Monday, March 4, 2013

Celebrating Women's History Month-Wedding Day Stories: A Tricky Elopement

For Day 4 the Celebrating Women's History Month Blogging Prompt is:

 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.

In 1979 a cousin on my Roberts side, Susan Robinson Moran,  had an assignment in school to write about her family history. She sent me a copy of it several years ago. In it she tells this story about my Great Grandparents wedding:

 "My maternal grandparents eloped on June 27, 1915 when my grandmother Beulah Mae Price was 17. Her parents were against the marriage so they tried to keep her in the house so that she could not leave the family. But grandmother had a few tricks up her sleeve too.  In June she wore her wedding dress under her everyday clothes and she pinched and slapped her baby brother (my grand uncle Frank Price) until my great grandmother had to come into the room and take over, at which time my grandmother ran away and got married.
 Just after the "i Do's" my great grandparents called and told the preacher not to marry their daughter-but it was too late. but then again one of our family mottos has always been " a day late and a dollar short"."

How funny is that ? Here's a picture of the happy couple!

William T Roberts    Bessie Mae Price Roberts
William T. and Beulah Mae Price Roberts
Wedding Day June 27, 1914
© Cheri Hudson Passey

Thanks Lisa Alzo for a great Blog Prompt! See more about her Blogging Prompts for Women's History Month at The Accidental Genealogist.


  1. A great story! I'm assuming that your grandmother was right in the end and she chose well!

  2. Heather,
    They ended up having 12 children! I hope s;he felt like she chose well!
    Thanks so much!

  3. Hooray for Beulah May, who escaped the family's "clutches." Excellent timing on her part. Love this story, and I'm glad to read in the comments that they had 12 children. I'm sure they were happy.