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Tuesday, March 8, 2011


I generally limit my purchases to photos, as a relative's face is so precious to someone. But one day I came across this Marriage Certificate and decided to add it to my project. The paper is thin and fragile, and it is quite remarkable that it has lasted this long. But the print is easily legible.

In its entirety, it reads:

Know All Men by These Presents, That by virtue of a license issued from the Probate Court of Ashtabula County, dated June 29th, 1858, the marriage contract between WILLARD WATSON and JENETT DAVIS was legally solemnized by the undersigned at JOHN CONKLIN's in Harpersfield Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio, on the 30th day of June in the Year of Our Lord Eighteen Hundred and Fifty-Eight. Given under my hand, this 30 day of June 1858. WILLIAM NELSON, Justice of the Peace.

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