Monday, December 20, 2010

Beulah Gerner & Gust Doyle - marriage certificate transcription

It's good to review documents you've had in your files for a while especially if you found them when you first began working on your family history. Below is one of those I've had for a while and pulled out to review after posting about Beulah's and Gust's anniversary yesterday.

My line to Beulah and Gust is short: me --> Lee Doyle --> Beulah Gerner + Gust Doyle

The Application for Marriage License, Marriage License, and Duplicate Certificate are from Butler County Pennsylvania Book No. 23, Page No. 366
No. 11909
1. Full name of the man. Gus. Doyle
2. Full name of the woman. Beulah Gerner
3. Relationship of the parties, whether by blood or marriage. none
4. Age of the man. 23 years
5. Age of the woman. 23 years
6. Residence of the man. Stoneboro, Pa
7. Residence of the woman. Saxonburg Pa
8. Parents' name--man. William & Rose Doyle
9. Parents' name--woman. Fred & Elvira Gerner
10. Guardian's name--man. none
11. Guardian's name--woman. none
12. Date of death of man's former wife, if any. never married
13. Date of death of woman's former husband, if any. never married
14. Date of divorce of man at any time. none
15. Date of divorce of woman at any time. none
16. Color of parties. White
17. Occupation of man. Farmer
18. Occupation of woman. Milliner
19. Consent of parents or guardian of man. not needed
20. Consent of parents or guardian of woman. not needed

Personally appeared before me, Clerk of the Orphans' Court of said County Gus Doyle and Beulah Gerner who being duly qualified according to law, did depose and say that the statements above set forth are correct and true to the best of their knowledge and belief.
Sworn and subscribed before me, this 9 day of Dec 1911.
R. M. McFarland [signature], Clerk of Orphans' Court
Gus Doyle [signature]
Beulah Gerner [signature]
No. 11909
To any Minister of the Gospel, Justice of the Peace or any other officers or persons authorized by law to solemnize marriages:
Legal evidence having been furnished to me in accordance with the Act of Assembly approved the twenty-third day of June, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-five, you are hereby authorized to join together in the holy state of matrimony, according to the rites and ceremonies of your church, society, or religious denomination, and the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
Gus Doyle and Beulah Gerner.
GIVEN UNDER MY HAND AND SEAL OF THE ORPHANS' COURT of said County of Butler, at Butler this 19 day of December A. D. 1911.
R. W. McFarland [signature] Clerk....
No. 11909
I Edward J. Knox hereby certify that on the 19th day of Dec. one thousand nine hundred Eleven at Butler Pa Gus Doyle and Beulah Gerner were by me united in marriage in accordance with license issued by the Clerk of the Orphans' Court of Butler County, Pennsylvania, numbered 11909.
Edward J. Knox [signature] Minister of the Gospel
Some observations:
Gust Doyle gave his name as "Gus." with a period. My dad always told us his name was "Gust" but most documents record the name as "Gus." Census records have another variation. I hope to post census transcriptions soon.

Gust gave his mother's name as "Rose." (She's known as Maw to her grandchildren.) Family information always gives her name as "Tressa Rose" but the 1900 census lists her as Rose also. When I asked my father's half sister and Maw's namesake, Tressa, about it, she said that Maw was always called Tressa. Interesting.

In 1911, most unmarried women lived at home and it was uncommon for women to have occupations. I think it's interesting that the marriage license application asked for the occupation of the woman.

I didn't remember that they were married in Butler County, but I don't know the town from this document.

Beulah's father moved his family several times during his lifetime. At census time in 1910 they were living in Fairview Township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania (which is probably how Beulah and Gust met) and in 1920 they were living in Bruin, Butler County. Family information generally gives Beulah's home town as Bruin but from this document I understand that Beulah lived in Saxonburg before her marriage. Saxonburg and Bruin are approximately 25 miles apart. Was she living with her parents before she married or with a sibling?

How grateful I am that states and commonwealths required and kept documents such as these (even though they are so hard to obtain from Pennsylvania!).

1 comment:

  1. Pennsylvania does have some antiquated procedures compared to other states. If you found that information in Butler, I have to go to Armstrong County to see what they have in their archives.

    I have to find more on my Olive Bowser. Seems the Bowser line in Armstrong are a prolific lot. I think maybe the solution is in the bowels of the County Courthouse.

    What I found interesting was the fact that Beulah had an occupation. I thought most woman of that era did not.


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