|My husband's parents' wedding|
The Sepia Saturday prompt this week is related to the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. A date when big history and small history collide. A date where you can remember what you were doing at the time.
I’m diverging from this prompt a little to celebrate 50th wedding anniversaries.
Both mine and Mr Jax’s parents achieved this milestone:
Mine are at 54 years and still counting, and
My in-laws were married for 58 years.
Only one set of our collective grandparents were married for over 50 years:
My husband’s maternal grandparents were married for 55 years.
Pelegrinus VAN WINSEN and Jitske JURNA were married in Nov 1911 in the Netherlands. Pelegrinus died in Jan 1967, aged 82.
I didn’t expect to find many others going back as life expectancy was much shorter.
|My parents' wedding|
I went back a few generations and found 7 more direct ancestors who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversaries.
Interestingly, in all 7 it was the husband who died first.
And sadly, I don’t have wedding photos for any of them.
So in this post, I celebrate all those who achieved this milestone:
Edward LONG and Sarah STONEHOUSE were married in Jan 1900 in Mortlake, Victoria.
Edward died in Oct 1951, aged 79.
Great great grandparents:
William STONEHOUSE and Elizabeth MCVEY were married in Mar 1850 in Port Fairy, Victoria. William died in May 1904, aged 77.
William FRANCIS and Anna COLLIER were married in Sep 1860 in Tythegston, Glamorgan, Wales. William died in Jan 1915, aged 79.
3x great grandparents:
|My husband's maternal grandparents|
Thomas BROOKS and Jane CONDELL were married in Jan 1844 in New Norfolk, Tasmania. Thomas died in Jul 1894, aged 84.
Thomas COLLIER and Ann POWELL were married in May 1835 in Newcastle, Glamorgan, Wales. Thomas died in 1894, aged 85.
Thomas FRANCIS and Ann DAVIES were married in Aug 1825 in Newcastle, Glamorgan, Wales. Thomas died in Sep 1880 in his late 70s.
And one I really didn’t expect to find:
4x great grandparents:
Thomas SPEAR and Mary COCK married in May 1816 in Little Petherick, Cornwall, England. Thomas died in Aug 1867, aged 83.
|My great grandparents, Edward Long and Sarah Stonehouse |
shortly before they were married.
|Anna Francis nee Collier|
|Elizabeth Stonehouse nee McVey|