Tuesday, November 28, 2017

1869-1871 Autograph Album of Elizabeth E. Dickerman, "Lizzie", of New Haven, Connecticut; connection to Wooster City, Ohio


Autograph album that was given to Elizabeth E. Dickerman, "Lizzie", of New Haven, Connecticut, by her father Chauncey Alling Dickerman on December 25, 1869.  The inscriptions run through 1871 in Connecticut and Ohio.  Sadly, Lizzie died in 1872.



The landscape-format album measures approximately 8-1/2" by 6-3/4" and contains the sentiments of over 30 of Lizzie's relatives and friends in Connecticut and Wooster City, Ohio, where her family appears to have had a connection.


Surnames in the Album

AAlexander - OhioLLeyburn - Ohio [2]
BBahl - OhioMMethven - Ohio
Balmer - OhioMiller - Ohio [2]
Beecher - Connecticut [2]Myers - Ohio
Beers - Connecticut [2] NNorthrop/Northrup - Connecticut
Bishop - ConnecticutRRisley - Connecticut
Bronson - Connecticut - [2]SSherwood - Connecticut [2]
BushSiegenthaler - Ohio
DDenison - ConnecticutSmith - Connecticut
Dickerman - Connecticut & Ohio [6]
Smith - Ohio
FFerguson - OhioTThomas - Connecticut
Fogleson - Ohio
GGillette - Connecticut [2]
HHarry - Ohio
Hoyt - Ohio

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

According to her Find a Grave memorial, which doesn't offer photographs or sources, Elizabeth Ella Dickerman was born May 27, 1848 at New Haven, Connecticut.  Other places show her middle name as Ella.  If a reader has a birth record, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Lizzie's parents were Chauncey Alling Dickerman and Nancy Sarah (Bronson) Dickerman.  In addition to the presentation page above, Chauncey inscribed another page at New Haven, Connecticut, on March 12, 1870.


Lizzie's mother Nancy did not inscribe a page, but her parents, William A. Bronson and Frances Adeline (Howell) Bronson of Orange, Connecticut, did.



Lizzie's brother Robert Charles Dickerman inscribed a page on January 27, 1870 and may have been the R. C. Dickerman who inscribed a page on November 19, 1870 at New Haven, Connecticut.

Lizzie's paternal aunt, Mary Ann (Dickerman) Beecher inscribed a page that faced a page inscribed by her future husband Daniel Treat Beecher.   Daniel inscribed another page in the album as well



A piece of cardstock with the name C. A. Dickerman of Wooster City, Ohio, and the numerous inscribers from Wooster City, Ohio, makes me wonder if the Dickerman family visited Ohio or moved there briefly or perhaps had earlier been involved with the Connecticut Western Reserve.  Perhaps a reader will have more information.


