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Saturday, October 17, 2015

PAGE 37: Another page of 28 Visitors' Calling Cards

As noted in previous pages, this blog is for the purpose of inventorying every page in my maternal great-grandfather's TERWILLIGER SOUVENIR ALBUM, covering the years from 1840 to roughly 1900.

Here is Page 37 - with almost 30 calling cards of various acquaintances. They are put in rather oddly, with cards turned sideways on both sides, going into the middle card. Odd. What can I say, my great-grandfather filled the page thoroughly. Note the stain on the bottom middle of the group - it looks like a liquid was spilled and wiped off. Coffee? Wine? The ink is fading quite badly on many of these cards, so the image is not the best, I'm afraid.

When I opened the page, the first known name I saw is the one on the left side of the bottom, Gaylord P. Clark, an old friend of my great-grandfather. I will simply list these cards, starting at top left, and advancing more or less across the page from side to side, back and forth roughly by row.  Some cards are partially covered, and the glue is phenomenal - I am unable to peek underneath the card to find more information!

Top row, left top to the right                             
    1.  Thomas E. Deeley

    2.  Mrs. Harry Seabrook  220 East 17th Street

    3.  Fannie Hensel,   (covered partially by the following card, likely for
            convenience, not relationship)


    4.  Frank W. Hinsdale

    5.  Charles G. Belden.

    6.  Annie R. Weaver 
Middle top 2 rows: 
Next row, sidewise to the left
    7.  Miss Gibson  345 West 28th Street, New York

    8.  Ida Smith

    9.  Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Herrick                  

  10.  Mrs. Henry W. Short
                     ____
enessee St.

  11.  Mrs. James Snodgrass         

  12.  Mrs. R. S. MacArthur

Middle'ish row, left of MacArthur to the left side
  13.  Mrs. Lillie Denton

  14.  James R. Mount  "A Happy New Year" handprinted in red around
           a fanciful image largely covered by card above.


  15.  Mr. & Mrs. L. Burns
          [centre card of the page]

  16.  Mr. & Mrs. F. V. Welling

  17.  Hannah P. Stover

  18.  Thomas G. Alword, Jr.


Next row, right of Alword, Jr. towards right side
  19.  Grant D. Green

  20.  G. T. Rogers   Binghamton

  21.  Mrs. John Jacques.  1450 Pacific St.

  22.  Carrie L. Clinton

  23.  Mrs. I. Owen Crane ___57th St.    Thursdays

Bottom row from right to left bottom corner
  24.  A. B. Hammond     78 Chester Square  Boston

  25.  Mrs. F. Venette Stafford
  
  26.  G. H. Davis

  27.  Gaylord P. Clark   Syracuse, N[Y]

  28.  Amy C. Corning  42 East 29th [St. covered]

Please contact me if there are errors you notice in transcription (Old English sometimes confuses me!).  And, if any card(s) are of your ancestor, I will be happy to send you a better photograph.

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

PAGE 36: Shadow Silhouettes, Curious Valentine, and more, 1890s

As noted in previous pages, this blog is for the purpose of inventorying every page in my maternal great-grandfather's TERWILLIGER SOUVENIR ALBUM, covering the years from 1840 to roughly 1900.  After a number of pages of Wedding Cards of various sorts, we suddenly find a much more personal page:
Charming, isn't it?  Judging by the chins and other details these are shadow silhouettes of an older couple and a somewhat younger woman, plus a handwritten Valentine, an 1897 Christmas Programme, a few cards from friends as well as another couple's wedding cards, all from around the 1890s.

I'll take the three shadow silhouettes first, and assume they were done in late 1800s.  I'm tentatively assuming they are of my Grandmother's Grandparents and my Great-grandmother.

Such silhouettes were popular in the earlier part of the 1800s, but died out when photography began to be more used. This TERWILLIGER family seems to have been very interested in art and music, so I could think they carried on making silhouettes for their own enjoyment.  If made in the late 1800s, the older couple could be her mother's parents:  Charles Giles GRAVES & Hattie ORMSBEE (b. 1824, 1827). While possible, these could be her father's parents:  James M. TERWILLIGER (except there is no beard or sideburns, which he normally sported) & Harriet BUELL (b. 1825, 1829).  I'm assuming the ages of the older couple by the chins, hats, clothing.  The somewhat younger woman might possibly be Clara Augusta (GRAVES) TERWILLIGER, b. 1857. It is definitely a puzzle to analyze.

