Tuesday, November 21, 2017

1849-1855+ Autograph Album of S. Maria Spencer of Homer, New York; student at Cortland Academy at Homer


Autograph album that belonged to S. Maria Spencer of Homer, New York, with inscriptions from 1849 through the 1850s, with one possible inscription in the 1880s.

Most of the inscribers appear to have been students at Cortland Academy at Homer, New York, so it's likely that Maria was a student there as well.  Most inscribers gave residences of:
  • Baldwinsville, New York
  • Camillus, New York
  • Canton, New York
  • Cortlandville, Cortland, New York
  • Homer, New York
  • Van Buren Center, New York

Maria's name appears on the first end paper.


The album, which was published by J. C. Riker of New York, measures approximately 7-3/4" by 6".  It contains:
  • several engravings
  • the photograph of a house at Camillus, New York, with several unidentified people on the porch;
  • the sentiments of over 40 of Maria's relatives, friends and schoolmates

The photograph, mentioned above:




Below, an alphabetical surname list:

? [8]FFaxon [2]PPerry
AAngierFurbushPrice
BBennett [2]HHull [2]RRider
Brockway ?KKinney [3]Robinson
BurdickLLewisSSoule
CChurchillLord [2]Sowles
CronkiteMMarvin [2]Spencer [3]
DDeVoe [2]Morrison [2]Story
Dudley [2]NortonTTaggart
Toll ?



I found a Maria Spencer listed in the 1850 Census of Homer, New York; living in the household of Lydia Spencer with, presumably, some of Maria's siblings.  Maria was shown as having been born in New York about 1834.  

One inscriber, Harriet M. Spencer, called herself Maria's sister.  The 1850 Census of Homer shows a Harriet M. Spencer working as a servant in the household of the Keep family.


If you have information to share on the identity and family history of S. Maria Spencer, or information on any of the inscribers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Inscribers in the Album
  • Name is rubbed out; inscribed at Camillus, New York, on August 14, 1853.  Maybe there's a story there...
  • John S. Van de Bway [not sure of name]; inscribed at Canton, New York, on February 26, 1855.  Could Bwy be abbreviated for Brockway?
  • Tonia or Sonia
  • Inscription started at Canton, New York, on April 4th [no year written], but never finished
  • Narcissa of Camillus, New York; inscribed in 1851
  • Asenath
  • Modeste; inscribed on September 1, 1852
  • Unsigned
  • Charles T. Angier.  He may have been the Charles T. Angier who died in September 1849.
  • Isabell Bennett
  • H. L. Bennett
  • Mrs. Mary Melissa Brockway of Homer, New York; not sure of surname
  • Amos R. Burdick; inscribed at Scott, New York, on September 3, 1852
  • ? E. Churchill; possibly T. E. Churchill or S. E. Churchill or ?
  • M. Cronkite
  • Hannah S. DeVoe of Homer, New York.  There were two students named Hannah S. DeVoe over the years at Cortland Academy at Homer, New York, in the 1830s and 1840s
  • Modeste; inscribed on September 1, 1852.  Possibly Modeste DeVoe, a student at Cortland Academy at Homer, New York
  • G. Dudley; inscribed at Canton, New York, on March 26, 1854
  • Ira Dudley
  • B. Faxon
  • Sarah Faxon of Baldwinsville, New York
  • Mrs. M. Furbush of Van Buren Center, New York; inscribed on May 26, 1855.  Middle initial might be T or G or ?  She sketched a scroll as the background for her sentiment.
  • Sarah L. Hull; inscribed on May 15, 1849
  • M. A. Hull
  • Viola A. Kinney; inscribed a two-page sentiment on March 20, 1851 [not sure of year].  Student at Cortland Academy at Homer, New York
  • George W. Kinney
  • V. A. Kinney of Homer, New York; inscribed on March 20, 1851.  Presumably the Viola A. Kinney who inscribed another page.
  • Alonzo H. Lewis of Homer, New York; student at Cortland Academy at Homer, New York
  • Elias Lord; student at Cortland Academy at Homer, New York.  Possibly the same person as inscriber Eli H. Lord
  • Eli H. Lord; two page sentiment inscribed at Cortlandville, Cortland, New York, on September 10, 1852.  Student at Cortland Academy at Homer, New York; possibly the same inscriber as Elias Lord.
  • C. L. Marvin; inscribed at Camillus, New York, on August 15, 1853.  Not sure of middle initial.  Possibly Clark L. Marvin of Camillus, New York
  • Louisa C. Marvin; inscribed at Van Buren Center, New York, on August 12, 1853
  • William Morrison
  • Mary L. Morrison; inscribed on Christmas Eve, no year written
  • Isaac N. Norton; student at Cortland Academy at Homer, New York
  • Rhoda V. Perry; inscribed on May 14, 1849; student at Cortland Academy at Homer, New York
  • M. C. Price; perhaps Melvin C. Price, a student at Cortland Academy at Homer, New York
  • Anna Rider of Camillus, New York
  • Mary Robinson; inscribed at Baldwinsville, New York, on February 10, no year written.  Shared the page with Mrs. E. B. Soule.
  • Mrs. E. B. Soule; inscribed at Camillus, New York.  Shared the page with Mary Robinson.
  • Samuel W. Sowles; inscribed at Camillus, New York, on June 16, 1853
  • Miss S. Maria Spencer; album owner; her name appears on first end paper; student at Cortland Academy at Homer, New York
  • M. A. Spencer of Homer, New York.  Not sure about the M, as it looks as though there's a diagonal line through it.
  • Harriet M. Spencer; inscribed on March 16, 1881 [not sure of the year as the other inscriptions were from the 1840s and 1850s].  S. Maria Spencer's sister
  • Sarah Story of Homer, New York
  • C. C. Taggart
  • Jennie Toll or Jennie Tolls [not sure of surname]; inscribed at Baldwinsville, New York, on June 21, no year written
  • Mary Francis Wilcox of Baldwinsville, New York

Sunday, November 19, 2017

1874-1875 Autograph Album of William Adams Sanborn, "Willie", of Massachusetts and Brooklyn, New York


1874-1875 autograph album that belonged to William Adams Sanborn, "Willie", a Charlestown, Massachusetts, native, who was then living at Brooklyn, New York.

