Friday, November 28, 2014

1881-1936 Autograph Album of Henrietta MatildaA Hughes of Beverly, New Jersey


1881-1936 autograph album of Henrietta Matilda Hughes of Beverly, New Jersey, and, after her marriage to John Hugh Jones, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


The album measures approximately 7-3/4" x 5" and contains the sentiments of 90 of Henrietta's relatives and friends, including, during a later era, her children and grandson.  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.

Many of the pages have preprinted illustrations, which many signers used and even enhanced, i.e., the page signed by Georgie L. Schaffer and sister Maisey C. Schaffer of Belfry, Pennsylvania, who inscribed their page on December 20, 1881.  Their parents also inscribed pages: Methodist Episcopal minister George L. Shaffer and H. E. Schaffer, who was Hester Eliza (Gwynne) Schaffer.


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

Henrietta Matilda Hughes, "Hettie" or "Henny", was born May 30, 1857 in New Jersey, the daughter of John and Sarah (Boulter) Hughes, who were born, I think, in Wales and Barbados, respectively.  At least two of Hettie's siblings were born in Barbados before the family moved to New Jersey.

The page below was presumably inscribed by Hettie's father, John Hughes.


Hettie's oldest sibling, sister Sarah E. Hughes had died in 1876, before the album was started.  Brother John B. Hughes and, presumably, his wife Lizzie G. (Lobb) Hughes of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, inscribed pages in May 1881.  The page signed after Lizzie's was inscribed by her sister Laura Lobb.



Hettie's other older brother Samuel J. Hughes inscribed a page.


The "Brother Hal" who signed a page on June 16, 1881, may have been Hettie's brother Henry Hughes.


Hettie's younger sister Sarah Matilda Hughes inscribed a page as Tillie S. Hughes of Beverly, New Jersey, on June 5, 1881.


The Eunice who inscribed a page at Beverly, New Jersey, on June 17, 1881, was Hettie's younger sister Eunice Hughes.


About 1890 Henrietta Matilda Hughes married John Hugh Jones, son of John and Cordelia Jones.  He was likely the J. H. Jones who inscribed a page upside down in Hettie's album and may have been the J. H. J. who inscribed the first page in the album.



Two of Hettie's children, possibly three, inscribed pages in her album.  Daughter Olive Myrtle Jones and her son Robert H. Newall inscribed pages, Olive in 1915 and Robert in 1936.



Hettie's son Victor Hugh Jones inscribed a page on March 2, 1915.


This page was inscribed by one of Hettie's children, but is not signed.


Hettie's husband John Hugh Jones died in 1912.  Hettie spent part of her widowhood living with daughter Olive Myrtle (Jones) Newall and family.  Hettie died in 1941 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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 in the album

? [13]EJP
AEccles [3]JenningsPennington
AdamsEckmanJones [4]Prince
Anson [3]Elmes [2]KR
ArmourEskridgeKellerRommel
BFKriterRoss [3]
Bean [3]Ferguson [2]LS
BeyerFreemanLaymanSchaffer [5]
BurnsideGLobbSchlotterer
CGara [2]MScott
CasselGarrettMaySick
ChuteHMorganSlocum [3]
CrossHartzell [possibly 2]MoulsdaleSnyder
DHawleyMountStuetzer
DenningHoltMyers [2]T
DetwilerHughes [9]NTyson
INewall
IrvingNichuals

