13 January 2014

Amanuensis Monday: Marriage Record for William James Townsend and Mary Clabaugh

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.

Marriage of William Townsend and Mary Claybaugh
Certificate of Marriage for William Townsend and Mary Clabaugh

Marriage Certification

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

Marriage of William Townsend and Mary Claybaugh
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
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.

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