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Transcription of Emma Pauline ("Pauline") Johnston’s Autograph Book, 1882-1893

transcribed by Allison MacDuffee, studiousgal@hotmail.com


Emma Pauline "Pauline" Johnston,
about 16 years old, Saint John, New Brunswick,
Canada (collection of the author).

About the Autograph Book:

My grandmother, Emma Pauline ("Pauline") Johnston received this book as a birthday gift in 1882 (1), when she was about three years old, and entries cover the period 1882 to 1893 The book measures 8 x 13.5 cm and has a grey cover with an embossed design of flowers, leaves and a feather. It contains 54 leaves (i.e., 108 pages), of which 17 contain some writing.

Genealogical Note:

Emma Pauline ("Pauline") JOHNSTON was born on April 14, probably in 1879(2), in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, the eldest of three children of James Johnston (b. Orkney, Scotland) and his wife Emma J. Wheaton (b. New Brunswick). Pauline married Herman Stewart MCDUFFEE on 15 June 1904 in Saint John, NB; the couple later changed the spelling of the name to MACDUFFEE. They moved to Amherst, NS about 1909; to Peterborough, Ontario, about 1911; and to Toronto, Ontario about 1927. They had four children:

                                                 i. Stuart J. MCDUFFEE, b. 25 Apr 1905, Saint John, NB, d. 21 Sept 1905

ii Kenneth Gordon MACDUFFEE, b. 19 Nov 1906, Saint John, NB, d. 2001, Lindsay, Ontario

iii. Jane Rhoda MACDUFFEE, b. 18 Mar 1908, Saint John, NB, d. 1990, Toronto, Ontario

iv. James Johnston MACDUFFEE, b. 1 Apr. 1910, Amherst, NS, d. 30 Nov. 2002, Toronto, Ontario

Pauline died on 5 August 1953 in Toronto, Ontario.

Information about Pauline’s friends who wrote in her autograph book was gleaned from the 1881 Canadian Census transcription online at www.familysearch.org on December 8, 2002.

In transcribing the book, I have used the following symbols:

r = recto (front side of page)

v = verso (reverse side of page)

strikethrough = text that is erased or crossed out in the original.

Transcription of the Autograph Book



The first inscribed page of the autograph book, 1882.
I have not
yet discovered the identity of "Aunt Belle.".

[endpaper]

Pauline

 

[1r]

Autographs

[2r]

A birthday Present,

From Aunt Belle

To Pauline Johnson

April 12 1882

[3r]

Remember My Dear Pauline

When on these lines you look;

Remember it was – Father

Who wrote this in your book

James Johnston

[6r]

Remember me

Bad Ink

Bad Pen

Good Paper

Amen.

Gertie Edgar (3)

Nov. 20th, 1891

[7v]

for-get-me-not

To Pauline

In after years when this you see,

I wonder what your name will be.

Sincerely yours

Bertha Courtney (4)

Nov 7th – 1889

[8r]

love me ever.

Dear Pauline,

I have been told

That you want your

name wrote in Gold

and if you do why tell

me so and then I’ll

write your name in Gold

Louise C. Chesley (5)

Nov 19th 1891

St. John

N.B.

[9r]

[smudged] July 15th 1890 [1891?]

[10r]

Rember me long

Rember me

[16r]

Nov. 19th

1891

To Pauline

May your joys be as

deep as the ocean and

your sorrows as light as

the foam Is the wish of your

friend

Ethel

Remember me.

[20r]

Kind hearts are the gardens

Kind thoughts are the roots

Kind words are the blossoms

Kind deeds are the fruits

Nellie M. Aitken (6)

Jan. 1888

[24r]

Nov. 1891

To Pauline

When twilight draws the curtain

And pins it with a star

Remember your friend Jennie

Though you may wander far.

Jennie Rupert (7)

[26r]

Believe me your friend.

