The Scrappin Genealogist

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Fearless Females: Day #4

Do you have marriage records for your grandparents or great-grandparents? Write a post about where they were married and when. Any family stories about the wedding day? Post a photo too if you have one.

I actually have the marriage certificate of many of my ancestors. But, I want to focus on my paternal grandparents who were Charles Clair Ausmus and Joan Etta Graham. They were married in Yuma, Arizona on 4 September 1942. At first, I wondered why they were married in Yuma, Arizona when they lived in Los Angeles, California, but I found out it's because they eloped. They didn't want the big wedding, they were in love and just wanted to be married. So, they packed a bag, picked up my grandpa's sister and her husband to be their witnesses and headed off to Yuma.

Here's a copy of their marriage certificate. I cropped off the registration information.

We don't have a photo of them taken at their wedding. Their focus was to get married and start their lives together and they didn't worry about photos.


CC said...

What a neat family story to have about your grandparents' wedding day! Nothing more romantic, in my opionion, than a small intimate ceremony.

Cheri Hopkins aka You Go Girl #2 & Sweetwater Sherry said...

Cute story, couples often did this in those days and so many had no photos. One would think they might have had some taken with their close family along but I guess they often did not--as you say, they just wanted to get married and start a new life. Thanks for sharing their story.
Cheri Hopkins, Those Old Memories

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