Tuesday, November 25, 2014

1881-1886 Autograph Album of Maggie H. Hoban, Who May Have Attended Highland Seminary at Sing Sing, New York


1881-1886 autograph album that belonged to Maggie H. Hoban, who may have been a student at Highland Seminary at Sing Sing, New York.   In addition to Highland Seminary, other institutions mentioned by the signers include St. Elizabeth's Convent at Convent Station, New Jersey; and St. Joseph's Convent at Flushing, New York.


The album, more than a bit battered, measures approximately 7-1/4" x 5" and contains the sentiments of 59 of Maggie's schoolmates and friends.  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.


I'm not sure who exactly Maggie H. Hoban was.  She could have come from the Sing Sing, New York, area, or from farther away.  She may have been a teacher or a student, and Hoban may have been a married name or her birth name.  If you can identify her further, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Juanita E. Besora inscribed a page in Spanish at St. Joseph's Convent at Flushing, New York, on December 21 [no year written].


Fannie Broks, who may have been Fannie Brooks, inscribed a page at St. Elizabeth's Convent at Convent Station, New Jersey, on November 3, 1882.


Annie R. Wood inscribed a page at Highland Seminary, Sing Sing, New York, on October 4, 1883.


Sarah O. Peck inscribed a page at Sing Sing, New York, on May 29, 1884.  Below the image of her page is a brief biography included in a 1910 catalogue of Vassar College, of which Sarah Olive Peck was an 1872 graduate.  Note that her original family name was Hamlin.



Surname list

? [10]DKR
ADeeganKelleyR ?
AgnewDegnanKennedyRobins [2]
BDolanKnoxS
BaxterDonnellyLSands
BesoraDunnLanganSharkie
BiggsFMSpencer
BrenenFenningsMaldonadoT
BrittenFoleyMastersonTravis
Broks or BrooksFootMcMahonV
CGMulhollandValonie
C ? [2]GarwoodNVerne
CabelloHNoxonW
CarpenterHeshnalPWhite
CaswellHobanPeckWigg
CunninghamPowellWilliams [2]
QWood
Q?

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

  • E. J. D.
  • Sister Annie, signed on July 13, 1884.  She may have been at St. Elizabeth's Convent at Convent Station, New Jersey or St. Joseph's Convent at Flushing, New York.
  • Initials, possibly T. H. B., signed at Brooklyn, New York, on July 30, 1883
  • Perhaps written by Maggie herself or a person who didn't leave a name.
  • Unsigned, written on October 3, 1882
  • Susie, signed at Convent on March 11, 1883; perhaps at St. Elizabeth's Convent at Convent Station, New Jersey or at St. Joseph's Convent at Flushing, New York.
  • Tinie; not sure of name.
  • "Your little friend Laura", signed on December 7, 1882
  • Unsigned
  • Anna, signed on December 22, 1884
A
  • Maggie Agnew
B
  • Maggie E. Baxter, signed on April 26, 1886
  • Juanita E. Besora, signed at St. Joseph's Convent, Flushing, Long Island, New York, on December 21 [no year written]. Page written in Spanish.
  • Lizzie C. Biggs of Sing Sing, New York, signed on March 31, 1884
  • Maggie Brenen
  • Written upside down: Annie Britten, signed on September 22, 1884
  • Fannie Broks; can't decipher middle initial, and couldn't find anyone with surname Broks; perhaps she left out an o. Signed at St. Elizabeth's on November 3, 1882. Presumably at Convent Station, New Jersey.
C
  • T. F. Canelly or Carney or ?. Originally the entry was T. F. C. but the signer or someone else wrote in the rest of the surname, which runs off the page.
  • M. C. C., signed at Study Hall on June 14, 1883. First initial might be incorrect.
  • Heloise Cabello, signed at Convent Station on September 30, 1882. Page written in French. Presumably at St. Elizabeth's Convent at Convent Station, New Jersey
  • Fannie H. Carpenter of Yonkers, New York
  • E. S. Caswell or C. S. Caswell, signed at Brooklyn, on October 28, 1885; presumably Brooklyn, New York
  • Agnes Cunningham, signed at Study Hall on January 18, 1883
D
  • Written upside down: Edward J. Deegan, signed on July 18, 1882
  • Rose F. Degnan, signed at Study Hall on January 25, 1883
  • L. F. Dolan
  • A. C. Donnelly, signed at Convent on June 18, 1883. Possibly St. Elizabeth's Convent at Convent Station, New Jersey
  • Mary Dunn
F
  • Frederick H. Fenning, signed at Brooklyn, New York, on July 14, 1882
  • M. V. Foley
  • Nellie Foot; not sure of surname
G
  • ? Garwood, signed on December 9, 1882
H
  • Tessie Heshnal, signed at Convent Station on September 24, 1882. Not sure of surname. Presumably at St. Elizabeth's Convent at Convent Station, New Jersey.
  • Maggie H. Hoban, album owner. She dated the album September 1881.
K
  • Ellen Kelley, signed at St. Elizabeth's on August 3, 1882. Presumably St. Elizabeth's Convent at Convent Station, New Jersey.
  • Emilie D. Kennedy of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, signed at Sing Sing, New York, on June 3, 1884
  • Joe Knox, signed on December 10, 1882
L
  • A. Langan
M
  • Manuela Maldonado, signed on June 8, 1883
  • Kate Masterson, signed on October 1, 1882
  • Lulu D. McMahon, signed on October 1, 1882
  • Daisy M. Von B. Mulholland, signed at Highland Seminary on April 4, 1884
N
  • Grace P. Noxon of Sing Sing, New York, signed on April 3, 1884
P
  • Sarah O. Peck, signed on May 29, 1884 at Sing Sing, New York. She was Sarah Olive Peck, born at Rochester, Michigan; teacher at Highland Seminary at Sing Sing, New York.
  • Etta Powell, signed at Convent on June 19, 1883; possibly St. Elizabeth's Convent at Convent Station, New Jersey, or St. Joseph's Convent at Flushing, New York.
Q
  • Not sure of name. First initial is M. Surname could be Quinn or Quire or something else entirely that doesn't start with Q.
R
  • H. R.
  • Cassie Robins
  • K. Robins
S
  • Netty Sands, signed on September 17, 1882 at Detroit, Michigan
  • Katie Sharkie, signed at Study Hall on January 21, 1883
  • Maggie Spencer
T
  • Florence Travis, signed on December 25, 1884
V
  • Albertina Valonie; not sure of surname
  • M. L. Verne; not sure of surname. Page written in French
W
  • Mary F. White of Sing Sing, New York, signed at Highland Seminary on April 1, 1884
  • Gertrude Wigg
  • David Williams, signed at Brooklyn, on September 12, 1883; also has the date December 31, 1882. Presumably Brooklyn, New York
  • David E. Williams
  • Annie R. Wood, signed at Highland Seminary, Sing, Sing, New York, on October 4, 1883
Sing Sing, New York, in the town of Ossining; Flushing, New York; Convent Station, New Jersey


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