Meynel Clowney

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ID: I16
Last: Clowney
First: Meynel
Birth: 27 Aug 1899 at Chester County, South Carolina 1
Death: 28 Feb 1982 at West Frankfort, Illinois
Burial: Lakeview Memory Gardens, Phenix City Alabama
Sex: F
Event: Distinguished Service Award from the South Carolina Council for the Common Good Event 20 Nov 1958 South Carolina
Notes: Enthusiastic researcher into family genealogy.
Sources: 2 3 4
Mother: Emmie Louise Wolling b: 27 Aug 1876 d: 25 Mar 1948
Father: Samuel Thomas Clowney b: 6 Mar 1863 d: 9 Apr 1942
Marriage 1   William Leon Cato b: 8 Jan 1899 d: 16 Nov 1968
Wedding: 18 Oct 1924 Chester County, South Carolina 5
1 Emmie Wolling Cato b: 25 Aug 1928 Aiken County, South Carolina
1 Title: Meynel Clowney Cato Collection
Note: Obituary of Samuel Thomas Clowney, listing seven children and their spouses - (hand written original by Meynel Clowney Cato, and typescript)
2 Title: Photograph
Text: Available at
3 Title: 1930 U.S. Census, Aiken Co., South Carolina
Publication: T626_2184
Page: p. 105-a
Maynel C(lowney) Cato, age 30 with husband Leon Cato and daughter Emmie W(olling) Cato in HN122/FN125 in Chinquepin Twp., ED#5. ( image 13 of 17).
Leon Cato family is next to his parents, William M. and Lelia Cato in HN 121-124.
Other neighbors include black families: HN123-FN126 Elsey Merritt, HN124-FN128 Andrew Hendrix, and HN125-FN129 Lara James, female, age 48 with sons John and Joseph. Lara James was "nanny" to neighbor (Wm.) Leon Cato when he was a baby.
Text: HN121-FN124
Name Reln Sex Col Age Mar Born Occup
Leon Cato Head M w 31 Md SC-SC-SC Farmer, general
Age at 1st marriage: 25 Farm Schedule #89
Maynel C. " Wife F w 30 Md NC-NC-NC
Age at 1st marriage: 24
Emmie W. " Dau F w 1yr8mo SC-SC-SC
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4 Title: Wedding announcement of Meynel Clowney and William Leon Cato
Text: Found among Meynel Clowney's possessions after her death was a small red box containing several dried red rosebuds, a ring box, a match book cover from "The Monson, Saint Augustine Florida, a heart shaped photograph of their daughter, and the following wedding announcement:
(the newspaper name and date are unknown)


A wedding of wide spread interest throughout the Carolinas was that of Miss Meynel Clowney and William Leon Cato, which took place Saturday morning, October 18, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. T. Clowney.

In the drawing room where the young couple took the marriage vow, a lovely altar was arranged with ferns on white pedestals, above these lighted white tapers shed an enhancing glow, all of which was reflected most beautifully by a large colonial mirror hanging back of the altar.

Promptly at 10 o'clock as Miss Frances Clowney, sister of the bride, sounded the wedding march from the living room, the little flower girls, Emmie Louise and Emma Gene Clowney, dressed in yellow silks and carrying orchid chrysanthemums tied with tulle, led the way to the, altar. Following, was dainty little Emmie Sam Hall, niece of the bride, carrying the ring in a large fluffy white chrysanthemum. Next came the bride who was most becomingly gowned in a chic traveling suit of dark charmeen. With this she wore accessories to match, touched up with canary, and a corsage of deep cream roses. In the hall she was met by the groom who accompanied her to the altar where the Rev. J. G. Huggin, pastor of Methodist church, performed the ceremony.

After the ceremony a wedding breakfast was served in the dining room where the table was lovely with pink rosebuds and pink tapers.

Mr. and Mrs. Cato left immediately in a car for Columbia where they left on the noon train for a trip to Florida.

The bride is an honor graduate of Winthrop college, a member of the class of 1920. Since that time she has been a successful teacher in several high schools in the state.

The bridegroom is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Cato, of Monetta, S. C., and is a prominent young business man in Aiken county.

The out of town guests were Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Cato, and Miss Emily Louise Cato, of Monetta; Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Wolling, of McColl; and Miss Rebecca Robinson, of Bookman.

On their return the young couple for the present, will reside with the groom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Cato, of Monetta, S. C.
5 Title: Marriage Certificate
Date: 19 Jul 1926
Text: Marriage Certificate / This certifies / That M: Meynel Clowney / of: Winnsboro / State of: South Carolina / and / M: William Leon Cato / of: Monetta / State of: South Carolina / were united in / Holy Matrimony / according to the ordinance of God and the laws of the State of / South Carolina at: Winnsboro South Carolina / on the eighteenth day of October / in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred twenty four / by: Rev. J. G. Huggin as appears from / Marriage Register No. 2830 Page: / Witness my Hand and Seal this: 19th / day of July 1926 / W. V. Halley, Judge of Probate / J. G. Huggin (Methodist Minister)

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