Sunday, July 23, 2017

1880s/1890s Autograph Album of, Presumably, Elizabeth Frances Burnham of Dunbarton, New Hampshire


1880s/1890s autograph album that belonged, presumably, to Elizabeth Frances Burnham of Dunbarton, New Hampshire, with ties to Middleton, Massachusetts, and to the Y. W. C. A. at Boston, Massachusetts.

There's no ownership page, but one page is inscribed by Lizzie H. Burnham at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on January 16, 1886, who described herself as "Your mother".  Lizzie and her husband Abram or Abraham Burnham had, I think, four children, but , sadly, only one, Elizabeth Frances Burnham, survived to the years that this album covers.


The album measures approximately 6-1/4" by 3-3/4" and contains the sentiments of over fifty of Elizabeth Frances Burnham's relatives and friends.  Many of these friends gave the Boston, Massachusetts, Young Women's Christian Association as their address; presumably, Elizabeth Frances herself lived there in 1887 while working or studying at Boston.

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:

Elizabeth Frances Burnham, "Lizzie", was born May 24, 1867 at Hooksett, New Hampshire, daughter of Abraham Burnham and Elizabeth H. (Phelps) Burnham, who were born at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, and Fairfield, Maine, respectively.  On December 21, 1890 at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, Lizzie married Alfred Hamilton Marshall, son of William H. Marshall and Elizabeth T. (Hamilton) Marshall.  Alfred was born January 19, 1870.

Alfred, of East Weare, New Hampshire, inscribed a page in Lizzie's album on March 10, 1889.


Alfred and Lizzie had three daughters.  Lizzie died in 1927 and Alfred in 1961.  They buried in the East Weare Cemetery at Weare, New Hampshire: Lizzie and Alfred.

Among Lizzie's relatives who inscribed pages, in addition to her mother:
  • Martie, "Loving cousin", of East Weare, New Hampshire; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on September 29, 1886
  • Annie M. Burnham of Portland, Oregon; "your friend and cousin"; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on September 2, 1890
  • Fannie L. Burnham; inscribed on May 2, 1890; presumably Fannie Larcom Burnham
  • M. A. Burnham, "Your loving cousin"; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on March 15, 1885.  Possibly Mary Abigail Burnham, daughter of William Bradford Burnham, a brother to Abraham Burnham, father of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham
  • Written upside down: Aunt Martha; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on March 14, 1885.  Possibly Martha J. (Hoyt) Burnham, third wife of William Bradford Burnham, brother of Abraham Burnham, father of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham
  • William H. Burnham; presumably William Bradford Burnham, brother of Abraham Burnham, father of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham
  • Emma L. Flint, "your cousin"; inscribed at Middleton, presumably  Massachusetts, on September 26, 1888.  Daughter of Caroline Archer (Phelps) Flint, sister of Elizabeth H. (Phelps) Burnham, mother of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham.
  • Mrs. C. D. Grant, "your cousin"; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on March 14, 1884.  Emma M. (Burnham) Grant, wife of Clinton Dewitt Grant and daughter of William Bradford Burnham, a brother to Abraham Burnham, father of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham
  • A. P. Phelps; not sure of initials,  inscribed at Middleton, Massachusetts, on July 17, 1890, in what appears to be the shaky handwriting of an elderly person.  Presumably Anna (Peabody) Phelps, wife of William Augustus Phelps, brother of Elizabeth H. (Phelps) Burnham, mother of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham.  If this was Anna (Peabody) Phelps, she would have been about 80 years of age.
  • Annie H. Phelps, "Your Affectionate Cousin"; inscribed on July 25, 1890 at Middleton, Massachusetts.  Presumably daughter of Horace D. Phelps, a brother to Elizabeth H. Phelps, mother of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham.

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

Surnames in the Album

?GGarlandOOrcutt [2]
AAndersonGrantPPeabody
BBakerGroomPhelps [2]
BarnardHHamilton ?Putney
BentonHolmesRRobbins
BlaisdellHolt [2]WThompson
Brown [2]Hoyt [2]Willis [2]
Burnham [8]LLord
CChildMMarden
CooperMarshall
DDanforth [2]McMillan
DownerMerrill
DurlingMiller
EEatonMorse
FFletcherMowatt
Flint [2]NNewcombe

