Jefferson County
Illinois


Announcements of
Weddings And Anniversaries
 

The Daily Register - October 24, 1905
Submitted By: Mary Zinzilieta

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. L. Whitlock, of Field Township, on Monday, October 23, 
celebrated the 50th year of married life.

On this occasion about 37 of the family were present and made the day 
one of history in the lives of all who were there.  There are nine children, 
21 great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild, and the entire lot with 
the exception of one son were present.

Mr. and Mrs. Whitlock were married in Tennessee and came to this state 50 
years ago and settled where the village of Kell now stands.  Later they moved 
to their present place of residence, where they have lived for 43 years.

This aged couple was born in 1834 and yet feel that there are many years of 
life left for them.  The marks of time have been made on them, yet they look 
as young as many persons 50 years of age.

No old couple in Jefferson County stands in higher esteem than do Mr. and 
Mrs. Whitlock.  They are both members of the church, and the combined years 
in the service of the Master are almost one hundred.


The Register - October 28, 1885 Submitted By: Mary Zinzilieta Friday, October 23, was a delightful day at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Whitlock, it being the 30th anniversary of their wedding day. Their children, ten in number--four of whom have gone from the parental roof--thought it would be proper to return and enjoy what to them all was an eventful day. There were present sixty souls, and as Mr. Whitlock said, "some babies for hand plants". Four generations of the family were present, and as they stood together on this eminence of time, to which they by the kind hand of a merciful Providence feel and acknowledge they have been brought, we were glad to share with them their gratitude as they were thus permitted to halt, and like Samuel in the olden time, raise their Ebenezer, saying, "Hitherto the Lord hath helped us". Mr. and Mrs. Whitlock were married in Tenn., and October 25, 1855, started for Jefferson County. They arrived at Rome Nov. 4th with 21 cents as their stock of this world's goods. With 30 years of toil and economy they have earned a good living and now have one of the most pleasant farm homes in old Jefferson. They have raised ten children all of whom are living, and those who have gone from the parental roof are doing well. We were called on to conduct a kind of thanksgiving meeting in which Mr. and Mrs. W. told of their journey up--yes, I'll say up life's road together, for good people do travel upward in this world. I shall only say of the sumptuous dinner that it had to be seen and eaten of to be appreciated and enjoyed. Long may they live to enjoy their happy family relations, and when their journey here is over may they have a home where we hope to be invited to the "Marriage of the Lamb". J. J. M.
The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - Monday, June 15, 1908 Submitted By: Mary Zinzilieta UNUSUAL CELEBRATION - Mr. and Mrs. P. F. Hogue, Former Residents, Celebrate 73rd Wedding Anniversary. P. F. HOGUE and wife, who live near Cutler, Ill., and who formerly resided in Jefferson County, are said to be the oldest married couple in the state. They were married in Princeton, Ind., February 23, 1835 and have therefore spent more than 73 years together as husband and wife. Mr. HOGUE was born in Indiana, April 19, 1816 and he is now in his 93rd year. Mrs. HOGUE, who was Miss Elizabeth STORMAHT prior to her marriage was born in Elkton County, KY., November 18, 1818, her age being almost 90 years. In the year 1843, they came to Illinois overland and settled in this county where they remained until the year 1847, when they removed to Warren County where they resided 21 years. They returned to Jefferson County in 1868 and purchased a farm on which they lived _____ 1870, when they decided to locate in Perry County in order to enjoy church privileges of the denomination to which they belonged, the Reformed Presbyterian Church, where they now reside. Eleven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. HOGUE, six of whom are living. The old couple are reasonably hale and hearty and Mr. HOGUE cultivates a vegetable garden, in which it is almost impossible to find a weed; he allows no one but himself to work in the garden. It is believed that they will live to celebrate their diamond or 75th wedding anniversary, which will occur in less than two years. The aged couple have lived consistent christian lives and are noted for their faithful and conscientious performance of the obligations of tight living, and are loved and respected by all who know them. Samuel H. ARCHER and R. M. MUMFORD, two of their old neighbors and friends of Princeton, Ind., have just returned from a visit with them and stopped in Mt. Vernon a few days on their way home. Mt. Vernon Register-News - Friday, December 16, 1927 - Had Interesting Observances Submitted By: Mary Zinzilieta Mr. and Mrs. A. B. COX, well known Mt. Vernon people are among those who have long been married. Their 50th or Golden Wedding anniversary was observed in Palm Beach, Fla., and the Register-News of January 6, 1923, contained an interesting story of the affair. December 26, of this year completed the 54th year of their wedded life. Fifty-four years ago the wedding of Alexander Bailey COX and Miss Unity Smith WINSTEAD was solemnized at the home of the bride's parents near Vanderburg, Ky. Mr. and Mrs. COX were living in Palm Beach four years ago, and their golden wedding was celebrated, their children, grandchildren and other relatives joining them on that occasion. A mock wedding ceremony was performed. The bride wore a gown of gold lace over white satin and the bridegroom wore white flannel suit. The wedding ring was a gold certificate rolled up to fit the bride's finger. This was Mr. Cox's gift to the bride. This was carried on a rolling pin by Marie Cox, a grandchild. The rolling pin was hewed from hickory timber by Mr. COX's father almost a century ago, and is one of her prized possessions. The children presented the old folks with a 42 piece dinner set. A three course dinner was a feature of the observance.
