Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Bible of Thomas Palmeter & Jane G. (Webb) Palmeter of China, Maine & Albion, Maine


Bible that belonged to Thomas Palmeter and wife Jane G. (Webb) Palmeter and apparently was passed on to their youngest child, Elmer Ellsworth Palmeter.  The family lived in China, Maine, and Albion, Maine.

The Bible, which measures approximately 11-1/4" by 8" by 3", was published in 1868 by various publishers, as shown below on the title page.


The Bible was given to the library of Somerset Academy by Elmer Ellsworth Palmeter, a member of the Colby College Class of 1887.  I don't know when the Academy closed or how the Bible came to be on the market.  I purchased it about 2008.


There are no mementos tucked in the album; if there had been any, perhaps they were removed when the Bible was donated to the Somerset Academy.

Only two of the four Family Record pages have entries.  The first of these two has birth dates for Thomas Palmeter, his wife Jane G. (Webb) Palmeter and their 6 children.


Birth entries on the page above; dates only, no places mentioned
  • Thomas Palmeter, born March 4, 1818
  • Jane G. Webb, wife of T. P., born July 19, 1818
  • Alvecia M. Palmeter, born June 24, 1842
  • John G. Palmeter, born September 4, 1844
  • Mary I. Palmeter, born February 14, 1846
  • Charles A. Palmeter, born January 23, 1849
  • Joseph M. Palmeter, born March 10, 1850
  • Elmer E. Palmeter, born June 29, 1861


Marriage entries on the page above, dates only, no places mentioned
  • Mr. Thomas Palmeter was married to Miss J. G. Webb June 22, 1841
  • Mr. Isaiah Wiggin was married to Miss A. M. Palmeter September 28, 1862
  • Mr. John G. Palmeter was married to Miss Maria B. Stinson December 23, 1869
  • Mr. Charles A. Palmeter was married to Miss Georgie A. Bragg May 22, 1870
  • Mr. J. M. Palmeter was married to Miss Ellen Hurlbut [no date written]


If you have information on this family to share, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

1850+ Bible of the Spinney Family of Eliot, Maine & Descendants


Bible at one time owned by Hermon G. Spinney, son of Samuel H. Spinney and Susan (Pettigrew) Spinney of Eliot, Maine.  The Bible may have belonged to Hermon's parents before it passed into his care.


The Bible, which measures approximately 11-3/4" by 9-1/2" by about 1-1/2", was published in 1850 by Merriam, Moore & Co. of Troy, New York.


Many of the entries concern people born in the 20th century, and I won't show them here; contact me for a look up.

Surnames include:

AdamsLewis
AshbyMarsh
BarnesMcGrath
F*elli ?Pettigrew
FiekersPowers
FosterSpinney
HubbardSteindahl
KennisonWherren
KnightWood

Unless there's a page or more missing, there are no entries for the births of Samuel H. Spinney, his wives Ann M. (Kennison) and Susan (Pettigrew) Spinney or Samuel's children Emma (Spinney) Wherren; Willard H. Spinney; Howard E. Spinney; or the aforementioned Hermon G. Spinney, or their wives.


Deaths, above
  • Ann M. Spinney died July 29, 1853.  She was Ann M. (Kennison) Spinney, first wife of Samuel H. Spinney
  • Olive Lewis died August 9, 1855.  She was Olive (Spinney) Lewis, sister of Samuel H. Spinney and wife of Enoch Lewis
  • Samuel H. Spinney died March 6, 1901
  • Susan A. Spinney died November 9, 1901; Susan A. (Pettigrew) Spinney, second wife of Samuel H. Spinney
  • Emma Spinney Wherren died - no further entry.  She was Emma (Spinney) Wherren, daughter of Samuel H. Spinney and first wife Ann M. (Kennison) Spinney, and wife of James W. Wherren
  • Annie Belle Spinney died August 3, 1931.  She was Annie Belle (Foster) Spinney, wife of Willard H. Spinney
  • Willard H. Spinney died August 21, 1946.  He was the son of Samuel H. Spinney and second wife Susan (Pettigrew) Spinney
  • Herman G. Spinney, November 30, 1949.  He was the son of Samuel H. Spinney and second wife Susan (Pettigrew) Spinney.
  • Robert Howard Hubbard, oldest son of Charles Hubbard and Esther Marsh Spinney died January 31, 1966; born Eliot, Maine, January 23, 1909.  Great grandson of Samuel H. Spinney and second wife Susan (Pettigrew) Spinney. 
  • Samuel Spinney Died September 17, 1846.  Father of Samuel H. Spinney
  • Alice (Knight) Spinney died [no date given].  Second wife of Herman G. Spinney
  • Prentice Foster died December 12, 1941; nephew of Annie Belle (Foster) Spinney
  • Leon P. Spinney died December 4, 1969