Inscribers in the Album
  • Martie, "Loving cousin", of East Weare, New Hampshire; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on September 29, 1886.  
A
  • Abbie J. Anderson of Dunbarton, New Hampshire; inscribed on October 9, 1890
B
  • Susie A. Baker; inscribed on April 22, 1898
  • James E. Barnard of Dunbarton, New Hampshire
  • E. S. Benton; inscribed at Boston, Massachusetts, in March 1887.  Several other inscriptions around this time were by women staying at the Y. W. C. A.; this might have been the case with E. S. Benton as well.
  • Josie Blaisdell of Goffstown, New Hampshire; inscribed on January 28, 1885.  Middle initial D. or L. or ?
  • Jennie R. Brown, or Jennie K. Brown; inscribed at the Y. W. C. A.; presumably at the Boston Y. W. C. A. on March 28, 1887.  Josephine M. Brown inscribed the right facing page.
  • Josephine M. Brown of Boston, Massachusetts; inscribed on March 28, 1887; presumably at the Boston Y. W. C. A.  Jennie R. Brown, or Jennie K. Brown, inscribed the left facing page.
  • Annie M. Burnham of Portland, Oregon; "your friend and cousin"; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on September 2, 1890
  • Elizabeth Frances Burnham of Dunbarton, New Hampshire; presumed owner of the autograph album
  • Fannie L. Burnham; inscribed on May 2, 1890; presumably Fannie Larcom Burnham
  • Flora Burnham of St. Louis, Missouri; inscribed on October 9, 1890
  • "Your mother Lizzie H. Burnham", inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on January 16, 1886.  Elizabeth H. (Phelps) Burnham
  • M. A. Burnham, "Your loving cousin"; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on March 15, 1885.  Possibly Mary Abigail Burnham, daughter of William Bradford Burnham, a brother to Abraham Burnham, father of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham.
  • Written upside down: Aunt Martha; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on March 14, 1885.  Possibly Martha J. (Hoyt) Burnham, third wife of William Bradford Burnham, brother of Abraham Burnham, father of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham
  • William H. Burnham; presumably William Bradford Burnham, brother of Abraham Burnham, father of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham
C
  • M. Jennie Child of Temple, New Hampshire, inscribed at the Boston Y. W. C. A. on March 28, 1887
  • Teal B. Cooper, "68"; inscribed on March 24, 1887, presumably at the Boston Y. W. C. A., possibly in Room 68 or birth year 1868
D
  • Jennie H. Danforth of West Peabody, Massachusetts; inscribed at Middleton, Massachusetts, on July 27, 1890
  • M. Louise Danforth of West Peabody, Massachusetts; inscribed in July 1890
  • Sadie Z. Downer of Charlestown, Massachusetts; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on September 23, 1886.  She was Sarah Z. Downer.
  • Jessie Durling of Boston, Massachusetts; inscribed on March 26, 1887; possibly at the Boston Y. W. C. A. as several other inscribers indicated on this same date.
E
  • Amy E. Eaton of Stafford Springs, Connecticut; inscribed at the Boston Y. W. C. A., presumably in early 1887
F
  • Lillian P. Fletcher; inscribed at Middleton, Massachusetts, on March 26, 1889
  • Caroline A. Flint of Middleton, presumably Massachusetts, inscribed on September 27, 1888
  • Emma L. Flint, "your cousin"; inscribed at Middleton, presumably  Massachusetts, on September 26, 1888.  Daughter of Caroline Archer (Phelps) Flint, sister of Elizabeth H. (Phelps) Burnham, mother of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham.
G
  • Elizabeth A. Garland, inscribed on March 26, 1877 at the Y. W. C. A., presumably Boston, Massachusetts, as similar inscriptions indicate.
  • Mrs. C. D. Grant, "your cousin"; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on March 14, 1884.  Emma M. (Burnham) Grant, wife of Clinton Dewitt Grant and daughter of William Bradford Burnham, a brother to Abraham Burnham, father of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham
  • Mary T. Groom of Boston, Massachusetts; inscribed at the Y. W. C. A.; other inscriptions from the Y.W.C.A. were from March 1887, which may be the time frame of this inscription as well.
H
  • Harriet B. Hamilton [? - highly decorative font, making it hard to decipher]; inscribed at East Weare, New Hampshire, on March 5, 1889
  • Grace V. Holmes of Bridgewater, Massachusetts; inscribed on March 25, 1887; possibly at the Boston Y. W. C. A.
  • Mattie J. Hoyt of Dunbarton, New Hampshire; inscribed on January 16, 1886
  • Nellie F. Holt; inscribed in Room 81 at the Y. W. C. A. at Boston, Massachusetts, on January 7, 1887
L
  • Mrs. Ruhamah J. Lord of Dunbarton, New Hampshire; inscribed on January 20, 1886.  Presumably Ruhamah J. (Infalls) Lord, wife of Aaron Lord.
  • S. M. Lord of Dunbarton, New Hampshire, inscribed on January 27, 1885
M
  • Minnetta C. Marden; inscribed in October 1888
  • Alfred H. Marshall of East Weare, New Hampshire; inscribed on March 10, 1889
  • Joan McMillan [?] of The Mountain, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Emma Merrill; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on March 6, 1885
  • Mrs. C. H. Miller of Minneapolis, Minnesota, inscribed on July 25, 1890
  • S. Elizabeth Morse; inscribed at the Y. W. C. A. at Boston, Massachusetts, on March 28, 1887
  • Bessie S. Mowatt, inscribed at Boston, Massachusetts, on January 13, 1887.  Several other inscriptions from that same time frame were from the Boston Y. W. C. A., and Bessie may have been living there as well.
N
  • Helen D. Newcombe of Lynnfield Centre, Massachusetts; inscribed at the Y. W. C. A.  Other inscriptions from the Y. W. C. A. were from the Boston, Massachusetts, Y.W.C.A. in January to March 1887
O
  • E. M. Orcutt of Boston, Massachusetts; inscribed on August 28, 1886
  • Ira W. Orcutt of Boston, Massachusetts; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on August 28, 1886
P
  • Anna C. Peabody of Middleton, presumably Massachusetts; inscribed in March 1889
  • A. P. Phelps; not sure of initials,  inscribed at Middleton, Massachusetts, on July 17, 1890, in what appears to be the shaky handwriting of an elderly person.  Presumably Anna (Peabody) Phelps, wife of William Augustus Phelps, brother of Elizabeth H. (Phelps) Burnham, mother of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham.  If this was Anna (Peabody) Phelps, she would have been about 80 years of age.
  • Annie H. Phelps, "Your Affectionate Cousin"; inscribed on July 25, 1890 at Middleton, Massachusetts.  Presumably daughter of Horace D. Phelps, a brother to Elizabeth H. Phelps, mother of album owner Elizabeth Frances Burnham.
  • Emma Putney of Middleton, Massachusetts; inscribed on March 25, 1889
R
  • Mrs. Betsy Robbins of Dunbarton, New Hampshire; inscribed on October 31, 1881 or 1887
T
  • Helena M. Thompson of Boulder, Colorado; inscribed at Dunbarton, New Hampshire, in 1886
W
  • Fred E. Willis of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on November 30, 1890; shared the page with Sue Willis
  • Sue Willis of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on November 30, 1890; shared the page with Fred E. Willis

Saturday, July 22, 2017

1870s Autograph Album of Georgie Humphrey of West Haven, Connecticut


1870s autograph album that belonged to Georgie Humphrey of West Haven, Connecticut.


