Mary Riley
AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF
MARY BELINDA RILEY

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Mary Belinda Riley
Peter & Amelia (Phelps) Reilly
Angeline (Baker) Townsend
George H. Townsend
Eugene Townsend
Eva Drake Townsend
Franncis John Riley
Lydia Grace (Townsend) Riley
Charles Grant
Emma Phelps Grant
Grace Phelps
Laura Jane (Phelps) Walsh
Belinda (Sunderlin) Phelps
Ada Phelps Ramage
Cornelia Scribner
Drayton Grant & George Roe
Mary Belinda Riley went by the name of "Linda" or "Lindy."   She was the daughter of Peter Reilly (Riley) and his second wife, Amelia Jane Phelps.  Peter emigrated from Ireland in 1852/53.  Amelia was the daughter of Almeron Phelps and Belinda Sunderlin. Linda was born in Sennett, Cayuga County, New York on 24 October 1870.  On 12 March 1902, Linda married Fred VanPatten. Linda died in Sennett in 1965 and is buried with her husband, Fred, in the Sennett Rural Cemetery.  A small, brown leather autograph book was found in some family papers and the images were scanned.  The following is an inventory of the autograph book. Linda was presented with this autograph book by her father on 30 April 1881.  Some of the entries are very faint and/or difficult to read.  The following is my best guess at some of the entries. Linda Riley was the sister of my great-grandfather, Frank J. Riley. Chris (Riley) Spengler

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ENTRY DATED

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Ida J. ? 16 October 1882 There is many a gem in the path of life we pass in our idle pleasure which is richer far than the jewled crown or the miner's hoarded treasure. To the sunny soul that is full of hope and whose beautiful (trust?) ne'er faileth, the sky is bright and the grass is green through the mighty storm prevaileth.   20
? ? 31 Feb. 1840 (this is a curious date since the book was given to Linda in 1881 and there is no 31 Feb.) Remember me when I'm far away, that "kissing games" will not always pay. Truly your (/). Rem - "Our Bonnet"   37
Jennie & Frank ? 6 Feb. 1888 Compliments of your sincere friend, (?) Jennie & Frank. Waterloo, NY. "Remember the sleigh load"   47
Jossi L. Aldrich 1 May 1881 A wish for a friend is often given, and mine for you is a home in heaven. Your cousin, Jossi L. Aldrich, Pleasant Lake, Ind.   36
Addie C. Aldrich 1 May 1881 Compliments of your cousin, Mrs. Addie C. Aldrich. Pleasant Lake, Ind.   37
Will Bluff 4 February 1885 Compliments of your friend, Will Bluff There was a store in Sennett that was known as "Mother Bluff's." Perhaps Will is related to "Mother Bluff." 4
Hart C. Bowen 15 Nov.1883     7
? Bowen 9 January 1882     8
Jesse Bowen 14 Nov. 1883     17
Adda D. Bowen 17 January 1884 Remember your little friend   22
Drayton C. Bowen 17 January 1884     23
Fred Bowen 14 Dec. 1885 Compliments of your friend, Fred H(?) Bowen, Sennett, NY   30
Mason C. Bowen 17 Jan. 1884 Compliments of Mason C. Bowen. Sennett   41
Alice A. Chamberlin 4 January 1884 Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you. Alice A. Chamberlin, Elbridge, NY   12
Carrie M. Cooper 21 Feb. 1883 May the hinges of our friendship never rust. Yours sincerely, Carrie M. Cooper, Sennett.   15
Alice Crossman 4 May 1881 Compliments of Alice Crossman, Sennett, NY   5
Lucy Denney 12 Dec. 1882 Think of me when you are happy, keep for me one little spot in the depth of thine affection, plant a sweet forget-me-not. Yours affect. Lucy Denney   9
Frank Denney 8 March 1885 Frank Denney, Weedsport, NY   16
John Denney 6 May 1881 Sennett, NY   29
S.L. Depew 22 May 1887 Compliments, S.L. DePew Saffrine L. DePew. Son of Henry Depew and Judy Wormer. Married Jennie Phelps on 15 December 1886. Saffrine died in June 1940 and is buried in Fort Hill Cemetery, Auburn. 36
Will H. Depew 6-May Sennett, Cayuga Co., NY   40
