Friday, September 5, 2014

1854-1886 Autograph Album of Nancy Lenora (Farr) Burt of Brandon, Vermont, and Essex, New York


Note: See another post that features the 1884-1896 autograph album of Mary Burt, daughter of Nancy Lenora (Farr) Burt and John Burt.


1854-1886 autograph album of Nancy Lenora (Farr) Burt of Brandon, Vermont, and Essex, New York, from before and after her marriage to John Burt.

Someone wrote Nancy Lenora (Farr) Burt's name on the first end paper and noted that she was the grandmother of Charles H. Brown, who was the son of Mary Burt, mentioned above, and her husband Clyde R. Brown.


The album measures approximately 8" x 6-1/2" and contains the sentiments of 113 of Nancy Lenora (Farr) Burt's relatives, in-laws and friends.  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the signers appear at the end of this post.

The album was printed by Moss and Brother of Philadelphia and includes engravings scattered throughout, including the frontispiece and title page.



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

Nancy Lenora (Farr) Burt, "Nora" or "Nancy", was born 22 December 1835 at Brandon, Vermont, the daughter of Thomas Gibbs Farr and Martha (Fales) Farr.  Neither of her parents inscribed pages in her album, but I believe it was her mother, Martha (Fales) Farr, who inscribed a page as "Grand Mother" in Mary Burt's album, mentioned above.

Many of Nancy Lenora's other relatives signed pages in the album. Some of her relatives moved to the Midwest, including her uncle Volney A. Farr, whose family apparently invited her to their home at Springfield, Ohio, in 1856, where she acquired many autographs from people in that area.

Sometime in the late 1850s, Nancy Lenora Farr married John Burt, Jr., son of John Burt, Sr., and Susannah (Sherman) Burt of Essex, New York.  John Burt signed a page in the album on January 10, 1886 and noted that he was "aged 52".  He shared the page with W. Richardson, or W. W. Richardson.



I believe John and Nancy Lenora had three children:
  1. Martha, born about October 1860; married Lyman R. Thompson
  2. Fanny, born about October 1865; married William O. Fisher
  3. Mary, born March 4, 1871 at Essex, New York; married Clyde R. Brown
Fanny Burt contributed to a group page of signers mostly from Vermont in the 1880s.  Mary Burt contributed at least once, if not several times.



One of the engravings in the album has the name "Sarah Lincoln" in blue ink written beneath it.  I believe this was written by Nancy Lenora or someone else, not something printed when the album was created.  Perhaps friend Sarah Lincoln resembled the woman in the engraving?



If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or information on any of the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  

Surnames

?     [8]
Ackerson     [2]
Adams
Alden
Allen     [2]
Backus
Baker
Barnard     [2]
Barnum     [3]
Beebe     [2]
Bliss     [2]
Bromley     [2]
Brown     [2]
Burt     [6]
Chatterton
Collins
Davis
Derby
Dyer
Dyson
Enoch
Evans
Fales
Farr     [9]
Fish
Forbes
Garison
Gates
Gillett     [4]
Green
Greene
Hirsh
Holt
Hunt     [3]
Huntley
Jackson
Kleiman
Lawrence
Leedle
Lincoln
Marsh
McDavidson
McIntire
Meacham
Montjoy
Neal
Ormsbee
Outhart     [2]
Parker
Parkill
Perkins
Pierce     [8]
Pollack
Quilty
Raffensperger
Reed
Richardson
Roberts
Ross
Sheldon
Shelehy
Shipman
Sprague
Strong
Triess
Vicory
Webb     [2]
Weber
Winder
Wood
Worth

