07 January 2010

The Hunt...

This morning I decided to work on the family of Edwin Percival Ansley & his wife, Margaret Berry Ansley. I knew the details about them, actually it was their children I was looking to fill in some blanks on.
My family group record showed that they had a daughter, named only as Mrs. J.R. McCarty in other sources. So I set out to find out just who Mrs. J.R. McCarty was. She had no name in any of the documents I had looked at so far.
My first stop was Ancestry. A great place for starters - I used the main search screen and typed in J.R. McCarty. I came up with quite a few hits on the census & even some in vital records. But without a woman's name it was going to be a bit of a challenge. I decided to check the family trees section and see what I came up with. A hit right off the bat told me that this person believed her to be Laura Ansley who was married to John Ruckus McCarty. COOL!
After finding her name I discovered that this person had some notes on the family of John & Laura. Doing some reading, I followed her trail over to FindaGrave.com.
In the notes she mentions that there is a memorial to one of Laura's children there. So off I go.
There is indeed a memorial there, stating that the child had been born seriously ill and had died at less than one month old. Great stuff. I added some notes to my personal file regarding the child. Noticing that there were hot links on the memorial to the parents, Laura & John.
Of course being the researcher I am, turning down a hot link to parents just isn't something I can pass up.
Clicking on the link for Laura takes me to her memorial. There is no headstone photo - but wait - a photo of her also appears. Curiousity leads me to scroll down - under the photo is a notation that states that this photo was in the Atlanta Constitution on 21 SEP 1913, pg. 7. Really?
I jump into the historical newspapers and find the Atlanta Constitution. Putting in the date she had given I quickly locate the photo. Under the photo itself it states that she is to marry J.R. McCarty on Nov. 6th. If you click on the photo at the top of the page you can see for yourself the info at the bottom of her photo.
Chasing wedding write ups can at times be challenging. Sometimes they appear the day after sometimes the weekend after, sometimes weeks after. After searching the weekend after, I decided to just try the day after. BINGO! There is was headlining the society page for Nov.7, 1913, Pg. 14 - the descriptions of the wedding are wonderfully written, and the fact that her sister, who I also only had a married name for, makes her debutante appearance on the same night as the wedding just makes this find a real treasure. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed finding it.

Wedding and Debut Dance Brilliant Social Functions
The marriage of Miss Laura Ansley and Mr. Rucker McCarty was an event of brilliant social interest and picturesque elaboration, taking place last night at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. & Mrs. Edwin P. Ansley, in Ansley Park.
Several hundred guests were present, and afterwards the younger set remained for Miss Mamie Ansley's debut dance, a bright and beautiful occasion.
The scene of the marriage ceremony was the great reception hall in the center of the house, and the guests looked in upon it from the surrounding apartments and the spacious porch, which runs the length of the reception hall, wide windows opening out upon it.
The bride entered with her father, and the groom with his best man, Mr. George McCarty. Miss Mamie Ansley was maid of honor, and Misses Mignon and Margaret McCarty, Frances Ansley and Annie Lee McKenzie were bridesmaids.

The Ceremony Scene
The backdrop for the bridal group was a masking of palms the length of the room to meet a frieze of smilax. The mantel, massed with variegated foliage, was the center of the background, and on it burned white candles in brass candelabra, and in the center was a burst of Easter lilies.
Arching over the mantel was a canopy of smilax starred with Easter lilies and bordered with white rose shaded lights, while a shower of valley lilies formed a fringe. Tall white and gold baskets of Easter lilies and white candles in cathedral candlesticks at each side completed a beautiful effect. At one end of the room a tall white vase of lilies was reflected in a smilax hung console mirror, and the entire apartment had a mural decoration of Smilax. The wedding picture was inclosed by a railing of white ribbon and fern festooned between white posts.
The music of a string orchestra floated out from behind a screen of palms in one of the parlors, the program one of rare appropriateness.

The Bridal Party
The bride, a beauty of well poised bearing, was gowned in white satin, its texture heavy but graceful, and it was trimmed with chiffon and rose point lace, which draped the corsage and fell the length of the skirt into the train. Its finish was an embroidery of pearls, and the bridal bouquet of valley lilies fit into the arm and was showered.
The maid of honor was a strikingly pretty picture in green chiffon and lace over white satin, its trimming of ermine, and her flowers and those of the bridesmaids were pink roses in bridesmaid wreaths hung over the arm and falling to the hem of the gown. The bridesmaids wore pale pink chiffon.
Mrs. Ansley wore a handsome costume in white satin draped with chiffon and lace. Mrs. George W. McCarty was gowned in white satin.
The Bride's Table
A buffet supper was served the guests, and the bride's table was set in the sun parlor, a pretty enclosure of stone and glass, which was hung with smilax and lined with palms.
Seated there, beside the bride and groom and their attendants, were Mises Passie Ottley, Virginia Jenkins of Virginia and Lucy Smith, Messrs Edwin McCarty, Philip L'Engle, Remsen King, Welborn Blalock, J. Millican of Greenville, Tenn., Milton Dargan and Charles Sciple.
In the center of the table was a large mirror with a billowy ruffle wreath of pink tulle, out of which rose at close intervals low vases of lilies of the valley. At the wider curves of the wreath were crystal vases of pink rosebuds, the vases chained from one to another with roses of valley lilies.
Reflected in the mirror was a chandelier framed with tiers of asparagus fern out of which shone small electric lights through pink rosebud shads. The crystal candlesticks had white gauze ribbon shades embroidered in orange blossoms and fringed with valley lilies, and the places were marked by monogram jewelry boxes for the young ladies, the boxes filled with cake, and amber cigarette holders in leather cases with the men's monograms. The wedding cake was embossed with orange blossoms.
Punch was served at each end of the porch, which was inclosed in canvas, the walls of the canvas and stone hung with bamboo, and baytrees, palms and chrysanthemums making an indoor garden effect. Presiding at the punch bowls were Misses Helen McCarty, Bertha Moore, Adgate Ellis, Jessie McKee and Helen McCullough.

The Debutante
The several reception rooms had artistic decoration in palms and smilax, and in one parlor the pretty debutante stood in the midst of palms and a wreath of beautiful blossoms to receive her welcome into the social life. Around her were tall baskets of American Beauties and of chrysanthemums, and clusters of the florists' rarest treasures in bouquets shed their fragrance around her.
Miss Ansley is one of the prettiest and most winsome young women in the debutante set, and her popularity already promises to rival her sister's.
Among the out of town guests at the wedding were Mrs. Frank Ansley and Mrs. Brandon, of Thomasville, and Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Ansley of Charleston.
Mr. and Mrs. McCarty went to Florida on their wedding trip. Their marriage centered a more than usual interest, since both are of prominent family and there are no more popular young people in the social life. The bride unites musical tastes and accomplishment with her other social graces, and Mr. McCarty has proven his business ability as well as the qualities that make popularity. He is associated with his father, Mr. George W. McCarty, in the firm of A.D. Adair & McCarty Bros.
Image at top of page, Miss Laura Ansley

1 comment:

Sheri said...

Great find! I too am researching families of the social elite. It is such a pleasure to read about them!