|Aberdeen Service Center
John Browing is the man second from the left.
from a Facebook post by Kelley Faris
|Aberdeen Flood, March 12, 1964|
|Bisotti's||America's Gretna Green||Riverside Drive-In
from a Facebook post by Ron Bailey
The Gretna Green reference above is about a town in Scotland famous as a destination for couples eloping to get married. Read more about the original Gretna Green, in Scotland, at Wikipedia.
Aberdeen was known as the Gretna Green of America in the 1800's because of two “marrying” squires: John Shelton and Massie Beasley. The squires performed marriages for couples that didn't have a license. Shelton was elected Justice in 1816 and is credited with marrying more than 4,000 couples: he died in 1869. His successor, Beasley, shown in the image above, held the position until his death in 1892; he is credited with marrying 7,228 couples between 1870 and 1892.
Which is why news stories like this are fairly common: “The Maysville Republican records the marriage at Aberdeen in the past two weeks of four couples from Fleming, two from Mason, an one each from Lewis, Nicholas, Fayette and Bracken.” Courier-Journal, January 1, 1877
Marla Toncray wrote a nice history of Aberdeen
at the Maysville Ledger-Independent's web site, here.