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M. Jennie Ogier envelope, ca. 1870, postmarked Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio

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Cambridge, Ohio postmarked envelope to Miss M. Jennie Ogier (Pittsburg, Pennsylvania), ca. 1870; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection.

Item: Cambridge, Ohio postmarked envelope to Miss M. Jennie Ogier (Pittsburg, Pennsylvania), ca. 1870; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection.
Upper left and back: Writing different hand, pencil most likely later: Steger, 70/100/36. Upper left: # 650 1861. Appears to be dating the stamp. [Note letter would most likely have been sent closer to the late 1860s-1870]
Item acquisition: Auction 2020.
Relationship: None known.

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Miss Martha Jennie Ogier (1851–1922)

Martha Jennie Ogier was born about 1849 to Peter Ogier and Eliza Jane Oldham.1 Martha Jennie lived with her parents and siblings in Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio throughout her childhood and teenage years.2

Martha Jennie attended Pittsburg Female College in the late 1860s, which coincides with the address on the envelope.3

Thirteenth Annual Catalogue of the Pittsburgh Female College for the Collegiate Year 1767 and 1868 (Pittsburg, Pennsylvania), p. 12, Junior Class, Martha J. Ogier of Cambridge, Ohio.
Thirteenth Annual Catalogue of the Pittsburgh Female College for the Collegiate Year 1767 and 1868 (Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, 1868), p. 12, Junior Class, Martha J. Ogier of Cambridge, Ohio.

The Pittsburg Female College was established in 1854 and was located on 8th Street in downtown Pittsburg until fires in 1891 and 1893 forced the school to move. In 1896 the college merged with the Beaver College in Beaver, Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh Female College, Illustrated atlas of the upper Ohio River and Valley from Pittsburgh, Pa. to Cincinnati, Ohio, p 73
E. L. Hayes, publishers, Illustrated Atlas of the Upper Ohio River and Valley from Pittsburgh, Pa. to Cincinnati, Ohio : from United States official and special surveys (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1877), p. 73, Pittsburgh Female College.

By 1880, Martha Jennie had returned to Cambridge, Ohio, and was once again living with her family.5 Jennie was in ill health throughout the 1880s, seeking treatment in various locations.6

"Miss Jennie Ogier Sick with Malarial Trouble," newspaper article, The Cambridge Jeffersonian (Cambridge Ohio), 4 Aug 1881, p. 3, col. 5.
“Miss Jennie Ogier Sick with Malarial Trouble,” newspaper article, The Cambridge Jeffersonian (Cambridge Ohio), 4 Aug 1881, p. 3, col. 5.
"Miss Jennie Ogier Goes to Columbus Water Cure," newspaper article, The Cambridge Jeffersonian (Cambridge Ohio), 3 May 1883, p. 3, col. 5.
“Miss Jennie Ogier Goes to Columbus Water Cure,” newspaper article, The Cambridge Jeffersonian (Cambridge Ohio), 3 May 1883, p. 3, col. 5.
"Miss Jennie Ogier Returns from Ebensburg," newspaper article, The Cambridge Jeffersonian (Cambridge Ohio), 25 Sept 1884, p. 3, col. 3.
“Miss Jennie Ogier Returns from Ebensburg,” newspaper article, The Cambridge Jeffersonian (Cambridge Ohio), 25 Sept 1884, p. 3, col. 3.

Jennie resided in Cambridge for the remainder of her life, later living with her sister, Samantha, at 908 Wheeling Avenue.7

R. L. Polk & Co., publisher, Cambridge and Byesville City Directory 1910-1911 (Columbus, Ohio, 1911), p. 132, M. Jennie Ogier and Samantha M. Ogier.
R. L. Polk & Co., publisher, Cambridge and Byesville City Directory 1910-1911 (Columbus, Ohio, 1911), p. 132, M. Jennie Ogier and Samantha M. Ogier.