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

  • J. H. J., signed on August 24, 1889; possibly Hettie's future husband John H. Jones
  • Cousin Lizzie
  • J. or F. or ?, signed at 1930 Woodstock Street, on August 20, 1889. Another signer gave this address also: Ida V. Hartzell of 1930 Woodstock Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • M. E., signed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 27, 1881
  • D. A. S., signed at Ocean Beach, New Jersey, on "6-2-87"
  • Aunt H. T., signed on June 16, 1881. Not sure of surname initial
  • Cousin Lizzie
  • Helen, signed on July 7, 1883
  • Georgie, signed on August 14, 1883
  • Sketched bird, dated 1887; no name of artist
  • L. E. A., signed at Mt. Pleasant, in December 1884
  • Ida, signed on August 23, 1883
  • Marian
A
  • H. C. Adams, signed on July 8, 1884
  • Agnes Anson, signed at Norritonville, Pennsylvania, on February 9, 1883.
  • H. K. Anson, signed at Norritonville, Pennsylvania, on February 18, 1883
  • Ida M. Anson, signed at Norritonville, Pennsylvania, on February 8, 1883
  • John P. Armour of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 11, 1889; not sure of middle initial
B
  • Amanda H. Bean, signed on December 11, 1881
  • Irwin Bean of Centre Point, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County; middle initial possibly H.
  • Emanuel Bean of Centre Point, Pennsylvania, signed on December 25. 1881
  • Eva B. Beyer, signed at Worcester [no state written], on August 21, 1883
  • Lizzie A. Burnside, signed at West Point, on August 27, 1883 [or August 24]
C
  • J. H. Cassel of Lower Providence, Pennsylvania, signed on April 18, 1882
  • Hettie E. Chute, signed at Bethel Parsonage, on December 21, 1881
  • Bert E. Cross, signed at Beverly, New Jersey, on January 5, 1882
D
  • William Denning of Beverly, New Jersey, signed on January 13, 1882. Middle initial looks like G or Q, but there was a William Kibblehouse Denning at Beverly, New Jersey during that time frame
  • Annie Detwiler, signed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 16, 1884
E
  • Maggie E. Eccles, signed at Philadelphia, presumably Pennsylvania, on May 26, 1881 "A Birthday Wish to Henny"
  • J. Melville Eccles, signed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 26 [no year written]
  • William Eccles, signed on May 26, 1881; middle initial might be P or ?
  • Lizzie Eckman, signed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 25, 1884
  • Mary A. Elmes, signed at Beverly, New Jersey, on January 14, 1882
  • Charles Elmes, signed at Beverly, New Jersey, on July 23, 1883
  • Erma Eskridge, signed at City of P. L., on July 11, 1884; "Your loving roommate"
F
  • May E. Ferguson
  • Lydia P. Ferguson, signed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 26, 1881
  • L. S. Freeman, signed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 2, 1884
G
  • Eloise Gara, signed at Beverly, New Jersey, on January 8, 1882
  • L. Gara, signed at Beverly, New Jersey, on January 8, 1882
  • Jennie M. Garrett, signed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 20, 1882
H
  • Ida V. Hartzell of 1930 Woodstock Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 20, 1889; check the list of signers who didn't leave a surname, as one of them gave this same address.
  • Marian L. Hawley of Auburn, New York, signed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 16, 1884
  • Mary J. Holt, signed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 28, 1884
  • Henrietta Matilda Hughes, "Hettie", album owner.
  • Tillie S. Hughes, signed at Beverly, no state written, on June 5, 1881. Hettie's younger sister Matilda Hughes.
  • Lizzie G. Hughes of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 28, 1881. Presumably Elizabeth (Lobb) Hughes, wife of Hettie's brother John B. Hughes.
  • "Your Father's Prayer", inscribed on June 12, 1881. Presumably John Hughes, Hettie's father
  • Page inscribed by Sam to his sister Hettie. Samuel J. Hughes (1854-1921)
  • Mrs. Rose Hughes
  • Eunice, signed a Beverly, New Jersey, on June 17, 1881; Eunice Hughes, Hettie's younger sister.
  • J. B. Hughes, signed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 27, 1881. Hettie's brother John B. Hughes.
  • "Your Brother Hal", signed on June 16, 1881; perhaps Hettie's brother Henry Hughes
I
  • Bertha Irving, signed at Hotel de Clinton, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 12, 1884
J
  • Susie H. Jennings of Beverly, New Jersey, signed on January 15, 1882
  • Inscribed by one of Hettie's children on March 13, 1892
  • Written upside down: J. H. Jones, signed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 23, 1889. Presumably Hettie's husband John H. Jones
  • Olive Myrtle Jones, signed on March 5, 1915; Hettie's daughter Olive Myrtle Jones, future wife of George F. Newall and mother of signer Robert H. Newall
  • Victor Hugh Jones, signed on March 2, 1915; Hettie's son. Written in a beautiful script
K
  • Kate Keller, signed at Gwynned Square, on July 7, 1882
  • Scrap of paper pasted to inside back cover: H. Kriter, signed at Sea Plain, New Jersey, on September 27, 1885. Sea Plain is now known as Lake Como.
L
  • S. E. Layman of North Wales, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County, signed on March 6, 1882
  • Laura Lobb, signed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 28, 1881. She was the sister of signer Lizzie G. (Lobb) Hughes, wife of John B. Hughes, Hettie's brother.
M
  • M. A. May, from or signed at Alma, Nebraska, on June 18, 1887
  • John C. Morgan, signed at Spring Lake, New Jersey, on August 24, 1887
  • Lillie E. Moulsdale, signed on March 23, 1881, either at Abingdon, Maryland, or Lillie was from there.
  • Lou Mount of Middletown, New Jersey, signed on March 30, 1887
  • Clara A. Myers, signed at Philadelphia, on October 5, 1893
  • Philip M. Myers, inscribed on "10/11/93". Hettie's nephew
N
  • Robert, "your loving grandson", signed November 8, 1936. He was Robert H. Newall, son of Hettie's daughter Olive (Jones) Newall and husband George F. Newall. Hettie, by then widowed, was living with Olive and her family at the time of the 1930 Census.
  • B. A. Nichuals, signed on September 12, 1884
P
  • Ash S. Pennington of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, signed on August 8, 1887
  • Archanna Prince, signed on August 23, 1883
R
  • Mrs. Rommel, signed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 16, 1883
  • Florence Ross, signed at Lumberton, New Jersey, on June 18, 1881; "Your little Cousin"
  • Anna W. Ross, signed at Lumberton, New Jersey, on "3-4-85"
  • Florence, possibly Florence Ross, signed at Lumberton, New Jersey, on February 21, 1885. "Your little Cousin"
S
  • Lillie B. Schaffer, signed at Belfry, Pennsylvania, on December 19, 1881
  • Minnie May Schaffer, signed at Belfry, Pennsylvania, on December 19, 1881
  • H. E. Schaffer, signed at Bethel Parsonage on December 21, 1881
  • Inscribed by "your little friends", Georgie I. Schaffer and Maisey C. Schaffer of Belfry, Pennsylvania, on December 20, 1881
  • George L. Schaffer, signed at the Bethel Methodist Episcopal church parsonage on December 20, 1881
  • Harry B. Schlotterer of Chalfont
  • Thomas P. Scott, signed at North Wales, Pennsylvania, on March 21, 1881
  • Lizzie K. Sick, signed at Birmingham, Ohio, on July 23, 1884
  • H. F. Slocum, signed at Ocean Beach, New Jersey, on May 23, 1887
  • Robert C. Slocum of Ocean Beach, New Jersey, signed on June 1, 1887
  • Frank A. Slocum of Sea Plain, New Jersey. Sea Plain, in Monmouth County, is now known as Lake Como.
  • Sophia R. Snyder, or Sophia K. Snyder, signed at Gwynedd Square, presumably Pennsylvania, on July 5, 1882
  • Minnie Stuetzer; inscribed to Mrs. Jones
T
  • John C. Tyson, signed at Belfry, Pennsylvania, on December 2, 1882
Beverly, New Jersey, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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