"THE MARRYING CHAIN"
22 October 2007
The story told to me by Mother is that Papaw King gave the necklace to Granny King prior to their marriage. It originally had a little watch attached, but at some point Papaw took the watch off to use and what became of it no one knows!
(This list is taken from one handwritten by Mother and any notations (*) were told to me by Mother.) (The list is not in order by date worn, just by who has worn it.)
Papaw and Granny were married on March 13, 1904, and Granny wore it on their wedding day. Children born to this union were Rufus, Mary, Winnie, Mabel, Virgie, Seth, and Earl.
Rufus’ only child, Martha, wore chain as did her two daughters Donna and Danita.
Mary wore as did her daughter Joyce. (*Daughter Peggy chose not to since Virgie had worn for her first marriage which ended in divorce and Peggy was superstitious.) However, Janice, daughter of Peggy and granddaughter of Mary, did wear on her wedding day.
Winnie wore on her wedding day.
Mabel wore on her wedding day, May 9, 1933. She had four children Bobby, Carl, Charlotte and Mae. Bobby’s bride did not wear the chain. However, his two daughters Barbara and BeLinda did. Carl married Jayne Coffman and she wore the chain. After their divorce, he married Debbie Stansbury, and she wore it. Carl’s two daughters, Carla and Kimberly, wore on their wedding day. Kelley, bride of Carl's son Clint, wore it on their wedding day. Charlotte wore the chain as did her daughter Diane and Mae wore chain as did her daughter Nikki.
Virgie wore at her first marriage, but did not on her second. However, her daughter Linda Ann, from second marriage, did wear at her wedding.
Neither Seth’s bride nor daughter wore the chain.
Earl’s bride did not wear the chain, but their daughter, Elizabeth, wore at each of her two marriages.
No reason is known why the ones that did not wear the chain did not. ((Note: Bobby’s bride did not wear because they were married in Taiwan. Shipping would have been a problem. Added 30Oct2010/BCW))
The chain has been worn by twenty-four (24) brides since 3/13/1904. ((Note: add three more making it 27. Katy, granddaughter of Martha and Cassiopeia Barlow, daughter of Barbara, granddaughter of Bobby, great granddaughter of Mabel wore it on her wedding day…added BCW))
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Rufus – Donna: Martha (y)(2) Donna (y), Katy (Donna’s daughter) (y) (25), ____2007, (7) Danita (y)(8)
Mary (y) (3) 8Mar'41: Joyce (y) (9) 4-17-65
Janice (y) (10)
Winnie (y) (4) 8-14-49
Mabel (y)(3) 5-9-33: Jayne (y) (11) 12-28-1957, Charlotte (y)(12) 3-10-63, Mae (y)(13), 12-3-71, Carla (y) 14, Kelley (y)(15), Debbie (y)(16) 9-29-85, Barbara (y)(21May1980), Rose (y) ( ) 20 May 2000.
Virgie (y)(6), 5 Dec 1948, Linda Ann (y) (18) 7June 1968
Earl: Elizabeth (y)(19)&(20) 4-14-__, Kim (y)(21) 11-12-89, Nikki (y)(22) 6-8-90, Dianne (y) (23) 9-14-91, BeLinda (y)(24) 3-7-93. ((this is the end of the list as I received it))(BCW).
Added Katy (25) above.
Add: Cassiopeia (y)(26) 6 April 2008.
(As far as I know at this time the only photo is of Cassiopeia. She used it as ankle bracelet and added a blue dangle to it to make "something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue":
Added Barbara, Linda Ann and Charlotte on 3Nov10.
Added Chelsey Poole Brinninstool and Rusty Brinninstool Married 9 June 2018(27) added to page 10/23/2018 ( ,bcw)
Note: continuation from last entry…. Corrected the spelling of CHELSEY’s name (sorry about that, old folks.. could blame it on keyboard, but NOT… BCW 10/24/2018.
No chain but picture anyway. 25 December 1957
Barbara Carol Wolfe Barlow (JJ) and James Barlow (JB) 21 May 1980
Cassiopeia Barlow Guthrie (with blue dangle attached).
Kinberly Wolfe Williams 12 Nov 1989
BeLinda Christine Wolfe Singer with Peter Singer and BeLinda’s parents 7 March 1993
Linda Ann Hopper Riley and Punchy Riley
Charlotte DLee Wolfe Parker with Elmer Parker and their Parents.
Jane Coffman Wolfe and Carl Wolfe 1957
Joyce Feazell Jones and Ken Jones
Chelsey Poole Brininstool and Rusty Brininstool with parents, 9 June 2018
Note: Chelsey wanted to do something a little different, so she wore the CHAIN in her hair.
If other photos are available, please send them to me and I will update this page.