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No One Living Remembers
 Dedicated to my great-grandparents -
      Albert Goodin Steele (1868-1953) & Mary Ellen Poulston (1875-1949)

 I. Family Trees

The whole of the story
is missing;
fading away
from the memories
of the living.

Images on paper are
frequently not found;
do not exist
to jog the memories
of their descendants.

But the scraps of colors and
textures are burnt
in the imaginations
of the ones who
were given the importance to keep.

The smell of the rain
still broods
in the nostrils
of the ones who
were selected to carry on.

Images of a covered carriage
sharpen or fade
with the repetition
of the story
of the wedding that started

Everything we remember for ourselves.

II. The Great-Grandparents’ Wedding Day

The wedding with no photographer
was in late winter or
very early spring of 1895;
we know because
the first baby girl came in the 

waning days of that December.

There was a rainstorm,
so we were told,
as they rode to the church;
just enough to soak
every footpath into the chapel.

Were there guests?
No one has ever said
or remembers;
if guests did gather,
they witnessed no formal wedding.

Just the couple
in the covered carriage
and the minister on the porch
attended this country church rite;
directly after a sudden Spring shower in 1895.

Her Sir Galahad risked the muddy puddles
to retrieve the man
who intoned the words
they would repeat;
vows to last for years and children to come.

And the hem of her pale pink crepe wool suit was saved.

Toni A Christman 2013. All rights reserved

Grayson County marriage records were recorded as early as 1845. Some earlier marriages can be found in Fannin County, Texas records and in the State Archives' Republic of Texas records.  Marriage records are kept in the County Clerks office. 

Grayson County people went to Bryan Co., Oklahoma, just north of the Texas/Oklahoma border to marry.  Due to the fact that there was not a a waiting period requirement to obtain a marriage license, Texas residents went into Oklahoma.  Couples married on the bridges between Oklahoma and Texas, which were under the state of Oklahoma marriage law. 

50 Years of Marriage
Grayson County Marriage Book B, 1858 - 1867          Bride     Groom
Grayson County Marriage Book J, May 1889 - July 1891    Bride   Groom
Grayson County Marriage Book K, June 1891 - Jan 1893     Bride   Groom
Marriage Announcements
Marriage Certificates
Marriage Licenses
16 Wives in 8 Years ~ Newspaper Clipping
District Court Minutes

Divorce records are kept in the District Court Records
Justice Center
 200 S. Crockett St.
Sherman, Texas 75090
Grayson County Divorces - Newspaper Clippings

From the Cradle to the Grave
Elaine Nall Bay

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