Mt. Vernon Register-News - Friday, December 16, 1927 Submitted By: Mary Zinzilieta Married 61 Years August 23, 1927, Mr. and Mrs. John W. DAVIS of McClellan township, observed their 61st wedding anniversary. Before marriage Mrs. DAVIS was Miss Mary Ann WELLS, and their marriage took place August 23, 1866. An appropriate observance of the day was had in this city at the home of the aged couple's daughter, Mrs. S. B. HICKS, 225 College Avenue. Mr. DAVIS was born in McClellan township May 1, 1844, and Mrs. DAVIS was born September 14, 1849, in that township. With the exception of eighteen months spent in Arkansas, Mr. and Mrs. DAVIS have passed their entire lives in this county. Nine children were born to their union, six of whom are living. Mr. DAVIS is a veteran of the Civil War and the only veteran of that war living in McClellan township. Mrs. DAVIS, notwithstanding her years does all the housework necessary for her and her husband.
The Daily Register, Mt. Vernon, Illinois - February 4, 1895 Submitted By: Mary Zinzilieta Wedding Anniversary...On Wednesday, January 16th, 1895, Mr. and Mrs. Josiah WILLIS, of Horse Prairie, among the oldest pioneers of the county, celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary, at their old most beautiful country residence, located in one of Jefferson County's most fertile prairies, it being surrounded by numerous old elms, oaks, maples, evergreens and shrubs of various kinds, which were planted by and have received the constant care and supervision of Uncle Jo since Sept. 1854. Josiah WILLIS was born in Jackson Co., Tenn., and emigrated to Southern Illinois in April 1834. Mrs. WILLIS was born in Todd Co., Ky., and came to Illinois in 1830. On Jan. 16, 1845, they were married by Joseph HARTLEY. Ten children have been born to them, most of whom are still living. Among those present at the anniversary were W. A. WILLIS, Mrs. J. S. WYATT, of Grand Prairie, Mrs. J. L. SHANKS, of Ashley, Mrs. Dr. A. J. FITZGERRELL and Sherman WILLIS, together with many of their old neighbors and friends from both at home and abroad. Among those present were Rev. J. C. GILLILAND, of Scheller; Mrs. A. BLANCHARD and daughter, Mrs. Maud WYKES, Mrs. E. WARD, of Tamaroa; Mrs. H. A. COCKRUM, M. W. COCKRUM, Rev. Wm. COCKRUM, of Franklin Co., Mrs. M. A. LUSK, Mrs. M. C. JUNKINS, Mrs. Julia MARTIN, Mrs. Lucinda CROUCH and Mrs. Ruth CROUCH. The last named are all old-time settlers, who knew this country in its infancy. Many of the guests honored their host and hostess with valuable presents suited to the occasion. After all had enjoyed the rich and beautiful repast spread upon Uncle Jo's long table,two were appointed to register the names of those present, the number reaching eighty-three. We wish the venerable old couple health and happiness in their declining days and hope to have them live to enjoy many more years of peace and happiness.
Eck Stull, the popular driver of the fire wagon, celebrated Christmas by taking unto himself a wife. He and Miss Mary Yearwood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Yearwood, were married by the Rev. W. A. Browder, at his residence on South Elm street, Saturday evening. The REGISTER noticed that Eck seemed in an unusually happy frame of mind Saturday but had no idea that the happy event was to occur so soon. However, it joins their many friends in wishing them a long and happy life. December 26, 1898 Mt. Vernon Register News Submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Jan 28, 1997
Robert R. Smith and Cora A. Piercy were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony at 7:30 p.m. yesterday at the M.E. parsonage of Mt. Vernon Ct. Rev. J.C. Kinnison officiating. The groom is the son of Nelson Smith, one of Shiloh's best farmers, and the bride is the youngest daughter of Dr. S. Piercy. The couple start in life with bright prospects before them. May they enjoy many prosperous happy years. February 11, 1898 Mt. Vernon Register News Submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Jan 28, 1997
Mr. Ben Sessel and Miss Corrine Palmer were very quietly married in the presence of a few of the immediate relatives of the bride, by Rev. J.F. Harmon, in the study of the First M.E. church at 9:30 o'clock last evening. No intimation of the prospective wedding had been given out and the affair was a decided surprise to Mr. Sessel's friends when announced this morning. The groom was at his place of business shortly after his usual hour this morning and for some time his attention was given entirely to receiving the congratulations of his friends who dropped in for this purpose. The groom came here about two years ago from Fairfield to assume the management of the U. S. clothing store. The bride is youngest daughter of Mrs. I. C. Palmer of 101 West Broadway and is one of the best known young ladies in the city. Mr. and Mrs. Sessel left on the Air Line train this afternoon for St Louis where they will spend four or five days to sight see, after which they will return to this city, where they will make their home. April 12, 1898 Mt. Vernon Register News  submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Jan 28, 1997 
