Saturday, June 18, 2016
 Daniel Meader was born in New Hampshire. He later moved to RI and married Louisa Neal.
 He was listed as a farmer but he also sold 37 plots of land in Lincoln between 1875-1894 suggesting that he may have been a developer or real estate speculator.
 (The census records of 1890 and 1895 have been lost so not much is known about what was happening at that time). 
 Prior to owning Hearthside, Daniel owned the "Three Holes in a Chimney" house located on Old River Road in Lincoln built in 1781. 
Daniel and Louisa had three sons, Walter, Frances, and William.
 A gathering of the Meader family and friends in front of Hearthside in the early 1890s.
William died as a toddler in a drowning accident in the pond behind the "Three Holes in a Chimney" house.
Young Danny Meader visits at his grandparent's house

 Daniel Meader died in 1894 and Hearthside was passed on to his wife. Louisa Meader sold Hearthside to Frederick Clark Sayles in 1901. 

  • Albert Binyon and Esther Meader, Grand daughter of Daniel Meader
    Married September 26, 1916

    Ralph Binyon, son of Esther Meader
    Joyce Stochton, married 1950

    Paul Godin, Father of the bride
    Anne Olson,  great, grand daughter of Esther Meader, married September 3, 1998,
    Audrey Godin, mother of the bride, grand daughter of Esther Meader     
    Audrey is the sister of Carolyn Sloat

    Marshall and Carolyn Sloat, married 1957, grand daughter of Esther Meader
    great, great grand daughter of Daniel Meader
    These lovely wedding dresses were on exhibit at Hearthside House on Sunday June 12, 2016
     On the right-Esther Meader's wedding dress, Grand daughter of Daniel Meader, married September 26, 1916.
    On the left- Anne Olson's wedding dress, great, grand daughter of Esther Meader, married September 3, 1998.

    I thought Esther's dress was a Edwardian tea dress when I first saw it. It was not until I received the photo of Esther in it, that it was truly her wedding dress. Anne's wedding dress is a reproduction of her great grandmother's dress.. How sweet is that?
Researching old Wedding Traditions.

In ancient times, weddings were based out of commodity, rather than desire or love. In fact, the word "wedding" implies the security the groom's family provides to the family of the bride when the couple marries. Additionally, brides were chosen based on their economic worth. The wedding had little to do with love. This trend lasted until the 19th Century, when couples started to marry for love.

Something Old,
Something New,
Something Borrowed,
Something Blue,
A Silver Sixpence Inside Your Shoe.' 

Where did this old saying and tradition in Weddings come from?

The saying, "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence inside your shoe," dates back to the Victorian era and requires the bride to accessorize her wedding attire in certain ways to promote good luck in her new marriage. 

The "something old" is supposed to represent the past, particularly the bond between the bride and her family. The bride might choose to wear a piece of jewelry from one of her elders, or another accessory given to her from an older relative.
 The "something new" represents the couple getting married and their future together. Usually, the bride's wedding gown or wedding ring is used as a new item. "Something borrowed" is something that is taken from the families and meant to be returned. By borrowing something, the bride is continuing the link between herself and her family to maintain loyalty and future comfort. The borrowed item must come from a happily married woman in order to pass on marital happiness onto the new couple. "Something blue" represents the bride's faithfulness and loyalty. Easy ways to incorporate the color blue is for the bride to wear blue flowers in her hair or a blue garter. 
 The silver sixpence is meant to be tucked into the bride's shoe and is supposed to bring the new couple wealth in money and love in their new life together.

Bridal Showers?

Bridal showers originated in Holland for brides who were refused dowry from their fathers. A woman's friends would give her several gifts to allow her to have the necessary dowry to marry whatever man she chose.

Not seeing the Bride before the Wedding?

Many couples will make precautions so that they will not be able to see each other until their wedding ceremony. Today, this is done merely to uphold tradition and superstition, but the idea stems from the early days when marriages were arranged. In these cases, the bride and groom would meet each other for the first time at their own wedding. 

 Choosing Bridesmaid and Best man?

 Bridesmaids in the ceremony originated as a technique of confusing evil spirits as to who the actual bride was. 


  Groomsmen originated not for protection, but many centuries ago when men had to capture women in order to marry them. In order to steal the woman they chose to marry, men needed to pick the most capable man to help him, hence "best man".

Giving the bride away?

  Centuries ago, fathers actually did give their daughters away to their future husbands, since females were considered property of their fathers.

 The meaning and origin of the ceremonial kiss?

The Ceremonial Kiss traditionally concludes the ceremony has several different interpretations.
 In the Roman era, a kiss was used to seal legal bonds and contracts. 
A marriage, a type of lifelong contract between two people, is sealed with the ceremonial kiss. 
It is also believed that this kiss allows the couples' souls to mingle together.

 Wedding cakes?

  It seemed the  wedding cakes have a more serious history. The cake was widely seen as symbols of fertility. Sharing the first piece of wedding cake  originated as a way to ensure fertility for the bride in her attempts to have children. Superstition says that a bride cannot bake her own wedding cake or taste it before the wedding, or else risk losing her husband's love. If she keeps a piece of the cake after the wedding, she supposedly ensures that he will remain faithful.

