Wednesday, October 28, 2020

1880s Autograph Album of Cora M. Church of Canaan, Maine


1880s autograph album that belonged to Cora M. Church of Canaan, Maine. Cora inscribed her name on the first end paper on December 18, 1884, long after she had started acquiring autographs in the album.


The album measures approximately 7" by 4-1/2" and contains the sentiments of 62 of Cora's relatives, friends, schoolmates and teachers.  An alphabetical list of the inscribers and any personal information they left appears at the end of this post.


Surname List

?HHarringtonRRamsdell
AAbbottHarrisRolfe
BBarrett [3]HodsdonSStinson
BastonHubbard [2]TTobey
BeanJJewell [2]Turner
BerwiseJoyTuttle [2]
BlakeLLaryWWaldron [2]
BrownLordWard
BunkerLowell
Burrill [2]MMitchell [2]
CChurch [5]Moore
CorsonMorrill [3]
DDrew [3]NNelson [2]
EEmeryOOsborne
FFrost [2]PPackard
GGiffordPenney
GoodwinPrescott [2]
Gower
Griffin

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

Cora May Church (1871-1961) was born 25 January 1871 at Canaan, Maine, the daughter of William Church and Eunice (Wheeler) Church. Cora had at least 9 siblings, at least five of whom inscribed pages in the album:
  • George E. Church
  • Georgia Etta (Church) Lary
  • Carrie Viola Church
  • Lizzie Church
  • Hiram Church

Georgia Etta (Church) Lary, who mentions her daughter Gracie M. Lary; Cora's oldest sister

On 6 June 1894 at Pittsfield, Maine, Cora M. Church (1871-1961) married Obed Foss Parks (1866-1939), son of Richard Parks and Elizabeth (Madden) Parks.  In a town report of Pittsfield, Maine, his printed name is O. Foss Parks, but his gravestone reads Obed F. Parks.  Cora and Obed farmed at Pittsfield, Maine. It appears they didn't have children.

Cora May (Church) Parks (1871-1961), her husband Obed Foss Parks (1866-1939) and other Parks relatives are buried in the Pittsfield Village Cemetery in Pittsfield, Maine.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or on any of the people mentioned below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

