Why Did Mell Marry Eliza?

Why did John Melvin French marry Eliza Ann Sickler? Did he love her from afar? Was it a spur of the moment business arrangement between her father Ziba Sickler and John and his father who were employed to build homes for Sickler?

John Melvin French (Myron's father) Old Bung) High res

John Melvin French was nicknamed “Old Bung” we have no idea why exactly or who had the nerve to call him that. I suppose it was behind his back. He was often in bad mood I am told.

Here’s a photo of Eliza taken shortly before she died of a stroke, with her is her sister Hattie Sickler Sawyer, who resembled their mother. I reassemble the unsmiling Eliza in many ways right down to that huge abdomen!

Eliza Sickler French shortly before she died.

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