet, Illinois, on April 27, 1859
  • Henry E. Lowe; on a page shared with 10 others; he inscribed an individual page on June 16, 1859
  • Henry E. Lowe; inscribed on June 16, 1859
  • Henry E. Lowe; inscribed on June 3, 1859
  • Charlie V. Marsh; inscribed on a page shared by 10 others
  • Charlie V. Marsh; inscribed on May 9, 1859
  • Leila S. McGinnis; inscribed at Joliet, Illinois, on April 27, 1859.  Added note: "Married June 20th 1860.  Mrs. G. D. Grover
  • L. Anna Munger of Joliet, Illinois; inscribed on a page shared with 11 others
  • Lucy A. Munger of Granville, New York; inscribed on a page shared with 7 others
  • Lucy A. Munger; inscribed at Joliet, Illinois, on February 14, 1860.  Shared the page with Libbie Cole.
  • Julia Osgood of Joliet, Illinois; inscribed on a page shared with 11 others
  • Julia Osgood; inscribed on February 2, 1860
  • Angela Addie Skinner; inscribed at Joliet, Illinois, on December 29, 1859
  • Anna Stevens; inscribed at Joliet, Illinois, on March 20, 1860
  • Anna Stevens of Joliet, Illinois; inscribed on a page shared with 11 others
  • Alice Tonner; inscribed at Joliet, Illinois, on September 4, 1859.  Alice inscribed other pages as well.
  • Alice Tonner; on a page shared with 10 others.  Presumably the Allie Tonner who inscribed another shared page.
  • Allie Tonner of Joliet, Illinois; presumably the Alice Tonner who inscribed another shared page; inscribed a page with ten other people
  • Mira Tonner, Blackeyed Ro., N. W. ? College; inscribed on a page shared by 10 others
  • Kate Webster; on a page shared with 10 others
  • Elinor M. Wheeler; inscribed at Joliet, Illinois, on May 13, 1859.  
  • Elinor M. Wheeler of Joliet, Illinois; on a page shared with 10 others.  
  • Laura Wilson; inscribed on March 23, 1860
  • Laura Wilson at Seminary of the Sacred Heart, Chicago; inscribed on a page shared with 7 others
  • Florence Woodruff; inscribed a page with ten other people
  • Florence Woodruff; inscribed at Joliet, Illinois, on May 10, 1859
  • Florence Woodruff; inscribed on a page shared with 11 others
  • Fred W. Woodruff; inscribed a page with ten other people
  • Samuel L. Worrell; added note: "Died Dec 2nd 1860"; inscribed on a page shared by 10 others
  • Josie Young of Joliet, Illinois, inscribed on March 28th [not sure of last digit], 1859.   Album owner.  
  • Josie Young of Joliet, Illinois; album owner; inscribed on July 4, 1859; inscribed on a page shared by 10 others

Sunday, August 20, 2017

1854-1907 Autograph Album of Harriet Angeline Steele of Elizabethtown, Illinois; Before and After 1856 Marriage to Lafayette F. Twitchell


Autograph album that was presented by Renrut - presumably Turner - in 1854 to Miss Harriet Angeline Steele of Elizabethtown, Illinois.  She went by Angeline or "Ange".


Most of the inscriptions are from the 1850s, with a few from the 1870s and several from the very early 1900s, including one by Ange's granddaughter Edna A. Twitchell, who inscribed her page at Elizabethtown, Illinois, on January 2, 1907.  Edna was born December 25, 1883 in Colorado, daughter of attorney Lafayette Twitchell and Mary (Ledbetter) Twitchell.


The album, printed by Moss and Brother of Philadelphia, measures approximately 8" by 6-1/4" and contains 6 engravings and the sentiments of over twenty of Ange's relatives and friends, some of whom inscribed in more than one place.  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appear at the end of this post.

Also tucked in is the calling card of Mrs. L. F. Twitchell, who was the album owner Harriet Angeline (Steele) Twitchell, wife of Lafayette F. Twitchell.


From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:

According to her Find-a-Grave memorial, which does not include a photograph of the stone with dates, and a newspaper clipping about her 50th anniversary, Harriet Angeline Steele was born June 1, 1836 in Hardin County, Illinois, and died on November 6, 1915 at Belleville, Illinois.  Some unsourced references have her parents as James and Elizabeth Steele.  Perhaps a reader will provide a link to birth and death records.

