Octavia Harby Moses autograph album
This collection consists of an autograph album presented to Octavia Harby by Aaron Moïse Jr. in 1836, which contains handwritten poems and verses, most of which were written shortly after the book was given to Octavia. Several pages are signed by Penina Moïse, but the majority of authors are identified only by a first name or initial. Entries often offer advice or well wishes for Octavia in her future, or ask that she remember the author. Includes several entries dedicated to her 15th birthday in 1838.
- Moses, Octavia Harby, 1823-1904 (Person)
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Octavia Harby Moses (1823-1904) was born to Isaac and Rachel Mordecai Harby. In 1827, her mother passed away, followed by her father in 1828. Octavia and her siblings were raised by Isaac's sister Caroline De Litchfield Harby. Octavia married Andrew Jackson Moses in 1839 and the couple settled in Sumter, South Carolina, in 1842. Over the next 27 years, she gave birth to 17 children, 14 of whom lived to maturity. Five of Octavia's children served in the Confederate army during the Civil War; her eldest, Joshua Lazarus Moses, was killed at the Battle of Blakely in 1865. She was actively involved in supporting the war effort and, in the late 1860s, as the first president of the Ladies Monumental Association, she successfully raised funds to build a monument honoring the Confederate dead. In 1915, 11 years after Octavia's death, her children published a book of her poetry titled A Mother's Poems: A Collection of Verses.
0.25 linear feet (1 flat box)
Collection consists of an autograph album presented to Octavia Harby Moses by Aaron Moïse Jr. in 1836, containing poems composed or copied by her friends and relations, including two specifically written on the occasion of her 15th birthday. Several pages are signed by Penina Moïse, but the majority of authors are identified only by a first name or initial.
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Materials donated in 2006 by Philip Moïse in memory of Cecile Rosenberg Moïse.
Processed by Amy Lazarus, March 2015.
- Inventory of the Octavia Harby Moses Autograph Album, 1836-1838
- Processed by: Amy Lazarus; machine-readable finding aid created by: Amy Lazarus
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