Thursday, December 29, 2011

1870s Maine Autograph Album signed by Oak Grove Seminary & Dirigo Business College students

1870s autograph album that belonged to "George", who was likely a student at Oak Grove Seminary or School at Vassalboro, Maine, or at Dirigo Business College at Augusta, Maine.  

Clues to George's identity include two pages signed by people who called themselves his cousin: Anna L. Leslie, residence unknown, and Charles W. Sawtelle of Sidney Maine.  

There was an Anna L. Jackson, born at Sidney, Maine, on 27 February 1861, daughter of Wilson Perez Jackson and wife Harriet (Ward) Jackson.  Anna married Selwyn Goodhue Leslie in 1880.  Most of the signatures in the album were dated in the 1870s, but it's possible that Anna, if she is our Annie L. Leslie, signed her page after she was married.  

There was a George Samuel Church, born 2 November 1859, son of Daniel Hewins Church and Mary Helen (Sawtelle) Church of Augusta, Maine.  He might be our George, cousin of Charles W. Sawtelle.

If you have an idea of the identity of George, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Complete list of signers, in alphabetical order:  

Note: Although some of the signers may have given Augusta or Vassalboro as their address, be aware that they may have been students at Dirigo Business College in Augusta or Oak Grove Seminary/School in Vassalboro.

Frank Abbott of Sidney, Maine
Eliza Aldrich of Vassalboro, Maine
Louis A. Aldrich of Lynn, Massachusetts
Frank A. Appleton of Vassalboro, Maine
Henry F. Arnold of West Waterville, Maine
A. R. Avery of Augusta, Maine
S. S. Avery of Augusta, Maine
Ewing C. Bailey of Winthrop, Maine
Stacy Blish of Vassalboro, Maine
W. A. Clark of Vassalboro, Maine
Nancie Ford Cousens of Kennebunk, Maine
O. M. Cousins
Fannie A. Davis of Hallowell, Maine
Emma Dockum of East Vassalboro, Maine
Lincoln A. Dow of Vassalboro, Maine
Herschel A. Dunton of Whitefield, Maine
J. Stanley Estes of Vassalborough, Maine
James M. Estes of Vassalboro
James Fairbanks of Augusta, Maine
Samuel H. Ford of Augusta, Maine
H. C. Gifford of Vassalboro, Maine
Ella E. Graves of Vassalboro, Maine
S. C. Ham of Cambridge, Maine
Hammond of West Sidney, Maine
Annie S. Keene of Lewiston, Maine
Phineas Kimball of North Boothbay, Maine
J. Frank Knowlton of South Montville, Maine
Annie L. Leslie
Emma H. Lovell of Malden, Massachusetts
Willie O. Lovell of Malden, Massachusetts
George G. Low of Vassalboro, Maine
Thomas John Lynch of Augusta, Maine
W. H. Marsh of Exeter, Maine
Fred B. Merrill, student at Dirigo Business College in Augusta, Maine
Silas S. W. Merrill of Sidney, Maine
A. E. Moore of Gardiner, Maine
Frank Emery Richards of Vassalboro, Maine
G. H. Richards of Vassalborough, Maine
H. W. Robinson of Augusta, Maine
W. J. Rockwood
Warren Runnels of Pittsfield, Maine
Charles W. Sawtelle of Sidney, Maine
Florence Sawtelle of Nantucket, Massachusetts
Vesta H. Sawtelle of Malden, Massachusetts
S. Maria Simons, student at Dirigo Business College in Augusta, Maine
Howard A. Starkey of Vassalboro, Maine
Sadie C. Starkey of Vassalboro, Maine
T. F. Sullivan of Augusta, Maine
George W. Sylvester of Augusta, Maine
Alice R. Taber of East Vassalboro, Maine
Arthur H. Taber of Vassalboro, Maine
John Taylor of Hallowell, Maine
Herbert Turner of Montville, Maine
D. M. Waitt, (David M. Waitt), founder of Dirigo Business College in Augusta, Maine
Emmie S. Weeks of Vassalboro, Maine
F. G. Winter of Kingfield, Maine
Emma L. Woodbury of North Sidney, Maine
A. R. Yates of Round Pond, Maine
Sam Yates of Round Pond, Maine
Will Yates of Round Pond, Maine
Will E. Youland of Lewiston, Maine

See scans of all of the pages of the autograph album at the Maine and Maritime Canada Genealogy network.

Map of Vassalboro and Sidney (which are separated by the Kennebec River):

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