Sunday School Teachers Married

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Doncaster Road Congregational Church

Kathleen Westwood Early, born in 1914 in Rotherham, is my second cousin, twice removed and daughter of Ernest Albert Early and Catherine Westwood.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after Kathleen’s marriage to John Kenneth Empson. It is of interest to note that Kathleen was employed by George Jarvis, who is related to me via my maternal ancestry (but is not related to Kathleen).

THE ADVERTISER, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13th, 1937.

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS MARRIED.

CEREMONY IN ROTHERHAM CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH.

The marriage took place in the Doncaster Road Congregational Church, Rotherham, on Saturday, of Miss Kathleen Westwood Early, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Early, of “The Kloof,” Broom Crescent, Rotherham, to Mr. John Kenneth Empson, only son of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Empson, of Lord Street, Rotherham.

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The Kloof

Both bride and bridegroom were teachers at the Doncaster Road Sunday School.

The service, which was conducted by the Rev. Victor E. Watson (minister), was choral, the hymns, “O, Perfect Love” and “O, Love Devine” being sung. Mr. Colin Sanderson was the organist.

The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a gown a peacock blue crepe marocain, a brown and beige silk velvet hat and gloves to tone. Her bouquet was of bronze chrysanthemums.

The bridesmaid was Miss Connie Burgess, who wore a dress of floral silk georgette, a blue velour hat and mittens to tone. She carried a bouquet of pink chrysanthemums.

The best man was Mr. Norman Chaddock and the groomsman was Mr. Laurence Simpson.

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Premises of George Jarvis

A reception was held by the bride’s mother at her home.

The wedding gifts included a cheque from Mr. Jarvis, by whom the bride was employed, and a loom bedroom chair, cushion and bedspread from Mr. Jarvis’ staff.

The future home of Mr. and Mrs. Empson will be at Tibshelf, Derbyshire, where the bridegroom has recently secured an appointment.

EMPSON – EARLY. – On Saturday, November 6th, 1937, at the Doncaster Road Congregational Church, by the Rev. V. E. Watson, Kathleen Westwood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Early, of “The Kloof,” Broom Crescent, Rotherham, to John Kenneth, only son of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Empson, of Lord Street, Rotherham.

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Early – Cook

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Nottingham University

John Craven Early, born in 1937 in Rotherham, is my third cousin, once removed and son of Eric Early and Kathleen Mary Hanby.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after John’s marriage to Jane Cook.

THE ADVERTISER, SAT., SEPT. 16th, 1961

EARLY – COOK

Mr. John Craven Early, only son of Mrs. E. Early, of 8, Gough Close, Rotherham, and the late Mr. Early, was married on Tuesday at Whiteshill, Stroud, Gloucestershire, to Miss Jane Marie Cook, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Cook, of Windyridge, Whiteshill, Stroud. The Rev. C. V. Beck officiated, and the organist was Mr. Jones.

The bride, given away by her father, wore a full-length gown of white figured brocade with a short bouffant veil, held in place by a pearl coronet, and carried a bouquet of pink rosebuds. She was attended by Miss Kincha Van Gelderen, who wore a full-length dress of pink brocade with a pink head-dress, and carried a bouquet of white carnations and heather,

The best man was Mr. Michael Shreeve and the groomsmen were Mr. Keith Ball and Master Christopher Sowerbutts.

A reception for 70 guests was held at the bride’s home.

The honeymoon is being spent touring, the bride travelling in a green two-piece with apricot-coloured accessories. The couple, who are both students at Nottingham University, will live at Sutton Bonington, Leicestershire.

Bairstow – Early

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Saint Alban’s Church

Kathleen Margaret Early, born in 1939 in Rotherham, is my third cousin, once removed and daughter of Eric Early and Kathleen Mary Hanby.

Below is a newspaper article published a few days after her marriage to John Bairstow.

THE ADVERTISER, SAT., SEPT. 16th, 1961

BAIRSTOW – EARLY

The marriage took place last Saturday at the Wickersley Parish Church of Miss Kathleen Margaret Early, only daughter of Mrs. K. M. Early, of 8, Gough Close, Wickersley Road, Rotherham, and the late Mr. E. Early, and Mr. John Graham Bairstow, only son of Mr. and Mrs. L. Bairstow, of 25, Woodsetts Road, North Anston, Cannon W. Sorby Briggs officiated, and the organist was Mr. S. Briggs.

