Friday, March 9, 2018

1880s Autograph Album of Susan E. Daly of Fresno, California


Autograph album with inscriptions acquired in the 1880s by Susan E. Daly, "Sue" or "Susie", of Fresno, California.

Susan wrote her name as Sue Daly on the lower right corner of the first end paper and as Susie Daly on the lower right corner of the title page, both shown below.



The album measures approximately 7-3/4" by nearly 5" and contains the sentiments of nearly 60 of Susan'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.

A card tucked in the album has the names of the recipient Karol and the possible surname of the sender, Zalud.



Surnames in the Album

? [4]GGuard [2]RReynolds
AAshman [3]HHoehnRowell [2]
BBadgerHolmes [2]SSelverman
BarthHooper [2]Shannon [2]
BedfordHopkinsSheridan
BernhardJJohnsonShort
BreseeKKirk [2]Smith [2]
CClarkKlotzTTombs
Cratty or Krotty ?MMcCardleWWainwright
DDaly [3]McCarleyWeaver
DavisMcNeilWilliams [3]
DonahooMcSweeganWolfe
EEvansMillerZZalud
FFergusonMunn
FiesterPPickford
Fleming

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

Susan E. Daly was born about August 1865 in California, the daughter of Richard Henry Daly and Susan (Bedford) Daly.

Judge Daly was born in Virginia; records for Susan (Bedford) Daly give her birth state as South Carolina or Georgia.  The link below gives her birthplace as Augusta, Georgia.  Read more about the colorful character of Richard H. Daly here.

Two of Susan's brothers inscribed pages in her album.  James H. Daly inscribed a page at Fresno, California, on May 23, 1881.


Susan's brother John Bedford Daly inscribed a page at Fresno, California, on January 4, 1882.


Susan's sister Virginia (Daly) Smith, "Jennie", inscribed a page on September 28, but she didn't write a year.  Jennie's husband Albert F. Smith inscribed the left facing page.


I believe the album owner Susan was the Susan E. Daly who married widower Rev. John James Nathaniel Kenney on October 14, 1909 at Fresno, California.   I didn't find any children from Rev. Kenney's marriage to Susan, but he did have some children from his first marriage.

Both Susan and Rev. Kenney died in 1929.  They're buried in the Mountain View Cemetery at Fresno, California, with Daly and Kenney relatives.

Other inscribers who expressed a kinship relationship [and there may have been others]