GOLDEN WEDDING Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Scott, and Kansas pioneers, celebrated St. Valentine's day yes- terday with their golden wedding anniversary. The were married near Brenner in Don- iphan county, fifty years ago yesterday and lived there until twenty years ago. Mr. Scott was a soldier in the Civil war. He belonged to the 13th Kansas infantry. There are seven children, fifteen grandchildren and one great grandchild at the golden wedding party at the Scott home yesterday. The children were: Mrs. J.D. Bowlby, Mrs. L.M. Crittenden, Atchison Leslie, M. Scott, Aubrey Scott and Fred A. Scott, Atchison; Mrs. E.M. Singelton, Kansas City, Mo., and William E. Scott, Troy, Kansas. Mrs. and Mrs. Scott's great grandchild is the three year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl V. Bowlby, of Athison. Jacob I. and Josephine D. Scott, father and mother of J.H. Scott, given in the above item were pioneers of Jefferson County, Ill., having come from Ohio about 1840 and settled in the Bethel neigherhood. During their stay here four children were born: Benjamin, John H., Susan C., now Mrs. John Pullen of Los Angeles, Cal., and Mrs. Nellie Parsley of Shiloh twp. The first named was killed in accident about 17 yrs. ago near Culbertson, Montana. Mr. Scott moved to Doniphan co., Kansas, in the fall of 1854. It yet was terrritory. He lived there until his death in 1872. His widow survived him about 12 yrs. Those living in Mt. Vernon who knew them are Mrs. Mattie Plummer, widow of the late Dr. Plummer; Joe Goodrich and James Dillingham and uncle John Smith and wife; Mrs. Nancy Phillips of Shiloh twp. February 27, 1915 Mt. Vernon Register News Submitted by Sharlet Bigham 
RIGHTNOWER - PLOWMAN Miss Ora Rightnower and Mildren Plowman were quietly married at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Smith on Thursday evening, January 31, 1914. Twelve friends witnessed the ceremony. Those out of town in attendance were Mrs. Smith's mother of Fairfield; Mrs. J.H. Barfield of Mt. Vernon and Willie King of Belleville. The newlywed couple left for St. Louis to visit relatives. After a honeymoon they will reside on Mr. Plowman's farm nine miles from Mt. Vernon. January 6, 1915 (Jan. 31,1914 doesn't make sense. Probably was Dec. 31.) Mt. Vernon 
Charles Nigh and Miss Edna Pearl Rutherford were quietly married by Pastor J. F. Harmon in the study of the First M. E. church at 9:45 last night in the presence of a few intimate friends. The groom is the Adams Express messenger on the Jacksonville & St. Louis between this city and Jacksonville, and is a young gentleman of high charcater and of great personal popularity among his associates. His home is in Newton,Ill., but having been a resident of Mt. Ver- non for several years this city has a stronger claim upon him than the place of birth. The bride is the youngest daugh- ter of Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Rutherford and is a very handsome and attractive young lady. Devoid of ostentation as their wedding was, no less was their manner of going to housekeeping, and immediately after their marriage, they re- paired to their home, in the Tabb property at 207 West Broadway, which had been nicely furnished for their reception. The REGISTER presents its congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Nigh and wishes them a long life of prosper- ity and happiness. April 27, 1898 Mt. Vernon Register 
Perry Hayes and Miss Luella Upton were married at 9 o'clock Monday evening at the home of Rev. J. P. Watson, who officiated. The groom is a barber in Ina, but expects to shortly come to this city to reside. Mrs. Hayes is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Upton, and the first knowledge they had of her exact intention was information regar- ding the affair furnished by the pastor. They were accompanied by a number of Bonnie and Mt. Vernon friends. January 11, 1910 Mt. Vernon Daily Register 
The marriage of Mr. Wayland Lloyd Arnold and Miss Ida Evans was celebrated at the home of the bride's parents, Col. and Mrs. G. W. Evans, 602 West Jefferson avenue, at high noon today, Dr. H. Clay Yates, pastor of the First Cumberland Presbyterian church officiating. The wedding was a quiet one, the only witness aside from the family being Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Tanner, Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Arnold, of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Watson, Miss Inez Arnold, of Omaha, Neb., Mrs. S.H. Tanner and daughters, Mary and Blanche, Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Anderson, Dr. Harl Gee, De Witt Anderson and wife, of Opdyke, and a few others whose names we have been unable to ascertain. At the close of the nupial ceremony a luncheon was served, followed by a reception from 2 till 4, during the course of which a large number of invited friends called to extend their felicitations to the happy couple. They will return to Chicago where they will be at home. The groom, although comparatively unknown here, is a young gentleman of fine character, pleasing personality and execellent business and professional qualifications. He is general manager of the B. J. Arnold Electrical Power and Construction Company of Chicago and is an engineer and expert of recognized ability in everything that relates to electrical science. September 7, 1899 Mt. Vernon Register News 
WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT William Clark Herron of Field Township and Cora Blossom Phillips of Shiloh Township were united in holy matrimony Saturday evening, May 9, 1914 at 7 o'clock, at the parsonage of the First M. E. Church in Mt Vernon, Ill. Rev. Claude C. Hall, pastor, officiating. Witnessing this occasion was Joseph Phillips, brother of the bride and Mrs. Beulah Phillips sister-in-law of the bride. Parents of the groom are Charles W. and Martha J. Herron, parents of the bride John E. and Mary E. Phillips, all of this place.  Submitted by David Herron  Grandson of William and Blossom Herron 
