Don't we all love birthdays. Even if you no longer celebrate yours as you used to I am sure that most of us will have someone else whose birthday we celebrate . Maybe it is your children or grandchildren with whom you enjoy sharing a day of celebration.
We also celebrate other occasions such as weddings, christenings and graduations.
For us genealogists these can be dates we spend many hours trying to confirm.
However we must not forget there are many other days which can be significant in our lives and they may not always be recorded in so much detail, but may hold great memories for us.
Have you ever looked at all these dates you have collected and thought to yourself why that particular date.
So exact dates for birth and death are not usually predictable, although nowadays even these can sometimes be planned.
All those other dates however can to some degree be planned.
Every month has 28 days a few only 30 but most 31. So you would expect something of a spread of dates for events such as marriages or christenings. People tend to get married or christened at weekends. Was this true in the past?
At some time, years back, I noticed that some days in the month seemed to be more popular than others for family events.
For some reason the 26th of the month seems to be very popular for marriages. Among the ancestors and siblings we have 9 marriages on the 26th of the month, 1 March, 2 April, 4 June, 1 July and 1 September. Three of the four sets of grandparents for my husband and I are included in this group. It was not as though they got married on a birthday, only one ancestor was born on the 26th of the month and although he also married on the 26th it was a different month.
My husband actually shares his birthday, day and month, with his great grandmother. She died after he was born so it must have been a special birthday for her that year to have her eldest son's, eldest son have his eldest son born on her birthday. What would have made it even more special that year was the fact that his younger brother had also become a father, of a baby boy, only 3 days earlier.
Elizabeth Agnes Gadsby nee Clarke
Could they have been chosen?
Did they hold some significance for the family?
We may never know the answers but it could all be just a coincidence since before they married they were not related, or were THEY.