About 1856, Angeline married Lafayette F. Twitchell, son of Moses Warren Twitchell and Lydia (Harris) Twitchell, who was born New Hampshire and Maine respectively.  Lafayette was born in Elizabethtown, Illinois, in 1829 and died in 1908.  The Find-a-Grave memorials for Angeline and Lafayette indicate that they had five children, four sons who survived to adulthood and a daughter who died young.  Three of their sons were doctors, the other a lawyer, Lafayette F. Twitchell of Denver, Colorado, who was the father of Edna A. Twitchell, who inscribed the page shown farther above.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Surnames in the Album

?  [10]
Austin  [2]
Gullett
Hawkins  [2]
Latimer  [2]
Littlepage
Oxford
Steele
Stuart
Thombs
Turner ?
Twitchell  [2]
Warren
Watrous

Inscribers in the Album
  • R. L.; inscribed a sentiment on a paper found tucked in the album.  Also inscribed a page in August 1854.  Possibly R. Latimer?
  • M. J. H. M.
  • C. F. T. M. G.; not sure of initials; inscribed at St. Louis in December 1854
  • L. L. S.;  or L. S. S.; not sure of initials
  • Mollie
  • L. H. S.; not sure of initials
  • A. Farer - not sure of surname - inscribed in December 1857
  • H. S.; inscribed on a paper tucked in the album to Miss H. A. S. [Harriet Angeline Steele]H. S.; inscribed at Pleasant Hill on November 8, 1852
  • Charlie; inscribed two papers tucked in the album
  • Unsigned
  • Lillian E. Austin; inscribed on July 18, 1879
  • Sarah Austin of New Albany, Indiana; inscribed on July 18, 1879
  • Ben H. Gullett; inscribed at Elizabethtown, Illinois, on December 30, 1906.  Shared the page with Grover C. Oxford
  • Mrs. Sarah A. Hawkins of Elizabethtown, Illinois; inscribed her name in a box on July 14, 1879 on a page shared with her daughter Sarah A. Hawkins.  Mrs. Hawkins also inscribed an individual page at Elizabethtown, Illinois, on July 14, 1879
  • Sarah A. Hawkins of Elizabethtown, Illinois; inscribed her name in a box on July 14, 1879, on a page shared with her mother Mrs. Sarah A. Hawkins.  Sarah also inscribed an individual page at Elizabethtown, Illinois, on July 14, 1879
  • Latimer; inscribed at H. C., Illinois, on August 20, 1854.  H.C. may have meant Hardin County.  Latimer was presumably the Remital who inscribed a page at Chili, Illinois, on October 1854 and may have been the R. L., who inscribed two pages, one of them in August 1854.
  • Remital; inscribed at Chili, Illinois, in October 1854.  Presumably Latimer, spelled backwards
  • Della Littlepage of Elizabethtown, Illinois, inscribed a 2 page inscription to "My Dear Mrs. Twitchell" on August 24, 1872
  • Grover C. Oxford, inscribed at Elizabethtown, Illinois, on December 30, 1906.  Shared the page with Ben H. Gullett.
  • Harriet Angeline Steele, "Angeline" or "Ange", album owner, from before and after her marriage to Lafayette F. Twitchell.  "Presented to Miss Angeline Steele By her friend Renrut, 1854".  Renrut is presumably Turner, spelled backwards.  Tucked in the album - calling card of Mrs. L. F. Twitchell.  Angeline married Lafayette F. Twitchell about 1856.
  • Ange Stuart; inscribed to Mrs. Ange Twitchell
  • I. W. Thombs; inscribed on December 25, 1854.  Called himself Angeline's brother, but may have been in the religious sense only.  Presumably Rev. Isaiah W. Thombs, who was born in New Hampshire in 1824
  • Renrut - presumably Turner, spelled backwards.  Presented the album to Angeline in 1854.  "Presented to Miss Angeline Steele By her friend Renrut, 1854".  Inscribed another page at Elizabethtown, Illinois, in 1854, and another undated page.  Initials might be J. B. or I. B. or ? B.
  • Edna A. Twitchell, inscribed at Elizabethtown, Illinois, on January 2, 1907; Angeline's granddaughter.
  • Harriet Angeline Steele, album owner, who went by Angeline or "Ange"; married Lafayette F. Twitchell about 1856 and kept on collecting autographs up to 1907.
  • George Warren; middle initial either T or F.; inscribed on July 18, 1879 at Evansville, Indiana
  • Anna Watrous, inscribed at Elizabethtown, Illinois, on August 7, 1880

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Bible of Rev. Daniel Warren and Sarah A. (Sawyer) Warren of Guilford, Maine, and Bangor, Maine


Bible of Rev. Daniel Warren and Sarah A. Warren, who were married at Guilford, Maine, in 1842 and raised their family at Bangor, Maine.

