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


2 comments:

  1. Where is this Humphrey Autograph book and where was it found?

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    1. Purchased online a decade ago and in the Heirlooms Reunited collection

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