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May 25, 2020 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County Weddings: Layne-Steger


On December 24, 1896, the Appomattox and Buckingham Times reported the marriage of Miss Maggie Steger to Mr. John W. Layne. The announcement read as follows:

The home of Mr. Charles Steger, near Well Water, in Buckingham county, on Tuesday last was the scene of a beautiful marriage, the contracting parties being Mr. John W. Layne, the worthy and honored son of Mr. P. Layne, and Miss Maggie Steger, the accomplished daughter of Mr. Charles Steger, of the same county.

At 2 o’clock the friends and guests in attendance were invited to repair to a room in which stood an altar beautifully decorated with evergreens and white chrysanthemums, and in the centre of which stood a dimly burning lamp. A few minutes later the bridal party appeared, and the ceremony was performed by Rev. W. E. Wright, of Appomattox, Va.

After receiving many useful and valuable presents and hearty congratulations from the host of friends present, the newly married couple left for their new home near Wingina.

In the nineteenth century December weddings were very popular.

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  1. Ken Anderson / May 25 2020 3:20 pm

    I guess the Charles Steger was an ancestor of the late Charles Steger, former president of Va Tech. I helped him site his house overlooking the James River. He did not live long to enjoy it.

    Ken Anderson

    540 392 4429

    • Joanne Yeck / May 25 2020 3:24 pm

      Thanks, Ken!

  2. Bill Davidson / May 25 2020 9:33 am

    In 1850, Samuel Steger, age 83, lived in the Gabriel Peaseley household in Cumberland Co., VA, as did two of my young Davidson family members (including the boy Thomas Davidson). That Peaseley family had married into my Davidson family on two occasions. In 1860, that same Thomas Davidson was living in the home of John P. Steger (born about 1815) over in Powhatan Co., VA. I believe that this John P. Steger was a son of the Isham Steger who married Lockey Boatwright. I suspect that my gggg-grandfather Philemon Davidson (died by 1810) married a Miss Boatwright (those families were neighbors in Cumberland), and that may explain the above close connections between my Davidsons and the Steger family. My gg-grandfather Joseph Cornelius Davidson left Cumberland and moved to Buckingham Co. VA before the 1860 census.

    • Bill Davidson / May 25 2020 9:36 am

      Correction. Samuel Steger was age 63 in 1850.

    • Joanne Yeck / May 25 2020 10:07 am

      Thanks, Bill! Always great to have more information.


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