In case you didn't know, Civil War Pension files are potentially filled treasures. One of which is a certificate of marriage for the ancestors I've been featuring... William James Townsend and Mary Clabaugh.
What's interesting is there are two certified copies of the marriage record. The only thing that is different in the date and the signature of the person completing the certificate verification.
The Sate of Ohio, Franklin County, SS.
I Certify that I this day solemnized the MARRIAGE of William Townsend with Mary Clabaugh
Witness my Hand, This 10 day of November A.D. 1864
W.W. Kile J.P.
THE STATE OF OHIO,
FRANKLIN COUNTY, SS } PROBATE COURT
I, CHARLES G. SAFFIN, Judge of the Probate Court within and for the County of Franklin, State of Ohio, do herby certify that the foregoing is a full and correct copy of the CERTIFACTE OF MARRIAGE of the parties therein named, as the same appears of record and on file in said Court, to wit:
Marriage Record No. 8, Page 440
In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and the seal of said Court, at Columbus, this 29th day of August 1891
Lorenzo D Hagerty, Probate Judge
by Albert Rickenbacher, Dpy Clk
|Second copy of Certificate of Marriage for|
William Townsend and Mary Clabaugh
The great thing about having two copies, is that you can pick the handwriting that you prefer. I chose the first because it was more pleasing to my eye.
|Marriage of William Townsend and Mary Clabaugh|
If you discover that you have a Civil War ancestor, check out Kimberly Powell's article Researching Civil War Ancestors to learn what you need to know and where you need to look to find out more. Good luck.