Elton Dunham's First Autograph Book (Part 3)

These pages are from the first of two autograph books belonging to my great-grandfather, Elton Lee Dunham (1873-1953). Entries date from 1882, when he was nine, to 1896, the year he married.

The earliest autograph is that of Elton's teacher, Ellen P. Kimball, and is dated December 1882. It is likely that the book was a gift from her.

John Albion Titus (1860-1942), a near neighbor of Elton's:

Nellie J. (Thomas) Titus, John's wife:

Mrs. Albert Cole:

Probably Mary Hannah Swan (1877-1909):

Martha "Mattie" Sarah Cole (b. 1869):

Gracie Brown, Elton's teacher:

William Thomas (1820-1901), the father-in-law of John Albion Titus above:

Clara Eudora "Dora" Dunham (b. 1868), Elton's half-first cousin:

George F. Stevens, evidently a passing missionary:

Lenora "Nora" E. Thomas (1878-1937), step-daughter of John Albion Titus above:

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Comment by Franz Martin on September 9, 2009 at 10:23pm
Can you help me place Albert Cole -- apparently husband of Mrs. Albert Cole of Gilead, 1891? I have an Albert and an Alberto Cole, but neither lived long enough to marry.
Comment by Chris Dunham on September 9, 2009 at 10:35pm
That's a bit of a mystery to me. I suspect that he was Alverden L. Cole, the son of James and Harriet (Howe) Cole of Woodstock, who married Oct. 8, 1889 in Gilead Bertha E. Bennett, and married Feb. 4, 1902 in Bethel Sarah Ellis Wheeler of Greenwood. In Maine Vital Records I found the death record of Albert L. Cole, born Sept. 17, 1863 in Woodstock, died June 14, 1916 in Augusta, aged 52 years, 8 months, 27 days, buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Auburn. If my suspicions are correct, Alverden and Albert were the same person.
Comment by Franz Martin on September 10, 2009 at 9:35pm
I think you are right, Chris. The death records of "Albert L. Cole" from Woodstock really clinches it, since that could hardly be anyone else. I do have one correction to your data, however. Alverden was the son of James Yates Cole and his first wife, Clara E. Robbins. Clara had two children with James, Alverden and Walter, then must have died in or before 1868 since James married Harriet Howe in Aug 1868.

This Clara Robbins was a daughter of Sam and Polly Robbins. Polly, when she was widowed, married Southern Cole as his second wife. Her daughter, Clara, then married Southern's son, James.

I don't know much about this Robbins family, but I'd bet they are related to the various Robbins folks who autographed Elton's book.
Comment by Chris Dunham on September 10, 2009 at 9:44pm
Oops, you're right. I misread the entry. His mother was indeed Clara.

One other note about Alverden: One of his arms was amputated on the Woodstock town farm on Sept. 9, 1885.

The next time I'm in Auburn, I'll have to swing by the Oak Hill Cemetery and see if he is buried with either of his wives. That would confirm the identification.


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