Thursday, March 26, 2015

2 of 2 1880s Autograph Albums of Ina B. Durgin of Mechanic Falls, Maine


1880s autograph album of Ina B. Durgin of Mechanic Falls, Maine.  She inscribed her name on the page after the title page, on December 25, 1882; the album was presumably a Christmas present.


See another post that features an earlier autograph album presented to Ina by her brother Albert L. Morrill on April 2, 1881, with many sentiments collected at Norway, Maine, where Ina may have been working, possibly at the Norway Shoe Shop.

The album measures approximately 7" x 4-1/4" and contains the sentiments of 81 of Ina's relatives and friends.  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.


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

Ina B. Durgin was born February 10, 1865 in Maine, the daughter of William R. Durgin and Esther Ann (Turner) Durgin.  Ina had at least four siblings: Julia; Albert; Merrill and Elmer.  Merrill M. Durgin, and his wife Mary Flora (Tubbs) Durgin, inscribed pages in Ina's album in September 1884 when they were living at Haverhill, Massachusetts.



Two of Ina's cousins inscribed pages.
  • Jennie G. Davis, "your black-eyed cousin" inscribed an individual page on October 2, 1883 and a shared page with Ina's cousin Lizzie K. Turner of Portland, Maine.
  • Lizzie K. Turner of Portland, Maine, who shared the page with Jennie G. Davis.
I found two marriage records for Ina B. Durgin and Edwin Henry Downs, one at Minot, Maine, on January 7, 1887, and another at Lewiston, Maine, on January 25, 1888.  Edwin Henry Downs, born February 17, 1862, was the son of Asa L. Downs and Clara Jane (Perkins) Downs.   Edwin inscribed a page in Ina's album on July 21, 1884.


Ina and Edwin lived at Minot, Maine, and Mechanic Falls, Maine.  They had at least two children, daughters Ola Francena Downs and Esther Jane Downs.  Edwin died in 1941 and Ina in 1944.  If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Surnames in the Album

AELR
AdamsEatonLemos [2]Royal
AllenEldenLittlefieldS
AndrewsElwellLucasSaunders
BEverett [2]LurveySawyer [2]
Bartlett [2]FMSeavey
BerryFarrarMarston [4]Sholes
Bradbury [2]FarrowMason [2]Smith [2]
BrayFosterMcCullockSmullen
BridgeFrenchMerrill [2]Staples
BurnsFullerMilliken [3]T
CHNTurner
ClarkHarrisNewbeginW
ColeHayesNoyesWaterhouse
CummingsJPWhittle [2]
DJacobs [3]Perkins
Davis [5]Jordan [2]Perry [2]
DeCosterKPettie [2]
DownsKingPulsifer
Durgin [3]

Inscribers in the Album  [Given names within a specific surname might not be in alphabetical order.]