Georgie was presumably one of the following or another person, though Georgianna Humphrey would be my guess:
Georgianna Humphrey and George Washington Humphrey were paternal cousins.  In fact, there were family connections between many of the inscribers.  See The Humphreys Family in America compiled by Frederic Humphreys, M.D., and others, published in 1883.

The page below, inscribed "To Artie from her mother", throws another monkey wrench into the dilemma.  Did Georgie have another nickname?


If Georgie didn't have the nickname "Artie", was the page perhaps inscribed by one of the following:
  • George's wife Angelina Martha (Hitchcock) Humphrey to their daughter in a later era
  • Georgianna (Humphrey) Caldwell to her daughter in a later era
  • the mother of someone into whose ownership the album had passed at some later point

Another page was inscribed by Helena to her sister.  I didn't find a Helena as the blood sister of either Georgianna (Humphrey) Caldwell or George Washington Humphrey.  And neither Georgianna nor George was married by 1874, when the page was inscribed, so that would rule out a sister-in-law, unless Georgianna had an earlier marriage that I missed.  It's possible that the use of "sister" was an honorific due to a close friendship or religious association.  Hopefully a reader will have insights to share.


The album measures approximately 5-1/4" by 4" and contains the inscriptions or name stamps of 15 of Georgie's relatives and friends.  

If you can tease out Georgie's, or Artie's, identity from the clues provided in the inscriptions, listed farther below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Surnames in the Album - some appear multiple times
?
Cooke
H ?
Hall
Hull
Humphrey
Platt

Inscriptions and Name Stamps in the Album
  • Anna Belle; possibly Anna Belle Hull of Clinton, Connecticut, whose siblings Alice and Ashbel also inscribed pages.
  • "To Artie from her mother"
  • Helena, "Your loving sister", inscribed on September 13, 1874
  • M. F. Cooke
  • H. C. H.
  • E. Virginia Hall, inscribed on February 1, 1877
  • Jennie C. Hall, inscribed on February 1, 1877
  • A. E. Hull; presumably Ashbel E. Hull of Clinton, Connecticut
  • Alice Hull of Clinton, Connecticut
  • Anna Belle; possibly Anna Belle Hull of Clinton, Connecticut, whose siblings Alice and Ashbel also inscribed pages.
  • Wilson Hull, inscribed on October 26, 1874
  • "To Artie from her mother"
  • Georgie Humphrey of West Haven, Connecticut; album owner.  Presumably either Georgianna Humphrey (1855-1914) or George Washington Humphrey (1861-1933), but I believe the former as one page is inscribed "To Artie by her mother"
  • Helena, "Your loving sister", inscribed on September 13, 1874
  • Miss Effie Nettleton of Killingworth, Connecticut; middle initial S or L
  • Ella E. Nettleton, stamped; she stamped another page as well, shared with the stamp of Eva Nettleton
  • Eva H. Nettleton, stamped; the initials J. A. W. appear in brackets in lower right corner.  Eva stamped another page as well, shared with the stamp of Ella Nettleton.
  • Marie Nettleton; middle initial might be G
  • Frederic L. Platt of West Haven, Connecticut, inscribed on September 20, 1874


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Bible of Seth Holway & Thankful C. (Smith) Holway of Fairfield, Maine


Bible of Seth Holway and Thankful C. (Smith) Holway of Fairfield, Maine.

The Bible, which measures about 11" by 7" by nearly 3-1/2", has several pages of family records and a few mementos tucked inside.  Images of the mementos appear at the end of this post.


The Bible was printed in 1836 by Fessenden & Company of Brattleboro, Vermont.   Seth and Thankful were married in 1832; their son and daughter were born in 1834 and 1836.  The Bible was presumably purchased, as soon as it could be afforded, because of the childrens' births.



Births and Deaths - [hopefully I've interpreted the digits correctly - if you disagree, please let me know!]
  • Seth Holway, born August 10, 1803; died March 2; 1880; married Thankful Smith on December 6, 1832
  • Hannah C. Smith, born July 30, 1808; died October 16, 1879; married Seth Holway on December 6, 1832
  • Oscar Holway, son of Seth Holway and Hannah C. (Smith) Holway; born June 23, 1834; died July 17, 1901 [see obituary below]
  • Hannah Holway, daughter of Seth and Hannah C. (Smith) Holway; born January 12, 1836



More Marriages
  • Oscar Holway [son of Seth Holway and Thankful C. (Smith) Holway] and Olive A. Fowler married on November 30, 1859
  • David Harpster and Hannah Holway [daughter of Seth Holway and Thankful C. (Smith) Holway] married on June 21, 1870



Births of the Grandchildren of Seth Holway and Thankful C. (Smith) Holway
  • Charles A. Holway, twin son of Oscar Holway and Olive Augusta (Fowler) Holway; born May 26, 1861; died March 16, 1862
  • Melvin Smith Holway, twin son of Oscar Holway and Olive Augusta (Fowler) Holway; born May 26, 1861
  • Charles Oscar Holway, son of Oscar Holway and Olive Augusta (Fowler) Holway; born August 21, 1863
  • Charles Melvin Harpster, son of David Harpster and Hannah (Holway) Harpster; born September 13, 1873
  • Lidia Thankful Harpster, daughter of David Harpster and Hannah (Holway) Harpster; born December 26, 1875
  • David Harry Harpster, son of David Harpster and Hannah (Holway) Harpster; born April 19, 1877


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

Seth Holway was born August 10, 1803 at Fairfield, Maine, son of Gideon Holway and Hannah (Fuller) Holway.  Seth's wife Thankful C. (Smith) Holway was born July 30, 1808 in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, the daughter of Benjamin and Sarah Smith, who moved their family to Fairfield, Maine.

Seth and Thankful had a son Oscar and a daughter Hannah, who both married and had children.  Oscar married Olive Augusta Fowler and stayed in Maine.  Hannah married David Harpster and moved to Ohio.  Read more about Oscar Holway in his obituary at the end of this post.