H.M. Green (8)

Nov. 1st ’89

[27r]

To Pauline

Now is the time for buckwheat

cakes

And New Orleans Molasses

Your Friend

Guy (9)

[35r]

Nov. 20th 1891

To Pauline

Remember well and bear in mind

That a constant friend is hard to find

But if you find one good and true

Change not the old friend for the new.

Jessie Burton (10)

[41v]

To Pauline

Never trouble trouble

Till trouble troubles you

Your friend

Leah Gaskin

Nov 20th 1891

[43v]

To Pauline,

I turned these pages o’er and o'er.

To see what others wrote before.

And in this quiet little spot

I’ll write the words forget-me-not.

Your friend

A.G. Boyne

St John N.B.

March 2nd/93

[45v]

F [sic]

[54v]

July 15 1890

To Pauline

Rember me long

Rember me ever

Rember the fun we

both had together

Belle Jenkins (11)

Notes

  1. Although Aunt Belle gave Pauline the book on April 12, Pauline’s birthday was two days later, on April 14.
  2. There is a discrepancy on her baptismal certificate, which lists her birth date as “April 14, 1879,” and her baptism as “Jan. 3rd, 1879.” Baptismal Certificate, Diocese of Fredericton, Parish of Portland, St. Luke’s Church, Saint John, NB.
  3. Probably the “Gertrude Edgar,” born about 1879 in Ireland, listed in the household of “William Edgar, carpenter,” in the 1881 Census of Canada, in Ward 2, Portland, Saint John, NB. Pauline Johnston’s family lived in Ward 1, Portland, Saint John, NB at this time. If this hypothesis is true, then Gertie was 12 years old when she wrote in Pauline’s book.
  4. Probably the “Bertha Courtney,” born about 1877 in New Brunswick, listed in the household of “Rob A. Courtney, surveyor,” in the 1881 Census of Canada, in Ward 1, Portland, Saint John, NB. If so, Bertha was 12 years old when she wrote in Pauline’s book.
  5. Probably the “Louisa Chesley,” born about 1879 in New Brunswick, listed in the household of “J.A. Chesley, Manufacturer,” in the 1881 Census of Canada in Ward 1, Portland, Saint John, NB. If so, Louisa was 12 years old when she wrote in Pauline’s book.
  6. Possibly the “Elenore Aitken,” born about 1863 in New Brunswick, listed in the household of “Amanda Aitken” (no occupation listed, widow) in the 1881 Census of Canada in Ward 1, Portland, Saint John, NB. If so, Nellie was 25 years old when she wrote in Pauline’s book.
  7. Probably the “Jennie Loretta Rupert,” born about 1879 in New Brunswick, listed in the household of “David Crandell Rupert, Ship Carpenter,” in the 1881 Census of Canada, in Ward 2, Portland, Saint John, NB. If so, Jennie was 12 years old when she wrote in Pauline’s book.
  8. Possibly the “Harriet M. Green,” born about 1865 in New Brunswick, listed in the household of “John Green, Sea Captain,” in the 1881 Census of Canada in Ward 3, Portland, Saint John, NB. If so, Harriet was 24 years old when she wrote in Pauline’s book.
  9. Possibly Pauline’s brother, J. Guy Johnston.
  10. Possibly the “Jessie Berton,” born about 1878 in New Brunswick, listed in the household of “William Berton, Dyer,” in the 1881 Census of Canada, in Simonds Ward, Saint John, NB?
  11. Probably the “Bell Jenkins,” born in New Brunswick in 1880, listed in the household of “S. Judson Jenkins, Student at L[aw],” in the 1881 Census of Canada, in Ward 1, Portland, Saint John, NB. If so, Belle was 10 years old when she wrote in Pauline’s book.

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A final word....

I would be delighted to hear from descendants of the people who wrote in Pauline's autograph book, and/or from anyone with further information to share about Pauline and her family. Please write to me at studiousgal@hotmail.com .

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