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

Inscribers in the Album
  • Lu. M. Alexander, or Su. M. Alexander, of Wooster, Ohio
  • Lizzie H. Bahl of Wooster, Ohio; inscribed on August 18, 1870
  • Miss Suesie M. Balmer of Wooster, Ohio
  • D. T. Beecher of Orange, Connecticut; inscribed on January 8, 1871.  Daniel Treat Beecher, whose second wife was Mary Ann (Dickerman), a sister to Lizzie's father.  Mary Ann inscribed the right facing page a few months before their marriage.  D. T. Beecher also inscriber another page
  • D. T. Beecher of Orange, Connecticut; inscribed on January 8, 1871.  Presumably Daniel Treat Beecher, husband of Mary Ann (Dickerman) who was a sister to Lizzie's father Chauncey Alling Dickerman.
  • Susie E. S. Beers of New Haven, Connecticut; inscribed on March 17, 1870
  • Susie E. S. Beers; shared the page with Miss Lou Miller and Lizzie F. Sherwood
  • M. Bertie Bishop of New Haven, Connecticut; inscribed on December 9, 1870
  • William A. Bronson, maternal grandfather of Lizzie E. Dickerman, and husband of inscriber Frances Adeline (Howell) Bronson
  • Frances Adeline Howell Bronson of Orange, Connecticut, inscribed on May 5, 1870.  She was Lizzie's maternal grandmother and wife of inscriber William Bronson
  • Sarah E. Bush of Milford, Connecticut; inscribed on March 14, 1870
  • Vinnie F. Denison of Mystic Bridge, Connecticut; inscribed on January 21, 1870.  Presumably Lovina F. Denison
  • Cardstock made into a calling card of C. A. Dickerman of Wooster, Ohio.  Possibly for Chauncey Alling Dickerman, though he appears to have been at New Haven, Connecticut, during the U.S. Census enumerations.
  • Chauncey Alling Dickerman, father of album owner Elizabeth Ellen Dickerman, "Lizzie", to whom he presented the album on December 25, 1869.  He inscribed the presentation page and an individual page at New Haven, Connecticut, on March 12, 1870; was the calling card enclosed in the album for C. A. Dickerman of Wooster, Ohio, his?
  • Lizzie E. Dickerman, album owner.  Elizabeth Ellen Dickerman, "Lizzie", was given the album by her father Chauncey Alling Dickerman on December 25, 1869.
  • Mary A. Dickerman of Orange, Connecticut; inscribed on January 27, 1870, a few months before her marriage to David Treat Beecher, who inscribed the left facing page.
  • R. C. Dickerman of New Haven, Connecticut; inscribed on November 19, 1870.  Presumably Lizzie's brother Robert Charles Dickerman
  • Robert Charles Dickerman; inscribed on January 27, 1870.  Lizzie's brother
  • J. W. Ferguson; inscribed at Wooster, Ohio, on September 8, 1870
  • I. W. Fogleson, or J. W. Fogleson, of Wooster, Ohio.  If I. W., perhaps Irving W. Fogelson.
  • George S. Gillette of Milford, Connecticut; inscribed on March 25, 1870
  • Libbie M. Gillette of Milford, Connecticut; inscribed on March 14, 1870
  • Will Harry of Wooster, Ohio; inscribed on September 7, 1870
  • Ella Hoyt of Wooster, Ohio; inscribed on August 10, 1870
  • Anna M. Leyburn of Wooster City, Ohio; presumably the Anna M. Leyburn of Wooster City, Ohio, who inscribed another page.
  • A. A. Methven of Wooster, Ohio.  Possibly Angus A. Methven
  • Miss Emma T. Miller of Wooster, Ohio
  • Miss Lou Miller of Wooster, Ohio; shared the page with Susie E. S. Beers and Lizzie F. Sherwood
  • George L. Myers of Wooster, Ohio; inscribed on September 7, 1870
  • Sarah L. Northrop, or Sarah L. Northrup, of Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Jessie M. Risley of New Haven, Connecticut; inscribed on March 24, 1870
  • Lizzie F. Sherwood of Southport, Connecticut; inscribed on March 17, 1870.  
  • Lizzie F. Sherwood; shared the page with Miss Lou Miller and Susie E. S. Beers
  • Mary A. Siegenthaler of Wooster, Ohio; inscribed on August 18, 1870
  • Fannie A. Smith of New Haven, Connecticut; inscribed on February 19, 1870
  • Lula H. Smith of Millersburg, Ohio; inscribed in 1870
  • G. E. Thomas of New Haven, Connecticut; inscribed on February 20, 1870


Sunday, November 26, 2017

1866-1867 Autograph Album of Sarah Josephine Mudgett, "Josie", of Springfield, Vermont; Student at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire


Autograph album with inscriptions collected in 1866 and 1867 while the owner, Sarah Josephine Mudgett, "Josie", was a student at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire.



