Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Wedding Bedlam Ensues!


What a fun discovery! This article give us details surrounding the marriage for a local couple.

The bride, Sarah Sallie Kinnamon (husband's 1st great grand-aunt) was daughter to Sorden Kinnamon and Mary Anne Conley.

Sallie was born November 20, 1861 and died July 13, 1948. She was twenty seven when married to Charles Wesley Baynard. Charles was son of John Baynard and Susan Hardcastle. When married, he was forty nine years old.

Denton Journal (Ancestry newspapers)
December 22, 1888 
 
"Evening Journal.

At 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, at the residence of Thomas Marvel, Charles W. Baynard, a baggage master on the D. & C. R. R., was married to Miss Sallie Kinnamon. Rev. William M. Warner of Maryland, united the happy couple in the presence of about twenty friends of the contracting parties. About 8:30 p.m., while the party were passing a delightful session of social enjoyment about forty or fifty of the neighbors came with guns, tin horns, bells, old boilers and other noisy implements and proceeded to serenade Mr. and Mrs. Baynard. They fairly converted the quiet house of "Uncle Tommy" into a bedlam. The noise was so terrific that the inmates soon had enough and invited the crowd to partake of Mr. Marvel's generous hospitality. It is understood that Mr. and Mrs. Baynard will visit the Rev. Clinton Wyatt, at Berlin, Md., where they will spend a few days."

Can you visualize the chaotic scene unfolding around the newlyweds? Especially knowing they were a "mature" couple! Wonder what type of "generous hospitality" Uncle Tommy offered to calm this rowdy crowd?
 
This article paints a vivid picture. Most certainly a favorite part of family research. Finding these treasures can bring our ancestors to life.
 
Update to post!
 
Genealogy friend, Donna Gerber, left a comment on Facebook this morning about the post. Donna stated "charivari was a very common practice during this time period." She suggested the link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charivari.
 
"Charivari (or shivaree or chivaree, also called "rough music") is the term for a French folk custom in which the community gave a noisy, discordant mock serenade, also pounding on pots and pans, at the home of newlyweds. The loud, public ritual evolved to a form of social coercion, for instance, to force an as-yet-unmarried couple to wed."
 
The best part of blogging and connecting ... information sharing. Thanks, Donna!

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