Thursday, February 25, 2016

Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 302: 1762 Marriage Records of Moses Smith and Patience Hamant

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  1762 marriage record of Moses Smith and Patience Hamant in the vital record books of Walpole and Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.

Here is the Walpole vital record book page:

The snippet for the marriage is:

The transcription of this record is:

"SMITH, Moses and Patience Hamment, int., July 17, 1762."

Just above this record is the first marriage of Moses Smith:

"SMITH, Moses and Sarah Clark, Dec. 2, 1756."

The source citation for the Walpole book entry is:

Vital Records of Walpole, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. :New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1902), Marriages, page 174, Moses Smith and Patience Hamment (intentions) entry.

The marriage of Moses and Patience was also recorded in the Medfield vital records book:

The snippet for this record is:

The transcription of this record is:

"SMITH, Moses of Walpole, and Patiance Hammant, Sept. 23, 1762.*"

Note:  The asterisk means "Intentions not recorded."

The source citation for the Medfield book record is:

Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), Marriages, page 173, Moses Smith and Patiance Hammant entry.

Why are there entries in two different books?  It is very likely that Moses Smith resided in Walpole and Patience Hamant resided in Medfield at the time of their marriage.  It is not uncommon to see Massachusetts marriage records recorded in both towns.

However, the entry in the Walpole book is for their marriage intentions - when they proclaimed to the church members their intention to be married, on 17 July 1762.  The actual marriage was on 23 September 1762 in Medfield.  

Moses Smith (1732-1806) was first married to Sarah Clark (1731-1761) in 1756 in Walpole, by whom he had two children.  Sarah (Clark) Smith died on 16 October 1761 in Walpole.  

Moses Smith (1732-1806) and Patience (Hamant) Smith (1731-1780) are my 5th great-grandparents.  They had four children including my 4th great-grandfather, Aaron Smith (1765-1841).


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Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Such an old marriage record certainly is a treasure!

Robert Stewart said...

I really like Internet Archive for old records like that.

That's their version of the Walpole VR.

I've downloaded now dozens of the Vital Records books for Massachusetts, Connecticut, etc.. I OCR the few that aren't already, cut and paste out of them, virtually highlight in them, bookmark them, and so on. It works out very nicely.

(If a particular title is not on Internet Archive, it might be over on Google Books. And failing to find it there, then it's on to the transcribed records sites.)

There is as well, but Walpole hasn't been transcribed yet. (And I'm preferring the more "original" version of the book itself.)