Monday, March 19, 2018

1859-1865 Autograph Album of Jane M. Chick, "Jennie", of Frankfort, Maine


Autograph album given to Jennie M. Chick of Frankfort, Maine, by her sister Ellen Augusta (Chick) Lewis.


After Ellen's first husband, Freeman Atwood Lewis died and after she gave the album to Jennie, Ellen married Thomas Wyman Vose, who inscribed a page in the album.

There may have been a coastal trade connection to this album, as inscribers gave residences such as:
  • San Francisco, California
  • Bucksport, Maine
  • Castine, Maine
  • Orland, Maine
  • Portland, Maine
  • Winterport, Maine
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Salem, Massachusetts
  • New York City
The album measures approximately 7-1/2" by 5-1/4" and contains the sentiments of over 50 of Jennie's relatives and friends.  An alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appears at the end of this post.

Surnames in the Album

?HHallSSherman
AAbbottHatch [2]Skinner [5]
AspenwallHayesSmith
Avery [2]Holbrook [5]Somerly
BBartlettHolmes [2]Staniford
BrastowHornsby ?TThompson
CChamberlinHowesThurlow [2]
Chick [2]LLewisUUpham
ClarkLittleVVose
Cushing [3]MMcIntireWWare [2]
DDudleyPPikeWescott
EEmersonWetmore
FFloyd

Inscriber Aaron Holbrook gave his residence as the Ship Daylight.  I wonder if this was the steamship USS Daylight, built in 1859 and later taken over by the U.S. Navy to prevent trade by the Confederacy with other nations during the Civil War?


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

Jane M. Chick, "Jennie", was born February 18, 1836, the daughter of merchant Elisha Chick, Jr., and Ruth (Avery) Chick, who were born at Frankfort, Maine, and Castine, Maine, respectively.  Jennie's mother Ruth (Avery) Chick inscribed a page in the album at Frankfort, Maine, on May 24, 1864.


Other inscribers who were related to Jennie by blood or marriage - and there were likely others whose relationship I missed:
  • Harriet N. Abbott of Winterport, Maine; inscribed on May 6, 1863.  Harriet Newell (Chick) Abbott, wife of Charles D. Abbott and sister of album owner Jennie M. Chick
  • Lucy F. Avery of Castine, Maine; inscribed on June 24, 1860.  Presumably Lucy Foster Avery, daughter of Eliza (Stevens) Avery and John Atkins Avery, who was a brother to Jennie's mother Ruth (Avery) Chick.  Lucy would marry Charles Parker on March 5, 1861 at Brooksville, Maine.
  • Phebe P. Avery of Castine, Maine; inscribed on May 30, 1860.  Presumably Phebe Perkins Avery, daughter of Eliza (Stevens) Avery and John Atkins Avery, who was a brother to album owner Jennie M. Chick's mother Ruth (Avery) Chick.  Phebe married George Stevens Wilson in 1866.
  • Edwin W. Holbrook; inscribed on February 11, 1860 at Boston, Massachusetts.  Presumably the Edwin Webster Holbrook who purchased an interest in the Springvale Manufacturing Company at Springvale, Maine.  Shared the page with his wife Hannah Frances (Chick) Holbrook, "Fanny", who was a sister to album owner Jennie M. Chick.
  • Fanny C. Holbrook of Longwood, Massachusetts; inscribed on October 12, 1862.  She was Hannah Frances (Chick) Holbrook, wife of Edwin W. Holbrook, with whom she shared this page, and sister of album owner Jennie M. Chick.  They married at New York City on April 30, 1857
  • Ellen A. Lewis; inscribed on September 7, 1859.  Shared the page with S. H. Hayes of South Weymouth, Massachusetts.  Presumably Ellen Augusta (Chick) Lewis, widow of Freeman Atwood Lewis.  Ellen gave the album to her sister, Jennie M. Chick.  Ellen later married inscriber Thomas Wyman Vose.
  • A. L. Skinner of Portland, Maine.  Presumably Alfred Loring Skinner, whose wife Ruth Avery (Chick) Skinner, a sister to album owner Jennie M. Chick, also inscribed the page.
  • R. C. Skinner; inscribed at Portland, Maine, on October 3, 1860.  Presumably Ruth Avery (Chick) Skinner, sister to album owner Jennie M. Chick and wife of Alfred Loring Skinner, with whom she shared the page.
  • H. J. Skinner of Bucksport, Maine; inscribed on August 10, 1865.    Hannah Jane Skinner, sister of Annie Maria Skinner, with whom she shared the page.  Daughters of Alfred Loring Skinner and Ruth Avery (Chick) Skinner, who was a sister to album owner Jennie M. Chick's mother Ruth (Avery) Chick.
  • Annie M. Skinner of Bucksport, Maine; inscribed on August 10, 1865.  Anna Maria Skinner, sister of inscriber Hannah Jane Skinner, with whom she shared the page.  Daughters of Alfred Loring Skinner and Ruth Avery (Chick) Skinner, who was a sister to album owner Jennie M. Chick's mother Ruth (Avery) Chick.
  • Thomas W. Vose; inscribed on November 29, 1859.  Thomas Wyman Vose, who became the second husband of Ellen Augusta (Chick) Lewis Vose, who gifted the album to her sister Jennie M. Chick.
It appears that Jennie never married.  She died February 12, 1917 and is buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Winterport, Maine, with her parents and other relatives.

