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Nellie Hayden - John Williams Wedding

This article appeared in the Atlanta Constitution, on November 14, 1897:

Miss Hayden's Engagement Announced

Mrs. J. A. Hayden has announced the engagement of her daughter, Nellie, and Mr. John G. Williams, of Washington, D. C., the wedding to occur the 30th of November.

Miss Hayden is daughter of the late J. A. Hayden, who was one of Atlanta's wealthiest pioneer citizens. She is a young woman greatly beloved for her womanly traits of character and has a large circle of admiring friends throughout Georgia. Mr. Williams is prominent professionally and socially in Washington.

This article was printed in the Atlanta Constitution on December 2, 1897:


The marriage of Miss Nellie Hayden and Mr. John G. Williams, which occurred the afternoon of November 30th, was a very quiet occasion, at which only the relatives and a few intimate friends were present. The ceremony was performed at 5 o'clock at the home of the bride's sister, Mrs. George Harrison, by Rev. Dr. Barnett, of the Presbyterian church. The bride's niece, Miss Lucy Harrison, acted as maid of honor, and the bridesmaids were Miss Jennie English and Miss Ruth Cunningham. The bride entered the drawing room with her brother, Reuben Hayden, and the groom was escorted by his best man, Dr. Rusain, of Washington, D. C. Mr. Julius A. Hayden and Mr. Shepard Bryan acted as groomsmen.

The bride wore a becoming traveling gown of dark green cloth, tailor made: her hat was of green, stylish in trimming, and she carried bride's roses. The bridesmaids wore tailor gowns of dark cloth, black plumed hats, and carried bouquets of pink roses.

After the ceremony an elegant repast was served, and Mr. Williams and his bride left on the 7:30 train for Washington.

The handsome home of Mrs. Harrison was beautifully decorated for the occasion of the wedding in a profusion of roses,and the dining room, with its table of decorations of white and green, presented a brilliant an artistic scene.

The bride as Miss Nellie Hayden was a young woman admired and beloved for her lovable character, refined nature, and modesty. She is the youngest daughter of the late Judge Hayden, who was one of Atlanta's wealthiest pioneer citizens, and on her mother's side represents an old and prominent Georgia family.

Mr. Williams is a prominent young lawyer of Washington city, and is well known and popular, both professionally and socially. During his brief visit to Atlanta he made an excellent impression, and it is with a sources (sic) of great regret that Mr. Williams and his bride will make their home in Washington city.

* February 21, 2003
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