Saturday, May 7, 2016

1874+ Autograph Album of Ellen Sikes of Suffield, Connecticut


Autograph album started in 1874 by Ellen Sikes of Suffield, Connecticut.


The album contains inscriptions from many of Ellen's relatives in the Sikes family and others, as well as several inscriptions from people at Gardiner, Maine.

One inscriber mentioned C.L.I., which was the Connecticut Literary Institute, still in existence today as Suffield Academy.

The album measures approximately 5-1/4" by 3-1/4" and contains the sentiments of 72 of Ellen's friends, relatives and possibly 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.

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

Ellen Sikes was born May 8, 1855 at Suffield, Connecticut, the daughter of Oliver and Sarah (Smith) Sikes.  I believe Ellen had three siblings, one of whom, Adelia Sikes , "Delia", inscribed a page in Ellen's album on April 2, 1875.  


In 1882 Delia would marry Allen Wilson, who is presumably the Allen Wilson of Suffield, Connecticut, who inscribed a page in Ellen's album on March 28, 1876.


 Also in 1882, Ellen would marry George Farquhar, son of Alexander Farquhar and [possibly] Elizabeth [?] Farquhar of Hinchinbrooke, Quebec, where George was born in the 1850s.  George, then living at Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed a page in Ellen's album on August 17, 1880.


Intriguingly, Jennie Platt, also from Hinchinbrooke, Quebec, inscribed a page at Suffield, Connecticut, on January 13, 1875.


George and Ellen, who had at least five children, farmed at Suffield, Connecticut.  I haven't found death records, but I believe that George died in 1912 and Ellen in 1936.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Surnames in the Album

? {2}DDennis [2]JJohnson [2]RRice [4]
AAustinFFarquharKKendall [2]SSikes [11]
BBartlettFuller [7]KentTTinker [2]
BementGGillette [4]Kinney [3]WWillson
CCampbellGoodellLLamberton [2]Wilson [4]
CareyGrovenorLangdon
Clark [2]HHalladay [3]NNickerson
Cowing [2]Henshaw [5]PPerry
CrittendenHungerfordPlatt

Inscribers in the Album - caution: given names within a surname are not sorted alphabetically

