Friday, March 4, 2011

Fearless Females #4 - Marriage of Verdie Hankins and Will McCauley

To celebrate Women's History Month, Lisa Alzo at The Accidental Genealogist has outlined 31 blogging prompts in a series titled Fearless Females.

Day 4 - Do you have marriage records for your grandparents or great-grandparents? Write a post about where they were married and when. Any family stories about the wedding day? Post a photo too if you have one. 

These are records from the marriage of John William McCauley and Verda Waller Hankins, my paternal grandparents. The marriage bond was signed in Hopkins County, Kentucky on 26 Sep 1904 by the groom and the father of the bride (Thomas Leander "Lee" Hankins).

The marriage license was issued on the day the bond was signed and the wedding took place the next day on 27 Sep 1904 at the home of the bride's parents in Earlington. The ceremony was performed by James H. Dame who, no doubt, was a friend of the bride's father. Lee Hankins and Dame both belonged to the General Baptist Ministers Association. Witnesses were W. T. Hodges and Samuel Wyatt. Wyatt was married to Lee Hankins' cousin, Dicie Goodloe, but the relationship, if any, with Hodges is unknown. 

This clipping announcing the marriage was published in the Earlington Bee on 29 Sep 1904. 

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  1. That is a great marriage record and contains a lot of good information, more than many I have seen. We have some connections to Hopkins Co., Ky also but they are much earlier and not well documented at this time.(mostly to the Wyatt lineage--may not be the same as here)

    Cheri Hopkins

  2. Cheri, Several of my grandmother's lines go back to the very beginnings of Hopkins County. I'm afraid all I know about Samuel Wyatt is that he married into my Goodloe family which is the maternal line for Verda's father.