Monday, May 31, 2021

Robbinston, Maine - 1872 School Register for District #5 - Summer Term

1872 Summer Term School Register for School District #5 in Robbinston, Maine, with Rose E. Knapp, Teacher, and Davis C. Diffin, School Agent
Students, Shown in Alphabetical Order:

Hannah Apt, age 7
John Apt, age 16
Josiah Apt, age 10
Herbert Brooks, age 10
John Crompton, age 13
Albert Diffin, age 14
Emily Diffin, age 5
Eva A. Diffin, age 7
George Diffin, age 10; middle initial ?
James C. Diffin, age 14
Jennie Diffin, age 7
Lyona F. Diffin, age 10
Mathers Diffin, age 14
Robert J. Diffin, age 16
Wesley A. Diffin, age 5
Annie Fader, age 13
Charles W. Ferson, age 10
Dora Ferson, age 5
Levi R. Ferson, age 12
Lottie Ferson, age 8
Maggie K. Gates, age 22
Elthere Goldin, age 16
Isaac Goldin, age 14
Charles Green, age 8
Hiram Hunt, age 12
Stephen Hunt, age 9
Elmer McDonald, age 8
Lottie McDonald, age 5
Robert McDonald, age 7
Mark McLaughlin, age 10
Amy E. Sherman, age 5
Annie E. Stanhope, age 16
Andrew J. Stanhope, age 7
Loring Stanhope, age 7
Florence Stanhope, age 6
Uriah Stanhope, age 14
Willie S. Vose, age 11
Myra Vose, age 13
Hiram Waterman, age 13

The sheet goes on to show:
  • how many times they were tardy
  • how many times they were dismissed
  • how many days these attended
and, most of all,
  • their average rank in deportment and study

I believe Rose E. Knapp was not a local but was Rose Emma Knapp (1847-1920) from East Livermore, Maine, who, presumably, took a position at Robbinston in 1872. In 1875, this Rose married Nahum Burton Pinkham, an Anson, Maine, native, who became a lawyer in Fargo, North Dakota. They're buried in Riverside Cemetery at Fargo, North Dakota.

Davis C. Diffin (1822-1908), was a native of New Brunswick who moved to Robbinston, Maine. He was the father of at least two of the students in the Summer Term of 1872.

 If you have information to share on any of the students, their teacher Rose E. Knapp or School Agent Davis C. Diffin, please leave a comment or contact me directly.








1907 Program for a Maine State Grange Reception at Lewiston, Maine

1907 program for a Maine State Grange reception at the City Hall in Lewiston, Maine, on Monday, December 16.

Approximately 6" by 4"; Printed by the press of Frederic G. Payne. 
Centerfold:


Left: the music, performed by the St. Cecile Juvenile Band and featuring a saxophone solo by Emile Dube

Right: 
I. B. Isaacson, Chairman, Reception Committee
Mayor Frank A. Morey, Welcome
Obadiah Gardner, State Master 
Gifford's Orchestra, with Prof. Fred Merrill, Prompter

Organizing Committees:
Names below: (some mentioned multiple times)

General Committee
C. F. Maines, Chairman of General Committee; Merchants Association
E. A. Davis, Secretary and Treasurer; Lewiston Board of Trade

Committee on Rooms and Trains
S. A. Cummings, Chairman, Lewiston Board of Trade
E. L. Philoon, Auburn Board of Trade
D. W. Webber, Merchants Association

Soliciting Committee
C. F. Maines, Merchants Association
H. A. Free, Lewiston Board of Trade
E. A. Davis, Lewiston Board of Trade
F. L. Bartlett, Auburn Board of Trade
Ansel Briggs, Auburn Board of Trade

Committee on Entertainment and Reception
I. B. Isaacson, Chairman of Committee; Merchants Association
D. J. Callahan, Lewiston Board of Trade
F. L. Bartlett, Auburn Board of Trade
C. E. Cronin, Merchants Association
A. H. Phillips, Merchants Association
Col. A. B. Nealey, Lewiston Board of Trade
A. L. Kavanaugh, Lewiston Board of Trade
A. G. Fritz, Auburn Board of Trade
R. D. Leavitt, Auburn Board of Trade
C. F. Maines, Merchants Association
J. D. Clifford, Lewiston Board of Trade
M. J. Googin, Lewiston Board of Trade
George W. Furbush, Lewiston Board of Trade

Committee on Decorations
E. H. Perry, Chairman, Merchants Association
Andrew Chapman, Merchants Association
George A. Whitney, Lewiston Board of Trade
E. C. Jack, Merchants Association
A. H. Phillips, Merchants Association

Committee to invite Local Granges to Assist in meeting Visitors at the Trains
R. D. Leavitt

Committee on Badges
I. B. Isaacson, Chairman, Merchants Association
A. W. P. Cobb, Auburn Board of Trade
E. A. Davis, Lewiston Board of Trade
If you can provide full names and additional information on any of the above people, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

1817/1818 Maine Customs Offices extracted from 1819 US Treasury Booklet

The Maine Customs Offices derived from A STATEMENT of contracts and purchases made by collectors for the Revenue Service, during the year 1817, extracted from their accounts for that year.

In the years just before Maine Statehood, achieved on March 15, 1820.

Contractor, Otis Childs

Contractor, D. Elliot

Contractor, Thayer & Peters

Contractor, Haskell & Nash
1 sick seaman at $1.25 per week; physician's charges: $76.63

Contractor, M. S. Gordon
24 sick seamen, with care provided in private houses from $2 to $3 per week; physicians charges for care and medicine, $89.05

Contractor, John Frost

* Passamaquoddy would presumably have meant Lubec, Maine, as Eastport was still under the control of the British, who had captured it in 1814 and would not vacate until June 1818 after several years of further negotiations following the conclusion of the War of 1812. 