I'll take any thoughts from you readers about these silhouettes.  Of course, it is possible they are simply commercial silhouettes, having nothing to do with any particular family member!

On the top row is a torn bit of envelope (white pieces, see large photo at top) with a written label "Valentine Wish".  This seems to have come from a friend, a Mrs. Frost, in New Jersey.  The Valentine itself, hand-made with a pretty turquoise ribbon, states the following in the person's handwriting:
    "Love in a hut,
           with water and a crust,  
      Is  -  Love, forgive us,
           Cinders, ashes, dust."
Isn't that an odd verse?  [Update, Sept.6, 2015.  Thanks to a reader, Kathy, who knew this was from a John Keats poem, Lamia.  Details and the entire long poem may be read here, scrolling down, you will find the quote begins Part 2.]

On the bottom right is a calling card:
Mr. & Mrs. Norton B. Andrews, with an attached small card: Norton Herrick Andrews.
Odd.  It is clearly printed with those names and initials.  Is the attached little card a notice of their son's name?   

To the right of the calling card, is a wedding invitation of Anna Harvey Smith to Mr. William Richings Hill, May 27, 1894, eight o'clock, First Presbyterian Church, Roselle, N.J.   I have no idea what the relationship is of these two young people to my TERWILLIGER relatives, and have not yet found any links.

On the right side of the man's silhouette is a Programme  for a Christmas entertainment, 1897. The songs, instrument solos and other pieces listed, do not seem to be a religious programme, and I do not recognize any of the other names in the programme.  The embossed lettering on the front cover is very attractive. I do wonder why it does not state where this entertainment is being held? Perhaps it is printed on the back cover which is heavily glued to the page!

Finally, on the right bottom corner, is an invitation to a Sociable, Tuesday evening, February 10th, at eight o'clock. RSVP ------ 45 East 54th St.  In the top left, underlined, is the word:  Informal  The attached smaller card provides the names of the Eggert sisters:
"Miss Eggert.   Alvina Eggert"  in their own handwriting.

If any of these names are of people you know, or you would like further information, do contact me at the address below, or in the Comments section.  I am always happy to share details from the TERWILLIGER SOUVENIR ALBUM.

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

PAGE 35 - 4th page of Wedding notices, Cards


As noted in previous pages, this blog is for the purpose of inventorying every page in my maternal great-grandfather's TERWILLIGER SOUVENIR ALBUM, covering the years from 1840-1900 or so.  See Page 32 Page 33, and Page 34 for the previous of 4 consecutive pages of wedding cards and notices. While Page 32 contained items for our TERWILLIGER & GRAVES family members, the next pages seem to be primarily of their friends.

Because of how these cards are organized, I will start at the top and list them horizontally.

1.  CROHEN - ALVORD
Mr. Hermann Crohen / requests the pleasure of your company / at the wedding reception of his daughter / Julia / and / Thomas G. Alvord, Jr. / Thursday evening October ninth / from eight until ten o'clock / No. 14 Sidney Place / Brooklyn / 1884 
This place is still standing, with a pretty turquoise-painted door entryway.

2.  COOMBS - FOX
Mr & Mrs. William Jerome Coombs / announce the marriage of their daughter / Mary, / to / Dr. Sidney Allan Fox, / Tuesday,  April twelfth, 1887. / Brooklyn, N.Y.