Willie was the son of Daniel Alfred Sanborn [sometimes seen as Daniel Alford Sanborn] a map maker who founded the Sanborn National Insurance Diagram Bureau, which produced the "Sanborn Maps", now of great help to historians and genealogists.   Daniel, a native of Somerville, Massachusetts, had New Hampshire roots, which presumably explains the inscriptions by New Hampshire residents.


The album measures approximately 4-1/4" by 2-3/4" and contains the sentiments of 12 of Willie's relatives and friends.  An alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appears at the end of this post.

Surnames in the Album

Camp ?
Cornwell - 476 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
Cutter - 114 Lafayette Avenue, presumably at Brooklyn, New York
Ellis - Brooklyn, New York
Kellogg
Lea. ?
Nickels - Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Sanborn  [4] - Brooklyn, New York
Tennyson - Tennyson, Brooklyn, New York
Wilcox

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

William Adams Sanborn, "Willie", was born September 4, 1864 at Charlestown, Massachusetts, the son of Daniel Alfred Sanborn and Annie Rogers (Foster) Sanborn.   Both parents inscribed a page in Willie's album.  Daniel noted on his inscription that he was writing on the day that Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner died.



Willie's brother Charles F. Sanborn, "Charlie", also inscribed a page.


About 1885 William Adams Sanborn, "Willie", married Nellie Aurelia Smiley.  They lived at Hartford, Connecticut, and had at least one child, daughter Eleanor.  William and Nellie died in 1930 and are buried in the Cedar Hill Cemetery at Hartford, Connecticut.  Eleanor married William Walter Wilcox, perhaps a descendant or relative of the Stephen Wilcox who inscribed a page in the album.

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.

Inscribers in the Album
  • S. H. Camp [not sure of surname]
  • Ida G. Cornwell of 476 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, New York; inscribed on March 24 [no year written]
  • Marion Cutter of 114 Lafayette Avenue, perhaps Brooklyn, New York
  • Addie B. Ellis of Brooklyn, New York; inscribed at Sandwich, New Hampshire, on August 27, 1875
  • Harry N. Kellogg; inscribed on March 11, 1874
  • Ellis Lea; inscribed on March 7, 1874.  Lea might have been the abbreviated form of a surname, as there's a period after it.
  • Mary E. Nickels of Portsmouth, New Hampshire; inscribed on March 4, 1874
  • Willie A. Sanborn; album owner.  William A. Sanborn (1865-1930)
  • "Your Affectionate Brother Charlie"; inscribed on March 3, 1874.  Charles F. Sanborn, Willie's older brother
  • Annie R. Sanborn; inscribed at Brooklyn, New York, on March 4, 1874.  "Your loving Mother".  Annie Rogers (Foster) Sanborn, Willie's mother.
  • D. A. Sanborn; inscribed on March 11, 1874.  "Your father".  "Senator Sumner died this day".  [Massachusetts Sen. Charles Sumner (1811-1874)].  D. A. Sanborn was Daniel Alfred Sanborn, Willie's father.  A Somerville, Massachusetts native, he founded the D. A. Sanborn National Insurance Diagram Bureau - the "Sanborn maps"
  • Eddie Tennyson of Brooklyn, New York; inscribed on March 10, 1874.  "Your little friend"
  • Stephen Wilcox


1852-1853 Autograph Album of Mary M. (Staley) Vickery of Utica, New York, and Illinois


1852-1853 autograph album that belonged to Miss Mary M. Staley before and after her marriage to John Vickery.  In 1852, Mary presumably lived in or near the village of New York Mills, New York, which now comprises parts of the towns of Whitestown and New Hartford.

Many of the inscriptions imply that Mary will be moving west in the near future, to the "far west", as one inscriber put it.  In fact, Mary and her family were moving to Illinois.


The album, published by Cornish, Lamport & Company of New York, measures approximately 7-3/4" by 6-1/4" and contains:
  • two hand-colored pages
  • 4 black and white engravings
  • numerous mementos tucked in
  • sentiments of as many as 20 people, although it might have been Mary herself who inscribed a couple of these pages, and Margaret M. Corrigan may have inscribed 3 pages.  

Surnames in the Album

?  [3]
Bennett    
Carpenter    
Corrigan  [3]    
Cosler    
Gould    
Hoag    
Keyes ?    
Neff
Owen
Padley
Richards
Staley
Vickery  [2]
Wright  [2]

An alphabetical of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appears at the end of this post.

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

Mary M. Staley was born in 1832 at Utica, New York, the place identified in her son Fremont's death certificate].  Her parents were, presumably, Adam Staley and Sarah C. (Higgins) Staley, as noted in the 1850 Census of Whitestown, New York, which includes Mary and five siblings.

Since Adam and Sarah are buried in Montgomery, Illinois, it appears that they moved there as an entire family about 1852.   Before Mary left New York for Illinois, her pastor, Ephraim Hoag, inscribed a page of farewell.  Two of Mary's quarterly tickets from the Methodist Episcopal Church are tucked in the album, one signed by minister N. Rounds in 1850 and another by minister Ephraim Hoag in 1852.





