Marshall County Illinois Wedding Anniversaries from the Past

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen B. Wilmot

Taken From the Henry Republican
August 19, 1875

Wedding Anniversaries - Golden Wedding

The 50th anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen B. Wilmot, who ages was 77 years, was celebrated at the old homestead in LaPrairie township on Saturday last. At an early hour of the day the house was filled, with a host of relatives and friends, while the beautiful grounds with ringing with the voices of dozens of merry children. Three sons, the Messrs., Wilmot of LaPrairie, and one daughter, Mrs. George Scholes of Saratoga, with their families, were among the relatives present, as was also Dr. W. H. Wilmot, and Mr. Moses Clawson of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, who was present at the wedding festivities of his aunt Mrs. Stephen Wilmot in New York 50 years ago.

Congratulations and good wishes followed the assembling of the company, after which the hours till dinner were spent in conversation by the elders, and games and rides, etc., by the younger members of the party. At 2 1/2 the signal for dinner was given, when the guests, led by the aged couple, filed out to such a feast as is not one’s fortune often to see. One noticeable feature of the table was the floral decorations, prepared by Mrs. Dr. Wilmot, from which selections were made and formed into a wreath for the aged pair “in memoriam” of the occasion. After the elders had done justice to the substantials and dainties before them, and the table been rearranged, 16 grandchildren took their places, and after listening to a few kind words form “grandpa and grandma,” who were called to see them, they paid their best respects to the good things before them, filling many an aching void that could be accomplished in no other way. Then followed stories, jokes, till a late hour of the day, when all separated, wishing their aged host and hostess many other anniversaries of the wedding day.

Amos and Anne Wilson

March 14, 1878
Henry Republican

A "Surprise" Golden Wedding.

On the 5th day of March 1828, Amos Wilson, who has lived near Magnolia, Putnam county, for the last 27 years, and Anna Morris, both of St. Clairsville, Belmont county, Ohio, entered into a contract uniting their destinies, and as husband and wife started in life together - together to battle with life's troubles and duties, together to bear life's burdens, to rejoice together in life's sunshine and together to weep in life's shadows.

After a congenial journey thus through 50 years, their golden wedding day comes round, a day that is not experienced perhaps by one couple in many hundreds that start out upon happy lives together, finding both the ancient bridegroom and his bride of half a century ago enjoying the best of health for persons of their age, both physically and mentally.

This venerable pair, although they noted the day as one of rare occurrence, and felt inwardly thankful that they had thus long been permitted to enjoy life together, had not felt that it was necessary to made (make) any public celebration of their anniversary, and had decided to spend the day at home with their three grandchildren who are living with them, all their children having followed the example set by them 50 years ago.

Imagine their surprise and pleasure, when at about 10 o'clock, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends came flocking in upon them, somewhat disarranging their programme for the day's enjoyment, each family loaded with a basket well filled with delicacies as well as substantials to satisfy and furnish enjoyment to the "inner man", which when spread upon the table in their large dining room, displayed the skill and taste of many good cooks of the family.

During the whole day congratulations, sociabilities and good feeling prevailed, and during the afternoon the old marriage certificate was produced and read which was signed by 40 persons witnesses of the marriage ceremony, many of whom are still living. By suggestion of one of the company, a paper was drawn up and signed by all present as witnesses of the golden wedding of Amos and Anna Wilson, and ordered to be folded and laid away with the ancient marriage certificate.

By a mutual understanding between the children, no presents were to be given, believing that the pure, free, and spontaneous manifestations of love, gratitude and affection would be more prized by them than golden baubles or any outward manifestations of regard. After a day's enjoyment to both old and young the company separated.

Mr. and Mrs. George Worley Anniversary
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, April 5, 1883
A Wooden Wedding
Wednesday eve., March 28, being the 5th marriage anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. F. Worley, their pleasant home two miles north of town was thrown open to their many friends, and notwithstanding the unpleasantness of the weather, about 100 guests assembled to help them celebrate the happy occasion. Halls and parlors were well lighted and warmed and the cordial reception tendered each guest banished all formality and a happy, social time followed. George was in one of his jolliest moods and all seemed imbued with the same spirit of mirth. The double parlors on the south were brilliantly lighted and cleared of furniture and strains of music attracted the attention of the merry crown, who at once responded to the welcome sound, while whirling forms and nimble feet attested their appreciation. But a welcome call to which all could respond, was an invitation to the dining room and there reality beggars even imagination. We only know that we ate and were filled; that we tasted more good things than we supposed one larder ever contained. Truly it was a feast fit for the gods. Mr. and Mrs. Worley received many tokens of esteem, combining the useful with the beautiful.

Stephen G. and Ann Derotha (McClenahan) Worley

November 4, 1880
Taken From the Henry Republican

A Golden Wedding

Father Stephen G. Worley and Ann Derotha, his wife, celebrates their 50 years Marriage Compact.

For some months the Worley family and friends have had in joyful anticipation the 50th anniversary of the betrothment of our venerable friend and citizen Stephen G. Worley and wife, the time for which culminated on Thursday evening of last week. The event was to consist of the gathering together of all the relatives, from far and near, on both sides of the house, and invite to join with them in this gladsome event many of their esteemed neighbors. Invitations were issued to some 200, and preparations for a large party made. Nothing was left undone. The parlors of the family mansion were lavishly and tastefully decorated in evergreen. In a central and conspicuous position on the wall, were the significant figures "1830 - 1880" in gold; under this, in large and inviting letters was the word "welcome", while the irrepressible "horseshoe" was interwoven in becoming order in this decorative and expressive design for the assembled company.