Given away by her uncle, Mr. H. Early, the bride wore a full-length dress of white brocade, with a head-dress of white roses, and a shoulder-length veil. She carried a bouquet of pink roses. She was attended by Miss Janet Lloyd and Miss Sally Bairstow (bridegroom’s sister), who wore dresses of blue brocade, and carried bouquets of pink and white carnations.

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Brecks Hotel

The best man was Dr. Robert Berrington, the groomsman was Mr. J. Salmon, and the usher was Mr. J. J. Whenray.

A reception for 54 guests was held at the Brecks Hotel, Rotherham. The bride’s mother wore a blue flowered grosgrain two-piece with white accessories, and the bridegroom’s mother wore a green two-piece trimmed with mink, with bronze-coloured accessories. The honeymoon is being spent at St. Ives, Cornwall, the bride travelling in a blue suit with white accessories. The couple will reside at 31, Toll Lane, Laughton.

Early – Gregory

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Doncaster Road Congregational Church

In 1942, Ernest Harold Early, my second cousin, twice removed, married Brenda Joan Gregory. Below is a newspaper article published shortly after their marriage.

THE ADVERTISER, SATURDAY, APRIL 11th, 1942.

EARLY – GREGORY.

The marriage took place in the Doncaster Road Congregational Church, Rotherham, on Saturday, of Miss Brenda Joan Gregory, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. Gregory, of “Kildare,” Wickersley Road, Rotherham, to Mr. Ernest Harold Early, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Early, of “Kyngeston,” Broom Lane, Rotherham. The service which was choral, was conducted by the Rev. V. E. Watson, and Mr. Colin Sanderson was the organist.

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Cooperative Society

The bride, who was given away by her father, was attended by Mrs. W. Spencer (her sister), Miss Marjorie Smith (her cousin), and Miss Jean Early (niece of the bridegroom).

The best man was Mr. Clifford Early (brother of the bridegroom), and the groomsmen were Mr. Leonard Early and Mr. Eric Early (brothers of the bridegroom).

A reception was given by the bride’s parents in the Co-operative Cafe, Rotherham.

Thompson – Early

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Doncaster Road Congregational Church

Bessie Early, born in 1922 in Rotherham, is my second cousin, twice removed and daughter of Ernest Albert Early and Catherine Westwood.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after Bessie’s marriage to Denis Thompson.

THE ADVERTISER, SATURDAY, AUGUST 2nd, 1947.

THOMPSON – EARLY. – On July 26th, 1947, at Doncaster Road Congregational Church, by the Rev. D. Brameld, Bessie, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Early, 2, Broom Crescent, Rotherham, and Denis, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, 141, Middle Avenue, Rawmarsh.

THOMPSON – EARLY.

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The Kloof

The marriage of Miss Bessie Early, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Early, of “The Kloof,” 2, Broom Crescent, Rotherham, to Mr. Denis Thompson, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, of 141, Middle Avenue, Rawmarsh, took place last Saturday at the Doncaster Road Congregational Church, Rotherham.

The Rev. D. C. Brameld, of Felstead, Essex, officiated at the choral service.

Wearing a gown of ivory moire taffeta, with an embroidered veil held in place by a cornet of orange blossom, the bride was given away by her father. She carried a bouquet of tea roses.

Miss Brenda Birks was the chief bridesmaid and other attendants were Miss D. Richardson and Miss M. Nelson.

The best man was Mr. E. Heald, and the groomsmen were Mr. G. Early (bride’s brother) and Mr. J. Thompson (bridegroom’s brother).

Congregational Church Worker Married

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Doncaster Road Congregational Church

George Edward Early, born in 1907 in Rotherham, is my second cousin, twice removed and son of Ernest Albert Early and Agnes Gracie.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after George’s marriage to Blanche Seston, with whom he issued five children, one of them being, Gwynneth Ann Early.

THE ADVERTISER, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2nd, 1937.

CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH WORKER MARRIED.

EARLY – SESTON.