3.  HOTALING - HITCHCOCK
Mr. George P. Hotaling, / Miss Jenny A. Hitchcock, / Married / Thursday, October eighteenth, 1883 / New York City.
At Home Fridays, / The Seward, / 175 East 93rd Street


The middle horizontal row is of visiting cards:

4.  Mr. & Mrs. George S. Hier

5.  Dr. & Mrs. Gaylord P. Clark 

6.  Mr. & Mrs. Fred Frazer

The bottom horizontal row, continues:

7.  EDDY - LEGGAT
Mr. & Mrs. Robert H. Eddy / request your presence / at the marriage of their daughter / Emma Sutherland, / to / Mr. Walter Romaine Leggat / on Tuesday evening, May twenty fourth, / at eight o'clock. / West Presbyterian Church, / Forty second Street between 5th & 6th Avenues.
[The church was demolished before 1912 - see image on the right]

8.  FLUKE - WADSWORTH
Mr. & Mrs. John Fluke / request your presence / at the marriage of their daughter / Caroline Burleigh / to / Edward L. Wadsworth, / Wednesday evening Sept. 8th / at eight o'clock. / Trinity Church / Renovo, Pa. / 1886
[Renovo PA is a tiny town in central PA, so likely my great-grandparents didn't attend.] 

9. LAMB - TAIT  [1925 marriage invitation - only late-dated one in the album] 
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rollinson Lamb / announce the marriage of their daughter / Katharine Stymets / to Mr. Trevor Spottiswoode Tait / on Saturday, the fourteenth of November / One thousand, nine hundred and twenty-five / at The Fold / Cresskill, New Jersey


The next page in the TERWILLIGER SOUVENIR ALBUM is a mixture of family profiles, and other ephemera. Eclectic.

If any of the above individuals are known to you, or if you would like a good copy of the photos of their married cards, please let me know via calewis at telus dot net, or leave info in comments below.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

PAGE 34, the 3rd consecutive page of Wedding Cards/Notices

As noted in previous pages, this blog is for the purpose of inventorying every page in my maternal great-grandfather's TERWILLIGER SOUVENIR ALBUM, covering the years from 1840-1900 or so.

See Page 32  & Page 33 for the other pages of 4 consecutive pages of wedding cards and notices. While Page 32 contained items for our TERWILLIGER & GRAVES family members, the next pages seem to be primarily of their friends.

Page 34 continues with wedding invitations, wedding cards and notices of the newly married couples' names and new addresses. I am posting details in vertical rows, starting from the top left side.

1.  McWILLIAM - MILLER  1885
Mr. & Mrs. John McWilliam / request your presence / at the marriage of their daughter / Sarah / to / Henry F. Miller. / Tuesday evening, February seventeenth / at eight o'clock / Third Reformed Presbyterian Church / West 23rd Street, between 7th & 8th Ave / New York City / 1885

2.  HILTENAU - PICKETT  1871
[The envelope has a raised embossed H P, and the stiff card inside has raised gold lettering for the church.]
Church of the Transfiguration / 29th Street bet. Fifth & Madison Aves. / Tuesday September 12th 1871 at 3 o'clock. P.M. / Spencer Howard Pickett ... Mrs. A.V. Hiltman

3.  ALBRO - STEARNS 
[This appears to be a visiting card, possibly post-wedding.]
One card:  Louise Albro.  The other larger card:  Mr. & Mrs. E.C. Stearns / Vanderbilt House

The middle row:
4.  STOVER - LAMBERT  1885  
Mr. & Mrs. Jordan H. Stover / request the honour of your presence / at the marriage of their daughter / Hannah P. / to / Mr. Jerome C. Lambrite, / Thursday afternoon, June eighteenth, / at half past four o'clock, / Erwinna, Pa. / 1885

5.  BONTA - JONES  1886 
One small card: Please present this card at / Reformed Church / Tuesday, October 12th.
Larger card: Reception / immediately after the ceremony / 15 Green Street 
Invitation: Mr. & Mrs. Rasselas A. Bonta / request your presence / at the marriage of their daughter / Jessie Anderson / to / Charles Richard Jones / Tuesday evening, October twelfth, 1886, / at six o'clock / Reformed Church / Syracuse, N.Y.

6.  GREENWAY - BRIDGEMAN  1881 
[engraved envelope, pretty flowers]   
Lizzie M. Greenway, / Charles A. Bridgman, / Married, / Tuesday, April nineteenth, / Syracuse, N.Y. / 1881 


And finally, the right hand side:
7.  MURPHY - HANCHETT  1886
Mrs. T. G. Murphey / requests your presence / at the marriage of her daughter / Ophelia, / to / Dr. Henry G. Hanchett, Tuesday afternoon, June twentysecond, / at three o'clock, / Episcopal Church / Dover, Delaware, 1886 

8.  GRAVES - BARTON  1870
[a very fancy embossed envelope G B, ornate lettering inside]
Small card:  Ella Graves
Larger card:  Robert Barton
Invitation:  Trinity Church / San Francisco / Tuesday, December 30th, 1873, at 8 P.M.

