May 19, 2018 –a memorable day for weddings. Our son married his high school sweetheart here in Oklahoma. Oh, yes, there was another wedding in London, England.
So, weddings are the topic of this blog post. Specifically, I share information about the marriage of my maternal great-grandparents, William Frederick Tucker and Bertha Traver. William is the son of Jeremiah Tucker and Margaret Irwin. Bertha is the daughter of Esbon Traver and Nancy Jones. Both the bride and groom lived in Greene county, New York. Among other items from my mother, I inherited a folded up gift box.
The handwritten label on the box reads:
The box contains large and small fragments of paper. My graphic artist husband scanned the pieces and created a digital copy of the certificate.
Although incomplete, the certificate confirms information about William and Bertha’s wedding, including date and place. “William F. Tucker of Freehold, Greene County and Miss Bertha Traver of Norton HIll, Greene County, were united in holy matrimony according to the ordinances of God and the State of New York at ______________________ on the [11th] day of September in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and eighty seven.”
Last month, I received a box of old pictures and other family memorabilia from a cousin. I was ecstatic to find pictures of William and Bertha which may have been taken about the time of their wedding!Piece by piece, my maternal great-grandparents’ story emerges.
For privacy reasons, I choose to not provide pictures and other information about our son’s wedding. We are pleased to add my son’s bride to our family. Other marriages will be the subject of later blog posts. A marriage represents a significant transition in the lives of individuals and families. Records and information are available but may only come to you in pieces.