Suffrage Saturday: 1893 Letter with List of Registered Women Voters, Colchester, NY, Part 1

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21 Oct 1893: Women Registered, Election Dist 1 Colchester NY letter; envelope- address
21 Oct 1893: Women Registered, Election Dist 1 Colchester NY letter; envelope- address
21 Oct 1893: Women Registered, Election Dist 1 Colchester NY letter; envelope- address-reverse
21 Oct 1893: Women Registered, Election Dist 1 Colchester NY letter; envelope- address-reverse

➡ Women’s Suffrage

I recently acquired a letter on eBay that has a list of the women registered in Election District 1, Colchester, New York. I wanted to post it here with a transcription, so that some researchers might be able to find their ancestors. The letter is written on legal-size pages, front and back, and notes which of the women are teachers or ex-teachers.

Ray LaFever, the Delaware County [NY] Historical Association Archivist, informed me that women gained the right to vote in 1880 for school elections in New York state. He has seen some records of this in Delaware County.

21 Oct 1893 Women Registered, Election District 1, Colchester, NY- Letter, p1a
21 Oct 1893 Women Registered, Election District 1, Colchester, NY- Letter, p1a
21 Oct 1893 Women Registered, Election District 1, Colchester, NY- Letter, p1b
21 Oct 1893 Women Registered, Election District 1, Colchester, NY- Letter, p1b

Transcription:

Name Address
Ex-teacher X Miss Nettie Warren Downsville
X Mrs. Maggie     “
   “ Jennie Wilburn Colchester
X    “ May Young
X    “ Susan Francisco
 X    “ Phebe Young
   “ Marian Gregory
    “                “
    “                “
Teacher Sara A. Conlon
Teacher    “ Phebe H. Conlon
Teacher Mrs. Mary E. Wolcott
Ex-Teacher X    “ Lucy Bull
X    “ Addie Horton
X    “ Minda Radeker
X    “ Myra G Radeker
Ex-Teacher X    “ Laura Radeker
X    “ Elizabeth Hoyt
   “ Ann Hawks Downsville
   “ Louissa Fuller
X    “ Frances Suttle
X    “ Annis Fuller
X    “ Rachel Fuller
X    “ Augusta Fuller
X    “ Rosetta Baxter
   “ Elizabeth Bogard
Teacher X Miss Mary L. Conklin
Mrs. Lottie Green

Next Saturday- Part 2

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

1) Letter in possession of author, purchased on eBay. Seller stated that she bought it from a woman who bought a lot of old furniture in New England/New York, and the letter was found in an old desk. She listed it under ‘woman suffrage.’ It would be so interesting to know what the letter written to these women was about. Many of the local election groups went on to work for state or federal suffrage for women, but this could also have been about a particular issue important to teachers as well as mothers that was coming up for a vote. Looks like more research is needed.

2) Yes, I do need to learn how to stitch together scans- it’s on the list. I have been struggling with getting tables to work properly in WordPress instead (which are really needed for transcriptions), and as you can see by the formatting in the post, tables are still not working properly. This is plug-in number four for tables that I have tried- the first three were even worse. It looked great in my preview, as did the others, but changed when published. I thought of just adding an image of my MSWord document, but then the names would not be picked up by search engines, so this will have to do. Sorry- if any part is unclear due to formatting, please contact me.

 

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