Sunday, October 29, 2017

1880s-1902 Autograph Album of Lucy, possibly of the Cobb or Freeman Families, with Inscriptions from Maine, Massachusetts & New Hampshire

Autograph album that belonged to Lucy, with inscriptions dating from the 1880s to 1902, from California, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, most of them from Massachusetts.

Sadly, there's no ownership page with Lucy's name, but the entry of Elmer S. Church, presumably Elmer Sprague Church, of Nevada City, California is directed to "Aunt Lucy".

Lucy may have been related to the Cobb and/or Freeman families of Eastham, Massachusetts, based on the following:
  • Inscription of Susan C. (Young) Hussey, wife of John Freeman Hussey of Winterport, Maine, and Newburgh, Maine.  She called herself Lucy's aunt.  John's mother was a Freeman and may have been related to the Freemans from Eastham, Massachusetts.
  • Inscription of E. Nannie Cobb of Worcester, Massachusetts; presumably Emily Nancy Cobb
  • Inscription of Elmer S. Church of Nevada City, California.  He called himself Lucy's nephew.  Elmer Sprague Church was the son of George Almen Church and Estelle Dorcas (Cobb) Church.

If you are able to tie all of these people together and identify which Lucy was the owner of this album, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

The album measures approximately 7" by 4-1/4" and contains the inscriptions of 9 of Lucy's relatives and friends.  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.

Surnames in the Album
  • ?
  • Church
  • Cobb
  • Corkum
  • Hussey
  • Lawrence
  • Mayo
  • Murray
  • Patterson
  • Watson
Inscribers in the Album
  • Lucy, album owner.  She may have been related to the Cobb and/or Freeman families of Eastham, Massachusetts
  • Elmer S. Church; inscribed at Nevada City, California, on September 9, 1902.  Album owner Lucy's nephew
  • E. Nannie Cobb of Worcester, Massachusetts; inscribed on December 26, 1883
  • E. Blanche Corkum; inscribed at Cambridge, presumably Massachusetts, on June 26, 1899
  • Susan C. Hussey; inscribed at Winterport, Maine, on June 9, 1886; album owner Lucy's aunt
  • A. A. Lawrence of West Medway, Massachusetts
  • Rebecca S. Mayo; inscribed at Eastham, Massachusetts, on March 20, 1884
  • Amy Murray of Worcester, Massachusetts, inscribed on December 29, 1883
  • Louise P. Patterson of South Boston, Massachusetts
  • Edwin H. Watson of Manchester, New Hampshire; member of Dartmouth College Class of 1884; inscribed at Eastham, Massachusetts, on April 9, 1884