** FindaGrave Memorial shows birthplace as Weld, Franklin County, Maine; should be Wells, York County, Maine

If you have information on the contractors listed, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Appearing in this booklet printed by the US Government in 1819, entitled "99" Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting Statement of Payments Made According to Law, at the Treasury During the Year 1818"



The booklet lists payments to many people, mostly professionals, and mentions payments on behalf of sick seamen, but, sadly, does not name them.

Maine as it appears in an 1820 map, more than two decades before the border was finally settled.


Maine today:

Friday, May 21, 2021

1880-1933 Autograph Album of Lorena A. Smith of Moscow, Maine; would Marry Eben Hunewell

1880-1933 autograph album of Lorena A. Smith (abt 1865-1937) of Moscow, Maine; in 1906 she became the second wife of Eben Hunnewell.


The album measures approximately 6" by 4" and contains the sentiments of over 100 of Lorena's relatives and friends.  An alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they revealed, appears at the end of this post.

Surname List

AAdamsJJones [2]SSavage
Andrews [5]KKennedy [3]Smith [7]
BBaker [4]LLanderSteward [10]
Barnes [3]MMacdougall [2]Stewart
BesseyMaximStuart
Betts [4]McFarlandTTemple [5]
BrooksMcNeill [2]Twadelle
CCoppMerrill [3]WWebber [3]
DDexter [6]Millett [3]Wheeler
DinsmoreMorton [2]
Doyle [2]PPadham
EEmerson [2]Pierce
FFolsom [2]Pomroy [7]
Foss [3]Proctor [2]
HHammond [3]SReynolds [2]
Houghton [2]Roberts
HunnewellRowe [4]

The album was complicated to research, and I've probably misstated a few dates and relationships. Hopefully, readers will weigh in so I can correct any errors.

Lorena A. Smith was the daughter of Hiram V. Smith and Love P. (Cook) Smith, who inscribed facing pages in the album.



In 1906, Lorena married Eben Hunewill [see below] or Hunewell, whose first wife, Irene B. (Rowe) had died in 1903. Eben, whose surname is also seen as Hunnewell, inscribed the last page in the album on on March 1, 1910, where he noted that he was born on March 2, 1825 in a log house in Moscow, Maine.