At 8 o'clock after the house had been well filled with a light-hearted and congenial company, all were invited into the parlors, where Elder John L. Worley, a veteran nephew, called the house to order, and arranging Father and Mother Worley near a table upon which were arranged tokens of friendship and personal regard, as well as gold coin in appreciative commemoration of this golden epoch, addressed them as follows.

"Beloved Uncle and Aunt: By the request of the relatives and friends assembled here this evening, on this the 50th anniversary of your married life, I have the pleasure of presenting to you these presents, as a small token of the respect and high esteem in which you are held by us. I beseech you, in their behalf, to accept of them, as a token of love we have for you. No doubt the path you have trod in your married life has not been without its troubles and sorrows; yet undoubtedly you have enjoyed much pleasure here, and realized the truthfulness of your motto (pointing to the wall,) that "the Lord will provide," and our desire is that the remainder of your pathway may be a peaceful and happy one, and that you may so live that you may be admitted to the marriage feast of the Lamb."

The rather agreeable and suggestive speech brought Father Worley to his feet, and in the fullness of his heart and with much emotion he responded as follows:

"Friends and Neighbors: We are happy, thrice happy to meet you, and especially on this occasion. At 5 o'clock p.m., of the 28th day of October, in Shelby county, Ohio, we met a like company, but for a different purpose. They assembled as witnesses and we are parties to a marriage ceremony. Of that large company, that was grown persons aside from ourselves, we known of but five that are now living. Our journey through life, since that time, has been pleasant, though not altogether free from trouble and affliction. We have been called to follow many dear friends to the silent tomb, and amongst them our first begotten, a darling son, aged 13 months. Since that time we have been blessed with five other children, four sons and one daughter. One of the sons is in the far west, too remote to meet us tonight. Three sons and the daughter are present tonight; with many relatives that have come up from the east, west, north and the south, with many of our neighbors, have come to congratulate us on this our 50th marriage anniversary. We welcome you (pointing to the word "welcome" on the wall). Not only are you here in person, but you have laid before us gold and silver, with many valuable gifts, kindly presented, in your behalf, by Rev. John L. Worley, for which you have our heartfelt thanks. In reply, we wish you a long, prosperous and happy journey through this life, and in the world to come, life everlasting."

Following Father Worley, Mr. Elijah McClenahan, only surviving brother of Mrs. Worley, made some remarks, which were very appropriate to the auspicious occasion. He alluded to the many years he had been separated from his friends, the happy consciousness of being present, and the delightful epoch that brought them together. He spoke with much feeling, and becoming overwhelmed by the tears that would not stay back, he was somewhat interrupted before he got through.

The relatives present from abroad were Nathan Worley, wife and daughter, of Marshalltown, Iowa; J. L. Worley and wife of Lowell, Ind.; D. Hougas and wife of Emerson, Iowa; Jesse Brandon of Martinsville, Ind.; E. McClenahan of Sigourney, Iowa, brother of Mrs. Worley; Joshua C. Worley and wife of Lafayette, Stark county; Mrs. George Scott of Ford county; and Miss M. L. Boyles of Chicago.

Stephen Greer Worley was a native of Dayton, Ohio, born, April 28, 1805. He was one of 10 children, only two of whom survive. He was brought up a farmer, though at one time, in company with N. W. Orr's father, made and laid brick. He married Ann Dorotha McClenahan, in October 18, 1830, locating at Dayton. In 1834 moved to what is now Toulon, in Stark county, this state, and was the owner of 300 acres of land. In 1852 he moved to Henry, and in the spring of 1857 moved upon the farm he still resides upon. For 40 years Father Worley has been a faithful member of the Christian church, and one of its most prominent supporters. He has held the office of secretary of the annual conference in this state upwards of 30 years, and when he resigned, on account of infirmity of age, he was continued for several years as secretary with an assistant.

Father Worley has brought up a large family, all but one of whom is married, and all well to do and respected. His life has been of much use, and his is highly esteemed and loved by all who know him.

Mrs. Worley was a native of Pendleton, Ky., but after she attained to womanhood the family moved to Ohio, where she found a husband, with whom 50 years has thus been spent. She enjoys good health, and bears the impress of living many years to come. Her age is 74. She was one of 13 children, only three of the number now living. Mr. and Mrs. Worley have eight grandchildren.

Mrs. Worley's brother, Elijah McClanahan, who was present at the wedding, came to this state from Ohio in 1831, and to what is now Stark county, in 1832, when this section was known as Putnam county, and has been in the west nearly 50 years. He has had two wives, and remarkable as it is true, he is the father of 25 children, 20 of whom are still living; 10 of them married, his grandchildren numbering 50, and great grandchildren 8.

One of the novel features of the evening was the supper table. It has been in the possession of Mr. and Mrs. Worley ever since their marriage, and it had been in use 20 years when they obtained it. It is 70 years since it was made, and is still in use, and used on this occasion, venerable and worthy and still useful like its owners.

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