John A. MacGregor of Amsterdam NY
Libbie Kennedy Moore of Johnstown NY
Contributed by Nancy Robinson
AMSTERDAM DAILY DEMOCRAT: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1892
GLAD WEDDING BELLS
THE NUPTIAL EVENT OF THE YEAR LAST EVENING
The Marriage of John A. MacGregor of This City and Miss Libbie Kennedy Moore
in Johnstown A Wedding Which Unites One of Amsterdam's Prominent Business
Men and One of Fulton County's Fairest Daughters
The flutter of anticipation that has lately rippled the calm surface of our social waters culminated last evening in a happy realization.
The occasion was the marriage of John A. MacGregor of Amsterdam to one of Johnstown's fairest daughters, Miss Libbie Kennedy Moore.
The comfortable house of her grandfather, Martin Kennedy. Esq., and for sometime the home of the bride, has been for several days in the artistic hand of Isaac Teall and Winfield J. Smith, caterers and decorators from Rochester, aided by a corps of twenty-eight skillful assistants, who also officiated as waiters.
To the chilled passer-by the only sign of the marvels that able hands were evolving inside were the awnings stretched from the hall down to the curb and in the rear converting the passage way to the spacious carriage house into a flowery lane ingeniously warmed so that the ladies in airy evening costume might pass through unchilled by the winter air. Beside these the veranda was enclosed, but only by those admitted could the beauty of the scene be realized. On the outside the screening boards, inside a vision of light and beauty.
Let us by virtue of that magic lying in the reporter's pencil fancy ourselves in a carriage just drawn to the hospitable portal. Deftly aiding us to alight and screening the ladies' gowns from the wheel, an assistant gives the driver a check, whereby he may be announced on his return and we pass to the liveried man servant who directs us, dazzled with light, bewildered by the beauty of the surroundings, to the dressing rooms. It is needless there to linger, suffice it that the arrangements were perfect and that in a short time we were descending the stairs and making our devoirs to our hostess, after which we were at liberty to explore and admire. The house in its primal state is well worth a visit, beautiful hangings, rare bronzes; bric-a-brac, both beautiful and curious and gem of all piece of marble wrought by the magic of the sculptor's genius into a vision of loveliness, the incarnation of Spring, while glowing pictures adorn the walls filling the beauty-loving eye with keen delight. Such is the home on ordinary occasions but not so tonight. Light, perfume, music, flowers everywhere. "Tropic palms in cluster knots of paradise." Wherever it will add to the beauty of the scene the airy smilax is twining, lilies are lying as pure and white as those held when "the blessed damozel leaned o'er the bar of heaven," roses and all the flowers of summer time. Strains of delicious music issue from the seven pieces of Elliot's orchestra, but in this fairy land they might be "horns from elfland faintly blowing" in all the buzz of laughter and gay talk. The veranda, enclosed, has been covered with corn colored bunting, daintily puffed, while the open windows are draped with the same and luxurious seats are placed here and there, inviting to cozy chat, while there, as everywhere, is the same profusion of palms and flowers. But now
A Sweeter Note
from the orchestra preludes the Wedding march and the young couple take their place where the palms form an arch above their bowed heads. There were no brides-maids, no maids of honor, although one could hardly help wishing the baby cousin, Rachel Briggs, had been a little older, for the little lady with her lint locks just touched with gold, and her eyes as blue as flax blossoms, would make a dainty bridesmaid. There was no need, however, for six gallant gentlemen, friends of the groom, and fellow townsmen, were ushers, fulfilling their duty perfectly. While they are taking their places look at the bride's dress. White bengaline with veil tulle, caught in the bright beautiful hair of the bride with her husband's gift, a diamond clover gage of good luck. In conformity to the present mode, the graceful sleeves came to the wrist and close about the white throat, where blazed her mother's gift, a double start of brilliant, flashing diamonds. But even as we look there is a hush, broken only by the voice of Dr. Reeves, as he pronounces the fateful words and assisted by Dr. Charles H. Baldwin of the Second Presbyterian church of Amsterdam, the ceremony is complete. May God add His blessing.
