HANDWRITTEN DIARY EPHEMERA LOT ~ Manhattan/NY/History
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Sold Date: 04/14/2008
Channel: Online Auction
Category: Books, Paper & Magazines
LOT OF JOURNALS,
----------------------This auction is for a lot of items from AMELIA AVERELL , born abt 1867, (also spelled Overell in some records) -
Her husband was Arthur E. Averell/Overell , born abt 1853, and he was a lawyer & practiced law in Iroquois.
Their children were Inez and Charlotte.
A 1910 census indicates that a niece, Ruby Kennedy also lived with them,
and that they lived in MANHATTAN WARD 12, NEW YORK, NY.
Amelia Kennedy Averell was born in Louisiana in the Civil War era. Her father, Lt. Colonel John B. G. Kennedy also hailed from Louisiana and fought in the Mexican and American Civil Wars. Lt. Col. Kennedy was a field officer in the 5th Louisiana Infantry Battalion, and he commanded it until 1863. He is mentioned in the book "Don Troiani's Regiments and Uniforms of the Civil War" By Earl J. Coates, Michael J. McAfee, Don Troiani, and a picture is shown of his uniform sleeve.
Amelia was the daughter of Lt. Col. John B.G. Kennedy & Adeline Cuevas - Kennedy .
Granddaughter of Charles Cuevas & Rose Caravat - Cuevas.
Her father died Nov. 26, 1870, age 48, in Montgomery, Alabama.
Her mother died September 15, 1868, age 31, also in Montgomery, Alabama.
Her brother, John Kennedy, drowned on Oct 26, 1886 at Cat. Island.
The lot of items up at auction includes a black memorandum book with 1918 and 1926 dated entries & notations,
it measures 3 3/4" x 5 3/4" with writing on 23 pages.
T is also a "Visiting List" book which is in very poor & fragile condition, it has several loose pages.
It measures 3 1/2" x 4 3/4", and the entries consist of names & addresses of people in Brooklyn NY, New York NY,
New Orleans LA, Washington DC, Georgia, etc. T a few four leaf clovers pressed between the pages.
The third book is a black composition book with diary entries of the "500 Club".
It measures 6 1/2" x 8 1/2" and t is writing on 63 pages. The entries date to the years between 1920 - 1927.
Many of the entries begin noting which ladies home they met at, who won the prizes,
what the prizes were .... and then she described the event.
These entries are fun to read, as it seems that Amelia was quite an opinionated woman!
In addition to the journals , t are 6 Tally cards and 9 birth announcements
with surnames of Barbour, Chagnon, Welch, Kelleher, Cummings, and Stewart. A One-Of-A-Kind Slice of
New York & American History!
are some excerpts from the journals: " ..... Inez and I went shopping, she bought her fur coat, it looks fine .... Mrs Philston invited us to the card party at Mrs Betholmews church. Mrs Lyons, Mrs Hoffs, and Mrs Philston and myself. Mrs Philston won the prize, 1 handkerchief. Mrs Lyons was like a bumb on a log .... Charlotte spent the day with me, she is drawing my picture .... We went up to see Edith Meyer, she was much better. Her place looks like a junk shop, over crowded. Chelsey met his brother at the station, then we all met at Buns for dinner. Charlotte had to wait for Gladis, so Ches and Albert and myself went on to the show. We could not find the theatre so Chelsey asked a cop. He sliped his arm through Chesley's and walked as far as Broadway. Albert walked behind with me, we had some joke on Ches being pinched by a drunk cop ..... Mrs LaCoix entertained the members of the 500 Club at her home, 658 Park Place ..... Mrs Fanning was very rude to Mrs Lacrox. T was a general dissatisfaction about the way Mrs Fanning kept her score. The chocolate cake was too rich for our blood, or stomach, I don't know which ..... Friday we attended the card club for the blind, Mrs Philston invited Mrs Miller, Mrs Burns, and myself. T were 500 and 600 people playing cards. I won the prize, a little basket made by the blind with a little fern planted in a pot - We walked around and looked at the blind people working, how much we have to be thankful for ..... The evening was a failure for me. Mrs Lyons grumbled all the way going down as ...
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