Read more about Rev. Daniel Warren, who joined the Grace Church at Bangor, Maine, in 1832, in a publication of the East Maine Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

The Bible, which was printed in 1850 by S. Andrus and Son of Hartford, Connecticut, measures approximately 11-1/2" by 9-1/2" by 2-1/2".  The covers and spine are vibrant and may have been restored or replaced.  Sadly, the Bible came into contact with water at some point, but the damage is limited to staining.


Three of the Family Records pages show entries.  The Marriages page:


Parents Daniel Warren
Sarah A. Sawyer
They were married in Guilford, Maine, on November 28, 1842, by Rev. L. P. French.

Note:  Rev. Luther P. French later served as chaplain of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, which won acclaim at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

First of the two Births and Deaths pages:


Daniel Warren was born in Guilford, Maine, on September 11, 1815; died in Bangor, Maine, on Oct. 15, 1891, aged 76 years, 1 month, 4 [or 8] days
Sarah A. Sawyer was born in Saco, Maine, on January 26, 1824; died in Bangor, Maine, on April, 8, 1898 Aged 74 years, 2 months, 13 days

Their 1st Child, Charles O. Warren was born in Bangor, Maine, on January 25, 1815

2d Child, Daniel W. Warren was born in Bangor, Maine, on August 1, 1848

3d Child, Emma E. Warren was born in Bangor, Maine, on October 24, 1850; died in Bangor, Maine, on July 6, 1855, aged 4 years, 8 months, 12 days

4th Child, Francis A. Warren was born in Bangor, Maine, on December 16, 1854

5th Child William O. Warren, was born in Bangor, Maine, on July 12, 1856; died in Yarmouth, Maine, on August 23, 1923; aged 67 years, 1 month, 11 days

6th Child, Sarah Ella Warren, was born in Bangor, Maine, on December 5, 1857

7th Child, Emma J. Warren was born in Bangor, Maine, on December 1, 1863; died in Bangor, Maine, on March 23, 1870, aged 6 years; 3 months, 22 days

Second of the two Births and Deaths pages:


Miss Lilla F. Atkins, wife of Charles O. Warren; died in Bangor, Maine, on January 13, 1922, aged 63 years, 6 months.

If you have information on the Warren, Sawyer and Atkins families, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

1876 Letter from Cyrus M. Stockwell to a Relative re: Research for a Work on the Stockwell Family


March 4, 1876 letter from C. M. Stockwell of Port Huron, Michigan, presumably Dr. Cyrus M. Stockwell, to a male Stockwell relative, asking for information about the relative's branch of the Stockwell family.

Transcription at the end of this post.  Click on any image to enlarge it.

The letter was found in a Bible started by Joel Stockwell and wife Mary (Bailey) Stockwell of Vermont and Portage, New York.  Sadly, the only envelope found with the letter is blank; it's possible, however, from clues in the letter and entries in the Bible that the recipient was Judson A. Stockwell (1833-1907) of Hume, New York.

The letter is addressed to "Dear Sir".  Mention is made of sister Olive.  Judson had three sisters, including a sister named Olive, and no brothers.

The Bible has four pages of family records with entries for:
  • Parents and siblings of Joel Stockwell and Mary (Bailey) Stockwell
  • Joel Stockwell and wife Mary (Bailey) Stockwell
  • Children and spouses of Joel Stockwell and Mary (Bailey) Stockwell
  • Grandson and spouse of Joel Stockwell and Mary (Bailey) Stockwell  

The author was looking for information to complete his work on the genealogy of the Stockwell family. This may have been privately published, as I haven't found anything mentioned online.