List of Inscribers - with any dates, locales, relationships noted
  • Extemely faint; possibly Celia C? of Canaan, Maine
  • Charlie Abbott of Canaan, Maine; inscribed on January 13, 1885
  • Harrie D. Barrett; inscribed on October 1, 1883; Harrison Delevan Barrett (1863-1911)
  • Lulie Barrett of Canaan, Maine; inscribed on June 8, 1883; perhaps Lucile Barrett (1866-1948)
  • Viola A. Barrett of Canaan, Maine; inscribed on June 8, 1883; Viola A. Barrett (1869-1919), who married Thomas F. Rand in 1894.
  • Dellie W. Baston of Canaan, Maine; inscribed on January 13, 1885; schoolmate. Della W. Baston (1869-1939), who married George Dixon
  • Stella H. Bean of Hartland, Maine; inscribed on September 21, 1884; schoolmate. Possibly Estella Hannah Bean (1868-1918), who married Lewis Bass Johnson
  • Dilla Berwise of Skowhegan, Maine; inscribed at Canaan, Maine, on October 23, 1882. Presumably Flay Dilla Berwise (1868-1917), who married Charles Davis Harris [FindaGrave memorial text notes her birth year as 1867, but stone reads 1868]
  • Hattie A. Blake; inscribed on September 6, 1884. Presumably Harriet A. Blake (1870-1935), who married George A. Willey
  • Johnie Brown of Canaan, Maine; inscribed on November 28, 1888
  • L. A. Bunker; inscribed at R. Nelson's School in 1883. Presumably Lillian A. Bunker (1866-1903) who married inscriber Sherman Richard Mitchell (1864-1937)
  • Harry Burrill of Canaan, Maine. Perhaps Harry H. Burrill (1876-1894)
  • Vesta A. Burrill of Canaan, Maine; inscribed on September 10, 1884; schoolmate. Vesta A. Burrill (1869-1957), who married Fred B. Holt
  • Carrie V. Church; inscribed at Canaan, Maine, on October 17, 1886. Cora's sister Carrie V. Church (abt 1863-) who married Robert D. Snowden
  • Cora M. Church of Canaan, Maine; she inscribed the ownership page on December 18, 1884. Album owner Cora May Church (1871-1961), who would marry Obed Foss Parks
  • George E. Church of Canaan, Maine; inscribed on January 18, 1885. Album owner Cora M. Church's older brother George Edwin Church (1859-1944)
  • Hiram; "Your Brother". "Mr. Stinson Teacher". Cora May Church's younger brother Hiram Judkins Church (1873-1960)
  • Lizzie D. Church; inscribed at Canaan, Maine, on June 22, 1883. Cora's older sister Lizzie D. Church (1865-), who married William L. Richardson
  • Belle S. Corson; inscribed at Canaan, Maine, on October 24, 1882. Belle Sarah Corson (1867-1961), who married Ulysses Holt
  • A. Wilson Drew of Canaan, Maine; inscribed on October 19, 1882. Presumably Albert Wilson Drew (abt 1867-abt 1952), who married May Read Nichols
  • Clara Drew of Canaan, Maine; inscribed on January 25, 1883. Presumably Clara Angelina Drew (1862-1953), who married Frank Edwin Emery
  • Nellie Drew of Canaan, Maine; inscribed on October 23, 1882. Nellie T. Drew (1864-1962), who married Edwin Jeffords Keyou
  • Marcia C. Emery; inscribed at Canaan, Maine, on May 30, 1883. Perhaps Marcia C. Emery (1861-)
  • Nettie B. Frost of Canaan, Maine; inscribed on July 24, 1887 [or July 27 and/or 1881],]. Perhaps Nettie Belle Frost (1868-1893), first wife of John White Steward
  • Villa Frost . Perhaps Villa F. Frost (abt 1859-1892)
  • Alta E. Gifford; inscribed at Hartland, Maine, on September 4, 1884. Perhaps Alta Eva Gifford (1868-1948), who married Wilbur F. Mitchell
  • Emma M. Goodwin of Canaan, Maine; inscribed on September 25, 1884; schoolmate. Possibly Emma Goodwin (1871-1931)
  • Gertie A. Gower of Canaan, Maine; inscribed on December 19, 1882. Presumably Gertrude A. Gower (abt 1869-1912), who married George A. Weymouth
  • Livona Griffin of Canaan, Maine; inscribed on June 8, 1883. Presumably Livona Griffin (about 1863-)
  • Winnie Harrington; inscribed at Canaan, Maine, on September 4, 1884. Presumably the Winifred F. W. Harrington (1868-1951) who married Thomas J. Moody. 
  • Mabel M. Harris; inscribed at Canaan, Maine, on June 12, 1884. Perhaps Mabel Martha Lowell (1863-1935), who married Richard H. Harris
  • Ellen M. Hodsdon; inscribed at Canaan, Maine, on December 18, 1882. Perhaps the Ellen M. Hodgdon, who was born about 1859
  • Henry Hubbard; inscribed at Canaan, Maine, on December 21, 1882. Possibly Henry S. Hubbard (abt 1870-)
  • Kate M. Hubbard; inscribed at Canaan, Maine, on December 21, 1882; schoolmate. Possibly Kate M. Hubbard (abt 1870-)
  • Frank L. Jewell of Canaan, Maine; inscribed on January 17, 1883. Presumably Frank Leslie Jewell (1868-1930), who married Nina Pearl Tait.
  • Nora Jewell of Canaan, Maine; inscribed on June 5, 1884; schoolmate. Possibly Nora Bell Jewell (1870-1931), who married John Alexander Harris
  • Albert Joy; inscribed at Canaan, Maine, on September 21, 1884. Cora's teacher. The young man pictured here may have been his older brother Alfred.
  • Mrs. Etta G. Lary of Canaan, Maine (Gracie M. Lary);  (East Madison, N.H.) inscribed on March 11, 1883. Georgia Etta (Church) Lary (1860-1924), mother of Gracie M. Lary (1881-1952) and wife of Jeremiah R. Lary. Etta was album owner Cora's older sister.
  • Scott Lord of Canaan, Maine; inscribed on November 28, 1883. "R. N. School". Possibly Scott Lord (1869-1923)
  • Evie L. Lowell
  • Sherman Mitchell; inscribed at Canaan, Maine, on December 14, 1882. "F. Emery, Teacher".  Presumably Sherman Richard Mitchell (1864-1937), who married inscriber Lillian A. Bunker (1866-1903)
  • Wilbur F. Mitchell of Canaan, Maine; inscribed on December 14, 1882 at Frank Emery's School. Wilbur Fred Mitchell (1866-1930)
  • Maud Moore of Canaan, Maine. Presumably May Maud Moore (abt 1873-) who married Horace Bunker Weymouth
  • Frankie H. Morrill of Canaan, Maine; inscribed at Canaan on January 25, 1883. Frances Horton Morrill (1873-), "Frankie". More information and photograph here.
  • Lucia H. Morrill of Canaan, Maine; inscribed at Canaan on January 25, 1883. Lucia Haskell Morrill (1872-1960), More information here.
  • May S. Morrill; inscribed at Canaan, Maine, on December 8, 1882. Mary Sophronia Morrill (1867-1958), who would marry Reuben Lowell Ilsley. More information here.
  • Relief Nelson of Canaan, Maine. Relief Nelson (1866-1903)
  • Roscoe Nelson; inscribed on October 5, 1883. Rev. Roscoe Nelson (1861-1961)
  • Kate E. Osborne of St. Albans, Maine; inscribed on September 11, 1884. Kate E. Osborne (1868-1889)
  • Carro M. Packard of Canaan, Maine. Teacher Carro Marie Packard (abt 1862-), who would marry Milford A. Curtis
  • Frank L. Penney of Canaan, Maine; inscribed on January 1, 1882. Frank L. Penney (1864-1946)
  • John Prescott of Canaan, Maine; inscribed on December 9, 1884. Possibly John Augustus Prescott (1868-1937)
  • May Prescott; inscribed in 1883. Possibly Mary W. Prescott (1866-1926), who married Ashley J. Keene and James L. Johnson
  • Thomas J. Ramsdell; inscribed at Canaan, Maine, on December 10, 1884. "Colby '86". Thomas Jefferson Ramsdell (1859-1953), native of Lubec, Maine; after Colby graduation, he graduated in 1889 from Newton Theological Seminary and received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Colby in 1912. [Note: FindaGrave shows birth year as 1860 but birth record shows 1859
  • Ethel Maud Rolfe of Canaan, Maine; inscribed at Canaan on June 12, 1883. Ethel Maud Rolfe(1871-1910) or Maud Ethel Rolfe (1871-), who would marry Fred Dinsmore Nelson
  • F. L. Stinson of West Pittsfield, Maine; inscribed at Canaan, Maine, on September 23, 1885. Possibly teacher Frederick L. Stinson (1863-1941)
  • M. Lillian Tobey of South Norridgewock, Maine; inscribed on June 18, 1884. 
  • Willie A. Turner of Canaan, Maine; inscribed on November 6, 1885. Perhaps William A. Turner (1872-1935)
  • Gertie B. Tuttle of Canaan, Maine; inscribed on May 23, 1885. Gertrude Belle Tuttle (1871-1962), who married Augustine Gleason, and, after Augustine's death, his younger brother Abel Prescott Gleason
  • Lizzie B. Tuttle; inscribed at Canaan, Maine, on May 11, 1885. Lizzie B. Tuttle (1866-1933), who married Charles D. Gleason
  • Nellie Waldron; inscribed at Canaan, Maine, on December 18, 1882; schoolmate.  Right corner folded, showing messages on each side. Schoolmate. Presumably Nellie F. Waldron (1871-1932)
  • Sophronia Waldron; inscribed at Canaan, Maine, on January 20, 1883. Possibly Sophronia J. (Ward) Waldron (1843-1884), wife of Charles F. Waldron
  • D. F. Ward of Lowell, Massachusetts; inscribed on June 17, 1883


Sunday, October 25, 2020

1884-1890 Autograph Album of Lottie of Lincoln Center, Lincoln, Maine; possibly Charlotte G. Scammon (1879-1919)

1884-1890 autograph album that belonged to a Lottie, presumably from Lincoln Center in Lincoln, Maine, where most of the inscribers resided. 


