I found my greatgrandmother’s autograph/memory book in an envelope in a box where my mother saved little notebooks, wallets etc. The first part of the book, including the cover have vanished. Going by what is left I think my greatgrandmother started the book when she was 19 years old.
Transcribed entries numbering from top left down column, over to second column, etc.
Miss Virginia Allen
Mom passed aged 84
Mar 28 1954
When I am far away
From you believe
Me to be your
Montgomery Ala Mar 14th/86
Jennie’s brother, Dock, was born in 1862, four years before Jennie. He worked as an errand boy and a barber – he drowned in 1891 on Aug. 30 Trying to “walk the moonlight path.”
May you live long and prosper in this life
And your last days be the best
Is my prayer. Yours Respectfully,
J W Saffold
Jan 7th 1886
The secret of happiness, is love
Your true friend
Sept. 29, 1884
I wish you would
Remember they creator
In the days of thy youth when the evil
Days are not nor the years draw nigh
When thou may sayeth I have no
Pleasure in them
May flowers cheer your
Path way through
Life may life be a comfort unto you
R. was Jennie’s brother Rance.
Remember me as your loving little
Daughter when I am gone to come
Compliments of Fannie M. Turner
Mar 16 – 18/97 – Age 11
It’s better to trust and be deceived
and reap that trust, and that deceiving.
Than doubt the heart, that if believed
Would bless your heart, with true believing!
June 24th 1884
“Memory” Book –
Note the entries written by DockAllen and Dock Allen, Jr. – they are probably the same – grandmother’s brother
This was added years later by my mother, Jennie’s granddaughter.
There are few
friends in this wild world that love
is fond and true. But Jennie when you count them over, place me among the few
J. M. Nesbitt
To Miss V. Allen
I hope that your future live may be such,
As to permit you to be worthy of
A welcome in heaven.
Your well wisher
April 4/22 Ala