Thursday, September 28, 2017

1881-1908 Autograph Album of Mrs. Mary Moore of Corinna, Maine; presumably Quebec native Mary J. (Waldron) Moore, Wife of Charles H. Moore


1881-1908 autograph album that belonged to Mrs. Mary Moore, presumably of Corinna, Maine, and presumably Quebec native Mary Jane (Waldron) Moore, who married Charles H. Moore in 1883 and then lived at Corinna, Maine.

There's no ownership page, but a few pages are inscribed to Mary and to Mrs. Moore, and several inscribers mention a family relationship, all factors that lead to a presumed identity of Mary Jane (Waldron) Moore.


The album measures approximately 7" by 4-1/4" and contains the sentiments of 44 of Mary's relatives and friends in Maine; Lowell, Massachusetts; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Inverness, Quebec.  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 and hopefully with the correct Mrs. Mary Moore - corrections, additions and alternate theories of identity requested:

Assuming that Mary was Mary Jane (Waldron) Moore, her gravestone notes that she was born March 24, 1849 and died August 8, 1925.  I believe Mary was born at or near Compton, Quebec, the daughter of Thomas Waldron and Martha (Morse) Waldron.  One of Mary's siblings was Submit Waldron, "Mittie", who also made the move to Maine and three of whose children with husband Frank Richardson inscribed pages in Mary's album.

Judging from the residence of some inscribers, Mary appears to have spent time at Lowell, Massachusetts, before moving to Maine, perhaps as one of the many Canadians attracted to Lowell to work in the textile mills.  She acquired inscriptions from residents of Saint Albans, Maine, in 1881 and 1882, though the 1881 Census of Clifton, Compton, Quebec, show Mary and sister "Mittie" [Submit], living with their parents; Mary was working at a cotton factory.

On January 24, 1883, Mary J. Waldron married Charles Henry Moore, son of Samuel Moore and Mehitable (Strout ?) Moore.  Samuel was born in 1822 at Albion, Maine.  I haven't found a death record for Charles' first wife Martha (Murdough) Moore, with whom he had sons at Albion, Maine.  Charles later farmed at Saint Albans, Maine, where he, wife Martha and son Albert are listed in the 1880 Census.  One of the inscribers in Mary's album, Will Hamilton, was also living with them.

Charles may have been the C. H. Moore who inscribed a page in Mary's album at Lowell, Massachusetts, on February 14, 1881.  Was Mary then living at Lowell, and Charles also, or was Charles visiting and happened to meet Mary there?  Or perhaps C. H. Moore was someone else entirely.


People who mentioned a relationship or could be assume to have one [see the list of inscribers for more information]:
  • Alphonso N. Moore, presumably related to Mary's husband Charles Henry Moore
  • Evie B. Moore, niece, of Troy, Maine, presumably related to Mary's husband Charles Henry Moore
  • Mrs. Lizzie Moore of Northfield, Maine
  • Minne E. Moore of Northfield, Maine
  • Augusta M. Richardson, niece 
  • Freddie Richardson, nephew 
  • Jesse E. Richardson of Fairfield, Maine; nephew

Inscribers with the surname Mussen and Gordon of Inverness, Quebec may have been relatives of the Waldron family.  Some of the Gordon family moved to Lowell, Massachusetts.  One of them, Belle C. Gordon, inscribed a page in Mary's album.


Charles Henry Moore died in 1916, and Mary in 1925.  They're buried in the Corinna Center Cemetery at Corinna, Maine.  If you have corrections, additions to the information above, or information on any of the inscribed listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Surnames in the Album

?FField [2]LLander
AAyerFinson [4]Libby [3]
BBeardFinsonMMason
Blaisdell [2]FiskeMoore [7]
BriggsGGordon [5]Mussen
Brown [3]HHallRRichardson [4]
CCairnsHamiltonTTaylor [2]
KnowlesWWilliston