If you have corrections to any of the information here or information to share on any of the people listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Alphabetical List of Inscribers
  • Vesta M. Adams; inscribed on October 12, 1882; Lorena's schoolmate. Presumably Vesta M. (Bassett) Adams (1851-1883), wife of James Everett Adams. If the same Vesta, she did not live a year from the time of her inscription.
  • Abbie E. Andrews of Moscow, Maine; inscribed on April 10, 1883.  Abbie E. Andrews (1867-1946), daughter of Edward Chase Andrews and Sarah Jane (Whitney) Andrews. Abbie would marry Frank W. Hilton
  • Carrie L. Andrews of Moscow, Maine; inscribed on April 1, 1883.  She was Carrie L. Andrews (1860-1926), daughter of Edward Chase Andrews and Sarah Jane (Whitney) Andrews. Carrie would marry Robert Bernard Hilton.
  • Mrs. Edward C. Andrews of Moscow, Maine.  Presumably Sarah Jane (Whitney) Andrews (1835-1911)
  • S. E. Andrews of Moscow, Maine; inscribed on February 10, 1880.  Perhaps Samuel E. Andrews (1863-1944), son of Edward Chase Andrews and Sarah Jane (Whitney) Andrews
  • Willie E. Andrews of Moscow, Maine; inscribed on April 1, 1883. Willie E. Andrews (1864-1926), son of Edward Chase Andrews and Sarah Jane (Whitney) Andrews
  • Alys J. Baker of Moscow, Maine; inscribed on August 24, 1898.  Alys was the daughter of Louis G. Baker and Ardelia A. (Smith) Baker, who was a cousin to album owner Lorena A. Smith.  She is presumably the Alice J. Baker who married Benjamin Smith in 1901.
  • Ardelia A. Baker; inscribed at Moscow, Maine, on April 9, 1882. Ardelia A. (Smith) Baker (1850-1908), whose husband Louis G. Baker inscribed the left facing page. Ardelia was a cousin to album owner Lorena A. Smith. Their fathers were brothers.
  • Florence Baker of Moscow, Maine; inscribed on April 15, 1883. Presumably Florence M. Baker (1866-1917), who married John J. Lander
  • L. G. Baker; inscribed at Moscow, Maine, on April 2, 1882. Scroll designs.  Perhaps Louis G. Baker (1847-1914), whose first wife Ardelia A. (Smith) Baker inscribed the right facing page. Ardelia was a cousin to album owner Lorena A. Smith. Their fathers were brothers.
  • B. W. Barnes of Hampden, Maine; inscribed on June 15, 1883. Benjamin W. Barnes (1832-1885), whose wife Hannah R. (Smith) Barnes inscribed the right facing page.
  • Foster E. W. Barnes of Hampden, Maine; inscribed on June 15, 1883. Foster E. W. Barnres (1868-1908) was the son of inscribers Benjamin W. Barnes and Hannah R. (Smith) Barnes, and a cousin album owner Lorena A. Smith.
  • Hannah R. Barnes of Hampden, Maine; inscribed on June 15, 1883. She was Hannah R. (Smith) Barnes (1835-1921), whose husband Benjamin W. Barnes inscribed the left facing page.  Hannah was sister to Hiram V. Smith, father of album owner Lorena A. Smith
  • Mrs. Dora C. Bessey of Waterville, Maine.  Presumably Dora (Priest) Bessey (1850-1934), second wife of Philander Bessey
  • Cora E. Betts of Hampden, Maine; inscribed on June 12, presumably June 12, 1883, as that is the date used by her husband John T. Betts who inscribed the left facing page. Cora E. (Pomroy) Betts (1855-1889), whose mother was a sister to the father of album owner Lorena A. Smith
  • John T. Betts of Hampden, Maine; inscribed on June 12, 1883. Presumably John T. Betts (1850-1889), whose wife Cora E. (Pomroy) Betts inscribed the right facing page.
  • Mabel C. Betts of Hampden, Maine; inscribed on June 15, 1883 with her brother Wesley J. Betts.  Mabel C. Betts (1873-1889) and John Wesley [or Westley as he put on his WWI Draft Registration Card] Betts, or Wesley J. Betts (1876-unk), children of John T. Betts and Cora E. (Pomroy) Betts, who was the cousin of album owner Lorena T. Smith.
  • Wesley J. Betts of Hampden, Maine; inscribed on June 15, 1883. Mabel C. Betts (1873-1889) and John Wesley [or Westley as he put on his WWI Draft Registration Card] Betts, or Wesley J. Betts (1876-unk), children of John T. Betts and Cora E. (Pomroy) Betts, who was the cousin of album owner Lorena T. Smith.
  • May A. Brooks of Solon, Maine; inscribed on May 12, 1899.  Perhaps the May A. Brooks (1890-1917) who married Arthur Corson in 1904.
  • Nellie Russell Copp; inscribed on May 17, 1919. Nellie E. (Russell) Copp (abt 1872-1923), wife of Reuel L. Copp and sister of inscriber Minnie E. (Russell) Wheeler Cole
  • Harry E. W. Dexter of Hampden, Maine; inscribed on June 15, 1883.  His mother, Minette Harry Edgar Willis Dexter (1875-1951), who moved to Michigan, Colorado and, finally, Salt Lake City.  Brother of inscribers Lottie Evelyn Dexter and Leonice A. Dexter
  • Leonice A. Dexter of Hampden, Maine.  Leonice Addie Dexter (abt 1878-1956). Presumably the sister of Lottie E. Dexter, who inscribed the left facing page. Leonice moved to Aurora, Illinois with her family. She married Allen Jasper Parcell about 1895 in Illinois.  Leonice's mother Minetta (Boswell) Dexter and brother Harry Edgar Willis Dexter also inscribed pages.
  • Lottie E. Dexter of Hampden, Maine. Lottie Evelyn Dexter (1880-unk), presumably sister of Leonice A. Dexter, who inscribed the right facing page. I believe Lottie moved to Aurora, Illinois with her family.  She married Clyde W. Smith in 1906 at Birmingham, Alabama.  Lottie's mother Minetta (Boswell) Dexter and brother Harry Edgar Willis Dexter also inscribed pages.
  • Mrs. Minetta Dexter of Hampden, Maine.  She was Minetta (Boswell) Dexter Shaffer (1856-1945). Her children from her first marriage: Lottie Evelyn Dexter, Leonice A. Dexter and Harry Edgar Willis Dexter also inscribed pages. Harry inscribed the page left facing the page inscribed by his mother.
