Day 145, Part 1: Addendum
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Of course I had to go over to Ancestry and double-check, and yes, it was Great-Great-Grandma Nancy and GG-Grandpa George. The family story stands (well, insofar as that whole generation, the generation after, and the one after them are all gone now!) and one of my cousins has an old scrapbook with a newspaper clipping about the wedding,* so that's as close as we will ever know to being 'the real story.' What I got wrong was the date: the GGs married around 1832!
*The clipping is from 1882, in which a reporter interviewed George and Nancy on their golden wedding anniversary - a somewhat unusual event at the time (and perhaps an even rarer event these days, due more to divorce than death, but even so). Nancy talked about their wedding day, which was Thanksgiving, celebrated even then in parts of New England - including upstate NY - before it was made 'official.'
She said she wore a blue dress and they had decorated the house with evergreen, since there were no flowers at that time of year: there was already a good amount of snow on the ground. The preacher performed the ceremony at her parents' house and everyone had 'refreshments' after. Then George and Nancy went off in a sleigh (wonder if it had a 'Just Married' sign on the back and some old shoes tied behind? lol - Nancy didn't say) to their new home a few miles away. On the way there it started snowing, and Nancy said the sleigh-ride thru the woods with the light snow was beautiful. A rare glimpse into another time and place - but from a woman very much like us, thinks me.
That really IS an old family heirloom of a story, ain't? lol...
Off to go 'n' do - easy day today, but if (IF) I get real rambunctious (!) I will go walking. As long as the wind doesn't blow me away, me bein' so much lighter than I used to be. And all. (It is to laff, peeps!)