Sunday, October 29, 2017

1860s+ Autograph Album of Harriet Naomi (Burbank) Hunt of Massachusetts and New Hampshire

Album that was presented to Hattie in 1860, presumably Harriet Naomi (Burbank) Hunt from before and after her marriage to David Franklin Hunt.  Most of the inscriptions are from the 1860s, the rest by daughter Florence C. Hunt in a later era.

Sadly, the presentation page is half torn away and is missing the names of the person who presented the album to Hattie at Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, on June 21, 1860 and Hattie's name, which might have included her full name.

The album measures approximately 7-3/4" by 6-1/4" and contains the sentiments of about 20 of Hattie's relatives and friends, as well as five hand-colored botanical prints.  The title page is missing, but the album may have been produced by J. C. Riker or another quality printer of the era.

An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appear at the end of this post.

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

Assuming I have the correct Hattie, Harriet Naomi Burbank was born January 27, 1845 at Worcester, Massachusetts, the daughter of blacksmith David Burbank and Elizabeth (?) Burbank.  Hattie's Massachusetts birth record does not provide the maiden name of her mother, unless her mother was also a Burbank.  Hopefully a reader will weigh in.

According to the History of the Town of Antrim, New Hampshire: From Its Earliest Settlement to June 27, 1877, with a Brief Genealogical Record of All the Antrim Families, by Warren Robert Cochrane and published by 1880 by Warren Steam Printing Press, Hattie married David Franklin Hunt, a native of Hancock, New Hampshire, in 1864.

In 1868 they moved to Antrim, New Hampshire for a few years, left for a couple years and returned to Antrim in 1873.  The 1910 Census shows David and Harriet at Sodus, New York, where David was manufacturing an apple processing machine.  They were back at Antrim where David died in 1912.  Hattie died in 1918.  They're buried in the Maplewood Cemetery at Antrim, New Hampshire, along with daughter Florence Caroline (Hunt) Madden and husband Thomas Madden.

They had at least two children, daughters Antoinette A. Hunt and Florence Caroline Hunt.  As mentioned above, Florence inscribed three pages in the album, including one page with a sketch of a house, perhaps after the house where she grew up.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or an alternate theory of Hattie's identity, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Surnames in the Album
  • ?
  • Ballord
  • Burbank
  • Champion
  • Dalrymple
  • Hunt  [2]
  • Ryder
  • Thomas
  • Wentworth

Inscribers in the Album

  • An inscription that wasn't completed or signed
  • Nellie; "Noisy school girl"
  • Hattie; perhaps inscribed by Harriet Naomi Burbank herself
  • L. G. T.; not sure of last initial, could be Y.  Inscribed at Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, on November 25, 1862.
  • Emma; inscribed on May 7, 1873.  "Remember me when going to school at South Antrim"
  • Helen; inscribed at Dublin, presumably New Hampshire, on September 11, 1865
  • Sarah F. B.; inscribed on March 23, 1862
  • M. C.; inscribed on March 2, 1862
  • E. N. J.
  • E. M. Ballord; inscribed at Worcester, Massachusetts.  Perhaps Eliza M. Ballord
  • Hattie, album owner. who was given the album at Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, on June 21, 1860.  Because of the inscriptions by Florence C. Hunt of Antrim, New Hampshire, I believe Hattie was Massachusetts native Harriet Naomi Burbank, future wife of David Franklin Hunt
  • Sarah Champion; inscribed at Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, on March 3, 1862 - she inscribed two pages
  • Mary L. Dalrymple
  • Evelyn Harrington; inscribed at Worcester, Massachusetts, on May 19, 1863
  • D. F. H.; presumably David Franklin Hunt, who would become the husband of album owner Harriet Naomi (Burbank) Hunt.
  • Florence C. Hunt of Antrim, New Hampshire; "A.A.B....A.G.S."  She was the daughter of album owner Harriet Naomi (Burbank) Hunt, "Hattie", and David Franklin Hunt.  She inscribed three pages in all, including where she sketched a federal style house, perhaps the one where she grew up.
  • Amelia E. Ryder; inscribed at Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, in March 1862
  • Susan W. Thomas; inscribed at Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, on November 21, 1861
  • Frank Wentworth; inscribed at Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, on March 10, 1862