  • Mrs. Sarah W. Dexter of Hampden, Maine.  Sarah W. (Temple) Dexter (abt 1829-1901), native of Moscow, Maine; widow of Nathan T. Dexter.  Sarah was the sister of Samuel S. Temple, whose widow Belinda inscribed the preceding page.
  • Willie E. Dexter of Hampden, Maine; inscribed on June 15, no year written.  Perhaps Willis Elmer Dexter (1862-1924), son of Nathan T. Dexter and Sarah W. (Temple) Dexter.
  • Alice A. Dinsmore of Bingham, Maine; inscribed on April 22, 1883.  Presumably Alice A. (Baker) Dinsmore (1856-1931), wife of Arthur C. Dinsmore
  • Miss Alice M. Doyle of Moscow, Maine; inscribed on August 12, 1900.  Alice M. Doyle (1886-1966); would marry 1) Delbert Roach; 2) Walter Roland Richardson
  • Mrs. Olive L. Doyle; inscribed on August 3, 1899.  She may have been Olive L. (Andrews) Doyle, a native of Etna, Maine, who married William Runnels Doyle, a native of Holeb, Maine. They lived in Caratunk, Maine.
  • B. D. Emerson of Hampden, Maine; inscribed on June 5, 1883.  Bradford D. Emerson (1847-1922), who married Georgiana A. Dexter, who inscribed the right facing page.
  • Rena M. Emerson of Hampden, Maine; inscribed on June 15, 1883.  Serena or Cyrene Mabel Emerson (1868-1944), "Rena", whose parents Bradford D. Emerson and Georgiana (Dexter) Emerson also inscribed pages. She would marry George E. Phillips+
  • Frank H. Folsom of Augusta, Maine; inscribed on April 12, 1890
  • James L. Folsom, Pastor M.E. Church, Solon and Bingham; inscribed at Bingham, Maine, on March 28, 1890. Dr. James Leslie Folsom (1864-1929). He would marry Grace Gertrude Nash the next year.
  • Blanche E. Foss; shared the page with her mother Hannah Evelyn (Whitney) Foss. Blanche would marry George W. Spaulding.
  • Hannah E. Foss of Moscow, Maine; inscribed on March 31, 1883.  The page also has the name Blanche E. Foss along the margin.  Hannah Evelyn (Whitney) Foss (1845-1938), whose husband Sylvester Foss inscribed the left facing page. Blanche was their daughter Blanche Estelle Foss (1870-1956), who would marry George W. Spaulding
  • Sylvester Foss; inscribed on April 1, 1883. Sylvester Foss (1837-1912) of Moscow, Maine. The right facing page contains the autographs of Hannah E. Foss and Blanche E. Foss, who were Hannah Evelyn (Whitney) Foss, Sylvester's wife, and Blanche E. Foss, their daughter.
  • John B. Hammond of Hampden, Maine; inscribed on June 13, 1883. His wife Olive E. (Rowe) Hammond inscribed the left facing page.
  • Johnnie E. Hammond of Hampden, Maine; inscribed on June 13, 1883.  Presumably John Edgar Hammond (1865-1940)
  • Olive E. Hammond of Hampden, Maine; inscribed on June 13, 1883. She was Olive e. (Rowe) Hammond (1841-1890), whose husband John R. Hammond inscribed the right facing page.
  • T. F. Houghton; inscribed on August 22, 1892.  Perhaps Thomas Franklin Houhgton (1829-1906) of Bingham, Maine; married Clarissa Emily Dinsmore.
  • Mrs. T. F. Houghton or Mrs. F F. Houghton; inscribed at Bingham, Maine, on August 22, 1902. Perhaps Clarissa Emily (Dinsmore) Houghton (1828-1916), wife of Thomas Franklin Houghton
  • Eben Hunewill or Hunewell [most records show Hunnewell], inscribed on March 7, 1910. Eben  Hunnewell (1825-1913) was the husband of album owner Lorena A. Smith. He was previously married to Irene B. (Rowe) Hunnewell (1832-1903)
  • Carrie L. Jones
  • Nettie C. Jones of Brighton, Maine; inscribed on October 3, 1882.  Nettie Cora Jones (1865-1948), would marry 1) Charles Frederick Barker, Jr., and George E. Flanders.
  • B. C. Kennedy of Madison, Dakota, Lake County; inscribed on December 11, 1883. Bartholomew Clayton Kennedy (1820-1902), native of Strong, Maine. His wife Oliva (Smith) Kennedy inscribed the right facing page. Madison is in what is now South Dakota.
  • Chester E. Kennedy of Madison, South Dakota; inscribed on August 24, 1901.  "Your cousin".  Chester E. Kennedy (1855-1933), son of Bartholomew Clayton Kennedy (1820-1902), native of Strong, Maine, and Olivia (Smith) Kennedy, who also inscribed pages in the album. Oliva was a sister to Lorena's father Hiram V. Smith.
  • Oliva Kennedy of Madison, Dakota, Lake County; inscribed on December 11, 1883.  Lorena's Aunt Oliva (Smith) Kennedy (1819-1908), a native of Moscow, Maine. Her husband Bartholomew Clayton Kennedy inscribed the left facing page.  Madison is in what is now South Dakota.
  • O. W. Lander of Bingham, Maine; inscribed on December 26, 1882. Oscar W. Lander (1858-1899), whose future wife, Rosina C. Smith, "Rose", inscribed the right facing page. Rose was a sister to album owner Lorena A. Smith.
  • Arthur R. Macdougall, Jr., Pastor: June 1923 to ___.  He was Rev. Arthur Raymond Macdougall, Jr. (1896-1983), who wife Leah (Parks) Macdougall inscribed an earlier page.
  • Leah P. Macdougall of Bingham, Maine; inscribed on December 8, 1925.  Leah (Parks) Macdougall (1899-1978), wife of Rev. Arthur Raymond Macdougall, Jr.
  • Abbie Maxim of Madison, Maine; inscribed in August of 1884 [last digit too faint to be sure].  Perhaps Abbie (Greenwood) Maxim (1825/26-1901), wife of Daniel Maxim
  • Lydia McFarland of Damariscotta, Maine
  • Fred McNeill of Bingham, Maine; inscribed on June 28, 1902
  • Rose E. NcNeill of Bingham, Maine; inscribed on August 22, 1902
  • Lilla E. Merrill of Bingham, Maine; inscribed on March 9, 1882.  Lilla E. (Bassett) Merrill (1856-1928), wife of Cornelius A. Merrill