A marriage license was issued today to James A. Bingham, of Goodland, Ind. and Mary K. Redburn, of Casner township. The wedding will take place at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Linders, two miles north of Woodlawn, this evening, Squire Spangler tying the nupital knot.  February 13, 1899 Mt. Vernon Register News Submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Oct 15, 1997 
Miss Anna C. Tucker of Opdyke, was married at 8 o'clock Wednesday evening to Mr. Charles C. Albert, of Johns, Ala., the ceremony taking place in the residence of the bride's father, Rev. Tennyson of the M.E. church officiating. Miss Grace Cornelius was bridesmaid and Mr. John Obenchain, of Bessemer, Ala., best man. Mr. and Mrs. Albert departed on the midnight train, midst a shower of rice, for their future home at Johns, Ala. Between forty and fifty guests were present. Among those from a distance were Mrs. Albert; Mrs. Obenchain, of Penafield, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Niles, Paris, Ill.; Miss Vinnie Piercy, Mt. Vernon; Mrs. J.R. Clark, Drivers.  March 18, 1898 Mt. Vernon Register News  Submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Jan 28, 1997
A short time before closing his office yesterday afternoon Circuit Clerk Chas. R. Keller jokingly remarked to Miss Nina Cochran, who for some time past has been copying records in his office, that they ought to get married and suggested that Deputy County Clerk Ray Hitchcock be requested to issue the license at once. Miss Cochran did not demur the proposition, and rather than be bluffed by Mr. Keller's banter permitted the license blank to be filled out in the usual way. Janitor Floyd White was present and offered to go in search of a justice of the peace, and as no objection was made to his proposal he left the court house, and a few minutes later returned with Squire W. W. Addison, who like Barkis "was willin" to perform the ceremony for the usual fee. Both Mr. Keller and Miss Coch-ran had been duly sworn to their ages, and to Messrs. Hitchcock and White it began to look very much like they would be called upon to sign a marriage certificate. Neither of the principals manifested any indication of retreat- ing from their positions while the preliminary arrangements were being made for the wedding by Mr. Hitchcock and Mr. White. It was only when Mr. Addison began to ask a few pertinent questions that Mr. Keller weakened by remarking that he did not have sufficient money with him to pay for the license and magisterial fee and at the same time pulling $2 out of his trouser's pocket which he declared was all of his available capital. Squire Addison grabbed the money and placed it in his pocket, declaring it forfeited by reason of Mr. Keller's failure to keep his promise. Miss Cochran would not be "called" by Mr. Keller's bluff, but whether she would have permitted the marriage to be consummated under such peculiar circumstances is very doubtful. Squire Addison has promised to spend the $2 procured for Mr. Keller in providing an oyster supper for Messrs. Hitchcock and White this evening.  October 15, 1898 Mt. Vernon Register News  Submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Jan 28, 1997
A marriage license was issued yesterday to afternoon to Lincoln H. Hapner of Ossawattomie, Kan. and Mrs. Martha J. Maxedon, of Sullivan, Ill. They were married last evening by Rev. J. F. Harmon and will become residents of Mt. Vernon. October 18, 1898 Mt. Vernon Register News  Submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Jan 28, 1997 
George Yearwood and Miss Alice M. Jones were married by Elder J. A. Cook pastor of the Christian church at the latter's residence at 8:30 o'clock last night in the presence of a few immediate relatives and invited friends of the contracting couple. May their conjugal life be one of perpetual felicity. February 10, 1898 Mt. Vernon Register News  Submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Jan 28, 1997
WEDDING ANNOUNCMENT Walter S. Bates, of Evansville, and Miss Vinnie Piercy, of this city, were quietly married at the study of the First M. E. church at 10:30 this morning, Rev. J. F. Harmon officiating. At the conclusion of the nupital ceremony they happy couple proceeded to the L & N station where they boarded the south bound train for Evansville, Ind., where they will make their home. The groom formerly resided in Opdyke where he made the acquaintance fo the young lady whom he wedded this morning. For a short time Mr. Bates lived in this city, where he worked at his trade as a barber in one of the local shops. The bride is a sister of Norman N. Piercy and is a very amialbe and accomplished young lady. August 28, 1899 Mt. Vernon Register News Submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Oct 22, 1997
Silas Downer and Mrs. Candace M. Vance were quietly married by Rev. J. W. Browder at the latter's residence at 8'oclock last night. Only a few friends of the bride and groom were present.  February 11, 1898 Submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Oct 29, 1997 
Marriage licenses were issused Wednesday afternoon to Joel H. Ham and Susan A. Emmons, both of Dodds township; Percy A. Harris, of Venedy and Lillian Stonemetz, of Opdyke; Thos. A. Clark, of Farrington and Dora Smith of Shiloh.  December 1, 1899 Mt. Vernon Register News Submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Dec 18, 1997
