interesting marriage capers
Victim: Louisa Maria Alma DRAPER nee.COLES
Circumstance: William Draper was born in 1852 in Odcombe Somerset and worked as a Builder and Joiner ...moving to Penarth South Wales where he courted a certain Louisa Maria Alma Coles the daughter of a local solicitor. Rumour has it within the family that Louisa`s father was not impressed with the attentions paid to her by a mere builder! William however, being a man of decision, whisked Louisa to the Register Office in Cardiff on the 9th of August 1875 where the couple were wed and made their way to the Terminus Hotel at the start of St.Mary Street for their wedding breakfast! Great Grandson Peter remembers how his grandmother often related the tale with glee that the newly weds watched through the upstairs window of the Terminus Hotel as her irate father raced past in pony and trap in hot pusuit! Looking at the family photographs I see that William was a dashing young man and therefore had quickly won Louisa's heart! They went on to have many children but sadly not all survived.
Origin of this story: This information received with thanks from Great Grandson Peter Smith