Looking through my paper treasures, I locate copies of marriage register entries for both sets of grandparents, three sets of great-grandparents, and a couple more for two other couples: one twice great and the other thrice great-grandparents, but they pale in comparison to one of my prized possessions that hangs, majestically, upon the wall of my genealogy office.
It is not the original certificate, but it is a certified copy of an 1876 marriage solemnized in Moy Church, in the Parish of Moy, in the County of Tyrone (Northern Ireland).
- The groom was Henry Orr WILSON, a “full age bachelor” from Dungannon, occupied as a clerk. Henry was a son of Thomas WILSON; and Thomas was listed as a farmer.
- The bride was Isabella CLARKE, a “full age spinster” from Coolcush, [no occupation listed]. Isabella was a daughter of John CLARKE; and John was also listed as a farmer.
But, how is this couple related to me?
- Henry and Isabella had a daughter: Eva Clarke WILSON, born in Belfast, County Down, Northern Ireland. They came to Canada prior to 1901
- Eva married James Walker ATKINSON, the 8th child of Thomas ATKINSON II and the former Sarah Ann CAWARD.
- Eva and J.W. had two children: James Henry and Lenore Eva
- James Henry married the former Grace Ethel HEMMINGWAY — yes, my grandparents 🙂
But, everytime I look upon this massive 13″x10″ certificate, I shake my head, chuckling quietly to myself thinking of only one thing:
“Full age spinster … SPINSTER!”
Yeah, because I can imagine some dumb idiot trying to use THAT in a sentence, to impress his friends and gain the attention of one of my younger female cousins.
Oh, I can see him gaining her undivided attention, alright … and when he does, it will be memorable for everyone; and I will ring up Adele, our local florist, to wire a large arrangement of flowers to the funeral home holding his wake, with my deepest condolences.