WED SATURDAY NIGHT AND SURPRISE FRIENDS R. L. Yearwood and Miss Mary Bruns Joined in Matrimony- Principals Are Well Known At 8 o'clock Saturday evening Ralph L. Yearwood and Miss Mary Bruns were married by Squire W. W. Price at his office. They were accompanied by only a small cotreie of friends who witnessed the performance. The young folks have been telling their aquaintances for some time past that they expected to get married soon, but it was generally considered that they were just joking, but they made good their talk and are now in the midst of the responsibilities of married life. Mr. Yearwood is in the employ of the Register and has charge of the typesetting machine. He has been one of the force for a good many years and is looked upon as one of the fixtures. Mrs. Yearwood is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Andy Bruns. For several years she has resided in the city, at the home of her uncle, John Collins. The young folks start on their life journey with the good wishes of their numerous friends and aquaintances. Mt. Vernon Register January 30, 1911 Submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Sept 18, 1997
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. SCOTT, living at 1346 Atchison street, and Kansas pioneers, celebrated St. Valentine's yesterday with their golden wedding anniversary. They were married near Brenner in Doniphan county, fifty years ago yesterday and lived there until twenty years ago. Mr. Scott was a soldier in the Civil War. He belonged to the 13th Kansas infantry. There were 7 children; 15 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild at the golden wedding anniversary party at the Scott home. The children were Mrs. J. D. BOWLBY, Mrs. L. M. CRITTENDEN, Atchison Leslie, M. Scott, Asbrey T. Scott and Fred A. Scott, Atchison; Mrs. E. M. SINGLETON, Kansas City, Mo., and William E. Scott, Troy, Kansas. Mr. and Mrs. Scott's great grandchild is the 3 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl V. Bowlby of Atchison. Jacob I and Josephine D. Scott, father and mother of J. H. Scott, given in the item above were pioneers of Jefferson county, Illinois, having come from Ohio about 1840 and settled in Bethel neighborhood. During their stay here four children were born: Benjamin, John H., Susan C., now Mrs. John PULLEN of Los Angeles, Cal., and Mrs. Nellie PARSLEY of Shiloh township. The first named was killed in an accident about 17 years ago near Culbertson, Montana. Mr. Scott moved to Doniphan Co., Kansas, in the fall of 1854. He lived there until his death in 1872. His widow survived him about 12 years. Those living in Mt. Vernon who knew them are Mrs. Mattie PLUMMER, widow of the late Dr. Plummer; Joe GOODRICH and James DILLINGHAM and uncle John Smith and wife; Mrs. Nancy PHILLIPS of Shiloh township. February 27, 1915 Mt. Vernon Register Submitted by Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera (no relation to above)
LEUTY CELEBRATION OF GOLDEN WEDDING A Notable Event in Dix - Fifty Persons Assisted Estimable Couple in A Happy Anniversary  One of the most enjoyable and elaborate occasions of the season was the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. B. Leuty, celebrated at their home on May 2. They were married in this place May 2, 1861, by Squire Samuel Cummins. From 1866 to the time they returned from the farm, some five years ago, they lived on the old home place on the county line, north of town. Mr. Leuty was born and raised in this community and has been one of the most successful farmers and leading citizens. He was a soldier in the Civil War, enlisting in 1862 in Company H, 8th Ill. Infantry. In religion he was a Methodist and united with that church in 1866 and has served many years as a Sunday school superintendent. Mrs. Leuty was Miss Pamilia Clink, who came to Ill. from Ohio in the 30's. They have had six children, and although daughter, Mrs. George Bingham, of Fort Worth, Texas, could not be present, the family circle is unbroken by death, and are useful and substantial citizens. There are twenty grandchildren and five great grandchildren. - Centralia Sentinel May 4, 1911 Mt. Vernon Register News Anyone with information on Mr. and Mrs. George Bigham or Pamilia Clink's stepfather, Noah Lee Carpenter, please contact me. Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Submitted by: submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Oct 4, 1997
FORTY-SIXTH ANNIVERSARY Of Marriage of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. D. W. Allen Celebrated atSheller The 46th anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. D. W. Allen, was celebrated at their home in Sheller, on Tuesday, Aug. 25. There were about 140 relatives and friends present. All of their nine living children were able to attend. The children are four sons and five daughters, namely: Mrs. R. F Smith, R. N. Allen, Mrs. F. M. Smith, W. L. and J. F. Allen, Mrs. J. D. Crenshaw, Mrs. A. A. Denton, J. H. and Miss Susie Allen. All live in and around Sheller, except Mrs. Crenshaw, who lives at Carbondale. The afternoon was spent in social chatting and singing. The time to depart having come, all wished the aged couple returns of the anniversary. Each is 75 years old. Religiously , Mr. Allen is a Methodist. He knows much of the history of that church, having lived in the South when the division occurred. He served three years and three months in the Civil War. In 1866, Mr. Allen came to Jefferson county, first settling in Elk Prairie township and later in Bald Hill, where he has since lived; always taking a deep interest in the school, church, and the Republican party.  August 26, 1903 Mt. Vernon Daily Register (obituary for R. J. D. W.Allen on obit page) Submitted by: submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Oct 4, 1997