Judging from the inscribers, Lottie may have been Charlotte G. Scammon (1879-1919), daughter of Francis D. Scammon and second wife Hannah Jeanette (Heald) Scammon.  By 1900, according to the US Census, Charlotte, still single, was teaching at Willimantic, Maine. 

The Minnie Scammon who inscribed a page on January 23, 1887, was presumably Charlotte's older sister, Minnie Laura Scammon (1868-1949), who would marry Frank H. Annis.


Lottie's "Aunt Angie" inscribed a page, facing that of E. E. Hatch. They were Angie M. (Heald) Hatch (1860-1924) and Everett E. Hatch of Chester, Maine, who married in 1884. Angie was a younger sister to Charlotte's mother Hannah Jeanette (Heald) Scammon.


In 1907 Charlotte married John Roscoe Reed (1875-1953) of Wellington, Maine. They farmed at Plymouth, Maine, and Hermon, Maine.  After Charlotte's death, John married Mae (Murphy) Smith.  Charlotte, John and Mae are buried in the Pine Tree Cemetery in Hermon, Maine; Charlotte's infant daughter is buried with them. Charlotte's other daughter survived into adulthood.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, especially if you believe Lottie was someone other than Charlotte G. (Scammon) Read, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

The album measures approximately 4" by 2-1/2" and contains the sentiments of 30 of Lottie's relatives, friends and teachers.  An alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appears at the end of this post.

The last entry in the album is the inscription of E. A. Thornton of Lincoln Center, Lincoln, Maine, who sketched pansies. If you recognize the name E. A. Thornton, please leave a comment.  The inscription of Emma Barney of Lincoln Center, Lincoln, Maine is at left; her middle initial may have been J or I.


Alphabetical List of Inscribers
  • Uncle Frank. Perhaps Francis Babcock (1840-1915), husband of Laura A. (Heald) Babcock (1848-1909), who was the sister of Hannah Jeanette (Heald) Scammon, mother of album owner Charlotte G. Scammon. 
  • Lottie Abbott of Orono, Maine. Perhaps the Lottie Abbott (1872-1953), who married Fred C. Parks.
  • Effie E. Adams of Lincoln Center, Lincoln, Maine; inscribed on June 29, 1886. Presumably Effie Ethylyn Adams (1872-1954) who would marry Herbert M. McFarland.  
  • Helen Adams of Lincoln Center, Lincoln, Maine; inscribed on January 3, 1887. Perhaps Helen Louisa Adams (1872-1932), who became the second wife of Artemus Weatherbee. 
  • Jicks Adams of Lincoln Center, Lincoln, Maine; inscribed on June 29, 1886
  • Sadie Adams of Lincoln Center, Maine; inscribed on October 6, 1890. Perhaps Sadie E. Adams (1882-1959). h
  • Miss E. B. Bailey of Lincoln Center, Lincoln, Maine; inscribed in 1884. Presumably Lottie's teacher
  • Emma Barney of Lincoln Center, Lincoln, Maine; her middle initial may have been J or I or ?
  • Clyde E. Browne of Lee, Maine; inscribed on September 23, 1886.  Possibly the Clyde E. Brown shown as a teacher in Lee, Maine, on the 1880 Census, shown as a daughter in the household of Eliphalet Brown.
  • Ella B. Crocker of Lincoln Center, Lincoln, Maine. Perhaps Ella Blanche Crocker (1878-1937), who would marry Fred Maurice Peasley
  • Hattie Crocker of Lincoln Center, Lincoln, Maine; inscribed on October 6, 1890
  • Edith L. Curtis of Lowell, Maine; inscribed on December 30, 1886. Presumably Edith Lillian Curtis (1873-1958), who married Henry A. Warriner. 
  • H. N. Doe of Enfield, Maine; inscribed at Lincoln Center, Lincoln, Maine, on January 4, 1887. Possibly Harris N. Doe (abt 1864-1940). Married Annetta Lizzie Clark, "Nettie".  Possibly Lottie's teacher, as he had graduated from Eastern State Normal School 
  • Aunt Angie; presumably Angie M. (Heal) Hatch (1860-1924), younger sister of Hannah Jeanette (Heald) Scammon, mother of album owner Charlotte G. Scammon, "Lottie". Angie married Everett E. Hatch in 1884. He is presumably the E. E. Hatch who inscribed the facing page.
  • E. E. Hatch of Chester, Maine. Everett E. Hatch, husband of Angie M. (Heald) Hatch, who inscribed the facing page. Angie was the younger sister of Hannah Jeanette (Hatch) Scammon, mother of album owner Charlotte G. Scammon
  • Edna Haynes of Lincoln Center, Lincoln, Maine. Presumably Edna Maude Haynes (1876-1917), who would marry Preston Herbert Lindsay.
  • Gemma L. Heald of Lincoln Center, Maine; inscribed on December 30, 1886. Lottie's cousin Gemma Louise Heald (1870-1951).  
  • Aunt Angie; presumably Angie M. Heald (1860-1924), younger sister of Hannah Jeanette (Heald) Scammon, mother of album owner Charlotte G. Scammon, "Lottie".   Angie married Everett E. Hatch in 1884. He inscribed the facing page as E. E. Hatch.
  • Carrie Kirby of Lincoln, Maine; inscribed on March 12, 1886. Perhaps Caroline B. Kirby (abt 1873-1917), who married Aaron M. Brand. 
  • Letitia Kirby of Lincoln Center, Lincoln, Maine. Perhaps the Letitia Kirby (1864-1933), who married M. Simpson O'Neil. 
  • Sadie Logue; inscribed at Lincoln, Maine, on July 1, 1886. Perhaps the Sarah E. Logue (1865-1933), who married Elmer E. Gilpatrick. 
  • Allie E. Lovett of Lincoln Center, Lincoln, Maine; inscribed on January 31, 1887.  Perhaps Althea E. Lovett (1874-1896), who would marry Elijah Wyman.  
  • Jessie Palmer. Perhaps school teacher Jessie Palmer (1865-1952), native of Danforth, Maine, who married Harvey E. Hall of Lincoln Center, Lincoln, Maine, in 1894. 
  • Birdie E. Reed of Lincoln Center, Lincoln, Maine; inscribed on December 30, 1886. Her sister Winnie inscribed the facing page. Bernice E. Reed (1878-1938), who would marry Merton D. Littlefield. 
  • Edna E. Reed of Lincoln Center, Lincoln, Maine; inscribed on October 6, 1890. Presumably the Edna Elizabeth Reed (1879-1867) who married John Frank Dineen.
  • Winnie Reed of Lincoln Center, Lincoln, Maine; inscribed on December 30, 1886. Her sister Birdie inscribed the facing page. Winifred A. Reed (1876-1923), who would marry Abner H. McPheters. 
  • Abbie S. Sanborn; inscribed on August 23, 1888. Possibly Abbie Sarah Sanborn (1870-1951)
  • Lottie, album owner. Presumably Charlotte G. Scammon (1879-1919) of Lincoln Center, Lincoln, Maine, who would marry John Roscoe Read of Wellington, Maine in 1907. 
  • Minnie Scammon; inscribed on January 23, 1887. Presumably Minnie L. Scammon (1868-1949), older sister of album owner Charlotte Scammon; Minnie would marry Frank H. Annis. 
  • E. A. Thornton of Lincoln Center, Lincoln, Maine, on March 27, 1886. A piece of tissue paper to protect a wonderful sketch of pansies.
  • Lizzie M. Thurlow of Lincoln Center, Lincoln, Maine; inscribed in 1886
  • Bessie Webber of Lincoln Center, Lincoln, Maine; inscribed on October 6, 1890. Perhaps Bessie Louise Webber (1882-1942)


