Fearless Females Challenge: March 4 – Marriage Records

The following post continues the month long Fearless Females Challenge by Lisa Alzo, author of The Accidental Genealogist blog, which is focused on “celebrating and honoring ‘fearless females’ in our family trees” to mark National Women’s History Month, which is the month of March, with a post responding to unique prompts for each day of the month.

Prompt for 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.

I have marriage records for both my paternal and maternal grandparents. However, I currently only have details about and some photographs of the wedding day for my paternal grandparents.

My paternal grandparents, William Kernan (LIVING) and Margaret Ann Lapham (1936-2004), were married on June 28, 1952 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon.

Marriage Certificate of William and Margaret Kernan

Marriage Certificate of William and Margaret Kernan

Their wedding was reported in The Milwaukie Review,  a local paper in Oregon. The service was held at St. Peter’s in the company of family and friends, and was officiated by Rev. Patrick J. Dooley. Margaret was given away by Willard Graber, her stepfather. She wore, the article states, “a white slipper satin gown with two panels of lace down the front.” Her bouquet was of white orchids, carried upon a white prayer book. The maid of honor was Gloria (Lapham) Graber, Margaret’s older sister. Her bridesmaids were Deldalyn Kreisman, William’s sister, and Carol Morgan, her cousin. William’s best man was Robert Kreisman, his brother-in-law. The ushers were Donald Rowlands, William’s stepbrother, and Calvin Wellin, Margaret’s uncle.

Article about their wedding (1952)

Newspaper clipping about William and Margaret Kernan’s marriage, 1952

Group Photo from the Wedding

Newspaper clipping of the group photo taken at the wedding of William and Margaret Kernan, 1952

My maternal grandparents, Harry “Lee” Hamitlon (LIVING) and Alberta Sebok (LIVING), were married on January 24, 1954 in Las Vegas, Clark Co., Nevada. The ceremony was officiated by John V. Lytle, Justice of the Peace of Las Vegas, Nevada. I currently do not have any real details about the wedding day itself or any photographs from the wedding. They were divorced in 1975 in Orange Co., California.

Marriage Certificate of Lee and Alberta Hamilton

Marriage Certificate of Lee and Alberta Hamilton

Photo of Lee and Alberta Hamilton, taken around the time they were married

Photo of Lee and Alberta Hamilton, taken around the time they were married

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