On 1854 in Kendall County, Illinois, Mary married John Vickery, a native of England, who was born in 1824 and came to the United States about 1848.  Mary and John farmed at Goodfarm Township, Illinois, and Nevada, Illinois, and had at least two children, sons Fremont John Vickery and Charles Roy Vickery. 

One page was inscribed, in a more contemporary and youthful hand, by Bery R. Vickery.  Was Bery a nickname for Charles, or was Bery Mary's grandchild?


John Vickery died in 1904 and Mary in 1905.  They're buried in the Oak Lawn Cemetery at Dwight, Illinois.  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.

Margaret M. Corrigan [not sure of surname]; inscribed in 1852

Among the items tucked in the Bible:
  • needlework bookmark
  • calling card of Cilia Richards
  • death notice of Mrs. Thomas Harris
  • photograph of a girl possibly from a publication of Gem City College







Inscribers in the Album
  • Unsigned inscription; perhaps inscribed by Mary herself
  • Agusta
  • Martha; inscribed at New York Mills, New York, on October 18, 1852
B
  • Annie Elizabeth Bennett; inscribed at New York Mills, New York, in October 1852
C
  • Miss Eunice Carpenter; inscribed at Aurora, Illinois, on June 4, 1853
  • Margaret M. Corrigan; not sure of surname.  Inscribed on March 5, 1852; she chose one of the pages with a hand painted design
  • M. M. Corrigan; inscribed at New York Mills, New York, on August 15, 1852
  • M. M. Corrigan or Mr. Mrs. Corrigan; inscribed at New York Mills, New York, on August 15, 1852
  • Elizabeth Cosler
G
  • Mrs. Susan C. Gould; inscribed at Highland, Illinois, on May 2, 185z [last digit is smeared].  Inscribed to Mrs. Vickery
H
  • Ephraim Hoag, Pastor; inscribed at New York Mills, New York, on July 19, 1852; Mary Staley's pastor
K
  • ? Keyes, an inscriber or perhaps the author of a poem inscribed by one of Mary's wellwishers or  perhaps even by Mary herself.
N
  • D. Neff; inscribed at Marion Point, Illinois; inscribed to "Miss Mary Staley", so before Mary's marriage of March 22, 1854
O
  • Sarah D. Owen
P
  • William Padley; inscribed at New York Mills, on July 24, 1852
R
  • Cilia Richards - her calling card tucked in the album
S
  • Mary Staley of Utica, New York; album owner.  Inscription from before and after Mary's marriage to John Vickery in Illinois in 1854
V
  • Mary (Staley) Vickery; album owner.  Inscription from before and after Mary's marriage to John Vickery in Illinois in 1854
  • Bery R. Vickery; presumably the child or grandchild of Mary M. (Staley) Vickery
W
  • J. T. Wright; inscribed to Miss Mary, before she was to leave for the "far west"
  • ? Wright, possibly S. Wright.  




Friday, November 17, 2017

1889-1892 Autograph Album of Alice May Moore of Bay County, Michigan


1889-1892 autograph album of Alice May Moore of Bay County, Michigan.   By the time of this autograph album, Alice's father had died, and her mother, Elva Hazel (Davis) Moore had married Samuel Alonzo Phillips.

The album, which measures approximately 5-1/4" by 3", is battered, with torn pages, disbound pages, and, probably, missing pages.  Alice penned a dedication page, which, sadly, is torn.


Many of the inscribers were Alice's relatives, and most who gave a residence listed Auburn, Michigan; Midland, Michigan; or Pontiac, Michigan.

Note: A Moore, Phillips or Davis family researcher might be able to tease out more names from the battered pages of the album.

Surnames in the Album

? [14]HHorn ?RRandall
AAllenJJohnson [3]Richey
BBuzzardLLewisRowden
DDavis ? [2]MMooreSSkelton
DavisPPhillips [2]Smith
FFletcherPhillips ?VVoorhees [2]
GGagnerPrateau ?ZZenley

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

Alice May Moore was born May 21, 1877 at Williams, Michigan, in Bay County, the daughter of William J. Moore and Elva Hazel (Davis) Moore.  Her birth record in Michigan Births, 1867-1902, gives her surname and her father's as More.  

William J. Moore died on October 19, 1881.  In 1882, Alice's mother Elva Hazel (Davis) Moore married Samuel Alonzo Phillips.  It was presumably Elva who inscribed a poignant sentiment in Alice's album to "Dear Dauter" on March 5, 1890.


The Bennie who inscribed a torn page, which appeared to be directed to his sister, might have been Benjamin Alonzo Phillips, Alice's younger half brother, son of Samuel Alonzo Phillips and Elva Hazel (Davis) Moore Phillips.


Many of Alice's aunts, uncles and cousins inscribed pages, including:  [Some of these are speculations, and there are presumably more relatives who didn't express a kinship.]
  • Hattie P. B. C. or Hattie P. B. O.
  • Aunt M. [page torn]
  • Aunt Delia
  • Emery or E. Mary; Alice's cousin
  • Addie, possibly Aunt Addie
  • Lucy, a cousin
  • Eva, a cousin.  Possibly Eva Davis, daughter of Mabel (Putnam) Davis and Irving Bert Davis, who was a brother to Alice's mother Elva Hazel (Davis) Moore.
  • Aunt Lottie Davis; inscribed at North Williams on "3-10-1889.  She was Lottie Leona (Horn) Davis, wife of Arthur H. Davis, who was a sister to Alice's mother Elva Hazel (Davis) Moore.
  • Your Uncle; perhaps Charles Henry Horn, wife of Elizabeth Alma (Moore) Horn, who was a sister to Alice's father.
  • Emma Phillips; Alice's cousin.  Presumably related to the family of Samuel Alonzo Phillips, second husband of Alice's mother Elva Hazel (Davis) Moore Phillip
  • Aunt Rosa; inscribed on January 4, 1889 at Auburn, Michigan.  She may have been Rosa Belle (Davis) Prateau, a sister of Alice's mother Elva Hazel (Davis) Moore.
  • Minnie Voorhees; inscribed at Pontiac, Michigan, on December 26, 1889.  She was Minnie May (Davis) Voorhees, sister of Alice's mother Elva Hazel (Davis) Moore Phillips and wife of Cornelius Voorhees, who inscribed the left facing page.
Two of Alice's teachers inscribed pages:
  • B. E. Allen of Midland, Michigan; inscribed at Auburn, Michigan, on February 12, 1889.  
  • Edward H. Richey, inscribed on October 31, 1889.  
About 1895, after the era of this album, Alice May Moore married Albert Cone and raised a family with him in Pennsylvania, where Alice died in 1918.  The informant on her death certificate was her brother Warren L. Moore.  Alice is buried in the Phillipsville Union Cemetery at Phillipsville, Pennsylvania, with at least one of her children, perhaps more.  Albert survived her.

