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When Mom and Dad Married

  • Learning grandfather could sign his name is emotional event for author
  • A son movingly pictures, in his mind's eye, the marriage of his parents
  • Writer describes idyllic wedding scene at Sparksville parsonage

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By Carlis B. Wilson

The last time I was in Adair County, I went to the county records and looked up the marriage bond for my parents, Leslie Wilson and Blanche Wheeler.

When I found the record, I was so excited to see something I had never remembered seeing before.

The young lady, there in the recording room, seems to be unsurprised when I said.I just found my parents marriage bond with my father, and grandfather's signature on it!

Most likely she is accustomed to people finding their parents' marriage record. With her it is an on-the-job experience. However for me how exciting is was to see the names written by my own father of whom I cannot remember; my grandfathers Josh Wilson and Tildon Wheeler, both gone since 1946 and 1951.

In years gone by I had heard that one of my grandfathers could not read or write. However, there it was:

A marriage bond by Leslie Wilson and Tildon Wheeler for the sum of One Hundred Dollars for marriage between Leslie Wilson and Blanche Wheeler.

Witness our hand this 23 day of September 1933.

Leslie Wilson
Tildon Wheeler
J Wilson

Record of Marriage Certificate
I, E.D. Roberts, minister of the Baptist church, do certify that on the 27th day of Sept. 1933, in the presents of Frank Janes and Sophia Roberts.
Signed 27th day of September 1933, ED Roberts.

A Copy, Attest: W.E, Harris Clerk, by Katherine Mullen
Wow! What documents can tell, this wedding was a family affair.

Both Fathers signed the marriage bond.

Mothers brother-in-law preformed the wedding ceremony.

Mothers sister, wife of Rev. E.D. Roberts, was a witnesses and the other witness was most likely a relative, because mother's step mother was Lillie Janes.

In my mind's eye, I can now see this wedding taking place at the home of Rev. E.D. Roberts, which would be in walking distance for all the wedding party:

There they were standing on the long front porch at the Sparksville parsonage, with other family members in the yard. There in the presence of all was Mother dressed in her plain white dress; Father would have been in his brown suit; and Grandfather Wilson with his bib overalls and white shirt and tie with Grandmother Alma Coomer Wilson dressed up looking so neat and pretty.

And there would have beeen Grandfather Wheeler, with his causal black paints, white shirt and big hat. The Reverend Roberts and with his wife and family members, dressed in their everyday dress; and, of course, Aunt Sophia would have on one of her pretty aprons.

There they all were, for this happy occasion: Poppy Wilsons, first son, Leslie, and Grandpa Wheelers, fifth daughter, Blanche, becoming man and wife.

Mom and Dad and Grandparents are gone on to their awaited home and those present that day would not be here to read my story, unless it would be Aunt Mary and Stella, daughters of Joshua Wilson.

Note: Since I first wrote this I found Frank Janes to be my marital cousin and the son-in-law of E.D. and Sophia Wheeler Roberts.

This story was posted on 2005-02-24 06:58:35
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Just-married Sparksville couple on Columbia, KY, Square

2005-02-24 - Columbia, KY - Photo Carlis Wilson collection. This is a photo of Carlis B. Wilson's parents, Leslie Wilson (1913 - 1937) and Blanche Wheeler (1918 - 1994) which was taken shortly after their wedding in Sparksville, KY, in September, 1933. The photo was made on the Courthouse Square in Columbia,KY, in the corner where the Columbian Theater and G and M Grill were later located. Carlis Wilson says he can remember when the screen door was on the store at right.
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