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Album #56 Fisk Family Photo Album

The Fisk Family Photo Album has slots for 50 CDVs (Cartes de Visite). This album was sent to me in February 2007 by Alfredo M. Lamparelli of New Hampshire. It is a Civil War era album in poor condition, pages are loose and only 13 photos remain. But most are labelled either on the album pages themselves or on the reverse (verso) of the photo. There are some CDVs circa 1860-1880 and some Cabinet Cards circa 1880s in the album. Mr. Lamparelli provided no information on the provenance of the album.

Surnames: Fiske, Andrews, Clark, Seymour, Foster, Hart, Smead

Locations: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, Italy

After some research I discovered that the album was probably owned by a child of David Fiske and Laura Severington of Massachusetts. It was probably passed on to a grandchild of David & Laura, that grandchild being the person who wrote names of individuals in the album. I deduce this because of the use of "Uncle", "Aunt", "Coz" (Cousin). I believe I have figured out who most are and how they fit into David & Laura Fiske's family tree

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David Fiske married Laura Severington and had the following known children
  • Rebecca Wheeler Fiske b.1823, married 1849 Burdett Hart b.1822. See F13 Photo of their daughter Mary Hart
  • Samuel Fiske born 1828 Massachusetts married Elizabeth L. Foster . Her father Aaron Foster is photo F11
  • Philo Fiske (F7 photo "Uncle Filo") born 1831 Massachusetts married Hannah Aldrich
  • Asa Severance Fiske born a1833 Ohio married Elizabeth Worthington and had daughters Zoe (F9 Photo) who married Morton Aldrich and Christobel (F8 Photo)
Laura Arabell Fiske married in Shelburne Franklin Massachusetts to Henry Seymour 9 May 1844

Fiske, Samuel. S. of David and Laura (Severance), b. Shelburne, Jy. 23, 1827. M. A., A. C., 1851. Phi Beta Kappa; Alpha Delta Phi.

Prepared Amherst Acad. Taught So. Hadley, 1848; Somerville, N. J., 1849; Andover T. S., 1850-52; tutor A. C., 1852-55; ordained Madison, Conn., Je. 3, 1857; p. there, 1857-64; Priv. 14th Conn. Vols.; 2nd Lieut., 1st Lieut. and Capt., 1862-64; taken prisoner Chancellorsville, released and resumed command. Wrote Dunn Browne Abroad; Dunn Browne in the Army. D. Fredericksburg, Va., May 22, 1864.

Married F. 15, 1859, Elizabeth L., da. of Rev. Aaron Foster, Charlemont. Ch. George F. (A. C. 1881); Arthur S. (A. C. 1884). Bro. Asa S. (A. C. 1855). [Amherst College Class of 1848]

FISKE, Asa Severance, born March 2, 1838, at Strongsville, Ohio. His father was Deacon David, and his mother Laura Severance. They returning to Shelburne, Mass., he was brought up there, passed through the common schools, and prepared for college at the Ames Academy in that town. In 1851 he entered Amherst College, graduated in 1855 A.B., A.M. in 1857, tutor in 1857-8, licensed to preach in 1857 by the Franklin County Congregational Association, was ordained and settled as first pastor of the Plymouth Congregational Church, St. Paul, Minnesota in 1859, and was chaplain of the State Senate in 1859-60. In the fall of 1861 he became chaplain of the 4th Minn. Vol. Infantry, and in the winter went to the field with his regiment, served with it for a year and a half, and was then transferred by special order of Gen. GRANT to service in the department of Freedmen and Refugees in the military district of Memphis. Thence was sent North by Gen. GRANT to aid in organizing the Bureau of Freedmen's Affairs. In varied work in this interest at Washington and on the Mississippi River from Memphis to Natchez, he was occupied until the close of the war. In 1865 he was settled at Rockville, Conn., where he remained five years, the church nearly doubling its membership during his pastorale. From that church he was called to St. Peter's Presbyterian Church of Rochester, N.Y., where he remained for five years, paying off a debt of $30,000. In 1875 he was called to a pastorale in San Francisco, Cal., where he remained for nine years, and in 1884 was called to the Presbyterian Church in Ithaca, where he is still the pastor. He received the honorary title of D.D. from Hamilton College in 1891. In 1860 he married Elizabeth (WORTHINGTON) HAND, of Madison, Conn. His two daughters are Zoe Worthington [Photo F9] and Christabel Forsythe [Photo F8] , and an infant son, Edward Severance, lies in the family lot in the cemetery at Shelburne Falls, Mass. [http://www.rootsweb.com/~nytompki/Landmarks/tfam08.htm]

