Births Deaths Marriages, North Carolina, Other Documents, Paternal Kin

Evidence of the rites of matrimony.

More revelations from Ancestry.com’s updated North Carolina marriages database:

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No mystery why I didn’t find this earlier. Jonah Wiggins? No, actually, Jonah Williams, brother of my great-great-great-grandfather Adam Artis. And though I knew Pleasant Battle was from the Battleboro area, I don’t think I’d ever searched Edgecombe records for their marriage license.

Here’s the marriage bond:

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I don’t know who George Terrell was to Jonah. He and his wife Martha Lindsey, who married a few days before Jonah and Pleasant, appear in the 1870 census of Cokey township, Edgecombe County.

And here’s the marriage license. I am a little surprised that Jonah was married by a Justice of the Peace, rather than a minister of the gospel, but perhaps he was not yet the man he would become:

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2 thoughts on “Evidence of the rites of matrimony.

  1. Great information! Thanks for sharing. You might find the article below of interest:

    Parry, Tyler D. “Married in Slavery Time: Jumping the Broom in Atlantic Perspective.” The Journal of Southern History 81.2 (2015): 273-312. Print.

    • Thank you, Michele! Jonah was free-born — and I’d love to find scholarship on marriage customs for that group — but this is definitely of interest for other ancestors and relatives.

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