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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - Chinn & Thatcher

Every so often, one comes across great little things like marriage announcements. Let's face it, with the lack of a marriage record to hand, these little gems are priceless.

Today's marriage occurred on May 4, 1910 in Frankfort, Kentucky. Anne Bell Chinn (aka Anna) was the daughter of Franklin Chinn and Elizabeth Elliott Hunt. Make sure you read the announcement for the "at home" location.

The accompanying article, from the Lexington, Kentucky Herald, 7 May 1910:


Miss Anna Belle Chinn and New Panama Official Wed at Capital.

[Special to the Herald]
FRANKFORT, Ky., May 4. - The marriage of Miss Anna Belle Chinn and Mr. Maurice Hudson Thatcher was celebrated Wednesday morning at the home of the bride's father, Mr. Frank Chinn at 8:30 o'clock.

The home was beautifully decorated in green and white, snow balls and valley lilies being used in profusion. Suspended from the door leading from the dining room was a huge bell of snowy white blossoms under which the ceremony was performed.

Mr. Thatcher entered with Rev. Jesse Zeigler of the First Presbyterian church who performed the ceremony. They awaited the coming of the bride who entered on the arm of her father, the only attendant being the sister of the bride, Miss Lizzie Hunt Chinn, who preceded the bride in entering the room.

The bride was gowned in a white Duchesse satin veiled in chiffon; her bridal veil was of tulle which fell to the bottom of her train and was fastened on the head with a chaplet of lilies. Her only ornament was a diamond pendant, a gift of the groom.

After the wedding an elegant breakfast was served from small tables, the centerpiece of which were bouquets of valley lilies.

Mr. and Mrs. Thatcher left on the C. & O. for New York and from there will sail to the Panama Canal.

Mrs. Thatcher is the eldest daughter of Mr. Frank Chinn and is one of the most prominent women in Frankfort being loved by all who know her, she was one of the founders of the Christian Science church in this city.

Mr. Thatcher is one of the most prominent young men in the State and was recently appointed Governor of the Panama Canal Zone.

The presents were a feature of the wedding. The State Officials present was a handsome chest of flat silver. Governor and Mrs. Willson's gift was a large silver tray and Senator Bradley sent the couple a magnificent silver bowl.

Copyright 2011, ACK for Gene Notes

1 comment:

  1. Hello,

    My husband was surfing and came across your post. Mrs. Thatcher was my great aunt!Are you related to her or Mr. Thatcher? (I called him Uncle Hudson growing up. You can message me at

    Prudence Mason Runyan