Wilderness Wedding Author:Mary Wolfe Thompson For the third book in her series about Aiken and the Armstrongs who settled in the Vermont Wilderness in the 1770's, the author tells of a wedding between two members of the second generation. the wedding of Tabby and Nathan was very simple. there was no church but an itinerant preacher was fortunately in the neighborhood. He was christened, mar... more »ried, and buried people who were lucky enough to find him when he was needed.
Building a new house and furnishing it was mostly the work of willing hands, but Tabby and Nathan felt rich because they were starting out with some livestock, and a hardwood floor instead of the packed dirt kind Tabby's mother was still living with. when the new couple started a third generation, it was very evident things would be easier for him, as it was for each succeeding generation.
The simple nature of these lives is almost impossible to believe these days. for instance, they had one book, the Bible, they treasured as the only thing they had to read. It was the only book in the community of three families except for a hornbook from which they learned to read. And Tabby took very special care of her needle because she had no idea when she might get another. Their diet consisted mostly of deer meat, cornmeal, berries, and fish. But they counted themselves lucky when there was plenty of that.
It was a rugged time that Mrs. Thompson brings to life in a story that is not at all grim or harsh, but told as it was. Daily life, as she shows so well, was made bearable by appreciation of the small pleasures, love, hope, and the fact that they were not used to things being easy.« less