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

Inscribers in the Album
  • Elmer ?; inscribed on March 21, 18xx; Alice's schoolmate.  Surname might start with "Mers" or "Hers".  Page is torn, so surname and year of inscription aren't all there.
  • Hattie P. B. C. or Hattie P. B. O..; Alice's cousin
  • Name missing, as the page is torn; inscribed in October ? at ?, possibly Sherburn
  • Aunt M?; inscribed in December.  The page is torn so that any surname, place name or the end of the date are missing.  
  • Edna R.; inscribed at Auburn, Michigan, on February 12, 1889; Alice's schoolmate
  • Aunt Delia; inscribed on March 27, 1889
  • ?; could be Emery or E. Mary; surname could be Horne.  Inscribed on December 16, 1891.  Alice's cousin.
  • Addie; possibly Aunt Addie; inscribed on March 5, 1890; page in pieces
  • R. Fletcher or R. S. H. of Fletcher; inscribed on January 25, 1890.  Page torn
  • Littie or Luther; too faint to tell
  • A. J. J. or A. J., Jr.; inscribed in June; no year written or piece of page with date torn off
  • Lucy; inscribed on March 25, 1889; Alice's cousin
  • Orva; inscribed on July 25, 1890
  • S. S. R.; presumably the S. S. Randall who inscribed another page in the album
A
  • B. E. Allen of Midland, Michigan; inscribed at Auburn, Michigan, on February 12, 1889.  Alice's teacher
B
  • Mollie Buzzard; inscribed on February 12, 1889; Alice's schoolmate
D
  • Eva; inscribed on February 12, 1889.  Alice's cousin.  Possibly Eva Davis, daughter of Mabel (Putnam) Davis and Irving Bert Davis, who was a brother to Alice's mother Elva Hazel (Davis) Moore.
  • Leigh Davis; not sure of surname.  Perhaps Leigh or Lee Davis, youngest brother of Alice's mother Elva Hazel (Davis) Moore
  • Aunt Lottie Davis; inscribed at North Williams on "3-10-1889.  She was Lottie Leona (Horn) Davis, wife of Arthur H. Davis, who was a sister to Alice's mother Elva Hazel (Davis) Moore.
F
  • R. Fletcher or R. S. H. of Fletcher; inscribed on January 25, 1890.  Page torn
G
  • Della Gagner
H
  • Your Uncle; perhaps Charles Henry Horn, wife of Elizabeth Alma (Moore) Horn, who was a sister to Alice's father.
J
  • R. S. Johnson; inscribed at Christmas time; possibly the R. S. Johnson who inscribed another page.
  • R. S. Johnson; inscribed on January 3, 1890; Alice's schoolmate.  Possibly the R. S. Johnson who inscribed another page.
  • Simon G. Johnson; inscribed on March 20, 1889; Alice's schoolmate
L
  • Zelia A. Lewis; inscribed on February 12, 1889; Alice's schoolmate
M
  • Alice May Moore of Bay County, Michigan; album owner.  She penned a dedication page, but the page has tears.
P
  • Bennie; page is torn but it might be inscribed to Dear Sis, but I can't be sure.  If so, he was presumably Benjamin Alonzo Phillips, Alice's half brother.  Benjamin's parents were Samuel Alonzo Phillips and Elva Harris (Davis) Moore Phillips.
  • Elva Hazel (Davis) Moore Phillips; inscribed on March 5, 1890.  She didn't give her name but inscribed her page to "Dear Dauter".
  • Emma Phillips; Alice's cousin.  Presumably related to the family of Samuel Alonzo Phillips, second husband of Alice's mother Elva Hazel (Davis) Moore Phillips
  • Aunt Rosa; inscribed on January 4, 1889 at Auburn, Michigan.  She may have been Rosa Belle (Davis) Prateau, a sister of Alice's mother Elva Hazel (Davis) Moore.
R
  • S. S. Randall; inscribed on March 19, 1889 at Auburn, Michigan; presumably the S. S. R. who inscribed another page.
  • Edward H. Richey, inscribed on October 31, 1889.  Alice's teacher
  • J. J. Rowden; inscribed in April, 1890
S
  • R. D. Skelton; inscribed at Auburn, Michigan, on October 20, 1889
  • Mrs. Matilda Smith
V
  • C. Voorhees; Alice's uncle Cornelius Voorhees, husband of Minnie May (Davis) Voorhees, who was a sister to Alice's mother Elva Hazel (Davis) Moore Phillips.  His wife inscribed the right facing page.
  • Minnie Voorhees; inscribed at Pontiac, Michigan, on December 26, 1889.  She was Minnie May (Davis) Voorhees, sister of Alice's mother Elva Hazel (Davis) Moore Phillips and wife of Cornelius Voorhees, who inscribed the left facing page.
Z
  • Tena Zenley; inscribed at Auburn, Michigan, on January 12, 1890 [or January 18, 1890]

1880s-1904 Autograph Album of Minnie Bell Gray of Morgan Centre, Vermont, and Beebe Plain, Vermont and Quebec


1880s-1904 autograph album that belonged to Minnie Bell Gray of Morgan Center, Vermont, and/or Beebe Plain, Vermont.