The music breaks into a gayer strain, talk is livelier, and we in search of wonders new, pass unchilled through the long flower-decked passage, to the spacious carriage house, where supper was served. Well indeed had the Messrs. Teall and Smith of Rochester done their work and coming as they do from the city of flowers, we might fancy they had exhausted it floral resources, did we not learn that an Albany florist was responsible for this profusion. A carriage house indeed, say rather a bower of light and beauty, lighted by beautiful chandeliers and candelabra. A long table glittering with silver, glass and beautiful china, a bower of chrysanthemums and roses. Graced the centre of the of the large room. Clustered around the large table were numerous small ones each seating a party of ten and each lighted by miniature candelabra and bearing a large bunch of pink roses; and so admirable were the arrangements that the corps of trained assistants brought by Messrs. Teal and Smith from Rochester, were able to serve 150 at a time. The orchestra was divided, four playing in the carriage house and three in their original station.
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Cold Sliced Partridge. Quail.
Lobster Chop, Tomato Sauce.
Chicken Royal, Mushroom Sauce.
Creamed Oysters in Cases.
Chicken Salad, Celery Mayonnaise.
Lobster Salad, Lettuce Sauce.
Finger Rolls. Olives.
Tutti Frutti and Vanilla Cream
Bisque Tartani in Fancy Cases
Iced Creams. (fruits and flowers)
Caffa puffs. Lemon Ice.
Charlotte de Russe. Wine Jelly
Fruit Cake. Delicate Cake.
Sunshine Cake. Cream Drops.
Macaroons. Variety of Fancy Cakes.
Bon Bons. Marona, Glaces.
Roman Punch Coffee Lemonade
The Toilets of the Ladies
were beautiful in the extreme. Nowadays one may try to describe a gown, but the charm is illusive, so perhaps it were best not to try description, excepting perhaps the little group of relatives. Mrs. Martin Kennedy with her crown of white hair looked her best in a gown of lavender bengaline with a profusion of delicate frost work, called by the children of men Duchess point and diamonds. The mother of the bride retained her mourning dress, a dead black silk heavily trimmed with crepe relieved only by the flash of beautiful diamonds. Mrs. William Briggs wore a delightful costume composed of white bengaline trimmed with ostrich tips and diamond ornaments. The dress was most becoming, a snow field ruffled at the edges into snowy frost ridges lit by the sun with diamond sparks. Mrs. Everett Kennedy, her dark hair waved and drawn back in a Grecian knot held by a golden comb suited admirably her simple gown of India Silk golden in hue and of the style called Empress, but which is a prettier modification. The sleeves are in soft puffs with a fall above them met by the long gloves, while in a pretty bag of the same material, was carried a bunch of Jack roses glowing against the gold of her gown.
There were gifts of course, and of rare beauty. The young couple have taken a house in Amsterdam, where possibly they can with the help of Mrs. Moore, who will reside with her daughter at present, dispose of their wealth of Royal Worcester jars and vases, and a score of banquets would not exhaust the varied treasures, silver, china, cut glass and everything beautiful. A few may be mentioned among the many: A silver tea set and a check for $500 from Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy; an onyx and silver piano lamp, with corn colored shade, James and Martin Kennedy, Jr.; a Mexican onyx and brass table, Mr. and Mrs. William T. Briggs; from Mr. and Mrs. Everett Kennedy of New York, ice cream set of solid silver; Mrs. Lucinda Stewart, set of solid silver orange spoons and fruit knives, the latter with handles of pearl; Miss Jennie Stewart, jar of Royal Worcester; Mrs. Wooster and Mrs. Oliver, French china fish set. The bride's grandmother, Mrs. Moore, besides a beautiful piano lamp, gave her two beautiful silk quilts, which undoubtedly be among her
Most Treasured Gifts
as the young girl remembers the loving thoughts, the tender prayers, and the good wishes for her loved one, stitched in with every bright bit of silk that makes the pattern. The gift of the bridegroom's parents was a magnificent mahogany case with drawers, in which reposed spoons and forks, large, small and medium and with all the popular varieties. A right royal gift.
It would indeed be difficult to give a list of paintings, etchings, books, Haviland china and Royal Worcester, in all their artistic beauty, and in every shape that it has entered into the mind of man to conceive-after dinner coffee cups, in sets and singly, dishes for fish, flesh and fowl, with others for the fruits of the earth, with a specimen, and more than one, of every sort of spoon or fork extant.