Friday, October 23, 2020

1880s Autograph Album of Martelle A. Smith (1871-1959), "Martie, of Orrington, Maine

1880s autograph album that belonged to young Martelle A. Smith (1871-1959), "Martie", of East Orrington, Maine, who would later become a painter at Bangor, Maine.

The album measures just shy of 4" by 2-1/2", and contains the sentiments of 20 of Martie's relatives and friends. An alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they left, appears at the end of this post.

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

Martelle A. Smith (1871-1959) was the son of Watson H. Smith (1834-1908) and Betsey A. (Marston) Smith (1838-1926). Martie married twice: 1) Rosette H. Seavey (1873-1908); 2) Nina B. (Raynes) Grace (abt 1881-possibly 1963).

Several of Martie's relatives inscribed pages in the album. His sister, Persis P. Smith (1866-1942), who would later marry Charles H. Atwood, inscribed her name on several pages, including the one below.

Martie's young brother Lemuel H. Smith (1869-1945), "Lemmie", also inscribed a page. He would later marry Blanche E. Arey.


Martie's "Aunt Newcomb" inscribed a page on January 16, 1882. She may have been Rosalinda (Smith) Newcomb (1819-1899), wife of Charles Newcomb. She was the older sister of Martie's father Watson H. Smith.

There's also an inscription from a Carrie Smith in East Boston, presumably Massachusetts.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information provided above and in the list of inscribers below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Alphabetical List of Inscribers

