The following wedding announcement was written in a Princeton paper called the PRINCETON BA??? for Thursday, Feb 3, 1881. The letters following the BA are torn but I believe it to be BANNER. The section of the paper is FREDONIA ITEMS. KIRKPATRICK-MAXWELL WEDDING. Variety seems to be the rule for weather this winter, and to-day we are enjoying an east wind. We hope it may blow winter entirely away and hasten the genial spring days. An unusual number of visitors have cheered our otherwise dull town this week. 'Tis scarcely necessary to explain the cause of their presence, as the announcement of a marriage is sufficient reason for it. It is strange, but none the less true, that since Adam wooed and won his fair bride (and generations have followed his example) there is still a novelty and curiosity which will exist until "giving in marriage" shall cease. Mr. M.C. Kirkpatrick and Miss Carrie I. Maxwell of this place, were married at the C.P. Church on Wednesday night last, Feb 3rd, at 7 o'clock P.M. by Rev. L. O. Spencer. The church was beautifully and tastefully decorated. A large and eager number of persons assembled to witness the ceremony. As the strains of the organ pealed forth the wedding march, the bride and groom attended by their parents presented themselves at the altar. The costume of the bride was pure white trimmed with rich lace and satin. It has seldom been my good fortune to see a lovelier bride. In an impressive and solemn manner, they were pronounced husband and wife. Then accompanied by a goodly number of invited guests, they repaired to the residence of the bride's parents where an elegant supper awaited them. All did justice to the endless variety of good things set before, but to attempt a description of it now with my weak pen would give a poor idea of it. The bride was kindly remembered by many friends. The following is a list of some of the presents: - Bed room set of furniture, from the groom's parents; - china wash stand set, Dr J. D. Kirkpatrick, Kuttawa; - pair bracelets, from the groom; - silver water pitcher and goblets from Mr W. D. Kirkpatrick, Paducah; - silver cake basket, Mr and Mrs Guthrie, Paducah; - silver butter stand; Dr Maxwell and lady, Paducah; - one hundred dollars, Mr Perry Maxwell, Marion; - one dozen silver knives, A.J. Wells and Frank Maxwell, Lundy's Lane, Pa. - toilet set, Misses Fannie and Jennie Clement, Paradise; - oil wash-stand set, Miss Mary K. Clement, Paradise; - two pair pillow shams, Mrs. Z. J. Crider, Walnut Grove; - two pairs slippers, Mrs. A. S. Kirkpatrick, Fredonia; - lace toilet sets, Miss Nannie Halsell, Fredonia; - pair Japanese bracelets, Mrs. N. R. Wheat, Ashley, Ill; - silver butter dish and chair tidy, Mr and Mrs G E Anglen, Ashley Ill; - handsome photograph and frame, Mrs J E Wells, Lundy's Lane, Pa; - two crooked brass pins, Rev. L. O. Spencer, Princeton; - bouquet of natural flowers, Mr W. D. Kirkpatrick, Paducah; - large family bible, Mrs. A. L. Kirkpatrick, Fredonia; - bronze horse-shoe for good luck, Mr B. F. Smith, Fredonia. On the following day a reception was given them by the groom's parents where everything was as it should have been and as Mrs. Kirkpatrick knows so well how to have it. To the couple in whose honor so much was done we extend our hearty congratulations. May each find in the other his and her ideal, which may increase in gentleness, goodness, strength and love. May but few clouds darken their horizon and may the close of their life be as a brilliant unclouded sunset, such as the dawning of their love and confidence predict. (so ends the announcement proper; there follows an unrelated paragraph, after which are these) If there is any truth in signs, we may predict another wedding next Thursday night. At Mr. Maxwell's last Wednesday night, Mr. John Wyatt was the lucky person in cutting the ring from the bride's cake. A guilty blush mantled his cheek, showing that rings in more cases than one, tell tales. It is a foregone conclusion that Mr. Presley Maxwell is destined to be an old bachelor. The darning needle rewarded him for cutting the bride's cake. Mr. F.C. Maxwell was seen riding through town Saturday evening last, and on being asked where he was going, replied, "to the lodge." We would like to know where the lodge met and how long a session it holds, as nothing has been seen or heard of him since. I imagine the lodge consisted of one person whom he was trying to persuade to elect him "Worthy Chief" in her affections. This announcement is provided by Ines Eishen, firstname.lastname@example.org, the great-granddaughter of the bride and groom, Carrie Imogene Maxwell and Moses Clark Kirkpatrick. Moses parents were W.D. and Aurelia Kirkpatrick of Fredonia. Moses' line goes back to a Moses Kirkpatrick who was one of the early settlers of Jefferson Cty, Ky, while Aurelia's line goes back to Gideon Dyer Cobb, and early settler of KY, and from him back to Thomas Chittenden, the first governor of Vermont. Much less is known about Carrie Imogene's line. Her father was James Harvey Maxwell, b. Caldwell Cty 1822; her mother Mary (Mariah) Cole, b. NY? or PA? 1830. Soon after this wedding they moved to DeValls Bluff, Prairie Cty, Ark, where they died. Beyond that I know nothing, including the relationship of the various Maxwells noted in this wedding announement. My hope in submitting this piece is that someone needing to connect a name to a place or date will be successful. Conversely, if a reader can fill in info for me, I'd be delighted!