Sunday, June 25, 2017

1880-1910 Autograph Album of Clara Ann Kegg of Little Shasta, California


1880-1910 autograph album kept by Clara Ann Kegg of Little Shasta, California, before and after her marriage to August Janson.  On a page inscribed by Clara herself, she indicated that the album was a Christmas present in 1880.

Clara added the names of future spouses to the pages of many inscribers; refer to the list of inscribers at the end of this post.


As you can see from the page at left in the above image, two pages were inscribed in 1879, but these are pasted in the album, apparently from a previous album or from individual  notes to Clara.  The W. Crow who inscribed the left page was apparently related to Clara's mother, Susannah (Crow) Kegg.

The album measures approximately 5-1/4" by 3-1/4" and contains the sentiments of 100 of Clara's relatives, friends and teacher.  In a nice touch for family historians, Clara frequently added the names of people inscribers would marry, including some dates, information included in the list of inscribers at the end of this post.

An alphabetical list of surnames 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:

Clara Ann Kegg was born about October 1868 in Siskiyou County, California, the daughter of John Kegg and Susannah (Crow) Kegg.  Susannah inscribed a page in daughter Clara's album.


Clara had several siblings, some of whom left their names in her album.  One page contains Clara's autograph, written in 1890, and those of Don Keg; Clay Keg; and Fred Kegg; as well as that of Cornelia Soule, who left her message in 1884.  Clara's teacher, W. H. Laird, inscribed the facing page.


Siblings ClayKegg; Ella Kegg; Emma Kegg; Fred Kegg; and Meta Kegg inscribed individual pages.  William Dow Simcox, son of Clara's sister Cecilia, inscribed a page in 1894.

About 1891, Clara Ann Kegg married August Janson, son of John and Josephine Janson.  Clara and August lived at Table Rock, California, and had, I believe, four children, two of whom died young.  August died in 1939 and Clara in 1947; they're buried in the Little Shasta Cemetery at Montague, California.

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

Surnames in the Album

?HH ?PPutnam
AAgee ?Haight [3]RReid
BBarnumHankinsRussell [4]
Beaudroit [3]Hoyt [2]SSarter
BostwickHughesSimcox
BradleyHullSleeper
BullJJansonSmith [2]
DCarrickJonesSoule [8] - the e is accented
Casedy [2]JordanSwan
Cash [4]KKegg [8]Sweeney
Clarkson [2]LLairdTTerwilliger [3]
ClelandLaniganWWalbridge
CoonrudLowderbaughWalworth
CrowMMartinWholey
DDavis [9]Martin ?Wilkinson
Deter [3]McCullockWilliams
EElmoreMcKeeWise
GGarnerMerrick
Graves [2]MorningStar [3]
GrisezaOO'Conner

