Saturday, September 27, 2014

Early 1870s Autograph Album of Sisters Caroline Ella Simonds and Addie Lucie Simonds of Boston, Massachusetts


Early 1870s autograph album that belonged to sisters Caroline Ella Simonds, "Carrie", and Addie Lucie Simonds of Boston, Massachusetts while they were attending school, one of which was the Bowdoin School at Boston.   Some pages are inscribed to Carrie and some to Addie.

It was presumably Carrie who added notes to many pages indicating the signers' marriages and deaths.


Sadly, one of the pages gives the date of Addie's death as October 14, 1875, though most, perhaps all, of the autographs were acquired earlier than that.  Perhaps it was Carrie who wrote this sad news.


The album measures approximately 8" x 6", is unusually thick at 1", and has a metal clasp.  It contains the sentiments of 99 of the sisters' relatives, friends and schoolmates.  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the signers, together with any personal information they offered, appear at the end of this post.

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

Caroline Ella Simonds, "Carrie", and Addie Lucie Simonds were the daughters of George Henry Simonds and Caroline Augusta (Spencer) Simonds, who were born at Burlington, Massachusetts, and Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, respectively.  Carrie was born November 24, 1855 at Cambridge, Massachusetts; Addie was born February 21, 1858 at Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Their Uncle Charles signed a page at Cambridge, Massachusetts, on July 19, 1871.  He was presumably Charles Spencer, brother of the sisters' mother Caroline Augusta (Spencer) Simonds.


The girls' first cousin, once removed, Loammi Crosby of Boston, Massachusetts, signed a page as Lew Crosby on December 25, 1872.  In 1875, he petitioned for a name change to Lew Crosby.  He and the Simonds sisters shared common ancestors, Michael Crosby and wife Asenath (Blanchard) Crosby.


One of the pages was signed by six people who attended or belonged to S. S. C.
  1.  Ida R. Huckins, signed January 27; later note: "Mrs. Eden Boles, Married October 17th 1876"
  2.  Sarah J. Frost, signed on January 14, 1872
  3.  Annie M. Davis, signed on January 30, 1872
  4.  Emma Robertson, signed on May 10, 1872.  later note: "Married 1881".  Presumably the Emma Robertson who married Edwin F. Stone at Boston, Massachusetts, on March 3, 1881
  5.  Carrie D. Fairbanks, signed on March 3, 1872
  6.  M. C. Haley, signed on January 14, 1872.  Later note" "Died 1876".  Perhaps Mary C. Haley, daughter of Tobias and Mary Haley; that Mary C. Haley died November 11, 1876 at Boston, Massachusetts

Unlike Addie, who died in her youth, Carrie lived a very long life.  On December 6, 1882, at Boston, Massachusetts, she married widower Alden Everett Viles, son of Nathan and Lydia (Viles) Viles.  Alden had a son Lawrence Viles with first wife Emma L. (Armstrong) Viles, who died in 1878, perhaps as a result of Lawrence's birth; sadly Lawrence himself died in 1883.

Carrie and Alden, a Boston merchant, would have at least three children: Barbara Viles; Alden Everett Viles, Jr., who died in infancy; Bertram Simon Viles.  Alden Everett Viles, Sr., died in 1914.  It doesn't appear that Carrie ever remarried.  She included her photograph on a passport application from 1922.


Carrie lived at Boston until at least 1940, according to the Census.  She died, however, at Whitefield, New Hampshire, in 1944.  She's buried with her husband Alden at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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.

Among the well wishers in the album was the Carrie's and Addie's pastor, Rev. Henry Irving Cushman, who inscribed a page on December 30, 1871 at Boston, Massachusetts.