Surnames of Inscribers

AAyersGGoodwinPPage [2]
BBisbeeGreenwoodPeabody
BlanchardHHaddoxRRaymond
BottumHazen [2]Redington
BraggHerrickRobinson [3]
BreedHillsRoot
BrewerHolmesSSilsby
BurleighHutchinsSilver
CCarrIIngersonStrickland
ClancyLLawrenceTTinkham
ClarkMMasonTuttle
CobbMcClayWWales
CoffinMerrillWard
DDayMitchellWeston
DimickMorganWilcox
DudleyMudgett [3]Wilkeson
DuncanNNuddWyatt
FFarnumNute
FlandersOOsgood

The album measures approximately 7-3/4" by 5-1/4" and contains the sentiments of 60 of Josie's relatives, schoolmates, teachers and friends.  An alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appears at the end of this post.

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

I found at least two women born Sarah Josephine Mudgett in Vermont during the plausible time frame
  • Sarah Josephine Mudgett, born November 25, 1846, daughter of Charles Mudgett and Laura D. (Hall) Mudgett.  This Sarah married Stephen Warren Butterfield about 1871.
  • Sarah Josephine Mudgett, born June 13, 1850, daughter of Robert Mudgett and Abbie (Emery) Mudgett.  This Sarah married Henry C. Birchmore in 1868 and William E. Jenkins in 1897.
I'm leaning toward the second choice, but would like to hear from readers.  A clue might be the two Mudgett cousins who inscribed pages with initials that I hope I've interpreted correctly:
  • R. C. Mudgett of Boston, Massachusetts
  • C. W. Mudgett of Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts.



