Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Bride Wore A Gray Gown

graphic courtesy
 
When my daughter became engaged to her husband I started researching his family line. What else is a good mother-in-law supposed to do? Lucky for me Lucas is very interested in genealogy, so this did not present any problems. It is rather nice to have someone in the family who will talk about family trees and obituaries.
 
Not long ago I discovered this wedding announcement for his great-grand aunt, Cecilia G. Kreymborg. It was fun to watch Lucas read the announcement and pick up on various clues in the article.

Marriage announcement of
James S. Fraley and Cecilia G. Kreymborg
Baltimore Sun Newspaper - June, 08 1910

Here we learn that Cecilia wore a gray wedding gown and "picturesque" black hat. Further into the announcement we learn the reason for this unusual wedding attire. The article tells us that both families are in mourning.

Heading back to my Ancestry database I searched for relatives who died close to the date of this marriage. This is when we discovered a very sad story surrounding what should have been the happiest of days for this couple.
 
Baltimore Sun Newspaper
July 14, 1909
 
Here we have the funeral announcement for Anthony Kreymborg, father of our bride. Anthony passed away July 10, 1909. We can only imagine Cecilia planning her wedding as she deals with the death of her father.
 
Anna M. Kreymborg
b. March 16, 1858 - d. March 6, 1910
 
Once again tragedy strikes our bride as her mother, Anna M. Kreymborg, dies just months before the wedding. When our bride should be taking care of the final wedding details, she is once again planning a funeral for a beloved parent.

 Baltimore Sun Newspaper
May 13, 1910
 
Sadly, the couple encounters additional loss just before their marriage. Here we have the obituary for the mother of the groom, Sarah E. Fraley.
 
What a tale of sadness surrounding these combined families. Was there an epidemic raging thorough Baltimore City? Was this just a very strange set of events? Next will be to research the death certificates to discover answers for these questions.
 
Just think, this story come to light with my son-in-law reading the simple phrase "the bride wore a gray gown".

15 comments:

  1. This is so sad. Death was never known to have good timing.

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    1. Kathryn,

      Thank you for commenting. Indeed, death comes as it will.

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  2. Very challenging times, Deb. An unusual trio of deaths in the year before their marriage. I'm sure they missed their parents terribly at the ceremony and after.

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    1. Celia,

      Thank you for stopping by to comment. This story is one of the saddest I have come across in the many years of research.

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  3. We've recently encountered the same situation as your first scenario, Deb, in that an acquaintance lost a parent at the beginning of a week that was to end with a wedding celebration.

    Adding the second and third such tragedy to this couple's early history just goes beyond comprehension. It must have been such an inconceivable grief to have suffered all those losses in such a short time--and around the time of an event that should have been so joyous.

    We have no concept of some of the difficulties our ancestors endured.

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    1. Jacqi,

      Thank you for commenting. Sounds like you had an sad tale of your own. Have you written about this story?

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  4. Wow - I can't even imagine the sadness that must have been surrounding them as they started their life together. What a sad find (though an interesting article and vivid picture!)

    ~ Steph

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    1. Steph,

      Thanks for leaving a comment. Indeed very sad and interesing. Sad on a personal level, but was challening to pull together all the parts of the story. More research needed.

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  5. Wow! What an unbelievably sad story! I can't even imagine how this bride and groom must have felt on what was supposed to be a gloriously happy day.

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    1. Jana,

      Thank you for commenting. It was fun though to watch my son-in-law put the parts of the puzzle together.

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  6. Oh so sad! We can't begin to imagine the heartache some of our ancestors went through. I am sure their "honeymoon" was a bittersweet time.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! Never thought about the honeymoon! What a challenging time that would have been for the young couple.

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  7. What a story! I've never read of combined events like these. Parents dying in July, March, and May in the year before a June wedding. No wonder the bride wore a grey gown and a black hat! It will be interesting to see what the death certificates say --were some of the parents unusually old? Was there an epidemic, as you ask? It is several years before the "Spanish flu" will strike. Again, what a story!

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    1. Mariann,

      Thank you for the comments. Have been doing some initial research into epidemics and such in the Maryland region. Nothing so far! Will have to wait until the State Archives visit and locate death certificates.

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  8. Congratulations on getting a future son-in-law who is interested in genealogy. It's always a pleasant diversion to delve into someone else's story for a change.

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