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February 20, 2020 / Joanne Yeck

1901: Moon-Horsley Wedding

The July 3, 1901 edition of the Appomattox and Buckingham Times reported the union of two familiar Buckingham County families, Moon and Horsley. The lengthy description of the wedding read as follows:

On Wednesday, June 26, at 10:30 A.M., Miss Anne Dunscomb Horsley, daughter of the late John Horsley, and granddaughter of Hon. Sobieski Brady, of Wheeling, W. Va., was married to Mr. Frank Russell Moon, at Grace Protestant Episcopal Church, Buckingham County, Va.

The edifice was beautifully decorated for the occasion, ferns and daisies predominating in the floral decorations, and a large congregation was assembled to witness the ceremony. Mrs. Jno. B. Horsley played the wedding march from Lohengrin for the entry of the bridal cortege. Mr. Henry Burton Taylor, brother-in-law of the bride and Mr. John Sydnor [?] Horsley, brother of the bride, followed by the bridesmaids, Misses Moylan [?] Moon, Fannie, Jeanette, Mildred, Louise, and Ida Horsley, attired in organdie, and caring ferns and daisies, entered the church first. Then came the matron of honor, Mrs. Henry Burton Taylor, eldest sister of the bride, who wore her own wedding dress of white satin and carried ferns and daisies. The bride came next, accompanied by her brother, Mr. Alexander Caldwell Horsley. She wore white muslin trimmed with lace, and carried a posy of sweet peas. Mr. Cary Nelson Moon, a brother of the bridegroom, was his best man. Rev. T. H. Lacy, D. D., was the officiating minister.

After an elegant luncheon at the home of the bride, the couple left to spend the honeymoon at New York, Buffalo, and Niagara Falls. Returning they will be at home in Manteo, Virginia, where the bridegroom is engaged in business.

Many valuable gifts were received by Mr. and Mrs. Moon —

Warminster letter to Richmond Dispatch.


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  1. Joanne Yeck / Feb 20 2020 12:55 pm

    Thanks, as always, Harry for adding important Buckingham County genealogy to the post!


  2. Harry Stuart Holman / Feb 20 2020 12:07 pm

    Dear Reader:

    This family lived at “Traveller’s Rest,” on James River, which Mrs. Moon inherited from her father, John Horsley, Sr., (1826-1887). His father had lived there as well and was an attorney in Buckingham County. His parents were Col. John and Mary Chambers Yancey Horsley. The property had come to the family through the Yanceys–Mary having been the child of the notable Maj. Charles Yancey, “The Wheel-horse of the Democracy.” Col. John Horsely was the grandson of Mary Cabell Horsley–eldest child of the well-known Dr. William Cabell. Cabell, Joseph Mayo, his brother Maj. William Mayo, and Joseph Hooper–first cousins–came to Virginia from Barbadoes in 1723. One can learn more of these connections through the book, The Cabells and Their Kin by Alexander Brown.

    Harry Stuart Holman


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