If you have a theory as to the identity of Sarah Josephine Mudgett, "Josie S. Mudgett", or information on any of the inscribers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Inscribers in the Album
  • Mattie E. Ayers of Canterbury, New Hampshire; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy, Class of 1866.  Martha Elizabeth Ayers
  • Marvin D. Bisbee of Springfield, Vermont.  Marvin Davis Bisbee, student at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire, in 1867
  • Anna A. Blanchard of West Concord, New Hampshire; inscribed at Meriden, New Hampshire, on June 24, 1867.  Anna Abbott Blanchard
  • Elias H. Bottum of New Haven, Vermont; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire, on May 16, 1867.  Elias Huntington Bottum
  • Ella F. Bragg of Queechy, Vermont; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy on July 10, no year written; Class of '66.  Ella Francis Bragg
  • Ella M. Breed of Alstead, New Hampshire; inscribed at Meriden, New Hampshire, on May 17, 1867.  Ella Maria Breed
  • Eben Brewer of Westfield, New York; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire, in May 1867
  • Alvin Burleigh of Plymouth, New Hampshire; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire during Summer 1867
  • Carrie R. Carr; inscribed at Meriden, New Hampshire during the 1867 Summer Term of Kimball Union Academy.  Carrie Raymond Carr of Goffstown, New Hampshire
  • P. Clancy of Grouts Corner, Massachusetts; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire.  Perhaps William Patrick Clancy, native of Ireland, who attended Kimball Union Academy from 1864-1868
  • Lizzie Clark of Bellows Falls, Vermont; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire; Class of 1866.  Elizabeth Clark
  • L. H. Cobb; inscribed at Meriden, New Hampshire, in July 1866.  Rev. Levi Henry Cobb, 1850 graduate and instructor at Kimball Union Academy from 1865-1867
  • Lucy A. Coffin of Marblehead, Ohio; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire in March 1867.  Josie's later note:  "Deceased".
  • H. Libbie Day of Enfield, New Hampshire; inscribed at Meriden, New Hampshire, on July 11, 1866.  Harriet Elizabeth Day, "Libbie", student at Kimball Union Academy
  • Frank E. Dimick; Josie's classmate.  Frank Eugene Dimick of Lyme, New Hampshire
  • S. C. Dudley of Brentwood, New Hampshire; inscribed on Graduation Day at Kimball Union Academy during the Summer of 1867.  Presumably Sophia C. Dudley
  • Mary E. Duncan of Bennington, New Hampshire; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire.  Class of 1867.  Mary Ella Duncan
  • Hannah S. Farnum of West Concord, New Hampshire; inscribed at Meriden, New Hampshire, on June 24, 1867.  Hannah Smith Farnum
  • C. N. Flanders of Haverhill, New Hampshire; Josie's classmate.  Charles Nelson Flanders
  • Alice P. Goodwin of Franklin, New Hampshire.  Alice Peabody Goodwin, student at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire
  • William Greenwood of Boston, Massachusetts; student at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire, in 1865-67
  • J. B. Haddox of Spring Hill, Tennessee; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy on June 1, 1867.  James Bowling Haddox
  • Henry Hazen of Hartford, Vermont; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy on June 20, 1867
  • William O. Hazen of Hartford, Vermont; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire; "Class of '67".  Josie's later note:  "Deceased".  William Oliver Hazen, born Seroor, India; died near the island of Malta on July 28, 1871
  • William H. Herrick of Clarendon, Vermont; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire during the Summer Term of 1867
  • Frank H. Hills of Keene, New Hampshire; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire, on May 29, 1867.  Frank Henry Hills
  • L. Ward Holmes of Keene, New Hampshire; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire during the Summer Term of 1867.  Lewis Ward Holmes
  • Emma J. Hutchins of Haverhill, New Hampshire; inscribed at Meriden, New Hampshire, on June 24, 1867.  In 1868 she was a teacher of gymnastics at Kimball Union Academy.
  • Jennie M. Ingerson of New Haven, Vermont; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire, in May 1867.
  • Charlotte Lawrence of New London, Connecticut; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy; Class of 1866.  Charlotte Elizabeth Lawrence
  • James B. Mason of White River Junction, Vermont; inscribed at Meriden, New Hampshire, on June 1, 1867.  James Brackett Mason
  • Ella L. McClay of Woodstock, Vermont; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire, in June 1867.  Ella Louise McClay
  • Benjamin N. Merrill of Plymouth, New Hampshire; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire; "Class of '67".  Benjamin Noyes Merrill
  • Lizzie A. Mitchell of Springfield, Vermont; inscribed at Meriden, New Hampshire on April 22, 1867.  Josie's later note: "Deceased".  Lizzie Atelia Mitchell, who died February 8, 1875
  • E. Frances M. Morgan of Meriden, New Hampshire; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy; Class of 1867.  E. Frances Miriam Morgan.
  • C. W. Mudgett of Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts; Josie's cousin, presumably Charles W. Mudgett
  • Josie S. Mudgett of Springfield, Vermont; student at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire, in the Summer Term of 1866; album owner Sarah Josephine Mudgett
  • R. C. Mudgett of Boston, Massachusetts; inscribed on August 18, 1866.  Josie's cousin
  • Mary M. Nudd; inscribed at Meriden, New Hampshire, on May 7, 1867.  She was a teacher there.
  • H. Irving Nute of Alton, New Hampshire; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire, on June 15, 1867
  • Fannie L. Osgood of Abington, Connecticut; inscribed at Meriden, New Hampshire in April 1867.  Frances Lucy Osgood
  • Emma Page of Haverhill, New Hampshire; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire, on April 18, 1867.  Because this page follows one inscribed by Alvin Burleigh, I wonder if Emma was Elvira Page, who would marry Alvin in 1873
  • Samuel T. Page of Haverhill, New Hampshire; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire, on June 13, no year written.  Samuel Taylor Page
  • Anna E. Peabody of Wentworth, New Hampshire; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire during the Summer of 1866
  • Abbie A. Raymond of Hartland, Vermont; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy in April, no year written.  Abbie Adams Raymond
  • Stella L. Redington of Littleton, New Hampshire; inscribed on April 17, 1867 at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire.  Stella Louise Redington
  • Augusta L. Robinson of Brentwood, New Hampshire; inscribed during the 1866 Summer Term of Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire.  Augusta Linda Robinson
  • Laura E. Robinson of Brentwood, New Hampshire; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire, during the Summer Term of 1866.  Josie's later note: "Deceased".  Laura Ellen Robinson, a teacher at Kimball Union Academy
  • Thomas Robinson of Salisbury, Wiltshire, England; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire, in June 1867.  
  • Edward P. Root of Montague, Massachusetts; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire on May 16, 1867.  Edward Payson Root
  • Susie A. Silsby; inscribed at Meriden, New Hampshire, on April 16, 1867.  Susie A. Silsby of Claremont, New Hampshire
  • Henry M. Silver of Brooklyn, New York; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire on June 4, 1867.  Dr. Henry Mann Silver
  • Charlotte Strickland; inscribed at Meriden, New Hampshire, in April 1867.  Presumably Charlotte E. Strickland of Bradford, Vermont
  • Clara A. Tinkham of Queechy, Vermont; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire in 1866.  Josie's later note: "Deceased".  Clara Agnes Tinkham
  • Mary L. Tuttle of Ascutneyville, Vermont; inscribed at Meriden, New Hampshire, on May 20, 1867
  • F. H. Wales of South Braintree, Massachusetts; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire, during the Summer Term of 1867.  Frederick Henry Wales
  • Susan H. Ward of Lakeville, Massachusetts; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire, on July 9, 1866.  Teacher at Kimball Union Academy
  • Mary E. Weston of Ascutneyville, Vermont; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire, during the Summer Term of 1867.  Mary Elizabeth Weston.
  • Isabel Wilcox of Newport, New Hampshire; inscribed at Meriden, New Hampshire; Class of 1866.  Isabel D. Wilcox
  • Samuel Wilkeson, Jr.; of Bridgehampton, Long Island, New York; inscribed at Kimball Union Academy; Class of '67
  • Henry D. Wyatt; Class of 1867 at Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire.  Henry D. Wyatt of Campton, New Hampshire

