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Marriage of Mr. E.A. Bancroft and Miss E.P. Stone

A very pleasant but private morning wedding, was solemnized in North Aurora, Wednesday morning, Oct. 11, 1893, at 8 a.m., being witnessed only by the immediate family, the contracting parties being Mr. E.A. Bancroft of Batavia, and Miss E.P. Stone; at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jackson Stone, and the ceremony was pronounced by Rev. J.E. Bissell, Pastor of the Batavia Cong'l Church.
An elegant wedding breakfast was served and after hearty congratulations, the happy couple left on the 8:30 train, for Omaha, Neb., for their wedding trip. The contracting parties are both estimable young people, Mr. Bancroft being one of the able assistants of Ag't Wm. T. Pratt, at the North - Western Depot, in this city, where he has faithfully and proficiently handled his work, for the past five years, and is a favorite among his associates. The bride is the daughter of Mr. Jackson Stone, who is one of the well - to - do and leading citizens of North Aurora. She is a lady of culture and refinement and pleasing ways and has a large circle of friends.
Upon their return, they will take up their future residence, in Batavia, on First St., where Mr. Bancroft has built a handsome new home, of modern architecture, convenience and beauty, and everything will be put in readiness for their happiness and comforts, in this new home. they will be at home to their friends, after Dec. 1st. The HERALD unites with their large circle of friends, in extending congratulations and best wises, that they may live to enjoy many happy, prosperous years. Batavia citizens are pleased to welcome them to our midst, as future residents.
["Batavia Herald" 12 Oct 1893 - Transcribed by K.T.]


Dundee, Ill. -  January 11, 1878 one of the most notable weddings in the history of Dundee occurred here today, when Mr. Alexander Binnie, Town Assessor, married Bethia Crichton daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Crichton. Invitations were issued by the parents of the bride and a large company assembled at the Commercial Hotel at about half past 10. Here the ceremony was conducted by Rev. W.B. Millard. Albert Miller acting as groomsmen and Miss Jennie Crichton as bridesmaid. After the impressive ceremony and the numerous and hearty congratulations, bounteous dinner was served [by] Mrs. Zeliff, Proprietor of the Commercial Hotel. In the afternoon a sleighride was enjoyed to Elgin where Mr. and Mrs. Binnie boarded the train for Chicago where a reception was waiting for them at the home of William Thompson, No 800 Hubard street that evening. The happy pair took a tour to the East.
Some of the wedding presents were the following: Framed photo from Miss Jennie Critchton, silver oyster ladle from Dr. and Mrs. Sheppard; Silver fruitknife and fork, Robert Crichton; silver butter knife and spoon Mr and Mrs. H. Binnie; Silver napkin ring, Mrs. E.O. Hawley, Silver brickle - caster, Albert Miller; silver napkin rings, Alex Binnie Jr.; Set of silver forks and knives, Mr. and Mrs. James Evans; ladies shawl,the Hon. H.E. Hunt; silver butterdish, Daniel Critchton; set of napkins Mr. Henry Binnie and many more gifts to name just afew.
An article from a Dundee newspaper (Tribune?)... Contributed by Source #7
[Contributor's Note: Alexander Binnie is the brother to my gggreatgrandfather Robert Binnie and his wife Agnes Mclaren Binnie all of Dundee. (Born in Scotland). Alexander was 50 when he married Bethia Crichton who was 25 at the time. Alexander's first marriage was to Jane Wilson and had one son with her. Jane died and so did her son. Alexander went on to have 6 children with Bethia, all prominent citizens of McHenry county and beyond.]

Mr. and Mrs. Gene Bowman, who were recently married at Batavia, are now residing in Genoa where the groom is employed at Leich Electric. The bride is a graduate of Hiawatha High School, class of '59 and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Smith, Jr. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Bowman of Pittsfield and a '56 graduate of the Pittsfield school. [True Republican, 7 July 1959]

Married: Mr. Amos Burton, of this city, and M. Maud Sloane, of Nebraska City, Neb., at her home, Thursday, Nov. 9. After an extended wedding tour, they arrived in Batavia, Tuesday evening, and will be at home on North Batavia Ave., Fridays, after Jan 1st. Miss Sloane visited Batavia two years ago, and is a pleasant and cultured lady. The Nebraska City Daily news has the following to say of the wedding: "This morning at 10:30 o'clock, in the presence of only relatives of the bride, Rev. Dr. Green united in marriage Mr. Amos Burton of Batavia, Ill., and Miss Maud, the charming daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Sloane. Immediately after the ceremony the newly married couple left for Kansas City, and from there will go to Batavia, where they will make their home. The bride is one of Nebraska City's most charming young .... [end of available data] The Batavia Herald, 16 Nov 1893 - Transcribed by K.T.