When the final border between Vermont and Quebec was set, it split the community of Beebe Plain in two.  Some of the inscribers in Minnie's album hailed from Beebe Plain, Vermont, now a village in the town of Derby.  Even more inscribers hailed from Beebe Plain, Quebec, now a village in the town of Stanstead.

Minnie wrote her name on the title page.


Below, an alphabetical list of inscribers' surnames: [See an alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, at the end of this post.]

? [4]FFoggPPritty
BBadgerFoss [2]RReed
Bartlett [4]FosterRich
BedellGGilmore  [2]SSalls
Bigelow [2]Gray [6]Shedrick
BlountGreeneStevens
BushmanHHallStone
Buzzell [2]Hall or Holt?TTilton
CCarterHealeyTuck
ClevelandHouseTurner [5]
CowlesHuntoon [2 or 3]WWilliams
Currier [4]Hutson or Huntoon ?Wiswell [2]
DDavenportKKilborn ?Wright [2]
DayMMaloney [4]
EElder [3]Maplesden [2]
EvansMiller [3]
Moir ?

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

According to a record in Vermont Vital Records, 1720-1908, Minnie Bell Gray was born September 28, 1867 at Morgan, Vermont, the daughter of J. A. Gray and Abbie C. Gray.  They were Joseph A. Gray and Abigail Caroline (Bartlett) Gray.  

Minnie's parents and her maternal grandparents inscribed pages in the album.  Minnie's father, Joseph A. Gray, inscribed the left page, below:


Minnie's mother, Abbie Caroline (Bartlett) Gray, inscribed the left page, below:


Minnie's maternal grandmother, Clarissa (Bryant) Bartlett, inscribed the right page, below:


Minnie's maternal grandfather, Byram Bartlett, inscribed the page below and gave his date and place of birth as September 22, 1808 at Morgan, Vermont.


Other inscribers who expressed a kinship:
  • Bunny Gray, Minnie's brother; he may have been Joseph B. Gray
  • Fred A. Gray, Minnie's brother
  • Joseph H. Gilmore, Minnie's future husband, who inscribed his page in 1882 - see the page he inscribed farther below
  • Oldis Cleora Gilmore, Minnie's daughter - see the page she inscribed farther below

Several other people with the surnames Bartlett and Gray inscribed pages and were presumably Minnie's relatives - see the alphabetical list of inscribers at the end of this post.

On March 24, 1885 at Morgan, Vermont, Minnie Bell Gray married Calais, Maine, native Joseph H. Gilmore [shown as Joseph A. on their marriage record], son of John and Ellen Gilmore.   Joseph, who gave his address as Lewiston, Maine, inscribed a page in Minnie's album on April 13, 1882 at Morgan Centre, Vermont.


Minnie and Joseph had at least two children, son Gerald Harrison Gilmore, born November 2, 1888, and daughter Oldis Cleora Gilmore, who was born September 4, 1893, both at Morgan, Vermont.  Oldis inscribed the latest entry, on November 11, 1904, in her mother's album, left page, below:


Minnie and Joseph died in 1940.  They're buried in the Center Cemetery at Morgan, Vermont, along with their children and other relatives.  

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.