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.

Sources
  • U.S. Federal Censuses
  • Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1990
  • Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921
  • FindaGrave.com

Inscribers in the Album
  • Not sure of name, might be E. A. Hornsby; inscribed in November 1860 at Frankfort, Maine
  • Harriet N. Abbott of Winterport, Maine; inscribed on May 6, 1863.  Harriet Newell (Chick) Abbott, wife of Charles D. Abbott and sister of album owner Jennie M. Chick
  • C. J. Aspenwall of Clifton House; inscribed on February 21, 1860
  • Lucy F. Avery of Castine, Maine; inscribed on June 24, 1860.  Presumably Lucy Foster Avery, daughter of Eliza (Stevens) Avery and John Atkins Avery, who was a brother to Jennie's mother Ruth (Avery) Chick.  Lucy would marry Charles Parker on March 5, 1861 at Brooksville, Maine.
  • Phebe P. Avery of Castine, Maine; inscribed on May 30, 1860.  Presumably Phebe Perkins Avery, daughter of Eliza (Stevens) Avery and John Atkins Avery, who was a brother to album owner Jennie M. Chick's mother Ruth (Avery) Chick.  Phebe married George Stevens Wilson in 1866.
  • M. S. Bartlett of Frankfort, Maine; inscribed on October 15, 1865
  • Thomas E. Brastow of Brewer Village, Brewer, Maine; inscribed at Winterport, Maine, on February 19, 1862
  • E. D. Chamberlin, Jr., of Boston, Massachusetts; inscribed on July 19, 1862
  • Jennie M. Chick of Frankfort, Maine; album owner.  She was given the album by her sister Ellen Augusta Chick on August 30, 1859
  • Ruth Chick of Frankfort, Maine; inscribed on May 24, 1864.  Presumably Ruth (Avery) Chick, mother of album owner Jennie M. Chick
  • Louisa Clark; inscribed at Boston, Massachusetts, on May 3, 1860
  • Brenda T. Cushing of Winterport, Maine; inscribed on April 30, 1865.  Brenda Troil Cushing, sister of inscriber Lucinda Caroline Cushing, "Carrie", with whom she shared the page.  They were the daughters of Hon. Theophilus Cushing and Lucinda (Lapham) Cushing.
  • L. Carrie Cushing of Winterport, Maine; inscribed on April 30, 1865.  Lucinda Caroline Cushing, "Carrie", sister of inscriber Brenda Troil Cushing, with whom she shared the page.  They were the daughters of Hon. Theophilus Cushing and Lucinda (Lapham) Cushing.
  • Hattie Cushing of San Francisco, California; inscribed on June 10, 1865
  • C. M. Dudley; inscribed at Frankfort, Maine, in October 1860
  • Sarah F. Emerson; inscribed on February 7, 1860 at Castine, Maine.
  • George F. Floyd of East Cambridge, Massachusetts; inscribed on September 5, 1862
  • Addie E. Hall of Chelsea, Massachusetts; inscribed on July 25, 1862.  Shared the page with Mary A. McIntire of Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • Clara Hatch of Castine, Maine
  • Lucy H. Hatch of Castine, Maine; inscribed on July 23, 1861
  • S. H. Hayes of South Weymouth, Massachusetts, inscribed on August 10, 1861.  Shared the page with Ellen A. Lewis
  • Aaron Holbrook, of the Ship Daylight; inscribed on March 20, 1860
  • Edwin W. Holbrook; inscribed on February 11, 1860 at Boston, Massachusetts.  Presumably the Edwin Webster Holbrook who purchased an interest in the Springvale Manufacturing Company at Springvale, Maine.  Shared the page with his wife Hannah Frances (Chick) Holbrook, "Fanny", who was a sister to album owner Jennie M. Chick.
  • Fanny C. Holbrook of Longwood, Massachusetts; inscribed on October 12, 1862.  She was Hannah Frances (Chick) Holbrook, wife of Edwin W. Holbrook, with whom she shared this page, and sister of album owner Jennie M. Chick.  They married at New York City on April 30, 1857
  • E. Virginia Holbrook; inscribed at Macon, Georgia, on September 9, 1860.  She was Elizabeth Virginia Cook who married Henry Clay Holbrook, brother of inscriber Aaron Holbrook
  • Grace Holbrook of New York
  • Arthur C. Holmes of Frankfort, Maine; inscribed on November 5, 1860
  • Hannah C. Holmes of Frankfort, Maine; inscribed on October 2, 1860
