Saturday, August 22, 2015

SATURDAY NIGHT FUN! Golden Wedding Anniversaries

girl with purple top jumping for joy
The idea for this blog post comes from Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings.  He does a Saturday Night Fun post each week.  Here is the link to his post

Here is tonight’s challenge:
“The challenge today is to find out which of your ancestors have celebrated a golden wedding anniversary - 50 years of marital bliss (?).  Was there a newspaper article about it?”

My parents – Harry Norman Gould & Patricia Anne Milne, married in 1949, split up in 1965, divorced in 1972. 23 years married, but only 16 years together.

My grandparents – Harry Whipple Gould & Marie Lindsay Gould, married 1912.  He died in 1960.  48 years married.

My great grandparents – William Val Gould & Mary Eve Thorp married about 1880.  He died in 1924.  44 years married.

My great great grandparents – John C. Gould and Sarah M. Hart married 1858.  She died in 1911.  53 years married.  I have not yet located a newspaper article about their 50th anniversary.

My parents – see entry above for Harry & Patricia

My grandparents – Joseph Albert Milne and Florence Lee Nora Bowden married 1906.  51 years married.  I have photos from their 50th anniversary party.  My grandfather died the following year.

MILNE_Florence & Joseph at 50th Wed Anniv 1956_cropped

BOWDEN_Florence cutting cake at 50th Wed Anniver 1956 - Copy
 My grandparents - Florence & Joseph Milne at their 50th wedding anniversary celebration

My great grandparents – Andrew Charles Milne & Susan Anne Gillespie married in 1880. He died in 1892.  12 years married.

My great great grandparents – Charles Milne & Margaret Ritchie married sometime before 1850.  He died in 1877.  So, they were married 27 years or a little longer.

Grandparents – see entry above for Harry & Marie.

Great grandparents – William Wallace Lindsay & Elizabeth “Bessie” Fitzcharles married 1886.  Divorced in 1912.  Married 26 years.

Great great grandparents – William Lindsay & Mary Wallace married 1849.  She died in 1895.  Married 47 years.

My grandparents – See entry above for Florence Bowden & Joseph Milne.

My great grandparents – Robert Lee Bowden & Florence Hunter married 1887.  Divorced 1899.  Married 12 years.

My great great grandparents – James Gillen Hunter & Susan Caroline Boggs married 1859.  He died in 1884.  Married 25 years.

My 3rd great grandparents – Rev. Isaac C. Hunter & Emily Gillen married 1828.  He died in 1842.  Married 14 years

My 4th great grandparents – William Gillen & Rachel Frampton married 1803-04.  He died in 1841.  Married 37-38 years.

That’s about as far back as I’ll go today.  I’ve documented 13 marriages.  Out of those only TWO made it to 50 or more years.

Congratulations to my grandparents, Joseph Milne & Florence Bowden and my 2nd great grandparents John C. Gould and Sarah Hart.

UPDATE:  While writing my post for Monday, August 24th, I came across another of my ancestors who celebrated 50 years of marriage. Congratulations to my 3rd great grandparents - Monson Thorp and Lany Cooper who were married on 12 Apr 1835.  She died in 1886, so they were married 51 years.  

What about your ancestors?  How many of them were married 50 years or over?

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2015   Diane Gould Hall


  1. So, I took your challenge. I will be honest, I had never looked at this statistic beyond knowing about the obvious one I'd seen phtos of. In four generations I have the following:
    60 yrs (1)
    50-59 yrs (3)
    40-49 yrs (6) Myparents are at 46 and counting., :)
    30-39 yrs (3)
    20-29 yrs (2)

    1. Tonya,
      Great job in your family on staying married. I had never thought about looking at this statistic either until I saw Randy's post. It was fun to review. I do plan to go back a few more generations and see what more I can find. Thanks for joining in the fun.


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