Friday, March 13, 2015

1880s Autograph Album of Frances Isabelle Marriott, "Frankie", of Hardin County, Kentucky


1880s autograph album of Frances Isabelle Marriott, "Frankie", of Hardin County, Kentucky.  Surnames in the album that appear multiple times: Alvey; Bethel; Hayden; Heller; Kerfoot; Marriott; Mossbarger; Sullivan; Sutzer.

Frankie would later marry Benjamin Hardin Alvey, Sr.; two of their sons inscribed pages in the album when it came to light in a later era.  Those pages are shown farther below.

The title page has handwriting: "Love who you please but mind who you take.  Many thanks for such good advice".


The album measures approximately 7-3/4" by 5" and contains the sentiments of about 66 of Frankie's relatives, friends and schoolmates.  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appear at the end of this post.

This bookmark from the California Fig Syrup Company is enclosed.


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

Frances Isabelle Marriott, "Frankie", was born July 22, 1865 at Elizabethtown, Kentucky, the daughter of John Belt Marriott and Amanda Ellen (Smith) Marriott.  Frankie had, I believe, five siblings, four of whom inscribed either shared pages or individual pages in the album.

Below, facing pages signed by four of Frankie's siblings and other friends.  Inscribers:
  • Mollie E. Marriott 
  • Lou A. Marriott; presumably Frankie's sister Louisa A. Marriott, who would marry Miles Hardin Miller.
  • John B. Marriott, Jr.; Frankie's brother John Belt Marriott, Jr., who would marry Kate Goodman.
  • Maggie E. Marriott; Frankie's sister Margaret Ellen Marriott, who would marry Henry A. Sutzer.
  • J. E. Mossbarger
  • Lizzie Marriott; possibly Frankie's sister Elizabeth M. Marriott, who would marry Willis Woolfolk Long.
  • W. C. Mossbarger
  • Annie Heller
  • Sallie Bethel
  • Annie Heller, inscribed on May 9, 1886


Several of Frankie's cousins left inscriptions in the album, and there may have been more who didn't express a family relationship:
  • Elmore
  • Blanche
  • Nannie or Nancy or ?
  • Millie Marriott, inscribed at Glendale, Kentucky
  • Ella Miller, inscribed at Cecilian, Kentucky
  • Louise Smith, inscribed at Munfordville, Kentucky
  • J. O.Marriott
On December 17, 1889 in Hardin County, Kentucky, Frances Isabelle Marriott, "Frankie", married Benjamin Hardin Alvey, Sr., son of William Madison Alvey and Laura Ann (Medley) Alvey.  Benjamin was born January 6, 1865 in Hardin County, Kentucky.

By 1900, Frankie and Benjamin were living at Louisville, Kentucky, where Benjamin was working in dry goods in 1900.  The family had expanded to include four children, two of whom, John Marion Alvey, Sr., and William Benjamin Alvey, inscribed pages in their mother's album, as noted above.




The other children were Charles Raymond Alvey; Laura Elenor Alvey; Horace Hinton Alvey; Lucile M. Alvey; and Benjamin Hardin Alvey, Jr.

By 1920, Benjamin was manufacturing the automobile tops for which he had received a patent about 1917.  Benjamin died in 1938 and Frankie in 1961.  They're buried at the Cave Hill Cemetery at Louisville, Kentucky.

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

One page contains a sketch of a mustached fellow.  The facing page was inscribed by W. T. D., but I don't know if there's a relationship between the two pages.


Surnames in the Album


? [15]ABCDH
A ? [2]B ?CratowD ?Hayden [2]
Alvey [2]Bethel [4]Heller [2]
Brown [2]
KLMPSW
Kerfoot [2]LeeM ? [3]PartridgeS ? [3]W ?
KurtzMarriott [12]Smith
MillerSullivan [2]
Mossbarger [2]Sutzer [5]