Burials
  • Seth Holway and Thankful C. (Smith) Holway are buried in the Tozier Cemetery at Fairfield Center, Fairfield, Maine.   
  • Oscar Holway and Olive Augusta (Fowler) Holway, and at least two of their three sons, are buried in the Forest Grove Cemetery at Augusta, Maine.  
  • David Harpster and Hannah (Holway) Harpster, David's third wife, and at least two of their children, Dr. Charles Melvin Harpster and Lida [Lidia in the Bible] (Harpster) Van Loo, are buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery at Toledo, Ohio.
If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.




Mementos in the Bible
  • very old scrap of paper certificate of approbation given to Nathan L. Fowler by Nathaniel Stedman.  Nathan was presumably the father of Olive Augusta (Fowler) Holway, wife of Oscar Holway.

  • very old scrap of paper certificate of approbation given to B. Nye by Harriet Tutle [not sure of surname].  B. Nye may have been Barrett Nye or his son Barrett Nye, maternal grandfather and maternal uncle respectively of Olive Augusta (Fowler) Holway, wife of Oscar Holway.  Harriet drew a lovely clock face.


  • 1833 paper scrap where Dr. John Diell, "Seaman Preacher at Oahu, Port of Honolulu", gave a book to Richard L. Smith, presumably Richard Lawrence Smith, brother of Thankful C. (Smith) Holway


  • religious items, including the program for the Seventieth Annual Meeting of the Kennebec Conference of Congregational Churches, at Gardiner, Maine, on June 13-14, 1893.  Mentions:
    • Rev. W. G. Wade of Monmouth, Maine.  
    • Rev. J. S. Williamson of Augusta, Maine
    • Rev. Edward Chase of Hallowell, Maine
    • Rev. C. W. Porter of Winthrop, Maine
    • Rev. T. B. Williams of Winslow, Maine
    • Rev. S. N. Adams of South Gardiner, Maine
    • Bro. Henry L. Tappan of Waterville, Maine
    • Rev. James Richmond of Litchfield Corners, Maine



  • 1901 obituary of Oscar Holway, with a photograph, an account of his extensive businesses and mention of the first Holway to emigrate to New England.

Transcription

DEATH OF OSCAR HOLWAY
One of Maine's Most Successful Business Men Passes Away at Augusta
AUGUSTA, Me., July 19. -  Oscar Holway, one of Augusta's successful business men, died at 6 p. M. Thursday, after a lingering illness with Bright's disease.
Oscar Holway was born in Fairfield, Me., June 23d, 1834.  He was the son of Seth Holway, a prosperous and respected farmer whose father, Gideon Holway, was one of the first settlers of the town, coming from Sandwich on Cape Cod, his ancestor Joseph Holway of English birth, having been one of the original setlers [sic] of the town of Sandwich when it was laid out in 1637.
Oscar Holway obtained a good common school education and at the age of twenty years left home to make his way in the world.  He worked in a neighboring village for two years and in 1856 came to Augusta.  After being in the employ of Mr. John Fuller a short time he became his partner in business.  Later he purchased Mr. Fuller's interest and for several years carried on the business of a grocer and general merchant.  In 1864 he commended [commenced ?] the business of a wholesale dealer in flour, grain and groceries.  As a member successively of the firms of Holway & Stanley, and Deering & Holway, he carried on this business successfully until 1875, in which year he formed a co-partnership with the late S. F. Robinson to carry on the wholesale flour and grain business on a large scale.  Auburn was selected as the most convenient location for headquarters of the firm and a branch establishment was kept in Augusta.  For many years the firm did a large and successful business, extending over large portions of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.  Later Mr. Robinson retired and the firm of Oscar Holway & Company carried on the business upon a steadily increasing scale, until last year, when a corporation was formed, the Oscar Holway Company, of which Mr. Holway was president, which acquired the business of the firm and carried on energetically and successfully.
He was a director of the First National Bank of Augusta for about twenty-five years, and has been its president since 1892.  He took an active part in the formation of the Edwards Manufacturing Company, the leading industry of Augusta.  He took a leading part in the formation of the Cushnoc Paper Company, also one of the important industries of the city.  He was for many years a director of the Kennebec Steamboat Company, during the period that the daily line to Boston was established, the control of the Eastern Steamboat Company obtained, and the business of the company built up to its present large proportions.
He was a trustee of the Kennebec Savings Bank and of the Auburn Trust Company and a director of the Dexter & Newport Railroad Company, of the Augusta Water Co. and of the Maine Farmer Publishing Company.  He took an active interest in the building up of high grade woolen mills in Maine, aiding in the formation of the Waverly Woolen Company at Pittsfield, of which he was a director, and the Oldtown  Woolen Company, of which he was president.  He was a member of the Boston Chamber of Commerce and had a large acquaintance among leading business men in many parts of the country.
He took pleasure in assisting many young men in getting an education, fitting themselves for the ministry or getting started in business, among those whom he helped start on the road to honorable success being Frank A. Munsey, the well-known publisher of New York.
He was also for many years honored with positions of trust in connection with the settlement or management of large estates, among those being the estate of James Abbott, over whose will litigation not yet forgotten took place a generation ago; Stephen Deering, Samuel Clark, Col. George W. Stanley, Eliza A. Bradbury, Edward C. Allen, the great publisher, Henry W. Bradbury, Ellen M. Nye, Emery A. Sanborn, William S. Badger and Hon. James W. Bradbury.
He was a member of the Maine Historical Society, of the South Congregational church of Augusta, and of the American Board of Foreign Missions; a trustee of the Lithgow Library of Augusta and gave freely to many worthy objects.
He had traveled, upon business or for pleasure, in almost every part of the country, spending last winter in Southern California, hoping to get renewed health.
He married in 1859 Olive Augusta, daughter of Col. Nathan Fowler of Fairfield, and she with their two sons, Melvin S. Holway, a lawyer of Augusta, and Charles O. Holway, a business man of Auburn, survives him.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Three c1880/90s Calling Cards, Presumably Sherwood, Ohio area: Georgia A. Longenecker; Riley Roush; Dee P. Davis, or Des P. Davis


Three callings cards found tucked in the Bible of Jeremiah Bloom and Susanna (Snyder) Bloom; passed down to their son James Hagan Bloom of Sherwood, Ohio.