  • Unsigned
  • Annie M. Covell; inscribed on January 15, 1883. Annie M. Covell (abt 1873-1939), who would marry Albert K. Glass. 
  • D. H. Covell of East Orrington, Maine; inscribed at school on April 21, 1882. Presumably Daniel H. Covell (abt 1865-1927), who would marry Edith Elizabeth (Page) Haskell. His FindaGrave memorial spells his name as Covelle. 
  • Mabel E. Currier of Brewer, Maine; inscribed on September 18, no year written. Perhaps Mabel Estelle Currier (1866-1943), who married Jeremiah Sweetser Ferguson.  
  • George Eldridge of East Orrington, Maine; inscribed on January 12, 1883. Perhaps George Messinger Eldridge (1873-1937), who would marry Beatrice M. Thurlow.  
  • Ralph W. Eldridge of East Orrington, Maine; inscribed on April 20, 1882. Perhaps the Ralph W. Eldridge (abt 1871-1960) who would marry Mary E. Chapman. 
  • Arthur Elms of East Orrington, Maine. Presumably Arthur Elms, born about 1868, older brother inscriber Estelle Elms.
  • Estelle Elms of Orrington, Maine; inscribed on April 25, 1878.  Presumably Estelle A. Elms (1870-1956), who would marry Louis J. Mutty. 
  • Nellie M. Essig of East Orrington, Maine. Presumably Nellie M. Essig (abt 1866-), who would marry Augustus Frederick Cook. 
  • Lulu George of East Orrington, Maine; inscribed on April 20, 1882. Presumably Lucy Richards George (1869-1941), "Lulu", who would marry George Fairbanks Gibson.  
  • Clara M. Jameson of East Orrington, Maine; inscribed on April 25, 1882. Presumably the Clara M. Jameson (1868-1924) who would marry Charles Severance.  
  • Alice Lufkin of East Orrington, Maine; inscribed on April 20, 1882. Presumably Alice M. Lufkin (1870-1923) who married Randall S. Pierce.  
  • Aunt Newcomb; inscribed on January 16, 1882. Possibly Rosalinda (Smith) Newcomb (1819-1899), wife of Charles Newcomb and older sister to Martelle's father Watson H. Smith. 
  • Katie Ober of East Orrington, Maine; inscribed on April 23, 1882. Perhaps the Kate Ober born in 1872, daughter of George Ober and Harriet (Stackpole) Ober and future wife of Adoniram J. McGowen [middle name possibly Judson] 
  • Edgar A. Rowell of East Orrington, Maine; inscribed on April 25, 1882. Presumably Edgar Angeir Rowell (1871-1958), who would marry Emma W. Weiler.
  • G. E. Rowell of East Orrington, Maine; inscribed in 1882. Perhaps George E. Rowell
  • Carrie Smith of East Boston; inscribed on September 18, 1881. Presumably a relative of the album owner Martelle A. Smith (1871-1959), "Marty.
  • Lemmie H. Smith of East Orrington, Maine; Lemuel H. Smith (1869-1945), brother of album owner Martelle A. Smith, "Marty". He would marry Blanche E. Arey. 
  • Martelle A. Smith (1871-1959) of East Orrington, Maine, "Martie"; album owner; he wrote his name in several places in the album, including on the first and last pages. He would marry 1) Rosette H. Seavey; 2) Nina B. (Raynes) Grace. 
  • Persis P. Smith (1866-1942) of East Orrington, Maine, sister of album owner Martelle A. Smith, "Marty"; she wrote her name in several places in the album. Persis would marry Charles H. Atwood. 
  • Po. A. Smith; presumably a relative


Thursday, October 22, 2020

1854-1856 Autograph Album of Nancy Elizabeth (Wallace) Cunningham (1834-1909) of Newcastle, Maine



1854-1856 autograph album that belonged to Nancy Elizabeth (Wallace) Cunningham (1834-1909), "Lizzie", apparently started not long after her marriage to George Cunningham (1832-1905).

The album appears to have been given to Lizzie by P. J. or P. G. or ?, at Bath, Maine, on 6 March 1854.   If the P. can be construed as an R, with G as the surname initial, the gifter could have been multiple inscriber Roxanna T. (Given) Kelley Blake (about 1834-1875).

The album measures approximately 8" by 6-1/4" and contains nearly 40 sentiments, although several of the inscribers contributed multiple inscriptions. An alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appears at the end of this post. Inscribers appear, mostly, to have been Lizzie's contemporaries, born in the 1820s and 1830s.

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

Nancy Elizabeth (Wallace) Cunningham was born 5 January 1834 at Bristol, Maine, the daughter of mariner Josiah Wallace and Sarah (Curtis) Wallace. I haven't found a marriage record, but it's assumed that Lizzie and George Cunningham married about the time that the album was gifted, in March 1854.  George's parents were Alexander Cunningham and Charlotte (Campbell) Cunningham.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or to the information provided in the alphabetical list of inscribers below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Alphabetical List of Inscribers