Inscribers in the Album     [Given names within a specific surname might not be in alphabetical order.]
  • T. Y. English [not sure of name]
  • Initials too hard to decipher, inscribed on April 5, 1881. Surname might begin with M., perhaps meaning Marriott.
  • M.
  • Hattie, inscribed at Cecilia, Kentucky, on February 13, 1883
  • "your most devoted lover"
  • Katie
  • Unsigned: "Remember that today will never dawn again"
  • Elmore, inscribed on January 30, 1882; Frankie's "little cousin"
  • Blanche, inscribed on January 30, 1882; Frankie's cousin
  • Nannie or ?, inscribed on March 27, 1882; Frankie's cousin
  • Emma, inscribed at Long Grove, Kentucky
  • Anonymous
  • J. D. ?; surname looks like Co2ig2o. Inscribed on February 12, 1882
  • Laura, inscribed on September 7, 188 [can't decipher last digit]
  • Anonymous
A

  • S. A., inscribed on July 24, 1886
  • J. M. A., inscribed on March 8, 1903; "Your Son John Alvey". Frankie's son John Marion Alvey, Sr. (1891-1964)
  • Sudie Alvey of Cecilian, Kentucky, inscribed on July 26, 1886.  Shared the page with Horace Bethel.
  • William Alvey of 217 E Jacob St, Louisville, Kentucky, inscribed on March 8, 1903. Frankie's son William Benjamin Alvey (1892-1975), who inscribed two pages.
B
  • W. H. B.
  • Sallie Bethel.  Inscribed on facing pages with Frankie's siblings and others: Mollie E. Marriott; Louisa A. Marriott; John Belt Marriott, Jr.; Margaret Ellen Marriott; J. E. Mossbarger; Elizabeth M. Marriott; W. C. Mossbarger; Annie Heller; Annie Heller
  • R. E. Bethel, inscribed at Cecilian Junction, Kentucky, on March 31, 1881
  • Horace W. Bethel of Cecilian, Kentucky, inscribed on March 21, 1886.  Shared the page with Ada A. Sullivan
  • Horace Bethel of Cecilian, Kentucky, inscribed on July 26, 1886.  Shared the page with Sudie Alvey
  • George Brown, inscribed on February 26, 1888
  • George Brown of Cecilian, Kentucky
C
  • M. B. Cratow, inscribed at Carrollton, Missouri, on December 5, 1888
D
  • W. T. D.; not sure of middle initial; sketch of a mustached man on the facing page, but I can't say for sure that W. T. D. sketched it.
H
  • Annie F. Hayden, inscribed on September 18, 1884
  • Mollie E. Hayden, inscribed on September 18, 1884
  • Annie Heller.  Inscribed on facing pages with Frankie's siblings and others: Mollie E. Marriott; Louisa A. Marriott; John Belt Marriott, Jr.; Margaret Ellen Marriott; J. E. Mossbarger; Elizabeth M. Marriott; W. C. Mossbarger; Sallie Bethel; Annie Heller
  • Annie Heller, inscribed on May 9, 1886.  Inscribed on facing pages with Frankie's siblings and others: Mollie E. Marriott; Louisa A. Marriott; John Belt Marriott, Jr.; Margaret Ellen Marriott; J. E. Mossbarger; Elizabeth M. Marriott; W. C. Mossbarger; Annie Heller; Sallie Bethel
K
  • M. E. Kerfoot, inscribed in 1881; "Age [?] yr" - possibly 18 or 19 or 78 or 79. Perhaps Mary E. Kerfoot, born about 1861
  • Annie Kerfoot
  • Josie Kurtz, inscribed on March 31, 1881
L
  • Bob Lee
M
  • M. B. M.; "your schoolmate", dated April 9, 1887 or 1881.
  • W. Clint M., inscribed on April 8, 1881
  • M. H. M., inscribed at Cecilian, Kentucky, in 1884
  • Frances Isabelle Marriott of Hardin County, Kentucky; album owner, nicknamed "Frankie"
  • Lizzie Marriott; "Your loving Sister". Signed in two inks, presumably at different times, one being dated March 6, 1886 [no sure of year]. Elizabeth M. Marriott, who would marry Willis Woolfolk Long. She inscribed other pages as well, on shared and individual pages.