Miss May Works and Ernest Burton will be married at South Elgin tonight. Her balance room friends gave Miss Works some fine silverware.
["Daily Courier" March 18, 1885  - Tr. by Suzan Stern]

Professor Joseph V. Denney of the Columbus, O., university, and Miss Jennie Hawks of Aurora, Ills., were married in the latter city. [The Goodland Republic. (Goodland, Kan.), 08 Sept. 1893]

Md. at Batavia, Illinois, Friday, September 26, 1873, by Rev. D. FULTON; J. Frank DIETZ of Anamosa, Iowa, and Ella J. GILLETTE of Independence, Iowa. [Boone County Advocate (IA), 10 October 1873]

There was rejoicing and merry making at Gilberts, last night, at the residence of Mr. John Binnie, with Rev. Clifford, of Dundee, as the officiating high priest. John Robert Duff was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Miss Agnes Binnie, second daughter of John Binnie, one of the most popular young ladies in the whole country side. A large number of the friends of both families were in attendance. After the ceremony had been completed, and the groomsman, James Duff and the bridesmaid, Miss Katie Binnie, had been released from the restraints of their trying position a joyous time was instituted and the light, fantastic tread, the evening until 11 O'clock, was spent. At 11 O'clock the company partook of the marriage feast. The happy couple, amid the wishes for success of their friends, left on the midnight train for Galena. Before they return, several places in northern Iowa will be visited. At the home of the bride, dancing and general amusements were kept up until daylight.
Following is a list of the presents received by Mr. and Mrs. Duff:
Grandma and Aunt Agnes Binnie, bureau; bride's father, camp rocking chair; James Miller, clock; Willard Cummings, silver pickle dish; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Duff, silver butter dish and spoon holder; J. S. Cummings, silver napkin rings; W. H. Duff, sliver napkin rings; Mr. James Binnie, sliver castor; Henry Fairweather, butter knife; John Duff, silver butter dish; R. M. Binnie, butter knife; Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Binnie, five dollars in gold, and that other thing; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Binnie, ten dollars in gold;, B.H. Binnie, ten dollars in gold; George Yoding, two dollars; Mrs. William Thompson, counterpane and towels; Miss Lizzie Binnie, pair of vases; Mr. and Mrs. C. Eatinger, set glassware and lamp; James McLean, pickle dishes Mr.and Mrs. Wm. Young, silver cake basket; Mrs. George Fairweather, parlor lamp; Willie and Bobbie Binnie, beautiful vase; Katie Binnie; lamp mat and toilet set; Miss Allie McLean, linen napkins; Miss Mary McLean, towels; Robert and Maggie Griffith, crystal cake stand; Ella and Maggie Binnie, toilet stand and towels; James Duff gold pin and scarf; H.E. Hunt, table linens; Mr. C.E. Hanley, pair of towels.
An article from a Dundee newspaper (Tribune?) - Contributed by Source #7
[Contributor's Note: Many of my ancestors, the Binnies and McLeans lived in Kane, McHenry and McDonough counties of Illinois. The original Binnies and McLeans, came from Scotland. The McLeans arrived in 1850 and the Binnies in 1849. My gggreatgrandfather and grandmother, Alison (Templeton) Binnie and her husband John came from Linlithgowshire, Scotland. Alison, with her children came to America in 1849. Her son Robert and his wife Agnes (McLaren) Binnie had 47 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. John McLean arrived in America from Glasgow Scotland in 1850 and married Alison Binnie grandaughter of John & Alison (Templeton) Binnie and daughter of Robert and Agnes (McLaren) Binnie. Contributed by Source #7]

The clerk of Kane county on the 27th inst. issued a marriage license to Alvah Hall, aged 78, and Mrs. Eliza Daggett, aged 73, both of Elgin, well known and parents of prominent families.  [The Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 29 Sept. 1881]


Fred Hopnicht and Miss Minnie Strubing were married in Geneva last Friday. The Pastor of the M.E. Church officiating. The groom works at the shoe factory and the bride works at the shirt factory.
["Every Saturday" Sat. July 11, 1896 - Tr. by Suzan Stern]

