Friday, October 28, 2011

Autumn Marriage of 1865, the 111th Carnival Of Genealogy

The subject of the 111th Carnival of Genealogy is Autumn Weddings, featuring weddings that took place in the autumn months of September, October, or November.  Thanks to Jasia at Creative Gene for sponsoring the COG.

Taken on their 70th
Wedding Anniversary

My great great grandfather, Philip Roesch returned from the Civil War and to his sweetheart Helen Jennette Cardey. Three months later, on September 7, 1865 she and Philip were married, near Boise Creek in the town of Potosi at the home of the bride's parents.  Coincidentally, September 7th is my my birthday.

Philip recalled in his memoirs, "It was a rainy day and there was no bridge over the creek.  It took some time and effort, but finally I managed to get across and the wedding proceeded on time."

Years later, on their 60th wedding anniversary celebration with family and friends Philip concluded the event by saying, "So this is our 60th wedding anniversary.  It rained the day we were married so one should dispel any significance in the omen that a rainy wedding day means bad luck."

Newspaper accounts of the event told of how the "grant County Pioneers" celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with 200 dinner guest, under the friendly shade of trees at tables on the lawn at their home.  It was noted, "Mr. and Mrs. Roesch were still happy and hearty despite the vicissitudes of life."

Celebrations continued for this much loved couple year after year.



1 comment:

  1. I wonder how long it took him to get across the river. He must have started early if he arrived on time. My daughter recently married; as I researched I read somewhere that it's lucky to have rain on a wedding day. Hmmmm. Must be various customs about that.

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