On another page with more contemporary information on the top in a different ink is this section at the bottom, which mentions the marriages of:
  • Prentice Foster, "the last Foster of his line" and his marriages to 1) Laura Rowe and 2) Janet Delano 
  • Leon P. Spinney and his marriage to Olga S. Steindahl on October 13, 1917 at Eliot, Maine.
Again, much of the information deals with people born toward the middle of the 20th century, and I won't show that information here.  


Tucked in the album is the calling card of Mrs. and Mrs. Samuel H. Spinney, with their names, Samuel H. Spinney and Susan M. Pettigrew also listed.  Was Susan M. Pettigrew the Susan A. (Pettigrew) Spinney whose death is listed above?   Notice the fingerprints!




If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or if you'd like me check one of the more contemporary entries for you, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


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Sunday, July 23, 2017

1880s/1890s Autograph Album of, Presumably, Elizabeth Frances Burnham of Dunbarton, New Hampshire


1880s/1890s autograph album that belonged, presumably, to Elizabeth Frances Burnham of Dunbarton, New Hampshire, with ties to Middleton, Massachusetts, and to the Y. W. C. A. at Boston, Massachusetts.

There's no ownership page, but one page is inscribed by Lizzie H. Burnham at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on January 16, 1886, who described herself as "Your mother".  Lizzie and her husband Abram or Abraham Burnham had, I think, four children, but , sadly, only one, Elizabeth Frances Burnham, survived to the years that this album covers.


The album measures approximately 6-1/4" by 3-3/4" and contains the sentiments of over fifty of Elizabeth Frances Burnham's relatives and friends.  Many of these friends gave the Boston, Massachusetts, Young Women's Christian Association as their address; presumably, Elizabeth Frances herself lived there in 1887 while working or studying at Boston.

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:

Elizabeth Frances Burnham, "Lizzie", was born May 24, 1867 at Hooksett, New Hampshire, daughter of Abraham Burnham and Elizabeth H. (Phelps) Burnham, who were born at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, and Fairfield, Maine, respectively.  On December 21, 1890 at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, Lizzie married Alfred Hamilton Marshall, son of William H. Marshall and Elizabeth T. (Hamilton) Marshall.  Alfred was born January 19, 1870.

Alfred, of East Weare, New Hampshire, inscribed a page in Lizzie's album on March 10, 1889.


Alfred and Lizzie had three daughters.  Lizzie died in 1927 and Alfred in 1961.  They buried in the East Weare Cemetery at Weare, New Hampshire: Lizzie and Alfred.