  • P. G. or P. J. [not sure of either initial]; inscribed a religious saying on the ownership page - perhaps the person who gifted the album to Nancy Elizabeth (Wallace) Cunningham (1834-1909). If the P. can be construed as an R, with G as the surname initial, the gifter could have been multiple inscriber Roxanna T. (Given) Kelley Blake (about 1834-1875)
  • Unsigned, a "Good Bye"; inscribed at Bath, Maine, on March 6, 1854. Perhaps upon the marriage of album owner Nancy Elizabeth (Wallace) Cunningham (1834-1909
  • S. N. D., not sure of middle initial; inscribed possibly in 1854 written backwards.  Perhaps Sarah N. Decker (1835-1924) who married William H. Vivian in 1861.
  • Unsigned
  • S. H. C.; not sure of middle initial.
  • N. G. L., presumably Nathaniel G. Light (1810-1886), husband of inscriber Mary Ann (Kelley) Light (1820-1904).  
  • A Friend; inscribed at Topsham, Maine, on February 26, 1854
  • Lines from a Sister
  • Cordelia, "Your Sister"; inscribed at Pleasant Cove on March 18, presumably the Pleasant Cove in Boothbay, Maine. Presumably Cordelia A. (Reed) Kelley Pinkham Welch (1829-1885), wife of, or widow of, depending on when inscribed, of Benjamin Kelley (1824-1854). She later married Paul Giles Pinkham and John H. Welch. 
  • Une Amie; inscribed in Alna, Maine, in 1854
  • Name written in ancient Greek; inscribed at Bath, Maine, on March 6, 1854. The word means "Theophile", in case that's a clue. Perhaps Theophilus?
  • Unsigned
  • Isabelle; inscribed on June 14, 1856
  • Mae; shared the page with Sae
  • Sae; shared the page with Mae. Sae might have been inscriber Sarah Neal Decker or inscriber Helen Sae Campbell
  • Emma
  • Lydia Jane Averill, inscribed at Bath, Maine, on March 5, 1854; Lydia Jane (Kelley) Averill (1828-1873), wife of John W. Averill and sister of several inscribers. Shared the page with Sae Neal
  • Car Fran Campbell; perhaps Caroline Frances Campbell (about 1835-1910), who would marry Daniel P. Haggett. 
  • Hellen S. Campbell; inscribed at Edgecomb, Maine, on August 29, 1854. Perhaps Sarah Helen Campbell (abt 1838-), sister of Caroline Frances (Campbell) Haggett (abt 1835-1910)
  • Helen Sae Campbell.  Perhaps Sarah Helen Campbell (abt 1838-), sister of Caroline Frances (Campbell) Haggett (abt 1835-1910)
  • E. ? Carney; perhaps a member of the Carney family that lived in Newcastle, Maine. If E. W. Carney, the inscriber may have been Eliza Wheeler Carney (1826-1861), who married Parker C. Harley in 1859. 
  • Nancy Elizabeth (Wallace) Cunningham (1834-1909) of Newcastle, Maine; album owner, her name on a page inscribed in 1854 by herself or by the person who gifted her the album
  • Clara M. Decker at Alna, Maine, on July 20, 1854. Perhaps the Clara M. Decker (abt 1838-1905) who married Henry Martyn Pearson. 
  • S. N. D., not sure of middle initial; inscribed possibly in 1854 written backwards.  Perhaps Sarah N. Decker (1835-1924) who married William H. Vivian in 1861.
  • Sae or Sar Neal and, on the same page, Sae or Sar Neal Decker, at Alna, Maine, in July 1854. Shared the page with Margaret Rideout. Perhaps the Sarah N. Decker (1835-1924) who married William H. Vivian in 1861.
  • 2 page inscription by Sarah N. Decker; perhaps the Sarah N. Decker (abt 1835-1924) who married William H. Vivian in 1861. 
  • Sae Neal Decker; inscribed at Alna, Maine, in May 1854. Perhaps the Sarah N. Decker (abt 1835-1924) who married William Henry Vivian (1816-1884).  
  • Lettice S. Given; inscribed at Bowdoinham, Maine, on March 1, 1854. Presumably Lettice Sandford Given (1838-1878) who married Asa D. Fox (abt 1837-1893). 
  • Roxanna T. Given; inscribed at Topsham, Maine, on February 25, 1854. Roxanna T. Given (about 1834-1875) first married inscriber Dexter Kelley, who died shortly thereafter in 1856; she then married Sylvanus C. Blake in 1861.
  • Roxanna T. Given; inscribed  at Topsham, Maine, on January 21, 1855. Roxanna T. Given (about 1834-1875) first married inscriber Dexter Kelley, who died shortly thereafter in 1856; she then married Sylvanus C. Blake in 1861.
  • Roxanna T. Given, inscribed at Topsham, Maine, on March 1, 1854.  "Let your memory oft  ___ the hours we have spent in Bath Maine". Roxanna T. Given (about 1834-1875) first married inscriber Dexter Kelley, who died shortly thereafter in 1856; she then married Sylvanus C. Blake in 1861.
  • Roxanna T. Given, signed in two places on the page. Roxanna T. Given (about 1834-1875) first married inscriber Dexter Kelley, who died shortly thereafter in 1856; she then married Sylvanus C. Blake in 1861.
  • Samuel Given; inscribed at Bath, Maine, on March 19, 1854.  There were several men by that name in that era in the area of Bath, Maine, and Topsham, Maine.
  • C. A. Kelley, or C. R. Kelley; inscribed at Pleasant Cove on March 18, presumably in 1854-1856 and presumably the Pleasant Cove in the Boothbay, Maine, area. Perhaps Cordelia (Reed) Kelley (1829-1885), wife of, or widow of, depending on when inscribed, of Benjamin Kelley (1824-1854). She later married Paul Giles Pinkham and John H. Welch. 
  • Cordelia, "Your Sister"; inscribed at Pleasant Cove on March 18, presumably the Pleasant Cove in Boothbay, Maine. Presumably Cordelia (Reed) Kelley (1829-1885), wife of, or widow of, depending on when inscribed, of Benjamin Kelley (1824-1854). She later married Paul Giles Pinkham and John H. Welch. 
  • Dexter W. Kelley, presumably the Dexter Kelley (abt 1834-1856) who would marry multiple inscriber Roxanna T. Given (about 1834-1875)
  • Frances S. Kelley; inscribed at Boothbay, Maine, on January 21, 1855. Perhaps Sarah Frances Kelley (1835-1863), who would marry Benjamin P. Reed later on in 1855. 
  • Sarah Frances Kelley; inscribed at Newcastle, Maine, on May 14, 1854 [or May 19, 1854]. Perhaps Sarah Frances Kelley (1835-1863), who would marry Benjamin P. Reed later on in 1855. 
  • M. A. Light; inscribed at Boothbay, Maine, on March 16, 1854.  Perhaps Mary Ann (Kelley) Light (1820-1904), wife of Nathaniel G. Light (1810-1886) and sister of several inscribers.  
  • N. G. L., presumably Nathaniel G. Light (1810-1886), husband of inscriber Mary Ann (Kelley) Light (1820-1904).  
  • N. G. Light, inscribed at Boothbay, Maine, on March 15, 1854. Presumably Nathaniel G. Light (1810-1886), husband of inscriber Mary Ann (Kelley) Light (1820-1904).  
  • Margaret Rideout (middle initial possibly I or J), inscribed on March 4, 1854 at Bath, Maine; shared the page with Sae Neal Decker
  • Anna C. Swanton. Perhaps Anna Catherine Swanton (1835-1920) of Bath, Maine.  
Again, if you have corrections and/or additions to any of the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


Monday, October 19, 2020

1864 Wedding Certificate of Isaac P. Francis and Annie Bradford Weeks, at New Bedford, Massachusetts


 Certificate signed by Rev. Nathan P. Philbrook at the 19 July 1864 wedding in New Bedford, Massachusetts, of Isaac P. Francis of Brookline, Massachusetts, and Annie B. Weeks of Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Witnesses: Miss Laura W. Sanborn and Miss Edith Humphrey

The certificate measures approximately 11-1/2" by 9-1/2", too large for my scanner to capture the margins.

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

Isaac P. Francis (1840-1912) was the son of Isaac Francis and Sophia (Little) Francis. Annie Bradford Weeks (1843-1924) was the daughter of Reuben Weeks and Drusilla (Trafford) Weeks. 