Above, the calling card of Georgia A. Longenecker.  I found a list of people acquiring marriage licenses as printed in the Richland Shield and Banner, including one acquired by Georgia A. Longenecker and Bert S. Marvin on April 7, 1894.   Interestingly, there's an Ohio marriage record for Bert and Georgia that shows them having married on April 4, 1894.


Riley Roush might have been John Riley Roush (1850-1932) or his son Riley William Roush (1870-1887), both buried in the Sherwood Cemetery at Sherwood, Ohio.


I'm not sure about the identity of Dee P. Davis or Des P. Davis, as Dee or Des might have been a nickname.  

If you have information to share on any of these people, especially if you have a theory as to the identity of Dee P. Davis, or Des P. Davis, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

1908 Letter from Curtis Weston Miller While on Frustrating Trip from Sherwood, Ohio, to Samish, Washington


Newspaper clipping featuring a March 10, 1908 letter Curtis W. Miller wrote to his brother about the frustrations plaguing Curtis during his trip from Sherwood, Ohio, to Samish, Washington.

The date appears where the clipping has an unfortunate crimp.  Transcription at the end of this post.

The clipping was found tucked in the Bible of Jeremiah Bloom & Susanna (Snyder) Bloom of Pennsylvania and Ohio; passed on to their son James Hagan Bloom.  James' second wife, Louisa E. (Miller) Bloom, was the aunt of Curtis Weston Miller, presumably the letter writer above.

Curtis Weston Miller was born November 16, 1877 at Delaware Township, Ohio, the son of John J. Miller and Catherine Rebecca (Miller) Miller.  About 1903, Curtis married Esther Syvilla Simmons; they had several children.  Curtis, who had a shoe store at Sherwood, Ohio, died in 1944.  Syvilla died in 1946; they're buried in the Sherwood Cemetery at Sherwood, Ohio.

Transcription

Curtis Miller started for Seattle, Washington last week to visit his uncle.
"March 10, 1908
Dear Brother:
I guess I will get all the "stop over" privileges on my ticket from Sherwood to Seattle I care for.
I arrived at Chicago at 9 p m Tuesday and was compelled to wait until 2 o'clock the next morning.  But here at St. Paul it is worse yet.  I arrived here at 4 p m Wednesday the 9th and will stop here until 1 p m Thursday.
It will take me three days and three nights yet to reach Edison.  I may take steamer from Seattle to Samish.
St. Paul is a great place and a cold place too, as it is six degrees below zero at this writing.  Will write more next time.
Curtis W. Miller


1895 Letter to Newspaper Attesting to the Character of the Maligned Rev. J. H. Wingate of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Sherwood, Ohio


"An Untruth Nailed" - title of a March 1895 article about untruths being circulated about the character of Rev. J. H. Wingate of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Sherwood, Ohio, along with a letter signed by two of those spreading the rumors that the reports were untrue and thus vindicating Rev. Wingate.  

An image of the clipping and a transcription appear at the end of this post.

People mentioned:
  • Rev. J. H. Wingate, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Sherwood, Ohio
  • Mrs. Fields
  • Mrs. Haver
  • J. W. Wallace
  • Mrs. J. Wagner

I wonder what happened to cause J. W. Wallace and Mrs. J. Wagner to write the letter and to make it public.  Learning that what they'd been told was false?  Remorse?  Legal action? 

Apparently the troubles didn't end with the letter as it appears that the next year Rev. Wingate had E. J. Potter arrested for criminal libel.  Read more here.

Sad to say that similar destructive stories bedevil society to this day.  

This clipping was found tucked in the Bible of Jeremiah Bloom and Susanna (Snyder) Bloom of Pennsylvania and Ohio; passed on to their son James Hagan Bloom.  Jeremiah Bloom died in 1892, but James kept the business going for many more years; it was presumably he or his wife Louisa E. (Miller) Bloom, who tucked the article in the Bible.

A transcription follows the image.


AN UNTRUTH NAILED
Is the Story Circulating Concerning Rev. Wingate
In Sherwood and vicinity there have been circulated of late stories reflecting on the character of Rev. Wingate, pastor of the M. E. church in this place.  These have probably arose from trouble which occurred about the time of the protracted meetings.  After the trouble with Mrs. Fields and Mrs. Haver, anonymous letters were circulated, some being dropped in the church and others being sent through the post office.

Later on Rev. Wingate had some trouble with J. W. Wallace.  It seems that Mr. Wallace had circulated some stories which he now takes occasion to publicly apologize for.  These stories have gained publicity and are being circulated in this vicinity through the agency of other persons.

We gladly publish the following denial, with the signatures of the parties who have been instrumental in spreading them:

SHERWOOD, O., 3 -12, 1895
This is to certify that the report circulated by us reflecting upon the character of Rev. J. H. Wingate, pastor of the M. E. church of Sherwood, Ohio, is false and untrue; and we have no personal knowledge, nor any means of knowing of anything of the kind ever occurring, and we do hereby make this statement for the purpose of vindicating the said J. H. Wingate.
J. W. WALLACE
MRS. J. WAGNER

c 1883 Newspaper Account of the Travels of Rev. Daniel W. Downey to Various Ohio Towns: Sherwood, Mark Center, Hicksville, Antwerp, Holgate


Circa 1883 newspaper clipping about the visits that Rev. Daniel W. Downey (1824-1915) made on behalf of the Ohio Sunday School Union to various towns in northwestern Ohio: Sherwood; Mark Center; Hicksville; Antwerp; and Holgate.

