➡ 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.
|Teacher||Sara A. Conlon|
|Teacher||“||Phebe H. Conlon||“|
|Teacher||Mrs.||Mary E. Wolcott||“|
|X||“||Myra G Radeker||“|
|Teacher||X||Miss||Mary L. Conklin||“|
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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