Eva L. Drake 9 May 1881 When mountains and hills are divided and my fate you cannot see, remember who wrote these lines to thee. Eva L. Drake, Sennett. Eva Lena Drake was the daughter of John H. Drake and Anna Phillips. She was born in 1871 in Sennett. She married Eugene Alvah Townsend on 9 July 1897. Eva drake died in 1957 and is buried in Soule Cemetery. 32
Charlie Drake 14 Jan. 1884 Sennett, NY   40
J.C. F. 28 May 1882 Remember your friend across the lot.   35
Ella M. Foster 21 May 1882 Trials become the tests of life - They try us deep, severe; If gold remain beyond the strife, not vain is our career.   34
F.J. Gavigan (?) (undated) Your friend and schoolmate. Sennett, NY   39
Adelbert Glass (?) 19 January 1883 Friendship's a gem, a chord, a tie, the offspring of the (?) above, that gently falling from the sky unites our hearts in memory's love.   22
J.E. Godfrey 6 May 1881 Kind regards of a friend. J.E. Godfrey, Sennett   28
Rosa A. Gogerty 22 Sept. 1881 To my dear little Linda so kind and true has always proved a friend to me and I hope the glass will never break. Yours ever truly, Rosa A. Gogerty, Brooklyn, NY Rosa may be the sister to Linda's father, Peter. Peter had a sister by the name of Rose who came to America prior to Peter and settled in NYC. She married a man by the name of Garrity/Gogerty. 6
Jno. H. Gogerty 25 May 1881 Compliments of your cousin. Brooklyn, NY This may be the son of Rosa Gogerty (sister of Peter Riley) ? 19
Mary Grandy 9 January 1882 When some far land divides us and you I cannot see, remember it was Mary who penned these lines for thee. Your schoolmate, Mary Grandy, Sennett   3
Anna Grandy 9 January 1882 All I ask for is one little spot in which to write for get me not. Your Schoolmate, Anna Grandy, Sennett NY   4
Jimmie Grandy 5 January 1885 Sennett, NY   44
Drayton Grant 20 Dec. 1888 Compliments of Drayton Grant. Wolcott, NY   7
Nathan J. Grant 1 March 1891 Nathan J. Grant, Wolcott, Wayne Co., NY   24
Leila S. Gross 1 May 1882 Remember your friend & School Mate.   25
Mrs. Geo. Gunnip (?) 30 July 1886 Remember me when far away. Remember me when near. And if the grave should be my lot, then you must forget me not. Your friend, Mrs. Geo. Gunnip (?) New Haven, Conn.   26
T. Marie (?) Hoffman (?) 7 Sept. 1889 Daily we write our autographs on the hearts and minds of those around us. Very truly yours, T. Marie Hoffman (?) Addison, NY   31
Rose G. Hoyt 20 Sept. 1890 May you walk the path of duty, whether strewn with thorns or flowers, till you reach the land of beauty where no storms of sorrow (?). Truly your friend, Rose G. Hoyt.   33
John L. Hoyt 25 Feb. 1890 Compliments of John L. Hoyt. Sennett, NY.   38
Lelia E. Johnson (undated) Oberlin, Ohio   26
Edith H. Knapp 26 July 1896 Compliments of Edith H. Knapp. Victory, NY   35
F.J. McLaughlin 12 Feb. 1882 May the angels twine for thee a wreath of immortality. Sennett, NY   43
E.E. McLaughlin 11 Feb. 1882 In the storms of life when you need an umbrella, may you have to uphold it a handsome young fellow. Your friend, E.E. McLaughlin, Sennett.   43
Edwin Monroe 9 January 1882 Sennett, Cayuga Co., NY   13
J.H. Muchler 10 October 1883 Dear Cousin: Let your life be like a snowflake, witch leaves a mark, but not a stain. somehow related to the Phelps family 20
Jennie Nole (?) 24 June 1888 Remember well and bear in mind a faithful friend is hard to find and when you find one good and true, change not the old one for the new.   15
Etta Olmsted 6 May 1881 Into each life some rain must fall, some days be dark and dreary. May happiness forever thine. Very truly your friend, Etta Olmsted, Sennett. "Oh dear, that is bitter."   18
Emma E. Phelps 8 May 1881 (--?) all thy paths be sunshine and all thy ways love is the wish of your friend and cousin Emma E.Phelps. Sennett, NY. Emma Esther Phelps was the daughter of Porter Phelps and Martha Jane Ellsworth. Porter was the son of Almeron Phelps and Belinda Sunderlin, and the brother to Amelia Jane Phelps. Emma was born on 28 Feb. 1861 in Sennett. She married Charles F. Grant on 22 Dec. 1886. Emma died in 1927 and is buried in the Sennett Rural Cemetery. 9
