Monday, February 10, 2020

1950s Friendship Log of Mrs. Mary Taylor of Moncton, New Brunswick: Taylor, Balser, Chapman, etc.


1950s Friendship Log that belonged to Mrs. Mary L. Taylor, wife of Bliss Taylor of Moncton, New Brunswick.


Clues in the log indicate that Mary may have been a native of England, possibly with the maiden name Redstone or with an inlaw by that name. Mary's husband was Edward Bliss Taylor, or possibly Isaac Edward Bliss Taylor.

The first completed page is that of Mary's husband Bliss; it includes a photograph of the couple and their dog.

Because many of the people who inscribed pages in the log could be living or are recently deceased, no photographs appear here, but an alphabetical list of the inscribers appears at the end of this post.

The log contains pages completed by relatives and friends, including photographs - mostly New Brunswick, Canada, with some Quebec, Ontario, England and Scotland.  Below, one of the very few empty pages, for an idea of what the other pages contain - they're a treasure!


The alphabetical list below was developed with research online and, thus, may contain errors. If you notice errors, please leave a comment or contact me directly so they can be corrected.

The relationships shown are to the log owner, Mary L. (Redstone ?) Taylor.

Sister Ethel of Primrose House, Mkt Lavington, Devizes, Wiltshire, EnglandSister
Isabel G. Agnew of Moncton, New Brunswick; born at River Hebert, Nova Scotia
Lillian Chaddock Bagnall of Moncton, New Brunswick
Allen Bertram Balser (1911-2007) of Moncton, New Brunswick, son of Elias Alden Balser (1883-1975) and Almeda Mae (Taylor) Balser (1883-1976); photograph in uniformNephew
Almeda Mae (Taylor) Balser, "Meda" (1883-1976), daughter of Albert Winslow Taylor (1848-1941) and Elva Jane (Bonnell) Taylor (1853-1903) and wife of Elias Alden Balser (1883-1975)Sister in law
Bertha V. (Carruthers) Balser (1899-1985) of Montreal, Quebec, wife of Robert Roy Balser (1897-1974)Niece in law
Bliss Alden Balser (1916-1999), in 1964 in London, England, son of Elias Alden Balser (1883-1975) and Almeda Mae (Taylor) Balser (1883-1976) and husband of Margherita Yolanda (Vercesi) Balser, "Rita" (1908-1985)Nephew
Caroline Evelyn (Taylor) Balser, "Carrie" (1878-1953), and husband George Washington Balser (1875-1949) of Moncton, New Brunswick. Photograph shows her and, presumably, her husbandSister in law
Catherine Velma (Scott) Balser (1917-2002), wife of Leverett Dean Balser (1923-2006)Niece in law
David Allen Balser of Wingham, Ontario, born in 1953; no photograph
Elias Alden Balser (1883-1975) of Moncton, New Brunswick, husband of Almeda Mae (Taylor) Balser (1883-1976)Brother in law
George Kenneth Balser (1899-1997), son of George Washington Balser (1875-1949) and Caroline Evelyn (Taylor) Balser, "Carrie" (1878-1953); photograph shows him holding fish he caughtNephew
Geraldine Avril (Berry) Balser (1912-2003), wife of Allen Bertram Balser (1911-2007)Niece
Leverett Dean Balser (1923-2006), son of Elias Alden Balser (1883-1975) and Almeda Mae (Taylor) Balser (1883-1976)Nephew
Margherita Yolanda (Vercesi) Balser, "Rita" (1908-1985), wife of Bliss Alden Balser (1916-1999)Niece in law
Maureen Lyall Balser (1934-2001), daughter of Allen Bertram Balser (1911-2007) and Geraldine Avril (Berry) Balser (1912-2003) and the wife of John ClellandNiece
Robert Roy Balser, of Montreal, Quebec, born August 24, 1897, son of George Washington Balser (1875-1949) and Caroline Evelyn (Taylor) Balser, "Carrie" (1878-1953)Nephew
Kathryn Elaine Blakely of Moncton, New Brunswick
Queenie Bridges of "Roslyn", Littleton Powell, Devizes, Wiltshire, England; "died May 1965"Bridesmaid
Audrey F. (Steeves) Bulman (1935-2010), daughter of Stewart Gordon Steeves and Myrtle Irene (Taylor) Steeves and wife of Allison J. Bullman; living at Goose Bay , Labrador when she inscribed the page on September 13, 1959Niece
Nina Belle (Chapman) Cash (1904-1993), daughter of William James Cashman (1872-) and Mary Melinda (Taylor) Chapman (1875-1973) and wife of George William Cash (1900-1965)Niece
Ethel Maude (Chapman) Chamberlain (1899-1973) of Worcester, Massachusetts, daughter of William James Chapman (1872-) and Mary Melinda (Taylor) Chapman (1875-1973) and wife of Mr. Chamberlain.Niece
Mary Melinda (Taylor) Chapman (1875-1973), daughter of Albert Winslow Taylor (1848-1941) and Elva Jane (Bonnell) Taylor (1852-1902)Sister in law
Eva Colman of London, England, wife of Phil Colman; photograph missingNiece
Phil Colman ("cartoonist"), of London, England; husband of Eva ColmanNephew in law
Marie Meda (Balser) Cook (1917-2017), daughter of Elias Alden Balser (1883-1975) and Almeda Mae (Taylor) Balser (1883-1976) and wife of Rowland CookNiece
