It pays to volunteer information online
For several years I’ve been indexing the Kinston Free Press and making excerpts available online in a database. I am currently in the process of moving that data to a new database, but this week I was contacted by two family members of one of the individuals included. The notice I’d included online was the first confirmation the family had of the marriage.
This marriage notice appeared in the October 2, 1905 issue of the Kinston Free Press noting the wedding of G.C. Smith & Pauline Pace . The text is faint, but reads “Mr. G.C. SMITH, of Lynchburg, Va., holding a position with Einstein Bros. in this city, and Miss Pauline PACE, of Lagrange, were married in Roxboro August 24 by Rev. E.D. HOLMES. the marriage was kept a secret until recently and friends are congratulating the couple. The bride has been living in her home in LaGrange until Sunday afternoon, when Mr. and Mrs. SMITH came to this city and are at present boarding at Mrs. COX’s, on Queen street.
Recently, G.C. & Pauline’s granddaughter contacted me to ask for more info for all I’d had in the index was a summary. It turns out though that she AND a cousin of hers were both interested for they are both granddaughters of Mr. Smith. His name was Grover Cleveland Smith (later changed to Gilbert Smythe) and Ethel Pauline Pace was his first wife. He later remarried Ms. Helen Fry and had a second family. The second cousin is he and wife Helen’s great-granddaughter.
I wonder what else the cousins may find as they seek more details. I am just pleased that my contribution was able to be of help – this is what the USGenWeb project is all about!