After a while the guests found that lightly dancing to that delightful music, the hours had passed, that the deft fingers of Miss Owen, the Albany modiste, who came up to act as tiring woman to young bride, had exchanged the bridal robes for a stylish suit of dark blue serge trimmed with bear's fur and warm furs to match, holding the white throat close and warm, while stylish hat was settled on the pretty head, and Mr. MacGregor, who has had, as is usual in such cases, small notice paid him, although he is really an essential part of the pageant, led his young wife to the waiting carriage and they drove off into the night keeping, as is the fashion of the day, their destination a secret, but followed by the usual good wishes; and, however, late, the guests lingered, loth to leave so bright a scene.
The near relatives of the groom who were present were: Mr. and Mrs. Alexander MacGregor, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis A. Casler, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob McClumpha, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Thompson, Miss Maud Casler.
Among the Other Guests
Were the following:
Amsterdam - Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Taylor, and Miss Anna Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Theo. J. Yund, Mr. and Mrs. Willis Wendell, Mr. and Mrs. George G. Van Buren, Mr. and Mrs. N.J. DeGraff and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Kyne, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Davey, Mr. and Mrs. John Liddle, Colonel George B. Belotti, Misses Eva and Susan Kline, Miss Ella Snell, Mr. and Mrs. E. Watson Gardiner, Rev. and Mrs. Charles H. Baldwin, Miss Alice Shuler, Mr. Wm. Quilhot, Misses Florence and Eloise Van Derveer, Mr. Lauren Warnick, Miss Josephine Mullett, Mr. George H. Loadwick, Miss Cora Herrick, Mrs. W.R. McCowatt, Miss Jennie McCowatt, Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Waldron, Mr. Luther H. Young, Mr. Avery Clizbee, Mr. Herbert DeGraff, Mr. Edward DeGraff, Mrs. Charles W. McClumpha, Mrs. And Mrs. Edward McDonnell, Dr. and Mrs. Nelson L. Merwin.
Fonda - Mr. and Mrs. Alfred DeGraff, Mr. Howard DeGraff, Miss Florence DeGraff, Mr. A.W. Post, Miss Post, Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt Martin, Miss Lizzie Jones, Miss May McNeil, Miss Nellie Schuyler, Miss Helen Burtch, Miss Harriet Burtch, Miss Lulu Snell, Mrs. J.N. Gardiner, Mr. and Mrs. John E. Ashe, Mrs. A.H. Mills, Miss Mame Mills, Miss Josie Vrooman, Miss Carrie Briggs, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Briggs, Mr. and Mrs. James O. Schuyler, Mrs. Catherine Hyde, Miss Norma Hyde, Mrs R.M. Casler, Mrs. W.H. Whyland, Mr. and Mrs P. Conyne, Miss Anna Clark, Mrs. Augustus Thomy, Mrs. Henry Kelly, Rev. and Mrs. J.A. DeBaun, Dr. and Mrs. C.W. DeBaun, Miss Anna DeBaun, Miss Rita DeBaun, Mr. W. Schenck Martin, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. George, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. George, Miss Ella Barron, Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Schuyler, Mr. and Mrs. G.F. Mills, Mr. and Mrs. I.M. Davis, Mrs. J.C. Boyd, Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Davis, Miss Marian Davis, Mr. and Mrs. J.U. Cole, Dr. A.B. Foster, Mr. Thomas Shanahan, Mr. John T. Shanahan, Mr. E.T. Leavenworth, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. C.U. Lamline, Mr. and Mrs. James I. Spraker, Mr. Ferguson Jansen, Mr. Romeyn Jansen, Mr. H. H. Dockstader.
Fultonville - Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Wemple, Mr. and Mrs. William B. Wemple, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Parker, Mrs. William P. Myers, Miss Van Evera, Mr. Abram Starin, Miss Josie Starin, Miss Anna Thomas, Miss Edith Swarthout, Mr. Harry Wemple.
Schenectady - Mr. and Mrs. John Myers, Mr. John R. Barron
Fort Plain - Mr. and Mrs. F.S. Haslett
Gloversville - Mr. and Mrs. Judson, Mr. and Mrs. Heacock, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hays, Mrs. McNab, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Brower, Mr. and Mrs. John J. Hanson, and others.