Saturday, November 25, 2017

1830s-1840s Autograph Album of Margaret N. Hoffman, presumably a Student at Teachers College at Ithaca, New York


1830s/1840s autograph album that belonged to Margaret N. Hoffman, whose name is printed on the front cover.  The person who sold me this album indicated that Margaret was from Caroline, New York, and was a student at Normal School at Ithaca, New York. 

Several inscribers also mentioned the Western Reserve Teachers Seminary at Kirtland, Ohio in 1846; perhaps Margaret was a teacher there?


The album, which was published by J. C. Riker of New York, New York, in 1833, measures approximately 7-1/2" by 6" and contains several engravings interspersed throughout.  It also includes the sentiments of perhaps as many of 60 of Margaret's friends and schoolmates, although perhaps far less, as it appears that some people inscribed more than one page.

An alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appears at the end of this post.

Surnames in the Album

? [32]LLeggett [6]RRounseville
AAldrich [2]LockwoodSSchutt
BBrownLord [2]Simpson ?
GGibbs [3]MMcKeanSkinner
GrayMott [3]WWalling
HHoffmanNNicholsWells
PParcelWhitley ?
Phipps

Coin Impressions

Overleaf pages inscribed by Asa Dearborn Lord and wife Elizabeth Watson (Russell) Lord, at Western Reserve Teachers Seminary at Kirtland, Ohio, in 1846:



Several Leggett sisters inscribed pages, some more than one.  Mariette S. Leggett inscribed the page below.


Emiline Rounseville of Caroline, New York, inscribed the page below in 1835.


Lydia P. Mott inscribed the page below and included consonants "found in an old Welsh Church under the ten commandments":


The page, below, was inscribed by two people, M.N.H. and S.A.  M.N.H. may have been the album owner Margaret N. Hoffman.


