The White Wedding Burial- Local Folklore




The following is a story that has been going around for years. Tomorrow a true story that happened when I was a child. 

In 1846, a beautiful, young, and bright Euphemia O’Brien married and expected her life to go the usual wife and motherhood route. Euphemia was to marry a salesman from Ottawa, but alas, she was dying of consumption. Undeterred, he proposed and she accepted, and plans were made for a speedy union. But the poor bride-to-be died before the date they had set. There was no kiss for the bride, no honeymoon, and especially no happily ever after.

Why the love struck man ended up marrying his now dead beloved is unknown,and now comes what has been termed the most unpleasant and discreditable part of the story. The groom had promised young Euphemia  he would not let her go to her grave unmarried. So on the day of the wedding her coffin was taken into the church with the bridesmaids brushing shoulders with the pallbearers. When the good reverend pronounced them man and wife– her husband had to smile just to stop the tears from falling. 

The End




About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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