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 Decade: 1880-1889
 Collection: Abilene Photograph Collection
Wedding Portrait

Wedding Portrait

Date: 1886
Creator: unknown
Description: Copy negative of a wedding portrait of Sallie Parker Willis and Thomas Middlebrook Willis believed to be taken in Abilene, Texas. The photograph was either taken the day of the wedding or the day after. He is sitting in a chair on the right holding a hat, and she is standing behind him on the left holding her hat. They are in front of a studio background with columns. An official Texas historical marker was placed at Thomas Middlebrook Willis' grave in 2009 at the Masonic Cemetery of Abilene, TX. The historical marker states that after graduating from the Law School of Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, T.M. Willis moved to Abilene and established a practice. In 1886 he married Abilene resident Sallie Parker at the First Presbyterian Church of Abilene and the couple had eight children. Willis was elected City Attorney and later served as City Judge.
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