  • May E. Merrill of Bingham, Maine; inscribed on March 9, 1882.  Perhaps the Mary Ellen Merrill (abt 1864-1946) who would marry Josiah French
  • Sarah E. Merrill; inscribed on August 10, 1882.  Presumably Sarah E. (Pierce) Merrill (1854-1884), wife of James A. Merrill of Moscow, Maine.
  • Jennie A. Millett; inscribed at Bingham, Maine, on December 27, 1887; shared the page with T. F. Millett and Lottie A. Millett. Presumably Thomas F. Millett (1845-1927), wife Jennie A. (Mason) Millett (1847-1927) and their daughter Charlotte A. Millett (1881-1972), "Lottie".
  • Lottie A. Millett; inscribed at Bingham, Maine, on December 27, 1887; shared the page with T. F. Millett and Jennie A. Millett. Presumably Thomas F. Millett (1845-1927), wife Jennie A. (Mason) Millett (1847-1927) and their daughter Charlotte A. Millett (1881-1972), "Lottie".
  • T. F. Millett; presumably Thomas F. Millett; inscribed at Bingham, Maine on December 27, 1887; shared the page with Jennie A. Millett and Lottie A. Millett. Presumably Thomas F. Millett (1845-1927), wife Jennie A. (Mason) Millett (1847-1927) and their daughter Charlotte A. Millett (1881-1972), "Lottie".
  • Asher H. Morton of Moscow, Maine; inscribed on April 1, 1883. Asher H. Morton (1851-1895), whose wife Bertha E. (Foss) Morton, "Bertie", inscribed the right facing page.
  • Bertie E. Morton of Moscow, Maine; inscribed on March 30, 1883. She was Bertha E. (Foss) Morton, whose husband Asher H. Morton inscribed the left facing page.
  • Beulah A. Padham; January 17, 1901-1922.  Beulah A. (Jackson) Padham, born in 1901, in 1922 at the time of the inscription, she was the wife of Ralph Lawrence Jackson. She later married Truman Cecil Berry
  • Gertrude Pierce; inscribed at Bingham, Maine, on August 23, 1902.  Gertrude Marita Pierce (1887-1979), who married 1) Guy Manchester Haynes Morris and 2) Anthony H. Schoppe [spelled Schoppe in her DAR application and Shoppe on the gravestone]
  • A. A. Pomroy of Hampden, Maine; inscribed on June 12, 1883.  Presumably Alvah Austin Pomroy (1860-1945), cousin of album owner Lorena A. Smith. Lorena's father and Alvah's mother were siblings.
  • Austin Pomroy of Hampden, Maine; inscribed on June 12, 1883. Austin Pomroy (1824-1886), who wife Faith (Smith) Pomroy inscribed the right facing page.
  • Mrs. Austin Pomroy, inscribed at Hampden, Maine, on June 12, 1883.  Faitha (Smith) Pomroy (1829-1910), who husband Austin Pomroy inscribed the left facing page.  Faitha was album owner Lorena A. Smith's aunt, sister of Hiram V. Smith.
  • Hattie B. Pomroy of Hampden, Maine; inscribed at Moscow, Maine, on July 26, 1890. Lorena's cousin. Harriette B. Pomroy (1866-1944), "Hattie", daughter of Austin Pomroy and Faith (Smith) Pomroy, who was a sister to Lorena's father Hiram V. Smith. Hattie married Harry Edgar Staples
  • Hattie B. Pomroy; inscribed at Hampden, Maine, on June 12, 1883.  Perhaps the same Hattie B. Pomroy who inscribed anoher page in the album. Lorena's cousin Harriette B. Pomroy (1866-1944), "Hattie", daughter of Austin Pomroy and Faith (Smith) Pomroy, who was a sister to Lorena's father Hiram V. Smith. Hattie married Harry Edgar Staples
  • Lillie A. Pomroy of Hampden, Maine; inscribed at Moscow, Maine, on July 26, 1890.  Possibly Leila Pomroy, cousin of album owner Lorena A. Smith, or possibly  Lillie A. (Pomroy) Pomroy (1863-1925), wife of Martin K. Pomroy.
  • Lillie A. Pomroy; inscribed at Hampden, Maine, on June 12, no year written
  • Hattie R. Proctor of Bingham, Maine; inscribed on.  Sister to inscriber Lewvill Proctor
  • Lewvill L. Proctor of Bingham, Maine; inscribed on March 10, 1882.  Lewvill Loren Proctor (1867-1944)
  • Miss E. Martha Reynolds of Bingham, Maine. Martha Emma Reynolds or Emma Martha Reynolds (1878-1958), who would marry Daniel Steward
  • Martha Reynolds; inscribed at Bingham, Maine, on Sunday March 22, 1903, with B. M. Steward, Helen M. Steward, Dan Steward and "lots" more
  • Flora T. Roberts of Stoneham, Massachusetts; inscribed on June 15, 1883.  She was Flora E. (Temple) Roberts (abt 1857-), daughter of inscriber Belinda G. (Churchill) Temple and Samuel S. Temple of Hampden, Maine. Flora married Israel R. Roberts
  • Etta E. Rowe; inscribed on June 14, 1883.  She was Henrietta E. (Dexter) Rowe (abt 1852-1913), "Etta", whose husband Stephen S. Rowe inscribed the right facing page.
  • Eugene M. Rowe of Hampden, .  Eugene Marcellus Rowe (1858-1940) who would later that year marry Nellie Holland. After Nellie's death in 1896, Eugene married widowed inscriber Mary Ella Augusta (Eveleth) Temple, whose first husband was inscriber Jacob C. Temple.
  • Sarah A. Rowe of Hampden, Maine; inscribed on June 13, 1883. "Your Aunt". Sarah A. (Smith) Rowe (1818-). She was the widow of Marcellus Nelson Rowe. Sister of Hiram V. Smith, who was the father of album owner Lorena A. Smith
  • Stephen S. Rowe of Hampden, Maine; inscribed on June 14, 1883.  Stephen S. Rowe (1848-1914), whose wife Henrietta E. (Dexter) Rowe, "Etta", inscribed the left facing page.
  • Anna Emily Savage; inscribed on March 26, 1912. Written by one of her parents, presumably, as Anna Emily Savage was born on March 26, 1912 at Bingham, Maine, to Roy M. Savage and Carolyn (Grindel) Savage. Anna would marry Mr. Matthews.
  • Edgar S. Smith of Hermon, Maine; inscribed on June 10, 1883
  • Hiram V. Smith; inscribed at Moscow, Maine, on August 25, 1902. He was Hiram V. Smith (1822-1908), father of album owner Lorena A. Smith. His wife, Love P. (Cook) inscribed the right facing page in 1885. Love died in 1891.
