Thursday, August 28, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 229: Quaker Church Marriage Record for Thomas Gach and Elizabeth Bloodgood in 1721

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 Thomas Gach (1702-1770) and Elizabeth Bloodgood (1703-????) in 1721, in the Quaker record book for Rahway and Plainfield Monthly Meeting.

The marriage entry for Thomas Gach and Elizabeth Bloodgood is on the right-hand page of the image above:

The transcription of the entry is:

Thomas Gach & Elizabeth Bloodgood Marriage permitted by Wood. Mtg. 6 mo 17 1721

The source citation for this entry is:

U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1994, Rahway and Plainfield [N.J.] Monthly Meeting, Register of Marriages, Births, and Deaths, 1687-1871, Marriages, page 3 (image 41 of 129), Thomas Gach and Elizabeth Bloodgood entry; indexed database and digital image, ( : accessed 3 July 2014).

These records are a transcription of the original records in the Rahway and Plainfield Monthly Meeting records.  The first page of the marriage entries says:

"The following marriages have been obtained from the Marriage Records or from the Minutes of the Monthly Meeting.  In the latter case, the date is that of the Meeting at which permission was granted to marry to the parties, or it is that of the Monthly Meeting following the marriage, when the committee appointed to attend the wedding reported the marriage as having been accomplished. 

"As a general rule, the date of the marriage may be assumed as about one week after the permission was given, or about three weeks prior to the report of the committee."

Interesting, that.  So the better date for this marriage is "after 17 August 1721" rather than 17 August 1721.

Thomas and Elizabeth (Bloodgood() Gach are my 6th great-grandparents.  Their daughter, Martha Gach (1729-????) is my 5th great-grandmother.  She married Samuel Fitz Randolph (1730-????) in 1750 in Woodbridge, and they had two daughters, including my 4th great-grandmother, Tabitha Randolph (1752-1841), who married Stephen Cutter (1745-1823) in 1768.

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

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