Wedding Gifts – 1881 Variety







When Ada Green married William McMillen in Dayton on March 10, 1881, the Free Trader’s account of the ceremony included something that was common for that day, but unusual today. In addition to a description of the ceremony, the remarks made by the pastor, and the wedding dinner, the next paragraph gave a list of the wedding gifts and their donors.















Here are some examples of the types of wedding gifts of the time:

a sugar spoon




a cake basket







The First Step

Family Cares






a salt and pepper castor





napkin rings





a pickle castor





a spoon holder










This was very definitely a family wedding – of all the donors listed only a half-dozen are not members of the Green family.


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