Married In The Graveyard

Here are a few articles from my collection about cemetery nuptials. The first clipping is my favorite, describing the circumstances surrounding Henry Burbank and Sadie King’s courtship. After the 1876 Brooklyn theater fire, Henry Burbank wrote to an undertaker seeking information about relatives that died in the tragedy. The undertaker’s niece, Sadie, responded and the two kept in touch over the years. When Henry asked for Sadie’s hand in marriage she suggested that they hold the ceremony in Greenwood Cemetery near the monument for those who died in the fire because it was through that event that the two met. (I think it’s romantic.)

Pittsburgh Dispatch 17 Aug. 1889
Evening Star [Wash., DC] 12 Oct. 1885
Western Kansas World 31 Oct. 1885
Palestine Daily Herald 27 July 1905
The Daily Ardmoreite [TX] 22 June 1911
The Washington Times 28 Dec. 1920