1830s/1840s autograph album of Miss Mary E. Allen, possibly of Binghamton, New York, or Owego, New York, or perhaps just over the Pennsylvania border.
Mary's name appears on the bottom edge of the title page, shown below.
The album, published by J. C. Riker of New York, measures approximately 7-3/4" by 6-1/4" and contains the sentiments of over thirty of Mary's acquaintances, possibly some of them family members. A few of the pages have engravings.
Sadly, it appears that some pages were removed from the album before it came into my hands.
An alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appears at the end of this post.
Place names include:
- Binghamton, presumably Binghamton, New York
- Buffalo, presumably Buffalo, New York
- Friendsville, possibly Friendsville, Pennsylvania
- Little Meadows
- Owego, presumably New York
- Silver Lake, Pennsylvania
- Vestal, presumably Vestal, New York
Surnames in the Album
- Unnamed, possibly Miss Mary E. Allen, album owner, herself; inscribed at Binghamton, New York, on March 27, 1843
- A. E. L. or A. E. S., inscribed at Salina, presumably Salina, New York
- L. W. D. or L. W. L. or ?; inscribed at Little Meadows in March 1843
- Unsigned, at Binghamton, New York, on July 23, 1839
- L. P. Mille or Miller or ?; inscribed at Norwich on July 11, 1837
- A. C., inscribed a 2 page sentiment at Binghamton, New York, on January 11, 1841
- E. M. L., inscribed at Friendsville on July 10, no year written. Possibly Friendsville, Pennsylvania
- Caroline; inscribed at Binghamton, New York, on November 23, 1839
- Initials, possibly J. M.
- Faint initial
- L. H. S.
- M. A. ? P. of Silver Lake, Pennsylvania. 2nd middle initial might be N. or V. or A. or ?
- A Friend; inscribed at Buffalo, New York in January 1843
- Morgan; inscribed at Binghamton, New York, on July 6, 1842
- Miss Mary E. Allen, album owner; presumably of the Binghamton, New York area
- B. Ames of Owego, New York
- Joanna W. Andrews; inscribed at Binghamton, New York, on February 8, 1838. Possibly instead of Joanna W. Andrews, she was Mary Joanna Andrews (1830-1871)
- Julia C. Andrews, inscribed at Binghamton, New York, on February 8, 1838. Julia C. Andrews (1823-1903)
- Lesbia P. Avery, inscribed at Owego, New York. She would marry attorney Isaac Newton Jerome, Jr. Elizabeth "Lesbia" Platt (Avery) Jerome (1825-1875)
- Mary A. Avery of Owego, New York, inscribed on July 14, 1837. Mary A. Avery (1822-1888)
- Phila Ann Brink. Perhaps Dr. Phila Ann Brink (1829-1910). Phila Ann Brink, daughter of Ephraim Brink and Laura Coggshall, graduated from the New England Female Medical College in Boston in 1870, becoming one of the early female physicians in America.
- E. De Witt; inscribed at Binghamton, New York, in July 1837
- Eliza A. Jarvis; inscribed at Binghamton, New York in March 1843. Perhaps Eliza Ann Jarvis (1828-1886), who would marry Joseph Borden McKean
- Dolly LaGrange; inscribed at Vestal, presumably Vestal, New York, on March 11, 1844. Presumably Dolly (Olmstead) Seymour Lagrange (1798-1845), wife of the late Dr. Benjamin Olmstead and then wife of John LaGrange and mother of inscriber Caroline Seymour
- Adeline McIntosh; inscribed at Binghamton, New York, on March 16, 1838. Perhaps Adeline McIntosh (1825-1887)
- A. F. Milligan
- M. C. Milligan; inscribed at Ellerslie on July 14, 1837
- Caroline Seymour; inscribed at Vestal, presumably Vestal, New York, on February 22, 1844. Presumably the daughter of inscriber Dolly (Olmstead) Seymour LaGrange and her first husband John Seymour
- Martin Stone; inscribed on April 3, 1842
- Lucy Whitney; inscribed a 2 page sentiment at Binghamton, New York, on July 14, 1837. Very sad poem "The Dying Child"
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