Surnames in the album

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

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  • "Mike", signed on June 17, 1871. "Mrs. W. H. Wood". Her husband William H. Wood signed the right facing page. "Mike" may have been Emma C. (Hadlock) Wood, who married him on October 9, 1883 at Boston, Massachusetts, though there were several other William H. Woods in the area who married about that same time.
A
  • Fred H. Adams of Boston, Massachusetts, signed at B.S.C.C. on February 16, 1872. Later note: "Married Spring of 1879". Fred H. Adams married Ella Sargent on June 3, 1879
B
  • Sadie S. Baker, signed on May 1, 1872
  • Lou Barta, Jr., signed on October 31, 1872. "If Mr. S leaves Dancing school, what shall I do? (Quoted from Carrie S.)" Later note: "Married 1879". Louis Barta Jr. married Mary J. Wallace on May 15, 1879 at Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Edward Bicknell, signed on June 11, 1872, Class of 1872 at B.L.S., presumably Boston Latin School.
  • Annie M. Boston, signed on March 23, 1873 at the Bowdoin School at Boston, Massachusetts.
  • S. O. Brickett, signed on January 24, 1871. Perhaps teacher Sarah O. Brickett at the Bowdoin School at Boston, Massachusetts, where some of the signers were students.
  • D. C. Brown, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on April 14, 1871. Later note: "Married 1878". Daniel Clark Brown married Katie Lyons Houghton on January 8, 1878 at Grafton, Massachusetts.
  • Flora G. Brown, signed on March 6, 1872
  • Carrie A. Brown, signed on March 17, 1872. Later note: "Mrs. H. O. Fairbanks. Married Jan 14th 1875". Caroline A. Brown married Henry Orlestus Fairbanks at Boston, Massachusetts, on January 14, 1875. He signed the previous page.
  • Inscribed to Addie by Florence E. Browning of Charlestown, Massachusetts, signed on March 31, 1873; "Your Friend and Schoolmate"
C
  • Lida Campbell, signed on March 9, 1873
  • Inscribed to Addie by Essie J. Campbell on March 9, 1873
  • Maria L. Clapp, signed on June 5, 1871
  • Minnie F. Cleveland; "Schoolmate of 1871"
  • Sallie M. Clough, signed at Woburn, Massachusetts, on March 21, 1871. Later note: "Mrs. Phinney, Married 1879". Sarah M. Clough of Woburn, Massachusetts, married Robert J. W. Phinney of Boston on October 10, 1878.
  • M. Louise Crosby of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on February 9, 1872. Later note: "Mrs. Frank M. Adams, Jan. 1st 1880". M. Louise Crosby married Frank S. Adams on January 1, 1880 at Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Lew Crosby of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on December 25, 1872. Later note: "Died Sept. 1878". Lew Crosby, son of George and Abigail Crosby, died September 10, 1878. Loammi Crosby was born at Burlington, Massachusetts, about 1851. On May 3, 1875, Loammi Crosby officially changed his name to Lew Crosby. Loammi was a first cousin, once removed, to the Caroline Ella Simonds and sister Addie Lucie Simonds.
  • Henry I. Cushman, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on December 30, 1871. "Your pastor". Henry Irving Cushman: http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/RIGENWEB/2001-12/1008306939
  • Ada L. Cushman, signed in April 1871
D
  • J. E. S. Damrell, signed on February 1, 1871. Later note: "Married Mar. 1880" John Edward Stanhope Damrell, son of Boston Fire Chief John Stanhope Damrell, married E. Virginia Johnson on April 12, 1880.
  • Carrie M. Damrell of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on June 1, 1871. Later note: "Mrs. M. W. Burlen, Married Dec 6th 1876; Died Dec 10th 1878". Carrie married Melancthon W. Burlen.
  • Charlie Damrell of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on May 18, 1871. Later note: "Married 1881." Charles S. Damrell, son of John Stanhope Damrell and Susan E. (Hill) Damrell, married Nellie G. Clarke at Boston, Massachusetts, on October 4, 1881.
  • Annie M. Davis, signed on January 23, 1871; "Your Friend at School"
  • Hattie L. Davis; "Your Schoolmate"
  • Annie M. Davis, signed on January 30, 1872. Among the signers of a group page entitled S.S.C": Ida R. Huckins; Sarah J. Frost; Annie M. Davis; Emma Robertson; Carrie D. Fairbanks; and M. C. Haley