The marriage took place in the Doncaster Road Congregational Church on Thursday of Miss Blanche Seston, youngest daughter of Mrs. Seston, of 49, Dovercourt Road, Rotherham, and the late Mr. J. Seston, to Mr. George Edward Early, only son of Mr. E. A. Early, of The Kloof, Broom Crescent, Rotherham, and the late Mrs. Early. The service, which was choral, was conducted by the Rev. V. E. Watson, and Mr. Felix Norris was the organist.

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The Kloof

The bride, who was given away by her nephew (Mr. Gordon Elliott), wore a gown of ivory satin beaute, ornamented with lace. Her embroidered veil was held in place by a coronet of orange blossom and pearls, and she carried a shower bouquet of tea roses and fern.

She was attended by Miss Bessie Early and Miss Brenda Birks, who had dresses of mauve satin beaute, with Juliet caps and carried shower bouquets of pink carnations. Miss Joan Holford, the junior maid, wore a dress of salmon pink and a halo to match, and carried a Victorian posy of pink carnations.

Mr. Edward Russell was the best man, and Mr. Horace Holford and Mr. Walter Spencer were the groomsmen.

The reception was held in the Congregational School room.

The honeymoon is being spent at Llandudno, the bride travelling in an ensemble of bottle green.

Among the wedding presents were a Westminster chiming clock from Mrs. Heath, Wellgate, with whom the bridegroom is employed, and a dinner service from Miss D. Varley, the bride’s former employer.

The bridegroom has been a deacon of the Doncaster Road Congregational Church for over ten years, and is also superintendent of the Sunday School.

EARLY – SESTON. – On September 30th, at Doncaster Road Congregational Church by the Rev. V. E. Watson, George Edward, only son of Mr. E. A. and the late Mrs. Early, of The Kloof, Broom Crescent, to Blanche, youngest daughter of Mrs. Seston and the late Mr. J. Seston, of 49, Dovercourt Road.

A Rotherham Bride in Village Ceremony

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Eric Early & Kathleen M. Hanby

In 1936, Eric Early, my second cousin, twice removed, married Kathleen Mary Hanby in the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, Whiston, Rotherham. Below are a couple of newspaper articles published shortly after their marriage.

THE ADVERTISER, SATURDAY, AUGUST 22nd, 1936.

MARRIAGE OF MISS K. M. HANBY.

A ROTHERHAM BRIDE IN VILLAGE CEREMONY.

The wedding took place in the Whiston Parish Church on Monday of Miss Kathleen Mary Hanby, younger daughter of Mr. Wm. Hanby, of 78-80, Wellgate, and “Havenhurst,” Moorgate, Rotherham, and the late Mrs. Hanby, to Mr. Eric Early, second son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Early, of “Kyngeston,” Bawtry Road, Rotherham.

The Rev. H. C. May, of Wickersley, officiated.

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Church of Saint Mary Magdalene

Rust was the colour motif of the bridal party, and was featured in the apparel of the bride and bridesmaid, the bride’s sister, and the mother of the bridegroom.

Given away by her father, the bride wore a gown of patterned blue georgette and straw hat to match. Her bouquet was of lemon-coloured roses.

The bridegroom’s only sister, Miss Mabel Early, was the bridesmaid, wearing a dress of shell pink patterned georgette. Her straw hat toned, and she carried variegated sweet peas.

Mr. Clifford Early, M.Sc. (brother of the bridegroom), was the best man, and the ushers were Mr. Leonard Early and Mr. A. Hawley.

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Havenhurst, Moorgate

After the ceremony, a reception was held at “Havenhurst,” where the bride’s sister received the guests in a silk suit and picture hat. The mother of the bridegroom had chosen a toilette of black crepe and red roses.

Later, the bride and bridegroom left for their touring honeymoon in Devon and Cornwall, the bride travelling in a costume and hat of navy blue. Her gift to the bridegroom was a Revelation suit case. The bridegroom presented the bride with a dressing table set in enamel and to the bridesmaid he gave a brush and comb set in enamel.

EARLY – HANBY. – On August 17th, 1936, at Whiston Church by the Rev. H. C. May, Eric, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Early, of “Kyngeston,” Bawtry Road, Rotherham, to Kathleen Mary, younger daughter of Mr. W. Hanby and the late Mrs. Hanby, of “Havenhurst,” Moorgate, Rotherham.

Thanks are owed to Ali Morse for the photo of Havenhurst house.