If you have a theory as to the identity of the recipient, especially if different from Judson A. Stockwell, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Transcription

March 4th 1876
Dear Sir
Your favor was duly received for which many thanks.  I must however trouble you still further.  Can you give me the following information
1.  Who did Mary Stockwell marry & day mo & year of marriage  [Possibly Mary Stockwell, daughter of Joel Stockwell and Mary (Wheeler) Stockwell?]
2.  Is she dead?  If so, when did she die.
3d.  Who did Lepha marry & date of marriage  [Could Lepha be the Leafy Stockwell mentioned in the Bible; also a daughter of Joel Stockwell and Mary (Wheeler) Stockwell?]
4th.  Can you give me the names of the parents of your grandfather. [Could they be Joel Stockwell and Mary (Wheeler) Stockwell?]
5.  the day and month your grandfather married
6.  Who did David marry and date of marriage.  [Possibly son of Joel Stockwell and Mary (Wheeler) Stockwell?]
7.  Names & addresses of any cousins who can give me further information.
8.  Who did your sister Olive marry & date of marriage & children etc.  Also, P.O. address  [Presumably Olive M. (Stockwell), daughter of Joel Stockwell and Mary (Bailey) Stockwell and wife of  Daniel L. Wells]
9.  Can you give me date of birth of Samuel Ware & names of his parents & names of children and addresses so I can correspond with them  [Presumably [Samuel] or Lemuel R. Ware, husband of Mary T. Stockwell, daughter of Joel Stockwell and Mary (Bailey) Stockwell
10.  Birth & names of parents of Nancy Talbot who married your uncle Lot. [no spouse mentioned in Bible]
11.  Date of your wife's birth & names & residences of her parents. (NB - In giving dates of birth marriage etc please in each case give Day Month + year + town & State as well) [Presumably Ann (Robinson) Stockwell; married to Judson A. Stockwell on February 7, 1867 at Portage, New York]
12.  Have you any children?  If so, their names & birth.  [Son Joel W. Stockwell, born March 27, 1869; married Helene M. Torpey on February 20, 1892 at Hume, New York]
 I have written the parties you named but can hear nothing from them.  The work is nearly completed.  Your branch is the only one that I am lacking entirely (except what you gave me).  I go to Mass in a few weeks for the purpose of arranging for publication and also to search records to perfect the work.  Mr. Henry Stockwell [or W. Henry Stockwell] is my uncle.  If you can give me your great grandfather's name it will furnish me a link by which I can tell where you belong & if you can give names of great uncles and aunts so much the better.
I would write you more at length & explain but I am pressed for time.  I have been at work on this for over six months devoting all my time to it and now I am more than usually busy as letters pour in very fast.  
I will write you more at length giving particulars etc soon.
I have written P. F. Walker twice but he won't answer.  What shall I do?
Hastily Yours
C. M. Stockwell [presumably Dr. Cyrus M. Stockwell]
P.S.  Please answer as soon possible.
C. M. Stockwell
Port Huron, Mich.

Friday, August 11, 2017

1890s Autograph Album and Tintype of Jessie Wetsel of Bird City, Kansas


Autograph album that was given at Christmas in 1889 to Jessie Wetsel of Bird City, Kansas.  She noted that it was Christmas 1890, but since there are inscriptions from earlier in 1890, I believe she inscribed her name after the year had turned.


Tucked in the album is a tintype of children named:
  • Winnie
  • Elsie
  • Jessie
  • Herbert
I believe Elsie and Herbert were Jessie's siblings.  Elsie died at just over a year, so is presumably the baby in the older girl's lap.  Elsie's buried in the Bird City Cemetery.  Winnie may have been Jessie's cousin, who hailed from or inscribed a page at Grand Island, presumably Grand Island, Nebraska .

 

The album measures approximately 4-1/4" by 2-3/4" and contains the sentiments of 32 of Jessie's relatives, friends, schoolmates and teachers.  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appear at the end of this list.

One benefit of autograph albums from the 1890s is that they show residences in the large gap between the 1880 and 1900 Censuses, as a result of the fire that destroyed most of the 1890 Census.

From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:

Jessie Florine Wetsel, was born February 2, 1884 at Bushnell, Illinois, the daughter of James Granville Wetsel and Eleanor (Chadderdon) Wetsel.  The index for Jessie's Social Security application, which shows her married surname as Benintendi, gives her maiden name and father's surname as Wetzel; whether Jessie wrote Wetzel or it was misinterpreted by the indexer or whether the surname actually was Wetzel, I don't know.

Jessie's mother Eleanor had been previously married to William Henry Jennings and had a son James Louis Jennings with him.  William died in 1877.  Eleanor's 1882 marriage to James G. Wetsel, which produced Jessie, Herbert and Elsie, would end in divorce.  The Bird City News issue of September 27, 1888 notes that Eleanor brought suit against him for adultery.  