A
  • Myrtie M. Adams of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on December 27, 1882
  • Will N. Allen of Mechanic Falls, Maine. "Bashful Bill". Not sure of middle initial.
  • Minta Andrews of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on March 23, 1883
B
  • Belle Bartlett of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on March 13, 1883
  • Rose E. Bartlett of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on March 13, 1883
  • C. Pearl Berry of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on January 3, 1883. M.F.H.S., presumably Mechanic Falls High School
  • J. H. Bradbury of Auburn, Maine, inscribed on February 1, 1885
  • Edith E. Bradbury, inscribed at Auburn, Maine, on January 29, 1885
  • Daniel F. Bray of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on March 5, 1883
  • C. S. Bridge of Lewiston, Maine, inscribed on March 11, 1883. Not sure of initials.
  • Josie L. Burns of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on June 26, 1886
C
  • Fannie M. Clark, inscribed on May 13, 1883
  • Miss N. B. Cole of Haverhill, Massachusetts; not sure of first initial.
  • Bertha A. Cummings, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on August 2, 1884
D
  • Jennie G. Davis of Fall River, Massachusetts, inscribed on October 2, 1883
  • M. F. Davis of Fall River, Massachusetts, inscribed on September 30, 1883.
  • Maynard A. Davis of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on September 16, 1883
  • Jennie G. Davis of Fall River, Massachusetts, inscribed on October 2, 1883. S.B.O. Ina's "black-eyed Cousin".  She also inscribed another page, which she shared with another of Ina's cousins, Lizzie K. Turner.
  • Mrs. Anna E. Davis of Poland, Maine, inscribed on September 18, 1883
  • Harry W. DeCoster of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on August 12, 1884
  • Ed H. Downs of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on July 21, 1884. Presumably Ina's future husband Edwin Henry Downs.
  • Ina B. Durgin of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on December 25, 1882. Album owner
  • M. M. Durgin, inscribed at Haverhill, Massachusetts, on September 17, 1884. Ina's brother Merrill M. Durgin.
  • May, inscribed at Haverhill, Massachusetts, on September 16, 1884. "your Sister". Presumably Mary Flora (Tubbs) Durgin, wife of Ina's brother Merrill M. Durgin.
E
  • Bertha E. Eaton of Eastport, Maine, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on August 24, 1886
  • Nellie E. Elden of Welchville, Maine, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on February 3, 1884. Welchville is a village in the town of Oxford, Maine.
  • Howard L. Elwell of Portland, Maine, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on August 27
  • C. F. Everett of Auburn, Maine; shared the page with Eliza E. Everett
  • Eliza E. Everett of Auburn, Maine, inscribed on January 19, 1885; shared the page with C. F. Everett.
F
  • Minnie Farrar of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on March 28, 1883
  • Lilla M. Farrow of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on November 23, 1884
  • Lottie A. Foster of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on April 15, 1883
  • Arthur French of Kingfield, Maine, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on September 24, 1883. I.? G. T.
  • Carrie B. Fuller of Berlin Mills, New Hampshire, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on August 2, 1884
H
  • E. A. Harris, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on August 3, 1886
  • Marnie E. Hayes, or Mamie E. Hayes, of Mechanic Falls, Maine
J
  • Elsie Jacobs of Mechanic Falls. She was Elsie H. (Williams) Jacobs, wife of Herbert Jacobs, who shared the page.  They were married November 24, 1883 at Minot, Maine.
  • Herbert Jacobs of Mechanic Falls, Maine, husband of Elsie H. (Williams) Jacobs, who shared the page. They were married November 24, 1883 at Minot, Maine.
  • Carrie M. Jacobs of Mechanic Falls, Maine
  • Nellie Mae Jordan, inscribed at Home on January 10, 1883
  • Harry S. Jordan of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on January 9, 1882. "Over to Harry's Hill)
K
  • Lizzie E. King, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on December 21, 1884
L
  • Clarence E. Lemos of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on February 8, 1885; shared the page with his wife Ella A. (Young) Lemos.  They were married on January 29, 1878 at Minot, Maine.
  • Ella Lemos, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on February 8, 1885.  She was Ella A. (Young) Lemos, whose husband Clarence E. Lemos shared the page.  They were married on January 29, 1878 at Minot, Maine.
  • J. B. Littlefield of Auburn, Maine.
  • Hattie B. Lucas of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on August 12, 1884
  • May L. Lurvey of West Paris, Maine, inscribed on April 10, 1883
M
  • Clara Marston of Mechanic Falls, Maine.  She was Clara L. (Irish) Marston, who shared the page with her husband George E. Marston.  They married November 24, 1883 at Minot, Maine.  Page has initials M.F.S.S.
  • G. E. Marston of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on July 2,7, 1884.  He was George E. Marston, whose wife Clara L. (Irish) Marston, shared the page.  They married November 24, 1883 at Minot, Maine.  Page has initials M.F.S.S.
  • Wilda E. Marston of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on March 22, 1885
  • W. A. Marston of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on January 14, 1883
  • Lizzie G. Mason of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on March 16, 1883. Later note: "Married"
  • Leslie Mason of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on March 16, 1883
  • Fannie E. McCullock of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed at Adams, Massachusetts on July 28, 1884
  • Eliza Merrill of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on June 25, 1883
  • W. W. Merrill, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on July 20, 1883
  • Ed Milliken, inscribed at Mechanics Falls, Maine, on May 11, 1884
  • Jennie N. Milliken, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on July 6, 1884
  • Flora S. Milliken, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on July 14, 1884
N
  • James H. Newbegin of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on February 18, 1883
  • Hattie E. Noyes, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on July 28, 1884
P
  • Fred L. Perkins of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on June 23, 1883
  • Edith G. Perry of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on December 6, 1885.  She was Edith G. (Haskell) Perry, who shared the page with her husband Jason B. Perry.  They married at Minot, Maine, on February 11, 1885.
  • J. B. Perry of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on December 6, 1885.  He was Jason B. Perry, who shared the page with his wife Edith G. (Haskell) Perry.  They married at Minot, Maine, on February 11, 1885.
  • Minnie Pettie of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on August 11, 1884.  She was Minnie Ella (Mitchell) Pettie, whose husband H. Eugene Pettie shared the page.  They were married on September 11, 1880 at Lewiston, Maine.
  • Eugene Pettie of Mechanic Falls, Maine.  He was H. Eugene Pettie, who shared the page with his wife Minnie Ella (Mitchell) Pettie.  They were married on September 1, 1880 at Lewiston, Maine.
  • Virgie M. Pulsifer of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on April 25, 1885
R
  • Melvin N. Royal of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on September 28, 1883
S
  • Nettie Saunders, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on January 21, 1885
  • G. W. Sawyer.  He was George W. Sawyer, who shared the page with his wife Rose H. (Farris) Sawyer.  They married on March 15, 1875 at Minot, Maine.
  • Rose H. Sawyer.  She was Rose H. (Farris) Sawyer, who shared the page with her husband George W. Sawyer.  They married on March 15, 1875 at Minot, Maine.
  • Sadie M. Seavey of Norway, Maine
  • George W. Sholes, Jr., of Mechanic Falls, Maine, inscribed on December 30, 1882. "Age 17"
  • Ernest F. Smith
  • Nora A. Smith of Mechanic Falls, Maine
  • Tildie Smullen
  • Lizzie F. Staples of Welchville, Maine, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on August 7, 1886. Welchville is a village in the town of Oxford, Maine.
T
  • Cousin Lizzie K. Turner of Portland, Maine, inscribed on September 23, 1885; shared the page with Ina's cousin Miss Jennie G. Davis.
W
  • Nellie Waterhouse of Poland, Maine, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on December 27, 1884
  • Josie L. Whittle, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on July 20, 1884. "Remember July 17th"
  • Edna D. Whittle, inscribed at Mechanic Falls, Maine, on February 4, 1885

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