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

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