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Marriage Announcements



November 27 1811

Married on the 12th instant, by the Rev. Dr. Davidson, James M. Riddle, Esq., Attorney at Law of Somerset to Miss Elizabeth Weaver, daughter of Mr. Conrad Weaver of this county.



In Somerset, Pennsylvania, August 11th, by the Rev. Walter Brown, Georgia, daughter of Geo. Chorpenning, Esq., of Philadelphia and Frank A. McGee, of Washington, D.C.

Source: Daily National Intelligencer, District of Columbia, September 29, 1860 - transcribed by Terri Griffiths


The Baer-M’Kinley Wedding

Will Be Celebrated at Somerset, Penn., in
the Autumn

Canton, July 31. – Miss Mabel McKinley, the President’s niece, will be married to Herman Baer at Somerset, Penn., and not in the White House, as previously reported. Somerset is the country home of the prospective bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Abner McKinley, and also of the parents of Mrs. Abner McKinley. Mrs. McKinley’s father, who is a clergyman, will perform the ceremony. The exact date has not been set. Most likely it will take place about the middle of October.

President McKinley and members of his cabinet and a host of Washington friends will attend the wedding. Miss McKinley being very musical, music will be a feature of the occasion.

Mr. Baer is a student at the Jefferson Medical College, in Philadelphia. He and Miss McKinley have known each other since childhood.

Source: New Haven Register, Connecticut, July 31, 1900 - transcribed by Terri Griffiths


Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania February 14, 1827

Married on Thursday the 1st inst by the Rev. J. Albert, Mr. Stephen Packer to Miss Sarah Diehl, both of Berlin.



Baltimore Patriot (Baltimore MD)
February 2, 1821

At Somerset, Pennsylvania, Mr. Joseph Smith, Editor of the Western Herald, Cumberland, Maryland, to Miss Maria L. Boyer, of the former place.


Baltimore Sun (Baltimore,MD) Volume CXIII Issue: 33
June 23, 1893

[Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun.]

BARTON, MD., June 23.- Mr. Ross A. Snyder, of Somerset, Pa., and Miss Alleda Shaw, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Shaw, of Allegany county, were married tonight at the home of the bride by Rev. J. W. Steele. Masters Merle L. Steele, of Barton, and Willie Boyles, of Piedmont, served as pages. Misses Patsy and Mattie Shaw, little sisters of the bride, were the flower girls. A marriage bell hung at one end of the parlor, under which the happy pair stood during the ceremony. The bride wore white Bengaline silk trimmed with lace and carried a large bunch of roses. A large number of guests were present from Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. The ladies were all in full evening dress and there were many handsome costumes.

[Transcribed by Terri Griffiths]


The Somerset Herald
April 26, 1882

On Thursday, April 20, 1882, at the residence of the bride's parents, near Somerset, Mr. M.J. Pritts, Esq., was married to Miss Ella, daughter of John Kantner. The ceremony was performed by Elder Woolery, of the Disciples' church, in the presence of immediate friends. The Herald extends its hearty congratulations, with the wish that their wedded lot may be a happy one.

(Transcribed by Terri Griffiths)


The Somerset Herald
April 26, 1882

Crosby-Hensel. - By Rev. J. A. Nuner, April 16, 1882, Mr. Lewis W. Crosby and Miss Sarah A. Hensel, both of Somerset county.

(Transcribed by Terri Griffiths)


The Somerset Herald
April 26, 1882

Pritts-Tibby. - At the residence of the Evangelical minister, W. A. Reininger, Mr. Wilson Pritts and Mrs. Caroline Tibby, both of Somerset county.

(Transcribed by Terri Griffiths)


In Berlin, Miss Jennie McGraw, daughter of the late Hon. John McGraw, of Ithaca, (NY) was married to Professor Willard Fiske, of Cornell university. The ceremony occurred at the residence of A. D. White, president of Cornell and minister to Berlin. The bride is worth four or five millions and is erecting a large and  costly mansion at Ithaca.  [Lancaster Daily Intelligencer.,(Lancaster, PA) July 16, 1880]


The Somerset Herald, Vol  XXXI Number 20
Somerset, Pa
October 25, 1882

MERRY WEDDING BELLS - At the residence of the bride's parents on Main street, Somerset, Pa., Thursday, October 12th at 3 o'clock in the afternoon Mr. George M. Hoblitzell, of Hyndman, Bedford county, was united in marriage to Miss Ida B Knable youngest daughter of Mr. John Knable. The ceremony was performed in the presence of a large number of friends and relatives of the high contracting parties by Rev. C. A. Kleeberger of Johnstown. After the ceremony the assembled guests sat down to a "feast fit for Kings" and joined in the merry festivities of the occasion until five o'clock, when the happy young couple were escorted to the depot by a part of the most intimate friends where they took passage on the west bound train for an extended wedding tour. The bride is one of the fairest of Somerset's many fair daughters and is universally loved and esteemed. The groom is a thriving young business man and a most estimable gentleman. The Herald extends its most hearty congratulations and best wishes.

[Transcribed by Terri Griffiths]



Bedford Gazette, March 31, 1807
Married at Somerset Pennsylvania, Sunday the 22nd by Jacob Saylor, Aaron Garretson of this County to Sarah Hicks of Somerset.

[Source: Bedford County and Huntingdon County newspapers. Unknown author, 1900 – Transcribed by Nancy Piper]



Bedford Gazette, February 16, 1808
Married Tuesday by Rev. Long, Samuel W. Leeper Esq., of Somerset to Betsy M’Dermett, daughter of William McDermett of this County.

[Source: Bedford County and Huntingdon County newspapers. Unknown author, 1900 – Transcribed by Nancy Piper]




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