Inscribers in the Album

Note:  The e in the surname Soule is accented.
  • "Little Jim", inscribed on March 6, 1881
  • J. A. Ager or J. A. Agee, inscribed at Willow Creek on April 30, 1883
  • A. L. Barnum, inscribed on January 26, 1881 at Table Rock, California, in Siskiyou County.  
  • A. E. Beaudroit; possibly Amelia Beaudroit of Little Shasta, California
  • Jennie Beaudroit, inscribed on January 5, 1881
  • Louisa Beaudroit
  • B. L. Bostwick, inscribed at Mount Shasta, California, on February 10, 1881
  • H. Bradley
  • John O. Bull, inscribed on May 12, 1882
  • May E. Carrick of Yreka, California, inscribed on May 23, 1882
  • Addie Casedy, inscribed on February 8, 1882.  A later note by Clara indicates Addie married Mr. Hinross [perhaps she heard the name incorrectly].  A funeral home record shows that an Adelaide (1861-1940), daughter of Daniel Cassidy, was the wife of William Henderson Kinross.
  • May Casedy
  • Mrs. Almary Cash, inscribed on January 29, 1882 at Mount Shasta, California.  She was Almary (Gates) Cash, wife of Nelson Cash.
  • Charlie Cash, inscribed on January 29, 1882 at Mount Shasta, California
  • John Cash ?, possibly John Cash, Junior, or John Cash Jones or John Cash ?
  • Mattie Cash, inscribed on January 15 [no year written], at Mount Shasta, California
  • Mary Clarkson
  • Nellie Clarkson.  A later note by Clara indicates that she married Dave Cleland.  The Western States Marriage Index shows that Nellie Clarkson and David U. Cleland married in Lake County, Oregon, on November 14, 1887
  • Samuel Cleland
  • Elizabeth Coonrud, inscribed on January 16, 1884 at Little Shasta, California
  • W. Crow, inscribed at Mount Shasta, California on December 5, 1879
  • Elsie Davis, inscribed on March 23, 1885
  • Emma Davis, inscribed on January 25, 1881.  A later note by Clara indicates that she married C. Kennedy on December 8, 1891.  I believe the groom was Clarence Bolton Kennedy.
  • Fred J. Davis of Little Shasta, California; inscribed a page and also a paper scrap pasted on the page.  The page has an inscription date of February 26, 1893
  • Hattie Davis, inscribed on February 15, 1881 at Mount Shasta, California.  Clara left a later note:  "married Jim Williams".
  • Isa Davis, inscribed at Little Shasta, California, on March 20, 1885
  • Jesse F. Davis, inscribed on December 1, 1885
  • Mary B. Davis, inscribed at Mount Shasta, California, on December 1, 1885.  She was Mary (Buehrle) Davis, wife of Jesse Francis Davis.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Davis; their calling card pasted on the page.  They were Jesse Francis Davis and wife Mary (Buehrle) Davis.  Mary inscribed the left facing page.
  • Mrs. H. L. Davis, inscribed on February 27, 1893
  • Jennie Deter, inscribed on March 21, 1881.  Clara's later note:  "Married Mar. 23, 1880".
  • Myrtle R. Deter, inscribed on August 31, 1898
  • Ray Deter, inscribed on August 3, 1898
  • Hattie Pool Elmore, inscribed at Mount Shasta, California, on April 27 [no year written]; wife of Dallas Elmore
  • Nellie Garner of Mount Hebron, California, inscribed in July 27, 1892
  • Lilian A. Graves, inscribed at Mount Shasta, California, on July 6, 1882
  • R. H. Graves
  • Mary M. Griseza, inscribed on November 2, 1882 at Mt. Shasta, California
  • Addie H.
  • Annie Haight, inscribed at Little Shasta, California, on June 4, 1881
  • Henry C. Haight, inscribed on May 17 [no year written] at Little Shasta, California
  • Mary E. Haight, inscribed on May 21, 1881 at Little Shasta, California
  • Mary Hankins, inscribed at Mt. Shasta, California, on August 24, 1882
  • Alice M. Hoyt
  • Mary Hoyt, inscribed on February 19, 1882.  A later note by Clara indicates that she married C. Prather.  An unsourced reference indicates that Mary Elizabeth Hoyt married Clinton Morton Prather at Little Shasta, California, in Siskiyou County, California, on November 12, 1890
  • E. W. Hughes
  • Eliza Hull, inscribed at Mount Shasta, California, on June 6, 1886
  • Mrs. August Janson; stamped on a page and on the inside back cover.  album owner Clara Ann Kegg married August Janson about 1891, as noted in the 1900 Census of Table Rock Township, California
  • Mrs. E. Jones, inscribed at Little Shasta, California, on May 9, 1893
  • Frank C. Jordan, inscribed on November 8, 1888
  • Clara Ann Kegg of Little Shasta, California, album owner; she inscribed a page on December 25, 1880 and noted that the album was a Christmas present.  Clara wrote her name in 1890 on a page shared with Cornelia Soule, Don Kegg, Clay Kegg and Fred Kegg.
  • Clay Kegg, "your brother"; inscribed on March 24, 1884, and wrote his name on a page shared with Cornelia Soule; album owner Clara Kegg; Don Kegg; and Fred Kegg
  • Don Kegg; wrote his name on a page shared with Cornelia Soule; album owner Clara Kegg; Clay Kegg; and Fred Kegg
  • Ella, "Your Sister", inscribed on January 27, 1881 at Mount Shasta, California.  She was Clara's older sister Mary Ella Kegg, who would marry Julius Russell
  • Emma, "Your Sister", inscribed at Mount Shasta, California, on December 25, 1880, the day Clara received her album as a Christmas gift.  Clara's older sister Emma Kegg.
