Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day Wedding 1895

On this date, 14 February 1895, my 2nd-great grandfather Charles "Charlie" Read married Mary Alice Cain in Glasgow, Barren County, Kentucky. She was 17 years old, he was 18.

Charlie was a butcher in the family butcher shop owned by his father, Guilford Dudley Read. The butcher shop was called G. D. Read & Sons.

A copy of their marriage bond is below (copy received from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives on 5 Jan 2006).
Also in the file was a note written by Guilford Dudley Read on his company stationary. My best transcription for the note is:

Glasgow, Ky

Feb. the 14th 1895

Attn Nat Terry [Clerk, Barren County Court] let Charley Read have silence to marry Allis [Alice] Cain

G. D. Read
Charlie and Alice appear in the 1900 US Census, living next door to Guilford Dudley and Ellen Read.
Between 1896 and 1914, Charlie and Alice had 10 children:
1. Marna Lee Read, 1896-1969
2. Alvin Read [my great-grandfather], 1897-1966
3. Lawrence Read, 1898-1985
4. Horace Read, 1902-1970
5. Stanley Read, 1905-
6. Ruth Read, 1907-2006
7. Herbert Read, 1909-1992
8. Lillian Read, 1910-2004
9. Pearl Read, 1912-2002
10. Carl Read, 1914-1988

Charlie died in 1916. Alice appears in the 1920 and 1930 US Census as head of household. She never remarried, and died on 1 August 1955.

If there are descendants of this group of Reads out there who stumble on this post, I would be interested in sharing information (especially if it sheds light on Alice Cain and her parents).

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