August Happiness Challenge – Day 15

The “August Happiness Challenge” is hosted by Sam over at One Gal’s Musings.  Run on over to her place to learn all about it!


Researching our family’s history makes me happy.  Doing the research and actually finding something makes me ecstatic!  Today is an ecstatic happy. 🙂

While trying to find an article about the shooting death of a son of David’s 5th great-grandfather, Daniel Bird, Sr., I decided to switch gears and look up other family members that I knew to be in the Edgefield, South Carolina, area during that same time frame.

I hit pay dirt.

I found the wedding announcement of my 3rd great-grandmother, Carolina E. Walker to Mr. James F. Freeman. He was her first husband. I descended from her marriage to her second husband, Samuel Williams.

Found on

This clipping is from the 22 December 1852 issue of the Edgefield Advertiser (Edgefield, South Carolina), page 2. It says that they married on the 15th tnst. From other things that I’ve found in my research, I assume “tnst” to mean “instant”, which, in this case, would mean the current month. In other words, they were married on 15 December 1852, which was exactly a week before this paper was issued.

The only thing that would have made me happier with this find would have been for a wedding photograph to have been included with the announcement.  But, that wasn’t so common a thing back then as it is now.

I am very happy with this discovery. 🙂


Please be sure to visit David’s happy post over at Random Thoughts and Observations. Thanks!


About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native now living on the Texas Gulf Coast. I have been married to David for just over 33 years. We have 4 surviving adult children and two children-in-law. At this point in our lives, we are adjusting to an refilling nest. I enjoy reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, and much, much more.
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2 Responses to August Happiness Challenge – Day 15

  1. celiamae says:

    That’s a very cool discovery! It’s so awesome that we can trace our ancestry!

    Liked by 1 person

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