For this week's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge from blogger Amy Crow Johnson of No Story Too Small, the theme is "Unusual" and if you read through, you'll find a somewhat unusual request made in the will of my second great-grandfather, George Lysle, Jr.
He was born in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, on the last day of February 1845, the youngest son and second-to-youngest child of George Lysle and Margaret McIlwaine. He lived his entire life in Allegheny or Pittsburgh working as a coal merchant.
He married Marion Helen Alston on October 13, 1875. See their beautiful wedding invitation. Their two children were Marguerite and George Barton. Sadly, Marion died in 1885.
He is mentioned in my Surname Saturday ~ Lysle of Pennsylvania post. I have shared his family's 1880 census record. I also have shared newspapers notices of his civic participation on a local school board and a brief death notice.
On June 11, 1889, George, age 44, married Edith O. Hadly, less than half his age at 20.
|June 13, 1889, page 5, column 2. George Lysle-Edith Hadly wedding. http://www.newspapers.com/image/86437291/, Pittsburgh Daily Post, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, online images (http://www.newspapers.com).|
LYSLE-HADLY - On Tuesday, June 11, 1889,
at the residence of the bride's parents, by
Rev. T. J. Leak, George Lisle [sic], Jr., and
Miss Edith O. Hadly, both of Allegheny.
That summer, Marguerite turned 13 years old and George Barton turned 11. As I have noted before, Marguerite never spoke about her step-mother.