Sent to Rootsweb.com FISKE mailing list in 2001 from: Deane Merrill, merrill@crocker.com

7 January 2001

This note documents the origin of an 1830's scrapbook by Harriet SEARS, a student at Franklin Academy in Shelburne Falls, Franklin County, Massachusetts. Autographs and messages from several other students are included, including
  • David Orlando FISKE b.1821, who m.1845 Laura FISKE b.1820.
  • Rebeka Wheeler FISKE b.1823, who m.1849 Burdett HART b.1822. [See F13 Photo]
  • Jane Isabelle FISKE abt.1830-1916, who m.1849 David B. HAWKES b.1820.
  • They are children of David FISKE Jr. b.1791 and Laura SEVERANCE Fiske b.1795.
To document the origin of Harriet SEARS' autograph album, correspondence between Deane Merrill and Jim McDaniel is included below. Further below follows a copy of the obituary of Dr. Lewis Irving Younger 1904-2000, who sold the book in 2000 to James McDaniel, Minneiska, MN. Jim sold it in August 2000 to Deane Merrill. Deane sold it in November 2000 to the Shelburne Historical Society, where it is permanently archived. It is not known from whom Dr. Younger obtained the book.

From Deane Merrill to Jim McDaniel, 8/16/2000:

Dear Jim,
regarding the book I purchased from you, an 1830's scrapbook of Harriet SEARS, a student at Franklin Academy in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts: From www.familysearch.org, I found a marriage record for Lewis Irving YOUNGER and Edith Constance BRAUN, Winona MN, 16 Feb 1935. Looks like the same person who is now 95 and in a nursing home. Did the estate sale take place in Winona? From your book "Life of James Fisk", can you tell me the approximate dates and location of James FISK? Is there any mention of the YOUNGER family in that book?

Three of the people who signed Harriet's scrapbook are siblings:
  • David Orlando FISKE b.1821, who m.1845 Laura FISKE b.1820.
  • Rebeka Wheeler FISKE b.1823, who m.1849 Burdett HART b.1822.
  • Jane Isabelle FISKE abt.1830-1916, who m.1849 David B. HAWKES b.1820.
They are children of David FISKE Jr. b.1791 and Laura SEVERANCE Fiske b.1795. David FISKE Jr. b.1791 is the son of David FISKE and the grandson of Samuel FISKE.

Laura SEVERANCE b.1795 is the daughter of of Martin SEVERANCE 1755-1843 who m.1781 Lucy WHITNEY 1762-1844.

Martin SEVERANCE 1755-1843 is the son of Martin SEVERANCE 1718-1810 who m. Patience FAIRFIELD 1724-1809.

The FISKEs are an old Shelburne Family, who married close kin of my ancestors. Most of this information comes from "Shelburne MA Vital Records", a subscription database at www.ancestry.com.

Some information comes from "Tombstone Inscriptions in Arms Cemetery, Shelburne, Massachusetts," copyright 2000 by Doris Wheeler. A copy is in the Shelburne Historical Society, http://merrill.olm.net/shs .

Some information comes from Marc Gregory Du Pille, ddupill@earthlink.net , published electronically in www.rootsweb.com and in database du000130 at www.kindredkonnections.com .

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