 Throwing rice?

A way that guests at a wedding can participate in giving the bride and groom a lucky future is by the tradition of throwing rice. The superstition originated when guests would throw nuts and grains in the hope of bringing the couple a good harvest and many children to help with the harvest.

Throwing of the bouquet?

As a symbol of luck, the newly married woman traditionally throws her bouquet to the unmarried women at the wedding. The one who catches the bouquet is supposedly the next to be married.

 Throwing the bride's garter?

 An older custom in England involved guests raiding the bride's chamber for stockings. These stockings taken from her room would then be thrown at the groom. Whoever landed their stocking on the groom's nose would be the next one to marry.
 Even earlier than these traditions, it was an ancient custom for the bride or groom to throw the bride's garter to the marriage witnesses to confirm that their marriage had been consummated.

 The Honeymoon?

The term "honeymoon" comes from ancient Germanic weddings, where the newly married couple would drink mead for thirty days after their wedding. Weddings were only held on a night where there was a full moon. They drank the honey wine for a month, thirty days, until the next full moon, hence the name "honey moon.".

 Carrying new wife across the threshold?

The tradition of the groom carrying his new wife across the threshold has many different interpretations. The act symbolizes luck and the bride giving the groom her virginity. In older generation, brides had to appear unwilling to give in to their new husband. The husband would pretend to force his new wife into giving in to him by carrying her over the threshold.  In the days when men captured their wives and actually did force women to marry them, she was also forced over the threshold because she was unwilling.

History of Victorian Weddings.

During the 19th Century in America, weddings were usually small family gatherings at the home of either the parents of the bride or the parents of the groom. The ceremonies were intimate and not elaborate in ones parlor.

 The announcement of the newly married couple took place at their church on the Sunday following the wedding. 

 Weddings did not become elaborate until the 1820s and 1830s, when upper class couples would have wedding ceremonies similar to what is common today.

 The bride usually wore the best dress she owned, so her dress was not always white, as white dresses were impractical to own.

 Not until the middle of the 19th century did brides start buying a dress made specifically for their wedding day.

Victorian Wedding Fashions.

Early Victorian (1837-1868)
Prior to the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901), women's wedding dresses traditionally followed the fashionable silhouettes and colors, including white, of their day. The white of choice for most brides was not a pure white, however, rather a cream or ivory color which was more flattering to the complexion.

Queen Victoria's marriage in February 1840 is often cited as the marker which began our white wedding dress tradition. Her choice of a plain white satin dress and orange blossom wreath headdress with lace veil was shockingly plain by royal standards and a significant departure from the royal tradition of a dress embroidered with silver and encrusted with jewels, a jeweled crown, and velvet robes trimmed with fur.

The Queen's daughter, Princess Alice, and the Princess of Wales were also married in white dresses with orange blossom wreath headdresses in 1858 and 1863 respectively, continuing the precedent set by Victoria. Royal weddings have always influenced the wedding ceremonies of non-royal brides and grooms, the brides often imitating the dress of princesses.
Late Victorian (1868-1901)
Weddings were celebrated during the morning hours until changes in church law in 1886 allowed afternoon weddings. In keeping with Victorian society's modest propriety for daytime dress, necklines were high and sleeves long. Wedding dresses of many socially prominent brides were altered for evening attire, or a second bodice was made for evening-one with a lower neckline and no sleeves.


 Beaded grey silk wedding dress with velvet trim, by dressmaker Mary Molloy, American (St. Paul, Minn.), 1891. Worn by Martha English Berry for her July 6, 1891 wedding.


 Dresses could be white or colored. Socially prominent brides wore white, while those of the working or artisan classes wore a new 'best' dress which was usually a more practical color than white, and worn for more than one occasion. When in mourning, brides could wear a black, gray, or lavender color dress.


  19th century wedding dresses | Wedding dress 1899 | 19th Century fashion

At afternoon weddings, many brides chose to get married in their going-away dresses, which were often practical traveling suits.

Wedding dress styles generally followed the current fashionable daytime styles and were worn with either a bonnet or veil.


  1870 Wedding Bonnet Culture: British Medium: silk satin, velvet, silk 


 It was not until the end of the 1860s, however, that veils were worn over the face.


 Wedding Gown Date:1866 Place:United States

  Military Weddings.

 A couple whose bride and/or groom is a member of the Armed Forces may have a military wedding in which the bride and/or groom wears their uniform. 

1940s War Bride

A military wedding is considered a formal wedding and guests should dress formally. 
Often, the guests will also be in the armed forces and will wear their uniforms as well. 

The ushers who are in the armed forces traditionally form an "arch of steel" with their swords or sabers. However, only active duty servicemen participate, as they can only carry their sword or saber if they are active duty. 
The arch is usually formed at the conclusion of the ceremony, and the head usher signals the formation by yelling "center face." 

After the bride and groom pass through the arch, the ushers return to their bridesmaids to exit with them. 
Civilian ushers  may not stand at the arch.
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