Sunday School Teachers Married

Doncaster Road Congregational Church, Rotherham - 19.08.07 (1)

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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Thompson – Early

Doncaster Road Congregational Church, Rotherham - 19.08.07 (1)

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).