Among Lizzie's relatives who inscribed pages, in addition to her mother:
  • Martie, "Loving cousin", of East Weare, New Hampshire; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on September 29, 1886
  • Annie M. Burnham of Portland, Oregon; "your friend and cousin"; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on September 2, 1890
  • Fannie L. Burnham; inscribed on May 2, 1890; presumably Fannie Larcom Burnham
  • M. A. Burnham, "Your loving cousin"; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on March 15, 1885.  Possibly Mary Abigail Burnham, daughter of William Bradford Burnham, a brother to Abraham Burnham, father of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham
  • Written upside down: Aunt Martha; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on March 14, 1885.  Possibly Martha J. (Hoyt) Burnham, third wife of William Bradford Burnham, brother of Abraham Burnham, father of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham
  • William H. Burnham; presumably William Bradford Burnham, brother of Abraham Burnham, father of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham
  • Emma L. Flint, "your cousin"; inscribed at Middleton, presumably  Massachusetts, on September 26, 1888.  Daughter of Caroline Archer (Phelps) Flint, sister of Elizabeth H. (Phelps) Burnham, mother of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham.
  • Mrs. C. D. Grant, "your cousin"; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on March 14, 1884.  Emma M. (Burnham) Grant, wife of Clinton Dewitt Grant and daughter of William Bradford Burnham, a brother to Abraham Burnham, father of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham
  • A. P. Phelps; not sure of initials,  inscribed at Middleton, Massachusetts, on July 17, 1890, in what appears to be the shaky handwriting of an elderly person.  Presumably Anna (Peabody) Phelps, wife of William Augustus Phelps, brother of Elizabeth H. (Phelps) Burnham, mother of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham.  If this was Anna (Peabody) Phelps, she would have been about 80 years of age.
  • Annie H. Phelps, "Your Affectionate Cousin"; inscribed on July 25, 1890 at Middleton, Massachusetts.  Presumably daughter of Horace D. Phelps, a brother to Elizabeth H. Phelps, mother of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham.

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

Surnames in the Album

?GGarlandOOrcutt [2]
AAndersonGrantPPeabody
BBakerGroomPhelps [2]
BarnardHHamilton ?Putney
BentonHolmesRRobbins
BlaisdellHolt [2]WThompson
Brown [2]Hoyt [2]Willis [2]
Burnham [8]LLord
CChildMMarden
CooperMarshall
DDanforth [2]McMillan
DownerMerrill
DurlingMiller
EEatonMorse
FFletcherMowatt
Flint [2]NNewcombe