About 1890, Eleanor married Ephraim B. Carroll, who had children from a previous marriage.  One of these children, Fanny Carroll, inscribed a page in Jessie's album in July 1890.


Eleanor and Ephraim had at least two children of their own.  One of these, Kenneth Carroll, inscribed a page in Jessie's album on April 22, 1895 at Bird City, Kansas.


Two teachers inscribed pages in Jessie's album: Bessie Gibboney and Daisy S., who inscribed pages in 1890 and 1893 respectively.

If you have corrections to the information above or additional information on the Jennings, Wetsel or Carroll families or information on any of the inscribers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Surnames in the Album

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? [7]GGibboney
BBarnhartJJewell
BeverstockLLowe
ByrerLutz
CCarroll [2]MMcChesnie [2]
Cave [2]SSpencer
ClarkStockley
ClarkeStout
DDeGroffWWetsel
Druliner [2]Wisherd [2]
FFrakerYYost

Inscribers in the Album
  • Maud; inscribed at Bird City, Kansas, on March 16, 1895
  • Name too faint to decipher; inscribed at Bird City, Kansas, on January 22, 1890
  • Rosa T?; inscribed February 28, 1893 at Bird City, Kansas; Jessie's schoolmate
  • Louisa; inscribed at Bird City, Kansas; Jessie's schoolmate
  • Name too faint to decipher; inscribed on August 12, 1890
  • Winnie, "your cousin"; inscribed at Grand Island on May 6, 189x [can't read last digit]
  • Daisy S.; your teacher; inscribed in 1893; very faint
B
  • Earl Barnhart of Bird City, Kansas
  • Ray Beverstock; inscribed at Bird City, Kansas in February 1890
  • Oakley Byrer; inscribed in 1890 at Bird City, Kansas
C
  • Fannie Carroll; inscribed at Bird City, Kansas, in July 1890.  Inscribed to "Dear Sister".  Presumably Jessie's stepsister Fannie Carroll, daughter of Ephraim B. Carroll, second husband of Jessie's mother Eleanor (Chatterdon) Wetsel Carroll
  • Kenneth C.; "your loving brother";  inscribed on April 22, 1895 at Bird City, Kansas; presumably Kenneth Carroll, Jessie's half brother
  • Cora Cave; inscribed on January 30, 1890 at Bird City, Kansas
  • Nannie Cave; inscribed on November 14, 1890 at Bird City, Kansas
  • Arthur Clark; inscribed on April 7, 1890 at Bird City, Kansas
  • J. W. Clarke; not sure of middle initial; inscribed at Bird City, Kansas on January 8, 1890 [not sure of last digit]
D
  • Sylvia DeGroff; inscribed on February 28, 1890 at Bird City, Kansas.  
  • Rosa Druliner; inscribed at Bromfield, Nebraska, on May 8, 1893.  Jessie's cousin.  Presumably Rosa Luella (Chadderdon) Druliner, wife of Walter Allen Druliner, who inscribed the left facing page.  Presumably related to Jessie's mother Eleanor (Chadderdon) Wetsel Carroll.
  • W. A. Druliner of Bromfield, Nebraska; inscribed on May 8, 1893,  Presumably Walter Allen Druliner, husband of Rosa Luella (Chadderdon), who inscribed the right facing page.
F
  • Jessie Fraker; middle initial either M or W; inscribed at Bird City, Kansas, on October 20,  1893 [not sure of last digit]
G
  • Bessie Gibboney; inscribed on November 10, 1890; Jessie's teacher
J
  • Flora Jewell; inscribed at Bird City, Kansas, on April 13, 1893
L
  • E. Lowe; bird sketch; possibly E. O. Lowe
  • Minnie Lutz; inscribed at McDonald, Kansas on September 16, 1891
M
  • Thompson Mc; inscribed February 19, 1894.  Presumably Thompson McChesnie of Bird City, Kansas.
  • Wesley McChesnie; inscribed on February 20, 1890 at Bird City, Kansas
S
  • Nannie Spencer; inscribed on April 19, 1890 at Bird City, Kansas
  • Nettie Stockley; inscribed on January 8, 189x [can't read last digit] at Bird City, Kansas
  • Ethel Stout
W
  • Jessie Wetsel, Christmas present 1890; album  owner.  She presumably inscribed this page in January 1890, reflecting on the recent Christmas of 1889, as there are inscriptions in the album from earlier in 1890.
  • Laura Wisherd; inscribed on February 19, 1890 at Bird City, Kansas; Jessie's schoolmate
  • Maggie Wisherd; inscribed on February 18, 1894 [not sure of the year]
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  • Blanche Yost; inscribed November 9, 1890 at Bird City, Kansas

