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Dudley great grandparents were wed for 71 years

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: January 22, 2014

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AFTER seeing the article in The Bugle (December 26 edition) about a couple being married for 70 years and whether any reader could beat that record I have one of my family who made it to 71 years. Listed below are the names and dates. They were my great grandparents whom I remember very well.

Their names are Daniel Guest, born December 22, 1863, died 15 September 1957 and Delilah Smart, born Apr-Jun Qtr 1864, died Apr-Jun Qtr 1954.

Their marriage was conducted on May 6, 1883, at St James Church in Dudley for which I have a copy of the certificate.

All the above information regarding the dates have been found on the internet sites of Ancestry.co.uk., Find My Past and The Genealogist of which I am a member.

I also have two original photos of them. One was taken in their front garden at 22 Saltwells Road, Netherton, in 1953, pictured above, and the other photo shows them being presented with their two fireside chairs for being the oldest married couple in Dudley in 1953. These were presented to them by Harry Secombe.

Mrs Sylvia Chater,

8 Tewkesbury Drive,

Netherton, Dudley.

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