Inscribers in the Album
  • Martie, "Loving cousin", of East Weare, New Hampshire; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on September 29, 1886.  
A
  • Abbie J. Anderson of Dunbarton, New Hampshire; inscribed on October 9, 1890
B
  • Susie A. Baker; inscribed on April 22, 1898
  • James E. Barnard of Dunbarton, New Hampshire
  • E. S. Benton; inscribed at Boston, Massachusetts, in March 1887.  Several other inscriptions around this time were by women staying at the Y. W. C. A.; this might have been the case with E. S. Benton as well.
  • Josie Blaisdell of Goffstown, New Hampshire; inscribed on January 28, 1885.  Middle initial D. or L. or ?
  • Jennie R. Brown, or Jennie K. Brown; inscribed at the Y. W. C. A.; presumably at the Boston Y. W. C. A. on March 28, 1887.  Josephine M. Brown inscribed the right facing page.
  • Josephine M. Brown of Boston, Massachusetts; inscribed on March 28, 1887; presumably at the Boston Y. W. C. A.  Jennie R. Brown, or Jennie K. Brown, inscribed the left facing page.
  • Annie M. Burnham of Portland, Oregon; "your friend and cousin"; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on September 2, 1890
  • Elizabeth Frances Burnham of Dunbarton, New Hampshire; presumed owner of the autograph album
  • Fannie L. Burnham; inscribed on May 2, 1890; presumably Fannie Larcom Burnham
  • Flora Burnham of St. Louis, Missouri; inscribed on October 9, 1890
  • "Your mother Lizzie H. Burnham", inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on January 16, 1886.  Elizabeth H. (Phelps) Burnham
  • M. A. Burnham, "Your loving cousin"; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on March 15, 1885.  Possibly Mary Abigail Burnham, daughter of William Bradford Burnham, a brother to Abraham Burnham, father of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham.
  • Written upside down: Aunt Martha; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on March 14, 1885.  Possibly Martha J. (Hoyt) Burnham, third wife of William Bradford Burnham, brother of Abraham Burnham, father of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham
  • William H. Burnham; presumably William Bradford Burnham, brother of Abraham Burnham, father of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham
C
  • M. Jennie Child of Temple, New Hampshire, inscribed at the Boston Y. W. C. A. on March 28, 1887
  • Teal B. Cooper, "68"; inscribed on March 24, 1887, presumably at the Boston Y. W. C. A., possibly in Room 68 or birth year 1868
D
  • Jennie H. Danforth of West Peabody, Massachusetts; inscribed at Middleton, Massachusetts, on July 27, 1890
  • M. Louise Danforth of West Peabody, Massachusetts; inscribed in July 1890
  • Sadie Z. Downer of Charlestown, Massachusetts; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on September 23, 1886.  She was Sarah Z. Downer.
  • Jessie Durling of Boston, Massachusetts; inscribed on March 26, 1887; possibly at the Boston Y. W. C. A. as several other inscribers indicated on this same date.
E
  • Amy E. Eaton of Stafford Springs, Connecticut; inscribed at the Boston Y. W. C. A., presumably in early 1887
F
  • Lillian P. Fletcher; inscribed at Middleton, Massachusetts, on March 26, 1889
  • Caroline A. Flint of Middleton, presumably Massachusetts, inscribed on September 27, 1888
  • Emma L. Flint, "your cousin"; inscribed at Middleton, presumably  Massachusetts, on September 26, 1888.  Daughter of Caroline Archer (Phelps) Flint, sister of Elizabeth H. (Phelps) Burnham, mother of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham.
G
  • Elizabeth A. Garland, inscribed on March 26, 1877 at the Y. W. C. A., presumably Boston, Massachusetts, as similar inscriptions indicate.
  • Mrs. C. D. Grant, "your cousin"; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on March 14, 1884.  Emma M. (Burnham) Grant, wife of Clinton Dewitt Grant and daughter of William Bradford Burnham, a brother to Abraham Burnham, father of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham
  • Mary T. Groom of Boston, Massachusetts; inscribed at the Y. W. C. A.; other inscriptions from the Y.W.C.A. were from March 1887, which may be the time frame of this inscription as well.
H
  • Harriet B. Hamilton [? - highly decorative font, making it hard to decipher]; inscribed at East Weare, New Hampshire, on March 5, 1889
  • Grace V. Holmes of Bridgewater, Massachusetts; inscribed on March 25, 1887; possibly at the Boston Y. W. C. A.
  • Mattie J. Hoyt of Dunbarton, New Hampshire; inscribed on January 16, 1886
  • Nellie F. Holt; inscribed in Room 81 at the Y. W. C. A. at Boston, Massachusetts, on January 7, 1887
L
  • Mrs. Ruhamah J. Lord of Dunbarton, New Hampshire; inscribed on January 20, 1886.  Presumably Ruhamah J. (Infalls) Lord, wife of Aaron Lord.
  • S. M. Lord of Dunbarton, New Hampshire, inscribed on January 27, 1885
M
  • Minnetta C. Marden; inscribed in October 1888
  • Alfred H. Marshall of East Weare, New Hampshire; inscribed on March 10, 1889
  • Joan McMillan [?] of The Mountain, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Emma Merrill; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on March 6, 1885
  • Mrs. C. H. Miller of Minneapolis, Minnesota, inscribed on July 25, 1890
  • S. Elizabeth Morse; inscribed at the Y. W. C. A. at Boston, Massachusetts, on March 28, 1887
  • Bessie S. Mowatt, inscribed at Boston, Massachusetts, on January 13, 1887.  Several other inscriptions from that same time frame were from the Boston Y. W. C. A., and Bessie may have been living there as well.
N
  • Helen D. Newcombe of Lynnfield Centre, Massachusetts; inscribed at the Y. W. C. A.  Other inscriptions from the Y. W. C. A. were from the Boston, Massachusetts, Y.W.C.A. in January to March 1887
O
  • E. M. Orcutt of Boston, Massachusetts; inscribed on August 28, 1886
  • Ira W. Orcutt of Boston, Massachusetts; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on August 28, 1886
P
  • Anna C. Peabody of Middleton, presumably Massachusetts; inscribed in March 1889
  • A. P. Phelps; not sure of initials,  inscribed at Middleton, Massachusetts, on July 17, 1890, in what appears to be the shaky handwriting of an elderly person.  Presumably Anna (Peabody) Phelps, wife of William Augustus Phelps, brother of Elizabeth H. (Phelps) Burnham, mother of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham.  If this was Anna (Peabody) Phelps, she would have been about 80 years of age.
  • Annie H. Phelps, "Your Affectionate Cousin"; inscribed on July 25, 1890 at Middleton, Massachusetts.  Presumably daughter of Horace D. Phelps, a brother to Elizabeth H. Phelps, mother of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham.
  • Emma Putney of Middleton, Massachusetts; inscribed on March 25, 1889
R
  • Mrs. Betsy Robbins of Dunbarton, New Hampshire; inscribed on October 31, 1881 or 1887
T
  • Helena M. Thompson of Boulder, Colorado; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, in 1886
W
  • Fred E. Willis of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on November 30, 1890; shared the page with Sue Willis
  • Sue Willis of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on November 30, 1890; shared the page with Fred E. Willis