At the home of the bride's mother in this city, Thanksgiving day (Nov. 28, 1895), Rev. John McCann, of St. Mary's church, spoke the words which united in wedlock, Frank Inman, of Aurora, and Miss Kitt Gordon, of this city, Mr. Inman is one of the young business men of Aurora, and Miss Gordon is a graduate of Polo high school, has been a successful teacher and is very popular with her young Polo friends. The happy bride will take to her new home the best wishes of all who knew her.
[Ogle County Press, c. Nov 1895]

The marriage of Miss Macklett of Spruce street and Mr. Charles E. Lightner of Elgin, Ill., is announced to take place in the near future.
[St. Paul Daily Globe (Saint Paul, Minn.), March 30, 1887]

A quiet surprise wedding took place at Elkton (SD) Tuesday, when George Maloney and Miss Tilda Peterson were made man and wife. This young couple were both raised at Elkton. They will make their home at Aurora , Ill. [Aberdeen (SD) American (28 Nov. 1911) transcribed by MZ]

Miss Francis E. Smith and James McDermott, of Batavia, Kane county, were married in the county clerk's office yesterday by 'Squire Lockwood  [The Ottawa Free Trader.(Ottawa, Ill.), April 19, 1890]

Bataviaites Attend a Brilliant Wedding, at Turner
Miss Eleanor May Whitton and Mr. Edward L. Merriman were united in marriage on Wednesday evening, Oct. 4th at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Whitton, of Turner, Ill., in the presence of a large company of friends and relatives. The bride wore a gown of heavy white corded silk and was attended by Miss Emma Hobler, of this city (Batavia) as maid of honor, and Miss Wilson and Miss Merriman as bridesmaids. The ceremony was preceded by an appropriate wedding song, sung by Mr. Arthur Burton, of Batavia. The couple were the recipients of many valuable gifts from their hosts of friends. Those present from Batavia were Mr. Chas. Hobler, the Misses Hobler, Mrs. Patchin, Mr. and Mrs. F.H. Doty, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Burton, Mrs. Geo. Burton, Mrs. Warnamont, Messrs. Arthur and Roy Burton and Mr. Chas. Coffin. Mr. and Mrs. Merriman will be at home after Nov. 1, at Oak Park.
The Batavia Herald, 12 Oct 1893 - Transcribed by K.T.

John Meyers and Miss Sophie Gracer were married Sat. at 7 am at St. Joseph's Church. Rev. Fr. Riss, officiating. A large number of friends and relatives were present. After their return, they will live on Franklin Street.
["Every Saturday" Sat. July 11, 1896 - Tr. by Suzan Stern]

Marriage of Mr. Martin Micholson and Miss A. Swanson
A very pleasant wedding occurred at the residence of Mr. Chas. Wenberg, last Saturday evening, at 7:30 o'clock, it being the marriage of Mr. Martin Micholson and Miss Amanda Swanson, both of this city. They will make their future home on Jefferson Street, between 1st and Main, west Side. They are enterprising young people and have many warm friends who extend hearty congratulations.
["Batavia Herald", 5 May 1893]

In Geneva, August 10, 1907 occurred the marriage of Clint Milroy and Miss Mary Hipp, both of Aurora. Mr. and Mrs. Milroy will be at home to their many friends after September 1st at 235 Benton St., Aurora. Mr. Milroy is a son of Mrs. Luetta Milroy of this place and is well known here. Mrs. Milroy is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hipp, of 156 Watson St.,  Aurora, and is a highly respected young lady.
[unknown newspaper, c. Aug 1907 - Sub. by Karen Fyock]


Miss Gladys Munch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Munch, 658 Keep Ave., Elgin, became the bride of Frederick Modde, son of Gustaf Modde of St. Charles, at a ceremony performed at the parsonage of the Bethlehem Lutheran church Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. J. David Ekstrom officiated. The couple was attended by Miss Florence Kruse of Elgin and Earling Holmstrom of St. Charles. The bride wore a blue suit with tan accessories and a corsage of yellow tea roses. Miss Kruse wore a gray suit and a corsage of pink roses.
The couple left immediately after the ceremony for a wedding trip to Wisconsin. They are residing at 223 North 3rd st. Mrs. Modde is a graduate of Elgin High School and is employed by the B.G. Garment Co. in Elgin. Mr. Modde is a graduate of St. Charles Community High School and is employed at the Chronicle Publishing Co.  
[St. Charles Chronicle, June 30, 1938 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

In Aurora, Ills., on Friday, Mr. Ben Newhouse and Miss Alma Frances Stein, of Aurora, were married.  Mr. Newhouse is an old Frnkfort boy, who has made good in the West.  He and his bride came here Tuesday to spend their honeymoon. [The Frankfort roundabout. (Frankfort, Ky.), 08 June 1907]