WERE QUIETLY WED A very pretty wedding was solemnized at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Carter at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, when Jo. T. Averitt and Miss Mamie Carter were joined in the holy bonds by Eld. II A. McCarty. Mrs. Averitt is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Carter. Mr. Averitt has until recently been the chief clerk in the office of E. J. Knickerbocker, but has been promoted to the tariff department of the Frisco in Chicago. The newly wed couple left via the Southern for Decatur, where they will visit a short time, after which they will go to Chicago to reside. Out of town guests were Mrs. and Mrs. Clyde Carter, of East St. Louis; Mr. and Mrs. Stacer Carter and Logan Carter, of Howell, Ind.; C. H. Averit, of Terre Haute, Ind.; Miss Mamie Wade, of New Harmony, Ind. August 26, 1903 Mt. Vernon Daily Register Submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Oct 4, 1997


MARRIED 66 YEARS EVENT CELEBRATED Mr. and Mrs. D. S. Gray Surrounded by Relatives and Friends on Memorial Occasion Mr. and Mrs. D. S. Gray, of McClellan township, celebrated the sixty-sixth anniversary of their married life at their home, Monday and the day was one of unusual interestto all present. Friends and relatives to the number 150. Mr. and Mrs. Gray are in unusually good health considering their advanced ages, which are 87 and 85 respectively. Three times each week, Mr. Gray walks to the Davis & Davis store in Marco, where he sells his produce. The round trip of four miles, three times a week doesnot seem to bring him any fatigue. He still directs the work on his farm and can do as good a job bossing as a man half his years could. This venerable old couple came to Illinois in 1860 and settled in Franklin county, where they remained for four years. Then they moved to Jefferson county and settled in McClellan township and have since resided there. They were married in North Carolina. The children are Mrs. Mary Lowery, Mrs. Sallie Hayse, Thos. and Miss Jennie and Robert L. Gray, who reside in McClellan township, Mrs. Mattie Carter, who lives in Arkansas, Mrs. Nancy Elizabeth Davis, Puryear, Tenn., Mrs. Lou Newby, Mt Vernon, and Mrs. Drucilla Hodge, Centralia. Most of the children were present at this celebration. The combined ages of the parents and children is 651d years. One son, John J. Gray, died a year ago next July. June 13, 1911 Mt. Vernon Register News Submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Oct 4, 1997
MARRIED FIFTY YEARS CELEBRATE THE EVENT Dr. and Mrs. M. V. B. Montgomery, of Opdyke, Are Honored by Many Friends Dr. M.V. B. Montgomery and Cyrene P. Jones were married near North Mt. Vernon, Jennings county, Ind., April 25, 1861. Soon after their marriage they moved to Jefferson county, Ill., and have lived most of the time at their present home, here in Opdyke. Tuesday, April 25, 1911, their friends and neighbors to about the number of 125 gathered at their home to pay their respects on this their 50th wedding anniversary. The son, G. W. Montgomery, and wife, of Pocahontas, and the daughter, Mrs. W. N. Moore and family, of Opdyke, were present. Dr. Montgomery has been 50 years a member of the Masonic fraternity and in honor of this the Masons served a banquet to the Masons and Eastern Starts and their families. There were several visitors present besides the members. At the close of the banquet the Masons presented Dr. Montgomery with a beautiful gold-headed cane, inscribed with his initials, " M. V. B. M.," and the lodge "Jefferson Chapter 368." The Eastern Star lodge, at the noon hour presented Dr. and Mrs. Montgomery with a boquet of carnations and ferns. There is probably no people in Jefferson county better or more favorably known that Dr. Montgomery and wife, they are "Uncle Doc" and "Aunt Cyrene" to every man, woman and child for miles around. The Register joins in wishing them the best in life and hope they may celebrate many more anniversaries.  April 26, 1911 Mt. Vernon Register News Submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Oct 7, 1997 
The marriage of Mr. Wayland Lloyd Arnold and Miss Ida Evans was celebrated at the home of the bride's parents, Col. and Mrs. G. W. Evans, 602 West Jefferson avenue, at high noon today, Dr. H. Clay Yates, pastor of the First Cumberland Presbyterian church officiating. The wedding was a quiet one, the only witness aside from the family being Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Tanner, Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Arnold, of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Watson, Miss Inez Arnold, of Omaha, Neb., Mrs. S.H. Tanner and daughters, Mary and Blanche, Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Anderson, Dr. Harl Gee, De Witt Anderson and wife, of Opdyke, and a few others whose names we have been unable to ascertain. At the close of the nupial ceremony a luncheon was served, followed by a reception from 2 till 4, during the course of which a large number of invited friends called to extend their felicitations to the happy couple. They will return to Chicago where they will be at home. The groom, although comparatively unknown here, is a young gentleman of fine character, pleasing personality and execellent business and professional qualifications. He is general manager of the B. J. Arnold Electrical Power and Construction Company of Chicago and is an engineer and expert of recognized ability in everything that relates to electrical science.  September 7, 1899 Mt. Vernon Register News Submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Oct 25, 1997 
Philo Gibert and wife have been married half a century.Philo was born June 14, 1821, in Decatur Washingtonco, Ohio and in 1839 with his parents moved tp this county.They settled in Knob Prairie,bringing with them from Ohio the lumber which was used to build their first home.He was eighth child of a family of seventeen. Parents came fromNew Hampshire to Ohio and then to Illinois. On Aug 15,1845, he married Mrs Harriet Taylor, a sister of Washington Quinn, of Elk Prairie. For several weeks, family had been planning celebration and until a few hours before noon, the couple had no knowledge of the plans.There were 50-60 people at celebration, friends and family members.
SOURCE: The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - July 20, 1899
SUBMITTED BY: Mary Zinzilieta
MR. AND MRS. T. B. LACY CELEBRATE - The Fiftieth Anniversary of Their Marriage 
at Their Home near Woodlawn. 

