Thursday, October 9, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 235: 1755 Marriage Record of Norman Sever and Sarah Read

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 marriage record of Norman Sever and Sarah Read in 1755 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts:

The record of the marriage is on the left-hand page, third item from the bottom:

The transcription of this record is:

Norman Sever & Sarah Read both of Sudbury were Married at
Sudbury March 14^th 1755  ??  Israel Loring

I cannot figure out the two (?) letters before the name of Israel Loring, the minister who reported the event to the town clerk.  It may be Mr for "Minister" or it may be an abbreviation to represent "by me the Subscriber" which was used on other marriage events on the same page.

The source citation for this record, crafted using the RootsMagic source template for "Digital archives"  is:

"Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1627-2001," FamilySearch ( : accessed 2 October 2014), digital image, Middlesex County, Sudbury, "Births, Marriages, Deaths, 1663-1829, Vol. 4," page 192 (stamped, image 102 of 142), Norman Sever and Sarah Read marriage entry; citing original data from Massachusetts town clerk records (on FHL US/CAN microfilms).

The FamilySearch source citation for this record is (accessed again today):

"Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1627-2001," images,  FamilySearch  (,353350602,353355401 : accessed 09 Oct 2014), Middlesex > Sudbury > Births, marriages, deaths 1663-1829 vol 4 > image 102 of 142.

As you can see, the FamilySearch citation provides the "bread crumb trail" to the record page, but does not provide the name of the specific record because the records are not indexed.

I consider this record to be an image copy of an Original Source because it is handwritten, different entries use different ink, and is in chronological order.  I don't know if it was written soon after the marriage by the minister or not.  I consider this to be Primary Information and direct Evidence of the marriage.

The names Norman Sever and Sarah Read and this marriage date was included in the published Sudbury Vital Records book.

Norman Se[a]ver and Sarah Read are my fifth great-grandparents.

copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

1 comment:

Geolover said...

My reading is "p^r" Israel Loring, which as you know would mean "by" Israel Loring.