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

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