New York - William Kennedy, Jr., and Harvey Kennedy.
A party of Amsterdamians enjoyed several dances at their hotel in Johnstown, after the wedding.
The handsome souvenir boxes of cake contained the monogram of the bride and groom and the date in embossed gold letters.
Having married the parents of the bride some twenty years or more ago, it was quite fitting that Rev. Dr. Baldwin should assist in the ceremony that made the daughter a happy wife.
Mrs. Alexander MacGregor's dress was of black faille silk jet and duchess lace; Mrs. Lewis A. Casler's black bengaline and lace; Mrs. Jacob McClumpha's black lace and jet; Mrs. John B. Thompson's black silk and lace.
Mr. and Mrs. MacGregor will go to housekeeping at 50 Church street, Sanford terrace, upon their return from their eastern wedding tour.
The best man was Mr. Charles H. Warring and the ushers were Mssrs. George McClumpha, Charles E. Bell, William B. ____. page torn and continues.....
One of the happiest person present was Mr. Alexander MacGregor, who carries his four score years and over very easily and gracefully.
Mr. MacGregor is at the head of the firm of MacGregor & Schuyler, merchant tailors and gentlemen's outfitters.
The bride, who is in her twentieth year, recently graduated from Mrs. Sylvanus Reid's school in New York.
About 700 invitations were sent out and 400 guests responded. A large party in Gloversville kept at home some of the residents of that city.
During the evening the orchestra played the following selections:
Prelude Intermezzo - "Cavalleria Rusticana".................................Mascazni
Selections from Faust, Tannhauser, Aida, Gounod, Wagner, Verdi...............
"Robin Hood".........................................................................de Koven
Battle Music Form..............................................................................
The bride, Libbie Kennedy Moore, b. 25 Aug 1875, was the daughter of Matthew D. Moore, a hardware merchant in Fonda who died in Dec 1890 and Julia R. Kennedy, dau. of Martin Kennedy and Elizabeth Clark of Johnstown.
The groom, John Alexander McGregor, b. 22 Dec 1863 was the son of Alexander McGregor & his 2nd wife, Rebecca Putman, dau. of Jacob Putman and Margaret Moschel. McGregor is the correct spelling of the name. However, as is often the case, it often got changed to MacGregor, especially in various newspaper articles such as obits and this wedding announcement; the family tombstone in Green Hill Cemetery, also reads "MacGregor." Other direct McGregor descendents tell me that John always went by McGregor, witness the advertisement below, and have concluded that this must have been the stone cutter's error.
The "near relatives of the groom" attending the wedding in addition to John's parents were his 3 sisters & their husbands: (1) Lewis & Frances (McGregor) Casler; (2) Jacob & Margaretta (McGregor) McClumpha; (3) John & Martha (McGregor) Thompson - dau of Alexander McGregor & his 1st wife, Deborah (Smith).
John and Libbie McGregor's only child, Julia Moore McGregor, was born 22 Jan 1894 in Amsterdam. John and Libbie separated sometime before 1900 and were never reconciled. Neither remarried.
John moved to Utica where he was a representative for Utica Steam and Mohawk Valley Cotton Mills. John's widowed mother, Rebecca (Putman) McGregor and his also widowed sister, Margaretta (McGregor) McClumpha and her daughter, Marjorie accompanied John to Utica. Marjorie McClumpha later married Charles Millar of Utica.
Rebecca died in 1912, John in 1937, & his sister Margaretta in 1945. They are buried in Green Hill Cemetery, Amsterdam along with Alexander McGregor and his 1st wife, Deborah Smith, Jacob McClumpha, husband of Margaretta and their son, Earl McClumpha plus other McGregor family members, including Duncan McGregor, father of Alexander, and Helen McGregor, dau. of Alexander & Deborah (Smith) McGregor, who died in 1850 at age 13.
Libbie & her daughter Julia, continued to live in Amsterdam at 126 Market Street together with Libbie's widowed mother, Julia R. (Kennedy) Moore. Julia R. Moore died in 1938, Libbie in 1958; Julia McGregor remained single and continued to live in the house on Market Street until her death in 1974. They are buried in the Kennedy family plot, Johnstown Cemetery, Johnstown.
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