1845 Alden Bicknell Victorian Calling Card, Foxboro, Norfolk County, MA
Alden Bicknell & Esther Bicknell #638:
Printed on Fancy Card: Mr. & Mrs. A. Bicknell, Foxboro. In the embossed area at bottom, is printed the name of the printer "Dickinson of Boston." These Victorian era cards were used to "call" and announce your Victorian "calling" at homes of friends, acquaintances, family members and business contacts. Generally the home had a tray or "Charger," which was a large vessel, often silver, to hold the beautiful cards.
Found in Manchester NH in Hillsborough County. This is a thickly embossed and beautiful early 1840's Victorian Bicknell family calling card with a birdbath scene and cornucopia and raised flowers, all in deeply embossed white. It is unusual to find any location on calling cards.
wiki says: "Foxborough" is the official spelling of the town name, although the alternative spelling "Foxboro" is also frequently used. This alternative spelling is used by the United States Postal Service as the correct form by which to address mail to recipients in the town although both can be processed by their system. The sign on the post office reads "Foxboro."
Found in Public Genealogy Records:
This appears to be an expensive and high quality card. Foxborough is in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. We found Mr. Alden Bicknell living in Foxboro, Mass in this time period with is wife Esther Harkness Bicknell from Pelham MA. They were married on Nov. 29, 1845. His occupation is listed as a Bonnet Presser in the 1850 census. We feel there is a good chance this was their 1845 wedding card, as there is no other A. Bicknell family seen in the census at this time. It also has the feel of the many other wedding cards of the 1840-50's on our site.
Alden Bicknell 1824–1900 born and died in Massachusetts.
His Father: Joseph Bicknell born 1785, lived in Canton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.
Mother: Abigail Everett 1789–1831 the daughter of Edward Everett 1745–1806 and Hannah Leonard Everett 1752–1823. Her siblings were Hannah Everett born 1785, Leonard Everett 1787–1852 (who married Almira Kimball Everett 1793–1825) and Betsey Everett 1792–1817.
His parents married in 1819.
1. Betsey Bicknell born 1819
2. Alden Bicknell 1824–1900 (this card married Esther Harkness Bicknell
3. Benjamin Bicknell born 1827, married Emily Hanover Bicknell born 1833. They had 3 children: George Reville Bicknell 1852–1930, Katie Evorilla Bicknell born 1855, Frank Everett Bicknell born 1861
4. George Bicknell born 1828 married Clarissa Barden Bicknell 1829–1875. They had 2 children: George Bicknell Jr. born 1859 and Anna Bicknell born 1865.
His 1st wife: Esther Harkness Bicknell 1826-1951 sadly, she died in 1851, 6 years after this wedding card was printed, at the age of 25. She was born in Pelham, Hampshire County, Massachusetts to John Harkness Jr. 1788–1844 and Esther Willson Harkness 1788–1836.
Her Siblings were:
Ambrose Harkness 1811–1840
Adaline Harkness 1813–1836
Grove Harkness 1816–1817
Sumner Harkness 1817–1851
Anna Harkness 1819–1835
Harvey Willson Harkness 1821–1901
Harriet Harkness 1823–1824
Abigail H. Harkness 1828–1848
Martin Kingman Harkness 1831–1910
Henry Harkness 1833–1895
His 2nd wife: Betsey H. Munroe Bicknell 1820–1879 born to William Monroe
1791–1837 and Sophia Williams Monroe 1801–1885.
Her siblings were:
Anna Frances Munroe 1822–1897
George A Munroe born 1834
Martha I Munroe born 1837
Half Sibling: Martha J. Dunham born 1837–
Their child: William Bicknell, 1857-1865, died age 8.
Betsy's other marriages and children were: Thomas Cole 1823–1881 (daughter Annie Cole 1850–1911); Joseph Landres Shurtleff 1822–1889 (son William L. Shurtleff born 1864); and Joseph Twitchell born 1820 (son Charles A. Twitchell 1843–1911).
This is a beautiful and original personal card of this 19th c Foxboro Bicknell family. In fact, one of the most beautifully made embossed and raised design printed calling cards we have ever seen....it is one of a kind.
Size: 3.5 x 2 inches
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