Friday, November 30, 2018

1874-1883 Autograph Album of Louise M. Williams; presumably Louise Miller Williams of Bristol, Rhode Island


Autograph album of Louise M. Williams, dated December 25, 1874, presumably a Christmas present. I believe she was Louise Miller Williams (1865-1901), then of Bristol, Rhode Island.


The album is a petite one, measuring a bit less than 3-1/2 by 2-1/2, and contains the sentiments of ten people, at least three of whom appear to relatives.  A surname list appears below and an alphabetical list of the inscribers and any personal information they offered, appears at the end of this post.

Surnames
Armstrong
Bowen
Hawks
Howell
Miller
Morse
North
Smith
Waldron
Williams - 2

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

I believe the album owner was Louise Miller Williams, daughter of Fielding Lewis Williams and Abbie Louisa (Miller) Williams of Bristol, Rhode Island.  Louise was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 8, 1865.  I believe the A. L. Williams who inscribed a page was Louise mother, Abbie Louisa (Miller) Williams.


Abbie Louisa (Miller) Williams was the daughter of Augustus Nelson Miller and Harriet Jones (Waldron) Miller.  It's possible that the H. L. Williams who inscribed a page was Harriet Jones (Waldron) Miller, mother of Abbie Louisa (Miller) Williams and maternal grandmother of album owner Louise.


The next inscription was that of A. P. Waldron, who may have been Annie P. Waldron, presumably related to Harriet Jones (Waldron) Miller.


Louise Miller Williams married John Taylor Lewis in 1898; sadly she died in 1901, after having had one child, son John Taylor Lewis in 1900.  She's buried in the Juniper Hill Cemetery at Bristol, Rhode Island.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, and if you can decode any of the initials of the inscribers, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Perhaps a reader can decode the place in the inscription written partially by James Armstrong and partially by, I presume, one of his parents.  Patapsco ? - short for Institute?  There was a Patapsco Female Institute, and perhaps James was the son of one of the instructors.


Inscribers in the Album
  • James Armstrong; inscribed on November 23, 1880 at Patapsco ?, Baltimore, Maryland
  • G. W. Bowen of Brooklyn, New York; inscribed on July 12, 1875
  • Archie McL. Hawks of Bristol, Rhode Island; inscribed on August 13, 1880; possibly Archie McLean Hawks (1865-1963)
  • W. H. Howell; inscribed on July 12, 1875
  • H. J. Miller; inscribed on May 6, 1878; possibly Louise's maternal grandmother, Harriet Jones (Waldron) Miller, wife of Augustus Nelson Miller
  • Fanny W. Morse of Bristol, Rhode Island; presumably the Fannie W. Morse who gave her occupation as teacher in the 1880 Census of Bristol, Rhode Island
  • Nettie R. North of Bristol, Rhode Island; inscribed on September 6, 1883 - "Royal Frock". Presumably Antoinette Richards North (1863-1921) who would marry William Russell Bogert
  • Ricardo H. Smith of Bristol, Rhode Island; inscribed on August 15, 1880. Presumably Ricardo deBelleville Smith (1864-1924)
  • A. P. Waldron; inscribed on July 14, 1875; perhaps Annie P. Waldron; presumably related to Louise through family of Louise's maternal grandmother Harriet Jones (Waldron) Miller.
  • Louise M. Williams, album owner; presumably given the album as a Christmas present in 1874; presumably Louise Miller Williams (1865-1901), daughter of Fielding Lewis Williams and Abbie Louisa (Miller) Williams of Bristol, Rhode Island and future wife of John T. Lewis
  • A. L. Williams; inscribed at Bristol, Rhode Island, on July 14, 1875; possibly Abbie Louisa (Miller) Williams, mother of Louise Miller Williams

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