Will Gilreath weds Miss Bettie Titsworth

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
August 10, 1899, Page 1
Transcribed by 2006

Will Gilreath Married.

Joined to a Texas Lady –Affair an Elopement.

Will Gilreath, who was a young soldier of the Second Georgia until that regiment mustered out, and whose home is at this place, left here about ten days ago, but there were few, if any, who knew his mission was that of taking a bride.

A year or so ago, on a visit to the Lone Star State, he made the acquaintance of Miss Bettie Titsworth, with whom it seems he has been corresponding until matrimonial plans ripened, and he went out to consummate matters.  The Courier Light, of Corsicana, tells the balance of the story as follows:

“Scarcely before six o’clock, just as the gray dawn was breaking, there emerged from a drawing room coach of the west bound Cotton Belt train at the depot a tall, fine looking young gentleman.  Closely following him was a beautiful young lady, stylishly dressed.  They hastily entered a carriage and were driven to the Commercial hotel.  There the young lady was shown apartments while the young man hastened with the carriage and driver to the residence of Deputy County Clerk Stokes.  Arousing him from sleep, he hastily dressed and away the drive continued to the court house where a license was issued to Mr. W. E. Gilreath, of Cartersville, Ga., and Miss Bettie T. Titsworth, of Athens, Texas.  Taking Mr. Stokes along as a witness the next stop was made at the Methodist parsonage.  Rev. Mr. Hay had not yet said his morning prayer but he got a quick train movement on himself and was soon neatly attired in his best suit of clothes.  The trio then hurried to the Commercial hotel parlors where the charming bride elect, still coy and shy, was in waiting, and there they were happily united in marriage in the presence of a few early risers of that popular hostelry.

“After a hastily prepared wedding breakfast the couple went for a drive, and finding rooms at the residence of Mrs. Bright, on West Collin street, they are domiciled, taking meals with the Misses Martin, and awaiting forgiveness from the young lady’s parents at Athens.

“Miss Titsworth was “visiting friends” at Malakoff, as the old folks thought, when she joined her lover for the trip to Corsicana.”


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