Transcription at the end of this post.


Based on the fact that Rev. Downey gave a date of May 22, a Tuesday, and that about 26 years had elapsed since a trip he made in 1857, I'm guessing that this article is discussing a circuit made about 1883.

The clipping was found tucked in the Bible of Jeremiah Bloom and Susanna (Snyder) Bloom of Pennsylvania and Ohio, which was then passed on to their son James Hagan Bloom, who joined his father in the undertaking and furniture business at Sherwood, Ohio.  The "Jerry" mentioned in the clipping presumably applies to Jeremiah Bloom.

Rev. Downey mentions people's names and interesting facts about the places he visited.  People mentioned:
  • Jerry Bloom of Sherwood, Ohio;  the Jeremiah Bloom in whose Bible this clipping was tucked
  • Brother Frank Morris of Mark Center, Ohio
  • Rev. J. W. Lilly of Hicksville, Ohio
  • Mr. Hildreth, a merchant and superintendent of the Sabbath school at Hicksville, Ohio
  • Rev. S. Cook of Antwerp, Ohio, formerly of Nevada, Ohio
  • Rev. S. M. Boyce, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Antwerp, Ohio
  • Mr. Heacock of the Holgate Hotel

If you have information on any of the people mentioned above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Transcription

From an Old Correspondence
Ed. Democrat: - Perhaps it would not be intruding upon the numerous readers if I were to give them a synopsis of my last week's travels and work in the interests of the Ohio Sunday School Union.  My first address was delivered in Sherwood Tuesday evening, May 22d.  Notwithstanding the unprecedented snow storm we had a fair audience and the very best attention.  Sherwood is destined to be quite a business town if nothing serious befalls it.  Here I had the privilege of meeting my old and true friend, Jerry Bloom, formerly of Shelby, Ohio.  He is the principal undertaker and is also doing a fair cabinet business.  We were pleased to learn of his financial prosperity.

On Wednesday we went on walker's line as far as Mark Center and had the pleasure of dining with Bro. Frank Morris and his estimable lady.  From there to Hicksville and at 3 p.m. I met the executive committee on programme for our next district convention which will be held in Antwerp the 16th, 17th and 18th of next October.

Hicksville is one of the most thriving and enterprising towns in northwestern Ohio.  Just twenty-six years ago I passed through this village on my way to Eel River Circuit, twelve miles north of Fort Wayne, Indiana.  What a wonderful improvement has been effected in the financial and numerical strength of this village since the year 1857.

 At 8 p. m. I preached in the U. B. Chapel.  Rev. J. W. Lilly, the chairman of the executive committee, is the pastor.  He has usually a fine audience and a number one Sabbath school.  Mr. Hildreth, one of the leading merchants in the village, is the superintendent and he knows just how to utilize all his co-operating forces.  Whenever a stranger calls in, either male or female, they are invited to participate in the exercises.

On Thursday morning J. W. Lilly carried me in his buggy to Antwerp, a distance of seven miles.  At 8 p.m. I delivered a Sabbath school address in the Presbyterian Chapel.  Rev. S. Cook, formerly of Nevada, Ohio, is the pastor.  He is wide awake on all the interests that pertain to the success of the gospel of Christ.  Rev. S. M. Boyce is the pastor of the M. E. Church and we had the pleasure of calling on him and his excellent wife in the afternoon.  Dr. McDannel, the family whom we stopped with, has a large practice and is doing a fine drug business.  Antwerp is somewhat historic in appearance and could be much improved, if the town council would see that those miserable side walks were repaired and the streets cleaned.

On Friday night I gave a Bible talk in the Garman school house and on Saturday I enjoyed the privilege of eating dinner at the Holgate hotel kept by our worthy townsmen, Mr. Heacock, formerly of Defiance, who always sets a splendid table and is ready at any time to wait on his numerous customers.  The traveling public can do no better than to give Mr. Heacock a call when they stop off at Holgate.
D. W. DOWNEY

Early 1900s Newspaper Clipping about James H. Bloom, Undertaker & Furniture Dealer, Sherwood, Ohio


Newspaper clipping from the early 1900s found tucked in the Bible of Jeremiah Bloom & Susanna (Snyder) Bloom of Pennsylvania and Ohio and passed on to their son James Hagan Bloom, who is the subject of this article.

Transcription at the end of this post.

Other than this clipping, the Bible contains 3 pages of family records, with entries recording the birth and two marriages of James Hagan Bloom, many CDVs and tintypes, other clippings and mementos.

From the Bible and the newspaper article - corrections and additions requested:

James Hagan Bloom was born May 3, 1859 in Richland County, Ohio [Shelby, Ohio, according to the article], the son of Jeremiah Bloom and Susanna (Snyder) Bloom, Pennsylvania natives who moved to Ohio, where they met and married in 1845.  According to the article, Jeremiah, son of Jacob and Elizabeth Bloom, had come to Richland County, Ohio, with his parents in 1834.  Several years after his marriage to Susanna, Jeremiah started an undertaking business; son James would join him in that business in 1889.

James married Lida A. Snyder on January 31, 1879.  The Bible shows an entry for Lida on the Deaths page : Lida A. Bloom, August 25th 1880.  Aged Twenty years Nine months and 19 Days.  I didn't find a record of children for James and Lida.

On March 2, 1882, widower James married Louisa E. Miller, born March 28, 1865 in Defiance County, Ohio.  They had two daughters, [Inas ?] Dessie Bloom, born February 21, 1885, and Bertie Bell [Bell in the Bible and Belle in the article], born March 26, 1889.

The article mentions Dessie's August 14, 1902 marriage to Oscar Bergman.  Interestingly, there's a report card for the school year 1915/1916 for their son Harold Bergman tucked in the Bible.  The report card was signed each term by Mr. and Mrs. J. Bloom or Mrs. J. Bloom.  Apparently Harold was then living with his grandparents.

