Monday, November 21, 2011
Your Help Is Needed
I've stared and stared at this marriage license and I finally decided I need help. There are a couple parts that I would like you, my reader to take a look at and tell me what you see. The first part is what it says on the second line down in the upper right hand corner before the words '18 years of age'. I'm also at a loss for what the first word on the third line in the same area says. The final area is the name of the 'Minister of Gospel' on the fourth line up from the bottom and again on the bottom line.
My translation of this document is as follows:
John Kuck Issued June 1 A.D. 1860
and (???????????) is 18 year of aged
Mary Mayer (?????) he is 23 years of age
Jo Daviess County, Illinois, June first 1860
I, Christian Nery, Minister of the Gospel hearby certify that on
this day I joined in Marriage Mr. John Kuck
with Wife Mary Mayer agreeably to the authority given in the above License.
Rev. Christian Neary
The reason I ask is that in my hunt for whom my 3rd great grandmother Mary Meyer was and where she came from, I gave her marriage license a second look. When she was married to John Kuck in 1860, he was 23 years old and she was also 23 years old, if the date on her gravestone is to be believed. John was one month and two days older than Mary. If Mary was actually five years younger, that might explain why I am having a hard time tracking her early life down.
Another clue I found recently was her obituary that listed her as being a member of the German M.E. church for 25 years which means that she was most likely in the country by 1954. But that got me thinking about the Reverend listed on her marriage license whom I've only glanced at previously. I'm pretty certain the first name is Christian but the last name is obscure to me. I did a search of all Christian's living in Jo Daviess county in 1860 and that was no help in tracking down this mysterious person.
All of this is my attempt to go back to some of the hard evidence that I have of my ancestors and to look at it with a fresh set of eyes. I'm trying to pay attention to details and track down clues that may not even be pertinent to my ancestor in hopes that it might get me through a couple of the brick walls, the biggest of which are the 2 nameless sets of 4th great grandparents out of my total 32 sets. Finding Mary Meyer's parents would increase my knowledge up to 31 out of 32 sets.