If you have information on the family of Margaret N. Hoffman, or information on any of the inscribers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Inscribers in the Album
  • ? Lucy; not sure of surname
  • E.
  • W. G.; inscribed on September 27, 1834
  • R. E.; inscribed at Ithaca, New York, in the first Month of 1839
  • E. M.; inscribed at Ithica, [sic], New York, on October 15, 1833 [not sure of year, very faint]
  • S. E.; inscribed at Motts Corners, New York, on December 4, 1840
  • M.; two-page sentiment inscribed at Ithaca, New York, on August 1, 1833
  • R. M.
  • U. M. or ? M.
  • Phebe ? of ?, Pennsylvania; inscribed at Ithaca, New York, on January 22, 1837
  • M. C. L.; not sure of last initial
  • A. E. L. or A. E. S. or A. E. ?
  • H. B. L.  Could this is the Hannah B. Leggett who inscribed another page?
  • Very faint.  Possibly Contxx
  • A. H. A.; possibly inscriber Ann H. Aldrich
  • E. M.; inscribed at Caroline, New York, on December 25, 1833
  • J. H.; not sure of initials
  • A. S. R.; inscribed at Caroline, New York
  • Maranda; inscribed at Corning, presumably Corning, New York, on September 15, 1843
  • E. M.
  • A. H.
  • Juliaett; inscribed at Ithaca, New York, on October 6, 18xx, smeared, possibly 1836
  • Name too faint to decipher
  • Name too faint to read, almost looks rubbed out; inscribed at Ithaca, New York, on August 1, 1833
  • L. M. L.; inscribed at Ithaca, New York, in April 1841.  Could she be Louisa Maria Leggett?
  • Alice; inscribed at Caroline, New York, on January 15, 1836
  • "By an unknown friend", inscribed at Ithaca, New York in 1840
  • Martha
  • A. M.
  • M. N. H., presumably a piece inscribed by album owner Margaret N. Hoffman herself.  Shared the page with S. A.
  • S. A.; shared the page with M. N. H., possibly album owner Margaret N. Hoffman
  • Unsigned; inscribed at Ithaca, New York [spelled as Ithica], on March 22, 1837
A
  • Sarah Aldrich; inscribed on October 5, 1834
  • Ann H. Aldrich; inscribed at Ithaca, New York, on October 1, 1834
B
  •  Nancy S. Brown; shared the page with Miranda S. Leggett
G
  • 2 page sentiment by Elia T. Gibbs; inscribed at South Lansing, no state written, on September 12, 1840.  Possibly inscriber Elias T. Gibbs of South Lansing, New York
  • Elias T. Gibbs; inscribed at South Lansing, New York, in September, no day or year given
  • H. Gibbs or N. Gibbs; inscribed at South Lansing, presumably New York, on August 30, no year written
  • Julia Ann Gray; inscribed on August 31, 1834 at Ithaca, New York
H
  • Margaret N. Hoffman; album owner; presumably a student at a teachers college at Ithaca, New York
L
  • Mariette S. Leggett; inscribed on September 13, no year written, at Montville, no state written, but presumably New York or Ohio.  Sister of other inscribers
  • Hannah B. Leggett, sister of other inscribers 
  • Miranda S. Leggett; sister of other inscribers; shared the page with Nancy S. Brown
  • A. E. Leggett of Danby, New York.   Perhaps Ann Eliza Leggett, sister of other inscribers 
  • Mary Leggett; shared the page with Louisa Maria Leggett
  •  Louisa Maria Leggett
  • Elizabeth Lockwood
  • A. D. Lord; inscribed at Teachers Seminary in May 1846.  Asa Dearborn Lord, whose wife Elizabeth Watson (Russell) Lord inscribed the overleaf at Kirtland, Ohio
  • E. W. Russell Lord; inscribed at the W. R. Teachers Seminary at Kirtland, Ohio, in May 1846.  Elizabeth Watson (Russell) Lord, whose husband, Asa Dearborn Lord, inscribed the overleaf.
M
  • Mary McKean
  • Lydia P. Mott of Danby, no state written, but presumably Danby, New York
  • Harriet Mott; inscribed at Motts Corners, New York, on December 5, 1840
  • Harriet Mott; inscribed at Motts Corner, New York, on December 2, 1840
N
  • 2-page sentiment by J. Nichols; inscribed W. R. T. Seminary at Kirtland, Ohio, on May 5, 1846
P
  • Susan C. Parcel of Corning, New York; inscribed on September 15, 1843
  • Lovina Phipps; from or inscribed at Chardon, Ohio
R
  • Emiline Rounseville; inscribed on January 1, 1835 at Caroline, New York
S
  • William H. Schutt; inscribed on December 2, 1840 at Motts Corners, New York
  • 2-page sentiment by Simpson; inscribed at Ithaca, New York, on August 3, 1833.  Looks as though a name or initial before Simpson has been rubbed.
  • Mary H. Skinner; inscribed at Montville, on December 20, 1846.  Presumably Ohio or New York
W
  • Eliza Walling, inscribed at Reading, no state written, in 1846.  Middle initial might be G
  • Harriet Wells; from or inscribed at Montville, Ohio, on August 10, 1846
  • Very faint, but possibly ? Whitley; maybe Theresa Whitley

