Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wedding Wednesday 1/1/1900

I always loved the fact that my grandfather's parents, Lowell Copeland and Ethel May Greeley, were married on January 1, 1900. And I was especially excited when I was able to confirm this by finding their marriage license at in Winnetka, Cook County, Illinois:

Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920 (index and images, FamilySearch,, from Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records, Springfield, Illinois, accessed 5/1/2011), L. T. Copeland and Ethel May Greeley, married 1 January 1900. citing Marriage Records, FHL microfilm 1,030,305.
The groom was 37 years old and the bride was 24 years old. The marriage license above was issued on December 21, 1899, and the marriage took place on January 1, 1900, at (Episcopal) Christ Church Winnetka by Rev. Henry Grattan Moore. Note that at the bottom of the license, where the pre-printed date was 189_, he had to completely write over it: 1900.

(N.B. My grandfather, Lowell Townsend Copeland, was born just under a year later, on December 21, 1900.)


  1. How wonderful that your ggrandparents chose such a special day for their wedding!

  2. Laura - Yes I agree, what a neat choice of wedding day. Thank you for reading!