My Fourth Wedding Tour in the Same Family

The Free Press
Cartersville, Georgia
March 15, 1883, page 1
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To the Free Press:
On the 29th of July 1880, I was called upon to unite J. W. Bowles, of Gordon county, to Miss Josie Boston, of Bartow county, in the holy state of matrimony. On the 30th of August, 1881, Mr. James Alexander to Miss Bettie Boston, both of Bartow county, and, on the 6th of September, 1882, Mr. Fred Boston, jr., to Miss Mary Connor, of Cherokee county. On this occasion the old gentleman said I had been there marrying the children and if he and his wife lived to see the 6th of January, 1883, he intended to have the finest wedding of them all, and I was invited.

So on the day appointed I left home for the golden wedding. I reached Brother Bostonís and found the old man, his wife and ten of his children seated by warm fires in his commodious building, talking of things past, present and to come. I had prepared a short ceremony of thanksgiving to offer, but that did not suit the old brother. He only wanted me to read a chapter suitable for the occasion and offer prayer for him, his wife, his children present, the one absent, all the guests and his enemies, if he had any. I read the 90th psalm and commented on the 10th and 12th verses and offered prayer as directed, after which we were invited into the dining room where we found the table richly furnished and returned to the parlor.

Now, comes the solemn time when the old veteran took his seat at the head of the table, with his wife on the right, then the children on the left, the oldest first on down to the youngest and dined together for the last time on earth, I guess. Then each child presented them with a nice present of gold. May the Lord grant that they may all sit down together at the marriage supper of the Lamb.
---W. A. Nix.


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