On Saturday, April 6, 1907, Robert O'Kane and Miss Irma Joiner were united in marriage at the home of the bride's sister, Mrs. I. M. Western in Elgin, Illinois. Mr. O'Kane is a son of Mr. and Mrs. H. M. O'Kane. His bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Joiner. Mr. and Mrs. O'Kane will reside in Elgin.  [Undated clipping, Sub. by K. Fyock]

Aurora, Ill.— Seth Peck, Geneva, one of richest land owners in Kane county and 65, married his housekeeper's daughter, Miss Rena Meridith, 29.  [The Day Book.(Chicago, Ill.), February 20, 1917]

John Rahn and Miss Anna Burton were married at Lake Geneva Saturday and will live in Elgin.
["Every Saturday" Sat. July 18, 1896 - Tr. by Suzan Stern]

Aged Lawyer Takes Bride.
Elgin, Ill., July 12.— Attorney John W. Ranstead, Kane county's oldest lawyer, married Miss Julia Merrill of Chicago yesterday at Aurora. He is 69 years old and his bride is 41. Mrs. Ranstead has been an Instructor in domestic science in the public schools and at Northwestern university. Her husband is wealthy.  [Rock Island Argus.(Rock Island, Ill.), July 12, 1912]

Mr. Tom Ricards, formerly at Candler but who now resides at Boca Grande on the east coast, and Miss Helen Lathrop, of Aurora, Illinois, who also as a young girl made her home at Candler, will be married at the home of the bride on August the thirtieth. Their Marion county friends will be very much interested in this announcement. [The Ocala banner.(Ocala, Marion County, Fla.), August 24, 1906]


Married at the residence of the bride's sister at Hampshire, Wednesday, Feb 22, 1893, by the Rev. Mr. Hemmel, Mr. l.C. Rowe and Miss Susie Hamilton, both of Batavia. They were the recipients of many valuable and useful presents. They will make their future home in Elburn, where the groom will run a meat - market. The Herald extends congratulations.
["The Herald", c. Feb 1893]

The marriage of Mrs. Ada Beatrice Kohlhamer, daughter of Mrs. B. Shoneman, 533 Washington boulevard, Chicago to Erwin W. Schultz of this place was solemnized at the home of the bride's Mother at 8 O'clock Thursday evening, Dec. 14. Rev. William C. DeWitt read the service. The wedding was a very quite one, only the relatives being present. The bride wore a gown of tan albatross. A band of golden brown velvet edged with cream appliqué, which was used in much of the trimming, ran from the skirt hem to the collar of the dress, both on the front and back and to the edge of the train. White roses were carried by the bride and pinks by the bridesmaid. Mr. and Mrs. Schultz will be at home at 122 Monroe Street after Jan. 15.
(Taken from the Advocate Dec. 23, 1899 - Pg. 8, Col. 4 - Sub. by Suzan Stern)

A number of friends gathered at the German Church on Wednesday afternoon and at the house in evening to attend the marriage of Gustave Thrun and Miss Tilda Hebner. The bridesmaids and groomsmen were Misses Mary Braun and Tilda Thrun, Richard Braun and Herman Thrun. All were very finely decorated with flowers. A very fine dance was enjoyed at the house in the evening, and Thursday morning all departed wishing the young couple a long and happy life.
(Taken from the Advocate Dec. 23rd, 1899 - Pg. 8, Col. 4 - Sub. by Suzan Stern)

Miss Martha Thrun of Pingree Grove and Otto C. Vetterman were united in marriage Saturday afternoon at the home of the officiating clergyman, Rev. H. Jacoby.
(Taken from the Elgin Daily Courier, Monday March 9, 1908 - Pg. 3, Col. 3 - Sub. by Suzan Stern)

Married at St. Charles, Kane Co., on the 27th inst. by the Rev. Mr. Rounsville, Mr. Joseph H. Wagner of Aurora to Miss Lois, daughter of B. Hough Esq., of Somonauk, De Kalb Co
. [The Ottawa free trader., October 06, 1843 - NP - Sub by FoFG]

Married, At Elgin, Ill, Nov. 26th, 1861, by B. Burritt, Esq., Mr. Leman A. Wood, of Crystal Lake, Minn, to Miss Maggie Stringer, of Elgin, Ill.
[The Journal And Republican (Lowville, NY) – Wednesday, January 8, 1862] 



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