Advent Calendar: Frost Christmas Weddings

Geneabloggers Advent Calendar  of Christmas Memories
prompt for December 23 asks about Christmas Sweetheart Memories
asking if there were any Christmas engagements or weddings among your ancestors?


Christmas nuptials seem appropriate for a Frost ancestor, and thus we find that Charles Frost married Jane Elliot Pepperrell, widow of Andrew Pepperrell, on Saturday, December 25, 1717.  A celebratory season for the family, the date of the marriage also happened to be the Christmas birthday of  his aunt, Catherine Frost (Leighton), his father’s sister. His parents, my 10th great-grandparents, Maj. Charles Frost I( 1631-1697) and Mary Bolles (1641-1704), had married on Saturday, December 27, 1673.

Born on Wednesday, April 17, 1678, Lieut. Charles Frost, II was the brother of my 9th great-grandmother Lydia Frost Pierce Greenleaf.  He served as a deacon and a  judge. Both he and his father were important figures in Maine’s military history during the Indian wars and acquainted with the Pepperrell family on that account.

His wedding to Jane Elliot Pepperrell, daughter of Robert Elliot, Esquire, was his second marriage, the first being to Sarah Wainwright (1699-1714), daughter of John Wainwright of Haverhill, MA.  Their match no doubt transpired through their family connections.  Charles’ brother, Hon. John Frost, and Sarah’s sister, Mary (Pepperrell) had been married since 1702.

The wedding was held during the most popular wedding season (November through January) in colonial New England. The marriage ceremony was most likely performed by a civil magistrate, not a clergyman.   Although marriage was believed to be ordained by God, it was not believed to be a sacrament as did the Church of England, and therefore it was defined as a civil contract.  The brief ceremony would have involved no exchange of vows or wedding rings, nor would there would have been “kissing the bride”.  The marriage was probably solemnized at the bride’s residence, or her father’s as she was a widow, and followed by a merry wedding feast lasting a few days.  A special wedding cake would have been served, rich with spice, alcohol, dried fruit and nuts – much like a Christmas fruitcakes than the light cakes we are accustomed to.  Although a Christmas wedding may sound romantic, the holiday was generally not celebrated in New England until about 1785. (Colonial America to 1763, Purvis, Balkin, Infobase Publishing, 1999)

I suspect that my great grandmother, Lydia Pierce Greenleaf,  did not attend the wedding of her brother as she was living in Newbury, MA at the time. It was far to travel, especially in the winter, and she had a multitude of children, step-children, and a new grandchild in her midst (my 7th great grandfather, Robert Adams).

After their marriage the couple lived in wealth at Sturgeon Creek (formerly part of Kittery, now Eliot) at the inherited homestead of his father.  They had three children, two daughters named Jane who died in infancy, and a son named Eliot Frost.  Each of them had children from their previous marriages, she having two daughters and he having nine children, all but one at home (his wife had died three years previous following childbirth and the loss of their infant son).  Later, Jane’s daughter Sarah Pepperrell married Charles’ son Charles Frost III in 1723.  His daughter, Sarah, married his sister Lydia’s son, Charles Pierce.  Charles Frost II and his wife, Jane, were married for seven brief years, as he died December 17, 1724 and mentions his wife and children in his will.  Jane continued to live on the Frost homestead for the remainder of her life although she did marry again.


6 thoughts on “Advent Calendar: Frost Christmas Weddings

  1. Loved this post, Carla, thanks for sharing with the Colonial American Christian Fiction Writers group! I have a Frost in the family somewhere, who married a Fancett. Hugs! Carrie

  2. Carla, Love this and the pic of you top right:) You are a wealth of info and have such a wonderful family heritage. So thankful to know you! This blog is one of your best kept secrets:)

  3. Thanks for stopping by, Laura! It’s so much fun to share my family history, but I can sometimes get lost in it! If I ever disappear you’ll know where to find me. Maybe I better advertise this blog a little more.

  4. I wish I had discovered this earlier — I would love to write much more. But let me say that I am also descended from Nicholas Frost, and I drove to Maine one Sunday a few years ago just to walk where my ancestors did! I enjoyed reading about your visit to Eliot, and will check back another time to read more on your site. You have multitudes of NY Frost cousins! It’s great to encounter another branch of the family tree!

    Debbie Frost Carey
    Kingston, NY

  5. Another Frost descendant checking in, I am related to Nicholas Frost, and the Charles Frost line. What a splendid surprise to find your blog today. My mother, now deceased, completed a great deal of research on our ancestry and much of what I read here was familiar and other aspects new to me.
    I live in Newport Beach, Calif but grew up in Boston, MA and Kittery & York, Maine. I have five biological sons, two born late in life, which apparently is a trait found in the Frost line. Thank you for your wonderful blog and history.
    Jacquelyn Beauregard Dillman

  6. This is a fabulous site. I have enjoyed all that I have read: very informative as well as a pleasure to read. I have Greenleafs and Pierces in my ancestry as well. I was reminded of my father-in-law, a Swedish ship rigger and splicer, who crewed around the Horn several times on a New England clipper. Eventually, he emigrated to Hawaii in the early 1900s and became a US citizen. Nadine

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