Saturday, July 22, 2017

1870s Autograph Album of Georgie Humphrey of West Haven, Connecticut


1870s autograph album that belonged to Georgie Humphrey of West Haven, Connecticut.


Georgie was presumably one of the following or another person, though Georgianna Humphrey would be my guess:
Georgianna Humphrey and George Washington Humphrey were paternal cousins.  In fact, there were family connections between many of the inscribers.  See The Humphreys Family in America compiled by Frederic Humphreys, M.D., and others, published in 1883.

The page below, inscribed "To Artie from her mother", throws another monkey wrench into the dilemma.  Did Georgie have another nickname?


If Georgie didn't have the nickname "Artie", was the page perhaps inscribed by one of the following:
  • George's wife Angelina Martha (Hitchcock) Humphrey to their daughter in a later era
  • Georgianna (Humphrey) Caldwell to her daughter in a later era
  • the mother of someone into whose ownership the album had passed at some later point

Another page was inscribed by Helena to her sister.  I didn't find a Helena as the blood sister of either Georgianna (Humphrey) Caldwell or George Washington Humphrey.  And neither Georgianna nor George was married by 1874, when the page was inscribed, so that would rule out a sister-in-law, unless Georgianna had an earlier marriage that I missed.  It's possible that the use of "sister" was an honorific due to a close friendship or religious association.  Hopefully a reader will have insights to share.


The album measures approximately 5-1/4" by 4" and contains the inscriptions or name stamps of 15 of Georgie's relatives and friends.  

If you can tease out Georgie's, or Artie's, identity from the clues provided in the inscriptions, listed farther below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Surnames in the Album - some appear multiple times
?
Cooke
H ?
Hall
Hull
Humphrey
Platt

Inscriptions and Name Stamps in the Album
  • Anna Belle; possibly Anna Belle Hull of Clinton, Connecticut, whose siblings Alice and Ashbel also inscribed pages.
  • "To Artie from her mother"
  • Helena, "Your loving sister", inscribed on September 13, 1874
  • M. F. Cooke
  • H. C. H.
  • E. Virginia Hall, inscribed on February 1, 1877
  • Jennie C. Hall, inscribed on February 1, 1877
  • A. E. Hull; presumably Ashbel E. Hull of Clinton, Connecticut
  • Alice Hull of Clinton, Connecticut
  • Anna Belle; possibly Anna Belle Hull of Clinton, Connecticut, whose siblings Alice and Ashbel also inscribed pages.
  • Wilson Hull, inscribed on October 26, 1874
  • "To Artie from her mother"
  • Georgie Humphrey of West Haven, Connecticut; album owner.  Presumably either Georgianna Humphrey (1855-1914) or George Washington Humphrey (1861-1933), but I believe the former as one page is inscribed "To Artie by her mother"
  • Helena, "Your loving sister", inscribed on September 13, 1874
  • Miss Effie Nettleton of Killingworth, Connecticut; middle initial S or L
  • Ella E. Nettleton, stamped; she stamped another page as well, shared with the stamp of Eva Nettleton
  • Eva H. Nettleton, stamped; the initials J. A. W. appear in brackets in lower right corner.  Eva stamped another page as well, shared with the stamp of Ella Nettleton.
  • Marie Nettleton; middle initial might be G
  • Frederic L. Platt of West Haven, Connecticut, inscribed on September 20, 1874


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Bible of Seth Holway & Thankful C. (Smith) Holway of Fairfield, Maine


Bible of Seth Holway and Thankful C. (Smith) Holway of Fairfield, Maine.