Isaac, then a conductor, and Annie married, as the certificate notes, on 19 July 1864 at New Bedford, Massachusetts. They lived in New Bedford and nearby Fairhaven and had at least two children. After Isaac died in 1912, Annie married Harry C. Vaughan in 1914. 

Rev. Nathan Page Philbrook (1823-1918), a New Hampshire native, was a Methodist minister who served in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Hopefully a reader will provide information on witnesses Laura W. Sanborn and Edith Humphrey.


1886 Wedding Announcement of Harry F. Hayes and Kate A. (Howe) Hayes; Receiving Guests at 50 Newhall Street in Lynn, Massachusetts

Announcement of the 13 April 1886 marriage of jeweler Harry F. Hayes and Kate J. Howe, with their invitation to visit on May 4 and May 12 at their home at 50 Newhall Street in Lynn, Massachusetts.

Approximately 8-1/2" by 3" when unfolded.

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

Harry Fairfield Hayes (1863-1919) was born at Great Falls, New Hampshire, now Somersworth, the son of Hiram Ansel Hayes and Mary Eliza (Plummer) Hayes.  Kate Jane (Howe) Hayes (1857-1914), was born at Lynn, Massachusetts, the daughter of George Howe and Sarah Jane (Wilkins) Howe. 

Harry and Kate raised their family of at least two children in Lynn, Massachusetts.


 If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


1819 Intention of Marriage between Moses Mandell of Dorchester, Massachusetts and Miss Ann Pierce of Bridgewater, Massachusetts

 

1819 Intention of Marriage: Mr. Moses Mandell of Dorchester, Massachusetts, and Miss Ann Pierce of Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Published and certified in the town of Bridgewater on 20 February 1819 by Eliakim Howard (1739-1827), who was town clerk from 1779 to 1822, the year the town divided, per the link embedded in Howard's name.

Nothing on reverse.

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

Moses Mandell (1793-1866) and Ann Pierce (1797-1841) went on to marry the next month on 21 March 1819. They had at least 7 children before Ann died in 1841. In 1843, Moses married Miss Anna Jennison Clark (1803-1892).

Moses was the son of Major Moses Mandell (1751-1826) and his second wife Abigal (Mason) Mandell (1758-1840).  Ann Pierce was the daughter of Samuel Pierce (1766-1796) and Mary Polly (Lothrop) Pierce (abt 1771-1838). Note: the FindaGrave memorial gives Mary Polly a maiden name of Briggs; hopefully a reader will clarify. 

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


1910s era Photograph Album; 2 IDed Places, Islesboro, Maine, and Swetts Pond, Orrington, Maine

1910s era Photograph album, approximately 10-1/4" by 7-1/4", with photographs presumably from the Maine coastal area, possibly taken on or near the island of Islesboro, Maine.  

Read a history of Islesboro on the Maine Memory Network website. 

Sadly, the photographs are pasted on the pages.  Of the few hanging loose, no information in written on the reverse.

There's a photograph of the F. S. Pendleton Ship Chandlery shop on Islesboro island and another of Swetts Pond, presumably the one in Orrington, Maine, about 50 miles from Islesboro by car and ferry.

Lower left: F. S. Pendleton Ship Chandlery on the island of Islesboro, Maine

Lower right: Swetts Pond, presumably the one in Orrington, Maine

The album contains over a hundred photographs of people, buildings and scenery, to include coastal scenes and what appears to be several photographs of what might be part of a lighthouse or vessel. Someone noted the resemblance of the man in the photographs at right, below, to Islesboro master mariner Phineas Leslie Rolerson (1856-1946).

Man in photographs at right tentatively identified as Phineas L. Rolerson, master mariner

Phineas Leslie Rolerson (1856-1946)

Phineas Leslie Rolerson (1856-1946) in a painting by Charles Dana Gibson, who summered in the area. The painting hangs in the lighthouse at Islesboro, Maine.

Other photographs that might trigger an identification:  [Please leave a comment or contact me directly if you recognize a person, building or scene.]











If you recognize a person, place or building in the photographs above, please leave a comment or contact me directly. If you have ancestors from Islesboro and send images, I'll gladly compare to see if these people appear in the album.


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

1870s Autograph Album of Mary Isadora (Butler) Leighton (1852-1913) of Portland, Maine; Maine and New Hampshire inscriptions


1870s autograph album that belonged to Mary Isadora (Dodge) Leighton (1852-1913), wife of Adam Phillips Leighton (1851-1922), a mayor and businessman of Portland, Maine. 

See a photograph of the Leighton home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, in the Wikipedia entry of Adam Phillips Leighton, who, in addition to serving as Mayor, manufactured picture post cards and chewing gum and was involved in the banking industry.

The album measures approximately 8-1/4" by 6-3/4" and contains the sentiments of over 30 of Mary Isadora's relatives, in-laws and friends.  An alphabetical list of the names of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appears at the end of this post.

Most of the inscriptions were penned by people in Portland, Maine, or the area and in the area of Weare, New Hampshire, where Mary Isadora's mother, Mary (Dodge) Butler was born.

Mary Isadora inscribed the first page of handwriting in the album, on August 9, 1873, not long after her marriage in June.


Mary Isadora's husband Adam Phillips Leighton inscribed a page on October 18, 1873 at Concord, New Hampshire.