Inscribers in the Album
  • Ann; inscribed at Lowell, presumably Lowell, Massachusetts, on May 14, 1881
A
  • Christiana Ayer; inscribed at Lowell, presumably Lowell, Massachusetts, on May 8, 1881
B
  • Alexander B. Beard of West Manchester, New Hampshire; inscribed on September 29, 1889
  • Albert R. Blaisdell of Corinna, Maine; inscribed on March 2, 1883.  His wife Emma F. (Briggs) Blaisdell inscribed the right facing page.  They married at Corinna, Maine, on September 5, 1882
  • Emma Blaisdell; inscribed at Corinna, Maine, on March 4, 1883.  Emma F. (Briggs) Blaisdell, wife of Albert R. Blaisdell, who inscribed the left facing page.  They married at Corinna, Maine, on September 5, 1882
  • Hattie M. Briggs of Corinna, Maine; inscribed on March 4, 1883
  • Mrs. Ida Brown; inscribed at Saint Albans, Maine, on July 20, 1884
  • L. M. Brown of Saint Albans, Maine; inscribed on August 2, 1884
  • Nellie F. Brown of Saint Albans, Maine; inscribed on July 9, 1884
C
  • Lizzie M. Cairns; inscribed at Lowell, presumably Lowell, Massachusetts, on January 16, 1881
F
  • Mrs. E. M. Field of Saint Albans, Maine; inscribed on December 18, 1882
  • Willie E. Field of Saint Albans, Maine; inscribed on December 18, 1882
  • Fred Finson of St. Albans, Maine; inscribed on August 20, 1882
  • Georgie Finson of St. Albans, Maine; inscribed on August 21, 1882
  • Mrs. J. Finson of Saint Albans, Maine; inscribed on August 20, 1882
  • Melia Finson of Saint Albans, Maine; inscribed on August 19, 1882
  • Mary Fiske of either Blue Hill, Maine, or Lowell, presumably Lowell, Massachusetts.  Inscribed on June 19, 1881
G
  • Barbara A. Gordon of Inverness, Quebec; written upside down on the page.
  • Belle C. Gordon; inscribed at Lowell, presumably Massachusetts, on June 11, 1881
  • Marjory Gordon of Inverness, Quebec; inscribed on May 22, 1881 or 1887
  • Mary Gordon; middle initial T or F; inscribed at Inverness, Quebec, in July 1881
  • Mrs. William Gordon
H
  • Mrs. E. K. Hall of Lowell, Massachusetts; inscribed on January 5, 1890
  • Will Hamilton of Hartland, Maine; inscribed on January 24, 1883
K
  • Mabel F. Knowles of Corinna, Maine; inscribed on February 23, 1897
L
  • Alice M. Lander of Corinna, Maine; inscribed on December 2, 1888
  • Estelle D. Libby, inscribed at Corinna, Maine, on August 25, 1889 or 1881
  • F. A. Libby of Corinna, Maine; inscribed on August 25, 1889
  • Marjorie Florence Libby of Corinna, Maine; inscribed on September 10, 1908
M
  • Mittie Mason of Saint Albans, Maine; inscribed on February 16, 1881
  • Alphonso N. Moore; inscribed on March 2, 1903.  His inscription implies that he lived at Corinna, Maine.
  • C. H. Moore; inscribed at Lowell, presumably Lowell, Massachusetts, on February 14, 1881.  Could he Charles Henry Moore, husband of Mary J. (Waldron) Moore, possible owner of the album?
  • Evie B. Moore of Troy, Maine; inscribed on February 14, 1891.  Mary's niece by marriage; daughter of Charles C. Moore and Annie (Howe or Howes) Moore
  • Mrs. Lizzie Moore of Northfield, Maine
  • Mrs. Mary Moore, album owner.  She was possibly Mary J. (Waldron) Moore, a native of Compton, Quebec, and wife of Charles Henry Moore
  • Minnie E. Moore of Northfield, Maine; she was likely the same Minnie E. Moore who inscribed another page
  • Minnie E. Moore; likely the same Minnie E. Moore of Northfield, Maine
  • John H. Mussen; inscribed at Compton, presumably Compton, Quebec, on January 4, 1881
R
  • Augusta M. Richardson; inscribed on December 4, 1899; Mary's niece.  Augusta was the daughter of Frank Richardson and Mittie A. (Waldron) Richardson
  • Freddie W. Richardson of Corinna, Maine; inscribed on January 16, 1898.  Fred Wilbur Richardson, son of Frank Edward Richardson and Mittie A. (Waldron) Richardson
  • Jesse E. Richardson of Fairfield, Maine; inscribed on March 31, 1906.  Son of Frank Richardson and Mittie A. (Waldron) Richardson.
  • Ruth Richardson; inscribed on March 31, 1906.  Mary's niece, the daughter of Frank Richardson and Mittie A. (Waldron) Richardson
T
  • Emmie Taylor; inscribed at Corinna, Maine, on November 2, 1894; middle initial possibly J.
  • Mammie Taylor; inscribed at Corinna, Maine, on November 2, 1894
W
  • Mrs. E. F. Williston of Pittsfield, Maine; inscribed on August 28, 1889

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