Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wedding Wednesday: Eunice Derieg and John Kelly

I've come across quite a few old newspaper articles about wedding ceremonies, so I thought I would begin a new feature on the LongLostRelatives.net blog called Wedding Wednesday.

The marriage of Miss Eunice Derrige (sic - correct spelling is Derieg) and Mr. John Kelly was celebrated yesterday morning at 8:30 at St. Theresa's pro-cathedral. The ceremony was followed by an elaborate wedding breakfast at the home of the groom's sister, Mrs. Ode Rector. The tables were decorated with white roses and chrysanthemums. Covers were laid for twenty-two. The bride wore a handsome white satin gown and a white picture hat with drooping plumes. Mrs. Rector was assisted by Mrs. Langdon of Omaha, Mrs. John Fitzgerald and Mrs. James Manahan.

Lincoln Evening News
Lincoln, Nebraska
November 20, 1900



I selected this wedding article because this is one of my brick wall families. Eunice Derieg and John Kelly were married in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1900. The 1910 census shows the family had moved to Caddo county, Oklahoma. Several other members of the Derieg family that came from Nebraska also show up in this vicinity. The 1920 census shows the Kellys living in Colorado. By 1930, Eunice Derieg Kelly is back in Oklahoma, a widow, and the couple's two sons are living with their mother and farming. I've not been able to track the family since the 1930 census, nor have I located any documentation of John's death.

John Kelly was a brother of my great-grandfather, Daniel Kelly, and a son of William D. Kelly and Mary Casey. He was born in Nebraska about 1865.

The other people referenced in the wedding article are Mrs. Ode Rector, the former Nelly Kelly; Mrs. Langdon is Margaret Kelly Langdon, wife of Michael Langdon; and Mrs. John Fitzgerald is Mary Kelly Fitzgerald. All three women were sisters of John Kelly. Mrs. James Manahan is Mary "Minnie" Zieta Kelly Manahan, a first cousin. Minnie Kelly Manahan's parents were Daniel Kelly and Mary Collins of St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota. Her husband was attorney James Manahan, who became a congressman from Minnesota.

As always, if you are connected to the Derieg or Kelly families, I'd love to connect with you.

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