Tonight on ancestry I found 3 of my Zion ancestors listed in the Annals of Southwest Virginia.
Date Groom Bride Minister
1789 Nov 3 Zion John 4th great grandfather Lucy MacCormack John Frost
1811 Mar 11 Zion Jacob 4th great uncle Caty Fleenor Charles Pennington
1818 Aug 27 Zion McCormack 3rd great grandfather Mary Gobble David Jesse
I was wondering what the marriage customs would be for my ancestors in colonial America
I found an excerpt from an article by historian Alice Morse Earle in the Journal of American Folklore (April June 1893).
The bride and groom and bridal party walked a little procession to the meeting house on the Sabbath following the marriage. We read in Sewall diary of a Sewall bride thus coming out or walking out bride , as it was called in Newburyport Cotton Mather thought it expedient to thus make public with due dignity the marriage. In some communities the attention of the interested public was further drawn to the new married couple in what seems to us a very comic fashion. On the Sabbath following the wedding, the gaily dressed bride and groom occupied a prominent seat in the gallery of the meeting house , and in the middle of the sermon they rose and slowly turned around to display complacently on every side their wedding finery.
Other customs were just before joining hands the Bridegroom quits the place , who is soon followed by the Brides men and , as it were, dragged back to duty.
Did the bride throw a stocking, was there drinking and dancing after the wedding.
I wish I could travel back in time to see where they married , what they wore and what the customs were for the Zions in colonial Virginia.
Today for Tombstone Tuesday I am sharing about Michael Flinner / Fleenor the brother of 5th great grandfather Gasper ( Casper ) Fleenor making him my 4th great grand uncle
Michael Flinner / Fleenor, son of Johannes Flinner and Anna Minnick, was born November 28, 1760, in Philadelphia, Bucks County, Pennsylvania and died August 03, 1837, in Mongle Springs, Washington County, Virginia.
He married Sarah "Sally" Linder on December 10, 1781, in Three Springs, Washington County, Virginia. She was born on July 08, 1765, in Washington County, Virginia and died July 09, 1853, in Abingdon, Washington County, Virginia. She was the daughter of (George Anton) Anthony Linder and Mary Newland.
Michael is buried in the Fleenor Cemetery #89, Washington County, Virginia. They raised a family of 14 children.
According to researcher Michael Meek: Michael Flinner served in the American Revolution in the western part of Virginia at various times from 1777 to 1780. On March 26, 1833, he applied for a soldiers pension, his soldier certificate was 12609 under the act of June 7, 1832. The pension was granted and he received $51.66 per annum issued May 11, 1833. Buried: Fleenor Cemetery #89, Washington County, VA.
Michael was a Justice of Washington County, VA. on the 19th of June, 1821.
Fleener Cemetery #89. GPS: 36.789117, -82.031173
Michael's stone is no longer actually at the cemetery. The owner had passed away already when we went, however we talked to his son, and according to him, the previous owner had the stone removed due to the amount of people asking to visit the cemetery.
Last night while searching on ancestry looking at my Fleenor ancestors I found the will of
Mary Ann Fleenor Cassell/ Cossel . Reading the will shows us that she was sadden and
disappointed that her family moved to another state.
Will of Mary Ann Fleenor shared on ancestry by Judy C R
Wills Coles County Illinois
In the name of the God , amen I Mary Cossel of the county of Coles and the state of Illinois, being week in body but sound in mind and memory , do make and establish this my last will and testament and do hereby appoint executor of this my last will and testiment.
First it is my will that all of my just debts be paid, second after the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses, I will and bequeath to my son William Cossell all my personal property, household and kitchen furniture to have and to hold forever. I give him this as only a small compensation for his kindness to me in my old age when almost diserted by my other children.
In testimony where of I have here unto set my hand and seal this 21st day of December 1853 Her mark Mary X Cossel Witness N Ellington and F M Ellington.
It's Surname Saturday, and I'm "counting down" my Ancestral Name List each week. I am at my 6th great grandfather Johannes Flinner Grace Arthur Zion 1921 2008 Muriel Day 1922 1998 Perry Zion 1886 1958 Alta Hall 1892 1944 Jonathan Adam Zion 1861 1927 Rachel Millsap 1862 1945 John H Zion 1831 1920 Mary Cassell 1834 1919 Jonathan Cassell 1812 1845 Elizabeth Carmichael 1812 1899 Michael Cassell 1763 1847 Mary Fleenor 1786 1852 Gasper Casper Fleenor 1750 1825 Margaretha Andtes 1750 1829 Johannes Flinner / Fleenor 1721 1789 Anna E Minnich 1722 17?? They had 4 children as far as I know source is find a grave gave the 3 sons I have a Martha marrying another ancestor with Johannes as father .. work to be done here. Michael Gasper ( Casper) Nicholas Martha