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

?
  • Gertrude, signed at Brandon, Vermont, on December 24, 1857
  • Mary ? of Essex, New York (surname too faint to decipher, but possibly Burt; shared the page with 15 other people, mostly from Vermont
  • Thomas ? of Brandon, Vermont; possibly Truss; shared the page with 15 other people, mostly from Vermont
  • "It is me, don't you see", and a sketch perhaps done by one of Nancy Lenora (Farr) Burt's children, perhaps Mary Burt again. Shared the page with 15 other people, mostly from Vermont
  • Plain Honest Johnnie; shared the page with 13 other people, mostly from Brandon Vermont
  • It is me - with a sketch of hands; shared the page with 13 other people, mostly from Brandon Vermont
  • M. Cornelia H. ?; shared the page with 13 other people, mostly from Brandon Vermont
  • Charles of Brandon, Vermont; shared the page with 13 other people, mostly from Brandon Vermont
A
  • D. H. Ackerson of Springfield, Ohio; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • D. H. Ackerson of Springfield, Ohio; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • Emma Adams; shared the page with 13 other people, mostly from Brandon Vermont
  • Lydia A. W. Alden
  • Ben Allen, signed at Springfield, Ohio, on October 25, 1856
  • Will Allen of Syracuse, New York; shared the page with 15 other people, mostly from Vermont
B
  • Abbie A. Backus; shared the page with Jannette Farr
  • Rowena A. Baker of Enon, Ohio; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • B. Barnard of London, Ohio; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • B. Barnard, Jr. Presumably Barzilla Barnard, Jr., brother of Emeline A. (Barnard) Farr, wife of Volney A. Farr.
  • Gertrude E. Barnum of Brooklyn, New York; shared the page with 13 other people, mostly from Brandon Vermont
  • E. B. Barnum of Brandon, Vermont; shared the page with 13 other people, mostly from Brandon Vermont
  • H. G. Barnum of Dorset, Vermont; not sure of initials; shared the page with 13 other people, mostly from Brandon Vermont
  • Albert A. Beebe of Dayton, Ohio; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • Albert Beebe of Manhattan City, Kansas; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • Charles H. Bliss of Brandon, Vermont; shared the page with 15 other people, mostly from Vermont
  • Edgar Bliss of Brandon, Vermont; shared the page with 13 other people, mostly from Brandon Vermont
  • Lucinda Bromley of Riga, New York; shared the page with 15 other people, mostly from Vermont
  • Julia A. Bromley of Opex, Essex County, New York; shared the page with 13 other people, mostly from Brandon Vermont
  • Lewis Brown or Lewis Brawn of Springfield, Ohio; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • Elsie E. Brown of Whiting, Vermont; shared the page with 15 other people, mostly from Vermont
  • Nancy Lenora (Farr) Burt, album owner.  Her name was written in a later era and included the information that she was the grandmother of Charles H. Brown
  • John Burt, signed on January 10, 1886; "aged 52 years". He was Nancy Lenora (Farr) Burt's husband.  Shared the page with W. Richardson
  • Mary J. Burt. Nancy Lenora (Farr) Burt's husband John Burt Jr., had a sister named Mary, but I don't know what her middle initial was. This Mary could have married a Burt.
  • Mary Jane Burt of West ?, possibly West Stockbridge, Massachusetts; shared the page with 15 other people, mostly from Vermont
  • Fannie Burt; shared the page with 15 other people, mostly from Vermont
  • Mary Burt of Essex, New York, daughter of Nancy Lenora (Farr) Burt; shared the page with 15 other people, mostly from Vermont
  • Mary Burt of Essex, New York; shared the page with 13 other people, mostly from Brandon Vermont
C
  • Lizzie Chatterton, signed at Essex, New York, on January 1, 1885
  • R. Collins of Rutland, Vermont; shared the page with 15 other people, mostly from Vermont
D
  • M. P. Davis, signed at Springfield, Ohio, on October 16, 1856
  • ? Derby, signed at East Poultney, Vermont, on January 29, 1855. Possibly J. C. Derby.
  • Annah G. Dyer, signed at Brandon, Vermont, on October 30 [no year written]
  • Mrs. Ann Dyson of Springfield, Ohio; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
E
  • Eliza Enoch of Springfield, Ohio; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • M. Evans, signed at Springfield [presumably Ohio] on September 11, 1856
F
  • Helen L. Fales, signed at West Poultney, Vermont, on January 7, 1855
  • Nancy Lenora (Farr) Burt, album owner. Her name was written in a later era and included the information that she was the grandmother of Charles H. Brown
  • V. A. Farr of Springfield, Ohio, presumably Volney A. Farr; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • Emma A. Farr, signed at East Middlebury, Vermont, on February 1, 1855. She was a cousin to Nancy Lenora (Farr) Burt. Their fathers were brothers. She shared the page with Charles M. Wood
  • V. A. Farr; presumably Volney A. Farr, a brother of Nancy Lenora (Farr) Burt's father Thomas Gibbs Farr. His wife Emeline A. (Barnard) Farr signed the right facing page.
  • Emeline A. Farr, signed at Springfield, Ohio, on August 7, 1856. She was Emeline A. (Barnard) Farr, whose husband Volney A. Farr signed the left facing page.
  • Jannette Farr, signed at Brandon, Vermont, on February 22, 1856. She was the sister of Nancy Lenora's father Thomas Gibbs Farr.  Shared the page with Abbie A. Backus
  • Mabel D. Farr, signed on August 5, 1877. She was Mabel Dean Farr, daughter of signers Volney A. Farr and Emeline A. (Barnard) Farr.
  • Mrs. C. A. Farr, signed on March 30, 1877; perhaps Minnie A. (Chatterton) Farr, wife of Nancy.  Shared the page with 15 other people, mostly from Vermont Lenora's brother Charles A. Farr, who also signed on this page.
  • Charles A. Farr, signed on March 31, 1877; shared the page with 15 other people, mostly from Vermont
