1878-1885 autograph album that belonged to a Nellie who lived in the Boston, Massachusetts, area, perhaps at Boston or at West Quincy, as most people who signed pages in the album came from either place.
Sadly, not one person who inscribed a page in the album mentioned a family relationship with Nellie so that I could tease out her identity. One of the Boston signers indicated that Nellie was her teacher.
The album includes 6 loose photographs, shown farther below. Since I don't know the provenance of the album, other than the previous owner purchased it at an estate sale at Weymouth, Massachusetts, where it was found in the attic, I can't be sure the photographs have a connection to Nellie, but I assume they do. One of them features Richard Cardinal Cushing, Archbishop of Boston.
Nellie wrote an introduction to welcome future well-wishers.
The album measures approximately 7" x 7-1/4" and contains the sentiments of 46 of Nellie's friends and pupils. An alphabetical list of the signers, with any residence and pupil relationship included, appears at the end of this post.
A few of the pages that might spark a memory in a future reader and lead to Nellie's identity:
J. G. Woddick inscribed a page on December 31, 1878 and included some initials: P.J.D., J.E.B, W.B. and "Temperance Ball"
M. C. McCarthy, "Your pupil", signed a page at Boston, Massachusetts, on May 13, 1879.
Nellie Fegan of West Quincy, Massachusetts, inscribed a page on December 29, 1878 and included references to some shared adventures: "Rehearsals in Basement"; R.S.A.; "Double runners"; "Gracain Bind night" [which looks like Grecian Bind night in the message of another signer.]
Rose O'Donnell signed a page on April 19, 1879 and mentioned "Grove Hall".
M. A. Fagen of West Quincy, Massachusetts, signed a page on February 19, 1879 and mentioned "The Merchant of Venice"; she was presumably Mary A. Fegan, Nellie's sister. Perhaps this play was what Nellie, Mary, and, presumably, Nellie, were rehearsing in the basement?
Theresa Fegan, presumably another of the Fegan sisters, signed a page at West Quincy, Massachusetts, and mentioned "Clarendon Hills". Sorry to show so many of the Fegan girls' pages instead of others, but they happened to be the signers who added the most personal notes, perhaps reflecting a very close relationship to Nellie.
Laura A. C. Hughes, signed at Pentecost, June 5, 1881 and added B.C.H. Could this be Boston City Hospital? Was Nellie a teacher here?
Someone, presumably L. Kearney, inscribed an acrostic in January 1881.
Lucy G. Hennessey of Boston, Massachusetts, inscribed her page to "Ellie" rather than "Nellie", the only signer to do so.
Photographs included loose in the album:
Real Photo Postcard, front and reverse, produced in Boston, with a name that's hard to decipher. Barrett Carr? Burnett Carr? Hopefully a reader will recognize this photograph from family albums.
Snapshot of Paddie Connelly, front and reverse:
Photograph of a wedding group, taken at Cork, Ireland, front and reverse:
Snapshot of Richard "Cardinal" Cushing and nun; reverse at right.
Unidentified Photographs, front at left; reverse at right:
Two boys, presumably brothers:
Signers in the album [Note: Given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]
- Album owner Nellie inscribed a page welcoming her friends to inscribe a page in her album.
- H. M.
- C. W. R., signed on June 29, 1879
- Unsigned in June 1879
- Annie E. Barry, signed on March 11, 1879; "your sincere pupil"; perhaps the same Annie E. Barry who signed another page.
- Annie E. Barry, signed on May 11, 1879; "your pupil"; perhaps the same Annie E. Barry who signed another page.
- Maggie G. Brett, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on February 27, 1879
- David G. Brett of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on February 28, 1879
- Josie Brett, signed on February 27, 1879
- John E. Burns of West Quincy, Massachusetts, signed on December 30, 1878
- Maggie E. Burns, signed at West Quincy, Massachusetts, on December 28, 1878; "Grecian Bend"
- Annie F. Burns, signed at West Quincy, Massachusetts, on December 28, 1878
- William D. Burns of West Quincy, Massachusetts, signed on December 30, 1878
- Annie Burton, signed on March 30, 1879
- Sarah Burton, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on March 29, 1879
- N. F. Coffey
- Edward C. Colford, signed on September 7, 1886
- John E. Connor, signed at West Quincy, Massachusetts, signed on January 3, 1879
- Josie Coughlin, signed on May 8, 1879
- Lizzie H. Desmond of West Quincy, Massachusetts, signed on December 30, 1878
- Mary M. Devereux, signed on December 27, 1878
- Louise C. Devereux of Boston Highlands, signed on December 27, 1878
- P. J. Donohue, signed on December 29, 1878
- Mollie M. Early, signed at West Quincy, Massachusetts, on December 28, 1878; "be sure and come to Nora"
- Mary Fegan of West Quincy, Masschusetts, signed on Sunday, December 29, 1878; mentions Hancock Street
- M. A. Fegan of West Quincy, Massachusetts, signed on February 18, 1879
- Theresa Fegan, signed at West Quincy, Massachusetts, on December 28, 1878; "Clarendon Hills"
- Frank Gaffney, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on March 20, 1879; middle initial might be T or S
- Mary J. Glynn, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on May 11, 1879
- Lucy G. Hennessey of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on July 13, 1885. Lucy called Nellie "Ellie".
- Sally Hughes, signed in May 1881
- Laura A. C. Hughes, signed at B.C.H., at Pentecost, June 5, 1881
- Helen Jordan; she wrote a poem entitled "A Pansy"; at the bottom of her page she wrote the word "Original", so presumably she wrote the poem.
- Page signed by L. Kearney in January 1881; worked the name into an acrostic
- Esther Kelley, signed on April 2, 1881
- Mary Maher, signed on March 8, 1881
- M. E. McCarthy, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on May 13, 1879; "your pupil"
- Annie McGowan of West Quincy, Massachusetts
- Annie McLaughlin, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on May 7, 1879
- May J. Moore, signed on January 2, 1880
- Katie G. Moore
- Mary M. O'Connor, signed on June 8, 1878
- James O'Donnell of South Boston, Massachusetts, signed on April 19, 1879; middle initial might be A or N or ?
- Rose O'Donnell, signed on April 19, 1879; "Grove Hall"
- Sarah Rogers, signed on June 15, 1879
- Alice A. Rogers, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on June 12, 1879
- J. G. Woddick, signed on December 31, 1878
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