Thursday, August 10, 2017

1885-1902 Autograph Album of, Presumably, Ellen (Ryan) McCann of Fall Brook, Pennsylvania & Syracuse, New York; from Before and After 1888 Marriage to John F. McCann


Autograph album with inscriptions to Nellie and Nell, dated from 1885 to 1902.

I believe the owner was Ellen (Ryan) McCann of Fall Brook, Pennsylvania, and Syracuse, New York, from before and after her 1888 marriage to John F. McCann.  Nellie inscribed the ownership page, when she was living at 117 Milton Avenue, Syracuse, New York.


The album measures approximately 7-3/4" by 5" and contains the sentiments of 21 of Nellie's relatives and friends.  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appear at the end of this post.

Clues to Mrs. J. F. McCann's identity:
  • Censuses of Syracuse, New York, showing Nellie, born about September 1871 in Ireland, living with husband John F. McCann or Frank McCann
  • Marriage record of John F. McCann, age 21, and Ellen Ryan, age 17, both never married and both of Fall Brook, Pennsylvania; marriage at Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, on May 2, 1888 at St. Andrews Church Blossburg.  John's father is shown as John McCann; Ellen's father is shown as Thomas Ryan.
  • Cousin - Nora Moloney; inscribed at Syracuse, New York, on December 29, 1886
  • Cousin -  Mary E. Dwyer; inscribed at Fall Brook, Pennsylvania, on January 19, 1896.  Perhaps the same Mary Dwyer who inscribed another page in 1885.
  • Nephew - James Nugent; inscribed on January 22, 1896.  
  • Niece - Mae A. Nugent of Fall Brook, Pennsylvania; inscribed at Fall Brook, Pennsylvania, on January 20, 1896.   I'm not sure of the inscriber's first name; if you feel the name is something different, please leave a comment.
  • W. H. McCann; inscribed on February 3, no year written.  Presumably related to Nellie's husband John F. McCann

If you can tie these clues together in order to verify that Mrs. J. F. McCann was Ellen (Ryan) McCann, "Nellie", or another person, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

The J. F. M. who inscribed a page "To Nell" on February 3 [no year written] might have been John F. McCann.


From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:

Assuming Mrs. J. F. McCann was Ellen (Ryan) McCann, "Nellie":  She was the daughter of Thomas Ryan of Fall Brook, Pennsylvania; her mother may have been Catherine (Nolan) Ryan.    It's interesting to note that Fall Brook, Pennsylvania, in Tioga County, was developed in the 1860s for coal production.  Perhaps the 1885 inscriptions from Fall Brook are an indication that the Ryan Family and/or the McCann family may have been drawn there because of job opportunities.  Eventually coal production ended at Fall Brook, and the town ceased to exist.

I believe John F. McCann died in 1932, but I haven't found a record of that.  If you have further information on the McCann and Ryan families or a theory as to a different identity for Mrs. J. F. McCann of Syracuse, New York, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

If you can deduce the inscriber's name in the image below, please leave a comment.


Surnames in the Album

?  [4]
Corbett
Dwyer  [2]
Fothergill
Gilmour
Hurley
Kennedy
Lyons  [5]
McCann  [2]
Moloney
Murray
Nugent  [2]

