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Champaign County, Illinois
Lineages - James Family
Submitted by Robin Bango
This is a transcription of an autograph book presented to Chauncey
Thomas JAMES of Thomasboro, IL on his 17th birthday on 6 Aug 1886.
It was given to him on 6 Aug 1886 and has 29 poems and signatures
in it from people from around
Champaign and Stanton, Illinois. I have tried to transcribe it exactly as written, mispellings and all with any notes in parenthesis.
Presented To Chaucy James
By his friend
G K Ray
Aug 6th 1886
May 8th, 1892.
Once to knit and spin was a girls employment
but now to dress and have a beau is all a girls enjoyment
Your Friend Cora Arie (not sure of last name)
Forget me not.
Just as bent the little twig
so will the tree be when grown big.
Lloyde Clements (Harry Lloyde "Babe" Clements, this is written when he is approximately 5 years old)
Sep. 12, 1886.
Whatever be in life your lot.
I ask of you for get me Not.
Your Friend Retta Kirby
Please accept these maxims and the best wishes of
Your Friend and Teacher
Cora E. Pheuicie
Jan 26 '87.
Cares grow light where we trust in Jesus.
Honesty is a man's best safe-guard.
A fault confessed is lessened half.
Use every opportunity for a good education.
Never fear to say "No" when tempted.
Caution is best in all you say.
Even riches cannot purchase happiness.
You must respect yourself and others will respect you.
May 15 1887
Tis sweet to love
But Oh how bitter
To love a girl and not git her
Nannie Nicewander (Her brother Oscar Nicewander married Chauncey's sister, Elizabeth "Lizzie" James on 18 Jun 1893)
Nov 18, 1890
When you are old and can not see.
Put on your specs an think of me
Lloyde Clements (Harry Lloyde "Babe" Clements)
Sep 12 1886
As you glide down the river of time, in your little canoe,
oh may you have a pleasant trip, and plenty of room for two.
"When far away and friends are few,
Think of me and I will you.
Your Friend and School-mate.
Dora Bell Renfro."
Dec. 18, 1886
May your path be strewed with roses.
Fair and flowery to the end
And when your body in death reposes
May your maker be your friend
Your Friend and Schoolmate
J. D. Kendrick
Forget me not
Friend Chauncey: Dear Brother.
I write not here for beauty
I write not here for fame
I write to be remembered
And here I write my name.
"Lizzie James" (Elizabeth "Lizzie" James)
Jan. 24, 1887
Jan 27 1887
When you get old
And cannot see.
Put on your specks
And think of me.
Your Friend and schoolmate
For get me not
May you be blessed with sweet content,
And in prosperity your life be spent.
May health and peace with you reside,
And reason ever be your guide.
G. W. Dale
Jan 25th 87,
True friends are like diamonds
Precious but rare
False ones like autumn leaves
Found every where
Nettie Teteman (not sure of last name)
Jan 26 1887
In a far and distant land
you can see the wrighting of my hand
But thou my face you can not see
Remember friend Remember me
Your Friend And Schoolmate
Jan 26, 1888
Remember me at morning
Remember me at nite
Remember me at all times
And don't forget to write
Forget Me Not
Jan 25 1887
"Complements of your Friend and Schoolmate,"
Remember me you may you must
As long as you can gnaw a crust
And when you can no longer bite
For-get-me if you think it right
January 26, 1887.
Remember me when this you see.
Though many a mile apart we be.
This little verse will bring to view.
The happy hours ever spent at School.
Your Schoolmate and Friend.
Rember this and bair in
Mind that a friend is hard to find
when you find one kind and tru
don't trad the old for the new
Yore friend Willis Case
March 13th 1887,
This time album may it be
A source of happiness to thee
And may each page that's written
O'er be better than the one before
"Carrie Kirby" (Carrie James married Josephus Kirby on 9 Nov 1884)
Forget me not
March 13th, '87,
And don't forget
You have a
Forget me not
Champaign City Ill.,
These humbel lines, which here I trace
Years may not change nor time efface
They may be read though valued not
When she who wrote them is forgot.
New Years Day
A beautiful life
Ends not in death
Fannie C (Fannie Clements married Chauncey James later that year on 18 Oct 1893)
Nov 25 1888
Compliment of your Friend
J W Shaff
Jan 6th 1888
In this book so pure and white:
None but friends should ever write.
In this lonely little spot.
"I will write, for-get-me not."
Nov. 30, 1890
Dear Friend, Chauncy
Remember life is what we make it
Our future happiness depends much on
Our present decision of will. Then
let us be very carfull to allways
will to do rite, never enter upon any
important business with out good council
Rebecca Sellers (Rebecca James married Lafayette Marcus Sellers on 10 May 1849)
Nov. the 30 1890
When in some far and distant spot
Tis my request for get me not
Compliments of Your Friend
May 8th, 1892
The children of Mrs. Almeda James wish to thank their many
neighbors and friends, also Dr. Exton and especially the telephone
operators both night and day who rendered services during the
sickness and death of our mother.
The name and date of newspaper have been cut off, but Almeda (Ransdell) James died on 25 Mar 1921 in Rantoul, Champaign Co, IL.
Lulu Bess "Betty" (James) ELLIS
OCT 20, 1896
DEC 7, 1962
From her tombstone at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. Betty James Ellis was a teacher in Champaign Co, IL from at least 1919-1930.
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