Adah M. Phelps 12 May 1881 Onward and Upward what ever betide. With "trust" for your motto, and "God" for your guide. Your cousin, Adah M. Phelps This is probably "Ada" Phelps who was the daughter of Porter Phelps. Ada was born on 8 Sept. 1865 in Sennett. She married William G. Ramage on 20 Nov. 1889. Ada died in January of 1927 and is buried in Fort Hill Cemetery, Auburn, NY 19
L.J. Phelps 8 May 1881 Choose not your friends by outward show. The feather floats, but the pearl lies low. Your sister, L.J.P. Laura Jane Phelps, step-sister of Linda. Laura was the the illegitimate daughter of Amelia Jane Phelps and Hiriam Sheldon. Laura was born on 11 Sept. 1855 in Sennett and was brought up in the home of Peter Riley and Amelia Jane (Phelps) Riley. She married Michael Samuel Walsh on 28 Nov. 1883. Laura died on 9 March 1919 in Auburn. 34
Alfred D. Phelps 9 January 1881 When this you see remember me and take a little catnip tea. Your cousin, Alfred D. Phelps. Sennett, NY Alfred David Phelps was the son of Clark David Phelps and Laura Jane Sheldon. He was born on 10 Dec. 1866 in Sennett. In 1905 he married Mary Esther Soule. 38
Gracie L. Phelps 6 May 1881 Sennett Grace L. Phelps was the daughter of Clark David Phelps (son of Almeron Phelps and Belinda Sunderlin) and Laura Jane Sheldon. She was born on 28 June 1869 in Sennett. She never married. Grace died on 24 Feb. 1952 in Sennett and is buried in the Sennett Rural Cemetery. 41
Edna S. Phelps 31 January 1886 Best wishes of your cousin Edna possibly may be Estelle Phelps, the sister of Alfred David Phelps. Estelle was born in Sennett on 6 Fev. 1860. On 14 January 1891 she married Charles H. Conklin. Estelle died in 1931 and is buried in the Sennett Rural Cemetery. 42
L. Jennie Phelps 8 May 1881 Sailing down the stream of life in your little bark canoe. May you have a pleasant trip with just room enough for two. "Remember in the Library." Jennie Phelps was the daughter of Charles Phelps and Mary Ann Sheldon. Charles Phelps was the son of Almeron Phelps and Belinda Sunderlin. Jennie married Saffrine L. DePew. 42
Mary E. Pierce 6 Feb. 1885 Compliments of your affectionate cousin. Mary E. Pierce. Auburn, NY   47
Mary E. Quigley (undated) When the evening star shines on the deep blue sea, and when you think of friend afar, would you sometimes think of me. Your friend, Mary E. Quigley.   39
Lizzie Quigley 6 Feb. 1885 Compliments of your friend, Lizzie Quigley.   46
Phenie Ramsey 8 January 1885 Compliments of your friend Phenie Ramsay, Sennett, NY   6
Jennie E. Ramsey 4 Dec. 1881 Yours truly, Jennie E. Ramsey, Sennett, NY   45
Mamie Relph 4 May 1881 May your life be long and full of happiness. Your friend, Mamie Relph, Sennett, NY   31
Peter Riley 30 April 1881 "Presented to Linda M. Riley by her father." James Peter Reilly (Riley). Born in Ireland on 29 June 1834. Married Catharine Conboy in Auburn on 20 April 1856. Married Amelia Jane Phelps on 21 Feb. 1865. Peter died on 6 May 1911 in Sennett. He is buried in St. Joseph Cemetery in Weedsport. 1
Peter Riley 1 May 1881 To Linda: Through all my life my prayer shall be, May Heaven's blessing rest on thee. Your father P. Riley. Sennett   2
A.J. Riley 15 April 1883 May God's mercy ever guide thee, safe o'er all thy thorny road; and His grace what'er betide thee, lead thee home to this abode. Your mother, A.J. Riley. Sennett Amelia Jane Phelps, daughter of Almeron Phelps and Belinda Sunderlin. Born on 9 June 1833 in Sennett. Died in Sennett on 5 April 1910. Buried in St. Joseph Cemetery in Weedsport. 3
F.J. Riley 1 May 1881 Not all gold that glitters. Your brother, F.J. Riley, Sennett, NY Francis (Frank) J. Riley, son of Peter Riley and Amelia Jane Phelps. Frank was born in Sennett on 14 July 1867. Married Lydia Grace Townsend on 26 January 1893. Frank died in Sennett on 26 November 1958. Buried in the Sennett Rural Cemetery. 21