Thursday, November 23, 2017

1870s Autograph Album of Belle, presumably Student at Skowhegan High School at Skowhegan, Maine


1870s autograph album that belonged to "Belle", who was presumably a student at Skowhegan High School at Skowhegan, Maine, possibly in the Class of 1876 or earlier.

The album is unusual in that all of the inscriptions are written upside down, and as if the back cover were the front.  Because of that, it's possible that the inscriber on the last end paper of the album might be the album's owner, Belle Parlin of Bingham, Maine, who dated her page April 3, 1873.


Surnames in the Album

?EEastmanMMannTTaylor
AAllenEmeryMcClellanTenney
BBadgerEstesMcIntireTilton
BakerFFieldMonroeVVarney [2]
BicknellFoggMurphy [2]WWard
BigelowFossPParkerWaterman
BillingsFullerParlin [3]Webb
Blaisdell [2]HHaynes [2]PaulWeston [3]
BrainardHightPhilbrickWhitney
BrownsonHolbrookPierceWhittier
BuckHoltSShattuckYYoung
BuzzelleHomstedShirley
CClementHutchinsSmiley
ColbyJJacobs [2]Smith
Cushing [2]Johnson

The album measures approximately 5-1/4" by 3-1/4" and contains the sentiments of nearly 70 of Belle's relatives, friends and schoolmates.  An alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appears at the end of this post.

From brief online research and assuming that Belle Parlin was the album's owner - corrections and additions and alternate theories of Belle's identity requested:

According to a record in the Maine, Nathan Hale Cemetery Collection,  ca 1780-1980, Isabella Parlin, "Belle", was born April 24, 1856 and died June 21, 1923, with the married surname of Williams.  I believe Belle was born at Concord, Maine, the daughter of Ephraim Wood Parlin and Eveline (Leadbetter) Parlin.  See another post that features an 1864 document where Charles Grant sold livestock to Ephraim W. Parlin.

Belle had a sister, Helen R. Parlin, who inscribed a page in the album, on the page before [or after, using the strange format] her sister Belle.  Sadly, Helen died in 1879; she was then the wife of Dr. Fred G. Williams, a native of Athens, Maine.


Belle married her sister's widower, Dr. Fred G. Williams, at Pleasant Ridge Plantation, Maine, on October 11, 1881.   Fred died on July 14, 1916 and is buried in the Village Cemetery at Bingham, Maine, with Nellie and Belle.  I'm not sure if Dr. Williams had children with either of his wives.

