Thursday, May 20, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Auble/Kemp Marriage Record

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - a time to reveal another gem in my treasure chest of family history.

I found the marriage record of Charles Auble (1849-1916) and Georgianna Kemp (1867-1952) in the boxes of family records that my mother had after her parents died. There are two images below:

1) A Milwaukee County, State of Wisconsin, certificate with seal for from the Office of the Register of Deeds certifying that the attached record of Marriage has been correctly copied from the records in Volume 119, Page 48. This certification was performed on 28 May 1948:



2) The Registration of Marriage form for the marriage of Charles Auble and Georgia Kemp on 19 June 1898:


The information on this marriage certificate includes:

)* No.: 1941
* Full Name of husband: Charles Auble
* Full name of the father of husband: David Auble
* Full name of the mother of husband (a): Sarah G. Knapp
* Occupation of husband: Painter
* Residence of husband: Chicago, Ill.
* Birthplace of husband: Newark, N.J.

* Full name of wife prior to marriage: Georgia Kemp
* Full name of father of the wife: James H. Kemp
* Full name of the mother of the wife (a): Mary Jane Sovereen
* Birthplace of wife: Ontario

* Time when marriage was contracted: June 19 -98
* The place, town or township, and county where the marriage was contracted: Milwaukee
* The color of the parties (b): White
* By what ceremony contracted: Methodist Episcopal
* Names of subscribing witnesses: Laura Masden, W.B. Masden
* Any additional circumstances: [none written]

The clergyman that performed the marriage was C.P. Masden, a resident of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.

This is the first "original source" document that lists the parents of Charles Auble and Georgianna Kemp. There are no birth records for either of them. I do have census records that shows them with their parental families before their marriage, and death certificates for both of them that list their parents.

There are at least three errors in the information above: Georgia is consistently named as Georgianna in the Ontario census records; she went by Georgia, I believe. Charles Auble's mother was Sarah Cutter Knapp, not Sarah G. Knapp. The father of Georgianna Kemp was James Abram Kemp, not James H. Kemp.

It's interesting that the birth dates and/or ages of the husband and wife are not listed on this document.

Charles Auble and Georgia Kemp resided in Chicago, Illinois before their marriage, and almost certainly met there. Why didn't they marry in Chicago, Illinois? They were both of age (he was 49, she was 30). I don't know - perhaps they went to Milwaukee and, on a whim, got married. They returned to Chicago and lived there until after the 1910 U.S. Census when they moved to San Diego with their only child, Emily Kemp Auble, my grandmother.

UPDATED 22 May: Reader Linda commented that:

"I am a Masden researcher, and I know who Rev. C.P. Masden was, although I'm not related to him. I am a friend of one of his descendants. I have an article about Masden that was probably a human interest wire story, as it appeared in a Wyoming paper. It says Masden was the "Gretna Green" minister of Milwaukee. E-mail me, and I'll send you a PDF copy."


Thank you, Linda, for the information about Mr. Masden being a "Gretna Green" minister. I wondered about that when I noticed that the two witnesses were also named Masden.

Unfortunately, Linda didn't leave her email address, so if she sees this, please email me at rjseaver@cox.net. I am definitely interested in seeing the article.

1 comment:

Linda said...

I am a Masden researcher, and I know who Rev. C.P. Masden was, although I'm not related to him. I am a friend of one of his descendants. I have an article about Masden that was probably a human interest wire story, as it appeared in a Wyoming paper. It says Masden was the "Gretna Green" minister of Milwaukee. E-mail me, and I'll send you a PDF copy.