  • Carrie, inscribed on January 17, 1875.  Could she be Carrie (Atherton) Bartlett, wife of inscriber William M. Bartlett of Gardiner, Maine?
  • "My Jennie", inscribed in 1932
  • H. B. Austin, inscribed on January 16, 1875
  • W. M. Bartlett of Gardiner, Maine, inscribed on August 28, 1879.  Possibly William M. Bartlett (born in 1855), who married Carrie Atherton.  She may be the Carrie who inscribed another page.
  • D. D. Bement of Suffield, Connecticut, on March 28, 1876.  Presumably David Doremus Bement
  • Mary A. Campbell of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on January 13, 1875
  • Effie S. Carey of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on January 11, 1875
  • Laura Clark, from Monticello, Florida or inscribed there on August 8, 1879
  • Ella Clark of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on January 11, 1875  "Remember the time we went sliding with the boys"
  • Fannie E. Cowing of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on December 29, 1875
  • Laura Cowing of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on December 30, 1874.
  • Cora A. Crittenden, inscribed at Tyringham, Massachusetts
  • David Dennis of Gardiner, Maine; not sure of surname
  • Hattie S. Dennis of Gardiner, Maine, inscribed on August 26, 1879
  • George Farquhar of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on August 17, 1880.  Possibly the George Farquhar who married album owner Ellen (Sikes) Farquhar in 1882, though the handwriting looks like that of a younger person
  • Cecil H. Fuller of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on May 29, 1895.  His wife Emma J. (Kendall) Fuller inscribed the right facing page.
  • Emma J. (Kendall) Fuller of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on May 29, 1895.  Her husband Cecil H. Fuller inscribed the left facing page.
  • Henry Fuller of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on May 31, 1895
  • Apollos Fuller of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on January 15, 1875
  • Nellie M. H. Fuller of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on May 31, 1895
  • Annie G. Fuller of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on May 29, 1895
  • Jennie L. Fuller, inscribed on May 28, 1895
  • G. W. Gillette of Gardiner, Maine, inscribed on August 26, 1879.  George W. Gillette, whose wife Susan Jane (Jack) Gillette inscribed the right facing page.
  • Mrs. G. W. Gillette of Gardiner, Maine, inscribed on August 26, 1879.  Presumably Susan Jane (Jack) Gillette, whose husband George W. Gillette inscribed the left facing page.
  • Eugene Gillette of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on October 4, 1874
  • Adella C. Gillette of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on October 5, 1874
  • Lizzie Goodell of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on January 31, 1880
  • Laura M. Grovenor of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on May 20, 1875
  • A. Halladay of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on May 1, 1875.  He was Albert Halladay, whose wife Annie B. (Kendall) Halladay inscribed the right facing page
  • Annie Halladay of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on May 1, 1875.  She was Annie B. (Kendall) Halladay, wife of Albert Halladay, who inscribed the left facing page.
  • A. M. Halladay of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on May 22, 1875, possibly Annie M. Halladay, daughter of Horace and Charlotte (Kent) Halladay
  • Howard Henshaw of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on December 20, 1878
  • John R. Henshaw of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on December 20, 1878
  • C. R. Henshaw of Suffield, Connecticut.  Initials C. L. I. for Connecticut Literary Institute, now Suffield Academy.  Presumably Charles R. Henshaw (1858-1882)
  • A. A. Henshaw, inscribed on October 18, 1874.  Andrew A. Henshaw, whose wife Mary (Sikes) Henshaw inscribed the right facing page.
  • Mary S. Henshaw of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on October 18, 1874.  Mary (Sikes) Henshaw, wife of Andrew A. Henshaw, who inscribed the left facing page.
  • E. J. Hungerford of Sherman, Connecticut, inscribed at Suffield, Connecticut, on July 7, 1879.  Presumably Edward J. Hungerford
  • Hattie Johnson of Southwick, Massachusetts, inscribed on October 7, 1895 
  • Minnie L. Johnson of Morris, Connecticut, inscribed at Suffield, Connecticut, on October 5, 1874
  • Julia A. C. Kendall of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on January 8, 1875.  She was Julia A. (Cowing) Kendall (abt 1850-1915), whose husband, George Fitch Kendall (1849-1911) inscribed the right facing page.
  • George F. Kendall of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on January 8, 1875.  George Fitch Kendall (1849-1911) whose wife Julia A. (Cowing) Kendall inscribed the left facing page.  Read more about George Fitch Kendall
  • Anna Kent of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on January 12, 1875.  "Remember the Winter of 1874-5"
  • T. W. Kinney, inscribed on October 2, 1874.  Presumably Timothy William Kinney (1822-1885), whose wife Ann Elizabeth (Fay) Kinney (1831-1913) inscribed the right facing page.
  • Annie E. Kinney, inscribed at Suffield, Connecticut, on October 2 [no year written, but her husband, Timothy William Kinney inscribed the left facing page on October 2, 1874].  She was Ann Elizabeth (Fay) Kinney  (1831-1913)
  • C. Spencer Kinney of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on September 26, 1874.   Dr. Charles Spencer Kinney (1855-1920)
  • W. F. Lamberton of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on September 7, 1879.  Wilbur Fisk Lamberton, or possibly Walter Fisk Lamberton, husband of Ella J. Lamberton, who inscribed the right facing page.
  • Ella J. Lamberton of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on September 7, 1879, husband of W. F. Lamberton who inscribed the left facing page.  He was Walter Fisk Lamberton or Wilbur F. Lamberton.
  • C. S. Langdon, or L. S. Langdon, inscribed on March 12, 1877.  Room 26, New Haven Hospital.  Perhaps Cavour S. Langdon, son of railroad builder Robert Bruce Langdon.  Cavour was born at New Haven, Vermont.
  • C. L. Nickerson of Gardiner, Maine, inscribed on August 27, 1879.  Perhaps Carrie L. Nickerson
  • E. M. Perry
  • Jennie Platt of Hinchinbrooke, Quebec, inscribed at Suffield, Connecticut, on January 13, 1875
  • Clara E. Rice, inscribed at Suffield, Connecticut, on September 30, 1879
  • Mary Rice of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on September 25, 1879
  • Josie Rice of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on September 28, 1879
  • Anna Rice of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on September 26, 1879
  • Ellen Sikes of Suffield, Connecticut; album owner, she inscribed her page on October 24, 1874
  • Arthur Sikes, inscribed at Suffield, Connecticut, on June 7, 1895.   May L. Sikes inscribed the right facing page.
  • May L. Sikes of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on June 15, 1895.  Arthur Sikes inscribed the left facing page.
  • Julius F. Sikes, inscribed at Suffield, Connecticut, on January 12, 1875.  Julius Fowler Sikes, whose wife Jane Eliza (King) Sikes inscribed the right facing page.  
  • Jane E. Sikes, inscribed at Suffield, Connecticut on January 12, 1875; Jane Eliza (King) Sikes, wife of Julius Fowler Sikes, who inscribed the left facing page.
  • Byron L. Sikes of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on January 12, 1875.  Byron Lewis Sikes, son of inscribers Julius Fowler Sikes and Jane Eliza (King) Sikes
  • Delia Sikes of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on April 2, 1875.  Adelia Sikes (1857-1944) Sister of album owner Ellen Sikes.  Delia married Allen Wilson, presumably the inscriber by that name.
  • Antoinette Sikes, inscribed at Suffield, Connecticut, on October 2, 1895
  • Willard C. Sikes of Suffield, Connecticut.  Willard Cyrus Sikes, son of inscribers Julius Fowler Sikes and Jane Eliza (King) Sikes
  • Ella J. Sikes of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed at Quilting, on October 24, 1874.
  • Fannie M. Sikes, inscribed at Suffield, Connecticut, on October 2, 1895
  • Henry D. Tinker of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on January 13, 1875; his wife Emily A. (Peebles) Tinker inscribed the right facing page.
  • Emily A. Tinker of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on January 14, 1875.  Emily A. (Peebles) Tinker, whose husband Henry D. Tinker inscribed the left facing page.
  • Laura F. Willson of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on December 27, 1878
  • Allen Wilson, Esq., of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on March 28, 1876.  Presumably the Allen Wilson who became the husband of Ellen's sister Delia Sikes.
  • William L. Wilson, Jr., of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on March 28, 1876
  • John L. Wilson of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on October 15, 1875
  • Edna J. S. Wilson of Suffield, Connecticut, inscribed on October 15, 1875.  John Lyon Wilson and wife Edna Jane (Sikes) Wilson.  Edna was the daughter of inscribers Julius Fowler Sikes and Jane Eliza (King) Sikes

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