Thursday, January 26, 2017

Treasure Chest Thursday - More Trouble – The Marriage of Fred Davey to Tillie Wollenweber*

A newspaper account of the marriage of Frederick H. Davey and Matilda Wollenweber was a bit surprising by the title, “More Trouble.”[1] There were two marriages listed under this title and Fred and Tillie’s was first. What was the trouble?

(Jeffersonville, Indiana) Evening News,
26 June 1878, p. 1, col. 1
A transcription in case you can't read the image:
“Married, June 25, at the residence of the bride’s mother, on Prison Hill, by the Rev. Dr. Wm. H. Sheets, Mr. Fred Davey to Miss Tillie Wollenweber.”
There is not much in this announcement. They were married the previous day. They were married at Tillie’s mother’s home on Prison Hill. They were married by Rev. Dr. Wm. H. Sheets. Each of these statements bring questions I want to answer:
  • Is there a marriage record?
  • Where is Prison Hill? Is it in Jeffersonville? Or is it in Louisville, across the Ohio River? Tillie’s mother was Philippina Wollenweber. Where was she living in 1878?
  • Who was Rev. Sheets? Which religious denomination was he a part of? Will there be church records of the marriage?
  • What was the trouble?

Isn’t amazing how a five-line item in the newspaper can bring up so many questions? More stuff to research! Stay tuned.

* Frederick H. Davey and Matilda Wollenweber were my children’s great-great-grandparents.

[1] “More Trouble,” (Jeffersonville, Indiana) Evening News, 26 June 1878, p. 1, col. 1, marriage of Fred Davey to Tillie Davey; digital image, NewspaperArchive (http;// : 5 Aug 2013).

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  1. Lisa, what a mystery! Maybe it was a tongue-and-cheek headline -- maybe the articles above this announcement lend a clue. I wrote about a 2 sentence newspaper item that was also packed with information I had to verify (no exciting headline though)--

    1. Thank you, Denise. Your blog post did a fantastic job of pulling out all you could from a two sentence notice. What fun this genealogy adventure is, isn't it? Thanks for commenting and sharing your post.

  2. "More trouble" ...boggles the mind, doesn't it, eh? Hmm. Now of course, I want to know the result of your further research! Just found you from 'meeting' you on the latest Geneabloggers interview. Cheers from Canada (Twigs and Trees blog).

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Celia. I hope to get some research in to answer the questions soon.

  3. Lisa,

    I want to let you know that your blog is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a wonderful weekend!


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