James died in 1926 and Louisa in 1941.  They're buried in the Sherwood Cemetery at Sherwood, Ohio.

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

Transcription


The well known undertaker and furniture dealer, James Bloom, and the subject of this sketch, was born on May 3rd, 1859, at Shelby, Richland county, Ohio.  His father, the late Jeremiah Bloom, was a native of Pennsylvania, and was born in Perry county of that state in June 1824, his parents, Jacob and Elizabeth Bloom, also being natives of that state.

Jeremiah Bloom came to Richland county with his parents in 1834, and was married in 1845 to Susanna Snyder, and three years later went into the undertaking business, coming to Sherwood in 1878.  During his life time he buried more than three thousand persons.  He died in 1892 and James still continues the business, having been associated with his father in the business for many years.

James was married March 2nd, 1882, to Louise Miller, a daughter of Jacob Miller.

Mrs. Bloom was born March 28th, 1865, in Defiance, Ohio, and when yet a little girl her parents moved to their farm in Delaware Twp. where she grew up.

Two children have been born to them, Dessie, born February 21st, 1885, and was married August 14th, 1902, to Oscar Bergman.  The second girl, Bertie Belle, was born March 26th, 1889.

Besides learning the undertaking business, Mr. Bloom learned the trade of painting and cabinet making.

In 1889 he went into the undertaking business with his father and in 1891 attended the school of embalming at Muncie, Indiana, receiving a diploma from that institution.  The firm also started in the furniture business in a small way and the business has steadily grown until a larger building was found necessary, and this year he put up a very fine two story brick block on the site of his former building, and has now one of the nicest and best stocked furniture rooms in Northwestern Ohio.  Being a cabinet maker and painter himself, he understood the business of selecting furniture thoroughly.

Mr. Bloom has a license from both Ohio and Indiana to practice his profession of undertaking and embalming, owns a very fine hearse and understands the business of Funeral Director thoroughly.

Friday, July 14, 2017

c1903 Marriage Notice of Edward O'Connor and Jennie Pontius of Harrison, Nebraska


Circa 1903 marriage notice of Edward O'Connor and Miss Jennie Pontius of Harrison, Nebraska.   In the 1910 Census of Bowen, Nebraska, Edward and Jennie noted that they had been married for seven years.

The clipping misspells Pontius as Pontins in one case.  Transcription at the end of this post.

The clipping was tucked in the Bible of Jennie's maternal grandparents, Jeremiah Bloom and Susanna (Snyder) Bloom, Pennsylvania residents who moved to Ohio.  Judging from the mementos tucked inside the Bible, it then passed to their son James Hagan Bloom, an undertaker and furniture dealer at Sherwood, Ohio.

The Bible contains 3 pages of family records, many CDVs and tintypes and other mementos, including several other newspaper clippings.

Jennie's mother, Elizabeth Belzora Bloom (Pontius), was born August 12, 1855 in Richland County, Ohio, daughter of Jeremiah Bloom and Susanna (Snyder).  On September 25, 1873, Elizabeth married Edward Franklin Pontius.  The date and place of Elizabeth's birth and the date of her marriage appear on the family records pages of the Bible.   Elizabeth and Edward moved to Nebraska, eventually to Harrison.

 Jennie Adora Pontius was born June 22, 1882 in Nebraska.  Her future husband, Edward Smith O'Connor, was born April 4, 1878 in Iowa.  Jennie and Edward lived at Bowen and Scottsbluff, Nebraska, before moving to Wyoming, first to Douglas and later to Casper.  I didn't find records of any children.  At various times Edward farmed, sold automobiles or worked as a barber.

Edward died in 1956 and Jennie in 1968.  They're buried in the Harrison Cemetery at Harrison, Nebraska.

Transcription

O'Connor - Pontius
Mr. Edward O'Connor and Miss Jennie Pontius, age 24 and 20, both of Harrison were married by Judge Bartell at the home of the bride's parents at noon Tuesday.  Both of these young people are well and favorably known in Sioux county.  Mr. O'Connor is one of Harrison's enterprising merchants and is a young man of excellent character.  The bride is the accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Pontius and is a young lady highly respected by all that know her.
The young couple have many friends who wish them a long life of joy and happiness.

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

CDV of Union Soldier, Possibly Civil War; tucked in the Bible of Jeremiah Bloom & Susanna (Snyder) Bloom of Ohio; Passed on to their son James Hagan Bloom of Sherwood, Ohio


Carte de visite of a Union soldier, possibly Civil War and possibly Ohio or Pennsylvania.  No studio imprint.

The CDV was found tucked in the Bible of Jeremiah Bloom & Susanna (Snyder) Bloom, Pennsylvania natives who moved to Ohio.  Judging from the mementos tucked in, I believe that the Bible then passed on to their son James Hagan Bloom (1859-1926), an undertaker and furniture dealer at Sherwood, Ohio.  The Bible contains three pages of family records, as well as CDVs and tintypes, documents and mementos.

I didn't find a record of military service for Jeremiah.  His sons were too young to fight in the Civil War, though they could have served in a later era.

Interestingly, though, Jeremiah's younger brothers Jacob S. Bloom and Esau Bloom served in Company H of the Sixty-Fourth Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  Both were wounded.  Perhaps the soldier shown above is Jacob or Esau.

Surnames of people who married into the Bloom family:
  • Cline
  • Cripe
  • Miller
  • Partee
  • Pontius


If you recognize this man from your family photographs or research, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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Invitation to the 1906 Wedding at Sherwood, Ohio, of Ada Pearl Shook & Elmer Allen Miller.


Invitation to the wedding of Ada Pearl Shook and Elmer Allen Miller, to be held on Sunday, August 19, 1906 at Sherwood, Ohio.   Ada's parents were Mr. and Mrs. Francis M. Shook.