9.  ELLIOTT - WAGGONER  
[This appears to be a visiting card, possibly post-wedding, embossed E W; cards written in old English calligraphy]
Small card: Clara L. Elliott
Larger card:  Mr. & Mrs. J. H. Waggoner


The next page in the TERWILLIGER SOUVENIR ALBUM is of 9 more cards of friends and acquaintances.

If any of these individuals are known to you, or if you would like a good copy of the photos of their married cards, please let me know via calewis at telus dot net, or leave info in comments below.

NOTE: My Blogger account is acting up and not allowing me to reply to comments just now. Assume that I am absolutely thrilled you took the time to come by, read the notes, and comment. You make my day.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

PAGE 33, the 2nd page of Wedding Cards/Notices

See Page 32  for the 1st page of 4 consecutive pages of wedding cards and notices. Page 32 contained items for our TERWILLIGER & GRAVES family members.

On this next page, Page 33, appear more wedding cards and marriage notices, likely of their good friends. There are two more of such pages to come.  A very social couple, these TERWILLIGER great- grandparents!

I am copying information from these cards by starting top left, then top right, then 2nd row: i.e., doing horizontal pairs to the bottom:

1.  HOLDEN & NOTTINGHAM  This is an At-Home card:  Mr & Mrs. Wm Nottingham, with a smaller card inside: Miss Eloise Holden [wife or daughter?].  At Home Thursdays Dec 1st and 8th, at 63 East Fayette St., Syracuse, N.Y.

2.  FYLER & HOLDEN  Willis A. Holden /  Idelle L. Fyler / Married / Tuesday, September Twentieth, / Syracuse, N.Y. / 1881 //   With smaller card inside:  Mr. & Mrs. W.A. Holden.  Brooklyn.

3.  HOLDEN & CURTIS Clearly the Holden family was well known to my great-grandparents!   Charles D. Holden, / Elizabeth A. Curtis, / Married / Thursday, June tenth, 1880. / Syracuse, H.Y. / At Home / After July 1st. / No. 5 W. Adams St.

4.  TEFFT & KENYON This is such a pretty envelope with an embossed T over a K.  No dates inside, however we can assume about 1880-1885.  Mr. & Mrs. John S. Kenyon.  // With a smaller card:  Mattie Tefft    

5.  WILLARD & FREDRICK  / Mr & Mrs. William J. Fredrick / 58 West 33d Street.... New York. //  Plus a smaller card:   Miss Willard

6.  GOULD & LITTELL   John M. Littell, /  Imogen Gould. / Married, / Thursday Aug. 5th 1880. / North East, Pa. //  With second smaller card:  Mr & Mrs. J. M. Littell.  / After Sept. 20th. ... 347 West 34th St. / New York

7.  GERE & HUDSON  Married, / Tuesday June twenty ninth, / Edmund A. Hudson, Martha T. Gere,  /  At Home, / Thursdays, July 22nd & 29th / 130 West Genesee Street, / Syracuse N.Y. 

8.  ELMENDORF & JUDSON  Mr. & Mrs. Edward Barker Judson, Jr. / Syracuse, New York. //  With smaller card:  Miss Elmendorf

By the way, there are a number of different stationers who printed out all these envelopes, mainly from Syracuse, a few from New York.  Perhaps I will do one posting "soon" with their names.

If any of these individuals are known to you, or if you would like a good copy of the photos of their married cards, please let me know via calewis at telus dot net, or leave info in comments below.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

PAGE 32, WEDDING CARDS, 1860 - 1893

My great-grandfather, James Grover "Grove" TERWILLIGER, filled his late 1800s Souvenir Album with a miscellany of ribbons, invitations, stamps, cards, tickets, cut-outs from hotel letterheads, newspaper articles, and other items from his travels and affiliations.  

