OK, so I accidentally forgot to write a post the last two weeks, but I promise this week’s posting will totally makeup for it. These are the newspaper clippings found between pages 41 and 42 of the memory book that was my grand and great-grand mothers. Sorry for the blurry image I must have moved when I scanned it. 😛
The first clipping is midway down the page on the left and tells us this:
“Retired Farmer Dies – Special to the Courier-Journal
Edmonton, Ky., Dec 3 – Robert Dewett Knight, 59 Edmonton retired farmer, died of a hear attach at 4:30 a.m. today at his home after a long illness. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Phoebe Knight; two daughters, Mrs. Bill Cooksey, Edmonton, and Mrs. James Cooksey, Louisville; two brothers, Paul and Rufus Knight, East Fork, and three sisters, Mrs. Jim Shirley and Mrs. Will Shirley, Edmonton, and Miss Sallie M. Knight, Glasgow. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Butler Funeral home.”
Seems like a lot of sisters marrying men with the same last name. Wonder if they were brothers marrying sisters? Anyway, on to the next clipping. It tells us:
“Ex-Farmer Dies at 85 – Special to the Courier-Journal
Greensburg, Ky., Dec 3. – William Dave Young, 85, retired farmer, died this afternoon at his home in the Little Barren community after a short illness. He had served for several years as a deacon of Little Barren Separate Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bird Martin Young; two daughters, Mrs. Hattie Jones, Greensburg, and Mrs. Lucy Houk, Pierce; two sons, Harry Young, Greensburg, and Willie Young, Little Barren; 19 grandchildren, and 33 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at Little Barren Church. The body is at Cowherd & Parrott Funeral Home here.”
According to the Kentucky Death Index 1911-2000 found at Ancestry.com, William D Young died in Green County, Kentucky on 3 Dec 1956 at the age of 85.
Now to the best clipping:
“Married Three Years, Parents, Find They’re Brother, Sister
Hereford, England, Feb. 18 – (AP) – Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Hughes have discovered after three years of marriage and two children that they are brother and sister. Already separated by the grim knowledge, they are working on an annulment.
The 24-year-old mother told reporters today the tragedy began in 1934 when her parents died and she and her brother, two years older, were sent to an orphanage.
Margaret was soon adopted by a family named Stanham and took their name. As Margaret Stanham she met young Geoffrey Hughes in 1948. Three years later they were married.
Their first child, Robert, is no 2 and their youngest, Michael is five months old.
“Soon after Michael’s birth,” Margaret said, “a woman told me my real name was Hughes and that Geoffrey is my brother. I went at once to the registrar of births. He looked up the records and to my horror I found that the woman was right.
“Geoffrey and I parted immediately,” she added. “He was heartbroken. He was devoted to the children and we were very happy. I do not know where he is now.
“I do not know what to do but even if I have to work night and day I will never be parted from my children.
Registrar W. G. Bacon confirmed Margaret’s story. He described the marriage as a “one in a million chance.”
Mrs. Hughes said she did not list her antecedents at the time of her marriage because she was an orphan and did not even know her actual name.
Hughes works as a traveling lumberjack. He has held several different jobs since leaving the Royal Air Force.
Stanham died in 1950 and Mrs. Stanham soon afterward. The home Margaret was raised in was an ordinary middle class British family.
The Hereford County Council will hold an inquiry into the case, which is believed to have first reached the public and press through a chatty neighbor.
Another neighbor said last night “a friend” had told her how “very much alike” the Hughes looked.”
WOW! What else can you say? I knew I had read something like this in the news no too long ago so I Googled the terms: couple find out they are related. Should be an interesting set of of hits.
Over 1 million hits….WHAT! Now, of course, there are duplicates and other hits that don’t really match this search verbatim, but a large number of the hits do belong. THIS. IS. INSANE!
In trying to find out from what year this clipping comes, I turned to our old friend Google and actually found another paper that this article had ran: the Prescott Evening Courier on 18 Feb 1955. If you want to see it, the link is: http://ow.ly/bzcF1