  • Lorena A. Smith of Moscow, Maine; album owner.  Lorena A. Smith (about 1854-1937) was the daughter of Hiram V. Smith and Love P. (Cook) Smith. Lorena married Eben Hunnewell (1825-1913) in 1906; his wife Irene B. (Rowe) Hunnewell had died in 1903.
  • Love P. Smith; inscribed at Moscow, Maine, on August 25, 1885.  She was Love P. (Cook) Smith (1825-1891), mother of album owner Lorena A. Smith. Her husband Hiram V. Smith inscribed the right facing page in 1902.
  • Rose C. Smith of Moscow, Maine; inscribed on May 19, 1882.  Presumably Rosina C. Smith (1856-1947), sister of album owner Lorena A. Smith.  Rose's future husband Oscar W. Lander inscribed the left facing page.
  • S. A. Smith of Bingham, Maine; inscribed on April 11, 1884.  Possibly Samuel A. Smith (1852-1931)
  • S. S. Smith of Newport, Maine; inscribed on April 9, 1897
  • B. M. Steward - Benjamin Mantor Steward (abt 1852-1920); inscribed at Bingham, Maine, on Sunday March 22, 1903, with Helen M. Steward, Dan Steward, Martha Reynolds and "lots" more
  • B. M. Steward of Bingham, Maine; inscribed on March 22, 1903. He was Benjamin Mantor Steward (1852-1920), father of inscriber Helen M. Steward (1889-1918), who would marry Walker Nason.
  • Dan Steward (1879-1943); inscribed at Bingham, Maine, on Sunday March 22, 1903, with B. M. Steward, Helen M. Steward,  Martha Reynolds and "lots" more
  • Ercell Harry Steward of Bingham, Maine; inscribed on January 16, 1934. Ercell Harry Steward (1918-1996), son of Harry A. Steward and Mildred (Smith) Steward.  Ercell married Marvis Alberta Stuart.
  • Helen M. Steward (1889-1918); inscribed at Bingham, Maine, on Sunday March 22, 1903, with B. M. Steward, Dan Steward, Martha Reynolds and "lots" more
  • Helen Steward of Bingham, Maine; inscribed on March 22, 1903. Helen M. Steward (1889-1918), daughter of inscriber Benjamin Mantor Steward.  Helen would marry Walker Nason.
  • Lorena M. Steward of Bingham, Maine; inscribed on October 20, 1933. Lorena M. Steward (1920-2019), daughter of Harry A. Steward and Mildred (Smith) Steward. Lorena married Arthur A. Provost.
  • Marcia Flint Steward; inscribed on December 4, 1902. Marcia Flint Steward (1891-1961), daughter of Benjamin M. Steward and Louise M. (Robinson) Steward. Marcia would marry George Raymond Sawtelle in 1909.
  • Mildred S. Steward of Bingham, Maine; inscribed on December 27, 1916. Mildred R. L. (Smith) Steward (1900-1970), then wife of Harry Adelbert Steward and niece of album owner Lorena A. Smith. Mildred later married Cecil Bray. Mildred also inscribed a page in the album before she married Harry Adelbert Stewart.
  • Russell S. Steward of Bingham, Maine.  Presumably Russell Smith Steward (1922-1936), son of Harry Adelbert Steward and Mildred R. (Smith) Steward, who was the niece of album owner Lorena A. Smith
  • Carrie A. Stewart of Moscow, Maine; inscribed on July 13, 1884
  • Miseth J. Stuart of Moscow, Maine; inscribed on February 11, 1884. Miseth J. Stuart (1869-1945) who would marry Bion J. Huff
  • Mrs. S. S. Temple of Hampden, Maine.  Perhaps Belinda G. (Churchill) Temple (1816-1908), wife or widow of Samuel S. Temple (1815-1882)
  • Edward W. Temple of Hampden, Maine; inscribed on June 15, 1883.  He was Edward William Temple MD (1854-1890), whose wife Jennie Flagg (Emery) Temple inscribed the left facing page. Dr. Temple was the son of inscriber Belinda G. (Churchill) Temple and Samuel S. Temple of Hampden, Maine.
  • Ella E. Temple; inscribed a Hampden, Maine, on June 14, 1883. She was Mary Ella Augusta (Eveleth) Temple (1852-1917), whose husband Jacob C. Temple inscribed the left facing page. After Jacob's death, Ella married inscribed Eugene M. Rowe.
  • J. C. Temple; inscribed at Hampden, Maine, on June 14, 1883. Presumably Jacob C. Temple (1852-1885), who died just 2 years after he made his inscription. Jacob's wife, Mary Ella Augusta (Eveleth) Temple inscribed the right facing page.
  • Jennie F. Temple of Hampden, Maine; inscribed on June 15, 1883.  Presumably Jeannette Flagg (Emery) Temple (1864-1952), "Jennie", wife of Edward William Temple, MD, who inscribed the right facing page.
  • Ida K. Twadelle of Norridgewock, Maine; inscribed on March 13, 1925.  She was Ida (Knights) Twadelle (1868-), wife of Dr. Joseph B. Twadelle.  Dr. Twadelle got involved in legal difficulties, which is probably why Ida was living with her brother in 1910 and 1920. In the 1920 Census she noted that she was divorced.
  • Hannah May Webber of Hampden, Maine; inscribed on June 14, 1883. She was Hannah M. Webber, daughter of Hiram W. Webber and Lucinda R. (Smith) Webber (abt 1838-1924) who was a sister to the father of album owner Lorena A. Smith.  Hannah married Orrin L. Dinsmore.
  • Hiram W. Webber of Hampden, Maine; inscribed on June 14,  1883.  Hiram W. Webber (abt 1830-), whose wife Lucinda R. (Smith) Webber inscribed the left facing page. His daughter Hannah May Webber also inscribed a page.
  • Lucinda R. Webber of Hampden, Maine; inscribed on June 14, 1883. She was Lucinda R. (Smith) Webber (abt 1838-1924), who was a sister to the father of album owner Lorena A. Smith. She was the mother of inscriber Hannah May Webber.
  • Minnie E. Wheeler; inscribed on May 19, 1919.  Perhaps Minnie E. (Russell) Wheeler Cole (1869-1948) of Skowhegan, Maine, a native of Norridgewock, Maine, whose husband Isaac S. Wheeler had died in February of that year. Minnie would marry Perley M. Cole in 1923.  Minnie was the sister of inscriber Nellie E. (Russell) Copp