  • Mollie E. Marriott.  Inscribed on facing pages with Frankie's siblings and others: Louisa A. Marriott; John Belt Marriott, Jr.; Margaret Ellen Marriott; J. E. Mossbarger; Elizabeth M. Marriott; W. C. Mossbarger; Annie Heller; Sallie Bethel; Annie Heller
  • Lou A. Marriott; presumably Louisa A. Marriott, Frankie's sister.   Inscribed on facing pages with Frankie's siblings and others: Mollie E. Marriott; John Belt Marriott, Jr.; Margaret Ellen Marriott; J. E. Mossbarger; Elizabeth M. Marriott; W. C. Mossbarger; Annie Heller; Sallie Bethel; Annie Heller
  • John B. Marriott, Jr.; Frankie's brother John Belt Marriott, Jr., who inscribed another page as well.  Inscribed on facing pages with Frankie's siblings and others: Mollie E. Marriott; Louisa A. Marriott; Margaret Ellen Marriott; J. E. Mossbarger; Elizabeth M. Marriott; W. C. Mossbarger; Annie Heller; Sallie Bethel; Annie Heller
  • Maggie E. Marriott; Frankie's sister Margaret Ellen Marriott.  Inscribed on facing pages with Frankie's siblings and others: Mollie E. Marriott; Louisa A. Marriott; John Belt Marriott, Jr.; J. E. Mossbarger; Elizabeth M. Marriott; W. C. Mossbarger; Annie Heller; Sallie Bethel; Annie Heller
  • Lizzie Marriott; possibly Frankie's sister Elizabeth M. Marriott.  Inscribed on facing pages with Frankie's siblings and others: Mollie E. Marriott; Louisa A. Marriott; John Belt Marriott, Jr.; Margaret Ellen Marriott; J. E. Mossbarger; W. C. Mossbarger; Annie Heller; Sallie Bethel; Annie Heller
  • E. Maggie M., "your sister", inscribed on April 9, 1881. Presumably Margaret Ellen Marriott (1854-1954), who would marry Henry A. Sutzer.
  • Lou A. M., "Your Sister". Louisa A. Marriott (1860-1923), who would marry Miles Hardin Miller
  • Millie Marriott, inscribed at Glendale, Kentucky, on October 4, 1885; Frankie's cousin
  • J. W. Marriott, inscribed at Nolin, Hardin County, Kentucky, on February 18, 18?
  • J. O. Marriott; "your cousin"
  • Ella Miller, inscribed at Cecilian, Kentucky, on December 14, 1887; "your little cousin"
  • J. E. Mossbarger.  Inscribed on facing pages with Frankie's siblings and others: Mollie E. Marriott; Louisa A. Marriott; John Belt Marriott, Jr.; Margaret Ellen Marriott; Elizabeth M. Marriott; W. C. Mossbarger; Annie Heller; Sallie Bethel; Annie Heller
  • W. C. Mossbarger.  Inscribed on facing pages with Frankie's siblings and others: Mollie E. Marriott; Louisa A. Marriott; John Belt Marriott, Jr.; Margaret Ellen Marriott; J. E. Mossbarger; Elizabeth M. Marriott; Annie Heller; Sallie Bethel; Annie Heller
P
  • Hattie Partridge, inscribed at Cecilian, Kentucky, on February 12, 1883
S
  • Katie S., inscribed on April 12, 1881
  • Joe L. S. Surname possibly Shipley
  • Ada S.  Possibly Ada Sullivan
  • Louise Smith, inscribed at Munfordville, Kentucky, on August 14, 1884; "your cousin"
  • Laura Sullivan, inscribed on April 12, 1881; "your school-mate"
  • Ada A. Sullivan, inscribed on March 21, 1886.  Shared the page with Horace W. Bethel.
  • Maggie Sutzer
  • James L. Sutzer, inscribed on February 25, 1885 [not sure of last digit], at Howes Valley, Kentucky
  • Annie F. Sutzer, Cecilian,Kentucky, inscribed on January 22, 1886
  • Annie F. Sutzer of Stephensburg, Kentucky, inscribed Sunday Morn August 30, 1885
  • W. C. Sutzer, inscribed in November 1883
W
  • M. B. W.
Hardin County, Kentucky; Louisville, Kentucky


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