More small town news. Within these tidbits are many names and interesting stories that would help flesh out your genealogy. The birthday dinner story gives the names of parents, a sister, a father, and children. And what a happy occasion. Following are weddings, an elopement, death and illness. All part of everyday life.
from The Hartford Herald, Ohio County, Kentucky
Wednesday, July 23, 1902
A Birthday Dinner
Thomas W. Wedding, of Barretts Ferry, and Miss Nancy Wright were married in Ohio County on the 16th day of October 1845. To them have been born nine children – four girls and five boys. Of said children three boys and one girl are dead. The living children are Mrs. Mary Ann Midkiff, wife of W. P. Midkiff, Mrs. Ada Acton, wife of S. S. Acton, Mrs. Manda Rebecca Foreman, wife of Elijah D. Foreman, John T. Wedding and James B. Wedding. Mrs. Nancy Wedding was seventy-seven years old on the 19th day of July and Thomas W. Wedding, her husband, was 80 years old on July 20. The children mentioned above of these old and honored people gave their parents a birthday dinner on Sunday, July 20. The dinner was bountiful and carefully arranged and good enough to satisfy the most extreme epicure. Mr. Thomas W. Wedding and Mrs. Mariah Davison, wife of George W. Davison, are the only living children of the late George W. Wedding, who died in 1854. Mrs. Davison was present and is now seventy-three years old and in frail health. There were twenty-four grand-children present and many of the neighbors – about fifty people in all being present. Mr. Wedding gave a short talk in which he expressed his appreciation for the kindness shown him and his wife. We hope these old people, who have lived honorable lives, and who are now more than three score and ten, may live to see many birthdays and that their declining days may be the most peaceful of their lives.
Marriage Licenses since last Wednesday: W. H. Blackburn, Ceralvo, to Edna Myers, Ceralvo. Oscar Smith, Flint Springs, to Clovia M. Daugherty, Flint Springs. John E. Shultz, Fordsville, to Lillie Eskridge, Fordsville.
Mrs. D. F. Cawthorn, of Glasgow, arrived a few days ago to visit her daughter, Mrs. D. W. Likens, of Jingo, who is very weak with consumption. Mrs. Cawthon will visit her brother, Bob Forrester, of this place, and visit her old friends of Hartford before she returns to Glasgow. It will be remembered by many, Mrs. Cawthorn left Hartford seven years ago to make her home in Barren County.
As announced in these columns a few weeks ago, Professor Charles H. Ellis and Miss Corinne Landrum will be married at the First Baptist Church in Calhoon this evening at 8:30 o’clock. Mr. Ellis, who is one of Ohio County’s most promising young men, is to be congratulated in winning the heart and hand of such an estimable young lady. After the ceremony the bride and groom, together with several friends, will repair to the residence of the bride’s parents, Judge and Mrs. Ben F. Landrum, where a sumptuous repast will await them. They will remain in Calhoon until Friday, when they will visit the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Ellis, near town.
Died at the residence of her aunt, Mrs. H. A. Miller, at 12 o’clock, noon, last Thursday, of that most dreaded disease, consumption, Miss Annie Lewis. Funeral services were conducted by Revs. Coakley and Petrie. Her remains were interred in Oakwood Cemetery Friday afternoon. Miss Annie, who had been a member of the Baptist church for 22 years was a most lovable lady.
Mr. Rethel L. Duke, of Hartford, and Miss May E. Davis, of near Prentis, aged 18 and 16, respectively, eloped to Cannelton, Indiana, last Sunday and were married. They returned to the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Duke, Monday night.