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

-->
? [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]
Y
  • 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

Sunday, August 6, 2017

1878-1900 Autograph Album of Mary Frances Warner, before and after Marriage to Solomon Erb


1878-1900 autograph album that belonged to Mary Frances Warner, "Frankie", before and after her marriage to Solomon Erb.


This Aldine album, which measures approximately 7" by 4-1/4", was printed by L. A. Lyman in 1878.  It contains several pages with pre-printed designs and the sentiments of nearly thirty of Frankie's friends and relatives, including three of her children.

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.


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

Mary Frances Warner, "Frankie", was born in 1860, the daughter of P. Reuben Warner and Mary A. (Van Noven) Warner.  Some records show Mary Frances' father as Parliament Reuben Warner.  About 1879 Frankie married Solomon Erb, son of William Lewis Erb and Lydia (Bauman) Erb of Bloomingdale, Ontario.

Read about Solomon's Lancaster, Pennsylvania Mennonite ancestor Abraham Erb and other family members, who formed the German Company and purchased 60,000 acres in 1803 in what would become known as Waterloo County, Ontario.

As mentioned above, three of Frankie's daughters inscribed pages in her album.  They were:
  1. Gertie; inscribed "To Mother" at Bloomingdale, Ontario, on December 24, 1892.  Gertrude Emma Erb
  2. Irene; inscribed to "Dear Mother" at Berlin, Ontario, on February 4, 1900.  Irene Vida Erb.
  3. Mabel; inscribed "To Mother"; Mabel Lucille Erb



Solomon died in 1899 and Frankie about four years later.  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.

The page below was inscribed on August 4, 1879 by someone whose name I can't decipher.  I'm assuming the inscriber was male from the use of "Votre Ami".  If the name jumps out at you, please leave a comment.  One researcher noted that the name appears to have been written in German script as Karl E. Stevens.  If so, he may have been the Charles E. Stevens, who inscribed another page, in similar handwriting, with his wife; Mrs. Middaugh; and M. F. Warner, who I believe was the album owner Mary Frances Warner, inscribed before her marriage to Solomon Erb.



Surnames in the Album

?  [6]
Alexander
Bemis
Curry  [2]
Erb  [4]
Good
Howse
Jones
Markle  [2]
Mathews
Middaugh
Parsons
Stevens  [2, possibly 3]
Warner  [3]
Zimmerman

