The Northern Vindicator [Estherville, Emmet, IA], 1869 Dec 16:

THORNTON – BIRDLEBOUGH

Married–at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. B. P. Stoker in Winona, Minn., on the 8th of Dec., 1869, Mr. James Thornton of Estherville, Iowa and Mrs. Mary E. Birdlebough of Winona.

We congratulate our friend, Thornton, on the success attending his eastern mission. Such trips might prove beneficial to the health and happiness of some others we wot of in this vicinity. May unnumbered blessings attend Mr. T. and his bride in this earthly pilgrimage, and one of the most important injunctions in Holy Writ be faithfully heeded by the happy pair.