Fearless Females Blog Post: March 4th – Favorite Female Ancestor for Women’s History Month

* March 4

Do you have marriage records for your grandparents or great-grandparents?

Write a post about where they were married and when.

Any family stories about the wedding day?

Post a photo too if you have one.

This picture was taken in 1955 at my Grandparents 50th Wedding Anniversary.

These challenges for Genea-Bloggers are very helpful. They are good reminders to go back and look at what you have recorded and don’t have recorded in your database.

Here is what I have in my computer file. I know that I have much more that needs to be added. I have put the reminder on my ToDo list.

What I have on my paternal grandparents:

Mariella Cheyney, daughter of Wilmer and Ellen Harrison (James) Cheyney, was born in Thornbury Twp., Delaware Co., Pa on 9 mo. 19.1887. She was married at Birmingham Friends Mtg. on 6 mo. 17, 1915 to Henry Russell Worthington, son of Samuel Whitall and Katherine (Reeves) Worthington. He was born in Morton Co., Kan. on 7 mo. 27, 1887 and died 1 mo. 7, 1956, buried in the cemetery adjoining Birmingham Friends Mtg., Birmingham Twp. He was educated at Westtown Friends School in Chester Co., Pa. and Pennsylvania State College, graduating from the latter in 1913. After managing a dairy in New York for some years, Mr. Worthington moved to Westtown Twp. where he managed a fruit orchard for seven years at which time he purchased a large orchard at Lionville.

He is a member of the Patrons of Husbandry, Chester-Delaware County Fruit Growers Co-operative Ass’n., Chester-Delaware County Farm Bureau Co-operative Ass’n., the Berks-Lehigh Co-operative Fruit Growers Ass’n, State Horticultural Ass’n., the Downingtown and Uwchlan Twp. Civic Ass’n., and other bodies. He was a director of Woodland Products, Inc. and had received the Master Farmer award of Pennsylvania in 1934. He was a member of Birmingham Mo. Mtg.

I do have the newspaper article that talks about their wedding, but not in my database. However, when I did find that newspaper article, I mentioned that my grandparents went to New York state after their wedding. I don’t remember hearing about that.

I asked my dad about it, and he said “oh, yeah”. There were a couple of stories that he shared, but I’ll post two of them.

First, they returned to Chester County on Armistice Day, THE Armistice Day. Oh to have a digital recording of that story.

The second was my Dad helping my grandfather cutting block ice in the lake, just down the road to take up to the ice house on the farm.

After hearing the story, I found where the dairy farm was, the Lake, and where my wife’s grandparents are buried. The “lake” my Dad talked about, was the same lake where my wife’s grandparents wanted to be buried near. You can look from their burial plot down to THAT lake.

It is possible that my Grandparents and my wife’s Grandparents knew one another.

This is a picture of the Birmingham Friends Meeting House in West Chester, PA, where they were married. They are buried in the Burial Ground behind this Meeting House.

Birmingham Meeting (ca 1915)

Birmingham Meeting – 1999


One Response to Fearless Females Blog Post: March 4th – Favorite Female Ancestor for Women’s History Month

  1. Bill Smith says:

    This set of prompts is most useful – and interesting. Thank you for this great contribution.

    Keep these ancestor stories coming!

    Bill 😉

    Author of “13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories”

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