The Bible, which measures about 11" by 7" by nearly 3-1/2", has several pages of family records and a few mementos tucked inside.  Images of the mementos appear at the end of this post.


The Bible was printed in 1836 by Fessenden & Company of Brattleboro, Vermont.   Seth and Thankful were married in 1832; their son and daughter were born in 1834 and 1836.  The Bible was presumably purchased, as soon as it could be afforded, because of the childrens' births.



Births and Deaths - [hopefully I've interpreted the digits correctly - if you disagree, please let me know!]
  • Seth Holway, born August 10, 1803; died March 2; 1880; married Thankful Smith on December 6, 1832
  • Hannah C. Smith, born July 30, 1808; died October 16, 1879; married Seth Holway on December 6, 1832
  • Oscar Holway, son of Seth Holway and Hannah C. (Smith) Holway; born June 23, 1834; died July 17, 1901 [see obituary below]
  • Hannah Holway, daughter of Seth and Hannah C. (Smith) Holway; born January 12, 1836



More Marriages
  • Oscar Holway [son of Seth Holway and Thankful C. (Smith) Holway] and Olive A. Fowler married on November 30, 1859
  • David Harpster and Hannah Holway [daughter of Seth Holway and Thankful C. (Smith) Holway] married on June 21, 1870



Births of the Grandchildren of Seth Holway and Thankful C. (Smith) Holway
  • Charles A. Holway, twin son of Oscar Holway and Olive Augusta (Fowler) Holway; born May 26, 1861; died March 16, 1862
  • Melvin Smith Holway, twin son of Oscar Holway and Olive Augusta (Fowler) Holway; born May 26, 1861
  • Charles Oscar Holway, son of Oscar Holway and Olive Augusta (Fowler) Holway; born August 21, 1863
  • Charles Melvin Harpster, son of David Harpster and Hannah (Holway) Harpster; born September 13, 1873
  • Lidia Thankful Harpster, daughter of David Harpster and Hannah (Holway) Harpster; born December 26, 1875
  • David Harry Harpster, son of David Harpster and Hannah (Holway) Harpster; born April 19, 1877


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

Seth Holway was born August 10, 1803 at Fairfield, Maine, son of Gideon Holway and Hannah (Fuller) Holway.  Seth's wife Thankful C. (Smith) Holway was born July 30, 1808 in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, the daughter of Benjamin and Sarah Smith, who moved their family to Fairfield, Maine.

Seth and Thankful had a son Oscar and a daughter Hannah, who both married and had children.  Oscar married Olive Augusta Fowler and stayed in Maine.  Hannah married David Harpster and moved to Ohio.  Read more about Oscar Holway in his obituary at the end of this post.

Burials
  • Seth Holway and Thankful C. (Smith) Holway are buried in the Tozier Cemetery at Fairfield Center, Fairfield, Maine.   
  • Oscar Holway and Olive Augusta (Fowler) Holway, and at least two of their three sons, are buried in the Forest Grove Cemetery at Augusta, Maine.  
  • David Harpster and Hannah (Holway) Harpster, David's third wife, and at least two of their children, Dr. Charles Melvin Harpster and Lida [Lidia in the Bible] (Harpster) Van Loo, are buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery at Toledo, Ohio.
If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.




Mementos in the Bible
  • very old scrap of paper certificate of approbation given to Nathan L. Fowler by Nathaniel Stedman.  Nathan was presumably the father of Olive Augusta (Fowler) Holway, wife of Oscar Holway.