If you have additions and/or corrections, or an alternate theory as to the identity of album owner "Belle", or information on any of the inscribers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Inscribers in the Album
  • A.; inscribed the inside front cover
  • Jennie L. Allen of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 4, 1873
  • Agusta L. Badger of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 7, 1873
  • Hattie I. Baker of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 7, 1873
  • Martha A. Bicknell; inscribed at Skowhegan High School at Skowhegan, Maine, on April 4, 1873
  • Annie L. Bigelow of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 4, 1873
  • C. L. Billings; inscribed at Skowhegan, Maine, on April 4, 1873
  • Joseph Blaisdell of Box 419, Great Falls, New Hampshire
  • Mrs. Uriah Blaisdell of Great Falls, New Hampshire
  • Fannie A. Brainard of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 7, 1873
  • W. H. Brownson of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 3, 1873
  • Charles Buck of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on February 8, 1876
  • Marcella Buzzelle of Canaan, Maine; inscribed on April 4, 1873
  • C. E. Clement; inscribed at Skowhegan, Maine, on April 9, 1873
  • Carroll E. Colby of Bingham, Maine; inscribed on November 21, 1878
  • Martha F. Cushing of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 7, 1873
  • F. B. Cushing of Skowhegan, Maine; member of the Skowhegan High School Class of 1876
  • Frank M. Eastman; inscribed at Skowhegan High School at Skowhegan, Maine
  • Miss Fannie P. Emery of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 3, 1873
  • Annie M. Estes of Skowhegan, Maine
  • Annie P. Field of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 3, 1873
  • Jesse P. Fogg of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on March 3, 1873 at Skowhegan High School
  • Alice E. Foss of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on February 22, 1876
  • Minnie P. Fuller of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 3, 1873.  Not sure of middle initial
  • Harry N. Haynes; inscribed on April 14, 1873.  Belle's cousin
  • Florence Haynes; inscribed on April 3, 1873.  Can't read her first initial.
  • Ella M. Hight of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 3, 1873
  • E. M. Holbrook; inscribed at Skowhegan High School at Skowhegan, Maine
  • M. Belle Holt; inscribed on February 29, 1876
  • Ella P. Homsted of Skowhegan, Maine
  • Cynthia L. Hutchins of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed at Skowhegan High School on January 24, 1876
  • M. Belle Jacobs of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on February 27, 1876; Belle's schoolmate at Skowhegan High School
  • Maida A. Jacobs; inscribed at Skowhegan High School at Skowhegan, Maine
  • Cora Johnson of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on February 21, 1876
  • W. G. Mann of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 3, 1873
  • John R. McClellan of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 3, 1873
  • George A. McIntire of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed at Skowhegan High School on April 4, 1873
  • Kezzie A. Monroe of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on February 29, 1876
  • Georgie A. Murphy of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on January 19, 1876
  • Lillie A. Murphy of Skowhegan, Maine
  • George L. Parker of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 3, 1873
  • Belle Parlin of Bingham, Maine; inscribed at Skowhegan High School at Skowhegan, Maine; on April 3, 1873.  Possible album owner, if she started the album upside down from the back and had all of her inscribers follow her that way.  Isabelle Parlin, "Belle"
  • Helen R. Parlin of Bingham, Maine
  • Stephen F. Parlin of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 4, 1873.  "Remember the spring term of 1873. S.P."
  • W. A. Paul of Solon, Maine; inscribed at Skowhegan High School at Skowhegan, Maine, on April 4, 1873
  • Carrie F. Philbrick of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 3, 1873
  • Etta C. Pierce of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on January 13, 1876
  • B. F. Shattuck; inscribed at Skowhegan, Maine, on April 11, 1873; bird design
  • Flora B. Shirley of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 3, 1873
  • S. F. Smiley of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 3, 1873
  • J. N. Smith of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on February 29, 1876
  • Alice M. Steward of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed at Skowhegan High School on April 3, 1873
  • Frank Steward of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 4, 1873
  • Jefferson Taylor of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed at Skowhegan High School on March 3, 1876
  • Ella E. Tenney of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 3, 1873
  • Lillie M. Tilton of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on January 19, 1876
  • Rose M. Varney of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 6, 1872; Belle's schoolmate
  • Emily S. Varney of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 3, 1873
  • Annie B. Ward of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on January 26, 1876.  Member of the "Geography Class" of '76
  • G. T. Waterman of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 3, 1873
  • Lizzie R. Webb of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 3, 1873; Belle's schoolmate
  • Carrie M. Weston of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 3, 1873
  • C. F. Weston of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 3, 1873
  • Delia A. Weston of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 3, 1873
  • Lizzie M. Whitney of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 4, 1873
  • Lillie M. Whittier of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on January 24, 1876
  • Ella C. Young of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed on April 7, 1873