1878-1883 autograph album of Mary Ellen Griswold, "Ella", of Kinsman, Ohio. The autographs were collected before and after Ella's marriage to George William Birrell.
The album is approximately 7" x 4-1/4" and contains the sentiments of 44 of Ella's relatives and friends. An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.
The album also includes two items associated with women's suffragist Mary Ashton (Rice) Livermore: a receipt that she signed as having been paid $50 in full for an 1885 lecture at Kinsman, Ohio; and a short newspaper clipping of her death in 1905. The clipping mentions that Mary had been a candidate for U.S. president on a woman's suffrage platform.
From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections and additions welcome!]
Mary Ellen Griswold was born 30 January 1859 at Gustavus, Ohio, the daughter of George Absalom Griswold and Mary Augusta (Sperry) Griswold, who were both Connecticut natives.
Laura S. Griswold signed a page at Toledo, Ohio, in June 1880 and called herself Ella's sister. She was actually Ella's sister-in-law, Laura (Shelby) Griswold, husband of Ella's older brother George H. Griswold.
Two of Ella's father's sisters signed pages in her album. One was Ellen Frances (Griswold) Strieby, who signed a page at Kinsman, Ohio, on June 29, 1883.
The other was Adeline Cornelia (Griswold) Walker of Monroe City, Missouri, who signed a page at Kinsman, Ohio, on July 4, 1883. She noted that she was then 73 years old. The R. M. Walker of Monroe City, Missouri, who signed a page on June 29, 1883, was presumably Adeline's husband Ralph Manning Walker.
For the names of other relatives who signed pages in the album, refer to the list of signers below.
On 25 November 1880 in Trumbull County, Ohio, Mary Ellen Griswold married George William Birrell, son of George and Nancy Birrell according to "A Twentieth Century History of Trumbull County, Ohio", source of the link preceding, or son of Henry and Agnes (Bonthrone) Birrell, as mentioned in various online trees.
George William Birrell was born 7 May 1845 at Kinsman, Ohio. He signed a page in Ella's album at Kinsman, Ohio, on March 11, 1881.
Ella and George would have three children before George's death in 1907. Ella lived until 1928.
- Florence Ellen Birrell
- Andrew Griswold Birrell
- George Henry Birrell
Charles Clinton Case and his wife Annie W. Case signed a page on July 17, 1880.
If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or information on any of the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly. Thanks!
Surnames in the album [Some appear multiple times.]
Signers in the album [Note: given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]
- Mrs. C. B. Andrews, signed on August 17, 1880
- Florence N. Andrews of Ann Arbor, Michigan, signed at Kinsman, Ohio, on August 17, 1880
- I. Barclay
- E. Hyde Bidwell of Kinsman, Ohio, signed on June 18, 1883
- E. M. Bigelow of Pittsburgh, Pennsyslvania, signed on November 30, 1879
- George W. Birrell of Kinsman, Ohio, signed on March 11, 1881. Presumably Ella's future husband or his father.
- C. C. Case signed a page on July 17, 1880 and sketched a line of music on it. He shared the page with his wife Annie W. Case. He was Charles Clinton Case, a noted composer of hymns - for more information and a photograph: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=103472922
- Annie W. Case, signed on July 17, 1880, on a page shared with her husband Charles Clinton Case.
- Allie Gillette of Cleveland, Ohio, signed on August 20, 1879
- Mary Ellen Griswold, "Ella" of Kinsman, Ohio; album owner
- Laura S. Griswold, signed in June 1880 at Toledo, Ohio; called herself Ella's sister, but she was actually her sister-in-law. She was Laura (Shelby) Griswold, wife of Ella's brother George H. Griswold.
- Catherine Griswold of Poquonock, Hartford, Connecticut; middle initial is S or L.
- M. L. Hammond of Vernon, Connecticut, signed at Kinsman, Ohio, on March 6, 1880
- A. A. F. Johnston, signed at Oberlin, Ohio. Presumably Adelia A. (Field) Johnston, the first female faculty member at Oberlin College. http://www.oberlin.edu/external/EOG/OYTT-images/AdeliaJohnston.html
- David Kay, signed at Kinsman, Ohio, on May 8, 1883; not sure of surname
- Sadie M. King of Kinsman, Ohio, signed on September 26, 1880
- Nellie M. King of Kinsman, Ohio, signed on September 26, 1880
- Clara B. King, signed at Kinsman, Ohio, on August 22, 1880; "one of your S. S. girls"
- Addie McGranahan, signed on July 30, 1881. Her husband, composer and music educator James McGranahan shared the page.
