Tuesday, October 13, 2015

1889-1910 Autograph Album of Nellie, a Student at Hebron Academy at Hebron, Maine


1889-1910 autograph album that belonged to a Nellie, presumably a student at Hebron Academy at Hebron, Maine, in the mid-1890s, as were a number of the inscribers.   Hebron Academy is still in operation today.

In pursuing the album's owner identity, I'm grateful for the help of the Hebron Academy archivist, who concurs that the likely owner was Nellie E. Marr, who gave her residence as Cornish, Maine, and her guardian as A. H. Marr, when she signed in to the Class of 1893.

Because a few of the inscriptions are from Cornish, Maine, and from other clues, it's likely that the album was owned by Ella E. Marr, "Nellie", daughter of Aaron Hagan Marr and Anna H. (Trafton) Marr.

The first inscription in the album was that of Edmund Trafton of West Buxton, Maine, who was a cousin to Ella E. Marr, "Nellie".  Nellie's mother and Edmund's father were siblings, I believe.


Rev. Henry Francis Snow, who had served in the 27th Maine in the Civil War, and his wife M. Augusta (Cox) Snow inscribed pages at Cornish, Maine, in January 1889.



Two of the inscribers were M. Leda Abbott and Emma S. Abbott of Byron, Maine, who indicated they were in the Hebron Academy Classes of 1893 and 1895 respectfully.  Emma indicated that Nellie was a schoolmate.  Perhaps a reader has access to a Hebron Academy catalog from that era to see if there's mention of a Nellie E. Marr, or other Nellie.


The album measures approximately 7-3/4" by 5" and contains the sentiments of 24 of Nellie's friends, schoolmates and at least one teacher.  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.


If you have information on Ella E. Marr, "Nellie", or have a different take on the identity of album owner Nellie, based on the information above and any clues that might be contained in the list of inscribers below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Another page was inscribed on January 21, 1889 by Lillian Hortense Small of Limington, Maine, who noted that she was Nellie's teacher, before Nellie's enrollment at Hebron Academy.  Lillian was born August 10, 1859, the daughter of George Melville Small and Mary Adams (Small) Small of Limington.


Surnames in the Album

?HHallRRounds
AAbbott [2]HastyRussell
BBrackettHayfordSSevery
BurgessHeald [2]Small
CCushmanHowardSnow [2]
EEldredge [2]MMarr ?Stevens
EmmonsPPerryTTrafton
Putnam

Inscribers in the Album - given names within a surname might not be in alphabetical order
  • Nellie; album owner.  Possibly Ella E. Marr, "Nellie", daughter of Aaron Hagan Marr and Anna H. (Trafton) Marr of Cornish, Maine
  • Emma S. Abbott of Byron, Maine, inscribed at Hebron Academy on March 4 [no year written]
  • M. Leda Abbott of Byron, Maine, inscribed at Hebron Academy on March 4 [no year written], Class of 1893
  • Lydia A. Brackett, inscribed at Cornish, Maine, on January 13, 1889
  • Mollie A. Burgess of Livermore Falls, Maine, inscribed at Hebron Academy on February 1, 1893
  • Daisy W. Cushman of Hebron, Maine, inscribed at Hebron Academy on October 14, 1892
  • Myra S. Eldredge of Dorchester, Massachusetts, "Sally Whistlepitcher", inscribed on August 27, 1910
  • Minnie E. Eldredge of Dorchester Center, Massachusetts, inscribed on August 27, 1910
  • Flossie E. Emmons of Lyman, Maine, inscribed on August 7, 1903
  • Francis E. Hall, or Frances E. Hall, of Waterville, Maine, inscribed at Hebron, presumably Hebron Academy, on November 11, 1892
  • Ella F. Hasty
  • Ethel M. Hayford of Canton, Maine, inscribed   at Hebron Academy on November 7, 1892
  • Ethel L. Heald of West Sumner, Maine, inscribed on March 19, 1893, possibly a student at Hebron Academy
  • Dottie M. Heald of West Sumner, Maine, inscribed at Hebron Academy on November 7, 1892
  • Alice C. Howard of West Minot, Maine, inscribed at Hebron, Maine, possibly at Hebron Academy, on November 19, 1892
  • Nellie; album owner.  Possibly Ella E. Marr, "Nellie", daughter of Aaron Hagan Marr and Anna H. (Trafton) Marr of Cornish, Maine
  • Sam E. Perry of Limerick, Maine, inscribed on March 2, 1889
  • Lena I. Putnam of East Rumford, Maine, inscribed at Hebron, Maine, on January 16, 1893, possibly at Hebron Academy
  • L. Emogene Rounds, inscribed at East Brownfield, Maine, on August 13, 1896
  • Lizzie May Russell of Canton, Maine, inscribed at Hebron Academy on November 7, 1892
  • Bertha M. Severy of Chases Mills, Turner, Maine
  • Lillian Hortense Small of East Limington, Maine, inscribed on January 21, 1889; Nellie's teacher
  • Rev. Henry F. Snow, inscribed at Cornish, Maine, on January 11, 1889
  • M. Augusta Snow, inscribed at Cornish, Maine, on January 9, 1889
  • Emma C. Stevens of South Andover, Maine; inscribed at Hebron Academy on October 14, 1892
  • Edmund Trafton of West Buxton, Maine; inscribed on November 13, 1904.  Cousin of Ella E. Marr, "Nellie", who might have been the album owner

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