Autograph album that was presented by Renrut - presumably Turner - in 1854 to Miss Harriet Angeline Steele of Elizabethtown, Illinois. She went by Angeline or "Ange".
Most of the inscriptions are from the 1850s, with a few from the 1870s and several from the very early 1900s, including one by Ange's granddaughter Edna A. Twitchell, who inscribed her page at Elizabethtown, Illinois, on January 2, 1907. Edna was born December 25, 1883 in Colorado, daughter of attorney Lafayette Twitchell and Mary (Ledbetter) Twitchell.
The album, printed by Moss and Brother of Philadelphia, measures approximately 8" by 6-1/4" and contains 6 engravings and the sentiments of over twenty of Ange's relatives and friends, some of whom inscribed in more than one place. 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.
Also tucked in is the calling card of Mrs. L. F. Twitchell, who was the album owner Harriet Angeline (Steele) Twitchell, wife of Lafayette F. Twitchell.
From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:
According to her Find-a-Grave memorial, which does not include a photograph of the stone with dates, and a newspaper clipping about her 50th anniversary, Harriet Angeline Steele was born June 1, 1836 in Hardin County, Illinois, and died on November 6, 1915 at Belleville, Illinois. Some unsourced references have her parents as James and Elizabeth Steele. Perhaps a reader will provide a link to birth and death records.
About 1856, Angeline married Lafayette F. Twitchell, son of Moses Warren Twitchell and Lydia (Harris) Twitchell, who was born New Hampshire and Maine respectively. Lafayette was born in Elizabethtown, Illinois, in 1829 and died in 1908. The Find-a-Grave memorials for Angeline and Lafayette indicate that they had five children, four sons who survived to adulthood and a daughter who died young. Three of their sons were doctors, the other a lawyer, Lafayette F. Twitchell of Denver, Colorado, who was the father of Edna A. Twitchell, who inscribed the page shown farther above.
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Surnames in the Album
Inscribers in the Album
- R. L.; inscribed a sentiment on a paper found tucked in the album. Also inscribed a page in August 1854. Possibly R. Latimer?
- M. J. H. M.
- C. F. T. M. G.; not sure of initials; inscribed at St. Louis in December 1854
- L. L. S.; or L. S. S.; not sure of initials
- L. H. S.; not sure of initials
- A. Farer - not sure of surname - inscribed in December 1857
- H. S.; inscribed on a paper tucked in the album to Miss H. A. S. [Harriet Angeline Steele]H. S.; inscribed at Pleasant Hill on November 8, 1852
- Charlie; inscribed two papers tucked in the album
- Lillian E. Austin; inscribed on July 18, 1879
- Sarah Austin of New Albany, Indiana; inscribed on July 18, 1879
- Ben H. Gullett; inscribed at Elizabethtown, Illinois, on December 30, 1906. Shared the page with Grover C. Oxford
- Mrs. Sarah A. Hawkins of Elizabethtown, Illinois; inscribed her name in a box on July 14, 1879 on a page shared with her daughter Sarah A. Hawkins. Mrs. Hawkins also inscribed an individual page at Elizabethtown, Illinois, on July 14, 1879
- Sarah A. Hawkins of Elizabethtown, Illinois; inscribed her name in a box on July 14, 1879, on a page shared with her mother Mrs. Sarah A. Hawkins. Sarah also inscribed an individual page at Elizabethtown, Illinois, on July 14, 1879
- Latimer; inscribed at H. C., Illinois, on August 20, 1854. H.C. may have meant Hardin County. Latimer was presumably the Remital who inscribed a page at Chili, Illinois, on October 1854 and may have been the R. L., who inscribed two pages, one of them in August 1854.
- Remital; inscribed at Chili, Illinois, in October 1854. Presumably Latimer, spelled backwards
- Della Littlepage of Elizabethtown, Illinois, inscribed a 2 page inscription to "My Dear Mrs. Twitchell" on August 24, 1872
- Grover C. Oxford, inscribed at Elizabethtown, Illinois, on December 30, 1906. Shared the page with Ben H. Gullett.
- Harriet Angeline Steele, "Angeline" or "Ange", album owner, from before and after her marriage to Lafayette F. Twitchell. "Presented to Miss Angeline Steele By her friend Renrut, 1854". Renrut is presumably Turner, spelled backwards. Tucked in the album - calling card of Mrs. L. F. Twitchell. Angeline married Lafayette F. Twitchell about 1856.
- Ange Stuart; inscribed to Mrs. Ange Twitchell
- I. W. Thombs; inscribed on December 25, 1854. Called himself Angeline's brother, but may have been in the religious sense only. Presumably Rev. Isaiah W. Thombs, who was born in New Hampshire in 1824
- Renrut - presumably Turner, spelled backwards. Presented the album to Angeline in 1854. "Presented to Miss Angeline Steele By her friend Renrut, 1854". Inscribed another page at Elizabethtown, Illinois, in 1854, and another undated page. Initials might be J. B. or I. B. or ? B.
- Edna A. Twitchell, inscribed at Elizabethtown, Illinois, on January 2, 1907; Angeline's granddaughter.
- Harriet Angeline Steele, album owner, who went by Angeline or "Ange"; married Lafayette F. Twitchell about 1856 and kept on collecting autographs up to 1907.
- George Warren; middle initial either T or F.; inscribed on July 18, 1879 at Evansville, Indiana
- Anna Watrous, inscribed at Elizabethtown, Illinois, on August 7, 1880