The invitation, which measures approximately 4" by 3", was found tucked in the Bible of Jeremiah Bloom & Susanna (Snyder) Bloom, which was apparently passed on to their son James Hagan Bloom, who was an undertaker and furniture dealer at Sherwood, Ohio.  He and his wife Louise (Miller) Bloom were presumably the recipients of this invitation.  It's tempting to think that Louise and Elmer Allen Miller were related.

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

Ada Pearl Shook, according to her birth record in Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962, was born August 2, 1885 in Delaware Township, Ohio, in Defiance County, the daughter of Francis M. Shook and Susie (Roch or Rock) Shook.  

I think that Elmer was the son of John J. Miller and Rebecca Catherine (Miller) Miller.  Though Elmer's parents were Ohio natives, he was born in Washington state in 1879.

Marriage records corroborate the information in the invitation.

Ada died in 1921.  Elmer subsequently married Emma Seneca Rock.  Emma died in 1956 and Elmer in 1969.  All three are buried in the Sherwood Cemetery at Sherwood, Ohio.

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


Campaign Card of G. A. Gecowets of Mark Center, Ohio; Democratic Candidate for County Commissioner of Defiance County


Campaign card of G. A. Gecowets of Mark Center, Ohio, who was the Democratic candidate for County Commissioner of Defiance County, Ohio.  Approximately 5-1/2" by 3"; nothing on reverse.

Found in a Bible that belonged to Jeremiah Bloom and wife Susanna (Snyder) Bloom and apparently passed on to their son James Hagan Bloom of Sherwood, Ohio.  The Bible contains family records, many CDVs and tintypes and a number of other mementos.

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

G. A. Gecowets may have been George Andrew Gecowets, a Justice of the Peace, who was born December 28, 1859 in Defiance County, Ohio, the son of George Andrew Gecowets and Christine (Bowers) Gecowets.

On March 27, 1883 in Williams County, Ohio,

The younger George Andrew married twice and had children with both wives.  His wives:
  1. Phoebe M. Hutchinson, on March 27, 1883 in Williams County, Ohio; Phoebe died in 1887.
  2. Margaret J. Morris, "Maggie",  at Eaton, Indiana, on September 23, 1890
Maggie died in 1938 and George Andrew Gecowets in 1945.  They're buried in the Six Corners Cemetery at Hicksville, Ohio.  Phoebe M. (Hutchinson) Gecowets is also buried in this cemetery.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or if you feel that G. A. Gecowets was another person, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Obituary of Elizabeth Catherine (Sargent) Rittenour of Richmond Dale, Ohio; died July 29, 1911 at Chillicothe, Ohio


Obituary of Elizabeth Catharine (Sargent) Rittenour, wife of George Claypool Rittenour.  Elizabeth died at the home of her son Henry Francis Rittenour at 171 South Paint Street, Chillicothe, Ohio.

Transcription at the end of this post.

The obituary was found tucked in the Bible that she and husband George maintained, with entries including:
  • George's parents, Jacob and Ann (Claypool) Rittenour
  • George and Elizabeth Catharine [as her middle name was spelled in the Bible] Rittenour
  • George's four siblings and their children
  • The three children of George and Elizabeth Rittenour; grandchildren and great grandchild, Everett Francis Rittenour
  • Several people related by marriage
  • A four-page genealogy of the Rittenour family, mostly a mirror image of what is included in the Bible
  • Several mementos, including a piece handmade by Everett Francis Rittenour for his mother Eliza Alice (DuBois) Rittenour, which is featured in another post.

Elizabeth Catherine Rittenour
Elizabeth Catherine Rittenour, wife of George C. Rittenour,  daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thornton W. Sargent, was born in Pike county, November 1, 1832, and died at the residence of her son Frank Rittenour, 171 South Paint street, this city at 7:45 p. m. Saturday, July 29, of Bright's disease.

She is survived by three sons, Thornton S. Rittenour, of Piketon; Frank Rittenour, of Chillicothe, and James M. Rittenour, of Jefferson township.  Her husband and one sister, Miss Harriet Sargent, of this city also survives.  She was united in marriage to George C. Rittenour, September 1, 1857, and spent her married life at the Rittenour home near Richmond Dale.


The remains were taken to the Rittenour home in Jefferson township this morning and the funeral will be held from there at 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.  The interment will be in Jefferson Township cemetery.


Friends desiring to attend the services at the home may take the C., H. & D. train, leaving the city at 10:55 a. m., and returning at 2:25 p. m.   The train will stop at the Rittenour crossing.


If you have information to share on the Rittenour or Sargent families, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Handmade Memento of Everett Francis Rittenour for his mother Eliza Alice (DuBois) Rittenour; Pike County, Ohio


Memento handmade by Everett and presented to his "Mamma", perhaps at Thanksgiving.

Because the memento was found in a Bible that originally had belonged to George Claypool Rittenour and his wife Elizabeth Catharine (Sargent) Rittenour, I believe Everett was their grandson, son of Henry Francis Rittenour and Eliza Alice (DuBois) Rittenour of Pike County, Ohio.

See another post that features the obituary of Everett's paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Catherine (Sargent) Rittenour, who died at Chillicothe, Ohio on July 29, 1911.

It's comprised of brown outer paper and three pieces of white lined paper, with poem phrases.  The first interior page is stained from the adjacent brown piece.




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

Everett Francis Rittenour, according to an entry in the Bible, was born in Pike County, Ohio, on August 17, 1896.  According to his informative Find-a-Grave memorial, Francis married Olivia Cameron Roberts and had several children.  He was a vice president of People's Broadcasting Corporation.  He died in 1957 and is buried in the Mound Cemetery at Piketon, Ohio.

The Bible has information going back as far as the births of his great grandparents Jacob Rittenour and Ann (Claypool) Rittenour, who were born in Virginia, in 1787 in Frederick County and 1790 in Randolph County respectively.