Tuesday, September 18, 2012


I definitely need a lesson in American History here...  there are so many items and images on this lovely Newburgh Centennial memorial card which are clearly symbolic of the end of the Revolutionary War (which in Canada in the 1950s I had learned as the War of Independence).   Also, there are 4 calling cards on each corner of the page.

    Commemorating the Closing Events of the Revolution
    13 star symbols in a large arc

- A central image of a meeting place/home with roadway with partially-open metal gate in front,  trees losing foliage in background around building.  This is likely Washington's Headquarters, the Hasbrouk House.
- 2 laurel wreaths hanging off crossed spears at top corners of image.
- Two additional crossed spears holding up a flag.
- A musket and sword crossed in front of the image with the sword point opening the gate.
- A small snare drum to the right of the image.
- There is a small round item in the forefront, resting on the ground, and a wiggly item next to it - neither of which I can identify.... items to do with musketry?

Four sentences, written in graceful arcs:
Left side:
Washington refused
    the Crown  May 22d 1782.

     Washington's reply to the
Newburgh letters March 15th 1783.

Right side:
     Washington's proclamation of
peace to the Army  April 18th 1783.

                      Army disbanded by
order of Congress  Oct. 18th  1783.

Below the image in a straight line:


      PETER WARD, CHAIRMAN             J. T. HEADLEY
        J. J. S. McCROSKERY                     M. H. HIRSCHBERG
        J. C. ADAMS                                   R. V. K. MONTFORT,  SECRETARY

NB: Peter Ward was Mayor of Newburgh NY
For more information on the Newburgh Centennial in October 1883, I have included links here, and here,  for those interesting in reading more about the celebration as well as about the published reasons for the centennial.  Fascinating eye-witness accounts, with speeches, poem, prayer, and more.

Four Calling Cards: 
Now we come to those Calling cards of four women, 3 of whom as their married state.  Were they close friends or colleagues who sat with my ancestors on that day of celebration?  Did they make up a party of celebrants?  Were they wives of men who were taking an active role in the Celebration?  Random women who sat at a buffet table with them?  These are four women completely unknown to me.

My main searches were on Fulton History newspapers website  as well as on (censuses, newspapers, directories).  It is possible that these women have nothing at all to do with each other nor with the Centennial, but may have been fitted into the space for convenience.  Sigh.  I have so many questions.

Top Left:
Mrs. J Albert Lum  - no specific person comes to light in a quick search on Fulton History newspapers, nor on Ancestry... 

Top Right:    
Mrs. Albert A Palmer - there are many Albert Palmer men, with many middle initials [e.g., J, P, M, W];  possibly this is the wife of the New York photographer... but not proven

Bottom Left:
Lillian Eddy, of 350 Lexington Avenue; possibly the Miss Lillian Eddy who gave a recitation at the June 27, 1891 first convention of the Y.W.C.T.U. "to the delight of all";  or the Miss Lillian Eddy who was an early advocate for the Hamburg NY Public Library (are they the same person?).  The address could be in Albany NY, or New York (Lexington at 40th).  

Bottom Right:
Mrs. James Brooks Dill -  I found a 1910 New York Herald report of her husband's Doctor of Law degree, stating he is currently "Judge of the Court of Errors and Appeals of New Jersey"; he was also author of "Dill on Corporations", and died in December 1910 after a short illness... however I don't yet have his wife's name.

Perhaps I'll find more information about these 4 women as we go through the many marriage cards and other items in the Souvenir Album.  So many names, so little information.

The next page in the Souvenirs Album is - of course - many Calling Cards once more!  But six of these cards have black borders around them.   Perhaps I will be able to find more information on them - I can only hope.

Do contact me if you have information on any of the people mentioned above, or if you wish more details.


  1. Thank heavens you enjoy a challenge, Celia.

    1. Sometimes it's a bit overwhelming, Jill - but one page at a time. I might get this completed by the end of next year!! Who knows, someone may know the unknown people on all those Calling cards. And I'm certainly getting a history lesson on New York & the States at the same time. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Hurray Celia! I didn't realize you created a separate blog for James Terwilliger's Souvenir Album. That's wonderful! I will definitely be adding it to my Fab Finds post this week.

    What an interesting item you have here about the Centennial.

    1. As a Canadian, I'm a bit stumped about the significance of some items on the image. The links go to some very interesting publications which I enjoyed reading. This was obviously a very big deal! Thanks for commenting.

    2. Hi Celia, Your new blog has been listed on today's Fab Finds post at

      Have a great weekend!

  3. James Brooks Dill
    Birth 1854 in Spencerport, Monroe, New York, USA
    Death Living
    Death 1910 in East Orange, Essex, New Jersey, USA
    Wife: Mary W. Hansell
    Birth 29 Jan 1857 in Pennsylvania

    1. Thank you "Anonymous" - I appreciate these details very much! I'm trying to make my greatgrandfather's Souvenirs Album annotated/detailed, rather than just a simple image. Cheers.