Rowland Cook, native of Preston, Lancashire, England, and husband of Marie Meda (Balser) Cook (1917-2017)Nephew in law
Daisy Eileen Drillen of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Bessie A. Dryden of Moncton, New Brunswick; photograph of two women on a doorstep, perhaps mother and daughter
Evelyn Eileen (McKay) Edgett (1927-2015), wife of Fred Brewster Edgett (1915-1988); photograph shows her and a dogNiece
Fred Brewster Edgett (1915-1988), husband of Evelyn Eileen (McKay) Edgett (1927-2015)Nephew in law
Lucretia Bessie Francis of Primose House, Market Lavington, Wiltshire; wife of Peter Francis; of Primrose House, Market Lavington, Wiltshire, England; wedding photographNiece
Peter Francis, husband of Lucretia Bessie Francis; of Primrose House, Market Lavington, Wiltshire, England; no photograph on this page, but he appears in photograph of his bride, Lucretia BessieNiece's husband
Cecilia W. Gaudet of Moncton, New Brunswick; born in 1910 in Sydney, Nova Scotia
Gordon Goggin of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada; no photograph on this page but he appears in a wedding day photograph with his wife Jane on her page.
Jane Goggin" of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada; shown in a car with new husband Gordon Goggin after their wedding ceremony
Beatrice H. Griffin (1899-) ofDevizes, Wiltshire, England
Emily Griffin (1869-) of Devizes, Wiltshire, England, "my favorite aunt"Aunt
Marjory Eileen Gye, "Peg" of Wiltshire, England; born in 192; wife of Thomas Edward James GyeNiece in law
Thomas Edward James Gye of Wiltshire, England; husband of Marjory Eileen GyeNephew
Eric Hale of Platts Farm, Easterton, Devizes, Wiltshire, EnglandSchoolmate
Ed & Doris Hamer of Riverview Heights, Albert, New Brunswick, Canada; no photograph
Ella Katheryn (Chapman) Hannon (1901-), daughter of William James Chapman and Mary Melinda (Taylor) Chapman (1875-1973)Niece
Ernest R. Jarvis (1896-1989) of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, son of Hubert B. Jarvis and Ella Maud (Taylor) JarvisNephew
Florence Myrtle (Taylor) Jarvis Carruthers (1892-1970), daughter of Albert Winslow Taylor (1848-1941) and Elva Jane Bonnell (1852-1902) and wife of Allan Wilmot Jarvis (1873-1941) and John Edwin Carruthers. Photograph, taken in 1952) would be of Myrtle's second husband John Edwin Carruthers or her sonSister in law
Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Malenfant of 62 Tenth St, Moncton, New Brunswick; photograph taken outside in Montreal in 1959
Helen Francis McBride of Toronto, OntarioNiece
Edward Neil McKay (1899-1959), "Ned", husband of Mildred Maude (Balser) McKay (1903-1995); photograph shows a group of peopleNephew in law
Mildred Maude (Balser) McKay (1903-1995), wife of Edward Neil McKay (1899-1959). Photograph show her, a child and a dogNiece
Elsie Moulson; "died May 1965".Lifelong Friend
John Moulson of England; husband of Elsie MoultonLifelong Friend
Alan Newbery of Dundee Scotland; photograph of his parents, Eric F. Newbery and Margaret (Redstone) Newbery and his brother GeoffreyNephew
Margaret Newbery of Dundee, Scotland; Margaret (Redstone) Newbery, wife of Eric F. NewberyNiece
Mina Noseworthy of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada; born at Harry's Harbour, Newfoundland, in 1927
Edith Price of Moncton, New Brunswick, native of Manchester, England
A. C. Redstone of "Avalon", West Hill, Wrascall, Bristol, England
Susan Alice Redstone of Avalon, Wrascall, Bristol, Somerset, EnglandSister
Jean Reid of Moncton, New Brunswick
S. A. Scott of England
Hughena Somerville; presumably Hughena (Underhill) Somerville of Moncton, New Brunswick, sister of Harold Edison Underhill and ex-wife of Quintin Somerville; photograph of a couple and two children
Woodie Somerville of Moncton, New Brunswick; possibly Quinton Somerville; husband of Hugena (Underhill) Somerville
Myrtle I. (Taylor) Steeves of Hillsborough, New Brunswick. Myrtle Irene (Taylor) Steeves (1909-1985), daughter of Albert Raymond Taylor and Ida Mary (?) Taylor and wife of Stewart Gordon SteevesNiece
Stewart G. Steeves of Hillsborough, New Brunswick, husband of Myrtle Irene (Taylor) Steeves (1909-1985)Nephew in law
Edward Bliss Taylor (1886-) of Moncton, New Brunswick, husband of Mary L. Taylor, owner of the Friendship log.Husband
Mrs. Mary L. Taylor of Moncton, New Brunswick, wife of Bliss Taylor, owner of the Friendship LogLog owner
Eva Upward (1898-) of East Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Jack & Julio Upward of Saint John, New Brunswick
John Ward (1924-1955) of Devizes, Wiltshire, England


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