Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wedding Wednesday - BRANFIELD marries JAMES

                My Great-Grandparents on my Fathers Mothers side

born: 6 July 1860 Blaina Mommouthshire, England
died: 9 October 1941 Quemado, Catron Co., New Mexico
buried: Alliance City Cemetery, Alliance, Stark Co, Ohio

M. A. James   (Mary Ann JAMES)
born: 8 Oct 1865 Meistag Glamorgan, Wales
died: 13 July 1945 Alliance, Stark Co., Ohio
buried: Alliance City Cemetery, Alliance, Stark Co., Ohio

Married 26 December 1881
First United Methodist Church
Sharon, Mercer Co., Pennsylvania USA

There is no record at the church of this marriage. The church burned in February 1987 with all of the old records. There was no other storage. Of course Pennsylvania did not require the collection of marriage information until 1885 so that is a dead-in also. The newspaper write up of their 50th Golden Anniversary confirms the above wedding dates and place.

I have a copy of a very colorful Marriage Certificate copied from a family bible. I received this copy from a cousin (by marriage) Jean DAVIS, Weems, Lancaster Co.,Virginia USA.

                                                           Certificate of Marriage

This certifies that E. C. Branfield and M. A. James 
were united by me in the 
Holy Bonds of Matrimony 
at Sharon [Pennsylvania]on the 26 day of 
December in the year of our Lord 1881...

in presence of John L James [brother of bride John Lewis JAMES] and M Herbert [unknown]........  
signed ....[?] Applegate, Notary Pulblic


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