  • S. L. Fish, or S. L. Fisk, of Troy, New York, signed on February 4, 1856
  • C. H. Forbes, signed at Brandon, Vermont, on February 7, 1856
G
  • E. R. Garison of Springfield, Ohio; not sure of surname; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • Edward Gates of Baltimore, Maryland; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • H. Gillett of Springfield, Ohio; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • Mrs. E. H. Gillett of Springfield, Ohi; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • P. C. Gillett; not sure of first initial
  • Gertrude M. Gillet
  • Marion Green
  • A. P. Greene, signed at East Poultney, Vermont, on February 1, 1855
H
  • Maria Hirsh of Springfield, Ohio; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • Amos Holt, Jr., signed at Brandon, Vermont, on October 26, 1855
  • Lizzie Hunt; signed at Brandon, Vermont, on February 17, 1855; shared the page with Libbie Hunt
  • Libbie Hunt; signed at Brandon, Vermont, on February 17, 1855; shared the page with Lizzie Hunt
  • Libbie E. Hunt of Brandon, Vermont; shared the page with 15 other people, mostly from Vermont
  • G. C. Huntley of Brandon, Vermont; shared the page with 13 other people, mostly from Brandon Vermont
J
  • William E. Jackson of Springfield, Ohio; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
K
  • W. Kleiman of Cincinnati, Ohio; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
L
  • Maria L. Lawrence of Springfield, Ohio; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • Sarah Leedle of Springfield, Ohio; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • Sarah Lincoln. Interestingly, one of the engravings in the album, of a woman, is entitled, in blue ink, "Sarah Lincoln". It seems that Nancy Lenora may have noticed a resemblance between the two women.
M
  • Cornelia F. Marsh, signed on January 20, 1856
  • R. McDavidson of Ohio, possibly Xenia; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • Sallie McIntire of Springfield, Ohio; not sure of given name; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • Ada Meacham; signed November 8 [no year written]
  • R. Montjoy of Springfield, Ohio; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
N
  • Julia A. Neal, signed at East Poultney, Vermont, on January 1, 1855
O
  • Ella Ormsbee of Springfield, Ohio; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • Annie Outhart, signed at Springfield, Ohio, on February 18, 1857
  • M. Libbie Outhart, signed at Springfield, Ohio, on February 19, 1857
  • Two pages signed by J. V. Parker at Brandon, Vermont, on November 3, 1854. Perhaps Jackson V. Parker of Brandon, Vermont, who became a captain in the Civil War. http://vermontcivilwar.org/units/7/parker-jv.php
  • Jane M. Parkill, signed at Lewis. [no state written, but there was a Jane M. Parkill at Essex, New York] on December 23, 1884
  • Mary Perkins of Boston, Massachusetts; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • F. M. Pierce of Springfield, Ohio; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • Sallie Pierce of Springfield, Ohio; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • Sallie Pierce of Dayton, Ohio; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • Anna M. Pierce of Springfield, Ohio; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • Sallie Q. Pierce of Centreville, Louisiana; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • Frank M. Pierce, signed at Springfield, Ohio, on December 20, 1856
  • Fred Frank Pierce, signed at Brandon, Vermont, on February 11, 1856
  • Anna M. Pierce
  • Lewis Pollack of Baltimore, Maryland; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
Q
  • John A. Quilty of Brandon, Vermont; shared the page with 13 other people, mostly from Brandon Vermont
R
  • J. B. Raffensperger; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • Mrs. Margaret Reed of Dayton, Ohio; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • W. Richardson of Westport, New York; middle initial might be also W. Shared the page with John Burt
  • M. W. Roberts of Zenia, Ohio; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • ? Ross, signed at Brandon, Vermont, on April 14, 1857. Name looks like Zulon E. Ross but could be Julia E. Ross.
S
  • William D. Sheldon of Essex, New York
  • Lizzie D. Shelehy of Elmwood, Illinois - not sure of surname; shared the page with 15 other people, mostly from Vermont
  • John Shipman of Springfield, Ohio; not sure of surname; middle initial could be A or S or B or ?
  • N. T. Sprague of Brandon, Vermont; shared the page with 13 other people, mostly from Brandon Vermont
  • Caroline L. Strong, signed at Forestdale [presumably Vermont], on September 3, 1855
T
  • Thomas P. Triess of Brandon, Vermont; not sure of middle initial; shared the page with 15 other people, mostly from Vermont
V
  • Lizzie Vicory, signed at Springfield, Ohio, on September 14 [no state written]
W
  • Marcia A. Webb. She was Marcia Ann (Fales) Webb, a younger sister to Nancy Lenora (Farr) Burt's mother Martha (Fales) Farr. Marcia's husband Francis C. Webb, "Frank", signed the right facing page. Marcia and Frank later moved to Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
  • F. C. Webb, signed at Brandon, Vermont on January 6, 1856. He was English immigrant Francis C. Webb whose wife Marcia Ann (Fales) Webb signed the left facing page. They later moved to Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
  • J. Weber of Springfield, Ohio; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • J. W. Winder of Cincinnati, Ohio, signed in 1856; shared a page with 17 other people, mostly from Springfield, Ohio
  • Charles M. Wood, signed at Brandon, Vermont, on October 14, 1857.  Shared the page with Emma A. Farr
  • Mrs. S. W. Worth of Westport, New York, signed in 1885
Brandon, Vermont; and Essex, New York


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