  • Fred Kegg, inscribed at Mount Shasta, California, on March 2, 1888 and also shared a page with Cornelia Soule; album owner Clara Kegg; Don Kegg; and Clay Kegg.  Fred was album owner Clara Ann Kegg's younger brother.
  • Meta A. Kegg, "Your Loving Sister", inscribed on January 27, 1887
  • Susannah Kegg of Mount Shasta, California, inscribed on January 24, 1882; Clara's mother Susannah Elizabeth (Crow) Kegg
  • W. H. Laird, "Your Teacher"
  •  Annie K. Lanigan, inscribed on May 4, 1910 at San Ardo, California
  • A. J. Lowderbaugh, inscribed on January 24, 1881; presumably Alice J. Lowderbaugh, who married inscriber Harvey Sarter; she inscribed another page as well.
  • Brice Martin, inscribed in 1881 [though in different ink, perhaps added by Clara]
  • M. M., inscribed on February 22, 1881.  Clara later completed the surname initial to indicate Martin.  Perhaps Milton Martin?
  • Joel McCullock
  • Isabel McKee, inscribed at Little Shasta, California, on January 16, 1884
  • Ella Merrick, inscribed on March 2, 1883 at Yreka, California.  Clara's note:  "married Geo. Kenyon".  According to the 1900 Census of San Jose, California, and assuming I have the correct couple, Ella married George Kenyon about 1887
  • Annie MorningStar, inscribed at Mount Shasta, California, on June 13, 1882.  Clara's note: "Married John Kegg".  Annie Morningstar became the second wife of Clara's father John Kegg.
  • George W. Morningstar, inscribed June [the rest is illegible]
  • Lena MorningStar, inscribed on May 31, 1882; she drew a bird and scroll design
  • Eward O'Conner, inscribed at Mount Shasta, California, on June 23, 1883; records exist for an Edward O'Conner, perhaps the same person
  • Abbie D. Putnam, inscribed at Little Shasta, California, on January 9, 1892
  • Alex Reid, inscribed at Mount Shasta, California, on October 17, 1884
  • Clara E. Russell of Mount Shasta, California
  • J. B. Russell of Ashland, no state given; possibly James B. Russell of Ashland, Oregon
  • Jesse Russell of Little Shasta, California
  • Mollie T. Russell, or Mollie F. Russell, inscribed on May 13, 1894 at Little Shasta, California
  • Harvey Sarter, inscribed on February 8, 1881 at Mount Shasta, California.  Clara's later note: "Married Alice Lowderbaugh".  Harvey and Alice, who also inscribed a page in the album, married about 1885, according to the 1900 Census of Table Rock, California
  • William D. Simcox, "Your Nephew", inscribed on February 22, 1894.  He was William Dow Simcox, son of Joel Thomas Simcox and Cecilia Jane (Kegg) Simcox.
  • Julia Sleeper of Yreka, California, inscribed on May 24, 1882
  • Cora E. Smith, inscribed on May 11, 1881 at Little Shasta, California.  Cora left a note: "Married Marion Barnum". He was Francis Marion Barnum, whom Cora married about 1885, according to the 1900 Census of Tule Lake, California
  • F. M. Smith, inscribed on April 16, 1881 at Little Shasta, California
  • Cornelia Soule, inscribed on April 19, 1884 on a page shared with album owner Clara Kegg, who dated her signature as 1890; plus Don Kegg, Clay Kegg and Fred Kegg
  • Angie Soule, inscribed at Little Shasta, California, on July 16, 1882
  • Damia Soule, inscribed on 4-12/84 at Mount Shasta, California.  Clara left a note: Married Alfred Spurr June 11th 1890".  They moved to Massachusetts.
  • Ernest Soule, inscribed at Little Shasta, California, on April 13, 1884
  • Estella Soule, inscribed at Mt. Shasta, California, in April 1884.  Clara later wrote "Hooper".  Estella married Frank W. Hooper about 1890, according to the 1900 Census.
  • Etta Soule, inscribed at Mount Shasta, California, on August 27, 1882.  Later note from Clara: "Married Davis Earhart".  Presumably Esther Lavina Soule, who reportedly married Davis Carlisle Earhart on November 13, 1889 at Mount Shasta, California, though I haven't found a record of that.
  • George Soule, inscribed at Mount Shasta, California, on June 7, 1884
  • Mary E. Soule, inscribed to "Dear Mrs. Jansen", at Little Shasta, California, on July 27, 1907
  • Carrie Swan, inscribed at Yreka, California, on March 5, 1883.  Clara's later note: "Married Wm Larison".
  • Mitch Sweeney
  • Eugene D. Terwilliger, inscribed at Little Shasta, California, on August 15, 1883
  • K. Terwilliger, inscribed on September 18 , 1881; later note by Clara" married Ed Hart June 10, 1890".  Presumably Katie Cornelia Terwilliger, who married Edwin C. Hart in Siskiyou
  • S. E. Terwilliger
  •  A. Walbridge; Clara's later note indicated that the inscriber married Mollie Crane.  Record from the Western States Marriage Record index shows that Alonzo Sherman Walbridge married Mollie Crane on July 26, 1887 at the residence of B. A. Godfrey of Klamath County, Oregon
  • Zaccheus Walworth, inscribed on May 28, 1883; pasted paper scrap
  • K. L. Wholey; perhaps Catherine Ann Wholey
  • Jennie Wilkinson, inscribed at school at Mount Shasta on December 11, 1879
  • Catherine E. Williams, inscribed on June 3, 1904
  • Nellie Wise, inscribed at Mount Shasta, California, on March 2, 1888.  Clara's later note: "Married Geo Parkinson".  Possibly Priscilla Eleanor Wise, who married George Martin Parkinson

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