  • very old scrap of paper certificate of approbation given to B. Nye by Harriet Tutle [not sure of surname].  B. Nye may have been Barrett Nye or his son Barrett Nye, maternal grandfather and maternal uncle respectively of Olive Augusta (Fowler) Holway, wife of Oscar Holway.  Harriet drew a lovely clock face.


  • 1833 paper scrap where Dr. John Diell, "Seaman Preacher at Oahu, Port of Honolulu", gave a book to Richard L. Smith, presumably Richard Lawrence Smith, brother of Thankful C. (Smith) Holway


  • religious items, including the program for the Seventieth Annual Meeting of the Kennebec Conference of Congregational Churches, at Gardiner, Maine, on June 13-14, 1893.  Mentions:
    • Rev. W. G. Wade of Monmouth, Maine.  
    • Rev. J. S. Williamson of Augusta, Maine
    • Rev. Edward Chase of Hallowell, Maine
    • Rev. C. W. Porter of Winthrop, Maine
    • Rev. T. B. Williams of Winslow, Maine
    • Rev. S. N. Adams of South Gardiner, Maine
    • Bro. Henry L. Tappan of Waterville, Maine
    • Rev. James Richmond of Litchfield Corners, Maine



  • 1901 obituary of Oscar Holway, with a photograph, an account of his extensive businesses and mention of the first Holway to emigrate to New England.

Transcription

DEATH OF OSCAR HOLWAY
One of Maine's Most Successful Business Men Passes Away at Augusta
AUGUSTA, Me., July 19. -  Oscar Holway, one of Augusta's successful business men, died at 6 p. M. Thursday, after a lingering illness with Bright's disease.
Oscar Holway was born in Fairfield, Me., June 23d, 1834.  He was the son of Seth Holway, a prosperous and respected farmer whose father, Gideon Holway, was one of the first settlers of the town, coming from Sandwich on Cape Cod, his ancestor Joseph Holway of English birth, having been one of the original setlers [sic] of the town of Sandwich when it was laid out in 1637.
Oscar Holway obtained a good common school education and at the age of twenty years left home to make his way in the world.  He worked in a neighboring village for two years and in 1856 came to Augusta.  After being in the employ of Mr. John Fuller a short time he became his partner in business.  Later he purchased Mr. Fuller's interest and for several years carried on the business of a grocer and general merchant.  In 1864 he commended [commenced ?] the business of a wholesale dealer in flour, grain and groceries.  As a member successively of the firms of Holway & Stanley, and Deering & Holway, he carried on this business successfully until 1875, in which year he formed a co-partnership with the late S. F. Robinson to carry on the wholesale flour and grain business on a large scale.  Auburn was selected as the most convenient location for headquarters of the firm and a branch establishment was kept in Augusta.  For many years the firm did a large and successful business, extending over large portions of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.  Later Mr. Robinson retired and the firm of Oscar Holway & Company carried on the business upon a steadily increasing scale, until last year, when a corporation was formed, the Oscar Holway Company, of which Mr. Holway was president, which acquired the business of the firm and carried on energetically and successfully.
He was a director of the First National Bank of Augusta for about twenty-five years, and has been its president since 1892.  He took an active part in the formation of the Edwards Manufacturing Company, the leading industry of Augusta.  He took a leading part in the formation of the Cushnoc Paper Company, also one of the important industries of the city.  He was for many years a director of the Kennebec Steamboat Company, during the period that the daily line to Boston was established, the control of the Eastern Steamboat Company obtained, and the business of the company built up to its present large proportions.
He was a trustee of the Kennebec Savings Bank and of the Auburn Trust Company and a director of the Dexter & Newport Railroad Company, of the Augusta Water Co. and of the Maine Farmer Publishing Company.  He took an active interest in the building up of high grade woolen mills in Maine, aiding in the formation of the Waverly Woolen Company at Pittsfield, of which he was a director, and the Oldtown  Woolen Company, of which he was president.  He was a member of the Boston Chamber of Commerce and had a large acquaintance among leading business men in many parts of the country.
He took pleasure in assisting many young men in getting an education, fitting themselves for the ministry or getting started in business, among those whom he helped start on the road to honorable success being Frank A. Munsey, the well-known publisher of New York.
He was also for many years honored with positions of trust in connection with the settlement or management of large estates, among those being the estate of James Abbott, over whose will litigation not yet forgotten took place a generation ago; Stephen Deering, Samuel Clark, Col. George W. Stanley, Eliza A. Bradbury, Edward C. Allen, the great publisher, Henry W. Bradbury, Ellen M. Nye, Emery A. Sanborn, William S. Badger and Hon. James W. Bradbury.
He was a member of the Maine Historical Society, of the South Congregational church of Augusta, and of the American Board of Foreign Missions; a trustee of the Lithgow Library of Augusta and gave freely to many worthy objects.
He had traveled, upon business or for pleasure, in almost every part of the country, spending last winter in Southern California, hoping to get renewed health.
He married in 1859 Olive Augusta, daughter of Col. Nathan Fowler of Fairfield, and she with their two sons, Melvin S. Holway, a lawyer of Augusta, and Charles O. Holway, a business man of Auburn, survives him.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Three c1880/90s Calling Cards, Presumably Sherwood, Ohio area: Georgia A. Longenecker; Riley Roush; Dee P. Davis, or Des P. Davis