Friday, May 14, 2021

1878/78 Autograph Album of Sea Capt. Frederick S. Hayden of South Thomaston, Maine & Marcia Smith (Wakefield) Hayden of Garland, Maine; many Oak Grove Seminary Inscriptions

This autograph album appears to have been filled with inscriptions from before and/or, at the prospect of, the marriage of Sea Captain Frederick S. Hayden (1843-1896), "Fred", of South Thomaston, Maine, and Marcia Smith Wakefield (1859-unk) of Garland, Maine.  

They, or at least one of them, may have been students at Oak Grove Seminary at Vassalboro, Maine, where many of the pages were inscribed.  Perhaps Oak Grove is what brought them together, either as students or relatives of students. 

Other inscriptions were penned by their family members from the South Thomaston and Garland areas.

Surnames in the Album

?? [2]DDanielsPPhilbrook
AAlexanderDayPierce
AppletonDockumPriest
AverillDoe [2]RRich
BBantonDrummondRichardson
BarrEEvansSSouthard [2]
Barrows [2]FFiskStarkey [2]
Barton [2]GGoffTTaber
Blunt [2]GravesThayer [2]
CCameHHarlow [2]WWakefield [5]
CarterHawesWeed [2]
ChurchHayden [4]
Coan [2]Hobbs
ColbyKKilgore [2]
ConforthMMerrill
CookMosher
Crane [2]OOak
Crockett [3]

The album measures approximately 8-1/4" by 5" and contains the sentiments of nearly 70 relatives, friends and students and, possibly, faculty at the Oak Grove Seminary in Vassalboro, Maine.  An alphabetical list of the inscribers appears at the end of this post.

Fred inscribed the first page of handwriting in the album.


Marcia inscribed a page in the middle of the album.


Julia Crane of Garland, Maine, penned a sentiment mentioning Marcia "on the sea", perhaps meaning that Marcia would be joining her husband on his voyages, or perhaps just a coincidence.


Frederick S. Hayden was the son of William L. Hayden and Abigail (Coombs) Dow Hayden. Fred had at least nine siblings, several of whom died young.  He himself died before his time, in an 1895 carriage accident, after having left the rigors and dangers of the master mariner trade and opening a tourist resort, Sunnyside Cottage, at Owls Head, Maine.

Fred's mother Abigail inscribed a page in the album, as did other members of the Hayden family.


Marcia Smith Wakefield was the daughter of William H. Wakefield and Eunice D. Hinckley) Wakefield. They inscribed a page in 1879, along with Marcia's sister Julia C. Wakefield and brother Willie H. Wakefield.  It appears that Fred and Marcia had made a visit to Garland in 1879, when many of the Garland inscriptions were made.


After Fred's death in 1895, Marcia returned to Penobscot County, Maine, and, in  1906 or 1907 [I found records for each date, on January 2], married Luther Martin Rideout (1839-1910)She may have married again after Luther's death, to Howard Clark (1860-1938), but I haven't found a record of the marriage, nor a death record for Marcia.  She may be buried with Fred in South Thomaston, Maine, or in Garland, Maine.

