Marriage Records

Ice Creates Problems For Marriages and Elopement In 1878

I just love the newspaper notices of weddings from the early days – so many good wishes were added to the names and dates.  These are from December, 1878.  No cars to travel in, only horse and buggies.  A very long time ago!

from The Boone County Recorder, Burlington, Kentucky

Thursday, January 2, 1879


Carpenter – Wilhoit – On the 30th in Florence, Mr. Butler Carpenter and Miss Della Wilhoit.  May the sunshine of contentment and happiness illuminate their path through life.

Parsons – Horton – At the resident of Elder E. Stephens, Mr. Charles Parsons and Miss Jennie Horton.  This young couple have our best wishes for a long and happy journey through this world of woe.

Gibbs – Riddell – On the 25th, at the residence of the bride’s father, near Hebron, by Rev. W. C. Barnett, Mr. B. W. Gibbs, of Illinois, and Miss Lizzie Riddell.  The bride and groom will return to Illinois, where they will make their future home.  They have the best wishes of all the friends whom they leave behind.

Thompson – Henry – At the Hebron Church, on the 26th, by Rev. W. C. Barnett, Mr. James R. Thompson, of Kenton County, and Miss Emma L. Henry.  A very large number of friends assembled to witness the ceremonies, which being performed, the happy pair repaired to the residence of the groom’s father, in Covington, where they were given a magnificent reception.

Williamson – Hopper – On the 25th, at the residence of Elder H. J. Foster, Montgomery Williamson and Mrs. H. Hopper.  It seems that Mr. Williamson and lady had some difficulty in obtaining the services of a minister, they intending to be married in the church at Bellevue; but, on account of the ice being so heavy, the Rev. A. M. Vardhman could not put in an appearance, and they, as a last resort, hastened to Burlington, where they were united in the hold bond by the above named minister and went on their way rejoicing.  We wish ‘Gum’ much joy.

Sandford – Beemon – On the 25th in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Mr. Timothy H. Sandford and Miss Mary Jane Beemon, all of this county.  The above marriage was accomplished under difficulties, the parents objecting and the weather, it will be remembered, not being at all propitious for an elopement.  The groom, accompanied by a bosom friend, succeeded in stealing the bride from the residence of her father at an early hour in the night of the 24th, taking her to the residence of a neighbor, from whence they started very early in the morning for the city of Lawrenceburg.  They were thoroughly chilled when they arrived at the ferry, having traveled some nine miles, and were surprised to find the river nearly blocked with ice, which it was feared would block the game they were playing on the parents.  Captain Huff was aroused from his slumbers, and, when informed of the mission of the party, consented to make an effort to cross them to the Hoosier shore, where they could be united in matrimony without any questions being asked.  The skiff was soon launched, and the part of five or six commenced struggling to force their way through the immense field of ice that was at that time passing.  After three hours hard labor, Captain Huff landed them safely on the Indiana shore, where, in much less time than it took them to cross the Ohio, they were united in the holy bonds of wedlock.  It seems that the dangerous condition of the river at the time the wedding party arrived at the ferry was only a test of the courage of the determined couple, for on their return they were not interrupted in the least by the ice.  This is the most romantic wedding we have heard of for some time.

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