List of Inscribers
  • Lizzie; inscribed on June 3, 1882
  • unsigned
  • Bird design with the words "To Minnie" incorporated in it.  Unsigned; perhaps done by the inscriber of the left facing page: Nellie M. Hutson or Nellie M. Huntoon.
  • Gertie; inscribed on March 26, 1882
B
  • Iola A. Badger of Derby, Vermont; inscribed at Morgan, Vermont, on October 6, 1882
  • Clarissa Bartlett of Morgan Center, Vermont; inscribed on March 10, 1881 at age 72.  Clarissa (Bryant) Bartlett, maternal grandmother of album owner Minnie Bell Gray.
  • Byram Bartlett, "Born at Morgan Sept 22 1808".  Maternal grandfather of album owner Minnie Bell Gray.
  • Herbert A. Bartlett of Morgan, Vermont; inscribed at Beebe Plain [didn't specify whether Vermont or Quebec] on March 14, 1882
  • W. L. Bartlett of Beebe Plain, Quebec; inscribed on June 31 [sic], 1881
  • Annie M. Bedell of Morgan Center, Vermont; inscribed on July 22, 1881
  • Amos Bigelow, "Born April 2nd 1817 Conway Mass". Shared the page with Mary Ann Bigelow of Beebe Plain, Quebec.
  • Mary Ann Bigelow of Beebe Plain, Quebec, inscribed March 9, 1882.  Shared the page with Amos Bigelow.
  • Mary E. Blount of Stanstead Junction, Quebec; inscribed on February 6, 1882
  • Miss Agnes Bushman of Stanstead, Quebec
  • Ella Buzzell - not sure of surname - of Vermont; inscribed in 1882
  • R. P. Buzzell of Beebe Plain, Quebec; inscribed on "2/3/82"
C
  • D. L. Carter of Beebe Plain, Quebec.  "No 2. B. P. A", presumably Beebe Plain Academy.  "Christian St."
  • Flora A. Cleveland of Brownington, Vermont; inscribed at Morgan Centre, Vermont, on March 7, 1881
  • A. R. Cowles of Barton Landing, Vermont; inscribed on March 26, 1881
  • D. A. Currier; inscribed at Morgan Centre, Vermont, on May 29, 1882
  • Mrs. D. A. Currier of Morgan Centre, Vermont; inscribed on May 29, 1882
  • Elmore D. Currier of Morgan Centre, Vermont; inscribed on July 20, 1881
  • Lilla M. Currier of Morgan Center, Vermont; inscribed on May 24, 1882
D
  • H. C. Davenport of Beebe Plain [didn't specify whether Vermont or Quebec]; inscribed on March 14, 1882
  • Martha Day
E
  • Mary A. Elder of Beebe Plain, Quebec; inscribed on May 25, 1881
  • Jessie A. Elder; inscribed on March 7, 1881; bird sketch
  • Agnes M. Elder of Beebe Plain, Quebec; inscribed on March 1, 1881
  • W. A. Evans of Morgan Center, Vermont; inscribed on March 11, 1881
F
  • Minnie S. Fogg of Beebe Plain, Quebec; inscribed on March 14, 1882.  "Map Drawing", presumably a class she and the album owner Minnie had together.
  • Jennie H. Foss of Beebe Plain, Quebec; inscribed on May 25, 1881.  Right facing page inscribed by Etta L. Foss
  • Etta L. Foss of Beebe Plain, Quebec; left facing page inscribed by Jennie H. Foss
  • Mrs. Wesley Foster
G
  • Oldis G. of Morgan Center, Vermont; inscribed on November 11, 1904, at "age 11" "your daughter", Oldis Cleora Gilmore
  • J. H. Gilmore of Lewiston, Maine; inscribed at Morgan Centre, Vermont, on April 13, 1882
  • Minnie Gray of Beebe Plain, Vermont and/or Beebe Plain, Quebe,; a village straddling the border.  Album owner; she wrote her name on the title page.
  • Bunney Gray of Morgan Center, Vermont; inscribed on December 7, 1884.  "Your Brother".  Possibly Joseph B. Gray.
  • Fred A. Gray of Morgan Center, Vermont; inscribed on March 2, 1881.  Minnie's brother
  • Mary F. Gray of Morgan Centre, Vermont.  She wrote her name in such an elaborate font that I;m not sure of her middle initial or surname.
  • J. A. Gray of Beebe Plain, inscribed on March 28, 1882.  Didn't specify whether it was Beebe Plain, Quebec, or Beebe Plain, Vermont
  • Mrs. Abbie B. Gray of Beebe Plain, Quebec; inscribed on March 14, 1882.  Presumably Minnie's mother Abigail Caroline (Bartlett) Gray
  • Olon D. Greene of Orleans, Vermont; inscribed on July 4, 1920
H
  • J. S. Hall of Providence, Rhode Island
  • Giles ?, possibly Giles Holt or Giles Hall or ?; inscribed at Morgan Centre, Vermont, on March 21, 1881
  • Frank E. Healey; inscribed at Derby Line, Vermont
  • Minnie House of Beebe Plain, Vermont; inscribed on February 6, 1882.  "don't - flirt - Minnie"
  • Georgie L. Huntoon of Morgan Center Vermont
  • Ira R. Huntoon of Morgan Centre, Vermont; inscribed on July 25, 1881
  • Nellie M. ? of Island Pond, Vermont; inscribed at Morgan Center, Vermont, on April 14, 1882.  Her name could be Nellie M. Hutson or Nellie M. Huntoon.  
K
  • Lillie Kilb?, possibly meant to be Lillie Kilborn, of Beebe Plain, Vermont; inscribed on February 7, 1882
M
  • Maud Maloney [not sure of surname as it runs off the page]; Minnie's schoolmate
  • Ora Maloney of Beebe Plain; inscribed on June 30, 1881.  Didn't specify whether Beebe Plain, Quebec, or Beebe Plain, Vermont.  Minnie's schoolmate
  • George Maloney
  • E. V. Maloney of Beebe Plain, Quebec; inscribed on April 2, 1882
  • Mary A. Maplesden; inscribed on March 10, 1881
  • R. D. Maplesden; inscribed at Morgan, Vermont, on March 10, 1881
  • Edith Miller of Beebe Plain, Quebec; inscribed on February 18, 1882
  • S. E. Miller; inscribed at Beebe Plain [did not specify whether Vermont or Quebec], on March 3, 1882
  • E. G. Miller of Beebe Plain [didn't specify whether Vermont or Quebec]; inscribed on March 3, 1882
  • Ella Moir, or Ellen Morr, or ? of Beebe Plains [didn't specify whether Vermont or Quebec]; inscribed on March 8, 1882.  Minnie's schoolmate
P
  • John Pritty; inscribed at Morgan Centre, Vermont, on May 19, 1882
R
  • Ida M. Reed of Beebe Plain, Quebec; inscribed on April 11, 1881.  "Skating with H. A. F." [not sure of middle initial]  "Sliding with M. J. V."
  • Frank T. Rich of Gorham, New Hampshire; inscribed on June 12, 1882
S
  • Herbert Salls of Beebe Plain, Quebec; inscribed on February 6, 1882
  • Georgia Shedrick of Magog, Quebec; inscribed at Beebe Plain [doesn't specify Vermont or Quebec] on March 2, 1882
  • Minnie Stevens of Morgan, Vermont; inscribed on June 22, 1881
  • Nelia Stone of Holland, Vermont; inscribed on May 16, 1882
T
  • Edwin A. Tilton of Beebe Plain, Quebec; inscribed on March 8, 1882
  •  Eva S. Tuck of Georgeville; inscribed on July 12, 1881.  Presumably Eva Susan Tuck of Georgeville, Quebec
  • Winfield Scott Turner; inscribed at Morgan Centre, Vermont, on March 8, 1881
  • Anna D. Turner; from or inscribed at Boston, Massachusetts, on July 12, 1882
  • Lulu Turner of Morgan Centre, Vermont; inscribed on July 26, 1881
  • Sarah Turner
  • Aphia Turner [given name smeared] of Morgan, Vermont
W
  • Myra Williams of Morgan, Vermont; inscribed on September 7, 1882
  • F. A. Wiswell of Beebe Plain, Quebec; inscribed on May 23, 1881
  • Florence S. Wiswell of Beebe Plain, Quebec; inscribed on May 23, 1881
  • Ella Wright of Beebe Plain [didn't specify whether Vermont or Quebec]; inscribed on February 13, 1882
  • Susie Wright of Beebe Plain [didn't specify whether Vermont or Quebec]; inscribed on February 18, 1882