  • Helen B. Dodd, signed on November 5, 1872
F
  • Carrie D. Fairbanks, "Classmate of 1869 & 1871"
  • W. M. Fairbanks, signed on March 3, 1872. Later note: "Married Dec. 18th 1879". William M. Fairbanks married Alice M. Sargent at Boston, Massachusetts, on December 18, 1879.
  • Henry O. Fairbanks, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on February 21, 1871. Later note: "Married Jan 14th 1875". Henry Orlestus Fairbanks married Caroline A. Brown, "Carrie", at Boston, Massachusetts, on January 14, 1875.
  • Carrie D. Fairbanks, signed on March 3, 1872. Among the signers of a group page entitled S.S.C": Ida R. Huckins; Sarah J. Frost; Annie M. Davis; Emma Robertson; Carrie D. Fairbanks; and M. C. Haley
  • E. A. Fay, signed on February 4, 1871
  • Lucy O. Fessenden, signed on February 1, 1872
  • Sarah J. Frost, signed on January 14, 1872; Among the signers of a group page entitled S.S.C": Ida R. Huckins; Sarah J. Frost; Annie M. Davis; Emma Robertson; Carrie D. Fairbanks; and M. C. Haley
G
  • Isabel P. George, signed on October 24, 1872 at the Bowdoin School at Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Lucy C. Gould, signed on April 21, 1871. Later note: "Mrs. Page". Lucy C. Gould married Prince W. Page at Boston, Massachusetts, on October 8, 1872.
  • Carrie E. Gove, signed on October 22, 1872. Later note: "Died 1876"
  • Mary F. Grant, signed on February 8, 1871
H
  • Belle E. Hale, signed on February 16, 1871.  Later note: "Married"
  • M. C. Haley, signed on January 14, 1872. Later note" "Died 1876". Perhaps Mary C. Haley, daughter of Tobias and Mary Haley; that Mary C. Haley died November 11, 1876 at Boston, Massachusetts.  Among the signers of a group page entitled S.S.C": Ida R. Huckins; Sarah J. Frost; Annie M. Davis; Emma Robertson; Carrie D. Fairbanks; and M. C. Haley
  • Martha J. Holt, signed at Cambridge, Massachusetts, on June 28, 1871. Later note: "Mrs. F. Osborn, Married 1878". Married Francis Osborn on June 7, 1878 at Nashua, New Hampshire.
  • Ella M. Holt of East Wilton, New Hampshire
  • Sophie B. How, signed on February 10, 1871
  • Alice P. Howard, signed on October 5, 1871; "Class of 1871"
  • Ida R. Huckins, signed January 27; later note: "Mrs. Eden Boles, Married October 17th 1876".  Among the signers of a group page entitled S.S.C": Ida R. Huckins; Sarah J. Frost; Annie M. Davis; Emma Robertson; Carrie D. Fairbanks; and M. C. Haley
  • Minnie S. Hurll, signed on April Fools' Day, 1873.
  • Granville Hutchinson of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on June 29, 1871. His wife, Almira (Barter) Hutchinson, signed the right facing page.
  • Mira Hutchinson of Boston, Massachusetts. She was Almira (Barter) Hutchinson, whose husband Granville Hutchinson signed the left facing page.
J
  • Julia A. Jellison, signed on January 31, 1872. Later note: "Married 1879".
  • Jessie F. Jennings, signed on March 18, 1873 at Boston, Massachusetts. Later note: "Mrs. Fred Pope, Married 1879". Jessie F. Jennings married George W. Pope, Jr., at Boston, Massachusetts, on April 30, 1879.
  • Rebecca R. Joslin, signed at High & Normal School in February 1872
K
  • Inscribed to Addie by Gertrude E. Kent
  • Augusta C. Kimball of Lowell, Massachusetts, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on February 4, 1873.
L
  • Emma F. Leland; "Classmate of 1871"
M
  • Donna C. Marsh of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on July 8, 1872
  • Mary E. McCabe, "A Schoolmate of 1872, 1873"
  • Frank McLellan, signed on April 22, 1871
  • Inscribed to Carrie by Lucie J. Mellen on February 6, 1873
  • Emily M. Millett, Class of 1872. Later note: Mrs. Charles W. Morse, Married 1881
  • Sarah J. Mills, signed on February 16, 1871. Later note: Mrs. Luce, Married Sept 1879". Sarah J. Mills married Enos T. Luce at Somerville, Massachusetts, on October 9, 1879.
  • Jennie P. Mills, signed on October 5, 1871; "Your Schoolmate"
  • A. A. Miner, signed on January 4, 1872
P
  • Emma L. Paine, signed at Cambridge, Massachusetts, on June 27, 1871
  • Ermina D. Paine, signed at Cambridge, Massachusetts on June 27, 1871. Later note: "Mrs. Daily; Married 1874". Ermine Davis Paine married Sumner Daily.