Nellie Rilley 29 Sept. 1888 Compliments of your cousin. Nellie Rilley. LeRoy   32
E.S. Robinson 8 Dec. 1881 Let your motto be "Excelsior"   24
George H. Roe 26 Dec. 1890 In the storms of life when you need an umbrella, may you have to uphold it a handsome young fellow. Your friend, George H. Roe, Sennett, N.Y. "Remember 3rd July 1891." "Butter"   46
Cornelia Scribner 6 October 1882 May your days in joy be passed with friends to bless and cheer and each year exceed the last in all that earth holds dear. Cornelia was the second wife of Porter Phelps. Cornelia died on 14 November 1889 in Sennett. She was the daughter of Nicholas K. Scribner and Mary Goodes. 10
Delos K. Sheldon 14 Dec. 1885 Amicus Trus (?)   8
Effie M. Sheldon (undated) Ever strive to excel. Yours sincerely, Effie M. Sheldon   45
Louie Soule 7 January 1882 Ever your friend, Louie Soule, Cato, NY   14
Elvin Sunderlin 2 May 1881 May all your troubles be forgot as through this world you trot, trot, trot.   21
Jennie E. Sunderlin 5 May 1881 Remember kindly your teacher   23
Laura F. Sunderlin 5 May 1881 Accept the sincere wishes of your cousin.   27
Lizzie Sunderlin 15 Nov. 1883 May you kind friend be ever blessed with friends elected from the best, and when in death you close your eyes,may you be wafted to the skies. Is the wish of your friend, Lizzie Sunderlin. "Sisters."   33
E.A. Townsend 26 Feb. 1887 On this leaf, in memory fresh, may my name forever rest. Your Friend, E.A. Townsend, Sennett, NY This may be Eugene A. Townsend. Eugene's sister, Lydia Grace Townsend, married Linda's brother, Frank J. Riley. Eugene Alvah Townsend was the son of George H. Townsend and Angeline Baker. He was born in 1872 in Sennett. He married Eva Lena Drake on 9 July 1897. Eugene died in 1923 and is buried in Soule Cemetery. 17
Grace Townsend 20 Feb 1890 For something to write, I've been thinking in vain, so I'll leave my best wishes and just sign my name. Grace Townsend, Sennett, NY Lydia Grace Townsend was the daughter of George H. Townsend and Angeline Baker. She was born on 26 July 1874 in Sennett. Grace Townsend married Frank J. Riley, the brother of Linda, on 26 January 1893. Grace died in August of 1942 and is buried in the Sennett Rural Cemetery. 28
G.B. Tyler (?) [undated] Compliments of G.B. Tyler (?) Sennett, Cayuga Co., NY   11
Chas. H. Tyler (?) (undated) Sennett, NY   29
Eber Wagoner 7 July 1888 When other friends forsake you and lonely is your lot, remember that you have a friend and please for get me not. Eber Wagoner, Fillmore.   13
Clara A. Waldron 13 Dec. 1885 Compliments of Clara A. Waldron. Sennett, NY   10
Jessie (?) Waldron 10 Dec. 1885 Love Jessie (?) Waldron. Sennett, NY   12
Marrie Waldron 15 Nov.1883 Your friend and schoolmate, Marrie Waldron, Sennett, NY   16
Grace Wallace 18 July 1888 Your friend, Grace Wallace, Sennett, NY   27
M.S. Walsh 26 May 1882 When the golden sun is sinking and I far away from thee When of fond ones you are thinking Will you sometimes think of me. M.S. Walsh may be Michael S. Walsh who married Linda's step sister, Laura Jane Phelps. Michael was the son of David and Bridget Walsh. He was born in Ireland in August 1863. He married Laura Jane Phelps on 28 Nov. 1883. Michael died in Rochester on 28 July 1935. 5
Lena (?) Webber 4 May 1881 Blunders of Lena (?) Webber. Sennett, NY   18
Alice E. Webber 4 February 1885 Remember your friend & school mate.   25
Fred Webber 1 Jan. 1884 Sennett, NY   44
Harry B. Wright 5 February 1885     11
C.A. Wright 2 Dec. 1885 Compliments of C.A. Wright, Cato, NY   14
Bertie R. Wright (undated) Sennett, NY   30


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Above information submitted to The Cayuga County NYGenWeb Project by: Chris (Riley) Spengler
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