- James McGranahan, composer and musician, shared a page, on which he sketched a line of music, dated July 30, 1881, with his wife. More information and a photogrraph: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_McGranahan
- Bertha L. Melvin, signed on July 6, 1880. She shared the page with James Melvin, her father. Her mother Minnie E. Melvin signed the following page.
- James Melvin, signed on July 6, 1880. He shared the page with his daughter Bertha Melvin. His wife Minnie E. Melvin signed the following page.
- Minnie E. (Yates) Melvin of Toledo, Ohio; her husband James and their daughter Bertha signed the previous page.
- Mattie P. Naftel of Cleveland, Ohio
- Mrs. Florence G. Phelps of Springfield, Massachusetts, signed on September 5, 1882
- Carrie L. Pond, signed at Warren [no state written], in October 1879
- Mrs. M. J. Preston of East Cleveland, Ohio
- Henry W. Root of Farmdale, Ohio, signed on August 20, 1879
- A. V. Root of Cleveland, Ohio, signed on August 20, 1879; not sure of initials
- Fay F. Root of Farmdale, Ohio, signed on August 20, 1879
- Mrs. Fay F. Root of Farmdale, Ohio, signed on August 20, 1879
- Mrs. Samuel L. Smith of Poquonock, Connecticut
- S. L. Smith of Poquonock, Connecticut
- Clara E. Smith of Poquonock, Connecticut, signed on August 5, 1882
- Nettie E. Spear of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, signed at Kinsman, Ohio, on September 29, 1880
- Henry M. Strieby of Newark, New Jersey, signed at Kinsman, Ohio, on November 2, 1878. He was Henry Martin Strieby, son of Michael Epaphroditus Strieby and Ellen Frances (Griswold) Strieby, who was a sister to Ella's father George Absalom Griswold.
- M. E. Strieby of 56 Reade Street, New York City, signed at Kinsman, Ohio, on June 29, 1883
- Ellen F. Strieby, signed at Kinsman, Ohio, on June 29, 1883; Ella's aunt. She was Ellen Frances (Griswold) Strieby, a sister to Ella's father George Absalom Griswold.
- Emma M. Vance, signed on March 6, 1880 at Erie, Pennsylvania
- Edward D. Vance; his wife Annie Kellogg (Hammond) Vance signed the right facing page. He was a Presbyterian minister at Kinsman, Ohio.
- Annie K. Vance, signed at Kinsman, Ohio, on March 6, 1880; her husband Rev. Edward D. Vance signed the left facing page. She was Annie Kellogg (Hammond) Vance.
- R. M. Walker of Monroe City, Missouri, signed at Kinsman, Ohio, on June 29, 1883. Presumably Ralph Manning Walker, husband to Adeline Cornelia (Griswold) Walker, who signed the following page. She was Ella's paternal aunt.
- Aunt Adeline of Monroe City, Missouri, signed at Kinsman, Ohio, on July 4, 1883; Ella's aunt. "73 years old January 10, 1883". She was Adeline Cornelia (Griswold) Walker, sister of Ella's father George Absalom Griswold.
- T. L. White of Cleveland, Ohio, signed on August 20, 1879
- Warren S. Young of Washington, D.C., signed on June 10, 1878
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They are probably related to the man who founded Griswold Mfg. in Erie, PA. Wikipedia says he was born in East Lyme, Ct. But I can't find a tree that ties them together. Kinsman Ohio isn't far from the PA line.ReplyDelete
My father sold corrugated boxes to Griswold in the 1950's and 60's and we had the best set of cast iron pans in the neighborhood - samples so he could design the boxes to ship them in.
Thanks, Ed - so neat to think of a connection with Griswold cast iron pans and, further, to your family! I've never bought a Griswold with a nice Hamilton cardboard box, though - mine have come from auctions and antique shops.ReplyDelete