Inscribers in the Album
  • P. M?; inscribed at Berlin, Ontario, on July 12, 1900
  • Charlie, inscribed on August 5, 1879 to Frankie
  • M. F. W.; could this have been inscribed by Mary Frances Warner before her December 9, 1879 marriage to Solomon B. Erb?
  • M. L. A.; possibly the M. L. Alexander who inscribed the another page.
  • A. C. B.
  • ?; inscribed on August 4, 1879
A
  • M. L. Alexander; inscribed at Galt, Ontario, on October 1, 1883
B
  • Maggie E. Bemis; inscribed at Detroit, on December 3, 1887; not sure of surname
C
  • Mrs. Curry
  • Mrs. R. Curry of London, Ontario.  Shared the page with Miss L. J. Warner; Miss Lou Markle; and Miss Larry Jones [or Miss Lucy Jones]
E
  • Nelson S. Erb; inscribed at Guelph, Ontario, on October 14, 1884
  • Irene, inscribed to "Dear Mother" at Berlin, Ontario, on February 4, 1900.  Irene Vida Erb, daughter of Mary Frances (Warner) Erb and Solomon B. Erb
  • Mabel; inscribed "To Mother"; Mabel Lucille Erb, daughter of Mary Frances (Warner) Erb and Solomon B. Erb
  • Gertie, inscribed "To Mother" at Bloomingdale, Ontario, on December 24, 1892.  Gertrude Emma Erb, daughter of Mary Frances (Warner) Erb and Solomon B. Erb
G
  • Josiah A. Good; inscribed at Berlin, Ontario, on September 9, 1886
H
  • Mrs. Absalom Howse of Grove Cottage, Otterville, Ontario; inscribed "To Cousin Frankie" at West Otterville, Ontario, on July 14, 1883.  Mrs. Absalom Howse was Hannah Elizabeth Erb, daughter of Abraham Lewis Erb and Maria (Quickfall) Erb; Hannah was a cousin  (I think first cousin, once removed) of Solomon B. Erb, husband of album owner Mary Frances (Warner) Erb.
J
  • Miss Larry Jones, or Miss Lucy Jones of Durham, Ontario.  Shared the page with Miss L. J. Warner; Miss Lou Markle; and Mrs. R. Curry
M
  • Miss Lou Markle of Owen Sound, Ontario.  Shared the page with Miss L. J. Warner; Miss Larry Jones [or Miss Lucy Jones]; and Mrs. R. Curry
  • Mrs. Jonathan Markle
  • N. M. Mathews, or W. M. Mathews; inscribed on October 12, 1878
  • Mrs. H. J. Middaugh of Durham, Ontario, inscribed on April 9, 1879
P
  • Ida M. Parsons; presumably the same Ida M. Parsons who inscribed another page at Toronto, Ontario
S
  • Mrs. C. Stevens of Walkerton, Ontario; not sure of middle initial, possibly wife of Charles E. Stevens
  • Charles E. Stevens of Walkerton, Ontario.  He may have been the person who inscribed a page on August 4, 1879 and signed his name in what appears to be German script; see the nearest two images above.
W
  • M. F. Warner; presumably Mary Frances Warner, album owner; before her marriage to Solomon B. Erb
  • Miss L. J. Warner of Durham, Ontario; presumably Libby J. Warner, sister of album owner Mary Frances (Warner) Erb.  Shared the page with Miss Lou Markle; Miss Larry Jones [or Miss Lucy] Jones; and Mrs. R. Curry
  • M. F. Warner of Durham, Ontario; possibly Mary Frances Warner, before her December 9, 1879 marriage to Solomon B. Erb
Z
  • M. Zimmerman; inscribed at St. Jacobs, Ontario, on May 27, 1888

Saturday, August 5, 2017

1878-1880s Autograph Album of Edward Haas of Buffalo, New York Area


1878-1880s album of Edward Haas of the Buffalo, New York, area.  Edward wrote his name on the reverse of the first end paper.


The album measures approximately 4-1/4" by 3" and contains the sentiments of 14 of Edward's relatives, friends and schoolmates.  An alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appears at the end of this post.


The first inscription was made by Martin Sattler in German, inscribed at Buffalo, New York, on July 24, 1878.


Two of the inscribers indicated they were Edward's sisters.   Minnie inscribed her page in January 1880.  Maria inscribed a page on July 24, 1878.



From brief online research, I found at least two young men named Edward Haas at Buffalo, New York, in that time frame, one born in New York and one in Germany.

Among the siblings of Edward J. Haas, born in New York in 1868, were Marie and Wilhelmina, perhaps inscribers Maria and "Minnie".  Their parents were David and Maria Barbara Haas.

Edward J. Haas married Rose Margaret Pond in 1893 and had several children with her, but it appears that most of them died young.  Edward himself died relatively young, in 1912, and is buried in the Saint John Cemetery at Cheektowaga, New York.

Hopefully a reader will weigh in with more information.

Inscribers in the Album
  • B. Bessinger
  • Barbara Christ; inscribed on January 9, 1880
  • Edward Haas; album owner
  • Minnie; Edward's sister, inscribed on January 8, 1880
  • Maria; Edward's sister; inscribed at Buffalo, New York on July 24, 1878
  • Given name too faint to decipher, but surname appears to be Hitchler; inscribed at Buffalo, New York, on March 24, 1879
  • Anna Linneborn; Edward's schoolmate; inscribed on January 5, 1880
  • C. Meyer or G. Meyer; inscribed on January 5, 1880
  • Martin Sattler; inscribed to Eddy Haas at Buffalo, New York, on July 24, 1878
  • Anna Shicht
  • P. Smith; Edward's schoolmate; inscribed on January 5, 1880
  • Bertha Steinforth
  • Maggie Sturm; inscribed on September 4, 1878
  • L. Wetzel; inscribed at Buffalo, New York, on January 5, 1880
  • Maggie Yaster; inscribed at Buffalo, New York, on July 24, 1878