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

Alphabetical List of the Inscribers
  • Jennie ?, possibly Jennie Hnee; inscribed to "Freddie & Marchey"
  • Jinnie
  • Fred Alexander of Belfast, Maine; inscribed at Oak Grove Seminary. His roommate W. P. Carter of Belfast, Maine, inscribed the right facing page. At the top right of Fred's page is the word "Room", and at the top left of W. P.'s page is "Mates".
  • F. A. Appleton or T. A. Appleton; inscribed at Oak Grove Seminary, Vassalboro, Maine
  • Minnie S. Averill of Rockland, Maine
  • Jessie F. Banton of Freedom, Maine
  • Frank D. Barr of Centre Sidney, Maine; inscribed on April 26, 1878
  • Florence M. Barrows of Burnham, Maine; inscribed at Oak Grove Seminary on April 27, 1878
  • Lilla B. Barrows of Burnham, Maine; inscribed at Oak Grove Seminary on April 27, 1878
  • Hattie Barton; shared the page with Ellen M. Pierce and Stella Barton
  • Stella Barton; shared the page with Ellen M. Pierce and Hattie Barton
  • Mary E. Blunt of Vinalhaven, Maine; "Your loving Sister". She was Mary Eliza Hayden (Blunt), sister of Capt. Frederick S. Hayden and wife of Oscar Blunt, who inscribed the right facing page.
  • Oscar Blunt of Vinalhaven, Maine. He was the husband of Mary Eliza (Hayden) Blunt, who inscribed the left facing page. She was the sister of Capt. Frederick S. Hayden
  • Eliza G. Came of Garland, Maine;  inscribed on June 15, 1879
  • W. P. Carter of Belfast, Maine; inscribed at Oak Grove Seminary. His roommate Fred Alexander of Belfast, Maine, inscribed the left facing page. At the top right of Fred's page is the word "Room", and at the top left of W. P. Carter's name is "Mates"
  • Nora L. Church of Riverside, Maine; inscribed at Oak Grove Seminary on April 27, 1878
  • E. Coan; inscribed at Garland, Maine, on June 8, 1879. Presumably Elisha Coan, whose wife Mary Abbie (Swett) Coan inscribed the left facing page. Elisha's middle initial could be S or J.
  • Mary Abbie Coan of Garland, Maine; inscribed on June 8, 1879. Mary Abbie (Swett) Coan, whose husband Elisha Coan inscribed the right facing page.
  • Ella F. Colby of Vassalboro, Maine; inscribed on April 26, 1878. Shared the page with Lida C. Mosher of China, Maine
  • Agnes M. Conforth of West Waterville, Maine; "Think how much you owe to Oak Grove."
  • Edward H. Cook
  • Elijah Crane; inscribed at Garland, Maine, on June 15, 1879
  • Julia B. Crane; inscribed at Garland, Maine, on June 15, 1879. "May angels guard over Marcia on the sea"
  • ? B. Crockett; inscribed in 1878. The wheat staffs made reading the first name too difficult.  Might be Geo for George B. Crockett; if so, presumably the George B. Crockett (1856-1899) of Rockland, Maine
  • Abbie A. Crockett of Rockland, Maine; "your true Sister"
  • Willie L. Crockett of Rockland, Maine; inscribed on October 21, 1878
  • S. Eliza Daniels of Union, Maine; inscribed on September 1, 1878
  • Ida C. Day of East Vassalboro, Maine. Shared the page with Isabelle Priest of East Vassalboro, Maine
  • Emma B.  Dockum of Iowa City, Iowa; inscribed at Oak Grove B.C. on April 27, 1878
  • Alice M. Doe of Vassalboro, Maine; inscribed at Oak Grove Seminary on April 27, 1878
  • Arthur L. Doe of Vassalboro, Maine; inscribed at Oak Grove Seminary on April 28, 1878
  • H. M. Drummond of Winslow, Maine; inscribed at Oak Grove Seminary on April 24, 1878
  • Hattie F. Evans; inscribed at Garland, Maine, on May 15, 1879
  • Julia D. Fisk [looks more like Frisk, but it's Fisk]; presumably Julia Dow (Hayden) Fisk, sister of Capt. Fred S. Hayden
  • Agnes Goff; inscribed on April 30, 1878
  • Ella E. Graves of Vassalboro, Maine; inscribed at Oak Grove Seminary on April 25, 1878
  • Anna Harlow of Garland, Maine; inscribed on June 17, 1879
  • Lettie Harlow of Garland, Maine; inscribed on June 17, 1879.  Marcia's cousin
  • Delia C. Hawes of Riverside, Maine; inscribed at Oak Grove Seminary on April 27, 1878
  • Abigail C. Hayden, "Mother"; inscribed at South Thomaston, Maine, on October 20, 1878. She was Abigail Coombs (Dow) Hayden, mother of Capt. Frederick C. Hayden
  • C. M. Hayden of South Thomaston, Maine; inscribed on July 23, 1878. Presumably Charles M. Hayden, younger brother of Capt. Fred S. Hayden
  • Fred S. Hayden (1843-1895). The album was filled on the occasion of his wedding to Marcia Smith Wakefield (abt 1859-unk) on 18 November 1878
  • Hattie E. M. Hayden; inscribed at South Thomaston, Maine, on October 21, 1878. Presumably Harriet E. (Morse) Hayden, wife of Capt. Frederick S. Hayden's older brother George Dow Hayden
  • Mattie P. Hobbs; inscribed at Garland, Maine, on May 28, 1879
  • G. C. Kilgore
  • George A. Kilgore of Vassalboro, Maine; inscribed at O.G.B. College on April 26, 1878
  • Sarah J. Merrill
  • Lida C. Mosher of China, Maine; inscribed on April 26, 1878. Shared the page with Ella F. Colby of Vassalboro, Maine
  • ? J. Oak, possibly Delia J. Oak; inscribed at Garland, Maine, on June 16, 1879. Marcia's schoolmate.  Or perhaps the nickname for Addie J. Oak
  • L. Etta Philbrook
  • Ellen M. Pierce; shared the page with Hattie Barton and Stella Barton
  • Isabelle Priest of East Vassalboro, Maine; inscribed on April 26, 1878. Shared the page with Ida C. Day of East Vassalboro, Maine
  • F. U. Rich; inscribed on April 29, 1878. Perhaps Dr. Frank Urbanus Rich (1857-1912) of Thorndike, Maine
  • Seth B. Richardson of East Vassalboro, Maine; inscribed on April 3, 1878
  • Mary T. Southard; inscribed at Garland, Maine, on June 14, 1879. She was Mary T. (Gregory) Southard, whose husband, Dr. Merritt Southard, inscribed the left facing page.
  • Merritt Southard, M.D., of Garland, Maine; inscribed on June 14, 1879. His wife, Mary T. (Gregory) Southard, inscribed the right facing page.
  • Howard A. Starkey of Vassalboro, Maine; inscribed on April 26, 1878
  • Sadie C. Starkey of Vassalboro, Maine; inscribed on April 26, 1878
  • Alice R. Taber of East Vassalboro, Maine; inscribed on April 20, 1878
  • Mary P. Thayer; inscribed at Garland, Maine, on June 18, 1879. She was Mary P. (Kent) Thayer, whose husband lay clergyman Peter Blake Thayer inscribed the right facing page.
  • P. B. Thayer; inscribed at Garland, Maine, on June 9, 1879.  Lay clergyman Peter Blake Thayer, whose wife Mary P. (Kent) Thayer inscribed the left facing page.
  • Eunice D. (Hinckley) Wakefield of Garland, Maine; mother of Marcia Smith Wakefield; she shared the page with her husband William H. Wakefield and children Julia D. Wakefield and Willie H. Wakefield 
  • Julia C. Wakefield of Garland, Maine; sister of Marcia Smith Wakefield; she shared the page with her parents William H. Wakefield and Eunice D. (Hinckley) Wakefield and her brother Willie H. Wakefield
  • Marcia S. Wakefield of Garland, Maine; album co-owner.  Marcia Smith Wakefield, who would marry album owner Capt. Fred S. Harmon in November of 1878.  Mar
  • William H. Wakefield of Garland, Maine; father of Marcia Smith Wakefield; he shared the page with his wife Eunice D. (Hinckley) Wakefield and children Julia D. Wakefield and Willie H. Wakefield
  • Willie H. Wakefield of Garland, Maine; brother of Marcia Smith Wakefield; he shared the page with his parents William H. Wakefield and Eunice D. (Hinckley) Wakefield and his sister Julia C. Wakefield.
  • Abbie E. Weed of Burnham, Maine; inscribed at Oak Grove Seminary on April 27, 1878
  • H. H. Weed, not sure of either initial, of Burnham, Maine; inscribed at O.G.S. on April 3, 1878. Presumably Oak Grove Seminary at Vassalboro, Maine. Perhaps Hartford H. Weed (1855-1907)