Marriage Notices For
The Whole United States
1785 - 1794
Introduction 

 

Transcribed by Jeanne Taylor

 

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Marriage Notices for the Whole United States
1785-1794

Copied from complete files of the Massachusetts Centinel, and the Columbian Centinel, with a Preface and Occasional Notes.

The marriages recorded in the Centinel were of three kinds; those of well-to-do persons, useful to the genealogist because they give in many cases the actual day of the marriage as well as the name of the brides’ father and his residence; those of celebrities, like General Gates, and members of the Washington family, sometimes communicated by travelers, and often inaccurate; those of eccentric people, usually amusing.

The date given here is always that of the paper. The marriage may have taken place a day or a month previous to the insertion of the notice. Sometimes the date may be found by reckoning back from the day on which the paper was issued to the day of the week on which the marriage took place, if the day is given. W. In the following records stand for Wednesday and S. For Saturday. "In this town" refers to Boston, Mass.

The third class of notices illustrates one side of the old time New England life, a love of the grotesque and the unusual. The space now devoted to sensational trials was filled one hundred years ago, with accounts of people of great age and the number of their living descendants, of marriages of curious characters, of deaths by loathsome diseases, and of the ingenious punishments inflicted on unlucky criminals.

 

 

 

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