March 9 — Take a family document (baptismal certificate, passenger list, naturalization petition, etc.) and write a brief narrative using the information.
First off, I know I am still running behind! I’m working on catching up!
I’ve thought about what to write about here and I decided to write about my maternal grandparents’ marriage license. Here is a small picture:
I chose this because it was something that I like to talk about! I searched for a record for my grandparents’ marriage for a long time before finally finding one in May of 2007! That was only 7 years of searching!
The nice thing about this marriage license is that it answered a few questions. First off, it shows that my grandfather did have a former wife, just like my Uncle Jerry had told me a few years before. It also gives me an idea on where to search for information about the death of his first wife. Supposedly she died while giving birth to their first child. The child died also! That must have been a terrible tragedy for my grandfather!
One other thing that I recently noticed is that my grandfather’s residence is listed as Jefferson, Texas but my grandmother’s residence is not in Texas. As a matter of fact, I can’t make out what it is. I am assuming it says Louisiana, but I can’t be sure. It looks almost like it says South Louisiana. That is given for Winnie’s residence as well as her mother and father. This is news because I always assumed they were living in the Jefferson, Texas area at this time.
One other thing I want to point out here which has nothing to do with the marriage itself. I just wanted to point out that my grandfather was 25 and my grandmother was 19. Why point that out? Well, when my parents married in 1953, my father was 25 and my mother was 19. To make it even stranger, when my wife and I married, I was 25 and she was 19! Is that strange or what? It seems like a good thing for our family. My grandparents had been married 18 years when Winnie died in 1940. My parents had been married 47 years when my dad passed away in 2000 and my wife and I will celebrate 23 years this year! Maybe I should tell my son to make sure he waits until he is 25 and he has to find a girl who is 19 and then get married!
OK, I’ve went way off the topic! I made my point though. This marriage license gave me a lot more information than a lot of other folks would have gotten out of it!
Have a great day everyone!