Inscribers in the Album
  • H. G. P.; not sure of last initial - could be I or J or ?
  • J. F. M., inscribed "To Nell", on Feb 3, no year written.  Could this be Nellie's husband John F. McCann?
  • Sue McK?; inscribed at Fallbrook, Pennsylvania, on October 2, 1886
  • J. J. R.; inscribed at Fall Brook, Pennsylvania, on January 2, 1886
  • Bridge Corbett; inscribed at Fall Brook, Pennsylvania, on December 29, 1880.  Presumably future wife of inscriber Robert Fothergill
  • Mary Dwyer; inscribed at Fall Brook, Pennsylvania, on December 29, 1885; Nellie's cousin.  Perhaps the Mary E. Dwyer who inscribed another page in 1896.
  • Mary E. Dwyer; inscribed at Fall Brook, Pennsylvania, on January 19, 1896.  Nellie's cousin; perhaps the same Mary Dwyer who inscribed another page in 1885.
  • Robert Fothergill; inscribed at Fall Brook, Pennsylvania, on January 8, 1886.  Presumably future husband of Bridget (Corbett) Fothergill
  • Anna Gilmour of Morris Run, Pennsylvania, inscribed at Fall Brook, Pennsylvania, on January 27, 1886
  • May Hurley; inscribed at Fall Brook, Pennsylvania, on January 19, 1895
  • Frank Kennedy; inscribed at Fall Brook, Pennsylvania, on January 2, 1886
  • John Lyons; inscribed at Fall Brook, Pennsylvania, on December 30, no year written
  • Maggie Lyons; inscribed on December 23, 1885 at Binghamton, New York
  • Mame Lyons of Kingston, Ontario; inscribed at Syracuse, New York on December 19, 1902.  Not sure of given name.
  • Mary Lyons; inscribed at Fall Brook, Pennsylvania, on December 30, 1885
  • Winnie F. Lyons; inscribed at Binghamton, New York, on December 23, 1885
  • Ownership page:  Mrs. J. F. McCann of 117 Milton Avenue, Syracuse, New York.  Presumably Ellen (Ryan) "Nellie", from before and after her marriage to John F. McCann
  • W. H. McCann; inscribed on February 3, no year written.  Presumably related to Nellie's husband John F. McCann
  • Nora Moloney; inscribed at Syracuse, New York, on December 29, 1886.  Nellie's cousin
  • M. S. Murray; inscribed on January 27, 1886 at Fall Brook, Pennsylvania
  • James Nugent; inscribed on January 22, 1896.  Nellie's nephew
  • Mae A. Nugent of Fall Brook, Pennsylvania; inscribed at Fall Brook, Pennsylvania, on January 20, 1896.  Nellie's niece


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

1857-1863 Autograph Album of Mary F. Lawrence, "Fannie", Student in South Carolina, perhaps at Yorkville Female Institute


1857 to 1863 autograph album kept by Mary F. Lawrence, "Fannie", who appears to have been a student at a school for young women, presumably at York, South Carolina.

The album was presented to Fannie M. Lawrence, or Mary Frances Lawrence, by her father, whose name was not given.  He may have been Allen G. Lawrence of York, South Carolina.


Fannie may have attended the Yorkville Female Institute, also known as Yorkville Female College.  Read more about the Yorkville Female Institute on this post from the blog Roots and Recall.  At least three of the inscribers are mentioned here, though the name of one student, Fannie Douglass, is misspelled as Nannie.  Fannie Douglass was the only inscriber to dedicate her page to "Mary", rather than "Fannie".

The album, which was published by J. B. Lippincott & Co. of Philadelphia, measures approximately 8" by 6-1/4" and contains four pages with color designs interspersed throughout and the sentiments of 38 of Fannie's relatives, friends and fellow students from South Carolina and North Carolina.

Surnames which appear multiple times:
  • Cunningham
  • Poag
  • Stowe

An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the inscribers, with any personal information they offered, appear at the end of this post.  Mary F. Lawrence, "Fannie", wrote her name on the title page; or perhaps her name was written by her father.


From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:

If I have the correct "Fannie", Mary F. Lawrence, presumably Mary Frances Lawrence or Mary Fannie Lawrence, or, as on the presentation page, Fannie M. Lawrence, was born about 1840, the daughter of Allen G. Lawrence and Martha (Peters) Lawrence.  Allen G. Lawrence died in July 1860, during the time frame of this album.

I found a listing of interments in the Bethel Presbyterian Cemetery at York, South Carolina, that shows a Mary Frances Lawrence born 1829 and died 1855.  This, however, doesn't match the York District, South Carolina, Census records of 1850 and 1860, which give her birth year as about 1838 and 1842 respectively, and have her still very much alive in August 1860.  Perhaps the file has transcription errors.

Two cousins inscribed pages:
  • Fannie B., who hailed from, or inscribed her page at, Clay Hill, South Carolina; inscribed in July 1863
  • S. C. Lowry
If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above or information on any of the inscribers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


Hopefully a reader will leave a comment with the identity of Kate McE?, who inscribed her page, shown below, on January 23, 1857.  Kate either hailed from Alison Creek, now Allison Creek, South Carolina, or she inscribed her page there.  