Page 32 contains cards of the Terwilliger family weddings, invitations as well as cards stating they are now married.  Several are of their cousins in the Terwilliger or Graves families.  Note I am happy to copy any of these cards for those descendants who would like a better quality photo for their records. 

All are carefully labelled, but I am not certain whose handwriting this is. From the top down are the following: 

GRAVES-WISNER 1877 (2),  My great-grandmother, "Gussie" (see below), was the middle of three sisters, and this is the marriage notification card of her eldest sister, Lilian Adele Graves to lawyer, Gabriel W. Wisner on 11 July 1877, in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York.  They had 3 boys, Charles Kenneth, John Lawrence, and Rae Burton (known as Burt), plus daughter Florence Ethel (known as Ethel).  All four married, with one or two children, except for Florence. 

GRAVES-TERWILLIGER 1879 (2), These two cards are for my great-grandparents, Clara Augusta "Gussie" GRAVES and James Grover "Grove" TERWILLIGER, whose album this is. Gussie & Grove married 2 Oct 1879 in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York. They had three children: one daughter, my maternal grandmother Marguerite "Daisy" Josephine [also known as "Pepita/Peter"], and two sons, George Walter and Harold "Hal" Graves Terwilliger. All three married, Daisy with 5 living children, George and his "Duchess" (nicknames!) with 2, and Harold "Hal" & his Baroness Carola had no children.

HERRICK-WILBUR 1879, This is the only couple's marriage where the couple are no relation to the family, and I am assuming they are likely good friends of my greatgrandparents' families.  Florence Herrick married Hiram M. Wilbur, in Syracuse, on 4 Sep 1879, a month before my great-grandparents' wedding.  Hiram was a lawyer, and the young couple may be seen on the 1880 census living about 70 miles north of Syracuse in Watertown, Jefferson, New York. Florence was 22, Hiram 28.

GRAVES-TYLER 1893, As mentioned above (Graves-Wisner) my great-grandmother, Clara Augusta "Gussie" GRAVES, was the middle of three girls, and this is the marriage notification/At Home card for her younger sister, Florence "Flo" Estelle Graves to Ernest F. Tyler.  They were married in Jordan New York on 6 sep 1893; living after October 5th in Muncie, Indiana, where Ernest had a jewellery store.  They had the one child, Lillian G. Tyler (named for Flo's oldest sister), who married Tony Petrucelli, a wonderful artist. I remember my mother at Christmas receiving painted Christmas cards from her cousin Tony - I have no idea where those cards are now. I seem to recall that Mom called Flo "Aunt Toto"... 

CHAPIN-TERWILLIGER 1884, My great-grandfather had one younger brother 12 years younger, named Harry Reid (likely for his paternal grandmother, Margaret Reid, although I have also seen his middle name spelled Reed) Terwilliger.  He married the daughter of Edwin E. Chapin, Minnie W. Chapin on 4 Nov 1884 in Syracuse, New York. Harry died in 1917, while Minnie lived until 1936 in Syracuse.  They had one living son in 1886, James Edwin, and their descendants live now in Florida.

TERWILLIGER-BROWN 1860 This pretty little card on the bottom right is quite a bit older than the other cards.  Mary E. Terwilliger is my great-grand-aunt, the aunt of James Grover "Grove" TERWILLIGER. She married Roswell O. Brown in 1860, and this pretty envelope encloses a small visiting card with their names: Mr. & Mrs. R. O. Brown, and a very difficult-to-read name ending in Terwilliger.  I'm assuming this is her, even though her first name is extremely faded. She and Roswell can be found on several censuses, and had at least one child, a boy, named Daniel O. Brown, b. abt 1873. I have done little research on this couple.

If any of these people are your ancestors or you know anything about them, please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or details.  You may email me at calewis at telus dot net, or leave a message in the Comments section below.  I am always very happy to share information, and to correct any errors I may have as well.  Thanks so much for visiting my Blog, recording every page in this wonderful 1800s Album.

The next three pages in the TERWILLIGER SOUVENIR ALBUM, are of more marriage notification cards/At Home cards of some of their friends and social circle.