Three callings cards found tucked in the Bible of Jeremiah Bloom and Susanna (Snyder) Bloom; passed down to their son James Hagan Bloom of Sherwood, Ohio.

Above, the calling card of Georgia A. Longenecker.  I found a list of people acquiring marriage licenses as printed in the Richland Shield and Banner, including one acquired by Georgia A. Longenecker and Bert S. Marvin on April 7, 1894.   Interestingly, there's an Ohio marriage record for Bert and Georgia that shows them having married on April 4, 1894.


Riley Roush might have been John Riley Roush (1850-1932) or his son Riley William Roush (1870-1887), both buried in the Sherwood Cemetery at Sherwood, Ohio.


I'm not sure about the identity of Dee P. Davis or Des P. Davis, as Dee or Des might have been a nickname.  

If you have information to share on any of these people, especially if you have a theory as to the identity of Dee P. Davis, or Des P. Davis, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

1908 Letter from Curtis Weston Miller While on Frustrating Trip from Sherwood, Ohio, to Samish, Washington


Newspaper clipping featuring a March 10, 1908 letter Curtis W. Miller wrote to his brother about the frustrations plaguing Curtis during his trip from Sherwood, Ohio, to Samish, Washington.

The date appears where the clipping has an unfortunate crimp.  Transcription at the end of this post.

The clipping was found tucked in the Bible of Jeremiah Bloom & Susanna (Snyder) Bloom of Pennsylvania and Ohio; passed on to their son James Hagan Bloom.  James' second wife, Louisa E. (Miller) Bloom, was the aunt of Curtis Weston Miller, presumably the letter writer above.

Curtis Weston Miller was born November 16, 1877 at Delaware Township, Ohio, the son of John J. Miller and Catherine Rebecca (Miller) Miller.  About 1903, Curtis married Esther Syvilla Simmons; they had several children.  Curtis, who had a shoe store at Sherwood, Ohio, died in 1944.  Syvilla died in 1946; they're buried in the Sherwood Cemetery at Sherwood, Ohio.

Transcription

Curtis Miller started for Seattle, Washington last week to visit his uncle.
"March 10, 1908
Dear Brother:
I guess I will get all the "stop over" privileges on my ticket from Sherwood to Seattle I care for.
I arrived at Chicago at 9 p m Tuesday and was compelled to wait until 2 o'clock the next morning.  But here at St. Paul it is worse yet.  I arrived here at 4 p m Wednesday the 9th and will stop here until 1 p m Thursday.
It will take me three days and three nights yet to reach Edison.  I may take steamer from Seattle to Samish.
St. Paul is a great place and a cold place too, as it is six degrees below zero at this writing.  Will write more next time.
Curtis W. Miller