I have been fortunate to be left a lot of genealogy bread crumbs on the paternal side of my family. I have written before about two books that have been written by my ancestors to which I can lean on for information. I hope to add to the collection one day.
Sometimes I hit pay dirt by just doing the general sleuthing on my own. That is what happened one day when I stumbled onto this nugget about the wedding day of my first cousin once removed Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Whitehead and James Blaine “Jim” Sweeny Jr.
I have copied it directly here because I love the descriptions and do not wish to alter this article. My cousin Sara has provided me with the pictures to accompany this post.
Danielsville Monitor, 2 January 1948
MISS WHITEHEAD, MR. SWEENY WED AT CANDLELIGHT CEREMONY
The Baptist Church of Carlton formed a beautiful setting, Saturday afternoon, December 27th, for the marriage of Miss Mary Elizabeth Whitehead, lovely daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Joe Whitehead, to James Blaine Sweeny, Jr., of Baltimore and Annapolis, Md., son of Mr. and Mrs. James Blaine Sweeny, Sr. of Baltimore.
Dr. E. L. Hill performed the ceremony and music was presented by organist, Miss Mary Kelly, and Mrs. Emmett Compton, soloist. The Church was decorated with candles which were placed on candelabra and forming an arch at the altar. Quantities of palms, smilax, and urns filled with white gladioli against a white background graced the altar. Placed in the center was a large silver wedding bell.
Usher-groomsmen were James Blaine Sweeny, Sr., and Emmett Compton of Annapolis. Miss Mae Whitehead, sister of the bride was maid of honor. She wore a fitted emerald green taffeta gown with sweet-heart neckline and carried a muff showered with yellow carnations florets, arranged on ribbons with matching hair motif. Bridesmaids were Miss Mary Arnold Reid of Elberton, and Mrs. Sara Bolin of Buford. They wore gowns and carried muffs similar to those of the maid of honor. Junior bridesmaids were Miss Patricia Scarborough of Elberton and Miss Obie Gillen of Lexington, cousins of the bride. Their gowns and muffs were identical to those of the bridesmaids.
Frank P. Sweeny of New York, brother of the groom, acted as best man. The lovely brunette bride entered with her father who gave her in marriage. She was radiant in her gown of ivory satin, fashioned with heart neckline and a bouffant skirt ending with a train. The bride wore the wedding gown which was worn by Mrs. William N. Zeigler, formerly Miss Janette Adams, at her marriage. A tier veil of white illusion net was attached to a coronet of orange blossoms. This veil was formerly worn by Mrs. William A. Kelly. She carried a bouquet of white orchids, carnations, and lilies of the valley. Mrs. Whitehead chose a black crepe gown with pink yoke neckline, embroidered with sequins. Her flowers were pink orchids. Mrs. Sweeny, mother of the groom, wore a royal blue crepe gown and her flowers were white orchids.
Following the wedding the parents of the bride entertained at a reception in their home. The home was decorated with foliage and white flowers. The table in the dining room was centered with the bride’s cake iced on a mound of white flowers and ferns. White candles and crystal candelabra completed the decorations. Miss Madge Yawn of Thomaston kept the bride’s book. The bride chose for traveling a wool suit worn with matching accessories and white orchids. Following their wedding trip, Lt. Cmdr. and Mrs. Sweeny will reside at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis.
I can visualize this ceremony, can’t you? Now look at these pictures.
I can not help but include a snippet from Betty’s mom, Emma Chloe Adams Whitehead, the author of The Adams Family, James Adams Line (1796-1982). It adds to this piece…
“Joe’s father insisted that we invite everybody in Carlton, as well as our Elberton and Madison County friends. There were probably two hundred guests for the wedding and in our home for the reception. He sat at the front door to greet each one as they entered.”
I can see Walter “Papa” being so proud and telling the world that his granddaughter was getting married and inviting the world.
I close by stating, that although my blog has come to a trickle; I am still exploring backwards. By this time in my journey, I have picked all of the low hanging fruit. The things that take longer and harder are in my path now. So, if you find any old pictures, Bibles, stories, etc. Send them my way!
Until later, I will be exploring backwards.
Daniellsville Monitor, 2 January 1948, retrieved at http://files.usgwarchives.net/ga/madison/vitals/marriages/whitehea1535gmr.txt
Whitehead, Emma Chloe Adams, The Adams Family, James Adams Line (1796-1982). 1983.