For us, it was a great way to get strangers talking at the table, and get my historical geekiness into our wedding. But it's been ten years, I am cleaning out the basement, and the time has come to find out about the families on these copper plates, and try to get them to their proper homes.
The year before they married, they both had traveled to Europe - she returned on Sept. 5, 1908 to New York from Liverpool. He returned to New York from Glasgow on Nov. 4th, 1908. In my imaginings they met at some event in England, charming each other in scenes out of "A Room With A View" or Henry James novels. I'm sure there were beautiful dresses, parasols, and a garden party or two.
Mary was 31 and Alexander was 61 when they were married - it was his second wedding. He was the great grandson of the founding father Alexander Hamilton, and she was a Mayflower descendant (biography). He was also a well-known Episcopalian minister. They had two children. Alexander died in 1928 and Mary died in 1952.
|Alexander Hamilton, from Wikipedia|
I would love to pass this piece of family history back where it belongs, so let me know if you are or know a descendant of Alexander and Mary.