Surnames in the Album

? [7]HHallRRatchford
AAdamsHannahRowell
AllisonJJamesSSadler
BBookmanLLawrenceSandifer
BullLoganSmith
CCunningham [2]LowrySprings
DDouglassMMcFaddenStinson
FFergusonMoffettStowe [2]
GGuyNNeelyWWallace
PPoag [3]Watson


Inscribers in the Album
  • Kate McE?; from or inscribed at Alison Creek, South Carolina, on January 23, 1857; now Allison Creek - see the image of her page, above.
  • A friend
  • W. B., Sr.; from or inscribed at Yorkville, South Carolina, on May 15, 1857
  • Mary R.
  • Unsigned sentiment
  • Fannie B.; from or inscribed at Clay Hill, South Carolina, in July 1863.  Fannie's cousin
  • Unsigned; it's possible that the name was rubbed out
A
  • Kate Adams; from or inscribed in Gaston County, North Carolina, on January 24, 1857
  • Sallie Allison; from or inscribed at Yorkville, South Carolina, on January 23, 1857
B
  • M. M. Bookman; from or inscribed in Fairfield District, South Carolina, in January 1857.  Fannie's classmate.
  • Anne Bull, from or inscribed at White Cane, Orangeburg District, South Carolina, on March 10, 1857
C
  • M. L. Cunningham; from or inscribed at Liberty Hill, Kershaw District, South Carolina, on January 24, 1857
  • S. Cunningham; from or inscribed at Liberty Hill, Kershaw District, South Carolina, on January 23, 1857
D
  • Fannie Douglass; from or inscribed in the Chester District, South Carolina, on March 7, 1857; inscribed "To Dear Mary".  
F
  • Jennie Ferguson; from or inscribed in York District, South Carolina, on March 18, 1857.  Inscribed to "Fane Dear".  Possibly Jane Ferguson.
G
  • Mattie E. I. Guy, or Mattie E. J. Guy; Fannie's roommate; from or inscribed at Chester District on January 23, 1857
H
  • Cate Hall
  • A. A. Hannah; from or inscribed in York District, South Carolina, on January 23, 1857.  Possibly Agnes A. Hannah
J
  • Bettie James; from or inscribed at Darlington, South Carolina, on March 5, 1857 [the last digit appears to be struckover a 6, so could possibly be 1856]
L
  • Fannie M. Lawrence, album owner; presented to her by her father
  • Sallie Logan; from or inscribed in York County, South Carolina, on January 25, 1857.  Fannie's classmate
  • S. C. Lowry; Fannie's cousin
M
  • Loulu McFadden; "Devoted Friend and Classmate"; from or inscribed at Yorkville, South Carolina, on May 13, 1857
  • Lizzie Moffett; from or inscribed at Hazelwood, South Carolina, on January 23, 1857
N
  • S. M. Neely; from or inscribed in Chester County, South Carolina, on January 23, 1857
P
  • Carrie Poag; from or inscribed in Chester District, South Carolina, on January 23, 1857
  • Jane Poag; from or inscribed in York District, South Carolina, on May 7, 1857
  • Lou J. Poag; from or inscribed at McConnellsville, York District, South Carolina, on May 5, 1857.  Louisa J. Poag
R
  • Jane Ratchford; from or inscribed at Yorkville, South Carolina, on March 10, 1857
  • Mollie Rowell; from or inscribed at Landsford, Chester District, South Carolina, on March 18, 1857
S
  • Lou Sadler; from or inscribed at Yorkville, South Carolina, on January 23, 1857.  Perhaps Louisa Minor Sadler.
  • Sallie Sandifer; from or inscribed at Mecklenburg, North Carolina.  Sarah Sandifer
  • ? Smith; from or inscribed at Yorkville, South Carolina, on May 15, 1858.  Possibly C. C. Smith or Cynthia C. Smith
  • Amanda Springs; from or inscribed at Charlotte, North Carolina
  • N. Stinson
  • Bettie Stowe; from or inscribed at Stowesville, North Carolina, on May 8, 1857
  • Ferrie Stowe; from or inscribed at Stowesville, North Carolina, on May 8, 1857
W
  • Mary Wallace; inscribed on March 10, 1857
  • M. Watson; from or inscribed at Rockhill, South Carolina, on March 7, 1857