It is alloted to but comparatively few people to celebrate their golden wedding 
anniversary, yet such an event occurred in the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Benton LACEY 
yesterday and was very naturally made the occasion of rejoicing and festivity among 
their relatives and friends. Plans for the celebration were formulated by the friends 
and neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. LACYseveral weeks ago, but as the affair was intended 
to be a surprise all knowledge of it was carefully concealed from the couple whom it 
was designed to honor. Yesterday morning seventy-five people assembled at the home 
of Mr. and Mrs. LACY, one mile and a half south of Woodlawn, to pay their respects 
to the aged couple and congratulate them upon the attainment of a half-century of 
married life.

Never was there a more completely surprised couple than Mr. and Mrs. LACY when their 
friends began to arrive and to take possession of their home. To say that they did not 
appreciate this evidence of friendship would be to endow them with unnatural attributes. 
On the contrary, they made a complete surrender and entered heartily into the spirit 
of the occasion, gratefully acknowledging the honor and compliment done them by the 
visit of their friends.

The day was devoted to social pleasures and will long be remembered as one of exceptional 
enjoyment. The dinner was a superb affair and it is unnecessary to state was one of great 
interest to all.

On departing for their homes the guests expressed the hope that Mr. and Mrs. LACY might 
enjoy many more anniversaries under a no less pleasant environment then the one yesterday, 
a sentiment in which the REGISTER heartily concurs. We have been permitted to publish a 
brief history of the LACY family, which was read at the anniversary celebration by Mrs. 
Parmelia L. PALMER, sister of Mr. LACY.

Friends, Relatives, Brothers and Sisters: We have assembled here at the home of our 
brother, Benton, today to celebrate such an event as is permitted to few in this world 
to commemorate--the completion of fifty years of happy and prosperous married life.

Fifty years ago today at the home of Mr. John McCULLY, in High Prairie, St. Clair County, Ill., 
at about the hour of 5 p.m., our brother, Thomas Benton LACEY and Miss Eliza McCULLY were 
united in marriage by Rev. Benjamin GOODNER.

Fifty years with it cares and sorrows, its joys and hopes fulfilled, have passed peacefully 
by since that happy day.

The record of these years with their precious memories are yours. Time with frosty 
fingers has silvered your hairs and furrowed your cheeks.

The meridian of life, as allotted to man, you have reached together, and together 
are now descending the hill on the other side. This golden jubilee is a day of great 
blessing and thankfulness.

In enumerating these blessings we would first allude to the family of healthy, happy, 
and intelligent children you have successfully brought up to manhood; verifying the 
words of the Psalmist "Our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth, our daughters 
may be as cornerstones polished after the similitude of a place".

Although not all your children are present to celebrate with us this day, they doubtless 
are here in spirit.

