This branch of the DeLong family is descended from the Kirtley family. "Bird" DeLong was in actuality, Henrietta DeLong, daughter of Henrietta "Etta" Berkley and granddaughter of Henrietta Kirtley. "Bird" is a fourth cousin three times removed.
From the Lexington Herald, January 6, 1898:
The marriage of Miss Bird DeLong and Mr. Alex Adams achieved what marriages rarely do - a complete surprise to the friends of the principal parties concerned. When the news of the nearness of the event first got abroad, very few if any were prepared for it.
The marriage was quietly celebrated yesterday afternoon at three o'clock at the First Presbyterian parsonage, Rev. Dr. Bartlett officiating.
Mr. Adams is a grandson of the late Mrs. Catherine Innes, is universally known and popular in Lexington and the country. Miss Bird DeLong is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ami DeLong of Russell Cave. She has been known since her childhood as a sweet singer and a lovely character, which has made her a universal favorite. The young couple looked supremely happy as they received congratulations at the close of the ceremony; shortly after the conclusion of which they left for Bryan Station to visit Mrs. Calmes, an aunt of the groom. Later they expect to go to Florida to make their home.
In spite of the brief warning of the happy event a number of friends were present to wish the pair joy and good fortune. Among those who witnessed the ceremony were Mrs. Ami DeLong, mother of the bride; her brothers, Messrs. Sidner and Arthur DeLong, Dr. and Mrs Risque, of Russell Cave, Miss Mamie Warfield, Miss Eleanor Bacon, Miss Florence Hudson, Mr. Charles Early of Louisville, Messrs. James Richardson, Frank Bacon, Gray Falconer.
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