I walked to the St. Louis Public Library at lunch today. It was a gorgeous day and it gave me just a bit of time to check out what books they had on Pope County.
Some of the books were early marriage licenses. I already had a wedding date for my great-grandparents, George C. "Cooper" VAUGHN and Hannah HOGG. (3 NOV 1878) But one of the books offered up a bit more information from the marriage license itself. It said they were married at the home of Francis HOGG (Hannah's father). It listed Francis as her father and an unknown THACKER as her mother. (All other records show her as Mary THACKER.)
It listed George's father as George VAUGHN and his mother as unknown CANER. First time I've ever seen that name. Everywhere else, she is known as Elizabeth SKINNER.
But one of the best pieces of information, the witnesses: Asa COLLIER and Elijah CARTER. (Asa HAS to be one of Margaret (VAUGHN) HOGG COLLIER's brood. He is a cousin to the groom as his mother was George VAUGHN's sister.) Elijah was the grandson of Aquilla (STORY) CARTER HOGG, wife of Francis R. HOGG. These two were Hannah's grandparents. Elijah is her what? Half cousin? Her father and Elijah's father were half-brothers. (Aquilla married a John CARTER and had a few kids before marrying Francis in 1816.)
Oddly enough, Elijah is one of the ancestors that newly found cousin Cathy is researching. Do you think the happy couple and their respective cousins would be marveling that almost 130 years later someone - me - is happy at having found them?