Thursday, June 30, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday - My Grandparents Church Marriage Certificate

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - time to find another artifact or document in my ancestral image collection and try to learn more from it.

This week, it's a church wedding certificate for my grandparents, Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) and Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962).

The transcription of this document is (with handwritten entries in italics):

In the Name of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen.

This is to certify that on the twenty-first
day of June in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred
 ______________ at Leominster,

I joined together in Holy Matrimony
Alma Bessie Richmond
Fred Walton Seaver

according to the rites of the Protestant
Episcopal Church, in the United States
of America, and in conformity
with the laws of the state
of Massachusetts.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto affixed my
name, this 21st day of June Anno
Domini one thousand nine hundred,

Francis A. Brown
Minister of St. Mark's Church
Leominster, Mass.

Frank W. Seaver
Thos. Richmond

While this document did not add new information to my genealogy research, it does contain the signatures of my two great-grandfathers, Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) and Thomas Richmond (1848-1917). 

I received this image from my cousin, Laura, who is the great-granddaughter of Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver's sister, Grace (Richmond) (Shaw) Moody.  It is a photocopy of the original, color, certificate issued to the married couple.  I wonder how Bessie's sister obtained it? 

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