  • Mary B.  Susie's cousin.  Could she have been Mary Bedford?
  • Lily Bedford; inscribed at Anderson, no state written, [but there was a Lily Bedford at Anderson, California], on October 10, 1882.  Sue's cousin
  • Olive McCarley; "your loving Aunty"; inscribed at Shingletown, California, on September 28, 1882.  She was Olive Ann (Bedford) McCarley, sister of Susie's mother Susan E. (Bedford) Daly.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Inscribers in the Album
  • W. E. ?, possibly Somes; from or inscribed at Sitka, Alaska, on November 12, 1884
  • Ida; inscribed on January 24, 1882.  Susie's schoolmate
  • Mary B.  Susie's cousin.  Could she have been Mary Bedford?
  • Leonora; possibly the Leonora Reynolds who inscribed another page.
  • Fannie Ashman, "your Hoosier friend", of Frankfort, Indiana; inscribed at Fresno, California, on October 15, 1887.  "The judge shall not be forgotten.  Oh, no, he is one of California's 'specimens'".  I'd love to know more about that story...
  • H. G. Ashman; inscribed on January 12, 1882
  • Stonewall Ashman; inscribed at Fresno, California, on February 2, 1883.  "After four long months"
  • Willie S. Badger; inscribed at Fresno, California, on January 25, 1882.  Susie's schoolmate
  • Susie A. Barth of Fresno, California; inscribed on January 13, 1882
  • Lily Bedford; inscribed at Anderson, no state written, [but there was a Lily Bedford at Anderson, California], on October 10, 1882.  Sue's cousin
  • Louise Bernhard; inscribed at Fresno, California, on September 22, 1881.  Susie's schoolmates
  • W. D. Bresee or W. D. Brisee; possibly of Santa Rosa, California, which was mentioned twice in the inscription.  Possibly Wright Davison Bresee of Santa Rosa, California
  • Belle Clark; inscribed at Fresno, California, on September 22, 1881
  • Karol; person to whom a card tucked in the autograph album is addressed
  • James H. Daly; inscribed at Fresno, California, on May 23, 1881.  Susie's brother
  • John B. Daly; inscribed at Fresno, California, on January 4, 1882.  Susie's brother John Bedford Daly (1870-1952)
  • Sue Daly or Susie Daly of Fresno, California; she wrote her name as Sue Daly on an end paper and Susie Daley on the title page.
  • Kate M. Davis; inscribed at Fresno, California, on August 31, 1887.  "Scandinavian dandy" "strawberries & short cake" "Nil desperandum"
  • Della Donahoo; inscribed at Fresno, California, on October 13, 1881
  • John F. Evans, or Jonathan F. Evans.  He created a beautiful design that covers most of the page.
  • Andrew D. Ferguson; inscribed at Fresno, California, on January 13, 1882
  • Frank Fiester; inscribed at Fresno, California,  in March 1883
  • Elizabeth E. Fleming; inscribed at Fresno, California, on January 23, 1882
  • Annie Guard; inscribed at Fresno, California, on December 18, 1881
  • Ella Guard; inscribed at Fresno, California, on November 13, 1881
  • Will J. Hoehn; inscribed at Fresno, California; Miss Parsons' Int., on June 14, 1888.  Presumably William Jacob Hoehn
  • John Holmes; inscribed at Fresno, California, on January 24, 1882.  Susie's schoolmate
  • Owen Holmes; inscribed at Fresno, California, on February 23, 1882
  • Jennie A. Hooper; inscribed at Fresno, California, on January 21, 1882.  Susie's schoolmate
  • Sarah M. Hooper; inscribed at Fresno, California, on January 13, 1882.  Susie's schoolmate
  • J. K. Hopkins; inscribed on January 12, 1882
  • Frank Johnson; inscribed at Fresno, California, on January 7, 1883.  Inscribed "To Miss Sue Daly"
  • Mrs. Julia B. Kirk.  Julia (Bryant) Kirk, whose husband Thomas Jefferson Kirk inscribed the left facing page.
  • T. J. Kirk.  Thomas Jefferson Kirk (1852-1909) of Fresno, California, whose wife Julia (Bryant) Kirk inscribed the right facing page.
  • Lizzie Klotz of Klotz Hill; inscribed on September 29, 1882.  "Take care of cousin Louis Gam"; "B.F."; "Do not forget ...Tony Smith"
  • Edwin McCardle; inscribed at Fresno, California, on January 12, 1882
  • Olive McCarley; "your loving Aunty"; inscribed at Shingletown, California, on September 28, 1882.  She was Olive Ann (Bedford) McCarley, sister of Susie's mother Susan E. (Bedford) Daly.
  • George McNeil
  • Alice McSweegan; inscribed "At School".  Susie's schoolmate
  • H. C. Miller
  • Arthur G. Munn; inscribed at Fresno, California, on January 13, 1882.  Susie's schoolmate
  • Hattie Pickford; inscribed at Fresno, California, on January 23, 1882.  Susie's schoolmate
  • Leonora Reynolds of Mariposa, California
  • Frank A. Rowell; inscribed at Fresno, California, on March 21, 1882.  "Berkeley Gymnasium"; "Remember my last day in Thompson's room."
  • Imogene Rowell; inscribed on October 14, 1881.  Susie's schoolmate
  • Annie Selverman; inscribed at Fresno, California, in January 1882
  • Fred Shannon; inscribed at Fresno, California, on January 11, 1882.  Susie's schoolmate
  • Idria Shannon; inscribed at Fresno, California, on September 13, 1885
  • Akie Sheridan; inscribed on September 30, 1882.  "Don't forget Shingletown."
  • Frank H. Short; inscribed at Fresno, California, on December 14, 1882
  • A. F. Smith; inscribed at Shingletown, California, on September 29, 1882.  He was Albert F. Smith, husband of Virginia (Daly) Smith, "Jennie", who inscribed the right facing page.
  • Jennie Smith; inscribed at Shingletown, California, on September 28, no year written.  She was Susie's sister Virginia (Daly) Smith, "Jennie", wife of Albert F. Smith, who inscribed the left facing page.
  • Mary Tombs; inscribed at Fresno, California, on February 1, 1882.  Presumably Mary L. Tombs of Fresno, California, who would marry Charles H. Wunderlich
  • C. L. Wainwright; inscribed at Fresno, California, on April 17, 1881
  • Emma Weaver; inscribed at Fresno, California, on September 13, 1885
  • Allie G. Williams; inscribed at Fresno, California, on January 20, 1882.  Susie's schoolmate
  • Leila Williams, or Lila Williams, of Vacaville, California; inscribed at Fresno, California, on January 19, 1882
  • Lue Williams
  • L. E. Wolfe; inscribed at Fresno, California, on February 8, 1886
  • Surname of person who wrote a card tucked in the album, based on the following: "Every once in a while Visalia folks come through the Zalud House"

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