A Marriage and a Death
In December of 1874, these items appeared in The Atlanta Constitution:
Wednesday Morning December 2, 1874
A Hail Old Marriage
Bride Age 73 and Bridegroom 74
Sunday evening a very large crowd of friends and spectators assembled at Payne's Chapel to witness the nuptial ceremonies of Mrs. Mary Goulding and Mr. Reynolds. The crowd was so great that numbers were unable to procure admittance into the church. The bride has been a widow three times, and although at an advanced age carries her years well, and is respected and beloved by a large number of friends. The groom is a citizen of Fairburn. He is 74 years of age, one year older than his wife, and is a gentleman of fine reputation among all who know him. He has been married once. The marriage ceremony was performed immediately after the services, by Rev. Mr. Thomas, the pastor. The bridal party then repaired to the residence of the bride, a short distance beyond Mr. Bill's house on Marietta Street, where a number of intimate friends followed them to offer their congratulations. We also wish them much happiness and hope they may be spared for many years to enjoy each other's society.
Tuesday, December 15, 1874
"DEATH OF MR. REYNOLDS. - On Sunday last Mr. John Reynolds died in this city at the advanced age of seventy-four years, of asthma. On the first of the present month he was married at Payne's Chapel to Mrs. Goulding. Mr. Reynolds is the father of T.S. Reynolds, J.C. Reynolds and the Rev. J.A. Reynolds."