Thursday, December 20, 2007

Booth-Mansfield Marriage (1923)

The Bee (Danville, Virginia) 21 December 1923 (Page 4)
Booth - Mansfield

Willis S. Booth, of Milton, N. C. and Miss Lessie S. Mansfield of Semora, N. C. were united in marriage yesterday at four-thirty o'clock. The ceremony was solemnized at the residence of Rev. J. Clyde Holland, North Main street in the presence of a few friends. The bride was given away by her mother, Mrs. R. L. Mansfield. Each of the contracting parties hold places of high esteem in the communities from which they came. The groom is engaged in the automotive business in his native town. The bride is a young lady of imposing disposition. In addition to the bride's mother, the young couple were accompanied by Mrs. W. D. Mansfield. The couple will make their home in Milton, N. C.

Willis Stokes Booth (1899-1959) was the son of Edward Benjamin Booth (1877-1941) and Lucy Ann Collie Booth (1880-1936). On 20 December 1923 he married Lessie Swann Mansfield (1906-1992). She was the daughter of Robert Lee Mansfield and Mary Ann Smith. Willis Stokes Booth and Lessie Swann Mansfield Booth had at least three children: Mary A. Booth; Shirley May Booth; and Hortense Virginia Booth.

During the 1920's Willis Stokes Booth was an "automotive machinist" in Milton, North Carolina. At the time of the 1930 US Census he was a painter for the railroad.

Lessie Swann Mansfield Booth eventually became the Head Housekeeper at Doctor's Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Both are buried in the Fort Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood, Prince George's County, Maryland.

Note that in the Cedars Cemetery, Milton, North Carolina, are gravestones for Isaac Bunch Booth (1873) and Willie Gordon Booth (1880-1943). No connection has been made, however, to the family of Willis Stokes Booth. For more on both families go to the Caswell County Family Tree.


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