  • Not sure of name, might be E. A. Hornsby; inscribed in November 1860 at Frankfort, Maine
  • Fred C. Howes of Orland, Maine; inscribed on February 17, 1862
  • Ellen A. Lewis; inscribed on September 7, 1859.  Shared the page with S. H. Hayes of South Weymouth, Massachusetts.  Presumably Ellen Augusta (Chick) Lewis, widow of Freeman Atwood Lewis.  Ellen gave the album to her sister, Jennie M. Chick.  Ellen later married inscriber Thomas Wyman Vose.
  • Fannie Little of Frankfort, Maine; inscribed on June 8, 1864
  • Mary A. McIntire of Chelsea, Massachusetts; inscribed on July 25, 1862.  Shared the page with Addie E. Hall of Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • N. S. Pike of Frankfort, Maine; mentions date of January 21, 1821.  Perhaps Nancy (Sampson) Pike, wife of Elijah Parish Pike
  • Eliza S. Sherman of Winterport, Maine; inscribed on June 21, 1861
  • A. L. Skinner of Portland, Maine.  Presumably Alfred Loring Skinner, whose wife Ruth Avery (Chick) Skinner, a sister to album owner Jennie M. Chick, also inscribed the page.
  • R. C. Skinner; inscribed at Portland, Maine, on October 3, 1860.  Presumably Ruth Avery (Chick) Skinner, sister to album owner Jennie M. Chick and wife of Alfred Loring Skinner, with whom she shared the page.
  • H. J. Skinner of Bucksport, Maine; inscribed on August 10, 1865.    Hannah Jane Skinner, sister of Annie Maria Skinner, with whom she shared the page.  Daughters of Alfred Loring Skinner and Ruth Avery (Chick) Skinner, who was a sister to album owner Jennie M. Chick's mother Ruth (Avery) Chick.
  • Annie M. Skinner of Bucksport, Maine; inscribed on August 10, 1865.  Anna Maria Skinner, sister of inscriber Hannah Jane Skinner, with whom she shared the page.  Daughters of Alfred Loring Skinner and Ruth Avery (Chick) Skinner, who was a sister to album owner Jennie M. Chick's mother Ruth (Avery) Chick.
  • Fanny Skinner of Bucksport, Maine
  • Susan L. Smith of Lexington, Massachusetts; inscribed on August 4, 1862
  • Hannah Somerly; inscribed at Boston, Massachusetts, on November 4, no year written
  • Sarah C. Staniford of Salem, Massachusetts; inscribed on February 29, 1860
  • Mary P. Thompson of Boston, Massachusetts; inscribed on August 25, 1861
  • L. A. Thurlow; inscribed at Frankfort, Maine, in March 1864.   Not sure of first initial, but presumably Louisa Anna (Johnston) Thurlow, "Lucy", whose husband Edwin Thurlow also inscribed the page.
  • Edwin Thurlow of Washington, presumably Washington, D.C.; inscribed at Frankfort, Maine, in March 1864.  Presumably the Edwin Thurlow whose wife was Louisa Anna (Johnston) Thurlow and who also inscribed the page.
  • Annie Gay Upham of Dixon, Illinois; inscribed on August 15, 1865.  Cousin of inscriber Hannah Upham (Clifton) Ware
  • Thomas W. Vose; inscribed on November 29, 1859.  Thomas Wyman Vose, who became the second husband of Ellen Augusta (Chick) Lewis Vose, who gifted the album to her sister Jennie M. Chick.
  • Benjamin P. Ware of Salem, Massachusetts; inscribed on February 28, 1860.  Benjamin Pond Ware, husband of inscriber Hannah Upham (Clifton) Ware
  • Hannah U. C. Ware; inscribed at Marblehead, Massachusetts, on February 29, 1860.  She was Hannah Upham (Clifton) Ware, a native of Castine, Maine; she married inscriber Benjamin Pond Ware at Marblehead, Massachusetts, on October 8, 1846.  Hannah was a cousin to inscriber Annie Gay Upham.
  • Mary A. Wescott; inscribed on May 31, 1860
  • J. I. Wetmore; inscribed at Frankfort, Maine, in March 1864.  Possibly James Izrahiah Wetmore (1819-1918)
  • G. C. Wilson of Winterport, Maine; inscribed on July 15, 1864.  Gowen C. Wilson, whose wife Martha C. (Chamberlain) Wilson also inscribed the page.
  • Martha C. Wilson of Winterport, Maine; inscribed on July 15, 1864.  Martha (Chamberlain) Wilson, whose husband Gowen C. Wilson also inscribed the page.

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