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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - McHatton & Lustrat

This wedding occurred 100 years ago.  A little background on Thomas' father, Henry McHatton who was the son of James Alexander McHatton and Eliza Moore Chinn. The elder McHattons lived in Kentucky, Louisiana, Texas, Mexico, Cuba and Missouri. In fact they left Louisiana during the Civil War went through Texas, lived in Mexico for a while before ending up in Cuba. Henry McHatton learned well the use of a machete in Cuba to cut sugar cane, eventually Henry became a doctor and settled in Georgia.

Macon (Georgia) Daily Telegraph, June 18 1911:

The marriage of Miss Marie Elise Lustrat, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lustrat, of Athens, and Thomas Hubbard McHatton, son of Dr. and Mrs. McHatton, of Macon, will take place at high noon, June 14, at Athens.

It will be something of a disappointment to their many friends in this state and elsewhere that, owing to the critical illness of the groom's mother [this should be grandmother], Mrs. Dwight Ripley, of Brooklyn, N.Y. and the bride's maternal grandfather in Algiers, the wedding must be of the quietest. Only the immediate families and a few close friends will be witnesses of the ceremony, which will be performed by the Bishop of Georgia, Rt. Rev. Benjamin Kelly of Savannah. Miss Lustrat will be attended only by her two sisters, as maid of honor and bridesmaid. Mr. McHatton will have his cousin Dr. J. R. B. Branch, formerly of Baltimore, now of Macon as best man, and Mr. J. Frank Rogers, formerly of Macon, now of Cincinnati, will be groomsman.

The marriage will take place at the home of the bride, on the campus at Athens, Ga., after which the bridal couple will leave for a trip of a month or more. On their return they will move into their newly built house, the wedding gift of the groom's father and mother. No invitations will be issued to the marriage-only announcement cards will be sent.

The following is the simple announcement of the wedding which centered much interest in Athens Wednesday last:  "Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lustrat have the honor of announcing the marriage of their daughter, Marie Elise to Thomas Hubbard McHatton on Wednesday, June 14, 1911, University of Georgia Campus, Athens, Ga."


The burning of the office of Southern Express Company at Athens, Ga., June 15, resulted in the loss of a great many of the wedding presents sent by friends all over the country to Miss Marie Lustrat and Hubbard McHatton, who were married at Athens, June 14. Among these presents were many sent from Macon, and while they can be traced by the books of the Macon office, there is no way of tracing those from other parts of the country, as the books of the Athens office were destroyed in the fire.

The fire is said to have been due to a spark from an engine, the office being temporarily located in an old building while the new one was in course of construction.

Because of the loss of the presents and the records of the express office, it will probably be impossible for Mr. and Mrs. McHatton to thank their friends individually for the remembrances sent

Copyright 2011, ACK for Gene Notes

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