04 March 2015

Fearless Females: Bessie gets married

Lisa A Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist started the Fearless Females prompts for Women’s History Month. Throughout March, each day will feature a different female ancestor. Today’s 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. 

I have a (very poor) copy of my great grandparents’ marriage record from the Church register. Panko Hruszczak and Bessie Matys married on 24 July 1915 in the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Coatesville, Chester County. She would have been 20 at the time. 

My late cousin Catherine Matys Rothermal was one of the flower girls at the wedding. Catherine would have been seven when Panko and Bessie got married.

Bessie had arrived in Coatesville just three years before that, in 1912. Bessie had lived with Catherine’s family before she married.  

Fearless Females is a daily prompt throughout March celebrating Women’s History Month 

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
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