Wednesday, December 16, 2015

WEDDING WEDNESDAY ~ Andrew Charles Milne & Susan Anne Gillespie–married in 1880

wedding bells

Andrew Charles Milne married Susan Anne Gillespie on
June 9, 1880 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan
Andrew C. Milne - possibly his wedding day
Susan Milne with her son Joseph and her infant daughter Irene

Andrew & Susan are my maternal great grandparents. He was born 8 Feb 1856 in Aboyne, Aberndeen, Scotland.  His parents are Charles Milne and Margaret Ritchie. Susan was born 18 Jul 1860 in England.  Her parents are Joseph Gillespie and Susan Burgess. 

Andrew came to the United States via Quebec, Canada, in June 1868, traveling with his sister, Mary.  Susan came over at the age of two in 1862 with her parents.

One question I wish I could ask all my ancestors is “how did you meet one another?”  Somehow though, they did meet and were married in 1880.  They were only married for 12 years as Andrew died of Consumption on 8 Dec 1892, while Susan was pregnant with their daughter, Irene.

This couple had four children:
Joseph Albert (my grandfather), born 8 Jan 1883 – died 27 Sep 1957, age 74
A.C., a son, born and died 30 Jan 1886 (premature birth)
Etta, born 3 Oct 1887 – died 26 Jan 1890 of Diptheria, age 2 yrs. 3 months
Irene “Peggy” Marie born 13 Jun 1893 – died 11 Jan 1989, age 95.

Here are the marriage records I have for Andrew & Susan.

Milne_Andrew-Gillespie_Susan_Marriage cert 1880-Detroit MILNE_Andrew C marriage record to Susan GILLESPIE_9 Jun 1880_DetroitWayneMichigan_annotated
Copy of MILNE_Andrew C marriage record to Susan GILLESPIE_9 Jun 1880_DetroitWayneMichigan_cropped

I have more information on this couple, but I’ll save that for another post.


WEDDING WEDNESDAY - Martin & Wunderlich - Married 1745 in Germany

SCOTLAND - Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society

If you are related to anyone mentioned in this post, please contact me.  I’d love to hear from you.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2015   Diane Gould Hall


  1. I wonder the same thing about my ancestors, especially some couples who don't seem to be geographically connected. No matter how long I have been researching and reading others' stories, it is still sad to me when I read about someone leaving behind a young family, especially for a condition so treatable now. I had a great-grandfather who survived a rare Quebec tornado and losing an arm in a thrasher only to die of appendicitis!

    1. Anna,
      I'm with you. The stories still make me sad. I think of these people, not as names and dates, but real people who suffered horrible losses and trying times. I'm glad we feel that way because it's how we truly honor the memories of those who came before us. Sad about your great grandfather.
      Thanks so much for stopping by.


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