Monday, September 11, 2023

Sisters Marry Same Day 1907

I am sharing a little information from my research today.  It is the announcement of the marriages  of sisters, Amanda and Elinor Barbara Joyce of Morganfield, Union County, Kentucky. The announcement appeared in the Owensboro Messenger on Thursday, 10 Oct 1907, page 5. Although I never met Amanda and “Nellie” Joyce, they were distant relatives and were the daughters of James Madison Joyce and Mary Paschal Davenport.  Our common ancestor was Revolutionary War patriot George Joyce (1759 – 1835). This post was originally published 15 April 2021.

“The marriage of Rev. H.B. Self and Miss Amanda Joyce, and Mr. Allen Omer Hooper and Miss Elinor Barbara Joyce, of Morganfield, was solemnized at the Christian church at Morganfield Tuesday morning. The ceremony was said by the Rev. R.H. Crossfield, of Owensboro.

“The church was tastefully decorated for the occasion by the girls of the 1905 class of the Morganfield high school of which Miss Amanda Joyce was a member.

“The ushers were Mr. Fred Dyer, of Sturgis; Mr. Will Markwell, of Sturgis, and Dr. Richard Foster, of Morganfield. Immediately after the ceremony the wedding party left for Louisville, where Mr. and Mrs. Hooper will visit Mr. and Mrs. Milton Young, formerly of Morganfield. From Louisville Mr. and Mrs. Self will visit in several central Kentucky cities. On their return to Morganfield, Mr. and Mrs. Self will be at home with Mrs. Elinor D. Hatfield and Mr. and Mrs. Hooper will be with the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Hooper, near Grove Center.

“Rev. Self was formerly assistant pastor of the First Christian church here and has many friends in Owensboro. He recently accepted the call to the Christian church at Morganfield.”

Amanda Joyce Self was born in 1885 Union County and died 3 Dec 1970 Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama. According to a death notice, her body was returned to a Union County funeral home, but the place of burial was not given. [1] Her husband, the Rev. Self, was buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Morganfield.[2] 

Eleanor Barbara Joyce, better known as “Nellie,” was born in 1888 Union County. She died in 1919 and is buried beside her husband, Allen O. Hooper in Odd Fellows Cemetery #37.[3]


[1] “Deaths and funerals in Kentucky,” The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky, Fri., 4 Dec 1970, p. 3. “Morganfield - Mrs. Amanda Self, formerly of Union County, died in Birmingham, Ala. The body will be returned to Whitsell Funeral Home here.”

[2] “Retired Minister, Rev. Self, Dies,” The Messenger, Madisonville, Kentucky, Thurs., 2 July 1959, p. 10.

[3] Find A Grave, Memorial #107954266, Nellie Joyce Hooper and Memorial #107954272, Allen O. Hooper

Published again 11 Sep 2023, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

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