Tom Thumb’s Wedding

From my good friend Mary Pauline Miller comes this photo of “Tom Thumb’s Wedding”. Since I have nearly every name of the participants, I thought that I would share. It stated that the year was 1900 at the Presbyterian Church in Kittanning.  Mary’s aunt, Pauline George is shown in the photo and would have been 7 years old at the time. There are some common names to Kittanning family history here.

1900 at the First Presbyterian Church

Back row; (1)Dick Fullerton,(2)Don Cameron,(3)Rose Green,(4)George Daugherty, (5)Paul Peecook(minister),(6)Howard Henderson, (7)?,(8)Jim Henry,(9)Pauline George,(10)Ralph Ditty                                                                                                                               Front Row; (1)Helen Snyder,(2)Clara Shankle,(3)Marcus Mckee,(4)Jean Adams(bride), (5)Martha Wright,(6)Sally Green,(7)Harry McVey

The Tom Thumb Wedding Is Created

The fascination of this wedding still carries on to this date.  Shortly after, “The Greatest Little Wedding,” people everywhere were putting on their own Miniature Weddings as plays.  The Walter H. Baker & Co. of Boston put out a play 35 years later called, ‘The Tom Thumb Wedding.”  It was published in 1898.  Many churches and schools put on theses plays for the fun of it and also as fundraisers. From (

The Wedding Couple

General Tom Thumb was the stage name of Charles Sherwood Stratton (January 4, 1838 – July 15, 1883), a dwarf who achieved great fame under circus pioneer P.T. Barnum. On February 10, 1863 he married Laviana Warren in New York’s Grace Episcopal Church. The couple greeted over 2,000 guest at the Metropolitan Hotel during their wedding reception.

5 Replies to “Tom Thumb’s Wedding”

  1. I have a photo of a Tom Thumb wedding, circa 1905. My grandmother and grandfather both in it and are around 5-6 years old. I treasure it!

  2. I was the minister of a Tom Thumb Wedding in about 1939 at the First Congregational Church of Des Plaines, IL and still have a Photo of the wedding and all the names of the other children. Perhaps I was chosen to be in the play because I am Viviana Warren Bump’s (her real name) third cousin seven times removed as all the other children are one or two years my junior. Since this was about 75 years ago, I have no specific memory of the actual play and only that I was in it and the photo saved in my mothers scrap book. Anyone interested in Tom Thumb should read the book, “Mrs Tom Thumb.” The Bump name hails from our forefather Edward Bump who arrived in Mass in 1621 on the ship fortune as did the Warrens.

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