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

1874 Autograph Album of Mary Carmichael, Student at National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio


1874 autograph album with inscriptions acquired by owner Mary Carmichael while she was a student at the National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio.   Inscribers hailed mostly from Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania.

Sadly, there are no ownership, presentation and/or title pages present, nor have any of the inscribers expressed a kinship to her.  The only clues I have to Mary's identity are the pages inscribed "to Mary" and to "Miss Carmichael" and to the page inscribed by Mary's roommate "Lib".  If only Lib had been more forthcoming with her personal information.


The page below was inscribed by M. M. Highley at National Normal School in 1874.


The page below was inscribed by Alfred Holbook, a Connecticut native who was the first principal of the National Normal School.   The Anna Holbrook who inscribed a page was presumably his daughter, perhaps a classmate to Mary Carmichael.


Harp Van Riper inscribed facing pages on January 24, 1874.



Several sets of roommates inscribed facing pages, including Lizzie Reed of Carrolton Station, Ohio, and Mary Shriver of New Philadelphia, Ohio.



Below, roommates A. L. Ellis of Chillicothe, Ohio, and Mrs. Hattie Ellis of Chillicothe, Ohio.



If you have a theory as to the identity of album owner Mary Carmichael or if you have information on any of the inscribers, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Surnames in the Album

? [2]DDaughertyNNaylor
Ashton [2]DevinOOutcalt
AAylsworthDowellRReed
BailyEElliottRoudebush
BartlettEllis [2]Row [2]
BBeckFFersonRyan
BieghleGGringSShields
BowellHHainesShinn ? [multiple]
BullaHarkraderShriver
BundyHeffnerSloneker
ButtsHighleySmalley [2]
CaldwellHolbrook [2]Smith [2]
CarmichaelHutchisonSteele
CClawsonJJohnsonTToombs
Compton [2]KKellyTrembly
CooperKidney [2]UUhl
CrawfordKinseyVValodin
CreagerLLieuellenVan Riper
CurlMMeansWWebb
CurrensMillsWilson
CurtisMurrayWoody