  • M. A. Palmer, signed in February 1871
  • Emerette O. Patch of Lexington, Massachusetts, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on February 10, 1873
  • Frances S. Perry, signed on February 8, 1871
  • John S. Pollard, signed at Cambridge, Massachusetts, on July 17, 1871. His wife Eliza Ann (Dyer) Pollard signed the right facing page.
  • Eliza A. D. Pollard, signed at Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, on July 14, 1871. She was Eliza Ann (Dyer) Pollard, whose husband John S. Pollard signed the left facing page.
  • Mary D. Priest, "Classmate for 7 yrs". Later note: "Mrs. J. D. Blodgett, Married Nov. 1881" I found a record of the marriage of November 3, 1881 between Mary D. Priest and Warren K. Blodgett, Jr.
R
  • Alice Read, signed on September 24, 1871
  • Emma Robertson, signed on May 10, 1872. later note: "Married 1881". Presumably the Emma Robertson who married Edwin F. Stone at Boston, Massachusetts, on March 3, 1881.  Among the signers of a group page entitled S.S.C": Ida R. Huckins; Sarah J. Frost; Annie M. Davis; Emma Robertson; Carrie D. Fairbanks; and M. C. Haley
  • Inscribed to Carrie by Lucy J. Russell on June 17, 1871
  • Inscribed to Carrie by Mary L. Ryan on October 22, 1872
S
  • Carrie A. Shattuck, signed at Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, on July 14, 1871
  • Caroline Ella Simonds, "Carrie",co-owner of the album with her sister Addie Lucie Simonds.  Daughters of George Henry Simonds and Carolina Augusta (Spencer) Simonds.
  • Addie Lucie Simonds, co-owner of the album with her sister Caroline Ella Simonds.  Daughters of George Henry  Simonds and Caroline Augusta (Spencer). Simonds.
  • Lottie H. Smith, signed on January 30, 1871. later note: "Mrs. C. H. Hall, Married Jan 21st 1877". Lottie Howland Smith married Charles Wells Hall on March 21, 1877 at Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Louisa P. Smith of Boston, Massachusetts
  • Annie S. Souther, signed at the Bowdoin School at Boston, Massachusetts; "Your Classmate of 1871". Later note: "Married 1880". She may have been Hannah L. Souther, who married Samuel Kneeland, Jr., at Boston, Massachusetts, on October 18, 1880.
  • Henry T. Spear, Jr., signed at Boston, Massachusetts on February 22, 1872 at E.H.S., perhaps English High School
  • Albert A. Spencer, signed at Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, on July 20, 1871.
  • Uncle Charles, signed at Cambridge, Massachusetts, on July 19, 1871. Presumably Charles Hosea Spencer, brother of the girls' mother Caroline Augusta (Spencer) Simonds.
  • Laura M. Stevens, signed on January 30, 1874. "A Bowdoinite", referring to the Bowdoin School at Boston, Massachusetts
  • Julia Stone; "Schoolmate of 1871"
  • Lillie B. W. Sutherland, signed on January 28, 1871
T
  • Charley R. Teele of Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, signed on July 12, 1871. Charles R. Teele
  • William W. Teele of Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, signed on July 12, 1871
  • Emma A. Temple, signed in February 1873
  • Maud J. Thacher, signed on April 23, 1871
  • Marie A. Thomas, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, on March 26, 1873
  • Etta Thornton of Boston, Massachusetts, signed on November 5, 1872
  • Julie W. Thornton, signed on January 30, 1871; "Bowdoinite", referring to the Bowdoin School at Boston, Massachusetts.
V
  • Lizzie B. Vinal, signed on January 30, 1871. Later note: "Died - 1872"
W
  • Nellie M. Warren, signed on October 23, 1872
  • Henry L. Weinz, signed on April 22, 1871
  • Irene W. Wentworth, signed on February 1, 1871
  • Carrie A. Willard, signed on October 23, 1876. Later note: "Died Feb. 1877"
  • Ella A. Willey, signed on March 23, 1872; "Schoolmate fopr 8 yrs." Later note: "Mrs. Woodbury, Married 1878" Ella Amanda Willey married John William Woodbury
  • William H. Wood, signed on June 17, 1871. His wife signed the left facing page.
Y
  • Mary Young, signed at Boston, Massachusetts, in January 1871. Later note: "Died 1893"
Boston, Massachusetts, and Cambridgeport, Massachusetts


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