Thursday, December 5, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 191: 1852 Marriage Certificate for Edward Hildreth and Sophia Newton in Northborough, Mass.

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - time to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the 1852 marriage certificate for my great-great-grandparents, Edward Hildreth and Sophia Newton in Northborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

The transcription of this document is (typed information underlined, handwritten information italicized):


I, the undersigned, hereby certify that I am clerk of the Town of 
Northborough that as such I have custody of the records of marriages required
by law to be kept in my office; that among such records is one relating to the
marriage of:

    EDWARD HILDRETH         and       SOPHIA NEWTON       

and that the following is a true copy of so much of said record as relates to
said marriage, namely:


          Date of Marriage                       DECEMBER 25, 1852        
          Place of Marriage                      NORTHBOROUGH, MA   


                            GROOM                                         BRIDE

Name             EDWARD HILDRETH            Maiden Name          SOPHIA NEWTON    
Age/Birth Date              21                             Age/Birth Date                   18                    
Residence       NORTHBOROUGH, MA         Residence                NORTHBOROUGH, MA
Number of Marriage  1ST                               Number of Marriage           1ST                 
Place of Birth     TOWNSEND, MA                Place of Birth           VERMONT               
Name of Father  (NOT LISTED) HILDRETH  Name of Father         THOMAS NEWTON
Name of Mother    NOT LISTED                    Name of Mother         NOT LISTED         
Name, Residence and Official status of person by whom married:


Date of Record:   JANUARY 1, 1853       Volume    3    Page   1    Record   10   


I do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy from said records.
                                     Witness my hand and seal of said Town of Northborough on
{ Seal }                          this    13th      day of    SEPTEMBER       1994

                                                              Hillary Hamilton            
                                                              Northborough Town Clerk

The source citation for this document is:

Northborough, Massachusetts, Copy of Record of Marriage, Edward Hildreth and Sophia Newton; citing Volume 3, Page 1, Record 10 (1853), Town Clerk's Office, Northborough, Mass. (document dated 13 September 1994).

I received this document in 1994 by postal mail from the town clerk of Northborough.

Since this certificate was created 142 years after the marriage event, it is an official certified record of the marriage.  It is a Derivative Source, with Primary Information and Direct Evidence as to the names, marriage date and place.  The information was obtained  by the Town Clerk from the Town Clerk's record book - Volume 3, Page 1, entry 10.  I found the Town Clerk's record on, but it's not the original town clerk's record - it's the list of marriages submitted in 1852 by the town clerk to the State of Massachusetts.  It does provide Edward's father's name as Zachariah, his occupation as combmaker, and Sophia's father's name as Thomas J. Newton.  

This is the only record I have that provides the name of Sophia Newton's father.  I also have a marriage record for Sophia's brother, Thomas J. Newton, that provides his father's name and his mother's name.  

Sophia (Newton) Hildreth's death record in 1923 lists her birthplace as Springfield, Vermont.  In the birth and death record for her son, Clarence Hildreth (1874-1878), and the death record for her daughter, Hattie (Hildreth) Seaver in 1920, her birthplace is given as Cambridge, Vermont.  

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