Tuesday, November 29, 2011

1880s Autograph Album of Mamie Libby of Biddeford, Maine

1880s autograph album owned by Mamie Libby.  Since most of the signers were from Biddeford and some of them identified themselves as Mamie's schoolmates, I assume that Mamie lived at Biddeford, Maine.

I haven't been able to find a Mamie Libby in Biddeford, so I'm assuming that Mamie was a nickname.

One of the singers was Edith E. Libby, Class of 91, of Biddeford, Maine, who happened to have a sister named Mary Louisa Libby.  Could Mary have been our "Mamie"?

Mary Louisa Libby was born 25 November 1874 at Biddeford, Maine, the daughter of Joseph Ralph Libby and Louisa Helen (Larrabee) Libby.

Joseph Ralph Libby, son of Ivory and Eliza Ann (Davis) Libby, was born at Buxton, Maine, and worked his way up in the mercantile world in Bonny Eagle and Biddeford, Maine and eventually founded the J. L. Libby Company at Portland, Maine, which his sons and son-in-law managed.  He was a philanthropist and was active in the prohibition movement.  One of the three missionaries that he supported in China was killed in the Boxer uprising.

Mary Louisa Libby married Arthur Hale Chamberlain, who became Secretary-Treasurer of the American Iron, Steel and Heavy Hardware Association at the headquarters in New York City.  They lived at Mount Vernon, New York and raised a family of at least three.

The aforementioned Edith Emma Libby married William Russell Cutter, the son-in-law referenced above as a manager at the J. L. Libby Company.  He may be the Willie R. Cutter who signed a page in Mamie's book.

Mary Louise Libby's other siblings were:
  • Royal Sumner Libby, who died at six months
  • Annie Belle Libby, who died at 4-1/2 months
  • Alice Helena Libby, who married Merle Sedgwick Brown
  • Ralph Garfield Libby, who married Hattie Payson Brazier
  • Harold Thaxter Libby
However, Edith E. Libby may have been a Mamie's cousin or other relative, as there were other Libby families in Biddeford and the surrounding area.

Another signer in the autograph album was H. W. Libby of Biddeford, Maine.  In the 1880 Census of Biddeford, Maine is a Harry W. Libby, about age nine, son of William and Nancy Libby.  He had an older brother Fred and younger sisters Gracie and Sarah.

Another signer was Hadyn Libby of Biddeford.  He was born about 1872 at Biddeford, Maine, the son of Alphonso and Victoria (Hill) Libby, born in Buxton, Maine, and Boston, Massachusetts, respectively.

There were two signers with the surname Davis, which was the surname of Mary Louisa Libby's paternal grandmother, in case that is a clue.

If you have any theories as to the identity of the Mamie Libby who owned the autograph album, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

One of the signers was S. Augusta Burbank, who identified herself as Mamie's teacher and friend.

Another signer who identified herself as a teacher was Emma S. Bickford of Biddeford, Maine.

Another signer who identified himself as a teacher was Harry H. Burnham of Biddeford, Maine.

Complete list of signers:

Edwin Andrews, Biddeford, Maine
Jennie Beaumont, Biddeford, Maine
Emma S. Bickford, Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Harry Clifton Boardman, Biddeford, Maine
Mildred Boynton, Biddeford, Maine
Gertrude Bridges, Biddeford, Maine
S. Augusta Burbank, teacher
Harry H. Burnham, teacher
Willie W. Burnham, Biddeford, Maine
Ina M. Chapman, Biddeford, Maine
Hattie A. Cobb, Biddeford, Maine
Annie T. Cullinan, Biddeford, Maine
Willie R. Cutter, Biddeford, Maine
Davies, Ray or Peter
Lizzie Davis, Bonny Eagle, Maine
Mary E. Davis, Biddeford, Maine
Edward Deering, Biddeford, Maine
Alice C. Eldridge, Biddeford, Maine
Lizzie Etchells, Biddeford, Maine
Hattie Evans, Biddeford, Maine
E. Payson Gibbs, Biddeford, Maine
Gertie M. Gonyer, Biddeford, Maine
Lillian Gouch, Biddeford, Maine
Densie Haines, Biddeford, Maine
May F. Hanson, Biddeford, Maine
Carlos Clayton Heard, Biddeford, Maine
Grace H. Hooper, Biddeford, Maine
Myrtle B. Hopping, Biddeford, Maine
Alice M. Hyde, Biddeford, Maine
Annie L. Ingersoll, Biddeford, Maine
John W. Lane, Bonny Eagle, Maine
Edith E. Libby, Biddeford, Maine
H. W. Libby, Biddeford, Maine
Haydn Libby, Biddeford, Maine
Mamie Libby
Clara A. Lunt
Gertrude F. Lunt, Biddeford, Maine
Gertrude MacNulty
Ora McDonald, Biddeford, Maine
Jennie W. McIntire, Biddeford, Maine
Frank M. Means, Biddeford, Maine
Josiah B. Morford, Tennessee
Ida G. Morrill, Biddeford, Maine
Della F. Morse, Biddeford, Maine
Charlotte M. Morton, Biddeford, Maine
Mamie F. O'Connor, Biddeford, Maine
Harold Parcher
J. Fannie Phippen, Biddeford, Maine
Grace M. Pillsbury, Biddeford, Maine
Annie Knowlton Pilsbury, Biddeford, Maine
Mary Rennick, Biddeford, Maine
Fred H. Saincire, Biddeford, Maine
Walter Shute, Biddeford, Maine
Maude E. Smith, Biddeford, Maine
Carrie Spencer, Biddeford, Maine
Cora Staples, Biddeford, Maine
Everett M. Staples, Biddeford, Maine
Kittie C. Tarr, Biddeford, Maine
Bessie B. Townsend, Biddeford, Maine
Gracie Townsend, Biddeford, Maine
Lizzie M. Ward, Biddeford, Maine
Josephine Weymouth, Saco, Maine
Abbie Whitehead, Biddeford, Maine

To see scans of all of the pages in the autograph album, see 1880s Autograph Album of Mamie Libby of Biddeford, Maine at the Maine and Maritime Canada Genealogy Network.

The album contained nine pages with preprinted scenery, such as this:

and this:

Map of Biddeford, Maine:

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