Martha Jennie Ogier died on 15 January 1922 at the age of 72.8 She is buried in Northwood Cemetery in Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio.9

Article about Jennie’s father, Peter Ogier

"Early Post Office in Cambridge," newspaper article, The Cambridge Jeffersonian (Cambridge Ohio), 18 Oct 1906, p. 1, col. 1.
“Early Post Office in Cambridge,” newspaper article, The Cambridge Jeffersonian (Cambridge Ohio), 18 Oct 1906, p. 1, col. 1.10

Endnotes

1. 1850 U.S. census, Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio, population schedule, page 533 (penned), dwelling 1817, family 1827, Peter Ogier household.
– Peter Ogier, age 47, merchant, born Isle of Guernsey
– Eliza J., age 37, born in Ohio
– Bertha A., age 9, born in Ohio
– John, age 7, born in Ohio
– Samantha, age 5, born in Ohio
– William R., age 3, born in Ohio
– Martha J., age 9 months, born in Ohio
– Martha A. Oldham, age 28, born in Ohio
Note: Headstone states birth was 1851; most likely an error as she was listed on the 1850 census as 9 months of age. Find A Grave, memorial 31899958, M. Jennie Ogier (1851-1922),
Northwood Cemetery, Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio, Sec 14 Lot 23 #2 West.

2. Ibid. Also, 1860 U.S. census, Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio, population schedule, page 106 (penned), dwelling 770, family 767, Peter Ogier household.
– Peter Ogier, age 55, drug store, born Isle of Guernsey
– Eliza J., age 45, born in Pennsylvania
– Bertha, age 18, born in Ohio
– John, age 16, born in Ohio
– Samantha, age 14, born in Ohio
– William, age 12, born in Ohio
– Martha J., age 10, born in Ohio
– Charles T., age 6, born in Ohio
– Martha A. Oldham, age 30, born in Pennsylvania

3. Thirteenth Annual Catalogue of the Pittsburgh Female College for the Collegiate Year 1767 and 1868 (Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, 1868), p. 12, Junior Class, Martha J. Ogier of Cambridge, Ohio.

4. E. L. Hayes, publishers, Illustrated atlas of the upper Ohio River and Valley from Pittsburgh, Pa. to Cincinnati, Ohio : from United States official and special surveys (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1877), p. 73, Pittsburgh Female College image. Also, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Pittsburgh Female College Association | Chatham University Archives, “Pittsburgh Female College Association.”

5. 1880 U.S. census, Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 65, page 20 (penned) D (stamped), dwelling 132, family 152, Peter Ogier household.
– Peter Ogier, age 76, retail druggist, born Isle of Guernsey
– John M., age 37, clerk in retail drug store, born in Ohio
– Samantha M., age 28, born in Ohio
– Martha J., age 26, born in Ohio
– Charles T., age 24, clerk in book store, born in Ohio

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6. “Miss Jennie Ogier Sick with Malarial Trouble,” newspaper article, The Cambridge Jeffersonian (Cambridge Ohio), 4 Aug 1881, p. 3, col. 5. Also “Miss Jennie Ogier Goes to Columbus Water Cure,” newspaper article, The Cambridge Jeffersonian (Cambridge Ohio), 3 May 1883, p. 3, col. 5. Also, “Miss Jennie Ogier Returns from Ebensburg,” newspaper article, The Cambridge Jeffersonian (Cambridge Ohio), 25 Sept 1884, p. 3, col. 3.

7. R. L. Polk & Co., publisher, Cambridge and Byesville City Directory 1910-1911 (Columbus, Ohio, 1911), p. 132, M. Jennie Ogier and Samantha M. Ogier.

8. State of Ohio, Bureau of Vital Statistics, return of a death, no. 132376, Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio, Jennie Osier, 15 Jan 1922. Single. Age: 72. Birth 1849, date “not known.” Occupation: Housekeeper.

9. Headstone front reads: Ogier. Individual stone reads: M. Jennie / Ogier / 1851 – 1922. Find A Grave, memorial 31899958, M. Jennie Ogier (1851-1922), Northwood Cemetery, Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio, Sec 14 Lot 23 #2 West.

10. “Early Post Office in Cambridge,” newspaper article, The Cambridge Jeffersonian (Cambridge Ohio), 18 Oct 1906, p. 1, col. 1.

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Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, transcriber, “M. Jennie Ogier envelope, ca. 1870, postmarked Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio,” Chasing Light Media, Cool Adventures (https://cooladventures.com/collection/jennie-ogier-cambridge-ohio-1870/ : published 2021); Cambridge, Ohio postmark to Miss M. Jennie Ogier (Pittsburg, Pennsylvania), envelope; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.

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