Your children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, and friends join in one accord today in 
congratulating you on arriving at this happy occasion; join in loving wishes that as you 
are now descending the hill of life with faces toward the setting sun, its golden beams 
may light your pathway unto and into the precious memories surrounded into years of completeness, 
we wish you many happy returns of the same glad day, each bringing its portion of happiness 
into your lives and as the years glide by we wish they may add to your temporal prosperity 
and happiness, and complete in joy and triumph the preparation which we so fondly believe 
and trust you are making a Home Eternal. 

We as a family may never all meet again to celebrate another reunion and at this time and 
occasion I thought it would be interesting to give the genealogy of the LACY family.

The earliest ancestor of whom we have any historical knowledge was Elliot LACEY, who came 
from Wales and settled in Virginia. His wife was a French lady, a Miss BROWN. Their children 
were Elliot, Burleigh, Kaner, Lionel, Nathaniel, Katie, Betsy and Polly.

Father Elliot LACEY and his oldest son Elliot were killed while fighting for our country 
in the Revolutionary War.

The fourth son Lionel was our grandfather. He was married to Anne RANKIN of Broad River, 
East Tennessee. Moved to Kentucky about Daniel BOONE's time, emigrated to Illinois and 
landed where Edwardsville now stands on June 1, 1807. Locating however in St. Clair County, 
about four miles east of the present town of Centerville.

Two trees which he planted on his plantation yet remains, or were three years ago.

The children of the marriage were John, Stephen, Caleb, Joshua, Thomas, James and Elijah.

Grandfather LACEY died June 1, 1816. Grandmother LACEY died May 6, 1837, were both buried 
in a graveyard on their plantation; which plantation is owned and occupied by the descendants 
of Uncle Stephen LACEY, the second son.

The fourth son, Joshua, was our father. He was married to Malinda GOODING, on April 15, 1824 
at the home of her father, Major Cornelius GOODING in Centerville, Ill. To them were born ten 
children, viz, Sister Anne VINCENZ, Thomas Benton, James Rankin, Robert Scott, Amos Thompson, 
Lucinda HARRISON, Margaret Malinda, Martha Elizabeth, Cynthia Chapin GROS and Pamelia Lacey PALMER.

You, brother Benton are now the oldest living representative of our branch of the family, 
and may you long continue to be, is the wish of your sister. PAMELIA L. PALMER.


Register News July 20,1899 from Newspaper events......Jefferson co IL  collected by Mary Dalby Zinzilieta SUBMITTED BY Janice Staples March 10, 1998  Saturday, April 3rd, was the 53rd anniversary of the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Chastain of south Ninth street. Their children surprised them by coming to spend the day. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Chastain and children; Mr. and Mrs. Troy Rogers and children; Mr. and Mrs. George Matt and children; Mrs. and Mrs. H.E. Borden and children.  This included family with the exception of one daughter, Mrs. P.A. Kendle of Comiskey, Kansas. Besides the children those present were Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Johnson.  April 5, 1915 Mt Vernon Register News  Submitted by Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Sept 7, 1998 
On Wednesday, Feb. 7,the sons and daughters and other relatives and friends gathered at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Wright in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary. All of their living children were present, seven in number. They have 4 children dead. Six persons were present who were at their wedding, Feb. 7, 1867, as follows: Mr. John H. Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Johnson, Mrs. Green B. Johnson, Mr. Robert L. Johnson, and Mrs. L.S. Johnson. Robert T. Wright served over 4 yrs. in Co. B 66th Ill. Western Sharp Shooters and Co. A. 149th Ill Enlisted Aug. 31, 1861 and was discharged Jan. 26, 1866. About 45 persons were present including 10 grandchildren, nine grandchildren not being present. Mr. Wright is 71 and Mrs. Wright is 65. Before her marriage Mrs. Wright was Eliza E. Kelley. February 14, 1917 Mt.Vernon Register News  Submitted by Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Sept 7, 1998
The Register News, Monday, February 11, 1946, Mt. Vernon, IL Ina Couple Web 64 Years....Tomorrow will be the 64th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Foster of Ina. He is in his 89th year and Mrs. Foster is 85. Of their seven living children, three are public school teachers and two are ministers. Two of their daughters married ministers. Three children are dead. Mr. Foster was born one-fourth of a mile west of Ina and part of that village was built on his father's land. Mrs. Foster was born in the Methodist parsonage at Old Spring Garden. They were married February 12, 1882. Mr. Foster has been a member of the Presbyterian church for 75 years and an elder in the church for 50 years. Mrs. Foster, the former Amanda Emmer Loyd came from a religous family and became Presbyterian before her marriage. Their children are Mrs. Noah Douthit, wife of Mt. Vernon United Brethern pastor; the Rev. W. D. Foster, pastor of Pleasant Hill, IL; Mrs. R. C. Gray of Los Angeles; Clarence Raymond Foster of Ashland, Ore; James Paul Foster of Ashland, Ore., Mrs. Ruby M. Arnett, pastor of Netteleton, Miss.; and Mrs. S. E. Mariage of Danville IL.

 
 
 
 

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