Other close relatives who inscribed pages were: [more relatives, in addition to these, inscribed pages]

If you have corrections to any of the information you see here or if you have additional information on one or more of the people mentioned, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Alphabetical List of the Inscribers

?
  • Aunt Nell of Concord, New Hampshire; inscribed on October 19. 1873
A
  • Frank C. Abbott. His wife inscribed the following page.
  • Mrs. F. C. Abbott; inscribed on September 11, 1873. Victorian sticker. Her husband inscribed the previous page.
  • Calling card of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ames, with Addie C. Neville printed below. And an inscription by Addie C. Neville of New Boston, New HampshireAsgil Henry Ames (abt 1842-1910) and second wife Adelaide C. (Neville) Ames (abt 1852-), "Addie", who married in 1874 in Wilton or New Boston, New Hampshire.
B
C
  • Hattie M. Chase of North Weare, New Hampshire; inscribed on October 18, 1873. "Your New Hampshire Sister".  Hattie May Chase (abt 1852-1943) of North Weare, New Hampshire; she married Herbert Warren Lull in 1878. Hattie named their daughter Isadore, perhaps in honor of album owner Mary Isadora (Butler) Leighton (1852-1913)
  • Henrietta Cobb; inscribed at Buxton, Maine, on July 30, 1876.  Possibly Henrietta Cobb (1846-1922) of Buxton, Maine, who married George Clark Gordon in 1880.
  • Helene L. Coe; inscribed at No. 211 Cumberland Street, Portland, Maine, on December 28, 1874.  Teacher Helen L. Coe (abt 1851-1927), daughter of George H. Coe and Lydia (Hersey) Coe. 
D
  • Clarence H. Dodge of New Boston, New Hampshire; inscribed on October 9, 1873. Presumably Clarence Hervey Dodge (1848-1928). His father, Capt. Benjamin Dodge, and album owner Mary Isadora (Butler) Leighton's mother, Mary (Dodge) Leighton, were siblings.
  • Martial M. Duroy, Jr., of Portland, Maine; inscribed at OKO's in July 1876. Martial Marcie De Labord Duroy (abt 1803-1895), Portland, Maine, Confectioner. His second wife, Clara Ann (Lord) Duroy, inscribed the following page. 
  • Mrs. M. M. Duroy, Jr. of Portland, Maine.  Clara Ann (Lord) Duroy (-1916), second wife of Martial Marcie De Labord Duroy (abt 1803-1895). 
F
  • Julia E. Fenderson; inscribed on August 15, 1873; Victorian sticker
  • R. L. Foster; inscribed on February 19, 1874. Perhaps Rosa L. Foster (abt 1851-1914) who married Joseph Lunt Whitmore in 1875. 
H
J
  • Fannie M. Jenkins of Portland, Maine; inscribed on December 8, 1874
  • Gertrude Jenkins of Portland, Maine; inscribed on December 8, 1874. Initials P.H.S. at top; perhaps Portland High School. Perhaps Gertrude M. Jenkins (abt 1859-1933), daughter of Horatio and Frances Jenkins.
  • Helen M. Johnson of 88 Spring Street, presumably in Portland, Maine; inscribed on October 24, 1873. Perhaps Helen Marion Johnson (1854-1926), who married John Robbins Little in 1881.  
L
  • Adam P. Leighton; "Your Affect Husband", inscribed on October 19, 1873 at Concord, New Hampshire. Victorian sticker. Adams Phillips Leighton, Sr. (1851-1922), husband of album owner Mary Isadora (Butler) Leighton (1852-1913)
  • Ambrose P. Leighton of Portland, Maine; inscribed on October 3, 1873. Ambrose P. Leighton (1853-1950), brother of Adam Phillips Leighton (1851-1922), who was the husband of album owner Mary Isadora (Butler) Leighton (1852-1913)
  • Mrs. Julia A. Leighton; inscribed on January 18, 1880. She was Julia Ann (Leighton) Leighton (abt 1816-1898), mother of Adam Phillips Leighton (abt 1851-1922), husband of album owner Mary Isadora (Butler) Leighton (1852-1913)
  • Mrs. A. P. Leighton; inscribed on August 8, 1873, album owner. Victorian sticker.  Mary Isadora (Butler) Leighton (1852-1913), wife of Adam Phillips Leighton (1851-1922), who also inscribed a page.
  • Nettie May Leighton of Portland, Maine, aged 10 years. "Your daughter". Victorian sticker. Nettie May Leighton (1874-1911), daughter of album owner Mary Isadora (Butler) Leighton (1852-1913) and Adam Phillips Leighton (1851-1922). In 1900 at Portland, Maine, Nettie married Dr.Thomas Warren Luce (1870-1936).  
M
  • Cyrus E. Maxfield of Deering, Maine [now Portland, Maine]; inscribed on August 27, 1875. Cyrus Estes Maxfield (1855-1923), brother of inscriber Hattie Sybil Maxfield (1853-1929)
  • Hattie S. Maxfield of Deering, Maine [now Portland, Maine]; inscribed on August 28, 1873.  Hattie Sybil Maxfield (1853-1929), who married Elias Leander Baker in 1887.  Older sister of inscriber Cyrus Estes Maxfield (1855-1923). Photograph as elderly woman on her FindaGrave memorial. 
  • Calling card of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ames, with Addie C. Neville printed below. And an inscription by Addie C. Neville of New Boston, New Hampshire.  Asgil Henry Ames (abt 1842-1910) and second wife Adelaide C. (Neville) Ames (abt 1852-), "Addie", who married in 1874 in Wilton or New Boston, New Hampshire.
P
  • H. E. Phinney of Portland, Maine; inscribed on September 25, 1873.  Harmon Edmund Phinney (1850-1926), who would marry Etta May Whitney (1854-1927), who inscribed the following page in 1873 before their 1875 marriage.
R
  • M. Fannie Ring of Orono, Maine; inscribed on December 11, 1874 at Westbrook Seminary in Stevens Plains, Maine. Presumably Mary Frances Ring (1854-), who married Joseph W. Parker in 1884. Westbrook Seminary is located on Stevens Avenue in what is now Portland, Maine.
  • Sara Rolfe
S
  • Jennie Sawyer of Boston, Massachusetts; inscribed in 1873. Victorian sticker
  • George W. Sylvester; inscribed at Deering, Maine [now Portland, Maine], on August 24, 1875. Perhaps City Marshall George W. Sylvester (1850-1928).  
 
Again, if you have corrections and/or additions, please leave a comment or contact me directly.