Inscribers in the Album
  • Lib; Mary's roommate
  • L. J. C.
A
  • Miss Flora Ashton of Cedar Grove, Indiana, in Franklin County
  • Mollie Ashton of Mount Carmel, Indiana
  • Ella L. Aylsworth of Big Prairie, Ohio; inscribed at National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio, on June 17, 1874
B
  • H. Lavinia Baily of Flushing, Ohio; inscribed at Lebanon, Ohio, On June 18, 1874
  • C. G. Bartlett of Lewisville, Indiana, in Henry County; inscribed on June 29, 1874
  • Callie Beck of Franklin, Ohio; inscribed at National Normal School on June 14, 1874
  • Minnie Bieghle
  • Lottie Bowell of Niles, Ohio
  • R. N. Bulla of Lebanon, Ohio; possibly Robert N. Bulla
  • C. H. Bundey of Lebanon, Ohio - stamped
  • Hattie Butts of Gettysburg, Ohio, inscribed on April 1, 1874.  Her page has the word "Room" at the top, which corresponds to the word "Mates" at the top of the right facing page, which indicates that Hattie and Lulu Naylor were roommates.  Hattie also stamped her name on a page.
C
  • J. S. Caldwell of Strode's Mills, Pennsylvania, in Mifflin County; "Your Normal Friend", so presumably at student at National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio
  • Mary Carmichael, album owner; student at National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio
  • Alice Clawson of Mooresville, Indiana, in Morgan County; shared the page with Bell Toombs
  • Elias Compton of Monroe, Ohio; inscribed at National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio, on April 3, 1874
  • George Compton of Morrow, Ohio
  • J. M. Cooper of Germantown, Ohio; inscribed at National Normal School on April 25, 1874.  Roommate of D. P. Heffner, who inscribed the right facing page.
  • Emma Crawford of Oakland, Illinois; inscribed at National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio, on May 22, 1874
  • A. O. Creager of Dayton, Ohio; Mary's classmate, perhaps at National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio.  "Ever remember the club at 105 Mechanic St."
  • Mattie H. Curl of Wilmington, Ohio
  • Sallie Currens of Mattoon, Illinois; inscribed on June 17, 1874
  • Bertie Curtis of Bethany, Ohio in Butler County
D
  • Vera Daugherty of Lebanon, Ohio; inscribed on June 21, 1874
  • Ida Devin of North Bend, Ohio; inscribed at Lebanon, Ohio, in June 1874, perhaps at National Normal School
  • Sade Dowell of Newark, Ohio; inscribed at National Normal School on April 1, 1874
E
  • Emma Elliott, middle initial possibly G., of Dublin, Indiana; inscribed at National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio, on August 12, 1874.  Mary Carmichael's roommate.
  • A. L. Ellis of Chillicothe, Ohio.  The word "Room" at the top of the page, which goes along with the word "Mates at the top of the right facing page indicates that A. L. Ellis and Mrs. Hattie Ellis were roommates.
  • Mrs. Hattie Ellis of Chillicothe, Ohio.  The word "Mates" at the top of the page, which goes along with the word "Room at the top of the left facing page indicates that A. L. Ellis and Mrs. Hattie Ellis and were roommates.
F
  • Eva Ferson of Cable, Ohio; inscribed at National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio
G
  • Carrie E. Gring of Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania; inscribed at Lebanon, Ohio, on July 30, 1874.  "I shall ever remember your bright eyes and hearty, merry laughter.  Give me a thought occasionally."
H
  • E. D. Haines of Allentown, Ohio in Allen County; inscribed at Lebanon, Ohio, on June 17, 1874
  • Lizzie Harkrader of Middletown, Ohio; inscribed at S. S. D. at Lebanon, Ohio
  • D. P. Heffner of Germantown, Ohio; inscribed at National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio, on April 23, 1874.  He indicated that he was roommate of the inscriber of the left facing page: J. M. Cooper
  • M. M. Highley of Richmond, Indiana; inscribed at National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio, in 1874
  • Alfred Holbrook  at N N School, August 8, 1874.  He was Alfred Holbrook, first president of the National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio
  • Anne L. Holbrook; inscribed at National Normal School
  • Ella Hutchison of or inscribed at Harrolton, Ohio, in Butler, County, on May 15, 1874
J
  • Allie Johnson; inscribed at Normal School, Ohio; presumably National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio
K
  • S. D. Kelly of Fagundus, Pennsylvania; Mary's classmate, presumably at National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio
  • James Kidney of Mount Carmel, Indiana; inscribed on June 15, 1874 during the 1875 session of National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio
  • Mary Kidney of Mount Carmel, Indiana; inscribed at National Normal School on June 15, 1874
  • J. R Kinsey or I. R. Kinsey or O. R. Kinsey
L
  • Cedora J. Lieuellen of Wilmington, Ohio; inscribed at National Normal School on June 25, 1874
M
  • J. W. Means of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania; inscribed at Lebanon, Ohio, on June 17, 1874.  He was presumably the "Means" mentioned in the inscription of J. R. Smith of Lewisville, Indiana
  • J. H. Mills of Sabina, Ohio; inscribed at Lebanon, Ohio, on June 1, 1874
  • J. C. Murray; inscribed on June 5, 1874
N
  • Lulu Naylor of Gettysburg, Ohio.  Her page has the word "Mates" at the top, which corresponds to the word "Room" at the top of the left facing page, which indicates that Lulu and Hattie Butts were roommates.
O
  • Alice Outcalt of Cincinnati, Ohio; presumably Mary's schoolmate at National Normal School
R
  • Lizzie Reed of Carrolton Station, Ohio; inscribed at National  Normal School on August 8, 1874.  The word "Room" at the top of her page goes along with the word "Mates" on the right facing page, to indicate that Lizzie and Mary S were roommates.
  • W. F. Roudebush of Newtonville, Ohio, in Clermont County; inscribed at National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio, on July 20, 1874
  • Lida Row of Circleville, Ohio
  • W. C. Row of Circleville, Ohio; Mary's schoolmate in Rhetoric
  • G. W. Ryan of Fairview, Pennsylvania, in Erie County
S
  • C. O. Shields of Pennsville, Ohio, in Morgan County; inscribed at National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio, on March 21, 1874
  • Charles A. Shinn - not sure of surname - of Selma, Ohio; inscribed at Lebanon, Ohio, on June 10, 1874.  He inscribed at least one other page and shared a page with W. R. Smith.
  • Mary Shriver of New Philadelphia, Ohio; inscribed at National Normal School on August 8, 1874.  The word "Mates" at the top of her page goes along with the word "Room" on the left facing page, to indicate that Mary and Lizzie Reed were roommates.
  • Joe W. Sloneker of Somerville, Ohio in Butler County; inscribed at National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio, on May 8, 1874.  Joseph W. Sloneker
  • J. C. Smalley of Hillsboro, Indiana; inscribed at National Normal School on June 22, 1874.  Presumably Josiah C. Smalley, who may have been the brother of Thomas J. Smalley, who inscribed the right facing page.
  • T. J. Smalley of Hillsboro, Indiana; inscribed on June 22, 1874; presumably a student at National Normal School.  Presumably Thomas J. Smalley, brother of Josiah C. Smalley, who may have been the J. C. Smalley who inscribed the left facing page.
  • J. R. Smith of Lewisville, Indiana, in  Henry County; inscribed at National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio, on June 29, 1874.  "Ever remember Means and the cracker, also a class mate".  Means may have been inscriber J. W. Means of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
  • W. R. Smith; shared the page with C. A. Shinn [not sure of surname]
  • J. A. Steele; inscribed at Lebanon, Ohio, on May 21, 1874
T
  • Bell Toombs of New Albany, Indiana; shared the page with Alice Clawson
  • Carrie Trembly; inscribed on June 6, 1874 at National  Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio
U
  • Annie Uhl of Millersburg, Ohio; inscribed at National Normal School at Lebanon,Ohio, on April 3, 1874; Mary's classmate
V
  • Agnes Valodin of Oakland, Illinois, in Coles County; inscribed on May 23, 1874
  • Harp Van Riper; inscribed on June 24, 1874 [or 1877].  He also inscribed the right facing page with a beautiful bird and insect design.
W
  • Ella A. Webb of Adrian, Ohio; inscribed on May 23, 1874
  • Sue Wilson of Mooresville, Indiana, in Morgan County
  • H. G. Woody of Russiaville, Indiana, in Howard County; inscribed at National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio, on June 30, 1874